What to Consider When Doing DIY Menu Planning for Fabulous Parties

What to Consider When Doing DIY Menu Planning for Fabulous Parties

 

Thinking of throwing a party or two in a span of a week at home? You know it’s difficult and expensive to hire catering services for each party. 

So what can you do to make sure you have delicious food for your guests every time you have a party at home? Prepare the food yourself! It’s not that difficult, especially when you know how to do menu planning and you have some help at home. 

Here are a few things to consider when doing DIY menu planning for fabulous parties at home:

How many guests?

With normal weekly family meal planning, you consider the number of meals you’ll be consuming for the whole week. The same goes for meal planning for a party — you have to consider how many dishes there will be so that you can buy in bulk, and make sure they’re going to last for all the parties. 

When is the party?

Another factor is the date and time of your parties. Early morning parties that occur before 10 in the morning are under the full breakfast rule. Hence, you’d have to prepare a full breakfast spread for your guests. The same applies to parties happening at noon or at 5 in the afternoon, as they will fall under full lunch and full dinner respectively. 

If you want to save a bit, you can choose to hold your party at around 10 AM (to before noon) or from 2PM (to just before 5PM) so you have an option to only serve light snacks. After-dinner parties are from 8PM onwards and you have a choice to serve light snacks or just desserts. 

Quantity or Variety?

If you can’t cook a lot of dishes, what you can do is to cook in bulk so that your guests can get full despite having just two or three dishes. 

On the other hand, if you can only come up with small servings of each dish, what you can do is serve up a bunch of dishes. Having a variety of dishes makes your guests eat less of each kind so they can try the other offerings. Hence, you can make them feel full with bits and pieces of each dish. 

When doing menu planning, make sure to consider that not every guest will fall for the small serving trick. Allot an allowance for those that will get seconds.

 

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Have A Lovely and Lively White Wedding

Have A Lovely and Lively White Wedding

Many people will tell you that an all-white wedding will seem empty and drab. But it’s actually possible to have one that’s not dreary. Also, while using mostly white, you won’t be able to avoid having a touch of other colors, like the greenness of the stems of the white flowers. 

You don’t have to whitewash everything as these small hints of other colors are what will give your wedding the elegance and the luxurious feel you want. 

Aside from the all-white flowers, here are some other things you should consider when having a white wedding. 

The invitations need not be lifeless.

While you’re still going with an all-white theme, your invitation doesn’t need to be literally all-white. You would need other colors to write things on it. No worries if you’re going for minimalism, as you can choose subdued colors — black against a backdrop of white, or you can choose gray for the font color instead. 

If you’re not really going for minimalism (and you aren’t afraid to use other colors), you can incorporate any color but make sure that the focus is still white. Use a chunky large font (against a single color) for the invitation cover. Much better if you use some graphics, say, illustrations of people all wearing white. 

White has a variety of style choices.

There’s no need to be afraid that the entourage won’t have that many style choices. On the contrary, the color white still has many shades to choose from — there’s ivory, cream, snow, eggshell, or milk. Plus, you can still play with the different textures and fabrics for the bridesmaids’ dresses. 

If the groom isn’t keen on wearing shades of white for his suit, he can still follow the motif by wearing pale colors like a light brown tux or a pale gray one. 

White blocks of cake are still beautiful.

You can still opt for some hints of other colors to decorate your white cake. Additionally, you can use flowers (whether edible or not) to style your wedding cake, and let the green of the stems and leaves give it the pop of color you want. If you’re all-in with the single white color, what you can do is play with the texture of the icing. 

 

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Safety Tips For House Parties

Safety Tips For House Parties

Safety Tips For House Parties

Partying at your own home provides peace of mind that you don’t have to go out of your comfort zone to socialize. But in doing so, you are inviting other people into your comfort zone and it does make you vulnerable. Here are some tips on how to stay safe when throwing parties at home. 

If you’re having an intimate party with just a few of your friends, then you should only worry about the safety of your guests. 

With a few friends

  • Get your electrical cords out of the way. Avoid people tripping from cords (and other items) by putting these in a safe place. 
  • Don’t overload outlets. Have multiple quality extension cords.
  • Make sure drinking water is easily accessible. Same goes for a first aid kit. 
  • Set up a safe place where people can sleep and pass out. It’s not to encourage them but it’s better to assign a room, just in case. If some of your guests can’t drive home and they can’t arrange a ride, you can have them sleepover in the designated room. 
  • Additionally, have a secure place for guests with valuable belongings like car keys and wallets. 
  • Secure and shut off your stovetops tight. A drunk person could try to cook and suddenly cause a fire. 
  • If you’re going to be grilling, if possible, do this outdoors. 

 

With many guests

But if you’re hosting quite a large number of people, with mere acquaintances attending, it’s best to keep yourself, and everyone else, safe. 

Since you own the house where the party is held, set some ground rules and make sure party attendees are aware of them. Keep yourself safe by assigning some friends to help you keep the peace. 

  • Ask friends to help identify party crashers. These people might not just be there for the food and booze. You don’t want to risk them taking your valuable stuff.
  • If it’s going to be a huge party, it’s better to have a single entrance so you can see who and what goes in and out. 
  • Try to stay sober. No matter how fun the party is, staying sober means you could check on your friends as well as make sure everything is under control. 
  • Secure Children and pets in a safe place so they don’t accidentally ingest dangerous food or liquid. 

 

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How to Handle Wedding Guest Problems

How to Handle Wedding Guest Problems

How to Handle Wedding Guest Problems

Wedding plans are already hard to manage in the first place, and having to deal with uncooperative guests could bring you too close to your breaking point. There is no need to worry as you can handle wedding guest problems with grace just like with the other items on your wedding planning checklist. Here are some tips:

When unwanted guests get invited…

Most of the time, having unwanted guests is a result of some people inviting themselves. They’ll just announce to the bride and groom-to-be (or the couple’s family) that they’ll be attending. If this happens, what you can do is to not send them a copy of the invitation. If the said guest is persistent, you could make sure that the details of the event don’t reach them at all. Avoid posting anything on social media prior to the event. Should you have to use social media, create a private group chat. You can also assign people to serve as point-of-contact so you don’t have to have too many people on the group chat. 

If in case your parents (or other invited guests) are responsible for inviting the unwanted guests, talk to them about doing the “uninviting” for you. Try to be as calm as possible but be firm that you will not allow the unwanted guests to be at your wedding.

When the uninvited guest still shows up on your wedding day, well, just ignore him or her as much as possible. Don’t let anyone ruin your big day. Deal with the uninvited guest on another day.

When family members and friends are known for their embarrassing behavior…

You probably have relatives who are known for their ill-mannered behavior. And since they are part of the family, you can’t just uninvite them to the occasion. If you’re sure they will cause a scene, you can choose to have an intimate immediate family-only ceremony. To pacify them, what you can do is to just invite them to the reception. You can make up an excuse that you’re working within a budget, or that you did that for their sake as you don’t want them to have to sit still for a long time. 

Additionally, you can also just opt to have 2 separate receptions: one specifically for friends and colleagues, and another for family and relatives. Since your relatives are most likely aware of what to expect from the cheeky members anyway, they would not have as many complaints. These receptions don’t have to be full-blown events either. A simple sitdown meal for both should be enough to pacify them. 

When a guest gets too involved with the decisions…

Some guests like to provide unsolicited advice. And while you can try to ignore them, there are some who like to air out their disappointment when you don’t heed their advice. If this happens and you want to take the high road, just tell them that their advice came a little too late and that the details have already been finalized. 

 

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Tips on Hiring Your Wedding Photographer and Videographer

Tips on Hiring Your Wedding Photographer and Videographer

Tips on Hiring Your Wedding Photographer and Videographer

 

Aside from hiring people with their own equipment with which they are familiar with, there is more to choosing wedding videographers and photographers than just their rates. 

  1. Decide if you want both a photographer and a videographer.

This decision can help you save money, as you can choose to spend less if you want just one service anyway. If you decide to have both, you should be looking into people who are great at both. However, since these experts are usually more proficient in one area more than the other, consider hiring two separate professionals for each job. Of course, this would cost more compared to hiring one who’s at least good with both. 

So, if you prefer to have a video you want to re-watch over and over, just go with a great videographer. Their photography skills won’t matter so you can get a better deal. The same goes for a photographer with a great eye with photos but not in shooting videos. 

  1. When choosing a professional, find one with a similar point of view as you and your partner.

While we can’t deny that the pros know more about videos and photos, sometimes pros tend to come up with shots that are too repetitive. You might end up with the same poses as the other hundred couples before you. Make sure your vision as a couple should have some weight in the outcome of the photos and videos. 

Another thing is to consider what type of photos and videos you want. Do you prefer candid photos only? With videos, do you find drone shots too mainstream? Find a professional who can make your vision come to life. Also, even if you’re open to anything, you should look for a videographer or a photographer that’s not only creative, but also has fresh ideas. 

  1. Settle on what the output’s quality should be.

Your wedding happens once in a lifetime — that exact day will only happen once. If the professionals weren’t able to capture the moment of your vows, or if the pictures were blurry, there’s no retake. So making sure you’re hiring actual experts is a must. Check their portfolio and if possible, watch their previous same-day edit videos. Also, make sure the contract is explicit on the guarantees for any mishap. 

 

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How To Uninvite Guests to Your Party

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How To Uninvite Guests to Your Party 

A creepy co-worker got invited to your party. A possible stalker-slash-party-crasher found your party details. You suddenly had a falling out with a friend. People who get on your nerves self-invited themselves to your party. 

There are a lot of possible reasons you might want to un-invite someone to your party. However, as much as you want to tell them to their face that they are not welcome, you feel like there might be some other way to do so. 

Sad to say, but there isn’t really a good way to uninvite someone without hurting their feelings. Most likely they’ll be on to you or have an idea of what’s going on. While it’s best to tell them the truth, it is understandable that you’d want to try to not ruffle any feathers. 

You have three options to deal with this dilemma: to lie, to tell the truth, or to cancel the party. Whatever you choose will have both pros and cons, and it’s a matter of how ready you are in dealing with the consequences of your decision.

Option 1: Tell the truth.

It might strain your relationship with the unwanted person, the truth will set you both free. 

Pros:

  • The unwanted person will have no choice but to accept that he isn’t invited.
  • There is no need to be afraid of a lie backfiring, or a need to come up for more lies. 

Cons:

  • You’ll surely hurt the unwanted person’s feelings. 
  • If it’s a crappy relative, you’d probably never live it down.

Option 2: Lie.

Here’s a sample scenario: If the unwanted person is an acquaintance, claim that a very close friend was suddenly available and that it’s too late to add another seat to the table. You can also claim to be downsizing because too many people are planning to show up and the venue can’t handle it.

Pros:

  • This lessens the blow on the unwanted person’s feelings. 

Cons:

  • Provided that the person-to-be-uninvited bites, it could backfire if he finds out the truth from other people. Say he saw a picture of someone else in social media having fun at your party, or someone invited (who had no idea of the situation) tells him about the party.
  • It is most likely to backfire if the person is inside your inner circle, like a family member in a family gathering or a co-worker in a party among officemates.

Option 3: Cancel or Postpone the party.

Not brave enough to tell the truth but afraid they’ll catch you in a lie? Just cut the problem in its roots. Cancel the party. 

Pros:

  • If you cancel the party, there is no need to deal with the unwanted person.

Cons:

  • It could be a hassle to move the date or to reschedule with your vendors. 
  • The only way postponing would work is if the unwanted person is busy on the new date.
  • Only really possible with small gatherings like a dinner party or a lunch out.

 

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Have Fun Choosing Your Wedding Colors

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Have Fun Choosing Your Wedding Colors 

Your wedding colors set the tone and ambience of your wedding day. However, choosing what looks perfect or what fits you and your partner can be quite a chore. If you’re not in the mood to look at a color wheel, here’s some options on how to choose the best one. 

1. Find a few colors that you and your partner likes.

This is the easiest way to choose: by just settling on what colors you and your partner likes. The only thing that you have to watch out for is if your colors don’t complement each other. If you don’t care about rules and like being rebellious, you can go through with them. If not, what you can do is to find another color that complements both colors to somehow bridge them. 

An example is when you’re afraid orange and green can’t go together, just add yellow in the middle to harmonize them. Of course, try to use pastel-ish versions. Try not to use any neons as they are harder to match and put together. 

2. Find colors that fit the season of your wedding day. 

If you can’t decide what colors to choose, use the current season as your inspiration. Getting married on a summer’s day? Try sky blue and sand white, or sea green and salmon color. 

Tying the knot in a winter wedding gives you the opportunity to use rich color combinations like mauve and jade, or magenta and yellow. 

You can turn to vibrant fall colors if you’re getting married during the autumn season. Burnt orange, browns and navy blues can highlight your color motif for your special day. 

Of course, spring colors are just as lovely. This is your chance to use flamboyant color combinations like hot pink and lemon yellow, and get away with it.

Alternatively, you can use what flowers are in season and then choose similar complementary colors.

3. Find colors that look good on you and your spouse-to-be. 

If you’re impartial to whatever looks good and doesn’t really have a preference with colors, just choose colors that look good on both of you. If you’ve not heard of skin undertones, you should look into it. It’s basically that if you have a warm undertone, rich warm colors look good on you while cool colors will make you look pale, and vice versa. 

Choosing your wedding colors doesn’t have to be hard. Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix and match colors. It’s your wedding, after all. Have fun!

 

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How To Clean Up After A Party At Home

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How To Clean Up After A Party At Home

Enjoyed last night’s party with friends at your home? Now comes the hard part: the morning-after cleaning. You’d think cleaning up your home after a party is technically easy, but knowing how to clean efficiently and effectively is what’s more important. 

Here are some tips to remember when you have to clean up your home after last night’s party. 

  1. Gather your cleaning materials.

Doing so will avoid you having to rinse off the soap and wipe off each time you need an item. Also, should you need an item, it’s already accessible so you need not have to go looking everywhere for it since it’s already there.

Aside from a pail of water, bleach detergent, and scrub, make sure you have a pair of rubber gloves ready. It is also recommended to prepare a vacuum, stain remover stick and a few garbage bags. 

  1. Check even the unlikely, unusual spots.

Aside from picking up all the litter and leftovers, you have to check all the nooks and crannies of your house for food crumbs, and spilled liquid. While you might think it’s impossible for clutter and garbage to reach a certain area, it wouldn’t hurt to make sure that you get everything covered and cleaned. You wouldn’t want to risk a rat, roach, or ant infestation. 

Don’t forget to look (and clean) under the carpet, between the couch cushions and any other possible surface that a guest might have used. 

  1. Make sure that your bathroom is clean.

If you’ve ever seen a drunk person, you’ll know their aim when peeing deteriorates. Hence, your walls might have fallen victim to an unsolicited shower. Moreover, a guest could have peed on any other surface other than the bowl (you never know). So to be safe, you have to clean everything. Another thing is that most likely, you’ve run out of toilet paper, so don’t forget to restock. 

Bonus: Check your furniture, like wooden tables or any other wooden surface, for water rings, as guests might not have used coasters with their drinks. Additionally, search your carpet for stains that you might not have noticed immediately so that you can spot treat it as soon as possible.

 

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Is It OK to Throw Your Own Bridal Shower?

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Is It OK to Throw Your Own Bridal Shower?

Do you throw your own bridal shower or not? That is a good question. While the short answer is yes, you can if you want to, there are really a lot of things to consider before doing so.

A bridal shower is something “done for” a bride to shower her with gifts. To throw yourself one might look to others as a bit narcissistic and greedy because it will look like you’re asking for gifts. Some people even consider it rude to host your own bridal shower. 

If you are concerned about being seen as gift-greedy or rude, make sure someone else is hosting it for you. Your name shouldn’t be placed on the invite as hostess, but you can offer to help plan the party or to help with the costs. 

If you really want to have one and it doesn’t seem to be in the works, you can express your desire to have a bridal shower to your bridal party. But do note that no one owes you a shower nor is anyone obligated to throw you one. Of course, manage your expectations should someone else throw you a small, humble celebration. 

If you have too few friends or don’t have a bridal party, you may ask your mother or your siblings instead. This option doesn’t really look too good either because it could look like your family is asking for gifts, but this is still better than throwing your own.

If you aren’t worried about what other people will say and are not a fan of outdated rules, then by all means, go ahead. However, here’s what you have to consider:

1. Do not ask your guests to contribute for the shower party costs. 

The financial obligation would usually fall on the bridal party. However, if you’re the one hosting, it’s best if you or your family shoulder it. 

2. Do not invite too many guests. 

There is no need to invite all the women from your wedding guest list. Invite just your closest friends and family members. You can also invite those who can’t attend the wedding so they can still celebrate with you. 

3. Do think of your bridal party’s financial situation and schedule. 

Since most bridal showers are expected to happen a month or less before the wedding, they might already have reached their budget limit for that quarter. Also, they may need more time to prepare or to take another work leave, so inform them as soon as you can. 

If you’re just afraid to burden other people, what you can do is to throw yourself a bachelorette party instead.  

Hey, brides-to-be! What do you think? Should you throw your own bridal shower?

 

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Choose Your Wedding Linens Wisely

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Choose Your Wedding Linens Wisely

Wedding linens include tablecloths, napkins, chair covers, and table runners. They protect guests as well as furniture from spills and stains. More than that, linens serve as decorative elements, adding to the overall look of your big day.

Choosing linens doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are some things to remember when renting your wedding linens. 

1. Stick to your budget. 

Linen rental costs ranges from as low as $6 to about $20 each. Sometimes, when we’re too distracted with choosing from the different colors and styles, we don’t notice that we’ve gone beyond what we  intended to spend. Moreover, there might be times that we feel uncomfortable negotiating for a better deal.

What you can do is to start the buying process with the budget in mind. Doing so will set the expectation of the vendor on where you are at budget-wise. Also, research in advance on what types of wedding linen are within your price range.

2. Figure out what style you want or what design you are going for. 

When you know what you want, you’ll only have to browse certain styles and you don’t have to go through all the types just to have an idea of what you want. 

Also, since you already have an idea on what look you’re going for, it’s easier to mix and match the pieces, with regards to the color and design. And with that, the next point brings us home. 

3. List down the important details of what you are looking for. 

Since you already have a budget in mind, as well as a theme you’re going for, you can now easily list down all that you’ll be needing for your wedding reception. 

Make sure to note the quantity and the different types you’ll be needing, as well as the places you’ll be putting them in. It might be helpful if you also list down the average prices for each type so you’ll know when you’re reaching too high a price tag. 

Another  important thing to add is to bring a cheat sheet of the exact measurements you’ll be needing so that you don’t end up with tablecloths that are too long for your tables and draping over everyone’s shoes (to the point there might even be an accident) or too short that you can see everyone’s crotches.

4. Add a little extra flair

You won’t go wrong if you stick to tried and true solid colors, like white or cream, for example. But that would be too boring, right? Add a little something dramatic to add interest to your wedding style. You can also use different fabric textures or use fabric prints for contrast.

 

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