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4 Tips for Making Place Cards

4 Tips for Making Place Cards

Contents

– Tip 1: Make place cards to place next to the plate

– Tip 2: Make place cards to put on the plate

– Tip 3: Make place cards to attach to glasses

– Tip 4: Make place cards to attach or place on cutlery

Place cards are a great way to track where each guest is seated for a lunch or dinner party of at least 6-8 people. A simple cardboard box folded in half can be sufficient. However, here are a few ideas to make more unique place cards that your guests may enjoy keeping as a souvenir of a festive or convivial moment.

Tip 1: Make place cards to place next to the plate

Traditionally, place cards are placed next to the plate. It is also the formula that lends itself to a maximum of possible variations.

– Bouquet bookmark:

◦ Attach a tag with the guest’s name to a mini-bouquet of fresh flowers or lavender.

◦ Your tags can adopt a variety of shapes: rectangular, round or free form (star, heart, butterfly, tree…).

– Bookmark bundle:

◦ Tie a small bundle of twigs or cinnamon sticks with a brass wire, and attach a tag.

◦ Or use just 2 twigs or 2 cinnamon sticks; insert the tag between them and hold it together with two glue dots or a bit of brass wire.

– Fruit bookmark:

◦ Glue a tag onto a toothpick.

◦ Prick the whole thing into a red apple or tangerine.

– Pinecone bookmark:

◦ Vertically saw a pine cone about a third of the way up.

◦ Insert a tag into it.

– Bookmark cap:

◦ Cut a slit in a cork; insert a tag.

◦ Cut a cork in half across its height and poke a toothpick into it with a label glued on.

– Easter place card:

◦ Fill an egg cup with foam.

◦ Stick a toothpick in it with a label glued on it.

Tip 2: Make place cards to put on the plate

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You can also place many of the place cards next to the plate on the plate for a change. Here are some other ideas as well:

– Prepare a name tag with the guest’s name. Make two slits above and below the name using a cutter, and slip in a fresh flower stem.

– Prepare a name tag for the guest. With a cutter, make two slits to the right and left of the name and insert a piece of wide ribbon with the ends cut into a pennant.

– With a piece of string, attach a pretty tag to a boxwood branch or fir.

– Open a walnut and hollow it out. Close it with glue dots after having slipped the end of a rectangular tag into it, the tip of which you will have cut into a pennant.

Tip 3: Make place cards to attach to glasses

You can also use glasses to make unusual place cards:

– Cut out a star, heart or simply rectangular label. Cut a slit in the glass to slide the label onto the base of a stemmed glass.

– Cut a star, heart, or cloud tag and tie it with a thin ribbon around the base of a glass.

– Cut a label in the shape of a pennant, a star, a heart… Glue it to a wooden spike and place the spike in the glass.

Tip 4: Make place cards to attach or place on cutlery

– Gather all the cutlery, tie it with a ribbon and attach a place card. Place on the plate.

– Cut out a star, heart, flower, butterfly, etc., tag and slide it between two tines of a fork with the tines pointing skyward.

Have you got some more ideas? Remember to share your thoughts in the section below.

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Top 5 Best Tips For Throwing The Perfect Adult Pajama Party

The sleepover, also called pajama party, is the night with friends par excellence. Contrary to what one might think, these parties are not reserved for teenage girls. It’s an opportunity to get together with friends in an intimate setting to party. So grab your invitation cards and enjoy a themed pajama party.

Adult sleepover: the best activities at home

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To make your sleepover a memorable moment, certain activities are a must. They will allow you to spend a privileged moment with your guests and friends at home. To set the mood and enjoy your evening, here are the best activities to do before you slip into bed with a good movie.

Do you want to go back to childhood for a night? The “pajama party” theme is ideal for that! But you’re too old to have pillow fights and tell stories by the fire… So you’ll have to spice things up a bit by incorporating a few extra ingredients, especially for adults, into your costume pajama party!

1. The outfit

As for the kids, you can wear your favorite pajamas or wear your usual sleepwear! We get a rather singular guest panorama between the leopard print nighties, the basic boxer shorts / tee-shirts, and the terrycloth robes! In general, this makes for a pretty colorful mix.

If your wardrobe doesn’t contain the pajamas of your dreams, you can opt for a full-body suit that imitates an animal, a character that symbolizes your childhood, or- more gory- a bloody zombie pajamas… Cold sweat guaranteed!

2. The menu

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You don’t need to change much from the kids’ menu, except maybe the quantities! You’ll probably have invited more people to your sleepover… So you’ll need to give your guests some strength. On the other hand, you can be a little more daring with your drinks by proposing original cocktails that remind, for example, of children’s tastes. Use colored syrups or spirits and give them symbolic names. You can even put some candies in them!

3. The animations

This is where the adult sleepover can be a little more extravagant than the kids’! Of course, music is essential to create a festive atmosphere. You can opt for the “dance party” version by playing a playlist of circumstances or for a “karaoke party”, which can prove to be very amusing if the guests play the game.

To immortalize the event, organize a small photo studio in the corner of your reception room. Provide your guests with a camera on a tripod and a myriad of crazy accessories… The result is often memorable! In addition, it will make you nice memories!

You can also organize games. Why not play “truth or dare” for a return to adolescence”. You can also opt for board games, there are different ones, and some are even created specifically for adults. Our recommendation a few sheets of paper, pens, drawings, and let’s go for a game of Pictionary.

4. The decoration

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The theme of childhood is recurrent in “pajama parties”, often because the guests are themselves big children! Of course, the symbols of childhood differ from one person to another, but some elements are still essential. This is the case of pillows and duffel bags, candies, and balloons.

Take out of the closet or the attic all the objects you used when you were a child but which have disappeared today: record player, walkman, cassette player, Gameboy, Nintendo… After that, it’s up to you to embellish your room with lights, frills, feathers, and sequins. Be careful not to overload your decoration to leave room for your guests. The atmosphere must be cozy but not cluttered.

5. Dance and sing until the end of the night

What would a sleepover be without karaoke? This is one of the must-do activities of the evening. You can suggest to your guests to prepare a list of songs on paper and draw a title to be interpreted. Whether you’re a team or solo, with or without a microphone, you can find karaoke stations online to have fun at home.

Ideally, you should have a projection system or a screen large enough for everyone to follow the lyrics. For a successful karaoke party, you can also focus on decoration: disco balls, wigs, and kitschy accessories; anything goes. Dancing and singing during your sleepover is a great idea to ensure an atmosphere that lasts until the end of the night. Our advice, avoid high notes, and your neighbors will thank you.

Looking for help?

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Tips To Organise A Lovely Easter Brunch

Easter is usually a time to invite family and friends over for a cozy brunch, but now that the coronavirus has hit, things are unfolding differently than usual. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a cozy easter brunch for your family. Thinking of having fun but dreading the preparation? With these tips, you can make a delicious Easter brunch with surprising ease.

Start spring off with a bang and enjoy a cozy and delicious brunch with your family. Let the kids hunt for chocolate Easter eggs in the garden and draw on them at the table. The kids will have lots of fun while you enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea to your heart’s content!

What Shouldn’t Be Missing For An Easter Brunch 

When you think of Easter, you think of eggs. Of course, they are indispensable to a well-organized dining table. And there are plenty of basic items available for an Easter brunch that most people will love. Of course, you can add your own favorites to this list.

  • Easter Brunch List
  • Fresh roll cake
  • Croissants
  • Cheese
  • Matzos
  • Sausage
  • Jam
  • Sugar, for matzos
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Coffee and tea
  • Fresh fruit juice

As you can see, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a successful Easter brunch. You can bake it yourself or simply buy it from a bakery or supermarket. You’ve come a long way when you have a table full of different types of cheese and sausages to decorate your sandwiches. Let the butter come to room temperature for easier spreading.

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Give The Table An Easter Atmosphere

Once the table is set, everyone is immediately in a good mood. Easter reminds us of spring. Little lambs frolicking in the meadow, bunnies, chicks, blooming flowers, spring flowers sprouting from the ground. Bright yellow and green tones go well with Easter.

Place cheerful cloths on the table, colorful napkins, candles, and fun egg cups that the children can make themselves. Place flowering water plants, crocuses, and grape hyacinths on the table. Don’t forget the Easter branches. Not much space? Pretty floral branches also look good on an Easter table and make it a little more compact.

Chocolate Easter eggs and Easter bunnies also make incredible decorations, but the Easter table’s most important is family. Enjoy a cozy get-together and make it a relaxing time for everyone.

A Great Addition to Your Easter Brunch!

How about a surprise for everyone? Prepare a delicious soup. Place a large pot on the table or serve in small glasses as an amuse-bouche. If you choose a variation of vegetables, it will be nice and not too heavy with the other dishes.

Asparagus is also strongly associated with Easter. It is a perfect spring vegetable that is usually available around Easter. Its smooth, delicate flavor goes well with a variety of recipes. How about a delicious, light salad with asparagus and various types of cheese? It’s a fresh change from bread-based meals. Savory pies are also delicious and easy to prepare in advance.

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Prevent Easter Brunch Stress

Don’t think too hard. You can spend hours in the kitchen, but you don’t have to. You can also opt for a variety of ready-made items. Some dishes and the table decorations can also be prepared in advance. This way, you can enjoy eating and playing in the moment. For instance, you can easily prepare soup the day before. You just need to heat it up a bit before consuming.

Beverages

Set up a self-service beverage station away from the kitchen.

A small table outside the workspace in the center of the home is ideal for any gathering, especially brunch. A bowl or bucket of ice, a can of water or soda, and a jug or carafe make it easy for guests to share their portions while plates are set out on the buffet or dining table.

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How do you celebrate Easter? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to Throw a Housewarming Party on a Budget (Part 2)

Moving costs money, so it’s understandable if you don’t want to throw a large party straight away. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to organize a fantastic housewarming party. When it comes to a new house celebration, there aren’t many rules—just do what makes the most sense given the time, space, and budget you have, and focus on having a nice time. Don’t know where to begin? Read through the following suggestions to get started arranging your perfect housewarming party on a budget.

Visit a dollar store.

Go to the dollar store if you’re dead set on decorating. In terms of incredibly cheap decorating and party supplies, you’ll have a lot of possibilities. Remember the golden rule of dollar stores: don’t buy something just because it’s cheap if you don’t want or need it. Save your decorations for the next party after yours is over!

Make a one-of-a-kind large-batch drink.

How to Throw a Housewarming Party

Purchasing alcohol for a party can be costly, and it’s difficult to predict what people will want to drink and how much they will want to drink. Instead of guessing, make a large batch cocktail to serve a crowd (all of these can be made for about $30). Inform your guests that a cocktail will be given but that they are welcome to bring whatever additional alcohol they choose, such as beer, wine, or a specific sort of liquor.

Budget-Friendly Bites

Most of the money you’ll spend on your housewarming celebration will go toward food. However, you can put up a spectacular feast with a little imagination without breaking the bank. There are some wonderful budget-friendly side dishes, appetizers, and entrees here. If you don’t feel like cooking, there’s always pizza, which is always a good choice for a low-cost meal.

Alternatively, make it a potluck.

Potlucks are a good way to feed a large group without spending much money. Asking each of your friends to bring food to share is a perfectly acceptable request, and many people love making or baking something special for the occasion.

Go For A Dessert Party

Have you ever heard of cakes disappointing someone? No, because everyone loves sweets. And there are a lot of desserts that are very cheap compared to meat and cheese and other savory snacks. You need to let your guests know in advance, and also, you can’t throw a dessert party at lunch, so the timing needs to be well-thought-out. You can think of setting a sundae bar with different ice-cream flavors and fun toppings.

Use Your Plates And Utensils

People think that using paper plates is the best way to go as you bypass the whole dishwashing process, but this is a great way to waste your money. I would recommend that you use your plates, utensils, and glasses- even though it will cost you time when washing the dishes, at least you won’t have a hole in your wallet.

The Ambiance

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Throwing a budget housewarming party—or any party—is all about setting the tone and making the occasion appear more extravagant than it is. There are various ways to accomplish this, like lighting candles, creating fantastic music, and putting cookies in the oven when guests arrive so that the aroma of freshly baked food greets them. Consider how you may add value to the event without spending money by focusing less on the obvious and more on the overall atmosphere.

Games

Create your own free housewarming party games, such as a scavenger hunt of objects in the house, a quiz about your town or city, or a scramble with phrases relating to your new home if you want to provide a little extra amusement. You can either print out game printables or build your own.

The secret to organizing a budget-friendly housewarming celebration is to make the best of what you have and not give in to expectations about what your party should look like and entail. The guests who attend are there to show their support for you and see your new home; they aren’t expecting anything extravagant. Make sure that you work within your budget. It will prevent you from being stressed about your situation afterward. In the comments, let us know what you think is the perfect budget for a housewarming party…

Table Plan

How to Make a Table Plan

How to Make a Table Plan

 Summary

 – Step 1: Choose the number of guests

 – Step 2: Prepare your seating plan in advance

 – Step 3: Place the host and hostess

 – Step 4: Place the guests of honour

 – Step 5: Place the other guests

 – Step 6: Arrange any place cards

 

 For a formal luncheon or dinner, for a business meal, it is sometimes helpful to know the precise rules of etiquette to make a table plan and place the guests without making mistakes. For less formal occasions, relax the protocol, but keep the rules that allow you to honour a guest and put all guests at ease. Let’s see closer below…

 1. Choose the number of guests

 – Invite an even number of guests, as many men and women as possible.

 – For a traditional seating arrangement, with the master and mistress of the house presiding opposite each other, plan for 6, 10 or 14 guests.

 – If possible, avoid seating more than 14 or 16 guests at a table.

 Note: The male-female rotation can only be observed with 8, 12 or 16 guests by having two men or two women preside.

 2. Prepare your seating plan in advance

 Think about your seating plan in advance and make a diagram noting the name of the corresponding guest next to each seat.

 This is essential if you wish to respect the strict rules of protocol. Otherwise, it will allow you to think ahead to group guests according to their affinities or to have two people meet.

 3. Place the host and hostess

Table Plan

 There are two ways to place the master and mistress of the house: the French way (preferred) or the English way.

 French placement

 – Place the host and hostess opposite each other, in the middle of each length of the table.

 – Reserve the person who cooks the seat closest to the door so that she can slip away more easily to watch the meal in the kitchen.

 Note: if you are hosting a meal in honour of a person or couple (engagement, wedding…), let that person or couple preside over the table instead of the host(s).

 English style seating

 Place the host and hostess opposite each other at either end of the table.

 Single Master or Mistress of the House

 According to the protocol:

 – If the hostess is single, place a friend or relative or a long-time single friend (but not a married man) across from her.

 – If the host is single, place across from him:

 ◦ the person he wants to honour;

 ◦ or the wife of a friend, only if the friend is present.

 4. Place the guests of honour

 The guests of honour are the people who deserve the most attention. In descending order, these are:

 – A clergyman who will have the place of honour to the hostess’s right.

 – The people with the most critical functions (a woman is considered to have the same function as her husband unless she has a more important function).

 – Older people or first-time guests.

 Place of honour for a man

 For a man, the first place of honour is to the right of the lady of the house, and the second place of honour is to her left.

 Place of honour for a woman

 For a woman, the first place of honour is to the hostess’s right, and the second place of honour is to her left.

 5. Place the other guests

 – Alternate one man and one woman as much as possible.

 Note: A man is in front of a woman in the French seating arrangement. In English seating, a man faces a man, and a woman faces a woman.

 – Separate couples, except for engaged couples and couples who have been married for less than a year.

 – If you’ve adopted the French seating arrangement, place familiar guests and younger guests at the end of the table.

 – Take into account the affinities or, on the contrary, the possible incompatibilities of moods of each one.

 – Reserve the most comfortable seats for women.

 6. Put out place cards if necessary.

 – Up to 8 people, the host guides each guest to his place, starting with the guests of honour.

 If you have more than 8 guests, you can place a place card with each guest’s name.

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Seating Etiquette Guide

Organising A Romantic Dinner At Home: 8 Tips

Eating out together is fun, but a romantic dinner at home is even more lovely, and you can enjoy each other’s company without waiters coming to the table every two steps or prying eyes! Here are some tips to help you organize yours!

1) Clear Schedule

Before getting into the specifics of recipes, flavors, and meal planning, create the scene for a romantic dinner for two. If you have children, now is the time to enlist the help of a babysitter. Also, if you have roommates, let them know that you need some privacy.

You may want to agree to spend the night free from technology by turning off the TV, putting your cell phone out of sight, etc. Making plans may seem forced, but it is a great way to protect your relationship from the enormous amount of “life” that constantly bombards you!

2) Cooking

Planning a romantic dinner requires some time and energy in advance, but this does not have to be stressful. You might have dinner together, cook together, and then do the dishes before starting dessert.

Since you cannot be in the kitchen for hours, choose ingredients that will make a beautiful, delicious meal in a short amount of time. Open a bottle of wine while cooking together. Don’t like wine? Have a cocktail together!

Many restaurants will deliver delicious meals if the kitchen is not your thing. Checking the menu in advance to see if there is something you both like will add to the romantic atmosphere.

3) Whet Your Appetite!

To awaken romance between two people, it is a good idea to incorporate a heart-fluttering dish at dinner. Think oysters and bananas and salmon, strawberries, olive oil, cream, and pine nuts.

Salmon makes a great appetizer or main dish, while bananas, strawberries, and whipped cream make a delicious dessert in no time.

For dried fruits, walnuts, hazelnuts, or almonds will make a romantic evening.

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4) Create a Romantic Atmosphere

Why not consider a playlist of the most romantic songs? A nice tablecloth, napkins, and a bouquet of flowers will also contribute to the ambiance. You can also leave sweet notes all over the place.

Stick a sweet sticky note in his pocket or jacket to hide it. Leave playful little messages here and there. Warm up for a romantic evening.

What could be more romantic than a house full of candles ? Dim the lights and enjoy a candlelight dinner.

5) Dinner Outdoors

Even if you don’t have a well-kept yard, you can still create a romantic impression if you’re lucky enough to have a balcony. Good food, beautiful skies, and romance come naturally.

6) Dress to Impress

When you first started dating, you probably stood in front of your wardrobe for hours, not knowing what to wear, but now is the time to wear your sexiest outfit for an evening of romantic and delicious meals.

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7) About Talking Points

Avoid talking about work, family drama, or anything with a negative connotation. It is good to talk about happy memories together and what you want to do in the future

The key is to think positively. If you are upset with them for whatever reason, save it for another time.

8) Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy

It’s a night to enjoy the food, enjoy the romantic evening, and most importantly, enjoy each other’s company. Don’t stop at this one night. Plan at least one romantic night or dinner with the person you love each month.

With these tips, you should be able to plan a delightful surprise for your partner!

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How to Throw a Housewarming Party on a Budget (Part 1)

You’ve just moved in, unloaded your belongings, and are eager to show off your new digs. What better way to celebrate than throwing a housewarming party? A housewarming party is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate your exciting new digs and take a respite after the stress of moving, whether you go casual or lavish, open invite or private guest list. And the good news is that you can create a fantastic housewarming celebration on a shoestring budget.

Moving costs money, so it’s understandable if you don’t want to throw a large party straight away. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to organize a fantastic housewarming party. When it comes to a new house celebration, there aren’t many rules—just do what makes the most sense given the time, space, and budget you have, and focus on having a nice time. Don’t know where to begin? Read through the following suggestions to get started arranging your perfect housewarming party on a budget.

Determine how much money you want to spend.

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Housewarming Party on a Budget

You need to know how much money you have to work with before you make any decisions concerning your housewarming party. Don’t feel obligated to spend a lot of money—a fantastic housewarming celebration can be a low-key affair. The first important thing is to know how much you’re willing to spend—whether it’s $50 or $500—and then you can focus on the rest of the details.

Decide on an acceptable timeframe.

Many people put off holding a housewarming celebration until after they have moved into their new home for a few months. Working within limitations that you’re comfortable with is key when planning a housewarming celebration on a budget, and this applies to both timing and money. Determine a timeframe that will allow you to recoup financially from the move, rather than feeling obligated to do it within the first month or two of setting down.

Be Realistic

Party planning usually begins with big ideas ultimately whittled down to something more manageable. And that’s perfectly fine! Nobody is expecting a Pinterest-worthy party or anything straight from the pages of Martha Stewart Living. Set realistic expectations for your housewarming celebration, and don’t stress over attaining an arbitrary ideal.

Keep the guest list to a minimum.

It is not necessary to invite many guests to a party. While a housewarming party is certainly the type of event to which you can invite acquaintances, if you’re on a budget, you’re usually better off limiting the guest list to only your closest friends and their significant others (if applicable). This will make your party more controllable as well as cost-effective.

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Send out invitations for free.

The days of sending invitations by snail mail are long gone. The internet provides many options for sending dazzling invitations by email, but they are not all inexpensive. Fortunately, services like Paperless Post and Punchbowl offer free alternatives. A simple (closed) Facebook invitation or even individual text messages to your invitees may suffice if you don’t feel like going all out. Just give your guests plenty of notice before the party and ask for RSVPs so you know how many people to expect.

The Setting

The setting—and the star—of your housewarming celebration is your home. The rest is merely icing on the cake. Because decorations may rapidly add up, if you’re hosting a housewarming party on a budget, forgo them entirely and focus on making your home look its best with what you already have. If you want to add some personal touches, buy items you can use after the party, such as string lights, art, or a gorgeous dessert stand for the kitchen countertop.

Let us know in the comments if you want to read more about housewarming parties…

 

Hall Renters

What Hall Renters Wish You Never Know!

What Hall Renters Wish You Never Know!

Summary

Step 1: Determine the furniture budget

Step 2: Plan a decoration budget

Step 3: An empty room or furnished room?

You are going to rent a room to celebrate a birthday, a baptism, a wedding, in short, an exceptional event: when defining your budget for your event, be sure to add rental items, the rental of furniture and decoration, so as not to have any unpleasant surprises on the actual cost of your party.

Here is how to calculate the furniture and decoration budget for your hall rental.

1. Determine the furniture budget

If you rent an empty room, you will need to rent the necessary furniture.

Whether it’s a wedding or any other event with a seated meal, you will need to rent tables and chairs. This rental represents an additional cost, which should not be forgotten when budgeting for the project.

As an example, count:

  • between $3 and $4 per day for a simple chair (resin);

  • between $5 and $6 for a velvet chair;

  • from $18 to $28 for a round table that can accommodate about ten people.

Please note that these prices are indicative only. Since the COVID-19, the prices may have risen drastically. Kindly check the updated prices with your room supplier.

2. Plan a decoration budget

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You may also need to budget for decoration: flowers, balloons, lights, etc. Indeed, the appearance of some rooms is less suitable than others for an event.

For example, you will need a larger decoration budget for a wedding if you rent a party room than if you rent a castle.

Decorate your chairs

Here are some tips to decorate your chairs without breaking the bank:

Rent plain white chairs, which you cover with clear covers or veils purchased or rented in bulk.

You can also decorate your chairs with a pretty ribbon on the back.

Flower the room without breaking the bank

While it’s part of the tradition, floral decorating can be an expensive expense:

Rather than natural bouquets, vases filled with water with rose petals on the surface look great.

For a wedding, you can suggest that couples who are getting married on the same day as you contribute to purchasing flowers that will remain in place all day.

3. An empty room or furnished room?

Similarly, don’t forget to evaluate your decoration needs according to your renting room. In the end, a cheap space may not be as good a deal as a more expensive room that is furnished and charming.

Other budget items should not be forgotten for the rental, such as the corkage fee sometimes claimed by the renter or the caterer.

You can also hire an event organizer to manage your reception.

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Hope this post and the links above will help you find your way into the dynamic room rental business. This post is incomplete without your comments, so please take a few seconds to jot down a few words in the section below.

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Non-Alcoholic Summer Drinks That’ll Get Any Party Started

These mocktails, punches, and lemonades prove that you can’t throw a party without drinks. And for the rest of you, we’ve got five next-level summer cocktails you must try.

 

 Strawberry Lemonade

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 The ideal summer beverage! For the perfect summer cocktail, combine freshly squeezed lemons with luscious strawberries. Remove the seeds and excess pulp from the strawberry puree by straining it. Mint gives a pleasant zing to the dish. However, it is completely optional! It’s tangy, sweet, and refreshing all over.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 c. granulated sugar

6 c. water, divided

1 lb. strawberries, hulled and halved

1 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice, from about 10 lemons

Ice

Mint leaves (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS

Mix sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to low heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow cooling.

 Mix strawberries with 1 cup water in a blender. Blend until smooth. Strain the purée through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids.

 Combine the simple syrup, strawberry puree, lemon juice, and the remaining 4 cups of water in a large pitcher. To taste, add extra water or lemon juice.

 

 If preferred, serve over ice with mint.

 

Virgin Cranberry Basil Sangria

 

What is Sangria if it isn’t made with wine? Please accept my request. Use whatever fruit is in season and get creative with the combination; for the holidays, try cranberries, orange slices, and rosemary; try mixed berries and mint for the summer.

 

INGREDIENTS

3 c. cranberry juice

Juice of 1 orange (about 1/2 c.)

1 (12-oz.) can seltzer

1 orange, sliced

1 apple, cored and sliced

1/3 c. frozen cranberries

1/4 c. packed basil leaves

Ice

 

DIRECTIONS

Combine the cranberry juice, orange juice, and seltzer in a big pitcher. Stir in the fruit and basil until everything is well combined.

To serve, pour over ice.

 

Virgin Piña Colada

 

Let a non-alcoholic pina colada, simply a tropical milkshake, wash away your worries. Although the classic form has a texture similar to a smoothie or ice cream, we like this significantly richer and creamier variant. It makes you question why pia Coladas were never served with ice cream in the first place! This cocktail is for you if you find yourself on a tropical vacation (or wish you were) during Dry January.

 

 It’s rich, tangy, and sweet, and it’s exactly what the doctor prescribed. After only one drink, you’ll be addicted.

 

If you wish to add liquor to this playful spin on the original, add a cup, a 1/2 of dark or light rum, or a combination of the two.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 (10-oz.) bag frozen pineapple chunks  

4 large scoops of ice cream (about 1 cup)

1 c. coconut milk

1/2 c. pineapple juice

Pineapple wedge, for serving

Maraschino cherry, for serving

 

DIRECTIONS

Blend frozen pineapple, ice cream, coconut milk, and pineapple juice in a blender until smooth.

Serve in glasses with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry on top.

 

Virgin Mojito with Blackberries

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With fresh mint and citrus, classic mojitos are always refreshing. With an easy minty simple syrup with fresh blackberries, this non-alcoholic alternative is just as pleasant. It’ll make you fantasize about carefree summer days. The simple syrup will produce more than you need, but it may be kept refrigerated for up to a week and used in other recipes, such as homemade lemonade.

 

INGREDIENTS

FOR MINT SYRUP

1/2 c. packed fresh mint leaves

1 c. granulated sugar

1 c. water

FOR MOJITO

1 c. blackberries

1 tsp. granulated sugar

1/2 c. lime juice

Ice

2 (12-oz.) cans seltzer

Fresh mint, for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

Crush mint leaves in a small pot using a spoon or a mortar and pestle. Bring the sugar and water to a boil over medium heat, constantly stirring to dissolve the sugar. Allow 3 minutes for the water to boil. Allow cooling to room temperature before straining out the mint leaves with a wooden spoon to extract all of the liquid.

Add blackberries and sugar to a small bowl, then crush with a wooden spoon until the blackberries are broken down.

Pour 2 teaspoons of simple syrup and 2 tablespoons lime juice into each of 4 cups of blackberries. Fill glasses halfway with ice, then top with seltzer and mint.

 

These four drinks will be your next favorite whenever you are looking for a non-alcoholic drink. Let us know in the comments which one are you willing to try…

Organizing A Staff Party: 7 Essential Tips

Do you want to plan a company party but don’t know how to go about it? Don’t worry, we’ve got wise advice, lots of practical information, and a step-by-step plan to help you on your way!

The planning of a company party is the hardest part of this adventure. Or, as your boss always says, “Don’t think about the problem, think about the challenge.

The reality is that there is plenty of company party inspiration on the Internet, a world of suppliers, and even themed staff parties and unique activities to choose from. It can be paralyzing with so many choices, but we’ve got the essential tips out for you!

1) Organize a Team

Decide on a certain number of people and plan a party together. This is useful because each person has their own area of expertise, such as a good person picking out party decorations or an all-rounder. You can also have someone observe their duties, for example, if they fall down the stairs and break their leg.

2) Make It a Project

Share documents in Google Docs or Google Spreadsheets, or find an online environment to start a project. It helps if all team members know exactly what still needs to be done and everyone has an overview. It also helps to know your budget. Make sure you have enough time and money to spend on the staff party as a team.

3) Determine the Purpose of the Company Party

What is the reason for the party? Opening a new location, substantial numbers in the last year, Christmas, motivation, meeting new team members?

4) Check the Guest List

Staff parties and company parties: they are not the same thing. A staff party is for the staff, that makes sense. However, people may come from outside the company at a company party, such as to see the new building. It would be helpful to adapt the program to this.

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5) Set the Date Early

If you have friends and family, you know how complicated it is to have 5 or more people in the same place at the same time nowadays – Sarah has never hired a babysitter for her son, John always has a yoga class on Tuesday nights, and Max has a nightly Netflix date!

So, make sure to send out the invitations well in advance, with plenty of time to spare, at least 6 weeks before the party. Be aware of the holidays, or you will be alone on the dance floor.

6) Party Place or Office?

Sometimes it is not all that complicated, especially if you’re celebrating the opening in the office building itself. It often gets complicated if you want to throw the party somewhere else.

Advantages of On-Site Company Information Meetings

  • Cross-industrial exchange
  • No sticky residue, no cleaning required
  • More of an office atmosphere

Disadvantages of On-Site Company Parties

  • Budget is expensive
  • Hard to find a suitable location
  • Of course, the layout and size of the building are also essential factors. It is difficult to hold a party in an office building with many small spaces, but a cafeteria or coffee shop can go a long way.

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7) Planning a Company Party Yourself, or Having One Planned?

There are two kinds of people: those in the middle of this article who are ready to do so, and those who are now crying about the amount of work.

Do you belong to the latter group? Then, of course, you could use some help such as hiring a party planner. You’ll really be relinquishing the significant advantage, but it will cost you a bit more.

Let us know how your office party went by in the comments below!