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Friday, May 23, 2014

Gala Event Planning Tips

Hosting a gala event, black tie affair or fancy reception requires hard work and great organization. You want things to run smoothly and be as elegant and fairy-tale like as possible. There are many things that you’ll want to be aware of as you begin your planning.

- hire help or at least recruit friends or family members that you can count on and that you can give specific duties too.

- find your venue and check out the set up, halls, ballrooms or churches are often rented out for such fancy events

- choose your Master of Ceremonies to host your event

- choose a menu, bar options, dessert buffet

- if it’s a charity event you’ll need to decide on your fundraising and set goals for this as well

- choose your invitations, rsvp cards and send these out at least 6 weeks in advance of your event, include dress code (black tie, formal)

- choose table seating cards, tables, chairs, tablecloths, table decorations and any other decor require

- does the venue have a PA system or do you need to bring one in, choose your music or have your MC prepare this

-make a table seating chart and have hosts to direct people to their seats

Well that’s a short list with lots of information to think about if you’re about to plan a gala event, especially if it’s your first time hosting something this big and special. Just remember to enlist help and it will all come together.

Here are some samples of table seating cards, invitations and reply cards below. You can visit here to see lots more styles and various  color combinations.

Silver Sequins Invitation Card
Silver Sequins Invitation Card
Black Gold Black Corporate Party Event Template Personalized Invite
Black Tie Corporate Party Event Invite
Black and White Initial Reply Card
Black and White Reply Card
Black & White Traditional Wedding RSVP Card
Black & White Traditional RSVP Card
Formal Tuxedo Black Table Number Seating Place Table Cards
Formal Tuxedo Black Table Number Seating Cards
Elegant Black and White Art Deco Table Numbers Post Card
Elegant Black and White Table Seating Cards

Monday, May 5, 2014

Travelling - Don’t Eat That

I thought I’d share some travel tips for those that might be going on a trip or happen to be frequent flyers.  Since I am doing some research on this for my husband and myself so that we can have a comfortable flight on our next trip, I thought others might benefit from the information as well.

If you are going on a long flight anywhere from 5 – 10 hours here are some things you’ll want to avoid eating and drinking to ensure a more comfortable time during your flight.

The day before your long flight avoid rich, heavy foods. Starches and foods that contain heavy cream as these take longer to digest and may aggravate your digestive system. When you’re sitting for long periods of time bloating and discomfort become more pronounced. The pressurized airplane cabin promotes bloating as it is. Try to get up and walk around, even just standing up and stretching for a couple of minutes can help.  Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these can dehydrate you, even carbonated drinks can cause discomfort, though I often thought that ginger ale was supposed to calm the stomach!  Water is better!

Eat lightly the day before a long flight. Avoid all fast food! Grease is not your friend! Protein like chicken, fish or turkey will keep you satiated and is easier to digest. Fruits and non gaseous vegetables are fine to consume as well.

On the flight bring snacks like bananas, nuts , carrot  sticks and bottled water. You need to stay hydrated so drink plenty of water or light fruit juices even if it means more trips to the washroom.

Keep items like tums, antacids and something for stomach cramping in your carry-on. Gravol can be useful to keep nausea away. Mints or menthol gum can be helpful too!

Well I hope these tips make your next travel vacation or business flight more enjoyable!

I’ve been working lots on my websites and creating designs. Here are a few below. Thanks for visiting my sites.

Leopard Pattern Baby Shower Invitation
Leopard Pattern Baby Shower Invitation
Ocean Beach Scene Save the Date Postcards
Ocean Beach Scene Save the Date Postcards
Cartoon Giraffe with Flowers Baby Bibs
Cartoon Giraffe with Flowers Baby Bibs
Pink Flamingos Birthday Greetings Greeting Card
Pink Flamingos Birthday Greeting Card
Busy Bees Honey Do List Dry-Erase Whiteboard
Busy Bees Honey Do List Dry-Erase Whiteboard
Animal Patterns Earth Tones Birthday Invitation
Animal Patterns Earth Tones Birthday Invitation