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It’s All In The Family

Successful family reunions represent key milestones in the collective memory of kinfolk. They are events that live on in the minds of relatives as shared bonds, long after the day – or weekend — is over

Why Not Rock The Wedding Party All Weekend

If you’re going to make a party of it, why not let it roll through the weekend? Obviously, a wedding celebration spread over two or three days entails more planning and logistics than a traditional rehearsal dinner and wedding day ceremony with reception to follow. However, with a few strategic steps completed in advance, you can avoid hassles for yourself and your guests…and enjoy a steady two- or three-day ride to remember for years to come, without breaking the bank. First of all, full-weekend wedding parties go much more smoothly when the guests all stay at a single resort or hotel, or at least in very close proximity. It’s not impossible to pull off a successful weekend-long party otherwise, but transportation logistics obviously make it more difficult to organize events when guests are spread all over town. You may consider hosting a hospitality suite at a centrally located hotel where your guests can meet and relax. Here you can offer them snacks, beverages, and reminders about the full weekend itinerary, local maps, menus for favorite local restaurants, and suggestions for local activities and sight-seeing opportunities. Happy experience shows that a simple welcoming party for all guests on the first night of festivities makes for a great kickoff to the weekend, where old friends and family members can re-unite after long separations. Unfamiliar folks can also get acquainted for the first time before the main party to come. The general consensus about welcoming kick-off parties suggests that casual is the way to go. Even if the wedding day celebration will be upscale, a more down-home venue and atmosphere allows guests...

What Is Marriage?

When we think of marriage, most of us think of the Disney-like prince and princess gliding down the spiral staircase to their guests to celebrate their wedding day. That fantasy we are brought up on paints a wonderful picture of exactly what reality is not. Please don’t let this thought scare you though. Marriage, by definition, is actually a legal term but very few of us, if any, think of it that way. Most of us realize it is a partnership created between two people with similar life goals and values in mind. Marriage is messy. Like the organized chaos in a house with small children, it is never neat but usually full of love. And finally, marriage has a life of its own. Have you ever wondered why there are so many magazines, website and television shows about dresses, parties, and flowers and almost none about what happens when the guests go home? Some people believe this is when the party ends. For a fairy godmother like me, it is where the party really begins. In fact, is really less of a party and more of a journey with many, many happy celebrations along the way. Here are six simple steps to keep the celebratory spirit alive and your marriage exciting, while remembering why you fell in love in the first place. First, never take each other for granted. Remember, it is the little things that count. Just paying close attention to what the other is saying means you are truly interested in what they have to say. Second, put away your cell phone. Yes, your fairy godmother...

How To Plan A Perfect Surprise Party

People love a good surprise party. Before planning one, find out, in a creative way, if the person you intend to honor likes surprises. There are many ways to do this. Plan a surprise “date” and see how he/she reacts. You could also try asking about surprise gifts. Another great way is to plan a surprise weekend trip and see how the other person responds. If the response is a positive one, to any of these, then it should be “all systems go” for a surprise party. You’ve decided to throw a party. Now, where do you begin? First, every successful surprise party needs a helper. It is almost impossible to work on a surprise party, send out invites, make arrangements, and handle replies all while living with the guest of honor. Regardless of the type of surprise party you are throwing (anniversary, birthday, or graduation), there are a lot of key ingredients that are important to remember. When you have a fairy godmother helping with every task, it is much easier. First, pick a date. Find a day nobody will suspect, and that will enable the majority of your guests to come to the event. Remember, events tend to be more expensive on Friday and Saturday nights; weekend days are less costly. Then, decide on a venue. Call the venue far in advance, to make sure they have availability for your party, and make a reservation. Talk to the coordinator and get ideas from him/her from other parties they have hosted which may help you. Once you have your date and your location, talk to a friend. Have...