AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
No matter the occasion, celebrations take a great deal of time and thought to orchestrate. Which is exactly why I want to share these wonderful Kitchen Tea, Bridal Shower and Hen Party Planning tips with you. Straight from the mouths of professional event planners the world over, tips and tricks like these will not only make your planning easier, but will also take it to the next level!
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“There’s a reason social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram are so popular – and that’s the fact people LOVE to look at beautiful photos. In fact, you’d probably be hard pressed to find a bride who hadn’t set up a board or two with inspiration for her own big day. With this in mind, take the lesson to heart that appearances matter and put in the time and effort to create a beautiful space with real wow factor.
It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to do this.
One of our favourite touches is Party Picks, which are small messages attached to toothpicks that you can insert into everything from cupcakes to macarons. They’re exactly the sort of thing you would see in an editorial wedding shoot, and help elevate a sense of style.
Oversized balloons are also on trend right now, as are gorgeous tassles in hues ranging from pastel to metallic.
Brides are also loving handmade celebration flags, which are attached to retro stripe and polka dot straws and have messages such as “hooray” and “kitchen tea”. They look especially appealing sitting in a mini milk bottle full of Pimms or punch, again enhancing the idea that little touches can have a big impact.
Something else you can also never go wrong with is bunting, especially if it pays tribute to the woman of the hour.
Other great decorative ideas include massive paper flowers in vases, mason jars filled with biscuits and candy, and of course, as many awesome but slightly embarrassing photos of the hen as you can find.”
- Amy De Groot (easyweddings.com.au)
IT’S NOT ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY THE HOST SPENDS...
“The ultimate [celebrations] are not about how much money the host spends... but rather how creative the planner gets. The most memorable events are the ones that make us FEEL deeply!
While it’s wonderful to shower the bride with gifts, the experience is way more important than the amount of things she ultimately takes home.
Consider choosing a theme that has meaning and significance for the bride – a tribute to her childhood or something that celebrates her passions. Anything goes these days so think outside the box and don’t be afraid to try something new. I’ve seen everything from life drawing with a nude model (for the artist bride) to a full on carnival-themed extravaganza complete with flame throwers and elephants!”
- Hayley Devlin (hayleydevlin.com)
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