The Cocktail Hour

Hi everyone!

We continue with the wedding ideas saga! Last week, I shared with you ideas for your ceremony and today I want to share ideas for the cocktail hour.

Cocktail hours can last as little as 30 minutes and I wouldn’t go longer than 1 – 1 1/2 hours. At this point, guests are talking about how beautiful the ceremony was and how happy the couple is. Everyone is really excited for the rest of the wedding and want to start celebrating with cool cocktails and yummy appetizers. But if you make it too long, you may run into guests getting too hungry or bored, so if you will have a longer cocktail hour I would suggest having interesting cocktails, and a little more appetizers and possibly something to do in the meantime to entertain guests. Don’t over do the food though. You could possibly do an interesting station that could work as an activity as well like the one I found in The Knot website https://www.theknot.com/content/ways-to-make-your-cocktail-hour-more-fun

Here is where you get to get creative and show a little more about how the reception will be. When choosing your caterer is always easy to look up any vendor with good reviews and probably on the cheaper side because who wants to spend that much money on food? Everything adds up. right?. Also, you are probably thinking that you wouldn’t want to serve too much food (which in a way I totally agree), but, there are so many options now that offer sustainable food, and they are just as tasty and gorgeous if not better! So, don’t slack on your research. Also, remember that there are professionals whose job is to do the research for you, so don’t hesitate to contact them.

Just one tip, please tell your caterer or whoever is providing the alcohol to not put a straw on the glasses. There are so many other options like bamboo, paper or metal straws that could also work as favors. Guest can use the same straw all night and take it home once done! Check these out! https://pebblemag.com/magazine/living/5-eco-friendly-alternatives-to-plastic-straws 

Also, you won’t need much decor for this. If the ceremony is outside, have the cocktail hour outside as well and add cocktail tables and votive candles on the tables. The less the better. You don’t want to spend too much money here. Instead, look for fun activities for your guests to play and amazing drinks!

What was your favorite activity at a recent wedding you attended?

With love,
Natalie

Awesome Party Supplies & Decor, The Sustainable Way!

pexels-photo-428124.jpeg

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year! I can’t believe we are already on the second week of January. Something is really going on with the months flying by. The industry right now is on the slow season for events, but it’s prime time for selling. You would think that we would have a break, but no, I’m full of tours, drafting proposals, and planning random events during these two months of January and February.

Although we are still busy selling, we do have some extra time on our hands to prepare for the year. This means we need to freshen up our marketing materials, social media, menus, look up new trends, etc.  I actually enjoy doing this party of my job as well as it gives me the chance to get creative and research cool vendors that I think would be beneficial to get in touch with.

I’m on Instagram everyday, as many of you are as well, I’m sure, and my feed is mostly about photographers, sustainability, cute animals, caterers, and random vendors that I find when they post cool pictures of their work. And yes, I do have my friends and family, but they don’t post as much…what is wrong with them?

So, the other day, as I was scrolling through my feed, I came across some planners posting beautiful pictures of birthdays parties they have planned. The last picture I saw was of a kid’s birthday party and I loved everything about it! The theme, the colors and the creativity and work that was put into it. But I couldn’t help but wonder, how can we make the same awesome, colorful, fun theme birthday party more sustainable? That’s when I started doing some research and I found some very cool online stores where you can buy pretty much anything for a party and it’s Earth friendly! Yaaaa!

I don’t encourage single use items, but let’s be honest, for kid’s parties, they are a must. No one wants broken china and glass everywhere!

The first one is www.sustyparty.com. It will lead you to their website, but to shop, it will take you to Amazon. They have really good reviews and very cute cups, plates, eating utensils, napkins, table cloths, etc. and everything is plastic-free and non-toxic. I think it’s a win win!

www.greenpartygoods.com. This site also offers biodegradable, recycled and non-toxic products. Here you will find all kinds of party supplies from decor to party favors and much more! They even have biodegradable balloons! 

Get planning!

With love,
Natalie