Friday, August 21, 2009
"No words to explain how wonderful things looked! You ladies did such a fabulous job, I could never have come close to decorating it the way you did. I appreciate your hard work and I am so excited to so our pictures and video of the reception so I can see how everything looked from the outside looking in. The candy table was exactly how I wanted it, it was defiantely a big hit with the guests!!! Not having to worry about the decorating made me feel so much more at ease. Again, you ladies did a great job. Thanks you from the bottom of our hearts!!"
Megan and Adrian Aul
Jen and I had such a fun day that day! Can't wait to do it again for another bride!
Details Diva ~Erin~
"Let's Plan This!"
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Jenny and I just spent our Saturday decorating and designing for Adrian and Megan's Ceremony and Reception! It turned out so beautiful! Megan had designed a color scheme of a rich purple and fresh peach - She provided everything along with some of her ideas and visions and we executed it.
The reception was held at the Elks in Yorktown, IN - Here is a view of the whole room
Lazy Daisy of Yorktown www.lazydaisy.bz/ arranged gorgeous centerpieces for the tables (they did the flowers for the ceremony also) - All in the rich purples and peaches that Megan requested - including exquisite peach peonies flown in from Ecuador!
Megan provided us linens and accessories for the head table and this is what Jenny and I designed and created...
We also customized the cake table to coordinate with the head table - The cake was baked by Under the Sun Bakery located in Frankton http://www.underthesunbakery.com/. The three tiered cake in different shades of peach really popped on the rich purple satin! The cake topper was Adrian and Megan's monogram in gold letters with rhinestones!
I saved the best for last ~ THE CANDY BAR! YUMMY! Megan requested we design a candy bar using the candy and jars she provided - it turned out awesome!
I would like to thank Adrian and Megan for allowing us to be a part of their so special day! I hope you thought that everything turned out as beautiful as Jenny and I did! Congratulations again!
Details Diva (Erin)
"Let's Plan This!"
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Ahhhh....Summertime! You know what that means, fun festivals, summer weddings, outdoor concerts, fireworks and summer barbeques with friends and family.
- Put together a rocking menu
- Pick good cuts/quality meat
- Pick a theme if you want; walk the aisles of your local party supply for ideas
- Drinks: People are going to be thirsty make sure to offer lemonades, water, sodas, beer, wine coolers maybe even a fun signature drink
- Do as much prep work as possible before the guests arrive, so you can chat too while the grill is fired up
- Have ample seating available. Picnic tables are always fun for the kids
- Have a back-up plan in case it rains, let guests know up front if you will need to reschedule if it rains or if they should plan to come rain or shine
- Let your guests bring side dishes. This gives lots of variety. You might even get to try something you have never had before!
- Have activities for kids. Bored kids will make their own fun and it might not be so fun for you.
- Finally thank your guests for coming and mention that you'd love to have them back again
Enjoy the Rest of Your Summer!
Planner Angie AKA "WallStreet"
"Let's Budget This!"
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
As the Maid-of-Honor you must be BFF with the Bride, or why else would she pick you?!!? :) So don't think of it as your obligation, think of it as throwing a party for your best friend! And who doesn't like a party?!?
3 MONTHS AHEAD:
- Ask the bride what kind of shower she wants! All women or Co-Ed? Spa or Tea Party? Themed or Formal? Customize it for your BFF!
- Set the date: usually 1-2 months ahead of the wedding. Be careful of holidays and guests travel time.
- Make reservations if needed (Restuarant, Spa, etc)
- Create the guest list with the Bride
2 MONTHS AHEAD
- Send out "Save the Date" cards and call out of town guests to give them advance notice so that they can make travel plans.
- Set a budget (Include the bridesmaids to help with tasks and budget)
- Finalize theme and plan decor
- Order the cake/baked goods from bakery
- Create a menu
1 MONTH AHEAD
- Send out invitations (Don't forget to insert registry cards!)
- Finalize the menu
- Purchase decor and purchase a memory book for bride for shower
- Purchase favors for guests
- Assign tasks to bridesmaids
2 WEEKS AHEAD
- Find your outfit for the shower
- Purchase your gift
- Begin to purchase items for the menus (especially hard to find items) and organize recipes if needed
- Pick up serving ware, punch bowls, etc if needed
- Place a flower order if desired
- Purchase alcohol if your are serving cocktails
1 WEEK AHEAD
- Confirm reservations and RSVPs
- Assemble decor and favors if needed
- Purchase any food items still needed
- Prepare shower games and activities (if needed)
1 DAY AHEAD
- Prepare any food items that can be prepared ahead of time
- Touch base with bridesmaids and their tasks
- Run last minute errands
- Organize and place shower items in car if going to another location. If shower is at your house, begin decorating
THE DAY IS FINALLY HERE!
- Finish preparing food
- Decorate and lay out the favors, flowers, food, and drinks
- Locate and prepare a gift area for guests to place gifts when they arrive
- Be ready to greet guests at least 30 minutes prior to the shower
- Breathe and enjoy the party with your BFF!
~Detail Diva (Erin)~
"Let's Plan This!"
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Coolness rule #1 Every 100 square feet of tent requires 1 ton of cooling. As an example if you have a 40x60 tent you would need a 25-ton cooling unit. You will need to consider the number of guests and the amount of lighting you plan to use also. These factors can increase the need for more A/C.
Some tips to keep in mind when choosing your tent for a summer event: Look for a sidewall that has a seal and tent doors instead of flaps or openings, this will keep cool air in and help keep heat out. Air conditioning in a tent can’t be seen, but if it’s too hot or cold in the tent during your event, it’s the only thing your guests are going to remember. Don’t make the mistake of not budgeting or under budgeting for it.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Pinching pennies, streamlining budgets and looking for ways to re-use and be organic are thoughts many of us have when planning an event.
There are several ways to be earth friendly while staying within budget for your corporate or private event. First skip the traditional paper invitations and corporate literature and go online instead. You can save hundreds of dollars on paper, stamps, ink and envelopes by going online.
For decor use potted plants that can be taken home as a favor by guests or re-used for another event.
For food, going organic for your menu doesn't mean you have to bust your food budget. Choose budget friendly veggie and poultry dishes. Also fore go the plastic water bottles and use filtered water in carafes. If you are offering bar drinks at your event there are many companies making organic alcohol available.
In the end the misconception is that being green will cost more than not. But actually you can cut costs and be green. Ethically we can't afford to not go green.
So for your next corporate of private event consider talking with Absolute Agenda to green it like you mean it!!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Theme - Start with an adjective and use a thesaurus to pick the perfect word for a theme or, start with a picture, or maybe a magazine clipping and let that define your theme.
Colors- If you started with a picture, this might be taken care of. If not, look at paint samples at your local hardward store for interesting combinations and trends.
Finally, it always helps to brainstorm with some friends! Of course, if you don't enjoy this part of the planning you can always hire us to do it for you!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
We usually think pot-luck here, but where else could you put your friends' talents to use?
2. Use a non-trademarked theme
Themes help focus your purchases and other decisions. Trademarked themes can be very expensive.
3. Offer fewer options
People are more relaxed when there are fewer choices to make and offering fewer choices can save you money.
4. Think a single signature drink etc.
Have a single course party
Just drinks, just dessert...keep in mind the fewer options part here too!
5. Think food extenders/dollar stretchers
Pasta, Rice and Potatoes have been used to extend food and money for centuries!
When all else fails, narrow the guest list.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Thanks to Jenny's creativity, the Organic display was our most popular and the one display that made people stop to look! Again, sticking to our table theme: If you want cabbage as a centerpiece, then we will get you cabbage!"
Here is our bio from our webpage so you can get to know us a little better!
Absolute Agenda was founded in 2008 by three friends, Jenny Bockstahler, Angie Reynolds, and Erin Scott. Knowing each other since middle school has aided in easily becoming partners in a way that showcases each other’s strengths. Although each has a different career background, the three bring leadership, creativity, business acumen, and dedication to Absolute Agenda. All members have experience in planning friend and family events to business, political, and retail functions. We would love to use our combined drive, ambition, organizational skills, budget focus, and desire to make your event absolutely effortless!
We are so excited to have many opportunities to help you plan your events!
(I need to stop using "!" - I think I've ended every sentence with one!)