74th Annual Golden Globes, Sit and Sip in Style posted in: Entertainment, Events, Food and Beverage, How Tos, Recipes

Hollywood award season kicks off this Sunday with the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards airs this Sunday, January 8th on NBC at 8PM EST/5PM PST. This year’s host is Jimmy Fallon, so even if you’re not typically into awards shows, Fallon just might make you a believer with his sharp wit, boyish charm and spot-on impressions. And if you are into awards shows, AND all of the fashion pomp and circumstance that goes along with them…then you can get your eye candy fix by tuning into E! News at 6PM EST/3PM PST for the red offering up close views of your favorite stars’ attire and accessories.

Whether you plan to enjoy the evening with your BFFs all dolled to the nines, stay in and channel Zsa Zsa in a silk robe, heeled Marabou slip-on and favorite chandelier earrings, or opt for low-key lounge-out in your comfiest althleisure wear, you can get festive by preparing a few easy appetizers to serve with this year’s official Golden Globes cocktail.

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This year’s signature drink, “The Moët Diamond”, was created by model and Actress, Olivia Culpo. Sit back and sip in style with this smooth creation:

The Moët Diamond

Ingredients:
3 ounces Moët Imperial Brut Champagne
½ ounce orange liqueur
2 dashes cherry bitters
1 rock candy stick

Preparation:
Pour orange liqueur into champagne flute and add dash of cherry bitters. Gently pour chilled champagne. Garnish with rock candy coated swizzle stick.

If you’re feeling really enthusiastic, you can prepare your own version of the official Golden Globes menu created by Chef Alberico Nunziata that over a thousand of the biggest names in Hollywood will enjoy.

As for me, I’ve perused the offerings for inspiration for my own laid-back offering of easy eats. I plan to enjoy a nice salad and
Moët Diamonds paired with cream puffs.

Cheers!

Tanja Lynn, The Party Maven

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Shapie up! posted in: Events, Inspiration, Party Ideas, Trends, Weddings

OK, so if you have happened to somehow  miss the whole “selfie” movement that’s been happening the past few years, please allow me to bring you into the loop. A selfie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. But that is so last year. The brand new, cutting-edge cool in selfies is the “Shapie”, a 3-D Selfie! Think, you reincarnate….well, sort of.

This concept extends the selfie idea to 3D. Using the self-portrait feature concept, a special software and printer can generate a 3D printable of yourself in minutes. Here’s an example of a 3D self-portrait.

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Can you say, Crazy Cool!!!

A Shapie Booth is a fantastic, fresh idea for your next event! Wanna create some wild buzz, or  ensure your party is THE Talk of the Town for the rest of the year….and beyond? This is one way that WILL do it – guaranteed!

Your guests can 3-D print themselves dressed up in their favorite duds or a fun costume. Everyone will be blown away by Shapies. And this could be THE BEST event takeaway  – ever! I mean, who is going to throw away their own little mini-me. These babies will be displayed on shelves and mantles…. as if they’re a golden Oscar. So how do you get a Shapie?

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Well, one of the tops options is the brand new technology available in the Artec Shapify Booth. This is a 3-D body scanning and automated selfie making machine.

Basically, a seriously high-tech and cutting-edge photo booth.

Here’s how it works: Step into the booth to be scanned  – it takes about 12 seconds. That’s it.  Approximately 5 minutes later, a detailed 3D model prints out automatically.

Your guests can return at a designated time (or a later date, just to be safe) to collect their printed shapie, or  this can be a great fun (not to mention well received) way follow-up after your event.

Provide Shapies as a complimentary gift to your guests, or make them available at a set price to help you raise additional funds for a charity gala.

So, tell me…Love it or leave it?

P.S. If you think this is cool, please consider sharing the post with your friends and tell that Tanja & Co. keeps you in the loop on all things cool and current in events! We would be most appreciative for your support. Oh, and by the way, if we can help you design a successful, fresh and unforgettable event to celebrate a milestone or enhance your company or organization, pop over to our “connect” page or give us a ring at 800.544.1572 to explore how we can help you!

Cheers!

Signature Tanja & Co. Events

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2015 Color of the Year: Marsala posted in: Events, Fashion, Trends

marsala 2015 color of the yearWhile the past few picks having been bright and bold, this year’s choice is all about sophisticated, natural earthiness. The Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala (PANTONE 18-1438), a red-brown hue named for the Sicilian wine.

Marsala is a natural, sophisticated lady.  Having an organic nature but totally about understated luxury, she is tasteful, subtle, and elegant while exuding natural earthiness. According to Pantone’s panel of experts, it’s a color that “enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability.” And hello, who among us could not benefit from more of this goodness in our lives, Here’s what Lisa Eisenman, Pantone’s Executive Director has to say about the choice:

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Marsala has a gentle strength about her – completely capable and comfortable standing on her own, yet pleasant company to a variety of colorful characteristics. This highly varietal shade combines beautifully with several neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. And due to its having burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.

The shade is actually quite universally appealing making it translate easily into fashion, beauty, event and interior design. When it comes to designing event spaces and styling interiors, this robust hue is a beautiful choice. The rich, full-bodies red-brown shade brings warmth to the ambiance of an event and interior settings. The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors. Use monochromatic tones with this shade for a sophisticated ambiance or pair it with a bright blue or lavender to show-off this colors true range.

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Regardless whether you decide on just a touch or a total Marsala makeover, we think you can set quite the stylish tone with the color. 

 So what do you think of Marsala – love it or leave it? Would you use it in your event or wear it to a party? Have any other pairing suggestions? Share your thoughts in a comment below.

 

Wishing you an inspiring day!

Signature Tanja & Co. Events

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Are You Ready for the Trickiest Holiday of the Year? posted in: Events, Halloween, Holidays, Inspiration, Party Ideas

EEK! Halloween is next week, are you ready for some fun?

Everyone is looking for easy ways to build employee engagement and infuse fun into the workplace. And Halloween offers a great opportunity to encourage engagement, build team morale and make fun memories!

Here are 5 Easy Ideas for Celebrating Halloween in the Workplace (no. 5 is always a hit!):

1.Host a Halloween lunch or afternoon break complete with fun themed food and decor.

2 Pimp Your Pumpkin. Provide a pumpkin to each department to decorate as a team. This also makes for a great contest activity.

3. Have a themed contest. Encourage Employees to dress up, and hold a costume contest – think Most creative costume, Best Character costume, etc., or decorate office doors or cubicles.

4.Schedule volunteering activities. Have your team dress in costume and “treat” the community with the gift of time and fun in support of a favorite or company supported cause.

5.Host a Secret Trick-or-Treat Exchange. Much in the fashion of a Secret Santa or White Elephant Party, have staff bring a trick or a treat to exchange during your party (see no. 1)

What other ideas do you have to bring a little festive fun to the office? Share with us in a comment below!

Hope you have a frighteningly fun work day this Halloween!

Signature Tanja & Co. Events

 

 

 

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5 Top Tips for a Happening Holiday Party posted in: Events, Inspiration, Party Ideas

 

Holidays are some of the most exciting and memorable times of the year, and taking advantage of this excitement as an opportunity to enhance your business and build relationships is something well worth focused effort. Hosting a holiday party can be a great way to do this, but it’s quite possible that the best of intentions won’t produce successful results. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine where to host and what to do to make your holiday party something that will appeal to your audience with lasting impact, but with these five tips you’ll be well on your way to throwing the best party your employees have ever experienced (oh and these tips can apply to your social soirees as well!).

 

1. Keep Your Vision Centered

It’s still a party thrown by your business, so this is the perfect time to reinforce the value of your company and speak to the direction you want the company to be heading toward in the New Year. Knowing exactly how to do this can be a challenge, but when your goals are outlined and communicated to a skilled event planner they will be able to help you creatively and subtlety craft  these messages into your event.

 

2. Choose the Right Food for the Occasion

This isn’t as much about the particular food selections you choose, but more about whether you want your employees and guests to be mobile – mixing and mingling, or if you want them seated at large tables. Your goals and also the work environment you have will play a large role in this, and if people are already grouped off by who they work worth, it might be a good idea to either have smaller tables, or to have food that causes people to move around and interact a lot more.

 

3. Tailor Activities to Your Company Culture

The right activity can make all the difference in whether or not employees have a good time, and whether you’re party is just meh or a truly memorable experience. The reason many corporate events seem so boring is that  they lack the element of interaction. There are a number of interactive options available to enhance party time fun.For example your crowd may be wowed by a custom arcade, think a larger-than-life multi-player Pac-Man battle or extreme pong. Or maybe you have a special reason to celebrate and an epic (yes, I used that word, but only because it is sooo fitting) Champagne service unlike any your guests have ever seen or experienced before, and one that NO ONE will ever forget…ever. The key is that the entertainment be authentic to your company culture and relative to any chosen theme. A skilled event professional worth their weight will be able to tune into your business and help you find the right activity for your company based on your audience and goals.

 

4. Timing is Everything

Though it’s not likely you would make a mistake as big as planning a party on Christmas Eve, you still have to pay very close attention to when you host your party. Just as the entertainment aspect, timing for your must also be carefully selected based on the audience as well as other events and happenings vying for everyone’s attention during those few precious party weekends before Christmas. Depending upon the goal and size of your event, a weekday luncheon and afternoon of fun may be ideal, or perhaps a big bash just after the New Year would be perfect to get employees motivated to go for new goals with gusto.

 

5. Revolutionize the Location

You’d be surprised how much the location of a party can impact one’s experience. If you always have a party at the same restaurant, things might tend to become mundane. Instead, try heading to a new location to make things more exciting. A few ideas off the top – a local museum, a cool gallery, an otherwise private club, or even a posh bowling center or amusement park.

 

Parties are fun, but they are also excellent tools to foster positive relationships at work (and in your personal life as well), increase energy levels of employees, and realize an overall positive impact on a company. While these tips are helpful, planning the right party goes so much deeper. Stay tuned for more tips and trends, and visit Tanja & Co to explore how we can help ensure you’re holiday party…and business is the talk of the town!

 

Cheers!

Signature Tanja & Co. Events

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Selfie Suite posted in: Cool Products, Decorating Ideas, Entertainment, Events, How To, How Tos, Inspiration, Party Ideas, Trends

From Homecomings to Holiday Parties, photo booths are still a popular feature at events. If you would love to have one at your next event, but are feeling a squeezed by the budget, I  have a cost effective way to still create an interactive, fun activity for your event that’s easy on the wallet.

Create a Selfie Suite! A dedicated and decorated spot at your event that provides the fun elements of a photo booth, think themed or styled backdrop and props with the ability for guests to casually snapping their own pics at leisure. If this sounds like exactly what will fit the bill for your upcoming fete, read on for more inspiration and my…

5 Top Tips to Designing your own Selfie Suite

moshe zusman for ghtv. pohtobooth backdrop1.     Find your Suite Spot.
As with the event itself, location, location, location is key. The area needs to be easily visible and just off from a high-traffic area. Corners of a room are a great option, and the reason is few-fold. Corners are often wasted space in a venue – the forgotten red-headed step-child when it comes to décor, not a gravitational traffic pattern, yet with the right accessories everyone in the room will suddenly take notice of the corner.

2.     Frame the shot.
Set the scene, per se, that will be in the background. He key here is to ensure that the area seen in photos has a finished look (you don’t see outside of the created staged scene). You can use fabric, wallpaper, ribbon, crepe paper, or flowers to name a few cost-effective options of materials that can be used to create your backdrop. Choose a color or colors and materials that work with the compliment the overall event’s style or theme.

Depending on the material selected for your backdrop, you can either hang it directly on the wall (if permitted) or attach the material to a frame system. The key here is to be sure that your backdrop is securely installed. A backdrop or décor collapsing on guests would not only be a safety hazard, but a major #partyfoul.

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3.     Prop it up.
When selecting the backdrop material keep in mind any other items that you may wish to incorporate into the framed background, such as event name, themed décor, logos, etc. and any anchor furnishings such as a chaise, or oversize martini glass vases filled with colorful gumballs atop pedestals framing either side of the setting. Props definitely add another element to pictures. They instigators of spontaneous, silly fun -providing an awesome way for guests to make wacky faces or pose or parade an alter ego. Funky glasses, assortment of hats, a few boas and paper-style props go a long way! Begin by looking around your own home – you may be surprised by the great props you have laying around. In the paper props department, check out PaperandPancakes on Etsy. She offers some adorable options like  the french-themed pieces featured in the above collage (and I just love her store name).

4.     Light it Up.strike a pose signage3
Good lighting is essential. Be sure to do a few test shot in the space (and consider the time of day your party will be hosted to ensure you get it right). Adding lighting will provide a more polished finish and ensure picture quality. Using specialty lighting (think uplights, diffused photography spots, etc.) will give the suite a polished finish. If you opt to keep it really low-key, ensure there is ample house lighting in the area.

5.     Signage
Let guests know about the photo booth when they arrive your party, sure, having signage at the suite is recommended. It’s the final touch to inspire guests to take advantage of this fun feature and to encourage them to share their moments with you on social media. To be sure that you and other guests can enjoy the photos, highlight your personal or company profile page. You can also create a special hashtag for the event and include it on the event signage

 

So while creating a great selfie suite will take some effort, it’s worth it – promise. This fun addition to your event will provide you and your guests a way to capture the moment with sweet reminders of a top night long after the last song has run through on your party playlist.

If you’re interested in more backdrop inspiration, check out our pinterest board here.

So, what do you think of the “Selfie Suite” – is it a must have at your next party?

 

Cheers!

Signature Tanja & Co. Events

 

 

 

Photo Credits: (T toB, L to R): Moshe Zusman for HGTV, Paper and Pancakes , T&Co., Peg Hardee, and SnapDen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Group is Well-Strung posted in: Entertainment, Events

There’s a new kind of boy band on the circuit, the singing string quartet, Well-Strung. The troupe presents themselves as a buff, pop-classical hybrid of juicy boy band and staid chamber group with a vocal component. New York Daily touted them as the “hottest thing with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games”.

Well-Strung

The show, a clever choreographed musical comedy act featuring classically trained musicians clad in black T-shirts and black slacks who string together the musical works of classical composers with today’s pop artists’ hits and share their personal stories in between song selections. Their style is a unique mashup of muscles, Mozart and marketing.

Their music is a combining of excerpts from well-known classical works by the great Mozart, Vivaldi and Bach spun with string arrangements of today’s pop hits by artists such as Pink, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, and Taylor Swift.  Music selections range from Whitney Houston’s classic, “I Will Always Love You,” to Kesha’s ‘crunkcore’ hit, “Your Love Is My Drug, in which the group does a skillful job of giving a highbrow gloss. If it suits, the assemblage can even deliver bootleg classics with bluegrass flair.

The group began performing live with a theater workshop of a show at Ars Nova in NYC in 2012. This opportunity led to a run at The Art House in Provincetown, MA and playing Off-Broadway at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater in the fall of that same year. The group quickly gained national and international attention for their unique mash-up of string quartet and boy band. They returned to Off-Broadway in 2013, also making their European debut at the Leicester Square Theatre in London, and releasing their first album.

So, who’s are the maestros and the impresario behind the music and muscle? Well-Strung stars first violinist Edmund Bagnell, second violinist Christopher Marchant, cellist Daniel Shevlin and violist Trevor Wadleigh. The show is directed by international award winning creative artist,Donna Drake, who knows just how far to push the novelty before it begins to feel stale.

The group could provide a fresh take on entertainment for a milestone celebration, a bar/bat mitzvah or even a gala affair…given in the right execution. Have a look and listen!

Would you like to see this group perform at an event? Tell us your thoughts  in a comment below. If you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing it with a friend.  And if you’re planning a an upcoming event that you need to get just right, contact the event maestros at Tanja & Co. to design and  develop your special occasion into a bespoke experience that will be remembered long after the last song of the evening has performed.

Eventfully yours,

Tanja & Co. Events & Etiquette

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Ice Ice Baby! Put a Ring in It posted in: Cool Products, Events, Food and Beverage, Party Ideas

 

One of my favorite easy and inexpensive ways to add fun flair to social events is to get creative with ice.

Being that we”re  just come off the height of engagement season, I expect there are many of you – lovelies with a sparkly ring on your finger and an eye keen on ways to celebrate.

Well, found the coolest the thing for you….literally –  Engagement Ring Ice Cubes!

 

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These ice rings are perfect drink accessories for bridal showers and engagement party beverages. And the price of these rocks won’t set you back a few (or several) cool Gs.

So what do you think – love it or leave it? Do tell in a comment below.  And, remember to share this fun find with a friend  if you like what you see! That would be so cool! 😉

Cheers!

Tanja Lynn, The Party Maven

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Are You ObSeussed? posted in: Decorating Ideas, Events, How To, How Tos

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A sure way to brighten things up…regardless of the weather outside is to celebrate one of America’s most beloved children’s authors.

This Sunday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, making it a great day to liven things up during the blah, post-holiday wintertime (and get kids jazzed about books in general).  So to inspire you, a little silly get ready to party prose. I’m no Dr. Suess, but I’ll give it a whirl…

From there to here, and here to there,
inspiring ideas are everywehere!
We’ve gathered together just a few
and posted them here especially for you.

Our ideas on how to celebrate Dr. Seuss Style…

Select a favorite Dr. Seuss book, or be full of fun and incorporate stories from several of his stories to set your theme.

 

 

 

 

Decor. Bright colors against a white base or backdrop  will really liven up the atmosphere.  Red and aqua are the classic go to. You could also add in yellow, purple or lime green taking from other characters as they suit your theme. follow your chosen theme. Color blocking different shades will have the greatest impact. And of course incorporating stripes and polka dots for whimsical flair!

  • Tissue Paper pompoms is an inexpensive decoration that makes a big impact.
  • Make One Fish, Two Fish….. Blue fish, Red fish using paper and hang from the ceiling.
  • Display theme colored candies in clear jars that will be a sweet treat and also add to the décor (mutli-purpose – ding!ding!)
  • You can also cut various-sized circles (there’s your polka-dots) out of paper and place on tables, stick on walls or hang for fun easy décor.

Easy Eats. Keep the food super simple. Something at least semi-nutritious (and if you can sneak it in there “Seuss-style” – Bonus!).

  • Green Eggs and Ham, of course (take it literally, or be creative and create a sweet treat)
  • Blue cotton candy
  • Goldfish Crackers in assorted colors
  • Adorble (and super easy) Lorax cookies and my favorite, Thing Cupcakes – complete with crazy hair!

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Sometimes the simplest things can be the most fun and mean the most, and the easiest thing to do would be to sit down and read together with your kids. But because I’m in the business of creating fun and memories, here’s a few more ideas to kick things up a notch on this fun afternoon…

  • Have an animated friend who would be willing and available to dress in character? If so, AWE-SOME! Have them come to the party as a Seuss character and read a book or two.
  • In true Dr. Seuss fashion, create a word together and give it a meaning. This could end up being something that really sticks – inside family joke in the making…
  • Write words from one of the books on plastic eggs (It is February already, so I’m certain the retail isles overflowing with Easter goods), making sure to make a few words rhyme. Hide the eggs and have a few little treats for the kids when they find eggs that rhyme.
  • If this weather is nice – Boil and color some eggs green, go outside in the fresh air for a throwback egg toss fun. If you have several kids together for the party, make it a competition. Have teams of two stand face to face and gently toss an egg to each other. Begin one foot apart to toss, taking a step back each time they successfully catch the egg.  Once a player drops the egg (and it cracks), that team is out. The last team with an unbroken egg wins.

Check out these links for more inspiration, recipes and how-tos:

 

So, what do you say – sound like a fun day? Leave a comment on here on our blog or chime in on our facebook page. Well,…

That is that
Not more tricks in my hat
but before I close
How’d I do with my prose?

 

Goodbye for now, I have places to go!

Tanja & Co. Events & Etiquette

 

 

 

Photo credit: thing cupcakes: kitchendoughdough, tabletop: Stem Parties, goldfish: aturtleslifeforme, Lorax cookies: embracemyspace

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Host an Award-Worthy Oscar Viewing Party posted in: Decorating Ideas, Events, How To, How Tos, Party Ideas

Even if you don’t have an invitation to the Governor’s Ball on Oscar Sunday, it doesn’t mean you can’t be just as fashionable in your own home.  I’ve put together everything you need to host your own Oscar Viewing Party that’s sure to leave your guests speechless.

Host an Award Worthy Oscar Party
Get All Dolled Up. Doesn’t it feel good to get all dressed up every now and then? People just seem to be more outgoing and optimistic in a nice atmosphere. So rather than a casual get together, make it a more formal (well, in terms of dress) affair. Give people a reason and permission to glam it up and feel their best!

Make an entrance. Roll out the red carpet. While this isn’t a new concept, it’s always a welcome and adds festive flair. To turn up the effect, add paparazzi. Enlist a few friends, BFs and hubbies, or neighborhood teens to help.

oscar party decor

Deck out Décor. Purchase assorted-size stars (or make your own using metallic paper stock), attach them to fishing line, and hang them from the ceiling about the party space. Turn the lights down and light candles, the soft light will add to the atmosphere. Clear crystal gems filler is perfect for your candle holders. Fit your food table with a red cloth, accessorize with disposable top hats inverted and filled with gold tissue to use as serving pieces (great for those chocolate dipped potato chips), tie satin bows to the tray handles, and finish off with a sprinkling of star-shaped confetti.

 Cast Your Vote. It’s always fun to try and guess who the big winners will be and few can resist sharing with everyone that their instinct was right. Create a custom ballot (or print out ours– it’s FREE) and have them available for guests to cast their votes upon arrival to the party. For a twist, add in a few fun guest categories such as Best Dress, Best Bold Lip, or even “Best Actor/Actress Look Alike” and present the winners with your own version of an “Oscar” during commercial breaks.

Oscar Eats. Keep the food light and mingle-friendly – just as they do at the Governor’s Ball. A few canapés such as caprese skewers, shrimp cocktail shooters, and chicken satay with cucumber salad. A popcorn bar is perfect for the occasion. Set-out plain popcorn and a variety of seasonings and toppings so guests can create their own signature flavor.

oscar party food collageDecked Out Desserts. Glammed up goodies will have everyone seeing sugar stars. Think tuxedo cake pops, chocolate dipped strawberries or potato chips, and black and white parfaits. Add in a tray of petit peppermint patties, and a selection of black and white candies like m&ms, Jordan almonds, and you have a sensational showing of sweets.

 Dress Your Drinks. Bedazzle champagne flutes with a row of rhinestones or don stems with a tiny bowtie for your champagne cocktails. Another idea: serve mini champagne bottles (also called “splits”) with fashionable straws on ice (clear, disposable dessert cups work great for this).

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Get Snap Happy.  Make it easy to capture memories of the evening by having a photobooth. People can’t get enough! I’m always setting them for events, and if an event doesn’t have one, guests are asking about it. Hire a pro or create your own. To DIY, make a run to your local party or dollar store to pick up an inexpensive foil curtain for a backdrop, a few feather boas, fedoras, funky shades, some statement baubles, and an Oscar statue if you can find it. Hang your back drop in front of a blank wall, place a small table nearby to display your props, then setup your camera on a tri-pod in self-timer mode – and let guests start snapping!

Now all that’s left to figure out is what you willk be wearing to this award-worthy celebration!

Cheers!
Tanja Lynn, The Party Maven

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