Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Orange cupcake flags

I love DIY projects! Especially as simple as this... and its on top of my favorite treat a CuPcAkE! Compliments of Michelle at Little Paper Dog, she designed these cute and easy to make orange flags from her Etsy shop. Download the cupcake toppers here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Evian Couture Water Bottle

My fantastic find today and you won't believe where.... Big Lots! (and only $1) I rarely go in there but today on my lunch break I stopped in to come across this beautiful Evian water bottle. First thing that came to mind is how perfect this would be as the favors for the Bridal shower I am having and for my table decor for the baby shower I am also hosting (in a couple months). Decorate it with some ribbon with my theme colors and Presto!!

Who says water can’t be fashionable? Celebrated clothing designer Christian Lacroix has officially made his foray into consumer goods with the chic limited edition Christian Lacroix Evian Water Bottle.

These stunning 750 ml glass bottles mark the first time that Evian has brought in a famous designer to helm the project of their yearly limited edition bottle. They come painted in a beautiful couture white coppice pattern with an adorning ‘Christian Lacroix’ on the bottle itself .
There is absolutely nothing plastic about this bottle, and the quality is as good as it gets! It even opens with a traditional bottle opener, thoughtful of its true lavish nature.

Now a few words by Mr. CL himself: : “It seems that Evian natural spring water has been there all my life. I remember the curly label of my childhood (were they arabesques, elaborate columns?) in the hotels of the lake where our family used to spend holidays. They came the streamlined graphics, like a futuristic and timeless dress of the Sixties, and the small bottles you could find all over the world, the design bottles, collected every winter of that millennium. Life a foretelling. It is therefor an amused and rather proud old friend that I designed these bottles. Draping one with the flowers of success, those that adorn the ‘paseo’ parade capes, like snowy crystal garlands or frost-frozen alpine flowers. Giving the other the silhouette of a princess, a goddess or a mythical creature, a sort of snow fairy in couture garb, crowned with flowers, bejewelled with crystals, “wearing” the familiar range of jagged peaks and ridges, like the flounces of a crinoline.”
What a perfect water for any sort of event.... conferences, weddings, showers, engagements, or any other special or commemorative event.
Once the showers come around I will share the pictures of my successful and creative event!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Penis Cupcakes

One of my really good friends Heather had her Bachelorette party and I was in charge of the dessert. I had a penis cakepan for a cake but misplaced it and had to change my plans.....

Think... think... so I figured what could I do with cupcakes? They are easy to transport and each bachelorette diva can get one all to herself?! I went to the grocery store and looked for shapes to make a penis for my cupcake topping. I found the "100 calorie" (perfect for those dieting divas) in a pack of nutty peanut shaped cookies and the cinnamon swirl cookies. They were perfect to shape an outline for a penis! Then... I got the black chocolate sprinkles to finish off my masterpiece!

Tell me what you think of my new Penis Cupcake creation!

Cupcake Liners

I found these super fancy cupcake liners today from Paper Orchid.
These would be beautiful for a elegant bridal shower, wedding or birthday.
I have fallen in love with these!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pretty in Pink Punch

This photo caught my eye for its pretty pink color. Then the recipe sounded just as good as it looked. This Pretty in Pink Punch would be great for a Girls night dinner, Baby Girl Shower, Bridal Shower, Bridal Luncheon, Child's Birthday, Mother's day and more! (I did a similar punch at a Bridal shower, themed colored pink and brown) The recipe includes instructions for both non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions so you can please everyone.

Pretty in Pink Punch

Makes about 9 cups

1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed (photo from
4 cups white cranberry juice cocktail
1 qt. club soda, chilled
Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Stir together lemonade concentrate and cranberry juice cocktail in a large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Stir in club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Champagne Punch: Substitute 1 (750-milliliter) bottle extra-dry Champagne or sparkling wine and 1/4 cup orange liqueur for club soda; proceed with recipe as directed

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Pom Poms

Thought this a really cute decor idea for a baby or bridal shower. They're lightweight so you don't have to worry about them coming crashing down and are easy and inexpensive to make.
Over at, there's instructions on how to make these tissue paper pom-poms with your own materials. Or, you can buy the kit with all materials included (at your local crafts store like Michaels or Joann fabrics).

Save the pom poms for the nursery of the Mommy to be.

Book Shower Templates

Book Shower Templates

I love the idea of a children's book-themed shower where guests are asked to bring a favorite childhood book of theirs as their gift. (or you can theme your Bridal shower to your preference and still ask each guest to bring a book). Sure, you may not end up with the bottle warmer you actually need, but you're certain to receive gifts that hold a certain amount of sentimental signficance from your guests.
A downside of the book shower? The person who will receive most pleasure from the books isn't yet born and will probably have a difficult time recalling who gave which book and why when thinking back on his or her in utero memories.
I found these Gifted Bookplates to go along with the books you'll receive as gifts. The bookplate serves both as a space to note who gave the book as well as a place for the gift-giver to leave a special message for the baby.
These bookplates can be printed on adhesive-backed or regular paper (try using colored paper) that you adhere with a glue-stick or double-stick tape.
If you're planning a book shower, you can choose to send off a bookplate or two as part of the invitation. Let the guest know that you'd love them to bring a favorite childhood book and for them to write out their message for the baby on the bookplate. Or, in the tradition of most showers, make the message-writing an activity during the event itself.
Not throwing or having a baby shower anytime soon? You can use these bookplates on any book you plan to give -- even ones directly from you to your little one.

Monday, May 18, 2009

10 Ways to Green your Wedding

1. Choose a green location to have your wedding and/or reception. This could be a park, a museum, or a local charity venue. You could also look for hotels or restaurants that are green, either by serving organic menus or adopting a code of green business ethics such as recycling, buying local and donating part of their proceeds to charity. Check listings such as Green America’s (formerly Co-op America) National Green Pages.

2. Serve an organic and local menu. Supporting local farms and businesses is important and your food will be fresher. Try to find a caterer that uses local and organic ingredients to make dishes. Everything from your cake to your appetizers, even your drinks can be organic but even just a little bit counts.

3. Send out invitations printed on recycled or tree free paper. Companies like Twisted Limb offer beautiful wedding invitations made of recycled, handmade paper.

4. Wear a gorgeously green gown. Your eco-friendly wedding gown may be something borrowed, a family heirloom, a gently used dress, or a vintage beauty. It could also be made from sustainable eco-friendly fabrics like bamboo, hemp, organic cotton or peace silk. The options keep growing everyday as new eco-designers appear or traditional designers add eco-friendly selections to their lines of wedding gowns. Get your bride and groom wedding rings green also,
Brilliant Earth.

5. Less is more. One option is to cut out all the unnecessary extras like favors, menus, place cards and things that are not needed. This saves resources and money. If you would like to get favors go to
Beau Coup , Little Things Favors , Bella Figura , Nature's Gifts & More , The wedding favors bar , GetMarried , I do , Endangered Species Chocolate for eco-friendly favor ideas.

6. Get creative with your décor. Nature is full of beautiful items that can be sued to decorate then be returned to nature after the wedding; rocks, twigs, flowers, potted plants, trees, leaves…Use the bountiful options nature offers to create stunning decorations, centerpieces and more. Once the wedding is over these pieces of nature can be placed in your yard or garden.

7. Ditch the disposables. Forget about disposable plates, napkins, silverware and all that. Opt for rented items that can be washed and reused over and over again. If you are having a small intimate wedding you would even consider purchasing tablecloths, plates and tableware that you could reuse in your home after the wedding.

8. Candle light is extremely romantic; make it eco-friendly as well by using natural soy wax or beeswax candles. Regular candles are made with paraffin, a petroleum based product. Not a green choice.

9. Green your transportation. Arrive to your destinations in eco-style with hybrid or electric vehicles. You could even provide transportation for your guests with buses that run on biofuels.

10. Have a great green honeymoon. After your wedding plan to stay close to home or travel to an eco-resort or hotel to keep the green going after the big day.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Green Wedding

My husband and I went to dinner last night with two of our good friends, Heather and Daniel. They recently got engaged and are planning their wedding for Jan 2010. Heather and I were talking about her wedding ideas and she told me that they were going to be having an eco-friendly wedding. I thought that was such a great idea! I have read alot about this being the new wedding craze for this year and to come, but haven't done enough research on it!

Creating a wedding that isn't wasteful or polluting is appealing to more and more brides. The number of earth-friendly products and services is growing, giving the bride and groom a range of options. A lot of it is buying local fresh flowers from the Alachua farmers markets or nurseries. Or for instance, supporting a local artisan is much more earth friendly than having cheap trinkets shipped half way around the world! Eco-friendly brides and grooms are not only doing good for our envirnment but also helping the community.

Im excited about doing more research in helping Heather plan her Eco-friendly wedding in Gainesville :)

Contributing to earth with your wedding

Your wedding announcement or invitation can set the tone for your environmentally friendly wedding. There are many options today for 100% recycled, partially recycled or completely tree free papers from wedding invitation suppliers. If you are interested in making your own invitations, the choices are unlimitied. Consider all these places for paper on your wedding day:

* engagement announcements
* save the date cards
* shower invitations
* shower thank you notes
* wedding invitaitons
* ceremony programs
* place cards
* menu cards
* wedding announcements
* thank you notes

Many brides today are communicating electronically to cut down on paper and waste. Here's a few places to check out for environmentally friendly wedding invitation options:

Earthly Affair

If your looking for something that is not your typical traditional design, Earthly Affairs has some wonderful choices. Choose from 12 different clean designs, each available in many different color combinations. Choose between either 100% post consumer paper or FSC Certified Cotton Paper.

Green Field Paper Company

They have Grow a Note cards which are tree-free. The cards are embedded with a custom mix of wildflower seeds. can just toss them in the ground when you are finished and a few months later- voila! --up pop flowers!! Green Field also has in a 100% Junk Mail paper and Garlic Paper infused with garlic skins.


have wonderful beautiful rich luxurious tree free papers, 100% post-consumer recycled papers, archival papers (when this is important to you) and vellum papers that can be recycled.

Sweet Invitations

Several collections of handmade invitations that are made from discarded and shredded cloth using petals, flowers, silk, grass, colors, glitters which are acid free and 100% recycled.

Tasha Rae Designs

Specialize in custom designed invitations and have a wide variety of recycled papers to choose from. No charge for samples, however, Tasha suggests you donate a few bucks to your favorite charity instead!

Twisted Limb Paperworks

offers a large line of handmade 100% recycled post consumer waste invitations. This is great company that walks the walk - at least half of their studio's energy is provided by green electricity, and water used in the papermaking process is recycled from the studio's dehumidifiers & air conditioner whenever possible. 10% of their profits are donated to environmental conservation efforts each year.

Free Wedding Invitation Catalogs

Wedding Invitation Catalogs
Clink on the link to their website and "order a catalog" for free!

The Image Gallery

Invitations and accessories that fit your image ‹ perfectly! Stylish invitations are printed with your photos for a personal introduction to your wedding. Coordinating accessories add a picture-perfect finishing touch.

Seasons of Love by Dawn features wedding invitations and accessories that will fit your fall or winter wedding - whether it is casual or contemporary!

Rexcraft truly has something for everyone! With Rexcraft's huge selection of wedding invitations and accessories, you will find everything you need to make your wedding perfect. offers a wide variety of all-in-one wedding invitations that include a removable response card for your convenience.

Now and Forever offers contemporary wedding invitations and accessories that feature bright colors, modern styles and unique items.

Naturally Ever After’s collection of wedding invitations are made from quality, recycled paper containing at least 30 percent post- consumer fibers. These wedding invitations and accessories combine nature-inspired artistry with richly textured colorful papers certain to make you proud of your wedding ensemble choice.

Jean M wedding accessories and invitations offer stylish papers, ribbons, and ink colors to coordinate perfectly with each other and your wedding scheme.

What's your kind of modern? Modern Distinctions offers the perfect style of invitation, favor or centerpiece that reflects not only today's fashion, but your personality! Hence, Modern Distinctions. Distinctly modern, distinctly you.

Whether you're gettin' hitched way out West or having a traditional wedding with touches of country flair, Wedding Country by Dawn has what you need to help you celebrate in style!

Invitations by Dawn provides wedding stationery and accessories to fit your theme wedding - from elegance to Disney!

Ann's Wedding offers a large selection of wedding invitations and accessories that allows you to have the wedding of your dreams at prices you can afford!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Design-Her Gal Obsession!

I was reading through other blogs and came upon Design-Her Gals , I registered to their site and created my own gal that is just ME with my dog Blackie! What do you think?

This adorable web site allows you to personalize stationery, tote bags, stickers and more with a cute image of your illustrated self! You pick everything, from hair color to skin tone and clothes to accessories, plus a lot more options to choose from. Your "gal" can hold magazines (ahem!), pocketbooks, musical instruments, pets and basically everything and anything else you could ever imagine. I have spent way too much time designing all different versions of me (as you can see). It's addicting!

They make the perfect gift for a bridal & baby showers, Birthdays, any holidays or a special occassion!

When you sign up, they send you special discounts and promos to your email monthly.

Also..... You can send e-cards (like this one of me) which is cute for Birthdays and much more!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pink & Brown Bridal Shower

A good friend of the family Mandy Bremer (aka Miss Dumpling, on Wedding Bee) is getting married March 20th 2009 in Las Vegas. Back in January my mom and I helped plan her Bridal Shower in Tuscaloosa AL. It was the perfect weekend for a shower. For months before the shower her sister and I were emailing back and forth assigning certain tasks and things to haul all the way from Gainesville FL to Tuscalossa. Down to the nitty gritty details, my mom and I made it to AL with a car loaded down with square plates, silverware, wine glasses, decor, favors, linens and much much more. Everything turned out so beautifully, Miss Dumpling loved her shower!

* The Tables *

Each table had handmade table runners (pink and brown) in Damask and Polk-a-dot print. Square mirror attopped with glass rectangle vases wrapped in ribbon, filled with pink carnations and (alternate tables) hydrangeas. Each table setting had white large square plates, wine glasses rimmed with pink sugar, brown ribbon tied pink napkins and the take out box favors.

* Favors *

Each guest received handmade favors. I bought white chinese take out boxes that I filled with Bath and Body Works minature lotions and white curly filling. I cut to length brown and pink ribbon that I glued from top front to top back. Placed printed tags " Mandy's Bridal Shower" and date in the center front. For the final touch tied a small bow on the top. Everyone loved them and can you believe cost me only $1.50 for each favor!

* Food *

My mom and I took care of all the food. We had about 25 guests all together and the shower was around 3 in the afternoon, so we wanted to take it easy and make simple good elegant food.

Pink Lemonade

3 cartons - Minute Maid Pink Lemonade concentrate

2 Liters - Sprite

Artichoke Parmesan Crostinis

1 package - garlic toasted rounds

2 jars - marinated artichokes

1 container - freshly grated parmesan cheese

Chicken Heart you Sandwiches

4 packages - Premade (Publix) Chicken Salad

2 Loafs - Wheat Bread

1 heart shaped cookie cutter

Arugula Pasta Salad

Marinated Shrimp

Pink Fruit Salad


Everyone thought the food was just absolutely delish! And I did too. I was very proud of it all. Most of all I enjoyed making and seeing the cupcakes finished. Don't they look great?!

* Shower Games *

We played only a couple shower games. Mandy wasn't too fond being the center of attention so we tried to keep each game short. First game we played was a question and answer game to see how well she knew her fiance'. Surprisingly she didn't do well but he had answers that were old and not up to date, so I guess she didn't do so bad. lol.

The next game we played was the dress the bride in toilet paper. Here the guests joined in and made a wedding dress out of Charmin. As you can see Mandy's dress turned out really good, next future Madonna labeled Charmin dress.

* Gifts *

Knowing me I wanted to make a little gift basket for the bride to be. I got most of the items from Victorias Secret. Like body glitter, sleep mask, (to be funny) "Smack That" underwear, sexy white laced thong, pink travel luggage tag (for her new name on the honeymoon), fuzzy pink nail filer. Mandy actually didn't want anyone to give her gifts. She actually had everyone donate money to the Brides Against Breast Cancer. Mandy wore a pink breast cancer pin during the shower. A very cute idea to take over gifts.

The shower was a complete success and Mandy loved it! It was a complete honor to do the shower for Mandy and be around her family. I love them all dearly!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The best Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Top 10 Baby Shower Gift ideas

Need to find the perfect shower gift that is most certain to be a "shower wower"?

  1. Take a look at this awesome website How Fast They Grow - this is a site for new mommies to make their own 12x12 Scrapbooks for their little ones. Purchase a uniquely styled gift card from any amount of $25-$200 or a Gift set made in pink or blue (gift card included) for only $50.

  2. Does the mommy-to-be own a Pandora bracelet? Buy the Pandora baby carriage to add to her bracelet for only $25.

  3. Have you ever heard of Mommy Cards? Mommies work too, you know? Get these new mommies a business like card to hand out to fellow mommies for playdates and contact information about them and their little one. Starting at $35 buy a gift certificate worth 35 stylish cards.

  4. Mix, match and personalize your favorite little uni tee or one-piece starting at $30 at Little Uni.

  5. Personalize story time with original alphabet books that feature the childs name on the cover, starting at $29.95. Or buy a personalized print to hang in the babies bedroom for $9.95 made by Sweet Arts Design. (CMP for 10% off)

  6. A baby needs their first spoon, take a look at these super sweet gift idea. Stainless steel personalized spoons starting at $20 made by Lisa Leonards Designs. (babyshower for 15% off).

  7. These little ones grow fast. Purchase this charming, cute and stylish Growth Chart for the mommy to be to put in the babies room. Starting at only $16, choose the color of choice for a cute and cheap gift at Rag and Bone.

  8. A fabulous new fix for fussy babies and “I want my pre-baby jeans back” mommies. Lullaby Exercises offers a new kind of workout for moms who want to take better care of themselves and their babes. This 35-minute DVD features a high-energy “groove” set and then slows is down as the “sleep” set sends the little one into slumberland. This dvd set is only $14.95.

  9. A unique keepsake for mom and baby is this Personalized baby Block for $30. A handmade, hardwood block custom-made with baby's name, birthdate, and initial on three sides. The fourth side has a pull-toy graphic.

  10. Be creative and make a Storybook basket. I made a basket (laundry wicker basket) for my friend where I bought about 20 different items, like baby bubble bath, creams, bibs, clothes, sugar daddy (candies) and more. From the items I made a storybook about the mommy to be and her baby. As she reads the story and comes to the numbered item, she finds it in the basket and opens it, filling in the blank of the story. Once she's done everyone will applaude and think how creative and cute this gift was, plus the mommy and baby have lots of gifts! You can go as cheap or expensive on this idea. For help email me.

Do you have a recommendation that would be the perfect Shower gift? Leave a comment and let me know :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Oh baby BOY

One of my best friends Brittani was having a baby Boy in April 08. My friend Sheena and I hosted a shower for her. Here's the cute details :)

I bought Large wooden letters and painted them blue and white to put up for decor. After the shower I gave them to Brittani for Cade's room. A cute and memorable touch.

The Cake was designed as baby building blocks and spelled "BABY" (when looking at it from the front) I had a talented friend make the cake for the shower

We played 3 different games at the shower -

1st one: We had 2 Cabbage Patch dolls diapered and dressed in dresses, made 2 teams of 3 (make sure to include the Mother to be and grandmas). At the same time each team started by having one hand behind there back and had to undress the baby completey, next one up had to dress the baby and last one undressed the baby. First team to finish all got a prize!

2nd game: We bought 8 different jars of baby food, removed the labels and numbered each jar. Each guest received a piece of paper and pen and had to guess by the color and smell of the baby food what was in the jar. Whoever got all 8 correct won a prize. Believe me this game was not easy!

3rd game: Get the Mother to be, and Grandmas together. Put them in a circle and hand them each a real baby bottle filled with apple juice. Fill the bottle about a 1/4 full and each person must feed the one to their left. Whoever finishes the bottle first gets a prize. This is a good laugh!
The shower was a huge success, I think we had about 35 people at this shower. We had Mimosas for each guest in wine glasses decorated with ribbon and plenty of healthy snacks for the guests and Mother to be.

Wedding Planning Templates

Brides if you want to save some money on hiring a wedding planner and/or for buying a wedding planning book.... Create your own using these fabulous templates available on the Russel+Hazel site
This will help make your life easier. They are free to download and are all in a nice PDF format so that you can easily print them from home.
Here is a list available for PDF Download

  1. Wedding Timeline / Checklist 1

  2. Wedding Timeline / Checklist 2

  3. Wedding Timeline / Checklist 3

  4. Wedding Timeline / Checklist 4

  5. Wedding Timeline / Checklist 5

  6. Beauty Worksheet Hair

  7. Beauty Worksheet Makeup
  8. Bridal Party Contact List

  9. Bridal Salon Appointments

  10. Bridesmaid Fashion Worksheet

  11. Bridesmaid Fashion Worksheet for the Bride

  12. Budget Worksheet 1

  13. Budget Worksheet 2

  14. Budget Worksheet 3

  15. Budget Worksheet 4

  16. Budget Worksheet 5

  17. Ceremony Worksheet

  18. Day-of Wedding Checklist

  19. Destination Wedding Event Schedule

  20. Destination Wedding Travel Worksheet

  21. Emergency Kits

  22. Floor Plan - Rectangular Tables

  23. Floor Plan - Round Tables

  24. Floor Plan - Square Tables

  25. Flower Worksheet

  26. Groom & Groomsmen Fashion Worksheet

  27. Groom & Groomsmen Fashion Worksheet for Bride

  28. Guest List Tracker

  29. Honeymoon Travel Details

  30. Menu Worksheet

  31. Music Play/Do not play List

  32. Music Worksheet

  33. Photo Shot List

  34. Registry Information

  35. Registry Worksheet 1

  36. Registry Worksheet 2

  37. Rentals Worksheet 1

  38. Rentals Worksheet 2

  39. Rentals Worksheet 3

  40. Transportation Worksheet

  41. Travel & Accommodations Worksheet

  42. Contact List - Cake

  43. Contact List - Caterer

  44. Contact List - Ceremony Location

  45. Contact List - Florist

  46. Contact List - Musicians/DJ

  47. Contact List - Officiant

  48. Contact List - Photographer

  49. Contact List - Reception Location

  50. Contact List - Stationer

  51. Contact List - Videographer

  52. Contact List - Wedding Planner

  53. Wedding Cake Worksheet

  54. Wedding Day Timeline

  55. Wedding Gown & Accessories Order Worksheet

  56. Wedding Invitation Worksheet

  57. Wedding Stationery Order Worksheet

Saturday, February 28, 2009

This is for the Gainesville Brides

Hey Gainesville Brides!
When I got married in April 2006, I searched the web looking on The Knot, The Wedding Channel and more for the ultimate Wedding directory for Gainesville, Florida. Do you think that I could find anything? I did a lot of digging, looking in the phonebooks, attending Wedding Expos and getting advise from previous Brides on good sources and places in Gainesville for my wedding. I had a beautiful and Memorable wedding that I will never forget! So, from all of my research I made for you Gainesville "Gator" Brides a:

Gainesville Fl. Wedding Source Directory


Gainesville Entertainment


  • Azalea Strings - 2424 NW 54th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32606 * 352-379-7585

  • Duo Cellissimo - 3541 NW 35th Place, Gainesville, FL 32605 * 352-380-0294

  • Jay’s Entertainment - 3501 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32607 * 352-377-9548

  • Gosia and Ali - * 352-262-7161

  • Joseph MacKenzie, bagpiper - 9414 NW 59th Lane, Gainesville, FL 32653 * 352-338-4575

  • Linda Weltner, violinist - PO Box 63, McIntosh, FL 32664 * 352-591-1016

Bachelorette Planning Checklist

Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner with the bride and her friends or going out for a night on the town, this Bachelorette Party checklist will help you prepare for the party of a lifetime.

3 Months Before the Bachelorette Party

  • Ask the bride what she wants (or doesn’t want) for her bachelorette party. Will it be dinner with close friends or a night out on the town?

  • While you want everyone’s attention focused on the bride, you don’t want to embarrass her. Talk with her to understand what she will and won’t be comfortable with.

  • Decide whether you want the party to be a surprise to the bride.

  • Set the party date. Aim for a weekend night about 2-3 weeks before the wedding that is convenient for the bride.

  • Start the guest list.

    2 Months Before the Bachelorette Party

  • Email or mail a save-the-date request to everyone on the guest list. If the party is out-of-town, make sure to include as many specific details as possible so guests can make travel and lodging arrangements.

  • If you’re starting at a restaurant, call ahead and ask about group rates and reservations. This will help you save money and time.

  • Make transportation reservations. Options include a limo, bus, van, etc.

  • If you’re having the bachelorette party at someone’s home, help plan out a menu and refreshments. Divide tasks among bridesmaids and enlist their help with games, decorations, refreshments, music, etc.

1 Week Before the Bachelorette Party

  • Stock up on fun party favors for the bride and guests and other fun accessories.

  • Confirm RSVPs and let guests know the finalized plans.

  • Confirm transportation arrangements.

  • Confirm restaurant reservations.

  • Confirm any entertainment you have scheduled.

1 Day Before the Bachelorette Party

  • Make sure the bride knows where she’s going. Aside from this, it’s okay to keep some details a surprise.

  • Make up goody bags for the guests.

  • Get lots of rest so you can relax and enjoy the party!

Bachelorette Party Themes & Ideas

Fun & Naughty Bachelorette Ideas

The Bachelorette Pleasure Party - Invite a pleasure party professional to your home and she’ll do the rest…a night of naughty toys and drinks and the bride will have plenty of ideas for the wedding night!

The Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt - With this popular game you can send your bachelorettes all over town on a chase for the scavenger hunt list of goodies! For the best scavenger hunt make sure it has lot’s of personal things about the bride or fit’s with the theme of your bachelorette party!

The Bachelorette Limo - A favorite of the bachelorette party is to have a Limo and driver to get them safely to their favorite Bars, restaurants and events. This is a great way to ensure that Bachelorettes aren’t driving while under the influence of alcohol. Make certain you bring lot’s of Limo games and a CD of favorite bachelorette party songs for the drive!

Pole Dancing Lesson Bachelorette Party - Arrange for a pole dancing lesson for your bride and bachelorettes! Be sure to bring a prize for the “best Moves” and “most likely to get a BIG tip”. This is a lesson the bride may find useful on her honeymoon!

Striptease Bachelorette Party - Invite the Bride-to-be over for an old fashion striptease! When your “police officer” or “fireman” arrives, make sure the bride has plenty of one dollar bills for her lap dance!

Spa Day Bachelorette Party - What is more relaxing than a Mani/Pedi with your friends! Plan to play the brides favorite music, serve her favorite drinks, and enjoy some quality girl-time!

Bachelorette Beach Party - Share a day under the warm sun with the Bride and Bachelorettes. Bring food and enjoy games and drinks on the beach. After the sun sets on your lazy day, get loose downtown, beach style.

Massage Bachelorette Party - Start off with a massage class (complete with a HOT guy massage instructor) and end with a massage for each Bachelorette and the Bride. After your massage head to the local coffee house for some live music.

Last Minute Bachelorette Party Ideas

Bachelorette Back Yard BBQ - Build a fire in the fire pit, poor some wine or cold beer and invite the bachelorettes over for a fun time in the backyard. Add a few party games and this idea is a real winner!

Wine Tasting Bachelorette Party - Pick your theme (such as California Red Wines or Pinot Grigiot) from the Brides favorites and ask every Bachelorette to bring a bottle from this group. Grab some cheeses, bread and chocolate and you have yourself a party! To take it up another notch invite a local Sommelier to give the party a more educational flare!

Bachelorette Poker Night - Want something a little lower key than Vegas?…have a Poker night at home! Grab some poker chips, a couple of decks of cards and some great food and you have yourself a great party!

Bachelorette Fondue Party - Last minute parties can be great too! Call your local fondue restaurant and book their best table (The Melting Pot is a GREAT choice). After a night of gooey cheeses and decadent chocolates head to the local dance club to burn those extra calories!

Bachelorette Sushi Party - The girls will have fun trying to make their own sushi! Buy sushi grade fish from your local fish market, get the filling ingredients and pick up sushi rice (already prepared) from your local sushi restaurant and have everyone learn how to make homemade Sushi!

Casino Bachelorette Party - Grab the girls, jump in the car and head to the nearest casino. Enjoy the live entertainment, dancing, cheap drinks and a little gambling. Save the all-you-can-eat buffet for AFTER the wedding!

Bachelorette Party Music

Bachelorette Hostesses tell all your girls to bring their Stillehettos because they will be dancing the night away to this list of GREAT Bachelorette Party Songs. Your Girls will be in the mood for the Best Bachelorette Night out on the Town!

Use these songs while you are in the Limo, getting ready to go out for the night or just plain Partying! (just burn a CD with your favorites or bring your Digital Player)

  • Yeah - Usher

  • Pour some sugar on me - Def Leppard

  • Me so Horny - 2 Live Crew

  • I can tell you want to f*ck - 504 Boys

  • Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani

  • These Boots are made for walking - Jessica Simpson

  • Don'tcha - Pussycat Dolls

  • Sexy Back - Justin Timberlake

  • Milkshake - Kelis

  • Hot in Herre - Nelly

  • Funky Cold Medina - Tone Loc

  • Glamorous - Fergie

  • Wobble Wobble - 504 Boys

  • Right Now (na na na) - Akon

  • Single Ladies - Beyonce

  • My Humps - Black eyed peas

  • Gimme More - Britney Spears

  • Radar - Britney Spears

  • Womanizer - Britney Spears

  • Raise the Roof - Uncle Luke

  • 1,2 Step - Ciara

  • What you got - Colby O'Donis

  • Cupid Shuffle - Cupid

  • Bootylicious - Destinys Child

  • Give him something he can feel - En Vogue

  • Fergalicious - Fergie

  • Get Low - Flo Rida ft T-Pain

  • In the Ayer - Flo Rida

  • Im so High - Grind Mode

  • Cookie Jar - Gym class Heros

  • Greenlight - John Legend

  • So Excited - Janet Jackson

  • Electropop - Jupiter Rising

  • Back that a*s up - Juvenile

  • Whine Up - Kat DeLuna

  • Slow Motion - Juvenile

  • Hoochie Mama - Uncle Luke

  • I kissed a girl - Katy Perry

  • Let it rock - Kevin Rudolf

  • My neck, My back - Khia

  • Just Dance - Lady Gaga

  • A Millie - Lil Wayne

  • Lollipop - Lil Wayne

  • You's a Hoe - Ludicris

  • Touch my Body - Mariah Carey

  • I'll be loving you long time - Mariah Carey

  • Girls Dem Sugar - Beanie man

  • Pocket Full of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield

  • Promiscuous Girl - Nelly Furtado

  • Let's get Crazy - Pitbull

  • Please excuse my hands - Plies

  • Whatcha think about that? - Pussycat Dolls

  • If it's lovin that you want - Rihanna

  • Whatta Man - Salt n Pepper

  • Dickey Ride - Uncle Luke

  • Swing - Savage

  • Party like a Rockstar - Shop Boyz

  • Sensual Seduction - Snoop Dogg

  • Drop it like its Hot - Snoop Dogg

  • Too much Booty in the Pants - SoSo Def Bass All Stars

  • Whatever you like - T.I.

  • Live your Life - T.I. ft Rihanna

  • Lollipop - 36 Mafia

  • I'm single again - Trina

  • Pull over that a*s to fat - Trina
  • Independent - Webbie

Do you have some Song suggestions? Please write me so we can add them to the list!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Gainesville Hair, Makeup & Tanning

  • Mary Kay Cosmetics - 3063 SW 92nd St Gainesville, FL 32608 * 352-336-7046

  • M.A.C Makeup - Oaks Mall - Macys - 6419 W Newberry Rd Gainesville, FL 32605 * 352-331-4411

  • Clinique Makeup - Oaks Mall - Dillards, Belks, Macys - 6419 W Newberry Rd Gainesville, FL 32605 * 352-331-4411

  • Sephora - Oaks Mall - JCPenny - 6419 W Newberry Rd Gainesville, FL 32605 * 352-331-4411

  • L.A.E. Tanning - 500 NW 60th St Gainesville, FL 32607 * 352-331-9693

  • Tan USA - 3600 SW Archer Rd # B, Gainesville FL * 352-378-3002 & 6783 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville FL * 352-331-8266 & 4780 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville FL * 352-377-8977

  • Planet Beach Tanning - 3545 SW 34th Street # E, Gainesville FL * 352-395-6162

  • Attractions Spa & Tan - 4011 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville FL * 352-376-6008


Gainesville Limousines


Gainesville Florists

Gainesville Caterers


  • Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel - 4200 NW 97th Blvd Gainesville, FL 32606 * 352-331-3336

  • Catering For All Occasions - 325 SW Hicks Ct Lake City, FL 32024 * 386-623-2926

  • Celebrations Catering - 904 N. Main St Gainesville, FL 32601 * 352-377-0787

  • Chef’s Garden Catering - 11400 Turkey Creek Drive Alachua, FL, 32615 * 386-418-1580

  • Hilton – University of Florida - 1714 SW 34th St Gainesville, FL 32607 * 352-384-3407

  • Savannah Grande Reception Hall - 301 North Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 * 352-378-4213

  • Sparkman's Bridal Service - PO Box 94 Hawthorne, FL 32640 * 352-481-2867

  • Steve's Cafe Americain - 12 W. University Avenue Gainesville, FL, 32601 * 352-377-9337

  • Stewart's Catering Co - 2106 NW 67th Place Gainesville, FL 32653 * 352-335-4527

  • Sweetwater Branch Inn - 625 E. University Avenue Gainesville, FL 32601 * 352-373-6760

  • The White Apron - 2201 NE 2nd Street Gainesville, FL 32609 * 352-376-8467

  • Sonnys BBQ - 2700 NE Waldo Rd Williston FL 32609 * 352-378-5161

  • Dragonfly Sushi & Saki - 201 Se 2nd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32601 * 352-371-3329

  • Panera Bread Company -

  • Napolitanos - 606 NW 75th Street Gainesville FL, 32608 * 352-332-6671

  • Swamp Restaurant - * 352-380-9291

  • Paramont Plaza - 2900 SW 13th Street Gainesville Fl 32608 * 877-992-9229

  • Goddess Catering - 412 SW 4th Ave Gainesville FL 32601 * 352-871-3405

  • Steve's Cafe American - 352-377-9337

  • Terranova - 14 SW 1st Ave Gainesville Fl * 352-378-7810

  • A Touch Above Catering - 4020 NW 22nd Dr Gainesville, FL 32605 * 352-376-3120

  • Brown’s Country Caterers - 14423 NW Hwy 441, Alachua, FL 32615 * 386-462-3000

  • Cacciatore Catering - 9130 SW 51st Road, Gainesville, FL 32608 * 352-692-0701

  • Farah’s Catering - 1120 W. University Ave., Gainesville FL 32601 * 352-378-5179

  • George’s Florida Style Bar-B-Que - 601 NW 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601 * 352-384-1222

  • Harvest Thyme Café - 2 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 * 352-384-9497

  • Hill’s Bar-B-Que - 2626 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609 * 352-376-8072

  • Holiday Inn West - 7417 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32605 * 352-332-7500

  • Stewart’s Catering - 2106 NW 67th Pl., Gainesville, FL 32653 * 352-335-4527

  • Third Place Pub and Grille - 5323 NW 91st Ter., Gainesville, FL 32608 * 352-378-0721

  • WH Catering - 1801 NE 23rd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609 * 352-378-4830

  • Olive You Eat Well - 5212 SW 91st Terrace #A1 Gainesville FL 32608 * 352-379-0281

  • Omi's Elegant Catering - 5729 Sw 75th * 352-373-0301

Gainesville Wedding Cakes

Gainesville Wedding Photography

Monday, February 23, 2009

Welcome to moi

Welcome to my page
* Chic Impressions *

So I have searched the web and read 1,000's of different blogs in the past years to finally decide on starting my very own. I tried to come up with a cute & catchy title that explains what I do. Chic Impression, a chic and fun style when first seen as a good impression? (hope that makes sense, lol) I've lived in Gainesville so far all of my 24 years... Im married with no kids (just yet). I work in an automotive family ran facility Continental Imports but have a passion for party planning and anything to do with Weddings! I spend most of my time surfing the web looking at weddings and party planning ideas. I literally wait patiently to hear from a friend or family member about a party they want to plan either for a baby/bridal shower or some sort of party or wedding.

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