June 16th, 2009 |

Golf Outing with Flair

Golf Outing with Flair (small)

It’s rare that I feature a party geared towards men.  Nothing against them – but I think it’s safe to say that most of them don’t appreciate the type of attention to detail women put into party planning!  However, all men deserve a special party now and then…..so whether you are planning a fabulous Father’s Day, a pre-wedding gathering, or a 40th birthday party, here are a few ideas to plan a summer golf outing:

  1. Course Selection – Budget limits, tee time availability, location, club amenities, and players’ ability should drive your decision on course selection. Considerations should include: course difficulty, carts, caddies, and bag carry options, course/clubhouse capacity, availability of locker room with showers, club and shoe rental options.
  2. Spread the word – Before you send out your actual invitation (I absolutely love this invitation from Tiny Prints – it’s the perfect balance of fun and masculinity!), you may want to send out a save the date card or an informational e-mail to get an idea of how many people are considering attending.
  3. Registration – The registration area is one of the most critical components of any golf outing. It sets the tone for the entire day. The registration table should be set up in a highly visible location and should have some sort of festive decor.  Depending on the size of your event, the table should be manned up to two hours prior to the scheduled arrival time of your guests. Ensure that adequate personnel will be available to maintain a smooth flow of traffic, keeping the registration area moving effectively.
  4. Speed of Play – Maintaining an adequate speed of play is an important aspect in ensuring a successful golf outing. Slow play is annoying to other golfers and can disrupt the timetable for other planned activities. This can be managed by correctly pairing the members of your group by playing ability, or by choosing a format of play that produces timely rounds.
  5. Shot Gun vs. Tee Times – Listed below are the advantages and disadvantages of the two standard formats for golf outings.
    1. Shot Gun Starts
      • Shot gun starts permit all group participants to start and finish at the same time. This allows the group to remain together for other events.
      • The entire group arrives at the banquet facility at one time.
      • Can be scheduled for the early afternoon, allowing participants to get in a full morning of work.
      • Speeds up play.
    2. Tee Time Starts
        Advantages

      • Allows for a variety of starting times to suit golfers needs.
      • Can maximize outing capacity (up to 220 players between 8 am and 1 pm)
      • Flexibility allowed for guarantees on group size.
  6. Contests – Contests can be an enjoyable source of entertainment for your players.  However, don’t overload your event with too many contests….they can slow down play.  Here are some suggested contests:
    1. Longest Drive
    2. Skins Game
    3. Closest to Pin
    4. Putting Contest
    5. Nearest to the Line
    6. Mulligan Sales
    7. Pot-of-Gold
    8. Flying Lady
    9. Beat the Pro
    10. Blind Partner
  7. The 19th Hole – After 18 holes of golf, your men will be ready for a relaxing break!  Plan a lunch (you could even invite spouses that didn’t play to join in) at the course’s clubhouse that includes a buffet of sandwiches, salads and buckets of cold beer!  Create simple, yet festive centerpieces for the lunch tables by using glass cylinder vases in different sizes.  Fill them up with golf balls, limes, candles, sand….get creative!  Dress up dessert by serving golf-inspired cupcakes!

Images: golf ball centerpiece (theknot.com), golfer and bucket of golf balls (inmagine.com), , golf accessories cupcakes (cleavercupcakes.com)

June 15th, 2009 |

Father’s Day Centerpiece Idea

dad-centerpieceImage via Better Homes and Gardens

June 15th, 2009 |

Add a Little Fizz

Soda Shop

Add a little fizz and some retro fun to your next party with a soda bar!

Whether you decide to use old-fashioned soda pop (available in a variety of flavors – all with fabulous vintage logos on the bottles) or the modern day versions – choose a variety of colors and flavors and prominently show them off.  The colorful bottles can act as decorations for your party too!

Keep the bottles refrigerated until right before the party starts, and then arrange the bottles by color on a table.  Add a bucket full of ice, a stack of cups, and for those wanting to drink right out of the bottle – brightly colored plastic straws!

I think this idea would be darling for a child’s birthday party, an outdoor BBQ, or even a casual, summer wedding.

Images via Project Wedding

June 14th, 2009 |

Tomatoes: Summer’s Best Recipes

Tomato Recipes

Fresh tomatoes = one of the best parts of summer!  Incorporate ripe, juicy tomatoes into your everyday meals with these fresh ideas.

  1. Tomato Tart (via Southern Living)
  2. Two Tomato Linguine (via Southern Living)
  3. Tomato Feta Salad (via Southern Living)
  4. Campanelle with Tomatoes and Feta (via Bon Appetit)
  5. Tomato and Bread Salad with Deep-Fried Chicken Bites (via Williams Sonoma)
  6. Grilled Tomatoes with Basil Vinaigrette (via Southern Living)
June 13th, 2009 |

Trend Alert: Dresses in Ocean Blues

Party Dresses in Ocean Blues

This summer, the colors of the ocean are right on trend!  Check out these stunning dresses for your next event:

Off-the shoulder ombre dress by Tadashi (bloomingdales.com), aqua strapless twist bodice dress by Nicole Miller (nordstrom.com), and ombre silk maxi dress by BCBG Max Azria (bloomingdales.com)

June 12th, 2009 |

Dockside Wedding

 

The summer months have me dreaming of soft, romantic, outdoor weddings.  I fell in love with these images because they combine so many of my favorite things.  What could be better than a wedding full of seaside charm and peonies?!

There are a couple of details that I want to draw attention to:

  • I love the use of baskets for the ceremony!  Classic and fresh looking, they added charm to the aisle.
  • I talk a lot about defining space with overhead decorations for parties – lanterns, twinkle lights, streamers – anything that sets your space apart from the rest of the area.  These star lanterns take that concept to a whole new level!  Beautiful during the day,but can you picture them glowing at night?!  Breathtaking!  (By the way, don’t let this idea just apply to weddings!  Try re-creating this look over your patio table for your next outdoor party.)
  • Instead of spending a fortune on a traditional centerpiece, create a floral runner down the center of your table.  Loosely arrange blooms and mix in a ton of votive candles – the look is stunning!

Images: table setting (cynthiamartyn.typepad.com), dockside images (via Millie Holloman Photography)

June 11th, 2009 |

Summer Centerpiece

centerpiece-plus-placecardTry this idea for your next outdoor party….

Plant  each guest a small pot of flowers and add in a chalkboard stake.  Write your guest’s name on it….you have a placecard, a party favor and if you group them all together in the center of the table….a centerpiece too!

Image via Lollipop Events

June 11th, 2009 |

Shirley Temple

frozen-shirley-templeServe up this refreshing treat from Rachael Ray at your next party!

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh red grapefruit juice (about 4 grapefruits)
2 cups ginger ale
1/2 cup superfine sugar
2 tablespoons grenadine or pomegranate juice
4 maraschino cherries

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir together the grapefruit juice, ginger ale, sugar and grenadine until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch metal baking dish and freeze for 2 hours. Using a fork, scrape the surface to break up the ice, then freeze for 2 more hours.

Scrape the surface again and divide the mixture among 4 chilled glasses; top each with a cherry. Serve immediately.

June 9th, 2009 |

Pottery Barn Free Entertaining Class

pb-backyard-entertaining-classHave any of you taken advantage of Pottery Barn‘s complimentary design/decorating classes?

Offered about once a month on Sunday mornings, Pottery Barn offers an hour-long session dedicated to a particular topic such as home decorating or hosting a spectacular dinner party.  My best friend and I have attended a few of the classes now – and we really enjoy them!  You spend an hour on Sunday morning with other woman that love decorating and entertaining as much as you do….and you get great ideas!  What could be better?!

Space does fill up – so contact your local store for availability.  Also – mark your calendar!  There are a couple other classes coming up that look great:

  • Backyard Entertaining (Sunday, June 14th – THIS Sunday!)
  • Decorating with Color & Pattern (Sunday, July 26th)
  • Creating the Perfect Home Office (Sunday, August 23rd)
June 8th, 2009 |

Scrumptious Summer Salads

Scrumptious Summer Salads

The ladies at Southern Living said it right – these salads are fresh, easy, and pretty enough for a party!

Here are a few new ideas for the next time your host asks you to “just bring a salad!”  (clockwise from the top)

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