Sad to say…….goodbye to do follow

Hello everyone. We’re sad to say that we had to stop allowing  do follow comments on this blog, due to the many spammers and unfortunate people attempting to take advantage. We had hoped to be able to offer  do follow links to legitimate websites and other like minded vendors, but after testing out the waters for several months it has proved to be more of a hassle than what it was worth.

To the readers who are legitimately interested in posting a guest blog or leaving an actual comment pertaining to our blog, we welcome you, and will gladly offer the do follow, but to the spammers we say move onto another blog.

We do not encourage, nor will we ever offer free links to you.

The 2014 Color of the Year is….. Radiant Orchid!

For anyone wanting with baited breath to see the much anticipated 2014 Pantone color of the Year, we’re very excited to announce that they have chosen  Radiant Orchid 18-3224. This dynamic color is not only attractive it’s radiant as well!
Here are a few sample ideas to help get you started in choosing this color for 2014 Wedding themes, Orchid weddings, birthday parties. etc. Enjoy!

2014 color of the Year Radiant Orchid

2014 color of the Year Radiant Orchid

(image credits clockwise from  top left, Glamour.com, Instyle.com, lover.ly, PartyFavorWebsite.com

 

Why we’ve converted to a dofollow blog

To anyone in the industry who is trying to get ahead with their SEO, you may be ready to bang your head against the wall. It is time consuming to say the least and not always easy to get other businesses to network with you.
In the spirit of attempting to help other like minded sites, we have now converted our blog to a do follow blog.
Time will tell how well this goes, but we are asking anyone who would like a do follow link back to their site for just three small requests.
#1 Please leave only legitimate comments that actually contribute something to the blog itself.
Generic comments such as “great blog”, “nice tip” etc. will not be activated.
#2. If you are a business we ask that you do not leave comments which are self serving. You will receive a do follow link back to your site, through your personal name, so there is no need to attempt to stuff  comments with self serving promotions.  Self serving comments or advertising of your own site and/or business in the comment section will not be activated, so please do not waste your time.

#3. When filling out your name, leave your personal name only.

Of course if you would like to add our link www.PartyFavorWebsite.com somewhere on your own site, blog, etc. it would make us very happy to be included.

That’s it! We believe this is a fair trade as you get a little bit of link juice and we may end up with some good karma! :>) Wishing you all the best.

Spooky Black Punch for a Halloween Party

No Halloween party would be complete without a cold, black punch to drink. Here’s an easy and delightfully ghoulish recipe for Black Punch, which is perfect for halloween cocktail parties, costume parties or kids parties. Alcohol can be added for adult only parties.

Halloween Black Punch

Halloween Black Punch

Makes 1 gallon.

1 (.13 oz. ) envelope unsweetened grape soft drink mix

1 (.13 oz.) envelope unsweetened orange soft drink mix

2 cups white sugar

3 quarts cold water

1 liter ginger ale

Optional:

Vodka (to taste, if having an adults only Halloween Party)

1 frozen “hand”

“Wormy” ice cubes – ice cubes with gummy worms.

Food grade dry ice 

To make a frozen hand, wash a non powdered, non latex, disposable glove, fill with water, seal with a rubber band and freeze until hard. Dip in warm water and peel off glove. Place in bowl at time of event to add to the spookiness factor!

Stir together grape soft drink mix, orange soft drink mix, sugar and water until solids are dissolved. Combine with chilled ginger ale just before serving. Dip the frozen hand briefly in warm water, then peel off the glove. Float the prepared hand in the punch bowl for a ghastly effect.

As you can see this Black Halloween Punch is very easy to do and  guests of all ages will enjoy it as much as they will looking at it!

image credits  clockwise from top left:   Squidoo  AllRecipes.com Feminspire

Tips for shopping for your wedding gown

There are not as many exciting or as daunting shopping events in a woman’s life as there is when she is ready to shop for her wedding gown.

Some women seem to know from the time that they were little girls, exactly what they want to wear, but most of us do not give it that much thought until we start planning our very own wedding. Knowing that all eyes will be on you and that this will be one of the most special and memorable events of your life, can only add to the stress of finding the “perfect gown”.

Will the gown look too matronly, add weight to your frame, be too cumbersome, etc. are just some of the many questions that inadvertently arise. Shopping for your bridal gown does not have to be stressful if you can calmly sit down beforehand and give it a little bit of forethought.

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For starters shopping early approx.  8-10 months in advance will help immensely if the gown ends up having to be ordered.   By being aware of the season and time of day or evening that you will be married in,  is also beneficial to give you a much better idea of the type of material  needed for your wedding gown. Obviously a summer gown would have a much lighter look and material than one that is designed to be worn in colder months. What about the location of your event? Keeping that thought in mind can make the difference between a comfortable gown or a “too hot” or ‘not warm enough” one.

The time of day can also affect the type of gown depending on whether you are planning a twilight wedding or an informal outdoor afternoon country brunch.

I’d strongly suggest looking through magazines and online bridal gown websites before even hitting the stores to get an idea of the types of look that appeal to you. On the day that you decide to start shopping why not have a leisurely breakfast and set aside the entire afternoon and/or evening if possible. This is not the time to hurry in and out of store! Not having to rush  when starting this process  can help to make the event fun and exciting as opposed to pressured and stressful. Bring along a family member or trusted friend who can help you to assess your findings honestly yet diplomatically.

Either way, no matter what wedding gown that you end up wearing, just remember you will be marrying the person who you wish to spend the rest of your life with and in the end isn’t that what truly matters the most?

Photo courtesy of http://www.thedemoiselle.com/2012/09/bachelorettesin-beverly-hills/

Your Maid or Matron of honor. Choosing the best girl for the job!

Choosing your maid or matron of honor needs even more thought than your whole list of wedding attendants. Some serious thought. This will be your “go to girl” throughout your wedding festivities and should be someone who is very special to you.

First off, some people may ask what is the difference between a maid of honor and a matron of honor. The answer is quite simple. A maid of honor is a woman in not married and a matron of honor is a woman who is or has previously been married.

This “go to girl” will be the woman who will help you with your pre-wedding plans, any problems that may crop up both before and/or during your wedding and is also the person who usually signs your wedding license. If you choose to use a decorative quaker wedding marriage certificate or calligraphy sign in scroll (samples can be seen here) her name will go on this as well.

Choose someone that you know has always been there for you. The woman who has always been rooting for you, has had your back in times of crisis and shared the fun and crazy times is the person you will most likely want by your side as her role in your wedding is an  important one that you will want to look back on with the best of memories.

Wedding Ceremonies; Spiritual, religious or non denominational

Depending on the the religious background of both you and your intended, will dictate whether or not your ceremony  will be held in a house of worship or in another location. If you both follow a particular denomination it is best to start discussing your needs and the requirements of your clergy person early.

If you’re more interested in having a non denominational wedding you may even choose to use a local judge to perform your ceremony.

Couples of a more spiritual nature can opt for an outdoor wedding (season permitting) such as a park or a beach. You may need to obtain permits for this type of event, so please check with the local authorities.

Ultimately whatever you decide, your wedding is about you and your intended coming together to share your life as a couple, with your own unique tastes and beliefs. Start the process early enough so that you are completely satisfied with the end result.

Should you have children in your wedding party?

Although small children can be a complete joy, if you choose to include them in your wedding party, you need to expect the unexpected. Even the most well behaved child, who has been a perfect angel during rehearsals, can sometimes add an unexpected twist to your ceremony. Some children understandably will experience “stage fright” upon seeing all of the guests at your ceremony. They may also be having just an off day.

Choosing to include children can be an absolute delight, adding their cherubic faces to your wedding photographs, but if you prefer to be in complete control of your plans, then you might wish to reconsider having children in your wedding event, no matter what their age. In the end, it’s your wedding day and only you can decide what is best for you.

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Choosing your wedding attendants

Your wedding will most likely be one of the biggest events of your life and early in the planning stages you should give some serious thought to choosing your wedding attendants. Whatever you do, do not choose you attendants lightly. Carefully consider who are your closest and really good friends and/or family members. By giving careful consideration to your choices, it can save you headaches down the road.  One of the girls in our office actually had her maid of honor drop out of her wedding several weeks before she got married, causing all sorts of last minute stress! Thankfully her other bridesmaids stood loyally by her side. Sometimes jealousy or resentment can rear it’s ugly head and arise from someone whom you may have thought would really be there to support you, so please give this careful thought. There’s enough angst before the big day, why add to it, if you don’t have to.

Also, keep in mind if you will be working on a tight budget, that the more attendants you choose to use, the more of an expense this can be as the cost of the flowers, boutonnieres, gifts, etc. would all have to be factored in.

Tips on announcing your engagement in a newspaper.

 

Congratulations you’re engaged! An engagement can and should be one of the most exciting times of your life. Many couples opt to send in a formal announcement to their local newspaper. Some of the larger city newspapers may no longer print this information for free like they did in the past, so it’s best to call the newspaper first if you’re interested in having your announcement appear there. At this time you can also ask about their policies and any special requirements for your upcoming wedding photo. A 3.4 shot will usually suffice.

You should also  inquire about their guidelines and  deadlines for your announcement, in addition to whether you can include a photo. if this is something of interest to you.

General engagement announcements include the following:

  •  information about the couple
  • information about both careers
  • education credentials
  • both parents names and hometowns

In the event that you may still not have to set the exact wedding date, but would like to give the readers an idea of the general time frame, if you have an idea of the season that you will be married in a simple “a fall wedding will follow” will suffice.

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