Summer memories

I adore summer!  I mean, who doesn’t?  The smell of freshly mowed grass, steaks on the grill and children giggling while running through sprinklers.  Summer certainly provokes wonderful memories.
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 Summer weddings are possibly my favorite, except the ones set outside when its stifling hot. 

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Now, for those of you who aren’t from the south, the definition of the word describes summers here to a tee!

Definition of Stifling (of heat, air, or a room) very hot and causing difficulties in breathing; suffocating.
“stifling heat”
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Now throw in a candy buffet…you can only imagine how I cringe when a client is insistent upon on having an outdoor candy buffet in the middle of summer!  It makes me sweat just thinking about it.  I had a couple come to me with just this idea and at first, I must admit, I was dreading it, not the candy bar…the outdoor part.  But the more that I got to know this couple and their amazing love for one another, the more I was willing to do whatever needed to make this work. 

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The bride lost her mother at a young age and as a mother of two daughters, my heart immediately ached for her.   I think it’s most mothers dream to watch their beautiful daughter walk down the aisle, so I wanted this small part of their day to be as beautiful as possible. 

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Her mother’s favorite candy were circus peanuts, so we decided to incorporate them into her pink & white themed buffet, which turned out to be a beautiful addition.

The rest of the candy bar was filled in with white & pink candies along with champagne truffles.Maness_0759 Maness_0761

The day finally arrived and don’t you know that right smack dead in the middle of summer we had a front move in that provided that particular day with an abundance of beautiful sun & cool temperatures!  It was like magic or maybe an angel looking over this sweet girls day.  It was truly amazing…what a wonderful memory!

When creating the perfect candy buffet for your event, be sure to display an array of different candies….a little something for everyone.  Plan for 1/4lb per guest; remember, it’s a guestimate as some guests will take more and some will take less. 

Here are a couple of websites I recommend ordering your bulk candy.  Remember, if your event is in the summer, you will need to make sure they are delivered with cold packs and shipping can be more expensive. Candy Warehouse, Sweet City Candy!

Overload your summer with beautiful memories! 

XOXO

Robin

Sweet 13th Birthday Party

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It is so hard to believe my youngest is turning the BIG 13!  I remember, like it was yesterday, seeing her for the first time.  You see, my other children have dark features like me so when my ob told me she was a red head I was sure he had lost his mind.  But sure enough she certainly was & I wouldn’t want her any other way!  She has a heart so full of Jesus & love that she makes me a better person; I hope I grow up to be just like her!

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We celebrate just about EVERYTHING in our home and birthdays are HUGE!  This party started as a movie night & has evolved into a mall scavenger hunt that will end with desert at The Cheesecake Factory.  I am a big believer in the traditional paper invitation but with so many changes to this party I opted to send evites.  This option allows me to track & make sure parents are aware of ALL party details.  There are many free evite sites but I have a particular site that I LOVE!  Paperless Post has an amazing invitation selection & you can order printed invitations as well. They offer invitations from leading fashion and lifestyle designers, such as Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler & John Derian.  A HUGE bonus is they allow you to share photos with your guest list…how awesome is that?

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Through my research on mall scavenger hunts, I found that it’s extremely important you contact the mall security office to check on rules and policies.  Most malls do not allow scavenger hunts stating the main concerns are “kids running around disrupting businesses by wanting free items”.

In order to follow local mall policies I have opted for a Scavenger Hunt that will take the kids on a shopping spree purchasing gifts that will be part of Madeline’s birthday surprise as well as picking up a few goodies for themselves along the way.  I selected several stores that are Madeline’s favorites and have given each team a budget with particular items to purchase.  Each team will have a chaperone to avoid any issues with security.

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Have clues on cards for team chaperones to pass out.  Provide separate cards containing answers and missions only allowing them to open when they figure out the clue.  Once they’ve figured it out, they can take off to purchase the required item(s).  Provide each chaperone with a prepaid card with enough money….do your research on what each item will cost.

Have clues & riddles that require them to work as a team.  Some ideas could be….

1.  This is the most twisted kiosk in the mall.  Purchase a bag of nuggets. (Auntie Anne’s Pretzel)

2.  Sometimes trees & branches grow like this. Purchase a frame to capture todays fun!  (Entwined)

3.  The color on your lips; you could use a little mora; I’d suggest ____________.  Purchase a lip gloss in what you think will be her favorite color. (Sephora)

4.  Maddie’s favorite place to get a drink!  Purchase a reusable cup that costs $1.00 for everyone! (Starbucks)

5.  This place is as sweet as Madeline!  Everyone fill a bag with 1/2lb of your favorite! (Boardwalk Treats)

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Make it a hunt where everyone wins!

Be creative & give points for everyone participating, the most unique item purchased, etc.  Once you’re hunt is over you can award prizes…I decided to hand out Starbucks gift cards for them to use along with the reusable cups they already picked up.

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Our last clue will lead them to our final destination…The Cheesecake Factory.  The Cheesecake Factory does not take reservations, so that was an important part of our party timing.  I called & spoke with a manager and she was absolutely sweet about my plans; she understands the importance of the perfect 13 year birthday party.  So even if the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, reach out to them; most managers will do what they can to help make your event awesome!

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