Beach Theme for weddings

Beach Rules signRecently the Beach Theme for weddings has been popping up all over the place.  I’ll take that as a sign to post about that again since it has been my most popular read theme on this blog.  The beach theme can be done in so many color palettes – from sandy colors, to blue sky colors to wood and water colors.  Find a color scheme that you like and start there.  What I get about the beach theme is that it is a simple and carefree look – a breath of fresh air, a destination that you would like to re-produce. Beach theme doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate.  It can be very simple and still be well done.  I always think of the beach them including a candle that is enclosed in a clear container (that way the candle doesn’t get blown out by the sea breeze) and of course shells and some kind of jute.  (Photos courtesy of Joss & Main).  Check out Pinterest for abundant ideas on beach theme weddings too.  There are lots of different feels for the beach theme you can use including Destination/ Island – Sandals – Tropical – Mariner – Nautical- Wind swept – boating/sailing – Sea Life – California Coast – West Coast – East Coast – Florida Coast, etc.  Whatever it is, make sure and incorporate the theme into your wedding invitations. Beach theme wedding candle white my wedding.comCordoba+CandleholderSeas the Day signMariner+Candle+Hurricane

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Lebanon Bridal Show is February 23rd

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January is halfway gone and it’s time to think about wedding season!  Weddings happen all year-long, but majority of folks get married in the summer, when there’s nice weather, when people can travel, when there is enough daylight during the day to do lots of stuff.  When people feel like travelling and doing things! Planning for a wedding can take a while.  The more you look, the more you find – sometimes too many choices! My advice is to sit down and take a look at what is really important to you.  Is it most important to have a photographer take photos on your special day?Is it most important to have great food? Is it most important to have great decorations?  Decide upon what is most important to you,  make it a priority, then you can work on the rest of your list.

With all that said, please visit the Lebanon Bridal Show which takes place on Sunday, February 23rd from 12 noon to 5 pm.  Admission is free and there will be lots of vendors and door prizes.  The event is produced by and takes place at  Santiam Place Event Hall, 139 Main Street in Lebanon, Oregon 97355. 

Visit the vendors to see what services they have that you need for your wedding day.  We are all there for the brides to talk to.  We all encourage keeping your money local, so please visit these local vendors to see what they offer! 

 

2014 Entertainment Books for Sale

My sorority chapter is selling 2014 Entertainment Books for greater Oregon.  The books are $25 this year.  When you purchase a book we get a percentage.  This is one of two fund raisers that we have each year.  The Entertainment books make great gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, Engagement & Wedding, New Home, Anniversaries, Thank you’s, Exchange Gifts, Employee or Boss gift and Door prizes too.  You get more e-coupons on line too! We will have the books on sale for a couple more weeks, then they are gone!  I would be happy to deliver in the immediate Willamette Valley area.  Contact me at 541-259-4255 for more info. Entertainment Book 2014

Dessert and Candy Buffets

Also known as candy bars or dessert bars, these tables full of goodies are becoming more popular for all types of events.  Not all people like cake, so it’s nice to offer an alternate dessert choice such as cookies, tarts, bars and fruit.  The kids (young and old) also love the Candy buffets.  Filled with sweets of all different sizes, shapes and colors.  When there is a dessert buffet set up for after a meal, I like to have it screened, then remove the screens surrounding it to show off the display of goodies – a sweet surprise, so to speak.  Make sure to have extra plates or bowls of goodies to re-stock from.

dessert bar with heart shaped tarts

dessert bar with heart shaped tarts

A great Roast Beef, mashed potatoes, salad, bread, green beans is topped off with rich desserts or luscious fruit

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P.E.O. Fundraiser dinner

PEO fundraiser dinner Aug 13, 2013 014 PEO fundraiser dinner Aug 13, 2013 016 PEO fundraiser dinner Aug 13, 2013 021 PEO fundraiser dinner Aug 13, 2013 025 PEO fundraiser dinner Aug 13, 2013 001 PEO fundraiser dinner Aug 13, 2013 009P.E.O. chapter of Lebanon hosted their annual Fundraiser dinner at Santiam Place.  This was the first time they themed their dinner.  It was Western themed and they had the opportunity to reuse decorations from the Boys & Girls Club Auction and St. Edwards Catholic Church.  The food was also in theme with pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, assorted salads and assorted cobblers for dessert.  Bob from Mama’s Fine Italian restaurant was the barkeep for the event. Dogs on the Furniture, a local band made up of hospital employees and spouses played their great music and the Lebanon Square Circlers – square dance group demonstrated some square dances and got the audience involved.  It was a nice evening and the chapter raised the most money ever at the dinner.

Lavender in the Valley

Lavender in the Garden

Lavender in the Garden

 

I happened to be in West Linn this past Saturday watching one of the grandsons play in a baseball tournament and had some free time in between games.  I stumbled upon Lavender at Stonegate and found that a regional Lavender Festival was that weekend.  I looked at their fields and especially loved the white Lavender.  The lavender plants all seem to be blooming early this year.  I took the above picture in August a couple of years ago, but it is in full bloom right now in July.  To find out more about the Lavender farms that you may visit, I recommend checking out this website: http://www.oregonlavenderdestinations.com  and also check out pages 24-25 in the June/July 2013 edition of Willamette Living Magazine – online at http://www.willametteliving.com

 

Family Reunion preparation

I will be hosting my own family’s Reunion this upcoming weekend.  I

Saunders Reunion T-shirt July 2013

got all of the t-shirts done (a service I can provide to class reunions, family reunions etc.) and looking forward to seeing  cousins that I have not seen for many years.  The family is mostly Pacific Northwest and West Coast people, but some will be coming from farther away (Alaska and New Mexico).  The weekend is loosely structured. I have put together a walking map of downtown Lebanon which has addresses of quaint shops and eateries.  There will be the usual chatting, eating, snacking, drinking cold beverages, lawn games with story telling too.  We will have a Silent Auction as well as a White Elephant exchange.  Also some sharing of plants and seeds.  Anything more than that will be welcomed! This is a test pilot for marketing for additional Class and Family Reunions. The weather will be warm, not as hot as the past week has been!

Nicole & Daniel’s wedding reception

Nicole Miles married Daniel Garrett in the middle of December on the beach in Hawaii.  They held a reception for their family and friends who could not attend the Island wedding.  A large potluck, was followed by a Unity Candle lighting and toasts. They cut their Tropical inspired cake that was decorated with fresh lilies. It was a beautiful Sunny afternoon and guests could sit outside on the patio. There were 2 large displays of  pictures from the wedding day.  Nicole’s  color scheme was Black with Silver with a touch of Red.  The taper candles were lit  by Nicole’s mother and Daniel’s Grandmother.  Nicole’s four children joined in lighting of the unity candle together with Nicole & Daniel.   Congratulations to the couple!

a bite of luscious cake!

a bite of luscious cake!

Nicole & Daniel listen to toasts of well wishes given by friends and family

Nicole & Daniel listen to toasts of well wishes given by friends and family

Children join in lighting the Unity candle

Children join in lighting the Unity candle

Fresh Lilies and wide black ribbon dress up the cake

Fresh Lilies and wide black ribbon dress up the cake

Room set up with head table for family

Room set up with head table for family

Copies Wedding day photo used as part of table centerpiece

Black/Silver Leighs represent a bit of Hawaii. Red hearts add a touch of Red. Four extra taper candles – one for each child to light

Unity Candle table with extra tapers for children.  Black & silver leighs represent Hawaii wedding

wedding day photos and chocolate kisses on the tables for guests to take as favors

A special gift for your Valentine

I found this great idea that you could make for your beloved.  Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, it would be a very special gift to create.  Check out the tutorial at http://www.52reasonsIloveyou.com 52 Reasons I Love You

Lebanon Bridal Show

Check out the Lebanon Bridal Show Facebook page for updates on the vendors who will be participating.  The  9th annual Lebanon Bridal Show will take place on Sunday, February 17th from 12 noon to 5 pm. The admission is free, but we ask that you fill out a form at the door with your contact info as well as how did you hear about the show? There will be door prizes too.  There will be a nice mix of vendors who are new to the show and some who have been there before. Please come and visit! Michelle Knight Designs