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Favorite Favors

It's "Tips Tuesday"! Today, we are sharing tips on giving great favors to your guests. As a planner, I focus on ensuring my clients make the best use of their event budget because let's face it, who wants to waste money? Therefore, it's important when choosing a favor that you select an option that your guests will use and enjoy. If you apply our 3 simple tips below in your favor selection process, we are sure you, your guests and your wallet will all be happy. 1) Edible Favors: Food is the key to some men and women's hearts. Well, why not have your guests fall in love with your party by sending them off with an assortment of candy, desserts and/or snacks. Pre-packaged goodies can be personalized to your theme and will make a tasty take away for your guests. Alternatively, having a styled sweets table is a great way to bring added decor to your event and allows your guests to pick and choose what goodies they'd like to take home and enjoy. Either option is perfect for weddings, parties, showers and a wide array of other events. Check out this orange and gold sweets table we did this past November:

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2) Themed Favors: If you've chosen a specific theme for your event, selecting a favor that ties into that theme is perfect! This is a great way to keep the party going for your guests even after they've left. Children's parties are a great opportunity to choose cute and clever themed treats. For instance, we created Doc McStuffins prescription bottle, candy favors for a cute 3rd birthday this Summer. It allowed the little guests to play Doc and enjoy a treat, too. This adorable themed favor is available for purchase in our brand new Etsy shop.

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Additionally, you can also have a lot of fun with themed, adult party favors. We recently assisted with a chic, Sex and the City themed bridal shower. The ladies all went home with the perfect favor...a mirror compact with a high heel on the front. If that doesn't scream Carrie Bradshaw, I don't know what does!

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3) Special Keepsake: Lastly, another great idea for favors is a special keepsake that your guests can have and enjoy for months or even years. To make the most of your keepsake, consider an item that speaks to you but that guests would likely use often. We had the pleasure of assisting with a 90th birthday earlier this year, and the favors were personalized coffee mugs. Given the more mature crowd and the event being held in the winter, it was an excellent choice for guests to later enjoy coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more.

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We hope today's tips will help land gifts for your guests in the Favorite Favors category. Among the many services we offer, customized favors is one of them so contact us today at info@sensationalsoirees.com for your upcoming favor needs.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

 

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Fire Station #3

Happy Wednesday! Today's "Sweet Summer" post is all about the sweet little boy who stole my heart 3 years ago today...my son, Cameron! Lovable, funny, smart, full of energy and one of a kind sums up our birthday boy. In honor of Cameron's 3rd birthday, we had a fire station celebration at our home this past weekend. From beginning to end, we set the roof on fire with fun amongst family and friends! To help the kids feel like true fire fighters, they dressed and played the part at our replica miniature fire station. This preceded a visit from fire fighters in a bonafied fire truck from Capitol Fire Truck Rentals, LLC. Cameron and his friends were able to learn about fire safety, try on firemen gear, hop on board the fire truck and even put out a few pretend fires. They loved every minute of their fire fighting experience! Since the party was on the 1st day of summer, we also let the kids enjoy some fun in the sun and bounce around in the fire station themed moonbounce.

In between all the fun, everyone had a chance to enjoy pizza, extinguish their thirst, and  "Stop, Eat and Roll" at our snack station filled with lots of fire themed goodies, such as fire truck wheels (oreos) and great balls of fire (cheese popcorn). I believe all parties should have a sweet ending, so after singing Happy Birthday to Cameron we were able to indulge in ice cream, the fire truck themed cake from the Kake Korner and cupcakes made by yours truly. It was a wonderful day in celebration of my little fire chief and all of his fire fighting friends got to take home some goodies to include: a fire chief hat, toy fire truck, water bottle to extinguish their thirst, snack bags and activity packets donated by the Westlake Fire Station.

As we celebrate my favorite little guy's birthday, check out some photos from his birthday bash below:

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Let us know what you think about Cameron's Fire Station #3 in the discussion section of this post. Are you planning a birthday party for your child? Need some expert assistance? Feel free to contact us at info@sensationalsoirees.com to reserve your date.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce - Cameron's proud mommy :-)

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Choo Choo, Cameron Turns 2! (Part 2)

My son and his friends had a chugga chugga, choo choo good time at his 2nd birthday party. Check out part 1 of this post for more details.

For décor, I chose to stick with the red and turquoise colors of Thomas the Train. Lots of crafting and design went into the overall fun flair I was going for, but it was all worth it for my little man and actually tons of fun.  One special touch that both the kids and their parents enjoyed was the dining cart I designed that featured a custom train cake stand, train cart snack trays, kid friendly snacks and more. We also had some yummy sweets to include: Cameron's Thomas the Train birthday cake (Kake Korner in Laurel, MD), customized cake pops (Kedawalk Cupcakes of DC) and cupcakes made by me. The guest tables were decorated with everything Thomas the Train…from Thomas embellished spinwheel centerpieces, to balloons, to lunch boxes and confetti. First class seating signs and Cameron’s birthday shoot portraits were added to include personal touches.

We wanted the kids to feel like a train conductor, so each child received their own conductor hat, bandana and train whistle.  At the end of the afternoon, everyone departed with a goodie bag, picked up at “baggage claim.” The smile on Cameron’s face when he walked in the party room and throughout the party was priceless! Check out more photos from Cameron’s “party train" (photographed by Paparazzi Pictures) and photos from his 2 year old portrait session (photographed by Capturing Perfection Photography). 

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Sensationally Yours,

Shalyce

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Choo Choo, Cameron Turns 2! (Part 1)

It has been an exciting few weeks at my house because my son entered the “Terrific Twos” club on June 25th! It seems like just yesterday he was my little baby boy, and now he is my growing toddler whose favorite phrase is “I can do it” lol. To know Cameron is to love him because he is so bright, funny, loving and full of life. He brings so much joy to my husband and I, and celebrating his birthday in a special way was high on our priority list.

One of Cameron’s favorite TV shows is Thomas & Friends, so it was a no-brainer to go with that theme for his party.  With the theme picked, I then got started with creating his invitation, which I jazzed up with train images and a home photo I took of the birthday boy in his train gear.

To stay in line with the kid-friendly vibe of Thomas, we chose to have the party at the Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, MD, which features a miniature train, carousel, playgrounds and a train station party room. With the many amenities the park provided, this served as the perfect venue, especially since it rained prior to the start of party (so happy we had the indoor room). The birthday boy and his friends had such a wonderful time, and no rain could rain on our parade! The kids enjoyed the activity stations to include face painting and balloon twisting (by Signs, Wonders and Gifts Artistry), train play, train tunnel, coloring and more.

Check out some of the photos from Cameron’s “party train” (photographed by Paparazzi Pictures). Look out for Part 2 of this post.CamsInviteblog

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Sensationally Yours,

Shalyce

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