Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tips From The Pros, Prizes & Inspiration! {Birthday Bash Day 3}

Welcome to day 3 of Party Starters' Birthday Bash and boy do I have a treat for you! 

I asked Beth Beattie, a professional event planner in Florida, to share some party planning tips with us. Beth received a degree in public relations with a concentration in special events planning from the University of Florida. After graduation, she moved to New York City to be the Public Relation and Event Coordinator for Kate Edmonds Private and Corporate Events. There she worked closely with many industry publications and organized an appearance on NBC’s hit series “The Apprentice." She later returned for Florida and after a position at a local advertising agency, created spark pr & events in 2006 with her business partner, Rena Toppe. 

This beautiful photo is a party created by Spark PR & Events...isn't it gorgeous! 

Here are the tips that Beth had to share:

1. Create a vision – What is the theme? Do you see it formal or casual? Seated, buffet or light hors d’oeuvres? We always like to take a little time do some research, look at ideas online and get our creative juices flowing if a theme is involved.   Two great blogs are www.hostessblog.com and www.thepartydress.net.  Once you have a theme, incorporate it into the food, décor, activities and so on the best you can.  We recently were working on a Candyland theme party and we had a concept for a kid’s activity for each part of the game (Gumdrop Mountain, Lollipop Woods, etc.)  Kids love it and it adds to the décor and theme!
 
2. Make a list – We are list makers by nature…we make lists of décor ideas, supplies we need, menu, etc and we’re constantly revising it. It helps to have it in writing so you can check off things as you get them done and have a countdown for what is left to complete before the party. This also allows for you to plan ahead…when to order the cake or other supplies or decor in advance.  We recently did a custom cookie order with Gumdrop Cookie Shop (www.gumdropcookieshop.com) but you have to plan ahead for production time and shipping…but well worth it!  Also, when we make a list, we find ourselves not making multiple trips back to Michael’s and Target.
 
3. Don’t over commit - Guests want to enjoy the host and that isn’t happening if you are the cook, bartender and clean up crew. If possible, hire assistance or recruit a friend or two to pitch in. 
 
4. Sends guests home with a memento - It's always nice to send guests home with a gift to remember the party. A favor or goodie bag that can be a dessert, koozie or other theme-fitting item.  It’s also fun to use the favor as the placecard if you are having a sit down event…a candle, flower pot, cocktail glass, etc.

Great tips to follow when planning any event, big or small! Thanks Beth!!!

Next up... how about a PRIZE OR TWO!!!


FIRST PRIZE
This is such a great prize package from The Purple Pug. One lucky winner will receive the following:
 
Check out The Purple Pug, Kristy has all kinds of amazing homemade party ware. Check out her blog as well I always find lots of inspiration there. 
 
SECOND FABULOUS PRIZE:
I am so excited about this prize, because I would love to have this myself!! One lucky winner will receive one Frosting Kit from Frost Me.  What is a Frosting Kit???  Let me tell you, it is a custom inspiration board of at least 20 photos and sources. A fabulous way to start planning a party, a Frosting Kit will save you time and possibly some dough!
 
 
A big thank you to my party blogging girlfriends for offering up these fabulous prizes!!
 
Here are a few ways to enter your name. You have until tonight, July 7, 2010 at 11:59 PM MST to do so.
  1. Leave a comment here on Party Starters telling me which tip from Beth might help you the most. 
  2. Follow my blog (already follow, leave a comment to let me know)
  3. Become a follower over at Spark PR & Events
  4. Become a follower over at The Purple Pug
  5. Become a follower over at Frost Me
  6. Become a fan OR "LIKE" the Party Starters Facebook Fan Page
  7. Follow Party Starters on Twitter                                                      
Make sure you come back here and leave a comment telling me which of these ways you have chosen to enter.  After Midnight MST or G-7, I will draw one name to win the Purple Pug prize, the second name I draw will win the Frosting Kit. Both names will be announced in tomorrow mornings post!
 
Don't forget to check out my Facebook Fan Page everyday this week as well. I have contests going on over there as well with fun Mystery Prizes!!
 
Thanks for stopping in today, see you tomorrow.
Hugs! 
Pam

31 comments:

  1. You are having a fabulous week!!

    The tip that helps me most is 'create a vision' - once I know what I want an event to look like, it gets the ball rolling.

    and I'm a fan/follower on all the sites :)

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  2. the tip I like best is dont over commit thats a tough one to accomplish but one I need to work on when hosting a party!!!

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  3. I am now following Spark PR & Events

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  4. Great tips! ...and glad to be a part of your giveaway!

    hugs! Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

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  5. I am following the pruple pug!! what a cute blog with awesome ideas!!!

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  6. I am a new follower at frost me...cute blogs to follow!!!!

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  7. I "LIKE" party starters on facebook now..pamela scott ponder
    thanks for the great giveaways and all the great new blogs I am following now!!!

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  8. I have to go with Don't Over Commit - I try to do everything and be everywhere during the party, I just have to keep remembering to slow down and stop trying to do everything. It will work out.

    jerriann

    bleumoonspirit@gmail.com

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  9. I am a follower of the blog

    jerriann

    bleumoonspirit@gmail.com

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  10. I actually found you through Kim at Frost Me - I am follower there too -

    Jerriann

    bleumoonspirit@gmail.com

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  11. I also became a fan on Facebook!

    jerriann

    bleumoonspirit@gmail.com

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  12. I love the idea of sending the guest home with a memento. Sometimes it is hard to decide on what to send home.

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  13. I became a follower! Great blog!

    Ksren

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  14. #3 for sure, I'm always running around and find it very hard to settle down and enjoy my family and friends.

    mammaliciousmamma at yahoo dot com

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  15. follow your blog

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  16. follow purple pug

    mammaliciousmamma at yahoo dot com

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  17. follow frost me

    mammaliciousmamma at yahoo dot com

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  18. follow spark pr and events!

    mammaliciousmamma at yahoo dot com

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  19. party starters facebook fan

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  20. follow party starters on twitter

    @mammafinds

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  21. I will have to go with Don't Over Commit... I have a hard time with that. I feel like I need to do it all, but I'm working on it:)

    I am a follower of this blog and Frost Me.

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  22. I just became a follower. I follow Frost Me as well. Please include me in the Purple Pug giveaway. Thanks!

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  23. Hi there! Thanks for the hiont to not over commit - its a kind reminder for me, as I tend to do this and end up not being able to chat with guests. I have added this comment in bold to my current party planning list :)

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  24. I love Tip #4! I always like to send home a little something!!! I figure that way they can remember the good time they spent toegther with you at your event! I also now follow you on Twitter and your blog!

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  25. I also follow Frost Me!! I would love to win this giveaway!!!!!

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  26. My favorite tip was: create a vision and then research it to expand on your ideas. Until I stumbled on to Party Starters via MS I never knew this whole community existed. Now I am following you via FB and Twitter. Must admitt am having so much fun looking at all the great ideas.
    Kelly Sue Woods

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  27. I just started following you today, I am already following the purple pug and Frost me.

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