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We are writing this post to give you the "411" on what is needed to create a picture perfect Galentine's Day event. Whether you are completely ready for your event tomorrow or you want to throw the party but don't know where to start - we've got you covered!
We thought that this invitation would be a cute options but definitely feel free to send a cute text if you weren't able to send printed invites to your gals.
From mimosa and waffle bar to cute hors d'oeuvres style shrimp cocktail the options are limitless.
We love details. When we were looking for the perfect photos, we came across this one. Found here on POPSugar to create a XOXO do it yourself tablecloth.
The music sets the tone of the event, so finding/creating a playlist that creates a fun and confident environment is vital. After much searching we found this playlist graphic above and it does the trick!
Some of the fun ideas that we came up with are:
1. Creating flower crowns - found here!
2. Nail Painting
3. Play games
4. Watch a Chick-Flick with nice snacks
For the favor why not make this cute tote - DIY found here. Include cute sweet treats and maybe even ask all of the girls bring something that they love to exchange and include in the bag.
Until Next Time!
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One of the major expenses when planning your wedding is the food cost. Many couples are not pleasantly surprised after the chat with a planner or caterer and get realistic figures. However, there are ways to cut the costs for food and still have an amazing wedding!
- Cocktail reception – A variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres and creative cocktails can often do the trick. Along with tray-passed hors d’ouevres, try having a variety of food stations to really add some excitement. You save the cost of a full, formal meal but your guests still get a taste of some fine food and drink. Seal in the vibe even further with lounge seating (bar tables, comfy couches and the like) instead of the usual tables.
- Afternoon tea – For a low-key, but elegant affair have an early afternoon wedding followed by a tea reception. Seat everyone at tables and offer a variety of loose-leaf teas with platters of scones, finger sandwiches, biscuits and more. Some wine or champagne wouldn’t hurt either (no need for a full bar). Set the scene even further with a pianist or harpist playing soft tunes in the background.
- Breakfast or brunch – Morning meals are typically less expensive than dinner and, because people tend to drink less in the morning, you also save bar costs. Have a morning ceremony followed by a wedding breakfast. You can certainly do a sit-down meal, but I love having fun with stations – omelets, bagels, waffles and so much more. And, of course, mimosa or Bloody Mary bars are always a hit. Just bear in mind that it will likely be difficult to entice the crowd to dance early in the day.
- Dessert reception – Go this route if you’re willing to start your wedding at 7 p.m. or later (you don’t want hangry guests!). You can get creative with crepes, ice cream sundaes, a variety of coffees and, of course, cake. Champagne, dessert wine or other libations might even get your guests up and dancing.
No matter what route you decide your guest will be thrilled to celebrate this once in a lifetime moment with you.
Until Next Time!
Q: Tell me about Bella of Louisville and how got started:
A: My first blog post on my current blog, Bella of Louisville, was on April 18, 2014.
I had a previously loved blog (Lou Bella Vita) that I dissolved after I started my marketing agency, Bella Vita Media. I couldn’t balance the two well at that time. I had too many clients which is never a bad thing but I had to make a choice and I chose work because it paid the bills.
I started blogging again in 2014 and started with the idea of a beauty blog but making it about living beautifully. I am still blogging about that but I’ve also opened the doors to writing about new topics. I don’t’ believe we ever stop growing so I don’t want to put myself into a box thus avoiding any confusion about what I can or can’t write about. I’m a writer and I love have zero restrictions, it just keeps things more authentic for me in that arena.
Q: Describe yourself in 3 words:
A: Kind, optimistic, and passionate.
Q: Favorite quote:
A: “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” – It’s a Wonderful Life
Q: Favorite coffee in local Lou:
A: Safai and Day’s when I’m in the Highlands. Press on Market and Please & Thank You when I’m around NuLu / Waterfront.
Q: Favorite local eatery:
A: This may be the worst question to answer. I LOVE FOOD. I think about it waaay too often and indulge myself when I can. I have Crohn’s & Colitis so I am limited on what I can eat but sometimes I bend the rules a bit. I live to pay for those choices but the same goes with everything else in life so I try not to torture myself about it; life’s too short for that mindset.
Q: What tips on being the best you in this new year do you have?
A: 1. Listen to your inner voice. Your gut will never mislead you.
2. Be kind to yourself. You’re not perfect. Never think you are or it will destroy you when you think you’re not. Just live with balance and I don’t mean scales.
3. Challenge yourself. If there’s something that scares you, challenge yourself to do it. Try to surprise yourself with kind little reminders of how strong you are. You’re a warrior. You slay life daily which means you get up for work, dress yourself with a smile, and you choose to see the best in life regardless of how much is thrown at you. Every single person I’ve ever met has had a struggle they’ve had to overcome. The size of them may vary when compared but to that person who is struggling, that problem can feel like the weight of the world is on your back. Realizing you can throw it back on its axis and move forward sharing your experience, strength, and hope means that you’re a survivor. Simply put; survive today and take the year to celebrate miniature warrior moments. If you take the days in small doses they’re less overwhelming. Focus on the here and now by letting tomorrow be tomorrow.
Q: Where do you find positive inspiration?
A: I find it within my family, friends, looking outside, taking a walk, spending more time getting ready, writing, eating, living, et cetera. Positive inspiration relies on us. We can find it any where, we just have to be sure our vision is clouded.
Thank you for reading, make sure you check out the Bella of Louisville lifestyle blog! We hope that your year is filled with dream that come true!