I saw the cutest story this morning on the TODAYshow! It was a segment all about a 70-year-old woman who’s life-long dream of wearing a beautiful wedding gown is finally coming true, thanks to an organization called “Second Wind Dreams.”
The woman’s name is Ruth Sullivan and she was married following WWII in 1946. There was no dream dress, no big reception, and no fancy honeymoon. Just a simple ceremony in a minister’s study and a night at a local hotel. All these years later, even though her husband has passed away, Ruth is still in love with the idea of going to a bridal store to try on the beautiful gowns she sees on reality television show’s like TLC’s “Say Yes the the Dress.” And that’s just what she got to do!
I was touched to see how beautiful she felt and how neat something so simple like trying on wedding dresses, even at 70, can make someone’s day all that much brighter. Just another reminder that it truly is the little things in life that make all the difference! -Brian
Last month, I was honored to be invited to Kiev, Ukraine to speak at the first annual Wedding Business Summit where I met some of the most gracious, creative and excited wedding professionals who were like sponges looking to learn as much as possible about the wedding industry in the United States.
After personally witnessing the enthusiasm and drive among the people of Keiv, especially those who are working hard to further develop creative industries there, I wish them much freedom and success in the near future. -Brian
I’m not one to shop on “Black Friday” but if you are there are plenty of good deals to score this year. In fact, some of them are already LIVE and can be purchased online! Click HEREfor a list of coupon codes that have already hit the web for “Black Friday” 2013.
Click HERE for The Huffington Post‘s list of the top “Black Friday” deals at Walmart. What’s the best deal they’ve got? Walmart is offering to give YOU $26 dollars for an iPhone 5C ($49 on contract + $75 gift card).
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And for all of the tech-lovers on your shopping list (or for yourself!), be sure to check out Cnet‘s list of the best tech deals available this “Black Friday” at stores like Target, Best Buy, Staples and Amazon. Click HEREfor their reviews of each product/deal.
For those of you who love Targetas much as I do, Tom’s Guide has an excellent list of the best tech deals to score at Target, HERE. According to Tom’s Guide, “Target opens at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and doesn’t close until 11 p.m. on Black Friday. That’s 27 straight hours of continuous shopping. On top of its many sales, Target is also offering a 20 percent off coupon valid Dec. 1-7 for those who spend more than $75 on Black Friday. Plus, if you have Target’s “REDcard” credit card, you can take an extra 5 percent off the sale price.”
Putting together a Thanksgiving dinner can be a major undertaking. Even hosting a potluck style dinner is a lot of work when you consider the cleaning (before and after) that goes along with inviting guests into your home to share a meal.
For these reasons, I think it’s a really fantastic idea to bring your host/hostess a thoughtful gift to show your appreciation. Below, you’ll find a few host/hostess gift ideas that go beyond the average bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers… Happy Thanks-Giving! -Brian
I know that it is a long-standing tradition to watch Football on Thanksgiving Day. However, if you’re not a sports fan or you’re having people over before or after the big game airs, I thought I’d put together a few fun activities to help pass the time while the turkey cooks!
1. Lip Sync-Off
This one is easy. All you need is a fake microphone (or a real one on mute) and a good selection of tunes on a list that your guests can choose from. If you can’t think of any good songs, take a cue from Jimmy Fallon (image above), click HERE for one of his best lip-sync offs. You’ll also want to make sure you have a good speaker system as well. There’s nothing more anti-climactic than lip-syncing to music that’s too quite to even hear! You may need to bribe shy guests with an adult beverage (or three!) before they feel brave enough to participate, but again, if you have a good selection of songs most people will get on board–especially if there’s a prize involved.
2. Make Your Own Paper Hat
Okay, this one might be a harder sell because you’re putting your guests to work but the pay off will be awesome! Just remind them of all the Instagram photo opps and how cute everyone will look at your table wearing their hand-made hats! Make sure you have examples made, and all of the paper and clue and hole-punches, etc necessary for each hat. You should print out a few copies of each hat’s instructions or leave your iPad out with a link to these tutorials: http://anklebiterart.blogspot.ca/2010/11/thanksgiving-hats.html
3. Best Pie Contest
This one will take some organizing but the results will be delicious and bonus, built-in desserts! All you’ll need to do is notify your guests that dinner will be taken car of this year, however, they will need to being a pie to enter in your contest! Click HERE to download printable pie labels (see photo above) from PagingSuperMom. Come up with a fun prize for the winner and be sure to print off or go out and purchase actual prize ribbons at a local craft store for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
This is a fun way for your guests to show off their baking skills and it turns dessert into an interactive activity! You’ll need to select a judge and let them know that each pie will be judged and scored out of 5 according to three bits of criteria: 1. Appearance, 2. Crust, 3. Filling. May the best pie win!
If you decide to attempt any of these at your dinner, a good prize to consider (that doesn’t cost a thing!) is dibs on the wishbone. Who doesn’t want a chance to wish for something awesome to happen to them? Have fun and happy-almost-turkey-day. -Brian
Green Tip: Buy a large set of re-useable place card holders that work for every holiday/event. Or buy something seasonal that your guests can take home with them. Avoid paper-print outs, since they’ll likely end up in the trash and just create more waste!
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Do you use place cards at your holiday gatherings? I think it’s a fun way to transform a family gathering or a friendly dinner into a more formal event. You can even take it a step further and use the place card as an opportunity to give each guest a small, personalized gift with their name on it. The sky is the limit! -Brian