Relationships and Love are Overrated: My Tips on Throwing a Singles Party!

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Hey Ya’ll,

Were you one of the 124 million people currently living in the US who didn’t spend Valentine’s Day with a significant other? As you can see, you’re definitely not alone! Instead of feeling left out when a holiday hits, why not look into throwing your own Singles Party? All you have to do is call up all of your single friends and invite them over so you can all enjoy a party that focuses on the joys of being single. Even though you haven’t found ‘the one’ yet, you can still have fun partying on holidays with all of your single friends.

And just think about all of the money you’ll save by not buying the customary roses and candy, or expensive candlelit dinners. No longer do you have to feel left out of this traditional couples holiday because you happen to be single at this particular time. Instead, you can always choose to throw a Valentine’s Day Singles Party that rocks and know that it doesn’t have to be a Valentine’s Day Singles Party, as any holiday party will do when it comes to hosting a Singles Party.

Because relationships and love often tend to be so overrated, those who are single are often looking to attend a party that’s exclusively for singles. Be sure to check out the 5 ways that you can throw a Singles Party on Valentine’s Day, or any holiday for that matter, in my post on Cupid’s Pulse, that will make the night one to remember.

Have you ever thrown a fun Singles Party? Let me know in the comments section below.

– Brian

Eco-Friendly Idea: Pre-Owned Wedding Items

used_wedding_dress_gown_sbbmarketplaceHey Y’all,

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed that it’s becoming more and more acceptable, especially among millennials, to purchase pre-owned wedding items. This makes sense, since the “sharing economy” continues to become more widespread. Meaning, people are using items they already own to make money. For example, a car with apps like Uber or a spare room with sites like AirBnB. So, why not save money by going pre-owned with expensive items like your wedding dress or your engagement ring?

Budget-savvy engagement ring shoppers have long turned to peer-to-peer marketplaces including eBay and Craigslist to purchase pre-owned rings for less. And now there are more online marketplaces like Have You Seen the Ring and 1stDibs popping up to help sellers receive up to 60 percent more for their unneeded rings and saving buyers up to 80 percent off retail.

used-wedding-dressesAs for pre-owned dresses, PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com helps brides save hundreds or more on luxury brand dresses that were only worn for a few hours. The site also provides a valuable service to sellers, who are able to pass on their dresses for another bride to enjoy instead of storing them away in a box. Another trend among frugal brides is buying pre-owned accessories and shoes or even using rental services like Rent the Runway, to reserve a designer dress for their wedding and then return it after.

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 5.50.11 PMThe peer-to-peer wedding economy even has folks selling their leftover wedding décor on sites like Etsy, Ebay and Recycle Your Wedding, in an effort to make back the money they spent making them for their own wedding. As you can see, the stigma behind pre-owned wedding items is disappearing and people are using these savings for other wedding or honeymoon expenses.

 What do you think of the Eco-friendly, pre-owned wedding trend? Let me know in the comment section below.
-Brian

#BWorleyTips: How to Be a Great Host

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 12.17.24 PMHey Y’all,

We’ve all attended a party where the host cannot be found because they’re busy putting out fires the whole night! This isn’t fun for the guests or the host and it’s the reason most people hire event producers so that they can be hands off and actually enjoy being the host! If you’re planning an event and can’t afford to hire help, here’s my advice…

FCG-birthdayQ: What’s the best way to impress guests when entertaining at home? At a rented party venue?

A: When entertaining at home, impress your guests by being prepared before they arrive and allow yourself to also be a guest at your own party. Enjoy your friends and socialize rather than running around and working the entire party.  At a venue, it should work the same as at home, allow yourself to be a guest by making smart event design choices that will allow you to be hands-off so that you can enjoy your family and friends. 
-Brian

#BWorleyTips: Your Questions, My Answers!

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I’m starting a new series of quick posts that supply you with answers to some of the best questions I receive via your comments and emails and through working in the wedding/event planning industry. Today’s question is:

Q: If there’s one design element I should splurge on, in terms of my wedding budget, what is it?

A: Spend the money on a stunning bouquet because it will be in all of your pictures. #BWorleyTips

Winter Wreaths For Your Door and Mantle

Hey Ya’ll,

If you don’t have time to load up your home’s exterior with twinkling lights or can’t be bothered with a shedding tree adorned with beautiful bulbs, there’s one easy way to instantly add holiday cheer to your abode: a winter wreath!

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 1.09.09 PMWhat do you think of these lovely blue themed wreaths? How about these wreaths with beautiful bursts of red?

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 1.11.22 PMA classic green wreath is always a good choice, too…

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 1.16.01 PMIf you’re crafty, try stringing leftover bulbs together using some wire or hot-gluing bulbs to a bare wreath (click HERE for a tutorial for the wreath below from http://sharyncarlson.typepad.com):

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Image and tutorial via http://sharyncarlson.typepad.com

Another fun idea is spray painting some holly to create a metallic, sparkly wreath:

31ab6a3b0eb9ce353230fae0717167d1Wreaths are a great way give a seasonal nod to a holiday and the best part is that they can be hung over a mantle, on a wall or on a door. Do you have a winter wreath you use every year or do you prefer to switch it up? Let me know in the comment section below.
-Brian

How Do You Decorate Your Turkey Day Table?

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Hey Ya’ll,

When it comes to your Thanksgiving table, do you prefer to keep your decor simple and focus more on the food or do you like to create an elaborate tablescape that incorporates your menu?

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 4.15.52 PMIn my opinion, truly great holiday table design comes in a lot of different forms. It can be as simple as beautiful food selection (i.e. colors, textures, shapes, etc.) paired with flawless presentation (i.e. container choice, placement, serving mechanisms, etc.) or so intricate that the food functions as one part of a much larger design that can include everything from place settings, place cards, menus, glassware, favors, centerpieces and more!

Visit my Thanksgiving Table board, here: pinterest.com/brianworley/thanksgiving-table/

Visit my Thanksgiving Table board, here: pinterest.com/brianworley/thanksgiving-table/

To show you what I mean, I pulled some gorgeous examples of both simple and elaborate Thanksgiving spreads from Pinterest:

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 4.51.16 PMWhich do you prefer for Thanksgiving dinner: Simple or Elaborate? Let me know below.
-Brian

Bettie’s Beautiful Baby Shower

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.27.16 PMHey Ya’ll,

I’ve designed baby showers in the past and been involved in the planning of them for clients, but when you are one of the chosen hosts for a baby shower for a dear friend, it is a completely different story!

Bettie and I at my Birthday party a couple weeks ago.

Bettie and I at my Birthday party a couple weeks ago.

My friend Elisabeth Stassen or Bettie, as I affectionately call her, is due any day now, so myself along with five of her good friends combined forces to create the perfect baby shower for her.

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.36.13 PMWe met, created a game plan that utilized all of our different skill sets, and then divided and conquered to make sure that each detail came together on the day of the event.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.41.58 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.39.40 PMOur main objectives were to create an afternoon that was a little bit non-traditional in theme and decor, but very personalized to Bettie’s high standards and tastes.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.46.15 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.48.28 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.47.59 PMBettie has event planning experience and knew exactly what she wanted and didn’t want, which in some ways made our job a little more difficult but in other ways it really helped us.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.51.02 PMFor the decor, we stuck mostly to classic neutral colors. Think: ivory, khaki, pink, light green and light blue!
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The event’s color palette was inspired by the invitations that we found on Etsy. We used these colors in and outside of Bettie’s home for the flowers, table linens, party favors, cups, napkins, and even the food.
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I of course, was in charge of the cake, a therapeutic challenge that I always enjoy taking on.
Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 10.37.05 AMI used my new cake pans to create a layered white, Funfetti cake (my signature flavor!) and topped it off with some playful white and pink frosting and sprinkles!

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.06.38 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.07.42 PMAll the hosts made or brought different food that was a specialty in their wheel house.

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.08.45 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.10.36 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-18 at 10.37.41 AMAll in all, I think we created a relaxing day of eating, drinking, gift-giving, friendship and of course, celebrating David and Bettie’s new baby girl.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.09.37 PMHave you ever combined forces with friends to plan an event for a dear friend? Let me know what you were celebrating and how it turned out in comment section below.
-Brian

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