DJ’s Kicking Kickball Party

So my son recently turned 5 and he wanted a party. Normally, the type of party never matters to him…as long as there is fun and gifts, it’s a winner for him! DJ loves playing kickball so we thought we’d keep it simple this year and have a Kickball Party. Originally, we invited his family and friends to the kickball field outside, but the rain put a damper on that. So we rented a half court basketball gym inside of North County Recreation Center. It turned out to be a hit!!
We played a round of kickball by splitting up into the ‘red’ and ‘blue’ team. After the blue team took the victory, we lined the kids up and played dodge-ball, whoever was hit had to go take a break (with juice and snack) and the winner was rewarded with a trophy! After dodge-ball, we ate and sang Happy Birthday to the VIP of the day. We wrapped up our day with another dodge-ball game but this time ‘parents vs kids’.

So with indoor gyms, it’s never too cold for a kickball or dodge-ball game! And with family and friends, you’re never too old to play kickball!

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Renewing Your Vows

7 years ago, my husband and I were young, in love, and out of state away from our families. So, we got married in the courthouse in a judge’s chamber. I have a cousin who divorced from his wife and years later, they reconciled and he proposed to her in their home with rollers in her hair while in her bathrobe. Right there on the spot, a family relative, an ordained minister, remarried them in their front room.

Whatever your romantic (or not so romantic) story is, renewing your vows is a lovely way to celebrate your union. Vow renewals can be as creative or as exciting as you want them to be. There are very limited formals to what you cannot do and an wide horizon of all the things you can. (Example – Limited: no bridal showers or bachelor parties; Unlimited: wearing any color wedding dress you want)

Vow renewals can be held during anytime in your marriage, whether it’s your 1st, 5th, 25th or 50th anniversary, you can exchange vows all over again. They can be small and intimate or large and lavish. They can be black tie formal or flip flop sandals causal.Or they can be held with just the two of you on the coast of Puerto Rico!

We read online about a couple who travels from city to city and gets remarried all over again. How sweet is that? They have the honor in saying, “I’ve been married in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City,…and each time, to the same person!”

Start brainstorming for all the things, you wish you had on your wedding day and how you can create them. Think of colors and DIY projects to get your creativity flowing, And don’t let those downers get to you! There may be some that don’t see the purpose or may feel it’s a waste of money. Well, to them, it may be…but for you and the man that you are madly in love with, it’s a chance to rejuvenate your feelings or remind each other of your commitment or exchange vows in the house of God or celebrate with your loved ones or much more!

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Baby Carrington – Welcome!!!

Celebrating a new life is always a joyous occasion. KayDi’s Event Planning & Services loves to throw a baby shower filled with fun! This past weekend we had the pleasure in hosting an small, intimate baby shower. With pink & chocolate polka dots as our color scheme and pink booties to accent the decorations, laughs and lots of love was definitely present. With a combination of a few traditional games and contemporary games, the environment was enjoyable and pleasant.

The crowd pleaser was our Celebrity Mom game we played throughout the shower. When each guest arrived they were given a label with a Celebrity Pregnancy that was put on their back so they couldn’t see it. (After each baby shower game, each guest had the chance to ask a question about their unknown celebrity until they figured out who it was.) This contemporary game replaced the traditional “Don’t say ‘baby’” game and added a little more spice and conversation to the evening!

We’re looking forward to our next baby shower in the upcoming month!

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First Dance

The ‘First Dance’ is an American & European wedding highlight that has been a tradition in wedding receptions for centuries. Originally, the waltz was the most popular dance to perform, however, over the years; many other dances have been introduced and added to this tradition. Today’s couple wants their first dance to reflect their personalities and at the same time display their passion for each other.

We did a little homework and studied a few dances and made a “First Dance Match Chart”. Which style dance will you and your groom perform for your first dance?

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Unexpected Plans

Everyone always wants a smooth and flawless special day for their big event. But what happens when the unexpected happens? 

One of my clients recently was involved in a car accident less than two weeks before his wedding day. The blessing was that the groom was okay, however with a broken femur and elbow; there was no way was going to walk down the aisle, unless it was in a wheelchair. So our ’14 day countdown list’ instantly turned to the ‘postpone phone call list’.

Here are a few pointers to help if you (or a loved one) should ever need to cancel or postpone a special event:

  • Call your coordinator first, she/he will be able to get on top of things ASAP and will be able to save you a lot of time, stress and phone calls.
  • Before getting off of the phone with your coordinator, synchronize a list of those who need to be called (help each other make sure that no vendor goes uncalled).
  • If time is a factor – Gather your listing of phone numbers for your family and friends
  • If you are calling off a wedding, it’s important to know who makes phone calls and this depends on why your wedding has been called off. Scenario ASomething unexpectantly happened and the wedding has been postponed (car accident, fell ill, etc.) – you can give this task to your parents, maid of honor or maybe even your wedding planner. Scenario BYou and your fiancé have decided not to get married – you are responsible for calling your family and friends and your fiancé is responsible for calling his (be sure not discuss personal issues or communicate any negative feelings toward each other).
  • If you have enough time (at least 3 months before the event was scheduled) – A formal note/letter mailed to each invited guest is appropriate.
  • If you did not hire a coordinator/planner: pull out every contract and read their cancellation policy then call vendor that you booked. Most vendors will work with you if you plan to reschedule your event but if you are planning on completely cancelling, you will most likely take a big lost financially. So be prepared.
  • Many clients don’t know about the option of transferring services. For those vendors who are not flexible or have a harsh cancellation policy, they may transfer their services to another client. (You could donate your vendors’ services to a loved for their upcoming special day.)
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Ladies Night Out!

 If you thought this would be about a night out with you and your girlfriends….sorry, maybe next time! This kind of ladies night out is for your little ones. We encourage our little girls to be ladies all of the time, why not celebrate their birthdays with that lesson in mind? This year (or next year) throw your daughter a birthday party she’ll never forget. Her “Ladies Night Out” could be a sleepover with her 4-6 of her closest family and/or friends. Or have her friends come over for a “Make Up” party. Or (one of my favorites) a “Spa Party” where the girls are pampered with a pedicure and facial!
You can have these themed parties with a very tight budget or an extremely large budget. Whichever you can afford, there are many ways to host an evening of fun! Here are a few ideas:
• Ask a few mothers to help you during the evening to pamper the girls. Depending on how many ‘services’ you will offer is how many volunteers you will need. (Ex: pedicure massage, painting toenails, painting fingernails, hairstyling, etc.) Or bribe your older daughters or nieces to help out.

• Greet each guest with a ‘welcome gift bag’ that includes all of the essential things they will need for the evening. (Ex: hairbrush and comb, lotion (trial size of course), makeup brush, etc.) Tell the girls to keep up with their bags as they’ll need them to get pampered. (Bonus Tip: Treat them like they are in the Nail Salon and have different colors of nail polish they can select from when they first come in and allow them to keep it and take home after the party’s over!)

KayDi’s Event Planning & Services offers a few of these Girl’s Birthday Packages and a few more. We understand that sometimes you just don’t have enough time in your day to make plans as you’d like, that’s why we are here! From whatever you need: planning, errands, setup, assembling goodie bags, and other tasks that you may need an extra hand for.
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Album Release Party

Whether you are new to the music industry or a veteran, an album release party could really help promote your talents! Why not endorse your new album or single with an Album Release Party???? There are several different ways to throw this soirée: you can have an intimate setting with your close family & friends in your backyard. Throw some food on the grill and serve some drinks while your guests are entertained by your music! Or you can rent out a venue (maybe a hall, restaurant, or lounge) and open the doors to the public. Of course, you will have to publicize and market so you will have a nice size crowd attend. If your budget is tight, ask another local artist to go in with you. Set a date, create marketing materials, buy some radio airtime to promote and have your cd pressed and ready to sale for your new fans! To attract more people, have some kind of promotion that relates to the name of your album or single. (Your single’s title is “My Man”, all ladies get free admittance with “Your Man” on your side) Of course before ending the party, be prepared for a live closing performance!
You also may want to invest in a photographer to capture every moment of the party. This way you can use the pictures for your press kit or website later! Another great idea is to have a survey table set up or have survey cards on the tables. Make sure the DJ or host of the party encourages everyone to give their feedback about what they heard. Here’s a great sample of what you can print. Email us if you like the editable document.

Need some help? Call us! (314-458-6425) Or visit us online!

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