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The 3 Most Popular Summer Parties: What You Should Know

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Summer is where all of the fun starts. School is out, people are enjoying the outdoors, and families are excited about all of their summer plans. One thing’s for sure – there’s plenty to celebrate in the summer. From graduation parties to class reunions, we are here to tell you what you should know about planning summer events.

 

Class Reunions

After graduating from high school, it’s easy for people that used to be so close to naturally split apart. Some people keep in touch, but many do not. Class reunions are a great opportunity to reminisce on the good old days and catch up with people you haven’t seen in a while. Not only are class reunions a great time to revisit with old friends, but this can also be a chance to expand your professional network. It is a great time to network and make new connections.

The tricky part of class reunions is planning. This process used to be extremely difficult, but with the rise of social media, it has become a lot easier to connect with people. Start with a class reunion Facebook page and go from there. If there are people that don’t have a Facebook, then write a post in the Facebook group inquiring about them and hopefully someone they’ve stayed in touch with can help connect you. Try to start planning early (one or two years out) so your classmates can plan ahead to attend and arrange travel if necessary.

 

Family Reunions

No matter the size, family reunions are a great time to rekindle old relationships with the people you haven’t seen in a while and solidify family bonds with memories that last a lifetime.

Planning a family reunion can seem very intimidating at first, but it is all worth it in the end. It’s not easy getting everybody together at the same time in the same location, which is probably why you’re planning a reunion in the first place! Try sending out a quick survey to your family members, asking them of their preference of time and location, a couple of alternate suggestions. According to Group Travel, the most popular time of the year to host a family reunion is in the summer because of the ample spaces outdoor locations can offer and easier-to-plan travel time. Look for a place with a great outdoor space you can use! The most used services are catering and professional photography – you can enjoy the day without anyone having to worry about preparing food or capturing the memories. You can spice things up even more by making your own themed t-shirts for this event, planning games, or setting up a silly photo booth. Whatever you have planned, gathering with your extended family will be a memory you will all cherish for a lifetime.

 

Graduation Parties

Whether you or a loved one is graduating high school or college, graduation parties are one of the most exciting events to celebrate. This is a time filled with childhood memories and nostalgia, and moving on to future endeavors. A chapter in your life is coming to a close and a new one is about to begin, filled with hope and opportunity. One important thing for mom or dad to keep in mind is this: if you are planning the graduation party, make sure your graduate is involved in all of the decisions since this is their big day! You will also want to begin planning for the celebration early, especially if your child wants a joint party with several of their friends. In that case, the guest list can get large and planning can become more complicated, so you’ll want to begin planning this one to two years out!

One of the most talked about additions to a graduation party is a photo booth. This is a time to be silly with friends and collect pictures for memories you will look back on later in life. You can either rent or build the booth for your party. Another fun idea is making a hashtag for your event. This is a great way to keep up with everything that is happening and gives you an opportunity to look back at the pictures taken. The most important thing is to create a positive, happy environment for your party and don’t forget to tell your child how proud you are of their accomplishments.

 

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Although planning summer parties is not an easy task, our customizable packages and experienced team make it easy so you can focus on your family and friends and making memories! Check out our social events page for package details, or give us a call today to schedule a consultation or walk-through of our two event spaces in Baton Rouge and Prairieville. We can’t wait to work with you and take the stress out of planning the ultimate summer party.

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Everything You Should Know About Wedding-Related Events

Once you’ve shared the exciting news with friends and family and posted a picture of your ring on Facebook, next up are the celebrations! There are so many types of parties you may want to have during your engagement, and we know that planning all of these events on top of a wedding is no easy task! Besides, have you ever wondered, who is actually supposed to be hosting all of these parties? Read on to find out more about what some of the most common wedding-related parties are all about.

Engagement Party

This “kickoff” party was traditionally hosted by the parents of the bride and/or groom to celebrate the new engagement, but nowadays, anyone close to the couple can throw an engagement party. Some couples even choose to throw their own! The most common time is one to three months after the engagement, after at least some of the most important wedding details have been determined. The guest list is typically a more intimate affair – including immediate family members and close personal friends of the couple. Additionally, if you’re a stickler for etiquette rules, you may want to know this: many consider it impolite to invite anyone to your engagement party that will not also be invited to your wedding.

Bridal or Couples Shower

Traditionally, a bridal shower is a female-only celebration to honor the bride. There is usually food, games, and gifts for the bride-to-be. This is usually hosted a few weeks to two months before the wedding date, and could be hosted by anyone from the bride’s mother or mother-in-law to bridesmaids and friends. Recently, couple’s showers have become more popular as well, where both spouses are celebrated. The main etiquette rule to remember about showers is that the couple should not host these themselves, as gifts are often expected from shower guests.

Bachelor Party and Bachelorette Party

The last hoorah! Bachelor and bachelorette parties are celebratory events where the bride and groom get together to celebrate with his or her side of the wedding party and nearest friends. These parties range from a one-night event, to weekend or longer getaways with your closest pals, and usually take place a week to a month before the wedding. Bachelor and bachelorette parties are typically hosted and planned by the bridal party, led by the Maid of Honor or Best Man.

Bridesmaids Luncheon

Usually hosted the day before or a few days before the big event, the bride gets together with her best girls to kickoff the big celebration! While in the past, the bridal party hosted this event, more and more brides today are choosing to host and cover the expenses of this lagniappe celebration, as a “thank you” for their bridal party’s hard work! It’s a great way for brides to show a little appreciation for their support, and for everyone to kickoff the wedding festivities!

The engagement period is such a fun time full of celebrations with the ones you love most, and will undoubtedly be some of the most memorable times of your life! We hope you learned some helpful information on the types of parties you may enjoy, and are ready to hit the ground running!

If you need help with planning details, take a look at our list of preferred vendors, and we hope you’ll consider one of our two beautiful venues in Baton Rouge and Prairieville for any of your wedding festivities!

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5 Simple Tips to Organizing a Corporate Event

We get it – organizing a corporate event isn’t easy. Whether your business is large or small, being active in your industry, engaging with your team, and staying in front of your customers are all critical to success. Corporate events are a great way to foster community within your organization or with your customers. When it comes to corporate event planning, every business is different. Corporate events run the gamut  from seminars, conferences, trade shows, appreciation events, holiday parties, incentive programs, board meetings, team-building events, team member training, product launches, to many more. One thing we know for sure – a lot of planning is involved in this process. That’s why we made these tips to help ease the stress of organizing your next corporate event.

 

Know Your Basics: Start Simple

Since there are so many things that go into planning a corporate event, start simple. What is your primary objective? Once you’ve discovered your objective, then you can start getting an idea of who, what, when, where, why, and how many. Does all of this align with your budget and your objective? Check with key stakeholders to make sure they agree. Set the mold for your event, then add in the details later.

Select an Appropriate Venue

You must select a venue that accommodates the guests. Is there enough room? Will the venue go with the atmosphere you want to create for the event? Will food be catered on-site? Do you want it to be outside? Does your venue accommodate your A/V needs, have ample parking, etc.? Do you need to consider the privacy of the space if your event is covering sensitive topics or “trade secrets”? Make sure you tour the space before committing, and request all of the details.

Choose a Varied Menu

Let’s face it – the food can make or break an event. Choose a catering company that has many food options. Keep in mind your guests’ diets, the time of day, and how attentive you need them to be. Do you want guests eating while a speaker is talking, or do you need them to pay closer attention? Make sure you accommodate your guests to the fullest potential.

 

Advertise and Market Your Event

Don’t let your guests forget about your event! Many businesses skip over this step, but it is very important. Send reminder emails to ensure the event will be at the forefront of their minds. Don’t be afraid to make a Facebook group for the event. Create buzz early in the process so your guests will be excited before they even attend, and send important reminders they will need to keep in mind for the day of.

 

Assess and Follow Up

While you’re still daydreaming about the success of your event, don’t forget to follow-up! Thank your guests for attending. Ask your colleagues what they liked and disliked about the event. Again, don’t forget to follow up with key stakeholders and get their insights! Take an objective look at how everything went so you can plan for the next one!

 

You may feel a lot of pressure when planning a corporate event since there’s so many people to please – your boss, your boss’ boss, your peers and all the other attendants – but following these simple steps will help ease the overwhelm and set the stage for an engaging corporate event. In no time, you’ll be a corporate event planning pro!

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