the Event Essentials

Totally Cute Wedding Favors
November 28, 2007, 12:01 am
Filed under: Favors, Reception

A lot of you know that we have been spending the past few months getting ready to launch our new business “The Event Essentials.” Yes, it seems like it’s taking forever (to us it seems even longer), but we have been doing tons of research to find the perfect items for the perfect brides! We couldn’t be more excited about the cutest wedding favors to add to our list of products. Check them out! They are totally trendy, totally unique, and totally fun! 🙂



The Secret to Sweetness
September 11, 2007, 12:41 am
Filed under: Advice and Tips from Experts, Centerpieces and Decor, Favors, Reception

Scan all those photos of candy buffets throughout the web, and you’ll quickly spot two things. One, buffets are monstrously popular. And two, while some are a feast for the eyes, others seem to fall short of the heights their planners must have hoped for.

Love is Sweet - Candy Buffet

So what’s the secret?

Here’s number one: buying enough candy. Sounds simplistic, but it’s key.

“The first thing I tell brides — you really can’t do candy as a hard commodity. It’s more a decoration,” says Jon Prince, president of online candy giant

“I talk to hundreds of brides. They’ll say, ‘I’m having 200 guests, and I want to give each guest 3 ounces, so I guess I need about 37 pounds of candy.’ Sounds reasonable, and 3 ounces might be enough to actually satisfy your guests, but visually? It won’t be enough to make a presence.”

Prince suggests that instead of seeing candy by the numbers, brides take an aesthetic approach. “You choose the flowers because they’re beautiful,” he says. “The candy buffet should be too.”

And unlike flowers, Prince adds, candy serves double duty as an edible item. “Still, you have to budget the candy buffet into your wedding expenses. It doesn’t work well as an afterthought.”

But what about the wedding planners who suggest buying a pound of candy per person?

Prince says buffets work best when you plan by the eye, not the numbers.

“To make it look gorgeous, I’d start with the table, not the guest count. I’d take five to 10 types of candy, and buy 15 to 20 pounds each, whether you actually need that much or not.”

He adds, “When it comes to candy, the more the merrier. If you have a large table overflowing with candy, you have presence. The biggest disappointment I hear is that the candy buffet didn’t look substantial.”

Jordan Almond Traditions
July 19, 2007, 4:39 pm
Filed under: Favors, Reception, Tradition

Lately, I have had a lot of requests to design favor tags that go on little packages of candy almonds for parties.  It could be a tag that attaches on those adorable 2″ x 2″ theme matching boxes or for those beautiful silk organza draw-string bags.  Either way, a lot of people are asking me why these little candies are so popular and why they seem to be at every event.  So I wanted to share the meaning of those little tough coated candies that I found on


White for weddings, silver for twenty-fifth anniversaries, sky-blue or pink for christenings, red for graduations, green for engagements… smooth, textured, spherical, oval, teardrop, heart-shaped… with centers of almonds… in party favors, flower arrangements, fruits baskets and other constructions of the confectioner’s art and imagination. These are just a few of the myriad colors, tastes and shapes of Italian confetti, the little sugar-coated candies present at every important occasion in Italian life.

(A trend now is to order almonds in the color that matches the theme of your event)

Italian Weddings: Five almonds signify five wishes for the bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity.

Greek Weddings: Sugarcoated almonds in traditional Greek weddings are called *koufeta*.  They are placed in little bags in odd numbers and are served on a silver tray.  Odd numbers are indivisible, symbolizing how the newlyweds will share everything and remain undivided.  Tradion holds that if an unmarried woman puts the almonds under her pillow, she’ll dream of her future husband.

Middle Eastern Weddings:  Candy covered-almonds, considered aphrodisiacs, are always on hand (have too many and you may leave the reception early!).

Website Sneak Preview

Everyone has been asking us when the launch of our website will be and just like them, we can’t WAIT until it does. The past few months have been spent designing the site, preparing vendors, and getting all the important stuff ready. Our launch and grand opening is anticipated for the end of summer 2007. We should have a big party — YEAH — cuz we are party planners, and ANY reason for a celebration, is a GREAT reason!!

Here is a quick preview of our home page — and logo 🙂


… and here is a quick preview of one of our gallery pages. Isn’t our bride Mary just STUNNING!! YEAH, congrats Pete and Mary — April 7, 2007.