Tips From Tracey — celebration

How To Create A Beautiful Wedding On A Budget

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  Photo courtesy of: Latonya Bankston of @ColorfulSolutionsWeddingDesignsandEvents Weddings can leave a huge hole in your wallet. Venues, caterers and floral costs add up quickly. Not to mention the dress and the honeymoon.  The average cost for a wedding in 2016 in the United States was $26,645 with most couples spending less than $10,000.  That is the down payment on a house in most areas! Here are a few tips in keeping the costs down without looking cheap! 1. Instead of an expensive catering hall, have your reception at your church following your vows.  Or weather permitting, try a local...

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The Festival of Lights

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Chanukah / Hanukkah- The Festival of Dedication is an 8 day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple. Beginning on December 6th this year, it is the first official religious holiday falling in the month of December.  The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique nine-branched candelabra called a Menorah. Each night of the holiday a new candle is lit, progressing to eight by the final night. The typical menorah consists of eight branches with an additional visually distinct branch. The extra light, with which the others are lit, is called ashamash and is given a...

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The classic duo - Black and White

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Black and white has been a long time favorite for many event and party planners.  This classic duo can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion.    Black and White Ball (photo: Merchant Circle) I love the black and white damask and the feather candelabra centerpieces that were used in this beautiful wedding.   The Black and White Dinner Party      In this photo it's the simple elegance of the black and white that allows the tablescape to stand out.  The jeweled candles were a fancy finishing touch.     Black and White Birthday Party The plaid fabric...

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Gobble, Gobble... turkey day is upon us.

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 Thanksgiving is just around the corner. More than almost any other holiday,Thanksgiving dinner, table decorations and guest lists are fussed and fretted over from the first day of November until the moment the turkey hits the dinner table. It's undoubtedly one of the biggest holidays of the year. It's a day of family and friends gathering together for a large meal and giving thanks.  Historically, Thanksgiving began as a tradition of celebrating the harvest of the year. We all are thoroughly familiar with the story of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag and their first meal together in 1621 in Plymouth, MA. My family always celebrates with a large...

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5 Minute Centerpiece

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Having a last minute dinner party, or simply forgot the centerpiece for your party table? A friend of mine pulled together a quick wow-worthy table decoration in a snap.  All you need is: Shallow bowl or service platter with a rim Cut flower heads votive candles water Fill the bowl or platter with enough water to float the flowers. Cut the stems from the flowers leaving only the heads. Scatter the flowers (as many as you want) around the bowl. Place the votive candles in between the flower heads. Light the candles, turn down the lights, and have a great...

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