Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Membership Special - Snohomish Wedding Guild

Looking for that special incentive to join a new wedding network? The Snohomish Wedding Guild is offering a membership special now through January 31st! After January 31st the membership fee will return to a $100 investment.
We invite you to join our next guild meeting on January 5th at A Manor of Wine at 6pm. A good opportunity to meet local vendors and see what The Snohomish Wedding Guild has to offer!
For more information about The Snohomish Wedding Guild visit Click here to become a member.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays!

During the Holiday Season, more than ever, my thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made my business possible. And in this spirit I must say,
Thank You and Warmest Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season
and a Happy New Year!
BreeAnn Gale

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gold Class Cinemas!

Looking for a place to impress your date or perhaps your clients? Well, why not head over to Gold Class Cinemas in Redmond Town Center to experience true service and luxury. Last week I had the opportunity to experience Gold Class first hand. I must say they surpassed my expectations. The moment you purchase your ticket, you are treated like royalty. From being escorted to your seat to the soft blankets and pillows, I was relaxed well before the movie began. At Gold Class, you can relax and enjoy fine wine and a delicious meal all with a press of a button in your plush reclining chair. From tailored menus to the first in entertainment options, this is the place to wow your clients, friends and family!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Looking for a Unique Christmas Gift?

With only only a little over a week left until Christmas, many of us are still scrambling to find that perfect gift. Rather than going out and spending a lot of money on a gift, why not make something that can last for a couple of days or all year long?
This year I decided to give presents that really mean something. Part of my gifts to my family were actually given out the day after Christmas. I created a personalized advent calendar for each of my family members that would allow them to celebrate a little bit of the holiday season every day in December. For example, my dad enjoys doing puzzles during the winter after work so I purchased a puzzle and filled many of the days with the puzzle pieces, alternating with jokes and candy. For my mom who is an avid gardener, I filled her calendar with garden seeds and coupons for things that we can do together. These coupons included going Christmas shopping or spending a day wine tasting. It may be simple things that I put in their envelopes, but it is something to put a smile on their faces and to remind them that I am thinking about them each day. I also created one for my boyfriend and grandma with things that they enjoy. To create this calendar, I took envelopes and labeled them with the days of the month and filled them with little gifts specific to that individual. When I presented the advent calendar to each person I included a piece of ribbon and clothespins to hang each envelope. The idea is to open an envelope, starting on day one, until you reach the twenty fifth day!
While it may be too late to create an advent calendar, there are many ideas that you can play off of this idea. What about making a personalized Twelve Days of Christmas gift? Starting on Christmas Day, give them a gift that symbolizes the first day of Christmas (A partridge in a pear tree). Then each following day you can give them a gift to represent the second, third, forth, etc....days Christmas. Or rather than giving a partridge in a pear tree, you could create gifts based on the numbers. One of something on day one, two of something on day two of Christmas until you get to day twelve.
Do you have a unique gift that you are giving your family? What about something that will bring you closer this coming New Year? If so, we would love to hear your ideas!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jordin's Make-A-Wish Party!

Last night Jordin celebrated her Wish surrounded by friends and family at The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits! Jordin was in smiles all evening as she eagerly awaits her wish this weekend. Jordin and her family are heading off to LA to meet Selena Gomez on the set of Wizards of Waverly Place! I have to admit that I wish I can go as Jordin and her family will have a once in a lifetime opportunity!
A big thank you to The Rock who had generously donated the pizza party. In addition, to Mischell of Free Cakes for Kids who created this one of a kind Selena Gomez cake!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A December trip to Leavenworth!

Winter is here! Last week I took an overnight trip to Leavenworth and am now officially in the holiday spirit. The smell of fresh winter air, sunny skies spotlighting the mountain snow and holiday festivities about...a December trip to Leavenworth is a true delight! Josie Weiss of JW Events and I arrived in Leavenworth last Tuesday afternoon and checked into our rooms at the Best Western Icicle Inn. After a quick lunch, we were given a tour by their sales and catering manager, Jeanine. Icicle Inn can accommodate both an outdoor or indoor wedding, however, we were most impressed by their accommodations. From standard rooms to three bedroom condos, Icicle Inn is a top choice to lodge all of your guests wherever your event may be held.
With our afternoon free, we gladly strolled through town looking at all the shops and stopping in at a few winery tasting rooms which are spotting up around town. We had a great time visiting the Icicle Ridge Winery Tasting Room and the Willow's Crest / Pasek Cellars Tasting Room. We also discovered a hidden gem in the back of a gift shop called Schocolat! Owners Damian and Susie make handmade chocolates which are delectable! A fun addition to treat any of your guests!
As the sun began to set, we headed to Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort for our tour. The drive was breathtaking, and lucky for us we came just in time to see the famous Sleeping Lady mountain profile before the sun went all the way down.

Guests at Sleeping Lady can enjoy the natural setting of the Cascade Mountains and Icicle Creek without sacrificing the comforts of home. Whether you're looking for an adventure or simply to slow down and relax, Sleeping Lady offers many indoor and outdoor amenities to choose from. Currently, Sleeping Lady is in the process of a $1.75 million upgrade which will push it to pure luxury! Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort offers couples and their guests an uncommon wedding experience. From outdoor settings on the banks of the Icicle Creek, to indoor spaces that reflect the essence of the Northwest, Sleeping Lady helps craft a truly unique wedding. They can accommodate an event for up to 175 along with accommodations so guests never have to leave the resort! All accommodations are all inclusive and include breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Kingfisher Dining Lodge. Once our tour ended, we were lead to Dinner at Kingfisher to enjoy one of their raved about meals! Kingfisher Dining Lodge features gourmet meals created with the freshest local ingredients, many from their own two-acre organic garden. Meal's are chef's choice, but there are always plenty of options to satisfy all of your guests palates. I am looking forward to a return trip!

We awoke Wednesday morning to a gorgeous sunrise and frost abound as we enjoyed our complimentary breakfast at Icicle Inn. After breakfast we headed out to Destination Leavenworth for a tour of some of their venues. Destination Leavenworth manages over 40 vacation homes, cabins, condos, and lodges, making it easy to find exactly what you are looking for. We began with a tour of Snowgrass Lodge. Snowgrass is known as one of the top places for lodging in Leavenworth, but Josie and I agreed that it holds that title for events as well! From an indoor space to comfortable hold 50 or a backyard to host 150, the possibilities are endless! In addition, to weddings, Snowgrass Lodge is the perfect place to host a family reunion. We then jumped in our cars and drove down the road to their brand new rental home, White Water Lodge. Inside you can hear the sounds of the Wenatchee River which is literally in your back yard. With 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, this is a perfect addition to add to your lodging needs in conjunction with an event at Snowgrass Lodge!

On our way out of town we stopped by to say hi to our friends at Mountain Springs Lodge. The resort is special to Josie as this is were she held her own wedding. I also got a chance to experience Mountain Springs Lodge last spring and am always waiting for an opportunity to visit again! To read about my experience at Mountain Springs Lodge click here.

As we left Leavenworth we were sad to go as we had enjoyed our stay! A return trip is already on the books!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Engagment Season!

The holidays mark the beginning of engagement season. To celebrate all of the proposals going on, I thought I would share the story of how Dan proposed to his girlfriend Jessie during their trip to Australia this past September.

"We were on vacation in Australia and had taken a ferry over to Manly Beach to explore. We spent the morning riding bikes up to the National Park and stopped off at a small beach. I was happily beach combing for shells and taking pictures when Dan asked me to go stand closer to the water for a photo op. Instead, he handed me his camera and said that Kona (our dog) had sent him some special pictures for me. Totally confused, I grabbed his camera and there was a picture of Kona with a sign that read "Dad has a question for you." That's when Dan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Still in shock, I gave him my right hand but quickly switched to my left as he put the ring on my finger. After a quick phone call to my mom, we hopped back on our bikes and back to Manly for celebratory drinks and lunch. My new ring made for a pretty good souvenir of our trip!" ~ Jessie

Congratulations Jessie and Dan!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Party Ideas

In case you missed Pink Blossom Events December Newsletter, here are some of my favorite ideas for those of you looking for a new idea for your annual holiday party. Here are three of my favorite parties that I have hosted.

Christmas Pictionary Party

Last year it was a boys vs. girls affair as I planned a Christmas Pictionary Party. Guests were asked to dress in either red (boys) or green (girls) not knowing that they would be divided into teams based on the color of their shirts. Using a regular pictionary board, I created custom categories, everywhere from Christmas characters to Christmas songs. We used two dry erase boards to draw the pictures on. It just so happens the girls dominated the game! In addition there was a Christmas appetizer contest, honoring the most creative appetizer with a dancing Santa prize.

Gingerbread House Night
If you are looking for a more casual evening, invite your friends and family over for a Gingerbread House making night. The host provides a spread of holiday treats and hot cocoa as guests use graham crackers and frosting to create their houses. Make sure to supply plenty of colorful candies to decorate the houses. A simple but fun evening to ring in the holidays!

White Elephant Party

This year I am hosting a White Elephant Party with a specific theme. Guests have been asked to bring a gift "to entertain yourself or your family while you are trapped at home with the relatives." Some other White Elephant themes include jewelry exchange, gift card exchange or a Christmas ornament exchange.

Still not inspired? Here are some other party ideas that may get you in the holiday spirit; an ugly sweater party, baking or cookie exchange, gift wrapping night, wine or beer tasting party, eggnog party, wreath making night, family game night, Christmas movie night...

Did we miss your favorite holiday party? We would love to hear your ideas. If you send us a truly unique party, we will feature your party on the Pink Blossom Events Blog this month.

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