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FLASH BIRTHDAY SALE!!  I’m turning 40 today, and I want to give you the gift of savings!!  From now until midnight 9/20/13 I am offering 40% off any wedding/event planning or a la carte services!  Hurry!  Call Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning at 330-313-6030, email us at lleweddings@aol.com, or message us!  Cheers!

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Now that I have that out of the way, I am feeling very blessed today!  I want to give the gifts to you!!

I would like to offer anyone that contacts me today a great big savings on any services booked – all types of events, parties, weddings, you name it!!   How big of savings, you ask???


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Well, it’s been a while since I have posted a fabulous inspiration board, so here it is!!  For those of you who love bling, sparkle, shine, shimmer and crystals, this is definite eye candy!!  This would be my ultimate evening affair, full of sophistication and glitz.  Enjoy!!

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I found this wonderful idea in table linens on BizBash Washington.  I can’t wait to incorporate these into my next outdoor event!  Enjoy!




A Linen With Grassy Inspiration
                                     The Hirshhorn used Main Event Caterers' new tablecloths, printed with photographs of grass, for the opening of its exhibit The Hirshhorn used Main Event Caterers’ new tablecloths, printed with photographs of grass, for the opening of its exhibit “The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image.”
Photo: Elizabeth Dausch

Main Event Caterers‘ new grass-patterned linens are not your average picnic table coverings. The repeating print is taken from high-resolution photographs of grass—with varying shades of green and a three-dimensional look (which helps it blend in with the real thing at outdoor events). The all-cotton tablecloths can be requested in custom sizes, with rental prices starting at $50.   

—Danielle O’Steen


Response to Microsoft Launch Is Low on Wow
Subway Terminal Gets Top Design Makeover
Retailer Takes Wedding Registry to Church

Source:  (http://www.bizbash.com/washington/content/editorial/e11727.php)

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I found this little tidbit on BizBash Florida.  These look like they would be wonderful additions to your next event.  Enjoy!



Flower Power
     Air-Flora decorative lights can be placed in a variety of arrangements.
Air-Flora decorative lights can be placed in a variety of arrangements.
Photo: Courtesy of Air Dimensional Design/Beguiled Events

The new Air-Flora inflatable flower-shaped lights from Air Dimensional Design provide subtle illumination while giving decor a big boost. The sculptural blossoms can be clustered along the edge of a stage, placed on trusses, or suspended individually or in groups over dance floors, lounges, or dining areas. Made of lightweight, flame-retardant nylon, the flowers come in all-white or white with pink edges and yellow centers (other customized colors are possible), and gels may be applied to bulbs to alter the color effect. The lights are also energy-efficient, with a 0.5-amp internal fan, and require 20-watt compact fluorescent bulbs. Rental costs in the U.S. start at $135 for the all-white three-and-a-half-foot-wide models; rentals for six-foot-wide versions start at $195.   

—Mark Mavrigian


Response to Microsoft Launch Is Low on Wow
Subway Terminal Gets Top Design Makeover
Retailer Takes Wedding Registry to Church

Source:  (http://www.bizbash.com/florida/content/editorial/e11711.php)

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I found this great article on BizBash Florida.  Its target audience is event planners, but there are some great tips anyone can use when planning a special event.  Enjoy!!


Saving Without Sacrificing 
Working within a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice great style and your creative edge. Here are some tips from planners, vendors, and BizBash to help you weather economic constraints.
Creating a fabulous floral arrangement, like this one by A La Carte Event Pavilion's staff, can be achieved on any budget. 
Creating a fabulous floral arrangement, like this one by A La Carte Event Pavilion’s staff, can be achieved on any budget. 
Photography by Chanele

A budget is often the first and last item considered when creating a one-of-a-kind event. Recently, though, event production companies, corporate and independent planners, and other industry professionals have stepped out of the proverbial box and into a wonderland of creative options to keep expenses in line and still deliver the wow factor.

CREATIVE USE OF COLOR. Creating a cohesive event atmosphere that is not only pleasing to the eye but also to the budget can be achieved by keeping all of your decor one color, thereby immediately giving ambience without extraneous elements. Everyone is familiar with the ever-popular “white party” concept that took the industry by storm a few years ago, but don’t forget about the myriad of other hues, shades, and variations of color that are readily available in flowers, linens, lighting techniques, and even with clever catering choices.

Tara Liaschenko of Link Event Professionals in St. Petersburg suggests asking attendees to wear a signature shade for a special event. She points out that many partygoers are delighted to become involved in the overall theme of an event and doing so also easily makes them part of the decor.

Often, elaborate (i.e., expensive) decor can take a backseat to creative (i.e., cheaper) use of color for events.

“When creating drama, color is your best friend,” says Ian Prosser of Botanica International Design Studio in Tampa.

Another color route to take is featuring a mixture of colors, often as many as five, with unique shades that lend themselves to creating a specific sense or emotional response-such as a “Hot Summer Nights”-themed event with red, orange, yellow, and pops of white. This option allows guests to walk into the space and immediately feel as if they have been transported into a new and distinct place-and that’s not even considering any music or entertainment.

DRAMATIC DECOR. Focus on the big picture to save yourself the heartache of working within a tight budget. Create one major focal point instead of numerous elements that could get lost or unnoticed. Whether it’s showstopping live entertainment, a jungle of borrowed plants, or the barely-there airbrushed costumes on models offering champagne, make it big, bold, and true to the sensibility you are creating.

Take a look at untraditional and underused spaces, such as a venue’s high ceilings. Consider filling that area, which would otherwise be empty, with larger-than-life design elements that bring attention to the grandeur of any venue-whether it is a standard ballroom or historical mansion. Many event production companies have ultramodern, stretch-fabric forms in various shapes that can be suspended above attendees. Employing otherwise unused ceiling space becomes a major focal point, so less money needs to be spent on a lot of smaller, less impactful details.

STRIKING LIGHTING. Transforming a space can be as easy as flipping a light switch. The best and arguably most cost-effective technique to achieve a spectacular event on a limited budget is good lighting. Working with experienced lighting technicians provides you with a plethora of design options, from affordable custom gobos, which can be made to project any image or company logo, to simple effects that simulate different times of the day.

“Accentuating the room with lighting is the icing on the cake,” says Prosser.

From the simple conventional lighting of architectural elements to the high-tech intelligent lighting throughout entire buildings, this medium can accommodate nearly any size or style venue-even outdoor spaces.

The outside of a venue is the first thing guests see. Lining walkways with candles or lanterns, or adding whimsical colored up-lighting on a grand tree can change the appearance of a less than ideal exterior or the popular venue that is frequently used for events, thereby personalizing your event with a customized look.

Lush arrangements can take a toll on already stretched budgets. But with these tips from some of Florida’s best event coordinators and florists, you can achieve the desired look and maintain a healthy financial balance:

  • Choose flowers that are in season during the date of the event. (Out-of-season florals are often more expensive.)
  • Greenery and botanicals are always price-conscientious options and create truly organic atmospheres.
  • Use multiple arrangements of inexpensive flowers instead of a single larger one.
  • Group similar shades of blooms to re-create the appeal of a pricier arrangement.
  • Create as many arrangements or centerpieces in-house as possible instead of outsourcing to another vendor.

GIFT BAGS. Gift bags, favors, swag, takeaways, etc.-no matter your terminology, these little presents given to attendees help ensure they remember your event after they’ve left. To double the benefits of your takeaway, consider upgrading its presentation from the traditional branded gift bag to an affordable, modern acrylic cylinder or rustic terra-cotta pot, thus making it part of the decor.

“Get the most bang for your buck-display and showcase gifts on the tables,” says Paula Wyatt of Posh-able Events in Orlando.

Look to the more nontraditional forms of entertainment to dazzle guests. Events are full of moving pieces. Just like in a game of chess, each of the vendors plays a role in making your event a success. So why not allow these players to educate attendees with fun factoids or a short Q&A session with the catering chef or wine sommelier? Many beverage vendors are more than willing to send a knowledgeable representative to conduct a brief lesson in fine wines for eager patrons.

A popular concept at events nowadays is the live artist creating masterpieces before your guests’ eyes. Though such freestyle artists can be too expensive for those working within limited means, local artists and college art majors can achieve many of the same results, and use the same techniques, at a fraction of the cost.

INVITING INVITATIONS. Almost everything is done online nowadays, and invitations are no exception. Many Web sites provide electronic invitations to be emailed to the provided addresses; but though it is a clever alternative to more costly paper invites, it’s important to know your audience before completely eliminating the art of the paper invitation. Many annual fund-raisers and galas have dedicated patrons that enjoy (and expect to be) receiving an elaborate invitation in the mail.

If this is the case and your invites must be mailed, consider these savvy saving ideas:

  • Use a postcard-style invitation instead of a bulky traditional invite with an envelope to save money both on paper and postage.
  • Work with a preferred graphic artist or printer to create the perfect invitation at an affordable price. Even with restraints, most vendors should be able to assemble an invitation that meets all your requirements within budget as well as make suggestions about products and styles.
  • Check the U.S. Postal Service Web site before sending, as there is an additional 20-cent non-machine-printable surcharge tacked onto mailers that are nontraditional sizes, too rigid, or exceed weight restrictions.

SETTING THE MOOD WITH MUSIC. Music is known for being linked to our most basic and powerful emotions, which can then translate into a distinct atmosphere. By contacting an experienced DJ with an expansive library of tunes, you can work together to select tunes that set the right mood.

Many planners often look to a signature piece of music or special sound effects to be played repeatedly during the cocktail hour or while guests are initially entering a specific space. In doing so, guests automatically respond to the mood, tone, and setting that’s being created and immediately eases them into your event.

Even though the budget you’re given can determine how much vendors’ prices will affect your planning decision, it doesn’t have to be the final word.

“Any planner can put on a great event if they have unlimited monetary parameters,” says Liaschenko of the Link Event Professionals. “The true test of an exceptional planner is if they are creative enough to put on a fabulous event within budgetary boundaries.”    —Avian Nobles Curtis

Source: (http://www.bizbash.com/florida/content/editorial/e11980.php)

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I found this website about invitations, courtesy of BizBash Los Angeles.  Enjoy!

A New Site for Online Invites
               An email invitation from Pingg
An email invitation from Pingg
Photo: Courtesy of Pingg

Pingg, the latest addition to the crowded online invitation market, offers a few handy new features for event planners. The site’s free invites are completely customizable: Users can upload their own logos, photos, and PDFs—or, for an extra charge, choose from more than two million stock images. Invitations, event details, and follow-ups can be sent via email, text message, Facebook, another Web site, or with actual print invitations sent through the mail.

Each event automatically gets its own ad-free Web page that can be customized with photos, videos, charity registries, Google Maps, news, RSS feeds, guest comments, and R.S.V.P. tracking. R.S.V.P. options include the ability to limit an event’s capacity and to allow invitees to bring guests or transfer their invites to others. Planners can also use Pingg to create and print guest lists for check-in at the door.   

—Lisa Cericola



Source:  (http://www.bizbash.com/losangeles/content/editorial/e10449.php)

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I have fallen completely in love with Diffa, and Dining by Design!  BizBash New York recently published a series of articles about this company and their innovative tabletop designs.  I hope you will be as inspired as I am.  Enjoy!!


News Archive for Diffa Dining By Design
FROM THE EDITORS   04.07.08 5:31 PM
Looking at Diffa’s Trove of Tabletop Design Ideas
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A cardboard and plywood dining room designed by Pratt students

Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Each year when the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS Dining by Design benefit hits New York—recruiting designers to dream up elaborate tabletop looks—we record the myriad inspirational ideas the event offers. This year was no exception, and our style editors were on the prowl last week, spotting new place setting concepts, identifying color trends, and (lucky you) highlighting the event’s 10 most steal-able ideas. You can find an archive of our coverage of the event here.    

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design

THE SCOUT   04.04.08 10:15 AM
Diffa’s 10 Most-Steal-Able Ideas <!– –>
Kravet Inc.’s collection of inspirational items
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Designers at Diffa’s Dining by Design showcase always offers a multitude of concepts to adapt to other events. This year’s most-likely-to-reappear concepts included patterned seat cushions, veggies as centerpiece fodder, and napkin rings made from colored paper swatches. Here’s a list of ideas that made an impression. READ MORE

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Domino, Pratt Institute, Parsons the New School for Design, James Coviello, Michael Tavano, New York Design Center, Architectural Digest, Vicente Wolf, The New York Times

TREND SPOTTED   04.04.08 9:45 AM
Diffa’s Color Trend: Yellow <!– –>
A rich goldenrod-colored linen covered Ralph Lauren Home’s table.
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Perhaps as a nod to spring, many designers at Diffa’s Dining by Design event incorporated yellow accents into their tables this year, with shades of the color popping up as table linens, vases, statuary, and flowers. Here’s a look at an array of the warm settings. READ MORE

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Gourmet, J.C. Penney, Ralph Lauren Home, Michael Tavano

TREND SPOTTED   04.03.08 4:25 PM
Diffa’s Sparkling Chandeliers <!– –>
Stolichnaya Elit’s illuminated ceiling featured suspended prisms.
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Crystal-studded orbs, vintage-looking fixtures, traditional cut-crystal chandeliers, dangling pendants dressed up with fabrics, and mod prisms embellished lighting at many of the tables at Diffa’s Dining by Design event at Skylight. Here’s a selection of the glittering installations. READ MORE

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Baccarat, Architectural Digest, Stolichnaya Elit

THE SCOUT   04.02.08 4:20 PM
Diffa’s Place Settings That Popped <!– –>
Kravet Inc. used Lucite-topped books as place settings.
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Books, picnic baskets, film reels, logs, and fabric encased in plexiglass were among the unusual props and decorative devices that topped tables at Diffa’s Dining by Design event at Skylight. Here’s a look at some of the most striking settings.   —Lisa Cericola & Mark Mavrigian

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Allsteel, Apherea, Fashion Institute of Technology, HOK, Kravet Inc., The New York Times

EVENT REPORT   04.02.08 3:44 PM
Diffa Showcases Big Tabletop Designs in Smaller Venue
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David Stark’s dining environment for Benjamin Moore was made mostly out of paint swatches and paper.
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

This year, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS’s annual Dining by Design fund-raiser moved from its most recent home at the Waterfront to the downtown venue Skylight. The new location had a strong impact on the experience of walking through the showcase, which recruits a slate of designers and sponsors to build imaginative dining environments.

Compared with the Waterfront, with its exposed brick and steel beams (and the benefit’s previous homes at the Hammerstein Ballroom and Roseland) Skylight’s big white box provided a brighter, less distracting background for the designers’ intensely layered creations. And the new site’s smaller size necessitated a tighter collection of tables (cut down from more than 50 to 39) that made for a more focused—and more easily navigable—forum for locating trends and gathering ideas.

“It’s always a challenge to find a venue here, and for us, [Skylight is] a very user-friendly venue, with two load-in points—plus it’s a blank canvas for us; it’s a gallery,” said Diffa’s special events manager, Steven Williams. “It’s a little more exclusive because it’s smaller, and we have more sponsors this year.”

So, speaking of trends and ideas, how did the designers fill the new location? READ MORE

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Architectural Digest, Benjamin Moore, Beringer, Domino, Gourmet, Hewlett-Packard, Kravet Inc., Nautica, New York Design Center, The New York Times, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Stolichnaya Elit, Vivienne Tam

Source:  (http://www.bizbash.com/newyork/archive.php?t=Diffa+Dining+by+Design)

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Did you think I was going to post about The Ohio State University?  No, not I!!  Today’s post is about the decadent candy called “Buckeyes”. The candy closely resembles the native fruit of the Buckeye tree, which is also Ohio’s State Tree.  The candy is mass produced and marketed by several companies in Ohio, but I enjoy the homemade ones the best.

If you are looking for a unique treat to serve to your wedding guests, as a flavorful addition to your wedding cake, or as a special gift to take home at the end of the evening, Buckeyes are a great choice.

I found some great recipes to share with you.  Enjoy!!

From www.allrecipes.com:

Buckeyes I

SUBMITTED BY: Tammy Winters      PHOTO BY: LROSE55

“This recipe is so good that I double it whenever I make it. Since it is peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate it is almost like candy. Real buckeyes are nuts that grow on trees and are related to the horse chestnut.”

READY IN  50 Min
Original recipe yield: 5 dozen

About  scaling  and  conversions


  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners’ sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
  2. Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth.
  4. Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.
Buckeye Balls Buckeye Balls Description
A recipe for Buckeye Balls


  • 1-1/2 cups Smucker’s® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Coating:
  • 1 pound chocolate flavor candy coating
  • 2 tablespoons Crisco® Shortening

1. Combine Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, butter or margarine, vanilla and salt in large bowl. Beat at low speed of electric mixer until blended. Add 2 cups sugar. Beat until blended.

2. Continue adding 1/2 cup sugar at a time until mixture shaped into ball will hold onto toothpick. Shape into 3/4 inch balls. Place on tray. Chill.

3. For coating, combine candy coating and Crisco Shortening in microwave-safe bowl.

4. Microwave at 50% (medium) for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat until mixture is smooth. Insert toothpick in candy ball. Dip three-fourths of ball into melted coating. Scrape off excess.

5. Place on waxed paper lined tray. Remove toothpick. Smooth over holes. Refrigerate until coating is firm; then remove from paper. Store at room temperature in covered container.

no information available

Makes 8 dozen

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Source Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter

Buckeye Candy Buckeye Candy Description
A recipe for Buckeye Candy


  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter (not all-natural)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 3/4 cups (16-ounce box) powdered sugar
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

LINE baking sheets with wax paper.

BEAT peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until mixture holds together and is moistened. Shape into 1-inch balls; place on prepared baking sheets. Freeze 1 hour.

MELT morsels and shortening in medium, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) 1 minute; stir. Morsels may retain some of their shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted.

DIP peanut butter centers into melted chocolate using toothpick, leaving small portion of center uncovered. Shake off excess chocolate and scrape bottom of candy on side of bowl. Return to baking sheets; refrigerate until chocolate sets. Store refrigerated in covered container.

Nutrition Information per Serving: 100 calories; 50 calories from fat; 6g total fat; 2g saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 40mg sodium; 11g carbohydrate; <1g fiber; 9g sugars; 2g protein

Makes about 6 dozen candies

no information available

Source Nestlé USA, Inc.

From www.andreasrecipes.com:



This is a Midwest Christmas tradition that both our families enjoy. Buckeye candy is designed to look like the seeds of the Ohio buckeye tree and is quite popular during the holidays or during the Ohio State University football season. I have made the traditional recipe for years, then this year I decided to darken things up a bit by adding some good bittersweet chocolate, and the new recipe was a hit.

I usually make two batches of this, but I do the batches separately. I’ve had trouble fitting a double batch of the peanut butter mixture ingredients in my 4-1/2 quart mixer bowl without making a huge mess, but if you have a large mixer bowl it might not be a problem.

[Recipe updated November 11, 2007]


stand mixer with paddle attachment
half cookie sheets line with wax paper
4-cup glass bowl
tins or plastic containers, for storing


1-1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
6 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon unsalted butter


1. Combine peanut butter, sugar, butter, and vanilla in mixer bowl. Stir until blended, mixture will be slightly dry.

2. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls and place them on prepared cookie sheets.

3. Stick a toothpick in the top of each peanut butter ball. You’ll use this “handle” later for dipping. Freeze the balls for about 30 minutes, until hard.

4. Pour semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate chips into glass bowl. Add the butter. Microwave 60 seconds at 70% then gently stir. Microwave for 30 seconds at 70% and stir, repeating until the chocolate is almost but not completely melted. Do not overheat. You don’t want the chocolate to be completely melted in the microwave. If you’ve done it right, the last few stirs will mix in the remaining firm chips.

5. Dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate, leaving a circle of peanut butter showing on top. They should look like buckeyes (see photo below). Place the dipped balls back on the cookie sheets.

6. Refrigerate finished buckeyes for at least 2 hours. Remove the toothpicks and store in tins between layers of wax paper.

Aesculus glabra seeds (Ohio buckeye tree)


Wikipedia -Aesculus glabra (Ohio buckeye tree)

Wikimedia – Image: Aesculus glabra seeds

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Viva Las Vegas!! - An Inspiration Board

Ok, it’s time to have some fun!!  Since I am snowed in this weekend in Ohio, with a snowfall expected of 15 inches total, I thought I would put together an inspiration board for a Las Vegas or casino themed affair.  My husband and I are planning to go to Las Vegas next year to renew our wedding vows.  I want an Elvis impersonator to do the ceremony, and he keeps threatening to run off with a showgirl if that happens!!  I will win in the end, though!!  Let the good times roll, and remember, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!”  Enjoy!!

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