CAREER

I’m Featured on Planning It All!

I’m Featured on Planning It All!

  I’m so excited to share with you today that I’ve been featured on Planning It All, a blog project of Amanda Jayne Events, LLC. Similar to how I feature planners in my Coordinator Confessions series, I’ve now been featured! Now I feel like a legitimate planner   So check me out on Planning It […]

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Coordinator Confessions: Amanda Luppino-Esposito of Planning It All

Coordinator Confessions: Amanda Luppino-Esposito of Planning It All

    What are 5 words that describe your style? Classic, warm, accessible, elegant, fun   What does a typical day look like for you? My day job is managing an events team for a nonprofit in Arlington, VA. I supervise a team of 5 event planners. I also do a bit of event planning […]

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Guest Post: Software That Will Enhance Your Events

Guest Post: Software That Will Enhance Your Events

  The world of event management is forever changing. No longer just about a speaker, some hand-outs and an attentive audience, events now demand the usage of technology in order to command engagement. With the emergence of new technologies comes new ways in which they can be of benefit to anyone organizing an event. Here, […]

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PARTY TIPS & TRICKS

10 Things to Think About When Planning Your Wedding

10 Things to Think About When Planning Your Wedding

  So the question’s been popped, you’ve accepted, celebrated and celebrated some more…once all of the euphoria dies down, now comes the time to plan the big day. While it may seem like the date you have booked is a long time in the future, it will soon come around. So planning ahead is a must. […]

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Puff Out Your Party with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry!

Puff Out Your Party with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by Brittany Ryan on behalf of the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. Last week I had a blast getting together with some local blogger friends and sharing ideas for New Year’s Eve recipes using Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry! I had no idea how many puff pastry products they have. […]

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How to Make Your Guests Feel Welcome

How to Make Your Guests Feel Welcome

  Making your guests feel welcome sets the tone for your entire event. It is a very important piece of the flow of your events, especially when guests don’t know each other. There are a number of ways you can welcome your guests – it mostly all comes down to the small touches and details […]

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PARTY INSPIRATION

Top 10 Thanksgiving Entertaining Trends

Top 10 Thanksgiving Entertaining Trends

  It’s that time of year again! As you prepare for family and friends to come in town, consider some of these Thanksgiving entertaining trends to impress your guests! From the food to the décor, these trends will help you to get prepared for your guests as you kick off Thanksgiving together.     Natural […]

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Trend Alert: Lux Lounge EFR’s “O” Bench

Trend Alert: Lux Lounge EFR’s “O” Bench

  Today I’d like to give a special shout out to Lux Lounge EFR – an impressive event furniture rental company that has completed designs for the Annual Emmy’s Governors Ball, Oscars Governors Ball, NCLR Alma Awards, LA Style Fashion Week, The Voice television show, David Tutera’s CELEBrations, and more! The full service, LA based […]

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My Holiday Entertaining Picks for 2014

My Holiday Entertaining Picks for 2014

  I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! Time for entertaining, parties, friends, family, and food! Though I’m not a fan of the cold this time of year, I am a fan of pretty much everything else that comes with this holiday season – from the fashion to the fireplace!   If you […]

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TREND ALERTS

Trend Alert: Chalkboard Event Decor

Trend Alert: Chalkboard Event Decor

    What do you think of the chalkboard event decor trend? Personally I hated using chalk on chalkboards back in school. But now with chalkboard paint and chalk-like ink, I think it’s a whole lot better. The nice thing about chalkboard event decor is that it’s black and white, so it generally goes with […]

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2014 Tabletop Trends

2014 Tabletop Trends

  There are plenty of exciting 2014 tabletop trends that really make your theme come alive! Putting together a tablescape can be a very creative and fun process. If you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of putting together a design, try to focus on one of these trends. Focus on one statement element, then build […]

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Top 3 Color Trends of 2014

Top 3 Color Trends of 2014

  Although we are halfway into 2014, it’s not too late to talk about color trends of 2014. This year’s colors are characterized by varying shades of greys, metallics and bright, bold colors. Try a combination of these trends or incorporate them into other color combinations. Decorating your party with color schemes should be fun […]

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FOOD AND DRINK

Try Mocktails for Your Baby Shower

Try Mocktails for Your Baby Shower

  I recently learned about Mocktails – a delicious new brand of non-alcoholic cocktails that have a great taste and low calories! Mocktails can be great for any occasion – girls’ night out, at-home entertaining, etc. I am most exciting about serving Mocktails for baby showers – they are perfect for women who are expecting and […]

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Guest Post: 5 Tips for Having a Great Vegetarian or Vegan Reception

Guest Post: 5 Tips for Having a Great Vegetarian or Vegan Reception

  Today I am thrilled to share with you a guest post from Heather Bell of SimplyBridal. SimplyBridal features fashion forward wedding dresses at an affordable price that you’ll simply love. Their brides get a magical experience without paying for the mystique. Check out their site after reading this useful blog post on executing a […]

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Caterer

Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Caterer

  Selecting a caterer requires some thought and deliberation. Food and beverage costs often are a large percentage of an event’s cost. Meals can also be the most memorable highlight of an event. So selecting a caterer can be a significant decision! Here is my list of top 10 questions to ask your caterer:   […]

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WEEKLY SERIES

Cake of the Week: Romantic Cake by C. Marie Sweets

Cake of the Week: Romantic Cake by C. Marie Sweets

  This week’s cake is a beautiful romantic floral cake by C. Marie Sweets. This cake is made of white and gold fondant and has hand-painted pastillage flowers. C. Marie’s favorite flavor this summer is their classic vanilla butter cake with fresh strawberries and apricot scented Italian meringue buttercream. This cake is perfect for a […]

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Cake of the Week: Hobbies Cake by Diane Michelle Cakes

Cake of the Week: Hobbies Cake by Diane Michelle Cakes

  This week’s cake is all about the couple and their hobbies and interests. It’s whimsical and fun but also shows off what they couple loves. The cake sat on a photo collage of the couple, adding one more personalized layer to the whole look. A hobbies cake is a great touch for a wedding, […]

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Cake of the Week: Texas Cake by Bake Rejoice

Cake of the Week: Texas Cake by Bake Rejoice

  This Texas cake by Bake Rejoice is so unique! It’s sure to be a great conversation piece at your wedding or event. This awesome dessert is Bake Rejoice’s signature “yellow rose of Texas” cake with a hounds-tooth look using Texas-shaped fondant cut-outs and topped with an over-sized fondant yellow rose. Hey, everything’s bigger in […]

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OTHER RECENT POSTS

Dallas Autumn Ball 2014

Dallas Autumn Ball 2014

| March 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

  We planned another successful SOLD-OUT Dallas Autumn Ball that raised even more money than last year – $35,000!The Dallas Autumn Ball engages and empowers young professionals and young individuals to celebrate charity and raise much needed awareness and funds for worthy educational causes in Dallas. This is a unique black tie event that delivers a […]

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Thanksgiving Dinner Party 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner Party 2013

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Last year I prepared some table settings and centerpieces for our Thanksgiving dinner party. Everyone loved the beautiful fall decor! I opted for wildflower type centerpieces with natural elements. For the place settings, my sister Lindsey created the cutest place cards on autumn leaves and I spray painted mini pumpkins gold to accent each […]

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Creative Chair Covers

Creative Chair Covers

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Do your event chairs need a make-over? Before you go out and buy all new chairs, consider some of these creative chair cover options for giving your chairs the pick-me-up they deserve! Slip on a lacey or ruffled chair cover to add color and flair. This is a quick and easy way to spruce […]

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How to Spice Up Your Cocktail Hour

How to Spice Up Your Cocktail Hour

| September 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

  Are you planning a cocktail hour – perhaps before a wedding reception or just for fun? Cocktail hours are perfect for breaking the ice and bringing guests together before sitting down for a dinner. It’s a wonderful way to help guests feel at ease and get to know one another and their event surroundings. […]

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Wedding Tipping Guide

Wedding Tipping Guide

| August 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

  Knowing who to tip and how much for an event can be very overwhelming. But with this wedding tipping guide, you should be well prepared. Make sure to prepare your tips in separate envelopes prior to the event so that you will be ready to hand them out at the event’s close when concluding. […]

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Guest Post: 5 Challenges of Planning an Outdoor Event – and How to Overcome Them

Guest Post: 5 Challenges of Planning an Outdoor Event – and How to Overcome Them

| July 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

  Planning an event can be challenging enough in its own right. When you are planning for an event that is held outdoors, a whole new set of additional potential problems arise. While this can make even the calmest and collected event planner feel a bit flustered, there is no need to worry. With the […]

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