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Feature in Everyday Party Magazine


Everyday Party Magazine

Well, today couldn’t get any better! This whole week has been one fabulous occasion! 

Today, the summer issue of Everyday Party Magazine came out and our Nautical Baby Shower is featured on pages 17-19!

Free browsing here.

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Special thanks to Jessica for featuring our events!

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© 2003-2014 Soirée! Ltd./Natalie Bradley Events

Want to use this post in your E-newsletter, blog, or website? You can as long as you include this complete statement: Athens Event Planner & Designer Natalie Bradley publishes the “Soirée Secrets” e-zine filled with secrets, tips and how-tos for planning your fabulous wedding or event. Get your complimentary e-guide: ”10 Planner Secrets to Create Your Custom Dream Wedding While Saving Thousands” at http://NatalieBradley.com. Soirée by Natalie Bradley Events is an Athens, Georgia,  event planning and design company, serving Northeast Georgia and select destination locations.


Our new e-magazine Southern Soirées is now available!


I had this idea to create a digital wedding and events magazine after being inspired by so many beautiful magazines out there. We have SO much talent in the Athens and Oconee areas … and beyond of course too! And while I enjoy purchasing and reading many magazines, I wanted to offer one that is affordable for our clients and inspires them at the same time.

My awesome team and I have been hard at work to bring this first UGA-inspired edition to you. Our goal is to produce at least one of these every quarter, with the underlying theme changing each time.

Southern Soirées e-magazine was created to inspire you with beautifully designed southern weddings and events. Our focus is on providing you with professional planning how-to’s, detailed tutorials and practical design for your own southern soirées.

Our very first Southern Soirées e-magazine issue is now available!

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In this edition

  • 3 Real UGA Weddings
  • 5 Ways to Ask Your Friends to be Your Bridesmaids
  • How to Personalize Your Engagement Shoot
  • Graduation Cap Ideas
  • Surprise UGA Proposals
  • How to Connect With Your Bridesmaids
  • Featuring photography by Melissa Pepin, KP Photography and ZoomWorks
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Learn more about the magazine, as well as how you can contribute and advertise in our next issue here.

A **HUGE** thank you to our fabulous intern staff for making this possible … and in the middle of wedding season too! :-)

About Southern Soirees

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© 2003-2014 Soirée! Ltd./Natalie Bradley Events

Want to use this post in your E-newsletter, blog, or website? You can as long as you include this complete statement: Southern Event Planner & Designer Natalie Bradley publishes the “Soirée Secrets” blog filled with secrets, tips and how-tos for planning your fabulous event. Get your exclusive inspiration, tips and tricks at http://NatalieBradley.com. Soirée by Natalie Bradley Events is an event planning and design company based in Athens, serving Northeast Georgia, the Carolinas and select destination locations.


7 Wedding Cake Dessert Alternatives


Looking for another option to serve at your wedding besides cake? We’ve compiled a list of 7 wedding cake alternatives for you to consider! Happy Planning!

1. Cupcakes

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2. Pie

piesPhoto credit: Pinterest/wedding joy

3. Ice Cream Bar

icecreambarPhoto Credit: SnapKnot/Blume Photography

4. Popcorn Bar

popcornbarPhoto credit: Style Me Pretty/Ampersand Photography

5. Cookies/Brownies & Milk

cookiesmilkPhoto credit: The Sweetest Occasion/Jen Williams

 

6. Fondue

fonduePhoto credit: A DIY Affair Wedding & Events

 

7. Dessert Shots

dessertshotPhoto credit: Style Me Pretty/Esther Sun Photography 

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© 2003-2014 Soirée! Ltd./Natalie Bradley Events

Want to use this post in your E-newsletter, blog, or website? You can as long as you include this complete statement: Southern Event Planner & Designer Natalie Bradley publishes the “Soirée Secrets” blog filled with secrets, tips and how-tos for planning your fabulous event. Get your exclusive inspiration, tips and tricks at http://NatalieBradley.com. Soirée by Natalie Bradley Events is an event planning and design company based in Athens, serving Northeast Georgia, the Carolinas and select destination locations.


Housewarming Parties


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{As originally published by Natalie Bradley in Southern Distinction Magazine, May 2005}

Housewarming parties are the perfect celebration of choice to show off your new home to new neighbors! This occasion is fairly simple to get started in your planning because several aspects are already determined for you. The venue for your celebration is, of course, your home – and the theme of the party is showcasing your home and celebrating your official arrival in it. The planning that still needs to be decided upon lies in all of those spectacular details that will make your celebratory soirée a success!

When deciding upon the invitation to this occasion, choose something fun that is also interactive for your guests – perhaps a card in the shape of a house, or something cute involving moving boxes or something along those lines. If your budget does not allow for your invitations to be custom-designed, then a great Athens business to find a fabulous card is at Plain Jane Designs. Regardless of where you get your invitation, make sure that the card reflects the housewarming theme.

Your party will be more enjoyable and interesting if your guests list includes people from different generations, your friends and family, and especially your new neighbors – even if you haven’t had the chance to meet yet. What a perfect way to get to know your neighbors – at a party that they will remember for quite some time!

In planning the food and beverages, I recommend, as always, that you consider your theme in these selections. This spring an summer, parties are all about bright and bold colors, so don’t be afraid to incorporate a variety of incredible colors into your festivities! Fuchsia, purple, yellow, turquoise, lime green, and orange are such fun and fantastic choices to introduce some energy to your party from the very beginning…and these are hot, hot, hot colors right now!

If you want your party to be later in the afternoon and into the evening, a cocktail buffet is the best choice for this type of get-together. Or, if you would prefer an early or middle-of-the-afternoon occasion, light hors d’oeuvres and desserts are quite appropriate. Either way, choosing foods that are forkless will make clean-up and ease of enjoying refreshments easier on your guests as they move around. Another suggestion here is to definitely not shy away from calling in the professionals to fill up your trays with delightful dishes! This will keep you out of the kitchen and able to enjoy spending time with your guests.

Subtle integrations of your theme in the buffet will be noticed and will impress your guests. Consider pineapples in the fruit and in the decor on your buffet – after all, the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality! Your signature cocktail could even have a hint of pineapple in the recipe or as a garnish. Also, for a sweet treat, cut cookies in the shapes of houses and even color your icing to match the look of your home! Guests will love this little touch!

I am always an advocate of adding decor to the entry of your venue no matter what the occasion, and this party is no exception! If your party is in the afternoon, line the walkway to your door or your front porch with little votive holders. Instead of placing a single flower in each, with the stems cut so that you see just the flower’s head. This will lead the way for your guests so that there is no confusion. If the party is in the evening, substitute candles in the votive holders so that guests can see easily for safety as well as to lead the way to the festivities!

Continue whatever your floral or candle-lit decor may be inside to keep your decorations consistent and cohesive throughout. Don’t forget that an important part of the decor is to include pops of color and to have varying heights under the food and beverages on your serving tables. Place small and simple arrangements in all of the rooms that you want guests to venture into and explore. This will show show that you have left no detail out!

The idea for this type of event (no matter what you do) is to have fun with your theme and don’t be afraid to add all sorts of details into the mix. Anything and everything goes as long as you plan ahead and have fun with pulling all of your fabulous ideas together!

Happy Planning!

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© 2003-2014 Soirée! Ltd./Natalie Bradley Events

Want to use this post in your E-newsletter, blog, or website? You can as long as you include this complete statement: Southern Event Planner & Designer Natalie Bradley publishes the “Soirée Secrets” blog filled with secrets, tips and how-tos for planning your fabulous event. Get your exclusive inspiration, tips and tricks at http://NatalieBradley.com. Soirée by Natalie Bradley Events is an event planning and design company based in Athens, serving Northeast Georgia, the Carolinas and select destination locations.