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How the Weather Can Influence Your Event

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Blankets are a great idea for outdoor events! Source.

Yesterday it was May 15 and the temperature hovered in the 50’s. The day before saw temperatures much the same including big dark clouds, wind and rain. This is Pittsburgh- the windy city. It is also a city where if you are planning an outdoor event you need to consider the weather.

We always forewarn our clients that if they choose to have an outdoor event in April (don’t even consider it), May, September or October, they must either have a back up plan or reserve patio heaters from a local rental company. These can be placed around your pavilion or outdoor area.

In our experience, even barn weddings can be quite chilly in early spring or fall. Guests will frequently dress in clothing that is not warm enough. We were witness to short dresses and sandals at a barn wedding last year where temperatures hovered in the 60’s with wind and rain. Part of the barn was wide open and yes, it was chilly.

What’s the best way to deal with these issues? Here’s a checklist if you’re absolutely set on a May, September or October outdoor event:

  1. Is your venue/barn heated?
  2. Does your pavilion or tent have sidewalls that can be rolled down in case of rain?
  3. Have you reserved patio heaters from your rental company?
  4. Consider baskets of rolled up lap blankets placed around the barn for guests.
  5. Have an insert in your invitation that reminds guests to dress appropriately for the weather.
  6. Have a back up plan if you are at an outdoor pavilion.
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If you’re renting a pavilion in a questionable weather season, consider having a church hall, community center, or fire hall on reserve in case of chilly temperatures or bad weather. This may cost you just a bit, but the peace of mind is worth it.

 

 

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Weddings on The Gateway Clipper

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Richard McConell Photography
Richard McConnell Photography

With so many venue options to choose from these days, a bride and groom can really have some tough choices to make. Barn, hotel, conservancy, outdoor- there are lots of decisions to make just on location alone.

Many years ago I went to a wedding on the Gateway Clipper. I remember it being magical because as the sun went down, the city of Pittsburgh lit up. It was beautiful to sit on the top level and watch the sparkly city lights go by. The water was soothing; it was a night to remember.

Photo by Richard McConell Photography
Photo by Richard McConnell Photography

I recently visited the Gateway Clipper to see what’s sailing. The good news is there are lots of great wedding packages to choose from. If you’re thinking you want something different, consider calling Steve Anderson at (412) 355-7980 for more details. Visit the Gateway Clipper website and see the options. You and your fiance can choose to be married on the top deck as the ship sails through the Three Rivers of Pittsburgh!

Richard McConell Photography
Richard McConnell Photography
The Duchess
The Duchess
The Empress- Gateway Clipper Fleet
The Empress- Gateway Clipper Fleet

This is an option worth checking out. Click HERE to be sent to the Gateway Clipper’s Wedding page and Happy Sailing!

Visit Richard McConnell Photography HERE.

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Come to a Honey of a Party!

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Lots of Honey! Photo by Michelene Cain
Lots of Honey! Photo by Michelene Cain

“it all comes of liking honey so much.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Katherine’s Daughter Events is proud to announce our Summer 2016 sponsorship of Honey Parties by Beefuddled Farms! Jim and Michelene Cain have just launched their website, BeefuddledFarms.com and it contains lots of information on their honey business. We are bee-yond excited to fill you in on all the details!

Photo by Waldeck Photography
What Does Honey Smell Like? Photo by Waldeck Photography

If you are wondering what the beeswax you will do at a Honey Party, let us tell you! In a safe environment (no rambo bees!) you will learn all about bees, eat the honey you help harvest (atop a dish of vanilla ice cream and honey graham teddy bears- YUM!), and go home with a sample jar of honey. You will also find out what you can do to protect pollinators!

The cost is $10 per person, payable on the day of the party. You need to rsvp ahead of time as only a limited number of attendees are accepted. If you have multiple children or grandchildren, please tell Michelene in an email and she will work with you on an affordable price. Make reservations or ask Michelene any questions at beefuddledfarms@gmail.com.

There will be four dates available-

June 18, 1-3 pm

July 16, 6-8 pm

August 13, 1-3 pm

September 24, 3-5 pm

All Honey Parties will be held in Clinton Community Park, Clinton, PA.

Map of Clinton Community Park

What a great way to spend a summer day! Learn more about bees and pollination in a family friendly environment. Additional jars of honey will be available that day for purchase. Email Michelene today at beefuddledfarms@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Check out Beefuddled Farms website by clicking HERE.

We look forward to seeing you at a Honey Party this summer! To read about last summer’s Honey Party, click HERE.

Photo by Michelene Cain
Photo by Michelene Cain
Photo by Waldek Photography
Photo by Waldek Photography
Photo by Michelene Cain
Photo by Michelene Cain
A Gift for Everyone- Photo by Michelene Cain
A Gift for Everyone- Photo by Michelene Cain
Jim and Michelene and a Friendly Attendee!
Jim and Michelene and a Friendly Attendee!

 

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Holiday Entertaining Tips

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Available at Cuttings, Sewickley
Cute Serving Bowls! Available at Cuttings, Sewickley

Are you the Christmas host or hostess? We entertain often during the holidays and we’ll tell you- it’s not too late to get it together without being frazzled. Check out our tried and true holiday entertaining tips and have your holiday down pat!

  1. What type of party are you having? Whether you are inviting guests to your home for a quiet evening, Christmas eve or day dinner, or a big holiday party, clearly define your vision. Cozy dinner and drinks, large holiday soiree, or hot chocolate party; think it out beforehand and decide exactly what you’d like to do.
  2. Decide on your budget. Easier said than done but this is an important step in the process. Consider whether you want to spend extra money on themed decor or paper products or if you’d rather put your money into different types of food, drinks, or dessert offerings.
  3. Take care of the core meal.  We’ve had a few lessons learned when delegating important parts of the meal to guests who are (ahem) a bit unreliable. Take care of the core meal yourself- meat, potato, bread, vegetable- and then add extra dishes by spotlighting what your guests or family members can bring.
  4. Make a list. Write down everything you’re going to need. If you haven’t started your list yet, this is the time to do it.
  5. Shop as you go. It’s better to get a few things everytime you’re out and about than to wait until the week of the party and do it ALL. Plus, it’s easier on your finances as well. Get your paper products one day. Buy wine and other alcoholic purchases another. Save the perishables for the week of the party so those are fresh.
  6. Do as much as you can at home before the big day. Can you set your dining room table a day or two ahead of time? Consider making a timeline for the day of and the days leading up to the party. The more you do beforehand the easier your life will be. Imagine taking a hot bath or a nap a few hours before dinner. You can do that if you plan ahead.
  7. Set things up so all you have to do is minimal maintenance. If you have to constantly heat appetizers in the oven, you will be in the kitchen all night! Think of ways to prepare, serve and replenish food that does not involve constant kitchen time- like using chafers, or serving a few (cold) platters of cheeses, bread, and olives and a (hot) dinner. Or recruit a shy family member(s) to be in charge of heating appetizers and food.
  8. Enjoy your own event! Put your favorite dress on, light the candles, and pour the bubbly. Time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and mingle with guests. (Monitor your own alcohol consumption if you are in charge of the entire meal- no one likes a drunk hostess!) Do your best to keep an eye on things, but also expect that mishaps may occur that no one anticipates. Spills, and other minor stuff can happen but be a sport and smile and solve the issue. Don’t be a drama queen if things fall apart.  Just keep going!
  9. Have a plan for the next day. Do some clean up but also have a good day of rest. Heat up any leftovers for dinner and save a bottle of wine for yourself. Don’t give in to the urge to put everything away in a single day. Just relax and reflect on your great party!

If you follow these ideas, you’ll be sure and have it all together! Relax and enjoy yourself at your own party!

All Around the Christmas Tree!
All Around the Christmas Tree!

Related Articles:

Holiday Entertaining, The Huffington Post

Easy Holiday Entertaining, Love From the Oven

At Home for Christmas, First Home Love Life

 

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Jessica and John’s Storybook Baby Shower

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Honey Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing and Marzipan Bees by Event Cakes PGH
Honey Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing and Marzipan Bees by Event Cakes PGH

It was a beautiful autumn day, perfect for traveling near and far. Many guests came to wish Jessica and John showers of happiness for their new baby, Penelope Katherine, due on John’s own birthday of January 9.

We all love nature and the Walter J. Brannon Community Center in Sewickley, Pennsylvania highlighted the gorgeous wooded surroundings. Jessica chose a theme of Children’s Storybooks for her shower. Here’s how we wove the invitation, food, books, cookies and cupcakes together for a magical experience.

Centerpieces were Pop Up Books!
Centerpieces were Pop Up Books!

The centerpieces were pop up books, such as Peter Pan, Cinderella, Narnia, and others that Jessica found on Amazon.com. The invitation was on Etsy –Once Upon a Time There Lived Parents to Be- by OliviaKateDesigns.

Jessica’s favorite colors are yellow and green so we went with happy lime green linens on the round tables of guests, and white on the rectangular food, gift, and cupcakes tables. At each place setting was a “Penelope” cookie. Diane Stewart of Sweet Bites Cookies did a fabulous job on these beautiful cookies!

Cookies by Sweet Bites
Cookies by Sweet Bites

Now for the snacks. From our own library of children’s books we chose Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham (deviled eggs and mini slider sandwiches). Next to a pumpkin patch book, we had a warm crockpot of an easy-to-make pumpkin soup. By the different salads, we had the classic book, A Secret Garden.

Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham
Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkin Soup!
Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkin Soup!

What’s a sandwich without pickles? Pickles to Pittsburgh!

Thank you to Kris Hughes for her homemade pickes!
Thank you to Kris Hughes for her homemade pickles!
We even had a real cow bell!
We even had a real cow bell!

At the coffee and drink table, we chose another Dr. Seuss book, Mr. Brown Can Moo next to the coffee creamer. On the dessert table, we highlighted the beautiful “Penelope” banner, made by our thoughtful and oh- so- kind blogger friend from Washington State, Sunday’s Child!

The Penelope Banner!
The Penelope Banner!

The cupcakes were extra special. John’s sister Michelene, and father Jim are beekeepers so we had Brandi Hugar of Event Cakes PGH do a honey vanilla cupcake! The batter included Beefuddled Farms delicious honey! The cupcakes were decorated with cream cheese icing and marzipan bees.

Marzipan Bees and Honey Vanilla Cupcakes
Marzipan Bees and Honey Vanilla Cupcakes

Jess and John's Baby Shower Marzipan Bees

The cupcakes were next to a ball mason jar of zinnias, lavender, and mint from John’s mother’s garden. Jessica picked Ruby Lee and the Bumble Bee children’s book for this table.

During the opening of the gifts, John’s sister Michelene and her friend Stephanie treated the guests to a fun storybook game. Each table was a team and took turns answering questions of quotes from famous children’s books. (Email us through our contact tab and we’ll be happy to send you the questions!). All guests received a two ounce honey sample from Beefuddled Farms to take home as their prize!

We so enjoyed planning this storybook shower for Jessica and John. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this day such a happy memory for all!

Opening gifts. Photo by Amy Burkhart.
Opening gifts. Photo by Amy Burkhart.
Jess and Pink and White Balloons
The Mother-To-Be, Jessica

Jess and John's Shower Centerpiece

Venue: Walter J. Brannon Community Center

Cupcakes: Event Cakes PGH

Cookies: Sweet Bites Cookies

Linens: Ambassador Rentals

Honey: Beefuddled Farms

Styled by Katherine’s Daughter Events.

Thank you to our picture takers- Michelene and Amy. A special thanks to Stephanie for all her help!

 

 

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