New Year’s (Fashion) Eve!

Happy Almost New Year!

Yes, can you believe that we are less than thirty-six hours from ringing in 2014?  Time flies when you are living life, and if you are still trying to decide on what to wear as you say good-bye to 2013, here are some fashion-savvy suggestions to help you find the right outfit for your celebration.

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Where and how you decide to celebrate New Year’s Eve will determine the type of outfit you will rock.   Hanging out at a friend’s house party?  Then, you may want to think about donning a great pair of evening jeans (dark wash) partnered with a sequined top or jacket, and some metallic T-straps.   Or, maybe you’ve been invited to welcome in 2014 at a swanky hotel ballroom celebration.  If so, a black or midnight blue satin jumpsuit with embellishments is a great alternative to the LBD.    Finally, for those dancing the night away in warmer climates, a pair of after-five shorts with a cocktail jacket and fishnet stockings may be the look you’re searching for—but just make sure those gorgeous gams of yours are fuzz-free!

No matter what you decide, you want to make sure that the outfit you choose fits your style, compliments your body-type and makes you feel like a million bucks.

Cheers,

Tiffany Chalk Signature

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Engagement Party Ideas!

Happy Wedding Wishes and Matrimonial Dreams!

As many of you continue to celebrate new engagements this week, let’s talk about the first of many gatherings leading up to the BIG DAY—the engagement party!

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Like a wedding, there is no one way to have an engagement party.  If the couple has already decided on the theme of their ceremony, they can incorporate that theme into their pre-nuptial festivities.   Rustic, formal or whimsical—take your pick.  You could also have a costumed engagement party where all couples come dressed as famous couples of the past and present.  There is no end to ideas for your celebration.

Since many couples are opting to have co-ed showers or alternatives to traditional showers and bachelor parties, an engagement party  is a great opportunity to have a tailor-made fête that fits your taste and style.  Think of it this way, the engagement celebration is like a couple’s coming-out party. You want your debut as each other’s fiancé to be the ‘cherry on top’ of your marriage proposal.

Best,

Tiffany Chalk Signature

 

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New Year, New Engagement…Now What?!

A special hello to all the newly minted brides-to-be!

Many of you are probably still basking in the afterglow of your Christmas Day proposal—and what girl wouldn’t be?  However, as I mentioned yesterday, the clock is indeed ticking, and depending on when you want to get married, the sooner you start the planning process, the better.

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You may ask, ‘What’s the big hurry?’  Well, consider this: you are not the only one who got engaged this week.   Therefore, you are competing with a numerous amount of other brides as it relates to the Who, What, When, Where and How of your wedding.  For example, you’ve dreamed of getting married at the Plaza Hotel in New York City during the autumn season.  So, Fall 2014 looks like a possibility because you want to be ‘Mrs. Awesome Guy’ by next Christmas.  However, at least fifty other brides-to-be are interested in getting married at the Plaza Hotel during that same period—for the same reason.  Plus, if autumn 2014 is your target date that means that you have LESS than a year to plan for the big day.   Think that time won’t fly by?  Then, where did 2013 go, I ask you?

Please don’t think that I am trying to scare you because I’m not.  As a wedding event designer, it is my passion to see that a bride’s wedding dream really does come true.  Next to her relationship with the groom, a bride’s relationship with her wedding designer is extremely important—and can make or break one of the most important days of her life.  So, as you relish in the joy of your engagement, start the search for a reputable planner — because you don’t have to search very far.

 

Best,

Tiffany Chalk Signature

 

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Christmas Eve…and Dim Sum!

Seasons Greetings!

Christmas Day is quickly approaching, and with less than a week left to finish shopping and menu planning, many of you may be in need for some Christmas Eve entertaining ideas.  How about hosting a holiday soiree with Chinese cuisine?  For many years, those who don’t celebrate Christmas have found themselves eating at their favorite Chinese restaurant on December 25th.  Who says you can’t incorporate this tradition into your festivities?

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Nowadays, it is normal for many people to host family gatherings on the night before Christmas.  Some even open gifts at that time.  Using this day to serve a non-traditional holiday menu will make the party more fun and give your guests a taste of the unexpected.   You can even have fortune cookies made with special holiday messages.

Using this day to venture from the norm is a great way to start a new holiday tradition with your family and friends.

圣诞节快乐 (Merry Christmas)!

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{Wedding Wednesday} Say, ‘I Do’ To The New Year!

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

The only thing more romantic than receiving a wedding proposal at the stroke of midnight on January 1st is getting married and saying, “I do” at the stroke of midnight on January 1st.  Dressing up to head out to a swanky New Year’s Eve celebration is always fun, but when combined with a wedding event, it takes celebrating the New Year to a whole New Level!

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Although a sedate, low-key wedding is always an option, a bride should seriously consider having a black-tie affair if she wants a New Year’s Eve wedding.   The festive theme of the holiday can give a wedding an exponential increase in the ‘celebration quotient.’   In addition, many people look forward to celebrating New Year’s Eve as it gives them a chance to party in extravagance. 

With a New Year’s Eve wedding theme, a bride and groom can go ‘full-out’ with the works including champagne, a gourmet menu, an orchestra/live band, confetti, fireworks—and if they time it right, they can even give each other their first kiss exactly at the stroke of twelve.   However, if the couple rather ring in the first day of the year at their reception, they can plan to have a mini replica of the Times Square ball drop as they and their guests make the countdown; or, have a flat-screen television set up to count down with the broadcast. 

There are definitely NO LIMITS to what a bride and groom can do for their ‘NYE nuptials’ as the possibilities are endless.  What better way to start a New Year than with a new life with the one you love?

Happy (almost) New Year!

 Tiffany Chalk Signature

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{Tiffany’s Tips} Broken Bulbs Do Not Have to Go Bust!

Happy Yuletide!

Decorating the Christmas tree is an event that many look forward to at this time of year.   Of course, it would not be complete unless one glass ornament gets broken.  Never fear, because I believe in the power of recycling—especially when you mix in a litle ‘DIY elbow grease.’

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Have an old picture frame or framed mirror that you’re thinking about getting rid of?   Why not turn it into an electic home accessory by adding broken ornament fragments on the frame?  It’ll be even better if you can have a mosaic of various colors.   Just go to your local arts and crafts retailer for all the necessary supplies to glue on the pieces.   You can even make this a holiday project for older children while they are on Christmas break from school. 

Remember, broken ornaments do not have to be thrown away.  With a little creativity, you can breathe new life into old furnishings. 

Best,

Tiffany Chalk Signature

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A Barbecue Christmas Party

Holiday Greetings All!

Snow has visited many of us a little early in the season this year, but you shouldn’t let it put a damper on your Christmas party plans.  In fact, I suggest that you let it be center stage at your holiday soiree—but with a little twist.  A summertime barbecue is to be expected, but a Christmas party barbecue will really get tongues to wagging!

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Of course, your guests do not have to sit out in the frigid air—unless they want to.  With a small campfire in the backyard and trees decorated with holidays lights, everyone will surely get in the mood for fireside caroling.   Menu items such as grilled turkey burgers with cranberry chutney, barbecue shrimp, and grilled individual pizzas will have everyone’s mouth watering.   Finally, don’t forget to top it off with a chocolate fondue dessert with fruit, marshmallows, gingerbread and pound cake for dipping.

The holidays are all about having great times with great people, so take the opportunity to surprise your guests with a unique (but fun) spin on the traditional seasonal gathering.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

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{Wedding Wednesday} Don’t Forget Your Stockings!

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

In keeping with the theme of the season, another way to incorporate the holidays into a Christmas wedding is by hanging stockings for the bride and the groom at the reception near the gift table.   Of course, gifts do not have to be placed in them as they can be strictly for decorative purposes.

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However, brides and grooms can have fun with this idea as they can choose to make their stockings themselves and add mementos from their relationship, add photos, or create  non-traditional stockings that reflect their interests.  Yet, there’s nothing wrong with taking the traditional route either.   What can be more adorable than a stocking outfitted in white lace for the bride and black satin and bow-tie for the groom?

Like most event designers, the holiday season is one of my favorite times of year, and Christmas weddings give clients (and myself) the awesome opportunity of re-creating that childhood magic while celebrating one of life’s most wonderful moments.

Happy Yuletide!

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year to Say, ‘I Do!’

The Christmas season can be a romantic time of year as many engagement rings are given during the holiday.  It can also be a great time to say, ‘I do!’  With the back-drop of snow, lights and tinsel, Christmas decor makes for a great inspiration for your wedding atmosphere.

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You can also use some of the holiday classics that we all know and love as further inspiration.  For example, why not borrow from Dicken’s, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and have photos of you and the groom celebrating Christmas past and present as part of your reception centerpieces.  How about having a replica of the ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ tree for your guests to sit your wedding gifts under.  Not sure of what you want as wedding favors?  Ornaments, mini wreaths or bottles of homemade egg nog all inscribed with your names and wedding date make for memorable keepsakes.

No matter how you decide to celebrate your Christmas wedding, the most important thing is that it evokes what’s most important at this time of year, the love you and your fiancé share with each other and those nearest and dearest to your hearts.

Merry Christmas!

Tiffany Chalk Signature

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{Fashion Friday} You Don’t Have to Wait Until 2014 to Be ‘Radiant!’

Happy Fashion Friday!

By now you’ve probably heard that the experts at Pantone have declared 2014 to be the year of Radiant Orchid!  This is a great pick as this color works well with many skin tones, or as an accent color for home decor.

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However, just because it has been chosen as the ‘It Color’ for 2014 doesn’t mean you have to wait until the New Year to start rockin’ it.  Awards season is just heating up and you will most likely see many of Hollywood’s A-list fashionistas wearing this color before the clock strikes 12 AM on January 1st. 

So, take a look in your closet to see what you can find, or use this as an excuse to do a little shopping because you don’t have to wait until next month to look ‘radiant!’

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