Hope your Memorial Day was joyously memorable. As we chug along through late spring, the next stop on the celebrations calendar is Father’s Day. In the midst of bride and grad season, dads can sometimes feel like a second thought when it comes to their special day. Unlike mothers, choosing how to celebrate fathers can be a little more challenging. However, it doesn’t have to be.
As I previously suggested for Mother’s Day, you can’t go wrong with using your dad’s most favorite things as a theme for his celebration. Does pop like to hang out at some of the big box hardware stores during his free time? Is he a tool lover or enjoy working on small projects around the house? Have a ’tool time’ theme for his celebration. Serving hors d’oeuvres in a toy tool chests and candies in the shape of his favorite hardware accessories are some ideas you can incorporate.
If he is a golf fan, set up a mini putt-putt course in the backyard, along with a fabulous barbecue and a cake to complement the theme.
Honoring dads is not as challenging as we think it is. The most important thing to remember is that most guys like to keep it simple. So, if a day of lounging around in his robe while watching a marathon of his favorite sport will make him the happiest, then so be it. Just remember, father knows best.
Here in the United States, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is the official kick-off to the summer season. Hosting a crowd for the holiday? Instead of the usual backyard barbecue, have a celebration of American cuisine!
Treat your guests to a buffet of favorites that originated in the U.S. Delicious items like fried chicken, corn on the cob, Smithfield ham and Maryland crab cakes will surely put a smile on even Uncle Sam’s face. Of course, you can’t stop there. Top off the celebration with homegrown desserts like apple pie, banana splits and Twinkies.
A smorgasbord of Americana is a fun way to celebrate the patriotic day of remembrance. It provides an instant theme, plus you can have your guests participate by contributing their favorite entree to the menu. Enjoy!
Right now, I’m enjoying beautiful summer-like weather in my part of the world. Hope you’re just as fortunate. Speaking of summer, in just a couple of weeks, we’ll be kicking off the season with Memorial Day weekend (here in the U.S.). In addition to Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day are patriotic holidays we also celebrate during the summer. Need a quick decor tip? No problem.
Let’s start by pulling out some of those Christmas decorations that you packed away a few months ago—or maybe just yesterday. Yes, you heard me—Christmas decorations—particularly those in the color scheme of red, white (or silver) and blue.
The sight of bulbs, tinsel and lights will have your guests checking the calendar on their phones. However, this is a fun, creative and cost-effective way to celebrate our veterans or Old Glory. Therefore, if you are hosting everyone for any of these holidays, you can put most of your budget towards your food and beverage, and serve delicious fare like steakhouse bruschetta with italian parmesan roasted potatoes and a white wine sangria.
So pull out those decorations and start decking the ha—backyard!
We are having an early preview of summer weather right in the middle of spring. So, just as we are preparing to celebrate Mom’s here in the U.S., we can’t forget that this is also prom season. Proms have come a long way since I was in high-school—thankfully. Yet, the one thing that will never change are the many memories that one takes away from this annual ritual.
Like weddings, the most important item for this event is the dress. From this past awards season to last night’s Met Gala, young ladies have a plethora of inspiration for their prom night look. Now, prom night is not just about the dance itself, and although many schools offer pre- and post-prom activities for their students, kids can still plan a unique celebration for the affair. A next-day brunch at the house, or pre-dance mocktail party can be a highlight to top off, or start the evening.
I do love seeing young people enjoy their yearly rite-of-passage as they prepare to say good-bye to high school. As an event designer and Mom whose planned my share of prom expos and after prom parties, I appreciate the excitement that it generates among the kids.
May 01, 2015 | By: Tiffany Chalk Categories:Fashion
Happy Fashion Friday Folks!
One televison show that has flexed its muscles in pop-culture is Mad Men, especially in the area of fashion. Although fans of the show are enjoying its current season before it takes its final bow this year, its lady-like fashions will be a mainstay. In fact, if you are planning your mom’s Mother’s Day celebration, or are the one who is being celebrated, these classic silhouettes are perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch or luncheon.
If you don’t have anything in your closet that fits the bill, or if you don’t want to look too dated, designers like Tracey Reese and Byron Lars offer beautiful pieces that are a throwback to the era, but have the right amount of edginess for a modern look. The important thing to remember is that you don’t want to overdo it. If your dress is from a time gone by, make sure your make-up, hair and accessories are of-the-moment, but provide a great balance to the dress.
Finally, no matter what you decide to wear, make sure that your celebration for Mom is memorable, fun and from the heart.
Welcome to my blog Tiffany Chalks it Up! I'm so thrilled to share my tidbits for pulling off a wedding that's all about you, touting all the latest trends in everything from accessories to stationery and putting all those adorable little details that get me excited about weddings and events out there for all of you to see! Chalk it up to my love for a great bargain or to my inner fashionista, but when it comes to planning your event, savvy and stylish is the name of the game. Here's to planning your day, and looking good while doing it.