A Beginner’s Guide to Thanksgiving…

Since your Halloween costume is now a memory, and the candy bowl is slowly diminishing, it can only mean we have rolled into November! Is this the year you’ve raised your hand and volunteered to host Thanksgiving dinner at your house? Be brave! It’s not as scary as you think!

Over the next few weeks, The Henley Co. lifestyle team will help you to create and execute a plan to design the ultimate Thanksgiving feast! Pull up a chair and come hungry!

GUEST LIST:
The success of any party starts with the guest list. As long as the right people are in the room, you can turn any night into a party! Start by making a list of the family and friends you would like to invite. Remember, as the host/hostess you have the final say on who gets invited. Family dynamics can always rear up during the holidays; take this time to mend bridges or to create new memories. Set the rules that drama gets left at the door, and only gratitude can enter!

INVITATION:
With the influx of electronic communication, there is no need to clutter your guests in-box with one more message. Instead, stand out from the crowd and send a snail mail invitation. Your guests will be surprised that a beautiful invitation has arrived in their mailbox, and it will set the theme for the festivities to come. The internet is ripe with easy to use electronic invitation sites that allow you to design online and then print to paper. Here’s a super easy invite I whipped up using Canva.com.

We would be GRATEFUL if you joined us for a Thanksgiving Feast!In the weeks ahead, we’ll focus on menu planning, shopping lists and the evening entertainment to keep all of your guests happy!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving memory? Share in the comments below!

 

6 Things Wedding Planners Wish Brides Would Stop Obsessing About

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We were delighted to be included in the Brides Magazine article, “6 Things Wedding Planners Wish Brides Would Stop Obsessing About.” http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2015/04/things-wedding-planners-wish-brides-would-stop-worrying-about.html – article written by Elizabeth Mitchell.

 

Brides, did you know that the more control you try to exert over your big day, the less in control you’ll actually feel? That’s because certain aspects, such as the weather, are simply out of your hands and nothing, we repeat, nothing is perfect, despite you and your wedding vendors’ best intentions! Instead of setting yourself up to fail, take the advice of these wedding planners, who’ve witnessed firsthand the unhappiness obsessing over things like flowers and colors causes brides.

The Flowers
“Many brides have a tendency to obsess about the flowers, when in actuality, the colors and types available are dictated at the whim of Mother Nature. For example, who would have thought that temperatures on the West Coast would reach record highs in early March of 90 degrees? Those growers hit by the drought may have some damaged crops, and flowers that are shipped from all over the world may not come in the quantities that were originally planned for your wedding. Thus, changes will be necessary.” — Greg Jenkins, founder of Bravo Productions

The Day-Of Details
“I’ve seen far too many brides obsess about perfection, to the point where they make themselves miserable on the one day that they should be their happiest. Just like no relationship is perfect, so too are weddings and wedding vendors. Keeping in mind that you are marrying the man of your dreams and having your friends and family there to be a part of that is what the day is really all about. If the timing is a little bit off or if something that isn’t of critical importance should go missing, don’t harp on it. Take everything in stride, and you’ll not only feel the love and admiration of those all around you, but you’ll also be that much happier and healthier.” — Aviva Samuels, founder of Kiss the Planner

See More: 5 Most Common Wedding DIY Mishaps

The Color Scheme
“In my experience, a lot of brides get fixated on needing to pick specific wedding colors. The idea of designing a wedding around one or two random colors is odd to me. I think it’s much better to think of the big picture atmosphere you’re trying to create at your wedding. And then you can start thinking about an overall color palette that supports this look and feel.” — Amy Kaneko, owner of Amy Kaneko Special Events

The Wedding World’s Expectations
“I think brides obsess too much about what the wedding ‘should’ be like versus designing a wedding that authentically represents the couple. They so easily get caught up in every wedding blog, magazine or vendor website. This causes paralysis by analysis. I ask my couples to make a list of what is hugely important to both of them. We focus on the priorities and then supplement where needed. There is no cookie cutter recipe for what a wedding should look like. Brides and grooms should embrace that they have the freedom to design the day they both want.” — Nicole R. Matthews, Founder of The Henley Company

The Weather
“As the wedding nears, brides are often very concerned with the weather and start checking the forecast obsessively. As a planner, I’ve worked on weddings where it rained, where there’s been an unexpected heat wave (108 degrees!) and everything in between. When you book your venue, be sure there’s a backup plan in case of rain, then let whatever happens happen. At my own wedding we moved the ceremony indoors at the last minute due to rain and it was every bit as wonderful as it would have been outside, even though I’d initially hoped for an outdoors wedding.” — Samantha Spector, founder of Milk & Honey Special Events

The Timeline
“More specifically, the bridal party and guests being on time! Remember though, even if everyone’s doing their best, you can’t always account for traffic jams or mixed up directions. We always expect that people will show up late. Real event pros take this into consideration and pad the timeline accordingly so a few ceremony stragglers or slightly tardy groomsmen won’t throw the whole schedule off.” — Erica Taylor, co-founder of Tinsel & Twine

Fifty Shades of Fun!

When something as big as Fifty Shades of Grey is hitting the big screen, we would never miss an opportunity to create an unique experience around the opening of the film! On February 13th, The Henley Co. produced a Fifty Shades of Grey launch party in San Diego.

The evening was fifty ways of fabulous! Guests arrived to a red carpet and photo backdrop thanks to Party Spark. They then were escorted to the private theater to watch Fifty Shades of Grey. I think we can all agree…we smell a sequel! A few lucky winners walked away from the event with official Fifty Shades merchandise, a boudoir session by True Blue Photography, intuitive energy healing certificates by Jeannie Ballard and the grand prize, which was a 2-night stay at The Heathman Hotel, the hotel made famous by the movie.

To continue the evening, all guests were invited to an after party at Side Bar San Diego. Bon Affair was on hand to help guests cool down by enjoying wine spritzers.

A special thanks to all of our partners for helping to make the evening a great success!

Later’s Baby!

 

What He Really Wants For Valentine’s Day

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Being a singleton at the moment means I’m not really all that excited that the dreaded day of hearts and cupids is shortly going to be upon us. But I do know for those that are paired up, shopping for the man in your life can be a challenge. I remember the stress shopping for the perfect gift caused when I was in previous relationships. You want to give a token of love without coming across too strong that you are expecting a diamond ring (or maybe you are??)

My research for Valentine’s Day gifts yielded this great list by the husband of blogger, The Humbled Homemaker. Why not go directly to the source (a man) and get the real scoop.

http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/2015/01/valentines-day-gift-ideas-for-men.html#comment-1154873

Hope this makes your shopping easier!

What else would you add to this list? What gift did your man love?

A Super Week at Super Bowl

I have spent the last week in Phoenix working on a Super Bowl corporate hospitality program for a client. It’s been a wonderful week of putting our event management and concierge skills into practice. We helped to welcome over 180 guests to Phoenix as guests of our client and have wine’d and dine’d them throughout the weekend.

Any chance I can get to combine my love of event planning, sports and hospitality into one project, gets me very excited!

Here’s a few images from my week of living in the desert!

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Super Party for Super Bowl!

Given I’m currently on site in Phoenix working on a corporate Super Bowl program, it makes plenty of sense to devote today’s blog to all things football! Every where you turn in Phoenix is a sponsor brand, a team shirt or footballs galore! The Super Bowl has arrived in this town with a force!

When I need event design inspiration, I look no further than the Hostess with the Mostess blog! If you aren’t a follower of HWTM, you should jump on to all of their social media channels so you can be inspired on a daily basis! I love their ideas for a super fun, Super Bowl party, so I’m delighted to share them with you! Don’t just throw out a bag of chips and a sandwich tray! Spice up your party with these easy design tricks!

Check out the HWTM blog for Super Bowl party decor ideas.

diy-football-party-chip-bagsWhich team are you hoping will win the 2015 game?

Mr. Grey Will See You Now…Fifty Shades of Grey Launch Party

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you know Fifty Shades of Grey is an international phenomenon. We get very excited when a pop culture moment lends itself to a great event. Therefore, we are thrilled to be producing the hottest party in San Diego for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie premier.

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Friday, February 13, 2015
United Artist Theater, Horton Plaza
(475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101)

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Inner Goddess Experience at Kapreeza European Lingerie
(VIP Ticket Package’s Only)

6:00 p.m.
Red carpet arrival and registration at United Artist Theater

7:00 p.m.
Private showing of Fifty Shades of Grey

9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
After party in the Red Room at Side Bar
(536 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101)

 

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$85 – “Inner Goddess” VIP Party Package

  • Exclusive personal shopping experience with internationally recognized lingerie expert and stylist, Renata Carlseen at Kapreeza European Lingerie in Little Italy (3:00-6:00 p.m.)
  • $25 shopping credit at Kapreeza
  • Make up touch-ups
  • Official Fifty Shades of Grey Wine & Nibbles
  • Red carpet arrival and photo booth by Party Spark
  • Ticket for private showing of Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Post movie celebration in the Red Room at Side Bar (no line / no cover)
  • Gift bag
  • Five (5) raffle tickets for amazing prizes

 

 

$50 – “The Contract” Party Package

  • Red carpet arrival and photo booth by Party Spark
  • Ticket for private showing of Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Post movie celebration in the Red Room at Side Bar (no line / no cover)
  • Gift bag
  • Raffle ticket for amazing prizes

Raffle prizes include:

2-night stay with Inner Goddess package
The Heathman Hotel in Portland
The infamous haunt of main characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Inner Goddess package includes a chilled bottle of Boedecker Pinot Gris, shared by the main characters in the first novel, and a keepsake grey neck tie.

Official Fifty Shades of Grey Wine
Custom Box Set includes Fifty Shades of Grey White Silk & Red Satin
Original Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Soundtrack
Official soundtrack from the highly anticipated movie
Other exciting prizes to be announced!

 

“Laters, Baby…”

A limited number of tickets are available, so don’t delay! Must be 21 to attend!

The Henley Company is proud to produce the ultimate Fifty Shades of Grey movie premier party in San Diego. For more information, please contact hello@thehenleycompany.com or call 619-757-6551