Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from Silver Lining Event Planning! We are taking a brief break until after Christmas. Check back with us soon to find out about events, sign up for classes and to get great tips and recipes! We wish you all a peace-filled Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Your "Two Gals Planning" would also like to leave you with this lovely gem...

"All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love."
-Leo Tolstoy

From our style to your smile,
Sandra and Stephanie

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Connection...Not Perfection

Fallen flan? Rock hard rolls? Grainy gravy? Holiday gatherings are just full of surprises. We've all been there! You may have checked off every item on your list and mapped out every detail weeks in advance but sometimes things just don't go the way you've planned them. Your "Two Gals Planning" are here to tell you...that's ok.

If you've hired a caterer or a professional planner, then perfection or something extremely close to it is to be expected. If, however, you are hosting your own get-together, we ask that you please, please don't worry about the small mistakes. Think about what is really important to you and your family and friends. Is it perfection? Probably not. We are guessing that it's about being together and enjoying each other. No one will remember if the turkey is a little dry or if your candles don't match. They will remember the laughter, the conversation and the little touches that make your gathering special.

Strive for a holiday filled with tradition, warmth and delicious family favorites. Don't succumb to the stress of trying to be perfect. Enlist helpers, relax and most of all...have fun! Happy Thanksgiving from Silver Lining Event Planning!

From our style to your smile,
Sandra and Stephanie

Monday, November 12, 2012

What's Cooking?

Silver Lining Event Planning is excited to announce our Creative Cooking Series! In a partnership with the beautiful Blackwell Hotel, your "Two Gals Planning" will become "Two Gals Cooking"!

Join us on Thursday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Blackwell Hotel, downtown Coeur d'Alene, starting January 10th. Our theme for January is "Healthy Eating". Sandra, Stephanie and special guests will show you how to prepare a wonderful meal for 10! With tastings, menu plans, recipes and amazing party tips, this is the place to be!

Our first class will be January 10th and we will be preparing wonderful appetizers. On January 17th, we will feature a sublime main course. January 24th will boast guilt-free desserts and on January 31st, we will show you how to host an unforgettable brunch!  Each class is just $39.00 or $139.00 for all 4! Space is limited so contact Silver Lining Event Planning at to RSVP. Stay tuned for information on our February series.

From our style to your smile,
Sandra and Stephanie

Monday, November 5, 2012

Peace, Love and Parties

Think it's impossible to throw a stress-free party? Think again! Your "two gals planning" have thrown many a soiree where stress has been turned away at the door.  Our secret? Delegate!

Trying to do it all yourself as the host/hostess can leave you feeling exhausted and allows no time for you to enjoy your own party! Get a friend, some family members or even your kids to lend a hand.  You'd be surprised how much fun the preparation can be when it's a group effort!

Make a checklist before your party and see which tasks can be delegated and which tasks you absolutely must handle yourself.  For instance, kids are great at helping with the decorations, placing food on the tables and taking guests' coats when they come to your door.  Putting your spouse/significant other in charge of the music, asking your mother to make the coffee or having your sister keep the ice buckets filled will leave you free to concentrate on what's important...having a good time at your wonderful party!  Don't be afraid to ask, most people are happy to help.  Remember...Delegate and Celebrate!

From our style to your smile,
Sandra and Stephanie

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mark Your Calendars

Silver Lining has some exciting events coming up over the next few months! Here are a few that are open to the public...

Thursday, November 1st and Thursday, November 15th: Fashion Show at Beverly's in the Coeur d'Alene Resort. 12 noon. Sandra and Stephanie will be modeling gorgeous clothes from great boutiques such as Marmalade, Boardwalk and Marie's Boutique. Come to Beverly's for a delicious lunch and see your "two gals planning" walk the runway!

Friday, November 16th: 
"Off White Christmas" CD Release Party! 6:00 pm
Kick off the holiday season and join us at Hastings in Coeur d'Alene for music and fun! Bob Wire and Chip Whitson will be playing their rockin', soulful, semi-countrified and always hilarious brand of Christmas music at this exciting CD release party! All ages are welcome and CD's are available for purchase at Hastings.

Saturday, December 8th:  Join Silver Lining at Fray for an all-day holiday event! Located in mid-town Coeur d'Alene at 811 N. 4th St., Fray is hosting a fun-filled day of shopping, seminars and how-to's all centered around the holiday season. Come visit Sandra and Stephanie from 11-6 and see what we have up our sleeves for the holidays!

Stay tuned for more events!

From our style to your smile,
Sandra and Stephanie

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Ghoul on the Side

While trick-or-treating may be frowned upon for grown-ups, we do get to have fun decorating for Halloween. Dressing up, going to parties and turning our lawns into graveyards are time-honored traditions. Some of us even dare to throw our own spooky get-togethers!

If you are brave enough to have a Halloween party, you probably center your decor around your dining room. While the dining table is important, we're here to give you a little reminder about some other tables in your home.

We suggest adding details throughout your party space, including the coffee and side tables. Simple arrangements placed here and there will suggest an attention to detail and make your guests smile. Incorporate the silly with the scary and feel free to use items you already have in your home. A hurricane or vase can easily hold "eyeballs" for your party. Candles, creepy photos and funky beer or wine bottles add a nice touch. Use your imagination and have fun with it. Wherever your guests turn, they will be greeted with true Halloween spirit

From our style to your smile,
Sandra & Stephanie

Monday, October 15, 2012

Lighten Up

Light up your fall table with this simple and elegant table arrangement.  Simply arrange your last year's silk fall leaves and add some lighted sticks to give some "light".  The lighting adds some warmth to your table and creates beautiful evening lighting. These lights can be found at any local craft store for just a few dollars! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Welcome to Silver Lining Event Planning! We are Sandra and Stephanie, two gals planning fantastic events. We look forward to sharing our ideas and experiences with you. We have some exciting events coming up, including a CD release party, holiday get-togethers and a book release or two! We will be posting every stay tuned!