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 twogalsplanning@gmail.com 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