Party Planning

I’m so sorry it’s been so long since I last posted – been kind of busy with the whole wedding and honeymoon thing. 🙂  But I’m back now, and very happily married to an amazing man. 🙂

I’ll have stories and I’ll post more pictures soon, including honeymoon pics.  In the meantime, enjoy the pictures from our photographer Joe from Photography By Media Concepts. 🙂


Me with my amazing husband!

Me and my sister Cordie, also my maid of honor



New post coming soon!  I promise.  I’m sorry I’ve been so neglectful. 😦  As most of you probably know, with exactly 2 months to go from today (!), I’ve been kinda busy planning this event thing happening in May. 😉  But I’ll try to post something here very very soon.

In fact, one post I’m waiting on putting up is a result of all this wedding planning … while good things can come out of it – like finding amazing vendors (Joe, Deb, Ron F, Em, Stephanie, Carol, etc…), bad things also do too – like finding not-so-amazing vendors (ahem, Kay’s!).  So I’m waiting on this particular situation to FINALLY come to an end … but when it does, oh boy, believe me, you will get to hear all about it …

In the meantime – planning a St. Patrick’s Day party this year?  Check out my post with some very clever ideas to help you host a lucky event. 🙂

Mark and I have been busy, busy with work and friends but we’ve managed to get a lot accomplished for the wedding, too!  (Psst – have you seen our blog? – check it out!)

Here are just a few updates since my last one – as of today, we’ve got 6 and a half months to go:

  • We booked the JP this weekend!  Deb Hoch ( is super cool and romantic and so easy to get along with.  She performed the ceremony at our friends Jo and Darrell’s wedding last May and they had nothing but great things to say about her.  So we met with her this weekend and booked the date.  She’ll be sending us potential vows and we can copy and paste them to fit our own preferences – I love the customizing option!   Also, she insisted on having music on when we met with her because she apparently always has music on.  I die! 🙂
  • The bridesmaids dresses are all set – the girls are going to look gorgeous!
  • Rumor has it that the shower(s), bachelorette party and bachelor party plans are already underway.
  • We booked the honeymoon!  We are going to the Sandals Resort at Grande Ocho Rios in Jamaica.  All inclusive.  We are super pumped!
  • The Save the Dates have been ordered and are en route to be delivered to us – so we’ll hopefully be sending them out soon.  They’re soooo cute – and we’ll most likely be ordering matching invites from the same company soon, too.  I’m finalizing the last addresses we need so we can send them out once they arrive.
Could these be my something blue?

Could these be my "something blue"?

So we’ve made a lot more progress – although I keep getting waylaid because I’m on the hunt for an affordable pair of Christian Louboutins for the big day.  Ebay has become my new homepage and I gotta tell you, it’s not easy.

I’m headed to Vegas next week for a few days to attend the AAPEX/SEMA conference on behalf of one of our clients – so it’ll be tough to start making any big plans until I get back and get all caught up.  I’m still struggling with a lot of the song choices (first dance, bridal party entrance to the reception, etc.).  But I’m probably just putting too much pressure on it and we’ll figure it out soon enough. 🙂

Keep you posted as things develop!

PS – Happy Halloween!  What’s your costume this year?  Check out one of my old posts for some fun Halloween facts.

Looking for ideas for your 4th of July party playlist this year? Here are some ideas, in no particular order, that will keep the party going long after the fireworks quiet down:

  • John Mellencamp – “R.O.C.K. in the USA”
  • Counting Crows – “American Girls”
  • Mat Kearney – “Girl America” (great late night summer song)
  • Live – “Merica”
  • Matt Willis – “Sound of America”
  • The Soup Dragons – “I’m Free”
  • Better Than Ezra – “American Dream”
  • James Brown – “Living in America”
  • David Bowie – “Young Americans”
  • Razorlight – “America” (another chill summer evening tune)
  • Phil Vassar – “American Child”
  • George Michael – “Freedom”
  • Elton John – “Philadelphia Freedom”
  • Madonna – “American Life”
  • Andrews Sisters – “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
  • Tom Petty – “American Girl”
  • Supertramp – “Breakfast in America”
  • Bree Sharp – “America”

*Note – although some of these songs are not about America per se, or might even be slightly derogatory, they’re still great for a patriotic party!!

What songs am I missing?  Post your suggestions, too!

Have a great 4th of July!

(I so want these shoes!)

Oh, my dearest apologies for not writing sooner! It’s been a busy few weeks.

Here are some wedding updates:

  • We booked the venue! On Saturday, we submitted our deposit and contract for our May 15, 2010 wedding location. It is [drumroll please] the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA. We’ll be having the ceremony and reception all in one place; plus, the convenience of a hotel locale will be oh-so-handy for our many out of town guests. [If you go to the web site, please note that they’ve since renovated and haven’t been able to update the photos yet.]
  • We’ve started putting together the MOST important part of the event: the music playlist! Haha. We’ve started looking at DJ’s as booking the entertainment is the next priority on the list.
  • We’ve chosen the color scheme! I guess you would call it plum wine and chartreuse (aka lilac/purple and pale green). We’re still playing around with the many shades of the colors but now we can really start to get other elements together…
  • …like the stationery and icon themes. Man, it is SO hard to come up with the overall scheme. I want modern, but now vintage is looking like a lot of fun, too. And picking an icon is so hard.

Slowly but surely we are tackling some of the other elements, bit by bit … Mom and I are going dress shopping soon, so if you have any suggested bridal shops in the Boston area (north or south shore), please let me know!

On a side note, it is very difficult to plan a cheery, warm spring wedding when it is snowing out – again! [Sigh] My only hope is that the endless snow this year will pave the way for a very nice summer.

And don’t forget – only 16 days until St. Patrick’s Day! Start getting your green in order.

Since it’s the first day of March, it’s fun to look at the month ahead to all the great things coming up. I’m excited about getting the DJ for the wedding, warmer weather, No Doubt tickets on sale this Saturday, more sunshine each day, and the many birthdays of this month that will be a blast to celebrate. What are YOU most looking forward to this month?

dscn1402On Saturday, November 22, Mark insisted we have a date night in Boston.  I loved the idea and suggested one of our favorite cozy spots, Match, on Mass Ave. near Newbury Street in Back Bay.  We had a lovely dinner, enjoying a cozy meal near the fire, drinking wine and just basically enjoying each other’s company.

Towards the end of dinner, he mentioned that the tree at Faneuil Hall had just been lit earlier that day, and suggested going to check it out.  Even though it was a lovely 25 degrees out, we were bundled up and I agreed, thinking if we stopped by the tree we could then go to the many nice bars & lounges in the area afterwards to warm up.  We took the Green Line downtown and walked up to the tree.

The crowd had just dispersed and there were maybe one or two people still around, plus two workers who were clearing the metal barriers away from the base of the tree.  I stood there, looking up at the immense tree and enjoying the sparkling ornaments.

Mark was standing between me and the tree and I realized he was starting to yank one of his gloves off.  As I tried to figure out what he was doing, before I knew it, he had dropped down to one knee.  I started shaking and gasping and getting all teary eyed.  The rest of the moment is a little blurry, but I *think* he said, “My soulmate, will you marry me?”dscn1404

I pressed my gloved hands to my face in utter shock.  Tears flowed down my face.  I heard the one of two guys moving the barriers say “Dude, check it out,” and I suppose they stopped to watch.  I couldn’t speak; I simply shoved my left hand in his face with my ring finger extended to say, “Yes!”  It took a moment for him to understand, of course.  I think he took my glove off; or maybe I did.  I just remember the ring sparkling in the box and glistening in the chilly evening, and being completely wowed. 

He placed the ring on my finger and stood up and kissed me and hugged me and kissed me again.  Then he asked, “So is that a yes?”  “Of course, yes!” I said.  I think some of the people around us might have clapped, I can’t remember.  All I remember is just being so completely overjoyed.

After finding out about all that went into the proposal (more about that later), we decided to go warm up and make our phone calls & send out the necessary text messages.  We walked to the nearby Red Sky Lounge, which happened to be one of the places we went to on our first date two and a half years ago.  We ordered a round of champagne, toasted our happy moment, and began sending out the messages.

So it turns out Mark had worked with our friend Rob to get us a gorgeous executive suite at the Seaport Hotel, overlooking the water.  We walked back to our car at the Common and drove over to the hotel, still glowing and totally ecstatic.  We checked in and went up to our amazing room on the 11th floor with the fantastic view of the skyline and the water.  There was a bottle of champagne waiting with two glasses.  We spent the night celebrating, making more calls, and just enjoying being with each other.  I’m such a nerd – since there was free internet in the room, I hopped on the computer when he was out of the room for a second and updated my Facebook profile and did the quick post below.  It was a great way to share the news with a lot of people (but you can imagine – I had over 60 emails when I got home the next day!).

dscn1397So here’s some of the back story: Apparently, when I was in Las Vegas, Mark met up with my Mom to have dinner and ask her permission.  (She was, of course, ecstatic.)  Then, last weekend when I thought he was “having a guys night with the boys up at our friends’ place in Ayer,” he actually drove down to New York to ask my Dad’s permission in person.  I spent the weekend at my Mom’s, thinking Mark was putting down cold ones and watching the game with the guys.  Little did I know he was asking for my hand in marriage over dinner with my Dad and Karen.  He even stayed overnight and drove back the next day (his original supposed reason for the overnight: “they would be drinking and he didn’t want to risk a drive”).  And for someone who has trouble keeping anything from me, I am shocked he hid all traces that he had been in NY and kept it from me!

Then, since he knew we were staying overnight in town, he packed me a bag of clothes that he figured I would not notice missing from my closet, and went out and bought extras of the toiletries that I would notice was missing in the bathroom.  The fact that he had the ring on him for so long, told both my parents, planned this whole evening, and did not leak a word is amazing.  And the fact that he went through all that … well, it’s beyond words.

The next morning we woke up to a gorgeous sunny day, still giddy and glowing.  I peeked out the window and realized we were overlooking the parking lot where we had ended our first date those many years ago.  “Look how far we’ve come,” I mentioned.  “Yeah, wow, like 500 feet,” he retorted.  Haha, thanks.

We had already planned a brunch with our friends Melyssa, Jeff, Colleen & Todd at the Fireplace in Brookline, dscn1400_zoom-in1way before the proposal happened, so it was perfect timing.  Mark also invited our friends Steve & Cristina, and we enjoyed a yummy brunch and lots of advice from all the newlyweds (all have been married within the past 2 years or so).  Then we drove home and spent the rest of the day answering our many emails and voicemails.

No, we haven’t picked a date yet.  We’ve started talking about it, but right now we’re basking in the glow of being engaged.  We’ll probably pick a date by New Year’s and will of course keep everyone posted when we know.

I’m so ecstatic.  For someone who loves planning parties and events, this is the ultimate party.  And to think that we will be planning a wedding for us and spending the rest of our lives together … well, I’m just completely overwhelmed and overjoyed.  Here’s to true love!


This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the basic, wonderful things in life.  I am thankful for:

  • My family
  • My friends
  • My fiance, Mark
  • My health

These are the things that make my life complete and I feel so lucky to have.

What are your plans for this Thanksgiving?  What are you thankful for?


(By the way, two random things to note:

  • The ring is based on my paternal great-grandmother’s engagement ring, aw!
  • As my colleague Kyle pointed out, we met on, and we started the night of our engagement at Match.  Weird!)

Only 4 days left til Halloween!  As you scour the aisles of party stores and search Google for inspiration for the perfect costume, I thought it would be nice to share a few interesting trivia facts about the holiday.  So take note of these interesting tidbits and make sure to share them at your Halloween gatherings this year.


  • The first Halloween celebration in America took place in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921.
  • Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in the United States. It is the largest candy-purchasing holiday, bigger than Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day!
  • The first Halloween card was made in the early 1920’s. These days, over 28 million Halloween cards are sent each year. U.S. consumers spend about $50 million on Halloween greetings.
  • Over $1.5 billion is spent on costumes each year.
  • About 99% of pumpkins that are marketed domestically are turned into jack-o-lanterns.
  • More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year.
  • Of all canned fruits and vegetables, pumpkin is the best source of vitamin A. Just a half-cup of the orange stuff has more than three times the recommended daily requirement.
  • The very first jack-o’-lantern was made from a turnip.
  • In 2007, the major pumpkin-producing states produced a total of 1.1 billion pounds of the orange gourd in 2007, valued at $117 million. Illinois led the pack, producing 542 million pounds. California, New York, and Ohio each produced at least 100 million pounds.
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

Mark and I are going as characters from a famous movie this year.  What are you dressing as for Halloween?


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