Last Minute Thanksgiving Decor Ideas!

Thanksgiving is approaching fast, and we wanted to give all you fabulous hosts some ideas to make your Thanksgiving decor amazing, even if you don’t have much time to plan.

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  • Shoppingcan be crazy the day before Thanksgiving, so use what you have around the house.

    • Grab some fall flowers and pumpkins and use them as centerpieces.

    • Use votive candles to create simple ambiance in seconds. Lighting can make the biggest difference.

    • Grab leaves or acorns from outside and put them in mason jars or apothecary jars.

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photo credit: pinterest

  • Leaves are always an awesome go-to for Thanksgiving décor.

    • Cut out leaves from paper bags or copy paper and decorate them as nametags for guests.

    • If you live in an area where the leaves have fallen, grab some from outside, spray paint them, and use a sharpie to label your delicious dishes.

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  • Using festive fall colors will also give the perfect Thanksgiving ambiance to your dinner.

    • Oranges, reds, and yellows are always a fall staple.

    • Use festive colored dishes, tableclothes, and napkins.

    • Spray paint your leaves, pumpkins, and pinecones fall colors like gold or burgundy before you put them in your clear mason jars.

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photo credit: pinterest

We hope our easy décor ideas will help anyone who is stressed about hosting friends and family for Thanksgiving this year. Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas. The whole team at Karen Brown NY wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday!

*Written by Emily Grosser, intern. All images have been taken from Pinterest.

Kathy's 30th Birthday Celebration

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for Kathy’s 30th birthday celebration on the rooftop of Jimmy at the James in Manhattan on October 6th. The view of downtown New York City was the main feature, and the rose gold ‘30’ balloons and a candy explosion cake from Flour Shop completed this birthday girl’s vision!

 
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Cake: Flour Shop
Venue: Jimmy at the James, Manhattan

4th of July DIY Party Ideas!

Celebrate a long weekend with friends; the more the merrier! This holiday is about celebrating freedom and what better way to do so than with friends?!

It’s summer, it’s hot, and this year the 4th of July falls on a long weekend. You still have time to host a last minute celebration!

Decorations
Start with the decorations to set the tone for your party. It doesn’t have to be fancy; get creative!

  • Add red white and blue accents to a wine or champagne bottle
  • Red and white flowers with a blue ribbon make for the perfect center piece
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Photo credit: Elainesflorist.com

Food
You want to enjoy the celebration as much as your guests. Don’t make it too complicated; have a cookout!

  • Hamburgers and hotdogs
  • Chips
  • Fruit
  • Desert- think light and fruity
  • Plenty more food ideas on our Pinterest page!
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Photo credit: Eightymphmom.com

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Photo credit: Countryliving.com

Cocktails
What’s a celebration without drinks? Don’t resist that fun and fruity cocktail, you deserve it!

  • Red White and Blue Sangria
  • Watermelon Blueberry Coconut Frozen Margarita
  • Red, White, and Blue Daiquiris
  • Get the recipe for these tasty treats here!
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Photo credit: Pinterest

Games
July 4th should be spent outside! Have a few outdoor games to entertain your guests while they mingle.

  • Corn hole
  • Frisbee
  • Cool off with Water balloon dodgeball
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Photo credit: Pinterest

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Photo credit: Pinterest

Music
Background music is a must. Know your guest list and set the mood.

  • Try out Pandora or Spotify’s summer playlists! They offer a great selection for almost every genre.
  • Be sure to crank up your favorite version of “Proud to be an American” before the day is over!

Don’t forget about Fireworks! 
Celebrate the end of a fabulous day by walking to the nearest park to watch fireworks, setting off sparklers in the yard, or enjoying the Macy’s televised celebration in New York City from the comfort of your living room!

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Photo credit: Pinterest

For more ideas for the perfect July 4th party check out our Pinterest board!

Rebecca's 50th Birthday: La Sirena at the Maritime Hotel

Rebecca's 80's themed 50th birthday party at La Sirena's South Cabana on May 19th was a success! As guests entered they walked up stairs that were lined with Pac Man decals and as they turned to go up the second set of stairs they walked across a Lionel Richie "Hello, is it me you're looking for" doormat! 

We had 80's posters throughout the space, balloons with pictures of Rebecca from the 80's, cassette tape and boom box throw pillows, and centerpieces of neon cassette tapes, Rubix cubes, sponge rollers with combs and AquaNet hairspray, and chocolate candy cigarettes.  

Food consisted of a gorgeous cheese and charcuterie table, passed hors d'oeuvres, a pasta station and 80's theme cupcakes. 

 Our DJ rocked out 80's music accompanied by videos all night and Rebecca's husband surprised her with a happy birthday video message from Sting, one of her all time favorite singers!   

 
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Balloons: Party City
DJ/MC: Nelson Cruz Entertainment  
Cupcakes: Empire Cake  
Photographer: Lost Boy Productions, Danny Tirmizi
Venue: La Sirena's South Cabana at the Maritime Hotel

Ike's Bar Mitzvah: SPIN NY

We had such a fun time at Ike's bar mitzvah at SPIN New York on April 7th. The entertainment highlight was the ping pong with pros, pop-a-shot and dancers!

Ike chose The Partnership With The Homeless as his service project. 

 
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DJ: DJ Eric Saga
Flowers: Adore Floral
Graphic Designer: Fernando Cordero
MC: Nelson Cruz Entertainment
Photo Booth: Who's Event Booth
Photographer: Belathée Photography*
Pop-A-Shot: Nelson Cruz Entertainment
Venue: SPIN New York
Tshirts: Works in Progress
Transportation: Golden Touch 

*The pictures above were taken by Karen Brown New York, not by our professional photographer, Belathée Photography. 

The Walter Dean Myers Symposium & Award Ceremony: Library of Congress

What an honor it was to work with We Need Diverse Books on their annual symposium and award ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. 

ABOUT THE WALTER

The Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature, also known as “The Walter,” celebrates the legacy of author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). Myers served as the third National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2012-2013), authored over a hundred titles, and won countless awards, including two Newbery Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, and was a three-time National Book Award finalist. Throughout his prolific, lauded career, Myers was a life-long champion of diversity in children’s and young adult books.

Inaugurated in 2016, the annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children's Literature recognize diverse authors (or co-authors) whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way. Two to four Honor Books are also named annually. We Need Diverse Books defines “diverse” to be one or more of the following: a person of color, Native American, LGBTQIA, a person with a disability, and/or a member of a marginalized religious or cultural minority in the United States.

The 2016 and 2017 Walter Award and Honor Books represented young adult titles only. The 2018 Walters include two categories: Teen (ages 13-18) and Younger Readers (ages 9-13). Future Walters will include both categories.

 
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  • AV: RMS 
  • Awards: Imagine the Possibilities
  • Caterer: ILC Catering & Events
  • Graphic Designer: Phyllis Sa
  • Hotel: Capitol Hill Hotel, Washington, D.C.
  • Printer: Prestone Press (programs)
  • Venue: Library of Congress, Madison Building

Super Bowl LII Party Planning!

It’s estimated that close to 115 million people around the world watch the Super Bowl so it’s no surprise that it’s a popular day for people to host a party. This year the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots will be playing in Minneapolis on February 4. If you plan to host a party, here are some tips and ideas you can consider:

Decorations
Set up a rectangle table and decorate it to represent a football field. You can make a goal post out of PVC pipe or dowel rods and use orange construction paper to make cones. This can be the focal point for the party and you can load it up with snacks. For the dinnerware, you can get themed plates of your favorite team, tumblers, napkins and more from Party City. You can also have fun props laying around for guests to wear and take pictures with. Face paint is always a hit too for those die hard fans!

 Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

The Menu
One essential aspect of a Super Bowl party is having the ideal menu so you can please the hungry stomachs that will come rolling through the door. Stock up on easy finger foods and appetizers. Pizza, hot dogs,wings with blue cheese, quesadillas, chips and salsa and other dips are always crowd pleasers. You can also do Broncos themed snacks and dessert like orange and blue popcorn, cake and Jello. Colorful drinks can make the party more festive as well!

 Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

Games
This is the best way to ensure your guests stay entertained (other than being entertained by the Super Bowl commercials!) especially if the game gets intense. Some ideas are Guess the Score and Super Bowl Word Scramble. You can add a twist by playing one of the numerous commercial-related games such as writing down notes during the commercial break and playing a Super Bowl advertising trivia session later.

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Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

Last Minute New Year’s Eve Décor!

New Year’s Eve can sneak up on us very quickly after Christmas, so we wanted to give you some last minute ideas for decorating for your New Year’s Eve get together!

  • Start by choosing a color scheme – traditional New Year’s colors are black, silver, gold and white.
  • If you have empty wine or champagne bottles from Christmas, spray paint them gold or glue gold glitter to them.
    • You can also do this with battery powered candles or plastic drinkware.
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Photo credit: nobiggie.net

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photo credit: globalknockoffs.com

  • If you decorated with silver and gold for Christmas this is the perfect time to grab those decorations and transform them to festive, NYE decor.
    • Put silver or gold ornaments in glass jars and add candles.
    • Use your silver and gold trees and put them around the party room.
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photo credit: dining-delight.blogspot.com

  • You can also make décor out of your dessert by decorating cakes and cupcakes with the color scheme you chose.
  • Lastly, all you really need are a few bottles of champagne and great company!
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photo credit: cakepopsideas.com

Thank you to all of our clients for making 2015 a great year for Karen Brown New York! We hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year.

Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

Written by Emily Grosser, intern.

Christmas Party Decoration Ideas!

Many of you will probably be hosting family and close friends on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so we wanted to give you some decoration ideas to make your get together even more special.

Table décor is important if you’re planning to host guests for a Christmas meal, but it doesn’t have to be over the top or expensive.

  • Put candy canes in clear glass jars with a red ribbon and set them around the table. It also doubles as a classic Christmas dessert option! (you can also do this with small ornaments)
  • Candles are always a great go-to option to make your table feel more festive – go for the classic red and green, or add in some gold and silver for some extra flare.
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  • Cut out or buy snowflakes made of card stock and use them as place cards.
  • Tie ribbons or bows on the backs of the chairs around the table and add a festive ornament, pinecone or evergreen.
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  • Add small bouquets of poinsettias around the table – you can even add tapered candles for extra ambiance.
  • Don’t forget that you can always keep it simple and classic.
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photo credit: pinterest

Everyone loves indulging at Christmas, especially when it comes to desserts!

  • Make your favorite family recipes and set them up at a fun dessert bar.
  • Decorate your dessert bar with festive things like candy canes, snowflakes, bows, and Santa hats.
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photo credit: Pinterest

Extra party tips:

  • Buy stick on letters in holiday colors for guests to put on wine glasses for a unique way to keep track of which one is theirs.
  • Set the mood with some subtle Christmas music in the background – make sure its not too loud so you can catch up with your guests without having to shout.
  • Enjoy yourself!! The décor doesn’t have to be perfect; neither does the food or the gifts. The holidays are about spending time with loved ones and appreciating what you have.

Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

The KBNY team wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday!

Host a US Open Party!

With the US Open already under way the KBNY team wanted to give you some ideas for throwing your own themed party! We’re inspired even more by this event because it’s held in New York City at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The US Open is the modern version of the US National Championships where men competed in the first single’s tournament in 1881. The US Open is the last of the four major world tennis tournaments held every year so we wanted to give you ideas to help you say goodbye to the tennis season in style.

  • Choose a color palette – the go to colors for tennis themed parties are typically yellow, green, and black.
  • Create your own cocktail and give it a fun tennis themed name like “Bourbon Backhand Smash.”
  • Buy small circle discs from a craft store and paint them to resemble tennis balls and use as coasters.
  • Have fun with the dessert spread! We posted some ideas on our Pinterest board!
  • Plan some tennis themed games for you guests to play! Here area couple ideas:
    • Tennis trivia – come up with some questions to ask throughout the event. Every 15 or 30 minutes ask a new question to keep up the competitive atmosphere. You can even give a prize to the person with the most points at the end of the night.
    • Hang up a piñata and have guests try to break it open with a tennis racket.

We also wanted to give you some extra ideas for your décor:

  • Make tea-light holders from halved tennis balls. Be sure to cut out the bottom for safety!
  • Fill large apothecary jars and vases with tennis balls.
  • Buy lime green paper lanterns to hang from the ceiling.
  • See more ideas on our Pinterest board!

Lastly, since it is the US Open add some American pride into your party with American Flag decorations!

  • You can buy mini flags, glue them to tooth picks, and use them at cupcake toppers.
  • You can also use American flags as part of the dessert spread or tablescape.

We hope you enjoy your very own US Open celebration! Send us photos on Twitter or Facebook if you try any of our ideas @KarenBrownNY.

Written by Emily Grosser, intern.

Valentine’s Day Party Planning!

What is Valentine’s Day without a few surprises for the ones you love? It’s the perfect holiday to throw a party for friends and those who have touched your heart. Since we love throwing parties, and we love any holiday revolved around LOVE, we couldn’t let Valentine’s Day go by without sharing some festive ideas to make your party shine!

Tips for a Great Party

  • Party size is everything. To show your appreciation for those who are special to you, have a party that is comfortable for them. For Valentine’s Day, a smaller, more intimate gathering feels more relaxed than a larger party would be.
  • Enhance the festive occasion with some simple table decorations. You can get some great ideas in the pictures below. Decorations do not have to be expensive and can be DIY ahead of time on a small budget.
  • Chocolate is always a good idea at parties and for Valentine’s Day it is a must! Candy, cake, brownies, chocolate cocktails – however you want to serve it! Use your creativity to organize a memorable experience with this popular sweet treat.
  • Strawberries are great for Valentine’s Day and can be served with a whipped cream dip or on skewers for a fun look.
  • Host a Secret Valentine project! Use the same rules as a Secret Santa at Christmas-time.
  • Scented candles are a lovely party favor for your guests. You can wrap the midsection in twine or yarn. Choose a pretty heart applique or cut out a heart from craft foam to glue to the middle of the yarn. Then attach a tag and write “You hold the strings to my heart!”.
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Photo credit: Pinterest

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Photo credit: Pinterest

Now that we have the party planned for friends, what do you give your date for Valentine’s Day? We thought of a few ideas that might help you get the ball rolling!

Great Gift Ideas for Him

  • Fill a cellophane bag full of chocolate candies and put a toy plastic shovel through the top with a tag that reads I Dig You!
  • Choose a five senses gift like the boxes shown below. Fill each with a gift for him using one of the five senses. Smell: could be a bottle of cologne, Taste: can be one of his favorite treats, Touch: (use your imagination!), Hear: maybe an iTunes gift card or tickets to see live music, Sight: try tickets to his favorite sporting event.
  • A Year of Dates in a Box: Think of 12 fun activities that you would enjoy together. Write them down and wrap them individually so he can pull one out each month.

Great Gift Ideas for Her

  • Turn to post it notes for you inspiration by writing 50 things you love about her and organizing them in the shape of a heart on the bathroom mirror where she’ll be sure to see them. This one with a night out on the town is sure to make her heart melt!
  • Women need to know that you spent some time and thought into their gift. They want to feel loved and cherished. Use you ingenuity and what you know about her to your advantage. Take her somewhere intimate. Make her feel like she has your undivided attention for the night and that you want to do nothing else but be with her. That and a box of chocolate will make her night memorable!
  • Thinking about proposing? Go the extra mile with this one and think of something creative. Make it a memory that she will cherish for the rest of her life! She’ll want to show that ring off to everyone so don’t forget to include a gift certificate to her favorite spa for a manicure!
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Photo credit: Pinterest

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Photo credit: Pinterest

Valentine’s Day is a day for thinking about your loved ones. It’s about showing your appreciation that they’re a part of your life. Whether you choose to show your love through a party for friends and family or just to the one that holds the most cherished place in your heart, make the most of this Valentine’s Day. Don’t let it go by without showing your love and most importantly, opening your heart!

Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

Super Bowl 50 Party Planning!

We’re absolutely thrilled that the Denver Broncos are going to the Super Bowl this year! Yes, yes…we love the New York Giants too (and of course the Cowboys…I mean what do you expect, I’m a Texas girl!). It’s estimated that close to 115 million people around the world watch the Super Bowl so it’s no surprise that it’s a popular day for people to host a party. Since Denver is also considered home for us, we thought it would be appropriate to give tips on how to throw a Broncos themed party! Here are some things you can consider:

Decorations
Set up a rectangle table and decorate it to represent a football field. You can make a goal post out of PVC pipe or dowel rods and use orange construction paper to make cones. This can be the focal point for the party and you can load it up with snacks. For the dinnerware, you can get Bronco themed plates, tumblers, napkins and more from Party City. You can also have fun props laying around for guests to wear and take pictures with. Face paint is always a hit too for those die hard fans!

 Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

 Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

 Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

 Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

The Menu
One essential aspect of a Super Bowl party is having the ideal menu so you can please the hungry stomachs that will come rolling through the door. Stock up on easy finger foods and appetizers. Pizza, hot dogs,wings with blue cheese, quesadillas, chips and salsa and other dips are always crowd pleasers. You can also do Broncos themed snacks and dessert like orange and blue popcorn, cake and Jello. Colorful drinks can make the party more festive as well!

 Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

 Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

Games
This is the best way to ensure your guests stay entertained (other than being entertained by the Super Bowl commercials!) especially if the game gets intense. Some ideas are Guess the Score and Super Bowl Word Scramble. You can add a twist by playing one of the numerous commercial-related games such as writing down notes during the commercial break and playing a Super Bowl advertising trivia session later.

 Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Party!

This Tuesday is the perfect night for a girl’s night in since the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is airing on CBS at 10pm EST. Get your best girl friends together and enjoy watching the new extravagant pieces the Victoria’s Secret team is unveiling.

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photo credit: harpersbazaar.com

We wanted to give you some ideas to make your viewing party even better!

  • First, pick a fun color palette. The classic colors for Victoria’s Secret are pink, white, and black. You can use those or add some of your own color ideas into the mix!
  • Find a fun, pink cocktail for you and your friends to sip on. You could choose classics like a Cosmo or a strawberry Daiquiri, or you could make up your own new drink.
  • Make some delicious desserts for you and your friends and set them up in athemeddessert spread. You can always start your diet tomorrow…
    • Chocolate is always a favorite, so feel free to make that new brownie recipe you’ve been wanting to try.
    • Pink desserts are also a great option. Whip out your cake pop maker (if you have one!) or follow these easy “how to” instructions and add some pink icing. Those are always a crowd pleaser.
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photo credit: Pinterest

  • For easy décor, use all of those extra Victoria’s Secret bags you’ve gotten in the past and set them around the party area. You can also use them as favor bags for your guests.
  • If you want your décor to be more elaborate, buy some pink, black and white flowers. You can put them in vases around the party area and tie a classic pink ribbon around it, or you can follow these easy “how to” instructions for a fun corset or french braid affect, or even put vases in those extra Victoria’s Secret bags.
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photo credit: modernbohemianlifestyle.com

  • Ask your friends to wear their favorite Victoria’s Secret lounge wear, so you can watch one of the most anticipated fashion shows of the year in style.

 

  • Lastly, make sure your space is set up comfortably! Add some extra cushions and blankets to the room so you and your friends can be extra comfortable.

We hope you enjoy our ideas! Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more.

Written by our intern, Emily Grosser.

Ideas for hosting a Football party!

The start of Fall means football season has officially begun! Many people love heading out on a crisp day to cheer on their favorite team but what do you do when you want a fun day at home watching the game from the comfort of your sofa? Well, we’d love to share some of our ideas for throwing a game day party!

  • Make sure you have enough seating! If you plan to have a large number of people, move back the furniture and set up big comfortable pillows around the room so people can be comfortable if they choose to sit on the floor.
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  • Decorate with the colors of the team you’re rooting for! This is a great time to bring out all of your fan items.
  • Head to a party store and pick up football themed cups and plates to serve your refreshments. Also pick up some other fun favors like noisemakers and foam fingers!
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  • Food is always something you can get creative with when you’re planning a football party! Here are some ideas for popular, crowd pleasing football dishes and snacks:
    • Wings are always a great go-to choice
    • Chili is a great dish to serve on a chilly Fall day, especially if you have lots of people over – anything you can cook in a crockpot is a great choice!
    • Chips and dip are a classic! If you have vegan guests, be sure to set out some guacamole or vegan ranch dip. You can also set out veggies for a healthier option.
    • Potato skins are also a popular dish to serve -– be sure to make some with and without bacon for vegetarian guests!
    • People love to snack throughout the game, so be sure to have finger foods on hand like pigs in a blanket, deviled eggs or jalapeño poppers.
    • AND! Don’t forget the dessert!!
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  • A fun idea for serving beverages is to decorate coolers with the team colors and mascot! It’s also an activity that you can get guests involved with during halftime.
  • One last tip, make sure you have a football or two lying around in case people decide to go outside to throw the ball around during halftime or after the game!

Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

We hope you enjoy football season and try out some of our tips for hosting a great football party! Send us photos if you try any of our ideas @KarenBrownNY on Twitter and Instagram.

Host a Fashion Week Party!

The start of September means the start of NYC Fashion Week, and the KBNY team wants to give all you fashion lovers some ideas for hosting a Fashion Week themed party!

  • For invitations, create VIP/backstage passes for your guests.
  • Come up with cocktails to serve and name them after designers; a Cosmo could be Alexander McQueen and so on.
  • Create fun place cards by attaching them to paper or plastic shoes you’ve made. Check out this idea on our Pinterest board.
  • Create a photo area by making the background look like the cover of a magazine.
  • Hang different colored fairy lights or paper lanterns around the party area to add a fun lighting effect inspired by the runway.
  • Play music that reminds you of being at a fashion show. You can even check out what designers are playing this year by searching online!
  • For dessert, you can take inspiration from luxury brands and create designer custom cakes, cupcakes and/or cookies. You can also do this by taking inspiration from magazines. Check out our Pinterest board for more ideas!

We hope all of you fashionistas enjoy celebrating NYC Fashion Week! Send us photos on Instagram or Twitter if you try any of our ideas @KarenBrownNY.

Colorado Day – August 1!

Almost forgotten by many long-time Coloradans, and unknown by many transplants, August 1 is “Colorado Day.” On this day in 1876, Colorado became a state–thus the moniker “The Centennial State” since Colorado entered the Union in the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence.

If you’re at a loss on what to do to celebrate, our Denver based Business Development Manager, Lauren, has come up with a list of resources:

  • Art Feast – Cherry Creek North Shopping District
  • Plane Pull – supporting Special Olympics Colorado

We’re Expanding!

We’re so excited to announce that we’re expanding to DENVER!

I have always loved the Mile-High City but have fallen in love with it even more over the last couple of years, ever since the Association of Bridal Consultants conference took me back there in 2012.

The idea to expand into the region began to solidify after working on the Peridance Bazaar with our Denver based client who owns American Down & Feather. We began discussing and brainstorming ideas for events we could do for his company there and I was more than on board! Since I already have a solid network of friends and acquaintances that live there, the decision to increase business beyond this one event was easy.

We have started to build our team, bringing Kathryn Moise, our Lead Planner/Event Manager on board in NYC back in March, and Lauren Rush, our Business Development Manager in Denver this month. We’ll also be looking for day-of assistants in the Denver area so if you’re someone looking for freelance work, please be in touch! We will be doing the same type of events as we do here in New York; marriage proposals, weddings, social and corporate events.

Peridance Bazaar!

One of my goals for 2015 is to start taking ballet classes again (something I enjoyed and participated in for 22+ years of my) and Peridance was the school I was planning to contact. I had only been back from my “winter relocation” to Australia for a week and before I had a chance to contact Peridance about taking classes I received an email from the President of the Board asking if I could organize their 1st Annual Bazaar. I was absolutely thrilled!

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photo credit: danceinforma.us

The President, Paul Terlizzi, owner and CEO of American Down & Feather, lives in Denver and felt it would be a good idea to have someone local doing the planning and execution of the event. Talk about the serendipity of being contacted by the very school I wanted to start taking ballet classes at and having a client that lives in a city I have fallen in love with! We even started the conversation about Karen Brown New York organizing Denver based events for his company and I couldn’t be more excited about the prospects of expanding our client base into another state.

Sponsors for the bazaar included American Down & FeatherCapezioThe DESSERTIST and donations from current students and Board Members. The money raised from the bazaar will benefit the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company & the Peridance Youth Ensemble to further artistic growth and enable Peridance to continue to enrich the lives of children who would not otherwise be introduced to dance.

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