Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series: Brooklyn

We had so much fun doing our first event with the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series! First the Runner's Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, then race day at Brooklyn's Prospect Park here we helped with the VIP area set up, then passing out Heavy Medals to runners who have completed 5+ Rock 'n' Roll runs this year.  

 
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5% Goes to Hispanic Federation!

We had a wonderful time working with Sarah & Max as their day-of wedding coordinator on September 16th and they have chosen the Hispanic Federation for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

“Hispanic Federation (HF) is involved in local, state and national advocacy on a whole host of critical action areas. HF works with a Policy Leadership Council made up of esteemed community leaders and advocates from its grassroots nonprofit network to inform and set its advocacy priorities.

These leaders work tirelessly to provide effective services to needy individuals and families in various states and are at the forefront of advocating for the diverse Latino issues and communities they represent.

The Council is tasked with identifying the most pressing issues facing U.S. Latinos and co-developing, with HF senior staff, an advocacy agenda which responds to these urgent needs. Coalitions focused on issues such as immigration, education and health have been established to advance the priorities of the Council.”

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Sarah & Max's Wedding: Fornino at Pier 6

It was a perfect evening for Sarah and Max's roof top wedding on September 16th in Brooklyn! The ceremony and reception took place at Fornino at Pier 6. 

 
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Cake: William Greenberg
Ice Cream: Van Leeuwens
Flowers: Fox Fodder Farm
Hair: Soon Beauty Lab
Photo Booth: Upside Walkdown
Photographer: Mary Kang
Venue: Forninio at Pier 6, Brooklyn

5% Goes to No Kid Hungry!

We had a wonderful time working with Leslie & Rich as their day-of wedding coordinator on August 26th and they have chosen No Kid Hungry for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

“Share Our Strength began in the basement of a row house on Capitol Hill in 1984, in response to the ‘84-‘85 famine in Ethiopia. Brother and sister Bill and Debbie Shore started the organization with the belief that everyone has a strength to share in the global fight against hunger and poverty, and that in these shared strengths lie sustainable solutions. Today we focus these strengths on making No Kid Hungry a reality in America.”

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5% Goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

After another year of working with Apollo Electric for their annual company picnic on August 26th, they have chosen St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - New York & New Jersey again for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

“St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

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Leslie & Rich's Wedding: Apella & Riverpark

Leslie and Rich's August 26th wedding in Manhattan was a huge success! The ceremony took place at Apella in the Alexandria Center and the dinner/reception was downstairs at Riverpark. 

 
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Cake: Riverpark's pastry chef, Geoff Koo
DJ/MC: Stem Productions
Favors: Canele by Celine
Flowers: Scott's Flowers
Hair: Shunsuke Takahashi
Makeup: Yoshie Kubota
Photo Booth: Stem Productions
Photographer: Sean Gallery Photography
Videographer: Frank Ahn Films
Rentals: Your Green Room
Ceremony Venue: Apella at the Alexandria Center
Reception Venue: Tom Colicchio's Riverpark
Transportation: Luxor Limo & Car

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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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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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!

5% Goes to Doctors Without Borders!

We had so much fun working with Carlota & Alberto's wedding at the Colony Club in Manhatton on October 29th, and for their 5% donation they have chosen Doctor’s Without Borders. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from the Doctor’s Without Border’s website:

“We are Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). We help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.

5% Goes to Operation Smile!

We had a fantastic time working with Erin & Jon to create a magical wedding day for them on October 8th at Penthouse 808 in Long Island City, New York, and they have chosen Operation Smile for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

At Operation Smile we believe every child suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate deserves exceptional surgical care..”

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5% Goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

We had so much fun working with Apollo Electric, planning their company picnic on September 24th, and they have chosen St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - New York & New Jersey for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

“St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

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5% Goes to Girl's on the Run!

We were absolutely thrilled to work with JLEW Bags on their Fashion Week launch on September 9th and they have chosen Girls on the Run NYC for their 5% donation. It's another "Event that Gives Back!"

An excerpt from their website:

Girls on the Run NYC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girls knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.”

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5% Goes to Pelotonia!

There are times when a client doesn't have a particular charity in mind to give their 5% donation to so they ask me to choose for them. I have five clients from January through July who have asked me to do this and I have chosen Pelotonia. I am registered and fundraising for the 50 mile bike ride taking place the first weekend of August in Columbus, Ohio so this it was a no brainer to contribute to this. It's another (several) "Event that Gives Back!".

An excerpt from their website:

“100% of every Rider raised dollar goes directly to cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center -- Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.”

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5% Goes to Alzheimer’s Association!

We thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to work with Sue & Jordan on their July 2nd wedding at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, New York and they have chosen to give their 5% donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Jordan's grandfather, Dr. Daniel Osher.. It’s another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“Founded in 1980, the Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level.  We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.”

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5% goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

What a fantastically, fun, 90’s themed wedding we had the privilege of planning with our client for their May 21 wedding at the W Hotel Union Square! They have chosen to give their 5% donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and it’s another Event that Gives Back!”.

An excerpt from their website:

“The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are the voice for all blood cancer patients and we work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.”

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!

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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!

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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!

5% goes to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

After a very emotional and heartfelt memorial service we helped plan on January 2, our client has chosen The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for their 5% donation. It’s another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.”