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Throwing a Retro Party

Posted by mandy on January 16th, 2011

Every good event planner knows that a memorable party needs a memorable theme. Something that can unite decorations, music, food, and activities will create a cohesive experience that will stand out in the minds of partygoers long after the event is over. A trick in choosing a memorable theme is to engage the memory to create the theme. Put simply: a party with a retro theme will force guests to remember the past which will associate those memories with the new event.

Choosing the right era for a retro party is going to depend heavily on the demographic of the guests. The older the average age, the further back the era will need to be. For young people, any era in the past will be equally novel. Right now popular eras include the 1980s and 1990s as well as the 1970s (which don’t seem to want to die). Older populations may be nostalgic about the 1960s or even the 1950s.

Using as many details from a given era as possible will help create a more complete retro experience. Decorations and music are a good start, but hosts should also take care that food and beverages match the era. Everything from old time candy to cocktails popular at the time will help recreate a moment in time. Encouraging guests to come in retro clothing or costumes also adds to the ambiance.

Photo Booths Make Receptions More Memorable

Posted by mandy on December 16th, 2010

A wedding is chock full of memories for the bride and groom. From the planning through the honeymoon there are countless moments that they will cherish and share throughout the years. To make a wedding as memorable for guests, planners will need to focus on entertainment, food, and activities that will be both fun and out of the ordinary.

A recent trend in receptions is to rent a wedding photo booth for the event. This allows guests to take pictures with each other and walk away with their own personal memento. The silliness and fun that is inspired by such booths will have a positive impact on the overall mood of the reception. It helps guests lighten up and enjoy themselves more fully. Since most people have memories of fun in photo booths as young kids, the booth will also provide a sort of nostalgia as well as a return to a more childlike feeling.

Booths come in a variety of colors so that they will not clash with the bride’s palette. Since they are digital pictures, each photo can be marked with the couple’s name and the date of the event in order to create the perfect wedding favor. Best of all, the bride and groom can keep copies of all the photos so that they too have memories of their guests long after the event.

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