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Events, The Fairy Godmother Way!

Event can refer to many things such as:

A type of gathering:

  • A ceremony, for example, a marriage ceremony
  • A convention (meeting),  also known as a conference
  • A happening, a performance or situation meant to be considered as art
  • A festival, for example, a musical event
  • A media event, a happening that attracts coverage by mass media
  • A party (including internal business function      or staff party)
  • A corporate or business function, a profit driven event      meant to raise awareness of a company’s brand and/or products & services.

Are you in the middle of planning a party or thinking about planning one?  Are you saying to yourself  “how am I going to do it all, booking the vendors, setting things up, working on the invites and still be able to enjoy my own party?”   At Fairy Godmother we can take your Event from mayhem to magical.   Allow us to take care of you and all of the details!  Be a guest at your own party.   Call us today (661) 808-7816.  We are currently booking for Holiday’s parties

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Teamwork

Happy Fairy Tale Friday.

Today’s blog is all about teamwork.  Without it, we would not be experiencing the success we have over the past three years.   I adore this group of women.  They are kind, generous, smart, savvy and creative.

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Effective teamwork occurs when each individual acts upon and understands how their primary strength plays a valuable role in the team accomplishing its shared goals.  This action is “powered” by each individual’s personal commitment and their direct leader’s communication skill.

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TEAMWORK

     None of us is as smart as all of us

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Each member of our team has that sense that they are part of something special each time they work together.   They are part of new beginnings, rites of passage, cherished memories.  They share those with our clients and with each other. 

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A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others.

-Norman Shidle

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Coming Together Is a Beginning

Keeping Together is Progress

Working Together is Success

-Henry Ford

 

 

Bridesmaids

On your wedding day you want to surround yourself with your closest friends to witness the your happy day. You have asked them to be your bridesmaids and now it is your turn to take their preferences into account so that they feel comfortable, pretty, and appreciated. You may have an image in your mind of the perfect look you want for them all of which color, dress, hairstyle, shoes, etc. go into the making. However, there are a few simple rules that should be followed when choosing that perfect look so that it does look perfect and so that your friends are actually comfortable in their attire. I recently attended a wedding where the bridesmaids were asked to wear dresses that were horrible colors on all of them and did not flatter any of their figures. The affect of this was that the fairy tale wedding look was not achieved as the bridesmaids looked dissatisfied, uncomfortable, and the didn’t even look beautiful.

Hair: Hair is usually not a problem. However, it is better to avoid tightly pulled back hairstyles and updos, as these create headaches. Try to keep this in mind when choosing the hairstyle; keep it comfortable.

Makeup: More does not necessarily always mean better.

Shoes: Heels can get uncomfortable after a while, especially when standing for an extended period of time behind the bride at the ceremony.

Dress: This is the most important. Though you may have a certain color picked out, make sure that the color actually does look decent when worn. Not all colors are wearable. Also, make sure that the cut and style of the dress flatters your bridesmaids. Maybe asking them what style they feel more comfortable in will help you with this. If the color and style doesn’t look good and flatter the bridesmaids then you have lost the affect you were trying to achieve.

These are just the most basic rules when choosing the look you want for you bridesmaids. You want them to compliment you, but at the same time they should feel comfortable themselves. When both comfort of the bridesmaids, who are there for you, and beauty is achieved then you have your perfect fairy tale look.

El Tango Wedding

Congrats Joe and Velda!

Joe and Velda met at work through mutual friends.  It took a while but Velda was soon under Joes love spell ;)!   Joe and Velda have a unique bond and are a true story of deep love.           Joe spends a month overseas for work and comes home for a short while then is back overseas.    A solid relationship is one that can last through thick and thin which is exactly what          Joe and Velda have.

The wedding party was transported in a red truck custom created by Skyla with Red Carpet Bling.  The truck is a semi-custom truck converted into a limo.   They cruised around to CSUB for some beautiful wedding party pictures by Abby’s Photography.

Joe and Velda Pena were married at El Tango where they were surrounded by friends and family.    Their colors were red, white and black which were even incorporated into the bride’s gown with beautiful red tulle on her veil and on the bodice of her dress.    D.J. Cota added fantastic up lighting and set the mood with music and lights.    Chef Nate from NV Catering offered excellent  tri-tip and potatoes, salad, pork roll up and an amazing salad.  Gimmee Some Sugar created a gorgeous 4 tier cake that had guests coming back for 2nds.   Abby’s Photography captured every moment with perfection and even had a photo booth for guests to enjoy which was a real hit!

Thank you Velda and Joe for allowing us to be your Fairy Godmother!

 

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A Princess is Leaving

Happy Fairy Godmother Friday.

We like to save our Friday Blog to share with you information about our team.  Well today’s blog post is about our friend Jessica.  We feel it is appropriate writing about her on Fairy Tale Friday because in many ways she is part of the Fairy Godmother family.

I met Princess Jessica (as we so fondly call her) several years ago at a bridal show.  We went to lunch and hit it off.  You see much like me she is a huge Disney fan and her favorite princess is Cinderella!   So I was not surprised when she was over my house one day and saw my Cinderella costume in my office and asked if she could try it on….perfect fit.  One thing lead to another and Princess Jessica became Princess Cinderella at our next bridal show.

Jessica and her hubby are off  for an adventure of a lifetime; they are going to travel the world with a back pack on their back and then will settle in Austin Texas.  I will miss her very much.

If I could only have one word that would describe Jessica it would be “sparkle”, she lights up a room when she enters, she is warm, kind, funny and oh so talented.

I will not say “goodbye Jessica” I will only say “see you later”.

The entire team wishes you well and would like to thank you for all of your help and advice with Fairy Godmother.

 

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Food. . .Important!

When planning the wedding reception you must think always of the guests. Between the ceremony and the reception, pictures will be taken of the bride and groom and the guests will be waiting at the reception hall for the entrance of the newly married couple. The reception is a thank you statement from the couple to those who attended the wedding and are there to help the bride and groom celebrate. Thus, this part of the wedding is for the guests and you want them to be well satisfied and happy when you finally arrive from pictures.

The best way to pass this time is to provide food. Because weddings are at odd times of the day, it is a fact that the guests are always hungry by the time the ceremony is over. In order to keep them in a good mood and enjoying themselves there should be a plentitude of food for them to appease their hunger at least for a little while until you arrive and dinner is served. Hors d’oeuvres are the best way to go. Though most weddings do have a bar available and candy on the tables, these can only go so far when people are hungry.

I was at a wedding once where the only food available was candy corn. There were children at this wedding and they were very hungry, so they stuffed themselves with all the candy they could lay their hands on, not a good idea. The guests had to wait for five hours before the dinner was served, as the caterers had a problem. If there had been hors d’oeuvres, then the wait would not have seemed as long, and the guests would not have been cranky with hunger.

So when planning the reception, make sure you provide food for the guests while you are off taking your pictures of your happy day.

Princess 1st Birthday

Princess Giulianna’s 1st Birthday was a grand affair! The day was filled with fun, laughs, games and lots of pink! Guests, tall and small were greeted at the door by Cinderella then made their way into the party through a balloon draw bridge made by Paradise Balloon Designs. The entertainment was provided by Kiddle Karoo, an entertainment company based out of Los Angeles that graced us with their presence with a tremendous show!  Anamie created a to die for cake that was almost too pretty to eat! Jenae from Matinae Designs did a wonderful job. Everyone received his and her goodie bags with personalized bracelets and prince capes! The girls also received wands and crowns that were a hit! Petroleum Club hosted a fabulous event with lots of sparkle! This will continue to be the party on everyone’s mind until next year’s 2nd birthday party!

The party was amazing and what made it even more special is Giulianna’s Mommy was a Fairy Godmother bride!

 

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Happy Flag Day!

 Happy Fairy Godmother Friday! And…….Happy Flag Day.

My husband was in the military and never did I realize all of the rules around how we handle our flag.

  • · The flag of the United States is the emblem of our identity as a separate nation, which the United States of America has been for more than 200 years. Therefore, citizens should stand at attention and salute when their flag is passing in a parade or being hoisted or lowered.
  • · The custom is to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on flagstaffs in the open, but it may be displayed at night upon special occasions to produce a patriotic effect.
  • · When the flag is hung vertically on a wall, window or door the Union (blue) should be to the observer’s left. When the flag is hung either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the Union (blue field) should be to the observer’s left.
  • · The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
  • · It should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement.
  • · It should be displayed at every public institution and in or near every polling place on election days, and at schoolhouses during school days.
  • · In a procession the flag is to the right of another flag or, if in a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.
  • · The flag should not be displayed on a float except from a staff, nor draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle.
  • · When the flag is displayed on a vehicle, the staff should be fixed firmly to the chassis.
  • · No other flag should be placed above the flag of the United States or, if on the same level, to its right.
  • · The United Nations flag may not be displayed above or in a position of superior prominence to the United States flag except at United Nations Headquarters.
  • · The flag displayed with another against a wall, from crossed staffs, should be on the right (the flag’s own right), and its staff should be in front of the other staff.
  • · It should be at the center and the highest point when displayed with a group of state flags.
  • · When flags of states, cities, etc., are flown on the same halyard, the United States flag should be at the peak.
  • · When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height, and the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last.
  • · When displayed from a staff projecting from a building, the union [upper inner corner] should be at the peak of the staff.
  • · When it is displayed otherwise than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out; or so suspended that its folds fall as freely as though the flag were staffed.
  • · When displayed over a street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street, or to the east in a north and south street.
  • · On a platform, it should be above and behind the speaker, with the union uppermost and to the observer’s left.
  • · When displayed from a staff in a church or auditorium, the flag should occupy the position of honor and be placed at the speaker’s right as he faces the audience.
  • · When flown at half-staff, the flag should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to half-staff position. It should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. Half-staff is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff.
  • · When the flag is used to cover a casket, the union should be at the head and over the left shoulder.
  • · The flag should not be dipped to any person or thing.
  • · It should never be displayed with the union down, save as a signal of dire distress.
  • · It should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
  • · It should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
  • · It should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored so that it might be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
  • · It should never be used as covering for a ceiling.
  • · It should never have anything placed on it.
  • · The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose, nor embroidered on cushions or handkerchiefs, printed on paper napkins or boxes, nor used as any portion of a costume.
  • · When the flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

Expect to see a few more flags around your neighborhood this weekend. today is the patriotic, but often under-appreciated, National Flag Day.

Although the look of the American flag has changed since Congress authorized it as the nation’s official symbol on June 14, 1777, the American flag still stands as a patriotic symbol of freedom, strength, equality and more.

Despite being established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, it wasn’t until President Truman signed an Act of Congress in 1949 that National Flag Day was officially recognized as a day of observance.

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Tiger Fight Night!

What a wonderful night!

Our TigerFight event was a huge success.  This year marked the 5th year Chris Wilson and his TigerFight Foundation team put on their event at Luigi’s on Saturday night. The TigerFight foundation’s mission is to promote and fund-raise for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and their focus to cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and Myeloma and improve the quality life of patients and their families.

Luigi’s was packed with 200 attendees who participated in games such as craps, holdem, blackjack and roulette. Along with the casino games, attendees could relax and unwind with a complimentary wine hour hosted by Drake Winery. We also featured a silent auction with items varying from a Best of Bakersfield basket to a signed Pete Rose jersey. A live auction featured an autographed Ted Nugent whitetail buck skull and an autographed Merle Haggard guitar, which combined raised $2,300 for the Foundation alone.  Luigi’s served excellent hor d’oeuvres including a mouth-watering Portobello mushroom dish with blue cheese and a sage butter sauce that had guests speechless. The heat made no difference for the attendees outside who were dancing, eating and drinking alongside the band The Fruit Tramps who played original songs all night.

What great night and excellent cause supporting the cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma in Bakersfield.

Mark your calendars for next year’s TigerFight June 7th 2014!

http://www.tigerfight.org

 

 

 

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Portofino Hotel & Marina Wedding

Happy Magical Monday!

We had a magical weekend.  We had the pleasure of being asked to coordinate Cynthia and Milton’s wedding in Redondo Beach.  What a beautiful day.  Cynthia looked just beautiful, Milton had this darling nervous smile, we had a chance to work with some of the most talented vendors in the LA area and meet some of the nicest people.

I can’t wait to see Judy & Gavin‘s work!  They are amazing photographers, and a husband and wife team.  They were so much fun to work with.

Congratulation’s Cynthia and Milton

 

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