Things To Think About When Planning An Event In Chicago

Lucky you… you have been chosen as the all entitled event planner for the big shindig in Chicago. A blessing or curse? Only time will tell of course, but you can make the most of it by executing the position smoothly, seemingly effortlessly and flawlessly. Do not – I repeat do not – attempt to this on your own. You are not the great and powerful Oz after all. That is the first lesson of an event planner.

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day – Nor by One Single Person

Does your organization have an event planning committee? If not, it’s time to set one up. Depending upon how successful you are, you may need that event planning committee any number of times in the future. You must familiarize yourself with the city in question. To miss out on the most exciting or appropriate venues and options that a city has to offer is nothing short of irresponsible. That’s just bad planning. So how you know if you’re taking full advantage of all the city has to offer? Some cities offer a free city guide with vacations and event planning in mind. Even at a small charge, it is well worth the effort to pick one of these up in order to plan a successful event – particularly when referring to a major city like Chicago.

Who, What, Where, When and How?

When considering your venue, find out who has to offer any or all of the following:

  • who can make the most of lighting and sound for an impressive display
  • staging and all equipment needed, including audio/visual
  • fulfilling last minute requests, transportation arrangements to and from hotels and airports, handling of VIPs
  • will they check with you, as their client, for approval every step of the way
  • what types of facilities (i.e. banquet hall, elegant ballroom settings, beautifully decorated outdoor garden areas, spacious park-like settings, paved outdoor areas, indoor/outdoor restrooms or porta-potties, (See etc.) do they have to choose from
  • what about door prizes, giveaways, entertainment, flowers, invitations, coordination of all of those and contacting vendors
  • in order for your party to be executed flawlessly, will they guarantee an event manager of their own to work with you

So, Mr. or Ms. Event Planner – remember that attention to detail – both big and small – is what event planning is all about. Again however, it’s a lot for one person to handle and a committee, or at the very least a few helpful sets of hands, is essential. If your situation does not allow for a committee it is even more important that the venue/location you choose offers the option of an event planner.

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Modesty: Helping Your Junior Bridesmaids Find The Right Dresses

One of the hottest shows on pay television these days is ’Say Yes to the Dress’. And whereas it can be a bit wearing, particularly if you are not fashion minded, patient or in the market for bridal gown – it can be entertaining in an offputting kind of way. Usually it’s all about the bride and her gown. But on occasion, the bridesmaids have tried on any number of frocks that will be adorning their assorted figures. And much as is the case with brides, these figures range from fashion model skinny to plus, plus sized, and everything in between. And modesty matters – particularly in the case of juniors.

One Mind – One Body… Not on Your Life!

Get a group of women together in a room and show them a dress. As many women as there are in that room – that’s how many opinions there will be. Not one opinion will match the other. And so it goes with bridal dresses, bridesmaids dresses and the lot. Several different body types wearing one dress, in most cases, is becoming less and less accepted. Factor in age appropriate and… oh boy! The smart bride will leave things more to the imagination, if she knows what’s good for her and her bridesmaids. Melissa McCarthy isn’t going to look good in the same dress that Cindy Crawford wears stunningly. Nothing personal and not to be cruel. It’s simply a fashion fact. What do you do when you want your bridesmaids to all look good but all look similar? The answer is relatively simple. Pick a color that compliments all your bridesmaids complexions. With a rainbow of colors available this really shouldn’t be a problem. Now let them pick their own fashion statement so they can feel comfortable and attractive. Just because it’s your day doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t feel pretty, but age and figure appropriate.

Set Some Rules If Necessary

Of course the number one rule: nobody gets to be prettier than the bride. This can of course be easier said than done. Hey, not for nothing, I’m just saying. Don’t out-dress the bridal dress. That’s rule number one. If different dress lengths look better on certain figures, or certain age groups, the bridesmaids should even be able to pick the length of the dress whenever possible. Don’t push a short dress on a 45-year-old bridesmaid or a junior. Cleavage could be another determining factor. And ladies – the “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” rule of thumb will not be appropriate for the junior bridesmaid… even if she’s ‘got it’ way more than the bride!

Of course you’ll never be able to make everyone happy all the time. The mother won’t agree with the mother-in-law who won’t agree with the bridesmaid who won’t agree with the maid of honor who may not agree with the bride and any combination of the previously mentioned. Please however, as the bride, remember that whether it’s your day or not, your bridesmaids are entitled to keep their pride and look pretty – as long as it’s not prettier than you.

Will Your V-Day Proposal Lead to a Fall Wedding?

So you’ve decided to pop the question on Valentine’s Day. Aaw…a true romantic (not much in the way of imagination, however…it’s been done, buddy). Nonetheless, a Valentine themed proposal could lead to an autumn themed wedding. Bigger plans have been made in less time, rest assured (our maid of honor and best man put our entire fall wedding, reception and honeymoon together in just 3 months!).

The Most Colorful Time of the Year

Christmas may have the distinction of being ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, but autumn wins out in the colorful category. Incorporate as many of those fall colors as possible into not only your beautiful autumn wedding invitations, but into the wedding itself for the most vibrantly memorable ceremony ever. Believe it or not there are even wedding rings centered around the fall theme. By doing a search for ‘fall wedding ideas’ you will be bombarded by a plethora of autumn concepts for everything from rings to wardrobe. Possibly you might have done the same for ideas regarding wedding proposals instead of going with the tired old V-Day thing—but I digress.

Seasons and Holidays

Seasonal or holiday centered themes are easy to work with. The colors are usually all ready decided upon (green and red-Christmas; red and white-Valentine’s Day; oranges, yellows and reds-autumn and so on) so that makes it a bit easier right off the bat. Seasons and holidays are relatively self evident when it comes to themes or concepts as well. Nobody ever said you had to stick to tradition either. Use a little imagination when it comes to the ceremony, the Junior Bridesmaid dresses,  the pictures and/or the reception. You can have a wedding that will be the same old same old in everyone’s eyes or you can have a wedding to remember.

It doesn’t necessarily take that much more money to create the most memorable event of your lives…just the right circumstances and a little bit of creativity.

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Romance and Football

There are more NFL fans in the world today than ever before, but sadly, when football season arrives more wives, spouses and significant others turn into NFL widows as their loved ones engage in watching the latest NFL games on television or the internet. To avoid becoming an NFL widow this season anyone who wants to be a part of their husband, wife or partners passion for the NFL should consider doing the following.

Go With Them To A Game

The first step to showing your loved one that you care about their passion for the NFL is to offer to go to an NFL game with them, especially if they just came home with Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets; for many people the thought of going to an NFL game seems like the last thing in the world that they want to do, but in reality it can be the best time ever. You will be surrounded by thousands of fans, all who want to have a good time and you will be with your loved one, supporting their passion and what could be better?

If the NFL game does get a little boring the solution to the problem is to bring your iPod or personal music device and mobile phone that way you always have something to fall back on until the game is over.

Make TV Games Fun

For those nights when your spouse or partner are watching NFL games at home and you’re watching the game with them try celebrating every touchdown or reception that’s made for your loved ones team by giving him (or her) a quick kiss; this strategy will prove to be effective and ultimately lead to getting your loved one to focus their attention more on you than the game.

More Than Fantasy Football

Another great way to avoid the “blahs” that can come with a typical NFL season is to make it interesting by offering to watch games in a hot tub with your loved one or try forming your own fantasy football league with your spouse or partner where for each touchdown or interception you or your spouse must volunteer to fulfill any fantasy that either of you may have at the time. And when football is over, make sure you have access to other shows using your Apple TV 3.

Don’t Let Hair Loss Interfere With Love

You are looking forward to dinner and dancing this Valentine’s Day with your boyfriend of one-year. On your first date you had thick, bouncy hair. In the last few months, however, you have experienced significant hair loss. It is becoming harder to hide it through styling and you are becoming more anxious by the day.

Hair Loss Has Various Causes

For many hair loss sufferers, the reason for their hair loss is linked to genealogy. There are many things we inherit from our ancestors, eye color, hair texture, and body shape. You can add hair loss to that list of inherited traits. More likely than not, your mother or grandmother started losing their hair at your age. Whether due to hormonal changes like menopause to tightly worn ponytails causing traction alopecia, DNA can provide the reason for hair loss.

More serious conditions like lupus, hyper and hypothyroidism, polycystic syndrome, and cancer all can contribute to hair loss. When patients undergo chemotherapy to eradicate cancer cells, telogen effluvium can result. This occurs when huge amounts of hairs enter the resting phase causing massive shedding, followed by thinning. Some medications for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol can produce hair loss. Any hormone replacement drugs, steroids, and acne medications can negatively affect hair growth.

Finding A Solution To Hair Loss

When a dermatologist or hair follicle specialist consults with you to diagnose the cause of your hair loss, he develops an individualized hair loss solution. The doctor conducts various tests determining whether you suffer from alopecia or other clinical issues. Even if you have inherited hair loss from a relative that does not automatically mean the cause is identical. Just like everyone has individual traits, our medical conditions and solutions are unique.

Once the specialist determines what your symptoms mean and diagnoses the cause, then it is time to decide your course of treatment. He will give you various options for the best possible outcome. You must decide if you want a quicker treatment or one taking months to a year to see results. Will you prefer to go the route of over-the-counter creams rubbed on your scalp daily? If you are too busy or not disciplined enough to follow such a regimen, perhaps this treatment is not for you. Maybe getting  hair cuts could help you style your hair better to where it’s not so noticeable.

If you want a permanent solution and have the money to fork out to a transplant center promising instant results, this may fit better. Or if time is of the essence, a cute wig will suffice. You want this first Valentine’s Day together to be special and not marred by hair loss. Once you make your choice, an enjoyable night together is assured, hair and all.


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When To Know The Relationship Has Ended

Have you ever known someone who could not let go? Perhaps you had a borderline suicidal boyfriend or girlfriend just at the thought your relationship was over. There are many reasons that people continue hanging on when it is clear the thread is about to give way.

Unhealthy Reasons For Relationships

People get into relationships for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes it is purely based on physical attributes, a pretty face or washboard abs. Others look for a replacement for a missing dad or neglectful mother. Some people leave failed love experiences quickly falling into others, not analyzing what went wrong. There are certain people who are just no good at being alone. In fact they are downright allergic to the status of being completely single. Premarital Counseling sometimes helps engaged couples that seek to iron out deep-seated issues prior to marriage. This may help prevent divorces after marriage by opening all wounds ahead of time.

In some relationships you find the woman or man, particularly women who totally engross themselves in that person. They live and breathe for them, neglecting to do something for themselves. Enjoying a hobby, quietly reading books, spending time with girlfriends, volunteer work, all serve as healthy extensions of us. It is important to being a whole person, not just half of a relationship.

Reasons For Clinging And Viable Solutions

There are definitive signals a relationship has run its course. If you have tried counseling or taking to each other without success, it is time to go. You can also get a clairvoyant psychic reading to help you cope with the relationship being over. When neither of you receives mutual benefits from then you probably on shaky ground. A memorial service for this once vibrant love story will soon unfold. It is unhealthy to cling to the memories, desperately propping up feelings of yesterday. Being fearful and insecure about leaving is natural, but should be ignored.

Here are the telltale signs to fold up your tent on your relationship:

You are unhappy, not getting what you need from it.
Communication is impossible.
You dread intimacy and spending time alone.
Spending too much time trying to change your partner.
Comparing your loved one to others won’t work.
You have stopped laughing together.
You have stopped feeling good about yourself.

If more than one of these signs sounds like your relationship, move on. Don’t second-guess your decision. Get some ice cream, rent a movie, allow yourself a good cry, and then pick yourself up. The world is your oyster. This is not the first break-up in civilization and will not be the last. Enjoy spending time alone and learning about yourself. That way the next person you choose may be a better fit.

Insurance is About Protecting the Ones You Love

Insurance, while it was designed to protect financial investments, it’s really about protecting your family and loved ones.  Insurance is the one backup you know will be there in case all else fails. There are dozens of types of insurance out there and it can be a bit overwhelming if you’re not sure what they mean, or which one is right for your family.  Here is a recommendation of insurance policies you’ll definitely want to consider if you’re looking for the best policy designed to protect families.

Health and life insurance

One of the first types of insurance thinking about insurance policies for the family is health insurance.  Health insurance will cover your family’s medical expenses for any related health issue, and you can purchase either a group plan or individual plan.  You typically only get a group plan through an employer, so if this is not an option, you can purchase an individual health insurance plan for you and your family.  Insurance can cover mobility options when needed. Visit a Senior Care Franchise for more options. Life insurance is another form of insurance to consider, even though it’s something many people don’t want to think about.  A life insurance policy can make the difference between survival and not surviving if the breadwinner of the family ever passes.

Home and disability insurance

If you own a home, purchasing an insurance policy for your home, or for your mortgage if you have one, are other important policies to purchase that will help protect your family.  Homeowners insurance will protect you in case of a fire, earthquake, flood or storm.  You can also purchase PPI, payment protection insurance, which is a form of loan protection in case you are in a position where you can’t make your mortgage payment.  Make sure that when you sign up for a PPI policy, that it is set up for your exact needs.  PPI claims are notorious for being difficult to pursue because of agents mis-selling policies.

Insurance may be one of the more dry topics when it comes to financial advice, but when it comes to protecting your family and loved ones, it’s one of the best things you can do.

Valentine’s Day Themed Baby Showers

Are you planning a baby shower?  If so, then you might want to consider a Valentine’s Day theme.  Every shower needs a theme.  There is no better way to express your love for the baby on the way, than with Valentine’s Day in the mix.  Here is a guide to help you make the most of this occasion.

Consider The Sex

The sex of the baby is an important factor for your themed shower.  If you are having a girl, this theme makes perfect sense.  You can shower the mom to be with lots of pink items.  However, it is not as easy with a boy.  This does not mean you have to opt out of this theme.  Instead, get creative.  Use more red with your décor and look for a masculine color that pairs well with it.


When it comes to food, chocolate is the way to go.  Women love chocolate and you can easily please the mother-to-be and the guests with an array of Valentine’s Day related chocolates.  You can even provide chocolates as a favor to your guests.  If you have time, you might even want to make the chocolate items you serve.  Chocolate heart cake pops are a great accent to any party.  Plus, they look cute.


Finally, make sure to plan games that incorporate your Valentine’s Day theme.  For example, you could pin the heart on the baby for a cute game.  You could also come up with cute sayings for conversation hearts that involve the baby on the way.  This is a great interactive activity.  It also serves as a great keepsake that the mother can show to the child when he or she gets older.  If you need help coming up with ideas for games, look online.  You can get inspiration from Valentine’s Day events and other showers.  Both will be a great starting point.

Have fun planning your Valentine’s Day shower.  It is a great opportunity for you to shower the mom and future baby with a lot of love and excitement.  Get some flowers and some chocolate and enjoy the festivities. And find her the perfect gift at by visiting Splendid Littles.

Be Her Tech Hero

So you got yourself a girlfriend. Awesome. You two crazy kids are probably texting back and forth until your fingers are sore. That could cost a lot. Of course that could depend on her particular cell phone service provider.

Are You Technically Inclined?

You may have seen advertisements the claim their software can jailbreak or unlock iPhone now. It is true, there is a way to unlock iPhone codes so that you and your girlfriend can go with any provider you see fit. Jailbreaking an iPhone 5c is mostly done so you can play games that are not from the Apple store. But, unlocking is primarily about choosing your provider. Different providers do, after all, offer different texting rates, calling minutes, app options and more. Wikipedia has a little blurb on unlocking your smart phone but by Googling it you can find a font of information on the how and where of it all. Be careful how you go about it or you could mess up your phone instead of unlocking it. Make sure that wherever it is that you get your information, it’s a reliable source.

Communicate and Play

Not only can you talk and text on your iPhone, you can play any number of games together or apart. News flashes, sports updates, even the Internet can be accessed so that you and your iPhone may end up being as inseparable as you and your new favorite person.  And with the new iPhone 6 coming soon you might be able to get a nice discount on the current model.

There’s also a way to make your favorite picture of her your phone’s wallpaper.

Plan a V-Day Getaway

As 2011 is winding down, now is the right time to start planning for Valentine’s Day 2012. If you’re struggling with trying to think of what you should do for your significant other for next year’s Valentine’s Day, the solution to the problem is to take them away for a Valentine’s Day getaway.

Where to Go and What to Do

Before planning a getaway to just any destination, make sure that you take the time to speak with your spouse or significant other to find out what their ideal getaway destination would be by asking them the following questions:

  • Would they like an active getaway where you two can do things together?
  • Do they want a getaway where there’s plenty of time to relax in a lounge chair while they sip on an adult beverage?
  • Are beautiful views important to them? Do they want to travel to a destination where they can see new things that they haven’t seen before? A cruise would be the perfect option that this type of getaway because you will be able to see more than one destination in the shortest period of time.

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Vacation Time

Since Valentine’s Day 2012 is going to be on a Tuesday, why not take off on Monday and Tuesday so you can get away for a four day weekend? Before planning this type of getaway make sure that you have the vacation time for getting away and, if possible, reserve the vacation time with your spouse’s employer too just to make sure that they have time to get away as well too.


During the economic recession there are more opportunities than ever before to go on a great vacation getaway for under $500. You can find great deals on vacation getaways online through websites using a search such as cheap cruise holidays 2012.