The Holidays are Here...almost!

The holiday season is upon us whether we’re ready or not! In addition to everyone’s hectic schedule, this time of year can be even more stressful, detrimental to our diets and send even the most organized into a frenzy. Not to worry, we’ve got our favorite tips for enjoying the season, hosting the best party and doing it all with grace.

Cocktails, Cocktails, Cocktails

Don’t complicate the drinks.  Make a spectacular punch or bar of “batch” cocktails. We love a self-serve gin or vodka bar. Just provide the liquor and mixers and let everyone make their own! Need some inspiration? Check our @ourfathersboston cocktail recipe

Courtesy: Allegro Photography

Courtesy: Allegro Photography

Creative Coat Display

Don’t just have guests put coats on a bed – instead, set up a cute, creative coat display or rack near the door so guests can immediately remove their coats and relax. If you’re having a themed party – incorporate that into your display as well so that from the moment your guests step into the party, they know what it’s all about! 

Courtesy: Good Homes Design

Courtesy: Good Homes Design

Pre-Cook Apps to Save Time

Greet guests with a themed-beverage and/or fun hors d’oeuvres. This will help make them feel warm and welcome right from the get go. Pro tip – to save some time and stress, cook some of your snacks ahead of time and freeze them. That way all you’ll have to do is re-heat and serve. Saving that extra time will allow you to spend more time with family and friends – which is what the holidays are all about! Check out @bostonchefnews for some great ideas. We especially love the Thanksgiving to Go – you still have time to order your sides and even the bird!

Courtesy: Eric Barry Photography

Courtesy: Eric Barry Photography

Create an Interactive Element

Set-up a display, such as a “create your own mimosa” bar or DIY chili bar with different toppings. This adds a fun, interactive element to your party that guests will love.

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Holiday Tunes on Tap

Create a festive play list ahead of time that will get everyone in a jolly mood – mix holiday tunes with upbeat party favorites to create the perfect playlist that you can set and forget!

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Share the Leftover Love!

Invest in pretty to-go containers so guests will willingly take-home leftovers and you won’t be stuck with tons of food that may go to waste.

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Light it Up

Don’t forget about lighting! Depending on the party theme – think about what type of lighting would be best to “set the mood”. Having something more intimate? Try soft candle light or LED to set a cool, relaxing environment.

Courtesy: Ashley O’Dell Photography

Courtesy: Ashley O’Dell Photography

Things You Should Know Before Planning a Wedding on a Holiday

This past week in addition to celebrating the 4th of July, some people were celebrating anniversaries and attending weddings! For some, the holidays are a time to celebrate more than just what happened in the past, but also a time to celebrate the future.

It’s inevitable, each year we get inquiries from brides-to-be that want to know what it’s like, or if it’s feasible to plan a wedding on or during a holiday. Short answer: yes! It’s definitely doable, and when done well, can be really special. Here are some tips on how to best incorporate the holidays into your wedding if you’ve chosen to have your wedding on a holiday. 

The Brenizers

The Brenizers

Memorial or Labor Day 

These two holidays mark the unofficial beginning and end of the summer. Memorial Day offers the excitement of what’s to come, and Labor Day provides the opportunity to savor what’s left of the season. Either way, it’s a time to celebrate! Fan of BBQ? How about offering an upscale version either for the main dinner, or perhaps a BBQ bar with fan favorites for the after party for those late-night cravings. 

Joe Mikos Photography

Joe Mikos Photography

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is often a popular wedding date but given that it’s already one of the biggest party days of the year, make sure you do something more than just hats and noisemakers for midnight. Instead, customize the celebration to you and your significant other so that your guests won’t just remember it as any old NYE, but rather your wedding night! How about small bottles of monogrammed champagne? It’s an “Instagrammable moment” and something that people will utilize – either that night, or another!

Another fun idea is to have everyone write down their New Year's resolutions and put them into a time capsule - seal it and plan to open it at a later date to reveal who kept their resolutions. This is a great way to keep the celebration alive for years to come! 

Joseph Laurin Photography

Joseph Laurin Photography

July 4th

If it's the 4th of July and your budget allows, have fireworks! Sparklers are great too, and they provide a really fun, interactive (and inexpensive!) way to add a little pizzazz to your celebration.

Joe Mikos Photography

Joe Mikos Photography

Father’s Day or Mother’s Day

If you’re having your wedding on the same weekend as Father's Day or Mother's Day, be sure to find a special way to acknowledge the parents who are coming. Perhaps with a little token gift such as a free manicure or hand scrub at the hotel spa for Mom, if there is one. Or perhaps a free round of golf for Dad, or beer at a nearby bar.


Whatever the holiday, your loved ones will be happy to celebrate with you and create some amazing memories. That said, there are some things to consider before finalizing those holiday celebration plans. 

  • Many plan family trips around the holidays, so check in with those most important to you that that this isn't issue and to prevent any hard feelings.
  • Before you sign on that dotted line and pop the bubbly to celebrate booking your venue, check into the local hotels in the area and make they have availability but also that the room rates aren't significantly higher than on a non-holiday weekend. And remember to ask about two-night minimum requirements!
  • Some vendors might charge more to work on holidays, especially New Year’s Eve.  (We're looking at you bands and DJs!) So, don't be shocked at the pricing and ask why they charge more and see if there is anything you can do to help. 
    • Pro tip: If they need accommodations, offer up one of the discounted rooms in your block! 

 

4th Of July!

 

Before we know it, July 4th will be here in all its red, white and blue glory! This is a weekend of non-stop summer fun and sun and backyard BBQs. Are you ready for your 4th of July celebration?

Deck out your cookout with fun decor and drinks that show your American pride. Try these patriotic cocktails we love to sip on - Red, White, and Blue Sangria or a Patriotic Mocktail.

Set-up some fun lawn games like ring toss or corn hole. This will provide hours of fun for adults and kids!

Keep guests comfortable with ice cold water, sunblock and beach towels. Set-up a festive station so guests can help themselves and you can still enjoy the party.

Incorporate some of your favorite summertime snacks into the menu (think outside the typical burgers and hot dogs) and try one of our favorite recipes for Peach Cobbler - yum! 

When the sun sets, hand out sparklers as party favors - don't forget your buckets of sand to put them out. Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday America!