Sunday, September 8, 2013

Tracy and William - A Park Wedding in the Desert

Today we are remembering one of our favorite couples from the Springs Preserve.  Tracy and William came to Vegas for their destination wedding.  One of our favorite things about this reception was the beautiful DIY centerpieces made with moss, wood, bird statues and cages.  They were amazing.  Enjoy these beautiful photos from The Black Chicken.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Discovery Children's Museum in Las Vegas Lives Up to the Hype

We have been hearing about the newly designed Discovery Children's Museum housed in the same area as the legendary Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas.  Rained out from the pool again, a friend and I decided to load up the kids and finally check it out.  It was amazing!

Discovery is $12.00 per person (ages 1 to 99) for tickets or you can purchase an annual membership.  The museum is comprised of 3 floors of entertaining and educational exhibits for all ages including us old folks!  Our little ones loved the animal sound wall in the toddler room and the puppet show on the first floor (we skipped the water room till the end...). 

The elevator to the third floor was the size of my son's bedroom, able to hold 10 strollers with their families.  When the doors opened, we explored an exhibit based on inventing.  There was also a great activity area with lots of art projects.  In the middle of the building is a huge multi-story play area with stairs, ropes, slides and internal exhibits. 

We followed this down to floor two and lost another good hour to games about nutrition and a huge area focused on what kids want to be when they grow up.  Focus included a mechanic garage, airport baggage processing, fully functional grocery store with groceries and cashier stations, and a veterinarian office.


The kids and the parents started to get tired after three amazing hours and started to head towards the exit.  Ooops, we forgot the water room!  The kids jetted towards the water like it was chocolate.  This room is truly designed to capture the hearts and minds of kids of all heights.

Done for the day, we packed our damp kids into the car with a promise to return soon.  We can't wait to go back!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Smith Center - For Small Events Too

I am lucky to be a on the board of a group that has planned multiple meetings at the Smith Center over the last year.  Unknown to many, the Smith Center offers a unique venue for your corporate and social events.  Catered by the Las Vegas Culinary Academy, this facility offers multiple food and beverage options from appetizers to full meals, with and without bar options.  Choose from the Boardroom, the Founders Room (my favorite), and many other fantastic spaces.  Enjoy the pictures below of a recent event at the Founders Room.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Angel Park Putt Putt Experience


Looking for your next corporate event that everyone will love?  Check out Angel Park's Putt Putt event.  They have an affordable buffet and putt putt package that works for everyone!  the banquet space has been newly renovated including new furniture and patio access.  It is a great space for 25 to 100 people.  After dinner, move outside to the putt putt course.  The course is nine holes that mimic one of the actual golf courses, sand traps and all.  My favorite way to pick the winner is to separate the scores of the men and women and blindly pull their names out of bowls, combining scores of 1 man and 1 woman until everyone has been paired.  The couple with the lowest score wins!  These pictures were shared from a recent NCMA Southern Nevada meeting held at the club in June 2013.  Happy golfing!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

It's a Country Affair

I am excited to share these amazing pictures of a recent Cowboy Themed Celebration I was honored to help plan.   When you have a great band and some great food, it's hard to not get into the spirit.

Some of my favorites included:

  • Rockstar the mini horse - what a sweetie pie!
  • Wood kings tables with chivari chairs
  • Chalkboards with country western quotes 
  • Terrace lighting with chandelier and hanging burlap candle holders
  • Window draping with burlap panels
  • Country dessert bar with peanut butter and jelly dessert shots
  • Line dancing - the instructor was amazing!

Thanks go out to our Cowboy and Cowgirl partners!

Kings tables, chairs and other decor - RSVP Party Rentals
Draping - Jovani Linens
Burlap and lobby decor - Layers of Lovely
Band and Line Dancing - LV Wedding Music
Rockstar the horse and ranch decor - Sandy Valley Ranch
Hay Bails - IFA

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fun Holiday Biscuit - Gobble Gobble

These fun and festive holiday biscuits are fun and easy to make!  I give them as holiday gifts to my son's teachers, in baskets to my friends for their holiday tables and bring a batch to every Thanksgiving.

Turkey Biscuits – Use Pillsbury Grands™ Flaky Biscuits (Regular, not Butter)

1. Cut  off - bottom 1/3 of biscuit

2. From center of remaining biscuit, score (do not cut all the way through), from middle to outer edge to form a sunrise pattern.

3. Attach the top 1/3 of the remaining portion of biscuit, to the bottom backside of main piece.

4. Wrap the remaining 2/3‘s around the bottom of biscuit, bringing it up and over the center of your “sunrise”.

5. Press the front and back (1/3 each side) together. (So it bakes together)

6. Fold the remaining 1/3 piece towards you, to form the beak of the turkey.

7. Cut a raisin in half or into fourths, depending on size.

8. Push two raisin pieces at the top fold of attached beak, to form eyes.  If they are not securely pushed in, they will pop out during baking and nothing looks sadder than a blind turkey on Thanksgiving!

9. Bake as directed.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cycle Pub Vegas - Yes it is a Pub on Wheels!

Birthday parties aren't just for kids!  Check out the fun had by all during this adult birthday party.  The group visited six bars in the downtown Las Vegas area transported by their own pedaling with Cycle Pub Vegas.  You won't be disappointed on this adventure!




Our favorites of the night included the onboard stereo system allowing you to blast Fun "We Are Young" while riding down 7th street, Beer Themed Cupcakes, Shots at the Artiface and the extra stop at B3.  What a night!
Who to Know:
Mobile Bar: Cycle Pub Vegas
Bar 1: Mob Bar
Bar 2: Bar + Bistro
Bar 3: Artiface
Bar 4: Lady Silvia
Bar 6: B3

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cosmopolitan Meets Vintage Chic - A Look Back

I recently came across some photos from a wedding in 2011 that has always been one of my favorites.  I was fortunate to be a part of the venue coordination team to help bring this spectacular event to life.  My favorites are Kassie's amazing dress that had more sparkle than a diamond and the abundance of flowers the Event Planner brought all the way here from the Midwest.  The aisle of 24,000+ rose petals took me forever to put down but is still one of my favorite aisle runners ever.  AND I just found out the wedding was published in the Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine.

Venue: The Springs Preserve – Las Vegas, NV
Wedding Planner & Floral: Circle City Planners & Designers
Cupcakes: Gimme Some Sugar
Wedding Dress: St. Pucchi
Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom
Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang
Hair & Makeup: Hera Beauty
Invitations: Gourmet Invitations
Music: DJ Harry O of Vegas City DJs & Vitamin String Quartet
Lighting & Furniture Rental: LED Unplugged & RSVP Rental
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Photography: Chelsea Nicole

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Wedding Worth Waiting For

Brenda and Chris were amazing to work with and introduced me to a great addition to my photography favorites, Fabio and Adri.  Take a look at these artful photos as we look at the day in the life of a wedding a long time coming.  Thank you for your service Chris!

Photography: Fabio and Adri
Live Music: Duo Mystique
Floral: Our very own DIY Bride and her Bridesmaids!


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