Celebrating Holi at Home

Celebrating Holi at Home

We made it to March and while spring isn’t quite yet here, it is finally on the horizon. That cold stretch between New Year’s and Valentine’s Day has everyone dreaming of sunshine, warmth, and days spent outdoors. However, the dawning of spring is not just about a change in weather or season. Across the globe, spring is tied to a deeper cultural and religious idea of rebirth and renewal. And while there are many ways to celebrate the transformation of winter into spring, the Hindu celebration of Holi beautifully captures the essence of color, joy, and rebirth that is spring.

Holi is an annual festival that is celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early March). The perfect end to winter, Holi rejoices in all the color that comes with the spring season.

A celebration of love, new life, and brotherhood, Holi is kicked off by the lighting of a giant bonfire Holika Dahan, or Chhoti Holi. In India, the caste system is still adhered to by stringent standards. However, during Holi, social boundaries are replaced by a merry camaraderie where people of all classes splash each other with color powder. You can read all about color powder in our post Color Powder: Inspired by Holi.

Today we want to introduce you to a few ways to celebrate Holi at home. It is both enriching and fun to learn more about cultural celebrations around the world. What better way to get your kids excited about learning than to do with it with a fun holiday?

Holi Activities for Kids

Holi Activities for Kids

Reading

Perhaps the first thing to do when introducing your children to a new concept or idea is to read to them. Indian mythology is full of exciting characters and stories, but if you didn’t grow up with a Hindu background it can be overwhelming to try and explain to children. The Amma Tell Me series by Bhakti Mathur introduces children to important Indian celebrations in an engaging and easy-to-grasp way. Her series actually started with the book Amma, Tell Me About Holi and the success of this beautifully illustrated piece led to the publication of the rest of the series. Definitely check out her website, and grab Amma, Tell Me About Holi today.

Celebrating Holi at Home

Art

Holi is known as the “festival of colors,” and the traditional colors of Holi are red, blue, yellow, and green. Each color represents a different aspect you can talk to your children about. Red is symbolic for love and fertility, and blue represents Krishnu, god of compassion and love. Yellow is the color of tumeric, a spice that is very important in Hindu ritual representing prosperity. Green brings us round to spring as it characterizes new beginnings.

During Holi celebrations, people are bedecked in color powder. We’re talking head-to-toe covered in color. If you’re not able to attend a festival, or are cringing at the thought of the clean-up you can introduce your children to the tradition through art.

This art project by Katie Morris Art has kids make a self-portrait and then use powdered tempura to splash them with the colors from Holi. The project is a little messy, but so fun for kids who haven’t been exposed to Holi before. You can do this at home and create some great pieces they will love.

Tutorial and photo by Katie Morris Art

Tutorial and photo by Katie Morris Art

Eating

Like every great celebration, Holi is known for sharing delicious meals with friends and family. For a great list on what is typically consumed at Holi, check out this post for 23 dishes you must try during Holi. It will help if you want to order take-out and aren’t sure what to get. Or if you’re really ambitious, you can try to cook some of them!

If you enjoy baking, one recipe to try out is Gujiya, an Indian sweet pastry. This dish is both fried and baked, and has a creamy filling of ricotta and nuts. You’ll get to bust out that member of your spice cabinet that for most of us isn’t used too often–cardamom.

Photo and recipe by Easy Cooking With Molly

Photo and recipe by Easy Cooking With Molly

Another delicious recipe to try out is Strawberry Phirni. Phirni is a traditional Indian rice pudding that is both sweet and creamy. This is definitely a kid-friendly dish, and you can have your children help you make it. What kid doesn’t love helping in the kitchen especially when sweets are involved?

Photo and recipe by Sailu's Food

Photo and recipe by Sailu’s Food

We hope this inspires you to introduce this beautiful holiday to your children and learn a few things along the way. Spring is the season of new things, and Holi is the perfect way to welcome it. If you are celebrating Holi at home or in your community we would love to see your festivities. Make sure you tag us on Facebook or Instagram with #superiorcelebrations.

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Why You Should Use a Wedding Hashtag

Why You Should Use a Wedding Hashtag

And how to come up with a great one

It’s no secret that social media changes how we approach different life events. Everything from birthdays, to holidays, to natural disasters, to new box-office hits can be documented by a hashtag, and the conversation is open to everyone. This is especially true when it comes to wedding hashtags.

Couples usually come up with a hashtag shortly after they become engaged and document the engagement, wedding planning, and actual wedding with their hashtag. Besides being a great organizational tool, hashtags also engage your friends, family, and guests who are unable to attend your wedding.

So how do you come up with an original hashtag?

Choosing the right hashtag is extremely important. You do not want to merge your hashtag with someone else’s, and you also want to make it easy for friends to avoid spelling errors. The traditional approach to finding a hashtag is putting a spin on last names. There are a few wedding hashtag generators out there that can help you come up with an original one.

We like Shutterfly’s Hashtag Generator which is free, and also has a search option to check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. WeddingMix also has a free hashtag generator that allows you to customize based off your style. Choose from “Classic,” “Fun,” and “Offbeat” to get the right vibe for your wedding. Finally, if you’re hitting walls coming up with the perfect wedding hashtag, Mister Write offers personal services for crafting your hashtag. Note: this is also a great resource if you’re looking for customized vows, speech writing, and even proposal ideas!

If you’re a crafty wordsmith you can look to movie titles, song lyrics, band names, and don’t be afraid to get punny with it. You want something that people will remember and that sets your wedding story apart.

You found a great hashtag, now what?

Wedding Planning

Now that the hard part is accomplished, it’s time to put that hashtag to work! Think of your hashtag as a photo album for your wedding: what you ate for lunch on the day you went dress shopping is a fun detail to include, but not every delicious meal you share on Instagram belongs in that hashtag category. Share things like addressing invitations, attending bridal showers, and meeting with your planner. It will be fun for you to look back on all the planning and see the process that brings you to your big day.

Inform your guests and invite them to contribute.

The best part about having a wedding hashtag is getting to see your friends, family, and guests use it. After the big day, you can sit back and scroll through all the different perspectives captured at your wedding. You definitely don’t want to miss out on all these photos, so make sure your guests know how to use the hashtag.

The best way to keep them informed is to have several reminders. Include the hashtag on your invitation–it can even just be on the RSVP card. Place strategic reminders out at your ceremony, on the wedding program, by the gifts, and on the reception tables. There are tons of cute props out there to help you do this creatively and aesthetically. We like these printables from Wishful Paperie.

Lastly, don’t forget this hashtag!

Finally, chances are if you’re reading this blog post you’re planning on using our spectacular Wedding Confetti Cannons or Wedding Sparklers. We love seeing how our customers use our products and don’t want to miss out on your big day. Make sure to tag us on Facebook or on Instagram @superiorcelebrations, and use #superiorcelebrations so we can see your gorgeous wedding!

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3 Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Valentine’s Day

3 Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is next week. We’ve all been there, done that, and if you’re scratching your head as to how to make this Valentine’s Day any different, we have some ideas for you. In the past, we came up with a fun “Valentine, You Make Me Glow“project, 4 Creative Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day, and even a Confetti-Inspired Valentine’s Day. Today, we have some “out-of-the-box” ideas to make this February 14th truly unforgettable.

3 Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2018

Valentine’s Day Treats

Forget chocolate, SweetHearts candy, and all things sugary. There are folks out there with zero inclination for a sweet tooth. These Valentine’s Day treats are for them.

Remember when you were a kid and your mom would cut your sandwich with cookie cutters, or make you a Mickey Mouse pancake? It was always the most exciting thing to eat, right? Turns out, adults also get a kick out of shaped foods. And while bacon is perfectly beautiful (and delicious) in its natural form, heart-shaped bacon is even better. Surprise your Valentine with these Bacon Hearts. Guaranteed to score some points!

Photo and recipe by The Paper Mama

Photo and recipe by The Paper Mama

Like bacon, pizza is a food that it is totally perfect in it’s usual form. However, a heart-shaped pizza provides all the photo-ops you could think of. Gentlemen, if a proposal is in the books for V-Day, do not underestimate the power of pepperoni in off-setting that diamond. Not to mention, if you make the pizza yourself, you get in on the “thoughtful gesture” as well. I’m the sort who would take pizza over flowers any day!

Photo and recipe by How Sweet Eats

Photo and recipe by How Sweet Eats

Valentine’s Day Dates

It can be really challenging to actually go out on Valentine’s Day. Most of us put off making a reservation, then find that our favorite restaurant is completely booked on the 14th. To avoid waiting hours to eat and maybe save a little on cost, we recommend thinking outside the box on your date night restaurant venues.

Haven’t you heard? Staying in is the new going out. With a little extra thought and effort, you can have the perfect date night right at home. Maybe your perfect date night is ordering take-out and binge-watching Netflix together. Maybe you love cooking together and want to try out a complicated new recipe. We’re looking at you, Food Network gurus. These are both fun options, but if you’re a couple who loves games, we really like this Couples Scattegories created by the Love Nerds. Even if you’ve been together for decades, you might just learn something new and have fun swapping memories and laughs.

Printable and instructions available at Love Nerds

Printable and instructions available at Love Nerds

Another out-of-the-box date idea is to upgrade your favorite fast-food restaurant. Yep, you heard that right. A few years ago, Buzzfeed ran a story about the couple who had a romantic date night at Taco Bell. It’s one of those things where you think it’s so ridiculous that it’s actually brilliant. Taco Bell is a franchise that aims to please its fans and they accommodated the love birds with their own “fancy” menu and place settings. You could probably try this out at any of your favorite fast food chains, and you might just make Buzzfeed! Fun side note: did you know Taco Bell does WEDDINGS? Yes, we’re serious. Check out this fun wedding trend.

Photo and story by Buzzfeed

Photo and story by Buzzfeed

The point is, it doesn’t have to be a five-star restaurant to make a wonderful Valentine’s Day memory. Use the resources you have, think outside the box, and focus on building a memory that will make you smile in years to come.

Galentine’s Day

Perhaps the most original out-of-the-box way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to celebrate another holiday altogether. Enter Galentine’s Day. Galentine’s Day focuses on friendship rather than romantic love. Sorry men, this holiday is definitely geared towards women (as if Valentine’s Day isn’t). Commemorated by the adored Leslie Knope from the hilarious TV show “Parks and Recreation,” Galentines Day typically occurs on the 13th of February and is a time for “Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” It’s a time to gather your friends and have some fun without any pressure to “have a date night.”

Galentine’s Day provides the perfect excuse to wear red and pink, eat lots of chocolate, and get all gushy for your girlfriends. If you haven’t been invited to a Galentine’s Day event–host one! Trust me, your friends will show up. Even if you have just three or four guests, the opportunity to pop a confetti cannon, light a heart sparkler, and make a memory is reason enough to celebrate a knockoff/GENIUS holiday.

Photo by Abby Jiu

Photo by Abby Jiu

Ultimately, Valentine’s Day is a mid-winter break that makes life exciting and fun. Let’s face it–January through April tends to be a strange lull in the year. Holidays are over, spring isn’t yet here, and we need that reminder to celebrate and connect with our loved ones. We hope that these few unconventional ideas help you make your Valentine’s Day unique and memorable. If you do have an “out-of-the-box” Valentine’s Day, be sure to share it with us on social media! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram with #superiorcelebrations so that we can take a look.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Featured Wedding: Michelle and John

Featured Wedding: Michelle & John

It’s always exciting when we get to feature a customer’s story on our blog. Our products allow us to be a part of so many beautiful days and gorgeous photographs, but it’s a real treat when we get to hear the full scoop. Today we want to share a sweet love story, and beautiful wedding details from our customers Michelle and John. They tied the knot on October 14, 2017 and used our Wedding Confetti Cannons for their church exit. We asked Michelle a few questions and are excited to share her story with you all. There is no doubt you’ll gain some inspiration, ideas, and have a few “awwww” moments!

Featured Customers: Michelle and John

How They Met

John and I met June 2007 at a friend’s sweet sixteen party. He was the dancer working with the DJ company and I was a guest at the party. As soon as we saw each other something instantly clicked. Being a shy 16 year old girl I just glanced over from time to time hoping he would come say hello. After a few hours of locking eyes he came over and asked me for the last dance. After that night we became the greatest friends.

A month later, on the Fourth of July, he kissed me for the first time while watching Win A Date With Tad Hamilton. The rest is history. Our love story continued for the next 8 years, and I could sit here and write about it for hours. We grew up together, helped each other grow, and our love just became stronger. John and I have made beautiful memories, have picked each other up through the tough times and encouraged each other through every obstacle. He is my soulmate, my best friend, and I can’t picture life without him.

The Proposal

On December 20, 2015 John picked me up from a Christmas brunch to meet up with his family in Peddlers Village, PA for some shopping and dinner. A few weeks before John had mentioned it to me nonchalantly, and I was clueless as to what was really being planned. After a few hours of shopping, admiring the lights, and walking around we came across a beautiful tunnel that was lit up gorgeously. His sister turned to us how she normally would and said “Do you guys want a pic?”
After our picture was taken I began to walk away when John grabbed my hand, turned to me and said “You know I love you right?” I was still clueless when he grabbed my face and explained how much I mean to him. It was then I realized what was happening, but I was in complete shock and so surprised! I began to cry, he then got down on one knee and said, “Will you marry me?” Unable to even speak I screamed yes! Just when I thought the moment couldn’t get any better or more perfect my family came running through the other side of the tunnel. We had his family on one side, my family on the other and the song “A Moment Like This” playing in the background. It was truly a fairy tale and the most magical night of my life.
She said yes!

She said yes!

The Wedding

We had our wedding at Sacred Hearts St. Stephens in Downtown Brooklyn. This church is very special to me because it is where my parents got married, and as a little girl I always thought it was so beautiful.

There were so many amazing moments in our day, but my absolute favorite was when John and I exchanged our vows.

The confetti canons were shot right after we walked out of church. It felt magical and was the perfect moment right after we officially became husband and wife.

We loved our confetti and got so many beautiful pictures thanks to your company!

We had the reception at Westmount Country Club in New Jersey. While we were shopping around for venues for the reception, it simply felt right at Westmount. It has a modern and classic feel for the traditional wedding we have always wanted.

Our first dance was “Never Stop” by SafetySuit and I danced to “Daddy Dance With Me” by Krystal Keith with my father. Those two dances were beyond special and everything I dreamed they would be.

We had a big bridal party and it was a blast! I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Most of the members were family and friends that turned into family. The little children are our nieces and nephews, and the junior groomsman is John’s adorable cousin. The two junior bridesmaids are my brother and sister’s daughters, they were ecstatic to be such an important part of our big day.

My beautiful flower girl is my brother’s daughter Alessandra. She was so proud that day and did an amazing job.

Vendor Details:

My vendors were amazing and wonderful to work with. My dress was designed by Pnina Tornai. It was an absolute dream to wear one of her dresses.

My makeup was done by Lauren D’Amelio and hair was by Senada K.

Our flowers were done by Pedastals. They were absolutely stunning.

Photo by Photography by Alfonso

Photo by Photography by Alfonso; Centerpieces by Pedestals

 

Bridal Bouquet by Pedestals

Photo by Photography by Alfonso; Bridal Bouquet by Pedestals

 Lastly, our cake was done by Palermo Bakery.

A huge thank you to Michelle for sharing her lovely story and the details on her wedding. We are so thankful for customer feedback, and for sharing with us on Instagram. We found Michelle’s photos just by following the #superiorcelebrations. Please be sure to tag us so that we can feature your story, too! If you are in the New York/New Jersey area be sure to check out her vendors, and give them a follow on social media. 2017 was a spectacular year for weddings, and we are excited to see what 2018 brings!

Posted in Customer Stories & Product Reviews, Weddings

Favorite Moments of 2017

Favorite Moments of 2017

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is over, and a new year is just begun. This is when we we stop and reflect on the year we had and contemplate what we want for this next year. 2017 was a great year at Superior Celebrations because we got to take part in so many beautiful moments with our customers. We want to share some of the highlights with you and thank our sweet customers for including us in their big days.

Favorites of 2017

Favorite Gender Reveals

Ah, gender reveals. They hold a dear place in our hearts. A a new baby is always a mystery–what will they look like? Who will they someday be? The gender reveal party is a fun place to start all that wonderment and excitement with friends and family all around. We get so many amazing stories and photos from our customers that it’s difficult to narrow down a few favorites.

Sometimes in the flurry of confetti and jumping–we find that folks do a lot of jumping at the reveal–it can be tricky to see everyone’s faces. It was so fun to see the Pecora family’s reaction to baby boy!

Favorites of 2017

And how about those small, intimate reveals? This sweet moment shared by the Tuck family is one of our favorites because big sister is the central part of the photo.

Best of 2017

We have two options for Gender Reveal Confetti, pink and blue. Imagine our delight when the Craft family had both pink and blue confetti blast off for their twins!

Favorites of 2017

Favorite Sparkler Photos

Sparkler exits are a big deal over here. If you’re in the market for wedding sparklers, or are considering using them in your wedding make sure you check out our posts 6 Sparkler Sendoff Do’s and How to Photograph a Wedding Sparkler Exit. And now for a few of our favorites!

Sparklers are a staple for New Year’s Eve, and this couple kicked off 2017 by tying the knot. The sparkler exit captured by Daisy Moffat is full of fun and excitement.

It’s always adorable when you get a close up of just the bride and groom with sparklers. This cute smooch was captured by April from April G. Photography.

With adult supervision, sparklers are most thoroughly enjoyed by children. Ashley from Ashley Guinn Photography used our 10″ Sparklers in a princess photo shoot. How sweet is this little one?

It’s always exciting to see new ways for people to photograph our sparklers. This ring shot captured by Laura Moore puts an interesting spin on our Heart Sparklers.

Favorite Confetti Photos

We couldn’t be happier that the old tradition of throwing rice is now a showering of confetti. Our White Confetti and Multi-Color Wedding Confetti are the top sellers for weddings, although other colors and varieties are also used and look amazing.

First off, our favorite multi-color confetti picture is of Britt and Tory, captured by Sterling Image Works. A perfect “you may kiss the bride” moment.

Typically, the bride and groom are the ones who decide to use confetti. However, for this couple, the confetti was a total surprise! How fun for them to walk down the aisle as it’s raining white confetti.

Captured by Leigh Elizabeth, surprise coordinated by Auburn and Ivory Creative

Captured by Leigh Elizabeth, surprise coordinated by Auburn and Ivory Creative

When a couple goes super bold with our Gold Streamer Cannons, the result is a giant golden archway that is absolutely perfect for that end-of-the-aisle shot.

Finally, you have to give it up to the couple and the photographer who will brave the rain for a confetti shot. This photo was captured by Laura Moore and has us rethinking everything we know about confetti and rain. In fact, we have an entire post dedicated to Weddings and Rain: A Photographer’s Perspective.

Favorite Sky Lantern Sendoff

Sky lanterns are the way to go if you always dreamed of a fairy tale wedding. That said, combined with a destination wedding, our lanterns are a match made in heaven. We loved this destination wedding shot in Cabo by Victoria Huff.

Sending off a sky lantern is one of those “bucket list” items for everyone, and these guests had a blast filling the night sky with them.

Looking back on all the photos of 2017 shows just how beautiful a few things like confetti, sparklers, and lanterns can make a moment. We are so thankful for our loyal customers and the amazing photographers who allow us to showcase their work. We are looking forward to a truly spectacular 2018. If you want us to see your weddings, events, and gender reveals, be sure to tag us on Instagram @superiorcelebrations and use the hashtag #superiorcelebrations. You can also give us a shout-out on Facebook.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Featured Proposal: Ben and Irena

Featured Proposal: Ben and Irena

We often talk about weddings here and hope to provide inspiration for couples planning their weddings. But what comes before the big day? The proposal, of course! While it’s the ultimate romantic gesture, proposals take creativity, guts, and sometimes a team of people to pull off with finesse. So what happens when you put your proposal in the hands of a wedding and event planner?

Magic.

Today, we want to share a sweet story while spotlighting a few of our friends from the wedding and event industry. What’s especially fun about this proposal is that the couple, Ben and Irena, both work as vendors and know their way around weddings. Ben works as the chief operating officer for Chase Canopy, a company specializing in luxury tents and event rentals, and Irena works for BBJ Linen, the nation’s leading provider for linen rentals. The fairy godmother of this story, Lisa from Creative Concepts by Lisa, worked with Ben to pull off a spectacular proposal that was watched by 20,000 people on Facebook Live.

Now, before we get to the juicy details we have to tell you a little bit about Lisa and her fabulous company.

Vendor Spotlight: Creative Concepts by Lisa

Lisa started her business in Hamden, Connecticut back in 2009. Since then, the team has grown and now has offices in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts as well. Lisa describes her philosophy as making her clients shine. She says, “My philosophy is simple, when the curtain goes up you get a standing ovation! I absolutely love being a wedding planner and making you the star of the show.” Lisa’s enthusiasm is infectious, and it’s no wonder Ben turned to her to help stage his proposal.

So how did Lisa manage to get both Ben and Irena into her office for a Facebook Live event? The Teal Couch. Every Tuesday, Lisa invites industry vendors to come to her office, sit on her teal couch, and engage in a live Q & A. The Teal Couch provides what she calls “wedding therapy,” and gives the perfect space to swap stories, exchange laughs, and share valuable information with her audience.

When Ben and Irena came on it was because they are TWO of my industry vendors, but behind the scenes Ben and I had been working to get Irena on the show for months and surprise her with the wedding proposal!

Ben appeared on the Teal Couch over the summer and that’s when he decided to pop the question in Lisa’s office. The proposal didn’t take place until November, after luring Irena in under the pretense that she would be talking about BBJ Linens with Ben and Lisa.

Vendor Spotlight and Surprise Proposal

After scheduling the show, Ben left the details up to Lisa–genius move, by the way. Lisa collaborated with some of her favorite vendors to put together the perfect spread:

Ben purchased his ring at Jared’s Jewelry and dropped it off with me the week before the show so she couldn’t stumble upon it. I then contacted my friends and fellow vendors: Luigi of Forget Me Knot Flowers for the dozen red roses, Hope at J-Cakes for the amazing cup cakes adorned in edible pearls and diamonds, Steve of Juhasz Music for the live music and JC of Robert Norman Photography to capture it all! Funny, I set up the on-site photographer as being in my office to take images for my website, and we even did twenty minutes of “mock photos” pretending they were clients, and now they are. Irena was NONE the wiser!

Lisa introduced Ben and Irena and allowed them each some time to talk about their respective businesses. They then went into the Q & A format for a typical Teal Couch session. After some time, Lisa asked Ben to retrieve something from another room while she and Irena continued talking. A few minutes later, Ben came back accompanied with musicians and immediately got down on one knee. Irena was so shocked that he had to ask the question twice.  You can see the disbelief on her face in this photo.

Vendor Spotlight and Surprise Proposal

Vendor Spotlight and Surprise Proposal

This is after Ben popped the question a second time. This is most likely the moment that all the women watching on Facebook Live started getting a little teary.

Vendor Spotlight and Surprise Proposal

When you think of the number of people involved in this proposal, and the fact that it was recorded on Facebook Live it’s almost a miracle that it went off without a hitch. Lisa explains that Ben really did his homework to make sure that everything went perfect. He even came down a few days earlier to do a “walk through” to practice with Lisa. Someone give this man a Klondike bar! Major kudos, Ben.

Vendor Spotlight and Surprise Proposal

We might be a tad bit biased, but one of our favorite parts about this proposal is the photo op they did using our confetti cannons. We always get to see them used for weddings, but just maybe they are even more magical at proposals?

Vendor Spotlight and Surprise Proposal

Lisa will be along for the ride of wedding planning and assures us that a wedding set for 2019 is on the books. Ben and Irena asked her to be the officiant and she assures us that it will be a “tented affair,” most likely dripping in gorgeous linens. We hope to see some sparklers and confetti cannons make an appearance as well (wink).

Congratulations, Ben and Irena! What a beautiful proposal and exciting day. If you want to watch how it all unfolds you can see the recorded video from Facebook Live on Lisa’s page. Make sure you follow her on Instagram as well! A huge thanks to Lisa for sharing all of these insider details with us. We are so excited to see what is sure to be a fabulous wedding in 2019.

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3 Winter Wedding Shower Ideas

3 Winter Wedding Shower Ideas

That Halloween sugar high is wearing off and we all know what that means…the holiday season has begun! It’s almost dizzying to think about heading into the holidays, and if you add weddings to the mix it’s even more so. Are you a bride tying the knot during this winter? Are you a bridesmaid planning showers and bachelorette parties during the holiday months? We have compiled some great ideas to help you plan your events during this festive time.

3 Winter Wedding Shower Ideas

Kate Spade Holiday Shower

Chic and glitzy Kate Spade details are often woven into bridal showers. After all, pink, glitter, and gold–Kate Spade’s favorite palette–are perfect for girlish wedding celebrations. Swapping out pink for green or red is the perfect way to stay on point with your Kate Spade shower. We love this table spread by Pizzazzerie and how it incorporates the best holiday elements in such a chic way.

Photo by Pizzazzerie

Photo by Pizzazzerie

Whether you serve brunch, lunch, or even just cake, be sure to include some festive drinks at your Kate Spade shower. A sprig of rosemary, a handful of cranberries, and striped straws finish off a gorgeous table.

Who doesn’t like getting a shiny new ornament for their Christmas tree? Keep in your Kate Spade theme with these DIY ornaments. Guests will love taking these shiny baubles home.

Photo and tutorial by Handmade Mood

Photo and tutorial by Handmade Mood

Wine and Cheese Couples Shower

While wedding showers are usually a feminine portion of the wedding, many couples opt for a couples shower instead. Couple showers are fun because it gives the bride and groom time to enjoy their friends together. Spring and summer allow for couple showers to take place outdoors in the form of BBQs and picnics, but in the fall and winter months you need to find something more cozy. Enter everyone’s favorite duo: wine and cheese.

Promise your guests (sometimes the menfolk need convincing) that a couples shower is going to be a blast. These invitations should do the trick!

Invitation available for purchase on Etsy

Invitation available for purchase on Etsy

The fundamentals of a great wine and cheese night are pretty easy to imagine, but this is a party you want everyone to savor. The first thing to start with is an amazing charcuterie board. Use a combination of cutting boards, marble platters, glass and metal dishes to keep the texture interesting. Remember to garnish with the holiday in mind by using sprigs of rosemary, cranberries, and pomegranate seeds. Your charcuterie should be equal parts salty, savory, sweet, and spicy.

Speaking of savory and sweet, we’d be remiss to not include this utterly decadent baked brie recipe. This dish has every component possible–sweet, salty, spicy, and oh-so-gorgeous. Whether you’re planning a shower or not, be sure to put baking this on your holiday bucket list.

Photo and recipe by Foolproof Living

Photo and recipe by Foolproof Living

A wine and cheese night offers some fun activities and gifts for your guests. For example, use glasses with chalkboard stems and encourage guests to write on and take home their glass. Party favor = complete.

Photo by Wedding Dash

Photo by Wedding Dash

Want a simple little game or activity? Have guests try and figure out how many corks are in the jar. Winner takes home a bottle–or a block of your favorite aged cheddar.

Another fun activity is to have guests label your “firsts” on bottles of wine. These bottles are to be opened during your first year as you pass different milestones like first fight, first Christmas, first power outage–you know, all the predictable and totally unpredictable things that can happen in the first year of marriage.

Photo by Indulgy

Photo by Indulgy

Buffalo Plaid Bachelorette

You start seeing hints of it in October, but by December buffalo plaid is out full force. Why? Probably because this fabric pairs so well with jeans, boots, and all things winter. And, it makes for the perfect, cozy theme for a bachelorette.

Start off with these darling invitations available on Etsy.

Available for purchase at Coral Balloon

Available for purchase at Coral Balloon

Serve your girls from an elaborate hot chocolate bar. Follow this link for a bunch of free printables to accessorize your spread.

Picture and printables by Lia Griffith

Picture and printables by Lia Griffith

 

If you want to serve something a little more hefty than hot chocolate, a chili bar is a great spread to pair with your cosy, buffalo plaid theme.

Gift your bridesmaids with some monogrammed buffalo plaid shirts to wear while getting ready for the wedding. Speaking of bridesmaids and gifts, we have a whole post dedicated to finding your girls the perfect gift! Be sure to check it out after reading this one.

Available for purchase at Moomsie and Me

Available for purchase at Moomsie and Me

Non bridesmaids can receive these adorable koozies to remember the weekend.

Available for purchase at Memory Jar Creations

Available for purchase at Memory Jar Creations

As you can see, the holidays provide for some excellent ways to celebrate wedding showers. We hope this post gave you some inspiration and ideas to make your celebration truly superior. Feel free to tag us on Facebook or Instagram with #superiorcelebrations to show us how you celebrated!

Posted in Weddings

Family Holiday Photo Tips

Family Holiday Photo Tips

We are (roughly) one week away from Halloween, one month away from Thanksgiving, a month and a half away from Hanukkah, and two months away from Christmas. What does this lineup mean to you? Well, besides the obvious, “Oh no! It’s time to start shopping!” you might also realize it’s time to start thinking about those holiday cards.

Those holiday cards and photos really sneak up on you, and we want to help you prep. That’s why we asked some of our photographer friends to help give you the information you need to get the best holiday photos ever.

Pro Tips for Taking Family Photos

Know Your Photographer

It should go without saying, but understanding your photographer’s style is key in getting the photos you want. Lindsey from Lindsey Portugal Designs recommends reviewing the photographer’s portfolio, blog, and Instagram before booking.

“If you don’t like the photos you are seeing from that photographer, you most likely won’t like the ones you receive. Each photographer has their own style, and it is important that you match that style with YOUR style.”

Remember that how a photographer edits your photos will the outcome as well. Check out how they pose clients, what settings they tend to favor, and the type of filters they use.

Determine Your Outfit Style

Most photographers are versatile and adept at catering to the different styles and interests of their clients. However, it’s always good idea to refer back to their portfolio and observe how their clients typically dress. If there is one thing photographers always agree on, it’s to avoid matching too much. Kaylie Cole from E. Hamilton Photography likens over-matching to killing the creative soul of a photographer.

Don’t be responsible for death of the creativity that lives in your photographer’s heart. Wear clothes that match, but don’t all wear the same thing. There is nothing worse than for a photographer to arrive at your session to see you, your spouse and all 6 of your children wearing a plain, navy blue long sleeve shirt. If you need styling tips, ask your photographer! I’m sure they’d love to send you some ideas!

Photo by Kaylie Cole

Photo by Kaylie Cole

When planning your outfits, keep in mind the setting for your photos. Taking photos in a field? Consider wearing pastels or neutral colors that will blend well with foliage. Urban setting? Opt for brighter colors that will pop against the grey background of buildings and sidewalk.

Photo by Ashley Guinn

Photo by Ashley Guinn

Layers and accessories can help to create a unifying look without being too matchy. Keep in mind that scarves, vests, and even hair bows will pull the look together.

Keep Comfortable

The absolute worst thing you can do when taking photos is look overly posed and set up. The best photos are the ones where you show your true selves–being happy! Ashley Guinn from Max Fisher Studios urges her clients to do whatever it takes to get that real smile:

“Act silly, tell dumb jokes, just do whatever it takes to get genuine smiles. I try to guide clients to look natural and not overly posed and stiff. Keep them engaged with each other.”

Photo by Ashley Guinn

Photo by Ashley Guinn

The photos you will enjoy the most are the ones where your family is genuinely having fun. If you know your kids (or spouse) might get a little stiff in front of the camera, plan for some activities during the photo session. For example, a family tickle fight is always guaranteed to get that genuine smile. Other ideas include running, jumping, and even blowing bubbles.

Photo by Kristen Duke

Photo by Kristen Duke

Remember who the expert is.

Sometimes, as parents, we face the difficult conundrum of putting our kids in their place while pleasing the photographer. In the case of family photos? Your photographer takes precedence. As Kaylie Cole from E. Hamilton Photography says,

Often times the best moments captured on camera are the ones when you are talking to or hugging your child. These are the genuine moments you want to be captured. Sometimes the photographer is intentionally NOT telling your kids to look at the camera. Telling your kids to “Look at the camera! Look at the caaameraaaa, LOOK AT THE CAMERAAAA!!!” Isn’t always helpful. It might be causing your kids to feel stressed out and it usually results in a photo of you with your mouth open.

family photo tips

Photo by Kaylie Cole

Photo by Kaylie Cole

Photo by Kaylie Cole

Be Considerate of Your Pets

Lastly, remember your four-legged friends. Oftentimes, families choose to include their pets in holiday photos. After all, pets are a part of their daily lives and routine. Why wouldn’t they include them? However, pets often pose a difficult problem when included in holiday photos; they are unpredictable and distracting. Lindsey Portugal has some awesome advice for tackling this problem:

“If you do decide to include pets in your family session, make sure to bring along a friend who can watch the pet for some of your session. Many times the pet will only be in a few shots, and you don’t want to have to leave your pet in a car! ”

We hope you enjoy these tips from some of our favorite photographers. A huge thanks to Lindsey, Kaylie, and Ashley for contributing.

Posted in Photography

10 Hilariously Awesome Halloween Treats

10 Hilariously Awesome Halloween Treats

For some folks, the most wonderful time of the year is not Christmas, but Halloween. The costumes, the candy, the decor and the mirth that accompanies “spooking” can easily rival jolly Ol’ Saint Nick’s festivities. Now is the time plan for parties and carnivals, and we found some hilariously awesome treats to share. Not only will these treats rule your carnival’s bake sale, but they will leave everyone laughing.

Dracula’s Dentures

Munch on this delicious concoction that is Drac’s teeth. Chocolate chip cookies, marshmallows, frosting, and slivered almonds make up these delicious dentures. Tip: these treats would make great favors when wrapped in a cellophane bag.

dracula-dentures-set

Photo and recipe by The Girl Who Ate Everything

Walking Dead Mummies and Babies

Looking for something savory to serve? These Mummy Dogs are a perfect snack for folks who are hungry as well as those who just want to taste. Ketchup and mustard are your usual suspects for dip, but get creative and find a more daring alternative with spicy mustards, aioli sauce and even chili for yummy dips.

With two ingredients–crescent rolls and hotdogs–these snacks are a cinch. Get the recipe and instructions here. And how cute are baby mummies? For this recipe you just sub the hotdog for Little Smokies.

Photo by Delish

Photo by Delish

Witch Wart Fingers

You can’t get through a Halloween bake sale without a friendly nod to witch’s warts. Gross, yes, but there is no escaping this age-old trope. We recommend implementing it in an easy way: dipped pretzel sticks. That’s right, all it takes is some candy melts, food dye and pretzels to give you a snack worth gabbing about. These treats would look cute splayed out on trays in groups of five. You know–really grab at them with your display. Check out this recipe for step-by-step instructions for the perfect Witch Fingers.

Recipe and photo by Crafty Morning

Recipe and photo by Crafty Morning

Shrimpy Brain Dip

This next treat is not for the faint of heart–or should we say stomach? While it combines all the best things such as shrimp, cream cheese and cocktail sauce, it marries them together in a brain-shaped mold. The result is a devastatingly realistic looking brain.

Hilariously Awesome Halloween Treats

Photo and recipe by 4 Sons ‘R’ Us

As long as you can get past the initial “incision,” you should be able to enjoy this shrimp dip with chips, crackers or bread. Check out the full recipe and instructions here.

Monster Donuts

So maybe you don’t have a brain mold handy. I know I don’t, and if the recipe is easy I’m more likely to try  it. That’s why these Monster Donuts are so awesome! There is no baking involved, just head over to your favorite donut shop and grab a dozen. You can purchase sets of vampire teeth at the dollar store and add a bag of M’n’M’s to complete this adorable treat.

We found this idea on One Little Project. Be sure to check out her site for amazing Halloween ideas!

Silly Apple Bites

If you’re looking for a snack that satisfies your vegan and gluten-free friends, these Silly Apple Bites are just the thing. This recipe uses sunflower butter to hold together two apple slices and a strawberry tongue. Sunflower seeds make up the teeth, and the googly eyes are made from this vegan friendly recipe.

Photo and recipe by Fork & Beans

Photo and recipe by Fork & Beans

Red Velvet Cinnamon Roll Guts

If the Shrimpy Brains grossed you out, get ready for another dose of gross. What happens when you take a beloved comfort food and disguise it as something gruesome? Mind numbing confusion, that’s what. These red velvet cinnamon rolls scream, “Don’t touch with a ten-foot pole!” but they smell like Grandma’s house and Christmas. Maybe just close your eyes while eating them.

Photo and recipe by Kitchen Overlord

Photo and recipe by Kitchen Overlord

Shrunken Apple Head Punch

If there’s one smell associated with fall (besides Pumpkin Spice Lattes), it’s apple cider. Mulling up your cider is a yummy treat, and you can add the funny factor with these “shrunken” apple heads. Achieve the shrunken-head look by baking the carved apples on a low heat for a few hours. Not only will you get a creepy treat, but your house will smell amazing!

Photo and recipe by Tesco Real Food

Photo and recipe by Tesco Real Food

Voodoo Doll Cookies

What pairs nicely with Shrunken Head Punch? Voodoo Doll Cookies, of course. Like we said earlier, Halloween totally rivals Christmas and this recipe certainly proves it. Put your cookie cutters to use early and delight your guests with these spooky guys! Wrap them in cellophane and gift them to friends and teachers to spread Halloween cheer [wink].

Photo and recipe by Not Quite Nigella

Photo and recipe by Not Quite Nigella

Whether you’re going for scary, gross or punny, we hope these treats gave you some inspiration for Halloween. As you plan for your parties and carnivals, check out this post to help you get Halloween ready!

 

 

Posted in Holidays

What Will It Bee: Featured Gender Reveal Party

What Will It Bee? Featured Gender Reveal Party

It always a thrill to get to see how customers use our products. When you share on Instagram and Facebook, we do a collective happy dance here at Superior Celebrations. We were so excited to see how Lindsey from Lindsey Portugal Studios used our Gender Reveal Confetti Cannons at her gender reveal party. For those of you looking for some gender reveal inspiration, here is a fresh and fun concept for your party.

What Will It Bee?

Lindsey and her husband, Ivan, are expecting their second child in December. While they had a small gender reveal party for their first child, Noelle, they wanted to take things to a little grander scale with number two. As a photographer and illustrator, Lindsey has plenty of creativity and talent at her disposal. She admits that she “tends to go overboard” and wanted to keep this party relatively simple.

What Will It Bee Gender Reveal Party

Lindsey chose a “Bee” theme to stay within a gender-neutral zone, but still provide plenty of sweet details. We love the simple combination of yellow, white, and beige incorporated into the decorations.

What Will It Bee Gender Reveal Party

For favors, she made up little jars of raw honey from Houston Farm To Home. Handmade beehive tags and mini honey dippers completed the gift. How cute are these?

What Will It Bee Gender Reveal Party

She kept things low-key and casual by serving guests from a baked potato bar–genius! And opted out of doing any games or activities:

I am not a big game person (even with baby showers) so I wanted the event to be more of a “socialize” event – casual. Everyone kind of made their guesses known beforehand though. I would say it was about half and half on the team boy/girl. Although the majority of my family was “sure” it was a girl.

A clean-eating enthusiast, Lindsey purchased gluten-free cupcakes from The Gluteny Bakery in Houston. Be sure to follow them on Instagram for some delicious inspiration.

What Will It Bee Gender Reveal Party

What Will It Bee Gender Reveal Party

For the big “reveal,” Lindsey and Ivan used our Gender Reveal Confetti Cannons. While they both already knew the gender of their baby, they wanted to capture the moment when their friends and family saw the confetti.

What Will It Bee Gender Reveal Party

Lindsey took pictures while Ivan videoed the reactions. You can see the expectation and excitement before the launch!

What Will It Bee Gender Reveal Party

What Will It Bee Gender Reveal Party

They used about five cannons and the effect was beautiful. Lindsey thought five was the perfect amount for her crowd, especially for the kids. “The kids were literally making ‘confetti angels’ in the ground after they went off.”

What Will It Bee Gender Reveal Party

Everyone cheered for baby girl number two, and the kids had fun playing in the fallen confetti. Lindsey said her daughter, Noelle, would “pick up the sticks and say ‘boom pink!’ They also had tons of fun using the Melissa and Doug kid cleaning kit to sweep all the confetti around. It was seriously tons of entertainment for the kids.”

All in all, it was a wonderful time spent with friends and family, celebrating the arrival of a new little girl. Congratulations, Lindsey, Ivan, and Noelle! We are so honored to have been a part of your great day.

What Will It Bee Gender Reveal Party

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Are you having a gender reveal party? Be sure to tag us on Instagram or Facebook so that we can share. We welcome featured parties, weddings, and celebrations and would love to showcase your day! Email hillary@superiorcelebrations.com for collaborations. 

Posted in Party Time! (Tips, Decor Ideas, & More)

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Superior Celebrations is a division of Superior Fireworks that specializes in products such as sparklers, confetti, and sky lanterns that make for special moments at weddings, parties, and other special events. Essentially, our expertise is in being the highlight of the party; we sell the products that everyone will talk about long after the party is over. Many of our products, such as our 20” Wedding Sparklers, our Heart Sparklers, and our Confetti Cannons, are designed and manufactured exclusively for us, to ensure we sell only the highest quality items.