Yesterday I posted about how to throw a safe, but fun Fourth of July barbecue. As I was writing that post I realized one of the more challenging aspects would be food, both appetizers and the main meal. To me, the main meal is a bit easier because the food doesn’t really need to change, just the delivery. But the appetizers are a bit of a different story. At least at the parties that I throw, appetizers are communal. I am not a huge fan of the these days and have been looking how things could be changed up! Here are some ideas for any upcoming Fourth of July barbecues you may be having.
Fourth of July is right around the corner. A holiday filled with family friends, yummy food, delicious drinks and fun fireworks. While it will probably look a little different this year, I imagine that barbecues will still happen along with family get togethers and fireworks viewings. It is not crazy to think that after months of quarantine, people will want to get together with the people the care about. While getting together with others can be risky, thinking through ways to make the get together as safe as possible is a step in the right direction. Here are a few suggestions for how to make your barbecue just a little bit safer!
I have to admit that one of my favorite parts of the planning process was actually planning our honeymoon. Don’t get me wrong, I loved planning the wedding but it was just different. There were times when it feels like you are planning the wedding for other people. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc. all have expectations of what your wedding will be. And realistically, they are all coming to this event for you, so it is kind to keep them in mind when planning. But, the honeymoon. The honeymoon is different. The honeymoon is truly just for you and your special someone. I love traveling in general, so this was even more fun.
It is hard to believe that we are getting so close to our first anniversary. This past year has just flown by. Our wedding day was one of the happiest of my my life. While it may not have been perfect (I’m looking at you 90 degree heat) on paper, it was perfect to me in every way. I found that it wasn’t all of the little details that made it perfect, but rather getting to marry my favorite person surrounded by our friends and family.
One of my favorite parts of our wedding weekend was the Welcome Party. It was the perfect time to see all of our friends and family in a more laidback environment. Because we had so many people coming into town for the wedding, instead of hosting a traditional rehearsal dinner we decided to go this route. We wanted to be able to spend as much time as possible with all of the great people the flew in for our big day.
The week leading up to a wedding can absolutely be stressful, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be. At the end of the day, your wedding day is party to celebrate a new phase of your life with all of your friends and family. For many, if you already live with your significant other not much changes after the wedding.
Figuring out gifts for our wedding party was harder than I could ever imagine. I went back and forth for months and months. Do I do a combination of smaller items that are useful? Do I do one nicer gift? Do I pay for a specific expense of being a bridesmaid? Riley was thinking along the same lines. We really didn’t want something that would be useless or set aside after the wedding.
I announced the launch of Parties by Catie-Marie in the middle of February. I was so excited when this finally came to fruition and I was able to launch my little Etsy shop. I had been thinking and dreaming about it for months and the fact that I took the leap was such a big moment. I had poured countless hours into creating the products, designing branding materials and thinking about the future. While I do not have a huge line, I was so excited to launch the products that I did have.
Even before I had launched the shop, I was thinking about all of the other products that I wanted to create. So many items beyond wedding invitations and invitation inserts… I wanted to expand to a full line of paper products for weddings, baby shower products, birthday party decor and holiday decor.
But we are in a very different place than we were in at the middle of February. The fact is we are in the midst of a global pandemic. One that can be incredibly dangerous due to the silent nature of the illness for the first 14 days. The best way we can flatten the curve on this pandemic, is to stay away from other humans (a.k.a. social distancing).
The entire goal of my company is to bring people together and along them to create a festive and classic atmosphere at the events and holidays they host. In light of everything going on, I feel it would be irresponsible to continue to encourage people to host parties and gatherings. Given this, I will be temporarily closing Parties by Catie-Marie. I will assess the situation on a regular basis and reopen when I feel it would be responsible to do so.
I appreciate everyone’s understanding during this time. Hopefully we will be back up and running in no time. Until next time, friends… CML
I hope everyone has enjoyed the wedding posts so far. We started by talking through priorities and figuring out what you want your wedding to be. Then we talked about the wedding planning process. That was one of my favorite post to write as I am such a little planner. Now, I want to talk about go into more detail and talk through some of the mechanics of some aspects of the wedding. First up is the wedding party.
Last week I announced the launch of Parties by Catie-Marie! It is something I have been working on this for a while and was so excited to share this with everyone. It is something I have become so passionate about and hope others can benefit from that passion. I wanted to breakdown the products that were launched with the launch of the business. Each month I will be back to launch more products and walk you through them!