Monthly Archives: August 2013

How to choose your wedding menu – 5 tips to remember!

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When it comes to choosing your wedding food, there are many things you have to consider. While it is your wedding, and you are entitled to choose any food you want, it would be ill advised to choose something that couldn’t be enjoyed by (at least) the majority of your guests – though you cannot please everyone. With that being said, you also don’t want to make your food choices bland and boring! Here are 5 important things to remember when making your choice:

Cost

This is a major factor and something you should think strongly about. It has been said you should spend about 30% of your wedding budget on food and drink. There are definitely some food options that are more affordable than others. It may be a good idea for you to sit down and come up with a budget for your food before you begin making elaborate arrangements for the menu. You don’t want to set your sights on a five course meal when you have a low budget to work with.

Food Options

One thing to consider is a wedding buffet. This is actually great for all types of weddings. It will give plenty of options, which means that even the pickiest of eaters will be able to find something that they will enjoy. If you are not planning on having tables set up for everyone to sit down, then finger food options may be a great idea. Choose something that will be easy and simple.

Formal Or Informal?

Some brides will choose to have a formal dinner at their wedding reception. If this is the route that you want to take, then you will want to make sure that you have a few different options available to your guests. Some people may prefer to eat chicken, while others may want beef. Some people love pork while others cannot eat it. You must also consider vegetarians that may be at your wedding.

Problem Foods

Another factor to bear in mind is the fact that most of your guests will probably be dressed in their best attire. If you serve foods that are messy, such as pastas with sauce or barbecue ribs, you may find that many people cannot enjoy them for fear of getting barbeque sauce all over their suit or  dress.

Buffet Foods Vs Formal Sit Down Meal

There really is no right or wrong answer to this, it’s really just what is best for you and your guests on your special day. For a fork buffet, you want to offer a great variety of foods to keep everyone happy. So foods like chicken strips, ham, pork, beef, cream and roast potatoes, vegetables, etc all complete with a choice of sauces. For a formal sit down meal, you are really looking at two or three options from a set menu from which the guests would have picked their choice on returning their RSVP card. For this you’d expect maybe a Chicken dish, a Salmon dish and of course, a vegetarian option. In the evening, a smaller buffet with sandwiches and finger food options and some sliced cake will keep your guests happy!

Make sure that you take the time to look into all of your options so that you will choose the perfect menu for your wedding. After all, this is your big day and you will want to make it the best it can possibly be. If you need help with event planning for your wedding, large or small, give LimeLight Expressions a call! Don’t forget to follow our blog for more helpful tips on event planning, weddings or photography.

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Organizing a fundraiser? LimeLight Expressions has your back..

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LimeLight Expressions truly enjoys helping the local Omaha community. We love nothing more then having a common purpose and an exciting event to benefit that purpose. Last weekend, we had the pleasure of planning and coordinating a local fundraising event for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. We had a wonderful turnout and raised over $23,000 for the local chapter!

This picture is of Sam (8-year old with Muscular Dystrophy) and his parents, Mark and Nikki. The guitar was donated by Mr. Kenny Chesney! He donated one of his original guitars as a raffle item. It went to an amazing family that intends to turnaround and auction the guitar off to raise even more money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

We want to say thank you to Ranch View Estates neighborhood, all the wonderful volunteers and the generous corporate sponsors.

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Are you planning a fundraising event? If you find yourself in charge, or involved in planning a fundraising event, here are some basic guidelines to help you through the process.

1. Know your community! Can your community support another auction or is it likely that people in your “target demographic” would come to a formal fundraiser? Don’t be afraid to try something new – in fact, something fresh and new may be perfect – but, consider your community and what is likely to be well received.

2. Put together a stellar committee! One person cannot do all the work, it will be important to have a committee made up of both worker bees and well-connected individuals.

3. Develop a Timeline. Give yourself plenty of time, and schedule that time out with the details and tasks necessary to accomplish the event. Start with the date of your event and plan backwards.

4. Develop a budget and price competitively! As you think about revenue, make sure that you do not charge too little or too much for your event. Consider “add-ons” – ways to increase revenue such as selling raffle tickets, a silent auction or other ways to raise funds in addition to the actual event.

5. Don’t forget the marketing! Getting the word out is key to putting on a successful event. Utilize press releases and send it out to every radio and TV station, newspaper, newsletter and anyone else you can think of. Marketing is a place to be as creative as you want to be. Don’t expect to hold an event and attract people – it will take some energetic marketing to bring in the public.

Although there are a thousand details to organizing and pulling off a successful fundraising event, if you keep in mind these five basic elements, you’ll be well on your way to filling the coffers and generating plenty of attention to your cause! And if you need any help with your fundraiser or charity event, contact LimeLight Expressions. Event Planning is our forte!

What to wear for Family Portraits?

 

Don’t know what to wear for family pictures? Check out these tips…

  • Coordinate the style and color of your clothing with your location in mind.When choosing a color palette, consider what will go well with the colors of your home. After all, most people plan to hang them up!
  • Try to avoid clothing that is super seasonal. Unless you’re planning on using them only for Christmas cards, red and green scarves may not be the best choice. Pick a style, color, and location that you don’t mind displaying in your home year-round.
  • Don’t be afraid of color and pattern. While you may not want everyone to wear a bold color or a busy pattern- a pop or two of color and design adds interest to the picture.
  • Layer! Adding layers to your outfit not only adds texture to the picture, but also allows you to shed layers later on for different looks in different pictures.
  • For a photo that stands the test of time- opt for clothes that are classic rather than super trendy.
  • While a little bit of pattern can be a good thing, it’s best to avoid clothing with large graphics and logos.

 

Giving Back

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LimeLight Expressions loves to help the community.

We have been helping the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) the last couple of years to plan the annual carnival event. It is an event that 100% of the proceeds goes to the local chapter of the MDA so a cure can be found for those suffering from this muscle disease.

This Saturday, August 17, 2013 is the 4th Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Carnival Event! There will be plenty of fun for the entire family including Live Music by M.E.M.O.I.R.E., Jason Hinze and the popular cover band, High Heel, a mechanical bull, Husker players signing autographs, hot air balloon rides, face painting, magic shows, live animals, carnival games and more! Plus, you can’t miss the amazing FIRE ACT!

101.9FM, the Big O, will be having a live broadcast to giveaway some great prizes.

Don’t miss this summer fun and support a wonderful cause.

If you are in the Omaha area, come see what all the talk is about from 6:00-10:00pm this Saturday at 214th & Pacific Street in the Ranch View Estates neighborhood. Additional parking can be found at the Elkhorn Valley View Middle School off 208th & Pacific Street.

LimeLight Expressions also gives 10% of their net proceeds back to local charities of the customer’s choice.

It’s all about giving back!

Did someone say Husker party?

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Are you ready for the Husker Football Season? We Are!
LimeLight Expressions can help you put together a fantastic football party for all of your friends and family. Don’t get stuck in the kitchen when the winning touchdown happens! LimeLight Expressions creates a seamless experience that will take your football party to the next level. Our passion is rooted in the fan experience, so our parties are meant to create long lasting game day memories!

Want a winning event? Here are some tips from the pro’s!

Event Planning Tip #1: Will there be kids at your football party? Give them their very own environment to celebrate! One idea is to paint a faux football field and get an inflatable goal post for a fun game of backyard football.

Event Planning Tip #2: Create a pool for light betting and donate the proceeds to a charity backed by one of the winning team’s players.

Event Planning Tip #3: Don’t just invite sports fans. Set up the TV for fans to enjoy the game, but also have another area for those who are more interested in socializing.

Contact LimeLight Expressions for all of your event planning and party needs – Go Huskers!!

Party Planner for Kids’ Combination Parties

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Whether you are trying to save on money or you have boy and girl twins or children, combination parties can be a huge success when done right. We would know, LimeLight Expressions is an award-winning event planning company and the owner; Kimmylea is a mother of toddler boy and girl twins.

There are 3 simple steps you need to follow when having a combination party to make it as unique as the guests of honor.

1. A theme will set the precedence for everything from the invitations to the décor. Make sure it is a theme that shows the personalities of the guests of honor.   For instance, we just had a 2-year-old birthday party for these precious boy and girl twins. The theme was Noah’s Ark, as the animals on the Ark were paired in two’s, the twins also came in two and they were turning 2-years old. The invitation read: Like the Animals of the Ark, they came to us by Twos!

As the children grow, they may have their own ideas about the themes. Just because the themes do not match, doesn’t mean you cannot do them. If one child wants a cowboy and one wants a princess, make it a dress up theme.

However, there are so many great boy/girl combinations that you are sure to find a crowd pleaser. Just think: cowboys and cowgirl or Indian, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, Princess and Frog or Knight and the list goes on.

2. Invitations allow the guests to know the theme of the party, and it sets the mood of how everything will flow for the happy event. Have fun and be creative with the invitations. Allow the kids to get dressed up and make the invitations customized! Just because they are custom invitations, doesn’t mean they have to be expensive. Plus, invitations are a wonderful keepsake.

3. Decorations can incorporate so much personality. Allow the decorations to fit the theme and the personalities of the guests of honor. There are many fun things to do, especially at a children’s birthday to be incorporated from the party favors to the actual food to the yummy cake. Have the food fit the theme, just as much as the décor. For example: When we had the Noah’s Ark theme, we had a fruit platter that was shaped like a rainbow and the cake was a 3-dimensional ark cake with animals paired in two’s.

The most important thing to a combination party is to allow the personalities of the guests of honor to shine. Don’t feel challenged by combination parties, they are a great way to not only save money but also have a uniquely different party.

Want creative ideas for your next event or custom invitations? Contact us at 402.915.3534 or email us at info@LimeLightExpressions.com. Capturing Images, Memories and Moments for Your Events! www.LimeLightExpressions.com

Rock-a-bye baby – Tips for newborn photography

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Newborn Photography Safety Tips & Helpful Hints

Here are basic tips for photographing newborns safely:

  1. Always have a spotter nearby
  2. Keep the room toasty warm for baby, whilst keeping any fan heaters at a safe distance
  3. Clean and sanitize your hands regularly
  4. Check limbs regularly to ensure a good flow of circulation
  5. Don’t try to force a pose; some babies just don’t like to bend
  6. Support baby’s head in upright poses
  7. Always keep baby low when hanging/holding and have a supportive beanbag underneath
  8. Take extra care when using any hard props or surfaces
  9. Avoid putting baby in any glass props
  10. Use composite images where necessary
  11. Remember to listen to their cues, whether it is comfort, feeds or even just cuddles that they need. The best time for a newborn photography shoot is in the first 14 days. During this time, they sleep more sound, and curl up into precious poses easily.

Babies grow up so fast. At LimeLight Expressions we understand how important it is to capture those first precious weeks of your newborn’s life. LimeLight Expressions professional photographers will capture your little one’s special personality. We pride ourselves on providing a finished product that will warm your heart and be something you will cherish for years to come. Please contact LimeLight Expressions to set up your newborn photography session.

Dressed to the nines at LimeLight Expressions!

Congratulations to Kimmylea, owner of LimeLight Expressions for being a 2013 Best Dressed Nominee for Strictly Business Magazine!
Voting officially begins August 1st, 2013 and ends September 3rd, 2013.
We want all of Omaha to spread the news and vote Kimmylea as Best Dressed 2013!
Strictly Business asks that people only vote once.
You can vote at the link below:
A huge thanks to Strictly Business for nominating our lovely Kimmylea!
Please help us spread the news about the 2013 best dressed nomination, and the wonderful customer service and products LimeLight Expressions has to offer! 
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