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Getting the entertainment right – for your event or wedding

llex1Getting the entertainment right is a crucial element to any event. Entertainment can make or break an event, leaving guests with a memorable experience and a positive reflection. This is why the entertainment aspect should be an integral part of your event planning from the very beginning. Ready to plan your event entertainment? LimeLight Expressions has these tips for you to begin…

  • Think ahead! Do not try and book your entertainment – and make last minute decisions. Truly great party bands are hard to come by and when it comes to the busy festive season they are likely to have been snached up and booked 6 months in advance.
  • Gage your guests or audience with your overall concept. How do you want them to feel leaving the event? Do you wish them to be wowed? Impressed? Left feeling glamorous? The entertainment details have a huge impact on the type of entertainment you hire; in the same way the venue reflects your theme.
  • Think outside the box. Entertainment should be exciting, invigorating and above all – fun. Whether you’re looking for a live band, a jazz trio, some roving entertainment or a DJ, keep things fresh, on trend and current. Why not spice up your DJ’s set by having a live instrumentalists play over the top, or take a traditional string quartet and supply them with a modern repertoire?
  • Trust your wedding planner or event planner. Let them provide inspiration and ideas for your event and be creative alongside you. Sometimes you don’t know exactly what you want and, having a trusted event planner with you, may offer a chance for additional concepts to flow.

Tips for a great summer family reunion

 

 

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Summer is a great time to celebrate what makes your family special. Family reunions can be a memorable and stress-free experience with some early planning and organizing. Here are some tips to get started:

Determine your size:  Inviting the entire clan, or just a few close aunts, uncles and cousins that you haven’t seen in a while? Your group size will determine the type of event you are planning as well as the location you can have it at.

Pick a date and location: By using group scheduling tool such as Doodle , you can identify a date that works for the majority of invitees. Once a date is secured, then you can decide on a location. Depending on how your family feels, would it be better to have a backyard BBQ or to meet at a public park? In case of bad weather, plan a backup location so the party isn’t ruined.

Ask for help:  Assign your family volunteers to different tasks that play to their strengths.  Don’t let someone try to take on too many things to where they cannot get everything done or purchased.

Pick a theme: What is worth celebrating recently, such as a new baby in the family or someone’s birthday; or are you just simply celebrating your family’s culture or heritage? If your reunion is to go on a cruise, you could try encouraging the family to dress all as pirates just to spice things up. The theme can help you figure out what types of games and activities are to go on at the reunion.  Even the food could be catered to the theme.

Activities: Are there a lot of children attending? If they aren’t happy, no one will be, so plan activities that cater to each age group of the kids attending. Make sure that the games are safe for the smaller children attending the reunion. Consider arts and crafts, coloring books, movie time, or a possible entertainer such as a clown. The pool is always a great way to keep children entertained, but be sure there are adults present so everyone is safe while having fun.
Other activities could include three-legged races, softball, volleyball, or whatever sport or game your family really enjoys. Consider putting on a talent show, hosting an eating contest, having a gift exchange, or even burying a time capsule with family member belongings to be unearthed at each reunion.

Plan the food: The family get-together usually revolves around a delicious meal that everyone can enjoy. If there are certain foods that hold special meaning to your family, a reunion is the perfect time to serve them. This holiday cookout collection from TasteBook contains recipes for the grill, picnic salads, summer desserts and more.

To make your reunion memorable, try using the custom cookbook from TasteBook. Have the group submit family recipes to create a cookbook for everyone that attends the reunion.

Don’t forget the camera: With most family reunions, it is hard to say when you will all be together next. Take plenty of photos. This allows you to photograph the children to see them growing from reunion to reunion. Also, for those who are getting older, it is always best to get family photos to have memories for a lifetime. You could also take video, add some photos and make a homemade video to share with the whole family. Capturing photos of these events will allow everyone to be able to enjoy the memories from wherever they are.

Celebrating Fathers Day the LimeLight Way!

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Looking for the perfect way to celebrate dad? From homemade crafts and gifts to delicious recipes, make Father’s Day special with these LimeLight suggestions for a fun-filled family day.

The Food

Start his day off right with a Father’s Day brunch. He’ll be feeling like royalty.  Pick a few choices that will have dad and everyone else’s mouths watering.

Easy Eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, eggs, yolks, toasted English muffins; as well as some additions like white vinegar, butter, heavy cream, ground cayenne pepper, and salt will have dad’s stomach thanking you.

Heart-Shaped Pancakes with two cups of flour, one teaspoon of salt, two tablespoons of sugar, four teaspoons of baking powder, two beaten eggs, one-and-a-half cups of milk, four tablespoons of softened butter, and, of course, a heart-shaped cookie cutter, your love will surely show.

Don’t forget the sweets!

Cakes

Try decorating the top of dad’s cake with his favorite sports team.

If he likes to grill, make a pretend grill out of the body of the cake and then place cake pieces in the shape of small hamburgers or hotdogs to put on top. For a bigger party, plan three cakes that are cut out into letters that spell out “DAD”.

Cupcakes: Father’s Day cupcakes are a great way for dad and everyone else to indulge in sweets on a smaller scale. Try to decorate them with a tie or golf ball and golf club to place on each top for some fun Father’s Day cupcakes. You could also try using felt mustaches and glue them onto toothpicks to place in the cupcakes. Humorous AND tasty.

The Fun

Personalize a photo frame: This is a great Father’s day craft for toddlers to really put their heart into. You will need: a wooden picture frame, a photo of the kids and Dad, paint and paintbrushes, glue, markers and stickers. Make sure the paint dries before adding decorations. Try adding sentiments like “I Love You Dad,” or “#1 Dad,” or “Daddy’s little girl/boy.” Place the photo in the frame after everything dries for the child to make dad feel special on Father’s Day.

Plan an Outing

Find something dad would want to do, such as a farmer’s market, a ball game, or a museum. What is something that fits dad?

Try finding a hiking trail, take a fishing trip, play at a local park, take a trip to a beach, or go for a bike ride to enjoy the outdoors. Really make it his day!

For more ideas on gifts and help with personalized invitations, cards, or any other decoration ideas, contact a LimeLight professional today.

 

 

How to have the best catering experience for your wedding

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The guests at your wedding will remember lots of things about your big day – the wedding dress, the speeches, your venue and the food. Did you know that the catering will likely be the biggest expense for your wedding?

Hear are some tips for getting the most out of your catering experience.

If you are thinking of doing the catering yourself, then think about hiring some staff to serve and clear up for you. It will be money well spent and will allow all your guests to relax and enjoy.

We recommend hiring a caterer if you plan on having more then 20 guests. You and your family won’t be able to fully enjoy yourselves if you are all running around ensuring your guests are all fed.

Start with your food budget and see which caterers fit your price range. It’s possible that you can negotiate with some caterers as quotes are usually ‘cost per head’, by substituting something on the menu.

A wide and varied menu is usually preferred, especially one that caters for special dietary requirements. If they don’t have what you want, then look elsewhere.

Don’t just take the caterers’ word– if any are unable or unwilling to provide proof of where they source their ingredients then you should have concerns. Check their references.

Need help with your event planning? LimeLight Expressions would love to help with your big day. We offer a one-stop event planning solution for all of you event planning needs. Now you’re in the LimeLight!

Planning a Graduation Party – An awesome send off for your high school grad!

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Graduation is right around the corner. Your son or daughter will be throwing the cap off and getting ready to rock their new college environment. Why not bring it in the right way and step into the LimeLight?

A “Trunk Party” is the perfect send off.  A trunk party is more of a going away party that also helps you, the parent, save a little cash. The idea of a trunk party is to get those dorm room necessities and toiletries your college freshman will need to make it through the first year.

Here are some great ways to personalize a trunk party for your college bound teen:

The decorations are always the fun part. Start with using their college colors for plates and napkins; as well as center pieces with bouquet of lollipops using the same collegent color scheme. You can also hang up a school flag or integrate the schools mascot into the decor, whether it is a bear or a cornhusker!

Place empty envelopes on a table with blank sheets of college ruled paper. Next, create unfinished sentences written on the front of each envelope like: “Open When you’re feeling discouraged…” Or “Open when you need to know how much I love you…” or “Open when you’ve aced your first test…” The party guest will choose an envelope with the unfinished sentence and finish it for your college bound teen to read when they are feeling homesick.

And don’t forget to make this a moment that is truly unforgettable for your high school grad.

These fantastic and cool party ideas are only a few. Don’t think you could do it on your own? We would love to help plan this very special send off with you. For more great tricks of the trade from Limelight Expressions, please subscribe to our blog.

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Navigate a corporate party like a pro!

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Holiday office party season is in full swing. But there’s no need to get stressed about it. LimeLight Expressions has some simple tips to help you navigate through the terrain of corporate holiday party etiquette.

  1. Make an effort to strike up conversations with people you don’t know at the party. Or spend time catching up with someone who you don’t work side by side with on a regular basis.
  2. Don’t bring uninvited guests (spouses, children, even clients) to the party.
  3. If your office participates in a Secret Santa, don’t give joke or passive-aggressive gifts, such an alarm clock for the person who’s always late. Choose a non-personal gift, such as a gift certificate to a restaurant or movie, a picture frame for a desk, etc.
  4. If there is Karaoke..sing! Try and participate in activities at the party. It shows you’re a team player.
  5. Even small quantities of alcohol can make you do things you wish you hadn’t. Order something like a rum and Coke, then stick to plain Coke after that. No one will ever know!
  6. If you would like to give a gift to a co-worker and you’re not giving gifts to other co-workers, give the gift to the co-worker privately.
  7. Never forget that you are at work!

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Planning for the Holidays

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When planning any event, there is a laundry list of items to consider, and that list may get even longer when you are planning something for your co-workers or corporate clients, especially during the busyness of the Holiday season. One very important task of planning your to-do list is choosing the right people to assist in your holiday party planning process.

When choosing companies to assist in your holiday party needs, always think local first. Not only do you support the local community but also you have the added benefit of having better customer service. They can meet face-to-face as well as get you your product or service more efficiently.

One local company that can make your holiday party planning a little less stressful is LimeLight Expressions. They are a family-owned and operated, based in Omaha, NE. They can assist you with everything from invitations to décor or your full on event planning needs from start to finish, so you can enjoy, relax and show your employees, co-workers or clients a wonderful time without all the hassle of planning your event during the holiday season.

A holiday party is to show your appreciation to your employees, co-workers or clients for the hard work or the business they have done with you throughout the year. But, planning a unique holiday party takes good preparation and organization.

LimeLight Expressions is a full service event planning and design company that can put you in the limelight for the holidays with unique party ideas. Want some holiday party ideas that will have your guests talking throughout the years? Consider these:

Entertainment: Creating the right atmosphere for any event is key. Why not create an electrifying atmosphere with a live band or DJ for your holiday party.

Did you know some of the top live bands are right here in Omaha? It’s true! We have unbelievable live bands that will not only create an uplifting atmosphere but will have the dance floor swinging all night long. By supporting a local band, you will not only show your in touch with the local community and are supporting it but you will have the bonus of an impressive corporate image.

If you’re having an employee appreciation holiday party and want a little more of the team-building atmosphere, think of things that will get everyone up and moving around. There are great interactive game shows that can be set up at local venues or even in a home setting. Local scavenger hunts are a great way to not only see the great sites of Omaha but also give employees a time to bond and have some fun.

LimeLight Expressions can assist in all your entertainment needs for your holiday party from disc jockeys, to a live band or full interactive entertainment.

Ice Sculpture: For unique and fun centerpieces or a rare adult beverage dispenser, who doesn’t love a creative ice sculpture? Ice sculptures are a real crowd pleaser and if a sculpture isn’t big enough for you, how about your company logo in ice or an entire bar of ice.

Cook-Off: If involvement is what you seek, then tickle your guests’ taste buds with a little fancy feast.

We have amazing culinary artists in town that are remarkable. Not only can they come in and do a cooking demonstration for you but also you can have your guests participate. It is a fun interactive way to learn new recipes and participate as a group or allow a top chef to cook for your guests.

Flair: Have you ever seen flair bartending or flairtending? It is a fun way to WOW your guests and get delicious cocktails for the entire evening. It is sure to please all your guests as they juggle, flip and flame through the evening.

Theme: A holiday party theme is a wonderful way to really have fun and get your guests involved. Find a theme that makes it interesting to come to your event.

Everyone loves the ugly sweater parties and winter wonderlands. If your budget allows, allow your home or venue escape to a unique setting of wonder. This is a sure way to make your holiday party different and your guests will be talking about your event for years to come. Plus, the invitations with your one-of-a-kind theme will peak your guests’ interest to mark their calendars right away.

If you want some additional holiday party ideas or want to try one of these suggestions but just not sure where to start, contact LimeLight Expressions to assist in your holiday planning.

The benefits of planning a holiday party are to show your appreciation to your guests and thank them for everything they have done. It really does make a difference for your employees, co-workers or clients but planning can be stressful so call the experts to help you make a truly memorable event.

LimeLight Expressions is a unique family owned business in that they can assist in your entire event planning needs from holidays, weddings to corporate parties. Everything they do is customized to the individual or business from invitations to decorations, they have you covered.

If you still need those Holiday cards either personal or business or even Holiday party invitations, think of LimeLight Expressions. Everything they design is hand drawn and completely unique for you.

Plus, you’re not only receiving a quality product or service with LimeLight Expressions but you support a local business and the local community. Every dollar spent with LimeLight Expressions, 10% of the net proceeds goes to a charity of your choice and during the holiday season, 20% of all net proceeds go back to the local community.

Let LimeLight Expressions put you in the limelight by thinking outside the box for you and making your holiday party something that your guests will truly remember.

Read the full article about LimeLight Expressions in the Strictly Business Magazine.

The owner of LimeLight Expressions, Kimmylea also appears on the cover of the Strictly Business Magazine this month.

Your Holiday Party Checklist

Strictly Business Magazine’s October issue features LimeLight Expressions as your Holiday Expert.

Here is your Holiday Party Checklist:

Set that Date: Start by planning your personal or business holiday party early so that your guests save the date. With many other events during the Holidays, you want to make sure your party is at the top of mind. LimeLight Expressions can assist in making a unique and memorable event that your guests will be talking about for years.

Create a Budget: Every event has a budget and Holiday parties can get expensive. A budget allows you to stay on track with your projected expenses and compare them to your actual expenses.

Select a Venue: The number of guests that you will be inviting will determine your venue accommodations. The venue should complement your holiday décor vision. Determine if the venue is more accommodating for a buffet-style meal or cocktail service. Holiday parties are often held in a home for that personal touch.  Whether your event will be held in a ballroom or at home, LimeLight Expressions can help you with all the details no matter the size of event.

Theme: A holiday party doesn’t necessarily have to have a theme, as the holidays are a great theme in itself! However, themes help you plan decorations, invitations and even the menu. Holiday themes can range from ugly sweater parties to Winter Wonderlands.

Invitations: Creating the invitations is an important step and sets the entire mood for your event. Paper invitations instead of electronic invitations are such a wonderful touch in today’s technologically savvy world. Create an invitation that is unforgettable and makes the guests not want to miss out on your party. Whether you need holiday party invitations or custom holiday cards, both personal and business, think of one place that has it all–LimeLight Expressions.

LimeLight Expressions can assist you with any holiday needs from event planning, family portraits and Christmas cards, both personal and business. They truly are a one-stop shop for all of your needs. They custom tailor your event and cards to your specifications and personality, designing an event and invitations/cards that are truly unforgettable. Call LimeLight Expressions today or visit them online to begin planning your holiday cheer! Creating images, memories and moments for your holiday season is their specialty and pleasure.

Read the full article in the October issue of Strictly Business Magazine.

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Relationship Building

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Client entertainment is an important part of building good relationships with your customers. When you get to know your customers in a more personal setting, they tend to not only remember you more, but they really want to do more business with their “friend”.

In its simplest form, client entertainment is taking your client out for lunch or coffee. It’s about offering your best clients, or strategically targeted clients, some form of social activity that shows you appreciate their business.

Some companies have larger budgets and will pull out all the stops to entertain their clients. Different types of client entertainment include a simple dinner at a decent restaurant right up to steaks that you can cut with the fork, a box at the Husker football game, impressive tickets for a highly desirable concert or even a client appreciate event for more mingling with your most valued or potential customers.

The benefits of client entertainment can be seen in all different levels. Every client is different, some want to be wowed by your superior client entertainment, others will offer you their business just because you fulfill their needs.

LimeLight Expressions is a full-service event planning, photography and design company. We can fulfill your needs and help you impress your customers with a tailored event specifically for your company, showing that appreciation to your clients.

LimeLight Expressions can even create memorable customized marketing materials to fit your needs and gain the exposure that you have been looking for in your business.

No matter how you entertain your clients, LimeLight Expressions says that it comes down to three simple points:

  1. Fulfill your Customer Needs
  2. Give a Quality Product or Service
  3. Always have Exceptional Customer Service

LimeLight Expressions is family owned and operated company with over 7 years of experience in the Omaha area. We know exactly how to build great relationships. Let us help you brand your business and bring in the customers, so you can build those lasting relationships and put you in the LimeLight.

See the full article of Entertaining your Clients in the Strictly Business Magazine.

Under the Veil – your guide to choosing a wedding veil style!

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There are lots of options for brides, depending on your dress style and length (and color!) and the general look and feel you are going for on your big day. Of course, you may not want to wear a veil at all, but if you do, read on!

Tips & Helpful Hints

  • Unless you are wearing a family veil or similar, make sure you buy your dress before you start thinking about veils as not all of them will suit the look you go for.
  • Even if you don’t think you’re a ‘veil person’, try one on at your fitting. It is 100% the best way to make your mom and bridesmaids start crying (in a good way).
  • When you go to your hair trial (and in some cases your actual hair appointment on the day) make sure you bring your veil with you. If your hairdresser puts it into place for you, make sure one of your bridesmaids is on hand watching so she can assist later in the evening.

Types of veils

Blusher is a term sometimes used for shoulder-length veils, but technically a blusher is the bit that stands in front of your face as you walk down the aisle, and that can be any length from birdcage to much longer. This is the one that your father lifts when he presents you to your husband.

Birdcage veils are the shortest length, and have enjoyed huge popularity in the last few years. There’s quite a bit of variety within birdcage veils but they’re usually worn just covering the eyes or extending down to the chin. Super stylish and low-hassle.

Shoulder-length veils are less commonly found these days, but are perfect for a fashion-forward bride, especially if you have detailing on your dress that you’d like to show off, but still want that dash of tradition. A fun version of the shoulder-length is the flyaway veil, which has more than one layer and just brushes the shoulders.

Elbow-length veils They’re elegant and easy to handle, and when combined with a blusher are very romantic without the hassle of carrying a full-length train around with you. These are perfect if you are wearing a full dress as they end just about at the point where the skirt of your gown begins, which is super-flattering.

If you loved Kate Middleton’s look, than fingertip-length is the one for you. This is the veil that flatters most brides and their dresses, and as a result is the most popular. A safe bet and an extremely pretty one.

Ballet-length is one of my favorites. You get much of the prettiness of the longer veil varieties, without worrying about tripping over yourself. Also called waltz-length (because you can still dance in it), it falls anywhere between the knee and ankle.

Chapel-length veils go all the way to the ground (it’s sometimes called a sweep veil), and may drape a little but does not have a train. This is one for formal weddings, and is incredibly romantic and elegant. You will definitely feel like a princess in this style veil. It’s often combined with a blusher and/or an elbow-length veil for two-or three-tiered loveliness!

The juliet cap is a look we are just seeing start to take off again, with both Kate Moss and Lily Allen sporting the look at their weddings last year. It’s very chic – after all, wedding style goddess Grace Kelly did it, so it must be a winner!

Pouf veils (tulle that gathers to a hairpiece, creating height) aren’t every bride’s cup of tea, but they can be gorgeous with the right gown. They are often used to add a bit of vintage 1960’s flair to an ensemble. Bold and beautiful.

Now you’re in the LimeLight for wedding veils!