Sober St. Patty’s: 4 Ways to Have all the Fun without the Alcohol This St. Patrick’s Day

Guest Blogger: Sarah Lockwood

Heavy drinking and St. Patrick’s Day tend to go hand-in-hand, but that can pose a problem for anyone hoping to skip the alcohol. Whether you’re underage, a recovering addict, or simply a parent who wants a safe way to engage their children for the holiday, there are all kinds of ways to have a substance-free good time. Here are a few ways to have a fun, sober St. Patrick’s Day:

1. Visit a museum

No matter where you live there’s likely at least one really awesome museum in your area, and you might even stumble across a St. Patrick’s themed exhibit. If you’ll have your children, opt for children’s museums where noise won’t be as big of an issue and they’ll get to have more of a hands-on experience. If you’re solo or with a partner, try to choose an exhibit that will allow each of you to learn something new. Enriching your mind and expanding your cultural horizons is always a fabulous way to spend your time. Plus with so many people out celebrating at the bars, there might even be smaller crowds at the museum!

2. Find a fun run, 5k, or other physical event

Surrounding just about every holiday are plenty of marathons, 5k walks, and tournaments, often with proceeds going to a good cause. Even if you’re not particularly active, find an event that will work for your fitness level and sign up. You don’t have to be experienced for most — there will probably be plenty of other newbies there with you, anyway —  and you can always find friends or co-workers who might be interested in signing up. Check your local newspaper, taking note of which events are child- and pet-friendly so you can plan accordingly. You’ll meet new people, get to wear a funky green outfit, give yourself a mood-lifting boost of endorphins, and end up feeling really accomplished by the end of it. The goal is to just have a good time, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself about how well you do.

3. Have a relaxing night in

Sometimes it’s the nights in that end up being the most worthwhile, and if you’re in recovery and avoiding triggers, it’s an easy way to avoid temptation on St. Patrick’s Day. Have something you’ve really been craving for dinner and catch up on your reading, crafting, or hobbying. Bake some delicious treats with your kids. Invite friends over for a movie night with hot cocoa and tea. If your gang usually does a big night out and is nostalgic for dressing up in festive gear, create custom t-shirts for everyone to wear. Just because you’re not going out doesn’t mean you can’t get into the spirit and have some fun!

4. Take a “trip” to Ireland

There are plenty of sober Irish traditions to try on St. Patrick’s Day, so dive right in. So often the eating part of the holiday is overlooked — and that’s a shame! Try your hand at an authentic Irish dinner, or find out which restaurants in the area are running a special and order in. You can work your creative side with some festive crafting, and read your children Celtic fairy tales before bed.

Whatever your reason for abstaining from alcohol this St. Patrick’s Day, it doesn’t have to mean giving up the fun. Try one of these ideas and find out for yourself!

Posted on March 13, 2017 and filed under Holiday Celebration.

Stress Relief for the Frazzled Bride

 Originally written by MJ for Always Fabulous Events 

Originally written by MJ for Always Fabulous Events 

We’ve all been there, those moments where the cliché of ‘so much to do, so little time’ seems to be the slogan of our lives. No more so than when planning and preparing for one of the biggest days of your life: your wedding. Not only do all of the decisions have to be made (venue, dress, colors, flowers, invitations, guest list, seating charts etc.) but then, as if in a never ending circle of things to do, those decisions must be executed.

While planning your wedding, it is important to find ways to relieve this overwhelming circle of stress.

Unload your plate: You don’t have to do this alone, you have people around you always willing to help! Delegate your tasks to friends, family, and your wedding planner.  Allow those people to ease some of the burden of the To Do List you’re constantly thinking about.

Make time for yourself: Whether it be going to the gym, getting a manicure, or grabbing a coffee with friends and talking about anything BUT your upcoming nuptials. Make sure that you are allowing yourself some time to just enjoy yourself.

Don’t let the stress of it all take control of this experience, you can handle it!

Posted on January 23, 2017 and filed under Wedding Planning.

After the Bridal Show

The bridal show has ended and now you have a bag full of stuff. Now what? 

Dump everything out of the bag and sort through it. Make separate piles for photographers, entertainment, florists, cakes, etc.

Go through each pile to pull out the professionals you remember speaking to. Pick out the few that made a big impression on you. These will be the first you research further. Read their brochures. Visit their websites.

Contact them to schedule an appointment to discuss your wedding. Don’t just call to ask what they charge. You won’t be able to tell what they can offer you or if they have options in your price range.

Think about the questions you want to ask ahead of time.

When you meet with each professional, make sure they will put everything in writing (in your contract)

Once you have interviewed your top choices, it is time to make a decision.

Randi currently speaks at The Bridal Event by Bouche Productions throughout the PA/NJ/DE area. Stop by to hear her inspiring and educating brides with multiple glittery planning gems. Visit www.bridalevent.com to see the current show schedule. 

Posted on January 16, 2017 and filed under Wedding Planning.

Read This Before You Attend Your Next Bridal Show

It's prime time for bridal shows and they are EVERYWHERE. Before you attend one, there are a few things you need to know ahead of time. 

Dress comfortably. You can expect to do a lot of walking and standing. 

Carry a tote bag. You will collect a lot of information at each stop. Some will be as small as a business card. Others may be as big as a magazine. Others may actually be a keepsake or a prize. 

Print labels with your name, email address, phone number, and wedding date. This will save you from writing the same information over and over again. 

Eat something before you arrive. Most venues will serve small samples of food. Bakeries will also have cake samples. However, you can't expect to fill up on any of it.  

Bring your entourage with you and have fun!

Randi currently speaks at The Bridal Event by Bouche Productions throughout the PA/NJ/DE area. Stop by to hear her inspiring and educating brides with multiple glittery planning gems. Visit www.bridalevent.com to see the current show schedule.  

Posted on January 9, 2017 and filed under Wedding Planning.

Happy Holidays from Trilogy Event Design

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Fabulous New Year filled with Sparkle & Glitter! 

We are planning some great things for 2017 including more frequent blog posts and social media content, gorgeous events, and magical collaborations. Stay tuned! 

Posted on December 25, 2016 .

Cinematic Masterpiece: Whitney & Richard

We shared photos from Whitney & Richard's summer wedding, but nothing makes wedding memories come alive more than a video (or as the artists who create them prefer to call them... "films"). When I watched this short reminder of this wedding, I laughed and cried right along with Whitney. I felt the emotion in each of Richard's words. I KNOW for a fact that these 2 beautiful people ADORE one another and have an unbreakable bond. 

Ladies & Gentlemen, I present Mr & Mrs. Strong. (insert applause)

We were graced with the privilege to work with an amazing team of wedding professionals to make this wedding the beautiful success that it blossomed into. Thank you to Yamean Studios for sharing this cinematic masterpiece with us.

Posted on November 30, 2016 and filed under Event Design, Wedding Planning, Videography.