-Place a large dinner plate in the middle of a place mat.
-If soup is being served, a soup bowl is placed on top of the dinner plate.
-The fork is placed to the left of the plate.
-The knife and spoon are on the right. The knife is positioned directly next to the plate with the blade facing in. The spoon is right of the knife.
-Soup spoons can be found to the right of the beverage spoon.
-If salad is being served, include a smaller salad fork to the left of the dinner fork.
-And what’s dinner without bread? The bread plate is placed above the forks with a butter knife on top.
-Place the water glass directly above the knife.
-As for the napkin, placement is at the discretion of the host. Under the forks or between the dinner plate and bowl are two popular choices.
A formal place setting is very similar to the informal, just with a few more add-ons.
-Begin with the informal setting.
-Include a wine glass next to the water glass above the knife.
-A dessert spoon can be added to the right of the beverage spoon, a fork can be placed to the right of the dinner fork, both placed above the plate, or simply brought out with the course.
-To dress your table up a bit, add a charger beneath the dinner plate for extra flare.
As with any event, make it your own! The above instructions are simply guidelines and are not absolute rules. Feel free to create your own table setting that will make your table unforgettable.
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We specialize in weddings, private parties, corporate events, non-profit fundraisers, and our own signature events.
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NoCo Boo's and Booze Annual Halloween Party in Old Town Fort Collins is just ONE WEEK away!
We are SO excited about all the buzz this year! Our partners have been amazing to work with, and we are thrilled to be hosting this annual bash in the upper level of The Mainline! It is such an ideal party space!
Tickets are still available online... presale tickets are only $25 vs. $30 at the door.
Tickets include ALL THIS:
-- Event Entrance to the Exclusive Top Level Party
-- 2 Drink Tickets Per Person
-- Costume Contest & Prizes
-- Discounted Bar Prices: Happy Hour ALL NIGHT!
-- Signature Cocktails
-- Free Appetizer and Sodas for DD's
-- Discount at Life of the Party Costume Shop
-- A donation to our chosen non-profit, Partners Mentoring Youth
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Raise Your Glass!
A toast to Grimm Brothers Brewhouse for bringing Oktoberfest here. They have a passion for authentic German style beers and are happy to share it with us. The owners of Grimm fell in love with the many styles of German beer and the way they have been made since the 1800’s. They learned how to make the many styles and perfected the process and tastes. Grimm Brothers decided everyone needs to share in this wonderful festival dedicated to BEER. That’s right your heard me, BEER.
They started the festival in their parking lot in 2010. It has become so popular they have steadily grown thought the years quickly. They are getting so popular they are needing to expand. This year they are moving to a bigger venue at Thunder Mountain Amphitheatre.
My Big Day was honored to be chosen as the planners for this stunning garden wedding. The event was hosted at the lovely home of Gary and Carol Ann Hixon of Fort Collins, near Horsetooth Reservoir. The bride and groom, Nikki & Ryder, were surrounded by loved ones who helped with all the little touches that made the day extra special.
Hosting a large event a a private home is no small feat. Not only are you bringing in decorations and rentals to a location vendors haven't been to before, but you need an XXL emergency kit available to trouble-shoot any accessories needed, should the home not be equipped with traditional supplies you would find at a venue. Luckily, My Big Day carries a large amount of supplies with us, AND the Hixons are no strangers to hosting large galas at their home. Aside from some unpreventable weather just prior to the wedding, the day want off without a hitch!
Thank you to all the vendors who made Ryder & Nikki's wedding a spectacular celebration of love!
Flowers: Florals by Rhonda
Cake: Fiona’s Deli & Bakery
DJ/MC: Robert Krueger
Photographer: BlueHaus Studios
Videographer: Forget Me Not Media
Caterer: Café Mexicali
Bartending: With a Twist LLC
MakeUp: Keegan Steele
Hair: Alysse Riccio
Rentals: Best Event Rentals
-My Big Day LLC
by Randi Juric, My Big Day
Being a good hostess doesn’t take a lot of skill. Being a good hostess is all about the timing and the come one come all attitude. All you need to remember is smiles, full drinks, full plates, great atmosphere. Here are a few structure points to being the best hostess you can be. As a hostess you are the greeter, server, entertainer, problem solver, and cleanup crew unless of course you hire someone for any of these jobs. Even if you hire someone a super hostess still eyeballs the help to make sure it’s getting done right. A great hostess can super charge the room just by their smile and presentation as you greet a guest. Be infectious and make the crowd happy and go lucky with a smile! We call that a Super Hospi Hostess, hospi stands for hospitality.
1. Set a clear start and end:
When you send out an invite be sure you list time, place, start and end dates. This will allow people to plan for the event accordingly. This will also ensure your party loving friends don’t overstay their welcome. Be sure to add an RSVP due date for a better had count for your event.
Be prepared to make confirmation calls to those who haven’t RSVP yet. Always be sure to ask if you think you may need to make special accommodations for some one.
When guests start to arrive be sure to make the rules clear “take your shoes off and head on in” or “There is/is not a smoking area out back”. Be sure you keep the environment comfortable for all guests and you too! Welcome them in and shoe them the layout. Everyone loves snacks and drinks, it’s the best part of the party!! Remember as your walking around mingling and welcoming new guests it’s OK to eyeball everyone’s plates and drinks. Be sure to ask in passing if they need a refill on any food or drink or if you can take their plate. Remember to SMILE SMILE SMILE!
4. Mingle, Mingle, Mingle:
It is very important to mingle and mix things up. Walk around and talk with your guests, catch up and maybe get people who may not know each other to start a conversation. Keep your background music in mind should you decide to play some.
Always put together a playlist that fits your crowd and don’t play it too loud. We want the music to entertain but not blast away!
5. Clean up:
Clean as you go! It makes things so much easier as you go to pick up and clean as your walking around mingling. Offer to take some ones trash for them. A hostess never leaves their guest with their hands full.
6. The wind down and long good bye:
Read your crowd! Timing is everything on the wind down. About an hour to thirty minutes before your scheduled end time take the time to look around and see if your guests seem to be winding down or going strong. If they are winding down you can turn your music down in the background more and start cleaning up a little more heavily as you mingle and say your goodbyes to those leaving. You can also thank people for coming as you’re cleaning up in their area before you move on, this will give the guest the impression the party is coming to an end politely. On the other hand if your guests seem to still be going strong and you don’t have to be out by a specific time start asking for refills again or if you can get them anything else. You can also turn the music up just a smidge. Mingle and ask your guests if they have met so and so yet and see if you can make some new connections.
7. The morning after:
Give some of your guests’ calls over the next week and thank them for coming again and see if they have any feedback for you good or bad, just listen to what they have to say there is always room for improvement. This helps you refine your hosting skills and see what works and doesn’t so well. This also gives you an opportunity to give more invites if you have other events you want to have some guests to join. Your guests will love the follow up and the time you took to say thank you again. It leaves a great impression that you cared to call them and ask if they had a good time.
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Our photography friend, 2M Photography captured some amazing photos of our event rentals. Our client and mom to be, Heather, has a beautiful shower hosted by her mom and sister. They asked My Big Day to decorate, provide serving dishes, and fun baby games. B.Sweet.Cupcakes in Loveland provided the delicious cupcakes.
Thank you, Vikki (mom), for thinking of us and allowing us to assist in your special day!
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