Season’s Greetings from SocialBFly!

Season’s Greetings from SocialBFly!

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Happy Holidays!

Thank you for supporting SocialBFly and reading Behind the Veil, Beyond the Vows this year. Wishing you every happiness this holiday season.

May the Peace and Joy of this Holiday Season be yours through the New Year!

Looking Forward to 2017 with enormous
Energy, LOVE and Gratitude…

Team SocialBFly!!

Halloween Pinspiration

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Happy Halloween!!  Enjoy a time out from the sweets and trick or treaters with a little pinspiration from SociaBFly’s Halloween Pinterest Board.

And since we don’t have any candy to give away today, we are throwing in a free printable for a fun and easy halloween-photo-scavenger-hunt.

 

Happy New Year!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! I’m not a resolution kinda girl.  Yes, I could stand to lose my last 10 pounds and read more books that aren’t just about weddings but I figure, all in due time.  Instead, I choose to reflect on the year prior, listing both the learning lessons and accomplishments, and that is what I try to build on in the new year.   Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from 2012.

IMG-20120228-00329SocialBFly participated in the first bridal showcase hosted by Weddings For Heroes – a NJ charitable organization that provides dream weddings to Combat wounded military personnel, Combat Veterans and active duty military facing hardships at no cost to them. Did I mention this was also our first time participating as a vendor in a bridal showcase?  See more from this experience in SocialBFly About Town: Weddings for Heroes Bridal Showcase.

We were featured and included as a contributing author in the 2012 wedding book: Insiders Know-how: Planning Your Perfect Wedding.  We were honored to be listed among some of our esteemed wedding colleagues including Ariane Fisher of Storymix Media and Desiree Mondesir of Desired Assistance Weddings.  The e-book is currently available on Amazon.  Why not, read an excerpt.

The presidential race wasn’t the only race being run in 2012.  We were fortunate to be included in the Wedding Industry Experts annual Wedding Planner of the Year competition and you voted us #1 in Roselle Park (Union County). I know I’ve said it before but, Thanks guys…you make a girl feel good!

Looking back at our year in numbers – 14 events and special projects were flawlessly executed and 27 new blogs were posted on Behind the Veil, Beyond the Vows – our most popular post of the year was Hostess How-To: Setting The Perfect Table for A Dinner Party. We ended the year with 188 LIKES on our Facebook page, 1458 followers on twitter, and 142 amazing inspiration boards on Pinterest.  Thanks to everyone that makes our social media efforts worthwhile!

Last but not least, 2012 also marked the second straight year that SocialBFly has been Wedding Wire rated!  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

This is where we will build from in the new year.  2013 has an exciting horizon and we promise there is more in store for our readers, partners and clients.  Look out for our new website coming in February as well as our series of NJ and PA wedding workshops, feature guest bloggers, and bridal showcase appearances throughout the tri-state area.  Stay tuned…if you aren’t following us, you really should be.

We’re also happy to welcome new couples N&T, P&R, N&D, and L&B into the SocialBFly family and are looking forward to being a special part of their 2013 nuptials.

So cheers to a 2013 that is filled with enormous success, energy and gratitude….and, CHEERS to love!!  Happy New Year!

xoxo, tasheea

Hostess Hints: Bunny Napkins and Linen Fold

Good Housekeeping recently posted step by step instructions on how to fold cute bunny napkins.  On a scale of 1 to 5, the level of difficulty for this fold is about 3.  I’m currently perfecting steps 12 and 13 (Fluffing my bunny’s ears) for our Easter Sunday family dinner but I’ll be sure to post the final outcome.  If you decide to try it, let us know below and post a pic of the final result.

Step 1

Take a solid-colored square napkin, and starch it for optimal workability. Thinner napkins work better, so choose a linen napkin over a thick cotton one.

Step 2

Fold the napkin in half.

Step 3

Fold the napkin in half again, to form a long rectangle.

Step 4

Fold the right and left sides up to meet in the center, forming a point at one end.

Step 5

Repeat with the opposite corners.

Step 6

Fold the side corners in so they meet in the center, but don’t fold exactly straight. Pull up above the center point, and you’ll start to see the ears shape up. The napkin will form a kite shape.

Step 7

Gently turn your napkin over.

Step 8

Fold the bottom point up, so that it is roughly 1” above the center of the napkin.

Step 9

Carefully, turn the napkin over again.

Step 10

Roll the left side over, slightly past the center of the napkin.

Step 11

Fold the right side over, tucking the end into the pocket you created on the left side, holding your napkin together.

Step 12

Turn the napkin upright, separating the bottom to form a base. Fluff your bunny’s ears.

Step 13

Cut three pieces of string; knot together in the middle. Slide a safety pin through the back of the folded napkin, through the center of the knot, through the button’s opening, then back into the napkin; clasp.

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Celebrate NBA Day on Jan 31st

I couldn’t resist the urge to grab the fellas attention with the sports acronym however, truth be told, I’m not referring to NBA as in National Basketball Association but as in something far more delectable and celebration worthy – National Brandy Alexander Day.

Brandy Alexander is rumored to have been first concocted at the wedding of Princess Mary and Lord Lascelles in 1922 and whether true or not, it’s a tasty brandy dessert cocktail that is based from the recipe for a gin drink called an Alexander.

After a little research, it seems this drink is super-easy to make as is seen in this quick YouTube tutorial…

Happy Brandy Alexander Day!  Cheers!

The Year of the Dragon

Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year – the single most important holiday in China.  It’s a celebration that lasts for 15 days, culminating with the Lantern Festival. Each year is associated with one of twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac and for 2012, it’s the Year of the Dragon – a year that will be  marked by excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity.

The Chinese New Year is full of dragon dances, fireworks, feasts, gift-giving, and lantern festivals. Red is the traditional color of the holiday – a color that in Chinese culture symbolizes luck and prosperity.  Dragons, fireworks, gift-giving and RED?  Sounds like the perfect theme for a fun and sexy wedding or party.  What do you think of these Asian inspired elements?

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