Simple Beach Wedding
I had a wonderful time planning this wedding for a cute out-of-town couple. From coordinating transportation from the cruise ship for 24 people, to running errands (ie picking up cake, flowers, and champagne) to suggesting venues and photographers.
For every little girl that likes pink, this party would be a huge hit. From custom handmade pink flower clips, pink ribbon dance, and small pink back packs for favors to a pink and white candy buffet with pink chocolate crowns on the cupcakes. These girls all had fun with activities like face painting and making bracelets, necklaces with pink and white beads.
To save on confusion, you can also indicate in your invitations if you would like your guests to dress a certain way. In this case, our guest of honor wanted her guest to be donned in pink, while she stood out in purple.
Create a little extra romance for an anniversary dinner by hosting it outdoors. However, in Juneau, this can sometimes provide a few extra challenges. After placing hundreds of tea lights around the dining table, they failed to remain lit as the slight gusts of wind extinguished their light.
But, with an elegantly dressed table, you can still have a romantic evening. The use of gold chargers, silver serving dishes and a silver candelabra covered in summer peonies provide that romantic garden feel.
Timberline Bar and Grill
So, last night, for my birthday I was treated to dinner on the Mt. Roberts Tram at the Timberline Bar and Grill. And, can I just tell you? The grilled halibut. To die for! I mistakenly ordered the grilled salmon with a white wine glace. Though that was tasty, I ended up passing that around to my four year old daughter and husband. I stole bite after bite off my husbands plate of the grilled halibut with the strawberry salsa. It was almost like eating desert. I wish I had taken a photo to show you. This dish also had a striking presentation for any reception. The pink of the berry salsa on top the white halibut with the green of the asparagus I substituted. The orzo pasta that accompanied the meal was quite lovely, but, to keep the meal on the lighter side, next time, I would ask to substitute the pasta for a green salad and keep the entire dish looking light and fresh.
We ended up splitting the chocolate bomb cake and the bread pudding. I am not a huge of chocolate and the denseness of this chocolate cake didn't do it for me, though my daughter certainly enjoyed it. I, on the other-hand, thoroughly delighted in the signature bread pudding with vanilla sauce. I could have eaten the entire piece.
To all of you locals who have eaten at the tram in the past, I want to let you know the Mark Collier the new Food & Beverage/Special Events Manager is doing a wonderful job. I challenge you to giving the tram a try and letting me know what your thoughts are.
And for you brides. Can you just imagine how spectacular and special your reception would be on the top Mt. Roberts?
This birthday party for a two year old boy was full of fun touches for all. With the painting theme and the red, blue, green and yellow color palette set, it was fun and easy to choose decorations, activities and favors.
Adult birthday party
Even a simple, family-only birthday needs to be celebrated. This dinner was made more festive with a wonderful summer centerpiece of peonies, ranaculus, and calla lilies.
Prepare a meal that is a outside of your normal box, like these easy vegetable and ground turkey stuffed bell peppers and your event will quickly be brought up a notch. Add some quick rosemary bread from costco, a salad and you have an elegant up scale meal to better celebrate any dinner party.
Reception for St. Paul's event
This was a great reception at St. Paul's Church for over 100 people. I created several red and white themed flower arrangements then made sure all of the donated food items were properly displayed. The tables were previous set for a First Holy Communion reception earlier in the day the the beautiful spring-y yellow theme.
Try mixing your theme color with white to make your color go further without being overwhelming.
Juneau Tours and Whale Watch
I just had the opportunity to take a cruise with Juneau Tours and Whale Watch. What an amazing adventure.
This company has several size boats that you can rent based on the needs of your event. You can either have your party on the boat or they can shuttle your guest to a remote beach and you can have a fabulous party on shore.
The larger boats have the capability for catering and a bar tending.
I have many ideas on how to decorate the blank canvas their boats currently are. And what an amazing story for your guests. You are guaranteed to see whales or your money back. A win-win scenario! This is perfect for the bride in off the cruise ships (one less excursion you need to make time for), the bride with numerous guest from out of town (an wonderful adventure) or the adventurous bride and groom who want something a little different! Plus they have shuttles from the cruise ships.
Let me know when I can plan your nautical wedding.
Minnie Mouse Club House Adventure
This Minnie Mouse Club House Adventure party was a thrown for a precocious 4 year old girl. I helped with themed activities (A Minnie Mouse Bow Hunt, Make-Your-Own Mickey/Minnie Mouse gift pouches) several Mouse inspired decorations, and several hand scripted fonts. This party also had several guests that had food allergies. With this known I was able to recommend wonderful recipes and food options.
Mother Goose 1st Birthday
This party involved creative themed foods (Cow-Jumped-Over-the-Moon sandwiches, Humpty-Dumpty Deviled eggs, Jack and Jill went up a hill the get a pail of water-melon, Three Blind Mice cheese, Mary's Garden Vegetables and more), custom hand written signs, themed gift bags, activities (create your own Mother Goose) and decorations.
Jessica Miller is a mother of two who loves planning events for herself and others.