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TABLE OF CONTENTS Street Talk........................................................... 7 Tips from a pro ................................................... 8 Kids birthdays ................................................... 10 Cakes ............................................................... 14 Weddings .......................................................... 18 Catering ............................................................ 24 Fundraisers ....................................................... 28 Party planning checklist .................................... 30

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Anyone can plan a sensational party! Borrow a few tips from a pro by AmAnDA CArAWAy

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hether it’s a small gathering with

our tight group of talented vendors. It’s easy to get

friends or a big wedding reception, a

referrals you can trust.”

successful party will be remembered for years.

“At the end of the day, you don’t have to spend an extravagant amount to make an event nice.” Jodi Drysdale, owner of CES Weddings and Events

The next step is creating the guest list, which

Although some of us relish the idea of hosting

should be done with care. Food and drink is the

such a shindig, the pressure can be stressful.

most expensive thing, so Drysdale says to only

But it doesn’t have to be. The key is preparation.

invite those whose presence will truly impact your

Local event planner Jodi Drysdale, owner of CES

enjoyment. Another piece of advice: Don’t get too

Weddings and Events, shares some tips and tricks

wrapped up in trying to please everyone.

of the trade.

“Remember to keep the purpose of the

Drysdale says to start by asking a series of

event in mind,” Drysdale says. “This can have a

questions. What do you want the guests to say

grounding effect and keep you from becoming

about the party the next day? What do you want

overwhelmed. At the end of the day, you don’t

them to remember? Should their experience be

have to spend an extravagant amount to make an

meaningful, fun, etc.?

event special.”

This will help determine the type of event

She also suggests adding a personal touch

you want. Then, it’s time to book the location.

whenever possible. An event should be a reflection

This should be done as early as possible because

of the host or the business. Rather than buying all

having the right venue is important—and the good

new decorations, look around your home or office

ones fill up fast.

for things you already own.

“Any planner can help you find the right venue

“Your guests will feel more connected to

for your needs and budget,” says Drysdale. “One of

whatever the event is celebrating if your values

the unique things about party planning in Chico is

and personal interests play a role,” says Drysdale.

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Additional tips for planning a party like a pro: u Let it go

Don’t stress about things that are out of your control, such as the weather. Instead, have a contingency plan. u Stack the deck

It’s always better to have more help than you need than to be overwhelmed. Often, it’s worth the cost of hiring professionals if it reduces stress and keeps family and friends from being overburdened. u Mental preparation

Accept that there will be unforeseen challenges and vow to remain calm so you can handle these situations quickly and efficiently. u Create a buffer

Schedule to have the event setup completed one hour prior to start time. That way, you aren’t still staging when people arrive. Also have a 5 percent budget buffer for unforeseen costs and last-minute additions.

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KID’S BIRTHDAYS

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child a chance to run free)! Planning a party for kids can be fun and give adults the opportunity to be nostalgic. Scott Andrews, operator and general manager of FunLand, recommends party planners embrace these joys. Although it’s important to plan ahead so you can book the venue and services, he says to avoid overplanning. With children’s parties, it’s important to be flexible. Don’t try to make the party perfect. Instead, establish an environment where kids can relax and have fun. Planning a party with too many details can cause stress because kids rarely do what’s expected. It’s also important to give kids choices and not assume all kids enjoy doing the same things.

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Pro tips: Kid's parties ◆ Dress up

◆ Special interest

Kids love dressing up, so parties

The options are limitless!

with themes like ’70s and ’80s

Consider having a princess party,

are usually popular. Halloween

a pirate event or a dinosaur

costume parties are great for

gathering. You can also create a

fall birthdays. Or do something

party based around your child’s

simple like a “crazy hair” party.

favorite movie, such as Star Wars,

◆ Beyond glow

or a favorite toy, such as Legos.

Kids have a lot of fun playing

◆ Activity centered

with glow sticks and flashing

Building a party around a favorite

jewelry. Due to popularity, glow

activity, such as baking or crafts,

items are easy to find and fairly

can be a lot of fun for the kids

inexpensive.

and remove some of the planning

◆ Celebrity

Parents can hire a limo to transport kids to the party venue. Take

pressure for the adults. Kids enjoy things like decorating their own cupcakes or cookies, too!

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CAKES

Layers of fun Picking the Perfect cake for your event by amanda caraway

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cake can be an important feature of any party. In fact, cakes often serve as the main centerpiece

and help establish the party theme. According to Emily Zimmerman, owner of Lovely Layers Cakery, elaborate cakes made with specific party themes take several days to create. The more time you give a cake shop, the more special your cake can be. Zimmerman recommends ordering custom-made cakes several weeks before your event and wedding cakes at least four months in advance. Cakes with elaborate decorations take several days to set, and some shops can only do a certain number of cakes at a time.

Be creative. A cake can be designed to look like almost anything.

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Pro tips: Cakes u Party theme

u Imitation food

A cake can go a long way

Cakes can be made to look

toward contributing to a

like many different types of

party theme. A baker will

food. For example, a giant

likely have many sugges-

burrito or a stack of pan-

tions when it comes to

cakes covered with syrup,

themed cakes. For example,

sprinkles and whipped

a s’mores cake decorated

cream.

with miniature camping

u Character

gear and a fake fire is a

themes

neat tie-in to a camping

A cake can be designed

party.

with a favorite character

u Activity-

or TV show in mind. It can

based

be something simple like

You can also build an

Mickey Mouse or Frozen,

activity around a cake. For

or something more creative

example, create a cake that

like a cake that looks like

looks like an art pallet and

a pizza box with a fondant

serve it with plain white

pizza on top for a Teenage

cookies for an art-themed

Mutant Ninja Turtles party.

party. Guests can decorate the cookies with edible markers.

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INSPIRATION BOARD 1 Incorporate your colors and flowers 2 Character cakes are a must-have for kids 3 Special interest cakes: How do they spend their time? Travel?

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Pro tips: Weddings

WEDDINGS

◆ Personalize

Choose a unique theme that is

Find creative ways to make your wedding unique.

◆ Consider the

kids

reflective of your interests. Why

Providing activities for the kids,

not a circus-themed wedding with

such as coloring books and cray-

fire dancers and a cotton candy

ons, is a great way to ensure that

machine?

the littlest guests (and parents) have a good time.

◆ Games and

activities

◆ Late-night snack

Engage your guests with things

Reception dinners often happen

like a caricaturist or a photo

early in the evening, and many

booth, which provide fun keep-

guests are hungry by 9 p.m. Con-

sakes as well. Lawn games such

sider offering a late-night snack

as bocce ball or croquet are also

such as sliders or hiring a taco

popular ways to occupy guests

truck. This is also good for guests

during the cocktail hour before

who have been drinking.

dinner.

◆ Talk money

Talk about the budget with your

Ways to say ‘I do’

fiancé before any planning begins to make sure you’re both on the same page. continued on page 20

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outdoor options because of weather. If

at least two weeks before they begin

possible, select a venue that will allow you

wedding planning, says Jodi Drysdale, owner

to set up the day before. During your first

of CES Weddings and Events. You’ll only

meeting with a planner, Drysdale says to

be engaged once and you should enjoy it

“shoot for the stars,” then scale back to fit

before the planning takes over. Once you’re

your budget after you get the initial quote.

ready, the first order of business is booking

One more thing: If you’re a do-it-yourself

the location, since they fill up fast. If you

bride or groom, complete all projects at

want an outdoor wedding, Drysdale says

least two months before the wedding. The

to choose a venue with both indoor and

last two months are always booked!

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Pro tips: Weddings

WEDDINGS

◆ Personalize

Choose a unique theme that is

Find creative ways to make your wedding unique.

◆ Consider the

kids

reflective of your interests. Why

Providing activities for the kids,

not a circus-themed wedding with

such as coloring books and cray-

fire dancers and a cotton candy

ons, is a great way to ensure that

machine?

the littlest guests (and parents) have a good time.

◆ Games and

activities

◆ Late-night snack

Engage your guests with things

Reception dinners often happen

like a caricaturist or a photo

early in the evening, and many

booth, which provide fun keep-

guests are hungry by 9 p.m. Con-

sakes as well. Lawn games such

sider offering a late-night snack

as bocce ball or croquet are also

such as sliders or hiring a taco

popular ways to occupy guests

truck. This is also good for guests

during the cocktail hour before

who have been drinking.

dinner.

◆ Talk money

Talk about the budget with your

Ways to say ‘I do’

fiancé before any planning begins to make sure you’re both on the same page. continued on page 20

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outdoor options because of weather. If

at least two weeks before they begin

possible, select a venue that will allow you

wedding planning, says Jodi Drysdale, owner

to set up the day before. During your first

of CES Weddings and Events. You’ll only

meeting with a planner, Drysdale says to

be engaged once and you should enjoy it

“shoot for the stars,” then scale back to fit

before the planning takes over. Once you’re

your budget after you get the initial quote.

ready, the first order of business is booking

One more thing: If you’re a do-it-yourself

the location, since they fill up fast. If you

bride or groom, complete all projects at

want an outdoor wedding, Drysdale says

least two months before the wedding. The

to choose a venue with both indoor and

last two months are always booked!

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‘Wedding tips’ continued from page 19 u Use vendors as

u Gather ideas

a resource

Start a Pinterest board and

Most wedding planners in

share it with your vendors.

Chico offer a free consul-

These provide a good starting

tation, providing a great

place, but avoid trying to copy

opportunity to gather ideas

the ideas exactly—your wed-

and discover options that fit

ding should be a reflection

your budget.

of you!

u Pick your top

u Be efficient

five

Find ways to cut down on

Once reality hits, most couples have to scale back their dream wedding. It’s important to know your top “must haves” before logistics become overwhelming.

work. For example, address your thank you card envelopes while you’re addressing your invitations. It’s a great way to keep track as gifts arrive.

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CATERING

Feast for the eyes Food is the star oF your party by AmAndA CArAwAy

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hen it’s time to eat, drink and be merry, the opportunities are endless. But where do you

begin? Amanda Leveroni, owner of Bacio Catering in Chico, begins menu planning with a series of questions. What type of person are you and who are your friends? How do you dine? What excites you about food? Leveroni says your food interests can often guide you toward fun party themes such as farm-to-fork, Mexican fiesta or Pacific Rim. Once the dream vision has been created, it’s time to scale back and examine what can realistically be served within your budget and the event parameters.

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Pro tips: Catering u Be true to

u Keep it simple

yourself

There’s no need to break the

Don’t serve something you

bank. Expensive, detailed

don’t enjoy just because you

menus can often lead to un-

think you should. Celebrate

foreseen difficulties. A simple

you and share the food you

menu, such as a soup bar, is

love with your guests.

often the most popular.

u Don’t try

u Design the

to please everyone There are many food allergies and diet restrictions to consider. However, it’s important to serve what you want while accommodating others when possible. For example, serve meat if you love meat, but have one vegetarian option available.

event first Determine the type of event you want and then design the menu rather than creating an event around a menu. With an established theme, the menu often falls into place! u Get those

RSVPs! When it comes to food, having a head count is crucial.

u Logistics

matter Hosts must consider things like time of day, location and time of year. Events held at dinnertime need to serve more than just hors d’oeuvres and certain foods aren’t available at certain times of the year. For instance, you shouldn’t serve food that could spoil at an outdoor event on a summer afternoon.

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Because the term RSVP is so common, many guests look past it and don’t realize the importance of responding. Consider using different wording on your invitation, such as, “the courtesy of your response is appreciated” or “let us know if you’ll be joining us.”


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FUNDRAISERS

Taste of Chico.

Photo Courtesy of downtown ChiCo business AssoCiAtion

Pro tips: Fundraisers u Charitable activities

u Raise funds

u Collect supplies

Build a party around an activity support-

There are many creative ways to raise

Have guests bring something to donate

ing a cause you believe in. Host a beach

money. For example, host a purse party

to a nonprofit organization. For a child

cleanup or a biking party where all guests

where guests bring bags that can be

who likes to read, have friends bring

travel to and from the party destination

resold and the proceeds donated.

books they have enjoyed to donate to the

on bicycles.

local library. You could also have friends bring toys for disadvantaged kids to your holiday party.

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Soroptimist’s annual Microbrew Festival.

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Giving back is half the fun Tips for holding your nexT fundraiser by AmAndA CArAwAy

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undraising events are a great way for people with similar

For example, employers can send an email to staff asking what

interests to make a meaningful difference and invest in

top three causes they care about before choosing service projects.

something they care about.

Benson-Valavanis says this will make service events more successful

That’s why it’s so important to find the best charitable cause

because people already believe in the cause.

for each group, says Alexa Benson-Valavanis, president and CEO

Legacy gifts, where donations are made to honor someone who

of North Valley Community Foundation, which provides services

has passed, have been common for years. More recently, people of

to nonprofits around the region. Benson-Valavanis recommends

all ages have begun asking for donations in lieu of gifts and hosting

discovering the interests of participants before planning an event.

fundraising parties.

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u Volunteering

u Silent auction

Instead of a traditional dinner party, ask

Have guests bring items they no

guests to gather at a local food bank or

longer want (artwork, clothing, wine,

another charity and spend a few hours

whatever!) and have others bid on

volunteering. Guests will save money

them. Then donate the proceeds to

and spend the day doing something

a charity.

meaningful.

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Party planning timeline and checklist

An eAsy-to-follow guide so your event will come off without A hitch

❑❑ Inventory

One MOnth BefOre Party Allow six weeks or more for a large function or if you are hiring vendors

❑❑ Decorations

Purchase, borrow or rent the items you need that you don’t already have

❑❑ Solidify date and time ❑❑ Finalize budget ❑❑ Determine type of party and theme ❑❑ Set party goals ❑❑ Finalize guest list

For decorations, food, drink and tableware (dishes, utensils, table cloths, etc.) ❑❑ Purchase nonperishable items

❑❑ Book Team

Event Planner Caterer Food servers (if not provided by caterer) Bartender (if not provided by caterer) DJ/Entertainment Florist Valet Set up/cleanup crew (might be provided by venue) ❑❑ Create spreadsheet or other way to

track budget and payment schedules

three Weeks BefOre Party ❑❑ Conduct final site visit to venue ❑❑ Schedule tasting with caterer ❑❑ Solidify the menu

If you are providing the food, create a list of recipes and a shopping list If the party is a potluck, make food assignments

Including drinks, liquor and nonperishable food ❑❑ Confirm RSVPs and send reminders

Get initial headcount to vendors

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❑❑ Make final payments ❑❑ Finalize event timeline ❑❑ Finalize shopping and rental lists ❑❑ Prepare food that will remain fresh

tWO Days BefOre Party ❑❑ Pick up rental items ❑❑ Complete shopping ❑❑ Iron table linens ❑❑ Do last-minute cleaning and

organizing

❑❑ Wash serving pieces and polish sliver

One Week BefOre Party

One Day BefOre Party

❑❑ Finalize guest list

❑❑ Last-minute shopping

Get final count to vendors

❑❑ Stage the event (if not using

vendors) Practice setting up dining table, buffet, etc. to make sure you have enough room and all the items you need. Purchase any missing tableware and décor Ensure you have extra dishes and serving items

❑❑ Confirm rental reservations ❑❑ Finalize event flow

Go over the event timeline to make sure you haven’t overlooked any details Get timeline to all vendors and anyone who plays a role

What items can be prepared ahead of time?

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fOur Days BefOre Party

❑❑ Create shopping list

❑❑ Book venue

❑❑ Make a timeline

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❑❑ Prepare final menu items ❑❑ Put up decorations ❑❑ Set tables

Day Of the Party ❑❑ Review timeline for setup ❑❑ Review party timeline with vendors

and key players

❑❑ Finish setting up ❑❑ Put out flowers and other

decorations

❑❑ Ensure bathrooms are cleaned and

stocked

❑❑ Finish preparing food ❑❑ Chill beverages ❑❑ Have fun!


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Resources Bakeries/Sweets Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy 178 E. Seventh St., 342-7163, www.shuberts.com Upper Crust Bakery 130 Main St., 895-3866, www.uppercrustchico.com

Caterers/ Restaurants/Venues 5th Street Steakhouse 345 W. Fifth St., 891-6328, www.5thstreetsteakhouse.com Bacio Catering & Carry Out Cuisine 1903 Park Ave., 345-7787, www.baciocatering.com Basque Norte 3355 Esplanade, 891-5204, www.basquenorte.com Bidwell Park Golf Course 3199 Golf Course Road, 891-8417, www.golfbidwellpark.com

Canyon Oaks Country Club 999 Yosemite Drive, 343-2582, www.canyonoakscc.com

Inday’s Restaurant 1043-B W. Eighth St., 520-2593, www.indays.weebly.com

Chico Creek Nature Center 1968 E. Eighth St., 891-4671, www.bidwellpark.org

Italian Cottage 2234 Esplanade, 343-7000; 2525 Dominic Drive, 342-7771, www.theitalian cottage.com

Franky’s 506 Ivy St., 898-9948, www.frankyschico.com

JB’s Beverage & Bar Service 342-2299, www.jbsbeverageandbar.com

Funland 2465 Carmichael Drive, 343-1601, www.funlandchico.com

New Clairvaux Vineyard 26240 Seventh St., Vina, 839-2200, www.newclairvauxvineyard.com

Gogi’s Café 230 Salem St., 891-3570, www.gogiscafe.com

Red Tavern 1250 Esplanade, 894-3463, www.redtavern.com

Gold Country Casino 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville, (800) 3349400, www.goldcountrycasino.com

The Rendezvous 3269 Esplanade, 864-2525, www.chicorendezvous.com

Grana 198 E. Second St., 809-2304, www.granachico.com

Riley’s 702 W. Fifth St., 343-7459, www.rileysbar.com

Has Beans 501 Main St., 894-4033; 1080 Humboldt Ave., 345-6379, www.hasbeans.com

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Resources Round Table Pizza 2201 Pillsbury Road, 891-1200; 964 Mangrove Ave., 343-4254; 2027 Forest Ave., 342-7265; 6038 Clark Road, Paradise, 529-1760; 1124 Oro Dam Blvd. E., Oroville, 533-6710, www.roundtablepizza.com Sicilian Café 1020 Main St., 345-2233, facebook.com/ siciliancafe Sol Mexican Grill 3269 Esplanade, 342-4616, www.solmexicangrill.com

Apple Blossom Baby 1372 Longfellow Ave., 345-1617, www.appleblossombaby.com Cambray Rose Florist 514-4710, www.cambrayroseflorist.com Chico Antique Center 1900 Park Ave., 893-5536 Chico Valley Gallery 152 E. Second St., 345-1528 Eighth & Main Antique Center 745 Main St., 893-5534, www.eighthand main.com

Tong Fong Low 2072 E. 20th St., Ste. 100, 898-1388; 2051 Robinson St., Oroville, 533-1488, www.tongfonglow.com

House Of Rice Oriental Imports & Gifts 338 Broadway St., 893-1794

Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill 100 Broadway St., 342-0425, www.treshombreschico.com

Lavender Ranch 17 W. Rio Bonito Road, Biggs, 868-5151, www.lavenderranch.com

Florists/Gifts/ Party Supplies

Party Town Party Supplies & Balloons 1937 E. 20th St., Ste B6, 345-8696, www.partytownchico.com

Jewelers AicoraGems Jewelry Box 1334 Mangrove, 809-1034, www.chicojewelrybox.com Gabrielle Ferrar Jewelry 214 Main St., 345-1500, www.gabrielleferrar.com

Party Planners Casino Party People 774-4648, www.casinopartypeople.com CES Weddings & Events 1222 Esplanade, 487-8413, www.cesweddingsandevents.com Enchantment Children’s Parties 774-4232, www.enchantmentchildrens parties.com We Do Designs 1616 Nord Ave., Ste. G, 566-7603, www.wedodesigns.net

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