Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees

For the second year we have decorated a tree for the Festival of Trees held at the Maryland State Fair Grounds in Timonium, Maryland.

As indicated in the notice to all volunteers , “The Festival of Trees benefits Kennedy Krieger Institute, a comprehensive resource for children with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system. The Festival is a holiday themed event with local music and entertainment, beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, shopping, a children’s sports, games and crafts area, and of course, Santa Claus. Held in the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees 2010 will take place from Friday, November 26 through Sunday, November 28, 2010. Families throughout the region eagerly look forward to this event and consider it a holiday tradition. Last year’s event attracted nearly 40,000 visitors and raised close to $900,000 for the patient programs and research performed at Kennedy Krieger Institute.”

Those numbers are HUGE and helps to provide necessary care for children within our communities. After last year’s wonderful experience we decided to participate again and starting planning last December for this year’s tree. We had decided on black, pink, and silver and used the theme Some like it Haute. We used a lot of different shapes and sizes of ornaments but lots of lights. And we think our tree came out great. I am excited about meeting my family and friends to tour the festival on Sunday and seeing all the great ideas that various designers and families came up with to express the holiday season.

When & Where: Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26, 27, & 28, 2010. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Cost: $10 Adults, $5 for Seniors and Kids ages 5-12. Children 4 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or receive $2 Off by purchasing online!

Purchase your raffle tickets today for a chance to go to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas! Prize package includes round-trip airfare and hotel.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hire a wedding planner first

You have just gotten engaged and you, your family, and friends are excited about planning your wedding. Before you sign up for the next bridal show consider hiring a wedding planner. I know you are thinking about the cost but having a planner will in fact save you money and time. Professional wedding planners have training, experience, and relationships with many vendors saving you time in finding the right companies to assist you in having the best wedding day possible.

Wedding professionals have attended taken courses, attend conferences and workshops to strength their knowledge. The skills learned is invaluable in helping you plan the best wedding possible. In additional to education, experience also speaks volumes. Experience helps your wedding planner be prepared for any possible issues that may come up while planning your wedding.

Last but not least – it is all in who you know. Wedding planners belong to many organizations that allows them to develop relationships and partnerships with other wedding professionals. These relationships can lead to discounts to you, the bride, that more than justifies the cost of hiring your wedding planner. These relationships also help the wedding planner find the right vendor to assist you in every aspect of your wedding. This helps save you time. And we all know that time is money.

Hiring a professional wedding planner will save you money and time and connect you with awesome wedding vendors.