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How to Take the Perfect Holiday Photo at Home

If asked to pare it down to one word, “unique” might be how we’d choose to describe 2020. With obstacles and curveballs abound, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and exhausted from all the on-the-fly adjustments. And the unique circumstances will of course impact the holiday season in many ways, including how one goes about getting the traditional family photo for the annual holiday card. Because of the risk involved with photo studios or meeting with a photographer, many people are committing to stepping behind the lens themselves. 

While it’s possible that throughout the months of quarantine one of several hobbies you’ve mastered is portrait photography—if that’s the case, that’s wonderful, many claps and snaps from us to you—it’s more likely that the idea of taking such an intimate, directly-shared photo sends you into high-stress mode.  

We’re here to calm that stress, one tip at a time. With insight from a wide-array of professionals, here you’ll find tips and tricks on how to take the perfect holiday photo in the one place you’ve seen plenty of in 2020: your home. read more…

20 Creative and Inspiring Engagement Party Ideas

Engagement party ideas: simple engagement party invitation with a flower

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Whether or not you’ve shared the news yet, it’s time to start planning your engagement celebration. If you’re looking for fun, creative themes and activities, these engagement party ideas are sure to inspire you.
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18 Party Theme Ideas for Whatever You’re Celebrating

Party theme ideas: Ice creams and lollipops

Everyone loves a themed party! From a Bookworm Bash to a Jewel Heist Happy Hour, themed events allow our imaginations to run wild. We can don on-theme attire and imagine ourselves in a whole new world.

Plus, a theme can make party planning easier. You just have to make one decision: What is your theme going to be? Then, everything from your menu to your outfit to your party decorations will fall into place. 

To help you make that one decision, we’ve rounded up our favorite party theme ideas. Let this list inspire your next celebration. 
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How To Plan the Perfect Wedding Rehearsal

Wedding rehearsal: Aisle with white flowers and chairs

Most performers don’t jump straight into a live show. They practice and get their bearings at a rehearsal. The same is true for weddings. A wedding rehearsal can help prepare you for the real ceremony while giving you an exciting glimpse at what’s to come. To help you prep like a pro, here’s everything you need to know for your wedding rehearsal. 
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How To Plan the Perfect Backyard Wedding

Backyard wedding: Mint green leaves wedding invitation

If you want to get married in a place that truly feels like home, a backyard wedding could be the perfect choice. In this guide, you’ll learn why backyard weddings are a wonderful idea and how to map out your big day must-haves. Plus, we’ll share some ideas (including themes and activities) to help you create the most memorable celebration ever. 
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Throw the Perfect Masked Bash With These Masquerade Party Ideas

Masquerade party: Gold masks on pink background

You could throw a costume party. But you’re looking for something classier — something a little less bobbing for apples and a little more drinking champagne with pinkies in the air. You’re looking for a masquerade ball. 

A masquerade party is the precursor to the modern-day costume party, but this elegant affair isn’t just for Halloween. Dressing up while donning masks makes an excellent party theme for bat mitzvahs, New Year’s Eve, fundraising galas, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and quinceañeras.

Whatever the occasion, we want to help you celebrate. To create a masked ball that’s better than you imagined, use this must-have guide to masquerade party themes, decorations, food, and invitations. 
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How To Plan the Micro Wedding of Your Dreams

Micro Wedding: married couple standing

Much like the tiny home trend, micro weddings are here to stay. These small-scale celebrations include only your closest loved ones, creating an intimate atmosphere that brings together those who matter most to you. It’s no surprise that they’re becoming increasingly popular — especially for couples who don’t want to postpone their wedding. 

Whether you’ve always wanted a micro wedding or you’re considering it due to the pandemic, here’s our ultimate guide on how to have an unforgettable day on a smaller scale. 
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Perfect Your Menu With These New Year’s Eve Food Ideas

New Years Eve food: Roasted duck or turkey

Excited about hosting your New Year’s Eve party? You’ve got the venue sorted, your playlist is nearly finished, and you already know exactly what to wear. But what about your food and drinks? Here are our favorite New Year’s Eve food ideas for your party. You’ll find everything from refreshing drinks to tasty dips, and festive appetizers to mouthwatering mains. 
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Sweet 16 Ideas: Throw an Epic Bash With Tips on Invites, Themes, Decor

sweet 16 ideas: teenagers celebrating

There are 16 million reasons to celebrate your sweet 16. It’s a time to gather with friends and family and acknowledge how much you’ve learned and grown over the years. Whether you’re planning a massive soiree or keeping things simple, hosting a party for this milestone birthday is a must. In this guide, you’ll find top tips for the party planning stages and get inspired with stunning invitation ideas. You’ll also discover sweet 16 ideas that cover everything from themes and party decorations to party games and birthday cake options.
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Wedding Thank You Card Wording Ideas to Inspire You

wedding thank you card wording: A rose gold card with brown envelope thank you card

Your wedding day is filled with love, joy, and the company of your closest friends and family who help transform it into a magical day. So, it’s only natural to want to send them a thank you note for everything they’ve done. Here’s how to perfect your wedding thank you card wording for sweet, heartfelt, and personalized messages of gratitude. 
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