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Simple Details

Simple Details

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post about a day my husband and I had planned with our friends. Well that day was yesterday and despite the downpour we had a great time. It certainly did dampen the idea that we were supposed to be sitting outside by the water but we managed to make the best of it in the cottage where it was warm and dry. On Saturday we also got to attend a little party a friend of ours put on. The weather was perfect that day!

Neither of these “events” were large fancy parties. Just simple end of summer celebrations with friends. When planning these events it doesn’t take a lot of money or time to make them special and unique. It is sometimes just simple touches that make them special moments.

There was a mixed crowd attending the party on Saturday so the hostess had created some great activities that guests of all ages would enjoy. Needless to say she is pretty darn crafty. My favourite activity she made had to be the tic tac toe game. The board was just simply drawn onto a piece of kraft paper, that she was using as a tablecloth on the kids table, and the game pieces were made from trees and the “X” and “O” were painted on.

Something that made me chuckle was the labelling all over the yard…the garbage, the dirty cutlery bin and even the bathroom. Once I entered the bathroom I think I full out laughed because of the sign that was taped inside the door…the phone number for the local taxi company. And when I say these things made me chuckle or laugh I mean that in the nicest of ways, I mean it in a heartfelt “my god she’s cute” kind of way.

For our little get together we had 8 friends join us at our cottage. Unfortunately, as I mentioned, it rained all day. So instead of setting up by the water we decided to set up in the cottage where we still had a fantastic view of the gorgeous lake. We had soup, meatballs, chili, cheese and fresh bread for our meal. It was the perfect fall menu. For our table set up I kept it super simple. I used a gorgeous coloured table cloth and used kraft paper as our table runner and stamped it with a word search for a little something for guests to do while they ate as well as some sayings such as; Remember When, Memories of, Thankful for, in hopes that our guests would fill in the blanks.

I love the napkin fold I chose for this setting. It was so simple to create. I had 20×20 linen napkins that I folded in half in the shape of a triangle. Then folded it again to make a smaller triangle. I turned it so the point was facing away from me. I put the cutlery in the napkin and folded the right side over the cutlery and made sure it lined up on the bottom left side. Then I rolled it. I made sure the twine wrapped around the bottom half of the roll to hold the rolled edge together. And voila!

Get togethers are so important. Family ones. Ones with your friends, with and without kids involved. Take the time this fall to enjoy some quality time with your favourite people.

Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.


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