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On a Budget? Here Are 5 DIY Wedding Favors We Love

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  1. DIY Stenciled Soaps – Something Turquoise

    Stenciled Soaps by Something Turquoise

    If you’re using graphics or artwork on your invitations, these soaps are a great way to give your guests a matching reminder to take home. As an added bonus for the eco-friendly brides among us, you can opt for environmentally friendly materials instead of the ones suggested here.

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  2. Personalized Chocolates – Intimate Weddings

    Personalized Chocolates – Intimate Weddings

    Share something sweet with your guests with these personalized chocolates. Use the printable template and step-by-step instructions to walk you through creating a one-of-a-kind favor that everyone will love. All you need for this is chocolate, a printer, and non-toxic glue.

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  3. Mason Jar Candles – Evermine

    Mason Jar Candles – Evermine

    The personalization possibilities are endless with this one. Choose your own candle scents and colors. For the ultra frugal, recycle old, unscented remnants by melting them into a new candle. For further personalization, try combing thrift stores for decorative teacups or scour the beach for seashells instead of mason jars to hold the wax. Finish them off by wrapping them in cellophane and adding a personal tag.

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  4. Keepsake Sand Bottles – Living Well, Spending Less

    Keepsake Sand Bottles – Living Well, Spending Less

    Planning a beach wedding? Why not give your guests a piece of the beach to take home? Dress the neck of the bottles with sisal rope, seashells, and a tag for an extra touch of beach.

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  5. Pocket Tissue Covers – The Inspired Wren

    Tissue Cover Favors – The Inspired Wren

    Here’s a great one for the sewing savvy. We all know weddings get a little emotional at times, so these adorable, fabric pocket tissue covers keep your guests prepared. Choose fabrics that match your wedding colors — or better, use the same material for

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Wedding Showcase

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First things first, let us say congratulations to all those who got engaged on New Year’s Eve! It’s such an exciting time for you! I would guess there are lunches planned to show off your new ring, and to tell the details of how he proposed. Starting off the new year engaged can set you off on the right foot to plan your wedding throughout the year. It also allows us to set you on the right path when you attend our wedding showcase this Thursday, January, 8th at 7PM.
This the perfect opportunity to visit one of the best wedding venues in Long Island by walking around the venue, checking out the lakefront views, the size of the venue, and imagining what your wedding would be like here. If you would like your own personal tour with one of our staff members, just set an appointment before the showcase, and we’d be happy to show your around.
Not only are you getting a chance to check out Windows on the Lake, but we believe we have assembled the Best Wedding Team in Long Island! Attending our showcase will allow you to meet the absolute best vendors Long Island has to offer. And you’ll be seeing them all in one place, and on the same night. Think about how much information you can get, and how much you can accomplish by attending this showcase. By meeting these vendors and sharing with them your ideas, and goals, you will be able to assemble your perfect wedding team and begin to put your vision into action. Here are some vendors that will be in attendance at our showcase.
DJ and other types of Entertainment
Men’s Apparel
Bridal Gowns
Travel Agents to discuss Honeymoon packages
Local lodging for visiting guests
Luxury Car companies
Event Coordinators
Hair Stylists
Makeup Artists
Event Works
Specialty Wedding Cake creators

When you attend our showcase you’ll be treated with some complimentary champagne, and you’ll get to meet our pastry chef who has prepared a variety of dessert samples for you to taste. He will also be available to discuss any type of options for your cake, as well as filling, and any other decorations ideas so that you’ll have the perfectly customized cake for your wedding!
If you are recently engaged, and starting to put together your plans for your big day, do not miss our wedding showcase. Admission is free, but the information you’ll receive is priceless.
Just click on the link below to register. See you there!

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Brunch with Santa Reminder

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Many of those who came out last Sunday to our “Brunch with Santa”, are still raving about what a great time they had. We want to remind you that Santa will be with us here at Windows on the Lake for one more Sunday, and one more delicious brunch. In case you missed out on last Sunday’s brunch, here are some reminders for you so you don’t miss out this sunday.
Adults are welcome to join in the fun for just $32.95, and children have memories with Santa for only $16.95. And as always, if you have a child 2 years or younger, they are invited to join us for free. The first reservations are at 10:30 AM and we continue to take them up until 3:00 PM. This allows you to schedule the rest of your day. We want to make sure you have all the time you need to join us, and relax from all that shopping. Have a delicious brunch with us, which includes a glass of mimosa or champagne, along with an unlimited supply of coffee, tea, juice, and soft drinks.
Plan on showing up to our brunch hungry, because we’ll be sure you’ll be departing full and content with the spread we’ll be serving. We have crepes, eggs, bacon, italian sausage, eggplant parmigiana, and of course chicken fingers and fries that we’re sure the kids will love. All of this is and much more is included in our Hot Buffet. We also have four stations that you must stop by. If you’re craving a custom made omelet, you must visit our Omelet Station. We’ll make it just the way you want it. Swing by our Carving Station to get a slice of our Virginia Ham. We have a Pasta Station to fill your pasta needs. And we know how much you all love pasta! And I couldn’t recommend stopping by our Waffle Station enough! Perfectly made, and includes ice cream and a multitude of toppings. We have a Shrimp Bowl, Smoked Salmon, and for all of those with a sweet tooth, we have a Ice Cream Sundae Bar. Not only ice cream sundaes, but pies, cookies, pastries, and cakes. As we mentioned, you’ll be leaving this brunch perfectly filled up and content.
While the brunch is going to be all you hope, this will give you and your children one last chance to spend some time with the big guy. Santa Claus! Maybe your child has some last minute wishes they’d like to share with Santa, or maybe they forgot about a gift they wanted. Santa will be there all day for pictures and visits.
Call us now at 631-737-0088 for reservations or just fill out the form on the link seen here See you this Sunday!

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New Years Eve at Windows on The Lake

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Still trying to decide what to do for New Year’s Eve? Well think no more. This year spend the bring in the new year with us at Windows on the Lake. We pull out all the stops for our New Year’s Celebration. We have the music, we have the food, we have the cocktails, and we have the fun. All we need is you! And of course anyone you hope to countdown to midnight with.
Beginning at 8:00 PM and going all the way through to 1:00 AM, you’ll have a night you’ll be talking about until the next New Year’s Eve. Only $125 for the evening, with special discounts for larger groups. You’ll be sure to get your money’s worth with our beautiful lake views, our premium open bar, and delicious food throughout the night!
There will be delicious hors d’oeuvres that will be passed around throughout the festivities, as well as an amazing Gourmet Hot Buffet which includes, Filet Mignon, Spanish Paella with Shrimp, Chicken Valencia, Grilled Salmon, Calamari, and much much more! You’ll be sure to stop by at least one of our three cooking stations. Our three meat carving block, or our double pasta station, or our asian wok, will be sure to give you a variety to satisfy any palate. It doesn’t end there though, we will also provide a wide array of salads, fruits, cheeses, appetizers, and of course, plenty of gourmet desserts to choose from.
The best part of a night like this is you can fill up on delicious food as much as you want, because you’ll be able to work it off on the dance floor. Our New Year’s Eve Celebration will be full of entertainment and music provided by DJ Frankie. He’ll be sure to play all of your favorite hits of yesterday, while playing all of today’s biggest hits! We’ll have all the action from Time’s Square broadcast on our big screen. And there is no need to stop off at the party store before hand. We’ll provide all the noisemakers and party hats you could possibly want! And of course what would a midnight countdown be without a champagne toast?
We’ll be sure to provide coffee and tea for when you’re ready to settle down after all the celebrating. Of course, after a night like this, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is what you’re going to eat for breakfast the next morning. So we’ll send you home with fresh bagels for the next morning!
Make your reservations today! Just call 631-737-0088 or fill out the form in the link below. Join us for New Year’s Eve at Windows on the Lake for a night that the rest of 2015 will try to live up to.

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Brunch with Santa

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Before he slides down our chimneys on Christmas Eve, to put presents under our tree’s. Santa is coming to Windows on the Lake. On December 14 & 21 Santa will be joining us at our annual “Brunch with Santa”. This is a special event that you and your children are sure to enjoy.
Reservations begin at 10:30 AM with final seating at 3:00 PM. This gives you plenty of time to sit down and enjoy a special mid morning brunch with Mr. Clause. Brunch is only $32.95 for adults and $16.95 for children. Children 2 years old and under are welcome for no charge. Unlimited soft drinks, juice, tea, and coffee, including a glass of champagne or mimosa.

Now obviously the highlight will be getting to sit and visit with the man in red, but it will be impossible to leave this brunch forgetting the variety of food that is available to you. You’ll be sure to visit our Hot Buffet, which includes Apple Smoked Bacon, Crepes, Scrambled Eggs, Chicken Fingers and Fries for the kids, and much much more!! Be sure to save room for our various stations. Stop by our Carving Station to get a taste of our Virginia Ham, or grab yourself a made to order Omelet at our Omelet Station. Nobody can resist our Belgium Waffle Station. There is nothing better than a Belgium waffle served with a variety of toppings and Ice Cream. If that’s too much hot food for you, have not fear, we have a beautiful assortment of cold options as well. You’ll be more than satisfied with our Chilled Shrimp Bowl, or our Smoked Salmon display. And if the waffles weren’t enough, we have a Ice Cream Sundae Bar, and a great mix of other desserts including cookies, pies, cakes and pastries.

We look forward to “Brunch With Santa” every year here at Windows on the Lake. There is nothing better than to see smiling children excited to give their last minute requests to Santa Claus. Equally enjoyable is seeing their parents and other adults full and content after enjoying a quality meal. Come join us, and we’re sure this will become a holiday tradition for you and your family.

Make your reservations now. All you have to do is call 631-737-0088 or fill out the form in the link below. See you soon at Windows on the Lake, one of the best banquet halls in Long Island.

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Windows On The Lake Holiday Parties

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Are you looking to host a holiday party, but not sure if you want to invite a bunch of people over, only to leave your house with a huge mess, and clean up? Are you looking for the perfect location to have your end of the year company holiday party? Well look no further than Windows on the Lake.
Just coming off of another successful Thanksgiving dinner event, the time has come where we start hosting amazing holiday events. While we are known for being one of the best Long Island wedding venues, we are also one of the best banquet halls in Long Island. We have hosted a variety of events from Bar/Bat Mitzvahs to some of the best corporate events around.
If you are looking to have a work party, this is a perfect place. With in house catering you can break away from your workday for an extended company holiday lunch. At only $24.95 per person, you’ll have your corporate event at a beautiful setting, right on Lake Ronkonkoma, in a beautiful venue, while paying less than renting out a ballroom in a hotel, or a large room at a restaurant. Treat your employees to the type of luncheon they deserve. Show them that you’re thankful for all their hard work this year.
If you would rather host your company party during the evening, we have made Windows on the Lake available for holiday parties mid week. Starting at only $29.95 a person, again, you’ll be able to host an event, where you are the only focus of the night. Hotel Ballrooms, and Restaurants will have to deal with other customers, but here at Windows on the Lake, you’ll have the place to yourselves, and all the focus will be on you and your employees. With that kind of VIP treatment, your employees are sure to brag to their friends about how well their employer treats them.
Be sure to ask about our competitive weekend rates! While businesses may want to host their parties midweek, we understand that hosting a party for your friends, or even a family gathering, will be better suited for the weekend. We’re happy to share the experience with you of hosting an amazing lakeside holiday party. Whether you are looking for a classy, elegant evening with adults, or you prefer to have a family friendly casual event, we have the flexibility to give you the evening you are hoping for.
Contact us at Windows on the Lake to book your holiday party. And look out for our New Years Eve Party! We’re already taking reservations! Happy Holidays!

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Planning a holiday party

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It’s that time of year again! Time to get out there and make your appearance at all those holiday parties going on. Of course, those can be a lot of fun, but haven’t you always wanted to throw your own holiday party? Maybe you’re nervous because you’ve never hosted a party around the holidays. Well, there is nothing to worry about. Just follow these tips, and you’ll have a great holiday party. So great that your friends will hope this becomes an annual event.
Where and when are you having it? Before you plan anything else, figuring out where and when you are having your party should be the first items on your list. Once you know when the party is, then you can nail down where it is. You can figure out how many guests you can invite, how much you’ll need to decorate, and of course, the amount of food and drinks you’ll need to provide. But make sure if you are not having the party at your house, you should book the venue of your choice right away so no one else gets it before you. Many people will try to book bars or restaurants, but there are other venues to choose from that might be nicer, and a more enjoyable than a restaurant. For one, you don’t want to have to share a venue with other parties. Be sure you look to some of the best banquet halls in Long Island. Many of them will have great rates, and they’ll be a quality venue you’ll have to yourself. Be sure to also check out some Long Island wedding venues. The holidays are generally the off season for wedding venues, so you’ll be able to find a great place, at a great price. Especially if you book your party on a Friday evening.

Get those invites out!- If you are having the type of party where you want people to RSVP, be sure to get those invites out right away. The sooner you get a head count, the better prepared you’ll be when purchasing food and drinks. If you’re needing RSVP’s, you’ll still want to get invites out as soon as you can because there are a lot of parties this time of year, and you want to make sure people save that night for your party.

Food- Some of these Long Island wedding venues will offer catering, and if you are planning an elegant night with a sit down dinner, then you should really check into these banquet hall catering plans. Even if you are just going to have a party with finger foods and appetizers, check with your venue. There is a good chance they’ll have a package that will offer that, and if so, it’s one less thing to worry about.

Activities?- Now that you have your venue and food situated, you want to make sure to decide if you’re going to have games, dancing, gift exchange, or any other activities at your party. There are a lot of fun holiday party games you can play, but if your friends are not the type of people who enjoy party games, a simple gift exchange can be fun. For the most entertainment, be sure there is a price limit. Something in the range of $15-$20. Or maybe even have a gift exchange from things they found at a dollar or thrift store. This encourages creativity from guests, which will lead to a lot of laughs and great memories from your party.

Music- Music can really make or break a party. Of course, you’ll want to have a playlist with holiday themed music. But don’t be afraid to add some contemporary music as well. Everyone enjoys a holiday tune, but after a couple hours they’ll be ready to dance to music they hear throughout the year. We suggest a great company for long island bounce house rentals  that will keep your party entertaining.
Hosting a holiday party can be stressful, but if you do it right, it will be simple, yet fun. Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be sure to have a party your friends will want to attend for years.

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Thank you from Windows On The Lake

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the time has come for us to show gratitude to many of our family and friends. Soon many will be gathered together around a table whether it be at their homes or a relatives. Or possible you’ll be joining celebrating Thanksgiving with us at Windows on the Lake. As you give gratitude to all those around you, we want to offer our gratitude to you. We here at Windows on the Lake are thankful to you.

We know that you have a variety of options when it comes to choosing a Long Island wedding venue. And the fact that you have chosen us has been greatly appreciated. Allowing us to host your wedding, whether it be the ceremony, or the ceremony and the reception is something that we have continue to enjoy year after year. We know this is a special day for you, and we hope all of you know that do all we can to make it the perfect event. It’s because of you, and your business that we have become one of the best wedding venues in Long Island. It’s because of you, that when people look for catering halls, or banquet halls in Long Island, they look to us with more frequency than ever before.

We hope that you will continue to look to us for all of your wedding venue, or banquet hall needs. We have been blessed to be a part of your lives, whether you have celebrated a sweet 16 with us, or your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or even your daughter’s Quinceanera. We understand that these are monumental moments in the lives of your family, and we are grateful to have been a part of them, and look forward to celebrating many more occasions with you!

Once again, we thank you for your business, for allowing to share just a little slice of life with you. Of all the Long Island wedding venues you have to choose from, we are extremely thankful you continue to choose us. If you are planning an event, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We would be happy to help plan your next big event. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

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Thanksgiving at Windows on the Lake

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In case anyone out there forgot, or missed it in the first place, we here at Windows on the Lake wanted to be sure to remind you of the great Thanksgiving event we have planned. We are hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner at our venue! Come join us for care free Thanksgiving dinner.

If you are not planning on travelling for Thanksgiving, or even if you’re planning to have too many guests at your home this year, skip the hard work preparing an entire meal for just you and a few people. Let us prepare you the perfect Thanksgiving Feast. Let this be the year you relax and have someone wait on you for once. Perhaps you’re not a great cook, and you still want to treat your visitors to a quality meal. Have Thanksgiving dinner with us. Only $39.95 for adults and $18.95 for children 3-12 years old (Kids under 2 are free!). You’ll have everything you want at Thanksgiving. Of course we’ll have a deliciously prepared Turkey, and we’ll have all the sides you could want! We’ll have everything from, stuffing, to mashed potatoes, to veggies, to yams, and much much more! Of course we have a dessert table featuring our traditional pumpkin pies, as well as a sundae bar, and many other desserts to finish off your meal in just the right way. Of course we have a cash bar and bottles of wine available, as well as unlimited soft drinks, coffee, and tea. You’ll be able to go home, and to your clean kitchen, content and satisfied.
Not only will you enjoy a fantastic dinner, but you’ll be able to have your Thanksgiving in a beautiful setting. With beautiful lake views, and one of the best banquet halls in Long Island, Windows on the Lake is the perfect location to enjoy an elegant setting, yet still have a feeling of warmth and family that comes with the holidays. We’ve hosted everything from weddings to corporate parties and everything inbetween. We know how to put just the right touches on a holiday such as Thanksgiving.
Call us now, or fill out the form on the link below to make a reservation. Reservations begin at 1:00 PM and continue every half hour until 5:30 PM. Come join us at Windows on the Lake for Thanksgiving. You’ll love the experience, and we’ll love to treat you to one of the best Thanksgiving meals you’ll ever have.

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Thanksgiving Dinner To Go!

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Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays in the United States. People travel from far and wide to see family or friends. One of the first things we think of when someone mentions Thanksgiving is the food. Some of the things that we can’t wait to hit our taste buds are, the perfectly cooked Turkey, the delicious gravy, the stuffing, and all the fixins. And who can forget the pumpkin pie? But keep in mind, someone has to cook that huge meal! If that someone is you, you may not be as excited about Thanksgiving as everyone else who doesn’t have to prepare this feast of all feasts. But what if you could have a perfectly prepared turkey, seasoned stuffing, baked yams, various sides, and a delicious pumpkin pie, and you wouldn’t even have to turn on your oven? Well guess what, this is totally possible! Windows on the Lake has brought back by popular demand, Thanksgiving Dinner to go!
Maybe your in-laws are coming to your house for the first time, and you really want to impress them, yet, you are not known for your cooking skills. Well don’t worry, order your Thanksgiving feast from Windows on the Lake, and you’ll have a fully cooked meal that they’ll never forget. We’ll even let you take all the credit for it. It just might make you the favorite in-law.
Perhaps you’ve just had a child, or moved into a brand new home, and everything is still in boxes, and preparing the big meal just isn’t in the cards this year. Having your complete dinner made for you will ensure that you’ll still have a memorable Thanksgiving feast you look forward to every year, and you won’t have to lift a finger!
Windows on the Lake Thanksgiving dinner to go provides you with a whole turkey, perfectly roasted, sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams with maple syrup and marshmallows, fresh veggies, creamed green peas with pearl onions, fresh cranberry sauce and giblet gravy, fresh baked bread, and mixed green salad with dressing. And if your mouth isn’t already watering, let’s not forget dessert. You’ll have your choice of pumpkin pie or apple crumb. There are additional appetizers, pies, and other items available upon request. (631) 737-0088
This meal will feed 8-12 people comfortably. So place your order, and come pick up your meal on Thanksgiving. We do deliver for an additional charge. Make sure to place your order on or before November 20, 2014. All you have to do is give us a call at (631) 737-0088 or fill out the form on the link below. So remember, if you want the perfect Thanksgiving feast, but don’t want to spend your entire holiday slaving away in the kitchen, let us make it for you. It will be heated and ready to eat, when you are. No reheating necessary!

Don’t hesitate to ask us about our holiday parties. We can host parties from 15 to 400 guests. Here at Windows on the Lake, we want to make sure all your holiday party needs are met.

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