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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
Florists
Men’s Apparel
Bridal Gowns
Photographers
Videographers
Travel Agents to discuss Honeymoon packages
Clergy
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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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!
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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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Corporate Event Planning Tips

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So you have somehow been assigned to plan your company’s next conference.  While this can be great way for you to shine in front of the big wigs, I’m sure you are stressed beyond belief.  Especially if you have never done any event planning in the past.  Have no fear.  You’re not the first one to be in this situation.  Many have thrived, and yet many have failed when given a hefty assignment such as this.  But if you stay organized, plan ahead, don’t freak out there is a little snag, you’ll be on your way to planning a great function.  Here are some guidelines to help you plan the perfect corporate event.

  1. Understanding the particulars- I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself, “I need to find a venue for this conference!”  But before you do that, you need to know the particulars of your event.  So before you book a location, and hire the keynote speaker, figure out the details.  Such as…
    • When is the conference taking place?  Hopefully you’ll be allowed to choose from a few different dates.  That way you’ll be able to compare costs, and what venues are available.

 

  • Conference Hours It really does matter what time the conference starts, and when it’s over.  That way you’ll need to know if you have to provide breakfast or dinner.  
  • Attendance Usually for these types of events people will just ballpark the number of people attending.  But for you, because you want to put on the best conference ever, you’ll want to get specific.  The better you are a pinning down who is actually coming, the better you can make this event.
  • What type of Venue?  Now that you have figured out some particulars, you can pin down a venue for the conference.  Most of the time people look for hotels, because they have various ballrooms that can be rented out. There are many great companies out there that can do that and get you there.  But what many first time event planners don’t know, is there are many other options to consider.  First of all banquet halls.  Some of the best banquet halls in Long Island, make the perfect location for a conference.  And you might get a great deal, because most people don’t consider banquet halls in Long Island for their conferences.  The same thing goes for Long Island wedding venues.  I mean, who would think a wedding venue would be a good location for a conference.  Well, take Windows on the Lake for example.  They have all that is needed for the perfect work conference.
  •  They have multiple rooms if you want to have any type of breakout sessions.  There are gardens, and lake views to give the perfect outdoor lecture.  There is on site catering, which one less thing to worry about on your checklist.  Exploring outside of the hotel ballroom idea, might impress all those in your company when you book a venue with views, and gardens, and you’re the only ones using a great new york seo company.  Another thing about wedding venues to consider is, most weddings are on weekends.  Chances are, your conference will be midweek.  So you will be sure to have freedom to book the place you want.
  • Budget No one likes to work with a tight budget, but chances are that’s what you’ll be given.  So it’s time to get creative.  You’ve looked to the best banquet halls in Long Island, and Long Island wedding venues, so you know that there are places to have the perfect conference, at a reasonable price.  You’ll be able to look like you spent over the budget by thousands of dollars, and yet, you may just walk away with some extra money to use elsewhere.
  • Lodging If you have a conference where people are coming from out of state/town, you’ll need to figure out lodging.  Clearly, you can work out a deal with a hotel when you are using one of their ballrooms for your conference.  But again, if you have been put on a budget, and are looking for an alternative to the generic hotel room ballroom conference, you may see that many Long Island wedding venues have lodging nearby.  And many of these hotels will have shuttles that will take you from the lobby to the venue you have chosen.

 

Planning a major event like this can be difficult.  But if you take the time to follow these guidelines, you’ll have a conference that no one will forget.  It will give your bosses a reason to think of you when the next promotion comes around!  Another thing to consider when looking at banquet halls and wedding venues, is they know event planning.  They plan huge weddings and other celebrations all the time.  If you book there, I imagine many of their employees will know how to help you when it comes to putting on a conference like this.  They know all the best vendors around, and can really help you stay on budget.  So when you plan your big conference, make sure to seek out the best banquet halls on Long Island, or even some of the Long Island wedding venues.  Or just come here to Windows on the Lake.  We’ll take great care of you!

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Planning an Anniversary Party

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Celebrating an anniversary is a monumental event.  Not only is it a commemoration of the couple’s lasting commitment to one another, but it’s also a special time to look back on the good memories they and their family have had.   This is a great time to get family and friends together to celebrate this special day.

 

Depending on how long the couple has been married, some couples will prefer a small celebration just with immediate family.  But if it’s a landmark year, it would be great to invite extended family, and friends and have a grand party  to honor the committed couple.

 

While getting plans together it’s best to put together a list.  The sooner you put a list together, the more organized you will be.  Thinking of all there is to do can be overwhelming, but if you itemize everything accordingly, then you’ll have the time to do everything, which will keep you from any anxiety attacks.

You should have lists for two months before the party, and a final checklist a couple weeks before the party.

 

Two Months Before:

 

What date is the party?  If the actual anniversary is during the week, it’s still better to hold the party on a weekend.  That way all who desire to be there, can attend.

 

Where are you having the party? If you are having a small celebration then maybe a restaurant, or even someone’s home will suffice.  But if you are having a larger celebration there are a number of locations to choose from.  Many will look to the best banquet halls in Long Island, but depending on when the party is, you may be able to pin down one of the best Long Island wedding venues during the wedding offseason.

 

Who’s invited? Think about who the special couple would like to have at their event, and get those invites sent out.  The sooner you get the RSVP’s back the better.

 

Set your budget. Deciding on what you want or are able to spend on the big day.  If you set a budget, then assign things to some of the immediate family, you can have a great anniversary party without having everything coming from your pocket.

 

What’s everyone going to eat? Decide if you would prefer to serve the food yourself or would you like to have the party catered.  Some Long Island wedding venues have on-site catering.  If you are having a large party it would be a huge stress relief to have the event catered.

 

Two Week Checklist

 

Decor. Because this is a anniversary party, the decor you set up can be very simple.  I would suggest thinking of the couple and centering the decorations around them.  Maybe some pictures from when they were younger, including their wedding picture.  You could hang a “Happy Anniversary” banner where people are walking in.

 

Music It is important to decide if you want a live band, or a DJ.  Either way, you’ll want to book them about a month before the party.  If you know it’s  busy time for weddings, you may want to even book them earlier. If you are in the middle of wedding season, you might not want to compete with those high prices and just put a playlist together on your iPod.  It would be easier to rent a PA, and play the music yourself.  But if you are in the wedding offseason, it will be really special to have professionals in charge of the music.

 

Speeches You can invite those who will be giving speeches a couple weeks before the party, so they don’t stress for months on what to say.  A couple weeks is enough time to think about and decide what to say.  You might want to invite the couple’s oldest child, or one of their siblings, or a best friend to give a speech.  Make sure they are people who are comfortable with public speaking, and make sure they won’t drink to much before they speak.  You should also invite the couple to say a few words.  Everyone will want to hear from them.  Just inform them what time of the evening they’ll be speaking.

 

With these simple checklists, you’ll be able to plan an excellent anniversary party.  Seeking out the best banquet halls in Long Island, could be a great solution to any issues involving food, or space.  Remember, this is a special event, so make sure you and the celebrated couple have a great time.

 

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How to choose a wedding venue in autumn

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You have chosen to have your wedding in the Fall season.  It’s a beautiful time of year to get married.  But there are a number of things to consider when planning a wedding in Autumn.  One in particular is choosing the right wedding venue to fit your theme and this specific season.  Once you pin down the location, you can decide on what decorations you’ll have, and what colors you want to use.  Here are some things to think about when planning a wedding in Autumn.

Where do you want to have your wedding? Think about where you want this momentous occasion to be. Because it’s autumn, obviously you’ll want a Long Island wedding venue that has indoor facilities.  But I would advise that there be somewhere for people to spend some time outside, at least during the day.  Again, it’s autumn on Long Island. There will be an autumn backdrop naturally laid out for you, and you’ll want your guests to be able to be surrounded by it.  The fall colors of the trees, and crisp autumn air will add a perfect natural decor for your special day.  So while by nightfall, people will want to be inside where it’s nice and warm, make sure you have a place for the guests to experience this amazing season.

While having a wedding in autumn is beautiful, it is important to remember that while the natural colors will be beautiful, it is not a time where gardens are blooming with their natural plumage.  So while the trees will produce their own beauty with the beauty of the leaves changing, make sure that you have the right floral design necessary to go with this type of season.  You don’t want a garden wedding with a garden that is died out for the upcoming winter. Using a great company that supplies, used office furniture long island, will help increase your venue space.

Be sure to plan your wedding in accordance with day light savings.  It gets dark earlier in autumn.  So if you are planning the perfect sunset ceremony, make sure that you remember the time change, and that the sun will set earlier.  Even if you’re not planning a sunset ceremony, be aware of this time change because you don’t want the sun in everyone’s face while they’re trying to watch the beautiful newly wed couple.

It is important to consider what autumn theme you want.  You can go with a more traditional autumn theme that includes a harvest feel, with the usual decor that goes with that. Many when going with that theme will choose a rustic location, maybe a barn, or farm type location.  But there is also the alternate option to go with a more vintage style, with more modern themes.  If you decide on this theme, you will have more options when it comes to venues.  At Windows on the Lake, there are many options to have the perfect autumn wedding with an elegant look, and sophisticated feel.  With a beautiful lake view and outdoor fall setting, but also an indoor venue that will fit all of your autumn wishes.

A final thing to consider when choosing a Long Island wedding venue for your perfect autumn wedding is whether you want to have a wedding venue that will hold your wedding ceremony and your reception.  Some prefer to have separate venues  for each occasion, so figure out which you would prefer, and make sure you have the budget to use multiple venues.  Obviously it’s more practical to use one facility for both events, but it’s your wedding it’s up to you.

The other thing (I know I said final thing, but this is it I promise!), just like any other time of year, it is important to discuss with the Long Island wedding venues what kind of specials they are offering, what they include (tables, chairs, linens, and so on).  Finding the perfect venue with the perfect pricing package will ease your stress, and allow you to continue planning the autumn wedding you’ve always wanted.

 

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Indian Wedding Reception Timeline

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3:00 PM While the wedding party is relaxing at the hotel,and getting ready for the refreshed for the reception, the wedding planner should head to the reception venue if it is a different location than the wedding venue, or if it’s the same location, make sure they are there to welcome the catering company if you have planned to do off site catering.  If you have on site or off site catering this is when they should start getting things set up.
4:00 PM This is the time where the florist should begin to put the centerpieces at each table, and add any necessary decoration to the venue.
4:30 PM The Wedding planner should start to layout various photographs throughout the venue.  Anything from engagement pictures, to pictures of each of the families, will add to the environment.  The wedding planner should make sure to set out the guestbook, and basket or box for envelope gifts to be placed in.  Be sure that wedding favors, and table numbers are able to be seen. There is nothing worse than explaining where a guest is supposed to sit, or having too many party favors left over because people didn’t see them.
5:00 PM At this time the DJ should return to the venue to make sure their equipment is still in good shape.  The photographer should have access to the venue to take pictures of the additional set up.  This would also be a good time to start getting the wedding cake set up.
5:30 PM Music should begin at the venue for cocktail hour.
5:45 PM The bride and groom, and family should arrive at the venue.  If you are planning on having a receiving line, this would be a good time to begin forming the line.
6:00 PM The wedding reception guests will begin arriving and will begin to go through the reception line. Hors d’oeuvres  and cocktails will be made available to the guests.  Once the guests have been through the line, the wedding party should line up to be announced.
6:45 PM The DJ will either introduce him/herself or whoever is going to emcee the evening.  From there, the emcee will introduce the bridal party to the guests.  Music is played while the party enters the main reception area.
6:50 PM Once the party is introduced, the bride and groom are introduced to the guests.
6:55 PM The Bride and Groom’s First Dance
7:00 PM The Father, Daughter Dance, and then the Mother, Son Dance follows.   dance
7:05 PM Many times, the wedding party will put on a fun skit set to music for the bride and groom.
7:20 PM Once the skit is complete, dinner will be served.
8:00 PM Towards the end of dinner, champagne is passed around to the guests, and the maid of honor, and best man will then give their toasts.
8:30 PM The cake cutting ceremony will then commence.
8:45 PM Cake and Dessert will then be served to the guests.
9:00 PM After the cake cutting the formalities of the night have ended, and the dancing can begin.
11:45 PM The dancing should be wrapping up at this point.
11:55 PM The guests line up in anticipation of the bride and groom’s departure.
12:00 AM The bride and groom depart the venue and head to the bridal suite.  From the there the guests can depart, and gifts can be packed and sent to the home of the bride’s parent’s.
12:10 PM The vendors and others will breakdown the decor and, the wedding planner will then pass out payment to the vendors.
1:00 AM Cleanup is completed, and all have left the venue.

Here at Windows on the Lake, we offer everything for your Indian Wedding needs.  We have on-site catering, and accept off site catering as well.  We have the perfect Long Island wedding venue to host not only the ceremony, but the reception as well.  http://dev.windowsonthelake.com/indian_and_pakistani-wedding/

 

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Kosher Catering Tips

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Kosher Catering is the type of catering that follows the kashrut, which are the laid out Jewish dietary guidelines.  There are many of these laws, so it takes a great deal of studying, years even, for a kosher caterer to pin them all down.  So at your Long Island wedding, if you want to describe your menu as Kosher, you’ll want to make sure to hire a Kosher caterer.  Make sure they have the expertise to inspect the condition of the food, and kitchen.  There are various things that make a meal kosher.  Such things as the condition of how the animal was slaughtered, or the crop was harvested, conditions of the kitchen, and even the way you prepare the food.  Going with Kosher catering will certify that you’ll be able serve all your guests a guaranteed kosher meal.

You’ll want to find the best kosher catering companies because they always hire caterers that are completely knowledgeable with how to prepare kosher food, and how to serve the food according to the kashrut guidelines.  Most kosher catering companies are proud to make sure everything is done in the proper way to make sure the meal is totally kosher.  It might in your best interest to consult an event planner that understands the Jewish faith and kosher guidelines as far as food prep.

It is important that the slaughter, food preparation, cooking, and the way that the food is served is kosher according to the laws of kashrut.  There are many rules in the kashrut that will govern what makes kosher food kosher.  Here are some commonly understood rules.

  1. If you are eating fish, it must have fins and scales both in order to be kosher.  Therefore, shellfish is not considered kosher.
  2. It is unacceptable to have a kosher meal combined with a glass of milk.
  3. The utensils  you use must also be considered kosher.   Make sure that your kosher utensil doesn’t touch any non kosher food.  Once that happens the utensil will then be considered no longer kosher.  Make sure to be aware of this otherwise, if you use this non kosher utensil on your kosher meal, your meal will then be considered non kosher.
  4. There are certain methods that must be used when slaughtering an animal for food.  A professional will use specific equipment for slaughtering and will do an inspection for any defects may have affected the animal when it died.

 

Kosher catering requires years of studying so that they will be understanding of the Jewish faith, and all the rules that go along with kosher food.  Many catering companies don’t offer kosher catering, so be sure when you are planning your Long Island wedding, find a company a caterer that specializes in kosher catering.  That way you’ll be assured that they will follow the laws so that you’ll be confident in everyone getting a kosher meal.  Windows on the lake has all the necessary experience to provide you with the greatness you’ll expect in a kosher meal.  With over 30 years of experience, you’ll find that they will take all the necessary steps to be certain, your meal will be completely kosher.  http://dev.windowsonthelake.com/kosher-catering/

 

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Planning a Sweet Sixteen party

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Having a party to commemorate a teenage girl’s path to early adulthood is call her Sweet Sixteen.  In many locations a very formal party is thrown to welcome the teenager into the next step to maturity.

 

Turning sixteen is an essential part of a girls growing up.  Many consider it just behind her wedding.  So, planning a Sweet Sixteen party is something that should be taken seriously.  This is not just another birthday, this is a very important step for the young teen.

 

Mothers should put together their To Do list.   Depending on how extravagant you want the party to be, you’ll want to plan far enough in advance in order to be ready for the party.  Let’s make that To Do list so we know what to plan.

 

    1. When is it?–  You don’t necessarily have to have the party on the teenager’s exact birthday.  Usually within a week of the actual day should be fine.  It would be a good idea though to think about what holidays are around the same time.  You don’t want to be competing with other holidays.  It might affect attendance.
    2. Choose the Venue– One of the most difficult things on this list might just be choosing a place to have this party.  Things to consider are, budget, and of course how many people you’ll be inviting. Depending on the time of year, you can have this party at a park, your backyard, or even in a rec center. Keep in mind though, if you are in the wedding off season, there are many Long Island Wedding Venue’s that will be available for your choosing.  And since this is the off season, generally Wedding Venue’s on Long Island won’t charge as much as they would for a wedding. This gives you the option to have a very elegant and extravagant Sweet Sixteen party.
    3. Who’s Coming?– Some teens don’t like the spotlight as much as others.  Therefore maybe they’ll want a very small intimate party.  They may want only their closest of friends and family there.  Others might want to invite the world to their party!! A few months out, have the teenager write down her guest list so you’ll know who she is wanting to invite. That way you’ll know how many of your own friends you’ll be able to bring to the party.  Make sure to take a good look at the list so you know how huge this party is going to be, or how potentially empty it may be as well.  Do your best to regulate the amount of people coming. An extreme on either side could cause the party to be too much, or a dud.

 

  • Save The Date- Since you’ve done all this planning ahead, most likely the party isn’t for a few more months.  That’s great! Because of this, you’ll be able to send out some Save the Date cards to your guests. This is similar to any Long Island Wedding. Once you get those out, you’ll be sure that guests will mark that date down for the Sweet Sixteen party, and won’t plan for anything else.  You may want to make your save the date card a magnet so they can stick it right on their refrigerator.  That way they’ll always look at it, and will be sure to make the event.  

 

Invitations- Similar to scheduling a Wedding on Long Island, your Long Island Sweet Sixteen party is going to need some invitations to be sent out.  So once you’ve found your venue, the date you want to have the party, and have your guest list in order, it’s time to send out the Sweet Sixteen invitations.  Make sure you ask your guests to RSVP.  We want to make your Sweet Sixteen planning smooth and successful.  So if you follow these initial steps, you’ll be on your way to a great party.

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Choosing a Quinceanera theme:

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One of the most exciting parts of a quinceanera is choosing the theme for the party. On the other hand, this is one of the biggest challenges. It’s important to have the traditional aspect of a quinceanera. But adding a personal touch never hurt anyone now did it? Let’s look at some possible ideas to choose from.

A common, yet excellent theme is having a Sophisticated themed Quinceanera. This will show others your grown up side. You can let your friends and family see your adult taste and style, as well as dress with an elegance appropriate for a night like this. This is a theme that will work well any time of year. In a sophisticated Quinceanera, I would recommend wearing black, white, or any muted color. This type of party is not styled for bright colors. You’ll want your court to look fabulous of course, but nothing that would detract from you on your special day. You should consider silver or gold for their colors. When it comes to decorations, less is more with a sophisticated theme. Favours with some shimmer and glamour will do nicely for an elegant quinceanera. As far as food goes, I would stick to a traditional meal. Something like fish, chicken, or steak will be very classy. You may want to bring out some tasty hors d’oeuvres being handed out throughout the party. Finally, just like the decorations, keep your music with a sophisticated theme. Keep with traditional songs that might be popular at quinceaneras, including obviously the traditional waltz.

Another popular theme is to have a Garden Party for your Quinceanera.  Spring and garden themes are always great if your quinceaneras takes place in the springtime.  And it totally fits the quinceanera theme of your new beginning of becoming an adult.  A perfect location for your garden party theme, could be an actual garden.  Or you may want to seek out some Long Island Wedding venues with a garden setting to fit your theme perfectly.   The nice thing about having a garden party theme during the spring are all the colors you’ll have to choose from. Pastels will be a favorite for this type of party.  With such a pallet to choose from, you’ll be able to select different color dresses for your court.  But of course, you won’t want them to outshine you.  If you find a nice Long Island wedding venue, you won’t need to do much decorating if it already looks like a garden.  You can also have a nice variety when it comes to your menu.  Having a garden theme gives you the flexibility for food.  Go with what you like.  It’s your day anyway.  And again, when it comes to music, it’s up to you!

 

A fun theme for quinceaneras is to have a Princess theme for your big day.  This is a little similar to your sophisticated theme, but you really can get more extravagant.  You can really go all out making this location a kingdom rivaling any fairytale.  This is a nice theme because it doesn’t matter what time of year you have it.  If you really want to look like a princess, you’ll want to go with a really elegant dress.  Colors such as white, gold or a soft color will turn you into that beautiful princess you’re hoping to be.  And of course, don’t forget the tiara! You’ll want your court to look nice too. A princess isn’t going to be hanging out with a bunch of towns folk are they? Your court can be dressed in a nice color, in matching style.  Or a different dress with the same color might look great too.  You should consider what type of princess you are before you plan the decorations.  If you are a fairy tale princess, then you’ll want to have your decorations look very feminine, and soft.  But if you’re a more modern princess, then you’ll want to get a more classic theme, with tons of lavishness. You’ll want the guests to feel like they have been invited to a royal court, and therefore the food must be a feast fit for a princess.  If your venue will provide on site catering, you’ll be able to have a menu that only royalty would approve of.  If you can afford nicer silverware, and chinaware, it will only help your theme.  And because you’re the princess, you get to be the one to choose the music.

 

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Having a Quinceañera is a very special day for many Long Island girls growing up in Latino Cultures.  This is a day they have been thinking about for years! I imagine there has been a lot of brainstorming and planning how to make this the perfect event for your daughter here on Long Island.  The time has come to pinpoint some ideas and run with it.  It’s your daughters fifteenth birthday.  She’s becoming a woman.  Let’s make this a amazing event never to be forgotten!

Quinceañera’s can be celebrated differently depending on the family, and the culture.  Some families like to keep things simple.  They only want to celebrate with their closest friends and family, and they don’t want to get too fancy with the decorations.  Other families have an extravagant evening with tons of food, and presents.  There tend to be more gifts at the high end celebrations as well.  No matter which way you decide to go, keep in mind that the focus on this event is to honor your daughter.

Part of the tradition of the Quinceañera is having your daughter put together a court consisting of 14 people.  This will represent the 14 years of childhood she has lived.  These members of the court will be dressed in matching formal wear.  Be sure to hire a professional choreographer, because this court will be learning dances and performing for the guests leading up to the father and daughter dance.

You shouldn’t make things complicated when choosing the music.  Just go with whatever your daughter’s personal taste is.  As hard as this might be, remember, it’s her special night, and a lot of her friends will be there with the same taste.  You can hire a DJ to play a mix of her favorite songs, or if you want to keep things on a budget, you can always put together a playlist on your iPod.  There are apps out there that will mix the music perfectly, as if a DJ was there.  But on a night like this, you might want to hire a DJ because there will be different things going on throughout the night.  So you may want that DJ moving the guests from thing to thing.  Feel free to throw in some songs you and your friends might like.  Depending on your budget, you may want to hire a Mariachi Band, or a Salsa Band.  This will give the evening a more traditional feel.  If you want to keep things less expensive, you could always hire a guitarist who can play Spanish guitar.

Now, you’re going to want to feed these guests right?  But before we get to that, why don’t we get to what’s really important.  The Cake! Seek out the best Cake Decorator for what you and your daughter are expecting for this night.  Some people would rather go with cupcakes, but hey, she’s only going to be 15 once, so a tier cake seems fitting for sure.

When it comes to food, you’ll have many Long Island Catering Halls to choose from.  So you might want to find a venue on Long Island that will cater in house.  Of course you can always choose off site catering, depending on what food you’ll be serving.  If your daughter’s birthday is during the wedding off season, it might be nice to check out some Long Island wedding venues to see if they are offering any special deals for Quinceañeras. Don’t forget how much you have going on with the planning, so you find yourself a caterer who will take some of the food stress off your hands. You and your daughter can plan the menu with the caterer and then leave it to them to make your meal ideas come to life.

You’ll want to look at the budget again to decide if you want a sit down dinner, or if you are going to go buffet  style.  Keep in mind, if the food is good, either option will be great.

Remember this is an occasion in your daughter’s life you’ll never want her to forget.  So do all you can to capture the events of the evening.  Sometimes it’s fun to put disposable cameras on the tables.  Once you get the film developed, it can be hilarious to see what people took pictures of.  It usually doesn’t cost to much to put together a fun photo booth for your guests to get together and have fun snapshots taken in there. If you have a friend or relative who is proficient in the world of photography, you may want to offer them a small stipend to take pictures of the night for you.  I would suggest if there is room in the budget, hire a professional photographer.  That way they’ll capture everything going on that night.

Lastly, remember that your daughter has been dreaming of this night, and waiting for it to be here for a long time.  At least a long time in her mind.  Make sure she is in a position where she can take it all in, and enjoy herself.  When all is said and done, make sure your daughter writes in a diary her greatest memories of her Quinceañera.  If you are able to plan ahead, and keep things organized, I know she’ll have the Quinceañera she always dreamed of!

 

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