3 Fun Ways to do Bridal Work Outs in Winter

February 22, 2018 by Grand Central Party

One of the absolute best parts of being a bride is that your wedding day is a day to look your absolute best. After choosing the perfect dress, the perfect hairstyle, and combing Pinterest for shoes, perfecting your wedding day look may have felt like a full time job. As you prepare for your upcoming nuptials, don’t neglect your health and wellness in preparation for your wedding. We’ve put together a list of the three most fun ways to do bridal work outs in winter. Take advantage of the cold winter months to get your heart-rate up and prepare for the most important day of your life.

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Get fit for your Wedding

Take a class and get everyone involved. A few years ago, we heard a story from a bride with a March wedding date that got very in to Jazzercise in the weeks leading up to her wedding. While you may hear Jazzercise and instantly think of your grandmother in a leotard and leg warmers, this bride swore up and down that it was fun, she got to dance to some of most fun pop songs of the day, and it was a really good workout. In addition to being a great workout, it was something she didn’t do alone. This bride enlisted her in-town bridesmaids, her mother and future mother-in-law, and anyone else that wanted to join to come to class with her and dance their behinds off. Not only was it a fun shared experience leading up to the wedding, this bride said that she got into really great shape while grooving with her family and closest friends. Don’t be afraid to find group classes that you and your friends and family can participate in while preparing for the wedding. It’s a great to make sure everyone is relaxed and in shape.

Find an indoor pool. If you live in an area with a prominent YMCA program, you may be used to seeing ladies going to and from water aerobics classes. While we are not necessary suggesting matching bathing suits and swim caps, swimming laps at an indoor pool is a great and rigorous pre-bridal workout that you can do no matter how good or bad the weather. Consider finding a gym that offers a pool and take a dip after a long of work or wedding planning. Swimming is an especially great exercise because it encourages lean muscle tone without adding additional bulk the way lifting weights can. It’s a surefire way to make sure your arms look great on your big day. And, who knows- you may even decide that lady’s water aerobics are a perfect fit for your bridal exercise regiment.

If you like a challenge- take to the outdoors. It’s true, you may be reading this blog post in sunny Florida and thinking that the weather is great for working out outside. If that is the case, we envy you. For all of the rest of you who are suffering through winter’s depths, we feel you and sympathize. One fun way to beat the weather and get a great workout in is to find boot camps and other classes that meet outside: cold, rain, or shine. Exercise is proven to reduce stress, heighten your mood, and help you fit into your ideal wedding dress effortlessly. If you’re going through an especially stressful planning process, a really hard workout may be just what you need to power through wedding planning. If outdoor bootcamps aren’t available, you can always enlist the help of a personal trainer to really make sure you’re in shape on your wedding day.

However you decide to spend your time leading up to your wedding (and you may be too busy to even dream of getting a workout in), we wish you all the best of luck. These fun ways to do a bridal work out may help you kick some of the winter time blues. May your wedding day be the one that you have always dreamt of.

Now is the Time to Dream of Spring!

February 6, 2018 by Grand Central Party

There are a few reasons why we love February, and the list doesn’t just involve Valentine’s Day. We love cozy, cold evenings; that last day of playing in the snow; and enjoying piping hot lattes before the temperature rises and we all switch back to iced drinks make February quite grand. Our favorite thing about February, is that soon the snow will melt and we can all agree that now is the time to dream of spring.

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Time to Dream of Spring Time

Whether it’s a wedding, an engagement, or a few bridal showers, springtime is the perfect time to celebrate. The weather is wonderful and the world seems to come back to life. Here are a few of our best party ideas and tips for any event you’re planning this spring.

Embrace Color. Fall and winter events lend themselves to dark and heavy color palettes that enhance the mood of your fête. (Or, for the truly adventurous, see our post on Winter White Weddings.) Springtime events cry out for bright and sophisticated color palettes that include rich and glowing greens, bright pinks and oranges, and smooth taupes and whites for texture. When you plan an event with a March, April, or May date, consider diving into all sides of the color wheel and have some fun!

Get Your Spring Drink On! Because Spring begins the start of the growing season, many classic fruits and vegetables become brighter, healthier, and better during this time of year. When you plan a party, a fun signature cocktail can make a great addition to any menu. Think about your favorite gin and vodka cocktails with a splash of cucumber, lavender, or thyme to make something truly unique and worthy of the season.

It’s Time to Consider Your Bridal Bod. It’s true, every bride worries about what she will look like in her wedding dress. There is still time in the depth of winter’s doldrums to start a new exercise and dieting plan to look your absolute best on your big day. While it may be too late for New Year’s Resolutions, keep an eye out for February deals and coupons to your local gyms and yoga studios. Also, consider adding a trip to a spin class or yoga class as part of your bachelorette party or weekend. It’s a fun and healthy way to diversify your plans for the weekend.

Never Fear the Great Outdoors. Sure, we live in Tennessee where seasonal allergies can be the end of us all. But even if you live in the most pollen free state in the union, there’s no argument that springtime is the perfect time to move any party out of doors. Whatever the occasion, even the backyard can be turned into a royal engagement party courtyard with a little tender loving care. Consider pitching a tent at any venue, or add a spread of tables and chairs to the lawn so that your guests can eat outside.

Add a Few Outdoor Games. Parties are fun. Food is good. Great drink is better. But nothing really spices up an afternoon or evening affair like a few outdoor party games. Springtime is the perfect time have corn hole, bocci, or even badminton available to your guests. If your party is informal (or maybe even if it’s not), you may consider putting up a net for volleyball. Because spring weather is warm, but not hot, it’s the perfect time to add a few extra activities for your guests.

No matter what the occasion, it is never too early to plan and to dream. Start thinking about where you would like to have your next party and plan it for the spring. It’s a beautiful time of year!

Show Your Love With These Creative Valentine’s Day Gifts

January 22, 2018 by Grand Central Party

Heads up, everyone! While Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are in the books, there is one holiday that is less than a month away. You guessed it: Valentine’s Day. While you may have your own personal feelings about this holiday, we’re excited. February 14 is a great time to take a moment and celebrate those that you love the most, whether it be friends, family members, and, most importantly, your significant other. We’ve put together a list of ways that you can show your love with these creative Valentine’s Day gifts this February. Because let’s face it, roses and chocolates may be traditional, but they don’t quite say ‘I love you’ like some of these other gifts do.

Creative Valentines Day Gifts

Creative Valentine’s Day Gifts

In a word: don’t be afraid to get lovely and creative this Valentine’s Day.

Going out to eat isn’t always worth the time. In our era of GrubHub and Postmates, chances are that you spend as much money on going out to eat as you do on your rent in a month. While fancy restaurants have typically been the craze for Valentine’s Day, reservations are hard to come by. Cooking at home can be an amazing treat for you and the one you love, especially if you decide to take an adventure in the kitchen and cook something out of the ordinary. Plus, if the meal turns out terribly, you’ll have a great story of the time you tried so hard to make Valentine’s Day special, and it ended with takeout Chinese food.

Think about relaxing… together. An underrated and also extremely fun thing to do as a couple is a couples massage. If you want to really show the love, you may even swing for a couple’s spa day. While it might not sound like the most fun to be wrapped in seaweed and lying next to each other on spa tables, it can actually be a relaxing and fun experience that you both will enjoy.

On horseback or bicycles-taking a ride can be extremely fun. If you and your significant other enjoy the great outdoors, scheduling a bike tour can be a really fun way to see your city or town. Or, is there is a place accessible to you, scheduling a meandering horseback ride followed by a nice dinner can be a great way to say, “I love you.” The best part about being in love is getting to spend time together. This Valentine’s Day, try to find an activity (like biking or horseback riding) that will allow the two of you to make memories and enjoy being together.

Pull all your memories together. Whether you have been married for years, or dating for a few months, chances are that you and your significant other have made a substantial amount of memories together. If you create a slideshow of photos, or even take the time to make a few pages of a scrapbook for your partner, the two of you can spend an evening reminiscing about all the fun you’ve had together in your relationship. This is also a great gift idea for friends or family members that you want to express love to on Valentine’s Day. Making something for the people you care about shows that you care about the details of your relationship and that you care.

Take on a new adventure. There are a thousand ways to pass the time in big and small towns and cities across the country. Take your significant other to play an escape style game, or to do a high ropes course for the day. Maybe you’re both daredevilish enough to try skydiving together, or you want to take a long walk a local park or greenway. Whatever you decide, going on a new and fun adventure together can be a great way to show your person the love and have a lot of fun doing it.

No matter how you choose to spend your Valentine’s Day, we hope you have a safe and happy one. And, if you already show love in creative ways and don’t need Valentine’s Day gift ideas, nothing really beats a night at home, cuddled up on the couch.

How to Plan the Perfect Engagement on a Budget

January 11, 2018 by Grand Central Party

It’s that time of year again- happy couples who have made it through Christmas (and survived each other’s families) may have decided to pop the question and ask the person they love to marry them.

Perfect Engagement

Perfect Engagement on a Budget

You may be sitting down right now and thinking about how to ask your special someone to spend the rest of their life with you. And one thing is for certain: you want your engagement to be special. In a time when it seems like engagements are becoming more extravagant than weddings, we’ve put together this list to tell you how to plan the perfect engagement on a budget. And you may have already guessed the theme. It doesn’t matter how much you spend on an engagement, as long as you show the person you care.

You already have memories together.

What is it that you and your significant other like to do most together? Are you both really into movies? Do you love going to the museum or popular art galleries around town? Whatever your favorite activities are, highlight what the two of you like to do together. This way you can use existing locations without having to pay for a fancy reservation at the hottest new restaurant. You can even set up a scavenger hunt that goes from one special location to the next,ending in a proposal.

Surprise them with a new activity.

Maybe you and your significant other don’t really ever eat at home. Try a romantic dinner at home followed by a long stroll and you popping the question. Or, maybe you don’t ever go out to eat. Pick a restaurant within your budget and take your sweetheart there. The key to a good engagement is doing something thoughtful and often surprising to show the love of your life that they are the one that you want to be with. By doing something out of the ordinary, you can make them feel special without breaking the bank.

Use nature to your advantage.

Renting a venue or space to pop the question can be pricey. We suggest using the green spaces around you to your advantage. Set up a romantic picnic at a park that you often visit. Or, take dinner outside to the backyard under twinkling lights. If you add special touches, like a scrapbook of your relationship, or a heartfelt letter listing the reasons why this person is the only one for you, your engagement will be a day you remember for the rest of your lives. By moving your proposal outside, you let the beauty of nature take over. You can also have a secret photographer on hand to catch the tearful moment of saying, “Yes!”

Ask your friends and family for help.

An impromptu or planned engagement party that takes place right after the engagement is a great way to get friends and family involved. Reach out to you and your significant other’s parents, siblings, and friends so that they can be present after you’ve popped the question and they’ve said yes. This can also lessen the burden of cost, if people are willing to help you pay for the party. If not, consider doing something simple. Invite everyone over to your home and cater with bar-b-que or simple desserts. This gives the people closest to you the ability to share your excitement without costing a fortune.

No matter how you intend to ask the love of your life to marry you, remember that the most important thing is your love story. If you take your time and pay attention to the details, you can plan something truly wonderful that the two of you will never forget. We wish all you future engaged couples the best in 2018 and happy proposals besides.

4 Reasons to Hold Prom Under a Tent

January 7, 2018 by Grand Central Party

Prom Tent Rental

Prom Tent Rentals

Prom Under a Tent

Whether you’re a high school administrator, teacher, or a parent with children in high school, you know how important prom is to the students who attend. Spring may still be a few months away, but you know that most students are looking forward to this annual event (and may even be shopping for dresses, and looking for dates). This year, we suggest four reasons to hold prom under a tent this year. How do you do this, you may ask? Instead of simply hanging a series of aluminum foil stars from the ceiling of the gymnasium, rent a series of clear-top tents and move one of the most anticipated high school parties outside.

Here are four good reasons why you should consider holding prom under a tent:

  1. Give the kids the surprise of a lifetime. Prom is a highly anticipated event among almost every demographic of young people. In fact, some students consider it an important rite of passage when making the transition from high school to college. Instead of decking out the gym, or renting a local venue, consider putting some tents on the lawn of the school, and draping them with shimmering fabrics. By taking the party outside, you take it up a notch and will give the students a night they never forget.
  2. The venue comes to you. It’s true that all schools may not have the ability to host an event like prom on their grounds, but if you do, you simplify cost, time, and effort to move staff and decorations across town to a rented space. By having tents come to you on the school’s grounds, you can create an atmosphere you students will not forget, while keeping the party close to home. This can allow you to feel confident about where you are putting the party on, and the parents will be familiar with where to find their students.
  3. Tents are extremely versatile. A party tent can serve a number of purposes and can be decorated in a number of different ways. By having one tent for dancing, one tent for photos, and another for snacks and tables and chairs, you can create the illusion of multiple rooms to your event, while still enjoying the outdoors. There are also multiple tent options, from clear top tents to large marquee tents. No matter the size of your student body, you can find a tent to match your needs.
  4. Draping is a must. No matter what theme your prom committee settles on, you can find a drape to match it. From sea green drapes for an “Under the Sea” theme, to dark red ones for a “Game of Thrones” fete, there is an almost infinite number of ways to customize with drapery. The same can be said with additional details, like tables, chairs, and even dance floors. There are so many ways to add texture and color to a tent, no two hardly look the same. We are especially fond of the gauzy lace draping for royalty themed proms.

You have the ability to keep a watchful eye. Chances are, most of the tents you can find are the same size or smaller than your average ballroom space. By cutting down on the amount of room your students have to move around, you allow for your staff and chaperones to keep tabs on the kids as they have the time of their lives. With several options for putting sides on a tent, you can even close it off so that it becomes an enclosed space.

No matter what decision you make regarding prom for your students this year, we are sure it will be a night to remember. Who doesn’t love a chance to grab date, put on some fancy clothes and dance the night away?