How To: Write the Perfect Toast

If you are not a huge fan of public speaking, the idea of performing a toast at your event or your loved one’s event can seem a bit daunting. Here are some tips to get you started and ensure that your toast is written and performed seamlessly.

1. Introduce yourself.

This is big, guys! It is so, so important to introduce yourself and your relationship to the guest of honor (unless of course, YOU are the guest of honor). Letting guests know who you are helps people to understand and relate more to the story you will be telling with your toast.

2. Write a few drafts.

If you’re stuck on where to begin, just start writing anything and everything down! Remember that your first draft doesn’t have to be your last, so jotting things down point form or editing things out later are perfectly fine options.

3. Keep it under 5 minutes.

Some guests of honor will set specific parameters (3 min, 5 min, etc) for how long they want your toast to be, so follow these parameters first. If they don’t set any parameters for you, sticking to five minutes or less will give you just enough time to say what you need to without guests getting bored.

4. Speak about the guest(s) of honor.

This one may seem obvious, but it sometimes gets forgotten when there is more than one guest of honor (think weddings), especially if you have a much closer relationship with one party than the other. It is definitely okay to lean heavier on the anecdotes about the person you are close with, but make sure you include one or two points about the other party, or the couple as a whole.

5. Make sure your toast isn’t too personal.

Of course you want to highlight the guest(s) of honor in your toast, but steer clear of embarrassing stories that they aren’t going to appreciate. Even if you think a story would be well received, it’s best to avoid it or double check with the guest(s) of honor before sharing anything too personal in your speech. It is also a good note to steer clear of any stories or inside jokes that the guests won’t understand.

6. Offer your well wishes.

One of the most important and meaningful parts of your toast will be offering your well wishes to the guest(s) of honor. Keep it simple and sincere so other guests will resonate with the message and toast along with you.

7. Practice out loud.

This is also so, so important! Even if you are a natural at public speaking, practicing your toast will ensure that your presentation goes smoothly and you are within the time frame you have been given.

Writing a toast can be difficult especially when you feel you have too little or too much to say. When all else fails, tell a quick story and wish the guest of honor well, and you will be good to go- this tip also helps if you forget your notes (please remember your notes)! You got this!

Unique Shower Ideas

There are a lot of traditions surrounding showers, but for some people, these traditions just don’t fit with their personality or event vision. Most commonly, showers are held to celebrate upcoming weddings or new children. While some people choose not to host showers at all (which is also a totally viable option!), they can be a great way to socialize and catch up with people before your big life event. A traditional shower isn’t for everyone though, so I have compiled a list of ideas to help you through creating something a little more unique for your event.

1. Make it a couple’s shower!

Showers traditionally only involve female guests. If you host a couples shower there will be more people to enjoy the party, and guests who don’t know anyone else will have someone to tag along with.

2. Host it outside the home.

Often times, showers are hosted from the guest of honor or one of their family or friend’s homes. This is a great option to save costs and make the shower feel cozy and personal, but if you want a more unique option, try hosting it somewhere a little different. The world is your oyster when it comes to choosing a space, but some to think about include arcades, bowling alleys, or the beach.

3. Base the shower around an activity.

This can somewhat involve the previous point, as some activities flow naturally with where the event is held. But even if you don’t want to bring the event outside the home, you can still incorporate different activities than those at a typical shower. Hosting a pool party or craft day or bringing in entertainment like someone to host a cooking class, wine tasting, paint party are all great ideas.

4. If you want shower games, find DIFFERENT options.

If you want to spice it up a bit, try to find games that aren’t your typical toilet paper wedding dress or forbidden words clothespins (if you know, you know). There are endless shower games that you can find online, or better yet, you could make one up yourself.

5. Focus on charity if you have everything you need.

This option is becoming a tad more popular, especially for larger main events like weddings, but it can be a great option for your smaller events as well. Some people already have the things they need to feel ready for their next endeavor, and if so, asking for donations to charity can be a great alternative to gifts. Just be aware that some people will likely still want to give you a traditional gift and that is okay too!

6. Focus your registry on experiences.

There are a lot of ways to add experience gifts to your registry online, or to let guests know that you would prefer experience gifts rather than physical gifts. Guests can then choose the things off your registry or choose other things they think you would enjoy. Some options you might want to consider adding to your registry are spa vouchers, restaurant gift cards, or cleaning services.

7. Request gifts by theme.

Experience gifts are one example of this, but there are tons of different options to choose from when it comes to asking for gifts by theme. This option can also be helpful if you don’t need much, because you can ask for gifts that are focused on exactly the areas you need. For example, you can ask for travel themed gifts, gifts focused on the new mama instead of the babe, books instead of cards, etc.

Hopefully this list gave you a few ideas on how to diversify your shower experience. Remember to make it your own and have fun with it!

Your Event Theme: Where to Begin

As an event designer and planner, I have the privilege of creating and seeing so many types of beautiful events. Bringing out people’s personalities within their event is something that I strive for in many creative ways to create the unique effect the client wants for theirevent.

Choosing an event theme comes naturally for some events. Think of hosting a backyard barbeque, for example. Though there are many ways to create a unique theme for this, a pretty common theme would involve red and white checkered linens, picnic tables, lawn games, etc. With certain events, like weddings and birthday parties, themes can be a bit more difficult to decide on. There are key elements that can contribute to the theme of these events, however they can typically be personalized to any theme that you decide on. This makes deciding on a theme for these events a tad more difficult, as there is such a wide variety of options that include anything you could dream of.

These days, there is a vast array of resources available to browse event trends and ideas, and these can give you ideas for what you want your event to look and feel like. Sometimes having these platforms available to you can be a great help in identifying your likes and dislikes when it comes to event themes, décor, colours, attire, etc. On the other hand, it can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming to have so many ideas available to you.

A planner can help develop your interests and ideas into a cohesive theme. Often times, these themes will fall into a few categories, such as rustic, modern, bohemian, and so on, but these themes can also overlap and this is what creates a unique event personalized to you.

There are a few main things to think about when pondering ideas for your theme:

Colour Palette- What colours would you love to incorporate into your event? What colours do you absolutely not want to incorporate?

Venue- Is there a specific style of venue you want? Maybe a barn, rooftop, café?

Season- What season do you want to hold your event in? Is there a season or date that holds meaning to you and your event?

Age group: Who is your event for? Is it adults only or family oriented?

Event purpose: What are you hosting the event for? Is it a wedding, birthday party, family reunion?

Having a few images or ideas ironed out when you first meet with your event planner is key to helping us be able to iron out what you want the style and theme of your event to be. Even if you have no idea when you first meet your planner, we are trained to be able to pull from your personality, likes and dislikes, and any images you show us to create a theme tailored to your event.