St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas

12th March 2015

Moderately Obsessed Event Planner in California Shares Her Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas

It’s true. I am completely obsessed with kitsch holidays and St. Patrick’s Day for sure falls into this category. Sooooo, here is the first of a couple of blogs on my favorite tricky leprechaun inspired, and shocker, this one begins with the end in mind and the most important course of the day: DESSERT!

Kind of dying to know if anyone thinks the Golden Oreos have a funky taste even though the paint is edible. I hope you like these and for more St. Patrick’s Day inspiration, why not troll my Pinterest Board? It’s VERY carefully curated. :) Enjoy!

Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas – #1:

Favorite St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas

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Golden Oreo Cookies! Puhleezzzz tell me what could possibly be better! I found them here!

Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas – #2:

Favorite St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas

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St. Patrick’s Day Beer Mug Cakes! NOT POSSIBLE! I found them here!

Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas – #3:

Favorite St. Patrick's Day Food Ideas

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And of course, how about a recipe for Guinness-Pretzel Truffles from Sprinkle Bakes? Get the details here.

(By the way, if we posted a photo that belongs to you and didn’t credit it properly, swear, it wasn’t intentional. Please just let us know and we’ll fix it or take it down.)

So what do YOU think?

Do you love St. Patrick’s Day or hate it? Share YOUR favorite St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas, favorite sites, tips, tricks and recipes in the comments section below!

xoxo M

The 12 Top Wedding Books for Brides & Wedding Pros

11th February 2015

Wedding Market Named Us One of the Top Wedding Books!

The Top Wedding Books for Brides & Wedding Pros

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What an honor it is to be featured as one of The Top Wedding Books For Brides & Wedding Pros by Julie Albaugh of Wedding Market. In case you haven’t heard, Wedding Market is an amazing resource for wedding industry news, trends and marketing information for wedding professionals. Not only does Julie have a great blog (love the one: “Are Crowdfunding or Honeymoon Registries Acceptable Wedding Etiquette?”), she is UBER generous with her promotion of all of us industry peeps via Twitter parties, events and videos.

More Top Wedding Books For Brides & Wedding Pros

If you haven’t already, check out her site or follow her on Twitter! And congrats to all of the other amazing authors among whose great company I find myself. Lucky girl! Thanks, Julie!

The other top books for brides and wedding pros featured are:

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“Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose”

by Lara Casey * Twitter: @laracasey Instagram: @laracasey

It's All About the Dress by Randy Fenoli

“It’s All About the Dress” by Randy Fenoli * Twitter: @randyfenoli


Fifty Shades of Grey Party

9th February 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey Party Photo

Fifty Shades of Grey Party Photo

Mr. Grey Will See You Now

It has become a world-wide phenomenon and for some, a “Household” name …or is it a “Housewives” name? Hmmm…not sure. What are we talking about? Well, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, of course! We’ve caught the bug…how ’bout you?
Are you planning on spending your Valentine’s Day with Mr. Grey? I know we are! And we can’t freakin’ wait!

The Henley Company

If you are in the San Diego area…

…(and even if you’re not!) you need to get to the Ultimate “Fifty Shades of Grey” Movie Premier put together by The Henley Company. Below are the details! You DO NOT want to miss it! You’ll thank us “Laters, baby!”

Where and When??

Friday, February 13, 2015
(475 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101)
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Inner Goddess Experience at Kapreeza European Lingerie
(VIP Ticket Package’s Only)
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Pre-Event “Libations and Nibbles” at Vin de Syrah
901 5th Ave, Downtown San Diego
(This is an add-on ticket purchase)
6:00 p.m.
Red carpet arrival and registration at United Artist Theater
7:00 p.m.
Private showing of Fifty Shades of Grey
9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
After party in the Red Room at Side Bar
(536 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101)

Fifty Shades of Grey - Curious?

How Much?

$85 – “Inner Goddess” VIP Party Package
  • Exclusive personal shopping experience with internationally recognized lingerie expert and stylist, Renata Carlseen at Kapreeza European Lingerie in Little Italy (3:00-6:00 p.m.)
  • $25 shopping credit at Kapreeza
  • Make up touch-ups
  • Official Fifty Shades of Grey Wine & Nibbles
  • Red carpet arrival and photo booth by Party Spark
  • Ticket for private showing of Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Post movie celebration in the Red Room at Side Bar (no line / no cover)
  • Wine spritzer tasting by Bon Affair
  • Gift bag
  • Five (5) raffle tickets for amazing prizes
$50 – “The Contract” Party Package
$40 – Pre-event “Libations and Nibbles” Package
Want to get the party started early? Add on the Pre-event “Libations and Nibbles” to your party package. Pre-event will take place at Vin De Syrah, located at 901 5th Ave, Downtown San Diego.
  • Two drink tickets
  • Selection of appetizers
How Do I RSVP?

RSVP is required for the Pre-Event festivities. This is an added package to either “The Contract” or the “Inner Goddess” tickets. CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

But Wait, There’s More – Prizes & Free Stuff!!
Raffle prizes include:
  • 2-night stay with Inner Goddess Package at The Heathman Hotel in Portland -The infamous haunt of main characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Inner Goddess package includes a chilled bottle of Boedecker Pinot Gris, shared by the main characters in the first novel, and a keepsake grey neck tie.
  • Original Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Soundtrack – Official soundtrack from the highly anticipated movie
  • Other exciting prizes to be announced, natch!
“Laters, Baby…”
A limited number of tickets are available, so don’t delay, get your tickets here, right now! (P.S. How fun to go with a bunch of girlfriends, no??)
(Must be 21 to attend. Shocker. #LetsHopeYouWouldntTryToGoIfYouWerent?)
For even more information, please contact or call 619-757-6551
Have fun!!

Meet Me in White Plains, New York at the ABC Conference!

6th February 2015

ABC Conference NYC 2015

ABC NYC Conference 2015

ABC NY State Conference – March 29th & 30th, 2015

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be the Keynote Speaker at the Association of Bridal Consultants’ New York State Conference, How to Keep Your Business Sparkling on March 30th, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains! (The whole conference goes from March 29th-30th and you can find out more here.) My topic will be “Are You Charging What You’re Worth?”, a question I’m sure we’ve all asked ourselves at some point. Whether you’re new in your business building journey or you’re an ol’ pro, this will be a great class (and conference) for you!

I’m Going to Cover How To:

  • Determine how much the MARKET thinks you should be paid
  • Increase your revenue by raising your prices (without really raising them)
  • Cut your expenses
  • Get comfortable with the whole rate conversation (in your head AND with clients)
  • Double your rate, yesterday

I look forward to seeing you guys at the conference – so much fun to connect in person!!

To find out more about the Association of Bridal Consultants’ New York State Conference, please go here:

Here’s the link to register and purchase tickets, but don’t wait, because it’s sure to sell out!:

Follow ABC NY State on Twitter for all of the latest happenings: @ABC_New_York

The hashtag for the event is: #ABCNYSparkle2015 and I’ll be Tweeting and Instagramming too from @ThePartyGoddess. Why not also use #eventprofs and please #Retweet ?

How Can You Make Your Own Caviar?

4th February 2015

How to Make Caviar with Cold Oil Spherification

I will tell you that I am moderately to severely obsessed with molecular gastronomy. The first time I can remember experiencing it was at WD-50 in New York with my Mom. She was not as big a fan of eating a marshmallow dessert that looked like a fried egg as I was, but I’ve kind of been hooked ever since. Pretty sure I’m going to have to invest in this magic kit and create some of my own videos. Well, maybe not create some of my own videos, unless they are spoofs. Let me know in the comments section below if you’re into the whole gig! xo M