Archive for April, 2014

Cakes for a Cause 2014 Recap!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The 5th annual Cakes for a Cause took place back on April 17 at The Mid-Ohio Foodbank and once again, we had an incredible evening doing a lot of good for the hungry in Central Ohio!  Thanks to Karen Evans for the beautiful pictures!!

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We had over 200 very happy and hungry guests who enjoyed food from 4 caterers – Two Caterers, Cameron Mitchell Catering, Made From Scratch, and Creative Cuisine.  Snowville Creamery gave everyone a taste of their delicious milk and White Castle kept everyone caffeinated with their coffee!   Guests also enjoyed treats from the 5 bakers competing in our Sweet Taste of Victory competition – Alice’s Piece of Cake, Cool Cakes by Kate, McClain’s Creations, Tannicakes, and The End Desserts.

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The End Desserts pulled out the victory in…well, in the end!

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Jeni’s Ice Cream gave guests splits of their delicious treats – I still not sure how our attendees didn’t lapse into a sugar coma!

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Our silent auction had some amazing cakes, sweets, and other fun items from local bakers and donors – here’s just a few examples of the goodies!

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My daughters picked out this bunny tush cake as the one they really wanted!  I won the auction and it was delicious!

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Our live auction featured some pretty spectacular cakes including a Steel Magnolias tribute, a fairy tale castle, a jukebox, local wine and cheese, and a very special superhero tribute cake to a little boy as well as a great package for a Hocking Hills getaway.

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The lovely and absolutely hilarious Monica Day from NBC4 served as emcee and auctioneer for us once again!

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Many thanks to our other sponsors – Event Source who provided all the rental items, Flowers on Orchard Lane for the lovely blooms, Hughies who lit up our room, Team DJ who provided music, Camelor Cellars who provided Prosecco for the bar, Shutterbooth for the always fun photo booth, and Studio Z for the forth coming video – we can’t wait to relive all the fun!

In all, we raised over $9500 – that’s enough for the food bank to provide every meal for a year for 35 people!  Over 38,000 meals for those in need and we had a GREAT time doing it!

A special thank you to my partner in crime (and charity!) Kasey Skobel- Conyers.  xoxo

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We’ll be back for a sixth year on April 2, 2015!  Save the date and make plans to join us!

10 Years of Mother/Son Dances!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Happy Monday!  Hope you enjoyed your weekend – we had several meetings but no weddings so we spent as much time outside as possible.  It was perfectly beautiful!

I am asked what song the groom and his mom should dance to during the planning of nearly every wedding!  Some songs are too sappy, some are too romantic and some are just plain bad – I had to talk one mother of the groom out of selecting “I Will Always Love You.”  {I am in the camp that feels that should never be played at a wedding!  Listen to the lyrics folks – it is a breakup song and it isn’t appropriate!  You aren’t breaking up with your son, you are gaining a new son or daughter!}

Anyway, here’s ten years of suggestions – just as with the Father/Daughter Dances, there aren’t quite as many songs on this list as on the First Dance Song list as some couples chose not to do the parents dances for a variety of reasons.  For the ones who do, here’s what we’ve seen them dance to!  Anything with an asterisk is one that has been used multiple times.

A Song for My Son by Mikki Viereck
A Whole New World from Aladdin
Blessed by Elton John
Days Like This by Van Morrison
Forever Young by Bob Dylan
Georgia by Ray Charles
Gratitude by Fonseca
Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart
Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
*I Hope You Dance by Leanne Womack
In My Life by The Beatles
*My Wish by Rascal Flatts
Perfect Fan by Backstreet Boys
*Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Song for Mama by Boyz II Men
Stand by Me by Ben E. King
Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder
That’s What Friends are For by Dionne Warwick
The Christmas Song by Nat ing Cole
The Gift You Are by John Denver
The Measure of a Man by Elton John
Through the Years by Kenny Rogers
Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
*What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

10 Years of Father/Daughter Songs!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

We’ve already kicked off wedding season here at Emilie Duncan Event Planning with a GREAT wedding at the Westin Columbus last Saturday (make sure to follow @EDEPWeddings on instagram for all the behind the scenes fun on wedding days!) and are looking forward to another killer wedding at the end of the month!

Father/Daughter Dances! You’ll see there aren’t quite as many songs on this list as on the First Dance Song list – some couples chose not to do the parents dances for a variety of reasons.  For the ones who do, here’s what we’ve seen them dance to! Anything with an asterisk is one that has been used multiple times.

A Whole New World from the movie Aladdin
Across the Universe by The Beatles
Blessed by Martina McBride
Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carsile
Can You Feel The Love Tonight by Elton John
Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra
Days Like This by Van Morrison
Eidelweiss from the movie The Sound of Music?
Father Daughter by Paul Simon
Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart
Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
How Sweet It Is by Michael Buble
I Hope You Dance by Leanne Womack
*I Loved Her First by Heartland
*Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
Kind and Generous by Natalie Merchant
Lullaby by Billy Joel
*My Girl by The Temptations
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry
New York State of Mind by Billy Joel
*Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
Stand By Me by Ben E. King
Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills, and Nash
The Best is Yet to Come by Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
*What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman

Mother/Son songs up soon! Happy Wednesday!!