1. Don’t Miss Downtown in December!

    December 1, 2011 by Alison Shumake

    Only in Downtown Oklahoma City can you experience the thrill of outdoor ice skating, exhilarating snow tubing rides down the southwest’s largest man-made slope, water taxi excursions along the winding Bricktown Canal, free museum Sundays, free river cruises, a magically-lit botanical garden and historic avenue, a festive 5K run through the heart of Downtown and plenty of holiday cheer for the entire family! This month-long adventure attracts thousands of revelers to the heart of the City’s polar playground. Don’t miss the festivities that will run through the New Year! Get ready for Holiday Cheer as the newly remodeled Myriad Botanical Gardens welcomes three special activities in “Downtown in December.”

    Devon Ice Skating Rink

    Last month, the much-anticipated new downtown ice skating rink made its "Downtown in December" debut at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The rink is located on the east side of the Gardens across from the Cox Convention center, situated on the Seasonal Plaza just north of the new Gardens restaurant. The rink is open daily from noon – 10:00 pm. through February 28. Group sessions are available in the mornings with reservations and our affordable rates allows you to enjoy the rink for as long you want at just $10 per skater or $7 if you don’t want to skate.

    Devon Saturdays With Santa

    Get out those Christmas lists! Saint Nicholas himself will be at the Myriad Botanical Gardens December 3, 10, & 17, from noon-3:00 p.m. Visits will take place at the West Lake Pavilion near the Children’s Garden where Santa will be on his throne to greet children, while a sleigh will be on display for festive family photographs. Snacks and kids’ crafts will be available in the Children’s Garden area, along with a special mailbox to collect those important letters to Santa Clause. Admission:FREE

    OG&E Garden Lights

    The Gardens will sparkle inside and out through January 1 during "Downtown in December’s" OG+E Garden lights. Stroll through a fantastical winter wonderland of color and light in the newly-renovated outdoor grounds. Inside, warm up during "Holidays in the Tropics" inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. The Crystal Bridge will offer FREE ADMISSION from 6-9 p.m. every Sunday during "Downtown in December," (December 4, 11, 18, 25 and January 1).


    Downtown in December
    Contact: Alison Shumake
    405-528-6549
    301 W. Reno, OKC OK 73102
    www.myriadgardens.com

  2. Go Home Happy!

    December 9, 2010 by Jaja Cline

    Life is a winding road, full of surprises. I think it’s the things we love to do, the things we’re truly good at that help us stay on the right path to success and fulfillment. As a special event planner, interior designer and certified home stager, my job is to be creative and make people happy. What could be more fulfilling than that?

    I’m Jaja Cline, owner of Décor by Jaja. Twenty years ago a bend in my road came into view when a good friend got engaged and needed help with the big day. I loved it and after that first wedding, the next thing I knew I was helping every bride-to-be in my family.

    In between weddings, I started doing interior painting and home décor when I discovered I could envision a whole new room after it was time to put all the furnishings back together. My friends and family loved my work and as word spread, I soon found myself decorating, remodeling, and planning everything from corporate and to social events.

    Four years ago I became a certified home stager to maximum a home for sale in the real estate market. Staging allows your home to be “show ready” at all times and for you to be “move in ready” for your new home after the sale. A staged home is all about the home itself. We remove your personal imprint and showcase the space of your home so the buyer can “see” themselves living there.

    For couples, I help them decide between trash or treasure and spare them the feud over what can go and what can stay! This service allows a smooth, stress free transition and provides them with a home that debuts their united taste and style.

    When it comes to redecorating or remodeling, I take the time to find out what you love and fashion your home as a reflection of who you are. A lot of decorators expect you to love what they like and then charge a few thousand dollars for a home that you don’t really feel is you! I find out what colors you like, what styles you enjoy, and the kind of atmosphere you want to encounter when you walk through the door. As a frugal person myself, I only charge my clients $200 a day and make sure we take advantage of sales.

    My greatest joy is hearing someone say how much they love to go home or the distant laughter at an event I’ve planned for someone. Seeing the delight in their eyes and the smiles on their faces are the true signs of a job well done. I love making people happy!

    In addition to event planning, home décor and staging, I also offer holiday decorating and personalized gift wrap for the busy season. Contact me and we’ll explore what we can accomplish together for your next special event or home décor project!


    Décor by Jaja
    Jaja Cline
    6009 NW Expressway
    Oklahoma City, OK 73132-5106
    405.720.2100

  3. Mix up the Thanksgiving Menu!

    November 5, 2010 by Mindy Wood

     


     

    Fewer things are more dear to our hearts than Thanksgiving traditions. While these savory dishes bring back the fondest memories, its normal to get a little bored with same fare year after year. So why not shake things up by adding in a few northern recipes for this year’s thanksgiving feast?

    Yes the south is famous for their fabulous food but if you think northern cooking is bland or boring, think again. While our feasts here are laden with rich butter, broths, and “candied” casseroles, our yankee neighbors fuel their appetite with spice and pair up some unexpected flavors!

    According to Yankeemagazine.com, dressing with sausage and white or wheat bread is just one dish that is very different from our own. Explore a whole new world of flavor with dishes like spiced rutabega pie, Indian meal dressing with shiitake mushrooms and celery root, baby carrots with cranberries, boneless turkey with sausage and fig filling, apple pie with a cider pecan crust. Imagine chestnut stuffing or curried apple squash soup in substitute for a casserole. They even serve a soup that packs the heat called Kurdish hot-and- spicy red lentil soup.

    Changing up your menu doesn’t have to be a lot of work or even a big disappointment to guests who look forward to their favorite dishes all year. Mix up the menu but don’t toss out the favorites; just make another version available. If you have family or friends from way up yonder, free yourself up and flatter them when you ask them to bring their favorite thanksgiving dish that’s unique to their upbringing. If you don’t have the luxury of northern folk in your circles, have someone else tackle a couple of traditional dishes so you can create something new.

    An exciting menu might also spark new conversations with your guests as you sit around the table and hear stories about the way their family used to “do thanksgiving.” Allowing them to bring a taste of their home to your table will open them up to tell tales. Play with your menu and you’ll broaden your taste buds and your experiences for this year’s bountiful feast!

    Check out www.yankeemagazine.com’s food section or for some good old southern holiday dishes local to Oklahoma, check out the Oklahoma Centennial Cookbook.

     


     

    Mindy Wood
    SEO’s Feature Writer

  4. A Florist with Deep Roots

    by Lester Howard

     


     

    For centuries, flowers have been conveying people’s deepest emotions and setting the mood of holidays and special events. In Oklahoma City, no one’s been doing that better or longer than Howard Brothers Florist. 

    Howard Brothers took root in 1908 when my grandfather, Tom Howard, started cutting flowers and creating arrangements.  In 1947, my father Roy and his brother Ray continued the family business in Capitol Hill before moving to our current location in 1987 on South Western just north of I-240 where the business truly bloomed.   

    I worked part-time for my family while I was in high school and later while attending business college.  You might say the business “grew” on me and am proud to be the current Howard to own this fine company. 

    Howard Brothers has a long reputation for delivering more than our customers expect.They know they can count on us for a large variety of the freshest traditional and unique flowers and plants – some from exotic areas such as Costa Rica. Australia, Europe, Africa and Hawaii.  We stay up-to-the-minute on latest flower, design and gift trendswhile our master designers incorporate their own uniquely creative touch of color, style and containers, including Mercury glass, LED lights, colored water pearls and acrylic ice. 

    Weddings and special events have always been an important part of our business. Few Oklahoma City florists have the resources that Howard Brothers has to accommodate larger weddings and events.  However, we go out of our way to deliver a magical touch for any size event on any budget – even if it’s the perfect single flower for a romantic moment. 

    At Howard Brothers Florist, we always look forward to our busy holiday season and the opportunity to explore the latest trends in festive and elegant containers, color, foliage and ornaments.  For those who prefer less trendy options, our award winner designers know how to transform traditional into spectacular. For that all-important Christmas tree, choose from 10 different species, including spruce pine and cedar from California. 

    If you prefer an organic, natural theme for your wreaths and other decorations, you’ll find a large selection of woody pine cones, vines, vine balls, berries, ornaments and herbs. 

    If you’ll be presenting or sending poinsettias and candled flower arrangements this year,Howard Brothers Florist always delivers fresh, on-time and with our own touch that lets your family, friends and business associates know just how special they are.    

     

    For your special event, large or small and on any budget, visit Howard Brothers Florist at 7101 South Western or visit us online at howardbrothersflorist.com. Howard Brothers… proud to be Oklahoma City’s first choice for more than a century.

     


     

    Lester Howard, Owner
    Howard Brothers Florist
    7101 South Western
    Oklahoma City, OK 73139
    405-632-4747
     

     


  5. Special Gift Ideas from our Members

    December 4, 2009 by Denise May

    Be a Gifted Gift Giver! 

    All of us at SpecialEventsOklahoma.com want this to your best holiday season ever.  So we thought and we thought, then suddenly it came to us – an idea as bright as any star atop a Christmas tree.  Actually, a lot of shiny ideas from SEO’s fabulous experts that will make your holiday event and gifts to family, friends and employees magically memorable!   So here they are from A to Z! For more ideas, just visit our Resource Directory, then Point, Click and Pick! 

    You’ll have the holidays by the tail, when you give them a family fun day at Andy Alligator’s Fun Park.  After a day of Guthrie antique shopping, enjoy Genuine Okie Bar-B-Q at the Boneyard Grill.  Nothing could be a sweeter present than a personalized candy gift boxes from Coco Flow Chocolate Café. Choose from hotels, entertainment, eateries, even snow-tubing to create a two-day fun package at Bricktown’s Downtown in December.  Give the women in your life what they really want – a pampered spa experience from Echo Canyon Spa Resort.  No one will upstage your gift when you give top-name show tickets from Fire Lake casino.  Children (and children at heart) all enjoy miniature Golf and Laser Tag at Heyday Entertainment Center.  Here comes the perfect party place right down Santa Claus Lane – Heritage Lanes Bowling Center. 
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  6. Downtown in December

    by Jessica Gonzalez

    Yes, Virginia.  There is a Downtown in December!

    Where can you find the largest man-made snow tubing venue in the southwest?  Believe it or not, right here in downtown Oklahoma City.  And, that’s just one of the many holiday festivities in this polar playground during the 2009 Downtown in December – our eighth and best year yet! Hello, I’m Jessica Gonzalez.  As Director of Events for Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc, the most rewarding benefit of my job is planning and coordinating events so that Downtown OKC is an exciting and vibrant place, especially in December. 

    You might think that my former career as an accountant wouldn’t prepare me for coordinating large events.  But, as an accountant for Downtown OKC, I had the benefit of knowing how to set and work within the budget.  The financial picture actually created a sort of blueprint of the event…who to hire, where to purchase items…virtually every piece of the giant, event puzzle.  And, although I’ve always enjoyed accounting, I’m also a real people person who loves making something happen.  So, when Downtown OKC’s Director of Events position became available, I leaped at the opportunity!
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  7. Howard Brothers Florist

    November 1, 2009 by Lester Howard

    A Florist with Deep Roots 

    For centuries, flowers have been conveying people’s deepest emotions and setting the mood of holidays and special events. In Oklahoma City, no one’s been doing that better or longer than Howard Brothers Florist. 

    Howard Brothers took root in 1908 when my grandfather, Tom Howard, started cutting flowers and creating arrangements.  In 1947, my father Roy and his brother Ray continued the family business in Capitol Hill before moving to our current location in 1987 on South Western just north of I-240 where the business truly bloomed.   

    I worked part-time for my family while I was in high school and later while attending business college.  You might say the business “grew” on me and am proud to be the current Howard to own this fine company. 

    Howard Brothers has a long reputation for delivering more than our customers expect. (Read More…)


  8. Ehrle’s Party & Carnival Supply

    October 1, 2009 by Floyd Hannah

    So Good, We’re Scary!

    Halloween is almost here!  Time for goblins and goodies, pumpkins and parties for children of all ages.  Luckily, you don’t have to go door to door to find the best costumes, decorations and party supplies.   Just visit the one place that’s been Tulsa’s Halloween, wedding and party headquarters for more than 50 years!

    Boo!  My name is Floyd Hannah.  My wife Lynn and I are co-owners of Ehrles Party Supply in Tulsa.  Although we specialize in all types of seasonal, holiday and wedding  supplies, Halloween is without a doubt our busiest time of the year.

    Lynn and I had gone to high school together and were both attending the University of Tulsa in 1971 when her parents asked me to help out at their party supply business for New Years.  I really enjoyed it, so after Lynn and I got married and the Ehrles decided to retire, we decided to carry on the family tradition.  It’s a wonderful way to meet fun “party people” who are a looking forward to a good time.  It’s a happy business filled with excitement and the challenge of something new each day.

    At Ehrles, you’ll find the very latest, most popular and unique costumes for children and adults.  Whether you’re looking for creepy or cute, Ehrles also has all the decorations to make your Halloween Party the one that leaves them screaming for more.  Imagine surprising your guests with a giant spider that drops 3’ down at the slightest sound!  And, what would a party be without body parts hanging around? Invitations, streamers, coordinated napkins, favors, piñatas for Halloween or a seasonal fall celebration are all here at Ehrles.  More choices than you can chase a broomstick at!

    Ehlres isn’t just a Halloween store.  We also have one of the largest selections of wedding supplies and accessories in the state, including beverage fountains, candelabras, silverware, dish and glassware, tables, linens, invitations, garters, photo albums…even a wood or brass archway and gazebo. 
     

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  9. Downtown in December

    December 1, 2008 by Jessica Gonzalez

    Downtown in DecemberYes, Virginia.  There is a Downtown in December!

    Where can you find the largest man-made snow tubing venue in North America?  Believe it or not, right here in downtown Oklahoma City.  And, that’s just one of the many holiday festivities in a 10-block polar playground during the 2008 Downtown in December – our seventh and best year yet!

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  10. Downtown in December

    October 28, 2008 by Kim Searls

    Snow TubingChristmas in Downtown OKC…

    Where can you find the largest man-made snow tubing venue in North America?  Believe it or not, right here in downtown Oklahoma City at the Bricktown Ballpark!  And, that’s just one example of all the fun you’ll find during the 2007 Downtown in December-our sixth and best year yet! (Read More…)