May 1, 2012 by Wil LaPointe
Sky High Events!
You needn’t stay so grounded when planning your next special event. Go ahead and reach for the sky! Launch your promotion or celebration with the uplifting fun of hot air balloons!
Hello, my name is Wil LaPointe, the owner of Skyway Balloons, Inc. I was in the cellular communications business when I saw my first hot air balloon in the Tulsa area. I immediately realized the potential to draw a crowd, so I purchased a roof-top type to advertise my business. One day, a salesman stopped by who also was a balloon pilot. Although I had never been “up” in a balloon, I purchased a red, white and blue passenger balloon…perfect to promote my U.S. Cellular business. (Read More…)
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April 1, 2012 by Paula Novotny
Imagine your child’s face when a pink limousine picks her and her friends up in style and then delivers them to the ultimate Barbie party complete with a real live pony carousel and Cinderella Carriage. Sound like a dream party? Well, that’s just what we do at Pony Party Express – make dreams come true!
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March 1, 2012 by Gwen Mead
Here’s a question that every wedding and other special event planner should ask themselves: What is the most visible and abundant item in a venue that usually goes undecorated? If you guessed “the chairs,” you’re correct.
Hello, my name is Gwen Mead, the owner of Dress-A-Chair. The idea for the business came about when my own daughter, Heather, was planning her wedding. She was married in a church which supplied the usual, unattractive folding chairs for guests. We couldn’t locate any covers for them, so my mother sewed 100 covers that saved the day. We began renting them to other event planners and they became the foundation for Dress-A-Chair. (Read More…)
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by Russell Allison
Want to host a corporate event full of carnival rides, inflatable games, fun foods and carnival games for 100 or as many as 20,000 people? There’s one Oklahoma resource that can do it all! Russell and Robbie Allison, the owners of Allison’s Fun Incorporated and Andy Alligator’s Fun Park are up to the task.
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February 1, 2012 by Renae Marshall
What’s one gift you could give everyone at your event that’s sure to delight? Consider the sweet idea that’s making a splash at weddings and parties all over Oklahoma – a color coordinated candy buffet with crystal containers and personalized bags!
When our daughter was planning her wedding a couple of years ago, she came up with a unique idea of creating a candy buffet for her reception. With help from friends, my husband, Jack, and I set it all up and were amazed how all the guests loved it, young and old alike. A photographer who had attended the weddings called us later and suggested that we considering creating candy buffets as a business. In August of 2008, Candy Forever was born. We advertised some, joined some networking organizations and participated in shows, but it was the large number of referrals, including a popular wedding coordinator who has helped make the business a success. In addition to weddings, baby showers, class reunions, birthday parties and anniversaries, we’re also in the process of booking proms.
At Candy Forever, we offer three basic types of service: You can simply order party favors with personalized bags filled with your choice of candies. Or, we can set up a candy buffet for 100 guests or less much like the old fashion candy counter with a variety of colorful chocolate and hard candies.
Our third packages is a custom candy buffet especially popular for weddings. The candies are chosen to coordinate with your colors or theme and beautifully displayed in crystal containers with scoops, usually eight or ten containers, but you could have as many as 25. Each guest receives a personalized bag with the bride and groom’s names, wedding date and saying.
Candy Forever displays table-top signs, but some clients choose to add a few flowers or even an ice sculpture. However, one of the major advantages of the candy buffet is that it can take the place of expensive decorations or additional gifts for the guests. It can also take the place of a groom’s cake or dessert table.
When you choose Candy Forever, you can relax knowing your dealing with a trustworthy, family owned business that takes care of everything. You simply provide the table and we provide the set-up, tear-down and clean-up service. We’ll even bag up the remaining candy and take it to your car.
Although we’re headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we now service areas throughout Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City. So, no matter where you are, or what type of event your planning, make it a little sweeter, easier and less expensive by contacting Candy Forever today at 918-693-4943 or visit us at www.candyforever.net.
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
301 W. Reno, OKC OK 73102
November 1, 2011 by Mindy Wood
I will never forget the first Thanksgiving dinner I hosted for my family. Newlywed in our new house, my husband and I were excited and nervous the night before. Then disaster struck. My charming “new” Edwardian home was built in 1903 and while I’m sure the refrigerator wasn’t nearly as old, the outdated appliance inexplicably quit working.
These things don’t sound an alarm when they go out but when I realized my bird wasn’t as cold to the touch as it should have been, I nearly panicked. I quickly reminded my husband that it had been my idea to replace the rinky-dink fridge when we bought the house but this was no time to argue! With casseroles cooling on the stove, waiting to be shoved in the tepid refrigerator, my twenty two pound bird was probably breeding salmonella for all I knew.
Visions of family members reeling with sickness nearly made me panic but I flew into action, dispatched my husband to the nearest gas station for ice, promptly wrapped the bird with an entire roll of cellophane and shoved it into an ice chest. I stuffed freezer bags with ice and placed them on top of my casseroles and the dinner was saved. All in all I was a little impressed with my ability to improvise!
Most Thanksgiving disasters can be avoided with simple planning and improvisation. Make a list of last year’s troublesome moments. Did you run out of room in the fridge (unlike my disaster, at least yours worked!). Clean it out down to the bare essentials the night before. Maybe you went to the pantry to cook a dish and realized you thought you had everything you needed. This time, write down every menu item and it’s ingredients for a checklist before you think you know what’s in the cupboard. It only takes a minute to do an inventory! Did you end up making all the food, doing all the decorations and clean up? For your own sanity, make it a potluck! Were kids running a muck? Doing a “stressor” inventory checklist will help you make things even better this year.
Start thinking of things you can do now! As always, the more you cook in advance, the less stressful your day will be. Things like pie crusts, dough, and casseroles will freeze well. Break up the “deep cleaning” chores into two weeks, tackling a room each day or delegating those chores to your kids or spouse a few days before. Prepare indoor and outdoor activities for kids or enlist an older teen to babysit for extra money. Who says you can’t decorate now? Now is the key word…
Whatever you do, don’t wait until the night before Thanksgiving!
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by Terri Myers
Murder Most Hilarious!
It’s been said that everyone loves a good murder mystery. That’s especially true when the “whodunit” (and a good laugh) is shared over a delicious meal among friends, family and business associates.
Hello, my name is Terri Myers, Director of Whodunit Dinner Theater. I began my association with Whodunit back in 1991 when I was a 16-year old actress in the shows. I performed over an 18-year period with the theater, as well as in commercials and for modeling assignments.
Whodunit Dinner Theater has always been a family run business with tasteful productions suitable for any age and church group. So, when my husband, Eric, and I began the responsibilities of running the theater several years ago, we decided to continue the tradition of fun, family-appropriate entertainment. While I’m busy directing and communicating with the actors, Eric is managing backstage and taking care of business. (Read More…)
October 1, 2011 by Sacheen Platten
Boo! Halloween Entrance Plans Begin
Let’s be honest, Halloween is the time of year we can all be kids. Who doesn’t like to dress up and pretend to be someone else for a few hours and rake in all the sugar we could possibly eat? Young and old, we love to slip into a costume and scare up some fun or make an entrance to a great party. (Read More…)
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by Bill Bonadio
Who doesn’t like Italian food? The fact is, Italian has become the fare of choice for Americans whether it’s dinner for two or a fabulous catered meal for 200. Of course, there’s just Italian….and then there’s really great Italian!
Hello, my name is Bill Bonadio, the owner and chef of Papa Dio’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar. From the time I was eight years old washing dishes, I always wanted to be a chef and own my own restaurant. As I worked my way up in the business, I was very fortunate to have learned the art under some wonderful chefs. I also studied hotel and restaurant management at Oklahoma State University. I opened my first restaurant in 1979 featuring Dio’s original fried pizza. We changed to full Italian fare in 1981 and added the wine bar in 1996 so we could offer upscale, formal dining available in addition to family dining on the other side of the restaurant.
At Papa Dio’s we specialize in full catering services both on and off the premises. Since we’re only open for dinner, you can arrange to rent the entire restaurant for an exceptional buffet or sit-down luncheon for up to 100 guests. If you would prefer that we deliver a catered meal to another venue, we accommodate smaller groups or as many as 500 or more guests. Our full catering service includes everything needed for a professionally presented buffet or sitdown meal, including lovely chafing dishes, fine plates and silverware. Plus, when you let Papa Dio’s cater your function, you can trust us for professional bar service, wait staff and even security. We will also be happy to meet all your additional event needs through our trusted resources, including entertainment, linens and florals.
At Papa Dio’s, we’re famous for our northern Italian and Sicilian style fare. Lasagna is always a wonderful choice for an event and, at Papa Dio’s, you can choose just about any type of lasagna imaginable, including seafood and vegetarian. Our exclusive Trieste Sauce is a tasty combination of three different sauces. We’re just as comfortable preparing American specialties, including roast beef and turkey and you haven’t lived till you’ve tried our fabulous Salmon Mousse or our Crème Brule prepared with Mexican vanilla which can be served flambé style for extra flair.
For your next special event, large or small, count on Papa Dio’s for the finest Italian, American, French delicacies and so much more! Visit our website at www.papadiosokc.com or give us a call at 755-2525. If you’re looking for great food and service, we speak your language!