1. An Even Better Idea for the Easter Hunt…

    February 29, 2012 by Mindy Wood

    Next month Easter will dawn upon us and if you want it to be different this year, who says you can’t mix up the Easter traditions a little? Whether you want to make it healthier or just less stressful, we’ll give you some ideas to make it the best ever!

    With the emphasis on all things green and sustainable, opt out of the plastic egg shells. Try sticking with the pastel and bright colored hard boiled eggs that the world knew before plastic. What to do about the candy? For every five eggs your child discovers, tally it up for a small reward like two pieces of candy and for the most eggs found, reward them with a prize and a few candy pieces instead of that huge chocolate bunny! Another option, if you can’t let go of those hollowed plastic containers, fill the eggs with “permission slips” for fun activities. “Pick the movie/game for family night,” or “one free ticket for your favorite meal” or “bake cookies with Grandma” or “soccer/shopping with Dad.” Those things are positive and healthy!

    If you can’t envision an Easter without the sugar, by all means fill them up but why not offer the rest of your guests a full on candy bar? They’re fun, different plus they add bright colors and excitement to any event.

    To save time, decorate only the dinning room, living room, patio or wherever you will spend most of your family time for Easter this year. You really don’t have to decorate the whole house and yard every year with the bunnies, flowers, and Easter stickers. Commercialism will lead you to believe that you must decorate for this holiday as much as Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas but you really don’t have to unless you want to.

    Unless the idea of catering for the Easter dinner is an obscene transgression against all things traditional, consider catering the meal. Caterers will even offer to prepare for pick up- just the leg of lamb or only sides to go along with the meal. Lamb can be challenging, so there’s no shame in leaving it to the expert!

    In fact, that’s why you’re here isn’t it? SEO is a team of experts in every aspect of event planning, no matter what size or occasion. You’ll find everything you need right here! Point. Click. Plan. It’s that easy….

    Mindy Ragan Wood
    Seo’s Feature Writer

  2. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

    February 1, 2012 by Daniel Gordon

    A Dazzling Reputation!

    It’s been said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend.  They’ve also been extremely good to Samuel Gordon Jewelers for more than 104 years and four generations of Samuel Gordon’s direct descendents.   

    Hello, my name is Daniel Gordon, President of Samuel Gordon Jewelers. You might think that since I’m the great grandson of Samuel Gordon that taking my place in the family business would have been automatic.  Actually, I had to learn the business from the ground up and "pay my dues" to work my way up the family ladder.

    When I was young, I worked at the store doing odd jobs and errands on the weekends.  After graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma with my degree in marketing, I left the business because it’s a Samuel Gordon Jewelers tradition that family members work outside the family business for about two years.  I spent that time working in the newspaper and banking industries before returning.  Even then, I started from the bottom – back to doing odd jobs and running errands for a solid year.

    On my 23rd birthday, after graduating to working in our jewelry repair department, I got my big break.  A repair customer who knew me well asked me to help him choose a diamond.  After two hours, he chose a $35,000 diamond, which was a substantial first sale – even in 1996.  This certainly helped pave my way into sales and ultimately management.  I became president of the company about four years ago.

    I share my family’s passion for diamonds and jewelry of all types.  I’m particularly obsessed with watches and designer jewelry.  I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people and establishing many long-term relationships with customers who return time after time to trust Samuel Gordon Jewelers for their jewelry needs.  We still have several elderly customers who bought their first pieces from my great grandfather.

    Samuel Gordon Jewelers has the largest selection of engagement rings in the Oklahoma City area…125 linear feet of displays!  We also have a wide selection of everyday and designer jewelry.  Through our Tacori collection, we sell engagement and wedding rings that can be coordinated with gifts for the bride and groom, as well as, accessories for the wedding party, such as earrings and necklaces.

    At Samuel Gordon Jewelers, we are sincerely grateful to our many customers who have made us their jeweler of choice for more than a century.  Today, we continue our family’s proud tradition of strict standards of ethics and a total commitment to customer service and satisfaction.  

    A diamond is forever, so choose the jeweler Oklahoma City has trusted for 104 years.  Please visit us online at www.sgj.com or stop in at 5521 North Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City.  

    Daniel Gordon, President
    Samuel Gordon Jewelers
    5521 North Pennsylvania Avenue
    Oklahoma City, OK 73112

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  4. It’s all the rage: Flip Books!

    by Greta Madson

    The latest craze in personalized party gifts is flip books and has drifted from Dallas to Oklahoma. Word on the street is, it’s a blast! I happen to know because I brought this fun, crazy, and innovative idea to the state after I stumbled onto a flip book booth while attending an event about a year ago.

    Hi, I’m Greta Madson, co-owner of Pic Stories, a mobile flip book studio. When I approached the flip book booth, it took me a minute to figure out what they were doing. Remember when you were a kid and you doodled a stick man along the corner of each page in a notebook during class? Then you would flip through the notebook and watch your own cartoon come to life. Today video and print technology allows you to be star of your own cartoon with flip books that create a memorable party gift or keepsake.

    You’ll find people laughing and acting a little crazy with this fun energy as they step into the backdrop stocked with an array of props. Even when people are reluctant to get up in front of the camera, it’s always great to see them unwind and let their sense of humor unfold. You only have seven seconds to act out your scene but you’d be surprised what you might come up with! My favorite flip book was the “whack a mole” skit. Two guys would pop up one at a time and then a girl bopped them on the head with a blow up microphone. You can mimic others ideas or come up with a themed idea for your party.

    Helping people have fun is an important part of any special event and it’s a great way to break the ice at corporate parties, graduations, and proms when you start interacting with guests in an unexpected way. Capture a kiss from the bride and groom at a wedding reception or flash a sign up to say thank you while you’re doing something crazy. The possibilities and fun are endless!

    Our quick processing allows your guests instant gratification, printing and binding books in just five minutes following their video session. Our packages are affordable, starting at $325 an hour and includes the cost of your books plus a customized flip book cover.

    See a flip book in action when you visit our website at www.iloveflipbooks.com or give us a call to book Pic Stories for your next event at 405-819-5831.

    Hope to see you in front of the camera!

    Pic Stories “A Mobile Flip Book Studio”
    Greta Madson

  5. Creating Valentine’s Day Magic!

    by Mindy Wood

     Yes it’s true that with rare exception it seems men are last minute shoppers…which also means that they’re also terrible planners. Every girl wants their guy to surprise them, so what better way to give them a fighting chance than to refer them to SEO? Read on ladies and pass this on to your date for Valentine’s Day for some great ways to plan a truly romantic evening!

    Whoever is in charge of planning the date this year, this is the place to find creative ideas and the best food, entertainment, and expert tips to make it unforgettable. Yes we know the database is HUGE and it can seem overwhelming but if you’ll start with the basics and then get specific you’ll find what you’re looking for. Whatever you select, go for something new and creative to make it exciting!
    Eating fabulous food is a must. If you’re down with the candlelit dinner for two, then try having it catered to your home with a waiter to make it more exciting or opt for a restaurant that provides the dark corner. Great option for catering for two include Prairie Gypsies in OKC or Anything For a Buck in Tulsa. If you’re budget is slim this year (oh those diamonds are expensive!) then consider customizing an hors ‘deuvre and dessert platter. Candy platters and cupcakes are the rage! Almost any of our catering vendors will accommodate the dinner for two. Start with his and her favorite foods and work from there!
    If you need to get out of town to rekindle the romance, see the hotel, bed and breakfast inn, and venue listings on SEO for easy getaway. Hotels have become more competitive than ever which also means their prices will be too. V-day is one of the busiest days of the year so shop around. You can find great prices on even the higher end hotels like the Skirvin or the Renaissance in OKC or the Hilton and Hotel Ambassador in Tulsa. If you plan to spend more of your budget on a night out on the town, then don’t turn your nose up at Spring Hill Suites, Marriott, or Holiday Inn as these chains have been updating and expanding.
    If you really want to shake things up with something completely different, consider sailing or a dinner theater. Don’t rule out karaoke or hiring a three string orchestra to serenade you! You’ll find everything you could imagine and more under the entertainment listing. If you’re up for events, check out the calendar of events here on SEO to find concerts, comedic acts, art showings, and theatre events.
    You may not even know what you’re looking for until you’ve checked out the possibilities right here on SEO’s resource director. It’s easy to browse with websites and detailed contact information, including written bios on many of our listings.
    Happy Planning!

    Mindy Ragan Wood
    SEO Feature Writer
    PO Box 3693 Shawnee, OK 74801

  6. How Sweet It Is!

    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.


    Renae Marshall, Owner

    Candy Forever, LLC
    P. O. Box 571351
    Tulsa, OK 74157-1351

    Ph: 918-693-4943