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What People are saying about McLean-Sherwood:

“Thank you for the outstanding job you did for us on Aug 6th. The tent, flooring, dance floor, etc. were magnificent. You and your team worked so hard to make sure the evenings events flowed so smoothly and looked so good.”
Nalini Watsa – Erin

“…thanking you for your outstanding support and response to our tornado dilemna on the Friday, prior to our Highland Games. In this day of dwindling service & response to emergencies, your actions at that time were exemplary. Had you not come through, we certainly would have been in a tight spot.”
Bill Miller – President, Georgetown Highland Games

Expect the Unexpected

Posted: Aug 15, 05:05 PM Permanent Link
Expect the Unexpected

Everybody knows that no matter what situation there is a possibility of something unexpected. Some percentage for something wrong, some percentage for something surprisingly right, some percentage for everything to go as expected. Because the unexpected is something to always be expected, here is a list of five things that should be at any special event, whether it be a wedding, a birthday, or a bridal or baby shower.

1. Always, always, always bring an umbrella. Ever heard that you should never trust a weatherman? Well, rain, no matter the forecast, should always be expected.
2. Chewing gum or mints. Maybe the groom was too excited or nervous to remember to brush his teeth or there is garlic and onion in the food. No one wants to worry about bad breath on a day to celebrate.
3. Feminine products. As much as women try to estimate the day and approximate time of our monthly friend, there is a possibility of it showing up early or late. Placing a little basket in the bathroom of various feminine products might just save someone’s day.
4. A nervous bride or groom might start to sweat, and it is not the day they want to worry about body odour. Pick up a little travel stick of deodorant to throw in your bag or keep in the bathroom just in case.
5. Safety pins will be your best friend for those minor wardrobe malfunctions. Hiding little rips or making sure your strapless bra doesn’t fall down under your strapless dress, safety pins are a must have for anyone’s wardrobe.

There are several other things that would be a good idea to just toss in a little bag to have with you, but those are just a few small, easy to carry necessities.

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Simple Weddings

Posted: Jul 15, 01:07 PM Permanent Link
Simple Weddings

I know of so many couples who have gotten or are getting married in 2015. Most of my friends are in the university/ college generation, so planning a wedding has a budget that is not very high. Here are a couple ideas for planning a wedding on a budget.

Keep the guest list small. The larger the guest list, the more spent on food, table settings, etc. Plan for close friends and family. You don’t need to invite your sister’s best friend’s dad’s cousin.

Make your own table centres. They can be simple, from flowers in mason jars to glass bowls with coloured stones and tea lights. The dollar store has simple decorations that can spark several ideas for easy centrepieces.

At my cousin’s wedding a couple years ago the wedding favour was homemade jam in mini mason jars with homemade labels. It was a little time consuming, but it is a great way to save money.

Don’t feel that you need to find a wedding planner. You do not. If you want one and you can afford one, it may take some stress off the steps of planning a wedding, but don’t feel the need to hire someone to get your wedding day perfect. Many individual vendors – like* McLean Sherwood Event Rental *- can help guide you through selections and make suggestions based on what they know works and doesn’t work.

There are several ways to save money on your wedding, it doesn’t need to be thousands of dollars. There are lists all over the internet on simple ways to plan your wedding on a budget.

Happy planning!

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Summer Fun

Posted: Jul 10, 08:33 AM Permanent Link
Summer Fun

Summer is here! The warm weather, the vacations, the sunshine. What is there not to love about summer? Even Olaf loves summer, and he’s a snowman.

What are you doing with your summer?

I’m a university student, so my summer is spent working to pay rent and tuition, but I still have my vacation days. I have plans to go skydiving with my grandfather, one of his bucket list activities I get to tag along on. I’m standing in a wedding later this summer, as stated in a previous post. Along with the wedding is all the things that come with it, the bridal shower and bachelorette party.
Aside from these events I held a garage sale already and am working on a few do-it-yourself projects. My current project is a tire table. It is a table made from two tires stacked, filled with a piece of wood to make a flat table surface, and spray-painted to give it some colour. About one third of the way finished and almost the whole summer to go. It’s a full summer!

Do you have any vacation plans? Any summer projects? Or is your summer going to be spent relaxing under the sun and working on that summer tan?

Happy Summer!


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DIY on Pinterest

Posted: Jun 21, 09:14 AM Permanent Link
DIY on Pinterest

Although I never get around to doing home projects and DIY ideas, I love the creativity of it and have challenged myself to try a few ideas over the summer. Sometimes it is hard to find exactly what kind of DIY project you are looking for, but I found the perfect place to look first.

I recently became a member of the well-known social media site Pinterest. The amount of do-it-yourself ideas on the site is amazing. I simply typed in “DIY party ideas” into the Pinterest search and came up with some wonderful ideas for favours, gifts, games, etc. I am not an avid Pinterest user, but I look forward to using some of the ideas for future parties. Make a Pinterest account and save some of your favourite ideas.

Some of my favourite Pinterest ideas:

Lego mason jars for a Lego themed party:

“Ready to Pop” baby shower popcorn favours:

Ghostly dress lawn décor:

Pretty princess tea party:

These are only a couple ideas of external links I found from Pinterest, but there are many great ideas on each page.

Pinterest has more than just party ideas, there are DIY furniture ideas, crafts for adults and kids, and pages on pretty much every topic you can think of.

Pinterest is a great way to brainstorm ideas for your next great party.


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May Showers?

Posted: May 22, 11:45 PM Permanent Link
May Showers?

Brittany’s Blog

It is wedding season, or so it seems. Summer brides are putting together the final pieces of their perfect day. There are bridal showers, table arrangements, RSVPs, dress and tux fittings, etc.

It just so happens for me that two of my friends are getting married on the exact same day, but of course I will be going to the wedding of which I am a bridesmaid. Soon enough I will be going in for a dress fitting so the final alterations can be made for the rose-pink bridesmaid dress. I will be attending a bridal shower in which there will be games, snacks, and several friends of the bride I have yet to meet. But all in all, it is an exciting time and a seemingly perfect season for weddings.

Calling all friends of the bride, maids of honour, mothers of the engaged; it is time to plan the bridal shower. Bridal showers can be simple and at a low cost if you know how to plan and you set time aside to do a little work for it. Cupcakes are simple to bake, using the cupcake box mixes and blending a simple icing mix found in almost every cake or cupcake cookbook. You could get really creative and use coloured icing for a really nice touch or decorate with fondant for an elegant look. Make quizzes about the bride and groom for fun games and simple prizes can be scented candles and bubble bath mix. And always, always, always have the maid of honour or the bridesmaids use a paper plate and leftovers of the gifts (tissue paper, ribbon, etc.) to make a cute little hat for the bride to wear. Finish the party with favours of little boxed candies or small candles in a decorated mason jar.

Enjoy the days leading up to the wedding and the wedding itself. Spoil the bride and have a little fun yourself.


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Easter Eggs

Posted: Apr 4, 08:16 AM Permanent Link
Easter Eggs

Happy Easter! Every year growing up the Easter bunny visited my house with chocolate eggs for my brothers and I. My mom decorates the house in spring colours and flowers. It really is a great time of year.

This year, to decorate the house with a little something extra, my mom and I made Easter eggs as a centre piece for the table. We blew eggs. I know that sounds a little funny, but this technique allows you to keep the eggs for years as long as they are wrapped and stored carefully.

To blow an egg, take a nail and put a small hole in both the top and the bottom of the egg. Use the nail or a toothpick to break up the yolk inside the egg to make it easier to blow it out. Hold the egg over a bowl and blow into the hole you have made on the bottom of the egg. It takes a bit of work to blow the yolk out, but it is worth it. Once you have blown the yolk out fully, rinse the egg in lukewarm water and gently dry. You are now ready to decorate!

Decorating is really easy, especially if you have younger children, and there are so many different techniques. White vinegar, water, and food colouring is the easiest, and you can even draw on the egg with crayon first to make cool designs. You can decorate with stickers, glitter glue, spray paint, permanent marker, etc. A simple Easter activity for the family.

If you want more detailed instructions on how to blow and decorate eggs, YouTube has a variety of tutorial videos to use as a guideline. Have a happy Easter!


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