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Bachelorette Party & Bridal Shower Games

Here are some bachelorette party games to either break the ice, get to know the other guests, competitive team games or just to crack a smile. These games are great for bridal showers as well. In our experience, games that sound ridiculous on paper are a ton of fun. Make sure you give it a chance before blowing it off. A little alcohol can make any of these more fun as well.  Continue reading →

Vendor Love – Ever After Honeymoons

katieMeet Katie from Ever After Honeymoons, she started the company based on her love of travel (a girl after my own heart).  Now she helps couples plan their perfect honeymoon. Once you meet Katie you won’t even think twice about leaving your honeymoon in her hands.  She’s so good you may even invite her along before you realize. I sat down with Katie a little while ago and got to know the woman behind Ever After.
Thanks Katie!

What made you decide to start Ever After Honeymoons?

I absolutely love to travel, and really enjoy the process of planning trips. Based on this, I decided to start my own travel planning company. I started working with a lot of honeymoon couples and decided this was what I wanted to focus on. I love working with couples to plan their perfect honeymoons, and then hearing what a great time they had once they return.

What are the advantages/benefits of booking a honeymoon with Ever After Honeymoons?

There are a lot of benefits to having me plan your honeymoon. I save couples time, money, and get them extra perks like room upgrades. I take care of all travel arrangements to make everything as easy and stress free as possible. Plus a lot of couples that contact me don’t know where they want to go. I ask a lot of questions and then make suggestions for them. I have traveled a lot and am constantly getting feedback from my clients so I am able to make recommendations based on this.


Where is your favorite Honeymoon Destination so far?

I absolutely love Italy for the history, food, wine and scenery. And I love Playa del Carmen for the beaches, resorts and fun downtown area.

Where would you most like to travel to?

New Zealand and Croatia have been at the top of my list for a while now. I like visiting places with unique culture, beautiful coastlines, nice people and great food. I am planning on visiting Croatia next Spring, and am hoping to make it to New Zealand soon as well.


What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?

I would definitely do the Sonoma Valley wine tasting and bike tour! I love wine tasting and it would be really fun to experience Sonoma on bikes.

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?

Oh that is a good question! Chelsea Handler for the laughs, Britney Spears to get everyone dancing, and Cameron Diaz because she seems like she would be a blast to hang out with.


What’s your most outrageous wedding memory, either one you have planned or one you have been a guest?

Another great question! At a wedding I was a guest at there was a circle in the dance floor. The groom got in the circle and was going crazy with the dance moves and ended up breaking a girls nose!!! Skipping dance classes before the wedding was a serious mistake!

If you could give one piece of wedding advice to a couple, what would that be………..?

Well I am going to make this honeymoon advice. I would say to really talk about what you each want to do during your honeymoon before you start planning anything. A honeymoon does not have to mean going to a beach resort if that doesn’t interest both of you. Compromise if you don’t have the same ideas of what your honeymoon should be. There is a perfect destination for every couple, and just ask me if you need help finding that!
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Featured in Orange County Business Journal

Whoo Hoo! We got a little love in the Orange County Business Journal this past week. They did an article on how small business owners (that’s us) are coping in the current economy. It’s definitely a topic close to our heart(and pockets). If you want to see what wisdom we spewed check out the article:

Orange County Business Journal

Bachelor Party Tip – Planning a Timeline


When you’re gathering the Wolf Pack for your buddy’s bachelor party, you need to have a timeline. Plan the party a few months prior to the big night or weekend – this will factor enough time for everyone invited to clear their calendar. If you’re going BIG then your friends will also have time to figure out how they’re going to rob their piggy bank. Planning ahead insures that you get first choice on activities, accommodations, and transportation. An added bonus to getting in early is you can save some cash for the group.  We usually advise our clients to budget at least three months for planning a bachelor party. The first month is getting ideas & sending invites; the second month is booking & chasing the money(we can help with that); and the third month is tying up loose ends and lighting a fire under the stragglers.

For more tips read our bachelor party guide

Bachelorette Party Tip – Setting the Tone

Setting The Tone for Your Bachelorette Party

Is it just your closest that are coming to the bachelorette party? Or will Grandma and your mother-in-law be invited as well – do you want your mother in-law seeing you a little tipsy having a lap dance from Raoul?! It’s worth taking a moment and considering what the party tone will be. If you’re uncomfortable “letting loose” in front of everyone, there are options. You could divide the night into tame and crazy. Have a nice dinner with the whole gaggle then head out for some naughtiness with just the girls. Most moms, grandmas, and great-aunts will understand and even encourage you. If you’re considerate and plan ahead you should be able to have your cake and then lick the frosting off Raoul later.  =)

Married On Myspace – Go vote for us!

We’re providing two bachelor party options for the online reality show Married on Myspace. We’re contributing Trapeze lessons and a high-performance Karting Grand Prix. Graeham and his guys should have a great time on either. And yes, we do advocate swinging on a trapeze for the men. =)

Heres the trapeze package:

Here’s the carting package:

Show some love and go vote for us at their website. Doesn’t matter which on you vote for as long as it’s ours!!!!

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While you’re voting check out episode 7 to see what the girls got up to on the bachelorette party. Our package was chosen for that one!

Thanks for all the support!

Kristin Banta Events – Los Angeles Event Design

Kristin Banta Events is a boutique event design firm in Los Angeles that specializes in distinctive, memorable affairs.  Kristin and her staff are masters at relieving party planning stress by handling the burden of logistics, calming frayed nerves, and putting a contemporary spin on age-old traditions.  Kristin has an extensive background in fashion, entertainment and international event production, as well as experience in catering and interior design.  She will create an unforgettable celebration while bringing a fresh perspective to the mix.  You will fall in love with Kristin as she transforms your wedding day dreams into reality.  Thank you Kristin for your time.

Kristin Banta Events

Kristin Banta Events

What’s your favorite trend for weddings at the moment?
I love that couples are finding their own voices beyond just the oversimplification of picking colors but are showing who they are in their events, looking beyond wedding magazines and traditional floral centerpieces to creating an environment that speaks to who they are and why they are together.

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party?
I am very clear on this:  definitely Champagne or wine tasting, Manicure & Martini or Wine Tour & Hot Springs as I am clearly a lush.

Kristin Banta Events

Kristin Banta Events

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?
Carmen Electra or Kim Kardashian as both seem just sassy enough to spice things up and maybe Tim Gunn because he rocks.

What’s your most outrageous memory at a wedding?

A pick-pocketing mariachi followed by a freak wind storm which took out our centerpieces and ignited a number of small fires in the reception space, followed by a power outage, overflowing bathrooms, the mother of the bride falling in the pool, my staff and I having all of our clothes and shoes stolen and the fireworks guy getting arrested before he could set off the fireworks. After all this, ending the night by tumbling down cliffside stairs with 6 other vendors like drunk pirates on a ski slope…Clearly, this was in Mexico. And if I may brag, it was a masterpiece of coordination that we covered everything up so the guests had no idea that any of this happened including making new centerpieces in the 10 minutes before the guests arrived, putting out the fires, tripping the breakers to restore power, fixing and mopping the bathrooms, jumping in the pool with the mother of the bride to insinuate that it was an intentional pool party, stealing our clothes and shoes back from the vagrants who stole them and getting the fireworks guy out of jail then sending him out to sea in a rowboat so he could set them off from the ocean.  All in a day’s work, my friends.

Kristin Banta Events

Kristin Banta Events

Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?
Countryside or Mountain maybe forest…NOT beach.  I’m not a fan of sand as it’s a total menace and gets into everything…and prevents a girl from wearing heals.  Winter mountain scene with birch trees, furs and hot toddies could be amazing…long dramatic countryside tables are always fab – chandeliers over an open table overflowing with estate silver and crystal and mismatched china with rich bustled layered linens is always delicious…or a long reclaimed wood table in the forest with candelabras and heavy rustic glassware and china, bear skins and leather accents like a mid-century post battle feast – rad.

Who would you rather deal with: The hungover Groom, Interfering Mother of the Bride or a Bridezilla?
Hungover Groom EVERY TIME.  Interfering mothers and overindulged bridezillas who take themselves too seriously I have no patience for.

Kristin Banta Events

Kristin Banta Events

Finish this sentence: If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would be…
to make it your own.  You have one shot at this and it’s the most important party you are ever going to throw….it shouldn’t be about anyone other than you and your beau.  And if your groom isn’t involved, get him involved, find out which elements interest him as it’s as much his day as it is yours.    And don’t forget humor – it should be as present in the wedding day as heart and style.

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kristin Banta Events

kristin Banta Events