The Best of Weddings: The Knot

Curtain Up Events would like to thank the editors of The Knot, our wonderful clients, and those who continually love and support us for making us The Best of  Weddings 2011.

2011 hasn’t even hit and we are already having a great start to the year! Here’s to even more success, love, and hard work in the new year.

xoxo,
Danielle and the CUE team

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‘Tis the season to be Giving!

Christmas is in the air! People are bustling from shop to shop seeking out gifts for friends and family, wondering what gift would be the perfect one. In years past, the newest piece of electronic equipment or the coolest new toy were the must-have items to get your hands on. This season, however, people are being a bit more conservative with their gift giving. Instead of giving wild and ostentatious gifts this year, many people are turning to alternative presents.

This year let us not forget the spirit of giving and additionally, charitable giving. As a different choice this season, try to think of a charity that means something to you or to the ones you love.  Research the charity online and check its website for a donations link (most will have one), or call to make a contribution in the name of the person on your gift list. Not only will such a gift warm the heart of the person you’ve honored, but it will also help those less fortunate or contributes to further research for an important cause.

This season the Curtain Up Events team will be giving as well.

Danielle will be giving to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society  in honor of her Mother. (nationalmssociety.org)

Meredith has chosen to give to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of her Aunt Holly. (nationalbreastcancer.org)

Lastly, Kiki has decided to donate to HOPE International in honor of her relatives and victims of the natural disasters that occurred in Indonesia. (hopeww.org).

Remember, make your giving this season twice as nice by giving charitably!

Project Holiday Organization

The holidays have FINALLY arrived and there is still so much to do! It starts with brainstorming for those perfect gifts, then braving the holiday hoards of mall madness, and culminates in executing the most gorgeous gift wrapping since Buddy the Elf walked through the Lincoln Tunnel. Gifts: check! What did you forget?

Decorating. Some may ask, “What’s so hard about placing a little holly here, a few lights there, picking out a tree, setting out the menorah, or finding the right candles for the kinara?” Well, actually finding those decorations tucked way in the back of the closet, stuffed in a box with other holiday miscellanea, can be a bigger headache than hunting down that one bad light keeping half of your tree unfestively dim. Organization is key when tackling such a project because you don’t want to have to deal with a mess before and after you set up.

Lisa Zaslow, founder of Gotham Organizers, is known nationwide for her expertise in organization. She helps her clients find customized solutions that help them become more organized and, therefore, more productive. She shared some tips with the CUE team on how we all could be more organized throughout this holiday season.

Gather

Go through your house and collect all the different holiday items that you have stored in a variety of places: the jack-o-lantern cutting knives in the kitchen, the menorah in the hall closet, the ornaments in the basement. You’ll probably have to open a bunch of “mystery boxes” in the process. This is a good thing. Have a thick black marker handy so you can label the carton with your high school memorabilia when you come across it in the attic.

Prune

Now that you see your complete holiday stash, toss or give away the items that you’ll never use: the lady bug costume that your daughter wore four years ago, strings of bulbs tangled beyond any chance of liberation, impulse-purchase ornaments that you have never once displayed, and wrinkled wrapping paper that you wouldn’t use even for the anonymous office grab bag.

Contain and Store

Now that you know how much space your decorations take up, treat yourself to some new containers to store them in. Sturdy plastic bins that stack will save space and protect your decorations from dust, water and breakage. They even make color-coded containers for this purpose – orange for Halloween, red and green for Christmas, etc. Label the containers so that you can see at a glance what’s in each one.

Designate an out-of-the way place to store your seasonal stuff since you don‘t need to get to it often. The basement, attic, or garage is perfect, if you have one. Apartment dwellers can use a high shelf in a closet or under-the-bed boxes.

Congratulations! You’ve solved a major holiday headache. Now if there was only an easier way to deal with all those relatives who‘ll be visiting …

Thanks Lisa, for all of your wonderful tips! They have already made my holidays less of a mess and allowed me to spend more time on the things that are more important in life.

To find out more on how Lisa Zaslow can help your organizational skills, check out her website at gothamorganizers.com.

If some of you are still having difficulty finding time to juggle work or school, decorating, and holiday gift shopping, the CUE team is here to help YOU! We can take care of all your holiday decorating, home or office. Need inspiration? We have plenty! And don’t worry about the dreaded post-holiday undecorating. Not only will we set everything up, but we will also break it down and stow it all away again.

You can e-mail us at info@curtainupevents.com. We look forward with working with you soon!

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Xoxo,
Kiki