When my bestie called and said she wanted to have a Winter 31nderful Wonderland birthday party out in Gatlinburg, Tennesse I was ready for action!! Gatlinburg is located in the smokey mountains so it makes a great place to visit, especially if you are from a big city, the serenity is relaxing. To make it personalized and special to her we decided to throw her a Mean Girls (our favorite movie) Theme Surprise Party for our last night in town. My besty and her friends met up in the Atlanta airport – this was her first time around snow so it made it an even funner occasion for us. Most of the decorations and items I did I before I left and just packed them in my suitcase…
Here’s what I did:
1 Personalized Pink Drawstring Backpacks – for any ski trip the one thing you must have is pockets and something to carry your belongings in. I choose a small drawstring backpack because the price was right (dollar store) and had a local sporting goods shop (Basic Sports in Henderson NV) put a birthday message and personalized each one.
2 Lodging – We rented out a sick cabin for authenticity through http://www.cabinsforyou.com/absolute_heaven.htm it was SICK!!! Only problem… it was in the mountain tops (the holly crap skinny road, type scary mountains) and each of us were very scared to drive!! And you definitely need a car for this place, I am sure there is lodging closer to town but we wanted the hot tub and an authentic cabin. It came with everything… a little scary because it was just a bunch of us girls but really beautiful.
3 Popcorn Boxes and Candy Holders – these I had left over from my grandmothers birthday party, totally worth it. So we did popcorn in our popcorn boxes and treats and candies. Amazon… is amazing!1
4 The Burn Book – Probably the easiest thing I did. I found some letters online, printed them out on card stock.. it has to be card stock or it doesn’t look as good. Also a quick tip blow up the letters a bit before printing. I found a black sketch pad with no lines in the inside at Target I wanted mine to be thick and have no lines so it was similar to the movies version. Next I really wanted to achieve the pink theme and look I was going for so I bought a role of wrapping paper that was a little brighter than the original light pink book, I then wrapped the book like a present. Last couple of steps were gluing on the Burn Book Letters to the book in the design like the movie then grab a bright/dark red lipstick and kiss the book in the middle and all around and your done! Check the DIY Page to see how mine turned out!
5 Decorations – Because I’m a wedding planner I am always grabbing cute, cheap decorations wherever I can find them… I also love pink. I grabbed a few decorations and threw them in my bag. We all popped out to surprise her after a long day of Snow Tubing, it turned out awesome! What do you think…? I will post pics because it turned out absolutely amazing! Happy Birthday Bestie!!
We have been stuck together for 9 months, now its Valentines day; Great! I know we are tired of seeing each other but heres some ways to kill the monotony for a couple that has been stuck together and now must endure Valentines Day.
Take a StayCation. I cant express this enough, get out of the house. You would be surprised at the difference some new scenery will make in your relationship. Hotel prices are low this is the perfect time; you can also upgrade for about $50 more to make the evening more special. Remember to always ask for an upgrade when you are checking in at your hotel.
Take a bath. Grab your honey bunny and de-stress with one of the oldest tricks in the book. To make it special grab a single rose ($7) and place the petals in the water. Grab an essential oil like Lavender ($10) put 5 drops in the water. Run a bath for your partner or do it together.
Utilize your outdoor living. Just being outside will make you feel more together. BBQ and have a picnic if you can and if you cant, bring some hot cocoa and baked goods, to head on a crisp walk. The outdoors is a great way to spend a Valentines day.
Don’t forget the chocolate. It isn’t Valentines day if theres no chocolate, grab the Godiva, do something fun like melt chocolate and dip fruit into it for a fun way to do something together thats easy and yummy! Another fun and easy idea is to make rice krispie treats and dip in chocolate, Yum Yum!
Grab a fancy dinner to go. Who wants to cook on Valentine’s Day?? Head out to some place fancy like Lawry’s they have a $65 per person Lobster & Prime Rib (or Salmon) dinner to go and enjoy your time together. If thats to pricey no worries, Applebee’s has two for $25, so easy and so thoughtful. Easy clean up, I suggest you splurge on dessert.
Movie Night. Grab a movie, popcorn, and Craisins or whatever your favorite movies snacks are. If you want to go all out you can buy the actual movie popcorn boxes from amazon for cheap. Make sure you set the mood, with tea lights and a completely dark room.
Good luck making Valentines day not just another day in the pandemic! Enjoy your partners! and Stay open to your blessings.
Things are quit different in Sin City these days and the same will be for New Years Eve. The days of the streets being filled with party animals and confetti are over. Here are some things you can do
Tip 1: TAO/MARQUEE/LAVO – I hesitate to write this because I try to be budget friendly, but it is an option if you are looking for that old Sin City feeling. Bottle Service starts for $2,000 Dollars. Unfortunatly you can only have 4/6 people at your table and you cant co-mingle with tables, and no dance floor.
Tip 2: Kiss Off 2020 (at Home) – Vegas will be having a virtual ceremony where a 2020 sign will be blown up (Thankfully right!). Check out the local news for more info! There will be a live stream set up. LVCVA Website has information.
Tip 3: Area 15 is having Illuminate 2021 which will be “out of this world.” It is a great way to get out and have some socially distant fun! Must buy Tickets to attend the event
Tip 4: Giada’s Restaurant in the Cromwell – they have Golden Osetra caviar. I mean that is just fabulous to do on NYE! Wagyu is also on the menu for the night. Id give it $$$ out of $$$$$ so it wont burst your pockets.
Tip 5: Freemont Street costs $25 to get a wristband to get into Freemont and party, if your not scared to get the virus head there for fireworks. There wont be any live music however.
If you want to know the newest COVID Restrictions please see my other Blog Posts.
No one likes a Grinch…especially this time of year, with everything going on I know its easy to get caught up in a pity party. No jobs, isolation and a global pandemic try your best not to feel totally down about the Holidays this year. Here are some tips on how to stay away from the slump this year.
Tip 1: Get out of the house – I know we are in isolation however, take a walk outside. The weather has a great way of making you feel the season. Its great to feel the crisp winter air on your cheeks.
Tip 2: Get a scented candle or air freshner – Dont you just love walking into your home and it smelling like a Merry Mimosa or Marshmello Heaven! This is such an easy tip. Get a seasonal scented candle. It makes it easy to want to get festive when it smells like your mom is making her famous Christmas Cookies in the kitchen. My suggestion is Bath & Body works. There 3 wick candles and wallflowers are amazing but they are very very strong. If you have allergies suggestion- Scentsy Berry and Bright is great.
Tip 3: Go Christmas Decoration Hunting – There is an App for that, if you can believe it! Since so many people are at home this year the Christmas decoration are out of sight this year! Just drive around and hunt them down! Take a late night trip with your significant other and bring some snacks along for the ride!
Tip 4: Fake Fireplace – If you dont really want to decorate this year here is a great way to get cozy. This fireplace ranges in sizes. I have a tiny condo so I bought the smallest one, and let me tell you it brings the holiday cheer without having to fuss with a ton of decorations. Hang your stocking around it and Wal-lha, Feeling FESTIVE!
Tip 5: Bake cookies – When I say bake I mean, go grab the Pilsbury kind thats in the refrigerator section. Already made dough, in ‘cutouts’ with Holiday shapes is an easy activity to do. Grab some cream cheese white frosting, food dye, and invite all your friends (well the entire 10 people you are legally allowed to have in your home) over for a cookie decorating and exchange.
Still planning your Las Vegas vacation? Here’s some tips for the new restrictions in November/December we have to tell you about so you can have an awesome vacay!
Tip 1: Reservation, Reservation, Reservation!!! You need a reservation to eat at a restaurant book early and if your going to be late or early or add guests; call the restaurant.
Tip 2: No more than 4 to a table. I know it totally bites, but only 4 people to a table cut your party in half if you must.
Tip 3: No more than 50 guests at an event or 25% of capacity whichever is less… so 50 people.
Tip 4: There is a lot of outdoor activities you can do. Book ATV’s, go to the “beach.” Just outside Las Vegas is full of fun outdoor things to do. Lake Las Vegas, lake Meade, Boulder Beach, Red Rock, Mount Charleston, Lee Canyon, and the Hoover Dam.
Tip 5: All “entertainment” at 25% be aware and be sure to call in advance!!! Back to tip 1… reservations, reservations, reservations.
Tip 6: Mask Up! Private function or public area wear your mask! It’s mandated now. Outdoors or in it doesn’t matter anymore. Stay safe and stay with your mask!
Bellagio Gardens: It is always beautiful but probably pretty hard to socially distance considering the area size is kind small and a lot of people go to see it. Worth it! Especially for a great snapshot.
Cosmo Ice Rink: Not sure how they do this with social distancing all I know is they are doing it. Probably hard to socially distance but they have great fire pits. You can make s’mores or at least you could before covid.
Ethel M’s: I hesitate to even mention them because they are all booked up reservations only.
Racetrack: What a perfect way to social distance and have some holiday fun!
Area 15: Visit there winter “wanderland” akes place Nov 27 – Dec 3 for all sorts of entewractive immersive fun filled holiday surprises and activities.
The Sand Dollar Christmas Pop Up Bar: This is brilliant, considering it’s just a bar with Christmas decorations. It’s very cute! The drinks are amazing, it is a bar so you might have to put some elbow in when your trying to order. Service is great, people are friendly and fun! Do it!
Santa Baby Pop Up Bar Tivoli Village: Ornament making, Staggered appointment, wall to wall Christmas decoration, drinks, so I guess make a reservation. Entry does cost.
here are some things to do in case we shut down again:
- Read a book! If your looking for a fun good read try Gucci Mane’s new book, easy read and it’s very interesting.
- learn how to cook a new recipe. Go on Pinterest and learn to cook a recipe of something you have in your fridge. Take inventory first. Chop everything early so other ppl can help without getting in the way.
- learn a dance routine. There are tons of dance programs online right now. Learn some hip hop or salsa something fun!
- Yoga! Take an at home yoga class. So calming and relaxing no yoga Matt needed you can use a towel.
- Back to school! Go back to school online of course. So much to learn don’t let anything stop you!
- gardening. Plant some shrubs, even if you only have a patio. If you can’t keep anything alive try a cactus or succulent that you basically have to try to kill.
- Picnic. Go outside and have a picnic. U can make the sandwiches or buy some from subway. Get a bottle of Stella Rosa my fav wine and enjoy some bae time with ur special bae.
- Lake. Lake trip! So much fun! I suggest buying a small boat or something to actually do on the water. Also good to have foldable chairs, canopy, ice chest, and grill.
- Make cocktails. Learn how to make a cocktail. Such a fun date night!
- Don’t get down on yourself if you do nothing. If you been working all your life you deserve it!!
enjoy! If you can think of anything else let us know!!!
Hot Springs: Alkali Hot Springs is the closest but there are a ton to choose from. Some are hard to get to but this one is relatively easy and relaxing.
Boulder Beach: On the coast of Lake Mead, a man made beach great for most of the year! You can take your dog to a portion of the park; grill, camp and rent accommodations. Be prepared to back your car up into a rocky beach. You can also rent boats/jet ski’s, grab something to eat and drink at the restaurant.
Lake Las Vegas: Beautiful sights along the man made lake. Outdoor dining, light shopping along with lake activities like kayaking and paddle boating. There is a Hilton and Westin with decent restaurants inside.
Mission Hills Trail: Almost into Boulder City there is a trail called mission hills trail that you can walk, bring your animals, park in the parking lot and head on your way. Lots of traffic at this spot great place to meet up with a group.
Boulder City: Historic Boulder City is a must. The Pit Stop has the ultimate burger for any traveler, I suggest getting the turkey burger with sautéed mushrooms and fries. If your into breakfast you can go to the Tea Cup – a restaurant featured on the Food Networks Diners Drive-ins and Dives. Do some antiquing and then head back home.
Bars & Restaurants
Golden Tiki: Dive bar, but awesome drinks and a good atmosphere. Very different from the strip.
American Italian Club: Such a great atmosphere for dinner. You should dress up when going here. its the perfect old school place to have a wonderful dinner.
Gamers Paradise: This is actually a store, with old video games in it. Its really fun to look into the past if you get a chance might as well.
Hugos Cellar: Wonderful and expensive. Worth it if you hit a casino for an extra $200.
The nightlife has changed in Las Vegas substantially. What people will soon describe as the good old days when clubs had dance floors and you could just wait in line to get inside things are very, very different. Currently the nightclubs are set up as lounges, where you can have up to six guests at each table and there is a minimum. At best you could get a no-limit minimum and at worst 1,000 minimum. Its still worth it to do bottle service if you have a group of 4 or more. I like XS for Thursdays (located at Wynn) its also indoor, outdoor. Our suggestion is to find a great host! Our host can be found at Letzgitit.com and if you have any questions feel free to hit us up.