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3 Things I Have to Tell You


Well, I pretty much never have anything to contribute to party planning as I tend to be the mom that would rather make memories than plan an over the top expensive and pinterest worthy party, but here I am. There are 3 things that helped us plan the best baptism for our little one but you could use them for any get together or party. So, first thing first, all photos are courtesy of Luczak Photography who I HIGHLY recommend. Like, for real. Book them.


1. Have someone else photograph

Since I’ve already mentioned it the number one best decision we made for our event was to hire our sweet friend Heather from, Luczak Photography to be there for the entire time. We chose her for a reason, she doesn’t need me. Seriously, she thought up brilliant photos all on her own without me giving her a huge list of what I wanted and then worrying about her the whole time. She captured beautiful moments and directed everyone so we could just relax.

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That not only means that we got everything captured but it also means that everyone was always in the shot instead of mom or dad taking all the photos and missing out on the moments together. We plan to do this forever now. Like, major birthdays, big celebrations etc.DSC_0467 bw

And if you shop around you can find people that are willing to do trades, are interning, friends, or great prices. I love that about Heather, her prices are not astronomical but her photos look like they should be. Just check out this newborn session she did. Love it.


2. Hire out the food-

Honestly, I’m pretty darn good at making a menu, shopping on a budget, and prepping everything out so the day of an event it runs quick and smooth. But let’s be honest, the last thing I wanted to do was have anything to do on a special day. I wanted to watch every moment, chat with family, and take it all in. I didn’t want to worry about food at all and the best part? We actually saved a lot of money by hiring out. And who did we hire? Waffle Love.

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I know, I’m a genius. They did everything. They were there on time, brought their own serving utensils, serving dishes, table cloths etc. The chef was professional and so kind and the food was an amazing hit. You guys, we walked in and the entire room smelled like waffle deliciousness and fresh berries. Are you sold yet? And he cleaned it all up!!! My girlfriend even texted me that they will be using them for a gender reveal party. Isn’t that a cute idea?! And I’m not kidding, we saved so much money!! I even made granola and brought yogurt for fruit and granola parfaits just in case someone wanted something lighter and I think maybe 2 people had some. The waffles were the star. And now I’m craving one.

How to get flowers for free for any event!

3. Flowers for free. 🙂

No joke. Did you know you can call around to your local florists and ask if you can have their leftovers? Yup! We did just that and we ended up with WAY, WAY more flowers than we needed for 8 table centerpieces and the long tables. And they were beautiful. Now obviously this is risky so have a back up plan because someone could beat you to it, but I doubt it since we do it all the time now.

And a few more pics because Heather did such a great job that I can’t help it.

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carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • I love the article and so many of your stories!!!! I want to move to Utah!!! I came there every year as a child and the people there just always seemed so nice!!! Many Blessings to you and your husband and children!!! Great TESTIMONY!!!

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    • Thank you so much for your support Debra! Do it! Move to Utah! We love it here!

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  • Wow! Really great article. Lovely daughter. At the same time, your advice is also great! Keep up the good work! Thanks!

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  • I really liked your article, your article is very petrified me in the learning process and provide additional knowledge to me, maybe I can learn more from you, I will wait for your next article, thanks.

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    • Thank you!!

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  • Congratulations to your daughter & your family on her Baptism day. A big day. I remember mine, some hooligans in the neighborhood clogged the hot water pipes, so it was cold. My feet kept coming up, so finally, my uncle, stood on my feet. LOL
    Beautiful photos & I am glad you focused on the memories!

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    • No way! What stinkers!!!

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  • Really great advice. I’m going to do more hiring out in the future when it comes to special family events like these.

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  • Oh, how I appreciated reading this post. I found you on the Wooden Spoons Kitchen site and I’ve enjoyed looking around. Such good advice here. Sometimes I put myself under so much pressure to do everything myself and from scratch… simplicity and getting help is so much better!

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    • Thank you so much Emily! I agree, there is a crazy amount of pressure out there especially concerning food lately. I’m convinced that trying to do things that allow us to try to be our best in a healthy and happy way is best.

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  • Your daughters day looked amazing. Great Job
    I love your skirt! Do you mind sharing where you got it?

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    • Thanks Jennifer! It was actually $5.00 at Forever 21 a year or so ago

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      • I love the skirt too! So cute!

      • thank you!

  • Such smart ideas – esp the flowers!! I had no idea on that one! And those photos are just precious. What a special time to have captured. You’re all just too sweet for words

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    • Thank you my friend! And isn’t that the best tip ever?! Saving money is the best!!

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  • First I just have to say, you have an adorable family!
    Second, I love the idea of hiring someone to do photos at a baptism! You are so correct in that there is always someone absent from the photo because they are taking it! And the trad-sies thing is so great!
    Third, congratulations to your daughter on being baptized! She is beautiful in her white dress! It reminds me of my baptism day!

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    • Thank you so much, Sara!

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