Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Women’s milestone birthday ideas - Gather the girls and go all out

It seems that unlike for men, there are numerous women’s milestone birthday ideas. One of our favorite ways to celebrate a woman’s milestone birthday is gather the girls and enjoy a full tilt ladies night out. We’re talking dinner, dancing and the kids at home with dad (or grandma). Of course it’s wonderful to celebrate with a nice family dinner, but sometimes a gal wants to put her heels on, grab the small purse (you know, the one without baby food pouches, bibs, toys and graham cracker crumbs at the bottom) turn the town upside down with a few of her besties.

Not into dancing? How about dinner and a movie, dinner and a Broadway show, or even just dinner with your closest friends? The point is that even if you’re not celebrating a milestone birthday, or even a birthday at all, we think it does a woman’s soul good to get out and just be one of the girls, even if it’s only for an evening.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Top 5 destination milestone birthday celebration ideas

Of course we love a good party here at NSC, but we can also appreciate the appeal of a grand, destination celebration. Whether you’re commemorating a milestone birthday, an impending wedding or retirement, sometimes, the perfect way to celebrate is with a handful of close friends enjoying an adventure or a hobby. Here are a few of our favourite destination celebrations:

1.         The Spa Getaway
Invite a handful of your closest gals and head out to a spa retreat for hot stone massages and rejuvenating facials. Maybe a bit of yoga, some fabulous food and fond memories? We can’t think of a more relaxing way to start a new chapter in life.

2.         Winery Touring
Whether you dream of Napa or Niagara Falls, there’s no better way for wine-lovers to celebrate a milestone birthday than touring a few locals wineries with a group of friends.

3.         Resort Revelry
If you love to travel or simply believe in the “Go big or go home” way of living, inviting some friends, or even just a special someone to join you on a cruise or resort vacation may be the ultimate way to celebrate your special day. This can be a tricky one to get buy in on, however. Not everyone has the time or the cash to participate in such an extravagant celebration. So if this is something that really appeals to you, be sure to start planning early.

4.         Road Tripping
If a cruise or resort isn’t your cuppa or a financial possibility, why not go local? Grab a few of your best buds, rent a stylin’ convertible and hit the road a la Thelma and Louise (minus the crime spree). We’re in central Ontario and have often thought about taking a tour through Quebec and into the Maritimes. Our inner foodie is positively drooling over the culinary adventure we would have!

Not interested in driving? Try hopping a train! There are loads of cross-country train tours just waiting to be enjoyed.

5.         Go glamping
Rough and tumble adventurers and dainty divas alike can have a good time in the great outdoors when commemorating a milestone birthday. Glamping also known as luxury camping is a more refined way to commune with nature. Just imagine spending a few days hiking, biking or swimming without having to spend your nights sleeping on the ground or doing your business in the bushes. You can enjoy all of the fresh air and activity generally associated with traditional camping but with the bonus of more luxurious (more like civilized if you ask us), hotel-like accommodations.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Sometimes simple is sensational

Not every party needs a theme. Sometimes the simple act of celebrating another hard-won year is theme enough. At NSC, we can certainly be guilty of trying to force a theme. When it’s time to brainstorm another invitation design or come up with a new concept the danger of over thinking is always there. But there are times when outrageous, bodacious and over-the-top is not called for. Sometimes all that is needed is something pretty and serene. Maybe it’s simply a well-expressed colour palette, or a dainty circle of flowers.

If you’re planning a party and wracking your brain for ideas that never seem to come, maybe it’s time to sit back, take a breath and simplify.