Archive for April, 2011

The ABC’s of Birthday Parties – West Roxbury, MA Patch

Even the “simplest” home birthday parties require a theme, activities, some sort of nibbles if not a spread, cake and ice cream, decorations and goody bags.

via The ABC’s of Birthday Parties – West Roxbury, MA Patch.

Although ASAP Tent and Party Rentals owes it’s existence to  the other kind of event, this perspective needs to be explored. The information given is for the Boston area but Laser Quest is Laser Quest whether in Charleston SC or Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

With the current exchange rates prices can be similar. Quick and easy event planning.



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Where to Celebrate the Royal Wedding in Ontario

Can’t make it to London, England for the Royal Wedding events and celebrations? How about London, Ontario? TV coverage starts at 3:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time and gets into full swing at 6:00 ET

London, Ontario Events

The Palace Theatre Friday, April 29th a Wedding Party to celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton nuptials. The morning party will feature a sumptuous British Breakfast Tea, live streaming of the wedding on a huge film screen and a royal trivia contest with prizes. Funds raised from this event will support of the restoration campaign for the heritage theatre. Contact Faith Coates at faithcoates(at) or call 519-933-2796. Ticket are $25.00 and can be ordereed online

London, Ontario City Hall has set up a book of congratulations. Visitors can sign the book from 8:30AM to 4:30PM April 27th when the book will be forwarded to Buckingham palace.


For those wanting to celebrate with a crowd, Peter Mansbridge will be heading up the CBC team outside Buckingham Palace. CBC TV coverage starts at 5AM. What better place to watch than the Canadian Broadcasting Centre Atrium – 250 Front St. W. Admission is FREE to attend the CBC Royal Wedding Viewing Party. The doors are open at 5:00 AM

The Old King Eddy A.K.A. Le Meridian King Edward Hotel will be hosting a slightly more genteel event. An English breakfast will be served with tea service. There is room for 150 guests and tickets are $65.00 Executive chef Daniel Schick and his team plan to start preparing breakfast at 2:00 AM to get to work preeping a sumptuous Royal Breakfast.

Royal Wedding Celebration and Wedding replay at Duke of Westminster Pub, First Canadian Place, 77 Adelaide St W. Sponsored by British Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Information:

Swansea Town Hall in the Rousseau Room, 95 Lavinia Ave. (416-392-1954) Hosted by Hosted by Sarah Doucette Toronto city councillor for Parkdale-High Park. Dress code is Red / White / Blue. There will be a tea service and live telecast. April 29, 5:45 AM

Fox and Fiddle at 27 Wellesley St. E. Toronto will open for a royal breakfast at 5:30 a.m. and host a live broadcast. Reserve by phone 416-944-9369

The Duke of Kent pub 2315 Yonge St., Toronto opens at 5 a.m. to start celebrations with a traditional English breakfast $8.99. Phone 416-485-9507.

Windsor Arms Hotel , 18 St. Thomas St. (416-971-9666) “The Royal Experience” at 4:00AM Traditional English breakfast + live telecast of the Royal Wedding, $125

Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. W.

Friday, April 29 at the Library Bar – English afternoon tea served in fine china with sandwiches, pastries and dessert + live telecast, $35. Reservations: 416-860-5004.

Friday, April 29, 5 a.m. at Epic Lounge – Traditional English breakfast, $21. Smart casual dress code. Reservations: 416-860-6949.


The Chateau Laurier will have a Royal Wedding Breakfast sponsored by the University of Ottawa Monarchists, 5-8 a.m. Email Philippe Chartrand at philippevchartrand(at)

If you don’t want to be up for the breakfast, drop by Zoe’s later and share a toast with the Champagne Cocktail. The Champagne Cocktail which is the Event Planning Report’s April signature cocktail was inspired by a visit to Zoe’s

Hamilton / Dundas

Public viewing on wide screens and buffet breakfast sponsored by Sheraton Hamilton, benefit for Royal Charities. Information: Andreana Zerafa,

Taylor’s Tea Room in Dundas will put on a royal wedding breakfast tea and watching party hosted by Norma Shephard of the Mobile Millinery Museum and Costume Archive and the Dundas Museum and Archives from 5 to 8 a.m. Event will feature vintage 20th-century wedding gowns and royal memorabilia.

Dundurn Castle, 610 York Blvd, Hamilton (905-546-2872) Royal Tea at Dundurn Castle (ancestral home of the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla) April 29, 4 – 6 PM sponsored by Hamilton Branch, Monarchist League of Canada. Contact: Jeffrey Thiessen,

St Agatha (West of Kitchener)

5am Canadian Pancake Brunch and viewing for friends and fellow monarchists. 2005 Notre Dame Drive.Host: Jamie Hill,

Jackson’s Point

Aat Jackson’s Point on Lake Simcoe the Briars Resort and Spa will host an English themed breakfast in the Great Hall, 6:00 to 9:00 AM.

If you have an event, use the comment section to add it.

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How Will You Be Celebrating the Royal Wedding?


Image by UNKIEPAUL / Paul Johnston via Flickr

Do you think the Royal Wedding is a snore to be ignored? Will you be celebrating the Royal Wedding in some way?

On April 29th television coverage of the Royal Wedding will be staring at 3:00 AM in the eastern standard time zone. Will you be watching?

Are you planning a party or event, a street party, a gathering of any sort?  We would like to hear about it here. Got photos? Send them or post them and use the post reply to let the world know about your plans. Photos can be e-mailed to with any other material you would like to see published

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Green Event Planning Rental China Tableware vs Disposables


Planning an event, party or wedding can sometimes seem to be a nightmare. Wheather food, venue or who to invite the details can sometimes be overwhelming. On top of this mother nature can get lost in the details. Eco-friendly green party planning can be easy and cost-effective. The following are a few suggestions to be the greenest event planner around when you plan your next party.

According to some celebrity guest blog writer going green means using paper plates. The writer goes on with celebrity nonsense that paper plates do not need washing therefore wastes less water.. Hogwash! Has it ever occurred to this nimrod that the paper making industry not only uses extraordinarily large amounts of water but then adds bleach, lead and mercury before discharging it into the rivers contaminating fish downstream for miles. Oh and did I mention the health problems of the peoples relying on that water for their daily needs? Some areas in the isolated northlands have such polluted water systems that water must be trucked or flown in to provide water for the locals. This is a carbon footprint on a massive scale before you consider the massive clear cut areas where the trees are harvested. Many years ago in the early seventies while on a camping trip across northern Ontario I was shocked when standing on a hill with visibility of 50 miles and there was no tree standing in any direction. These are Ontario’s rainforests and generators of oxygen. Think also of all the trucks required to transport thousands of paper plates that can be replaced by one china plate. If all that is not enough then there is all that disposable plastic packaging made from non renewable oil to be disposed of in landfills.

This rant is brought on by a junkmail received this morning attempting to sell paper plates. A little quick reasearch on the internet turned up the celebrity nutbar who is also a germaphobic but not a geat deal of solid evidence. Opinions found were poor at best so here is my (Brian Ridgway) humble opinion.

  • Porcelain china manufacturing has been a sustainable industry for thousands of years.
  • Water used for dish washing can be reused before recycleing and recycling is easy and inexpensive.
  • Porcelain china is less likely to harbour germs than paper.
  • Using or renting fine china is way cheaper than paper plates

For a  cost comparison china tableware vs disposables visit ASAP Tent and Party Rentals

Event Insurance for Street Parties

There is a lot of buzz these days on the Royal Wedding. I saw a piece from google yesterday on event insurance for wedding street parties. The text can be found here at Street Party Insurance

Prince William Style Bachelor Party Planning, Who Says “Not Much”

Slalom water skier on lake in southern Ontario

Image via Wikipedia

Royal watchers waiting for titillating tidbits are maybe disappointed. According to reports not much happened.

The party has happened and it was in the UK  and they had fun.

Not much is said to have happened but the prince with a group of 20 or so spent the weekend boating, waterskiing and pub crawling.

Sounds Prince Williamish. I like the waterskiing but wasn’t  it cold?


With royal wedding interest in high gear, here are a few fresh bachelor party planning ideas.

Bachelor party planning “As Seen On TV” tonight on Traffic Light on Fox

Mike Gets A Bachelor Party Do-Over Tonight On Traffic Light

Here is an interesting link. How to plan a Bachelor Party as done in Charleston (SC) I presume. There are some ideas  here and photographic proof. Looks like they had fun and no stripper.

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Bachelor Party Planning Gone Wrong

Following the wedding of the century month the coverage would not be complete without bachelor party plans.

Try this link to a bachelor party idea page. There may be some fresh iideas from this Cape Town Facebook page.

Here is  a video

Bachelor Party Gone Wrong


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Spring into Spring Party

Everyone is hot on the idea of spring cleaning.  Personally, I would rather be outside enjoying the spring weather.  But, cleaning must be done one way or the other.  I found a way to make the chore of spring cleaning fun!

I pick a date, invite friends over for a Happy Spring Party – then I clean like crazy to be ready. Then the fun begins.  I go out and find  interesting spring coloured linens and flowers.

I challenge my friends to bring a spring themed food item and sit back to enjoy my clean house with my good friends.

Yes, I now look forward to spring cleaning every year.

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A Royal Wedding Cocktail Indeed – The Champagne Cocktail

BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 06:  Champagne bottles...

Image by Getty Images via @daylife

After publishing the recipe last Saturday as “The April Signature Cocktail” a little research was done. The cocktail itself is served everywhere and has been done for almost 200 years but it requires a bit more looking at. Using the LCBO local published prices:

VINTAGES 643734 | 750 mL bottle

Price: $ 129.00

LCBO 462432 | 750 mL bottle

Price: $ 49.95

LCBO 4101 | 750 mL bottle

Price: $ 89.95

this cocktail can cost a bit.

My first taste was at the Chateau Lauier where 2 each with 1 appetizer and 1 dessert came to over $150.00 with tip. How decadent.

The recipe as shown Saturday is the version served at the Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monaco.

Using LCBO Ontario liquor prices the raw materials to mix this drink will be at least $12.00 at the low end to over $20.00. The Chateau Laurier lounge, Zoe’s in Ottawa is a bargain at only $20.00.

At home I have been mixing this cocktail using a domestic sparkling wine from Magnotta.  An Ontario VQA wine Magnotta 2008 Brut at around $10.00 per bottle makes an excellent substitute. In my home version I am using the Remy Martin but would like to hear of anyone with experience using a lower cost brandy. This all keeps the cost of this delightful cocktail at a manageable level.

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Princess Diana’s Extra Wedding Dress


Princess Diana Spare Wedding Dress

Princess Diana Spare Wedding Dress

Did you know that Princess Diana had an extra wedding dress?  Well neither did she!  This information has just been released – but how thoughtful of the people who made her dress. This stunning backup dress was created just in case her original gown was made public before the big day.


We all know how stressful our upcoming weddings can be – but imagine having to worry about your gown being found out!  I know some people think that the “Royals” are accustomed to this type of attention and let’s face it – hounding by the media.  But really – to have to worry about your dress being seen before you get to wear it.  My heart goes out to Kate.

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