Archive for June, 2012

Planning Your Party: Mardi Gras Picnic

Summer is here! And here in Michigan, she’s not kidding around. We’ve just had a heat wave to write home about and, as the temperatures cool to a reasonable 80, we’ve got picnics on our minds. There’s nothing much better than getting your extended family, your colleagues, or just your friends, together under shaded trees on a warm, breezy afternoon. But if you want to take your picnic or outdoor party to a whole new level, consider choosing a theme to turn it into a fun-filled affair! At Lorio Ross Entertainment, picnics and outdoor parties are some of the most enjoyable events for us to plan and produce. These types of events offer up the opportunity to think outside the box and incorporate fantastic additions like clowns, moonwalks, dragon floats, carnival games and even old fashioned ice cream trucks. Indoor events don’t typically call for moonwalks or vintage cars but, with outdoor parties, the sky really is the limit.

Theme: Mardi Gras Picnic

Description: A fun and colorful picnic theme that just begs to be held out-of-doors. The vibrant palette of Mardi Gras set in a park atmosphere takes shape in the form of carnival games, clowns, street signs, pennant streamers, stiltwalkers, and anything else you can dream up!

Suggested attire: Casual.

Food and Drink: Ice Cream, Lemonade and vintage Sodas.

Décor: The picnic entrance is flanked by brick columns with an arched sign. Lamp posts and street signs adorn the area as Mardi Gras flag pennants blow in the breeze. Masks, beads, coins and hats adorn the tables.

Entertainment: The options for entertainment are endless. Mardi Gras Clowns and Jesters are a good choice; throw in a couple of Stiltwalkers and you’ll be set! Face painting is always a riot if there are kids in attendance. Carnival games also fit the bill for a Mardi Gras picnic, such as a Hi-Striker, Bag Toss and Moonwalk. And don’t forget the Vintage Ice Cream Truck!

Music: Picnics don’t always require live music so you could consider having a DJ with the option of karaoke. Or, if you’re hosting a big corporate picnic, why not go all our with a marching band!?

Are you hosting a picnic this summer? Tell us about it!

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross


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Wedding Wednesday: Unique Registries

When it comes to wedding registries, personalization is key. Afterall, you’re asking your guests to look at a list of things you want and pick one, because nothing is worse than receiving an incredibly expensive wedding gift that you’ll never use and cannot return. This is an obvious point, yes, but for years, registries were confined to large department stores and national retailers. From Macy’s to Bed Bath and Beyond to Crate & Barrel, couples were restricted to choose 1 or 2 stores with which to register and find something in their stock that they want. Alas, those days are finally over. It started with niche national retailers, like Home Depot, offering wedding registries because, one day, a light bulb flashed and someone went… doy… not everyone wants a Kitchen Aid Mixer. Just almost everyone.

The alternative wedding registry industry has exploded in recent years, with opportunities to register for anything from your honeymoon to your mortgage! And then a few sites took the idea behind the Amazon Wishlist and turned wedding registries in to a whole new monster. But this monster is good, and friendly, and wants to make your life easier. You’ll love him, trust me.

Here are some of the most unique and easy-to-use registries we could find, for you!


Wishpot is an online service that lets you add anything you want to your Wishpot registry. Think Pinterest but for shopping. Download the wishpot button and ‘wish’ for anything from anywhere on the web. You can then share your list with your guests! Wishpot also lets you take advantage of recommendations from experts and helps you find the best price with price alerts. And, they make it easier to receive cash from friends & family using chipin and cash gifts!


Honeyfund offers free registries for Honeymoons and Cash Gifts. With an insanely friendly interface, you can easily list your dream honeymoon activities, add items from their sample registries and also include non-honeymoon items. Honeyfund also offers chic printable insert cards to announce your registry with your invites as well as links to twitter, Facebook and all the social media sites you use. Top all that off with handy management tools allowing you to see your list from inception through thank you notes, Honeyfund is a really unique option!

Hatch My House

Design a house and start saving toward a down payment, renovations or home decor in a fun and interactive way. After you’ve ‘designed your home’, you’ll link your HMH account to your free PayPal account and then share your registry to easily start receiving cash gifts to be put toward that down payment or kitchen re-do.

Wine Enthusiast

Let’s say you have your house in order, your beautiful gun metal gray Kitchen Aid Mixer perched upon your counter, and you’ve been saving for your honeymoon since you were 22. Perhaps all you need is to stock your wine cellar! It’s as simple as that.

I Do Foundation

With all sorts of options, I Do Foundation is your one-stop-shop for charity giving to celebrate your nuptials. You can set up a charity registry, give to a charity in lieu of favors, or give generously on behalf of your wedding attendants. For a complete win-win situation, create a wedding gift registry with their partner stores and up to 5% of gift purchases will be donated to your favorite charity!

Knack Regisrty

Your style. Your taste. Your registry. With a tagline like that, what’s not to love. Knack takes the Amazon wish list one step further, allowing you to register for items from non-national retailers! Making it the ultimate in personalization. You can choose to register for gifts and also include the option for guests to help fund your honeymoon. Knack offers couples who can’t decide on one thing the variety they might be looking for. And with a clean, crisp website, it’s easy to use to boot!

Where are you registering?


Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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