Archive for July, 2012

Music Monday: London 2012 Playlist

The British music scene always seems to be overflowing with sensational talent. From The Beatles to Emeli Sande, from the British Invasion to BritPop, the United Kingdom has and continues to impact the world with its sound. The Olympic Opening Ceremony highlighted the best of British music and, while you can buy the soundtrack titled “Isle of Wonder” in iTunes, we wanted to put together our own playlist inspired by Great Britain to share with you. There are just too many musicians and bands to include but here are 30 of our favorites – London 2012!

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Leave a comment with your favorite band or song and we’ll throw it on the playlist!

Lisa @ Lorio Ross


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Wedding Wednesday: Games For Your Outdoor Wedding

June and July has brought with it so many corporate picnics and outdoor events. From small private gatherings to parties of 500+, outdoor events bring different challenges but also offer unique opportunities for entertainment. Since it is Wedding Wednesday we wanted to focus today on some fun entertainment ideas for those couples celebrating their nuptials in the great outdoors.

If you’re having your reception outside you may be faced with some questions about the types of entertainment you want to offer. Let’s say your guest list is small, maybe 50 or less. A 10 piece party band is probably just not the right choice for you. Unless your group is full of  people who just loooove to dance. Perhaps you really want live music as part of your event, and that’s great! We really encourage live music because it adds to the atmosphere and ensures your guests have a fantastic time. So maybe you keep your live music to a jazz trio for dinner, awesome! What other entertainment are you going to have on-hand?

Or perhaps you are having a big shindig with 300 of your friends and family! Whew – what a party! But you’ve opted to host your event midday and dancing isn’t going to be on the menu. Again, you’re faced with a decision about alternative entertainment for your guests.

We have a lot of ideas when it comes to outdoor entertainment and we’ll be sharing those over the coming weeks. Today, though, we want to give you 5 alternative entertainment options in the form of outdoor games! We’re not going to suggest that you have your heeled bridesmaids partake in a game of volleyball but there are some options for classy garden games that will have your guests interacting and enjoying themselves in no time.


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You don’t have to find yourself on a well-pruned English lawn in front of a sprawling cathedral to play this classic garden game. It does, however, help to be drinking champagne 🙂

Bocce Ball

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Okay so you may not be Umberto Granaglia but, no matter! Bocce Ball is another family favorite and is easy to set up almost anywhere!

Bean Bag Toss

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This class back yard game is the ultimate wedding choice. Why? Because you can personalize it! You can diy the bean bags with your date transferred on to them or even paint the bride and groom’s silhouettes on to the box!


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Depending on your venue, you’ll have to get permission for this one before you hammer a stake in the ground. But if you can, horseshoes is a great entertainment option for rustic, barn weddings!

Tic Tac Toe

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It’s Tic Tac Toe, yes, but it’s also X’s and O’s! A great garden game, you could create your own with stones or build giant sized letters to be used on a rope grid. It’s as easy to play as it is to dream up fun variations!

What are some other fun outdoor games?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Music Monday: Classic Love Song Redux

Happy Monday, friends! Today we’ve been rocking out to some classic love songs. Actually, swaying with a lit lighter would be a more accurate description. I’m talking about those really classic love songs, the ones that have probably been played at thousands of weddings. Perhaps your parents danced to one of these songs, maybe most of your friends. But just because they’ve been overplayed doesn’t mean they’re overused. You shouldn’t feel like you have to pass up your favorite love song just because so many others have danced to it before you. If At Last is the only song you’ll cheek-to-cheek to, lucky for you there are oodles of fantastic covers. From Joni Mitchell to Beyonce, contemporary artists have covered that song, among others. Some covers are so unique that they become just a shadow of the original tune! So have a listen to these covers of our favorite classic love songs and then see what goodies you can dig up on your own!

What are some of your favorite classic love songs?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Add To Your Playlist: Tunes For Independence

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Happy (early) Independence Day, fellow Americans! Whether you’re going to be boating on one of our beautiful lakes, BBQ-ing with neighbors and friends, taking in a patriotic parade, setting off fireworks and scaring the neighbor dog or just relaxing on your day off, we figure you’ll need some tunes. Consider it a patriotic soundtrack for your day.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Music Monday: 20 Songs for Second Weddings

If this is your second go-round at the wedding thing, you may be feeling stressed about choosing the music for your celebration. A lot of you are searching for music resources for second weddings and while there is plenty of advice on ceremony traditions, invitation wording or registry etiquette, there isn’t much on the subject of music for second weddings. Perhaps this is because, like many other aspects of the ‘second wedding’, old school rules need not apply. You should aim to choose whatever music suits you and represents your relationship. After all, even if one, or both, of you has been married before, you’ve never married one another! Celebrate your unique love.

Even some of the most traditional and long standing first dance songs would be more than appropriate for your second nuptials. Think Etta James ‘At Last’! If that doesn’t sum up how you feel about your bride or groom to be, I don’t know what would! In any event, we still wanted to give couples a resource with some song options for second weddings. So, we rounded up 20 of our favorites from old to new… just for you!

And for good measure, enjoy the adorable music video for ‘Think of Me’. Your heart will swoon at 3:00.

Do you have any suggestions for second wedding songs? We’d love to hear them!

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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