When the turkey's been devoured and the family's gone home, there's nothing I want to do more than curl up on the couch with some hot cocoa and some holiday movies. There's no way I'm heading out into the madness of Black Friday! I try to support the little guy whenever I can anyway, so Small Business Saturday is my post-Thanksgiving shopping day of choice.
For a long time, it felt like the opportunity to write this post would never come. Over the past two years, I've dreamed and planned and hustled and cried and celebrated and failed and learned and worked my buns off to build my tiny business into a full time career, and I'm thrilled (and frankly a little bit terrified) to share that today will be my final day at my full time job as I continue to grow Kelly Golia Events!
Whether it’s lack of time, a tight budget, or facing the kitchen after a long day at work, creating delicious home-cooked meals can often feel like a chore. And night after night, in households across America, we struggle to answer the same question: What should we do for dinner? The solution - 100 simple, wholesome meals that can be made with 5 ingredients or less in 30 minutes or less!
Give this girl a tent wedding on the water, and I'm happy as a clam. Add in a couple who so clearly adores each other and makes each other laughs, and I am head over heels! Christina and Sebastian were married at Christina's parents' home in Gloucester, MA which an outdoor reception at the Castle Manor Inn, and from start to finish the entire day was perfection.
As kids, my sisters and I grew up hearing the most wonderful stories about the cross-country road trip my parents took on their honeymoon in the '80s. Every few years, we'd pile onto their bed and watch slideshows projected on the bedroom wall of the photos they took as they adventured through the country in the back of my dad's old work van.
Sometimes you meet a couple and instantly notice how well they complement one another - and in this case, Ashley + Justin are 100% that couple. When I first met them to discuss coordinating their April wedding, I was instantly struck by how confident, cool, and collected Ashley was, and the way that Justin looked at her with so much love. I also noticed how comfortable Justin made Ashley feel, and how much he made her laugh.
If this Charleston wedding had a theme, it would surely be “love at first sight”. Not only did Chelsea and Paul fall head over heels for each other when they first met, they also chose their venue, Cannon Green, after simply seeing it via a Skype call with Paul‘s sister while she was there for an event. This Florida-based couple hopped on a flight to Charleston and instantly fell in love with the entire city. And I am so glad they did!
Join me, Jocelyn Mariah Makeup, + VS Photography for a hands-on DIY makeup workshop with your best Galentine's! We'll sip on wine and learn to apply makeup like a pro to prep for all of your most special upcoming events (or just your own girls' night in)!
One of my personal New Year's Resolutions for 2017 has been to make more time for the ones I love. Whether it's my husband, family, friends, or just myself (can't forget self-care!), I want to make sure I'm prioritizing relationships and being more present during our time together.
Many women spend their whole lives dreaming about their wedding dress: what it will look like, whether they'll cry when they realize it's "the one", and what it will feel like to walk down the aisle in that dress towards the love of their life.
One of the top questions I've been getting from friends and clients alike is how to choose a wedding venue. It's without a doubt one of the most exciting, yet most overwhelming parts of wedding planning! After all, your venue will set the stage for your entire wedding, and it's so important that it's a reflection of you. I totally get it - there are hundreds (thousands, even!) of venues available out there, so to help break it down for you, I'm sharing my top tips for choosing your perfect venue.
Let's face it: being a wedding guest can be a lot of work! As a guest, most times you dedicate at least an entire weekend to your loved one's nuptials, hand pick the most special gift off of their registry, travel (sometimes really far!) to be there, and invest in the perfect outfit for the occasion.
When Anthony found out that his job was sending him to Chicago last weekend, the decision as to whether or not I was going to join him was an easy one. We loved our first trip to Chicago a few years ago, and it was our anniversary weekend, after all!
You hear it all the time: marriage is hard work. Personally, any time I heard this in my first 26ish years of life, I wasn't quite sure what people meant by that. I always wondered, but never asked - probably because I felt like it was supposed to be obvious. Don't get me wrong, I completely understood that any relationship comes with its own unique set of challenges and compromises, but after living with Anthony for 2+ years before we got married, I couldn't understand how marriage might change the dynamic we had already begun to establish.
My sweet friend Gabi and I have been having so much (maybe even too much) fun finding Any Excuse to Party each month (have you seen last month's Popsicle Party?!), and for this month's party we knew we wanted to feature one of our all-time favorite things: brunch. Maybe this makes us a little bit basic, but what's not basic is the fun spin we put on this particular party theme. Introducing: Mini Brunch!
You're engaged! And as excited as you are, you're probably a little overwhelmed with exactly what you should do next. Read on for tips I picked up from very own engagement, and from coaching a few friends through it, too!
A few months ago, my husband Anthony started a new job as an event coordinator for a company that plans conferences, which means that he'll be traveling for work on a monthly basis. AKA the perfect opportunity for us to squeeze in some travel together! His first solo conference was this past weekend in Chapel Hill, NC, and I met him when he was done working for some good ol' southern fun!
We all dream of a wedding full of happy tears, delighted guests, magically romantic moments with your newly betrothed, and no shortage of Pinterest-worthy details. And sure, planning a wedding and getting married is one of the most exciting and magical times of your life in so many ways, but I'm going to level with you: it also comes with its challenges, learning experiences, and there's-no-way-I-ever-could-have-predicted-this-what-the-heck-do-I-do-now?! moments.
The second you meet Kelly + Greg, the first thing you'll notice is how they make each other laugh. The second thing you'll notice is how incredibly sweet they both are! And the third thing you'll pick up on is how much their friends and family absolutely adore them.
If I'm being honest, my solution to almost all of life's problems is to throw a party, and this summer heat is no exception. That made this month's theme for an #anyexcusetoparty collab with Gabi of By Gabriella an easy pick: Popsicles!
Back in April I had the most fun designing a sweet little Blogger Date Nite for my new friends atDrizly, so when one of said new friends reached out and told me she knew someone who needed an event planner stat, I was oh-so-happy to help! She introduced me to Tanner who is just the absolute sweetest, and needed help planning a ten year anniversary party for he and his wife Jory... in just one week.
If there's one thing I'm obsessed with (other than weddings), it's puppies, and my own pup Wally is no exception. Okay, okay - he's not exactly a puppy anymore, but he'll always be a pup in my heart. In fact, this month, Wally turns 3 years old, making him 21 in dog years!
One of my favorite days of the year, by far, is Cinco de Mayo. After all, it combines all of my favorite things: food, fun, and fiestas! Gabi of By Gabriella and I had a ton of fun throwing our own little Cinco de Mayo inspired party, which you can see more of here. We combined plenty of bright colors with savory snacks, the most festive coconut cocktail, and of course invited all of our most prickly cacti friends along for the celebration.
I don't know about you guys, but I'll find any reason to gather some friends, eat some food, and have a good time. From holidays to birthdays and everything in between, who can resist a party? When you're playing hostess, though, the idea of being in charge of a gathering that will impress all of your friends without breaking the bank can be a daunting one. Well, it doesn't need to be!
If there's one word that I'd choose to define my life, my business, and my experiences, it's this:
Mostly, I want to be inspired. I want to find inspiration in every detail of every day , from short walks through our neighborhood to adventures in new cities. From sights and sounds and tastes and smells to everything in between.
When I launched Kelly Golia Events in January 2016, I knew that one of my biggest challenges was going to be to build a portfolio. After all, not many people would put their trust in someone to plan one of the most important days of their lives without first seeing what they could do. I was confident in my ability to plan a killer party, but needed a way to showcase my skills in a way that I could share with potential clients.
As much as I try to embrace the cooler weather each year, it always bums me out a little after a couple of weeks, and I find myself looking for ways to make the best of it. Well this year, my sister Julia came to the rescue when she recommended we take a spontaneous trip to Woodstock, VT.
I feel like this past week has been a dream... a really, really wonderful whirlwind of a dream. That's because exactly one week ago I officially launched my very own little business, Kelly Golia Events.