Princeton Party Planning Guide

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Is it your turn to host the family reunion? A bar mitzvah, milestone birthday or Anniversary party on your radar this year?  We’ve collected a great group of local professionals to help you with everything from music and flowers to music, photography and food. Whether you’re planning an event at home or need a gorgeous ballroom read on for your go-to list of resources!

Party on!

-Jyll at PrincetonScoop

THE FOOD!

Whether you are planning a party at home and you want more than the grocery store to cater, or are devising a lavish wedding banquet…. Two local companies we love are Emily’s Café & Catering and Provence Catering. You’ve got the vision, they’ve got the magic! Provence Catering caters fun and fabulous Princeton area parties! Call them at 609-924-3115 or see more by visiting www.provencecatering.com (PS. They offer their Indian, Asian, Multi-Cultural and Gluten-Free clientele flavorful specialty menus that are authentic and exciting.)  Emily’s Café & Catering offers exquisite food, exceptional service & expert planning for your wedding or event. Emily’s proudly creates perfect cuisine for every event, with innovative seasonal menus of local, organic & artisan ingredients. www.emilyscafeandcatering.com (PS. They had us at Lager Marinated Chicken Tacos with mixed field greens, chopped tomatoes, and chopped green onion drizzled with a cilantro cream.)

THE SPACE!

If your party guest list exceeds your home space limitations you might consider one of these for your next affair: The Historical Society of Princeton’s Updike Farmstead is the ideal rustic setting for your special event! This six-acre peaceful and historic site can be rented for weddings, showers, birthdays, family and corporate picnics, and more! www.princetonhistory.org (PS. Tons of open space make it ideal for any type of party.) Want something inside instead? From a beautiful ballroom setting to first class service and accommodations, the dedicated team at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Village will ensure your event is perfect down to the last detail. Learn more at www.PrincetonMarriott.com (PS. Plus you’ve got lodging right there for your out-of-towners…) Greenacres Country Club has been honored to host special occasions for more than 75 years. Whatever your special day, it will be unique and memorable in an exclusive setting like no other! Visit online at www.greenacres.club or call 609-896-0259 (PS. Weddings here are gorgeous and you could easily host an off-site work meeting with golf and dinner… lots of possibilities.)

THE DETAILS!

You’ll need flowers, photography and invitations at a minimum… In their new floral studio, Dahliaoffers a harmonious blend of nature and design. Featuring beautiful seasonal blooms and exceptional design work. Flowers for you, your home and your special day. www.dahliaweddings.com  For complete floral & decor help, try Janet’s Weddings and Parties – a family business with over 40 years experience in special events and florals. They’ll handle your florals, decor & event rentals from start to finish. Email Info@JanetMakrancy.com for a free consultation. www.JanetMakrancy.com  To capture the moment, award winning Korbman & Company Photography provides a contemporary approach to weddings & b’nai mitzvah events. Turn your treasured moments into coffee table books or illuminated images! www.korbmanandcompany.com When Evite won’t cut it, we go to Exclusively For You for invitations. They offer a huge selection of invitations for all occasions at discounted prices. (PS. Also offering personalized service in your home!) For more info, call Exclusively for You at 609-275-4924. To really impress your guests, you can turn to Custom Calligraphy for your envelopes, inserts, place cards, menus and programs! Gail will match fonts and colors, and fine tune your list. Contact Gail at CustomCallig@aol.com or 609-275-0469.

DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START?

If party planning just isn’t your thing you’ll want to call in a professional who will tend to every last detail for you. Platinum Parties can handle your event from small gatherings, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16’s, birthdays to large scale corporate events, Sharon Tabor, handles all the details to create the event of your dreams! Contact her at 609-936-3754. www.platinumpartiesco.com (PS. When in doubt, leave it to a pro!)