Jul 17th, 2011

Crop Over Festival Calendar 2011

Crop Over is the liveliest time of the year in Barbados as people let go of all inhibitions and enjoy themselves to the maximum.  With a variety of events surrounding the festival ranging from culinary contests to art exhibitions, calypso competitions to literary nights, parties and open air concerts, the atmosphere is extremely charged with excitement.

Take a look at some of the events during the last 2 weeks of the festival so you can plan your outings strategically:-

Fri, Jul 22 7:00 p.m. Pic-O-De Crop Semi-finals Garfield Sobers Gymnasium
Sat, Jul 23 9:00 a.m. Junior Kadooment National Stadium
Sat, Jul 23 7:00 p.m. Scotiabank Jr. Calypso Monarch Finals Garfield Sobers Gymnasium
Sun, Jul 24 1:00 p.m. Soca Royale
(Sweet Soca Monarch and Party Monarch Finals)
Bushy Park
Tue, Jul 26 8:00 p.m. Folk  Heritage Concert Charles Fort, Hilton Barbados
Fri, Jul 29 6:00 p.m. Bridgetown Market Spring Garden
Fri, Jul 29 8:00 p.m. Pic-O-De Crop Finals Kensington Oval
Sat, Jul 30 2:00 a.m. Foreday Morning Jam Carlisle Car Park
Sat, Jul 30 9:00 a.m. Bridgetown Market Spring Garden
Sun, Jul 31 8:00 p.m. Cohobblopot Kensington Oval
Mon, Aug 1 8:00 a.m. Grand Kadooment and Emancipation Day Warrens to Spring Garden
Fri, Aug 5 Crop Over Visual Arts Exhibition ends
Jul 17th, 2011

Rihanna gets LOUD in Barbados

Rihanna will perform in front of her home crowd in a massive event to be staged on August 5, 2011. Held at the Kensington Oval, this performance is expected to be the concert of the year locally, as Rihanna will give it her all.

Coming on the heels of the island’s Crop Over Festival, Rihanna’s concert will attract visitors from far and wide.  Many have adjusted their schedules to ensure that they are here for what will be an unforgettable event.

It is expected that tickets will be sold out soon but get them while stocks last at several of the box offices island wide.  They are available at US$62.50 (grounds), US$32.50 (Hall & Griffith Stand, Hewitt & Inniss Stand, 3Ws Stand), US$150 (VIP), US$250 (Luxury VIP)

Jul 18th, 2010

The Crop Over Festival

Spawning approximately fourteen weeks during the months of May, June, July and August, the Crop Over Festival celebrates the tradition of the last harvest and delivery of sugar canes for the season. Today, in its modern phase, the festival has evolved to become a series of activities involving both entertainment and heritage events.

Beginning with the Super Six Cavalcades in May, continuing with the Heritage Fairs which will highlight artists and crafts people in their respective villages, to the spectacle of the big stage shows with pyrotechnics, coloured and flashing lights and booming sound systems in August, the year’s festival will envelope locals and visitors in a Bajan cultural experience through its duration.

From tranquil rooms which house exhibitions, such as the Central Bank sponsored Visual Arts and Crafts exhibition showing off the diverse talents of Bajan artists, to the bustling Bridgetown Market on Spring Garden Highway, the frenzied setting of the explosive Party Monarch, and in between the innocence of the Junior Kadooment and Junior Monarch, the Crop Over Festival is truly more than a carnival.

The theme this year is “Celebrating we heritage”, with the focus on engaging people more at the community levels. Perhaps no where will this be more exemplified than in the four new events called the Heritage Fairs, and the new Heritage Gala. Patrons to the fairs will be treated to traditional food, art and craft, games and music in an environment geared specially for families in some of the island’s most historic sites.

Crop Over has something for everyone – locals and visitors alike. Its moments will prove memorable and true to its slogan: “More than a Carnival …Sweet fuh Days!”

Source: www.barbadoscropoverfestival.com

Mar 19th, 2010

Beautiful Wedding Cakes

Mar 15th, 2010

Bachelorette Party Games

Bachelorette Party Games

Bachelorette party games have begun to grow in popularity over the last 50 years as women began having more wild and outrageous bachelorette parties – similar to the celebrations that men have. Party games for bachelorette parties are a lot like bridal shower party games since they test how well the attendees know the bride-to-be. The main difference is that while bridal shower games are fun in their own right, bachelorette party games usually add some debauchery and mischief into the mix.

Balloon Pop

Balloon Pop is a perfect way to involve several kinds of games. The objective of the basic balloon pop game is for the attendees to pop balloons to try to get to the strip of paper that is found inside. The winner of this bachelorette party game is the person who pops the balloon that reveals the paper with the bachelorette’s name.

Balloon pop games for a bachelorette party can easily be spiced up by having dares written on the strips of paper, such as “dance with a stranger” if your party plans on painting the town that night. Another funny option might be to have everyone write something down on the strips of paper, then blow the balloons up and have people pick one to pop and read, beginning the sentences with “On the honeymoon night…” This is a great bachelorette party idea that can be changed to fit the bachelorette’s preferences.

Who Knows the Bachelorette Best

This bachelorette party game will reveal once and for all which guest at the bachelorette party knows the bride-to-be best.

  1. All attendees will be asked to answer a list of questions about the bride to be.
  2. The bachelorette will first fill out the questionnaire, and then leave the room while the guests answer all the bachelorette party game questions on the list.
  3. The bachelorette returns and the questions and correct answers are read out loud.
  4. The winner of the game is the woman with the most correct answers.

The list of questions can be as clean or dirty as you’d like. If you want to make it very interesting and maybe embarrass the bachelorette a bit, tailor the questions so they ask personal, mischievous questions about the bride to be and her groom. The bachelorette party game questions will certainly get the party started, and you might learn something about your friend that you never knew!

“I Never”

A must- have staple at bachelorette parties around the globe is “I Never,” by far the most interesting of bachelorette games.

  1. The bride-to-be and guests sit in a circle.
  2. Each person either has something to drink or tokens of some kind (think candy or pretzels) in hand.
  3. The first person starts with an “I Never” statement like “I never shoplifted.” Anyone who has shoplifted before has to take a drink of their drink, or put one of their tokens into the center.
  4. Then the next person comes up with a different statement, and it continues around the circle as each person comes up with a creative and sometimes funny “I Never” statement.
  5. When someone runs out of a drink or their tokens, they’re out of the game, and the last person in the circle is the winner.

Better hope that you have been a good girl, and have “never” done anything naughty!

Guess What’s in the Bag

A game that can lead to rather risqué answers is the Guess What’s in the Bag bachelorette game.

  1. The hostess should begin with a brown paper bag.
  2. The first step is to secretly place an object into the brown paper bag. This can be any object the hostess desires- either clean or somewhat naughty.
  3. The bachelorette then puts her hand inside the bag for ten to thirty seconds. As the bachelorette feels what the item inside is, she is also describing it to the guests.
  4. The guests guess what the object is, and whatever guest correctly guesses what the item is gets to keep it as their prize.

Feel free to put any item in the bag, personal or otherwise. Don’t forget to use things of funky shapes and sizes to throw off the bachelorette and the guests! And hostesses, don’t put something in the brown bag that you aren’t ready to part ways with!

Party Prizes

As with any other party, bachelorette party prizes should fit the theme of the party. If the hostess decides to throw an elegant and clean bachelorette dinner party, the favors should be of the same elegant taste. These prizes don’t have to break the bank, but should show that some thought and time went into preparing them.

Some excellent ideas for bachelorette party gifts for any type party are bath soaps, a somewhat naughty gift bag, nicely scented sachets for between the sheets or in a clothing drawer, a fun girl’s night out picture frame, or perhaps a calming candle that can be a romantic mood setter or a decorative piece.

Make sure you get all the girls together by sending out evites for the party! This is an easy way to get the word out and track RSVPs.

Author: Jaime Smith

Mar 12th, 2010

How to Prepare for a Family Reunion

To organize a family reunion you have to keep certain things in mind. To plan a family reunion it takes time, commitment, and planning. Make a list of the following items like the date, invitations, location, travel and lodging, facilities, food, mailing list, program and format, finances, local transportation, communications etc.

First step in family reunion is to decide whom are you inviting in the family. Decide whether you are inviting only close relatives or direct line relatives or even your cousins, second cousins etc. Second step is to collect email addresses of those people who have them. Just contact at least one person from each branch of the family so that you can collect information for each person. Try to form a reunion committee. Choose five persons from your family so that they can take some responsibility. Tell them to take charge of location, social events, budget, record-keeping etc. why you take responsibility of everything when people are there to help you.

Try to choose a date that is comfortable to everyone. One thing you need to remember is if people come from a far off place then the reunion should last for a longer period. Remember that you won’t be able to accommodate everyone. Try to choose a place which is easily accessible and affordable to people who want to attend. Budget will determine the food expenses, decorations, accommodations and other activities. One more that can interest people to attend a reunion is create a theme. It makes things more fun when you are imaginative with food, games, activities etc. when the guests have arrived, you may think what to do with them. You should make arrangements for tents, chairs, programs, t-shirts; parking decorations etc. when the family members attend the reunion just hire a professional photographer who will take photos or videos.

Once most of your work is over, it’s time to invite guests by mail, or phone. This should be done well in advance so that the guests get enough time to plan their reunion. If you are charging any admission fees, just mention that in your invitation and set a deadline by which at least a percentage of the ticket price is received. Create ways of raising money include selling family hats, t-shirts, books or reunion videos. Once the location, guest list and other important work is completed, and then better send all the family members a schedule of reunion events so that they can arrive on time. You can send this message through email or reunion website in advance. The big day is almost going to arrive and you want that it does smoothly. Create easy to ready signs to point arriving guests to registration, parking and important locations such as bathrooms. Keep a guest book so that you will know who has come and collect their address for future reference. Designate a volunteer who will send out a post union newsletter with stories, photos and news items from the reunion. Family reunions are never forgotten by family members.

Author: Ron Victor

Mar 11th, 2010

How to Host a Banquet

When one speaks of banquets, one is immediately transported to another time and place, that of the medieval royal court, where the titled and those in favour enjoyed the hospitality of the monarch with a feast and entertainment. Hosting a banquet isn’t so different in modern times. Of course the medieval great hall, attire and jester are things of the past – unless you are attending a medieval themed banquet.

Should you opt to organize your own banquet, you will need a list of suitable venues, caterers, florists, entertainers and a bar service. Also, unless you know lots of people willing to work as servers, you will need to engage an agency for serving staff. The alternative is to find one of the companies who will organise the whole thing for you. All you will have to do then is say how many guests are to attend, what the dress is to be, choose a menu and leave the rest to them. Either way, you will need to have an idea of many people will be present at your banquet, so that you can budget sensibly. Once you have all the costing information, you can set a price for the tickets.

There will be several details to attend to, starting with what sort of banquet you are hosting. Themed costume, black tie or casual are the usual apparel for these affairs and once you have chosen this you can then work on the other details. For instance, if hosting a black tie banquet, your keyword should be elegance. Every aspect of the evening should be stylish and understated.

Choose menus carefully and don’t forget to obtain numbers for the vegetarian option. Your table should have minimal decoration, however it is important to be in keeping with your chosen theme and colours and styles should match. It might be a good idea to have a table plan in the reception area so that guests can see where they are to be seated. You should also put their names on the corresponding placemat at the table.

Apart from the feast, entertainment is a large feature of a banquet. There is a large choice of entertainment these days and what you decide to opt for, depends upon the theme of your evening. Music should feature and live music is always preferable to pre recorded, however a good DJ is worth his or her weight in gold.

As with the medieval banquet, the two important features of the modern banquet are the food and the entertainment. So do your research, plan ahead and pay attention to detail and ensure your guests are given plenty to eat and drink and that they enjoy themselves.

After all, happy guests are the key to a successful banquet.

Author: Graham Baylis

Mar 11th, 2010

How To Plan A Wedding

Planning a wedding involves making lots of decisions, and depending your wedding date, the process of planning can be hectic to say the least. This is why you need all the help you can get in terms of ideas and activities that will help you plan your wedding with ease.

1. Always Involve Your Partner In Planning

Your partner is plays a huge part in planning your wedding. When you cooperate with each other in the wedding plans, you may be pleasantly surprised by the creative ideas that you can come up with together. You may not always agree on everything, but do agree to disagree and find solutions that please the both of you.

2. Decide On The Guest List Before Anything Else

The number of people attending your wedding affects almost every aspect of wedding planning, from the venue, to the budget, the menu, and everything else in between. Sit down with your partner and decide carefully who gets to come to your wedding, and then make the other decisions around the guest list.

3. Choose A Location For Your Wedding

Whether your wedding will be indoors or outdoors, the venue you select should comfortably fit all your guests and provide amenities such as a kids’ section, bathrooms and care for the elderly guests. Also check whether there will be room for you and your partner to have some private moments together at the venue. Choose a location that will be accessible for your guests, meaning that they do not have to travel far to get to your wedding.

4. Choose A Theme For Your Wedding

This is where all the creativity comes in, and you can have the wedding of your dreams. The theme of your wedding can range from the seasons- summer wedding, winter wedding, fall wedding or spring wedding. You could also have a Victorian wedding or a beach wedding. Themes are abundantly available for you to choose from, and you can even combine two themes into one. Only make sure that your theme is practical enough and will be appreciated by your guests as well.

5. Create A Realistic Budget For Your Wedding

How much you spend on your wedding can make or break the planning process. Many disagreements arise from this, especially if one partner has more costly ideas for the wedding than the other. Always be realistic, and save as much money as you can because to be honest, your wedding day is only one out of your whole lives together, and you do not want to start your marriage when you are broke. Thinking long term usually helps in making the wedding budget.

6. Hire A Wedding Planner For Efficiency

When all the above aspects of planning a wedding are agreed upon, you can now look for the best wedding planner to take over. Do not let the planner, even with their expertise on weddings, to make major decisions for you. You can of course leave room for adjustments, but your planner should be able to make your guest list, budget, venue and other parts of your wedding work together.

These are the main steps to planning a wedding successfully, so consider them when planning your big day.

Author: tommyomo