Monthly Archives: April 2011

Triangle Ladies Power Lunch

AOT Events Table Display at Ladies Power Lunch

I had the pleasure of not only attending the Ladies Power Lunch held at the beautiful Prestonwood Country Club, I was also a vendor. 


   The Ladies Power Lunch is dedicated to showcasing successful women in the Triangle.  Carrie Peele, president of Blue Diamond Limousine and founder of the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch, was inspired by one of her friends who had a successful luncheon under way in Sterling.  Carrie wanted to bring the concept of the luncheon to the women of the Triangle.  She did her research and decided that the women leaders of our area needed this luncheon. 


There was an hour of shopping and networking prior to the luncheon and the attendees were all smiles.  We were even regaled with a pre-luncheon magic show!  During each luncheon there are wonderful door prizes and the founder honors a “breast cancer hero” every month.  You receive so much more than food when you attend the Triangle Ladies Power Lunch!

What a wonderful experience had by all and I encourage you to click here  for more information and to register for the next event!

Keep it Sexy! 


Visit The Oaks at Salem

Whether you are a bride, a business owner or someone who loves the beauty of nature… you need to visit

The Oaks at Salem

The Oaks at Salem has everything the elegant bride is looking for.  As the premiere venue for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and other Triangle functions, the property provides numerous options for outdoor and indoor entertaining. 

Combining centuries-old charm with the best of modern conveniences, the setting is designed to capitalize on the views from every vantage point.  The surrounding trees provide the perfect backdrop for engagement photos.  The unimposing ducks quietly reside in the serene, neighboring pond.

The owner of The Oaks, April Maness, is as easy-going as the breeze that welcomed me upon arrival.  She spoke with enthusiasm and a true love for this new venture.  For those of you lucky enough to have your momentous occasion at The Oaks, I am sure that you will be satisfied with April’s level of customer service.

I am certainly looking forward to coordinating many events within The Oaks at Salem.

The Oaks is conveniently located only fifteen miles from downtown Raleigh, two miles from historic downtown Apex, and less than one mile from Highway 64. Explore the ambiance of The Oaks at Salem, and create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. 

When you meet April, tell her Makia said “hello”.

Keep it Sexy!

Cake Pics I Adore

Just a few pictures of some beautiful cakes that I found around the web!

Isn’t this the cutest… especially with the matching napkins!


Dr. Seuss… enough said!

Upside down is always FUNKY!



and my very favorite by the talented artists at Swank Cake Design

Isn’t this absolutely STUNNING?

(and I happen to know that they taste as good as they look)

Keep It Sexy!

Vendor Spotlight – Party Reflections

Do you need beautiful linen and even better customer service?  Well have I got the rental company for you!

Party Reflections Special Events… your source for everything rental. 

I recently had the extreme pleasure of working with this amazing company on an event.  Paula was my contact at their Durham location and the level of customer service that she provided was amazing.  She epitomizes “customer friendly” and did everything required (and above) to ensure that my client was happy!

Party Reflections specializes in tents and all rental needs.  Their experienced staff understands that each event is special and must be handled with the same great customer service, quality equipment, and reasonable pricing.

Party Reflections services the Triangle and beyond and they are constantly adding to their product line to stay ahead of the latest trends in the special events industry.  When you are in need of quality service and excellent rentals, contact Party Reflections of Durham.

Party Reflections, Inc Raleigh/Durham
1000 Parliament Court
Suite 250
Durham, NC 27703

Phone: 919-354-2595

No Man is an Island

Long story short, whether you are the bride, the wedding planner or the friend of the bride who planned your own wedding and now you think you are a wedding planner… no one does it all alone.

Be kind to your vendors; not because you want something from them, but because it is the right thing to do.

We all work together to turn a frazzled vision into fabulous reality.  To change humdrum into heavenly; mundane into magnificent! 

Do your homework and choose vendors that you trust.  Then, allow them to do their jobs as the experts that you hired.  Do not work with someone you do not trust because it will show in every email and phone call.

Unless you are able to coordinate the wedding, create the centerpieces, cook and serve the food all while driving the limo…you are not an island.  You are only as great as the vendors that you hire.

Above all else, remember to say “please” and “thank you”… (it still works).