If I promise to post more next week, will you keep reading? Pretty please?

The hours have just slipped away far too quickly the last couple weeks. Throw in a consulting project, a new 10-week business workshop and a couple days being sick and that’s how we get from February 3rd to February 17th with only one post in between. And today’s won’t be long because it’s my birthday! The big 3-0! So I’m off to have a small celebration with my husband and a few dear friends. The big party comes next weekend so I have plenty to post about in the days to come.

In the meantime, I want to send you over to the Des Moines Wedding Savvy site created by the ever-so-wonderful Rachel. In her blog she wrote a post about Socialize that is one of the best birthday presents I could have gotten!  Well, that and the fact that I think I found myself a new friend. Rachel is sweet, stylish, fun and a an all around great gal. And talk about a “get-er done gal” (see DMWS post) Rachel started her site just a few months ago and is already becoming the authority on all things Des Moines wedding. One of the best parts about Socialize is getting to meet people like her! So a big thanks to Rachel and Des Moines Wedding Savvy. If you’re a bride-to-be; make sure you check out her WHOLE site!

I promise you, I tried. I thought a lot about my resolutions/goals/hopes for 2011. A lot. I spent a few weeks considering them and then a full Megabus trip to Chicago composing them. So these things were not taken lightly. Nevertheless, I have failed to make the time to focus on them.

I won’t make you sit through everything I hope to accomplish in the next year 11 months in hopes to become a better person. But one of them include becoming more disciplined. And that includes with this website and blogging. Now, there are no expectations on my end that the Socialize Blog become the next big stop in event blogs (there are plenty of talented people out there to handle that and I will use plenty of their ideas and photos here!).  Not everyone has the time to fill their Google Reader with feeds about dessert tables, garlands and baby shower themes. But many people do happen upon a time when they have to plan something – a wedding, a birthday party, the company holiday festivities. So I do want this to be a great source for readers to get some inspiration for those times, tips on how to plan effective parties and events and check out what’s going on in the world of Socialize. But the only way to make it that is by committing to it and making time for it most days.

So I am going to try to set time aside to blog every day. It’s very likely that not every post will be the witty, engaging work of word-art I want it to be but you’ll forgive me right?
There is plenty to cover! And I better get on it!  I owe my friends at Cafe di Scala a new guest post, I owe you some more Local Love and some updates on what’s in the works for 2011 (like my upcoming 30th bday bash!!).

You’re also invited to share photos and information about your events to be featured here. I would love to see what you’ve created and any tips you have to share.
OK – good talk!

I have another guest post over at the Cafe di Scala blog today! Check it out for my second round of tips on holding a private event. Special thanks to Phil and Cafe di Scala for welcoming me to their blog family.

Be sure to let them know you want to see more from Socialize!


Break out the bubbly! The Socialize Blog has a new home! You can now get you fix here on this sparkling new www.socializeevents.com website. More pages with some pertinent information about our services will be added soon so keep an eye out for those. In the meantime, check out the latest post for some Thanksfeast decor inspiration!

Check It Out!

It’s another exciting day at Socialize! Word just came that this blog was featured here as one of the Cafe di Scala‘s favorite local blogs of the month!

I’ve also been asked to do a guest post for them – so look for that coming soon! In case you haven’t heard Cafe di Scala is a fabulous local restaurant that offers something Des Moines could use more of – an opportunity for an exclusive experience.
Don’t get me wrong, private party rooms are great and perfectly meet the needs of most events. However, there are times when you want the the space to be completely your own. Cafe di Scala will open their lovely victorian mansion doors to private groups on nights it is not open to the public (Sunday through Wednesday) for lunch and dinner.

In addition, the staff will consider closing the restaurant just for you on a regular business evening (Thursday through Saturday) depending on the number of guests and budget. Fab food, an award winning wine list and a unique experience. What more could you want?

Well, I’m afraid the last few weeks have been all about Socialize. Not to worry. I’ll get you some more event planning tips and tricks soon enough!

It’s time for the big reveal! My friend TJ has been hard at work crafting the perfect look for Socialize and our fab look was finalized this week. So it’s time welcome our lovely little logo to the world! 
 Hooray! Now watch for the next edition to the Socialize family…www.socializeevents.com

It’s a big, exciting day at Socialize! A little paperwork, a signature and a trip to Iowa’s Secretary of State office and the government now has one more business to watch over. We even get letters after our name. That’s right Socialize, LLC has officially been born!
The final draft of the Socialize logo also popped into the inbox today and will be available for viewing shortly. Stay tuned!!