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My mother the semi-retired “Event Planner”, just can’t get a grasp on todays globe- trotting, tech savvy, super original do it your self Brides, “It’s just not like it used to be”, she keeps saying to me.

She’s right, as weddings get more original, and they are held in different destinations with added technology like online RSVP’s it is incredibly tricky, for brides and planners alike to follow the old rules of Etiquette.

As more couples plan destination weddings, new problems such as travel and sleeping arrangements, add a unique dynamic to the planning of an event. While the etiquette of some traditions will always remain the same, others like...

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MUSHROOM AND GOAT CHEESE FLATBREAD

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Serving size:4 hors d’oeuvres
Prep time:15 minutes
Cook time:6 to 10 minutes
Difficulty:Average

Ingredients:

1 ball pizza dough, defrosted
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Truffle Oil or Balsamic Glaze for garnish
4 oz. mozzarella, shredded
1 tablespoon shallots, minced
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, stripped and torn
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, stripped
8 oz. assorted wild mushrooms, cleaned and cut
3 oz. goat cheese

Preparation:

Cut dough into 2 equal pieces.
Roll out into 1/4” thick, flat, free-form shapes.
Grill flatbreads on both sides in a preheated grill pan.
To a hot sauté pan, add a little olive oil, and shallots.
Sauté until just beginning t...

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With Valentines Day just 10 days away, out phones are a buzz with people planning romantic wine dinners, elaborate proposals and various other events related to the day. With all those Happy Valentine’s in the air, I thought now might be a good time to give all you guys out there a little advice for gift giving on Valentines day.

There are rules for everything it seems and Valentines day is no different. It helps, if you know what you are getting yourself into, before you have all those roses delivered to your sweetheart’s door.

To all those men out there, listen carefully; here is the best piece of advice, and the explanation for it, that I can possibly give you to ensure a succes...

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Serves: 4

Ingredients
3 tablespoons white truffle oil
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups half-and-half
1/4 pound Swiss cheese, grated
1/4 pound sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 pound Fontina cheese, grated
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces elbow macaroni

Preparation
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
In a small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of the truffle oil, the breadcrumbs, and the Parmesan and set aside.
In a large, heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk for about 3 minutes, or until the flour blends with the butter.
Whisk in the half-and-ha...

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The most common war that engaged couples and their families battle is over the Guest list. It's a simple fact: people and space cost money. The Bigger the wedding Guest list the more space you need to hold more people and inevitably, the more money you will spend. It is a vicious circle and if you are in the middle of this fight, trust me, you are not alone.

The Key is to be realistic when making your list, generate a dream list and then work from that. You will need to find your breaking point, in other words at what point will you either max out the venue or your budget. Know that it is unavoidable for you not to cut people from the list. The easiest way is to separate out the must attends...

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So now that you are engaged, its time to party… Don’t stress about it, and engagement is a joyous occasion, but just like the wedding they are rich in tradition, however the good part is, they are not very formal. In so many ways, the engagement party is a good excuse for couples to declare their love and tell their friends about it. There are however a few engagement party rules that need to be followed:

Organizing the Engagement Party

The format of an engagement party can range from a sit down dinner to a raging party that continues into the wee hours of the morning. The style of the event should depend on the personality of the couple, as well as the budget. In either case, a c...

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If you are a foodie who loves to travel, then you may have already gone to the obvious choices. You may have eaten a Philly cheesesteak sandwich in Philadelphia, eaten deep-dish pizza in Chicago, or eaten a po’boy in New Orleans. Other decisions, however, are not so obvious. For example, have you considered eating pane e panelle in Palermo, Italy; pav bhaji in Mumbai, India; or an elk burger in Jasper, Texas? If you are going to find the best food in the world, then you need to follow some tips to make the best of every trip.

Look for Old Restaurants

In order to choose the best restaurants in every city, look for the oldest ones. If these restaurants have been around for a long time, the...

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I promised our friend Rich that I would post another better option side dish, for those people who don't want to eat their daily calories in a side of Mac and Cheese.

This Carrot Flan should do the trick, an oversized portion, is equally as tasty with the half the calories (under 200).

CARROT FLAN

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Ingredients:

Butter for greasing ramekins
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, diced
3 cups chopped cleaned carrots (about 1 pound)
6 eggs
2 yolks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons sugar
grated zest of 1/2 orange
Juice of 1/2 orange
2 cups hot milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400° F.
Grease twelve 1/2 cup oven proof ramekins with...

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There's a reason why it's called the happiest place on earth, and that's because it truly is a great place for everyone to visit; families, kids, and yes, newlywed couples. In fact, Disney World is the number one domestic honeymoon destination in the United States. So, if you are planning to have your honeymoon at one of Walt Disney World's parks, there are a few things to keep in mind.

 

Research Packages and Perks

 

Although Disney World staff will certainly help make the honeymoon one that you will never forget, there is still some work to be done on your part. Prior to setting off to your chosen Disney World Park, it is important to research all the packages offered, and not only the ones fo...

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Who says corporate events have to be predictable? If your company is seeking ways to make their corporate events a destination as well as something their employees will enjoy, then Southern California might just be your best bet for a venue. The following list includes four unique ideas to make this happen.

By the Beach


There's no doubt about it, California holds some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It’s a no-brainer to seek some locations along the California coast to host your corporate event. While you can certainly host a beach party that will impress your employees, why not take it an extra step that will truly make your event unique? It is highly recommended to inc...

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    Joseph Liberman


    US State Senator

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Press Pieces

Planning THE Perfect Party

Living In West Hartford Magazine

February, 2009 - Elissa Fallo, President of Perfect Productions, answers questions for the Celebrations issue of Living in West Hartford. The article which came out in the February 2009 issue details some of the steps that are necessary in planning an event as well as some of the reasons why using an event planner may be beneficial.

Eventline

Special Event Magazine

Perfect Productions was recently featured in Eventline, the newest online newsletter created by Special Event Magazine and Penton Media.

From a Planner's Perspective

Low-stress Holiday Entertaining

Hartford Magazine

November 24, 2008 - Elissa Fallo, President of Perfect Productions was recently featured in the December issue of Hartford Magazine in an article by Sarah Wesley-Lamire, titled "Low-stress Holiday Entertaining". The article focused on ways to "Pull together fun and fabulous holiday get-togethers without breaking a sweat - or your budget".

Aircraft Executive Jet Hanger

Hartford Courant

Perfect Productions recognized in Hartford Courant for Opening of Embraer Aircraft Executive Jet Hanger

Fast Forward! 40 under forty

Hartford Business Journal

Young leaders are driven, committed and successful! Elissa Fallo wins 40 under 40

International Special Events

New York Metro Chapter

A local event production company was recognized by the New York Metro Chapter of the International Special Events Society during their annual Big Apple Awards Dinner, held at the UN Delegates Dining room in New York City, On Tuesday June 21st.