Be DBD’s Valentine

January 23, 2013


Love is in the Air..almost.  Are you looking to throw a V-day party? DBD can plan your big day from the gift ideas, favors, food & beverage, raffles prizes, linens & décor, run of show, onsite execution….you name it! Our full-service company can take care of all the stress of event planning from building registration websites for your attendees to airfare, transportation, hotel bookings, entertainment and all the way up to the signage.

To get into the spirit of things, here is a little treat from us to you: “Be-My-Valentine Cookies.”  Whip these up for your significant other, friends, or eat them all yourself!

Be-My-Valentine Cookies:
• 1 cup(s) (unsalted) butter, softened
• 3 ounce(s) cream cheese, softened
• 3/4 cup(s) sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1 teaspoon(s) peppermint or vanilla extract
• 3 cup(s) flour
For Glaze
• 12 ounce(s) package, 2 cups, semisweet chocolate chips
• 2 tablespoon(s) shortening
1. In a large bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, sugar, egg and peppermint or vanilla extract. Using electric mixer, beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour. Continue beating until well mixed. Divide dough in half; wrap each half in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate dough for 2 hours or overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Roll out half of the dough (keep the remaining dough refrigerated) to 1 4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out cookies using a 21/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes, or until edges are very lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets; cool completely on wire rack.
3. Line cookie sheets with waxed paper. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until just melted and smooth (4 to 6 minutes). Dip half of each heart into the chocolate. Place cookies on lined cookie sheets and refrigerate until chocolate is firm. Store refrigerated in airtight containers, with waxed paper separating layers of cookies.



12 Days of Christmas Party Planning

November 27, 2012

Thinking about hosting a Christmas party at your home this year? Destinations by Design wants to help you plan the perfect get-together this season; check out these tips and start planning!

Day 1: Outside lights

Make your home stand out in the neighborhood by using colorful, or just white, Christmas lights this year.

Day 2: Indoor décor

There are many ways to decorate the inside of your home for Christmas… Why not try decorating your staircase? Line the railings with garland and attach glitter ornaments or pine cones for extra sparkle!

Day 3: Movie

What is Christmas without Christmas movies? For laughs, put on “Elf” or “Christmas Vacation” or, if you want to stick to the classics, play “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” or “Charlie Brown Christmas.” Your guests will appreciate a good

movie no matter which one you choose!

Day 4: Music

Get your guests into the holiday spirit with some classic Christmas music!


Day 5: Gifts

Can’t think of gift ideas for every guest at your party? These two gifts are perfect for all and can be made in larger quantities. This Brown Sugar/Vanilla Scrub can be made from ingredients around the house and this Vanilla Bean Marshmallow recipe is easier than ever to make!


Day 6: Wrapping

Now that you have your gifts made, you need a creative way to wrap them up for your guests! Save money by wrapping your gifts in newspaper then tie it up with nice ribbons and tags.

Day 7: North Pole Ornament

These homemade ornaments are simple and a great craft for kids! Most of the materials can be found at home, including plastic cups, felt or cardboard, straws, glitter and glue.

Day 8: Candle

Looking for an inexpensive centerpiece decoration? Take a large, white candle and glue peppermints around it!

Day 9: Snack

Want to avoid the sugar overload? This is a great idea: Make a few dozen pigs-in-a-blanket and arrange them in the shape of a wreath! A simple, non-sugary snack with some Christmas cheer.

Day 10: Homemade Hot Chocolate

A yummy drink for kids at your party: homemade cocoa! This simple recipe makes 4 cups each.

Day 11: Treat

We can’t get enough of these Candy Cane Brownies! They will go perfectly with your party drink…

Day 12: Drink

Nothing is more “Christmas-y” than peppermint! Try this York Peppermint Martini for the perfect holiday drink.


Hopefully these ideas gave you some inspiration for your party planning this season! Happy holidays from DBD!


Planning the Perfect Thanksgiving Party

November 14, 2012

Want to throw the perfect Thanksgiving party this season? Check out these super cute ideas that are sure to make your party unforgettable…

1. DIY centerpiece

Looking for an inexpensive yet fun way to decorate this year? These seasonal vases are perfect. All you need are: vases, candles, corn kernels, artificial leaves, and a few strands of jute. Tie a leaf to each candle using the jute strands. Then, fill the bottom of the vases with the corn kernels. You may want to put a stand for the candle inside each vase. When you are finished, light each candle and viola: the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece or decoration.



2. A yummy dessert

Still have room for dessert after all that turkey and stuffing? Try this delicious recipe for sweet potato cupcakes! This full process (including icing!) should take you about an hour and adds the perfect touch of fall to any occasion. Find the recipe here: http://evabakes.blogspot.com/2012/10/sweet-potato-cupcakes-with-brown-butter.html



3. A new Thanksgiving tradition

You may have already seen these on our Facebook page, but we can’t get enough of them; these gratitude rolls are precious. Have every member of your family write something that they are thankful for on slips on paper. Then, bake a package of crescent rolls, rolling each slip of paper into each roll. When they are done, find the papers inside and see what your family is thankful for!


Happy Thanksgiving!


Top Ten Reason Why You Should Hire An Event Planner

November 6, 2012

1. Reduce Stress

Planning your own event can be a stressful affair.  By hiring an event planner, you can describe your vision for an event and the event planner creates it without the stress of phone calls, emails and countless questions from vendors and guests. Event planners are paid to be organized and focused on your event.  Where work, family, and friends are your first priority; your event is our first priority.

2.  Cost Effective

Because event planners are continually planning events, we have many strong relationships with vendors.  We provide vendors who work well with your budget, theme and needs.  Because we work with vendors that we know and trust, we can negotiate the best rate for your event.  At the same time, these vendors enjoy working with us, so their prices are dramatically lower than if a client cold-called the vendor.

3.  Creativity

It is part of an event planners job to stay on top of the latest trends in the event planning industry.  We have to brainstorm daily to create the best events for our clients.  You may have different ideas about your event in mind, but cannot find a way to create a cohesive theme.  Event planners are creative professionals who address situations like these.  Rather than get frustrated with a theme, hire an event planner to turn your ideas into a successful event.

4.  On-Site Coordination

Event planners save a lot of time and frustration during your event and days before.  After all, it is your event, you should enjoy it.  If you are planning an event in a different state or city from where you are located, the event planner is responsible for on-site event coordination with the venue.  This saves you a lot of travel time and meaningless visits to an event site.

5.  Insurance

Event planners act as insurance for your event. Hiring an event planner is a great way to guarantee that the event will be a huge success.  We are hired to keep clients on budget, on schedule and on task.  We make sure all guests are having a great time and keep any potential event problems out of sight to you and your guests.

6.  Time Saver

Why waste your time in front of the computer searching for the best venues, centerpieces, linen rental, etc. when you could hire an event planner who has all of these connections.  Rather than over-booking your already busy schedule, event planners schedule appointments, gather directions, take notes and stay organized.  Hiring an event planner will minimize the amount of time spent on creating a spectacular event.

7.  Buffer

Planning an event can be an emotional whirlwind.  Vendors may argue, guests may be grumpy and pressure to make the event a grand success might drive you to drink.  Event planners act as a buffer to all complaints and unhappy moments.  Also, we are the willing scapegoats who accept blame for any and all instances.  Since an event planner is an unbiased party, when an agreement cannot be made, event planners step in with their professional opinion to provide a simple solution.

8.  Experience

Event planners have seen it all.  In all our years of experience, we can confidently handle anything and everything thrown our way.  We are well prepared to handle any issue that may arise.  By hiring a professional event planner, you can guarantee that your event is exactly what you envisioned.  From last minute cancellations, to over booking the guest list; event planners are prepared to solve each issue with grace and professionalism.

9.  Maintain Budget

It can be easy to go over budget when vendors know you are inexperienced with planning pricing.  An experienced event planner will maintain the budget to make sure all money is spent wisely and will create the best event possible.

10.  Contract Negotiation

Negotiating contracts can be arduous task but is very beneficial when working with a specific budget and requests.  Event planners have a lot of experience negotiating with vendors to get the best possible rate for the client.


Credit to Misty Keown on premierconcierge.net . 


MPI Presentation!

October 23, 2012

Last week, one of our very own spoke at a meeting for Meeting Professionals International! MPI is an association community for meeting and event professionals around the world. Chris Curry had a presentation about choosing unique venues during their most recent meeting at the Arena Grand Theater in Downtown Columbus! Chris opened his speech with a quote from Mary Boone: “Meeting design is the purposeful shaping of the form and content of a meeting to achieve desired results.” Chris explained that event planners must first grasp the particular objectives of the client and the audience targeted before designing an event. Chris listed several categories of venues, including private golf clubs, public arts and community facilities, along with many examples of spaces in that category and what group of people they would appeal to. Chris stated that planners must know the “function” of an event before designing the “form.” Our goal at Destinations by Design is not only to take care of all the event specifications, but also to make sure the event leaves a lasting impression on its attendees.


Halloween Party Essentials

October 18, 2012

     We like to encourage all kinds of parties at Destinations by Design, but Halloween parties are hands-down the most fun parties of the year. Daunting decorations, frightening films, spooky snacks… What could be better? Here are just a few of the Halloween party essentials you must have at your party.

1. A fun, yet spooky, drink: Color-Changing Martini.

One of the coolest, spookiest drinks you’ll see this season. This drink uses special ingredients to change color from blue to fuchsia while dry ice makes white smoke ooze from the top. You only need 4 simple ingredients, including gin and Vermouth, to make this fun drink. It will surely be something your guests will not forget!

2. A creatively delicious snack: Mummy Cookie Balls.

These delectable little guys are perfect for a cute, ghostly snack. Create the “bodies” with frozen cream cheese and Oreo balls, then decorate with melted white chocolate and chocolate chips to form the perfect little mummy!

3. A guaranteed to be frightening decoration: Hanging Skull Heads.

Want to creep out your guests? Papier mache skull heads like these can be found at a craft store, like Joann’s or Michael’s, and decorated with creepy black glitter. Hang them from chandeliers or lamps using ribbons or string, adding other spooky trinkets like little plastic spiders or whatever else you can think of!



4. An absolutely terrifying horror film: The Exorcist.

Possibly one of the scariest movies ever made. If you’re looking to truly freak all of your guests out – this movie is perfect! The storyline centers on a 12-year-old girl who seems possessed by the devil. Her mother seeks help from two priests in effort to save her daughter. With the help of the already-scary supernatural feel, this movie is sure to scare your guests out of their skin!

5. A rockin’ Halloween costume: Batman.

Of course, the biggest part of a Halloween party is your costume! The most popular predicted costume this year is Batman, which is very appropriate after the newest Batman movie has just come out! Other popular costumes this year will be: Lady Gaga, Spiderman, Katy Perry, Snow White, or one of the Avengers. Halloween is all about the costume – so choose wisely!

No matter what kinds of party necessities you go with, we hope you’ll have a great party! If you’re looking to host your party and need help, please don’t hesitate to ask us here at Destinations by Design. Happy Halloween!


EcoSummit 2012

October 3, 2012

EcoSummit 2012 has arrived! Destinations by Design has been busy all week helping out at the conference. Being the 4th international EcoSummit event, we had to make it spectacular! The days have been filled with daily sessions, film festivals, poster presentations, trade shows and, today, all-day field trips. In addition to the sessions about global/climate change, ecosystem services and biological conservation, all the attendees were given the opportunity to take a field trip to a few of the different areas in Ohio. Some of the trips included hiking, visits to research centers and wetlands, canoeing, biking, hands-on classes on restoration, management, sustainability and protection, and much more. The guests can also enjoy sessions taught by some of the most influential names in ecological science, including E.O. Wilson, Jared Diamond and Simon Levin. There are only two days left for you to catch the conference; come down and see us!