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Today I want to discuss the importance of insurance for your special event, celebration, wedding and lifestyle. Our expert is Rob Zimny, IU grad, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Shelbyville native from Pfenninger, Claxton and Estelle Insurance Agency in Shelbyville. Rob may be reached at 317.398.9797. You may get free quotes and insurance policies with him with or without having any insurance coverage at his agency. We will chat and try to address some of your concerns for insurance. Note we are not selling nor advising, just bringing some information to the table. Let’s start with Renters Insurance. A lot of you rent an apartment or home. Renter’s insurance is inexpensive and a lot of times you are able to get renters insurance with the same company you have your auto insurance with. It’s usually about $10 more a month and you are getting $25,000-$30,000 on your personal property (furniture, clothes, computer) Jewelry needs to be scheduled on your homeowners or renters and insured for an agreed value. It confirms you are getting pretty much what you exactly have. Let’s make an example, if you have a flawless one carat diamond that you purchased for $7000 and you have it specifically scheduled for agreed value, if that ring was lost or stolen you would get the same agreed quality for similar value. If you did not, you may get a one carat diamond coming from WalMart or possibly a check for $2,000 instead of $7,000. It could possibly not be the same like, kind and/or quality. Gentlemen, make sure to get the engagement ring insured as soon as you purchase it. Weddings, Farm or Outdoor events: Who/What to insure??? The person that owns the property would need to carry the homeowner/farm insurance. The hosts are approving the event and the property is in their name. They need to look into a one day or weekend policy. Ideally, everyone would have insurance, farm owners, parents and the hosts. If the hosts or family live out of state, they would need to investigate with their insurance provider. Laws may be different and it would be best to research this. Two people that live separately ( both have renters or homeowners insurance) generally would be covered. The insurance company would determine how to split the coverage if there was a problem and it would be the decision of the insurance company. It is a tricky situation and would take time to determine the resolution. A suggestion would be a rider for the day and they would also have an umbrella policy usually to $150-$200 per year for $1000000 up to $5,000,000 and a one day special event on top of this The umbrella policy covers a year i.e. if you have $500,000 on your personal liability and you had an accident you would have an umbrella. A young couple that have one car and they are renting are not the ideal couple for the insurance. The ideal client that would be liable would be someone that has property, value etc to lose several cars, their main home, lake home, boats etc. Once the amount of liability you have is used up, the rest comes out of your pocket i.e. your house, personal property, car or more. Lots of times, prominent individuals especially, want to make sure they are covered in case they are sued or if there was any type of injury. Ask the question…. If you are going to be sued what do you have to lose? Serving alcohol and the number of guests helps determine the insurance coverage fee. Gifts: Gifts are in a car and the car is broken into. It’s covered if you have auto insurance. If you are at your venue and gifts were stolen it may be hard to recover. More than likely turning the claim in would be more than the deductible. Travel Insurance: This is something you should check into prior to making any reservations. You need to make sure you know exactly what it covers and if this is what you desire. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Rob.
Attending a party or gathering soon? We know how you are looking forward to it and we know what it takes to throw a party. Make sure you’re the guest that goes the ‘little extra’ and remembers your host with a “hostess gift”. What is a hostess gift? We think it is a great way to say, “Thank you for inviting me!” We all love to be included and when we are invited to a special event we can show our appreciation with a small token.
Many guests include a bottle of wine (which we love to receive) as a gift, but think out of the box too. What about some great chocolates, fruit from the local farmer’s market, a new read or the latest released CD? Don’t underestimate flowers or a potted plant too. Hosts love to be remembered and appreciated. They worked hard to make the party a celebration and your thoughtfulness will be remembered with many more invitations.
Always remember a personal handwritten thank you note is a rarity and will be greatly appreciated too.
Your appreciation, your smile and willing hand to pitch in (when needed) will make your host or hostess invite you again and again. Of course, how could any party be fun without you?
1. Select an invitation that can be mailed and will set the tone of the party. Everyone loves to receive personal mail. Take the time to mail your invitation and please give the guests four to six weeks of notice.
2. Decorate with a theme in mind. Try to keep decor consistent, but interesting. Make sure to make your main entrance “grand”.
3. Make preparation and replenishing easy for you. You want to enjoy the party, not work it!
4. Try to have everything listed and all supplies set out a couple of days ahead of time, just in case you have a new idea or want to switch something.
5. Stock the bar with something new and fun. Whether it be a mixture of European beers or some retro sodas, make it lively and fun!
6. Don’t forget a “take away” gift. Whether it be a bottle of olive oil, a scrumptious brownie, some homemade fudge or a personal note, let your guests leave with something special from you.
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Ok, ladies and gentlemen I am going to assist you with your holiday baking plans. We all know that I can coordinate weddings and events, but I felt the need to possibly help you with a few shortcuts in the kitchen to make you the fabulous employee, neighbor and friend that we know you are. Here’s a few classics you can make quickly. Shhhhh do NOT tell anyone our short cuts and secrets. They’re all yours, keep em that way!
Red Velvet Cake, this is the classic made fast and easy style. Everyone will be thanking you for going to all the trouble and care. Don’t let them in on our secret. Just smile and say, “thank you”. First, purchase a chocolate cake mix. Many claim Duncan Hines works the best. You will need 1 box white cake mix (2-layer size) ,1 box (4-serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix, 4 large eggs , 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1 cup milk , 1/2 cup vegetable oil , 2 ounces red food coloring.
Cream Cheese Frosting, 4 ounces butter, softened, 8 ounces cream cheese, softened, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1 box (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup chopped pecans. Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs, cocoa, vinegar, oil, and food coloring; beat for 4 minutes on medium speed, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl several times. Grease and flour 3 cakes pans. Distribute the batter among the pans evenly. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.
Cool cake on racks. Frosting: Beat the butter butter and cream cheese until smooth and light. Add vanilla and confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth. Spread frosting over layers and sides, sprinkling each layer with chopped pecans. http://southernfood.about.com/od/yellowandwhitecakes/r/blbb610.htm
Mayonnaise Cake, ok this might sound disgusting but it is an old time classic that is positively scrumptious. Nobody will know the “secret ingredient” until you tell them. So what if it has 500 fat grams? They won’t care, once they have a bite of this moist, choclatey cake. How do you ice it? Here’s the killer: chocolate peanut butter icing with recipes for both provided below. Warning: Get ready for some oohs and ahhs.
Recipe for Mayonnaise Cake: 2 C flour, 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa, 1 1/2 T soda, 1/4 t salt, 1 C sugar, 3/4 C mayonnasie, 1 C water, 1 t. vanilla. Sift flour, cocoa, soda and salt. Cream separately the sugar, mayonnaise, water and vanilla todgether. Add dried ingredients to the creamed mixture. Sit unitl well blended. Pour into grease layer cake pans or a 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Peanut Butter Icing: 1/2 C creamy peanut butter, 1/3 C unsweetened cocoa, 2 3/4 C of powdered sugar, 1/4 t salt, 1 t vanilla 1/2 C evaporated milk. Cream peanut butter and cocoa. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth, adding a little more milk if needed.
Grandma Bea’s Slushy Booze, a signature drink of my grandmother’s. We had it every Christmas Eve and it really did keep everyone in the holiday spirits. It is easy and you HAVE to make it ahead of time. It will be one of your holiday classics and something you won’t mind sharing. After the mixture has frozen, it will never be rock solid due to the alcohol content, you can spoon some in a goblet add some Sprite, ginger ale or Sierra Mist. Make sure to say “cheers”.
Recipe: 26 0zs. vodka, 2 cans frozen orange juice, 4 cans of pineapple juice, 1.5 C sugar, 8 C. water, 2 cans frozen lemonade . Boil water and sugar. Let cool. Add frozen lemonade concentrate, orange juice concentrate and pineapple juice and stir well. Add 26 ounce bottle of vodka and freeze mixture in plastic containers. To serve, add equal amounts of the frozen “slush” with soda.
From Grandma Bea and and www.drinknation.com/drink/slush
Pinwheels, make them fast and furiously. These little roll ups of chipped beef and garlic cream cheese are wonderful for an appetizer and can be made a couple of days ahead of time. You will need Buddig chipped beef in the refrigerated section. Each pack will make two rolls with about five pinwheels to a roll. You will need garlic salt, cream cheese and a dash of milk. Put the cream cheese in a bowl, add about a 1 T. of milk and 1/2 t. of garlic salt. Beat to a creamy consistency. If you need a little more milk or garlic add. Now take the meat and lay on waxed paper. Spread one layer of the beef out and spread the cream cheese mixture on in a LIGHT fashion. Now add another layer until you have four. Next roll them up, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate prior to your party. Slice in 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and place on a tray with sprigs of parsley. They are a safe bet to make sure all the guests like your appetizers.
Here at Kim King Smith Events, our trendsetting team have searched the racks for some fun ways for you to look stunning at your next formal or cocktail affair. Don’t be safe with the little black dress. Dress dangerously and be the bell of the ball! Here are some of our favorites. Ladies, begin shopping!
All of these fashions are from BCBG. http://www.bcbg.com/dresses/cocktail-dresses.shtml
Having trouble deciding on what type of drink special to serve at your wedding or reception? Kim King Smith Events wants you to take a look at this captivating cocktail that is both delicious and attractive!
Rhubarb-Strawberry Champagne Cocktail
4 oz. Rhubarb mix
4 oz. Cointreau Champagne to top
(1 bottle 750ml) Rhubarb Mix:
2 stalks rhubarb
1/2 pint strawberries, washed with tops removed
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. sugar
Juice of fresh lime
Puree all ingredients except lime. Reduce liquid to 1/2 over heat. Add lime juice. Mix can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. (May also be frozen) In a glass, pour a bit of the rhubarb mix, a splash of cointreau, and top with champagne. Garnish with strawberry.
Ingredients, recipe and photo provided by http://www.brideorama.com