Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Fantastic Ideas for a Halloween-Themed Photobooth



The Halloween season is upon us and there’s no better time for organizing a themed wedding or event using a Professional Hudson Valley Photobooth company like Platinum Party Events DJ & Photobooth. If you are adventurous and playful, then a Halloween-style wedding or event is a fantastic idea to surprise and shock your guests. In order to add a bit of frightful magic to your special day, set up a Halloween-themed photo booth with the help of the below ideas.

 Bat cave background



Turn your photo booth into a bat cave with the help of a few simple props. Use a dark grey or a black canvas or sheet as the background for your booth. Purchase cheap bat toys from online shops, such as eBay, and hang them with the help of thin string from the ceiling of the booth and the back wall.


Spooky masks




Venetian style masks are popular props for wedding photo booths, but you can quickly transform the idea into something more suited for Halloween. You can print out beautiful, yet spooky masks. Think in terms of black and golden masks with feathers and spider web designs.


Spider web drawings



If you decide to go with our “Magic Mirror” photobooth, you could use its interactive features for adding that Halloween touch to the photos. The mirror photobooth allows the user to draw images on the mirror which are perfect for adding a frightful touch to you snapshots.

Pumpkin friends




One fun idea is to include a big pumpkin head to your photo booth. You can carve a traditional pumpkin and even add some lights inside it to add a lovely glow to the photos. On the other hand, you could use the pumpkin for adding the date of your Hudson Valley wedding or even your names. The guests could then use the big pumpkin as a prop in whichever way they like in the photos.


Wicked witches


Witches are another big Halloween theme and you could help your guests transform into witches for the photo shoot with a few simple props. Add old witch-styled hats to the photo booth and use brooms as props in the background.


Play a trick


Finally, if you want to add an element of surprise to your photo booth, play a trick on your guests as they are about to take the photo. This could be a fake spider toy dropping down from the ceiling or a sudden sound, played as the photos are taken. This is guaranteed to create fun images and plenty of laughs!


The above ideas are easy to implement and they’ll add just the right touch of Halloween to your Hudson Valley wedding or event. Even if you don’t want to them for your whole wedding or event around Halloween, you can add these little elements as an additional entertainment if you are getting married or having your special event during the pumpkin season.


What are your favorite Halloween-themed photo booth ideas? Share us your ideas and let us know what you think about the above suggestions!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Hudson Valley Weddings – 9 Ways to Add Chocolate to Your Wedding!


Welcome to our May Blog Hop!

Get ready for some great ideas, inspiration and how to as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Irene Tyndale at Irene Tyndale Events on Natalie’s Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.

Chocolate is a heavenly treat fit for your wedding day. A chocolate treat tastes like love and nothing says ‘I Love You’ better than a bit of chocolate. But how should you add chocolate to your wedding day?

Here are 9 different and unique ways you can sweeten your Hudson Valley wedding with chocolate!

1. Save the Date Chocolate Coin

If you are sending Save the Date-cards before the actual wedding invite, then you can add a lovely twist to the traditional card with a chocolate coin. You can get simple chocolate coins made with the wedding date on them! This is a fun idea that’ll definitely brighten your guests’ day.

2. Chocolate Shot

Although champagne is a traditional welcome drink to enjoy at the start of your wedding reception, you could try something else instead. If you are mad about chocolate, then a chocolate shot can be a great idea. Serve either a tiny portion of hot chocolate and brandy in little shot glasses or opt for a colder drink, such as Baileys.


3. Chocolate Table Numbers

Chocolate can be part of your decorations as well! You can get chocolate number molds and create your table numbers from chocolate. Just match with smaller chocolate escort cards and your wedding reception has a sweet start to it.


4. Savory Chocolate Treats

Although we are more used to enjoying chocolate as a sweet treat, you can add plenty of depth to savory dishes with chocolate. Your starter could be a small Chinese spoon filled with White Chocolate Baba Ghannouj or you could surprise guests with cocoa rubbed barbecue ribs.


5. Chocolate Bar

Food bars are a trendy option for your Hudson Valley wedding and a chocolate food bar is a must-have. You can have different types of chocolate candies, cookies and chocolate sauces to go with ice cream or pancakes, for example. Use your imagination and make the chocolate bar the center of your wedding.


6. Chocolate Wedding Cake

Nothing compliments your love of chocolates better than a chocolate wedding cake. It’s now a trendy cake choice to make and you have plenty of opportunities. Chocolate mousse cakes are especially trendy, together with chocolate cupcake cake towers.


7. Chocolate Cocktails

Towards the end of your reception, you could also serve some chocolate cocktails to your guests. There’s so much choice available that your guests are sure to love this quirky idea. Either set up a cocktail bar or have waitress serve a cocktail to the tables.


8. Chocolate Sculptures

Chocolate sculptures are a great decorative element that you can use in a variety of ways. You could add little chocolate swans into your tables as decorations or have chocolate figurines of you and your partner in the gift table.


9. Hot Chocolate-Making Kit

Finally, if you are looking for a fun and unique wedding favor, then a hot-chocolate-making kit is a wonderful idea. The kit is great for young and old guests.


Chocolate is definitely a treat to add to your special day and as the above ideas show, there’s so many different ways to use it.

Are you planning on incorporating chocolate into YOUR wedding? What ideas do you have? Let me know – I’d love to hear from you!

I hope these ideas help you get more excited about using chocolate in your wedding! And if you’d like the rest of our planning tips, simply go to our website & sign up for our expert series of wedding tips!

The next stop is Anshwa Lewis from SwaLaRue Events on Natalie’s Blog Hop!

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next month! 

Blog Hop Line-up

  1. Natalie Bradley at at Natalie Bradley Events
  2. Kelly Snyder at Southern Charm Weddings
  3. N’neka Scruggs at Images by N’neka 
  4. Loraine McCall at Mojica Photography
  5. Kristi Richardson at Bloomed To Last Events
  6. Kelly King at Affordable Wedding Invites
  7. Peter Merkle at Chicago Wedding DJs
  8. Irene Tyndale at Irene Tyndale Events 
  9. Laurie Kuerlemann at Platinum Party Events Entertainment, Inc 
  10. Anshwa Lewis at SwaLaRue Events
  11. Cindy Clearwater at Something Blue Virgin Islands
Happy Planning!







Laurie Kuerlemann
MC/Host/Wedding Entertainment Director/Ordained Wedding Officiant
Platinum Party Events Entertainment 

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Professional Hudson Valley Wedding DJ

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Professional Hudson Valley Wedding DJ

Weddings can be costly and it is important to ensure you find clever ways to save a bit of money if your budget is tight. Unfortunately many couples make the mistake of thinking the place to save is from the DJ costs.

But should you still hire a professional wedding DJ instead of trying your luck with an amateur? Here are the five essential reasons why hiring a professional Hudson Valley wedding DJ is the right thing to do.

1. Quality of Sound and Atmosphere

You might not have thought about it, but equipment makes a big difference in the world of music. A professional wedding DJ will come with professional equipment – meaning your first dance will sound and look as beautiful as it should.


Furthermore, a professional wedding DJ knows how to get the crowds going. An amateur won’t have the experience of ‘reading the crowds’ and changing the mood with the songs. If the atmosphere is good, your big day will leave a better impression on your guests.

2. Beautiful Presentation

A professional Hudson Valley wedding DJ will have plenty of experience from performing at weddings. This will guarantee your DJ knows how to not only work the crowds but also ensure the presentation is beautiful and fit for the occasion.

A DJ’s clothes, manners and behavior may not seem like an important factor, but do you want someone to show up in jeans and t-shirt and tell inappropriate jokes to your older relatives?


3. Music, Mood and Beautiful Add-Ons

A professional wedding DJ can provide you much more than just background music to your big day. Most Hudson Valley Wedding DJs can also act as the Master of the Ceremonies, making sure your wedding program runs smoothly and everything is taken care of on time.

Your wedding DJ can also provide unique add-ons that ensure your dance floor looks beautiful. Wouldn’t it be nice to dance your first dance as newlyweds on top of clouds? Well, a profession Hudson Valley DJ can do just that!


4. Personalized Playlists

Amateur DJs don’t often have the same resources or even willingness to play a wide variety of songs. A professional wedding DJ will help ensure you get the songs you want and the songs that fit your wedding theme.

You’ll also be more likely to get great suggestions from the DJ because they know what fits specific wedding themes and events. If you want your music to highlight your personality and your wedding theme, a professional wedding DJ will help you do that.


5. Accountability and Dependability

A professional Hudson Valley wedding DJ will provide more accountability and dependability. Not only will you get references from previous clients before you book them, they’ll also have liability insurance to guarantee your big day isn’t ruined.

After all, you need peace of mind on this very special and what can be a very nerve-wracking day. With a professional wedding DJ you don’t need to worry about whether they’ll show up or if their equipment will work.


There are plenty of great ways to save a bit of money on your big day, but you don’t want to hire amateurs to take care of your big day. Contact us if you’d like to talk about how we can guarantee your wedding day runs smoothly! We have been in the business for many years and know how to provide you with all of the above!

And if you are looking for clever wedding tips, then check out our FREE e-book which you’ll receive once you sign up on our website.

What are you afraid of when hiring a DJ for your wedding? Let me know – I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Planning!






Laurie Kuerlemann
MC/Host/Wedding Entertainment Director/Ordained Wedding Officiant
Platinum Party Events Entertainment 

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

4 Signature Spring Wedding Cocktail Ideas


Welcome to our March Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on all things Spring to help you in the process of planning your wedding or event. Get ready for some great ideas, inspiration and how to as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Teresa Rhodes at Nearly Nesters on Natalie’s Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.


Spring is the perfect season to get married as nature itself is preparing for a new start. Spring also offers plenty of fantastic ideas for weddings, especially when it comes to creating a signature cocktail for your big day.

Spring weddings should be all about bright colors and fresh tastes – and these are highlighted by these amazing signature wedding cocktail ideas we’ve picked for Hudson Valley brides and grooms.

1. Lavender Lemonade

Lavender is the perfect spring wedding accessory. You can use it to create touching decorations and floral displays, but it also adds a unique and beautiful taste to drinks.

This lavender lemonade has both the freshness and the bright spring-look. It’s also amazingly simple to make and you can use it as a welcome drink – or add a pitcher to each wedding table for guests to enjoy! Furthermore, you can make the cocktail with or without alcohol, ensuring you can have an alcoholic and non-alcoholic option of the same cocktail!


The recipe only uses granulated sugar, water, dried lavender buds, lemon juice and the optional splash of vodka. You can find the detailed instructions at

2. Strawberry Basil Margarita

If you are getting married later during the spring season, then strawberries are a must-have for your wedding reception. The freshness of new strawberries just oozes spring and love – not to mention the beauty of the bright red color.

Strawberry and basil are a quirky combination that’ll add the right amount of kick to your reception. The margaritas are perfect for a laidback wedding reception and this classic cocktail is a good fit for spring weddings with a vintage theme.

There are many great strawberry basil margarita recipes out there, but this simple cocktail recipe at Kitchn has to be among our favorites. Once again, if you are looking for a signature wedding cocktail that offers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options then this recipe can easily be changed to create both.

3. Pink Elephant

Soft pink is a great seasonal wedding color, especially popular in spring weddings. If you want to add a blush of pink to your wedding reception, then the Pink Elephant signature drink from the Martha Stewart website is a fantastic option.

The cocktail combines the fresh spring tastes of fresh lime juice and lemonade. You’ll then add the lovely soft shade of pink by adding some grapefruit juice and cranberry juice. A touch of vodka for the alcoholic version and you have a fantastic signature wedding cocktail.


The secret of this recipe is also the fact that you can mix it well in advance. In fact, by leaving it to set for a few days, you’ll enhance the taste!

4. Kiwi Mango Mint Cocktail

Finally, for the ultimate refreshment you must try this Kiwi Mango Mint cocktail recipe from Drink of the Week. It is the perfect spring signature drink because it adds plenty of refreshing kick to your wedding reception and it also has the bright spring look. The bright mango yellow color is mixed with the bright green of the kiwis and the mint, creating a great combination of colors.


You’ll be able to make this cocktail non-alcoholic by swapping the Kiwi vodka with some Kiwi juice, for instance. You can also play with the garnish or just leave the drink sit on tall cocktail glasses without any gimmicks.

I hope these ideas help you get more excited about your upcoming spring wedding! And if you’d like the rest of our planning tips, simply complete the form at the bottom of this post and we’ll email it to you!

The next stop is Katherine Shorter from Creating Awesomenessity on Natalie’s Blog Hop!

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next month! 

1.  Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events

2.  Ashley Rae at Ashley Rae Events

3. Shaun Cox at A D.I.Y. Affair Weddings and Events

4.  Kristi Richardson at Bloomed To Last

5.  Chantal Benoit at Chantal Benoit Photographer

6.  Irene Tyndale at Irene Tyndale Events 

7.  Peter Merkle at Chicago Wedding DJs

8.  Katrina McCullum at Made of Honor Weddings

9.  Kelly King at Affordable Wedding Invites by Gossett Printing

10.  Rachel Huntoon at Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast

11.  N’neka Scruggs at Images by N’neka

12.  Teresa Rhodes at Nearly Nesters 

13.  Laurie Kuerlemann at Platinum Party Events Entertainment, Inc <<<YOU ARE HERE!!

14.  Katherine Shorter at Creating Awesomenessity

15.  Liz Coopersmith at Silver Charm Events

16.  Kimberly Parks at  KP Photography

17.  Cindy Clearwater at Something Blue Virgin Islands

18.  Anshwa Lewis at SwaLaRue Events

19.  Nikki Michel at Ciao Bella Weddings

20.  Daphne Simpson at Elite Design

21.  Kelly Snyder at Southern Charm Weddings


The above signature wedding cocktail ideas add plenty of freshness and brightness to your spring wedding. For further ideas on how to organize a successful Hudson Valley wedding reception and ceremony, sign up for our free e-book!
What are some signature cocktails you hope to have at YOUR spring wedding? Let me know – I’d love to hear from you!!
Happy Planning!








Laurie Kuerlemann
MC/Host/Wedding Entertainment Director/Ordained Wedding Officiant
Platinum Party Events Entertainment