Boston Strong

Last week’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon revealed a dark side of humanity, but also a bright one in the way Americans have come together to help Boston bounce back. Our thoughts are with all in Boston, and out hearts go out to the victims and their families affected by the bombings. Here are a few legitimate ways to help the victims’ families and survivors, according to the Huffington Post.

The Richard Family Fund, in honor of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed during the bombings, his sister, whose leg was amputated, and their mother, Denise, who was also injured.

The LU Lingzi Memorial Scholarship Fund, in honor of 23-year-old Boston University grad student LU Lingzi.

The Jacqui, Paul and JP Recovery Fund, which is collecting donations to cover the medical bills of Jacqui Webb, whose legs were badly injured by shrapnel, her boyfriend, Paul Norden and his brother, JP Norden. The two brothers each lost their right legs from the attack.

The Krystle Campbell Memorial Fund, in honor of the 29-year-old who was killed during the bombings. More information can be found here.

Bucks for Bauman, a fund created to aid in the recovery of Jeff Bauman, a spectator who lost both of his legs during the bombings.

Help for Patrick and Jess, a fund set up for two newlyweds who each lost a leg from the blasts.

Virtual runs—races which individuals can take part in from anywhere—have also been taking place in the past week. This one posted on Active.com is open until Monday, May 27, with all donations going to Boston Marathon victims.

Let’s band together—as runners, maybe, and Americans, definitely.

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Host an Oscar Party

We’re in the midst of award season, which means we’ve spent the last few weekends obsessing over the latest red carpet fashion and discussing who won what. But everyone knows the best part of any award show is sharing it with a few friends—we love any excuse for a party! Celebrate the Oscars this Sunday by hosting a gathering at your house. Here’s a few snapshots from a party Allison hosted during last year’s Oscars that was originally featured in the Star Ledger. Bring on the glamour!

Oscar5The invites: If you have the budget, custom invitations are a great way to set the tone for an award party. Hand-making them is also an option—incorporate red and gold to fit the Oscar theme. Take it a step further and request formal attire or a color dress code.

Oscar4Go gold: Gold spray paint, glitter glue and adhesives are your friends! Glam decor doesn’t have to be expensive. Check out a dollar store for inexpensive stem candles and votive candles.

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Use what you have: Borrow a family member’s china, pull out your fancy cloth napkins and some of your old Christmas decor. Fresh flowers are a good way to add interest to the table.

Oscar1Plan your own award ceremony: Engage your guests with games. Hand out prizes for the person who guesses the most winners or is best-dressed.

Tell us—will you be throwing an award show bash? Share your tips on Twitter @ASargentEvents.

High Tea

Stumped for a bridal shower or birthday idea? We love the idea of a formal tea. As fans of all things English, we take any opportunity to break from the day to pour a quick cup and would love for more people to sit down to a formal tea party of sorts. It’s a perfect opportunity to go a little crazy by stacking tea pots and saucers (mad hatter style) or keep it classy and traditional with roses and vintage tea sets. Here is some of our tea party inspiration. We are also loving the idea of to-go tea bags as favors!

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Ready For The 4th

As we are sure you all know by now, we love a good theme here at ASE. Any chance for us to decorate is welcomed by each member of our team. The 4th of July is one of our favorites. It’s great to have a holiday just when summer is gearing up to celebrate our great country. We also love a play on red, white, and blue, of course! How are you dressing your house, table, or desserts up for the holiday? Our flags are prepped and ready to fly next week!

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You’re Invited

Please join ASE and the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark on Tuesday June 19, 2012 to celebrate 100 years of providing compassionate care to the homeless through their “Ministry For The Homeless” program. Did you know the Catholic Charities helped over 1,800 homeless men, women, and children in 2011? They have eight facilities for homeless seeking a place for the night or permanent housing including three emergency shelters, three transitional housing centers and two permanent housing centers.

Catholic Charities is different because they truly care about the people they serve. They know that in other shelters the homeless are forced to sleep on the hard floor, that people with mental illnesses are most times refused from shelters and that familes may even be refused. Catholic Charities accepts all homeless men, women, children, and families… and no one is sent away for mental illness or previous incarcerations. They have social services staff at the ready to assist these men and women into permanent or long-term homes. Please join us on Tuesday at the Upper Montclair Country Club to celebrate all of the wonderful things Catholic Charities has done for our community!

ASE Loves: The Kessler Foundation

On October 21, 2012, the Kessler Foundation’s 11th Annual Stroll ‘N Roll (and RUN!) will take place at Brookdale Park in Montclair, NJ. The mission of this event is simple, to change lives for people with disabilities. ASE is so excited to be working with such a great foundation to help improve the lives of those with disabilities. This event “helps individuals in wheelchairs take their first steps, stroke survivors communicate and navigate their surroundings, people with multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury recall memories and improve daytime function, and prevents further affects of disability. It will also help expand grant funding to organizations that create or promote job opportunities for people with disabilities. Lastly, your participation will help fund the New Jersey division of ThinkFirst–an injury prevention program that educates students, grades K-12, on the consequences of spinal cord and brain injury and simple safety practices to adopt to avoid injury.” If you don’t know much about the Kessler Foundation, it is “the largest public charity in the field of disability. Its rehabilitation research discovers treatments to improve the quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.” Stroll ‘N Roll (and RUN!) is a fun-filled family day that includes exhibition booths, food, music, and kid-friendly activities. You may walk, roll, run or rollerblade around the park. This year, they have USATF certified 5K and 10K courses for runners and wheelchair racers. In addition to the races, there is a family-fun 5K (the stroll ‘n roll). For more information on how Kessler Foundation improves the lives of people with disabilities through rehabilitation research and expanding employment opportunities, visit the Kessler Foundation website.

Summer Picnic Essentials

We love picnicking in the summer! Any chance we get we will prepare our wicker basket and blanket and head out for a shady spot to have lunch. There’s nothing better than your family, good food, and the great outdoors. Here are some picnic set ups that we are super envious of.

The essentials for picnicking? A wicker basket, fresh fruit, sparkling water, sandwiches, corn hole or checkers, striped (or polka dotted) straws, comfy maxi dresses, a straw hat, and a brightly colored blanket!

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Summer Tablescapes

We are in summer mode over here at ASE and we won’t let the rain ruin the mood! We were able to relax over the long weekend and we are now taking these summer weddings and events by the horns. Check out some of our favorite wedding tablescapes, perfect for summer! 

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Memorial Day Decor

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope that you all enjoy your day off but keep in mind why we celebrate this day. So many of us head to the beach or to family BBQs and forget to stop and think about the sacrifices so many men and women made for us. Thank you to all of our branches of the military for sacrificing to keep us safe! We wanted to share with you some great Memorial Day decor and recipe ideas that we are using for our BBQ later today. Enjoy!

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