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Traditions!

 Traditions!

Traditions! What are yours?

I don’t know about you, but when I throw a party, or have an event, it’s about sharing what I love and showing my guests how much they mean to me. Making them happy makes me happy.

You know how traditions start, right? Somebody does something, and then, for whatever reason, another person does it, and then it starts taking on momentum.

Before you know it, the “Roast Syndrome” sets in.

What’s the “Roast Syndrome”?

A boy was helping with the cooking for the holiday meal. He watched his Dad cut off a good 2” chunk off of the roast and put it aside. 

“Why did you do that?” the boy asked, puzzled. “Well, that’s how Grandma always did it,” his Dad answered said. “But why did SHE do it?,” the boy asked. “That’s a great question! Let me give her a call right now and find out why.” So the man called his Mom.

His Mom answered that she did it because her roasting pan was very small so it could fit in the tiny oven they had in their first home. Otherwise, the roast didn’t fit!

Lesson learned. Nowadays I need to know why it’s a tradition.

Your Traditions

Sometimes it’s what we eat–for example, what is the dish that your family traditionally eats to bring luck for the New Year? Ours was stuffed cabbage, here in the U.S. South, Hoppin’ John is a thing,

Soba Noodles are ‘it’ in Japan, and carp or other fish in many countries.

Some traditions are all about the kind of clothing you wear (or don’t wear, for that matter!) for special celebrations.

Maybe it’s the way you were taught to speak to your elders, a special way to address them to show your respect. For example, ‘Ma’am’ and ‘Sir’ in the Southeastern U.S.  are ostensibly an indication that you come from a good family.

Some of the ways we’ve incorporated our clients’ traditions into their events is by taking a good, thorough look at what matters to you and your people. Sometimes it’s all about making every. single. element. unique. We can do that. It might be about giving your guests a special message, like when Cirque du Soleil hired us give  their VIP opening night guests Lip Print Analysis and add a brief message that they would “find the rest of their destiny under the Big Top!”

There are so many beautiful touches you can add to your event to make it about YOU. How about sharing fortune cookies that not only  give your guests the fortune you chose for them,  but also thank them for coming?!

Check out how we created traditions to for families at the Atlanta Party Connection‘s Bar & Bat Mitzvah Expo!

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Tarot Readings with two women at event

Do Your Own Tarot

So you want Tarot readings at your next party and we are already booked? Don’t despair! We’ve got you covered!

NY Times Guide: Tarot for Beginners

What you need:

Use a Tarot deck that you like. There are so so many different kinds available ranging from classic decks to hand painted ones. You will find a vast array of everything from Goddess cards to Wisdom cards, Thoth, to everything in between. I personally love the pictography of the Rider-Waite deck and enjoy using many others, as well.

Find a table and a velvet table cloth is nice, or something to cover the table. Some people like incense and candles.

A space where you can hear and be heard.

Do you give readings separately? With two people? More? Why not? Try it! Make sure that all of the participants are on board with sharing their reading before you begin.

Truth be told, Tarot is great fun, engaging, helpful, and so awesome for connecting everybody! (In case you didn’t already know, we have a Santa who is an amazing Tarot reader!)

Let us know if we can help. We’ve got the best readers in the country, right here!

Don’t be a stranger, Baby Cakes–make this party the BEST you’ve ever had. Make yourself the star in everybody’s eyes.

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How to palm read at your own party

How to Palm Read at Your Own Party

How to Palm Read at Your Own Party

How to palm read at your own party is the real guide to giving great readings. Throw on a ‘schmatta.’ (‘Schmatta’ literally means old rag in Yiddish, but refers to some wonderful costume here.) 

Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Wash really well. Dry them with a fresh towel. Completely dry.

Ask to only be of good to all.

Ask people toss their hands (both of them) into the air and hold them at the count of three.

The Most Important Step of How to Palm Read

Watch. Closely. Are you working with a Rule Breaker? Or Maybe a Rule Maker? 

Are they clumsy? Stylistically gifted? What about scared sh*tless? Take their hands as you share this newly gleaned knowledge. You might’ve already spilled the beans, giggling or chortling while they tried to put their hands up in the air.

What do you notice?

Truly, what do you feel, or see or NOTICE first? Is it temperature, weight, color, dryness or sweatiness, smoothness, roughness, delicate shape, flexibility, rigidity, strength, tension? 

Gently feel the person’s hand, push and pull. Notice if the lines of the palms match. Are the hands even? Is the person left or right handed? 

Look for any markings that catch your eye. 

Check out those nails! Functional or for display? Check for lines, creases, pits in the nails. 

Are the nails the same shape, color, and condition? Look at the splay of the fingers when they are relaxed. Eyeball the angle of the thumb to the palm, note which finger seems strongest. Do the fingers curl back slightly, are they touching? When the hands are relaxed and facing up, note if there is concave hollow or an area that protrudes or predominates. A blister, cut, mole, spot—they’re all in. Sometimes you might want to enquire if something is dirt or chocolate.

The question is less about what the traits and circumstances of a person are, and more what they choose to do with them.

What does all of this mean?

The traits embodied in our hands are a distillation of our character, tendencies, and destiny. We create our own destinies in every action, word, raised eyebrow, leap, or snicker. Choose your words wisely. You are here to uplift and inspire.

When you’re done, you should wash your hands in cold water up to the elbows. Let me know how it goes!

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Zoltar Fortune Teller reading palms

Why Brides Want Fortune Tellers

Why Brides Want Fortune Tellers

Why People Crave Something Different

Is it really about knowing the future?

Why do brides all suddenly want fortune tellers? It’s not about the future: it’s about the here and now. Maybe it’s because we all want to know what’s going to happen next. It might be because it’s the comfort and connection we feel when someone takes the time to recognize us and our gifts. Personalized and meaningful entertainment is popular. We’re seeing an unprecedented increase in the number of brides who really want to have something different for all things weddings: fortune tellers, palm readings, handwriting analysis, Tarot readings, coffee cup readings, lip print analysis–even acrobats, jugglers, and magicians! All of these quirky, old-fashioned forms of entertainment are making a huge comeback. People are hungering to do something different, but most importantly, they want to do something meaningful.

Why? 

It’s because we are all starved for connection. The hunger is real. We want to connect in a meaningful way. People feel a sense of alienation and isolation that comes from living through a pandemic. Along with brides, planners are desperately looking for different ways to connect people.

What kind of wedding events use fortune tellers?

Think about it–how can you create a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or wedding reception that helps your guests connect in a meaningful and compelling way? 

Easy! Use the opportunity to bring people together so they can get to know each other, exchange ideas, talk about what matters to them. A fortune teller, reader, psychic, analyst–whatever you call it–the most important part is the integrity of the performers. Second to that is their ability to match their production values to the overall ambience of your event. Whether formal, breezy, quirky, subdued, or surprising, decor adds an extra dimension to any event. Think of it as the difference between inviting guests to  a home that is fully furnished versus one that is empty 😊.

There is a huge surge in requests for interactive entertainment for everything family-oriented. These are events where people can bond with each other, find a precious moment to share something unique and personal. Sometimes it’s the first time people have met.  Sometimes, it’s been far too long since they’ve seen each other.

Creating connection

We want to meet other people. How can we have personal connection and be ‘seen’? It can be difficult to start a conversation with someone you meet for the first time or someone you haven’t seen for a while. That’s our time to shine. People watch and listen, rev up their courage, are curious—and want to know about themselves and that other person!

Don’t lose this opportunity to connect more deeply with your loved ones and have fun at the same time! Nothing matters more than how your guests feel at your event.

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