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Putting the ART in your PARTY, Issue #002 is here
February 01, 2005

Welcome to a busy month.
I hope you are enjoying 2005 and sticking to your new years resolutions.
I have been busy planning my daughter’s 3rd birthday party. There is an unspoken competition amongst parents of little kids that you have to plan something more exciting than the other kids birthdays, so that every kid in the neighbourhood will be there.

After doing a google search for kid‘s party activities, and I am astounded at the variety entertainment available. There are clowns, fairies, magicians, jumping castles, baby animal farms, interactive insect shows, carnival rides, sumo wrestling, laser tag, the list goes on….

But that is true of all types of events. If you can imagine it, there is someone out there that will help you make it happen. Who would have ever thought of releasing doves at events? We did! And from the feedback we get, it’s a crowd pleaser.

Are you planning a big event? I’d love to hear about it. Email me with your life story!


1. FEATURE ARTICLE - Choosing Your Groomsmen: No Matter What They Say, Nobody "Must" Be In the Wedding Party

2.WHERE DOVES FLY - Some of the best events that Heavenly Doves have attended in the past month.

4. OUT OF THE IN-TRAY - The jokes or pearls of wisdom that have landed in my email inbox.


This page is password-protected and strictly for subscribers only. Every month I pound the cyber-pavement looking for interesting new products and irresistible bargains for you to browse from the comfort of your desk. There are also some info-packed e-books that you can download.
What products are on the member’s page this month?

Forget boring flowers and chocolates - I‘ve found groovy valentine‘s gifts with a twist. To access this page your password is FEATHER (the password is case sensitive and changes every month) ….go on, have a quick look now and only for Subscribers of “Putting the Art in Your Party“.

OK, you are allowed to tell your mum or maybe 20 of your closest friends, just don’t go screaming about these specials from rooftops, because if they are “while stocks last” you might miss out ;)

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FEATURE ARTICLE- Choosing Your Groomsmen: No Matter What They Say, Nobody "Must" Be In the Wedding Party

By Jennifer Baumann

Your lovely fiancée has chosen her 'maids, and now you're stuck with the task of finding just the right number of family and friends to pair them with. How do you decide who makes the cut?

The Usual Suspects

Remember: No matter what your family or friends say, there aren't people who "must" be in the wedding party. Select buddies you're close with-not guys you feel obligated to ask. If you're unfamiliar with wedding etiquette, however, here are the "usual" rules for including groomsmen in your wedding party.

Brothers-yours and your bride's-come first. Unless there are strange circumstances (if you don't speak to your brother, for instance), your brothers and her brothers are automatically in the wedding party. Next come your closest friends (some may be relatives) who are responsible-and let's get real here-financially sound. Being in a wedding, especially if travel is involved, is expensive.

The Best Man for the Job

We'd like to advise you to ignore anyone who offers input on choosing your best man, but we know this isn't entirely realistic. We will say, however, that you'll want to choose the male who is closest to you and has been there for you. Whether he's a blood relative or close friend, you'll be glad when your wedding day arrives that you picked your best friend.

Great Expectations

When you begin asking your friends to stand up in your wedding, be sure to explain what's expected. The basics include:

  • Travel and accommodations
  • Attend the rehearsal and dinner
  • Renting tuxedo and shoes
  • Attend tuxedo fittings
  • Help plan and attend the bachelor party
  • Seat guests at the wedding
  • Walk down the aisle with a bridesmaid (maybe)
  • Dance with same bridesmaid
  • Wedding gift (unspoken requirement, of course!)

If this is manageable for your buds, you're in business.

Who Doesn't Make It

Keep in mind that a lot of money (whether it's yours is inconsequential) and effort are being spent on the biggest day of your life. You don't want to start your lifetime commitment with the following burdens (trust me, I'm a wife): friends who get too drunk, who are late for everything, and who have a reputation for not showing up for important events. These guys are not the best choice for groomsmen. If there's any doubt about whether your skiing buddy, "GanjaDaddy," will fulfill his duties, you probably shouldn't ask him. We suggest, based on horror stories we've heard and witnessed, that you choose your most responsible friends for this very special day.

This doesn't mean you load your wedding party with a bunch of stiffs. You know what we're saying. Keep it reasonable.

About the Author

Jennifer Baumann is editor of Wedding Gazette, the resource for real-world wedding planning that's packed with info on how to plan your budget, how to avoid killing certain family members, exhaustive theme ideas, plus tons of resources on finding favors, necessary accessories, gifts for your groomsmen, and much more.

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Just in case you get bored with the all the romance in this newsletter, I won’t discuss our wedding dove releases, I’ll describe some of the weirder and wackier things we’ve done lately…

Before I do, congratulations all these newlyweds...
Isabelle and Jeremy, Melissa and Matthew, Christine and Stephen, Linda and Michael, Warren and Virginia, Karmen and Raymond, Kevin and Kathleen, & Diana and Nassif.

Ooops, I’ve run out of room now, so you’ll have to wail until next month to hear the juicy gossip!


February 2- Groundhog Day (USA) Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of the North American winter. If you’ve seen the movie, you’d already know this: If Punxsutawney Phil comes out and sees his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, spring will arrive early. Punxsutawney Phil is just a bit smarter than your average hibernating mammal!

February 6- Waitangi Day (NZ) - A national day of thanksgiving in commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 between Mäori and the British Crown.

February 8 - Mardi Gras (Held in cities around the world) Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” and was traditionally the last day of feasting and indulgence before the solemn season of lent. Some of the bigger Mardi Gras festivals happen in New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, Nice, and Cologne. Here in Sydney it’s a Gay and Lesbian parade. Party On People!

February 9 - Chinese New Year (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea) Welcome to the Year of the Rooster. Cluck, cluck

February 14 - Valentine’s Day (Most of the World) Time to treat your sweetheart!

February 15 - National Flag of Canada Day This year is the 40th anniversary since the Canadian flag was first raised.

February 21 - President’s Day (USA) Remembering Washington, Lincoln and other US presidents.

February 27 - Independence Day (Dominican Republic)


Valentines Day (like most events in this day and age) would seem to be a day invented by marketing wizards to give everyone another excuse to offload hard-earned cash.

But apparently it really does originate about 2000 years ago when the Roman empire ruled the world.

Emperor Claudius II banned engagements and marriage to force men to leave their families and fight with the Roman army. Valentine’s Day is named after Bishop Valentine, who prominently opposed the marriage ban. He would illegally perform wedding ceremonies in secret locations- a crime punishable by death.
This was the only time in history that men would rebel by getting married!

Bishop Valentine was caught and locked away. During his short incarceration, the couples he wedded put thank you cards, gifts and flowers in his jail cell. Bishop Valentine was then put to death by being beaten, bludgeoned and decapitated on February 14, 269 AD (How Romantic!).

The last letter he wrote was a love letter to the jailer’s daughter thanking her for keeping his spirits up during his incarceration. (This is apparently why we give cards on Valentine’s day).

In the years following, the roman catholic church made Bishop Valentine a saint and eventually made him “The Patron Saint of Love and Marriage“.

Therefore Saint Valentine’s Day is a day to love the idea of love and appreciate the institution of marriage. It’s a day to remind your spouse or partner that you’re still there and you still care.

For those that are single on Valentine’s Day, it’s a day to go out with friends and enjoy yourself!

Do you live in Sydney and want to do something heart-stoppingly romantic for your valentine? How about releasing a pair of white doves with a message of love? Contact us for more information.


An Australian Love Poem (Who said Australian's weren't romantic?)
An Australian Love Poem (Who said Australian's weren't romantic?)

Of course I love ya darling
You're a bloody top notch bird
And when I say you're gorgeous
I mean every single word

So ya bum is on the big side
I don't mind a bit of flab
It means that when I'm ready
There's somethin there to grab

So your belly isn't flat no more
I tell ya, I don't care
So long as when I cuddle ya
I can get my arms round there

No sheila who is your age
Has nice round perky breasts
They just gave in to gravity
But I know ya did ya best

I'm tellin ya the truth now
I never tell ya lies
I think its very sexy
That you've got dimples on ya thighs

I swear on me nanna's grave now
The moment that we met
I thought you was as good as
I Was ever gonna get

No matter wot you look like
I'll always love ya dear
Now shut up while the footy's on
And fetch another beer!!

See ya later, mates!


This ezine is sent out on the first day of every month, so don’t forget to look out for March’s edition of “Putting the Art in Your Party“.

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“Putting the Art in Your Party” -A monthly newsletter delivering exciting info on event planning, celebrations around the world, hot products and, of course, dove releasing.

Published By Tamara Baker from Heavenly Doves
White Doves for special events in Sydney
North Richmond, NSW, Australia
Phone: +61 2 45712573

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