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Putting the ART in your PARTY., Issue #001 -- HAPPY NEW EZINE
January 01, 2005



Welcome to the first ever issue of “Putting the Art in Your Party“.

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday season and are gearing up for a big year. I thought it was fitting to begin an e-zine about celebrations while everyone is recovering from the biggest party of the year- New Years Eve!

We are glad you have joined us in our focus on fun and the important events in life. Every month, I will bring you an article about event planning, info about what big events are happening around the world and anything I find that I think you’ll enjoy.


1. FEATURE ARTICLE - Is it Functional To Hire a Function Coordinator or should you DIY?
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.

This month I‘ve found great ways to relax at home, stunning table decorations, glamerous jewellery and some top value DVDs. To access this page your password is BIRDY (the password is case sensitive and it changes every month) ….go on, have a quick look now. Only at 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 ;)

FEATURE ARTICLE- Is it Functional To Hire a Function Coordinator or should you DIY?

Whenever we arrive at a weddings organised by function coordinators, I cringe.
I do this because I always think of a certain function coodinator that we cross paths with now and then.

This bloke is wildly outgoing and more than a little eccentric. His looks remind me of Carson from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy". At weddings, he works the crowd at lightning speed, hurrying from one group of guests to the next...making sure everyone has drinks; telling strange jokes and directing his assistants like an orchestra conductor.

I am still trying to figure out if this guy is naturally weird (like Jim Carey) or if drugs are involved!
Well, it doesn't matter really because he organises plenty of events and it is likely that it is his personality that make people want to hire him.
The only reason he makes me cringe is because when we attend events with him, I know I will be organised to the nth degree along with everyone else involved with the whole production (which is not a bad thing for the person hosting the event.)

So, do you really need a function coordinator or is it better to figure it out all by yourself?
Like any service provider, you hire a function coordinator for their experience, talents, knowledge of their local community, their contacts with others in the industry and, of course, their personality.
A good function coordinator should be able to save you money (by negotiating on prices) and lots of time.
Function Coordinators Are Really Useful If....
  • You are inviting more than 100 guests
  • You define the event as "one of the most important days of your life"
  • You have a very tight budget
  • You are holding the event overseas or in another state
  • You are having lots of extra touches like fireworks, dove releases or butterfly releases
  • You have a specific theme that requires lots of effort to set up or decorate.


  • Get quotes from 2 or 3 different coordinators
  • Be clear with your expectations of the event. Make sure they know what they are organising and what you want to organise yourself
  • Find good coordinators from other people's recommendations
  • Ask for references or customer testimonials before hiring anyone.

      Find the full version of this article at the member's page password: BIRDY. Look for the articles and links after the shopping tour


      Being summer in Sydney, weddings are hot, hot, hot, so I’ll tell you about some of the great weddings we’ve seen.

      December is always one of the busiest months of the year in the world of dove releasing. Not because of Christmas, but because lots of people want to wed in the steamy summer months. Phhewww!

      Last month we were at Oatlands house, near Parramatta, for the wedding of Ryan to Millie. Congratulations to the happy couple. The ceremony was elegantly presented by their celebrant, Linda Natividad.

      Meanwhile at Punchbowl, Carol arrived by horse and carriage to marry John in a Lebanese-Greek wedding; after their ceremony, we were mobbed by the little flower girls who wanted to pat the fantails….

      And finally, congratulations to Harout and Louise. Harout surprised his bride by giving her a white dove to release after their ceremony at Chatswood. Louise was very impressed with the doves. She loved them so much she wanted to take one home with her rather than release it.


      January 1 New Years Day - The biggest party of the year, HAPPY 2005.
      January 6- Epiphany - A celebration of Jesus’ baptism, mainly celebrated in the Orthodox Church.
      January 10 - Coming of Age Day (Japan)
      January 17 - Martin Luther King Day (USA)
      January 22 - Ukrainian Independence Day - The Ukraine’s Biggest day of the year.
      January 26 - Australia Day (Australia) and Republic Day (India) - The day Australians & Indians go all patriotic.


      Epiphany means “appearance” in Greek. This is a festival that occurs on January 6 every year in the Anglican, Eastern and Roman Catholic churches.

      It is a commemoration of three events: The visit of the three wise men to baby Jesus in Bethlehem, revealing his status as saviour, the baptism of Jesus Christ, and the first miracle that Jesus performed where he turned water into wine.

      The celebration of Epiphany is far more ancient than Christmas and was once considered more important.
      It is celebrated in Eastern Orthodox churches with a feast, exchanging of gifts and blessing of the waters.

      The term “epiphany” is often used in everyday language to mean a life-changing revelation.

      Releasing white doves is a tangible way of expressing an Epiphany, either personal or as part of the religious event because white doves can be portrayed as the appearance of spirit.

      If you want to participate in the annual Epiphany celebration, contact your local Catholic church for information. If you are planning an epiphany event and you want to release doves, give us a call.


      Can you guess which of the following are true and which are false?

      1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
      2. Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button.
      3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 years.
      4. People do not get sick from cold weather; it's from being indoors a lot more.
      5. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop, even your heart!
      6. Only 7 per cent of the population are lefties.
      7. Forty people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.
      8. Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until they are 2-6 years old.
      9. The average person over 50 will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.
      10. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.
      11. The average housefly lives for one month.
      12. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.
      13. A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.
      14. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.
      15. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than any other time of day.
      16. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.
      17. The REAL reason ostriches stick their head in the sand is to search for water.
      18. The only two animals that can see behind themselves without turning their heads are the rabbit and the parrot.
      19. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Tootsie."
      20. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem.
      21. In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.
      22. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane, just in case there is a crash.
      23. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.
      24. Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from women who give birth. They are used in vein transplant surgery.
      25. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were 7th cousins.
      26. If coloring weren't added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.

      They are all TRUE (although I haven’t scientifically researched any of them except #8)

      Well, on that note, I’ll say goodbye! Have a great month.


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

      I welcome any comments, suggestions, questions or article ideas, just email

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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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