• 100 Things to Celebrate: Los Dias de Muertos - Those of you who know me know that Halloween is definitely NOT one of my favorite holidays….old story not worth repeating.  I will say, however, that the Halloween parties at Folktale Winery and Vineyards in Carmel Valley, CA the last two years have started to change my mind.  If they have one next year, I...
  • 100 Reasons to Celebrate: The American Spirit -     100 Reasons to Celebrate: The American Spirit Those of you who know me know that I am not particularly patriotic. Don’t get me wrong, I love this country deeply, but I would have to have my eyes closed not to recognize the many challenges that face us. What gives me hope, however, and...
  • 100 Reasons to Celebrate: Themes - As many of you know, Illusions of Grandeur started as a “theme party” company in 1985. The industry was in the early stages and corporate groups wanted themes. Many of our really fun groups still do, however, let’s face it… the industry has changed. We started to see this in the late -1990’s and our...
  • 100 Reasons to Celebrate: Time - There is a quote I love from Rick Warren in his book “The Purpose Driven Life” ~ this is part of it: “Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can't make more time”.