HOW TO POP THE QUESTION… The bridesmaid question that is!

From the desk of Kristen Kaneb

Looking for a creative way to ask your girlfriends to be your bridesmaids? From quirky to simple ideas, there are endless ways to ask for your BFF’s support on your special day. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

  1. Message in a Mug: As you are at home or in a café enjoying some much needed caffeine, surprise your friend with the exciting news at the bottom of a mug.

You can buy this exact mug here.

2. Solve The Puzzle: Have your friend piece together a puzzle to reveal the message. This idea is fun and unique, not to mention it will get the brain working a little bit!

This puzzle is available at Etsy.


  1. Balloon Burst: Send over a special package to your friends’ houses. Inside the box they will find a balloon labeled “Pop me!” Once they follow the instructions, there is an explosion of confetti and a small note asking them to be your bridesmaid.

This arrangement is available to ship to directly to bridesmaids, with an option for customizable messages on the note.

  1. Cards with a Hidden Message: Ask your girlfriends by sending them a unique card. Have them scratch off the heart to reveal the exciting note.

Purchase this card here.


  1. Tasty Treat: All you need for this idea is a cute little box and a fresh donut. On the outside of the box is the phrase, “I donut want to get married without you,” and after they open it they see you are asking them to be your bridesmaid. And, as a bonus, they get to enjoy a delicious donut in celebration of being selected as a bridesmaid!

This box can be purchased at Etsy.


Panama Fever

Typically it happens right about January 15th, I start to feel the itch – or should I say the cold – and I know it is time to seek warmer weather.  Traveling is one of my greatest pleasures…it affords me the opportunity to meet new people, see new places and learn the history of another country.  This year we set a few parameters for our trip – we only had one week so the flight had to be less than 6 hours, nonstop  (layover + winter = disaster!), temperature greater than 80 degrees, and an interesting history.

Panama it is!  Located in Central American with direct flights from Boston on Copa Airlines – average temperature 85 degrees – decision made.

First stop – Casco Viejo – Old City.  Destroyed in the 1600’s by Captain Henry Morgan (yes – there was a pirate Captain Morgan before he became the name of a famous brand of rum!).

Panama is the wealthiest country in Central America.  The new city showcases some of the most interesting architecture that I have seen.


You cannot go to Panama and not go through the famous locks of the Panama Canal. The canal was started by the French – but they were unable to survive yellow fever and have the engineering skills – enter the USA.  The canal was opened officially in 1914! The US retained ownership until 1999 when the Panama Canal was transferred from the US back to Panama.

Panama is a country of 4 million people – 2 millions of these folks live in Panama City – the city is bustling!  They do have some work to do on their infrastructure …their traffic jams made Boston look good.

It never fails while on vacation I seem to always find a wedding.  This beautiful bride had a “never ending” party on the roof top next to our hotel.

Now time for some peace and quiet…we had our history lessons, met some wonderful people, listened to great jazz so it was time to board a plane and head west – to paradise – Isla Palenque.  Located in the Pacific, off the coast of David, this eco -resort was breathtaking.

This was the perfect way to end our vacation – pool, sun, beach, cocktails – repeat!



Leaping Greenly….

From the desk of Partner Jana Gimenez

As a kid growing up in Alabama, one of my fondest spring memories is my mom announcing each year in early February that she could see the green in the trees.  It became the annual family joke, of course, “Mom’s seeing green again!”  Sure enough, though, the forsythia bushes were budding in her backyard during my visit last week…

I’ve lived in Boston for most of my adult life, so now I have to wait much longer for the green.  Most of the year my sworn favorite color is red, but when the fresh new achingly gorgeous green leaves emerge, my frozen winter heart melts.  What could be more beautiful?









Even though the green is not yet peeping through here in New England, this glorious shade can be found in many places that make me happy.  My table at home…

Our events…



And other happy places soon to come…



Keep looking, it will be here soon!

I thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

e. e. cummings