Starlight, Star Bright

Community theater group stages It’s a Wonderful Life By Kenneth LaFave   The full name is Starlight Community Theater, though to its thousands of participants over the years – from actors and stagehands to audience members – it’s simply Starlight. But it wouldn’t be inaccurate to call it “Starlight Family Theater.” “The family makeup of Starlight is one of our strengths,” says Raquel L. Jarvill, presid ...

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Glow City

Illumination: Symphony of Light returns bigger and brighter   To date, 96 Guinness World Records have been set in Arizona. They include some odd but awesome accolades: largest cornhole shot (110 feet, set in Cottonwood in 2015); fastest speed barefoot water skiing (135.74 mph, set in Chandler in 1989); most Caesar salads made in one hour (108, set at Yuma Territorial Prison in 2010); and longest leg ha ...

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A Joyful Sound

Arizona Musicfest season stages four months of performances for a good cause By Kenneth LaFave   It was once known as “the little festival that could.” Now it’s the cultural flashpoint of the North Valley. What else would you call a performance series that has gone from 7,000 attendees in 2013 to more than 21,000 last year? Or one that grew from a few winter performances into a fall-to-spring season of ...

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Game Day Décor: Five tips from The Stylish Table’s party playbook

Game Day Décor  Five tips from The Stylish Table’s party playbook. By Joyce Laszloffy Photos by Stephanie Heymann Photography With football season upon us, there’s no better time to host a party. I’m going to go out on a limb here and be really honest, I’m not a football fan. Actually, I’m not a fan of any team sports, but that doesn’t stop me from throwing a party. Who doesn’t love a good party? Whether yo ...

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The latest trends in home decorating take cues from the 1960s

Color Me Retro The latest trends in home decorating take cues from the 1960s.     By Shelley Sakala Prepare yourselves, time travel is here. And our first stop is 1960s America. It was the era of chain smoking, the moon landing, and the three-martini lunch. Dad had his pipe and slippers, while mom was a real, live Suzy Homemaker. But, as the years progressed, martinis were replaced by green tea (a ...

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A fun themed birthday party makes children and their families feel special

Circus Fun A fun themed birthday party makes children and their families feel special.   By Jamila Watson Photos by Kourtney Marie Photography Happy 2017! Some time ago, Julie Read from Juju’s Tutus and I had the pleasure of throwing a circus-themed birthday party for some amazing kids whose families didn’t have the resources to throw them a party. With the help of some talented and cause-driven vendor ...

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Party stylista Kimberly Hufford offers up a fun party idea for the kiddos

Video Game Party  Party stylista Kimberly Hufford offers up a fun party idea for the kiddos.   Photos by Heidi Lea Photography This party was such a hit. With the Pokémon and Minecraft craze, your kiddos will love this fun theme. My favorite part of this event has to be the Video Game Truck. This amazing truck pulls up in front of your home, and stays for two hours of fun. The truck holds up to 18 kids ...

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Six tips to celebrate the new school year with a colorful celebration

Art Party  Six tips to celebrate the new school year with a colorful celebration that’s sure to get kids excited about heading back to the classroom. By Kimberly Hufford Photos by Heidi Lea Photography Here are some simple tips to plan a fun event that will get your kids excited to go back to school. The art theme is great because it has a built in craft and activity that will keep the kids busy. Invite sch ...

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Party stylist Kimberly Hufford celebrates marriage vows

A Romantic Renewal Party stylist Kimberly Hufford celebrates marriage vows. Photos by Heidi Lea Photography The day I married my husband I knew I wanted to relive that moment over and over, celebrating with vow renewals along the way. So when it came to our 15th anniversary, we decided to plan a romantic renewal set at the beautiful L’Auberge de Sedona. This gorgeous resort is nestled in the woods of Sedona ...

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Make an impact with party balloons

Up & Away Make an impact with party balloons. By Jamila Watson Photography by Kourtney Marie Photography What’s the one item that can make an impact at your next party? Balloons! Here are a few fun balloon ideas that you can use for your next event. Balloon Towers  If you are planning a huge party and are looking for décor that makes a statement, why not try a balloon tower? These are great as an entryw ...

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