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February 18, 2019

The Best Gathering Venue for Churches that Share Space

Selecting a church gathering venue may be more complicated for a church that shares space. While many houses of worship have been renting rooms to self-help groups and daycare centers for years, today they often have relationships that are closer than just landlord and tenant. If you’re planning an event and there’s more than one group using your church, here are some points to keep in mind. There are many advantages to sharing space. Maybe you’re a church whose membership is declining, and you want to serve as a host to one of the growing number of immigrant congregations looking for room in your area. Some churches are even providing space to people of other faiths. While rental income is a common incentive, you may also be partners in providing community services and building diversity. Planning meetings and social events together can be one more way to strengthen your connection: Travel together. Sharing a trip and meeting at a different destination can help you to see each other in a new light and think more creatively. That’s especially true if your two groups otherwise rarely meet outside the church building or seldom see each other at all. Slow down. You […]
February 6, 2019

Three Reasons Why an Outdoor Wedding Venue Might be Right for You

Congratulations! You just got engaged? Now, it is time to find the right wedding venue for you. One important thing to remember is that no one wedding location is perfect for every couple. If you are still trying to decide on a venue, there are at least three reasons why you may want to have an outdoor ceremony. The Décor While some couples love coming up with just the right decorations for their wedding, others would rather focus on what they view as the important details. When you host an outdoor wedding ceremony, the trees, flowers, and another natural backdrop often offer all the decoration you need. Even if you add in a few personal decorations, decorating for an outdoor ceremony is often a lot easier and less expensive than decorating for an indoor one. The Photographs Perhaps one of the best reasons for an outdoor wedding ceremony is the pictures. Sure, indoor ceremonies can be beautiful, but there’s just something really gorgeous about the pictures from an outdoor wedding ceremony. Nothing can beat having trees, a lake, or a beautiful garden as the backdrop for your wedding photos. Plus, the natural lighting often offers a beautiful element to the […]
January 26, 2019

Family Reunions Don’t Have to Be Potluck

If you’ve ever attended a family reunion, chances are the meals were potluck. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you might have an even better time if you let someone else do the cooking. Here are some of the major advantages to upgrading your dining experience. Get Out of the Kitchen: One of the best things about going to a party is that someone else prepares the food. Considering all the work that goes into planning a family reunion or even getting your family to attend, it’s nice to strike one task off your list. Even if you like cooking, the labor it takes to prepare a meal for a big group may surprise you if you’re used to feeding only a few people at a time. Cut Down on Packing: Packing light makes any travel much easier. You’ll arrive at your destination feeling ready to party instead of wanting to go back to bed because you wore yourself out bringing along the food and all that goes with it, like the cooking and serving supplies. You can also greatly reduce the risk of anyone getting food poisoning by not transporting food. Mingle More: It’s hard to have a deep […]
January 7, 2019

5 Tips for Your Wedding Thank You Letters

Writing thank you letters to your wedding guests may be the last major task associated with your big day, but it’s an important one. After all, your family and friends helped make your wedding such a joyful and memorable occasion. It’s okay if you’re brimming over with gratitude and worrying about hand cramps at the same time. These 5 tips will help you create wedding  thank you notes your guests will love. Start early. Aim to send your thank you letters out as soon as possible, hopefully within no more than 3 months. Give yourself as much time as possible, especially if you had a lot of guests. Breaking your writing sessions up will take some pressure off your brain and your hands. Personalize it. You probably know that any thank you letter should be personalized. Address people by name, describe their specific gift, and state how you’re using it. The exception is money gifts where you don’t need to state the dollar amount. Split it up. Only one of you has to sign each letter so you can cut the work in half. Divide it up as you like, often the bride and groom each thank their own guests. […]
December 27, 2018

Interactive Events Start with Picking the Right Corporate Event Venue

Whether you’re trying to build team spirit, present important information or show your employees some appreciation, your corporate events are more likely to achieve their purpose if you keep your eye on making them interactive. One important element in engaging your audience is selecting an appropriate corporate event venue. At Chandler’s Gardens we have a few suggestions for promoting give and take. Pick Your Venue: Engagement starts with selecting a spacious facility where you can enjoy a variety of activities. Attendees should have room to move around during each session, and wall space to put up charts and posters. For mealtimes, dining al fresco will help people to feel refreshed and stay alert. Even break times become more productive when there are indoor or outdoor areas to relax and have informal conversations, or take a walk and stretch out. Hire a Professional Moderator: A professional moderator can be well worth the expense. They can gauge the mood of the audience and make helpful adjustments, facilitate Q&A sessions, and let you know when attendees need a break. They can also guide the conversation in a positive direction, keep it on track, and make sure everyone has a chance to participate. Focus […]
December 10, 2018

Outdoor Events Hosted at Chandler’s Gardens near McKinney

Welcome to Chandler’s Gardens A few short minutes outside of McKinney, Texas there is 250 acres of countryside filled with natural beauty and featuring Italian style architecture. The Chandler’s Gardens are home to a perfect array of outdoor facilities for a variety of events. From weddings and receptions to Corporate Parties and Picnics. You can have the wedding of your dreams with the bride and groom riding along the trails on horseback to exchange vows under the Oaks in the Secret Garden, or do so while watching the sunset over the shining lake for Reflections at Water’s Edge. Most areas in the Garden’s allow for up to 170 people to be in attendance. Several of the major venues on the property do come with electrical outlets, so you can plug-in some speakers or microphones. Whether you have live performances or not you can easily set the mood of your event and communicate with your guests. Speaking of atmosphere, the amazing Circle of Trees provides a perfect party or picnic environment thanks to its lights strung from tree to tree, the dance floor, and the rolling green hills surrounding it. In the center of our Legacy of Legends Rose Garden is […]
November 26, 2018

Privacy Isn’t Just For Celebrity Weddings

Privacy is a concern anytime you’re planning a wedding, even if you don’t star on a hit TV show, and you’ve never been nominated for an Oscar. You’ve probably heard of celebrities who go so far as to rent a remote island or block overhead air traffic so they can get married away from the prying eyes of photographers and fans. When you think of all that trouble and expense, you’ll probably be relieved that there are much less extreme solutions that will work for you, such as booking your wedding at Chandler’s Gardens. We’re located on over 250 secluded acres just minutes northwest of McKinney, Texas. Our venue eliminates many of the privacy challenges that can arise if you’re getting married someplace more public: Uninvited Guests and Spectators: Have you seen videos where a sunbather deliberately or unintentionally crashes a beach wedding? Sometimes it looks like they’re trying to snag a free place to sit. Other times it seems like they innocently got in the path of the camera. Either way, do you want to explain to your grandchildren who those strangers are in the background of your wedding photos? Distracting Noises and Smells: People choose to get married […]
November 21, 2018

You Don’t Have to Have Your Prom in a Gym

Despite what you may have seen in Hollywood movies, the school gym is not the only place you can have your prom. In fact, there may be many reasons why the gym isn’t available for your event or you may appreciate the advantages of choosing an off-site prom venue. Here are some points to consider. You can’t use the gym anyway. Let’s start with the most obvious reason. Maybe the gym is out of service because they’re installing a new floor or your school is in the middle of other renovations. That’s no reason to cancel or postpone an event as important as the prom, especially when you can find another suitable venue. You’ll have more help. Many proms get organized by a committee of parent volunteers, and one or more school employees. That can be a lot of work on top of your everyday responsibilities. When you use an outside venue you may have access to all kinds of expertise and services that aren’t included with your gym. Your decorating and theme options multiply. Whether your theme is The Great Gatsby or A Night on the Nile, sometimes the gym still looks like a gym no matter what you […]
November 12, 2018

5 Icebreakers for a Successful Family Reunion

Time flies by at a good family reunion. You have so many people you want to meet, and so many stories you want to hear. No matter how many hours you spend together, it may not seem like enough. That’s why you want to get off to a good start so you don’t waste a single precious minute. Try these 5 ideas for breaking the ice quickly, and helping family members to start mingling immediately.   Pick a beautiful space: The conversation flows with ease when you have lots of room, and natural beauty surrounding you. That’s one reason why Chandler’s Gardens is so popular for family reunions, weddings, and other events. Our 250 acres can also accommodate a wide variety of activities so your guests can sit and talk, take walks or play outdoor games Appoint a welcoming committee: Greet your guests warmly, and hand out name tags, gift bags, and your agenda. They’ll feel secure and cared for instead of worrying where the closest bathroom is or how long they have to wait for lunch. Hand out name tags: Speaking of name tags, get creative with them. In addition to names, invite people to add an interesting fact […]