Monthly Archives: June 2014

I am back !

Did you miss me? I missed hearing from all of you!

If you’re a regular reader, you might have noticed that I haven’t made an entry to my blog in a of couple months.

Many of you emailed with concerns about me, think they missed the Lighter Side jokes the most to be honest with you.

I didn’t go on vacation or wasn’t sick or too busy to write what we have been doing lately. The simple explanation, GoDaddy was discontinuing there Blogcast program.

Wasn’t sure what I was going to do originally, but Godaddy and WordPress put together a package I liked. There was a conversion process that I had to do, or I would have lost all my previous entries to my blog.

After many attempts and lots of frustration I was able to make a successful conversion of my blog entries to the WordPress blogging program.

Won’t bore you with the details of upgrading to WordPress, but I definitely think it is an upgrade. You might have noticed some of the new widgets on the sidebar panel…

For me the big thing is how you, the reader can access the information on my blog…..

You can view the recent entries individually, by a category that I have defined, or by the month and year the blog was created. To me those are a vast improvement of how to read my blog.

I have jotted down notes and am in the process of writing what has happened in the months of May and June. We have been busy… so look for some pics and interesting stories ( I hope ) of our work

Have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask. Remember there are no stupid questions. I take that back, the Wonka reminded me of the time he asked a Nun a stupid question and got his knuckles whacked with a ruler…

Hope you enjoy the new format…….thanks for reading!

Charlie Johnson, Owner and Author


Decorating Tip: Ceiling Balloons


Ceiling Balloons for Brody Bar Mitzvah

Have you ever been to an event and you knew something was missing? But you couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong.

It is like the elephant is in the room but no one dares say a thing because the rest of the decor is unbelievable.

Beautiful centerpieces, entry way decor awesome, key stations accented, up lighting on the perimeter walls, Dee Jay equipment is a big deal….. but yet there is still something missing.

What is it, as you think to yourself… Then it dawns on you. The vast empty space for the most of the night in the center of the room……….The dance floor.

An easy and inexpensive cure to that problem is ceiling balloons with mylar ribbon streamers. It gives that zip, piz-zazz or flair, when the lights bounce off the mylar ribbon, giving an almost dazzling effect all night long.

I told you that it was fairly inexpensive….. a balloon occupies one square foot of space. So all you have to do is measure the width and length of the area of your dance floor and then multiply the two…

That will give you the total square feet of your area.

Balloon decor looks best when there is negative space around it. So take your total number of square feet and reduce it by ten (10) percent. Now that will be the number of balloons you need to order.

Think how great your next event or gala will be with ceiling balloons filling up the empty space called a dance floor.




Spotlight: Schomp Automotive at Peoples’ Fair


Schomp Automotive at the Capital Hill Peoples’ Fair

This is an event I wish I could have told you about ahead of time, but my blog was in transition. Sorry.

The summer really kicks off each year with the Capitol Hill Peoples’ Fair held at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver.

The pic above is at the entrance to Schomp’s Automotive race course. This was a very cool addition to this years Capital Hill Peoples’ Fair. Way to go Schomp, big high five.

There is something for everyone; live music, arts and crafts, food and beverage. So much to see and do, you can’t really see it all in one day.

Looking for a new car……shop Schomp, they are nice to work with and are good people.

Don’t forget to add the Capital Hill Peoples’ Fair to your calendar for next year!



The Lighter Side:


The Lighter Side this month is about cats. I will test your knowledge about those cute little felines. Remember to get the answer to these jokes, think like a child. That shouldn’t be hard for some of my readers. Just kidding ???

Answers will follow the next article.

1. What is a cat’s favorite song?

2. Did you hear about the cat who drank 5 bowls of water?

3. Did you hear about the cat who swallowed a ball of wool?

4. What do you get when you cross a chick with an alley cat?

5. Why don’t cats play poker in the jungle?

6. How does the cat get its own way?

7. What do you call a cat that lives in an igloo?

Good luck, let’s see if you can get a purrfect score.



Spotlight on Mary Fabrikant / La Vie Catering

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Desserts by La Vie Catering

I have many friends within the hospitality industry and one of them is Mary Fabrikant. Mary owns La Vie and Canteen Catering.

A client ordered balloons to be delivered to Herzel / RAMA school lots of years ago. Sidebar, Herzel / RAMA is now Denver Jewish Day School for your information.

That is where I met Mary, she is smart, funny, good looking, and a great cook. I instantly liked her, no she didn’t give me a brownie or a donut. There was just something or things that I really liked about her.

After making several deliveries to Herzel… we became friends and we were talking about Mitzvah’s and Kiddush meals.

She was in a Jewish school and I thought I would see her doing more Kiddush and Mitzvah’s. She did too and couldn’t figure why she didn’t get more gigs.

Which set me to thinking why this talented cook wasn’t doing more Jewish events… Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, it was her company name, Canteen Catering.

This isn’t meant to offend my Jewish friends…..but no self respecting Jewish mom would ever announce to her friends that the caterer to her special event was Canteen Catering.

Sounds like the catering company from Coors Field, the Pepsi Center or Sports Authority Field…. right. Mentioned it to Mary and she talked it over with her husband.

They came up with a new name especially for catered events…… La Vie …….sounds special, Huh Now I can’t take credit for the name, but I can for getting Mary to think about it. Cute story, right.

So when you’re thinking about a caterer think about my friend Mary Fabrikant and La Vie Catering.

Told you Mary was a smart lady, she thinks outside of the box. She called me one day and wanted a special look to display her delicious desserts.

Mary just described what she wanted over the phone and the picture above is how it came out….. A spectacular look for some great tasting desserts at the Jewish Community Center.

I did sample some desserts there and took some home in a people bag……yummy, yummy


The Lighter Side Answers:

Hope you had fun and got a few laughs trying to figure out the answers….. Those of you with cats or children might have had an advantage.

1. What is a cat’s favorite song?

        Answer: Three Blind Mice.

2. Did you hear about the cat who drank 5 bowls of water?

        Answer: He set a new lap record.

3. Did you hear about the cat who swallowed a ball of wool?

        Answer: She had mittens

4. What do you get when you cross a chick with an alley cat?

        Answer: A peeping tom.

5. Why don’t cats play poker in the jungle?

        Answer: Too many cheetahs.

6. How does the cat get its own way?

        Answer: With friendly purrsuasion.

7. What do you call a cat that lives in an igloo?

        Answer: An eskimew

Alright, all of you who had a purrfect score raise your hands. Did you get them all wrong….it might be due to too much catnip………big grin and laugh now.