Santa Mini Sessions at Cafe O’Play

Getting your children to take a nice picture is hard. Even when they just have to stand by themselves it is impossible to get the them to cooperate. Then Christmas time comes and we expect them to hop up onto a strangers lap and smile nice. (after we spend the other 11 months of the year teaching them to be wary of strangers!). Box Social Event Planning, Cafe O’Play and We Are YEG are changing the way Santa Pictures are done. There are no long lineups and no rush once it is your child’s turn to see Santa. Your child is able to play in Cafe O’Play’s fantastic play area and we will call them when it is their turn. Once it is their turn they are welcome to talk, tell Santa their Christmas list, or play with the cute wood blocks that Tara from “Tara Michelle Interiors” has made. (seen in the picture below)

This creates a stress free and friendly experience for everyone! This relaxed environment allows We Are YEG photographers to capture moments that you would not be able to get by being plunked down on Santa’s lap at the Mall. Mrs. Clause will also be there to visit with the kids and give out cookies to each child.


Sessions are $60 per family and include: two different poses in 4×6 and two poses in 5×7 printed copies (to be picked up at the cafe at a later date), an emailed copy of each pose, a cookie for each child and play in the Cafe before and after the mini session.  Event runs from December 1-6th at Cafe O’Play

Candy Table


Candy tables are a great addition to any event. You can customize colours, themes, and all ages love a good candy table! The event this weekend took place at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre so we knew we were going to have a very traditional background to work with. By adding simple yarn balls, a wreath (both of which Abby made!), and some ribbon we created a simple backdrop for the table. The rustic barn board boxes, burlap, mason jars, and traditional red, white, and green candy completed this look. Please check out the gallery for a closer look and more pictures from this event. If you would like to have a candy table at your next event please contact Deanne at info @


November’s Kids Play at Kingsway Mall

Come to Kingsway Mall on November 26th to see everything your local Gymboree has to offer by taking part in sample classes for your little one! We will be doing crafts, games, songs, and of course the BIG parachute will come out!

Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 30 years. Today there are over 550 locations in 30 countries, making them the global leader in early childhood development programs. Designed by experts, our age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Their programs are also recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement—which encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development

Wee Piggies and Paws will also be there on November 26th. Wee Piggies specializes in creating one-of-a-kind keepsakes of your children’s hands/feet into custom shadow boxes, life statues, ornaments. This is an AWESOME local business and they have graciously agreed to do ornaments for the first 20 babies that come to Kids Play. These become the most beautiful keepsake!

Lionel will be there as well passing out coupons for free kids meals at Boston Pizza! We will be upstairs in Kingsway Mall from 9-11am on November 26th. Hope to see you there!

New Site (YAY!)


There has been so much happening at Box Social Event Planning and between all the parties, events, and hiring the most amazing employee ever (more about Abby soon!) I have a new website too! It will take me a bit to get everything up again but I am hoping this will let you see what we are up to easier. We will have an events calendar that will be updated weekly plus more pictures of what events I am working on.

Thank you again to Timmie who has walked me through the switch and even taught me how to code! (she used a website designed for elementary school aged children to teach me. This poor woman had to start from scratch with me!)

Over the next couple of days I will be adding pictures from past events, updating the blog and adding more upcoming events to the events calendar! You can also keep up to date by following on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.