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Birthday Party Ideas, Decorations Included

Birthday Party Ideas, Decorations Included

We may have experience in the photo booth rental space, but really we like the idea of a DIY photo booth too. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of renting a photo booth or don’t want to spend the money on renting one, making one for yourself seems like the next best thing.

But it doesn’t stop there…

With any good photo booth rental comes decorations and props, or at least a background to shoot pictures in front of.

The beauty of creating your own photo booth is that you can choose the type(s) of background you want and utilize it. Believe it or not, wrapping paper can work just fine for a background and as you know, it comes in all kind of colors, shades, and varieties. Blankets and sheets make fine backdrops too. For kids, using sheets with popular cartoons characters typically prove to be a success.

You can find all kinds of decorations and many kinds of props online and on or at your local Party City or other form of party supply store. eBay also has many props for cheap that come in packages. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just use your creativity. Just like Sarah from SoCraftastic:

 

And what’s a birthday party without treats?

Sarah also shares how to make special treats that will stand out at any birthday party.

We hope that you enjoyed this instructional post for making your own party decorations and treats that are certain to please.

What kind of DIY preparations have you made for a birthday party?

5 Fly Ideas for Making Kid’s Birthday Parties Bounce With Fun

5 Fly Ideas for Making Kid’s Birthday Parties Bounce With Fun

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Kids birthday parties are always fun, but there are lots of ways to bounce them onto a whole new level of cool. These our one of all of our favorites types of parties and love each opportunity we have to plan one. In all our years of party planning, we have constantly been progressing with new activities and games that will hold the interest of children while holding back from spending a ton of their parents money on a party budget.

Because of this, we decided to create this post for you today that will share some of the most successful party activities we have used in the past that our clients and their guests absolutely loved. We hope you will enjoy and find some of them useful enough to use at your child’s next birthday party.

#1.) Classic Party Games

You can never go with good old games that everyone enjoys playing. Pin the tail on the donkey has been known as the all-time classic as we still see kids get a kick out it to this day. You can also never go wrong with hop-scotch, bean bag tosses, music chairs, sports games and so many more. Refer to this guide for more ideas for birthday party games.

#2.) Party Rentals

These include inflatable castles, bounce houses, slides and obstacle courses, concession rentals, basketball & baseball games and more. Party rentals may seem a little on the expensive side but if you’re throwing a party for a large group of kids, at least one of these are great for keeping them active all day, and having so much fun that they literally crash.

Parents and children alike will love the fun times with party rentals like inflatables. All that bouncing is great for getting in some exercise for the kids while parents will have the opportunity to snap some great photos. What a great way to jump into some awesome memories!

#3.) Party Entertainers

Whether it’s a clown, magician, face painter or musician, hiring an entertainer is a good way to keep kids interacted and a cool way to help them possible learn something new.

#4.) Rent a Photobooth or Create Your Own

Photo booths are the ultimate way to bring guests of every age together as you get to dress up in costumes, select your own props, and watch as everyone has a turn. Photo booths have become such a popular trend for parties because of how much fun people can have as a group. Even parents can jump in and enjoy a good time with their kids.

Learn how to make your own photobooth here , or watch this video for instructions.

5 Cute Ideas for Toddler Birthday Parties

5 Cute Ideas for Toddler Birthday Parties

Toddlers are just the right age to start enjoying birthday parties and the fun they bring.

As much as you probably want to throw the perfect party for your toddler, it’s okay to relax. Your child will more than likely be content at this age as long as they have good food, company, and entertainment. Your toddler isn’t quite the structured creature yet, so you shouldn’t have a problem with pickiness at this age. Keep it simple, and you will have a successful birthday party for toddlers on your hands.

But just in case, here are 5 helpful tips for making your toddlers party the best.

 

#1.) Let them Choose the Theme

Your toddler have already started to make decisions by this age, so letting them choose their own party theme is a great way to grow their decision making skills, and even their confidence.

#2.) Keep the Guest List Small

The last thing you want to do is overwhelm your toddler by having a lot of people show up. Try keeping the list around 5 kids or less to keep your party calm and much less of a mess.

#3.) Plan the Party Around Naptime

Toddlers can be clingy one minute and on a independent streak the next. Having your party after nap time can reduce chances of these meltdowns occurring, and give your toddler all the energy they need to fully enjoy their birthday party.

#4.) Try to Avoid Entertainers

This is the age where we can’t really be sure if entertainers such as clowns, magicians, or other could scare toddlers at the party. Not only are these strangers, but some may wear costumes or masks that can be quite the scare.

#5.) Arrange Seating for the Kids

Set up a seating area strictly for the kids such as a small table with chairs or picnic table.To make things more interesting, cover the table with a large white sheet of paper or cloth you don’t care about, for the kids to color on.

Food Ideas for Kids Birthday Parties

And if you are stuck on ideas for your toddler’s birthday party as well, check out the video below for some ideas.

4 Simple Rules for Throwing a Fabulous Dinner Party

4 Simple Rules for Throwing a Fabulous Dinner Party

Thowing a dinner party can be fun but when you are on a budget and pressed for time, things can start to lose their charm (at least until it’s time for the party to finally begin. Especially when you’ve got a family, career and plenty of other activities already filling your plate.

As a family and career woman, there have been plenty of times that I needed to put a party together quickly, whether it was for myself, a friend or even a last minute client. In my experiences and years of networking with others in the party/event planning field, I have narrowed down the best ways to get everything done in a timely an yet fashionable manner.

Here are 5 ways to keep your dinner party planning simple, satisfying and stree-free as possible.

 

1.) Make a Plan for Each and Every Day Leading Up to the Party

This is going to help you get all of your planning out of your head and onto paper to make focusing more easy. From everything you need to purchase from a grocery list, to the night of the party and the things in between, making a list certainly makes things easier.

When your list is complete, prioritze your list by the most important that needs to be completed first. Many things like recipes, flower arrangements and even music playlists can be set the day of or before, while cleaning tasks and other errands that may take longer should be given top priproty.

2.) Focus on Keeping Your Recipes Simple

Speaking of recipes, you want to keep things simple and avoid recipes that will take you will need to spend a lot of time on, unless of course you want to order catering instead. You don’t always need to plan for a 5-star dinner, and would be surpised at some of the recipes you can complete for cheap.

Stick with recipes that you are familiar with or have used before. The week before your party is no time to begin trying something new.

3.) Designate a Drink ‘Keeper’

Well, maker, not keeper. Many people enjoy having drinks at their parties and when these babies are in demand it can take much of your demand too. Designating a specific person to play bartender can save you time, energy and even create a new role for one of your party guests.

The drink keeper could be a friend, neighbor and spouse that keeps water glasses on the tables full, cocktails served and whatever type of beverages you’re offering flowing through the night.

4.) Keep Your Guest List Small

If you really want a party that’s quick and simple to plan, try keeping your list of guests small. Not only does this keep your party requirements manageable, but it ensures there will be enough room for everyone.

Also, it will save you time and money on food not to mention leave you with less leftovers if a few people aren’t able to make it. A good rule of thumb is to plan for no more than 6 dinner guests.

5 Last Minute Ideas for Memorial Day Get Togethers

5 Last Minute Ideas for Memorial Day Get Togethers

Happy Memorial Day! As you know, today our country takes recognition of its men and women for protecting and serving for so many decades now. In an annual celebration, parties will take place all weekend and into Monday. Even if you haven’t had the time to plan anything to do, there are always great ways to celebrate in style around the people you love.

In a last minute honor of Memorial Day, we have taken a little bit of time to list some simple and satisfying ways to make the most out of your Holiday. They aren’t the best we have ever come up with but hey, we want to have some fun today too.

1.) Have a Cookout
It doesn’t take long to throw some hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill and grab some chips, desserts, and sodas or alcohol. What more do you really need than your loved ones to join you in a celebration feast with?

2.) Play Games
Whether you want to spend the day inside or out, games are a great way to keep everyone entertained. Charades. potato sack races, throwing footballs and frisbees, and so many more.

3.) Play Music Chairs
Music is a great idea to have at any get together. You can use it for background noise, karaoke, and even a friendly game of musical chairs.

4.) Fly a Kite
If the weather in your areas allows for it, grab your kite and watch it take flight while keeping the neighbors and other party to enjoy too. There’s nothing like a colorful kite flying in the sky on a gorgeous Summer day.

5.) Make a Slip-n-Slide
For the kids and grown-up kids at your get together, a water slide is a cheap and simple way to add a wave of fun. All you really need is a large waterproof tarp, some duct tape or other force to hold it down with, and a hose pipe for the water, and now you have your own mini water park at your party.

It doesn’t matter what you do on this day and long as you get to have fun. The best thing we can do on this day however, is keep in our thoughts those that have put their lives on the line for our country so that we can be here today to celebrate and live.

If you know or see any veterans, give them a personal thanks, which are far too few in this day in time.

Continued: 5 More Summer Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Continued: 5 More Summer Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

We are back again and here for part two of our mini-series on Summer birthday party ideas for kids. If you missed part one, be sure to check it out here when you get a chance.  And now for part 2!

Some very cool ideas and themes for birthday parties have already been mentioned but don’t worry, we’ve got a handful of more great ideas to make your child’s party a splash.

1.) Photos for Everyone

What more fun could the kids at a party have than dressing up in costumes and posing for silly pictures? Photo booths have become huge hits at birthday parties and the great news is that instead of renting one, you can create your very own for rather cheap and easy.

Backgrounds, props, and costumes can be created from leftover cardboard and small favors from party stores. Just get creative, the possibilities are endless. Even better news, you don’t need to hire some fancy photographer or go out and buy an expensive camera of your own. Using a simple tripod fit, you can position a smart phone or tablet in front of the camera and there you have it – a fun photo booth that your child and all of their friends will greatly enjoy and remember for years.

2.) Bring on the Outdoors

Most gets love to run around outside and enjoy what nature has to offer. If you want part of your kid’s party to have some physical activity to it, consider creating a cool obstacle course. You can use old cardboard boxes here as well and have mazes, slides, tires to track through, strings to maneuver past, and well, we think you’re starting to get the picture. Keep it fun, yet simple.

If you need some ideas for creating your own obstacle course outdoors, we highly suggest diving into this article.

3.) Ride a Slide

We mentioned having a water slide in our first post of this series, but this slide is slightly different. Instead of using tires and medicine balls to cruise down the slip-n-slide, kids can just use themselves.

Grab a large water -proof tarp or drop cloth, some buckets of water or hosepipe, and some u-shaped garden stakes to keep the slide in place. With these things, you can create the ultimate water slide for less, yet much more fun.

4.) Super Cool Sports

Many kids are into sports, especially when they can do it while interacting with friends. Others may be into games. Either way with this next one, you can kill two birds with one stone.

Using a tarp, some colorful duct tape, and markers, you can create your own type of sports/carnival game of football, basketball, even soccer.

5.) Breaking Balloons

Speaking of carnival games, didn’t you always like the one where you threw a dart or other object at a wall with balloons attached to it? Guess what, you can bring one of your own to the party! If your kids enjoy too of course. 😉 You call fill these balloons with water or even candy or other type of treat.

You’re going to need a small shop vac and some pvc pipe to aid in getting the candy inside. For water, using a funnel seems to work best.

As always, we hope you have enjoyed these ideas and can utilize them during the planning of your next birthday party for a child.

What kind of ideas have you used in the past that made a big splash?

5 Sizzling Summer Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

5 Sizzling Summer Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

It’s great to be a kid with a birthday in the Summer. It seems like there are more options for party themes and locations as opposed to Winter, and of course the weather adds for a lot more to do.

In our post today, we thought it would be fun to share some of our more successful birthday party ideas for kids that are unique in their own ways. These ideas will give you child’s party a different kind of theme that you may never even seen before, making the party even more special and fun.

A lot of these are such nifty ideas that we decided to turn this into a two part post so we could really get down to the nitty gritty and make them more consumable. So without further ado, let’s get started with part one.

1.) Angry Birds
Angry Birds was certainly a popular game about two to three years ago, but it’s still going strong. If your child still loves the Angry Birds, create you own bean bag toss around the theme. Your kids will love throwing these homemade bean bags with the birds, pigs, and other neat faces you will be painting onto them.

This is where you will want to get creative, but using cardboard boxes and packaging supplies tend to work the best. We suggest checking out this more detailed post on creating this game, as it goes into better detail that you just can’t miss.

2.) Wipeout
Create a wipeout course for your kids party, as seen on the actual show called Wipeout.For this you will need a slip-n-slide or large tarp that is able to serve the same purpose. You can always just rent these from your local party event rental store. You will also need some soap, a hose, and red medicine balls that are just small enough for kids to ride on.

You are going to need a tire as well so that the ball will safely fit inside the middle of the tire. You may want to always do a double check before letting the kids try them, but now you have the ultimate slip-n-slide for everyone at the party to enjoy.

3.) Bubbles
Make a homemade human bubble game with a kiddie pool, a hula hoop, and some bubbles. We think you get the idea on this one but we will suggest that if you want your bubbles to be really big, fix the mixture the night before so you can enjoy maximum bubble strength.

4.) Water Balloon Pinata 
Ready to make your kid’s party a total splash? Let everyone cool down in one of the coolest ways around by creating cheap and easy to make water balloon pinatas. All you will need aside from the balloon are funnel, stick or bat, and garden hose and bam, you’re ready to spark up some fun.

5.) Painting
Sure you can hire a face painter, or you can let kids be the painters themselves in a slightly different kind of way. Give the kids a giant blank painting board and a paint brush, and let their creative sides shine through. Painting boards can get a little pricey, so flattened cardboard boxes can do just as good.

We hope you will get quite the kick out of the summer party ideas for kids. Stay tuned for part two to see what other kinds of hip and happening ideas we have for you.

5 Exciting Ideas for Outdoor Parties and Entertainment

5 Exciting Ideas for Outdoor Parties and Entertainment

When it’s time for Spring and Summer to arrive, it becomes time for outdoor parties and entertainment.

Whether you’re inviting over friends or family or throwing an annual block party with your neighbors, we’ve sure got a series of tips for you to help you organize and plan.

From planning to set-up, here are a helpful series of steps to make your party an absolute smash.

Cool Ideas for Outdoor Parties

1.) Decide on a group of guests to invite and prepare the invitations. If you are inviting less than 12 people, you may not need to send invitations at all and can instead just ask during a conversation. Friendly texts and emails can serve as great reminders as the party nears, but there’s no need to invest in paper invitations (unless you want to) when the group you are inviting is small.

2.) Outdoor parties are fun and can be associated with a plethora of different recipes such as BBQ, chips, fruits, vegetables, party trays, corn on the cob, and so much more!

A cool idea is to ask everyone to contribute their own dish to a.) have diverse food at the party and b.) save you time and money that could be put towards food for tons of people, which can get pretty expensive by the time everything adds up. You can even set a type of theme for your outdoor party like southwestern or Mexican, to make things more fun and spice things up a bit.

3.) When it comes to food, you should be prepared for extra guests and extra appetites by making at least 50 percent more food than originally planned. This is also where it can come in handy to make your party a potluck and have everyone bring a dish of their own.

You don’t want to run out of food and end up with some disappointed guests, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry by having more. If you have too many leftovers, you can always send some of them home with your guests.

4.) Have multiple places to sit in your outdoor party setting, with a mixture of at least tables and chairs. You can even set out some blankets for kids or adventurous guests if they prefer to sit on the ground as though they were having a picnic.

5.) Always be prepared for possible bad weather conditions. It’s a good idea to check the weather several different times during the days leading up to the party and from different sources as well. If there’s a great possibility of rain, winds, or strong storms, you may consider rescheduling unless you feel like possibly moving the party to the inside if these actually occur. It’s always good to have a backup plan since the weather isn’t something that we can control.

What are your suggestions and ideas for creating a party outdoors?

Bonus: This video has some awesome ideas for living up your parties outdoors even more, so enjoy

How to Plan a Happening Birthday Party for Adults

How to Plan a Happening Birthday Party for Adults

To get the new version of the website started off right, we wanted to create a simple article/checklist that you can use to plan a basic birthday party for a group of adults. Obviously, these tips can used as a foundation for parties for all ages, but they work best for adults as most children tend to get bored after the sweets and other good foods are gone.

Here is a step-by-step list for planning a birthday bash that is bound to make a splash.

 

#1.) Decide on a Budget
It’s best to first decide on a budget so you can determine how much you can spend and on what. Will your event need streamers, balloons, a clown, dancers, bartenders, party hats, alcohol or any other kind of decorations or entertainment? It’s best to make a list of everything you plan to have at the party, then narrow them down by importance.

#2. ) Choose a Theme
Select a theme for your event according to the taste of who it’s actually for. We always like to relate the theme to a favorite thing of the star of the party, and they generally like that as well. Whether it’s a casino party, surprise party, indoor, or outdoor party, select fiesta favors and entertainment that stick to the theme.

#3.) Make a Guest List
After determining a budget you should have a better idea of how many people you can support an event for. Decide if the party will stick to family and friend, co-workers, ladies only or a mixture of both. It’s usually best to plan around the maximum number of guests to ensure you will have enough food and seating for everyone. A crowded get together doesn’t always last for very long…

#4.) Pick a Party Destination
Once you know how many people your party is going to possibly have, you can now look for a place to comfortably accommodate all of your guests. Most importantly, make sure you have enough tables and chairs and look into renting them if you don’t. Pick an optimal location that you can be sure will take care of all of your party needs.

#5.) Send Your Invitations
The fun begins early- it’s time to send out your invitations! A good rule of thumb is to send these babies out 4-6 weeks in advance so your guests will have time to plan and purchase a gift. Texting should serve as more of a reminder rather than a replacement of the invitation, but to each his or her own.

#6.) Plan Your Menu
Now it’s time to decide what food you want to have at the event. If you know the favorite food of the person you’re planning the event for things get easy and you can grow your menu from there. Once you know whether you want a full meal or just finger foods, decide whether you want to make everything yourself or have it catered.

#7.) Throw Some Fun Into Your Theme
Now that you have your guest list, location, menu and everything else in place so far, it’s time to throw in some fun. Depending on your chosen theme, there can be a nice list of games and other entertainment to go with it. If you plan on having music at your party, go ahead and put together a playlist for the big day.

#8.) Now for Decorations!
A birthday isn’t complete without decorations, even if it is a party for adults. Party planning stores are great for find cute and cheap decor as well as plates, silverware and other favors for the food you have planned.

Party Planning Checklist: A Long-Term Checklist To Ease Challenges

Party Planning Checklist: A Long-Term Checklist To Ease Challenges

 

Planning a party can be exciting and fun, yet overwhelming at the same time.

Whether it’s a Christmas, birthday, Memorial Day, bachelorette, or again any other type of party you can think of, this list will serve you well as an assistant that will guide you along the way.

So here you go – a step-by-step list of what to do 2 months before your party all the way until 2 hours before.

 

 

2 Months Before

1.) Obviously, you want to decide on a date and place for your party.

If you have a hard time making decisons or change your mind easily, really take the time to plan this vital information so you don’t have to possibly spend more time and money re doing invitations and telling people alternative places to go.

2.) Choose a theme for your party. If you need some ideas to get your juices flowing, I suggest checking out Stylecaster.

3.) Decide on a budget includes an estimated cost of all of your supplies, within reason. You can do plenty of research online to get an idea of what your supplies will cost.

4.) Begin Brainstorming. Think of the type of food you want to serve, the decor, flowers, tables, arrangements, etc. Let your creativity flow by identifying unique and fun ideas that your guests will love.

 

3 Weeks Before

1.) Order the party favors you have narrowed down.

2.) Make sure you have enough supplies to cover the amount of guests you invited, plus their guests if you mentioned for them to invite any. For larger parties it’s usually best to rent your utensils and serving pieces.

3.) If you decided on any, order the flowers from your local florist. Grocery store floral departments sometimes have better deals, but possible lower quality work. Remember, it’s always best to do your research.

4.) Rent chairs, tables, and linens for the sufficient amount of guest invited.

5.) Probably the most important thing you have to do-mail or email the invitations.

 

2 Weeks Before

1.) Make a master shopping list. Now is the time to grab those last minute items and if you are doing the cooking, a master grocery list of the items you will need for your menu.

2.) If you’re doing the cooking, plan out the time it will take to make each dish to ensure that everything gets done on time.

3.) If possbile, go ahead and prepare your food items that can be kept frozen.

 

THE Week Before

​1.) Many adult parties aren’t complete without the liquor. If you haven’t already done it, obtain wine, beer, and/or liquor for your guest to sip on and enjoy. If you really want a crowd pleaser, throw in a small survery with your invitation and have them return it when the RSVP so will have a better idea for what to buy.

2.) What’s a party without music? Go ahead and set up a playlist now so you can keep rockin without stoppin.

3.) Follow up with any guest that has yet to RSVP.

 

2 Days Before

1.) Make sure your silverware and tableware are clean. If your renting, no worries.

​2.) Time to pick up any last minute grocery items.

 

THE Day Before

1.) If you have neighbors, be courteous and let them know there will be a lot of cars outside any some may possible park in front of their house. Wouldn’t you want to be informed if you we’re going to possibly have trouble getting in and out of your driveway?

2.) Prepare any food that can stay refrigerated and fresh, such as fruits, vegetable, beverages, and salads.

3.) Make sure the area of the party is nice, clean, and comfortable.

 

THE Day Of: 2 Hours Before

1.) Set tables or if you have hired a catering staff, step back and let them get to work. 🙂

2.) Check twice to make sure everything you planned is in place.

3.) Relax and breathe! Everything is going to be great!