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.

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 Interesting Ideas for Outdoor Parties and Entertainment

5 Interesting 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, 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!

4 Tips for Throwing a Thriving Surprise Party

4 Tips for Throwing a Thriving Surprise Party

 

So you’re planning a surprise party and go figure, actually want it to be a surprise. This isn’t usually difficult, but you never know when something may pop up along the way and intervein. There are actually ways to semi prevent this from happening and in this article today I would like to dicuss them. But first I would like to share the story with you that inspired me to write on this subject in the first place.

Just a month ag my friend threw a surprise birthday party for her husband and the surprise ended up being ruined because she forgot to make sure he didn’t come home at his normal time, lol. My friend Sandy was so dissapointed at first but ended up laughing at her mistake. The point is that I was reminded of how important it is to cover your bases when throwing a surpise party so it actually stays a surprise. Here are 4 steps you can follow every time to make sure your surprise party is one of the best kept secrets of the year.

​1.) The first and what some would consider to be the most important step, is to find an accomplice to plan a fake activity to distract the party person with until it’s time for the party to begin. Multiple people can take part in this and them more of a distraction you can make, the better.

This may be slightly difficult but I promise it can work, but try to make sure the guest of honor is dressed appropriately for the party. For example, don’t take them swimming and bring them back in a bikini or speedo. 🙂 I think you get what I’m saying.

2.) Next, you really want to emphasize the starting time of the party so that all guests can be in place for when the guest of honor shows up. It doens’t look good to be getting there late and running the risk of showing up at the same time as the guest of honor and throwing the whole thing off. The most optimal time for all guests to arrive is at least 30 minutes before. You never know when your guest and accomplices may show up early.

3.) Make sure your invitations specify that the party will be a surpise. You don’t want them saying anything to the guest of honor by mistake and spilling the secret.

4.) Finally, don’t overthink and stress yourself out. Surprise parties are supposed to be fun and you don’t want to take things so seriously that you are constantly fretting over whether or not it will go as planned.

And there you have it! I sure learned a lot from this surprise party and was actually relieved that as a professional party planner, I had no part in it at all.

I hope you can utilize these tips the next time you or a friend decide to plan a surprsie party. See you next time!

5 Inexpensive Ideas for Planning a Graduation Party

5 Inexpensive Ideas for Planning a Graduation Party

Graduation is a big time in a person’s life, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a big job to plan great parties.

Whether you’re on a tight budget, don’t have the right amount of space, or simply cannot come up with any party ideas, where there’s a will there’s a way. And there are plenty of great ways to plan a graduation party, regardless of your circumstances at hand.

Here are 5 of our best ideas for planning a graduation party that will rock your graduate’s world and all of the people in it.

1.) Make your menu matter
When it comes to party food, what better way to make your graduate happier than to serve a menu full of their favorite foods? You can even base the menu around a theme, from the college they will be attending, a past memory, or any other significant event.

2.) Fun with food
This is where the fun really begins. There are hundreds if not thousands of graduation party recipes floating around the web these days, and simply not enough room to all list here. Check out this master list to catch the scoop. From cookies, to cakes, finger foods, and many varieties in between, there are many cool ideas that graduates will absolutely love.

3.) Make more memories
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and with this next party favor, your guests will be exclaiming more words than that.

Make your memories last longer in a special and unique way with a DIY photobooth. Create your own props, backgrounds, and costumes, and bring the whole group together for a fun time full of laughter and memories that will last forever. You can even share them with friends and family that couldn’t make the party on social media. With photo booths, the possibilities are virtually endless.

This is one of our favorites and have such a fun effect on people, that they are growing more and more popular as entertainment for parties of all kinds.

4.) Dazzle with decorations
Why buy boring old generic decorations when you could make some even cooler ones yourself? Yes, you sure can make your own streamers, tassels, and other party decorations that even trump the ones sitting on the shelves in retail stores. Some of our best ideas include:

  • Using yearbooks as table placements
  • Displaying framed photos of the grad in different locations around the party
  • Using a clothesline to hang photos on
  • Create graduation cap table centerpieces
  • Making your own tassels out of paper
  • We recommend checking out this happening site for more details on DIY party decorations.

5.) Location, location, location
It’s not about where the graduation is planned, but where they graduate would like for it to be planned. If your home isn’t the best fit or is too limited on room, find a venue or other simple spot that will comfortably fit the amount of guests invited.

​It can sometimes get pricey to rent a place out for a day or night, but often friends and other family members will have a place to offer. You can never go wrong with having a party outdoors, as long as the weather remains cooperative.

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.