The New Party Poker
Online gaming sites are always changing — upgrading software, improving features and functionality, getting rid of bugs and bad ideas, inventing new offerings, etc. — all in a furious effort to remain competitive. A consistent leader of the online gambling pack, Party Poker, is often at the cutting edge of these new and improved releases. Not only has Party Poker done it again with their latest upgrade, but with the elimination of one of their programs (skins), and brand new partnerships with other leading edge online casinos and online poker rooms.
The first thing to be aware of with Party Poker’s new upgrade is that all the bugs may not yet have been completely ironed out (which simply means updates to the upgrades will be forthcoming). There have been some reports that uninstalling earlier versions of the Party Poker software after installing the new upgrade could lead to problems, so we would hold off on that uninstall if we were you. Of course, now that we said that, some of you may be wondering why you would even bother downloading the upgrade. Here’s why:
– Games are listed by blinds rather than maximum buy-in
– Hands per Hour are included amongst the lobby stats
– Cash games are divided into Limit, No Limit, and Pot Limit
– More limits added to Cash Games
– Player’s available cash and Party Points are prominently displayed
– Filters are given to help narrow down your selection of tables/games
– Tables are given names rather than numbers
– The news ticker has been made more prominent
– Tournaments are divided into groups for easier searching
– Tournament buy-ins now include entry fees
– Tournament players start with more chips (Sit-and-Go’s: 2,000, Multi-Table: 3,000, “Events”: 5,000)
– There’s a new tournament blind structure
– More buy-ins available for Sit-and-Go’s
– Sit-and-Go levels have changed so that now they are based on time rather than hands played
– The payout structure is flatter
re: Party Poker Accounts
– Players can easily switch between Party Poker and Party Casino all from one place
– The Account Page has been streamlined for greater efficiency and ease of use
re: Miscellaneous features
– Players can shrink windows for multi-tabling
– Optional automatic window tiling and cascading
As you may know, a skin is an independent site that uses another site’s software (in this case Party Poker’s) in exchange for a percentage of revenues. PartyGaming, parent company of Party Poker as well as host of Party Casino and Party Bingo has decided to terminate its skins, instead purchasing those sites as secondary PartyGaming sites (and presumably raking in 100% of the revenues).
In place of their newly defunct skins, Party Poker is now joined by the following new members of the PartyGaming family: IntertopsPoker, MultiPoker, PlanetLuck Casino, PokerNow, and Starluck Casino Online. Party Poker’s most recent acquisition, as of February 2006, was former Party Poker skin Empire Poker, which they purchased for $250 million. Those Party Poker folks are building quite the Empire (some bad puns just beg to be voiced).
Party Poker, who according to Reuters signed up a record number of new players last year, is a publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange.
Ten Kids Party Planning No-nos
Avoid the most common and obvious pitfalls many parents encounter when planning their first kids party. Tap into the knowledge of experienced party planners who’ve learned to steer clear of the “Ten Kids Party Planning No-Nos”.
INVITING MORE CHILDREN THAN YOU CAN HANDLE
Your intentions were good when you invited everyone in little Tommy’s classroom to celebrate his birthday, but you didn’t realize what it’s like when 20 active 6 year olds get together all in one place! Add excitement and sugary food and you’ve got a real problem!
Do yourself a favor and match the number of party guests to the birthday child’s age a tried and true formula from countless Moms and Dads experienced in hosting successful kids parties.
Your invitation should state clearly the Who, What, When, and Where of your party, as well as an RSVP date, phone number, and name to call. Add any special instructions such as what to wear, and whether a meal will be served or just cake and ice cream. Writing the name of the invited guest clearly will, in most cases, avoid siblings crashing your party.
FAILING TO KID-PROOF YOUR PARTY AREA
Protect yourself and your party guests by doing a pre-party sweep of the party area for potential hazards. Stowe your precious possessions and breakables in a safe place for the duration of the party. If very small children will be in attendance, make sure you have outlet covers in place and that loose change and other items that can be swallowed are out of sight.
During the party, be vigilant about letting balloons, or pieces of them, get into the hands of little ones. Avoid serving any food that could trigger nut allergies in children.
OVERDOING IT – TOO MUCH TO DO, TOO LITTLE TIME
This goes for both the party host/hostess and the guests. As the party planner, be sure you have adequate adult help to supervise all the party guests, play games, serve food, and clean up. Usually other parents are happy to assist, with the promise of reciprocation at their child’s event.
Putting on your child’s party shouldn’t mean you can’t enjoy the proceedings too!
Guests should not be over-scheduled either. Make sure you have allowed ample time and that the age group has the attention span and ability to tolerate all the elements of your party plan. In general, a one hour celebration is optimal for toddlers and pre-K kids, while older school age children can handle 2-3 hours easily. Plan a winding down activity or story time for younger kids.
NOT PLANNING ENOUGH GAMES & ACTIVITIES
This brings to mind the dreaded scenario of a bunch of overstimulated kids running amok because you’ve run out of games and activities with which to engage them. Don’t let it happen to you! Always have extra games and prizes in your bag of tricks to tame the little monsters! You don’t have to use them, but at least you’ll be prepared.
GAMES NOT SUITED TO AGES/ABILITIES OF GUESTS
Four year olds will love playing “Duck Duck Goose”, but charades or a scavenger hunt are way beyond them. Do a trial run of all your planned party games with the birthday child prior to party time to avoid any difficulties that might arise.
NO BACK-UP PLANS
Stuff happens! That’s why you should always have a back-up plan for your party. Have an indoor alternative for outdoor parties in case of inclement weather. Confirm your entertainment a week in advance, but plan a few extra games or a party-themed video in case the entertainment falls through. Above all, resolve to keep your cool and handle whatever comes up with grace.
There’s nothing worse than party guests grabbing gifts and opening them for the party child. Or, the birthday child tearing open wrappings and casting gifts aside without a proper thank-you. You might consider opening gifts privately after the party’s over to avoid any unkind comments from the birthday child, or jealousy on the part of the guests.
If you’re determined to navigate these dangerous waters, here’s a lifesaver for you: Have guests sit in a circle holding their gifts. The party child sits in the middle and spins a bottle to determine whose gift s/he will open. This keeps the insanity to a minimum and allows you time to record the names of gifts and gift-givers for thank-you notes later.
NOT RECORDING GIFTS GIVEN/ NOT SENDING THANK-YOU NOTES
It’s so convenient to fall into this trap, but remember… a gift worth receiving is a gift worth giving thanks for… Thank you notes are always in style, and if you follow the instructions above for avoiding the gift-opening free-for-all, you’ll be in good shape to write accurate ones.
Children will view this as a fun project if you provide them with colorful notes and markers or help them design an original on the computer. My kids always like to write out the addresses on the envelopes, too – it makes them feel grown up.
Party Decorations Tips And Ideas
Your party’s overall atmosphere will be enhanced by your chosen party decorations. Plus, guests get to enjoy and feel the occasion more with the right themed party decorations. Planning is key in the selection and purchase of your party needs.
Before even purchasing any party decorations based on your color scheme and theme, you must be aware of the type of party that you will be having. This doesn’t mean knowing if it’s a baby shower, a birthday, an anniversary etc. This goes deeper than that and goes into the details like whether it is informal or formal, traditional, serious, etc. Depending on the party, the type will dictate your decorations from color, accessories and even activities.
For a party that includes a full meal whether it is buffet or seated, part of your decorations will have to be your china, napkins, linens and crystal glasses. It is important to consider that your decorations should not clash with your china. For your napkins, you do fancy folds for a more distinct look. Formal table cloths or linens may be used for formal parties while plastic or disposable table cloths may be used for informal ones. If you will be holding an outdoor party, make sure that you provide provisions for covering the various dishes to prevent insects from getting into them.
Other table decorations that could be considered include candles, napkin rings, place cards, flowers or fruit arrangements.
When it comes to room decoration, the possibilities are endless so don’t focus only on your table decorations. You have your walls, windows and even ceiling. Suggestions for decorations include crepe paper streamers or balloon arrangements that could be taped on windows and doors, tied on furniture or made to float on the ceiling or scattered on the floor. Light strings in plain color add a formal touch to any formal party. For less formal parties you can use colored lights.
Add decorative accessories especially for themed parties. A Halloween party gives more of a spooky feel with decorative cobwebs on the various house corners, jack-o-lanterns, bats and even skeletons in an open closet. Formal parties would need lesser decorations but you can use small bowls containing candies or nuts that people can munch while waiting for the party to start. They are not only effective table decors; guests will enjoy eating them too.
For your party decorations, start with what you have and then try to borrow from relatives or friends. Otherwise, there are many places from which you could find party decorations.
A Pottery Party fit for a Princess
If you have a daughter I am sure you are constantly searching for the perfect birthday party that will be fun and entertaining. One great way to make your little princess have a very special birthday is by throwing a “paint your own pottery” birthday party for her and a few of her closest friends. This can be an expensive prospect if you invite her entire second grade class but if you limit it to 6 or 8 of her very best friends then you should be able to keep costs under control to some degree.
The thing to keep in mind with a party such as this is to plan ahead. Many pottery shops that allow visitors to paint their own pottery will have deals and bargains that may be struck for birthday parties, showers, and other group events. By making plans early you can select one piece or a couple of pieces from which the girls can choose and establish a price for each piece and the firing of the pieces once the party ends.
If there aren’t any party plans around the pieces that strike the fancy of your little princess, though most have some fairly interesting pieces, you could perhaps establish a theme such as allowing each friend to make her own tea cup for a tea party theme. Each shop has a little something different to offer so keep this in mind when making plans. If you have an item in mind for the party that may be limited in availability make sure to reserve those pieces ahead of time so that you will have plenty for your party guests to paint.
Another reason you need to plan ahead for parties of this nature is that most facilities require advanced notice in order to work out bargain pricing and many will provide a special room for the party guest in which you can bring food, drinks, and party favors for a little more fun and to add to the festivities. Your little princess is likely to agree that this is much more fun than an afternoon at that pizza party place and the guests will each be able to bring home a fabulous trinket and example of her artistic talents. Many of these facilities will require a certain deposit for reservation of the party room and you really should book as early as possible in order to insure the room is free during the time you wish to hold your little princess pottery party.
If this is going to be a coed party there is no need to fret. There are plenty of pieces that can work for male or female guests and you can make small adjustments to the party theme to accommodate either or both if you have siblings or boy best friends to consider in the bargain. Regardless, a pottery party is still a fairly fun and unique party prospect for most kids and will definitely boost your ratings on the ‘world’s coolest parent’ totem pole until the next major battle brews at least.
Things you will want to consider before booking a party of this nature are the guests that will be invited. If this party is fit for boys and girls you will want this knowledge when making plans so that you may choose options accordingly. I don’t know many boys who want princess crowns or teacups as a parting gift. You should also know the number of people you plan to invite. These parties typically charge a per guest rate and it can be quite high. Keep the invites small if possible or plan to invest a significant amount of money into making this party great. Also keep in mind that this really isn’t a suitable environment for very small hands. There are many fragile items on display and all around. To avoid cuts and damages, keep the little ones at home for this particular excursion. Most importantly-have fun!
How To Attract The Right People To Your Event
There are many different types of events and there are different people who you will like to attract to the party, however, you need to attract the right people to the event or it just won’t be the same.
One of the best ways to attract the right people is make your party a private party. Private parties are invitation only. When you have a private party you are able to limit the amount of people who will attend and also the type of people that will come. This is when you can send it to all the people that you truly would like at the party. However, just because you invite them, doesn’t mean that they will come. So how do you get the people who really want to come to the party?
The way to get all those important people that you want to come to your party is offer them something they can’t refuse. On the invitation, which should be professionally done, you will want to say something encouraging. Things like you are invited to the ____’s party of the year or a night of romance and dining. Most people will not turn down a dinner party because it is a way for them to associate and mingle with possible business associates.
To weed out the unwanted, you should state on the invitation the dress code. Like black tie event, or semi-formal/formal. Usually, the more emphasis on formal, the more likely you are able to weed out all those who wouldn’t fit in. Most people will not attend a party if they feel uncomfortable. If you would like to invite someone who wouldn’t fit in, go ahead, because at least you can say that you offered, but most likely they won’t come and ruin the party by their antics.
Another way to get the people whom you really want to come is by giving them a VIP ticket to the party. This way they can come and associate with other people whom you think is very important to the party, but they don’t have to deal with all the hassle of associating with those whom they would rather not. VIP also makes a person feel very special and honored. With the word VIP, they are more likely to come because it is an honor. It is one way to lure the best guests to come to a party or event.
You need to hire a publicist to help you plan a huge event for you. Your publicist will do everything for the party. They will advertise how great the party is and they will also show you ways to enhance your public look. They will make your look and act like a VIP without being a VIP. A publicist will help you look ten times better. They know exactly what it takes to get the ideal guests to attend and what you need to do to persuade them to come.
One of the best times to throw a party is when you are moving up the ladder. This way you can have people whom you have become friends with and also make some business contacts. Getting the important people to the party can be hard, but many of them are interested in the new person. They want to know the person who may, someday, replace them. That’s one reason why you might get them to come, however, you need to consider that when it comes to the party. You need to think about why they are coming and then deliver all that they expect from the party, your family, and your home so that they keep you mind.
Train Birthday Party for the Little Ones
Boys and girls of all ages have a deep and abiding love of trains. From Thomas the Tank to The Little Engine that Could, trains make an excellent theme for a birthday party for your favorite youngster. The great news is that there are plenty of great party favors and decorations on the market to make your train theme carry through all aspects of the birthday party.
You can purchase invitations that are shaped like a train and appropriate for the specific train theme you have in mind. Even old-fashioned steam engines make a fascinating setting and theme for little ones who are filled with imagination. You do not need to go overboard on the decorations for a train themed party in order to get the theme apart but there are some great goody bags that can be made in keeping with the theme.
A train piñata is a great way to get the kids in on the action and having a great time. You may also choose to have all the little ones dress up as a train engineer for a little interactive fun with your train birthday party idea. You can also choose to play a DVD of your favorite train story for the entertainment of the little ones and in hopes of a little bit of quiet time before the sugar induced highs of after cake time.
Speaking of cake, there are plenty of cake forms and cake themes that are ideal for train cakes and children’s birthday parties. From the popular character cakes that are related to trains to other train themes such as The Polar Express there are plenty from which to choose when it comes to the perfect birthday cake for your train themed party. A little cake with a little ice cream and it will soon be time to take a whack at the train themed piñata mentioned earlier.
Most party supply stores should have an abundance of train themed party supplies. From hats to plates, cups, and napkins there should be plenty of wonderful party supplies to help you convey the train theme of the party with little additional efforts unless, of course, streamers and other party supplies are needed. Your little ones are very special after all and as parents we all want to do our very best to insure that each party is a special memory fit for a lifetime.
Goody bags are becoming a more and more important part of birthday parties in modern society. The train themed birthday party lends itself to plenty of train themed goody bag fillers. Among those wonderful items are coloring books, storybooks, puzzles, train whistles (their parents will love you and it is the perfect revenge for the air horn your child came home with), and stickers. This is a great way for your child to give back to those who have given him or her gifts while providing something appropriate to the theme for everyone to remember this particular party by.
If you are looking for a little something extra for your child’s train themed birthday party you might want to talk to local train companies and see if there is a train museum near by or if you can possibly book a train car or a room at the train depot in which to host the party. This will create a very special memory for your little one and everyone that attended the party. Some trains actually run day trips that last a couple of hours. This will be a thrilling party experience for your little one’s friends if you can manage this great escape of a train themed birthday party. You may also talk to those in charge at the train station for ideas and suggestions they may have to make your child’s special day a little more thrilling. Just remember that after a party like this, next year will be a hard act to follow.
Hiring a Band for a New Years Eve Party
If you are planning a New Years Eve party, you may also be considering hiring a live band to play at your party. Hiring a live band is an excellent entertainment option for a New Years Eve party because the guests will enjoy listening to and dancing to the music throughout the evening. The band can also help to keep the guest energized throughout the evening. However, when you are planning to hire a band for your party there are some important considerations which you should make. This article will take a look at some of these considerations and will help to simplify the process of hiring a band to entertain at your New Years Eve party.
Availability is one of the first considerations in hiring a band for your New Years Eve party. New Years Eve is a very busy occasion for entertainers and it may be difficult to book the band of your choice for your party unless you plan your event well in advance. If your band of choice is unavailable, you should consider whether you would prefer to delay your party for a year until they are available or seek out another band to play at your party.
Price is another very important consideration in selecting a band to play at your New Years Eve party. Although it would be nice if you did not have to worry about money but unfortunately most party hosts will have to budget their party carefully. This means the budget for entertainment for the party will influence the band which is chosen to perform at the party. This means it might be necessary to make a decision to select one band over another based on the fees.
Style of music should also be considered when selecting a band to perform at a New Years Eve party. You may be tempted to select a band who you will enjoy hearing perform but it is important to also keep your guests in mind when selecting a band to perform at your party. Ideally the band you select to perform at your New Years Eve party will appeal to the majority of your guests.
You also have to consider the amount of space you have available for the band you hire to perform. This is important because a large band with 15 members will likely require significantly more than a band with only five members. If you are unsure about the amount of space the band will require, ask a representative from the band to visit the space and evaluate the size of the available space to determine if they will be able to fit their equipment and perform in the space.
When hiring a band, you may select a band you have seen perform in the past. This is one way to ensure the quality of the performance. However, if you have not seen any local bands perform, you might have to solicit recommendations from friends and family members. If you know someone who had a local band perform at her party, take the opportunity to ask her opinion of the band. If she recommends them and it sounds like they would be a good fit for your party, ask them to submit a sample of their music for you to review. You can also ask a few other bands to submit samples as well and you can compare these samples to determine which band you think will be best for your New Years Eve party. You might even consider inviting a few friends over to listen to the samples and help you make your decision. Having a few friends assist you is a good idea to help to ensure the band you select is sure to appeal to your guests. Once you select a band, you should ask to view their contract and carefully review the contract to ensure you do not object to any of the contract terms.
Bachelor Party Shirts For The Party And Souvenirs Later
If you are taking your buddy out on the night before his wedding, consider getting him one of the many Bachelor party shirts available today. These shirts let everyone know that he’s a “dead man walking.” They may even get him a couple of rounds of drinks from men who have been there themselves. The great thing is that there is a wide variety of bachelor party shirts available.
Bachelor party shirts are generally t-shirts with phases associated with impending doom. For instance, one shirt says “Wanted: Free Shots and Lap Dances for Groom’s Last Night Out.”
Another gives a “checklist” for all of the things the groom must accomplish during his bachelor party. The shirt includes items such as “Dance with 2 women at the same time,” “Buy an ugly girl a drink” and “Get a girl’s phone number.”
Another bachelor party’s shirts also features a checklist. But this one isn’t things he is supposed to cross off in one night. It’s the road he’s going down. It starts with “Lose my freedom” and “Hand over my balls” and continues to “gain weight” and “Lose hair.” It concludes with “Add to list forever.”
Some bachelor party shirts are simple rhymes like “Tying the knot, buy me a shot,” “Buy me a beer, the wedding is near,” or “Last fling before the ring.”
Others have fun plays on words. One features the dictionary definition of Bach-e-lor Par-ty (n): 1. Final Fling before the (suffer)Ring. Another says “Department of Corrections Inmate: Life Sentence – Marriage Without Parole.”
If you are having a bachelor party that doesn’t feature a drunken orgy, there are shirts for that too. For instance, a paint ball t-shirt says “You have 20 seconds bachelor to put this on and run” and features a target. If the party involves golfing, a nice white t-shirt with a simple label “groom” might be appropriate.
But it’s not just the groom that can get the bachelor party shirts. The organizer gets a shirt that says “Best Man…In So Many Ways.” Others in the party can get shirts that say “Bachelor Support Crew” or “Groom’s Posse.”
There are also “Father of the Bride” Bachelor Party Shirts. If this is the case, the party probably shouldn’t get out of hand!
Shirts can be custom made as well. The can feature the groom’s name or the location where the party took place. These might become souvenirs long after the event is over and the groom is married. When the event is over, the attendees may be handed “I survived Bobby’s Bachelor Party” as favors.
Kids Party Ideas
When it comes time for the yearly birthday party, parents sometimes don’t know what to do. There are so many ideas out there, but yet it seems like there is nothing worth doing. Children are picky, and they often want different things than their parents might think. When they are under five, kids party ideas are usually pretty easy. Most kids are happy with a theme like the Wiggles, Dora, or perhaps Spongebob, because most kids under five like at least one of these shows. When they get older than that though, that is where the problems begin.
When my daughter turns six next year, I am going to have a group party for her and some of her new kindergarten friends. There are many places that have kids party ideas of their own, and all you have to do is to book time in their facility. The one I am going to take my daughter to has all sorts of great learning and play experiences for younger children, and I know she will love it. I know she will because I am stealing kids party ideas from friends. My daughter has already been to a party at this place, and she loved it.
You can get your kids party ideas from your friends like I do, and they usually won’t mind that you have used their idea. There are places like Chuck E. Cheese as well, and many other restaurants have the same sort of party deals. You can get kids party ideas from others online, as well. Many people love to share when they have had a fun and successful party, because they know how hard it is something for parents to think of something that the children will all love and remember for a long time to come.
If you are really stumped about kids party ideas, don’t be afraid to ask your kids what they might like to do. If they have a special interest, there may be a way to get that involved with their party. If they like magic, you can hire a magician. If they like horses, you may be able to arrange for them to visit a farm with horses or something like that. Kids party ideas sometimes have to come from the kids. Just remember that if they give you the ideas, they can’t complain if the party isn’t what they wanted. It was their idea after all.
Invitations For Your Childs Birthday Party
It’s not compulsory, but invitations are usually required whenever you are planning to throw a party for your child. Not only are invitations a formal way of letting people know that you’d like their presence at your event, it’s also a great way to keep the guest list in check, just in case you don’t want anyone uninvited to crash your party.
Of course, since you’re planning a children’s party, your invitations should fit the theme. Or if you opted not to plan a themed party, at least fit with your child’s age.
You can purchase ready made children’s birthday party invitations from bookshops and party supplies stores, or you can make them yourself. A good computer printer and several cute designs from the Internet and you’ve already made yourself fun party invitations to hand out.
Now for what to put inside the invitations. Naturally, you’ll mention what the party is all about. Some excited parents like to write poetry about their child’s event inside. Something like “Oh, how fun! Mary is turning one!” works fine. You don’t need to come up with too intricate poetry because you’ll be sending out the invitation in the assumed voice and speech capacity of your child and his or her equally young guests.
If you’re preparing for a themed event, get invitations that coincide with your theme. If a regular party is more up your alley, then invitations with cutesy characters or fun colors will do the trick. However which way you intend to design your child’s birthday party invitations, be sure they reflect how fun you expect your kid’s party will be, to entice his or her guests to come and join in.
You can place RSVP at the bottom of the invitation if you want to control the number of guests who will be coming. An RSVP will help give you an idea exactly how many people will arrive. You have to give a little room for a few more guests besides the one who RSVPed because, well, as much as an RSVP is a strict matter, there are still some people who might not understand how important it is and make attendance decisions at the last minute.
Also, you have to mention what kind of party you will be having and if your young guests will need to bring a change of clothes. If you’re having a pool party, say so, so that they can bring their bathing suits and other water toys. If you’re having a costume party, you need to urge your young guests to come in a costume according to your theme, or to their choosing.
Making invitations and planning the guest list is as fun as planning the party. Apart from the entertainment and food you have in mind, your child’s party would be very boring without the guests, especially the ones who are nearer to your baby’s age. Choose your guests wisely. After all, your child’s enjoyment is your top priority. The party should be fun and memorable for him or her.