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A Bachelorette Party

A Bachelorette Party

What better way to say “goodbye” to your girlfriend’s single way of life than hosting a bachelorette party. A bachelorette party can be a “wild” time on the town or as simple as a night at the movies and/or dinner. The most important thing to remember is that the party should reflect the personality of the bride to be. If the bride does not like the bar scene or did not drink alcohol, you certainly would not arrange to go bar hoping all night long.

There are all sorts of possibilities for a good bachelorette party. A quiet dinner followed by a movie or a dinner theatre is always entertaining. A day at the spa pampering, or a good old fashion pajama party is simple to organize and always fun.

Another favorite idea for a bachelorette party is a night on the town. Visiting the local “hot spots” or the bride-to-be’s favorite pub are always options for a good party. Renting a limo for the night really adds to the “night out” theme and everyone attending can have a good time and not worry about driving if they have been drinking. Attending a ‘male revue” like the Chippendale dancers has become a very popular idea for a bachlorette party.

Whatever you decide on for hosting a bachelorette party, do keep in the mind the personality of the bride-to-be, and how early she will have to get up in the morning!

Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Party Like a Pro

Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Party Like a Pro

Entertaining people in your home is always wrought with a bit of stress and anxiety. Simply getting everything ready before the party is enough to make most people pull out their hair. And, the self-doubt and worry about last minute details is enough to send most people over the edge of comfort. However, planning your party does not need to be this way. Here are ten time tested tips to help you plan the best party with the least possible pre-party stress.

Tip #1 – The best thing you can do for yourself is to write down a master party shopping list and a list of what needs to be accomplished around your home before the date of the party. Get out a calendar and mark off some time to shop and clean your home.

Tip #2 – Enlist the help of your spouse or children in the process of cleaning and de-cluttering your home for the party. While they may not do the “perfect” job that you would, you can always go back with a quick vacuum or dust cloth and finish up the job later.

Tip #3 – When your guests arrive they will need a place to hang their coats and place their purses. One of the easiest things you can do is to clean out your entry-hall coat closet for them to use. If you have a bunch of stuff in there, then you should either find it a new home or box it up until after your party is over.

Tip #4 – When you shop, think about if you will want to send home leftovers with your guests. If you will, then you should pick-up some inexpensive containers which you can send home food in and not have to worry about retrieving your plates or bowls at a later date.

Tip #5 – It is also nice to plan for enough leftovers from your party that you will not have to cook or prepare food on the day after your party. Let’s face it, the day after your party you will be exhausted, and by not having to cook you can relax and enjoy the day with your family.

Tip #6 – When you go to the store to purchase the non-perishables for your party, you can leave them in the grocery bags until the day before the party. Rather than unpack everything and put it away in your cupboards where people might mistakenly eat it, you can simply leave everything in the bags and keep them in an out of the way place until the day before the party. (I highly suggest looking at everything the day before and making sure you didn’t forget something at the store which is vital. This will keep you from having to make emergency store runs on the day of your party when you have other things to do.)

Tip #7 – If you are having an evening party near the Christmas holiday season, you might want to get together ahead of time with your friends and organize a cookie exchange. By doing this you can have tons of different cookies to offer your guests, even though you only had to make one kind of them.
Tip #8 – If your guests will be drinking wine, it is a great idea to use some inexpensive wine glass charms. This will allow your guests to always know which glass is theirs and keeps them from using too many other glasses. Put the charms on before your party to save time when you are serving your guest’s drinks.

Tip #9 – One of the best things you can do when planning your party is to ask other people to bring food or beverages. Many times people ask what they can bring, and you should take them up on their offers. Not only does this cut-down on the budget for your party, it also allows you to spend less time cooking and more time with your guests.

Kids Party Etiquette for Parents

Kids Party Etiquette for Parents

INVITATIONS
The rule of thumb passed down by experienced Moms and Dads is to invite the same number of party guests as your child’s age. Resist the temptation to invite every child in your child’s classroom. Be discrete and avoid hurt feelings by mailing invitations home instead of passing them out in school. A manageable party is a more enjoyable one both for the party attendants and for you!
PARTY TIME AND DURATION
An hour is sufficient for toddlers and pre-schoolers when naptimes are still an issue. Plan your party when the birthday child will be freshest and best able to handle all the excitement, perhaps a morning brunch is best.
For older school age children, a two to three hour party at any time of day is a safe bet; evening parties and sleep-overs are popular options for pre-teens.
RSVPs
Always include an RSVP date and phone number on your party invitations. In the event of a guest failing to RSVP, a cordial call on or after your RSVP date is perfectly acceptable. Sometimes mail is delayed and other mishaps occur, and you need to be sure that the invitation was received. In addition, knowing the exact guest count is necessary for planning purposes.
GIFT GAFFES
Children may sometimes express their true, and not necessarily polite, feelings about a gift they have received. In advance of the party, explain to your child that it’s necessary to thank all the gift-givers with equal enthusiasm, no matter what the gift. Impress upon your him or her that each guest feels their gift is special, and that it’s the thought behind it that counts.
If you plan to open gifts at the party, make it early before kids are tired, cranky and hyped with sugar. Of course, this issue can be avoided entirely by opening the gifts after guests have departed, a time-saving practice which prevents the embarrassment of the party child making ungrateful comments.
COMPETITIVE GAMES
There’s nothing wrong with good old-fashioned competition; it gets the adrenalin going and cranks up the excitement. Just make sure that the elements of each game are manageable for the age group you are inviting. A trial run with the party child prior to the party will likely head off any problems.
In addition, small gifts such as a lollipop or small trinket given to every player for completing the game is preferable to awarding one large prize to the winner only. Planning a craft activity or end-of-party reading time will involve all the guests, even the quieter ones.
SIBLINGS SHOWING UP UNINVITED
Be very clear on your party invitation by using the name of the guest invited. Some people will ignore the obvious and do what’s convenient for them anyway, so have a few extra goodie bags on hand for siblings who just show up.
BACK-UP PLANS
If you’re having an outdoor party, it’s good common sense to have a rainy day alternative. Confirm your entertainer one week before party time, but prepare a handful of games you can orchestrate on your own, if necessary. If a guest or two are late for the festivities, don’t delay your schedule but keep on as planned. Although no-shows, delays, and inclement weather are party bummers, you can still pull it off like professional with a little advance preparation.
PARTY CHILD MISBEHAVING
Here’s where some advance coaching is in order. Emphasize the important role your child has as the party host or hostess to make guests feel comfortable. Discuss the responsibilities s/he will have such as greeting the guests, showing them where to sit at the party table, and handing out party favors.
Stress that through helping others enjoy the day, your child will likely have a better time too. A gentle reminder during the party should be all that’s needed once you’ve laid down the ground rules.
GUESTS MISBEHAVING
The party excitement, coupled with sugar intake, can lead to tantrums, tears, and other misbehavior. Step back a moment and try to handle these problems with patience and diplomacy. A little attention and redirection is sometimes all that’s needed to remedy the situation. Give the child a special job to do or make them an honorary party helper.
If the behavior escalates, don’t be afraid to separate the child to a quiet room. Explain that bad behavior will not be tolerated and that the parents will be called to take him or her home if it continues.
DUPLICATE GIFT DILEMMA
If there’s a gift receipt attached from a thoughtful parent, you’re golden. Otherwise, don’t get into it with another parent unless you can do so without causing offense. You can try just returning the gift for store credit, if you know where it was purchased. Or, stash it away with the name of the original gift-giver taped to it. This way you can recycle the gift, making sure it goes to an entirely new (and hopefully appreciative) child.
THANK YOU NOTES
Thank you notes are an excellent way to promote good manners and appreciation in your children. Not only are they important social skill builders, they foster good writing and creativity as well. Kids will learn to enjoy writing thank you cards if you make it a fun project by using colorful note cards and glittery gel pens or let them design their own on the computer.
For younger children, it’s okay for the parent to write the note and have the party child sign it. The party child could even draw a picture which Mom or Dad can copy and send as a thank you. The “fill-in-the-blanks” type thank you note are a great alternative too. Another super idea is to include a picture of the guest taken with the party child along with the thank you note.
Incidentally, it’s critical to keep a careful list of who-gave-what so thank you notes can be sent without mix-ups.
CAN PARENTS STAY?
If you’re unsure if you can accompany your child to a party, just be up front with the parents beforehand and ask what their party plans are. The RSVP call is a great time to ask questions. Most parents of younger children know some kids are more comfortable with their parents around and plan accordingly. (A pot of coffee and extra cake or munchies for the adults.) Most parents will offer to help if they stay an extra bonus for the host/hostess!

Boat Party

Boat Party

Party animals with camp beer are frequent visitors to many of the lakes around the country

Boating is all about fun, and fun is all about hanging out with friends and chilling on the water with some camp beer. Part of boating is camping and, well, part of camping is beer and parties. In fact, many of the visitors to the campgrounds and lakes around the United States are party animals with camp beer and these young boaters are having the time of their lives on lakes such as Lake Livingston and Lake Havasu. There are some fun things party animals with camp beer can do:

Party animals with camp beer can float some of the most popular bodies of water in the United States. Most U.S states have ample opportunity for young boaters to relax and float on houseboats, powerboats or any other type of water vehicle. Houseboats are especially popular among the young lake boating crowd because party animals with camp beer often take their party from the campfire to the water. Houseboats allow boaters to move about with plenty of room, and the larger boats sometimes replicate a land party.

Party animals with camp beer can head to the campgrounds at many of the more popularlakes in America. Most lakes (such as Shasta Lake in California or Silver Lake in Florida) have campgrounds around the lake or at least offer camping units for boaters wanting to stay the weekend. Boat party with camp beer often make their boating experience last more then one day, and campgrounds are the cheapest, most fun option out there. Camping out at night and cruising the lake at night are popular options because they cost almost nothing (most campgrounds charge between $10-30 per day for ground usage). Plus, you really can enjoy the outdoors for everything it has to offer.

Why boat on some of the most exciting bodies of water in the country? If you are young, love a good party and are especially partial to lakes and rivers then you really can’t go wrong with a good water party. Party animals with camp beer make up a large percentage of campers during the hot summer months around the most popular lakes for one simple reason: its fun.

Boating Apparel

Lake Trash has a wide selection of boating apparel right on their site and whether you want a T-shirt that screams “Your boat sucks!” or one that directs, “Drink like a fish,” you can find a funny T-shirt there. Check out their selection today!

If you are looking for your next party and the weather is good, head out to your local lake and join the party animals with camp beer in beating those summertime blues.

Engagement Party Planning

Engagement Party Planning

Engagement parties are not only fun but also a great way to announce your engagement to the world. Your engagement party offers an excellent opportunity for your families and friends to get to know each other.

There are no hard-set rules about when an engagement party must occur. Your engagement party could be scheduled anytime after your engagement and before your wedding day. Normally, engagement parties are scheduled within a couple of months of the engagement. The party should provide an opportunity for friends and family to celebrate the engagement together. Engagement parties are informal gatherings, and the main purpose is for the families and friends to meet and become friendly.

Even though, traditionally the parents of the bride host the engagement party, it can be hosted by anyone close to the bride and groom. The location of the party is insignificant. As long as it is conveniently located, a friend’s house the parents’ home are both popular choices. It is quite common for the bride and groom to host. Both sets of parents could throw a party together for the bride and groom. You should invite anyone that’s important to you, friends, family, coworkers, and school friends. You should only invite people to the party who will be invited to the wedding too.

Engagement parties are informal events. The food is usually finger food, or something simple. For people who require more formal surroundings, it is not unusual to have engagement parties held at restaurants.

Do not use the engagement party to introduce the parents for the first time to each other. It would be best to choose a more intimate occasion when only the parents and bride and groom are present. A pre-engagement dinner might the perfect solution to introduce your parents to each other.

While engagement parties are fun, they can be expensive. They are more advisable for couples with long engagement; it may be awkward to have an engagement party only a few months before the wedding.
You shouldn’t expect gifts as etiquette does not dictate that guests should bring them. The engagement party provides a good opportunity to start thinking about gift registry. After the party, don’t forget to send thank you notes!

Graduation Party

Graduation Party

Graduation is a time to celebrate many accomplishments so a nice party is often in order. You will need to think about your budget for it as well as what you want the affair to be like. Early planning is important as many people will be hosting graduation parties on the same day. This means caterers, rental halls, and DJ’s all will be booking up fast and if you wait you will not get what you are looking for.

If you are going to throw a graduation party you should have the information ready when you send out the announcements. This way you can add additional information for those that are added to the party. It may be everyone on the list or just those that are close to the family. A graduation party can be a small intimate affair or a large party with food, music, and fun until the late hours.

Students will often have their own version of what a graduation party should be like. They will likely want to hang out with their friends to celebrate their day. This means you can get together with some other parents and have a graduation party for several students at the same time. It will ensure they get to hang out together and splitting the cost can help you all to have the party you want to host without feeling the financial pinch from it.

There are plenty of great decorations and announcements you can choose from for a graduation party. You can look at party stores and online to get the best selection and to compare prices. Most parents will agree that the students should be involved in the planning too. This way they are happy with the way the graduation party is handled. Kids that age have a whole different outlook on many things including music and décor.

Hosting a graduation party though is a great way to let your student know you are very proud of their accomplishments. They have worked hard to reach their goals and it needs to be rewarded. Not all graduation parties have to be for high school students. People of all ages end up graduating from college each year as well.

People vs. Products: How To Boost Your Home Business Party Sales

People vs. Products: How To Boost Your Home Business Party Sales

Home party businesses have existed for decades. Stanley Home products, for example, began with door-to-door salesmen in the 1940s. By the 1950s this business had moved to away from front doors and took a seat on living room couches, surrounded homemade punch and cake along with a lovely hostess. While women have moved out of the home and into the corporate world since the inception of the home party business, this genre of work is still booming. Those who find success in the home party business have found a few simple methods that help them boost their home business party sales.

Attitude matters. Home business owners must learn to not just sell their product but to sell themselves. This means they should prove the product’s usefulness with their own use of the product. Imagine a Mary Kay agent who uses Cover Girl products. It just would not make sense, and it says little about the product. Those who are willing to invest their time into selling a product via a home party understand that they are selling more than the product. Their own testimony matters.

Consumer care matters. Successful business partners of the home party business will look at their customers as more than a meal ticket. They learn to engage in friendly conversation at the part and learn about their clients needs. They also learn to gear their presentations and recommendations to the client’s specific needs. Are the clients young moms? Empty nesters? Retired grandparents? A great salesman will be able to boost her home business party sales by presenting the best product for her potential clients’ needs.

Caring about the client also means spending some time on paper work after the party. Great home party business entrepreneurs know the importance of follow up. They send out notes inquiring about the customer’s needs and even thank you notes for the customer’s purchase. They take the time after hostess has wiped the last crumb to remember what made the home party successful in the first place: willing customers.

Finally, a successful home party business person will maintain rapport with her clients and hostess by paying attention to them outside of the party environment. Great business people understand the importance of a kind word when bumping into a potential client at the grocery store. Even if the individual did not place an order, the successful entrepreneur will express a warm attitude towards that person and call him or her by name. Who knows? This may even lead to an eventual sale.

Home party sales have existed for decades. Great sales people understand what they must do to successful boost their home business party sales. By following these few, simple tips, they experience success which not only keeps them in business but allows for a hefty commission at the end of each party.

Own a Pool? Have a Pool Party

Own a Pool? Have a Pool Party

Every summer, millions of homeowners think about having a backyard party. Unfortunately, many are unsure about what they should center their party on. If you are looking to plan a party, you do not have to limit yourself to a traditional barbeque. If you have a swimming pool, you may want to think about hosting a pool party.

Pool parties are the perfect way to get friends, families, neighbors, and coworkers together, especially during the summer months. One of the many reasons why you should consider having a pool party is because it is likely that your party will stand apart from the rest. Most households in America have a barbeque grill; however, not everyone has a pool. The pool alone, may make your backyard party better than most.

One of the reasons why a pool party is a great idea, especially during the summertime, is because of the heat. In many areas of the United States, it is too hot to do many outdoor activities, especially without a way to cool off. Therefore, in addition to spending quality time with your friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers, you may also be providing them with a fun way to stay cool. This is nice because, as previously mentioned, not everyone has the luxury of owning a pool.

Another reason why you may want to host a pool party is because pools are fun, for individuals of all ages. This means whether you are inviting adults, children, or both, everyone should be able to enjoy your pool. Despite the fact that even children enjoy swimming, they may need more attention than adult swimmers. If children will be attending your pool party, you may want to develop a safety plan, just in case. This safety plan may include when children can swim or who will be watching over them when they do.

While a pool party is enough to bring in excited guests, you may also want to incorporate other backyard activities. One backyard activity that you may want to think about including is a barbeque. A swim party with a barbeque would literally be the ultimate backyard party. Not only will your guests have the opportunity to cool off in your pool, but they would also get to eat amazing food. If you are planning on having a large number of guests, you may want to think about asking others to help you prepare food. In most cases, your guests would be more willing to bring a small side dish or drinks.

To please your pool party guests, especially those that are looking for entertainment, you may also want to have some sports equipment on hand. In addition to traditional backyard sports games, such as football, basketball, or horseshoes, you may want to include water games. These games may include, but should not be limited to, water basketball or water volleyball. If you do not already have a basketball hoop or volleyball net, for your pool, you should easily be able to purchase either one form most online retailers or from your local pool supply store.

Whether you have just a pool party or a pool party with additional backyard activities, your party is sure to be a success. Whatever food, snacks, drinks, or activities you have on hand, your guests will likely be pleased with the fact that they can enjoy an afternoon away from home.

A Professional Party Planner’s Guide to Classroom Parties

A Professional Party Planner’s Guide to Classroom Parties

In my opinion, nothing can be more fun and challenging than planning an elementary school classroom party. Whether the event is Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, or the end of the school year, you can use your creativity and really have some fun in your planning. And, because your attendees are all children, your efforts will not go unnoticed or unappreciated as they can with adults.
The first thing you need to do is meet with the teacher and any other parents who have offered to plan or help with the party. Before any planning can take place, it is imperative that everyone be on the same page and understands what the party will look like once it is all planned out. Good planning and communication early in the process can go a long way towards heading off potential problems later on.
The classroom teacher needs to let you know how much time will be allocated for the party and at what time it will happen. In addition, the teacher will need to let you know what roll she wishes to play in the party planning and in the event itself. Some teachers prefer to let the parents handle the entire party from planning to the big day, while others prefer to have more of a say and an active roll in the planning and the party itself.
To plan the party itself, ask the teacher what foods they prefer be served. Would they like to go with snacks? Healthy foods? Cupcakes and cookies? Find out what is easiest and what will make the least amount of mess in the classroom which will have to be cleaned up at the end of the party.
When the topic of purchasing food comes up, this is a good time to ask if the school can provide anything for the party, if a collection will be taken up from each of the families who have kids in the class, or it the parents will be paying for it themselves. A lot of times the budget for the event will have a lot to do with the planning for the party.
The next item for discussion is the activities, if any, for the party. Will the children be playing games, making a fun craft project to take home, etc… One of the most appreciated crafts around holiday times can be something that the kids can make at school and then wrap and present to their parents as gifts for the occasion. With some creativity this can be done relatively inexpensively.
If the teacher prefers to let the parents plan the party, the teacher can leave the meeting and the parents can meet, or plan to meet again, to plan more of the details of the day. While planning the party with other parents it is always a good idea to make sure you have back-up plans incase one of the parents doesn’t do what they said that they would, or doesn’t show up the day of the party. Unfortunately, things like that do happen and it is just so much better to be prepared for them ahead of time than to be caught on the day of the party without supplies or enough people.
With these professional party planning tips you can make your children’s parties the best in the school!

Top 10 Most Popular Theme Party Ideas For Adults

Top 10 Most Popular Theme Party Ideas For Adults

Who said theme parties are just for kids?
I’ve picked out the most popular party themes for adults, sure to bring out the “kid” in you.
If you are looking to host a party that is sure to go over well, check out the tried-and-true party ideas below.
Hawaiian Luau Party
Welcome each guest with an “aloha” and a kiss on the cheek. Hand a lei to all guests, and a silk flower for the women to put in their hair.
Think balmy and exotic! Bright and colorful is sure to set a tropical ambiance.
The best drinks include Margaritas, Mai Tais, Pina Coladas, Bahama Mamas, and Frozen Daiquiris. Be sure to have Hawaiian punch on hand for the non-alcoholic set as well as water for all.
Be sure to have a limbo contest to see “how low can you go” and a hula contest for great fun.
Wine Tasting Party
A wine tasting party doesn’t have to be reserved for the well-versed wine connoisseur. Get your friends together for an informal potluck party, with each guest bringing his/her favorite wine. Food should be simple appetizers as well as cheese and bread. Provide index cards for guests to rate their favorites.
Bunco Party Theme
Bunco is a great game is rapidly taking over in our living rooms. It’s not your grandmother’s canasta game! Bunco allows for regular get-togethers with family, friends, and neighbors as you can meet on a monthly basis, while rotating hosts. It’s fast paced and gets you mixing with all players (usually 12) as you rotate from table to table.
Fortune Telling Theme
I see a fun theme party in your future…
A gypsy type garb is perfect for a fortune telling party. Complete your outfit with scarves, lots of bangle type bracelets, and hoop earrings.
Have a least one table with a crystal ball. If you can’t find one, you can always use a large snow globe of some kind.
Other great games include a Ouija board and Magic Eight ball.
Mexican Fiesta
Go “South of the border” for a festive theme party. Great decorations include inflatable cactus, chili peppers, boots, and sombreros.
The signature drinks for a fiesta party are margaritas and Corona beer.
Be sure to play plenty of fiesta music as you shake your maracas!
Casino/Las Vegas Night
The central theme is friendly gambling- either for prizes or just for fun.
The most popular games tend to be blackjack and poker. For the non-gambling type, include simple games like bingo and other popular card games.
Give each guest poker chips, play money, and dice when they arrive. Great decorations include hanging fuzzy dice and lots of black and red balloons. For a Las Vegas style nightlife effect, add plenty of glow products.
Decade Party (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s)
Decade theme parties are extremely popular and can be also be used for themed birthday parties as well. Guests have lots of fun dressing in outfits from their high school and college days.
Flowered pants, peace signs, and John Lennon glasses are great for a 60’s theme.
Bell-bottom Levi’s or Wranglers are great for that 70’s party- or go all out with your leisure suit.
Punk wigs, mezpahs, and jelly bracelets are great for a retro 80’s look.
Dinner Party
There are many options for putting together a great dinner party. Depending on your own style, the dinner party can range from casual and entertaining, to gourmet and polished.
The three most popular types of dinner parties tend to be dessert, cocktail, or international food themed.
For a more casual party, use a potluck style. Guest can bring along a dish of their choice. This can be a full course American meal or international cuisine. You can choose to be dessert or cocktail party specific.
Magic Theme Party
Planning a magic party doesn’t have to be “tricky” after all. Go all out with your black top hat and magic wand as you get your guests to learn simple card tricks. Tricks can range from easy to more special effects.
Great decorations include hanging black top hats and lots of black and red balloons. For a magical effect, add plenty of glow products.
Western Theme Party
Think rustic and hearty!
Old lanterns, jugs, and bales of hay make great decorations. You can also use kerosene lamps and washtubs as accents.
A game of horseshoes next to a roaring bonfire is a great activity for socializing. Sing-along western songs can liven up the bunch, and karaoke takes cowboy tunes to a new dimension.
Games to play can include competitions in roping, or using a lasso to catch an object.
I hope these ideas helped spark some ideas for your upcoming theme party. Have a sensational celebration!