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The Perfect Teen Party

The Perfect Teen Party

What is the difference between a teen party and a really great teen party? It probably is not something major, unless of course you have forgotten entirely to provide food! The secret to making any teen party perfect is in a few small details that most people do not consider.

First, as the name suggests, a teen party is for teens. It is surprising how many teen parties turn sour because they are not suitable for teens at all. Consider the teens that you are throwing a party for. Think about their personalities and the things they like to do. Chances are that a teen party will be better if you plan a party that teens will be excited to come to. Do not host a teen party planning to show multiple movies to teens that are too active to sit still for an hour. Plan a teen party filled with fun and unique activities that will offer a variety of options but keep everyone happily busy.

Second, no teen party will be memorable without the perfect menu. Everyone knows that teens love to eat, so there is no way to throw a perfect teen party without taking food into serious consideration. Depending on what time your party is going to take place you may or may not have to provide an entire meal to your guests. Perhaps snack foods and finger foods will do the trick. Whatever kinds of food you decide on, be sure that you offer a variety to choose from. Some teens will prefer pepperoni pizza while others would never dream of eating a slice. Have healthy and not-so-healthy options and you will probably be safe. Try to come up with creative food options and you will really have a teen party to talk about. Make icy fruit drinks in a blender and the teens will love feeling a little more grown up.

A third important thing to remember when preparing a teen party is location. Since most teen parties are held in homes it could be fun to plan your teen party at a local park. Teens will enjoy the change and will probably love being outside. If you decide on an outdoor party you will be able to come up with suitable activities quickly and you will even be able to consider outdoor food as well. You can also choose to hold a great teen party at a special location to the teens like a local coffee shop or skate rink.

Remember that any teen party can be special when you keep it focused on teens, filled with food and in a special location. Enjoy planning!

Party Planning Tips for a Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party

Party Planning Tips for a Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party

If you have a daughter who is turning sixteen soon, then you know the importance of having a sweet sixteen party for her. Contrary to what she might be seeing on MTV, sweet sixteen parties shouldn’t look like a wedding; it should be a party simply to celebrate her sixteenth birthday and in some states her ability to get a driver’s license.

The sweet sixteen party which you and your daughter plan should start with picking a theme for the party, if you will have one. The theme you choose may dictate where you will hold the party. If your daughter wants a bowling party, for instance, then the party would have to be held at the local bowling alley. Some girls with summer birthdays will want their party to be on the beach or at a local pool. And, other girls want their theme to be elegant and more adult. For this last type of party you might want to have it at a restaurant or at your home.

Once you have a theme and a location, then it is time for you to come up with a date for the party. Saturday or Saturday evening is generally the best times to host a party because people will be off of work and ready to do something fun for the day or evening. The time of day for your party will largely be dictated by the theme of the party you are having and its location.

Once you have a theme, location, and date for the party, then it is time to start looking for just the right initiations to fit the event. You have the choice of writing in your own store-bought invitations, printing your own on your home computer, or having invitations printed. Here again, it depends largely on the theme of your party and what you have available to you in your area and online. However, you might be pleasantly surprised at the low cost of quality professional printing these days and may want to opt to have the invitations printed.

Once you have your invitations addressed they should be mailed about four weeks before the party. Your goal is to give people the opportunity to attend, but not let them know so far in advance that they forget to come to the party. Generally, about four weeks is the standard as long as you are not having too lavish of an event. If there will be over a hundred people in attendance, then you might want to send out your initiations earlier, but never more than eight weeks prior to the party date.

Once your invitations are sent out then it is time to work on the menu and decoration needs for the party. If you will be having an informal, family type gathering, then informal foods work very well; however, if your event is more formal or there will be a lot of people in attendance, you need to look at what foods will be appropriate.
For decorations, simple elegance works very well to help to keep prices down but things appearing to be elegant. Some store-bought flowers placed in strategic places can do wonders for a room!

Planning a sweet sixteen party doesn’t need to be complicated or stressful. The most important part is to plan a party everyone can enjoy and remember – especially the guest of honor.

How To Throw An Unforgettable Halloween Party

How To Throw An Unforgettable Halloween Party

Halloween probably has more parties than almost any other day, second perhaps to New Years. People of all ages love to dress up and pretend they’re someone else for a night. Most people end up with more than one invitation to Halloween parties and have to choose one of them to attend.

If you’re thinking of throwing a Halloween party, how do you convince people to choose yours over the others? A creative, unique theme is the first step.

Most people don’t plan a theme beyond “wear a costume” at Halloween. Just giving your party a more specific theme will help it stand out from the crowd.

You can choose the traditional “spooky” type of Hallowen party and have everyone come as their favorite ghost, horror movie character or monster.

A spooky party will probably be one of the easiest to find party favors and decorations for, since that tends to be the most common theme for Halloween.

There are lots of other themes you can try, however. What about a famous couples party, where everyone comes as a famous couple? Or maybe a movie theme night, where everyone comes as their favorite Star Wars character for example.

Some other theme ideas include:

– crazy hat party
– decade party (60’s, 70’s, 80’s, etc)
– murder mystery
– favorite cartoon character
– pirate party
– “future” party (everyone comes as themselves in 25 years, for example)

When you’re planning your party, one of the most important things is the menu. Food is always an important part of any party.

It could be a full meal or just finger foods, but be creative with what you serve. Try to work the food into the theme of the party.

For example, you could make some ladyfingers that actually look like severed fingers.

If you start to plan your party early, you’ll leave yourself lots of time to get everything organized. Get some help from friends or family if you need it, and remember – planning the party is half the fun!

Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday with a Dog Party

Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday with a Dog Party

It was recently reported that over 700,000 pets in the United States have had birthday parties thrown for them by their owners. This “pet party” trend has also taken off in other nations such as China, Japan and England. If you were thinking of throwing a party for your pet (specifically your dog), here is a list of party safety guidelines to ensure that all of the party animals in attendance have a fun and safe time. This list is by no means fully comprehensive, but it gives you a good starting point for your pet party safety. You should always use your best judgment to determine if something is appropriate for your pet, and the other pets in attendance at the party. Without further adieu, here are the dog party safety tips:

– All dogs attending the party should have at least one person who the dog feels comfortable around present at the party. If a guardian for the dog is not able to attend your party, the dog should not attend either. Unless you feel comfortable enough with watching the dog yourself, you do not one to be held liable if something happens to the dog.

– In case any of the dogs’ guardians do not bring waste bags for their dogs, make sure to have plenty on hand. This is especially true if the party is at a dog park or other public facility. Be sure to leave the location in the same condition that it was in prior to the party.

– To avoid any potential scuffles between the party animals, only invite dogs that your dog already knows and feels comfortable with. If your best friend’s dog is sweet, but just doesn’t get along with your dog for some reason, it may be best to leave them off of the guest list. If you want to invite a dog who your dog has never met, set up a meeting between your dog and the other dog so that they can become acquainted before the party. Definitely leave canine bullies off of the guest list.

– If you plan to have an outdoor party at a dog park or in your backyard, make sure that you have a contingency plan in the event of bad weather.

– In regards to the length of the party, you can plan the party for as long as you see fit, just keep in mind that dogs can become restless very easy. If you notice that many of the guests are getting cranky, don’t be afraid to end the party early.

– Wherever you choose to have the party, make sure that it is safely enclosed and that there are no “cracks” that any of the party guests may be able to slip through. This is especially true for the smaller guests at the party. If your Rottweiler has started digging a whole under your fence in the backyard, make sure that the hole isn’t big enough for your friend’s Shih Tzu to crawl through. If you think that the whole may become problematic, fill the whole before you host your party.

– At treat time, make sure that every puppy has his or her own treat. Also, allow each dog’s guardian to give the treat to their respective dog.

– If you invite dogs that have not yet been spayed or neutered, make sure that you alert the parents of the other dogs at the party. Also, if you think that it is necessary, make sure that the parents of these dogs keep an especially close eye on their pet.

– Make sure to only provide treats that are deemed safe for dogs. If you are unsure about the dog toxicity of any of the treats that you want to give out at your party, consult your veterinarian. Also, it is a good idea to talk with the owners of the dog party guests beforehand to check if their dog is allergic to a particular food or ingredient.

The Party Store

The Party Store

Every now and then I like to frequent our local liquor store to stock my bar. Our neighborhood store is nothing special, but has what I need when I need it. I have never paid a whole lot of attention to the sign as I entered the establishment. The sign clearly states that not only do they sell beer and wine, they also sell party supplies. Great. You never know when a party may break out and having a store with party supplies at your disposal is nothing but a posititve thing.

I walked into our neighborhood establishment and strolled through the isles. My bar was already stocked sufficiently, so alcohol was not on the list for this trip. Today’s trip was for nothing but party supplies.

I greeted the man behind the counter with a smile. “Hello” to him must mean,”please tell me every insignificant detail of yourself” as he proceeded to tell me about his day up to that point. Thanks. I care. This man was nothing but a distraction in my procurement of party supplies. I strolled through the isles, acknowledged the offer to help me find anything. I knew what I was looking for, I don’t want Mr. Annoying’s help. The store isn’t that big, and I think I can find the party supplies I was looking for.

A little time passed, and I continued my search for party supplies. Up and down every isle i looked for things that were necessary for a party (hence the name party supplies.) After thorough examination of the store three times over, I came to a startling conclusion. My idea of party supplies may be a little different than theirs. Here are the “party supplies” i found at the store.

Ice. Yup, ice is needed for parties. Afterall, its what keeps the beverages cold. A great party supply indeed. Unfortunately, this was the only thing we agreed on.

Porn. Racks and racks of all varieties of porn magazines lined one whole wall. I know some party people will tell you that a party isn’t a party without the latest issue of Greasy Babes. I tend to disagree. In my experience, nothing breaks up a party like that one crazy guy with his pants down screamin, “wooooo, I got the latest issue of Swank…its PARTY TIME!!!”

Lighters. Again, not my idea of a party supply. I gave up the lets burn things party a long time ago and I have think most normal adults have too. But what I seem to be learning here is that most normal adults are not buying their party supplies from a liquor store.

Beef Jerky. Okay, I don’t think I have to really expand on this. Anyone that EVER brings beef jerky to a party should be lit on fire with the lighter they most likely bought as well. If you must make a reference to beef jerky being the ultimate compliment to porn, you may do so. I’m not touching that one.

That’s it. That was all I could find that would even come close to being party supplies, no little parasols for drinks, not even a SOLO cup to be found.

Needless to say, I was a little disappointed, educated and a little weirded out at the same time. I like to think of it as the trifecta of human experience.

Music for a New Years Eve Party

Music for a New Years Eve Party

If you are planning a New Years Eve party, one of the most important elements of the party planning is the music you plan to play at the party. Making preparations for the food, beverages, entertainment, decorations, favors and other elements of the party are all very important but the music at the party are critical to the success of the party and can help to determine whether or not the guests have a good time. This article will discuss some of the options for music at a New Years Eve party and will provide information on implementing these options.

Hiring a band is one very popular option for providing music for a New Years Eve party. However, there are some considerations which should be mulled over before deciding to hire a band. One of these important considerations is the amount of space required for the band to set up and perform. This is important especially if you are hosting the party in your home. Before signing a contract with a band, you should have a representative from the band visit the space and determine if there is enough room available. The noise ordinances should also be considered when hiring a band for a New Years Eve party. Again this is most important if you are hosting the party in your home. When hiring a band you should also consider whether or not the band will appeal to the majority of the guests at your New Years Eve party. This is especially important if you will have guests from a number of different generations at your party.

Another option for proving music at your New Years Eve party is to hire a DJ to perform at the party. This is a good idea because DJs typically play a wide variety of music and are skilled at reading the audience and determining which types of music will appeal to the audience. They are also typically good at encouraging audience participation. Again, it is important to consider noise ordinances when hiring a DJ to entertain at your New Years Eve party. Your DJ will likely be aware of these ordinances particularly if he works in the area often but you should still discuss this with the DJ before signing a contract to ensure he will comply with these regulations.

One inexpensive option for providing music for your guests at your New Years Eve party is to be your own DJ. If you have an extensive CD collection, you can insert a number of these into a disk changer and set the changer to play randomly. Changing the CDs throughout the night will keep the music fresh throughout the party. Another idea is to ask each guest to bring five of their own CDs to the party. Each guest can then take turns playing DJ for a half hour to an hour. This is a fun way to provide music for your guests and also helps to ensure each guest will hear some music they enjoy during the party. Still another option for providing your own music during your New Years Eve party is to set up a satellite radio system and attach it to speakers. You can set the satellite to a station featuring upbeat dance music or music which accompanies the theme of the New Years Eve party.

Still another inexpensive option for providing musical entertainment for your New Years Eve party is to rent a karaoke machine and encourage the guests to provide their own entertainment. Karaoke can be a great deal of fun especially for a group of guests who are willing to participate in the fun. If you have a theme for the New Years Eve party, you can provide songs for the karaoke machine which relate to the theme. If there is not a specific theme for the New Years Eve party, you can select a selection of songs which are likely to be popular with your guests.

Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

Birthday parties are something that we all look forward to from the time we are very young. When we are young it’s the cake, presents, and the party favors that get us going, but as we get older we typically just look forward to the social aspect, and hopefully some great food. You are never too old to have a great time at a birthday party, no matter what the theme may be and even who the company is.

Planning A Birthday Party

Planning a birthday party may be even better than having your own birthday parties when you were young. There are a lot of great birthday party ideas to get your inner party planner going. For younger children all you need to do is take a trip through a discount party supplies store and you’ll have more ideas than you know what to do with. Once you have an idea of what your child’s favorite characters or colors are you can buy birthday streamers, favors, and other supplies that will turn any location into a true birthday party atmosphere. The great thing is that you don’t need to break the bank to plan your child’s birthday party because you can get quality supplies at discount party supplies stores that will help save you money while providing your child with the birthday parties of his or her dreams. Birthday parties are fun for kids, but even more fun for parents to plan!

Birthday parties during the teen years might be lower key than they were when your kids were young. Paper streamers, party poppers, and party sparklers may be a thing of the past, but you can still help your child plan a great birthday party. Party stores typically carry age appropriate items for everyone that even your teen will like, so encourage your child to let you in on the party planning and then let your child enjoy his or her birthday parties while you stand back and just enjoy their happiness.

If you are planning a party for someone that is older, there is still a lot of excitement in it! Party stores usually carry party theme supplies for 30th, 40th, and 50th birthday parties where paper streamers, party poppers, and other party decorations become perfectly acceptable again. If it’s a surprise party you’ll want to buy some confetti to throw as well as birthday balloons and anything else you may associate with birthday parties. Of course, food and drink is a favorite at most birthday parties so you’ll want to have all of the birthday girl or boy’s favorite foods available for all of the guests.

Birthday parties are an excuse to cut loose and be silly no matter how old you are. Planning parties for those that you love and care about is exciting, and though it may change over the years you can still take a trip to the party store and ensure that everyone will have a great time! Remember, it doesn’t matter how old you are, birthday parties are a great reason to have a good time, celebrate life, and even get a little bit goofy!

30 Kid Party Favors for Pennies

30 Kid Party Favors for Pennies

Kids party favors needn’t be costly, just a simple remembrance of the good time guests had at your child’s party. Each of these party favors cost under $1 per guest, some only pennies apiece. Shop dollar stores and discount outlets to stock up on these clever party favorites. Use individually or mix and match, using your party theme as a guide.
Craft stick picture frames (decorated by party guests) with a polaroid of the party child with each guest
Small plastic toy, stickers, stringed beads, coins, etc. inside an inflated balloon
Glow necklaces and bracelets
Small pack of crayons with coloring book
Book matching the party theme
Frisbee
Bubble liquid
Sidewalk chalk
Puzzle
Beach ball
Tattoos
Balloons
Pencils
Hair ornaments
Watercolor paint set
Address book
Tiny Notebook
Plastic Tiara
Lollipops
Pez Dispensers
Seed packets to plant
Unused fast food toys
Fast food coupons worth $1
Homemade modeling clay and a cookie cutter
Make and Take Party Favors:
Kids love to make crafts and these double as party favors when kids get to take them home…
Personalized and decorated foam sun visor
Handpainted and decorated sunglasses
Personalized and decorated bookmark
Handmade potpourri sachet
Handmade refrigerator magnet
Handpainted suncatcher
Handmade beaded jewelry
Homemade soap
Party favors should not be so expensive as to rival the gifts given to your child at his or her party! Keep it small, simple, memorable, and easy on your pocketbook.

Choosing Between Party Invitations

Choosing Between Party Invitations

Last year around Christmas I had a stressful time making decisions. It seemed like each day when I went outside to collect my mail I received more party invitations requesting the presence of my family at holiday events. At first I found it flattering that my family and I were being thought about by our friends and family and that they all desired our company during the holiday season. It wasn’t long, however, before the flattery turned into frustration as the party invitations kept arriving and as our calendar began to fill up with event after event.

It got to the point where our family had to sit down with the party invitations and do something very important: choose. There was no way that we could accept all of the party invitations and remain sane through the month of December. We had to begin declining party invitations and narrowing our schedule down to include only the events we really wished to attend. It might sound simple, but when you sit down to choose between attending your grandmother’s yearly holiday brunch or your best friend’s annual reunion party for all of your college friends, choosing is not so easy.

Our family quickly came up with a way to sift through the small mountain of party invitations and choose the ones we wished to attend. The first and most important way that we narrowed our list was by thinking about the relationships we had with the people throwing each party. We made the decision to separate the party invitations we had received into piles based on our closeness to the hosts of the parties. This made it easy to see where we could decline a few party invitations simply by choosing close family and friends over people we didn’t know so well. A party hosted by a parent or sibling took precedence over party invitations we received from a co-worker or former neighbor.

We also decided to narrow down party invitations by only allowing ourselves to schedule a certain number of events each week. We limited our family to accepting party invitations to one party during each week and one party each weekend during the entire month. This way we were not so busy with parties that we were unable to continue doing other important things.

If you find yourself receiving too many party invitaions this holiday season, or at any point throughout the year, look for ways to narrow it down and only accept party invitations to events being held by people you love the most.

Kid Birthday Party – Things To Think About

Kid Birthday Party – Things To Think About

A kid birthday party is something well worth planning and having, but what looks like a piece of cake, a kid birthday party, may turn out to be quite a hassle, and eventually not serve its purpose. The last thing you want is to be completely exhausted and in need of a two weeks vacation after you had a kid birthday party.

If you even planned and gave a party you know that this kid birthday party is going to require some preparation, and some planning. This is what this article about, some basic ideas about a kid birthday party and what you need to do to through a great party without throwing two weeks of your life away. I hope that some of the kid birthday party tips and advice will help you organize your party better so you can have lots of fun planning it and even fun at the party.

For your kid birthday party you probably have some idea of what you want, some things you want more than others, but one main thing is clear, in your kid birthday party you want everything to be just right, and you want your guests to have a good time.

The key for a successful birthday party is planning and preparation, from the guest list to the invitations, decorations, menus and games – you can do it all without forgetting a detail. And, you can do it seamlessly. Once you get organized, you will no longer dread those children’s parties.

Every good event starts with a plan. And that is exactly where we are going to start, but before you put your plan on paper, you have to think through the basics. Start with a budget, how much are you willing to pay for this, do you think the kid birthday party should has as many people as guests, or do you prefer a more intimate and small birthday party. What kind of birthday party food do you think we be appropriate for this event? Do you want to stick to all party food or do you want to have some adult food for the parents as well?, would you consider having someone at the kid birthday party to keep an eye on the kids, or do you prefer to do that yourself?…

Let’s review a general list of the things you have to consider:

Budget – Do you want to plan an extravagant party or something simple?

Date – Pick your date carefully, so it does not conflict with family birthdays, anniversaries, school field trips, etc.

Location – Is this party at home, in a rented facility or a public place?

Do-it-Yourself or Buy Services? – Will you do all the planning and work yourself, with help from family and/or friends, or will you hire someone to plan and execute the party?

Number of Guests – How many adults as guests or chaperones AND how many children.

Menu – What kinds of foods will you serve and what ingredients will you need to buy. How much food will you need?

Invitations – Will you send invitations by postal service, email, have your child hand them out at school, or simply call and invite them on the phone?

Games and Activities – What activities will you plan to keep the children entertained?

Decorations and Supplies – This includes items like plates, cups, forks, table cloths, decorations, items for ‘goodie bags’ or favors at the end of the party. This list should also include chairs and tables (either yours or rented, or borrowed).

Schedule – Finally, to pull it all together, you’ll want to develop a party ‘schedule’.

Once you write all these things down, and start to think about how to plan your kid birthday party you are on your way. The key issue here is preparation and planning, give yourself enough time to execute all your plans, and have a great kid birthday party!