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!

Alcohol Free Party

Alcohol Free Party

Parties are fun but planning them is work. The more carefully you plan your next party the more likely you succeed. Better planning means better party. A successful party can help you entertain friends, family or coworkers. It can help you maintain or start long lasting friendships. If you play your cards right, a successful party can help you get promoted more quickly.

How much money you spend on the party is one of the most important aspects of party planning. You have to know how much money you can afford to spend per guest. The budget determines what kind of food and drinks you can serve. A large budget doesn’t guarantee a successful party and a tight budget doesn’t guarantee a disappointing party.

You can save a lot of money by serving soft drinks, and avoiding alcoholic beverages all together. If your party is during the day, you can more easily get away with no alcoholic beverages. Most people don’t drink during the day. An alcohol free evening party may be a stretch.

If it is a party with children present, you can easily explain an alcohol free party. An alcohol free party yields a more peaceful environment, and fights are much less likely. It is much more easier to control sober guests than a bunch of drunks. Baby showers provide a great opportunity for a sober party as a form of solidarity for the pregnant mother.

If you decide to serve alcohol avoid salty thirst triggering foods. Serve food before you serve alcohol. It’s better to eat while drinking than to drink on an empty stomach. Designate a friend or family member to be the bartender for the evening rather than allowing people to serve themselves. Be prepared to take away car keys, and know your designated drivers.

Not only that you save money because non-alcoholic drinks cost less, at the end of the party there are no arguments about who’s going to drive home!

Party Planning Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Own Party

Party Planning Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Own Party

Many people don’t throw parties simply because they don’t want to do a ton of work and then end up missing all of the fun because they are stuck in the kitchen or running around the house doing last minute necessary things. However, this doesn’t have to be the way it is! You can throw and party and enjoy it at the same time. The trick to hosting a party where you can enjoy yourself is called organization. If you are organized then you can run your party without it running you ragged.

If you can keep your eye on the prize, having fun at your own party, then you can organize it in a way where you actually can enjoy your own party right along with your guests.

As I said previously, the key to the host enjoying their own party is organization. If you take the time to get organized before the event, then you can enjoy your party. Here are some tips to help you out.

Party Planning Tip – Make a master list of everything you need to do and purchase for your party. From this list you can easily create a timeline which allows for time to clean, de-clutter your home, shop for food and decorations, decorate, and cook.

Party Planning Tip – Decide if you will be making your own food or buying it prepared. Some things, like veggie trays, meat trays, and even cakes can be purchased inexpensively from stores like Costco for about what you could make them for. Decide early in the process if you will be making your food or buying it ready made to save time. Look at the actual costs as well as your time when you are making the decision.

Party Planning Tip – Take advantage of anyone’s offer to bring something for the party. Having many people bringing just one simple dish to share can save you a ton of time and energy. If your party will be all good friends and family you can even suggest they bring something with them if they have a signature dish that everyone in attendance just loves.

Party Planning Tip – Shop as far ahead of time as possible for non-perishable items. Save your last day shopping for such things as fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and pastries or breads from the bakery.

Party Planning Tip – If you do not have table linens, but don’t want to use the paper ones, sheets work very well as alternatives. Also, make sure to place some felt or other heavy material under your table linens so your tables will not be damaged by heat or moisture.

Party Planning Tip – If you hate to clean your house, or your party is approaching and you are running out of time, arrange to have your home professionally cleaned the day before your party. In addition walk around your home and remove any unnecessary clutter from shelves and other surfaces.

Party Planning Tip – Let your spouse and children help you prepare for the party. Assign each a task and then simply make sure that it was completed. Remember that your guests are not coming over to inspect your home, they are coming over to enjoy your company.

Party Planning Tip – If you have a pet, make sure that you have plans for how to handle their needs during your party. For a cat, you may wish to close a door to their favorite room and allow them to stay away from your guests.

Once the big day of your party arrives, if you find yourself running around and not enjoying yourself, start delegating out tasks to people who ask if they can help you, or to your spouse or children – don’t try to do everything yourself!

As you can see, the key to an enjoyable party is to organize, do the best you can, and then let others help you when they ask. Follow these simple tips and you will have a great party that even you as the host can enjoy.