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.

How to Make the Most Out of Your Thanksgiving Party

How to Make the Most Out of Your Thanksgiving Party

Are you hosting a Thanksgiving party this year? If so, have you thought about making sure that you enjoy yourself? Unfortunately, when it comes to hosting a party, such as a Thanksgiving party, there are many party hosts who tend to worry more about their guests than themselves. While it is always important to make sure that your guests are having fun and enjoying themselves, what good is a party if you can’t enjoy it yourself?

When it comes to making the most out of your Thanksgiving party, there are a number of steps that you can take to make sure that you, as well as your guests, enjoy the party. Perhaps, the easiest way to do this is to start planning and preparing for your party early. Early preparation has been known to help make sure that everything is in order before your party gets underway; thus likely greatly reducing or eliminating the stress associated with planning a party. By examining all of your supplies ahead of time, you should be able to notice, ahead of time, whether or not something is missing. This means that you will not have to be worried about running out for extra supplies just as your party is starting to get underway.

If you are planning on incorporating a Thanksgiving dinner into your Thanksgiving party, it may be a good idea to start your cooking the day before. Of course, there will likely be some items on your menu, such as the Turkey, that you will want to cook the day of your party, but there are other items that you could easily prepare and store in your refrigerator. Limiting the number of tasks that you have to do, during your party or the day of it, will likely make it easier for you to enjoy yourself.

In addition to starting your cooking early, it may also be a good idea to ask your guests to help you. While many party hosts do not like to do this, many feel that they are intruding, it is quite normal. Each year, a large number of party hosts, in fact many, ask for assistance from their guests. You will also find that many of your family members or close friends would be more than willing to help you with your Thanksgiving party. Whether they come to your home and help you cook and hang party decorations or just bring a side dish that they prepared at home, you will likely benefit from the help. The more help that you receive, the less stressed you are likely to be and the less stress you have, the more you should be able to enjoy your party.

When you invite guests to you Thanksgiving party, it may be a good idea to ask them to either confirm or deny their invite. This will, without a doubt, make it easier for you to plan and enjoy your Thanksgiving party. By knowing how many guests should attend, you should be able to get everything prepared early and on time. Of course, you will always want to prepare for a few extra guests, but by asking your guests to confirm their presence, your Thanksgiving party should be a lot easier to plan and enjoy.

As you can see, there are a number of different steps that you can take to make planning and hosting a Thanksgiving party easy and stress free. As previously mentioned, the less stress you have, the more likely you are to enjoy yourself. Whether you ask for assistance from friends or start your preparations early, you should be able to enjoy yourself at your own Thanksgiving party.

Party Time: Choosing Party Invitations

Party Time: Choosing Party Invitations

Parties are thrown all the time. They are a great excuse to get together with friends and have a good time. There are also a great way to show admiration and respect for great people and their accomplishments. No matter what the occasion, a beautiful party invitation is the perfect way to set of any event with style.

There are so many different types of parties. The types of party invitations that are ordered depend on the type of party being held. There are many wonderful party invitations for birthday, graduation, business gatherings, holiday parties, and any other type of party. Choosing the right type of party invitation is the first step in ordering the right invitation.

Any type of party can have any number of themes. If it is a birthday party, how old is the guest of honor? Is it a milestone birthday? Whether it’s over the hill, or sweet sixteen, choose the right theme in the party invitation to create a unique feeling for the party.

Choosing how many invitations to order is an important decision. Invitation companies typically require a minimum order of about 50. If there are less than 50 invitees having extra invitations will come in handy for last minute invites or for mistakes. If there are more guests than the minimum order number of invitations, it is a good idea to order extras for anything that might occur.

Party favors are a great idea and can be incorporated right into the invitations. Choose from napkins, matchbooks, or scratch pads with the name of the guest of honor and the date printed right on them. Collectible glasses with commemorative phrases are also a great favor idea.

Whether it’s a grand milestone birthday or a simple holiday gathering, start the party off right with great party invitations and tie it all together with personalized party favors that guests can cherish and use to remember the event for a lifetime.

Why You Should Host a Thanksgiving Party

Why You Should Host a Thanksgiving Party

When it comes to Thanksgiving, a fairly large amount of focus is placed on families. While you are always urged to spend the holidays with your family, whenever you have the chance, you may not necessarily be able to. Each year, millions of Americans spend Thanksgiving alone. Whether you may end up spending the Thanksgiving holiday alone or some of your friends might, you don’t necessarily have to. If you want to make it so you are not alone on Thanksgiving or those that you know and love aren’t alone, you could make the decision to host a Thanksgiving party at your home.

As previously mentioned, the greatest reasons why you may want to host a Thanksgiving party is so that no one will be alone for the holidays. Whether you choose to invite your friends, family members, coworkers, or neighbors, there is a good chance that you may, literally, be making someone’s holiday. In addition to party guests that have no other plans or family in the area, you may also find that even those that do have other plans will try and stop by your Thanksgiving party. There is just something about the holiday season, as well as a party, that makes everyone want to socialize, even with those that they may not personally know well.

Another reason why you may be interested in hosting a Thanksgiving party is to create a social network of friends, family members, neighbors, or coworkers. Whether you are new to the neighborhood, the family, or even work, you may want to think about hosting a Thanksgiving party and inviting your new friends or acquaintances. If you are new to the area, you may find that hosting a Thanksgiving party is one of the best ways to familiarize yourself with those that you may end up interacting with, as well as make new friends. Even if you are not new to the workplace, area, or family, it may be good idea to host a Thanksgiving party and invite someone who may be. You may help make it easier for that individual to feel more comfortable in their new setting.

If you are a parent, it may also be a good idea to for you to host a Thanksgiving party. No matter what the age of your child or children, one thing is for sure, kids love parties. In fact, you may even want to think about hosting a kids’ only Thanksgiving party. Your child would likely enjoy the fact that you are willing to plan a party just for them and their friends. If you would prefer to host a Thanksgiving party that you, as well as your children would enjoy, you may want to think about hosting an all ages Thanksgiving party. An all ages Thanksgiving party would make it so your child or children could invite their friends, but so you would also invite your own guests as well.

Another one of the many reasons why you should, at least, think about hosting a Thanksgiving party is because they are relatively easy to host. Of course, you will find that some planning and preparation is involved, but what is nice about planning your own Thanksgiving party is that you could, literally, make your party anything that you want it to be. For instance, if you would like to go all out and plan the ultimate party of the year, you may want to think about hosting a formal Thanksgiving party. If you are interested in hosting a Thanksgiving party, but you don’t want all of the hassle that goes along with planning one, you may want to host a casual Thanksgiving party. The type of Thanksgiving party that you choose to host will have a direct impact on exactly how easy it is to host your own party.

Whether you are looking to please your children, avoid spending the holidays alone, or if you just want to have a party, you may want to seriously consider hosting your own Thanksgiving party. If you would like to, you are urged to act fast. You will want to invite your guests before they make other plans or someone else decides to host their own Thanksgiving party.

Party Poker: The Popular Poker

Party Poker: The Popular Poker

Party poker is one of the most popular poker games over the internet. What is party poker? If you are aware of MMORPGs, (more popularly known as Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), then party poker is just like that. It is a Massive Multiplayer Online Poker Gaming. You can say that it is a kind of Mecca for poker players that don¡¯t have the time to go to casinos. Party poker is played by up to thousands of online poker gamers. It can also be compared to chatting, where you have the chance of joining chatting rooms, but in this case, you are supposed to join poker rooms.

I recommend party poker online, although there are some differences between playing party poker online and face-to-face poker. The difference relies on the bluffing. Because you can¡¯t see your opponents, you will not have the tell tale signs of their bluffs or can you have a reading of their card. Party poker online only gives us the very basic and fundamental laws of the game. Thus, a newbie can have a better chance of winning against a pro in an online game than in real life.

Party poker employs the basic poker rules, although some rooms have modified poker rules. It is good to first learn the basic poker rules and game play before engaging in serious betting online. However, if you are truly interested, there are party poker gaming rooms that are void of betting. These are strictly and purely gaming only. Party poker can also be compared to online casinos. The payments however are not chips, but are in cash. The payments, also known as bets are placed with the use of credit cards. Most of the party poker sites that are available recognize the standard credit cards.

What does party poker offer to a gamer? Hours and hours of fun! Whether you are a beginner in the game, or a serious poker player, party poker will be your poker gaming oasis. Maybe you want to learn about the intricate yet enjoyable game of poker but have no one to play it with. Don¡¯t worry, because party poker is actually a community in itself. It is a place where you can learn with other beginners. Party poker sites link hundreds, and even thousands of players. The abilities of these players also range from a complete beginner knowing nothing about poker, to advanced and pro players. However, one needs to be wary of your betting, because you might lose serious money in party pokers. The benefits really far outweigh the risks that are involved. Party poker can also reward you a lot of dollars, and might make your wallet fat.

So how does a person eager to play massive online poker do it? All party poker sites require poker gamers to download a poker gaming software. These gaming softwares differ from one party poker site to another. A poker gaming software is limited to that particular party poker site. So if you plan on playing on different sites, you will end up downloading numerous party poker softwares. Most party poker sites will require you to fill up a registration form. All the best party poker sites on the web are on members only basis. This membership will also require a membership fee. In the registration form, you will be asked your credit card number. This is how you will be deducted your losing bets. Your winning pot is transferred to your bank account directly.

Party poker sites earn millions of dollars a year because of thousands of patrons. Because party poker sites can operate online, you have the possibility of playing with poker enthusiasts from around the globe. Place your bets folks!

Stress-Free Kids Party Planning

Stress-Free Kids Party Planning

Another birthday’s on the horizon, and you’re stressing over every little detail. Throwing a party can be nerve-wracking and kids parties come with added pressures.
The prospect of keeping a group of young children occupied and entertained can be a daunting one. In addition, you may feel that celebrating a milestone in your child’s life means the day must be a perfect one.
Take a step back and realize your child’s party doesn’t have to turn you into a stress knot! You can beat the pre-party anxiety with a little creativity and common sense. Turn your party fears into party cheers with these simple stress busters…
Forget the Fantasy
Sometimes we parents get caught up in the fairytale fantasy we are trying to create for our child… or for ourselves! Realize that your child’s party doesn’t have to be perfect from start to finish. It WILL be fun and memorable, even if some of the memories aren’t quite what you expected! Remind yourself that you’re celebrating the birth of your child (or other special event) and choose to make it a happy day.
Prioritize & Plan Ahead
Think about what elements of the party are the most important to you and the party child. Is a fancy party cake a priority? Fun and unusual games? A cute costume for the party child? Impressive decorations?
Make a list and prioritize it. Then work through each element and decide how you will make it a reality. You may decide some things just aren’t worth the time or trouble, while others jump to the top of your list. Focus on two or three key party elements and make them special.
Limit Guests
This is a tough one for many parents. The pressure to invite every child in your child’s class at school, as well as relatives and friends is great. Don’t give in to it! The rule of thumb is to invite as many party guests as your child’s age. That means a 5 year old can invite 5 friends.
If you have an obligation to reciprocate to certain friends or family members, plan an alternate get-together after the birthday party to avoid any hurt feelings.
Beat the Time Crunch
Start planning your party well in advance of the actual event. Six weeks is a good time to start brainstorming ideas for a party theme, where the party will be held, and which guests to invite. Make a simple timeline of party tasks and when each should be accomplished. Avoiding last-minute arrangements will cut down on party planning headaches.
Limit Spending
Remember this is a child’s party, not the Queen’s ball. Make a party budget and stick to it. Shop early for discounts on party favors, craft items, and small game prizes. Collect costume materials throughout the year at resale stores and yard sales. The effort to be thrifty will make you extra proud of the great party you put on without breaking the bank.
Stop and Smell the Birthday Cake!
Don’t let the party planning process become an all-consuming task. Stop and take time for yourself. Spend time with friends, enjoy your favorite hobby, read a good book – whatever makes you happy. Try to enjoy the process as much as the party day itself.
Keep Your Perspective and Keep Smiling
Above all, keep your perspective and your sense of humor. This is one party in a long line of parties you’ll be hosting, so relax, keep it light and laugh a lot. Chances are, if you keep smiling, you and your guests will have a much better time!

Decorating for a New Years Eve Party

Decorating for a New Years Eve Party

Decorating for a New Years Eve party is a very important part of the party planning. A host may spend a great of time worrying about the food and beverages or the guest list but may not give adequate attention to the decorations. This is unfortunate because the decorations at a New Years Eve party can do a great deal to help set the atmosphere for a New Years Eve party. This article will offer some advice on decorating for a New Years Eve party including popular decorating ideas and tips for incorporating themes into the decorations.

One of the most common decorating ideas for a New Years Eve party is to incorporate Christmas or winter decorations into the party decorations. This is considered acceptable because of the proximity of New Years Eve to Christmas. Most people still have their Christmas decorations up and if they plan to host the New Years Eve party in their home it is understandable that the décor for the party will relate to Christmas. Decoration ideas may include a Christmas tree with ornaments, red bows, holly, silver candlesticks and pinecones. An assortment of pinecones in a glass bowl can make a great centerpiece for a New Years Eve party using Christmas decorations.

Themes for a New Years Eve party do not have to follow any particular guidelines. These parties can be based on any theme which is preferred by the host of the party. However, when a theme is incorporated into the party planning it is expected that the décor for the evening will reflect the theme of the party. For example a New Years Eve party with a beach theme could feature sand sculptures as centerpieces, plates shaped like seashells, a decorative fishing net as a tablecloth or any other related items which may reflect the theme of the party.

Another fun idea for decorating at a New Years Eve party is to ask each guest to bring an item to contribute to the décor for the evening. This results in a rather eclectic assortment of items decorating the party space but it also greatly reduces the amount of time, energy and money the host has to spend on decorations for the party. It also created an opportunity for guests to get to know each other. During the course of the party the guests will have the opportunity to view all of the decorations on display and may wonder about where each item came from and if there is any significance to the item. Later in the evening the guests can each have the opportunity to talk about the item they brought and explain why it is significant to them and why they chose to bring this particular item. This is like an adult version of show and tell.

Finally in decorating for a New Years Eve party, it is important to ensure the decorations for the party contribute to the atmosphere but do not detract from the party in any way. The guests should notice and appreciate the décor for the evening but the decorations should not be the focal point of the evening. This is important because the focus of the evening should be on the food, the entertainment, the activities and guests socializing with each other and having a good time.

Having a Christmas Party? Why You Should Decorate Your Home

Having a Christmas Party? Why You Should Decorate Your Home

Have you recently made the decision to host a Christmas party this year or even next? If so, it is likely that you have your party all planned out or, at least, you should be looking to develop a plan soon. Regardless of whether you have already started planning your Christmas party yet, have you thought about decorations? Christmas decorations are an important party of the holiday season, but they are an even bigger party of a Christmas party. That is one of the many reasons why you should want to decorate your home for Christmas.

As previously mentioned, Christmas decorations are an important part of Christmas, as well any type of party. There is just something about Christmas that makes everyone want to celebrate it, particularly with Christmas decorations. The same can be said for a party. Party decorations, even Christmas party decorations, makes a party, well, seem more like a party. Having Christmas decorations at your Christmas party will likely make your party more enjoyable. There is just something about Christmas decorations that brings out the Christmas spirit. Therefore, if you are looking to make your Christmas party a festive one, one that your guests will never want to forget, you are advised to decorate your home for your Christmas party.

While Christmas parties come in all different forms, popular Christmas party forms includes parties that are for children or parties that are for family. Regardless of whether or not you have adults and children present at your Christmas party or just children, one thing is for sure; children love the Christmas season. One of the reasons for that is because of the pretty decorations. If you are a parent, yourself, you likely already know first hand how much children enjoy looking at Christmas decorations. In fact, the decorations are sometimes the first thing that children notice. Therefore, if there will be children that will be attending your Christmas party, it may be a good idea to decorate your home for the event.

As previously mentioned, Christmas parities are often associated with friends and family. That is why there is a good chance that you or your guests would want to document the holidays. This documentation is often done with a video camera or a picture camera. Regardless of which is being used, you will find that Christmas decorations make the perfect backdrop for video footage or pictures. In fact, it may also be a good idea to decorate and designate an area of your home for pictures. This may not only put your decorations to good use, but it will also encourage your guests to document the holiday with pictures.

Another reason why you should decorate your home, for your Christmas party, is because, in most cases, you will find that your guests expect your home to be decorated. A Christmas party really isn’t a Christmas party without Christmas decorations. In fact, the decorations are often what sets a Christmas party apart from any other party. Since parties, especially Christmas parties, are often associated with decorations, you will find that your guests expect to see them. Perhaps, that is one of the most important reasons why you should decorate your home for your Christmas party; you don’t want to let your guests down do you?

As you can easily see, there are a number of different reasons why you should decorate your home for your Christmas party. If you are looking to find the largest selection of Christmas decorations or a particular type, you are advised to start your shopping early, preferably in late October or early December. As Christmas approaches, you will find that many retail stores sell out of their Christmas decorations and very few replenish their stock. Therefore, if you are planning on decorating your home for your Christmas party, you will want to get started soon. In fact, as soon as the Christmas decorations hit the store shelves, it may be a good idea to, at least, start purchasing your decorations.

Afternoon English Tea Party

Afternoon English Tea Party

Let us accept that when we hear the word “party” we eventually feel a sort of excitement. We usually associate bigger things to the word, like the usual reaction “Let’s party”, and we even feel some sort of a heavenly atmosphere. Right?

So as we all know, party refers to a social gathering which is intended primarily for celebration or recreation. In such occasion, we expect some enjoyment and pleasure. However, beyond that simple idea, there are classes of parties that most of the people often enjoy. In this article, I will be discussing mainly on the nature of the Afternoon English tea party.

For your information, the English tea party is actually a social gathering within a formal or stuffy atmosphere. The English tea party has its own classification, like the afternoon English tea party. Typically, the Afternoon English tea party is usually served between 3 o’clock and 5 o’clock and was primarily intended for the aristocratic families with their lifestyle. The Afternoon English tea party is said to be very elegant and fashionable. This for the fact that the Afternoon English tea party is performed with a high demand for elegant tea wares such as silver and fine bona china, trays, cake stands, servers, tea caddies, tea strainers, tea tales, and tea pots.

 

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And as times continue on its pace, the English lifestyle then changed and as such the formal Afternoon English tea party died. However, there was a revival of the Afternoon English tea party in recent years as the English people once again appreciate and enjoy the elegance and fashion of the Afternoon English tea party. It is interesting to know that the Afternoon English tea party has adopted the “Cream Tea” where pastries with gunky cream and jam are served and become the main attraction in an Afternoon English tea party. Such cream tea is served with a steaming pot of the English tea.

In an Afternoon English tea party the presence of sandwiches and pastries is common however in an Afternoon English tea party, there are also other choices that include muffins, crumpets, bread and butter, cakes, cookies or biscuits, gingerbread, fruits, and selected jellies and jams, preserves, lemon curd, and gummy cream. Of course, in an Afternoon English tea, the highlight is the tea.

Finally, in an Afternoon English tea party the tea is prepared and served from a tea pot, and the brewing of the English tea is very important. And normally in an Afternoon English tea party, the host or hostess is the one who pours the tea and serves the food. The guests in an Afternoon English tea party are said to have seated around the table or else in armchairs with an end table nearby for them to rest their cups and saucers, teaspoons, plate, napkins, knife and fork. Such is the usual tradition of the Afternoon English tea party.

 

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