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Sep
22
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

The pumpkins and the candy corn have arrived at your local store, which means the clock is ticking for the Halloween party planning. Wedding and Party Network has the top three Halloween Parties that will have your guests begging for this yearly tradition!

A Sweet Tooth Social
Typically the goal of the night for your little ones is to get the most candy! So, why not turn your home into a sweet shop? Set up games and contests where they win special tickets that let them "purchase" from the sweet shop. From spookylicious cupcakes to a yummy candy bar, your kiddies will have their fill of trick-or-treating. Finish the night off with a classic like It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown or Hocus Pocus.

A Spooky Soiree
Adults can have just as much fun as the kids! Turn your home into a swanky cocktail bar where ghouls and witches mingle and drink devilish brews. Set a dress code, such as a black tie event with masquerade masks or even Victorian wear with the powdered wigs. When you decide a dress code, get really creative and include an appropriately-themed three-course meal and everyone must remain in character (or no dessert)!

A Haunted Affair
Want to give those horror movie lovers a spook? Turn your home into a haunted house! The older kids won't expect their parents to remain in character. Put together a maze in the backyard and have a theme for the party, such as an asylum or a carnival. Set up a whole storyline–or even a murder mystery–and finish the night off with a bonfire.

This year, make your Halloween party one to remember with these top three party ideas! Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more great party tips.

 

 

Sep
18
2014
by Rachel Simpson

Boss's Day is a secular holiday that recognizes the head honcho of your business or corporation. On Thursday, October 16, 2014, it's a time for employees to express thanks and appreciation for their supervisors, managers and employers.

Make the holiday a little fun for everyone in the office by throwing an office party! Need ideas for how to please the man or woman of the hour? Wedding and Party Network has got you covered!

Roast
If your boss has thick skin and can take a joke, then host a roast at the office party. Ask fellow coworkers that have a great sense of humor or the boss' favorite employees to say a few words. Encourage them to keep the mocking playful and to round off their comments on a good note. Remember, you don't want to make fun of your boss or embarrass them.

'Who's the Boss'?
Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, your boss won't expect to see everyone dressed up like him or her on Boss's Day! Do they wear a unique tie or outfit? Is their hair bright red? Have a contest between the office to see who is the best look-a-like.

My Favorite Things
Appease your boss by having their favorite food(s) catered to the party or brought by coworkers for a potluck. They'll appreciate that their team took the time and effort to provide their favorite foods that he/she likes.

As long as everyone's having fun and your boss can see that their hard work is worth it, you and your boss should be laughing all day long on Boss's Day.

 

Aug
28
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

Throwing a book themed party, but don't know what favors to give your guests? Wedding and Party Network is here to help! Whether your theme is centered around a specific book, a library theme, or even just a book trading party, these five favors are prefect reminders of your get-together and can work for all ages.

1. Bookmarks
Readers are always in need of page markers. Get creative and choose bookmarks that represent your party. Having a book themed bachelorette? These heel bookmarks a perfect girly gift that make great keepsakes of the night.

2. Book Plates
Personalized or designed, book plates are great to make sure that your favorite book is returned to you if you lend it to a friend or if lost.

3. Crafts
Create unique crafts out of the pages of old books you can find at your local thrift shop. Make origami flowers or pinwheels and use them as party favors for your party. You can even make your party invitations using book pages!

4. Gummy Worms
This yummy snack can bring a couple of laughs with special packaging. Label the goodie bag "Book Worms" and your guests can eat their special treat while delving into a new paperback.

5. Book
What's a book party without a book? You can give your guest the latest best seller or a favorite childhood book. Have them pass it on to another person once they are finished.

Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more great party tips and ideas.

 

 

Aug
26
2014
by Hannah Jackson

With Labor Day coming up, it isn't typical for our minds to start planning a get together. When I think of Labor Day, I think of the year my mom told me and my sister that she would be laboring on Labor Day–her creative way of telling us that she was pregnant with my little brother. So, I don't start planning parties in my head either. BUT, it's a day when people are off work and are able to enjoy a day free from the usual routine. Make it a good one!

Breakfast in Bed

When I think of ultimate relaxation I think of breakfast in bed. It doesn't even necessarily have to be in bed, since it's probably safer at the table to avoid falling back to sleep mid-bite. But I like it to be prepared for me. Everyone deserves to be served breakfast, whether you leave the house for work or do just as important work at home. It just lets you start your day stress-free.

If you know someone who works super hard and could use a pick-me-up, try providing them with a meal! It's really true that cooking with love provides food for the soul.

Family Fun Day

When I was little (and up until I moved out of the house), we would have family swim days. We knew a very special lady who let us enjoy her pool anytime we wanted. We always called her first to be respectful, but it made for a whole lot of relaxing days by the pool with family and friends.

Your day doesn't have to be a swim day, but if there is something you and your family love to do together, make a day out of it! You're off of work and the kids are out of school. It can also be a fun time of discussing beforehand with everyone what plans they would like to make for that day.

Plans for Autumn

If you're a planner like me, it's extremely comforting–and, dare I say, fun–to sit down and plan something. Sometimes it's stressful, but if it is something leisurely and exciting then it can be just the opposite. Labor Day marks the beginning of the end of summer so why not use it as your guide to start planning for things you want to accomplish this fall season?

Fall is the favorite season for a lot of people, and it gloriously shifts us into a different mindset of flavorful breezes and holiday preparations. Some not-so-fun preparations you can tackle are:

  1. Clearing out your gutters
  2. Cleaning your fireplace and chimney
  3. Checking your doors and windows for drafts before the cooler weather sets in.

More cheery preparations include:

  1. Researching an autumn wreath you can make for your front door
  2. Planning a camping or fishing weekend for the kids in the cooler weather
  3. Outlining any changes you may want to make to your flowerbed or landscape
  4. Scheduling outdoor family pictures.

Whatever mood you find yourself in this Labor Day, allow yourself to do something different from your day-to-day. Whether it's a day spent surrounded by special people in your life or a quiet day alone, spare yourself the stress and have fun!

Aug
11
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

Labor Day weekend is the chance to celebrate the end of summer and get the last rays of sun. But how do you spice up the long weekend festivities without making it a usual grilling gathering? Wedding and Party Network offers these tips to make your Labor Day weekend a unique engagement.

Ice Cream Social

Make your event a child-like affair with an ice cream bar. Enjoy a frosty dessert before trading it up for hot chocolate. Use apothecary vases and glass decor bowls to fill with toppings. Go the extra mile and consider making your own ice cream. Offer variations to your lactose-intolerant friends by making homemade ice pops. You can use molds or simple paper cups to make your very own popsicles. Your guests will love the DIY touch.

Seafood Boil

Ditch the burgers for lobster with a sea food boil or clam bake. No need to dust off the grill; you can do this all in a sand pit or in your own kitchen. Give your party a sea theme, regardless if you celebrate on the beach or the backyard. Make some fruity cocktails and you are all set to a last-minute summer getaway without leaving the state.

Break from the norm and say goodbye to summer with a unique bash. Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more party ideas and tips.

Aug
04
2014
by Rachel Simpson

With summer winding down, the countdown to the first kickoff of the season has begun! The comradery of uniting with fellow football fans for good food and drinks before the big game is like no other experience. With the right setup, you too can have a good time hosting a tailgate. Luckily, Wedding and Party Network has some great tailgating tips to get you and your “team” prepared for the great season ahead!

Find a Good Parking Spot

As the saying goes, “The early bird gets the worm.” It’s no different when trying to find the perfect place to set up before kickoff. Arriving early gives you plenty of time to unpack your supplies, set up a tent and some tables, and enjoy the scenery. You also have the option to park or set up near a tree for shade. Keep in mind that you may have to pay for a parking pass, so be prepared with some spare cash on hand.

Grill Some Great Food

What’s a party without delicious food? When you arrive, you’ll likely smell the wonderful aroma of grilled meat from your fellow tailgaters, so it’s a good call to load up the grill or call dibs on a public one. Pack a cooler with the staples: hamburger patties, hot dogs, brats, and/or chicken wings. Have your friends bring other essentials such as buns, side dishes, paper plates, napkins, and condiments so the burden isn’t all on you of providing the grub.

Pass the Time with Fun Games

Another staple of tailgating is the games you play with your buddies. It’s always a good call to bring a spare pigskin or two for you and your friends to toss around. You could also provide some friendly competition with some baggo (also known as “cornhole” or “bean bag toss”) or card games. The possibilities are endless!

Remember: there is no right or wrong way to tailgate. All that matters is that you and your guests have fun celebrating the sport of football. So fire up the grill, stuff the cooler with refreshing drinks, grab the folding arm chairs, and head out to the stadium with fellow fans for a great time!

Are the kids hanging their heads in anticipation of their first day back at school? Cure the end-of-summer blues with a festive back to school party! After all, what better way to celebrate a new year at school than reuniting with friends and family? This last summer hurrah will lift your child’s spirits as the countdown continues. Here are some creative ways to throw a party that will make the grade:

Offer School-Themed Snacks

To fuel the school spirit, offer snacks that your little ones typically munch on after-school! From the classic “ants on a log” to quirky apple “cars,” these healthy snacks are sure to keep your students coming back for seconds. To add a fun touch, purchase some styrofoam lunch trays so kids can sample their snacks on trays similar to those the cafeteria uses!

Unsure how to recreate these snacks? Here’s how you can do it!

Apple “Cars”
Ingredients: apples, firm grapes, toothpicks

  1. Slice the apple into wedges and trim the core.
  2. For each apple “car”, slice 2 grapes in half widthwise.
  3. Push the pick through the sliced side of one grape half, then through one end of the apple, then finish with the other grape half, sliced side out.
  4. Repeat with the other end of the apple “car” and 2 more grape slices, and voila!

“Ants on a Log”
Ingredients: celery, peanut butter, raisins

  1. Cut the celery stalks in half.
  2. Spread peanut butter inside of the celery.
  3. Arrange raisins on top, and presto!

Play School-Themed Party Games

School-themed entertainment is another great way to garner excitement for the coming school year. Your guests will appreciate these fun party games as a little friendly competition before school arrives.

School Supply Scavenger Hunt – Before your guests arrive, arrange various school supply items such as pencils, erasers, and composition books throughout the backyard and/or room. Come up with a few clever clues that describe the location of these supplies. When the star students arrive, surprise them with this creative scavenger hunt!

Lunchtime Blind Taste Test – Have the kids name that snack in a fun and entertaining blind taste test! Blindfold each participant and have them name the snack that they’re sampling. Have them sample foods such as raisins, Oreos, an apple slice, and pretzels. The “student” with the most correct guesses by the end of the game wins a prize!

Use Back to School “Survival Kit” as Party Favors

What a better way to send your party attendees home than with a useful party favor! Create a back to school “survival kit” out of a pencil bag or a brown paper bag. Stuff Continue reading "Cure End-of-Summer Blues with a Back to School Party" »

Jul
14
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

The big two-one is a celebration that marks the true beginning of adulthood. Naturally, the party has to be huge. Wedding and Party Network has your top tips on throwing a fun, yet safe 21st birthday bash.

Hangover Kit
Whether you are going to a party or hosting your own, a hangover kit is great to give as a gift or to have on hand. Fill a basket or bag with water bottles, ibuprofen, crackers and mints.

Designated Driver
If you are going out or your guests don't plan to stay the night at your party, make sure to decide on a designated driver who will abstain from drinking and will take everyone home safely.

Games
It's common for the party to take some time to amp up, so have some board games or drinking games planned out throughout the night. Twister is a good ice-breaker and card games can easily turn into drinking games.

Food
Always plan to have food available for you and your guests. Either plan to eat before you start your night or order a pizza when your party begins. Cookies, chips and, crackers are great to nibble on, especially if someone gets a bit peckish later in the night.

The goal of this party is to celebrate a new stage in life–the beginning of adulthood. Follow these simple tips, have fun, and be safe.

Jul
02
2014
by Hannah Jackson

It is definitely possible to think of the Fourth of July and come up with tons of ways to involve kids, but it's also one of those holidays where you have to be a little more creative so that your kids feel really included and have a great time. Being a sucker for taking something that us bigger kids enjoy and making a kid-friendly version, I've compiled a short list of ways to help the little ones in your life love this summer-staple holiday!

PARADES!

The idea that pops out to me the most is taking your kids to a Fourth of July parade. They have them all around it seems, and while it may be hot and loud to you, it's a trade-off to watching kids be awestruck at all the elements! There are animals, candy, fire trucks, more candy–basically a child's dream! If you're up for it, venture out and visit a parade nearby. Some small towns even have a small carnival afterwards with rides and yummy food.

Safe Sparklers

When I think of being kid-friendly on the Fourth, I definitely don't think of fireworks. But I've found an innovative way for small children to get to (with supervision!) experience sparklers. They are perhaps the simplest of all fireworks, but never cease to still be quite entertaining– even for adults. Take a disposable, plastic cup and cut a small hole in the bottom big enough for the end of the Sparkler to stick through. The kids can stick their hand into the cup and hold on to the end of the Sparkler without the chance of stray sparks hitting them.

Fireworks Show

Still going along the firework route, visit the local fireworks display. For older kids this is usually really fun because they tend to sit still and actually watch more than a small child would. If you have a baby or a toddler with you, they will be interested for a little while but will soon get antsy. Bring along some Fourth of July coloring pages or some fun holiday themed snacks that you and your kids helped prepare earlier in the day. I know a lot of us with kids don't have tons of free time lying around for extra preparations, but if you wake up that day planning on that being your accomplishment for the day, then it makes it a little more doable. You can make cookies with red and blue icing or some easy party mix with red, white, and blue candies mixed in. Or for a healthier snack, put some sliced up strawberries and blueberries in the diaper bag before you head out.

Built in Helpers for Your Adult Party

If you're hosting or helping out at a party for you and your adult friends, let your kids be your helpers for the day. Kids absolutely love getting involved in anything you're working on, so give a task or two to them that you were going to have to do anyway and let them shine. Whether it's helping make a dessert, DIY-ing a party decoration, or going out and buying supplies–make it a mission for you both. It'll be a sweet memory and will make them less bummed about you having a party without them!

It's easy to prepare for a kid-friendly Fourth of July, just make a few plans ahead.

Jun
10
2014
by Tanya Giraldo

As the temperature rises, so does the cravings for corn dogs, pool days, and fireworks. It's never too early to prepare for that Fourth of July party you've always wanted to throw. Wedding & Party Network has your four must have DIYs for this year's best Fourth of July Bash.

1. A Bucket Full of Sparkle

It's not a Fourth of July party without the sparklers, especially if there are lots of them! Get a pack, fill a small silver bucket and decorate with ribbon and streamers. *Note: make sure to keep lighters or matches away from the reach of children.

2. Ice, Ice, Baby.

There is no escaping the July heat, but stay cool with specialty ice. Fill ice trays with blueberries and strawberry slices, add water, and freeze. These are perfect to put the finishing touch to  party drinks.

3. Much More than a Jar

There is much you can do with mason jars and at this party you can use them as a silverware caddy and drink glasses. Get enough mason jars for each guest. Fill them with a red, white, or blue bandanna (as their napkin) and a spoon, fork, and knife. Each guest has their silverware and drink glass all in one.

4. Say It With Some Fruit

Nothing goes better with your Fourth of July feast than some fresh watermelon. Make it festive by cutting thin slices and, using a number four cookie cutter, cutting little 4s out of the fruit. They will be much easier to munch on and your guests will be impressed with your attention to detail.

With these easy DIYs, get your party started and have fun celebrating Independence day with family and friends.

Check back soon for more party ideas and tips from the Wedding & Party Network.

 

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