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by Hannah Jackson

When my niece turned three in August, there was no question what theme she wanted for her birthday party. My sister-in-law, Liz, outdid herself making her little girls' dream come true. Here are a few of the ways she made it happen.

The Decorations

Cotton balls were hung by fishing wire at the entrance of the kitchen to resemble snow falling. Using a leftover box, Liz made a snow-topped mountain with more cotton balls. She chose a blue and pink color scheme, representing the characters through each color that also made good contrast with the “falling snow.”

Party Food

Placed in front of some of the food that Liz prepared were place-cards with movie quotes relating to the type of food they accompanied. For instance, in the movie one of the main characters, Anna, sings about wanting to shove some chocolate in her face. Liz made delicious Oreo balls with that quote in mind. You could also make snowballs to coincide with the theme. The ones I am thinking of are basically marshmallows, chocolate, and coconut.

Break for a Game

After everyone was finished eating, kids were wrapped up like Olaf, the quirky and lovable snowman in the movie. You can buy cheap rolls of toilet paper, line the kids up and have the adults wrap them up from head to toe. The game was super simple, but it was a big hit. There was lots of laughter so you know it was a good activity!

My sister-in-law took her daughter's love of 'Frozen' and created a cozy little place in her home for us to envision ourselves as a part of this beloved movie. We even got to take our character-specific cups home as party favors. By incorporating little details, you can make your kid’s themed birthday party extra special.

by Hannah Jackson

Halloween can sneak up on you. So if you're finding yourself anxious about how to throw together some fun for this Halloween, these ideas will be just what you need.

Trick-Or-Treating With A Twist

Instead of going door-to-door, plan to meet at a friend's house who lives in a busy neighborhood and set up tables in the front yard with candy for trick-or-treaters to stop by and grab. This is a good way to get more immersed into the whole atmosphere of the evening. Your kids will get to watch all of the costumes go by and you can pick your favorites.

Scary Movie Night

With scary movies on TV around this time of year, get together and watch some with your friends or as a party for your kids. Think candy corn and popcorn. This is a good way to celebrate if you and others you know aren't wanting to go trick-or-treating.

Homemade Halloween Costume Contest

Don't want to shell out big bucks on a costume that will only be worn once? Make it a party! Plan a night where you invite not only your kids' friends, but their parents as well, and make costumes. The only rule being that you cannot buy anything. Have them bring supplies from around their house like toilet paper, cardboard boxes, lampshades, duct tape, etc. Have some gummy worms and witch's brew (punch)  and get creative with your costume building and see who comes up with the best creation! First, second, and third place winners get prizes such as cash, a Halloween movie, gift card, etc.

Baking Treats With Your Kids

This is classic and fun. You can make it your only plan for the day by researching which treats you want to make, taking your kids with you to get any ingredients you may need, and coming back home to bake together. Some fun ideas I've seen are rice crispy treats shaped into pumpkins, white chocolate dipped pretzel sticks decorated as ghosts, and witches hats made of cookies and chocolate kisses. These can be treats you serve at any party this season!

Halloween is quickly approaching, and these ideas for celebrating are quick fixes for a last minute party. Choose one or experience them all and have a Happy Halloween!

by Ed Belly

Veteran's Day is a time to remember all of those who have served or are serving in the armed forces. The best way to honor those currently serving is to put together a care package and send it to a location overseas where they can't get many of the locally available items they love.

With a little pre-planning you can invite friends, have a great time and provide a much needed morale boost to the men and women defending our freedom. So what do you do?

Where Your Packages Should Go

For safety reasons, it's not possible to send a care package to "any soldier". You'll have to have a specific soldier in mind. But don't fret if you don't personally know of any. You have options! The best choice would be to ask friends and family if they know of anyone serving overseas. That will allow you to make the items more personalized to his or her individual tastes.

However, if there is no one in your circle of friends with a ready name, you can always contact the closest military base to find out the best way to reach troops in need. They will happily give you all the information you need.

What You Should Send

Different kinds of food are always in demand. Of course, everything needs to be non-perishable so canned goods or dried foods such as beef jerky are very popular. If you send canned goods, make sure they are pop-tops. Most soldiers won't have access to a can opener. Before sending any items that need to be cooked, find out what methods for cooking your soldier can access and keep your items limited to that.

They also love spices, hot sauces or anything else to give those MRE's a little more flavor. Be wary of chocolate as it can melt and be a sticky mess when it arrives.

For entertainment purposes, sports magazines, movies, cards, handheld games and board games are perfect. Another highly sought after item would be batteries, double A's and D's being the most in need.

Free Boxes

The post office now offers free boxes that are 12x12x5. You can pack them as heavy as you like, and regardless of weight they will ship for $6!

Throw Your Party

Now comes the easy part, throw the party!

Invite friends and family to your home this Veteran's Day. Ask each of them to bring items on the list, and you can spend an afternoon packing free post office boxes, eating party food and enjoying time together as you prepare care packages that will mean so much to the soldiers you have chosen.

It's not only fun, it's the perfect way to spend the holiday!

by Tanya Giraldo

November isn't far away, so it is time to start planning your Thanksgiving dinner or fall party! This season is all about bringing the rustic beauty of fall nature indoors. Wedding and Party Network has the top party decor trends so you can make your party or dinner a huge success.


Decorating your Thanksgiving table with fruit can serve multiple purposes than just looking pretty. The deep purples of grapes and orange-reds of apples look beautiful on an un-served dinner plate and also serve as a delicious appetizer. Make a little cone out of construction paper, fill with cheese cubes, and set next to the grapes to give your guests a variety of appetizer options.

Pumpkins are a staple for fall, but don't think your stoop is the only place to put your big pumpkins. Make a big pumpkin your table centerpiece by adding flowers or drilling holes into it to hold fruit kabobs. You can even use pumpkins without stems to hold plates on the buffet table for a unique twist.

Leaves are a staple for fall, so use them in your decor too! Fill a vase with silk fall leaves or spread them around your dinner table. You can even make your own garland! Using glue and glitter, cover the leaves, let dry, and hang up using satin ribbon. It will give the feel of falling leaves and add a little sparkle to your decor.

Pinecones  give a woodsy, rustic feel to any home decoration and also offers a  little hint of the coming holiday–Christmas. Fill apothecary vases with pinecones or place around a simple candle arrangement to make it more homey. Use small pinecones in your table decor by using them as placement card holders.

This decoration doesn't just look good, but smells good too! Cinnamon gives off the rustic look of wood and trees, but serve a dual purpose by giving off its spicy aroma. Place them on fabric napkins and tie with a satin ribbon. You can also decorate your drink station with cinnamon in case your guests would like to add a stick in their tea for extra flavor.

This Thanksgiving, get as creative as you would like with anything you can find in your yard. Pair your decorations with the rustic feel of pinecones, leaves, and pumpkins.  Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more party ideas and tips.

by Tanya Giraldo

If you are throwing a video game themed party, you need something memorable for those little gamers! Wedding and Party Network has the top five party favors for a video game themed party.

1. Chocolate Coins
As every fellow gamer knows, always collect those coins! Chocolate coins will be a yummy reminder of the fantastic party.

2. Fake Mustaches
Everyone will want to look like their favorite plumbers–Mario and Luigi. See who does the best Mario accent!

3. Pacman Cookies
You can make sugar cookies and use icing to make Pacman's eye and mouth. They will be a huge kick to arcade lovers.

4. Joystick
Lollipops make great joy sticks. You can also make cakepops with red icing to make them look like joysticks too!

5. Game Over Bags
Make sure to put all their goodies in a bag that says game over. It will make the perfect end to your bash!

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



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.



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!

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.


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.

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.



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!

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.

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