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Use Wedding and Party Network's party ideas and tips to assist you in planning your next party or special event wedding. Have you thought about when to consult a book a location or what you need to host an outdoor event? Everything from "how to keep food cool outdoors" to "how to hire a live band" can be found in Party Ideas and . View our Party Ideas and Tips and remember to check back often; we are always updating our site with the latest tips to keep your party planning efficient and easy. "Been Then – Done That" Share your party or special event ideas and tips.

Aug
24
2016
by Jamie Woods

Setting a formal table each night is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Many people live such a fast-paced lifestyle that fast food and microwave meals are the new norm. Sometimes it helps to slow down for a second, take a breath, and enjoy the small things in life. That’s why we decided to give you 5 reasons to set a tablescape. Whether it be for your next party, the holidays, or the start of a new tradition, a beautiful tablescape will add a wonderful touch to any occasion. Continue reading "5 Reasons to Create a Tablescape" »

Aug
17
2016
by Jamie Woods

 

August is halfway over, and September is right around the corner bringing Labor Day with it. What better way to celebrate the unofficial last weekend of summer than throwing a party?

Most people grew up with the old adage, "You're not supposed to wear white after Labor Day!" While this fashion faux-pas has become more relaxed in recent years, why not have some fun and white-out the weekend? Have guests wear as much white as possible to the party, and theme the food and decorations to match. Continue reading "Labor Day Party Idea: White-Out the Summer" »

Aug
10
2016
by Jamie Woods
Aug
03
2016
by Jamie Woods

Summer always seems to fly by and before you know it, the kids are heading back to school. For some, this isn’t a very exciting time. Host a Back to School Bash to give the kids one last hurrah before heading back to the school room.

Fun
Games are always a big hit at parties and this one will be no exception! Choose some games that are purely for fun, but also throw in some games that can be educational. Continue reading "Back to School Bash!" »

Being outdoors during the summer is a given.  With the heat, a cold drink is one of the best things to relax and cool down.  Here are four ways to keep your drinks cold without the usual cooler.  

1.  Keep bottled and canned drinks cold by freezing some water balloons and placing them in a bucket or container.  This is a fun way to keep a summer vibe alive at the party.  Plus, you can have a water balloon fight with the left over balloons! 

Continue reading "No Cooler? 4 Unique Ways to Keep Your Drinks Cold" »

Jul
20
2016
by Jamie Woods

S’mores are a classic summer treat.  There’s nothing quite like sitting around the campfire, lighting your marshmallow on fire, and blowing it out before smushing it between chocolate and graham crackers.  Have your guests saying, "S'more please!" with a s’mores bar!  

Crackers
There’s only one flavor of graham cracker, right?  Wrong!  There are several different flavors of graham crackers, including cinnamon, chocolate, and chocolate covered.  You can also use different kinds of cookies to make your s’more base.

Marshmallows
Marshmallows have evolved over the years.  The classic white, sugary goodness has been joined by many flavors.  They even come in different shapes and sizes!  You can find strawberry, chocolate, and other seasonal and specialty flavors.  

Chocolate
Peanut butter cups, caramel-filled chocolates, or white chocolate bars make excellent additions to s’mores.  There’s nothing wrong with the classic chocolate bar either.  You can also use peanut butter, hazelnut, or other spreads for a unique layer of flavor.  

A s’mores bar is a great way to add new flare to a traditional treat.  The possibilities are almost endless.  Now, go grab some roasting skewers, or sticks, and get to cooking!

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Jul
13
2016
by Jamie Woods

Keeping everyone cool in the middle of July can be a chore.  A pool party is a great way to cool down, but safety is also a must!  Here are a few tips to help keep your pool party safe and fun!

1. Life Jackets and Floaties
Not all children know how to swim, or can’t swim very well.  This applies to adults as well.  Keep some extra inflatables around so everyone can have a good time.  You can find these in almost any shape and size, so if you have a theme, match them to it!

2. Supervision
Everyone wants to have fun at a pool party.  Make sure that happens by having plenty of supervision.  There should be at least two adults present at all times, possibly more depending on the amount of kids.  If you know a child can’t swim, keep them in the shallow end.

3. For Adults
Nothing beats the heat like a refreshing drink, just don’t have too many.  Be responsible, and use caution.

4. Sunscreen
Sunburns are not fun, and can cause more damage down the road.  Slather on the sunscreen (at least SPF 15).  Make sure to reapply after long breaks, or if someone towels off.

5. Hire a local lifeguard if needed.
If you are worried about having enough supervision, consider hiring a local lifeguard.  They are trained, and most probably wouldn’t mind making a little extra money.  This can take some of the stress off of you and allow you to enjoy the party!

Pool parties are a great way to celebrate in the summer.  These kinds of party don’t need an occasion, and everyone will have a blast!  Enjoy the fun, be safe, and stay cool!   

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Jun
29
2016
by Laken Watts

If you are searching this blog for party ideas, chances are you already host lots of parties. Maybe you are looking for new fresh ideas? Here are some small touches you can add to your next party to help break up the monotony of just the mundane, run-of-the-mill get together!

Chocolate Dipped Spoons
These are so easy and so fun! Simply heat your favorite chocolate over a double boiler and dip the spoon in. Line the spoons on parchment paper and pop them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Store in a cool, dry place until ready to serve with your favorite hot drink. Use plastic spoons for more casual night or try your fine china to really wow your guests! This sweet treat will add a special touch to your party.


Photo courtesy of My Baking Addiction

Continue reading "Impress Your Guests With Special Touches" »

Jun
22
2016
by Jamie Woods

Food, fun, family, and fireworks.  These are what come to mind when someone mentions the 4th of July.  Take your BBQ to the next level with these fun Independence Day party ideas.

Menu:
The 4th of July is all about tradition.  Nothing gets more traditional than grilling out during the summer.  Fire up the grill and get ready to throw on some tasty morsels.  

Choose meat and veggies that are simple to prepare, but will turn out perfectly.  Grab some corn on the cob, potatoes, or any fresh vegetables that you like, wrap them up in foil with your favorite spices (and a little butter) and place them on the grill with your meat.  The foil will save you time on cleanup and cooking everything on the grill will keep the kitchen cool.  Grilled chicken breasts basted with bbq sauce, or ribs with a dry rub are always wonderful.  Don’t forget that hamburgers and hotdogs are a never-fail crowd pleaser also.  For dessert, wow your guests with a beautiful red, white, and blue cheesecake cake, or use fresh strawberries and blueberries to make a more traditional flag cake. Continue reading "Independence Day Party Idea" »

Jun
15
2016
by Laken Watts

Planning a party can be overwhelming at times. Our best piece of advice is to get organized on the front end, and save frustration at the end. Here is a quick checklist to help you start planning for your next party!

Five Weeks Out
Invitations! These days, snail mail is thing of the past and e-vites are so much more simple. You can create amazing invitations online and email them or even text them! Start planning and creating your invite five weeks out from your party, and get the invite sent within the next week. The ideal time to have them sent is by four weeks from the date of the party. Try websites like hobnob to plan your event and invite people through text! They can respond right on their phone. They even have an app for your smart phone! Continue reading "Party Planning Tips & Tricks" »