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Recently engaged? Congrats! You are about to embark on a fantastic journey to your happily ever after. But there is one event that kicks off the crazy planning–your engagement party! Here are some simple do's and don'ts so your engagement celebration goes without a hitch!

Don't Assume Party Hosts
It is tradition that the bride's parents usually throw this celebration, but that is now not always the case. Make sure to double check with each set of parents and even consider letting both sets throw you a party! Don't forget that friends can throw you one too!

Do Give a Guest List
Normally those invited to the engagement party expect an invitation to the actual wedding shindig. Make sure to give your party host a guest list so no one's feelings get hurt!

Don't Make It Too Formal
The engagement party is usually a casual affair. There are plenty of wedding events that will call for the formal attire (like the wedding)!

Do Get Thank You Cards
While it's not always expected to give a gift at the engagement party, many do like to bring a little something. Make sure to prepare a registry, just in case, and thank you cards.

The engagement party is a time to celebrate the news of your upcoming nuptuals, so celebrate with family and friends! For more great tips, make sure to visit the Wedding and Party Network Blog.

by Karole Risker

While a good hostess makes an occasion memorable, a great one will extend it past the event itself. One easy way to do that is by giving tokens that guests will want to keep. Here are some great favor ideas that you can give out this Thanksgiving!

Cozy Gifts
Offer guests blankets or shawls for outdoor events when it gets chilly, and then allow guests to take them home.

S'mores To Go
How about wrapping up two squares of graham crackers, part of a chocolate bar and a couple of marshmallows? Then you'll have a personal s'more that's easy to transport.

Caramel Apple Treats
Don't overthink it" caramel apples are a simple token that can be easily made and packaged. For a twist, make mini caramel apples. Just use a melon baller to scoop out sections of an apple. Stick cake pop/sucker sticks in them, melt the caramel and (once the caramel has cooled and thickened a bit) dip them in! Then you have a little treat that's sure to get "oooohs" and "ahhhhs".

There you have it–easy ways to remember an event long after it's over. Remember, the best gifts are both usable and beautiful. Happy hosting!

by Tanya Giraldo

With the chilly weather finally lowering the temperature, we wanted to offer a cozy party idea to continue the fall/winter festivities! Here are the basics to throw your very own S'mores Party!

If you are throwing an outdoor party, make sure to have enough blankets to bundle up in and some hot coffee or cocoa! Have a bonfire in the backyard and offer different types of crackers and chocolates so your guests can try different s'more flavors!

Want to stay warm indoors? No worries! You can put s'mores in the oven for a more homemade treat. Make sure to keep an eye on them because they get toasty fast. Move furniture around and have everyone sit on the floor with comfy pillows and blankets to give it a "camping" feel.

Whether it's a birthday or a new engagement, make it a S'mores party! Check back with Wedding and Party Network for more great ideas!

by Tanya Giraldo

Looking for a favor idea with a little bit of autumn flair? Try some yummy kettle corn!

Popcorn To Go
Give your guests some kraft bags to fill up with yummy popcorn to nibble on their way home. Embellish the bags with fun stamps and wooden clips.

Kettle Corn To Make
Put some Kettle Corn in a small jar and tie with some ribbon for your guests to make at home! Make a fun tag with the saying: "Thanks for poppin' by!"

Whether it's a fall party favor or a last minute wedding favor, popcorn is a yummy treat your guests won't expect!

by Tanya Giraldo

Thanksgiving is around the corner and the dinner plans have begun! Looking for a neat way to set your table? Here are three ideas for Thanksgiving Place Cards.

Pine Cones
Pine cones can help set the fall/winter mood to your tablescape. Use pine cone to hold the place card at each seat so your guests know where to sit.

Still have left over mini pumpkins from Halloween? Paint the name of each of your guests and use them to set their spot at your dinner.

Chalkboard Mason Jars
Popular for weddings, you can also use glass mason jars as place cards. Simply use a stencil, chalkboard paint, and write the names of your guests. Then you can set their place at your table or have them choose their seat.

Don't hesitate to get creative with your tablescape and use things you may already have! For more great tips, check out

by Caitlin LaFarlette

Halloween may be at the end of October, but this easy-to-make punch serves as a sweet treat before and after any ghoulish festivities.

A candy corn punch that is kid friendly is sure to stand out as a great centerpiece at a Halloween party. With only four ingredients, you can whip up a pitcher the night before or even the day of your event. You will need:

-One package of lemon jello
-Cool Whip
-Orange soda
-Two cups of mango juice

To begin, mix the jello with one cup of boiling water until dissolved and pour in the mango juice, stirring well. Pour this mixture into a pitcher and place in the refrigerator until it is chilled and slightly solid (about two hours).

After the jello is set, slowly pour in orange soda to the desired height of the pitcher, leaving room for the Cool Whip. Make sure to pour carefully so the soda doesn't push holes into the jello. Spoon Cool Whip on top of your mixture and sprinkle some candy corn pieces on top!

You now have a large candy corn to show off to your guests that they can enjoy as a punch. Stir the mixture together before serving.

We know Halloween is around the corner and you are finalizing your Halloween party planning. From the menu to the creative decorations, a Halloween party wouldn't be complete without it's share of mystery. Here are some tips to help you put together a fun and spooky murder mystery to liven up your shindig!

Hosting a Murder Mystery Party Game

It's important to note that a murder mystery party game usually takes around an 1.5-2 hours (depending on the number of guests). That's why it is very important to plan ahead of time and know what you are in for so you can plan the party around the game!

Here is a quick rundown of how the game should go:

Round 1
The party game is usually separated into rounds.

In the first round, assign guests to their characters and provide them with information about their characters, clue cards with clues to reveal to other players, and information to conceal about their characters (perhaps one character is cheating on their "spouse" which would give them a motive).

Round 2
In this round, the victim is revealed and an investigation will begin. Give players more clues in this round and have them mingle with the other players to figure out who the murderer is. You can also set up some evidence to help with the clues.

Round 3
During this round, each player can make an accusation. After that, hand each player a solution card where they reveal their involvement and the murderer confesses at the end of the game. You can hand out prizes for those who figured it out. This can also lead to other awards of the night like Best Costume.

A Murder Mystery can make your party a memorable one and it doesn't have to take an immense amount of planning. Just have the basics planned out and watch as your guests make the game more fun!



by Tanya Giraldo

Throwing a party this month? Planning a big Halloween shindig? Here are some easy ideas to decorate your home for the big event!

A classic decor item can really stand out with a twist! Grab some small pumpkins from your local grocery store and paint the bottom half of them with metallic paint. You can also paint designs like polka dots or stripes to give them different looks. Spread them out throughout your home to keep the theme of the season in every room.

Candy Corn
Fill jars with candy corn and display them on coffee tables, book cases, and counters. The natural pop of color will add to your decor and you'll have candy readily available throughout your space.

Painted Letters
Make a big statement with painted letters. Grab wooden letters from your local craft store and paint them with the colors of the season. Spell out words like "Eek" or "Boo" and make them a focal point on your dining room table or on top of your fireplace.

It doesn't take much to make your holiday decor really stand out! With these simple tricks, your home will be ready for your October party! Check back with the Wedding and Party Blog for more great ideas!

Are you planning a Halloween party? Stuck on party favors? We have some ideas on party favors that can make your party a spooktacular event!

For The Kiddos:

Painted Pumpkins
Hold a painted pumpkin contest with the kids. Have them decorate a small pumpkin and offer treats for the most creative. At the end of the night, they can take their pumpkin home and have it displayed for the rest of fall!

For the Adults:

Pick Your Potion
Give your grown-up guests a little bit of bubbly fun. Fill glass bottles with a nice cocktail mix and make them look like potions. This will make the perfect souvenir from a Halloween party to remember!

Halloween is almost here, so don't get behind on your planning! Check back with the Wedding and Party Blog for more great ideas and tips!

Halloween is right around the corner and if any holiday calls for a creatively fun celebration, it's this one! Here are five ideas to get into the spooky spirit!

For The Kiddos:

Halloween Pet Party
Take something that kids love–animals–and make it into a fun Halloween inspired party. Encourage guests to come dressed as their favorite pet, Halloween style.

Friendly Monster Theme
This Halloween party is all about fun, not fright. Think bright colors, lively games and super cute treats. Ideas: Monster Bingo and a monster eyeball toss.

Spooky Forest
Create a playful forest in your living room for a cool nature-inspired party. Spray paint branches and hang paper bats from the ceiling to spook-ify your home. Make the food forest theme as well with funny puns!

For the Adults:

Glittering Gala
Bring the glam to your next adult Halloween party! Spray paint pumpkins in hues of metallic gold or sparkly silver and use accents of black lace and feathers. Serve up sophisticated appetizers and a spooky, bubbly drink!

Pop-Culture Costume Party
If you desire to bring a little humor to your Halloween shindig, make the costume dress code a pop culture dress up. Whether it's Beyonce or a favorite TV show character, your party is sure to be full of laughs!

It's almost time to throw the Halloween party of the decade! Pick one of these themes and let the creative planning begin!