A block party is a fun way to celebrate the start of summer. It also gives the people living in your neighborhood an opportunity to get to know one another. Many of us aren't as familiar with the people in our community as we once were. At one time, leaning on your neighbors was a no brainer. A block party is a great way to bring everyone together and create a new tradition for your neighborhood. Continue reading "Kick Off the Summer with a Block Party" »
Family: Everybody has one. Some of us just choose to keep our family at arm's length and only visit them yearly at what is often the dreaded family reunion. Instead of dreading your family gathering, jump on board to help plan the best family reunion, ever! Continue reading "How to Plan a Family Reunion Your Family Will Want to Go To" »
Celebrate St. Patrick's day (or any day) with rainbows! Luck of the Irish and all that, right? Here are a few fun ways to weave those colors into your day. Continue reading "Find Your Pot of Gold!" »
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and decorating your home for the holidays is one of the best parts of the season. If you are looking for some fun new ways to decorate your home for your holiday party, look no further! These holiday decoration ideas will have you decking the halls for your holiday party in no time! Continue reading "10 Ways to Decorate for Your Holiday Party" »
It's never too early to begin planning for your Thanksgiving dinner. For many, it is one of the only times in the year that the entire family is together in one place. The earlier you can plan, the better. From traditional to out of the ordinary, here are a few ideas to help you plan a Thanksgiving for the history books! Continue reading "Tips for Planning a Wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner" »
This year Grandparents’ Day falls on September 11th. It takes place each year on the Sunday following Labor Day, and was established as a day to celebrate grandparents, the knowledge that the older generation can pass on to the youth, and for grandparents to show love to their grandchildren.
Show your grandparents some love by throwing them a little party. This can be as simple as cooking a meal with your grandmother’s recipes, or just going to visit your grandparents and playing some classic games. Your grandparents’ may not be quite as agile as they once were, so keep that in mind when you are planning activities. Continue reading "Celebrating Wisdom & Love: Grandparents' Day Party Idea" »
You have your party theme picked out, the menu is made, and invitations have been mailed. You know you want to have some great music playing, but no one likes the same tunes. Have no fear! Making the perfect playlist is easier than you may think. Continue reading "How to Craft the Perfect Party Playlist" »
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" »
Type, Size and Budget
First, determine the type of party appropriate for the couple. A casual party or a more formal affair can be held depending on the preferences of the guests of honor. A budget needs to be considered and may help in making those types of decisions. You need to determine how large the party will be, as this will affect your location and cost. Let the couple make a guest list, including children, family and friends of their choice.
Date, Time and Place
Next, a date, time, and place must be selected for the party. It is a bonus if the party can be held on the actual anniversary date, but this must be coordinated with the couple. The place may be an outdoor location, a local venue, a church, or even your own home.
Invitations, Theme and Decorations
Once the details are nailed down, send out the invitations at least two weeks in advance. These can be store bought, handmade or printed professionally. Wherever you choose to host the party, you might select a theme relating to where the couple was married or where they went on their honeymoon. Identify a hobby or activity that connects them and use that as a springboard for ideas. If you want to keep it simple, look up the traditional anniversary gift for that particular year. For example, the 25th year anniversary gift is silver, and the flower is the Iris. Use those elements to decorate and accessorize. Flowers, balloons, confetti or other decor is up to you, depending on the time, budget and the space. It is always nice to display wedding photos along with other pictures of the couple through the years.
The party food served at your anniversary celebration will depend on your location and budget. Hire a caterer, cook a special meal yourself, or perhaps have family members help with the preparations. Consider your theme or a favorite meal of the couple when deciding on your menu. Usually a cake is served at anniversary gatherings. In recent years, bakeries have become creative with cake designs, and this could be a signature item on your food table. Of course a favorite family recipe would also be appropriate in this instance. Think about your guests, your venue, and the time that your party takes place when you make your food plans.
Entertainment and Activities
When you are planning the party events, there are many options to consider. For music, you can hire a band or musician, or simply play music of your choice in the background. Pictures are a must, and a professional photographer may be hired, or a family member can be enlisted to serve as photographer. Another option would be to have disposable cameras on tables to allow guests to capture candid photos. Speak to the guests of honor about their interest in renewing their wedding vows or providing pictures for a slide show. If their wedding video is available, it could be set up for viewing. As a special memento of the party, have a framed picture, memory book or other item that guests can sign as a tribute to the guests of honor.
If your couple of honor and many of your guests are older, consider that in your planning. A party during the day might be a better choice. Think about a location that is not difficult to access with many stairs or other obstacles. Make sure plenty of seating is available for guests. Younger couples may enjoy an evening party with dancing or games. Talk to them and determine what type of party they would enjoy before making your plans.
With a little creative planning, you can host an anniversary party that will be memorable and fun! With your focus on the couple of honor, it will be the perfect way to celebrate their special day.
With an entire year of parties behind us, another one has begun and it's never too early to start planning for a celebration. Sit down with your calendar and figure out which holidays & events you have for 2015. Once you have your 2015 calendar planned, take some quick and easy steps to make sure you begin the year ahead of schedule.
Planning is Key
A party can be overwhelming if you don’t plan in advance. Start your planning by blocking out an afternoon by spending quality time with your calendar. You will guarantee the holidays won’t sneak up on you.
By thinking this early, you can start shopping early for decorations, start finding vendors and even give the kids a little excitement.
Make a Brainstorm Notebook
This notebook will be where you can store ideas and inspiration, guests lists and to-do lists. With it all in one place, you will know where to put your ideas when you feel inspired. Simply write down a handful of key words about what you are planning to do for each holiday so you don't forget any ideas that come to mind.
Lock Down a Theme
Perhaps one of the first things to do after marking down the holidays that you'll be planning for is deciding on a theme.
For example, if you want to plan something for Mother's Day or Father's Day, ponder the special people you will be celebrating. What are things they enjoy? How can I incorporate that into their celebration?
Another example is if your child wants a Batman birthday in August, you have enough months to slowly accumulate party items such as themed plates, cups, gifts, etc.
If you know what direction you are going in, then you can easily start buying the perfect items for your event.
Start a Party Fund
Start setting aside money for your celebrations in the year ahead. It can go towards any festivity you have planned for the upcoming year. Small amounts of money here and there will make a huge difference if unexpected expenses arise while you are in the thick of planning. Keep adding to it consistently and the fund will be particularly helpful during the year.
These party planning tips will truly help your events be the best they can be in 2015! Happy planning and don’t forget to share your parties with Wedding and Party Network.