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by Juli Jackson

So you know those scenes in movies that always show people living it up in a limo? You know the ones. The driver picks up the main characters at the exclusive club. There's drinking, laughing and grooving to great music. And of course, everyone looks fabulous. Things are happening so fast that sometimes there are slo-mo shots just so you can catch the laugh or the sideways glance that happens in the middle of all that excitement. Those scenes exist for a good reason. Riding around in a limo is so much fun!

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Getting married? Organizing a bachelor or bachelorette party? What about graduation or prom? All perfect chances to make getting there the most fun you can ever remember having.

What is the point of getting all dressed up then climbing into your friend's boring car with the sticky cup holders and busted back speaker? Limousine service means you have a stylish ride to and from your location where you can kick back and enjoy your fame for the night.

Make sure the music is bumping and heads will turn asking "Who is that? A Hollywood actress in town? A rockstar?" Everyone will want to be right there where the party is getting started.

Live It Up In a Super Stretch Limo

What could top you and 9 of your friends relaxing on cushy leather seats while cruising around town? You have drinks on the house, flat screen TV, CD and DVD player. You can really rock out with the Dolby Sound System. Neon lights in cool colors adds to the atmosphere. You will be clubbin' it up on wheels!

And if loud music isn't your thing, turn it all off and enjoy the smooth quiet ride while looking up at the bright skyline through the stargazer roof. Whatever your style, this ride will be unforgettable.

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by Juli Jackson
It's summertime and the living is easy! This is a season for relaxing and enjoying the simple things in life. Hosting a summer party is no exception. Follow us as we show you the best way to throw a summery cocktail party where you can sit back, relax, and have fun with everyone else.

Cocktail parties are such a great adult theme choice because everyone likes to try new drinks. And by making the event a drop-in, there are no worries about guests arriving late and missing out. So get your Mad Men on and break out the barware.

Chill Time Party Prep

Send your invites at least a week ahead of time. Because this is a no-fuss party that doesn't require special attire or gifts, now is the perfect chance to lure out all those friends you haven't seen in awhile. And you'll hear few excuses because who doesn't want to chill out on a summer night?

Whether hosting inside or out, make sure you have plenty of seating so everyone has a chance to relax. If you are outdoors, this is the perfect time to hang your hammock and light some tiki torches. For decorations, keep it simple. Choose your favorite bright colors and show them off with some coordinated party supplies. An eye-catching tablecloth becomes the backdrop to your bar set-up. Create some balloon bunches to hang for some added whimsy. If you want a more natural look, try a beautiful fresh flower centerpiece from your local florist.

Warm Weather Appetizers and Snacks

It's hot out so keeping the food simple and the drinks cold is a great plan. Fresh fruit displayed in a fun way is both refreshing and decorative. We love all these examples that mix summer favorites like watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, kiwi and cantaloupe. Using mini terracotta pots for veggies and dip are as cute as can be. Plus, it frees up your guests to grab and go mingle. Opting for some healthy salsa and festive blue corn tortilla chips help keep things on the light side. Don't forget that a pickle and olive tray works great for snacking and garnishing drinks.

Relax With Easy Cocktails

These make-ahead drinks are incredibly refreshing and look so pretty chilling in a tub of ice.  You will enjoy compliment after compliment without ever having to play bartender during the party! Place colorful straws and a bowl next to the ice bucket so guests have a place to put the metal lids after opening their own individual serving of spiked lemonade. Might want to make more than one batch. They will go fast!

Mason Jar Spiked Lemonade
(serves 10)

You Will Need:

  • 10 pint mason jars with lids
  • 2 cups water / 6 cups water
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 cup fresh lemon juice (12-16) lemons
  • 15oz rum (or your choice of liquor)
  • lemon or lime slices for garish

— Make simple syrup by boiling 2 cups of water and adding 1.5 cups of sugar.
— Stir to dissolve completely. Steep herbs or berries at this stage for different flavors
— Chill syrup in fridge
— Mix together:  rum, lemon juice syrup, 6 cups water
— Divide the lemonade into the 10 jars, leaving space for garnish and extra ice
— Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime
— Screw lids on tightly and keep chilled

Mix it up! Try these variations:
Mint Leaves and Fresh Ginger
Fresh Herbs (steep in simple syrup)
Cake-Flavored Vodka
Pink Lemonade

Easy Livin' Summer Playlist

Throw together some old favorites with a few new highlights to make the night's perfect soundtrack. Whether you just want to lay back and groove or enjoy a dance or two, this mix has you covered.

  • Summertime – Billie Holiday
  • Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince
  • Wouldn't It Be Nice – Beach Boys
  • Hot In The City – Billy Idol
  • Bar-B-Q – Wendy Rene
  • Got My Mojo Working – Muddy Waters
  • Roosevelt Island – Eleanor Friedberger
  • Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
  • Pipeline – The Ventures
  • Got To Give It Up – Aaliyah
  • In The Sun – Blondie
  • Little Latin Lupe Lu – Don Norviel and The Visions
  • Heat Wave – Martha and the Vandellas
  • Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and The Waves
  • Rockaway Beach – The Ramones
  • King Of The Beach – Wavves
  • Summer In The City – Lovin' Spoonful
  • Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks

This summer will pass by faster than you think. So there is no time to waste.
Break out the flip-flops and dress summers so you can chill out with good friends.

by Alyssa Tate

What better way to celebrate our freedom than with a get together with friends and family? There are plenty of ways to decorate your home in order to invite guests over and Wedding and Party Network has a few tips on throwing together a great 4th of July party.

  1. The easiest thing to start with would be the staple 4th of July decoration: you guessed it, the flag! You can find little flag replicas all over stores, like your local party store. Start with placing a flag in your yard, or hang it from your porch.Throughout your house, you could use them as part of table centerpieces. There are endless options. You could also buy streamers and ribbons in red, white, and blue throughout the house. What about a decorative, festive 4th of July wreath? It's a great way to welcome guests into your home. There are such fun ways to decorate for this red, white and blue holiday!
  2. Food! Food is important at any party, and the best thing about this kind of party is that you can theme it!  Try making star shaped cookies with cookie cutouts, cover them in red or blue frosting and use white sprinkles. (This could be a fun family craft for the kids to enjoy, too!)Also, have red and blue popsicles around: not only is it festive, but it's hot outside! The popsicles will help everyone to cool off. Food is such a fun way to display your patriotism.
  3. If you really want to spice things up, make some refreshing cocktails for the adults, or keep them alcohol free for the kids to enjoy, as well! Mix up some red punch and throw in some blue colored ice-packed stars. You can easily incorporate the theme of any part in with drinks and they keep everyone cool.

With our simple tips, you'll throw an amazing party with festive decorations! Everyone will want to be back at your place next year, and maybe even the next!

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Take the stress out of the happiest day of your life! Na'Kayshions offers incredible packages that include everything from decorations to lavish cakes and invitations. What about an extra day for photos or a projector and screen for your tribute video? Add these options to your completely customizable package to help build a flawless event that is just what you are dreaming about. Whatever your budget, you will have the best options when selecting Na'Kayshions.

Beautiful Touches for a Memorable Day

You'll also find beautiful touches to truly create a memorable day. With a wedding DJ, dance floor, and creative up-lighting all available with the venue, your reception will be the most fun you can remember. Just picture dancing the night away under the beautiful lights in the grand ballroom. You'll never forget stepping into the grand ballroom or historic chapel filled with family and friends and decorated in your wedding style.

Also, imagine the fairy-tale experience of arriving to your ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage or even riding into the sunset to wrap up your anniversary party. Carriage rides can also be added to any of the available packages and are sure to give an unforgettable touch of magic.

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Great parties only happen occasionally, and for that, you want to be transported to a place that is anything but ordinary. At every memorable event, the decor helps create a unique atmosphere. Well, BeYond Balloons can create imaginative balloon sculptures that make a big impact and set the tone of your party to give your party that exciting atmosphere.

Best Time For Balloons

Based in the Oklahoma City area, BeYond Balloons has been adding life to parties for years at every type of event you can imagine. We all know balloons can be bright, whimsical fun, but in the right hands, the options are endless. You can go for elegant and transformative, playful and exciting, modern or traditional to truly transform your event.

Let their work engulf you in a beautiful moment by surrounding your wedding reception with gravity-defying balloon topiaries. Make a special birthday for a young child full of delight and wonder with their favorite characters and zany shapes. Celebrate a milestone anniversary with twisting garlands of silver or gold. At a trade show or sales event, balloons create a friendly inviting atmosphere that will draw potential customers in from across the room. There are so many events that a fantastic balloon design from this company can make extra special.

A visit to their website shows the variety and imagination they can create. The stories and positive reviews of their craft will be sure to make you smile.

Make It Easy And Functional

Balloon art can lighten up a small room, add interest to blank spaces, designate event space, and easily fill large empty areas. As decor, balloons are completely multi-purpose. Not only do they convey your theme and tie the room together, balloon creations create perfect photo backdrops for you and your guests to look your best and take home those happy memories.

With any event you are planning, these creative professionals will design within your budget and provide a set-up you will love. Imagine the freedom you'll have to focus on planning those other important details, meaning you can actually enjoy the party worry-free since you'll have time to focus on other aspects of the party.

Also, no more dreading the end of the night when you have to clean up because the balloon breakdown will be taken care of!

Let BeYond Balloons design an unforgettable piece of art that will make your party more than just a party.

by Alyssa Tate

Cinco De Mayo is a spanish holiday held on the 5th of May each year, and celebrates the Mexican army’s' victory over French troops in the Battle of Puebla. However, for many it is simply a day to celebrate the mexican culture.

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo With Style

Parties are a great way to get together and celebrate, but how does one go about decorating for this holiday? Why not celebrate with a festive fiesta. Here are a few tips to help plan and decorate for this holiday:

  • Be festive with some brightly colored party invitations with the word "fiesta" printed on them.
  • The Spanish are all about bright colors, so choose some brightly colored tablecloths and bowls. These are good for chips, salsa, and other finger foods.
  • Don't forget photo props! A fun way to keep guests entertained is with a homemade "photo booth." Just grab some small banjos, guitars, maracas and sombreros to create that Mexico feel. Provide cheap, disposable cameras for guests to take pictures on, and have them create copies of the prints for you to keep in a keepsake album.
  • It wouldn’t be a fiesta without some lively music. Play tropical, Spanish style music to create a beachy, party environment.

Parties and celebrations are fun no matter what the occasion! Just remember to spice up the party with tasty foods, sweet beverages, entertaining music, games, and fun things to do. You'll be the best party host ever!

by Rebecca Hoskins

These famous words begin the greatest two minutes in sports. The Kentucky Derby has been a traditional horse race held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Folks flock to this Kentucky town to watch the two-minute race and share in the celebration that traditionally includes roses, hats and mint juleps. We may not ever be able to join the folks in Louisville, but we can create our own celebration steeped in tradition to share with our friends. A few enthusiastic friends, some mint juleps, hats, roses and appropriate food are all you need.

How To Celebrate The Derby At Home

I like to give six couples a week or two notice that we will be celebrating the Derby at our home. This gives the ladies time to find a hat or embellish one they already own. Notices can be sent by text or email. If you want to be real fancy, handwritten invitations are the way to go.

If you are only sending five or six invitations, it isn't that much trouble. The note might read something like this:

" Please join us on Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 p. m. for a Derby Day party. We will be serving mint juleps and traditional Derby food. Ladies get your best hats ready. We look forward to having you enjoy the race with us. Best, Jane and John Doe "

Starting your celebration at 2:00 gives your guests plenty of time to enjoy libations and food while visiting before the 4:00 race begins. The men in the group may even want to make up a betting pool, but I always leave that to them. Men always seem to know better about those things.

On to the Libations and Food…

I am fortunate to have 12 silver mint julep cups. Well, actually 4 of these are what my mother referred to as Jefferson cups, but the size works here. If you don't have any silver, glass is the way to go as glass julep cups are used at the official Kentucky Derby.

Now, the key to a mint julep is to use crushed ice. I don't crush it myself as a local fast food outlet will sell a 10 lb. bag to me for a couple of dollars. Mint is a must have for this drink and I also grow mint in my yard, but you can get this at your local grocery store. The mint julep makes this party truly festive.

Mint Julep

Serving Size: One Mint Julep

Crushed ice

2 tbl. mint syrup (Recipe Below)

2 oz. good Kentucky Bourbon

Chill glasses.  Fill with crushed ice. Add 2 tbl. mint syrup, 2 oz. bourbon. Stir and serve. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Mint Syrup

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups water

1 bunch of mint

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and pur over a handful of mint leaves and crush with a spoon. Cool and refrigerate syrup overnight in a closed jar. Remove mint leaves. Will keep in the refrigerator several weeks.

Serve this traditional drink with pimento cheese sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches and I like to do something substantial like ham and biscuits. The pimento cheese can be made 4 or 5 days ahead, as well as the spread for the cucumber sandwiches. The ham can be cooked several days ahead and set out to come to room temperature. The biscuits can be cooked early in the day (I use the frozen ones and they are great). If you feel the need for something sweet, lemon bars can be made ahead and will be a good addition.

It is always wise to serve enough food to keep your guests from leaving your home inebriated. Also, I always have other drinks available as not everyone will partake of the mint julep. Wine, beer, and lemonade should suffice. As you will know your crowd, you can decide what they might drink.

Run for the Roses

Roses, as many as you can cut or afford, should be everywhere. Roses should serve for the centerpieces for the serving table, cocktail table, powder bath, etc. This is the run for the roses after all.

With a little effort on your part, your friends will enjoy this party so much that they will look forward to the next year with much excitement. Get your best hat ready and  give yourself some time to organize this great party so you will be ready for those three famous words "and they're off".

by Kelly Curtis

Now is the time to start planning our your parties for 2013. It's always easier and stress free when you plan. So, why not start planning now? By planning early, you can secure your date before anyone else, start searching for party decorations, and find inspiration for party themes. Wedding and Party Network has a few tips for planning your parties for 2013.

Party Tips for the Year 2013

  • Sit down with your calendar – What holiday parties, special events, charities, birthday parties, baby showers, or bridal showers do you have to plan for the year 2013? Figure out the dates and when the best time to have it would be. Planning it early lets you secure those dates for your venues and you won't have to plan around everyone else if your event was planned months in advance.
  • Secure your event venue – Once you have settled on a date, start researching venues. There maybe a special venue that you wanted to secure last year but it was booked. Be sure to call NOW to make sure you reserve your space.
  • Find inspiration for party themes – Now that you have secured your date and venue, start finding inspiration for your party themes. Find out what's trending on the party circuit and see if any of those themes would be perfect for your events. Search party blogs, websites, and magazines for any inspiration you may find.
  • Once you've settled on a theme – Since you've picked out a party theme, start scouring your local party store or online for party decorations, party invitations, and other detailing that might go perfect with it. You can search for great deals and save more when you plan early.

Planning parties for the upcoming year will truly ensure a stress-free party season.

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by Kelly Curtis

Volume 3 Issue 12

5 Last-Minute Holiday Tips

Seasons Greetings from Wedding and Party Network! It's that time of year again and holiday parties are in full swing. Are you finishing up those last-minute touches on your holiday party? Well, here are some great holiday tips that will make sure your party is fantastic.

  1. Prep Ahead – Don't worry about what to do when party time gets here. Prep as much as possible beforehand. However, this comes with careful menu planning. More than likely you won't have to do a ton of decorating since your holiday decorations will already be up. So, you can spend most of your time prepping the food. Chop up what needs to be chopped or even put the dishes together. That way, the day of the party you'll just have to spend most of your time heating the food up.
  2. Keep it Simple – Making your party over complicated is a sure way to bring on the stress. Keep it simple. It's about good friends and good times.
  3. Friendly Get Together – If you've invited a large crowd, not everyone will know each other. Make it a point to introduce everyone.
  4. Make it Fun for All  – Don't get caught up with the party food, decorations, and drink planning. Make a holiday playlist and consider finding a holiday game. This gets everyone involved and more acquainted with one another. Plus, it's fun!
  5. Enjoy Yourself – Don't worry about making sure if everyone else is having a good time by running around the entire night cleaning up a mess, getting more food, or making more drinks. If you're not having fun, neither will your guests.

Remember, this is a party full of good holiday cheer, friends, and fun. So, relax and enjoy.

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by Kelly Curtis

November is the month for Native American Heritage. It's the time to celebrate the culture and the influence that Native Americans have on America. It's a great time to learn more about their culture, food and remember Thanksgiving as well. Wedding and Party Network has a few tips on how to celebrate this holiday.

Brief History

How did this holiday come to be? In 1990, President George Bush declared the first National American Indian Heritage Month on August 3rd. The purpose of this holiday is to recognize the original people of this land. American Indian and Alaska Native people have a part of American history and this holiday is to recognize that.

How to Celebrate

There are many ways to celebrate this holiday. Whether you are catering it towards children or even adults, there are great ways to celebrate for both. If you're celebrating with children, read a book that displays the culture of Native Americans or read the story of Squanto. Once you've read them a book, discuss it with them. You can also let them watch a movie about it as well. If you would rather opt out of the movie, spend that time creating crafts. You can easily let them color pages, design a Navajo rug, create totem pole, a tomahawk or incorporate feathers into crafts. This can even be a great time for the children to tell the tale of the first Thanksgiving day between the Indians and Pilgrims.

If you're an adult wanting to celebrate, think about hosting a dinner party that revolves around the food that was served amongst the Native Americans. Think about creating a variety of cornbread, buffalo, fry bread, Indian pudding or Indian tacos.

This is a great holiday to celebrate. Get your friends, family and all the children together and have a great time.

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