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  • The Easter Party that Never Ends!

    Well, well, well...what do we have here?

    Looks like a little bunny rabbit left me some eggs around my house. Delicious, chocolat eggs to be exact. Yum!

    If you've enjoyed your Easter celebration so far, then hats off to you! I will be hunting around my house, searching the nooks and crannies for that crazy critter's little goodies.

    Just because Easter was on Sunday, doesn't mean that you need to stop the fun and madness! Here's some extra Easter ideas to keep your holiday going through the week:

    1) Perpetual Egg Hunt

    Ever since my younger brother was five, we've been hiding eggs around the house for him. He's twelve now and still goes hunting on Easter morning! But I started thinking how fun it would be to hide Cadbury Creme Eggs right under his nose during the week. Under his pillow, next to the cereal bowls, in his bathroom sink...you never know.

    But it's something to consider doing with your kids as well. It doesn't have to be Cadbury Creme Eggs (as delicious as they are, mmm), but how about since they've found the eggs, they need to go on the hunt for the rabbit himself, be it a stuffed rabbit, or a real one!

    2) Reliving the Bible Story

    For Catholics and Christians, and other denominations, Easter is a time for celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If this is the importance of Easter for your family, then of course you should revisit the story! Not only was the History Channel showing their dramatization of Jesus' life recently, but there's plenty of films that you can watch together as a family.

    For young children, I recommend watching "The Miracle Maker", which is a kid-friendly claymation film.  If you have older children, or are comfortable with depictions of violence, then you can probably graduate to watching "The Passion of the Christ", which features a controversial but realistic crucifixion scene.

    3) Easter Game Day

    Easter themed games like egg-tosses, egg rolls, and egg hunting can also be continued. Feed your family with egg-themed dishes as they play these games as well. Eggs everywhere!

    Well, there you have it! Some last minute ideas to continue the Easter festivities. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some more eggs to find...

  • Get Lucky! St. Patrick's Day Party Plans

    Well, this is it: we've reached our last week of February, and I hope you all had fantastic Valentine's Days. But for those who didn't...

    Fear not, sad lady! It's time to start looking towards March. TIme sure does fly by, doesn't it? But it's not too late to start thinking about that next holiday. Everyone loves a party!

    The big 'green' holiday in March is St. Patrick's Day. (Easter is also in March this year, but we'll get to that on a later day...)

    So, it's time to get your Irish on! If you're stumped on what to do for a St. Patrick's Day party, then check out the list below for some great ideas!

    1) Potato Party

    There are fewer things more associated with Ireland than potatoes. But here's something fun you can do with the whole family or a classroom of kids - a baked potato party!

    Simply swipe up a sack of potatoes and make a buffet table with all the trimmings. Use sour cream, chives, cheese, bacon bits, or whatever else makes your stomach grumble for a good baked potato. It's food and it's fun, the best combination in the world.

    2) Attack of the Leprechauns!

    Since Leprechauns are also associated with St. Patrick's Day, it might be fun to play one for a day. Hide a bag of goodies somewhere (like and Easter Egg Hunt), and leave 'rainbow' clues as to where it's hidden.

    Another thing you can do is Leprechaun S'Mores! How are these made?

    Get some marshmallows, skewers, chocolate dip, and round cookies (with holes in the middle, like Keebler cookies). Dip the cookie in chocolate, then skewer the marshmallow and dip it in chocolate. Place the chocolate-covered marshmallow square in the middle on the cookie and you have a top hat! Decorate as you like :)

    For more step-by-step instructions, check out the post on Half-Baked.

    3) Sham-ROCK!

    Alright, here's a kicker: instead of a boring old decorated party with paper hats, go full throttles with a Sham-Rock Concert!

    Make it into a charity event, or just a plug for your favorite local band, but whatever the case, it's loud and crazy fun with a dash of luck.

    All you have to do is make it green and make it great. Have green-themed drinks or frothy mint concoctions, or try the above potato party idea instead of food trucks.

    Invite local bands to play, or go for the traditional Irish dancing. It's a great way to spread merry cheer, and keep things hopping for St. Patrick's Day.

    So that's all I got for you today! Tune in next time, when I'll deliver some background on St. Patrick's Day and where all those shamrock and pot 'o gold myths came from.

  • Valentine's Day Part 3: Party Planning

    They're heeeeere....

    Valentine's Day-obsessed fangirls! And all the Facebook posts that come with it. *sigh*

    Just kidding, but this is the week: this Thursday is Valentine's Day! Woohoo!

    Today, I've got some fun tidbits to help you make that Valentine's Day party even better. Whether it's for your child's classroom, or a for your friends and family, there's a load of cute Do-It-Yourself ideas out there to spruce up the fun.

    1) Rose Cupcakes

    I'm a simple gal: give me roses, give me love letters, and I'm a happy camper. But if you really want to go outside the box for your special someones, then bake them Rose Cupcakes. How is it done?

    It's actually NOT frosting you see in that picture, but fruit leather! And it's surprisingly easy to make. To learn how to make them, follow the instructions from Spoonful, HERE.

    2) Edible Arrows

    Cupid never takes a day off, that's for sure. Over at the Coterie blog, they've created Edible Arrows! It's made from strawberry Airheads, pretzel sticks, and heart-shaped cookies. Making me hungry, right now...

    3) Heart Doilies

    Remember those paper snowflakes we used to make in elementary school. Well, with hearts it's the same thing!

    Take some different shades of red and pink, and fold them up. Cut the full fold into a half-heart, and unravel. Bam: cute as a button table decorations.

    4) Valentine Shoe Boxes

    Again, let's harken back to the good old days of elementary school, when everyone got a Valentine. It's a tradition that still stands today, so why not have it for you party.

    Step 1: Have a corner of the room where people can decorate shoe boxes just for them.

    Step 2: Have various candy stations or decoration stations so that your guests can make and create things to put in their shoebox or other shoe boxes.

    Step 3: Enjoy the fun and the chaos!

  • The Best Sweet Sixteen in the World

    It’s every American teenager’s dream: to have  a massive mind-blowing party when they come of age. For some, it’s sixteen; in other cultures it’s thirteen, fifteen, eighteen or even twenty. Regardless of what age you reach adulthood, you know what to do about it, right?

    PARTY. HARD. Like it’s 1999.

    But let’s not get too hasty here, cowboy. Or cowgirl.

    There’s a lot of planning that needs to go into the perfect Sweet Sixteen bash (or Fifteen or Eighteen or--), and lucky for you, I’ve scoured the internet for the top things you’ll need to look fantastic for your next birthday bonanza.

    1) The Cake

    Food. Enough said.

    Alright, I’m just kidding. But seriously, folks, if you want to blow the minds of your party guests (like Scanners!), than get a seriously awesome cake. Keep in mind though, that although you’re trying to impress your friends, it is your party.

    Here’s some examples of birthday cakes that blew my mind:

    Why? WHY NOT.

    I know it says 30th Birthday, but really that could be for any girl!

    2) The Threads

    As a lot of other girls do, I tend to ogle over dresses. Be they spring, wedding, or prom dresses, sometimes it’s just fun to feel like a princess.

    GENTLEMEN: I haven’t forgotten about you either. Now, when it comes to your birthday, be yourself! If you’re looking to dress yourself up a bit, you don't have to keep with boring black and white.  Check out some spiffy tuxes I found below:

    Hey, if Ryan Gosling can pull it off...

    The Brown Tux

    The WHITE Tuxedo

    3) The Party

    So.....where is your party? It's an important question, but the good news is that not all parties are held in grand ballrooms and rented out stadiums. A great party can easily be held in your own home or a smaller venue. From banners, to decorations and table centerpieces...whatever your tastes may be, I hope you'll be inspired by some party venues I've found:

    Yes, you can even party with the dinosaurs!

     4) The Theme

    Okay, so usually a party is some sort of color theme, yes? Well, that doesn't have to be the case. As evidenced by MTV's "Super Sweet Sixteen" show, themes can range from punk to jungle, to Vegas casino. You just have to pick the one that fits you best.

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  • And On the Seventh Day of Christmas...

    Well folks, we've got seven more days 'til Christmas! But instead of seven swans-a-swimming, I'm going to give you seven tips to make sure your holiday party goes a-ok, along with some additional things to keep your party eco-friendly for this holiday season.

    1) The Guest List

    This may be a no-brainer, but unless you want your party to rival the frat down the road, keep a list of who's coming. Even better, please notify them at least three weeks in advance, so that they can plan other events around it.

    2) Not a Solo Venture

    Please, please, please....it doesn't matter if you're Paula Deen or Martha Stewart, and even those ladies don't do this, but DON'T PLAN ALONE. Get some family involved with ordering food, deciding on decorations, and playing referee for all the little kids and their squabbles. You might be hosting the party, but it's less a strain on yourself, as well as your wallet.

    3) According to Taste

    When planning the menu, try to make it favorable for everyone who's coming. If that's too much for you or there's too many tastes in the audience (don't be ashamed to admit it), then make it a potluck!

    As an extra tip, pick foods that won't heavily stain your carpet (like soups and stews). should it fall on the ground by accident. Many a carpet has been lost to such sadness...

    4) Game Warden

    Not all parties have to be boring, black tie affairs with cocktail glasses and champagne. Have some games handy, even board games or Apples-to-Apples. There's other games like Guess that Christmas Tune, or Christmas Pictionary.

    5) Where's the Party At?

    Ah, one thing I forgot to address. If there are people coming to your home (or other location) for the first time, what can you do to direct them to where you are? With an outdoor banner, of course. Or a yard sign! Either way, a banner showing where the party's at will not only help your guests navigate, but also make a snappy decoration for your party.

    6) Eco-Tip #1: Dinnerware

    There's two ways you can go about with more eco-friendly dishes and utensils: buy the bio-degradable brand or go all glass and metal. The bio-degradable brands are, unfortunately, not always available in every grocery store. However, they are the best choice if you'd like to save on washing duty and just toss out the trash. They compost within 2-3 months.

    On the other hand, not using plastic or paper plates at all can also be helpful to the environment. Use your traditional glassware plates and metallic utensils for easy cleaning duty...although it might take a little while longer to clean with all those dishes.

    7) Eco-Tip #2: Table Decorations

    It feels pretty good, knowing you're making a difference. For your table sets, forgo those plastic santas and melting candles. Try to make something beautiful. Collect flowers or pine cones and put them in your decorative vases. You can fill the vase with water or seeds, and once the party is done, have the children takes the seeds home for planting in springtime.

  • Celebrating New Year's with Custom Banners

     

    When the countdown begins, wherever you are, you clutch the person closest to you: a friend, a family member, a loved one, a significant other. New Year’s Eve represents time, that second and third chance we give ourselves to make changes in our lives.

    For those who like to party like it’s 1999, it’s a time to break out the champagne, the cider, and the poppers and be thankful just to be alive. Well, we’ve got one month to go, folks. So, it’s time to start gathering your friends and planning that party.

    An Annual Banner Tradition

     

    Now, unless you’re planning a shindig downtown at the club, your party is most likely going to be a family & friends affair. In that case, it’s pretty economical to reuse New Year’s hats and glasses, etc. from year to year. But here’s another thing: if you’ve got reuseable party supplies, why not a reuseable banner?

    Create a custom banner, just for your family (or vague enough to be used anywhere), and voila! You have a banner that can be recycled year after year for whatever New Year’s party you plan to attend or organize yourself.

    Keep a lookout here for future tips this month on how to plan the greatest New Year's party! There'll be some tips for games, how to make it eco-friendly, and much more.

  • Family Reunions: Organize the Mayhem

    We love our families. Well, most of the time. But when it comes to planning family reunions between far-reaching relatives, it can get a little hectic. Especially with your in-laws.

    But I am here to help you relieve some of that stress with a few tips on how to create a fun and crazy-free family reunion that will go down in the annals of your history. Trust me!

    1) Make the Date

    There is nothing more frustrating than someone changing the date or location of the reunion at the last minute, even if it's just across the street from your original location. Make an official location, or have someone you trust do it. Don't be a flake and plan it last minute: that doesn't make anyone very happy.

    2) Stick to the Guest List

    Be sure to know everyone who is coming to this reunion. If need be, for much larger parties, employ some family to act as bouncers so you don't have to deal with party crashers.

     

    3) Don't Plan ALONE

    Much like what I said with the Bridal Shower post the other day, it's a bad bad world for a solo party planner. Split up the duties amongst your most trusted family members: have one person organize food, another organize custom banners and decorations, and someone else think of games and activities. You may be the head of the party-planning beast, but at least your wallet won't take a beating. In the end, pool your receipts together and split it evenly among the families for drama-free payments.

    4) Pre-Prepare the Food

    It seems a little redundant to "pre-prepare" something, but heed my warning! Nothing spoils a party like a food shortage. If your reunion is going to last one or two days, it might behoove you to bring in your food already cooked, and can be heated up in short time. This way, there's no mad scramble for the nearest grocery store. It happened to my family in Big Bear, CA once. Quite embarrassing.

     

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