This party is a delight for little ones because it revolves around imaginative play – dressing up in old grown-up clothes; something young children love to do! If you don’t have a trunk of old clothes in the attic make one up (in baskets or suitcases) with a trip to the Thrift Store. Be sure you grab up hats, shoes, scarves and costume jewelry too! You can turn this into a fun Tea Party serving finger sandwiches, mini scones, cookies & fruit along with punch or sweet tea. A great craft project is making button bracelets, old buttons are so ornate and colorful (again if you don’t have any, Thrift Store here we come!). Since todays Grandma’s are mostly from the 50’s, purchase the old “Little Rascals” DVD’s and let them play during the party. I loved watching these on T.V. when I was young. Make sure you take plenty of pictures to email to families along with your thank you for coming note.
A Casino theme party can be for adults or children. A favorite for milestone birthdays (40-50-60), fund raising events, business and other social functions. Invitations can be written on play money or electronically create one on a money background for e-vites. Decorations are, of course, Cards, Dice, Chips and the like. We created the columns, centerpieces, arch and large hallway Balloon displays (shown) for a 40th Birthday extravaganza. The cake, made by a local bakery, is amazing, don’t skimp on this part for your affair. Gaming tables can be hired by companies specializing in this service or you can find Black Jack/Crap Felt Sets that you can put on a standard table. The sets usually come with everything you need except chips which can be found at a local party store or visit casinosupply.com. Consider renting a bingo set. This can be played by children and adults. The set includes Cage, bingo balls, cards and marking chips. Plan on having some fun Casino/Gaming themed gifts for prizes! Card Memory is a simple game that only needs two decks of cards and a table. Take out all the Hearts, Clubs and Jokers. Shuffle the rest and place face down on the table. Each person gets to choose two cards, if they match the guest keeps them and continues play until no match occurs. The person with the most cards wins. A Photo Booth is perfect for this type of setting. Use Shimmer Curtains as a backdrop and some of the Casino Props: Large Card Cutouts, Oversized Foam Dice, Cutouts of Slot Machines and Casino Signs. Give people the usual Hats, Boas, Oversized Sunglasses and Fake Money for the pictures. Make up signs like “I lost my Shirt at Joes Party”, “I hit the Jackpot!”, “Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner” or “I got lucky at Sue’s 40th Birthday Party”. Everyone “Wins” at this type of event!
With all the kids cooking shows now a day’s, children love getting their hands dirty in the kitchen. You can find Downloadable Invitations on many websites or make your own using Card Stock from the office store. Decorate with Polka Dot Foil and Latex Balloons. This party lends itself to lots of activities. Get your craft supplies out! Your list should include – Markers, Paints, Glitter Pens, Sequins, Pipe Cleaners, Goggle Eyes, Craft Foam, Craft Glue, Card Stock, Tissue Paper and Clothespins. The projects will be Decorating their own Apron (you can purchase plain aprons from the Craft Store), Making their own Chefs Hats of Cardstock & Tissue Paper (go to pbs.org for instructions) and creating fun Refrigerator Magnets (see activitiesforkids.com). For the menu two items are simple and scream kids. Individual Pizza’s and Decorated Cupcakes. Make sure you have plenty of components for their imagination, Bon Appetit!
This Celestial party theme lends itself well for dress up and balloons. Two things kids are crazy about. You can find Rainbow invitations commercially which are great for this. Include the verse: WELCOME All angels, stars, rainbows, raindrops, moons, suns, lightening bolts, unicorns, airplanes and others. DRESS HEAVENLY! You can try your own hand to create or hire us to make clouds from white balloons to hang from the ceiling. The pictured Rainbow Balloon Sculpture can be placed on the food/cake table for a beautiful backdrop. Cover the walls with light blue plastic table covers. In another area use Silver Foil Star Balloons to make a night sky. You can cover those walls with dark blue or black plastic table covers. A fun game is to search for cloud 9. Hide about 20 white clouds made from white paper or cotton, each numbered, the one who finds “Cloud 9” wins! A wonderful craft project is making sun prints. This will amaze the children. Purchase light-sensitive paper (Amazon carries Sun Art Paper) and lay out a tray full of things like leaves, forks, cutouts, buttons, doilies, lace pieces, plastic snakes and lizards, coins etc. Each child places his chosen items on the paper and leaves it in the sun for about eight to ten minutes. Then remove the objects and dip the paper under cold water to permanently set the images. Instead of cake try making the adorable Cloud Cupcakes pictured – you can find the recipe on yourcupofcake.com. Hope this inspires and you have a divine time!
When your guests overstay at a party that is certainly a kudos to the host. That means your planning allowed for perfect mingling. When building a traffic pattern use a three-to-one guests-to-seats ratio. Count all the places one could sit; sofas, rented chairs, ottomans, even wide windowsills. Aim for three people for every available perch so you have a good number of folks moving around. Also, consider renting Bistro tables that urge the crowd to stand and converse. Another way to ensure swirl is to keep the Food table and Drinks on opposite sides of the party area. Distribute three or four bowls of munchies (nuts, olives, pretzels etc.) around the room to ease the crush at the hors d’ oeuvres table and encourage guests to spread out. Provide a conversation Kickstarter. You can print conversation cards (find them online) and have them in a jar at the entrance. Ask everyone to pick a few and use them during the evening.
What is the favorite pastime for most children: ART is it! For invitations purchase postcards from a local Art Gallery/Museum and enter the party information. Have multi-colored aprons ready for the artists. Set up three stations for Painting, Cartooning & Sculpture. Cover the tables with multi colored plastic table covers and place all supplies on each table. Put a small arrangement of colorful balloons in the center of each table. Decorate the walls with art posters, twisted multi-color crepe streamers and multi-color balloon clusters. Your painting station can include drawing with markers, crayons or paint. In your cartooning station supply small notebooks and let the kids create a flip book with their character(s) making a mini movie. For the sculpture station use clay or play dough. Since the activities take so much time and concentration the kids will not likely be able to sit down for a meal so have a snack station too, allowing the children to munch throughout the party
When planning a Cocktail Party don’t stress about stocking up on every possible liquor and mixer. Simplify your event by serving Beer and Wine and a featured drink. Make the beverages self-serve to cut down on bartending duties. Consider renting our Frozen Drink (Margarita) Machine. Don’t think it would work for your Christmas Party? Think again; offer red and green salt for the rims and voilà “Merry Margaritas”. For the non-drinkers create a “mocktail” Margarita that you can find the recipe for on the website shakentogetherlife.com. Need a Punch Bowl, we have one of those for rent too! Make sure you throw in some flavored waters for the designated drivers also. Now enjoy your party!
Summer is a perfect time to put together a Star Gazing party. Perfect for all ages, it can include outdoor and indoor activities. Be sure to plan a date that will coincide with less than a full moon, too much light will mask many of the stars. For invitations use blue or black card stock and a silver pen. Draw the big dipper and enter the party information. To decorate use dark blue or black plastic table covers on the walls and stick on glow in the dark stars. Make floor balloon arrangements with glow in the dark star imprint balloons. You can purchase a planetarium projector and have the stars projected on the ceiling. Use the projector later to have all the kids view the different planets. Purchase a poster size map of the constellations and make this the center of the decorated area. Try to borrow as may binoculars as possible and maybe a telescope. Print out a star map of the constellations currently visible (kidscosmos.org) and help the children find them. Because this is night adventure this party lends itself well for a Slumber Party.
Baby Showers are always looking for something different for the decor. These Baby Shower Mini Towers make a big impact on the food, cake or gift table. They can be made in any color combination. The darling baby topper is great but can be substituted with other theme foils upon request. Call for a free quote for your event!
Stressing yourself out or overworking yourself for your next party really isn’t necessary. In the past I have offered my guests 9 or 10 Hors d’ ouevres at a simple Cocktail Party. This is like offering 3 main courses at a Dinner Party, definitely overkill. Stick with the tried-and-true Rule of Five. Serve two heavy hors-d-oeuvres so that guests who skip dinner still feel satisfied; one medium appetizer such as dips with plenty of crackers and two lighter choices for nibblers. Make sure that you prepare plenty of each item. This menu is easily doable by one person, yet provides variety and looks impressive!