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5 Tips For Throwing An Big Party On A Small Budget

The reason why not many people throw parties is they are afraid of what this might mean for their budgets. While we wish we have the budgets of a Hollywood A-lister who can throw lavish parties with a snap of his fingers, that’s not the case, is it? Throwing a successful party is not always about money. You don’t have to serve filet mignon and Norwegian salmon to impress your guests and for everyone to have a good time. A combination of mismatched chips and dips, signature cocktails, electronic invites, and inexpensive buy tasteful decorations is your way to go.

Find Decorations Around Your Home

We’re sure you have some things lying around your house that can turn into decorative pieces. Forget about the fresh-cut flowers you see on Instagram and Pinterest. Those are for the ultra-rich. You can put together a centerpiece made of oddly-shaped knick-knacks and a scented candle. You’ll be fine and your guests might even appreciate the effort you put into making the decorations. If you have $20 to spare, go to the nearest Party City and you’ll have a bag full of decorations after an hour of browsing.

Make Electronic Invites

There is nothing wrong with not having a paper invitation, even if the celebration is about a wedding. You can invite your guests via email or Facebook Messenger. In all honesty, these two channels actually give you the opportunity to follow up on the invitation.

Turn It Into A Potluck

You can always turn your party into a potluck dinner where everyone can (or should they choose not to, that’s okay, too) bring something of their own recipe or from their favorite restaurant. Make sure to supply the main food, though, because it’s you who invited them in the first place. Your guests can bring salads, appetizers, drinks, desserts, chips, etc. The food doesn’t have to be extravagant and luxurious.

Depend On Spotify For Music

Who said you need to buy music or hire a DJ to get your party going? A party is all about the mood of the place. If the music is right, you’ll set the mood just fine. Days before the party, open up a playlist that you can share with your guests on Spotify. Ask them to add music on the list so all of their favorite songs will play during the party. Worried that the mix won’t be right? The playlist is going to show off your guests’ different personalities and that’s the point of a party like this, right? To allow people to mingle and talk about various topics, including their choice of music.

Choose A Signature Drink

If you buy different types of alcohol, you are going to blow your budget. Stick to a signature drink and then let your guests either bring their own drinks or settle for the one you provided. Don’t worry, once the party gets going, everyone’s going to have too much fun to worry about what kind of alcohol they are putting in their system. Just practice this signature drink of yours days before the party so you’ll be sure it tastes consistent throughout the night.

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Top Five Cover Stories For A Surprise Party

A surprise party is exciting to plan until you’re actually trying to execute and implement it. You’ll find yourself constantly in limbo and trying to come up with stories on how to hide the party from the intended guest of honor without rousing her suspicions.

They say that the hardest part about a surprise party is actually bringing the guest of honor to the venue and that’s honestly and unfortunately true. So many surprise parties have failed ultimately because the guest of honor found out about it from the way everyone is trying to get her to a certain location.

So as not to ruin a surprise party that you painstakingly planned and executed, here are the top five cover stories you can use to avoid suspicions from the celebrant:

A Small Celebration

Sometimes, telling your guest of honor that you have a small celebration planned for her day is the best cover story you can come up with. When the guest of honor already knows there is a small party waiting for her, she won’t anymore try to investigate further nor would she think that it’s actually a party for 100 people in her honor and not an intimate party with her close friends and family.

A Weekly Routine Event

Does the guest of honor have a weekly routine where she goes to a certain restaurant for some drinks with her friends? If she has this routine down pat, use it to celebrate her big day. She wouldn’t even know there’s a party waiting for her there because she’s regularly there anyway. You wouldn’t even need to convince her to visit the restaurant. And if you want to do it in your home, you can use the time she’s away to set up the décor and the food so that when she goes home, everyone’s waiting for her.

A Sob Story

Tell her that you need to talk to her in person because something came up and you need a friend. Make sure you’re good at faking tears and sobs because you need to be really convincing to persuade the guest of honor to drop whatever she’s doing and go to where you want to meet. The guests should arrive 30 minutes before the guest of honor does.

An “I Forgot” Excuse

Invite the guest of honor to go walk in the park or have a picnic. Prepare everything that she expects for a picnic so she doesn’t suspect anything. In the middle of your walk to the park, slap your forehead and tell her you forgot to pick up something from a store. The next thing you know, you’re standing in the middle of the room with you and everyone else yelling “surprise!”

A Celebration for Someone Else

If there is another person whose birthday or anniversary is close to the surprise party date, use that as an excuse to go to where the party is supposed to be. You can tell your partner or mom that someone is getting a work award in a hotel, for example, so you need a date to attend the said event. That will give you an excuse to ask the guest of honor to dress up nicely for her own surprise party.

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Hosting an Easter Egg Decorating Party

Easter Sunday is coming up, which is the culmination of the Holy Week festivity for Christians and the celebration of spring. There’s no better way to celebrate this event than having a traditional Easter egg decorating party.

Having an Easter egg decorating party is a nice way to get everyone together. This is a nice activity to get the kids, adults, family members and friends involved in the event.

Hosting an Easter egg decorating party is easy. All you have to do is follow this simple guide to get the party going.

Below are the steps that will help you prepare your checklist for the occasion:

Send Invitations

Get people interested in your event by sending out invitations. You can use old-fashioned cards, personal emails or the social media to spread the word.

Get the Materials Ready

What you need are several eggs and the dyeing kit.

Start by boiling the eggs first. Simply put the eggs in a pot with just enough water to cover two-thirds of the egg and let it boil. Once the water boils, turn off the stove and leave the eggs there for a few minutes.

This cooking method gives the eggs a moist texture with no green ring around the yolks. After that, let the eggs cool under room temperature.

For the dyeing kit, you can buy them from a dollar store or the supermarket. You can also prepare it all by yourself. We recommend natural food coloring so that you will avoid buying stuff with harmful ingredients.

Easy-to-Make Natural Food Coloring

Here are some ways to color your eggs using natural ingredients that you can easily find at home:

1. Gold

Give your eggs a golden glow by soaking it in a mixture made of turmeric and vinegar. The ratio of the turmeric to the vinegar should be 1:2.

2. Purple

To get a purple color for the shell of the eggs, simply soak them in red wine.

3. Pink or Red

A pink or red shade for the eggs can be achieved by boiling beets, and then put the eggs into the concoction.

4. Lavender

For a lavender color, prepare one cup of grape juice and mix it with one tablespoon of vinegar. Again, sink in your eggs into the mixture.

5. Turquoise

Strange as it may seem, but using red cabbage actually gives the eggs a bluish hue. Just boil the red cabbage with a little water. Next, use the natural dye to color the eggs.

6. Orange

Don’t throw away your onion peelings. You can soak them in water overnight. The resulting mix can be used to give the eggs a tinge of orange.

More Ways to Decorate the Easter Eggs

You can make the Easter eggs more appealing by layering it with other colors. Swipe a paintbrush with another dye into the eggs to give them contrasting colors. You can decorate the eggs with stickers as well.

Spice up the Easter egg decorating party too by adding balloons, decor lights and small custom banners in the venue.

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3 Creative Ways To Invite People Over For An Easter Brunch Party

Easter Sunday is looming which means right after we observe our faith on Maundy Thursday and Black Friday, we can begin getting ready for a traditional Easter brunch party. Are you tasked to host this year’s Easter brunch? Is this your first time? Are you pressured because the past hosts have been excellent at prepping food, decorating their homes, and finding creative ways to invite people to their brunch?

Don’t fret. We’re here to tell you one thing: Easter brunch is all about gathering together to enjoy the end of a long break (for many Christian faithful) and enjoying the food prepared by a gracious and generous host. If your invitees are people who are dear to you and who love you, they won’t mind even if you just serve them deviled eggs. They’re going to love your company, no matter what.

1.Put the Invitations Inside an Easter Egg

If you want to be extra creative in inviting people over for Easter party, you can buy Easter egg containers from your local party supply store. You can then print out invitations from your home printer, roll them up really tiny, and put them inside the Easter eggs. You’ll find these Easter egg containers from party supply and toy stores. They are the same plastic eggs that our kids love to play with. Aside from the invitation, you can fill up the containers with glitters or potpourri or shredded crepe paper. You can be as creative as you want and people will appreciate the energy and effort you put into the invites.

2. Tell It with Easter Bunny Chocolates

Are your invitees sweet-toothed? You can send over chocolate Easter bunnies and stick the invitation with a ribbon to it. This is also a great way to give a present to your friends and families, especially those who won’t likely be able to attend the brunch party. Though they’ll feel bad to miss out on your Easter host duties, they’ll love the idea of still getting a little something from you. If you’re good at baking, you can make bunny cupcakes, too, and put the invitation right smack in the middle of the cake. Imagine just how surprised your guests would be to bite on the cupcake and find an invitation just lounging around in chocolate goodness.

3. Use Social Media

Okay, if you don’t have the time to be creative with your chocolates, cupcakes, and Easter eggs, you can always just make a digital invitation and post it on social media. If you’re wary about other people finding out about your party, make sure the event is private and that no other people can see it except those who have been invited. You can post updates about the party on the page to keep your potential guests abreast about what’s happening. If you’re having a potluck party, the page is also going to be a great venue where everyone can share what they’re bringing so no one brings the same dish. Facebook, of course, is the easiest and most comfortable platform to use for inviting guests.

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The Importance of Tablescape In Thanksgiving Dinner

A stunning tablescape could be the centerpiece of everyone’s attention during a dinner party or in a matter of a few days, during the Thanksgiving dinner. Gone are the days when we simply “set the table.”

Now, it’s up to the host or the event stylist or caterer to “design the table,” too. These two concepts are extremely different with the former being more functional and the latter focusing on the artistic quality of every table and party.

The fundamentals behind a great tablescape are simple to understand for they are all focused on making the guests feel more relaxed and creating stunning table centerpieces while they’re at it. A great-looking tablescape can transform a simple dinner into an event. It can make the guests feel more relaxed. It can make them feel more welcome. It can create a festive mood.

What you need to understand about tablescapes is that its principles and fundamental apply on any scale and on any size. They apply from the grandest arenas down to the end tables of a very simple home meal. This includes your holiday dining table.

There are many benefits to including a stunning centerpiece on your dining table. Creating beautiful tablescapes will set the stage for the most memorable evening ever.

Gives Guests Something to Talk About

How do you feel about tablescapes in general? When you attended a wedding and the tablescapes are eye-droppingly gorgeous, don’t they make you want to take loads of photos for the ‘gram?

These tablescapes will give your guests something to talk about—whether the centerpieces are artfully designed or whether the colors are of the exact shade with the rest of the motif or theme. During parties, the hardest thing to do is to entertain guests. But if there’s a gorgeous accent such as the tablescape in your venue that they can talk about, then that’s a great opening topic for everyone.

Remember that when hosting a party, you’re not only being judged for the food you serve but also for how your party looks.

Creates a Festive Atmosphere

There are a lot of things you can do with your tablescape. If you’re imagining the loaded tablescapes we see on Instagram these days, that’s not what you’re aiming for if you want to decorate your house for the Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes, less is more and that is true with tablescapes.

Depending on the season, you can design your tablescapes with what you already have in your pantry. For Thanksgiving, for example, you can create gorgeous flower arrangements made of orange and red flowers (the color of autumn). Besides these arrangements, you can put up mini pumpkins and strands of hay. We don’t think there’s anything more festive than that. Finish this look with the right candelabra and candles and you’re off to a great night.

Remember that choosing candles for your tablescapes should depend also on the theme of your party. Just a simple candle arrangement can change the whole look of the party. All of these elements will work together to create a festive and celebratory mood for everyone to enjoy.

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5 Tips For Hosting An Amazing Thanksgiving Party

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means hoards of people will be gathering together to celebrate the bounty of the season.

To ensure that your Thanksgiving party will be a fabulous one, here are some tips that you can follow:

1. Invite Friends and Family Who Will Get Along Well

It’s ambitious to hope that friends and family who have been quarreling for years will get along and will mend fences during this season, but that is not always possible. The truth is, those who have not spoken to each other for years will not feel obligated to talk again just because of Thanksgiving.

Don’t add stress to your get-together. Invite only those who want to see and mingle with each other.

2. Ask Your Guests About Their Allergies, Sensitivities, and Diet Restrictions

Most of us have friends and family who for ethical reasons and religious backgrounds may be averse to certain foods. They may also have food restrictions because of cultures and faiths. Whatever the reason is, it is best to avoid adding that food to your meal plan. The last thing any host or hostess wants to do is kill someone over their cooking.

As soon as you receive confirmation that the guests will be attending, ask them about any food that may be forbidden. The same goes if kids are attending the party. Make sure that there is food there that’s ideal for kids.

If some of your guests are vegans or vegetarians, simply prepare a number of dishes that will fit everyone.

3. Don’t Try to Do It All Alone

Even if you’re the one hosting the dinner, that doesn’t mean that you have to do everything by yourself. Many hosts end up frustrated because they try to handle every aspect of the celebration.

Ask help from your family and friends by delegating certain tasks to them. They’ll be surely happy to lend a hand and you can even bond as a family or group of friends over the dinner preparation. This way, everything will get done and you won’t finish the night sitting on your kitchen floor and drinking a glass of wine.

4. Keep the Children Occupied

If children are attending, make sure that they have something interesting to do. They’ll easily get bored out of their wits when the adult conversations begin.

What you can do is to create a playroom in a corner where the kids can gather and play. Make sure that the small area is packed with child-friendly activities such as color pens and coloring book, building blocks, puzzles, and many more.

5. Give the Leftovers Away

Ask your guests to bring plastic containers with them so you can give away the leftovers after the dinner unless you want to be burdened with all the food in the fridge and no time to finish them all. Most of the time, these foods just get stale and get thrown away a few days after Thanksgiving. Instead of doing that, divide the leftovers among your guests.

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3 Important Things To Remember During Night Parties

There’s nothing wrong about wanting to party and have a little bit of fun before facing another week of either grueling schoolwork or stressful paperwork. In fact, it is highly recommended that we do activities outside of our daily norms that would help recharge us. However, our world isn’t as safe and secure as it used to be. Evil in many forms lurks in shadows and dark alleyways. They can even reach our homes, at times.

If you ever plan to spend some time out to have fun and dance your worries away, take to heart these three essential reminders during night parties:

1. Keep your phone with you at all times.

Keep your phones with you and not just to take hundreds of selfies and group photos. Keep your phones close so you can ask for help in the event that you will need one. When in a club or a bar or a festival, anything can happen and you will need your phone with you always to either ask for help or call family members and friends to let them know you are safe.

If you suddenly want to go home because the crowd is getting too rowdy or a stranger is getting too close, you know you can call a cab too when you have your phone with you. It’s easier to ask for help when you have the primary mode of communication right inside your pocket or your bag.

2. Never drink and drive.

The statistics are staggering. You only need to search for it on Google and you know that a lot of people have already died because of drinking and driving. Even if you only had one glass of beer or a shot of tequila, you still shouldn’t drink and drive. Even if you think you can manage to react in a flash even with the alcohol in your system, you still shouldn’t try to do it.

There’s nothing wrong with asking a friend or a family member to pick you up after you’ve gone partying. There’s nothing wrong about calling a cab when you have to go home already.

Pay the bill. Ask for favor. But never ever try to drive when you consumed alcoholic beverages.

3. Do not leave your drinks unattended.

Aside from the road, be vigilant when you’re in the bar or the club as well. These people are not your friends (they can be your friends but not for now). These are strangers who may only be thinking about themselves and may have bad intentions when they begin to talk to you.

No matter how charming that guy is or how decent-looking he is, never trust a stranger with your drink. If you have to go to the ladies’ room, bring your drink with you or finish it up before you go, but never leave it and drink it when you go back.

When you’re out there, don’t merely focus on having fun. Focus on getting home safe and in one piece.

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How To Host A Memorable Birthday Party

When throwing a party, the first thing you have to ask yourself is how much are you willing to shell out? Do you have the funds for a Pinterest-worthy birthday party?

If we’re going to follow all the birthday party ideas from Pinterest and Instagram, we’re going to have to spend a serious amount of money on decorations alone. So the best thing to do before you begin preparing for the party is to ask yourself whether you can afford to go all out or if you prefer to have a simple one at home.

Remember that once you started planning the party, it’s hard to stop yourself from wanting it to look better or from inviting more people. But if you know what mind of budget you are working with, you will likely make the best decisions accordingly.

1. Do you want a big party?

How many guests are you planning to invite? How many of your friends are willing to spend time with you? It matters how big or small your party is going to be because of the venue, the food, and even the whole program. You can opt to serve a homecooked dinner at home and have a small party with your closest friends and family. On the other hand, if you have the money for it, you can opt to throw a big bash where you can invite even your acquaintances and your workmates. But with a big party, remember that you will have to rent a big venue, too, because your house may not exactly be able to accommodate everyone.

2. Should you do it in your home?

If you have a big house that can accommodate your planned number of guests then, by all means, do it. However, if you plan to throw a big birthday bash but your house would not be able to accommodate everyone, you should look for a venue that you can rent and where everyone will be comfortable. Also, it is beneficial to hold a party somewhere else. You can rent a nice restaurant so you don’t have to worry about cleaning the place or washing the dishes.

3. Can you DIY the decorations?

Hiring an event stylist will bring your event to life. Whatever theme you are thinking of right now, an event stylist can bring that idea into fruition. But like everything else with organizing a party, hiring an event stylist will cost a lot. If you are not ready to shell out money for this, you have to ask friends who can make decorations. There are a lot of places such as Party City and Michaels that sell decorations. Simply go to these stores and purchase the decor you need.

4. Will you provide all the drinks and decorations?

Are you going to spend on all the food, drinks, and decorations? Or is the party a potluck where guests will have to bring their own share of food and drinks? No matter what you decide on, make sure that the dishes and the drinks all match and that you consider the allergies and preferences of your guests.

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4 Things To Avoid When Organizing A Surprise Party

Planning a surprise party for a loved one? Think you’re doing a good job at it? Think again. A large number of surprises turn out not to be surprises at all because of several things: the organizer is too obvious, someone had a slip of the tongue, and the celebrant found out through credit card bills and “secret” organizers. When a surprise party gets ruined, it’s really annoying both for the organizer and the celebrant. The organizer, of course, spent a lot of time planning the party while the celebrant, even after finding out about the surprise, would have wanted to be surprised in the first place.

If you want to make sure that your surprise party is successful, you need to be extra careful in terms of planning the party, inviting the guests, paying the bills, reserving the place, and even dropping hints to get an idea of what the celebrant wants. Here are four things we should avoid when planning a surprise party for a loved one:

1. Telling Everyone About Your Plans

Be careful who you tell your plans to. Even if you think that a person is ultra-secretive and can keep this away from the guest of honor, try not to tell him anything unless it is absolutely necessary. The more people know about the plans, the bigger the possibility of the surprise getting ruined. If you need help from friends, make sure to keep the group small and intimate. Don’t get into the habit of telling everyone what you’re planning and expecting them to keep that a secret.

2. Asking the Celebrant a Lot of Questions

You may be wondering what the celebrant wants for the party. In turn, you may be asking the person questions that could give hints about what you are planning. Some obvious examples are: “What are your plans for your birthday?,” “Do you like surprises?,” and “Which do you prefer: to celebrate at home or in a restaurant?” These questions are too obvious and will lead the celebrant to think you have something up your sleeve. This will easily ruin the surprise both for you and the celebrant.

3. Leaving Your Bills Where the Celebrant Can See Them

If you are living with the celebrant, the intended recipient of the surprise, chances are your things will mix in with that person. Don’t go leaving your receipts and your bills in the common areas of the house. Leave the receipts in your work desk or make sure that they are kept where the celebrant doesn’t usually go poking around. Once the celebrant finds it, he/she would instantly get an idea of what you’re keeping from him/her. Or worse, he/she will jump to the wrong conclusions and you would be forced to explain what’s up thus, ruining the entire plan.

4. Posting Hints on Social Media

You may be getting too excited and decide to post on social media that something is up. Even if you try to camouflage it with “it’s work-related,” a smart celebrant will think twice about what’s keeping you busy and excited the past days. If you truly can’t keep the secret to yourself anymore, choose someone you can trust who you can share this excitement with but never post it on social media.

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5 Tips To Prevent A Disaster During A Child’s First Birthday Party

Your little one’s first birthday party is fast approaching and you are at the planning stage for the best first birthday party ever. Although you may want to follow every Pinterest post for an elaborate birthday party, you may want to take it easy on yourself and just keep your party simple, unique, and close-knit.

Most of all, you might want to make sure that your little one will enjoy his or her first birthday. Your child will unlikely remember it, but make sure to take as many photos as you can.

1. Limit the Guest List

You have to choose between an elaborate and grand first birthday party or a simple one with close family and friends. You may want to keep it small for a first birthday because remember, your baby won’t remember it. This is particularly important if your child isn’t accustomed to big and noisy crowds. The baby may end up being cranky all night.

2. Plan Around Your Baby’s Naptime

A first birthday party will have to happen during the day or the afternoon. It definitely cannot be an evening event since your baby is tired and sleepy by that time. You, of all people, should know your baby’s naptime schedule. Work around it and plan the party after the child’s nap. That way, your kid won’t cranky and will have enough energy to entertain your guests. In addition, remember that the party should only last about two to three hours. Anything more than that will be too tiring for your baby and your little one will not enjoy it.

3. Do Not Schedule It After the Child’s Vaccines

You may want to throw the party before your child’s 12-month doctor’s visit for the one-year inoculations. Most babies are extra cranky and out of sorts for a few days after receiving their vaccinations. Wait for a week after the kid turns one year old before throwing the party. This will make sure that your baby is in the best mood.

4. Accommodate Kids of All Ages

It’s easy to prepare food for the adults. You know what they want. They can have pasta, roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, and veggies. You’ll be all good. Kids are different. Every child has a different preference than the next kid, so you have to think what all of them will like. Think pizza, chicken, ice cream, and spaghetti. Maybe you’ll be safe with those. You may also want to include snacks that kids particularly like such as those fruit-and-veggie squeeze pouches. You may need to babyproof your house or make sure that the event place will have a facility for changing diapers too.

5. Take Pictures Before the Party

Once the decorations are all set and before the chaos begins, take lots of photos of your baby. When the guests start arriving, you will be busy hosting and mingling with the adults. Furthermore, your baby might be overwhelmed by all the commotion, and the kid may end up being cranky when the pictures are about to get taken. Surely, you don’t want your child’s first birthday photos to be taken while he or she is crying or throwing a tantrum.