36 End of School Year Party Ideas

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #school

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The school year is winding down, and summer is almost upon us once again!  Kids are excited for longer days spent in the sun, playing and taking long vacations.  Perhaps you’re looking forward to more family time and day trips you can’t take during the school year.  In any case, a celebration is in order!  If you want to welcome summer in style, here are 36 end of school year party ideas to give you some inspiration.

 

DECOR:

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Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolCarnival Theme – This carnival themed party is over the top amazing.  From a large, big top style tent fabric backdrop, to hand designed carnival graphics printed on paper products, this party has it all going on.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBright Future” Theme – If you’re planning a graduation party at the end of the school year, you’ll love this decor!  Taking inspiration from the “bright futures” ahead of the grads, there’re pops of neon colors, a sunglasses motif and fresh flowers.  Learn how to make mortarboards from scrapbook paper with neon tassels!  Whether you’re celebrating preschool, 5th grade graduation or high school graduation, this decor would work wonders for you!

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and an Apple Theme – What says “school days” more than an apple for teacher?  Learn how to make your own honeycomb apples to hang around the room.  And this adorable apple themed party features a black paper background with white writing – reminiscent of blackboards – and a tree adorned with apple cookies.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBeach Theme – Everyone’s looking forward to long days at the beach, so why not bring the beach to your party?  Dollar store beach balls make a cheap decoration and you can serve food from sand pails with shovels.  Toss in some rope, pilings and driftwood and you’ve got some inexpensive, cute summer-themed decor!

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FOOD:

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Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBeachball Fruit Pizza – You can learn how to turn a fruit pizza into a beachball!  If you’ve got a beach or summer themed party, it’s a great treat that’s also healthy.  Plus, it’s just as pretty as it is delicious!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #school“Build Your Own Picnic” – This is an easy and super cute way to host a picnic lunch.  With lots of individually packaged options, everyone can pick and choose the elements of their own picnic lunch.  Bright labels are a fun pop of color.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolIce Cream Social – The food for this party is all ice cream – tons of toppings, syrups, waffle bowls and cones, and lots of ice cream.  Then let everyone build their own perfect sundaes.

 

ACTIVITIES:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolWelcome Summer Banner Burst – Make a large-scale banner welcoming summer and let the party-goers race through it – bursting into their vacation!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolFrisbee Tic Tac Toe –  This tic tac toe board is made out of a shower curtain!  Players toss frisbees, trying for three in a row.  It’s an inexpensive and summery outdoor version of the classic!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolOutdoor Water Party Games – You’ll find all sorts of inspiration for water-filled games here – like sponge relays, trike and bike wash and water gun filling stations.  If your end of school party is outdoors, you may want to include lots of water fun!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolWelcome to Summer Outdoor Games – This party included all the outdoor summer classics – like kickball, frisbee, water balloons and blowing bubbles!  When in doubt, you can never go wrong with the old standby’s!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolChalk Drawing – Host a chalk drawing party!  The whole point of this “festival” is to brighten up the neighborhood with art while celebrating the longer days of summer.  It’s a super easy, inexpensive and low-key activity all ages will love doing!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolLast Day of School Basket – While this activity was created for family’s to do on the last day of school, it’s certainly something you could alter a bit for a party.  Simply leave a basket out with lots of fun summery activities – water guns, water balloons, chalk, bubbles, balls, treats, towels, etc – and have the kids dig in!

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FAVORS:

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Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolJump Rope – Another staple for long summer days – a jump rope!  Inexpensive, active, and fun!

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INVITATIONS:

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Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolThat’s A Wrap! – The invitations for this party state a clear theme – candy!  Wrapped up in colorful papers and plastic, candy makes for a tasty and decorative (not to mention easy) party.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolCarnival Ticket – This adorable ticket shaped invitation to a carnival themed party is just perfect!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSidewalk Chalk Festival – Here’s a cute and easy invitation to a “chalk festival”.  Simply made on the computer and printed out, they’re easy and inexpensive and can be completely customized.

 

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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5 Disney Party Ideas: For the Boys

Your son (or daughter) is sure to love one of these Disney party ideas based on the following movies: Lion King, Planes, Wall-E, Cars, and Toy Story. 5 Disney Party Ideas: For the Boys via tipsaholic.com #disney #boys #birthday #party #disneyparty #parties


5 Disney Party Ideas For the Boys
Do you have a son whose birthday is coming up? He’s sure to love one of these Disney party ideas based on the following movies: Lion King, Planes, Wall-E, Cars, and Toy Story. Actually, these Disney party ideas would work just as well for girls who aren’t into princesses!

 

Planes

There’s just something about these flying machines that capture kids’ attention, so it’s no wonder Disney made Planes, a story of a cropduster plane that has to overcome its fear of heights to compete in plane races. Braden’s 4th birthday party turned out so great thanks to his mom’s party planning, which included fun cupcake wrappers in the shape of the plane characters, marshmallow pops, and lots of decor and food details in the colors of blue and orange, based on the movie. My favorite things from this party is how 2-liter soda bottles were turned into planes with the help of glue, paint, and cardboard!

Need more ideas? Just go crazy with the plane theme in your decor and cookies – how about providing a paper plane craft for the kids to make, using cloud placemats, and serving plane-shaped cookies? Get all these ideas and more from this cool birthday party!

 

Wall-E

Set in the future, Wall-E is an adventure and a romance movie in one, but it also holds several important lessons for kids. And of course, don’t forget, there are robots in the movie! This awesome Wall-E birthday party for Jack’s 6th birthday pulls out all the stops, from an aqua and lime color theme, intricately decorated desserts, plant samples of sunflowers for the guests to take home, a photo booth with Wall-E, and a robot trash pick up game complete with robot arms!

 

Cars

For kids who love cars and all fast things, Cars is a wonderful, wonderful movie. If you have a child like that, you might want to give him or her a Cars-themed birthday party like the one that Nikka hosted for her son Max! The party is more based on the city of Radiator Springs than the race, so there are a lot of vintage details throughout the decor and the food, from the Tow Mater backdrop to the antiqued letters spelling out the birthday boy’s name. The cake pops in the images of the car characters are crazy good, but don’t overlook all the other ideas: the use of tires as party decor, the cookies with the images of the characters, the use of burlap throughout the decor to add a vintage feel, brown sugar (to resemble sand) to hold the cake pops upright, and donuts on straws to resemble tires. So, so fun.

 

Toy Story

All three movies of the Toy Story franchise have captured the hearts of millions of kids, and so any kid would love a birthday party based on Toy Story. Alison hosted this really great Toy Story-themed birthday party for her son that included a cardboard birthday banner in the colors and patterns found in the movie, green army men parachuting from the ceiling, personalized candy bars for guests, and a wide variety of games. Every guest came dressed as their favorite Toy Story character and played games, from guessing how many green army men there were in a big jar, a Toy Story bingo game, pin the star on Woody, pass the “hot” space rock, a Mr. Potato Head relay, and more! That’s not all – every guest wore a party hat that looked like aliens and ate cupcakes served in dump trucks.

If you’re still looking for more Disney party ideas for a Toy Story party, check out these great game ideas that includes toy bowling, ice cube toys, and more.

 

Lion King

What’s cooler than lions? A party based on the Lion King movie, of course. Check out this simple but sweet Lion King party for a three-year-old boy, complete with invitations (free download!), a cake with Simba on it, and a fun lion pinata.

If you’re having a hard time finding decor items for your party, try finding safari ideas – they would work just as well! This safari party is full of cute decor and food ideas.

 

What other Disney party ideas have you seen that would make any little boy or girl very happy on their birthday? Or have you hosted a Disney birthday party yourself? Share all of your Disney party ideas in the comments!

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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5 Disney Party Ideas: The Classics

If your kids love the classic Disney movies, they’ll love a birthday party based on one of them. Check out these five classic Disney party ideas! 5 Disney Party Ideas: The Classics at tipsaholic.com #disney #birthday #party #birthdayparty #disneyparty


5 Disney Party Ideas The Classics
We all grew up watching Disney movies as children, so it’s always fun to see our own children watching the same movies and falling in love with them! If your kids love the classic Disney movies, they’ll love it if you throw them a birthday party based on one of them. Here are five classic Disney party ideas to get your brain started on brainstorming for your next birthday party.

 

1. Pinocchio Birthday Party Ideas

The story of the wooden puppet that came to life after lots of bad decisions and tribulations is a great life lesson for any little kid. Plus, puppets are fun! For Lucas’s 4th birthday party, his parents threw him a Pinocchio-themed birthday party with a cake with a puppet topper, drinks with straws that poke through Pinocchio’s face just like a long nose, and vintage wooden toys for the kids to play with. Check out these pictures for some great Disney party ideas for a Pinocchio party!

Some more ideas for a Pinocchio-themed party:

  • Set up a puppet show with a puppet theater (like this one, or DIY one yourself for under $5) and some fun puppets. You could perform a show for the kids and then let the kids take over!
  • Incorporate all the different settings that are in the story: the inside of a whale’s belly, a circus, and the wishing star. The kids will enjoy recognizing all these things from the movie!
  • If your birthday boy or girl is young and willing, you could dress him/her as Pinocchio!
  • Play a pin-on-the-Pinocchio game with donkey ears and tail. Or a long nose!

 

2. Bambi Birthday Party Ideas

For kids who love animals, Bambi is a magical story that teaches about friendship, love, and family. You’ve got to see this sweet Bambi-themed birthday party for a little girl that’s filled with details that make this party special. A table is turned into a little forest with the help of two big branches that are pushed through two holes on the table, which is a clever idea! There’s a drink dispenser in the shape of a honeybee hive, tiny deer figures scattered around the food, cookies cut out and decorated in the image of deers, and fun deer masks for guests to wear.

Here are some more ideas for a Bambi-themed party:

  • Host the party in a park that’s near lots of trees, so it feels like the party is in a forest.
  • Bring in a traveling petting zoo with all kinds of baby animals, from bunnies to chicks.
  • Incorporate all the animals included in the movie: skunks, rabbits, owls, possums, moles, and of course, does, fawns, and stags.
  • Decorate with lots of flowers, either paper or real ones. Who can forget that scene with Flower, the skunk? Check out this great video on how to make paper flowers from A4 paper.

 

3. Peter Pan Birthday Party Ideas

Peter Pan is such a fun movie if you really think about it. It has pirates! Fairies! The ability to fly! Crocodiles! And more! Check out this great Peter Pan-themed birthday party hosted by Jamie, who amped up the fun at her son’s party by having all the guests dress up as characters from the movie. She also decorated her home in green streamers and balloons to resemble Neverland and served all kinds of yummy treats. They even had a treasure hunt for a treasure chest pinata!

Need more ideas for a Peter Pan-themed birthday party? Here you go:

  • Give out pirate hooks to every guest for added fun!
  • Bring in a moonwalk inflatable so kids can jump and pretend to fly! A trampoline would work, too.
  • Have a pillow fight just like they do in the beginning of the movie!
  • If you have a dog, dress it up as Nana.

 

4. Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party Ideas

Filled with memorable characters and a crazy storyline, Alice in Wonderland is definitely a classic favorite. And it’s a great theme for a birthday party, as evidenced by this adorable birthday party co-hosted by Patty Liu. Check out the fun rice krispie treats decorated as playing cards, tiny food with tags that say “drink me” and “eat me,” giant playing cards and flowers as decor, a pin-the-smile-on-the-Cheshire-Cat game, and so much more.

Still looking for more ideas for an Alice in Wonderland birthday party? Try these:

  • Decorate the entryway of your home to make it look like a big tunnel. When guests come in, tell them they’re falling down the tunnel and they’ll arrive at Wonderland.
  • Have a tea party and pass out crazy hats for everyone to wear.
  • Dress up as the White Rabbit and carry around a watch, tell everyone when it’s time to move on to a new activity, like cake time!
  • Play a fun game of croquet at the backyard.

 

5. Cinderella Birthday Party Ideas

You can’t get any more classic Disney than Cinderella. The pumpkin-turned-carriage, the fairy godmother, the evil stepsisters, the lost glass slipper, and the helpful mice are all elements of a truly great kids’ movie. A Cinderella-themed birthday party, like this one by Elisa for her daughter Bella, is sure to be a fun-filled time! This sweet party included magic wands (pretzel rods covered in icing and blue sprinkles), pumpkin centerpieces, tiny figurines of characters from the movie, a Cinderella photo booth, wraps that look like royal invitations, a tiara for every guest, a pumpkin carriage-painting party, a makeup booth, and a freeze dance game to the Cinderella theme music! Wow, what a party!

I can’t beat the ideas in this party, but here are a couple more, just for fun:

  • Cookies in the shape of glass slippers, mouses, and/or pumpkin carriages.
  • If you have a friend who owns mice, hamsters, gerbils, or similar animals, bring them in for a fun petting session!
  • Create a scavenger hunt for your guests to discover the lost glass slipper.

 

Isn’t it amazing how a good movie can turn into a great birthday party? Have you attended a Disney birthday party or hosted one? Share your best Disney party ideas in the comments!

For more party ideas, check out 28 Creative Party Backdrops and 26 Frozen Party Ideas.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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How To Throw a Killer Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl is coming up quick - are you ready to host the best football themed party on the block? Get some great ideas, tips, DIY's and product info! How To Throw a Killer Superbowl Party - Tipsaholic, #football, #footballparty, #superbowl, #superbowlparty

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It’s that time of year again!  Nope, I’m not talking about the January thaw, New Year’s resolutions or the best car deals of the year… I’m talking about the biggest football game of the season!  The Super Bowl will soon be upon us, so it’s time to gear up and get ready!  Do you have your favorite game-day recipes ready to go?  How about some football-themed decor and party goods?  And most importantly, are you wearing your team pride in style??  With these tips, ideas and stellar products, your Super Bowl party is guaranteed to be the best on the block!

 

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1. Party Supplies

You’ll want your party supplies to scream football, support your favorite team, and be fun!  But they also need to be functional.  You can go definitely go the DIY route for some things (check out this DIY Football Field Table Cover from Hello My Sweet that’s made from a rug!), but to tie it all together, Overstock has the supplies you need!  You could make a football paper chain or  go all out and create your own football field on the table!  And here’s an easy idea: dress up some mason jars with tape to turn them into footballs.  And if you want more DIY ideas, here’s a football birthday party for inspiration!  Don’t miss out on these deals either:

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9. Brentwood PC-483 Football Popcorn Maker Price: $35.50
10. Bathtub Shape Chip and Dip Bowl Price: $40.50
11. Insulated Picnic Red/ Gray Football Tote Price: $29.99
12. Personalized Craft Beer Pilsners (Set of 4) Price: $44.99
13. Galvinized Cold Drinks Oval Tub Price: $32.50
14. KitchenWorthy Patriotic Chip and Dip Stoneware Platter Price: $25.50

 

2. Deck out the Man Cave

Don’t neglect the most important room during this party – the man cave.  Learn how to frame your own jersey to put on the wall.  Or make some easy treat cans for portable snacks.  And even the kids can make some cool pillows dad would love on the couch!  Whether you’re grilling or chilling, Overstock has an incredible selection of grills, recliners, and ton’s of fun football paraphernalia to make everything perfect.

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1. Burr Oak Foosball Table Price: $759.99
2. LNR Home Senses Tri-mocha/ Beige Football Shag Rug (2′ x 4′) Price: $55.00
3. Barn Owl Primitives ‘Football’ Canvas Art Price: $123.00
4. LG 60LB7100 60-inch 3D Web OS, 240HZ Smart LED Television Price: $999.99
5. Whisky Ice Stones Price: $13.50
6. Home Innovations Stainless Steel Grilling BBQ Tool Set Price: $37.99
7. Party King Grills Varsity 6612 Medium Grill and Tailgate Transport Price: $742.00
8. Fremont Die NFL Game Day Board Game Price: $36.99
9. Personalized Keg Mug Price: $29.99
10. Tudor Games NFL Pro Bowl Electric Football Game Price: $109.99
11. Made to Order Simmons Upholstery Miracle Power Rocker Recliner Price: $654.99
12. QFX PBX-505100BT Portable Batterry Powered Tailgate Bluetooth Speaker Price: $54.99
13. j-me Cozy Remote Tidy Price: $25.99

 

3. Patriot’s Fans

Are you rooting for the Patriots?  You’ll need some gear to show it!  You can DIY football jerseys with freezer paper stencils, crochet a blanket in team colors or make a fun scarf in Patriots red!  Or you could go to Overstock for any of these awesome Patriots items:

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1. New England Patriots 8-foot Team Banner Flag Price: $54.99
2. New England Patriots One Too Many Ugly Sweater Price: $69.99
3. Samba (American Football Conference) Price: $31.99
4. NFL New England Patriots Fan Face Price: $24.99
5. Laser Engraved Serving Set Price: $39.50
6. NFL Football Sports Team Logo Gamewear Leather Bracelet Price: $18.99
7. NFL Licensed Team Logo Jersey Sleeve Ultimate Hand Foam Finger Price: $37.50
8. Picnic Time Malibu Navy New England Patriots Price: $99.99
9. NFL New England Patriots Bow Tie Earrings Price: $12.99
10. NFL New England Patriots Helmet Heater Price: $189.99

 

4. Seahawks Fans

Maybe your loyalty lies with the Seahawks.  Wear your team with pride!  Make your own football helmet, customize it to represent the Seahawks.  Use a Seahawks logo to decorate your water bottle or sew some old Seahawks shirts together in a quilt.  Here’s what Overstocks got for the Seahawks supporters:

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1. Winning Streak NFL Seattle Seahawks Man Cave Embroidered Banner Price: $28.00
2. NFL Football Team Logo Pennant Dangle Earring Charm Price: $14.99
3. Picnic Time Icon Cheeseboards (NFL) National Football Conference Price: $47.99
4. Seattle Seahawks Green Clip Keychain Id Ticket Lanyard Price: $9.99
5. Fanmats NFL Seattle Seahawks 22×35 Football Mat Price: $25.99
7. Picnic Time American Football Conference Sidekick Cooler Price: $65.99
8. NFL Seattle Seahawks 11-inch Thematic Gnome Price: $27.00
9. NFL Seattle Seahawks Thematic Resin Piggy Bank Price: $22.00
10. Game Time Seattle Seahawks NFL Men’s Beast Watch Price: $49.99
11. NFL Sports Licensed 60qt Wheeled Cooler Price: $64.99

If you don’t want to pick sides?  Just whip up this DIY referee shirt and you’ll be ready to go!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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5 Disney Princess Party Ideas

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5 Disney Princess Party Ideas

Many little girls dream of being a princess in a Disney movie. Grant them their dream for a day by throwing them a Disney princess party based on their favorite Disney movie! Here are 5 Disney princess party ideas that hopefully will inspire your next birthday party for your little princess.

Brave Birthday Party Ideas

The story of Brave’s heroine, Merida, is inspirational for any little girl who values her independence. It’s also a sweet story about the relationship of a mother and a daughter. Monica’s Brave-inspired 5th birthday party for her daughter Kira is largely based on the Highland Games scene in the movie, where the suitors compete for Merida’s hand only to be beaten by Merida herself. The party is so full of great ideas for a Brave-themed party, including:

  • A celtic-themed invite (there’s a blank template for you to use).
  • Lawn signs for every event made with computer paper, foam core, and metal yard stakes.
  • An outdoor canopy decorated with banners and a family crest.
  • Games based on the Highland Games, such as Log Carry, Colorful Archery, crown decorating, and more.
  • Chicken legs for guests to nosh on.
  • Yellow-green “Cauldron Punch” to resemble Merida’s potion.
  • Bear paw cookies, with almond silvers as claws.
  • A birthday cake decorated like a bulls eye.
  • Cotton candy wisps as favors.

Check out the Brave-themed birthday party for more Disney princess party ideas and lots of great photos!

The Little Mermaid Birthday Party Ideas

It’s often been said that the ocean is another world, which is probably why so many kids love the movie The Little Mermaid! Filled with amazing sea creatures, especially the mermaid Ariel herself, the beloved Disney movie is a favorite of many. Throw your daughter an exciting Little Mermaid-themed birthday party, just like Jenn did for her 3-year-old daughter. This party is so sweet and filled with many adorable Disney princess party ideas, such as:

  • Sandwiches cut out in the shape of starfish.
  • A birthday cake decorated like the waves of the sea. With Ariel on top, of course.
  • A fun jello fish bowl!
  • A mermaid tail craft where guests decorated their own mermaid tail!
  • Pin the Tail on the Mermaid game.
  • A sweet birthday girl headband complete with a star fish.
  • The birthday girl all dressed up as Ariel.

Go over here to see all the photos and ideas from this Little Mermaid-themed birthday party! Also, you can find even more ideas for a mermaid birthday party here.

Tangled Birthday Party Ideas

Tangled, the Disney movie adaption of the story of Rapunzel, is a breathtaking (and funny!) fairy tale that has captured the imagination of little girls everywhere. And best of all, it has so many details that can be easily translated into an amazing birthday party. Check out Attalie’s crazy great Tangled-themed birthday party to get lots and lots of fun Disney princess party ideas! Here are some:

  • Birthday party invitations complete with Rapunzel’s famous blond braided hair.
  • A giant braid hanging on the front door to welcome guests.
  • Hazelnut soup for guests to eat. Yes, there’s a mention of hazelnut soup in the movie!
  • Cupcakes decorated with beautiful flowers on top.
  • Jello cups with orange slices and purple triangles on a stick to resemble a boat on water, based on the scene where Rapunzel and Flynn are on a boat.
  • A Cupcake Tower made with pecan rolls, muffins, and waffle cones. And lots of icing.
  • Pascal Party Blowers, a party craft made with party blowers!
  • Pin the Frying Pan on Flynn Rider game.
  • Sun-shaped sugar cookies, decorated by guests.
  • Chalk art on the sidewalk.
  • And the amazing finale: a real paper lantern send-off!

See all the photos and more Disney princess party ideas here and here!

Princess and the Frog Birthday Party Ideas

The delightful Disney movie Princess and the Frog puts a fun spin on the traditional fairy tale of the princess kissing a frog and getting the prince — in the movie, the princess turns into a frog herself! The beautiful setting of New Orleans can be translated into a beautiful party, like Elizabeth’s 5th birthday party. Some ideas from this Princess and the Frog-themed birthday party include:

  • Lots of flowers everywhere to resemble the Bayou!
  • A beautiful birthday cake complete with soft greens and purples and fleur-de-lis symbols.
  • A spread of delicious food that could be cooked by Tiana herself.
  • Pin the Kiss on the Frog game.
  • A frog pinata, complete with a cute little prince crown!
  • Cooking aprons for all the guests with their initials.
  • Frog cookie cutters for the guests.
  • Hot Frog game.

There are so many beautiful photos of the party here and you’ll find more Disney princess party ideas there, complete with tutorials!

Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

Any list of Disney princess birthday party ideas couldn’t be complete without Disney’s latest hit, Frozen! Fortunately for you, there are so many ideas out there to create a wonderful Frozen-themed birthday party. Check out these 26 Frozen party ideas and create your own party!

The magical world of Disney is just so inspiring and I look forward to more movies in the future that will spawn many more amazing birthday party ideas! Share your favorite Disney princess party ideas in the comments!

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10 Delightful Hot Drink Recipes for Cold Nights

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The nights are getting colder and colder and that means it’s time to break out the hot drinks! After a long and busy day, there’s nothing better than sitting back and relaxing with a steaming hot drink and good conversation or a good story. Here are 10 delicious hot drink recipes that you’ve just gotta try for the coldest of nights.

1. Caramel Apple Cider

This is a comforting drink that’s pretty easy to make. All you need is apple cider, caramel topping, whipped cream, and a few minutes to whip up this sweet hot beverage.

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2. Coffee with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many health benefits, so this hot drink is both healthy and delicious. Make it with a immersion blender, a counter-top blender, or a milk frother to better blend the coconut oil into the drink. You could drink this in the morning, but I love a good cup of coffee after dinner.

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3. Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a traditional remedy for a cold, but it’s truly a good hot drink to enjoy in cold weather. This recipe combines your preferred alcohol with honey, lemons, apple cider, earl grey tea, and cinnamon sticks.

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4. Pumpkin Spice Steamer

This hot drink requires only two ingredients and is so simple to prepare! Try this one if you’re a fan of pumpkin but you don’t really like pumpkin lattes, or if you just want to flop on the couch already and want something easy to make.

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5. Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

This is another pumpkin hot drink, but it’s a little more involved than the previous one. But it’s so good! And it’s perfect for fall parties or a delicious hot drink after a big Thanksgiving dinner.

Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

6. Crock Pot Cranberry Cider

Here’s another hot drink recipe that will work great for a big party. The best part is that all you need to do is put in the ingredients, which include cranberry juice, apple cider, and fresh cranberries, in the crock pot and let it get nice and hot. It’ll make your home smell heavenly and your guests can serve themselves–the drink will always be hot without you having to do any extra work!

Crock Pot Cranberry Cider

7. Hot Coconut Cream Pie

Forgo the dessert after dinner and enjoy this sinful hot drink instead! It’s pretty easy to make as well; you just toss in all the ingredients into a mug and pop it in the microwave. If you’d prefer not to nuke your drinks, you can just as easily heat it up in a pot.

Hot Coconut Cream Pie

8. Wassail

Try this exceptional holiday drink and you just might add it to your list of favorite hot drink recipes for parties and special guests. A combination of apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, and spices make up this unique version of hot apple cider.

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9. Khmer (Cambodian Coffee)

Hot coffee with sweetened condensed milk is so good. If you haven’t tried this combo yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s easy to make and fun to drink.

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10. Hot Tang

Love citrus and hate coffee? Try this unusual hot drink recipe that includes the Tang we all know and love with cinnamon and cloves.

Hot Tang

Warm up your winter nights with these great hot drink recipes. What other hot drink recipes do you love for cold nights? Oh, and don’t miss these 25 Great Hot Chocolate Recipes!

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5 Time-Saving Party Tips

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The invitations are sent, the guests are excited to attend and the day of the party is about to arrive.  If the thought of balancing the numerous party details and spending time with your guests seems a little impossible, these ideas are for you. Here are 5 helpful, time-saving party tips to make any special occasion run smoothly.  Then all you have to do is have fun!

 

1. Prep the table the night before.  Set out all the serving dishes along with utensils, napkins, glasses, etc. the night before the party. This will give you a quick check to see if anything is missing, and will hopefully avoid that last minute rush to get a needed item. Mark where food that cannot be preset will go on the day of the party by writing each food item on a small piece of paper and putting it on its serving dish or its spot at the table.Wedding-5421

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2. Prep the ice cream.  To avoid a mob of kids waiting impatiently for ice cream, try this fast tip. Before the party, line a muffin tin with paper baking cups. Scoop an individual amount of ice cream into each section and store in the freezer. When cake time arrives, simply place each scoop onto a plate (keeping it in the paper baking cups or not) and serve to the crowd.scoop-icecream_300

3. Forget the knife.  Did you know that using unflavored waxed dental floss is a faster and cleaner way to cut sheet cake than using a knife? Simply take a piece of floss that’s about a foot longer that the cake and hold it taut between your fingers. Drag it down through the cake, then release one end and pull the other end out of the cake sideways. Repeat this step, in a grid pattern, until the whole cake is cut.  No clumpy mess on the knife and no mangled cake pieces!birthdaycake-hand_300

 

4.  Use an unexpected ice chest.  One of the hardest things to keep track of at a party is ensuring there are always cooled beverages ready to go.  This is especially difficult if your fridge is already full of party food and extra drinks.  Here’s an easy solution if you don’t want to lug around a ton of ice chests or coolers.  Use your washing machine!  Fill it with ice and add your bottles or cans.  Clean up is a cinch since the melted ice will simply drain away.52801234dbfa3f4ef30029ca._w.540_s.fit_

5. Accept helping hands.  Don’t be averse to getting help where you needed it!  You don’t have to be superwoman and go it all alone.  Don’t have time to make a dessert?  Pick it up pre-made at your local bakery.  Use a combination of handmade and store bought elements.  Ask a good friend to take on a task – like party photography – so you can focus on other details. Outsourcing is always a great party time saver!MCL_buffet_100172857_Peter_Krumhardt_0

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 To make your party unforgettable, check out these 7 tips!

 

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7 Fun Bridal Shower Games

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Bridal showers are traditionally for showering a bride with gifts, but bridal shower games add a whole lot of fun to a bridal shower. To make your next bridal shower a success, here are 7 fun bridal shower games that will keep your party exciting and memorable for everyone, especially for the bride!

1. Love Bingo

There are many variations of the “how well do you know the bride and the groom” game, but this Bingo game is interactive and includes props. Give every guest a BINGO card with numbers on them and two paddles in two different colors, with the bride’s name on one and the groom’s name on another. Put various facts about the bride and groom on strips of paper with numbers on them, throw them in a basket, and pick up one at a time. Players guess the correct answer by holding up one of their paddles. It’s a lot of fun to see what others guessed and to learn more about the bride and the groom.

2. Why Do We Do That?

Weddings are full of traditions, from wearing something blue to throwing the bouquet. But how did these traditions start? Find out by playing the Why Do We Do That? game at your next bridal shower! This game is very simple, but educational! If your guests love trivia, you could consider playing a longer game with this Bridal Shower Trivia card game.

3. DIY Wedding Dress

Divide your guests into teams and give them white materials to create a DIY wedding dress on one person in each group, from toilet paper, white tissue paper, feathers, glitter, newspaper, and whatever else you can think of. Don’t forget tape and/or glue. Give them a limited amount of time to create their wedding dress and then have your bride choose the best dress. You could even have every team have “design consultations” with the bride to find what she wants in a dress, for more bride involvement. Another variation on this game is to have every team create an aspect of the wedding dress, like the veil or the skirt, and put them all on the bride for an awesome photo op.

4. Wedding Poem Contest

This is another team competition that will result in an added entertainment at the wedding, if your bride agrees to this! We did this at a friend’s wedding shower and my team won, so we performed our Wedding Poem at her wedding reception and it was such a hit! Divide your guests into teams and give them a limited time to create a wedding poem, rap, or song. Have each team perform to the bride and let her choose the winner. And then let everyone enjoy the winning poem/rap/song at the wedding reception!

5. Guess Who I Am

This is a great game that will have everyone laughing and becoming more close to each other at the end of the game. Guests write down a favorite memory with the bride without leaving their names and then the bride reads them out loud to everyone. The bride will guess who wrote the memory. If she gets it wrong, the guest gets a prize.

6. What Is She Wearing?

Ask the bride to leave for a few minutes and give a sketching paper and colored pencils to everyone. Have them draw the bride and what she is wearing that day. Guests will have to depend on their memory to draw every detail of the bride’s appearance, from her hairdo down to her shoes! Once everyone is done, have the bride come in and let everyone vote on the best sketch that includes the most correct details. Finally, give all the sketches to the bride to keep as a great memento!

7. My First Kiss

Have everyone tell the story of their first kiss! It can be the story of their first kiss ever or their first kiss with their current boyfriend/husband. Once everyone has told their story, have everyone vote on the best story, funniest story, most romantic story, etc. This game will definitely draw out a lot of laughter and maybe even a few tears.

 

Rather than focusing on the gifts, bridal shower games bring the attention to the bride and the friendships and love she shares with her guests. Have you played some of these bridal shower games before? What are your favorite games to play at a bridal shower?

 

Looking for decor ideas for your bridal shower? Try these succulent DIY ideas  or these mason jar ideas!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home.  Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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10 Patriotic BBQ Ideas For Your Next July 4th Party

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Show your pride for America through the food, decor and more at your next July 4th BBQ party. Here are 10 fun patriotic BBQ ideas for you to try!

 

1. Put up a patriotic banner.

Banners are a hot item in parties these days, so why not hang up a patriotic banner at your BBQ? I love this American flag burlap banner. If you prefer something a bit more traditional, you might like this patriotic bunting.

 

2. Serve cherry pie with a star on top.

You can’t get more American than cherry pie, right? Well, except for apple pie maybe, but cherry pie’s red coloring brings an extra dose of patriotism. Try this easy mini cherry pie recipe that will delight everyone!

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3. Give your kids patriotic hairstyles.

If you have daughter(s) with long hair, have fun with it and give them patriotic hairdos! You can find many cute ideas here.

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4. Dress up your nails in red, white, and blue.

You could always simply paint your nails in a patriotic color, but why not jazz them up with glitter? Or try another one of these 5 patriotic manicure ideas.

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5. Paint mason jars in patriotic colors.

Mason jars are a staple for parties, so hop on the bandwagon and paint yours in red, blue, and white. Here is a great tutorial to turn a trio of mason jars into a cheerful American flag! Then you could use these jars to serve non-food items, such as plastic utensils, drinking straws, napkins, flowers, and unlit sparklers.

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6. Light up the party with patriotic lanterns.

If you don’t want to paint your mason jars, you could decoupage them with tissue paper and put in candles to create fun lanterns for your party! This can be done with just about any glass container you’ve got laying around the house.

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7. Turn fruit into patriotic displays.

Fruit is the perfect refreshing food for the hot weather of July, but why not turn the BBQ staple into something that’s fun and patriotic? Try these delightful patriotic fruit skewers that include marshmallows for added sweetness. Or turn a fruit pie into a beautiful American flag! Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a patriotic fruit pie that everyone will ooh and ahh over before eating.

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8. Make American art with pallets and paint.

Have a pallet laying around? Chop it up and create this amazing American pallet art! You can use a scroll saw, a band saw, or a jigsaw for this project.  Hang your finished creation on the front door to welcome your guests to your party or hang a row of three on your fence. Charming and free patriotic BBQ ideas are always best!

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9. Set up a patriotic hot dog station.

Hot dogs are as American as baseball, so how fun would it be to set up a hot dog station for your guests to make their own gourmet hot dogs? This great hot dog station also includes four suggested hot dog recipes that hail from four different spots in our country, which is so cool!

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10. Get a patriotic tattoo!

Don’t worry, I don’t mean a permanent tattoo. Pass out these glittery temporary patriotic tattoos to your guests, your friends, and your family to spread the patriotism. And there are so many other ways to use the temporary tattoos other than putting them on your skin! You could put them on balloons, plastic plates and cups, plastic servingware, windows, or anything that’s plastic or glass.

 

What do you think of these patriotic BBQ ideas? Will you use them for your next party? What other patriotic BBQ ideas do you love? Share away!

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

7 Patriotic (and Fun!) July 4th Party Activities

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Hosting a July 4th party this year? A good party should have a few activities for guests to enjoy in between all the eating and drinking. Try one of these 7 fun July 4th party activities for your party!

 

1. Make July 4th Shirts

Near the beginning of your party, gather together your guests to create DIY July 4th shirts. Once they’re dry, everyone can wear them for the rest of the party, which could make for a really great group photo. This tutorial makes no-sew tanks with spray paint, but you could get a similar result with kid-safe fabric paint and a couple of paintbrushes. If you only have little kids at your party, this tutorial is a lot easier and faster to make.

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2. Paint Everyone’s Faces

Line everyone up and paint their faces with patriotic images! Use the things you probably already have in your pantry (corn starch, milk, water, and food coloring) to make homemade face paint. Both adults and kids will enjoy sporting their favorite designs on their faces or arms! Here are some face painting ideas: stars, the flag, fireworks, blue-white-red rainbows, Uncle Sam’s hat, eagles, the letters USA, the country USA, and patriotic ribbons. For the superhero fans, what about Captain America’s shield?

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3. Decorate Your Lawn with Stars

Once everyone is decorated with our country’s colors and symbols, work together to decorate the grass and sidewalks of your backyard and front yard with flour stars! This is a fun and easy activity for the kids to do. First, make a large stencil of a star and lay it down where you want the star to go. Spray water on the grass or concrete and then sift flour over it. Ta-da, white stars everywhere!

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4. Create Patriotic Art

A craft for the kids during a party is always a fun idea, but sometimes a craft requires a lot of adult supervision. This freedom collage craft is perfect for a July 4th party because it’s all about creating without restrictions, which makes it perfect for celebrating our free country. Simply provide the materials and set everything up on a table and let the kids have fun! Once everything is dry, you could even hang them up to add more decor to your party. Clip the creations on a string and hang it on your fence, tack them up on a tree, or tape them to the end of a long table, whatever works for your party!

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5. Play a Popcorn Relay Race

This is a fun and silly relay game that everyone can participate in, no matter their age, as long as they know how to walk! Attach a cup to each foot with string and fill it up with popcorn. Have your racers go as fast as they can without spilling the popcorn and fill up a huge basket of popcorn — whoever empties their portion of the popcorn first wins! And then everyone can enjoy chomping down on the popcorn, so there are no losers in this game.

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6. Set Up a Photo Background

Hang up a large American flag and set up a photography backdrop for your guests to get a picture together! You could grab an old school Polaroid camera and give the pictures to your guests right away or email them the photos later with a “Thanks for coming!” note. Everyone will love their little mementos from your party and that’s better than any favor bag!

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7. Have Fun with Glow Sticks

Fireworks are fun, but they’re not the only things that can light up the night. You can do so many fun activities with glow sticks and other glow toys, such as ring toss with glow sticks taped into circles, hopscotch with bigger glow circles, beach ball volleyball with glow sticks inside, and many more. Find more activities to do with glow sticks here!

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What other fun July 4th party activities do you like to participate in? Share your favorite ones in the comments below, including links! I’m always looking for more fun party ideas and I’m sure you are, too!

For more 4th of July ideas, check out this top ten list by Remodelaholic.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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7 Ways to Make Your Dinner Party Memorable

7 Ways to Make Your Dinner Party Memorable | Tipsaholic.com #entertaining #recipe #cooking

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1. Be thoughtful when creating your guest list. Invite people you think will mesh well, who will enjoy each other and bring a pleasant atmosphere to your dinner party. Balance out a reserved friend with one who is particularly good at making new friends, or simply invite people who you feel will have a lot in common and naturally converse.

2. Keep the menu simple. Now is probably not the time to try out foods you haven’t made before. Avoid foods that require complex preparation so that you are more likely to be ready on time and enjoy a stress-free evening. It’s a good idea to serve things that are crowd-pleasing and basic. A variety of tried-and-true favorites at the table ensures that every guest will find at least one dish to enjoy.

3. Set the mood with music, lighting, and comfortable, cozy spaces. A personalized playlist vibrating softly in the background gives people permission to use their voices rather than keep a thoughtful silence. Low light and candles tend to make people more comfortable too. Cozy groupings of chairs and cushions ensure that your guests aren’t too far apart to start socializing.

4. Provide a fun appetizer and a drink. Rather than leaving your guests to entertain themselves while you finish up with the meal preparation, give them something to put in their mouth and get them talking. For some great ideas, try one or two of these fun finger foods from Chocolate, Chocolate and More.

5. Set the table. You are the host/hostess, and it’s your job to choose the theme and the formality. Paper plates and plastic utensils can be great for casual gatherings and barbecues, but if you’re looking for something a bit more organized, take a look at these 5 tips for a great tablescape at Remodelaholic.  A classy centerpiece can also add to the conversation and mood of the party. Candles and a bit of greenery are all you need to get started, but you can take it to the next level with these super-simple ideas for centerpieces.

6. Enjoy your own party. Nothing can dampen the spirit of a party like having the host or hostess running to and fro throughout the night and never stopping to socialize. Remember, you invited them, and as much as your guests may seem to be enjoying each other’s company, they came to see you. Besides, after all your hard work, you deserve to put your feet up and enjoy the food and the friendship.

7. Send your guests home with something. A simple party favor puts the finishing touches on your evening together. A ceramic dip bowl with a recipe for your favorite dip attached, a mini-dessert to enjoy the next day, or a small piece of jewelry for female friends is a great way to send them off. Go here for more great ideas!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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10 Easy Appetizers for Any Event

10 Easy Appetizers for Any Event

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Keep your group’s bellies happy and their fingers busy. Choose one or two of these quick appetizers and you’ll start the party off right!

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Dinner party, birthday party, holiday party, superbowl party… if there’s a reason to get together and celebrate, we do it! And regardless of the occasion, the best part of an event is often the amazing food. As a host or hostess of a good party, you may have realized that one way to get your guests in the spirit of things while they wait for the main course is to start feeding them before the feast even begins, but who has the time for appetizers during the hustle and bustle of meal preparations? You do – because these 10 delectable easy appetizers are the fastest, easiest starter foods you’ll ever make, all with 4 ingredients or less!

1. Chicken Parmesan Bites (picture: slide 1)

2. Lime Yogurt Fruit Dip (picture: slide 2)

3. Salami Tomato Skewers (picture: slide 3)

4. Cranberry Brie Bites (picture: slide 4)

5. Bacon Wrapped Smokies (picture: slide 5)

6. Watermelon Ricotta Bites (picture: slide 6)

7. Ranch Bread (picture: slide 7)

8. Melon and Prosciutto Skewers (picture: slide 8)

9. Cucumber Sandwich Bites (picture: slide 9)

10. Bacon Ranch Chip Dip (picture: slide 10)

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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10 Quick-and-Easy Appetizer Recipes for March Madness

10 Quick-and-Easy Appetizer Recipes for March Madness

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On game day, we all know that the real star of the show is the food. Score some big points at your March Madness party with this crowd-pleasing line-up of all-star appetizers. These are all quick and easy to prepare, leaving you more time to enjoy the party — whoops, I mean the game, of course. Even better? Many of these appetizer recipes are actually healthy!

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  1. Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Spread

  2. Buffalo Chicken Dip

  3. Red Pepper Hummus with Baked Pita Chips

  4. Pizza Monkey Bread

  5. Low-Fat Ranch Dip

  6. Spicy Sausage Balls

  7. Cheese Straws

  8. Dill Pickle Dip

  9. Sweet Potato Hummus

  10. Badass Nachos

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.