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



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


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


Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.


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10 Patriotic BBQ Ideas For Your Next July 4th Party

10 patriotic bbq ideas

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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!

cherry pie patriotic bbq ideas


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.

july 4th hairstyle patriotic bbq ideas


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.

patriotic manicure july 4th bbq ideas


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!

featured image via Frankly Entertaining.


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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!

10 appetizer recipes for march madness - Tipsaholic.com

  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

10 Quick-and-Easy Appetizer Recipes for March Madness - Tipsaholic.com


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.

26 Frozen Party Ideas

26 Frozen-Inspired Party Ideas

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Get inspiration for your next big bash with these fun and unique Disney's Frozen-Inspired Party ideas!

26 Frozen Themed Party Ideas!

Chances are you’re fully aware of the current obsession that is Disney’s newest animated flick.  Frozen hit theater’s last November and was instantly a box office smash.  With its catchy, modern tunes and whimsical, lovable characters it’s really no wonder why!  If your kids (and you!) were charmed by Frozen, why not use it as inspiration for a mega-fun bash?  With the ideas in this slideshow, you’ll be sure to create a party that’s just as big a hit as the movie!  From sweet treats and cakes to decorations, party games and activities we’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re planning a dinner party, a “movie screening” or a “just because” hang out, Frozen offers the perfect backdrop for any get together – especially this season as we all wish for a big thaw from the bone-chilling temps!  These 26 Frozen Party ideas are sure to defrost your creative juices, at least!


Snowy invitation from Paging Supermom


White paper chain backdrop and Glittery Frozen sign from Pink Peppermint Prints and Parties.

Using Frozen toys as decorations from Bubbly Nature Creations

Frozen Inspired Silver and Clear Dessert Table byHostess with the Mostess

Frozen Themed Tablescape from The Handmade Home

Icicle Table Backdrop from Bubbly Nature Creations.


DIY ice cream cake with candy “ice” by Bubbly Nature Creations

“Snowball Tower” cake from Paging Supermom

Party Food:

Snowflake cookie cutter cheese slices from Bubbly Nature Creations

Adorable Frozen Themed Sweets Table from Crissy’s Crafts.

Magical Party Dip by She Saved

Frosty Dipped Oreos from Up Country Olio

Marshmallow pops from Around My Family Table

 “Build a snowman” cookie kit from Pink Peppermint Prints and Parties

Olaf cupcakes from Spoonful

Olaf-inspired plastic milk jugs?  by Pink Peppermint Prints and Parties

Snow Cap Punch from Bubbly Nature Creations

Frozen themed water bottle labels from Paging Supermom

Activities and Games:

Sven antlers and Elsa crowns by My Sister’s Suitcase

Snowball Toss by Bubbly Nature Creations

“Kristoff’s Ice Blocks Game” from Paging Supermom

Party Favors:

 DIY GLITTER Snowman play dough by No Time For Flashcards

Olaf Snow Globes by My Sister’s Suitcase

 Snow and Ice Bath Soak  from Paging Supermom.

Complete the Look:

Frozen Themed Printable Party Pack by Homeketeers!

Movie quote printableby Paging Supermom

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Fun and Easy Halloween Party Treats

5 Quick and Easy Halloween Party Treats via Tipsaholic

Anyone can give out candy bars or boxes of raisins on Halloween (but if you have raisins, I’m skipping your house – just sayin’). Use these 5 ideas to quickly and easily turn ordinary fodder into a memorable Halloween party treat with just a little effort and creativity.

5 Easy Halloween Party Treats via Tipsaholic

Halloween S’mores

Place one ghost-shaped marshmallow Peep, one fun-size chocolate bar and two graham crackers into a sandwich bag for an individual DIY s’mores kit kids will love.


Scary Popcorn Hands

Buy a box of clear plastic gloves (the kind used in cafeterias and restaurants). Put a candy corn in each finger and then fill with popcorn or caramel corn. Tie off the top with black and orange ribbon.

Candy Broomsticks

Push a small pretzel stick into the bottom of a mini peanut butter cup – looks just like a tiny edible broomstick!


Witch Hat Cookies

Turn a striped fudge cookie upside down so the fudge-coated bottom is showing. Put a dollop of orange or green icing in the center and press an unwrapped chocolate kiss into the icing so the colored icing is flattened out.


Tootsie Pop Ghosts

Drape a white paper napkin over the top of a Tootsie Pop. Gather the napkin in to the stick and tie off with black and orange ribbon. Use a black marker to make eyes and a mouth on your “Tootsie ghost.” To serve, poke the sticks into a piece of styrofoam.


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.