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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Super Bowl Party

The traditional Super Bowl Party is probably the least fussy, most unpretentious party you can host all year. So, there is no point in holding anything back! Super Bowl parties are one of the top at-home party events of the year. Super Bowl parties have become much more than a gathering of football lovers. 

Super bowl parties are known for two things: a big game and a big menu. Since the teams are the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens try to make signature dishes for each team. It will add a little flare to the party. For the 49ers try Cheesy Bacon Sourdough Bread and for the Ravens try some Blue Crab Tacos. Don't forget simple snacks as well like chips, dip, nachos, buffalo wings, cheese and crackers, sweet and sour meatballs, jalepeno poppers and you can't forget the hot dogs and hamburgers of course. Also you can make signature drinks that resemble the 49ers or the Ravens.   

For this year's Super Bowl, take the DIY route and make your own party decorations to give your bash a homemade and personalized touch. Whether your a 49ers fan or a Ravens fan you can make plenty of decorations for far cheaper then going to the store and just picking something up. Although it is much easier to go run to Party City or Target and get some stuff, making your own invitations and football decorations maybe fun for the kids as well. You can also spice up an old table by adding printed out signs of each team and taping them to the table edges. You could paint some old tin cans like footballs or players numbers, then place forks spoons or knives in them. You can even make your own pennants or flags to hang up. One way to show creativity at a party is with party decorations. One need not be an interior decorator to pull this off! Red, gold, black and white streamers  or purple and gold, are a great starting point. Stream them along the walls and above the doorway. Use bunches of team-colored balloons at the places where the streamers intersect for a festive look.

Ask the party guests to come dressed in the team colors to further add to the 49ers atmosphere. Hold a costume contest to see who represents the team best. Kids can come with their face painted in the teams colors. The adults might be up to some face painting as well! Another way to get guest involved more is you can have some sort of raffle. 


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Valentine's Day Party

Calling all Cupids! If you're planning a special Valentine's Day evening for you and your honey, all you need are some candles and a bouquet of red roses to set the mood. But if you're throwing a Valentine's Day bash for your friends and family, you'll want to spice things up in other ways.Vintage-style Valentine's Day cards add a classic touch to your Valentine's Day party decor. Keep the lights dim and hang clear white Christmas lights or heart string lights. Use candles in creative ways to give off romantic lighting. Fill clear glass votive holders with red hot candies and top with tea light candles, use red or white pillar candles in groups throughout the party area, or fill clear glass bowls with water, add a few rose petals, and stick a few float in heart candles. 

If you're going to be serving a sit-down meal, sprinkle the candy hearts down the center of your table and place one or two on each napkin. Love is on the menu for Valentine's Day, and you can easily incorporate rumored aphrodisiacs like oysters and champagne into your Valentine's Day party food ideas. Looking for Valentine's Day dessert ideas, well chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate truffles, chocolate fondue and chocolate heart-shaped cookies are always a good way to go. Now don't forget about the drinks. There are so many choices for you to choose. Try and choose one theme drink for the party so you don't have to buy a lot of alcohol or other beverages. You can either find a drink that looks good and looks like a Valentines day drink and name it yourself and decorate it or you can use one of these:

<3 Love Potion Punch: A fun drink for the kids or non-alcoholic crowd. Combine 2 (64-oz) bottles of cran-apple or cran-raspberry juice and a 2-liter bottle of chilled ginger ale. Combine in a punch bowl, or pour into individual glasses and garnish with fresh raspberries.
<3 Chocolate Covered Cherry: For each drink, pour 3/4 oz. Amaretto and 1/4 oz. Kahlua into a coffee mug. Fill the mug the rest of the way up with hot chocolate, and top with whipped cream and a cherry.
<3 Love Potion #9: To create this drink you will need a pitcher or punch bowl. Pour 20 oz. of cherry kool-aid, then add 8 oz. of vodka and 3 oz. of white rum, Then add on additional pouch of cherry kool-aid mix and stir.  Add heart shaped ice cubes to keep it cold. 
<3 Love Birds: For each drink mix 0.5 oz of grenadine, 1 dash of dark rum, 2 oz. sour mix, and 1.5 oz of vodka, add ice and garnish with mint leaves or two cherries. 

For added party fun, have everyone come dressed in red, white, or pink. Red and pink are the traditional colors of Valentine's Day, but that doesn't mean you have to dress in hearts and flowers from head to toe. Also be sure to set the mood by playing some good tunes in the background. Songs about love are a good choice, but keep them upbeat mostly. You can also have some games for everyone whether they are for kids or adults.

<3 Full of Love: Fill a large jar with Valentine candies and have the kids guess how many candies are inside. The one that guesses the closest wins the candies.
<3 Valentine Craft Activity: Have the kids get crafty by making their own Valentine cards or collages. Just provide them with the supplies and let them get busy making their masterpieces.
<3 Cupid's Challenge: Purchase the Newlywed Game and have the couples compete to see who knows each other best, or get creative and make your own questions.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Best Places for a Bachelorette Party

The bachelorette party is one of the many fun traditions that the bride-to-be generally partakes in. It's always a bundle of fun to get together with some of your girlfriends and spend some quality time.The days of sticking around town during your final days as a single are starting to fade away as more destinations and resorts are catering to bachelorette parties. So grab the girls and pack your bags.

1. New York, New York
2. Cape May, New Jersey
3. South Beach, Florida
4. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
5. Las Vegas, Nevada
6. Austin, Texas
7. Montreal, Canada
8. San Francisco, California
9. Chicago, Illinois
10. Tenerife Island, Spain

Remember this is supposed to be fun for the bride so make sure she will be comfortable with what you choose. Schedule things that she'll like, with people she loves, and so the rules for who must be there and what must be done. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Places to Have a Bachelor's Party

The countdown has begun for the big day. Soon your buddy will be exchanging vows with his lovely bride and embark down a wonderful journey. Deciding on a place to have a bachelor party may seem like an easy task but if your going to do it right, you and your buddies should have some sense to do it far from home. 

1. New York, New York
2. Black Rock Desert, Nevada (Burning Man)
3. Miami, Florida
4. Vancouver, Canada
5. Paradise Island, Bahamas
6. Munich, Germany (Oktoberfest)
7. Las Vegas, Nevada
8. New Orleans, Louisiana (Mardi Gras)
9.Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
10. Atlantic City, New Jersey

Choosing a destination bachelor's party is always a fun way to "do things up." Of corse you can always stay around town and have fun that way. I mean not everyone had $1,000's of dollars just lying around.  Stay at a posh local hotel and go hit the bars, play poker, grill, go fishing, whatever it is make sure it will be unforgettable.  

Picking a DJ

There are thousands of Disc Jockey's out there! But finding the perfect one for your occasion can be tricky. Choosing a DJ is one of the best parts of planning any event whether it's a birthday party, company event, or a wedding. Of course there is the occasional debate whether you should have a DJ or a band. The biggest advantage of having a DJ over a band is the cost. 

A good DJ is cheaper than a band, and they usually work for about 4 hours. One thing you can do to help pick a good DJ is to get references from friends, family, co-workers or ask someone that works at reception halls like the place you will be having the party. You can always ask around and try locally famous DJ's from radio stations. 

You also want to try to interview three to five different DJ's. Don't rush! They will all have different personalities so you want to see that in each of them and see which one is better suited for the occasion and the people. Ask if they have done previous parties similar to yours before. You can ask to see previous videos from other parties of there work. Don't forget to ask if they do any fun tricks or anything for the crowd. You can also ask for references. 

Make sure to let them know what kind of attire you would prefer them to wear and if they are ok with that. Some will wear tuxedo's others will wear jeans and a t-shirt. Let them know where you would like to have them set up and if there is anything you want them to play during the event. Another good question to ask is if he/she would like to be served during the event or if they are going to bring something themselves or if they are just not going to eat. It's is a little better if you just offer to feed them after all they sometimes go 10 hours without eating between setting up and tearing down all their equipment.