Party Planning

  • Super Bowl: Get Ready for the BIG Game

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    via the Hostess {with the Mostess} Blog

     

    We have one more week of NFL division playoffs, then we will know who will be in this year's Super Bowl. This year the Super Bowl game will be played on Sunday, February 3rd. If you are like millions of Americans, you look forward to the big game and perhaps even plan a festive party so you can enjoy the Super Bowl game, friends, family and food on the day of the big game. Today on the CharmingChick blog, we are going to give you some tips and inspirations so you can make your Super Bowl party a smashing success.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning the perfect Super Bowl party doesn't have to involve great expense or super fancy decor -- though it certainly can if you wish. The most important thing is to invite people you enjoy being around (a love for football is not a requirement). Then you'll want munchies, chips, dips, veggies, hot dogs, pizza, or any other crowd pleasing favorites. You definitely don't want anything too awkward to hold in one hand -- and cheer with the other. If you will have alcohol at your party, please make sure everyone drinks responsibly and those drinking should have a designated driver to get them home safely.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    via Big Girls Small Kitchen Blog

     

     

     

    If you ask my children, any food is better on a stick. I stumbled upon this delicious looking appetizer. It looks fancy but take a look at the recipe on the blog Big Girls Small Kitchen. It's really simple and your guests will definitely be "Wowed"! Make up some of these with delicious meatballs and some Lil' Smokies wrapped with bacon or dough.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    via Amina Michele

     

    Football decor is also fun. I love the idea pictured above that I found on the Amina Michele blog. Forget the stuffy table cloth, use some turf and white tape to make festive football field that will showcase your delicious Super Bowl goodies! Such a simple idea but it will leave a lasting impression on your gifts -- and maybe become a yearly tradition!

     

    One other fun activity that I'd like to mention is a Football Pickem. You can waged bragging right, goodies, chores, or whatever you like but it really makes watching the Super Bowl even more fun for avid football fans and novices alike. The questions can be anything. Check out these questions from last year's event, http://www.officepickem.com/superbowlquestions/ All you need to do is modify some of them to make them relevant to this year's Super Bowl.

     

    What are some of your favorite things to do or serve at your Super Bowl party?

  • How to Make your Pool Party a Splashing Success

    Nothing says summer fun like a pool party! When temperatures start to rise, don't you just want to take a refreshing dip in the pool? Uh..yeah! Well, your friends and family would probably agree -- so invite them over and make an event out of it. If you have always wanted to throw a pool party, but aren't sure how to make yours fun and memorable -- keep reading! We'll be giving you some pool party planning tips on the blog today.

      

    Send Out Invites

     

     

    To get your pool party planning started, you need to decide who you will invite -- then you need to send out invitations. We have talked about this on the Charming Chick blog before. There are several ways to let people know about your upcoming party.

    *Sending invites via the web. Evite, Facebook, e-mail, etc. -- are all great ways to get the word out about your event. It's quick, easy and free.

     

    *Buy invites. You can go to your local party planning store and find invites to send to your guests. If you have a theme for your party, there is a good chance that you will be able to find invitations to reflect that theme.

    *DIY invites. If you are creative and want to make your own invites - by all means - go for it! It might even be a fun summer activity, for the kids to help out with too. Your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness in creating a special invite just for them.

    Food and Beverage

    When you are planning the menu for your pool party you are really only limited by your imagination. The most common thing that people do, is to host a BBQ/pool party. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, fish, ribs and salad are all great items. Hiring a caterer or purchasing food platters are another easy - and delicious option.

    As far as beverages go, be sure to keep a lot of water on hand. You can also include, ice tea, soda, juice, lemonade, root beer floats, slushies, smoothies, pina coladas, margaritas, and anything else you think your guests would enjoy.

    Plan some fun!

     

    Yes, of course, splashing in the pool is pretty fun but you'll also want to plan some activities and games as well. You can play pool volleyball or basketball, dive for colored rings, or any other fun pool games you can find. It's also a great idea to have rafts, tubes, noodles, and beach balls as well.

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