• Company Christmas Party: Holiday Party Planning








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    Thanksgiving is just a few days away and holiday party planning will be getting underway -- if it hasn't already. If you have been chosen as the lucky individual in your office to plan this year's company Christmas party, congratulations!!! Some people dread planning a company Christmas party. One reason is because it is hard to please EVERYONE in your office -- so don't worry about that. However, the good news is you can definitely please most people and have a great time as well. Today on the Charming Chick blog we will show you some festive items that will make the season merry and bright -- AND some tips to help you plan the perfect company Christmas party.










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    The first thing you'll want to do is to find out the holiday party planning budget for your company. While there are many ways to plan a company Christmas party on any budget, before you start planning you definitely want to know how much money you have. Sometimes things are tight and renting out a party room in a restaurant or country club may not be an option. In those cases sometimes a boss will host the party at their house -- or even at the office.

    There are other things to consider as well such as; will each person be responsible for picking up their own tab, if not, will they at least need to pay for their drinks or will you provide one or two drink tickets per person? Who will be invited, the employee and a guest? Is it a family affair? Just an after work function for employees only?










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    Another helpful company Christmas party planning tip is to send out an email or a poll asking the folks in your office what they would like to do. It works best to narrow it down to a few things and then just see what the majority of people want to do. After you decide on what you will do make sure to call the restaurant to make sure it's available (and that they can accommodate a large group) and then send out an email or Evite letting people know about the company Christmas party. The Evite should let people know when and where the event is, if they are responsible for their own bill and/or meal choices, directions and any other information that you feel is important for them to know.


    To add an extra special and festive touch to your company Christmas party and other holiday party planning, it's nice to include favors like the ones we have pictured in this post. Just a small token that lets everyone know their hard work is noticed and that the powers that be, really do appreciate all they do.

    We hope you have a great time and enjoy the holiday season. Have fun with all your holiday party planning and all of the events of the Christmas season.






  • Oscar Party ~ Last-Minute Red Carpet Ideas

    Tomorrow is a big red carpet night for Hollywood -- and for anyone who loves movies and celebrities. If you have been thinking about hosting an Oscar Party but you just aren't quite sure how to put it all together quickly, we have some tips that you might be interested in. Whether you are thinking about inviting a few friends over, or just spending the evening in with your family, we have some great tips that can help you throw an Oscar party together quickly and successfully!!! We've searched the web and found some simple Oscar DIY  ideas that can help to make your party fun and festive.




     1. Dress the Part!

    First of all, you'll want to pick out your prettiest party dress or snappiest suit and put it on. Don't rush out and buy anything just grab what you have -- and call it good. Do you have a tiara laying around? Great! How about a feather boa? Perfect! Do you have a top hat left over from last year's Halloween costume or a black tie affair? Fabulous! Get creative have fun and get dresses up and wear every piece of jewelry you own.




    2. Food is Essential


    Of course, what Oscar Party would be compete without yummy food. You can get as fancy or keep it as simple as your like. A great site to visit with some award-winning favorites is The one I thought looked absolutely scrumptious were the Mini- Black Bottom Cheesecakes -- yummy!!! Oh, and don't forget the popcorn...


    3. Roll out the Red Carpet


    You don't have to have carpet (and no one actually has to walk on it) but using some red butcher paper or getting some red fabric to lay out can work just fine. Of course, you can always order a red carpet but you don't have time for that this year. However, if you want to get a head start on next year's Oscar party, you'll have plenty of time!





    4. DIY Red Carpet Backdrop


    What Red Carpet event would be complete without a backdrop for all those glam photos? Oscar night is all about seeing and being seen right? We have all gazed at those infamous photos of the celebs at awards shows, pausing and posing, in front of those simple and recognizable backdrops. You can create one for yourself using anything, felt, butcher paper, cardboard, etc. Get creative, have fun and if you have a little bit of time - or are exceptionally crafty - here are a are a few tips for a slightly fancy version of the backdrop.  You can also order these backdrops online. They are a little spendy but if you plan on hosting these parties in the future it could be well worth the investment.


    From all of us at Charming Chick, have a wonderful night at the Oscars!!!!!


  • Sweet 16 ~ Facts and Traditions

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    A Sweet 16 Birthday Party is a celebration for a young girl who is coming-of-age, to officially commemorate their voyage into womanhood. In the Hispanic community this tradition is celebrated on the 15th birthday and called a Quinceanera. Quite simply it is a special time for family and friends to get together and see what a beautiful young woman the guest of honor has grown to be. Despite some reality shows like My Super Sweet Sixteen where the parents are extremely wealthy and shower their daughters with extravagant parties and luxury items. Most girls don't have those kinds of parties but they are special, they usually different from other birthday parties and they are showered with lots of love, attention and yes -- special gifts.



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    Sweet Sixteen celebrations date back to the 1600s in England. This wasn't just a time for young girls to transition into womanhood -- this was actually their début into society and they were officially being "put on the market" for marriage. There are also many traditions that are found at most Sweet 16 parties in the United States. Today on the Charming Chick blog we are going to feature a few of them. If you have any special Sweet Sixteen party ideas or traditions that we haven't covered, be sure to leave a comment  and share it with us. Now let's get started...



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    The Shoe Exchange and Crowning Ceremony

    The birthday girl is escorted into the reception area where she is presented with a new pair of high-heeled shoes and a dazzling tiara. Her flat shoes or ballet style slippers are removed by her father or grandfather and he slips on her new high-heeled shoes, which symbolizes her walk from childhood into womanhood. In addition to the shoes a tiara is also carried in as well. The father places it on her head letting her know she is princess for the day but she is growing up and becoming a woman.


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    The Candle Lighting Ceremony

    The candle ceremony is a great way to include friends and family into the Sweet Sixteen festivities. 16 tapers, votives or even tea lights are set out in a decorative arrangement. The birthday girl lights the first candle symbolizing her transition into adulthood. Then parents, siblings and other close family members light candles 2-7, close friends light candles 8-15 and if the birthday girl has a boyfriend or close male friend he will light the 16th candle. Each person says something sweet or tells a story about the guest of honor.


    Sweet Sixteen Toast

    After the cake is cut the father of the girl, her mother or another close family member or friend gives a toast. They recall significant moments in her childhood and share pearls of wisdom with her. This may also be the time when she is presented with a special gift.


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    Father-Daughter Dance

    For her Sweet Sixteen party, the birthday girl chooses a song that is sentimental and significant to she and her father. The Father-Daughter dance symbolizes the girl  becoming more independent; and the father is acknowledging that his little girl is growing into a young woman.


    At Charming Chick we have many special personalized jewelry items that would make the perfect Sweet Sixteen keepsake; as well as several fantastic favors, decor and momentous for the Sweet 16 party.

  • Throw a Spooktacular Halloween Party!

    Halloween is about a week away. If you have thought about throwing a party for friends and family, we have some great tips on the Charming Chick blog today that can help to ensure that everyone has a ghoulishly good time.



    Creepy Costumes


    What is a Halloween party without people dressed in funny, terrifying and creative costumes? Kids love to dress up and - truth be told - adults do too. It may take a little coaxing but once they are dressed up it's hard not to feel like a kid again. To make the costume aspect even more fun and interesting, you can always include a costume contest into the party activities. Depending on how many guests you plan on having, you can do one, two, or three prize for adults and a few for the kiddos.



    Dreadful Decor


    The decorations set the stage. As soon as your guests arrive they should be greeted with festive, freaky and fabulous decor. Of course the colors orange, black, brown, white and yellow are most commonly associated with this holiday.

    Scatter fake spiders and spider webs inside and out. You can also put up fake tombstones for an even creepier detail. Also, put dry ice in the punch bowl to create an ominous, foggy effect. Pictures, knickknacks, and decorations that include ghosts, goblins, zombies, Jack  O' Lanterns, and mummies are nice and spooky. Also, don't forget to have scary and suspenseful music playing in the background.



    Plan some thrilling activities.


    There are so many fun things you can plan to do during your Halloween party. Here are a few games and activities that are sure to make for a frightenly good time:


    * Pumpkin carving

    * Bobbing for Apples

    * Monster Tag

    * Make a Mummy

    * Weave a Scary Tale 



    Freaky Food


    You'll want the food you serve at your Halloween party to be delicious and devilish. Creating these ghostly snacks can also be a lot of fun. If you are looking for some festive and unique recipies here are some great websites:


    21 Gross Halloween Recipes ~

    25 Spooky Halloween Treats ~ Family Fun

    Halloween Party Food Ideas ~ Better Homes and Gardens

    Happy Planning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 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.

  • Plan a ROCKIN' Bachelorette Party!!!


    The purpose of a bachelorette party, is to help a bride-to-be, celebrate her last days as a single woman. These parties are most often paid for and hosted by the maid-of-honor and the other bridesmaids -- under no circumstance should the bride to pay for anything during this celebration. Fear not!  If you want to plan a fun and memorable event for the bride-to-be, you don't have to break the bank to do it (unless you want to).




    There are really so many options for planning a great events. On the Charming Chick Blog today, we'll offer some party planning tips - and share some great products - to ensure the bachelorette party you are throwing, is a smashing success!


    As we mentioned earlier, a bachelorette party is an event to say goodbye to the single life -- however, one of the first, and most important tips that you might want to consider, is not planning the event the day before the wedding. The bride wants to be at her very best the day of her wedding -- so if the party you are planning entails, hanging out, into the wee hours of the morning -- that is just not going to work. We recommend you plan the party the weekend before the big day-- if possible. If it has to be closer to the wedding, then a day or so before, is a better option. Of course, if you are planning a tame celebration, then the day before might be totally appropriate. Use your best judgement and consult the bride-to-be for her opinion as well.



    What can make a bachelorette party even more special? A super cute martini glass for the bride-to-be, of course. The glass has a fun design and reads "CAUTION: Bachelorette party in progress." This adds some extra fun to the festivities.  At Charming Chick we make it easy and affordable because -- the more you buy, the more you save! We also have really cute beverage koozies with the same message printed on them--  these can be really great  for everyone too!



    Need some party ideas? We've got you covered. Here's is a list of some fun activities that you do. If nothing else, they may inspire you so you can come up with something that you know the bride-to-be that you are honoring, will absolutely love!


    *Plan a spa day! Get the girls together for manicure, pedicures, facials, massages -- the whole works!

    *Check out a local winery.Not only will you all be able to taste some fabulous wines, you may be able to take in some great entertainment as well. Want to kick it up a notch? Rent a limo or at the very least hire a driver or designate someone to do.. This will ensure everyone gets home safe and sound.

    *Host a luncheon or tea party. Dress up and make it creative and fun.

     *Take the bride to the theatre and to her favorite restaurant. Again, renting a limo is a fabulous idea and can make the bride-to-be feel extra special!

    Have a small budget? Not to worry. You can still host a fun event for the bride-to-be.

    *Throw a slumber party! Rent movies, serve drinks, do each other hair and nails and just have a really great girls' night in!

    *Host a dinner party. Make it fancy, make it fun and DIY your own decorations. Planning game a game or two after dinner can be really fun too!

    * Have a picnic in the park! Find a park with tennis courts, volleyball nets, or big open spaces to play games and just have a really great time hanging out.

  • Graduation Party -- Plan a Party for Your Grad!

    A major accomplishment, deserves a really fun celebration -- right? Of course it does, and that is why planning a super special event for your grad, is a fantastic idea! Graduation parties are usually attended by the graduates family and close friends. It can be as big as your budget and venue allows -- but most often a graduation party, tends to be a more intimate affair. This makes it easier for the graduate to enjoy themselves --  and to  greet and thank everyone in attendance. It is their celebration after all -- so you'll want to make sure they really enjoy themselves, and feel very special. So what can you do to ensure the graduation party you are planning goes well? Today, on the Charming Chick blog,  we have some tips to help you as you plan.



    {Tip #1} Decide on a Budget


    This will help keep you in check as you plan the graduation party. A great way to get started, is to make a list of all the things you want to have at the event - get pricing - then decide what you will include. It is always a great idea to consult with the guest of honor as well.  While you might be thinking of a more formal sit down dinner -- your grad might just want an informal BBQ.


    {Tip #2} Send Out Invites


    You'll want to send the invites out, at least two weeks in advance. This will help to ensure that your guests have plenty of time to RSVP -- and you'll have a good idea of about how many people to expect for the graduation party. If you are looking for a way to save money -- and be eco-friendly at the same time - you can choose to send your invitations through Evite.


    {Tip#3} Decorations


    The decor for the graduation party is generally graduation themed and pays tribute to the graduate.  You don't need to go overboard by putting together a huge shrine -- but a great idea is to have photos up and scattered throughout the party. Including photos from your grad's school days, events, sporting events, club activities, honors, etc. It is also fun to do a slide show presentation with power point or a movie maker, and you can add graduation songs to it. You can have personalized favors, candies, or even confetti.

    You also might want to get or make a card holder box. Many guests will want to give your graduate a gift and most of the time it is a monetary one, which will help as the embark on the next phase of their life.


    {Tip #4} The Food!


    If you keep it simple (or have the graduation party catered) then you'll be able to enjoy the festivities as well. If you will be preparing and serving the food, you may want to enlist the help of family and friends. You can make grad's favorite food, have a BBQ, do a baked potato bar or Hawaiian HayStacks, sandwiches, pizza, anything really. Just make sure to keep the cold food cold and the warm foods warm.

    As for dessert, you can do cake if you wish. Ice cream and cake are popular choices but you can do all sorts of things, shaved ice, candy bars, s'mores, root beer floats, milk shakes, etc.


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