Fancy Dress Ideas for Halloween and Costume Parties

Jack-O-LanternWe’re halfway through October, and Halloween is less than two weeks away! Do you have any ideas what you’re going to wear to office Halloween parties or masquerades with your friends? Halloween parties, just like any other party, come in different levels of formality. Fancy dress ideas for Halloween and costume parties are popular choices for those who love to dress up, especially for parties with ultra formal dress codes such as masquerade balls or cocktail parties.

Period Costumes

One fancy dress idea for a costume is going for a specific period in history. Renaissance, Medieval, and Saloon clothing give you a variety to choose from. Bodices, corsets, full skirts, drop waists, and togas are some of the choices you have. Just think about which decade or era you’d most want to go back to, and start from there.

Jack-O-Lantern familyOscars

Some parties have a glamorous touch, and the most exquisite of all are patterned after the Oscars. Besides, who wouldn’t want to walk the red carpet, right? Remember Julia Roberts’ vintage Valentino, Halle Berry’s daring Ellie Saab, or Michelle Williams’ canary yellow Vera Wang gown? Can you imagine how beautiful those things would look if you were to wear them? If you aren’t bent on really getting into their shoes, you can come up with your own Oscar-worthy number — just make sure you’re as elegant as every other celebrity that graced the red carpet.

Wild West

Another idea for a fancy costume for women is to go back to the Wild West. Come in as a southern belle or a saloon gal and your partner can come in as a cowboy or better — Zorro. The basics you have to remember for a couple’s fancy dress costume in this theme is that you have to come in boots and a cowboy hat.

Fancy Couple Costumes

Fancy couple costumes can be fun to pull off. Pick a theme, say a popular movie or icon, and find ways to imitate them through your clothes. Famous ones are Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, Bonnie and Clyde, James Bond and a Bond Girl, Zeus and Hera, Robin Hood and Maid Marian, Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Romeo and Juliet, and Peter Pan and Wendy. Of course there’s the proverbial Disney princess and her prince charming — if your partner is willing to give into your childhood fantasy.

For The Men We Know and Love

Apart from ideas coming from the couple costumes, there are plenty more fancy outfits for men. A sexy number could be a Mafia costume. Think The Godfather series and you’re set. Tuxedos are always a elegant no matter what the occasion. You can say he’s pulling a James Bond or Pierce Brosnan.

There are a myriad of fancy dress ideas for both men and women this coming Hallow’s Eve. So, if you think you need a little more help choosing which one to wear for that formal party, think elegance.

 

Creative Labor Day Gift Ideas

Creative Labor Day Gift IdeasWhen you go to someone’s home for a Labor Day party or picnic, it can be nice to bring along a special gift for the host and hostess. Depending on the person, you can choose something sweet and simple or you can consider a wide array of more creative Labor Day gift ideas. Whatever you decide, the sentiment is sure to be appreciated. Here are a number of creative Labor Day gifts to consider for your friends and family.

Before selecting the perfect Labor Day gift, be sure to consider your budget. You can find nice Labor Day gifts at just about any price point, so the sooner you start thinking about what to bring, the better chance you have of finding a great gift that fits into your desired budget.

Consider these creative Labor Day gift ideas:

•    A nice bottle of wine
•    Bottle of scotch
•    Box of chocolates
•    Craft beers
•    Fruit basket
•    Salty snack basket
•    Flowers in the colors of red, white, and blue
•    Grill charms (to mark whose burger or meat is whose)
•    Wine charms (likewise)
•    Scented candle (think apple pie or something festive!)

Instead of an actual Labor Day gift, you might also consider bringing something to help take away a bit of the cost burden for the family hosting the party. You can offer to bring pies, cookies, or another dessert item. You might also offer to bring a fruit salad, veggie tray, or meat and cheese platter to help prepare for guests’ arrival. If you are close with the family hosting the party, offer to arrive early to help prepare and set up. Sometimes this simple act goes far beyond the idea of a host or hostess gift.

It isn’t always necessary to bring a present for the host or hostess when you go to a party, but it is definitely a classy gesture that they are sure to appreciate. If your budget can swing it, try to take a nice creative Labor Day gift with you to the party this year.

 

Patriotic Cocktails for Labor Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Anytime

Patriotic cocktailsFestive, patriotic cocktails and alcoholic drinks mixed and poured in true red, white, and blue style may be the finishing touch you’re missing for your party. Or they may just be a nice, relaxing end to a long week at work. If you are planning a party over the long weekend or just looking for some new mixed drink ideas to try, consider these fun and fancy patriotic cocktail recipes for your next gathering.

Before you get started on your party drink mixing, be sure you have all the components you need for an awesome bar setup. Don’t forget the lemons, limes, and maybe some strawberries and blueberries to add to the patriotic color scheme. You can also dress up your drinks with red, white, and blue straws, stirrers, or paper umbrellas.

Fruity Patriotic Alcoholic Drinks
Some of the most fun alcoholic drinks may be the fruitiest ones. Consider mixing up any of these popular and delicious party drinks for your next patriotic party.

–    Strawberry Daiquiri or Strawberry Margarita
–    Pina Colada
–    Blueberry Daiquiri or Blue Raspberry Daiquiri
–    Blue Hawaiian
–    Cranberry and Vodka
–    Jungle Juice

You should also consider making a pitcher or two of Sangria. Try white sangria or traditional sangria with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries for color instead of lemons, limes, and oranges.

Layered Patriotic Alcohol Drinks and Mixers
Layered patriotic alcohol drinks, actually layered drinks in general, can be a lot of fun to mix and drink. Here are some fun layered drinks to consider for your next Labor Day, Memorial Day, or 4th party.

–    Miami Vice – Half Pina Colada and half Strawberry Daiquiri
–    Try the above with Blueberry or Blue Raspberry Daiquiri instead!
–    Red, White, & Blue Shooter
–    Layered Fruit Drink
–    Stars and Stripes Cocktail

For additional tips on making layered shooters and drinks, check out these tips on how to make a layered shooter.

Other Patriotic Alcoholic Drinks
You can make just about any drink patriotic by sticking a mini toothpick flag into a maraschino cherry and tossing it in. Another option is to make pitchers of three different drinks – one red, one white, and one blue. You can also fill up martini glasses with drinks in any of the three patriotic colors. Use your imagination and you will think of all kinds of patriotic cocktail recipes to try for Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July.

They may not be drinks, per se, but you can have a lot of fun mixing up patriotic Jello shots for your next Memorial Day, Labor Day, or Fourth of July party. Mix up a red flavor like cherry, raspberry, or strawberry, and a blue flavor like blue raspberry or grape (purple may be close enough). You can make your patriotic Jello shooters in plastic medicine cups designed for this purpose, or make them in ice cube trays or in a flat dish that you can carve them out into bite-sized cubes.

Remember, even if none of the drinks you already know suit your preferences, you can always mix up something totally brand new. Craft your own signature cocktails and then take a few moments to think up some alcoholic drink names for Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July. What are your favorite drinks to enjoy around the three summer holidays? Please share your favorites and any clever suggestions you have in our comments below.

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Top Labor Day Events to Enjoy with Family and Friends

Labor Day events 2012Labor Day Weekend 2012 is just about here. Many people plan to go to the beach for the long holiday weekend while others may plan to host or attend Labor Day celebrations, like a Labor Day party or pool party, barbecue, or picnic. Still others may be looking for Labor Day events to attend or activities to try. If you are still wondering what to do for Labor Day weekend, you can rest assured that you aren’t the only one. Sometimes some of the best plans for a holiday weekend are the spontaneous ones. Check out these ideas for Labor Day 2012 events that you can enjoy with your family, your sweetheart, or just your friends.

Remember, some Labor Day events and activities take little to no planning, and some even take little to no money. You can plan a fun Labor Day for your whole family to enjoy, or a romantic Labor Day weekend for just you and your sweetheart. If you aren’t attached, be sure to get together with your closest pals for a fun long weekend away from work. Here are a few Labor Day events to consider this year.

Labor Day Festivals and Parades
What is Labor Day without patriotic parades and festivals? You can find a lot of great family-friendly things to do for the holiday weekend when it comes to outdoor festivals, parades, and other big celebrations. Look in your local newspaper or check the Web for locations near you that will be hosting any kid of community celebration, parade, or festival. You might find a county fair, a carnival, an outdoor dance, or other special Labor Day event as well.

Labor Day Weekend Concerts
There’s just something about outdoor concerts that make for an amazing time, whether with friends, your significant other, or family. If the holiday weekend is nice and sunny, you can really enjoy some Labor Day weekend concerts in your community or a short drive away. A lot of outdoor concert venues are connected to a restaurant or bar where you can order food and drinks to enjoy outside along with the music. You might also be able to bring your own food and drinks to certain venues, especially if you are going to enjoy concerts in the park or another public location.

Labor Day Car Shows
A car show may not immediately come to mind when you think of things to do on Labor Day weekend, but you can definitely enjoy some time with family, friends, or your sweetheart at a Labor Day car show. A quick Google search will pull up all the Labor Day car shows, and potentially one in your area or within a short drive. Some car shows taking place on Labor Day weekend include Kiwanis of Boyne City’s annual Labor Day Weekend Car Show, the 3rd Annual Maple Falls Labor Day Car Show/Rod Run, and Spirit Lake’s Labor Day Car and Motorcycle Show, to name just a few.

If you know of a local car club or hot rod club, check their website for a listing about any upcoming car shows, especially one for the Labor Day festivities.

Other Labor Day Celebrations
If you are still thinking about what to do on Labor Day weekend, you may want to check with your friends and family to find out what they are doing. You might also consider visiting a grandparent, going out for ice cream, or for a trip to the park to rollerblade, ride on the swings, or take your dog for a walk.

One of the most popular Labor Day traditions seems to be the Labor Day barbecue or the Labor Day picnic with family and friends. If you are still on the hunt for Labor Day weekend events to fill your nice, long weekend, consider hosting a barbecue or a picnic for Labor Day. You can also have a pool party, go to a water park, check out the beach for Labor Day, go on a hike, a bike ride, or even a boat ride in a nearby lake.

If your close family members can’t be with you to celebrate Labor Day, you can also set up a Skype session with them so you can chat and see each other for a few moments. This can be especially nice when there is a new baby in the family, or when family members live across the country from each other.

Labor Day Fireworks
No Labor Day celebration would be complete without fireworks in the evening! Labor Day fireworks can be a romantic activity to enjoy with your sweetheart or it can be a nice family outing for your kids to enjoy, or even your grandparents. You can also get together with your friends after the Labor Day picnic or barbecue for a fireworks display – just bring a blanket and some bug spray, and maybe a few snacks or drinks. Better yet if you can see the local fireworks from your patio, deck, or hot tub!

What are you planning to do for Labor Day 2012? Share your Labor Day ideas in our comments below!

 

Rainy Labor Day Ideas and Activities to Enjoy Inside

Rainy Labor Day ideasEveryone always hopes for sunshine and warm weather on Labor Day weekend, especially when Labor Day parties, picnics, and barbecues fill up the calendar for this long holiday weekend. If the weather forecast predicts a rainy Labor Day weekend, don’t worry about it too much – there are lots of things to do on a rainy Labor Day. No matter if you are having a party, going to a picnic, or just hanging out with your sweetheart, your family, or your friends, you can find something fun to do for Labor Day inside.

Labor Day weekend can be a great time to travel, throw a party, or go to someone else’s barbecue or picnic. If rain is on the way, you don’t have to scrap your plans. You can still find lots of enjoyable things to do in the rain or inside during a rainy Labor Day.

Inside Rainy Labor Day Activity Ideas
Here are some rainy Labor Day ideas for you to try if the weather isn’t cooperating for your barbecue, picnic, or party.

•    Have a scavenger hunt inside.
•    Set up some indoor karaoke.
•    Do Labor Day crafts with the kids.
•    Run a board game marathon.
•    Have a movie marathon with only movies that are patriotic in nature.
•    Mix up red, white, and blue cocktails (if you are old enough to drink).
•    Make red, white, and blue slushies and smoothies (no matter what your age).
•    Have a video game competition.
•    Go shopping and hit up all the amazing Labor Day weekend sales.
•    Break your group into two teams and have an indoor decathlon of events. You can do puzzles, games, and other indoor activities. Best of 10 – only one winner!

These Labor Day ideas if rain’s outside should help to tide you over until the weather clears. Hopefully it won’t rain for the entire Labor Day weekend!

Rainy Labor Day Meals
If the rain is pouring down, grilling might not be your favorite option. You can find a few alternatives to the traditional holiday weekend fare by considering a few rainy Labor Day food ideas. Check out these examples of non-grilled Labor Day food for starters:

•    Meatballs and sauce in crock pots
•    Hoagies
•    Roast beef or turkey sandwiches (hot)
•    Baked ham with pineapple
•    Stir-fried veggies
•    Pork fried rice
•    Sweet and sour chicken
•    Baked ziti
•    Take-out from your local pizza shop, Chinese food place, etc.

Don’t forget delicious Labor Day desserts – brownies or Rice Krispie Treats with red, white, and blue sprinkles, themed sugar cookies, all-American chocolate chip cookies, sheet cake with strawberries and blueberries, fruit salad, and more. What are your favorite patriotic desserts?

Rainy Labor Day Picnic Ideas
If you are going on a Labor Day picnic, you might want to plan to hang out inside. Consider finding a place with shelter for your picnic, like an outdoor party tent, or have a picnic for two in your car, clubhouse, or garage. A Labor Day picnic with many guests may need to move the entire event indoors, perhaps in a basement or garage if not throughout the whole house. If the rain tapers off a bit, you can have your rainy Labor Day events move out to your deck or patio, even if there is still a little drizzle coming down.

If you still want to have a picnic in the rain, consider putting down a few water resistant tarps or setting up an outdoor party tent. You can also try a large beach umbrella or consider tailgating instead of doing the full picnic routine. Since Labor Day is a long weekend, you might also consider having a “rain date” if you can plan it far enough in advance.

To make things more festive despite the gray and gloomy weather, don’t forget to set up your red, white, and blue decorations for an inside Labor Day party. You can also ignore the weather and play outside in the rain if you feel so inclined!

What’s your rainy Labor Day plan? If you have other suggestions for Labor Day rain ideas, please share them below in our comments.

 

Tips on Throwing an Olympics Viewing Party

Olympics Viewing Party TipsWatching the Olympics can be such a memorable pastime when you enjoy these exciting sporting events with your family or friends. It can be a blast to cheer on your favorite athletes and your native country in the company of others who also enjoy these momentous events and overall competition. Here are a few tips to consider if you are interested in hosting your own Olympics party with family or friends.

An Olympics Viewing Party can be as casual or as outrageous as you like. Before you go too far in your planning, first consider whom you plan to invite. Will your Olympics party be kid-friendly or adults-only? Do you want to have family AND friends or just one or the other? How many guests would you like to invite, or how many can you comfortably accommodate? Once you know the answers to these questions, you can send out your invites or start making phone calls and sending text message to get the gang together.

Cheer on Olympics face paint at partyConsider these tips on throwing an Olympics Viewing Party at your home or other special location.

•    Put up a banner with the Olympic rings, even if you just print one off your computer or have your child draw one on poster board for you.
•    Hang up your country’s flag if you haven’t already done so.
•    Decorate your home with banners and balloons and even streamers in the colors of your country or the country hosting the Olympics.
•    When it comes to your Olympics party menu, consider serving food and snacks popular in the country hosting the Olympics.
•    Set up bowls of snacks in the shape of the Olympic rings.
•    Make up a fun game where you and your guests can predict winners in each event you will be watching. Offer prizes for big wins.
•    Be sure to take photos during your Olympics party so that you and all your friends and family can remember this special occasion in years to come.

Watching the Olympics at a partyDepending on the crowd of people you pull together, you may even be able to interest your guests in having your own little Olympics competition with a few favorite sports in the backyard. For summer Olympics, you can do lots of swimming events if you have a pool, or play soccer and other sports in the yard. For winter events, you might consider making up your own game of curling, going sledding, or playing hockey or ice hockey. If your party is adults only, you might also consider hosting your own Beer Olympics! (Be sure to drink responsibly.)

What other ideas do you have for a fun Olympics party? Please share them in our comments below.

 

Patriotic Cocktails and Alcoholic Beverages for Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day

Stars and SodaJuly is THE month to go out and party like a rock star, patriot style. Don’t forget about May’s Memorial Day to kick off the summer and September’s Labor Day for one last hurrah. These months deserve a toast of sorts as we celebrate in memory of all things American. If you’re planning on hosting the festivities, you might as well try these recipes for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.

These drinks are sure to get your mouth watering and craving for more. Here are some patriotic alcoholic drinks you can mix up for the occasion.

Camarena Firecracker
Camarena Firecracker
Ingredients:
2 oz Camarena Reposado Tequila
6 large Watermelon Chunks
1/4 Red Chili Pepper – seeded
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
Watermelon Slice Garnish

Directions:
Place watermelon chunks and red chili pepper in mixing glass. Muddle to release juice and chili pepper spice flavor. Add remaining liquids with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into large rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with watermelon slice.

America’s Sweetheart
America's Sweetheart
Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Blue Ice American Vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Pomegranate Juice
1/4 oz Lime Juice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a mini-American flag.

Camarena Americana
Camarena Americana
Ingredients:
2 oz Camarena Reposado Tequila
1/2 cup Strawberry Simple Syrup*
2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Splash of Orange Liqueur
2 tablespoons of Fresh Basil, Chopped Roughly
6 Sliced Strawberries

Directions:
Place the basil in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, pour in the tequila. Use the back of a spoon (or muddler) to mash the basil leaves into the tequila. Fill the shaker with ice and add strawberry simple syrup, lime juice, Cointreau. Fill with ice, shake and strain into a high ball glass over ice. Garnish with sliced strawberries on the rim and ribbons of basil mixed in the drink.
*Strawberry Simple Syrup Recipe:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4-5 strawberries, sliced
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Cool the syrup, then strain the liquid through a sieve, pressing the strawberries to extract all liquid.

Cathy Riva’s Specialty drink
Cathy Riva's Specialty Drink
Ingredients:
1 ½ parts of Sauza Blue® Silver Tequila
2 parts cranberry/ raspberry juice
8 mint leaves for garnish
1 part lemon-lime soda

Directions:
Combine all ingredients except mint leaves in a pitcher. Serve each glass with 2 mint      leaves. Serve cold or iced.

Liberty-ni
Liberty-ni
Ingredients:
2 oz ROSANGEL
2 oz Cranberry Juice
½ oz Orange Three Olives Vodka
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Serve cold or iced.

Star-Spangled SpritStar-Spangled Spritzz

Ingredients:
1.5 oz ROSANGEL
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Club Soda
6 medium-sized Mint Leaves

Directions:
Combine all ingredients except mint leaves in a pitcher. Serve each glass with 2 mint      leaves. Serve cold or iced.

Patrio-tequila
Patrio-tequila
Ingredients:
¼ cup Granulated Sugar
¼ cup Fresh Lime Juice
¾ cup of berries
1 ¼ cups ROSANGEL
Splash of THREE-OLIVES Cherry Vodka
Ice cubes

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Serve each glass with berries leaves. Serve cold or iced.

Of course, we can’t leave the kids out on our patriotic celebrations. I’m pretty sure they would want in on the fun. So here are some Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day frozen drinks for the little tots. They are all fairly simple to make, so your kids can have a hand in making them too.

Better prepare them for a brain freeze!

SlushiesSlushies
Courtesy of MomAdvice.com

Ingredients:
2 cups ice water
1 packet fruit-flavored drink mix (use your favorite flavor)
2/3 cup sugar
4 cups or 1 full tray of ice cubes

Directions:
You need a blender to prepare this recipe. Put all of the ingredients into your blender. It will be about 2/3 to 3/4′s full. Put the lid on. Process the mixture on high for a full minute. Stop the blender, use a spoon to stir it a bit. Look for unchopped ice chunks. If all the chunks are grated up, then go ahead and serve it. You may need to process it for another full minute though. Serve immediately. I usually have to spoon this out of the blender with a measuring cup because the mixture is so thick. Makes 4 – 8oz servings.

Stars and Soda
Stars and Soda
Courtesy of Hoosierhomemade.com
Ingredients:
Cherry (red)
Blue (blue) Kool-Aid
Invisible Kool-Aid
Star ice cube trays
Hawaiian Punch Berry Blue Typhoon

Directions:
Freeze the Kool Aid and Hawaiian Punch in the star ice cube trays. Place them over cold Club Soda or clear soda like Sprite or 7-up.

Red, White and Blueberry SmoothieRed, White and Blueberry Smoothie
Courtesy of Babble.com

vegan, makes about 4 smoothies, depending on size.
Ingredients:
Red Layer:
3/4 cup frozen raspberries or strawberries
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup ice cubes
3/4 cup vanilla soy milk
Blue Layer:
1 cup frozen blueberries
3/4 cup acai juice
1/4 cup ice cubes
1/4 cup fresh blueberries (or use more frozen)
White Layer:
2 frozen bananas (slice before freezing for blending ease)
3/4 cup vanilla soy milk
1 Tbsp agave or maple syrup
3 Tbsp fine flaked coconut
1/2 cup ice cubes
Garnish:
fresh sliced strawberries
fresh blueberries
pinches of coconut flakes

Directions:
First chill your serving glasses in the freezer.
Cold glasses will help the layers stay separated better.
First blend up the red layer.
Place the red smoothie into a container and place in freezer until needed.
Next, blend up all the blue ingredients.
Pour it into a separate container and place in freezer.
Next, wash out your blender very well to create your white layer.
Add all the white layer ingredients and blend until frothy and smooth.
For a fluffier white layer add more ice.
Assembly:
Now you can remove the red and blue layers from the freezer, as well as your frosted glasses and begin assembling the smoothies.
Place enough red smoothie in each glass to fill 1/3 of the glass. On top of the red layer, place one thinly sliced strawberry round – this helps to separate colors.
Next, pour another 1/3 full amount of blue smoothie mix in each glass. Add 4-5 fresh blueberries on top of the blue layer.
Next, spoon the white layer smoothie into the glass until it is filled to the brim.
Garnish: Place a sprinkling of coconut, one blueberry and one strawberry slice in each glass.
Tips:
*The raspberry smoothie should blend up the thickest/heaviest. That is why it goes on the bottom. The white layer is the fluffiest on top.

Red White & Blue Citrus Spritzer
Red White & Blue Citrus SpritzerCourtesy of Babble.com

Ingredients:
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
Citrus soda of choice

Directions:
Pile the strawberries and blueberries into the ice cube trays and fill them with water. Allow the cubes to freeze completely overnight. Fill a glass with your favorite citrus soda and plop in the cubes.

For the set of holidays this summer, make sure you always have decorations that match the occasion – stars, stripes, blues, whites, and reds. Of course, the good ol’ grill has to make its presence felt with barbecues and burgers. This is definitely going to be a cool holiday despite the rising heat of the summer.

 

 

Wild Bachelorette Party Ideas

Who says men are the only ones who know how to party? Women can throw really wild parties too! Having fun at a bachelorette party is totally different from having to have to plan it all. It’s a completely different ball game when you can kick back and enjoy the fun instead of having to coordinate every detail. But the most redeeming factor of it all is the fun you’ll have during the party – well worth all the planning!

Always remember that the wild bachelorette party night is intended for the bride-to-be, so keep her personality in mind. The thought is that this is the last night she’ll be able to do all the wild things she won’t want do when she’s joined to her husband in marriage. With this in mind, you can draw some great bachelorette party ideas for a wild bachelorette night.

Here are some popular tips, games, themes, and party locations where the gals can have that one wild night before the bride-to-be enters into married bliss.

Wear your hottest outfit and try to see which among you gets the most pickup lines from the guys. This shouldn’t be all too hard. A nice LBD (little black dress) and classic high heels should do the trick. Try to choose an outfit that allows you to party hard, though. You don’t want any embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions or painful blisters disrupting the party.

Choose your party location carefully. Nobody wants to party in a dead location or ghost town. Try to look for a city where the nightlife is vibrant and there’s no shortage of activities to do out and about. Places like Las Vegas and New York are always fantastic options, but try to look for cities that are rare gems when it comes to nightlife and you might be up for a nice surprise. You never know what you might discover.

If it fits with your crowd, you and the girls can go and enjoy a little striptease at a male revue or similar club locale. You can go out for dancing and drinks as well.

Have party games that are ready to play anywhere, any time. You never know what’ll happen in club or a bar when the party gets going, so to up the ante at a party, prepare games you can play out in a crowded scene. Add a little element of risqué behaviors into the mix as well. This may go without saying, but adding a subtle (or more pronounced, depending on your preferences) adult theme to the party can really spice up the heat of the bachelorette night.

One of the more popular games is called “Suck for a buck.” All you need is a white shirt and some hard candy. The bride-to-be wears a white shirt stuck full of hard candy in “strategic” locations. Try to approach men and dare them to suck out the candy using only their lips and tongue for a fee. The more “strategic” the location, the higher the fee.

Drinking games are always a staple, because, let’s face it, what’s a night out without some alcohol? These are easy to make up because you can do variations of different party games by just including alcohol. One example is “Truth or Shot” which is just truth or dare, with just dare replaced by a shot of any drink.

Always remember, try not to get things going too wild or else you might not be able to control it. The whole point of this is to have fun and not to find yourselves sprawled in someone else’s house, not being able to remember the night before. So enjoy, and try to keep things safe and fun at the same time!

 

7 Memorial Weekend Party Themes

Memorial Day weekend always sneaks up when time starts flying by faster and faster as the weather keeps getting nicer. If you are going to have a barbecue or outdoor party for Memorial Day, consider choosing from a few fun Memorial weekend party themes to give your event a special twist. You can keep your party casual or spice things up a bit, depending on your preferences. Consider these suggestions for Memorial weekend party themes you can use for your next Memorial Day gathering.

As a special precaution, keep in mind that Mother Nature can be a bit unpredictable, so it may pay off to have a backup plan for moving your party indoors if needed. You can consider an outdoor party tent or simply move your party inside the house if it looks like the weather may not cooperate. Regardless of the weather, here are some fun Memorial weekend party themes to consider.

•    Hawaiian Luau Party – pretty colors, hibiscus flowers on the deck, tropical drinks with little paper umbrellas, and food like pineapple chicken kabobs, rice, ham, and shrimp…

•    Memorial Day Potluck – Ask each of your guests to bring a covered dish, dessert, or snack. Once you know what people are bringing, you can fill in the gaps or simply make your favorite dishes.

•    Red, White, and Blue Party – Try to have as much food in red, white, and blue as possible, with at least a flag cake, and make a selection of red, white, and blue cocktails. Don’t forget to decorate in these patriotic colors, too!

•    Pool Party – If the pool is open, invite your guests over for a dip. Serve up some burgers and hotdogs, grilled chicken, and beer, as well as fruit salad, side salads, and ice pops.

•    Reggae Party – If money is no object, hire a reggae band to play at your party and decorate with reggae themed decorations. You can get away with beer and barbecue food or whatever you’d like to do, with the main focus on the music. As an alternative, make up a reggae playlist you can play on an iPod or stereo system.

•    Beach Party – Choose a few savory seafood items, decorate with some shells and beachy decorations, and play some fun tunes like the Beach Boys and anything with a steel drum band.

•    Basic Barbecue – Sometimes something simple is the easiest to plan, especially for a bigger group. If you are hosting a Memorial weekend party for many guests, consider keeping it a basic barbecue party with burgers, hotdogs, and all the usual sides, plus a few desserts and some beer and wine.

Your Memorial Day or Memorial weekend party can take on any theme you’d like – these are just a few examples of what might be nice for a warm weather party in late May. You can use these warm weather party themes as inspiration to help you find a theme that would be perfect for a Memorial weekend gathering of friends and family.

 

Bachelorette Weekend Camping Ideas

One last hurrah with the girls is a great way to close one chapter of life and usher in the start of the next. A bachelorette party is the perfect way for a bride to celebrate with her closest girlfriends before her wedding day arrives. The bridal party often plans a bachelorette party at a bar or similar venue, sometimes a winery or at a beach house or vacation retreat. A bachelorette weekend camping trip is another great way to celebrate with the girls. You can go rustic and camp out in a big tent with all the girls or rent an RV or cabin for a little bit of upscale camping fun. Here are some bachelorette weekend camping ideas to consider for the next bride to be with a sense of adventure.

These bachelorette camping ideas should give you a starting point in planning an exciting and adventurous girls’ weekend getaway in the great outdoors. Get together your favorite females and prepare for some fun and excitement away from home.

•    Decide if you want to go rugged or luxurious. Get a campsite with a fire ring or an RV or rustic cabin where you all have a bed or bunk instead of a sleeping bag.

•    Regardless of where you camp out, be sure to bring some supplies to make s’mores and other delicious campfire desserts.

•    Ask each girl to bring a recipe and ingredients for campfire cooking and a tasty alcoholic beverage to go with it. (Cocktails may be better, but beer is allowed!)

•    Plan some fun activities for your group of girls to enjoy – boating, fishing, hiking, exploring, kayaking, spelunking, or even something like paintball or a water balloon battle.

•    Have a scavenger hunt or play another outdoor game where you’re camping.

•    Bring lawn games like horseshoes, quoits, ladder ball, or even a volleyball and net to enjoy some fun competition with your ladies.

•    Bring a boom box or an iPod with good speakers so your group can enjoy some music and dancing if you like.

•    Don’t forget a camera and maybe a video camera like Flip Video (which can also be a great gift for the bride-to-be). You are going to make some amazing memories you’ll want to document… or maybe not!

These are some basic ideas to get your bachelorette camping weekend off to a great start. Please feel free to share any other ideas you have for camping with the girls in our comments below.

 

Men’s Hockey Party Ideas for Playoff Hockey, Stanley Cup Finals, and More

The hockey playoffs are underway and teams are battling it out to see who advances and who goes home. Fans across the country are finding their own creative ways to enjoy the games, from scoring tickets to attend, tailgating, and hosting hockey parties at home or with friends. Consider these men’s hockey party ideas as a fun way to watch your favorite team vie for the most coveted trophy in hockey.

Before you get too far in planning, try to determine the location for your men’s hockey party. Consider hosting a hockey party at your home, in your man cave, or at a friend’s house. You can also have a tailgating party or gather at a party venue for a large scale event. For the purposes of this article, these tips will pertain mainly to a hockey party at someone’s home.

Men’s Hockey Party Ideas
Hosting a men’s hockey party can be a great time no matter if it’s a weeknight or a weekend. Here are some suggestions on how to host an awesome men’s hockey party at your home.

Simple and Easy Hockey Party Tips
•    Keep things simple by ordering takeout food or getting delivery. You can have your guys’ hockey party catered with your favorite foods and snacks – wings, nachos, pizza, and more.
•    Put out a few bags of your favorite snacks – chips, pretzels, Doritos, and whatever else you like.
•    Don’t forget the beer!

No Holds Barred Hockey Party
•    Fire up the grill and make some yummy (non-burnt) ‘hockey pucks’ with buns and all the fixins’ for your guests.
•    Order a key of your favorite beer in advance.
•    During intermissions, partake in some fun games to pass the time – beer pong, flip cup, or poker.
•    If your guests are staying over or have designated drivers, do a shot of your favorite spirit every time your team scores.

Of course, these men’s hockey party ideas can also work nicely for a mixed group of couples or guys and girls. Many women and children love hockey as well, so be sure to plan your party to include all the guests you would like to share in these exciting times.

What other ideas do you have for a men’s hockey party? Be sure to share your suggestions in our comments below. You can also add your favorite hockey team or which team you’re cheering on in the playoffs!

 

Creative Cocktails and Alcoholic Drinks for Easter Brunch

White Sangria for Easter brunchEaster brunch is a popular spin on hosting this springtime holiday for friends and family. From croissants with ham or turkey and egg to casseroles and quiche, the Easter brunch meal possibilities are almost endless. Don’t forget to dress up your Easter brunch with a few fun Easter cocktail ideas for your family and friends to enjoy. You can certainly enjoy Mimosas, but why settle for something so common when you can mix up some great alcoholic beverages for Easter!

Here are a few spring and Easter cocktails to try this year for your Easter brunch celebration.

Spring Melon

Spring Melon Cocktail for EasterIngredients:
2 ½ oz VOGA Sparkling
1 oz vodka
1 oz Midori melon liquor
Lime juice from 1 lime

Instructions:
1.    In a shaker, combine ice, vodka and lime juice.
2.    Stir gently and strain into a chilled rocks glass.
3.    Top with VOGA Sparkling and garnish with lemon or lime slice.

Sparkling Pineapple

Sparkling Pineapple Cocktail for EasterIngredients:
2 oz of vodka
4 oz VOGA Sparkling
Lime juice from 1 lime
Top with pineapple juice and fresh pineapple

Instructions:
1.    In a shaker, mix vodka and lime juice.
2.    Pour in glass and top with VOGA Sparkling, pineapple juice and fresh pineapple.

VOGA’s Easter Sangria

Easter Sangria for brunchIngredients:
2 bottles of VOGA Italia Moscato Wine
3 oz. Triple Sec
2 sliced cucumbers
2 cups of seedless green grapes
1 sliced Granny Smith apple
1 sliced lemon
1 sliced lime
1/2 liter club soda

Instructions:
1.    Pour wine in a pitcher or bowl and add sliced cucumber, apple, lemon and lime.
2.    Next add triple sec and stir gently.
3.    Cover and chill from 2-24 hours (the longer, the better!)
4.    Before serving, top with club soda.
5.    Stir gently and serve over ice.

Makes about 15 servings.

(Recipes courtesy of VOGA Italia Wine…)

Easter Punch Ideas
You can also try a traditional punch recipe that is alcoholic or even a nonalcoholic punch to satisfy your younger (or pregnant!) guests. Try mixing Sprite, 7Up or Ginger Ale with Hawaiian Punch and top with a few generous scoops of rainbow sherbet. This delicious nonalcoholic Easter punch recipe will be great for all the little ones and anyone who isn’t ready for a cocktail just yet.

If you wish to make a fancy Easter punch that is alcoholic, consider adding a fruity liquor like coconut rum, triple sec, or peach schnapps to the punch bowl. Be sure to label it so no little ones partake. You can also float slices of orange, maraschino cherries, and other yummy fruit pieces for a pretty and picture-perfect Easter punch.

What other cocktails do you enjoy around the Easter holiday? Please feel free to share any ideas in our comments below!