Fun Halloween Food Ideas

Don't forget Candy Corn for your Fun Halloween Party Food Ideas!Try some fun Halloween food ideas to spice up your costume party or Halloween party! You can be as creative as you like in preparing food for Halloween parties. You can create a Halloween menu for any budget and for people with many diverse food preferences. Use your imagination to come up with creative and fun Halloween food ideas for your next spooky social gathering!

As you plan your Halloween party food, keep in mind everything from main courses and sides to snacks and dessert. You can prepare party food with creepy names, party snacks that are colored for Halloween, or even desserts that are decorated for Halloween.

Consider these suggestions for fun Halloween food ideas.

Fun Halloween Snack Food Ideas
Most times for any themed party, including Halloween, you can still get away with normal snack foods like chips, pretzels, and other munchies. If you would like a more creative spin on your Halloween party snack food, consider giving spooky names to your snacks, or try to find only snacks that are orange and black for Halloween (cheese puffs, blue corn chips). Consider pumpkin seeds as another option. You can also find other yummy snacks like soft pretzel bites, chips and dip, and more.

Fun Halloween Appetizer Ideas and Creepy Side Dishes
Some great Halloween appetizers to start with may be chips and dips, like the ongoing hit, buffalo chicken dip, which you can easily rename for the Halloween festivities. Consider mozzarella sticks (monster fingers), chicken tenders (witches’ livers), or other delicious hot foods you can creatively name for the Halloween party theme.

When it comes to fun Halloween side dish ideas, think about macaroni and cheese (monster brains), carrot sticks (skeleton bones), and other fun dishes to go along with your Halloween party food. You can modify or simply rename your favorite party food side dishes rather than coming up with something brand new.

Fun Halloween Food Ideas for Main Courses / Entrees
You can enjoy preparing fun Halloween main courses and entrees for your party from your list of favorites or even if you want to try something new. Consider these suggestions for Halloween party food.

•    Baked Ziti (baked fingers)
•    Pepperoni Pizza or Olive Pizza (eyeball pizza)
•    Meatballs (monster eyeballs)
•    Stew (witches’ brew)
•    Hotdog Mummies (Hotdog wrapped in crescent roll dough)
•    Mini Pizza Mummy Faces (mini bagels with cheese for mummy wraps)

Spooky Halloween Dessert Ideas
Halloween dessert can be the most fun kind of party food to prepare! Your creativity is pretty much your only limitation, besides the ingredients you have available. Consider these fun Halloween dessert ideas:

•    Frosted cupcakes, decorated with Halloween designs and characters
•    Cutout cookies shaped like bats, cats, pumpkins, headstones, and other shapes
•    Bowl of Halloween candy
•    Gummy worms
•    Candy apples
•    Finger cookies
•    Pumpkin pie

Plan your Halloween party menu ahead of time and don’t forget to write your shopping list of all the ingredients you need for making your fun Halloween food ideas. Lastly, check out our Halloween cocktail recipes! (If you have more Halloween food ideas to share, please leave a comment so all our readers can benefit from your tips, too!)

DIY Peacock Halloween Costume and Makeup Tips

DIY Peacock Halloween Costume by Erica ManiscalcoTo create the perfect peacock for Halloween, you should first find your inspiration. Good inspiration should allow you to create the perfect peacock Halloween costume with great makeup and nails to accent your look. Always start with a photo of your inspiration. I wanted to create as real of a peacock as possible… so my inspiration came from photos of real peacocks and artwork of peacocks.

Then I put together my ideas of how I can put this together. Map out what you want to do. For me it was a pair of spandex, tank top, and then the tail. After that I make a list of all the materials I would need; again, an outfit, makeup and feathers. I then look for places that sell peacock feathers and I am lucky being in New York because you can get anything. I think I bought out all the peacock feathers.

DIY Peacock Halloween Costume
DIY Peacock Halloween Costume by Erica ManiscalcoI bought a variety of feathers, long short, dark blue, dark green. When you see all of them together you start to get more ideas for the peacock costume. The long feathers were for the tail, short feathers and range of colors were for the body. I decided to make my peacock Halloween costume a little more fantasy like, so I bought turquoise satin opera gloves and turquoise fabric for the arms to give the idea of wings without actually making them.

So my materials are complete and now it’s time for putting it together. I individually glued each feather to the tank and shorts and put it on in a pattern. I let some feathers fall over the fabric hanging below the shorts and above the tank to form almost a fan like pattern over my chest. I cut the fabric so it was an even amount on both sides and attached the corner of the fabric with thread to the top. It is connected but it can move. I then made a DIY Peacock Halloween Costume by Erica Maniscalcoloop at the other corner so I can slip it on my glove for me to hold it while I walk, again giving the movement of a wing. Think of a long wedding dress and how the bride can hold up her gown.

Once the body was made, next came the tail. For this I needed the long feathers, Velcro, and a small pillow. I started to glue the feathers in a pattern of a real peacock tail. I knew I was not going to be able to walk through doors if I made the tail stand straight up like a fan so I chose to make it how the tail looks when it is hanging down off of the peacock. Make sure the tail is narrow where it connects to you and wider at the end. The tail becomes very heavy due to all the feathers, so I needed something to keep it up. I took Velcro and attached it to the tail and used that as the belt to wrap around me to show that it was connected. I then sewed a little pillow and put that underneath the tail to hold it up.

DIY Makeup and Hair for Peacock Costume
DIY Peacock Halloween Costume by Erica ManiscalcoLast came the makeup. I was originally going to use a prosthetic to make the beak but I decided to do this all with airbrushing and paint.

I airbrushed my body skin green. For the face I glued small beads that I found at the fabric store to my head and then painted the face with blue, greens, and beige to give the illusion of a beak.

For the hair I used hair slick (you can find that at a professional makeup store) and plenty of blue hair spray paint to put my hair back into a ponytail.

There you go – your perfect peacock!

About the Expert:
Erica Maniscalco is a freelance makeup artist based in New York City. For more information, visit www.ericamaniscalco.com.

Party To Do List – Get Ready for the Festivities with These Tips!

Try this party to do list to be sure you are ready for all your special events.Parties can be long-planned or quite impromptu – but even the most spontaneous party should have a short party to do list so you are prepared to entertain your guests! From food and drink to games, activities, and anything in between, you should put a little thought into your party ideas with a helpful party to do list. Consider these suggestions for both spontaneous parties and special events or even holiday parties.

Many times it is easy to forget something simple like bags of ice or plastic silverware. Party to do lists are a great way to keep yourself organized and remember all the essentials for your major event to your impromptu party.

Party To Do List for Spontaneous, Spur-of-the-Moment Parties
When a party comes together with very little notice, you can usually get by successfully with the basics on your impromptu party to do list. Be sure you have these things on hand so your spontaneous party will be great fun for everyone!

o    Beverages – Water, Soda, Beer, Wine, Liquor, Juice, Mixers – that kind of thing!

o    Food – Snacks like chips, pretzels, and Doritos are a good start. If you don’t have other food to toss in the oven, order some pizza

o    Solo Cups – If you plan to have a keg of beer or even if you are just mixing drinks, having plastic cups is vital. You can also use them for games like beer pong and flip cup!

o    Napkins / Paper Towels – Be ready for any spills and cleanup needs, just in case.

o    Music – This is something you probably always have on hand – hook up your iPod or play your favorite CDs for your guests in the background.

o    Games, Activities, or Another Party Reason – Most times you don’t need a reason to have a party, but it helps if you have something for your guests to do, whether it is watching a UFC fight, playing games, or simply catching up on old times in front of a bonfire.

Beyond having the above items ready for your spur-of-the-moment party, be sure to invite your guests with as much notice as possible. If you can think of anything else you need to do for a spontaneous party, please leave your tips in our comments to help others plan their parties!

Party To Do List for a Major Party or Event
When the party or event you are planning has more significance than a quick get-together, it helps to start planning further in advance. You can benefit from having some help from friends or family, but even if it is all you, you can still plan a successful party or event with a helpful and complete party to do list.

Consider these major needs for your party to do list!

Early Party Planning To Do List
o    Choose a date and party location. Reserve a hall or book a restaurant or other venue if you prefer not to have the party at your home.
o    Invite your guests. (Evites are helpful to keep track of RSVPs!)
o    Make up a party food menu and a corresponding grocery list.
o    Purchase party decorations if desired. (Balloons, crepe paper, banners, etc.)
o    Put together a music playlist or consider hiring a DJ or band if appropriate.
o    If you are going to cater the party, work with a caterer or restaurant to choose the menu and reserve everything you need.
o    Ensure you have crock pots and food serving stations available for your party.
o    Select a card and present for the guest/s of honor if appropriate.

Party Planning To Do List for 1 Week out or Closer
o    Get in touch with guests who have not responded in a timely fashion to ensure a more accurate party headcount.
o    Ensure you have enough party food for everyone who is coming, plus maybe one or two surprise guests who forgot to reply.
o    Do your grocery shopping when the party gets close.
o    Buy beer, wine, liquor, soda, water, or whatever you want to serve your guests as drinks.
o    Clean your house or arrange for an earlier time to arrive at your venue so you can decorate.
o    Make sure you have enough napkins, paper plates, plastic cups, plastic silverware, paper towels, and any other paper goods.
o    Start preparing food a day or two ahead of time.

Same Day Party Planning To Do List
o    Decorate the venue for the party or event.
o    Set up the music station.
o    Set out the food.
o    Do any last minute straightening and cleaning.
o    Set up the bar or drink stations.
o    Ensure trashcans are readily available.
o    Help yourself to a drink, relax, and let the fun begin!

If you can think of anything else you need to do to prepare for a party, please share it in our comments. We tried to think of everything, but if we missed something, we would love to include it still. Happy party planning!

Girls’ Weekend Ideas for All Seasons

Try these fun girls' weekend plans for all seasons!Exciting girls’ weekend ideas can make all the difference in having fun with your group of friends, even at a moment’s notice. Spending time with your girls is so important, even if it doesn’t happen as often as you like. Life gets busy with marriage, homeownership, having a family, and of course, working for a living. Take some time to plan a girls’ night or girls’ weekend with a few ideas for fun things you can do with the girls.

No matter what the season, you can find a wide variety of fun girls’ weekend ideas. Consider these suggestions for every budget for your girls’ weekends at home or away!

 

Girls’ Weekend Ideas for Winter
Winter can present a challenge if the weather is bad, but getting together with friends in the wintertime can be just as much fun as any other season if you plan it right. If the weather is cold and the snow is falling, consider these fun girls’ weekend ideas for your group of friends.

1.    Girls’ Ski Weekend
2.    Girls’ Spa Weekend
3.    Girls’ Getaway to Somewhere Warm and Tropical
4.    Ladies’ Cabin or Mountains Getaway
5.    Girls’ Wine Tour Weekend
6.    Cruise over a Long Weekend
7.    Hot chocolate and coffee plus conversation at someone’s house

Girls’ Weekend Ideas for Spring
Springtime is a time of new beginnings, new life, and warmer weather. Consider these springtime girls’ weekend ideas for activities you can enjoy with your girlfriends.

1.    Girls’ Ranch Getaway
2.    Girls’ Winery Tour
3.    Shopping Weekend at the Outlets
4.    Wild Weekend in Las Vegas
5.    Spa Weekend

Girls’ Weekend Ideas for Summer
Summertime is a favorite travel time and activity time for just about everyone. You can find a lot of fun and exciting things to do in the summer with your girlfriends. Consider these ideas for girls’ weekends and getaways.

1.    Beach Weekend
2.    Lake Getaway
3.    Road Trip Weekend
4.    Resort Getaway
5.    Culinary Weekend
6.    Houseboat Weekend

Girls’ Weekend Ideas for Fall / Autumn
Fall is a nice close to the summer and offers splendid colors and decent, sometimes beautiful weather. Consider these suggestions for girls’ weekends near or far.

1.    Winery Weekend
2.    Football Weekend
3.    Niagara Falls Long Weekend
4.    Hike or Bike Weekend
5.    Haunted Weekend
6.    Halloween Festivities
7.    Breast Cancer Awareness Participation

Girls’ Weekend Ideas for Anytime
Many of the above ideas, like going to the spa and checking out the wineries, can be a great fit for any season at all. Keep these fun activities in mind any time of year!

1.    Spa Weekend
2.    Resort Weekend
3.    Cruise
4.    Girls’ Night In
5.    Celebrations at the bar
6.    Movie Marathons
7.    Craft Weekends (Scrapbooking, pottery, ceramics, beading, etc.)
8.    Game Weekend (video games, board games, etc.)
9.    Wild Girls’ Getaway
10.    Shopping Excursions

These are just a few girls’ weekend ideas to consider. Keep them in mind and try to come up with some of your own ideas for girls’ weekends, too! If you have other ideas for girls’ weekend plans, please share them with us in our comments section!

Halloween Cocktails, Creepy Drinks, and Spooky Alcoholic Beverages

Halloween Alcoholic Beverages Midori Melon Eye TiniHalloween time is a great time to get together with friends for a drink. You can have a lot of fun mixing up Halloween cocktails, themed drinks, and spooky alcoholic beverages. Whether you need special Halloween drinks for your costume party or you simply want to mix up a few orange or green alcoholic beverages with your sweetheart, you can easily create some great Halloween concoctions in the comfort of your home.

If you want to create a signature Halloween cocktail, just choose a theme and a color scheme. You can do some research online to find colored cocktails, cocktail recipes for particular ingredients, and more. Consider these suggestions for Halloween drinks and cocktails for your Halloween party or anytime at all.

Halloween Cocktails to Make at Home
Gather a few ingredients and get ready to mix up some spooky Halloween cocktails this year! You’ll find everything from sweet to tart and everything in between. Have fun making these spooky Halloween drinks with your sweetheart, family, or friends.

Halloween Drink #1: Midori Melon Eye-Tini
Halloween Alcoholic Beverages Midori Melon Eye TiniBy Rob Husted of Florida

Ingredients:
1 & 1/4 parts Midori Melon liqueur
3/4 parts SKYY Infusions Citrus
1/2 part Finest Call Agave Syrup
2 parts of Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale
2 parts Finest Call Sweet & Sour Mix
3 Orange Wedges
2 Fresh Ripped Basil Leaves
Strawberry Sundae Syrup

Procedure for Midori Melon Eye-Tini:
1.    In a shaker glass combine Midori Melon liqueur, SKYY infusions Citrus, Finest Call Agave Syrup, 3 Orange Wedges, and 2 Fresh Ripped Basil Leaves.
2.    Muddle ingredients together.
3.    Add ice and Finest Call Sweet & Sour Mix.
4.    Shake for 10 seconds.
5.    Add Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale and roll drink back and forth between your mixing tin and shaker glass.
6.    Strain into a chilled martini glass drizzled with Strawberry Sundae Syrup to give an effect of a bloodshot eye.

Garnish: Chilled red seedless grape at bottom of glass (to look like an eyeball) and spanked Basil leaf floated on top of cocktail for aroma.

Spooky Drink #2: Midori Halloween Harvest Punch
No Halloween party is complete without a punch bowl or witches’ brew!

Halloween Alcoholic Beverages Midori Halloween HarvestIngredients:
1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
1 part Dark Rum
1 part Light Rum
2 part White Cranberry Juice
1 part Unfiltered Apple Juice
1 part Simple Syrup
Juice of one lemon

Procedure for Midori Halloween Harvest Punch:
1.    For a Punch Bowl (32 ounces) multiply this recipe eight (8) times.
2.    Add the liquid ingredients and mix well.
3.    Top with apple slices, blueberries, and melon balls.

Keep Reading: Halloween Cocktail #3: Jack-O-lantern and more…

Halloween Party Ideas for Food, Decorations, and Games

Try these Halloween Party Planning Tips.When it comes to celebrating Halloween as an adult, Halloween parties are a fun and interesting way to enjoy the holiday. If you would like to plan a Halloween party, consider these tips for Halloween themed food, decorations, and games to delight your guests. Strongly consider making your Halloween party a costume party – this makes the event so much more dynamic, authentic, and memorable. Check out these Halloween party tips for an unforgettable celebration.

From food and candy to spooky decorations and festive music, you should take a couple days or at least a couple hours to get your plans in place. Make a grocery list, pick out your decorations, and put together a music mix of all the spooky music you can find. Consider these other suggestions to help you plan your Halloween party.

Halloween Party Food Ideas
Try these Halloween Party Planning Tips.You can pick festive Halloween food or just make a bunch of food that you and your guests enjoy. If you would like to make Halloween themed food, consider a few of these creative Halloween party food ideas:

•    Witch’s Brew – You can make a fun and festive witch’s brew as a soup or a punch drink. Be sure you have some kind of fun caldron for your witch’s brew!

•    Pumpkin Pie – How festive for Halloween! Don’t forget the pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, or pumpkin muffins, depending on your preference.

•    Halloween Cupcakes, Brownies, and Cookies – Part of the fun of making Halloween themed food is doing the decorating. Make cutout cookies shaped like bats, cats, pumpkins, coffins, or whatever fun cookie cutter shapes you have. Decorate your cupcakes and brownies with colored icing and make them into fun designs like headstones, witch’s hats, black cats, vampires, ghosts, and other fun but spooky Halloween designs.

Try these Halloween Party Planning Tips.•    Chips and Dip – You can make a fun yet spooky reference by giving names to your chips and dips. Be creative and be sure to leave out cards with the name of each dish. Give things names like “Mummy Brains” or something else a little spooky or grotesque.

•   Main Courses – As you plan your main courses, consider dishes that feed a crowd well, like baked ziti, meatballs, hoagies, chicken tenders, and pizza. You can make up creative names if you like or you can simply feed your guests like at a normal party.

•    Candy – What would a Halloween party be without candy! Be sure to set out a variety of treats for your guests and any trick-or-treaters that might come knocking.

Halloween Party Decorations for a Spooky Atmosphere
Try these Halloween Party Planning Tips.Part of the fun of a Halloween party is decorating the house with fun and festive Halloween decorations. You can put the cutouts or vinyl clings in the windows, hang black and orange streamers from the walls, set out your candy dishes and food platters, and dim the lights if you like. If you have electronic Halloween decorations or things that glow in the dark, consider making good use of those, too. Black lights can be a great mood enhancer for any Halloween party, and they work especially well with your glow-in-the-dark items. You can even set up your whole house like a haunted house if you like!

Consider these additional ideas for Halloween party decorations:

  • Painted pumpkins
  • Jack-o-lanterns
  • Indian corn
  • Gourds
  • Orange and black balloons

In addition to setting up your Halloween decorations, you should be sure to have a party soundtrack for your Halloween festivities. Consider adding fun songs like the Monster Mash, retro songs like Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and classic scary movie songs like the Ghostbusters theme. Try to come up with at least 20 songs to fill a CD or create an iPod playlist. If you can keep going, add as many songs as you can!

Halloween Party Games
Try these Halloween Party Planning Tips.Most Halloween parties can be a lot of fun with traditional party games for adults, and especially common drinking games like beer pong and flip cup. You can also include games with cards and dice. You can also play any of a variety of board games. However, if you would prefer to plan your party with Halloween themed games, you might have to get a little creative.

For some fun Halloween games, you can try any of the following:
•    Bobbing for Apples
•    Contest for the Best Costume
•    Mummy Making (Wrap a guest in toilet paper as quickly as you can to be the first one done.)

You can also make up your own fun Halloween party games. If you know any other suggestions for Halloween party food, decorating tips, or party games, please share in the comments section for the benefit of all our readers!

 

Continental Breakfast Buffet Ideas

Tips for a continental breakfast buffet at home.If you are having guests overnight or inviting people over for breakfast or brunch, some continental breakfast buffet ideas might come in handy in your planning. Typically, continental breakfast includes coffee, milk, hot chocolate, and a variety of juices, as well as pastries like croissants and Danish, also bagels, and sometimes yogurt and cereal. Many times fruit is also available. If you would like to create your own breakfast at home, consider these continental breakfast buffet ideas.

Before you invite guests to your home for continental breakfast, be sure you’ve done your supermarket shopping. Make a list of all the groceries and ingredients you will need. You can also think about setting up food stations and decorative platters and pitchers for your continental breakfast spread.

Continental Breakfast Buffet Ideas for Beverages
Tips for a continental breakfast buffet at home.Most continental breakfasts include coffee, milk, hot chocolate, fruit juices, and water, but you can plan your continental breakfast buffet any way that you like. If you are planning a breakfast buffet for adults or mainly adults, consider breakfast beverages like Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Consider these continental breakfast buffet drink ideas:

•    Coffee
•    Tea
•    Hot Chocolate
•    Water
•    Milk
•    Apple Juice
•    Orange Juice
•    Grapefruit Juice
•    Cranberry Juice
•    Pineapple Juice
•    Mimosas (Orange Juice and Champagne)
•    Bloody Marys (Vodka, tomato juice or V8, and spices)

Continental Breakfast Buffet Ideas for Food
Tips for a continental breakfast buffet at home.As you plan your continental breakfast buffet at home, be sure your menu accommodates any dietary needs or restrictions of your guests. Breakfast usually is pretty accommodating for most people, but keep in mind food allergies to gluten and dairy as well as vegan lifestyles. Here are a few food suggestions for your continental breakfast buffet at home:

•    A variety of cereals
•    Fruit Danish pastries
•    Cinnamon rolls
•    Bagels with cream cheese or butter
•    English muffins
•    Croissants
•    Granola
•    Yogurt
•    Fruit platter

Grand Scale Breakfast Buffet Ideas
If you are interested in providing more of a hearty spread for your breakfast guests, consider expanding your continental breakfast buffet with these ideas:

Tips for a continental breakfast buffet at home.•    Breakfast meats like bacon, ham, sausage, pork roll, and Canadian bacon
•    Eggs – scrambled eggs might be easiest to make and keep warm. You can do omelets made-to-order if you really want.
•    Waffles, French toast, or pancakes
•    Breakfast potatoes

Once you have your continental breakfast buffet ideas figured out, be sure to buy your ingredients and invite your guests. Don’t forget jellies, jams, butter, cream cheese, and other spreads and condiments!

Do you have any other suggestions? Leave us a comment if you can think of more food or drink ideas for a continental breakfast buffet.

 

Romantic Birthday Tips and Ideas

Try these tips for a romantic birthday!A romantic birthday can often be the best birthday. And since birthdays only come once a year, be sure to celebrate to your heart’s content. Whether you are planning to celebrate your own birthday or trying to come up with a good idea for planning a romantic birthday for your boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé, husband, or wife, do your best to get a head start on the planning to ensure everything goes smoothly. As you plan your romantic birthday date, consider these ideas to help you find the right plans for you and your sweetheart.

Planning a romantic birthday doesn’t have to take a long time and it certainly doesn’t have to be difficult. Having a budget in mind will help you to get started toward a very special and romantic birthday party, date, or evening at home. Consider these romantic birthday ideas for an unforgettable time.

 

A Romantic Birthday Surprise
For many people, planning romantic surprises is half the fun! As you plot and plan a very romantic day or evening for your sweetheart’s birthday, try to think of a variety of birthday surprises to consider. Ideally your romantic birthday surprise should zero in on some of your significant other’s favorite things. Consider these ideas for romantic birthday surprises:

•    Do something romantic yet unusual like a carriage ride for an unforgettable birthday memory.
•    Plan an entire evening for your sweetheart with dinner, wine, a massage, and a special birthday gift.
•    Buy the gift for your significant other that you know would mean the most (puppy, jewelry, electronics, vacation flights, etc.).

To complete the romantic birthday surprise, think about sprinkling rose petals on the bed or leading to a bubble bath. Make sure you remember the champagne!

Romantic Birthday Ideas
When you are in a committed relationship, most times birthdays can be as romantic as you like. If you and your significant other are both in on the planning for a romantic birthday activity, consider these suggestions:

•    Cook dinner together, complete with appetizers, salad, dessert, and wine.
•    Go out to dinner and a movie – it may sound boring but this is a classic date idea!
•    Visit a winery for a tour and tasting.
•    Have a picnic if the weather is nice and the season allows.
•    Visit a couples resort or a high end resort getaway.
•    Plan a cruise or a romantic vacation over your birthday weekend.
•    Go horseback riding.
•    Take a trip to the beach or the mountains.
•    Go to a concert – rock or symphony, depending on your tastes.
•    Stay at home and lock yourselves in your bedroom.
•    Snuggle together in front of a roaring fire.

These are just a few suggestions for romantic things to do on your birthday or your sweetheart’s birthday. They may not be best suited for everyone, so feel free to come up with your own romantic birthday ideas. If you do think of anything else to do for a romantic birthday, please share in the comments below!

Romantic Birthday with Family or Friends
It’s still possible to have a romantic birthday even if you are getting together with family or friends, too. The trick is to get together with your family or friends and your significant other earlier enough that you can still enjoy some of the evening together with your sweetheart. When the evening winds down, you can go back with your sweetheart to continue enjoying your special birthday festivities.

Remember, these are only suggestions for romantic birthday plans. You can easily come up with even more suggestions and ways to celebrate your birthday or your significant other’s birthday with little time investment. Try these tips for a fun and romantic birthday or for any special occasion where you want to add a touch of romance.

 

Creative Centerpieces for Parties

Consider these ideas for creative centerpieces for parties.No matter what your budget, you can find or make perfect creative centerpieces for parties of all kinds. Some popular creative centerpiece ideas include flowers, candles, and fancy crystal or glassware, but you can spruce up your party décor with a variety of other special items. If you are looking for a fun and creative centerpiece for your upcoming party, consider these suggestions for a few unique ideas you can try.

Creative centerpieces for parties can range from floral centerpieces to edible centerpieces to decorative items for the home. You can even make up your own centerpiece ideas depending on the type of party you are having. Consider these ideas to help you find the best creative centerpieces for parties that you plan to host this year.

Creative Centerpieces for Birthday Parties
Consider these ideas for creative centerpieces for parties.The easiest kind of party centerpiece to plan might be birthday parties. The beauty of a birthday party centerpiece is it can be anything you want it to be. When planning the birthday centerpieces, keep in mind the guest of honor. A child’s birthday party calls for an entirely different centerpiece than an adult’s birthday party and a teenager’s birthday party is a whole other story too.

Consider these creative centerpieces for birthday parties:

Birthday Party Centerpieces for Kids
If you are planning a birthday party for your child, no matter if it is a first birthday or an eighth birthday or a thirteenth birthday, keep your kid’s favorite colors and favorite things in mind first and foremost. You can plan a centerpiece that matches the theme of the celebration or you can do something special outside of the party theme. Here are a few ideas for creative centerpieces for birthday parties:

•    Balloons tied to a stuffed animal or weighted decoration
•    Sand art displays that your child helps to make
•    A different jar, bowl, or vase of candy for every table
•    Cakes or cupcakes on a pretty platter or tiered display
•    Cutouts or collages of your child’s favorite characters

Creative Birthday Party Centerpieces for Teens
Teens may like some of the centerpiece ideas for kids and adults, but you can also come up with your own special creative centerpieces for your teen’s birthday party. Consider a lollypop tree, floral arrangements of favorite flowers or favorite colors, and edible centerpieces for the ultimate fun. You can put a different snack or candy on each table. If you still need additional ideas for the centerpieces, check out Google images for a wide array of creative centerpiece choices.

Birthday Centerpieces for Adults
Consider these ideas for creative centerpieces for parties.If you are planning a birthday party for a grownup, consider the person’s hobbies and favorite things. You should also consider the event’s theme so you can choose a creative centerpiece for the party that goes along with the rest of the décor, food, music, and so forth. Here are a few suggestions for adult birthday party centerpieces:

•    Floral arrangement in the guest of honor’s favorite color
•    Carved fruit arrangements (carved watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe)
•    Lit candle centerpieces
•    Potted plants
•    Large vases of fresh citrus fruits – oranges, lemons, limes, and tangerines
•    Floating flowers or floating candles in glass bowls
•    Bottle of wine or liquor

Creative Centerpieces for Anniversary Parties
Consider these ideas for creative centerpieces for parties.Anniversary celebrations definitely call for creative centerpieces. Usually an anniversary party will have a more formal theme, much like a wedding reception. Whether you are one of the spouses or the child of the guests of honor, you can choose gorgeous, elegant centerpieces for the anniversary party. Consider these suggestions for creative centerpieces for anniversary parties:

•    Place a few vibrantly colored, showy blooms in square, rectangular, or angled vases.
•    Set up a few tiers of ivory colored candles with strings of pearls wound around the bases.
•    Choose amazing floral arrangements reminiscent of the couple’s wedding flowers.
•    Opt for candles with ivy and bubble bowls, a common wedding centerpiece.

Creative Centerpieces for Halloween Parties
Consider these ideas for fall creative centerpieces for parties around Halloween.Halloween is a fun time to throw a party no matter what your age. Costume parties make for a great Halloween party theme for kids and adults alike. For a successful and memorable Halloween party, consider your food options, decorations, costumes, and of course centerpieces. Here are a few suggestions for creative centerpieces for Halloween parties:

•    Find cool Halloween electronics and decorations for centerpieces, like a skull, witch, or other Halloween creature.
•    Make a jack-o-lantern or paint a pumpkin for each table that needs a creative Halloween centerpiece.
•    Place interesting bowls and displays of candy out for creative Halloween party centerpieces.
•    Make colorful Halloween cupcakes of witches, vampires, pumpkins, bats, black cats, and other symbols and set them nicely on tiers or platters.
•    Set out a display of gourds and mini pumpkins on each of the tables.

Creative Centerpieces for Parties of Any Kind
Consider these ideas for edible centerpieces for parties.If you are planning another kind of party and need a creative centerpiece idea, consider centerpieces you can make yourself using recycled materials. You can make cool floral centerpieces out of unique glassware that you would otherwise recycle. You can also make paper mache style centerpieces in any design or style that you like. One more idea for recycled centerpieces is to find unique items at yard sales and flea markets and turn them into something beautiful. A few examples are old vases and ceramics, beer steins, or watering cans with flowers. Try to think of a few other ideas for recycled centerpieces and share them in our comments below!

In addition to creative recycled centerpieces for parties, you might consider ordering or creating your own edible centerpieces. You can choose fruit arrangements with picks and skewers for a festive look any time of year. You can also create your own edible centerpieces like dessert trees, sandwich stands, and candy dishes. One other gorgeous option is to carve large kinds of fruit and fill them with fruit salad. Anything with chocolate – even a chocolate fountain – could make an excellent party centerpiece! Please share any other ideas you have for creative centerpieces for parties below in our comments. Best wishes!

Football Food Ideas for Parties

Fall is here and football is in season. Whether you want to have a football party on Sunday or a Monday Night Football gathering, you’d better be sure your menu is on par with the appetites you’ll be hosting. A great football party has a variety of food to satisfy all tastes, but usually finger food, hot sandwiches, and cold beer will suffice anytime. Consider these sports food tips to help you come up with the perfect football party food ideas for your upcoming football gathering.

Football party food can be as easy or as involved as you like. You can create football shaped food or football themed food, or very simply, finger foods for parties, desserts, sandwiches, and drinks. Definitely don’t forget the beer! Here are a few different football party food suggestions to consider. (You can also check out our Super Bowl Party Food Ideas.)

You can also have fun with football themed desserts like football themed cupcakes, frosted with your favorite team’s colors (or mascot if you are crafty!). You can also do cupcakes with both teams if you have friends on either side, or you can simply decorate the cupcakes with icing designs of a football, goal posts, and helmets.

You can make your own football themed food or you can usually find football party food platters at the grocery store with hot wings, cheese and meat trays, and more. If you still haven’t found your perfect party food, keep reading for our last batch of football party food ideas.

Football Shaped Food for Parties…

 


Five Tips for Throwing an Emmys Viewing Party at Home

This year is the first time I’m ever throwing an awards party that is coordinated with one of the red carpet events. I’ve learned a lot in my experience in planning an Emmys party so far and I’d like to share my tips in case you are also looking to throw an Emmys party, Oscars party, or some other kind of red carpet event at home.

First things first, you must decide on your date, times, and guest list. Once you have those three key items nailed down, you can get into the fun part of the planning for your Emmys party. Consider these tips to help you plan a fun red carpet event at home!


1.    Invitations
– Send out an Evite so you can keep tabs on how many guests are coming. This will help you with planning the amount of food and beverages to have on hand.

2.    Drinks
– Get some wine and champagne for a truly luxe Emmys party experience. You can also plan a signature cocktail for all to enjoy in pretty glassware. Consider a colorful Cosmo or another bright and potent libation.

3.    Food – Make the night special with some classy hors d’oeuvres and elegant entrees. Or, opt for the mix and mash of dishes from your favorite takeout places, gathering fried food, Chinese food, and more. Make sure you check for any food allergies prior to planning your menu. Don’t forget decadent desserts!

4.    Dress Up – Or don’t. It’s up to you if you would like your friends to get glammed up for the Emmys party. You can give the girls a great excuse to enjoy wearing a gown and doing up their makeup and hair, or you can go to the opposite end with a pj party or simply casual attire.

5.    Goodie Bags – You’ve got the food, drinks, the guest list, and the dress code nailed down. Now what could be missing besides some fun take-home items for your pals?! If you are feeling so inspired, put together a little goodie bag for each friend who is coming to your party. You can include makeup, lotion, hair care products, candy, and more. Of course, this tip is entirely optional and based on your budget.

If you are planning an all-girls Emmys party, you might also keep in mind a few things to do in addition to noshing and checking out the celebrities on the red carpet. Consider setting out some items for manicures, pedicures, and makeovers if anyone feels so inclined. You can also pick up a few gossip tabs and magazines like Cosmo for some additional commentary throughout the night.

If there will be guys at your Emmys party too, don’t be too surprised if the talk turns to sports. Be sure you have some beer on hand for the guys. You can also enjoy some games while you are watching the Emmys. Consider playing cards, dice games, or board games.

These are just a few ideas for different ways you can spin your Emmys party, Oscars party, or other red carpet event at home. Consider these tips or come up with your own. Most importantly, have fun!

 

Labor Day Recipes

Make food with a patriotic theme for your Labor Day Party!Labor Day is a popular time to throw a party or host a barbeque. You can invite your very close friends or just immediate family, or you can throw a big Labor Day bash for the whole neighborhood and everyone you know. No matter what you decide, make sure you have some good Labor Day recipes to try for the festivities. You can get Labor Day recipes from your family for a traditional meal or you can find a ton of great Labor Day food ideas online.

Consider these delicious Labor Day recipes and food ideas or create your own!

Labor Day Recipe #1: Sliders on the Grill
Burgers are a classic barbeque entrée, but you can spice them up just a bit for a fun and unforgettable Labor Day recipe. To make your own sliders on the grill for Labor Day, follow these steps:

Ingredients for Sliders on the Grill:
–    Ground Beef
–    Salt
–    Pepper
–    A1 Steak Sauce

Recipe Instructions for Sliders on the Grill:
To add some zing to your burgers, simply add about one teaspoon of A1 steak sauce for each pound of ground beef. Add a dash of salt and pepper and make enough handmade burger patties for your guest list. Pat the burger patties well so that they don’t fall apart on the grill. Remember, sliders are smaller than normal burgers so they will take less time to cook and they will also need smaller slider-sized rolls!

Labor Day Recipe #2: Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a favorite side dish at many barbeque parties. This delicious vegetable tastes great with a little salt and butter, but… bacon? You might be surprised at just how amazing this combination can be!

Ingredients for Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob:
–    Corn on the cob (with husks still attached)
–    Uncooked bacon
–    Basin of Water (to soak corn husks)

Recipe Instructions for Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob:
Bacon-wrapped corn on the cob isn’t tough to make but sometimes it is nice to have a few helpers for the prep work. To make your own baconated corn, follow these steps:

1.    Remove the silk hairs from each corn cob but do not remove the leaves.
2.    Place each corn cob in the basin of cold water to soak for 20 minutes.
3.    After soaking, gently move the leaves out of the way and wrap one piece of bacon around each corn on the cob.
4.    Pull the leaves back up to cover the corn.
5.    Wrap with tin foil if desired.
6.    Cook on the grill until bacon is fully done.

This is a messy dish but the taste is well worth the hassle!

Labor Day Recipe #3: Red, White, and Blue Fruit Dessert
For a patriotic holiday like Labor Day, it only seems right that at least one of the recipes be colored appropriately. You can easily accomplish this with a fruit tray or fruit salad and marshmallow crème dip.

Ingredients for Red, White, and Blue Fruit Dessert:
–    8 oz. softened cream cheese
–    7 oz. marshmallow crème
–    Strawberries
–    Raspberries
–    Blueberries
–    Watermelon
–    Other fruit as desired

Recipe Instructions for Red, White, and Blue Fruit Dessert:
You can take a lot of creative liberties with your fruit dessert for Labor Day parties. A fruit based dessert can be a truly refreshing treat, especially on a hot day. The marshmallow fluff dip is the white in your red, white, and blue, and the colors of the fruit should take care of the red and blue colors. To create your own festive Labor Day fruit display for your party, follow these steps:

1.    Wash and cut your fruit as desired.
2.    Hollow out a watermelon to hold your fruit salad or fruit display. Through the process, make chunks or spheres of watermelon fruit.
3.    Combine cream cheese and marshmallow crème to create the fluffy fruit dip.
4.    Scoop the fruit dip into a fancy dish that fits inside of the watermelon or something that looks nice next to it.
5.    Serve chilled!

These are just a few Labor Day recipes for you to enjoy. We’ve shared an entrée, a side dish, and a dessert for your Labor Day party food ideas, but you can easily come up with more ideas for Labor Day recipes and menu items. Search online for more fun and festive tips for this patriotic long holiday weekend!