How to throw a fun themed holiday party

(BPT) – This year, why not choose a fun theme for your holiday party? You can create a great atmosphere while providing entertainment for all ages with a little creativity – and local resources.

You could do the usual “white elephant” gift swap, or hold an ugly sweater competition, but that’s so last year – why not brainstorm a few new ideas?

Silver screen soiree

How about designing your party around a favorite movie? Choose a film or movie franchise that means a lot to you and your crew. Is it something you all grew up on? Or a current favorite?

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Whatever cinema theme you choose, let guests know ahead of time so they can choose outfits to represent a character or idea from the movie. Offer a link to an online trailer in your invitation for guests who may not have seen the movie. Plan decorations, food and beverages to go with your movie theme. Get the movie soundtrack to play during your party and create the right ambiance by renting a popcorn machine for your guests.

Small screen inspiration

Along the same lines, a TV show theme could be fun. Again, pick a show that you and your family or friends grew up with, or that’s an obsession, a guilty pleasure or even a current fad show you all love to hate! Encourage guests to dress the part, and create a trivia game based on the show, with prizes for the best-informed partygoers.

For entertainment, rent a projector to play episodes on a big screen or on the wall.

Take a “journey” with your party

Choose a place – city, state or country – to be the “locale” for your party. Let the food and music you play be inspired by the location that’s meaningful to you. Your hometown, where you went to college, your first overseas trip or honeymoon location would be good choices. Serve foods from the location you have in mind, whether they’re homemade or purchased.

Or you could journey to another time, since there’s nothing like time travel to spice up a party. Choose an era from the past, or even go with a futuristic, sci-fi theme for your party this year, and tell your guests to dress accordingly. Have fun and get creative with your ideas for the decor, music and entertainment!

Step into the pages of a book

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Let a favorite holiday storybook or novel inspire your party’s attire, snacks and decorations, whether it’s a childhood favorite or a recent bestseller. You can find games to complement the theme of your book, ranging from giant chess boards or carnival games to sumo wrestling and casino games, at rental locations near you. Give guests a chance to give back to the community by asking everyone to bring a children’s book to donate to a local library or children’s hospital.

Break free from the party clock

Shake up your usual entertaining routine. Do you usually host a dinner party? Make it a festive brunch. Always serve a lunch buffet? Offer your friends or family a late-night, post-theater get-together instead. Don’t have matching dishes, stemware or flatware for a fancy do? No worries – it’s possible to rent what you need rather than spending a ton on items you might only use a couple of times a year.

No matter what creative idea you come up with for your themed party, the good news is that you can rent anything you might need to make your unique party happen. Find your party supplies at a rental store near you by checking out Rental HQ.

Keep entertaining fun and easy with a make-your-own-pizza party

Want an easy way to incorporate veggies into food your kids love? Make a Rainbow Pizza!

(BPT) – Pizza night is something the whole family can look forward to, especially after a long week of work, school and activities. Fortunately, pizza night doesn’t need to be fussy or a lot of work. And for parents of picky eaters, it’s a great way to help kids get a balanced meal by incorporating vegetables into a food that they love. One of the easiest ways to enjoy time with the family on pizza night is to get everyone involved in decorating the “rainbow pizza”!

With a few tips and tricks, you’ll be able to save time, serve delicious pizza with fresh flare and get kids involved in the activity:

Step 1: Stop by your local supermarket for supplies

On pizza night, there’s no need to start from scratch! Grab a Tombstone Original 5 Cheese Pizza from the freezer aisle and you’ve got the perfect base of crisp crust topped with mozzarella, cheddar, Parmesan, Asiago and Romano. No need to worry about sticky dough or getting sauce everywhere – all you need to do is figure out what toppings to use!

Step 2: Pick your toppings

Research shows that most Americans are not meeting the MyPlate recommendation for vegetables, fruit, proteins, dairy and grains, so pizza night is a great opportunity to have some fun while helping your family get the nutrients they need. Incorporating both prepared and fresh foods is a huge time-saver, and you can feel good about what you’re putting on the table. While shopping, stock up on seasonal vegetables to top the pizza. Choose colorful vegetables such as tomatoes, bell peppers and broccoli to use for pizza decorating.

Step 3: Get creative with decorating

Have kids join in on the meal prep fun. Big kids can help chop fresh veggies and children of all ages can make their own pizza creations. Kids will have fun arranging all the colors into shapes and patterns and parents will love how easy it is to make sure their kids eat their veggies. This rainbow recipe is a time-saver with a nutritious boost of veggies that is ideal for brightening up your family pizza night:

Rainbow Pizza

    Ingredients:

Tombstone Original 5 Cheese Pizza

Your choice of colorful chopped vegetables

1 teaspoon olive oil

Pinch of salt and pepper

 

Directions:

Warm oven according to package instructions. Then place unwrapped pizza directly on center rack and bake for two to three minutes until cheese softens but doesn’t melt. Remove from oven and help kids arrange the veggies in a rainbow pattern starting along the crust of the pizza. Then, drizzle with one teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Return to oven and bake pizza 10 to 15 more minutes. Remove and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

With these few simple steps and time-saving tricks you’ll be hosting a pizza party to remember. Whether it’s four guests or 40, have fun making memories while enjoying good food! For more delicious recipes for balanced meals, explore the Nestle Balance Your Plate website at http://www.nestleusa.com/nutrition/balance/recipes.

3 things you’ll need to throw the ultimate tailgating party

Fall is tailgating season. Grab your friends and have a Ball.

(BPT) – Football season is finally upon us and fans everywhere are getting revved up to cheer on their favorite team. Whether you watch the big game from the comfort of your home or head down to the stadium, it’s the perfect time to throw the mother of all football celebrations – a really big tailgating party.

Tailgating is a chance to enjoy (or brave) the fall weather and bond with friends over the anticipation of football. At its peak, stadium tailgating can turn into a free-flowing block party that anyone can crash.

Whether at home on the deck or camped out at the stadium, an unforgettable day of tailgating starts with a good plan and the right mindset. Whatever you do, be sure and roll out the welcome mat and tackle the tailgating experience head on, creating the ultimate football party zone.

  1. Up your grill game

You can’t tailgate without great food and mountains of meat. That means this is a good time to evaluate your outdoor cooking gear.

Consider adding a second grill, and you’ll have plenty of extra cooking space to feed the crowd. One great addition to your lineup is the Black 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill by Char-Broil, available at Lowe’s. It’s easy to start so you’ll have those extra burgers, steaks or chicken wings sizzling right away.

Explore other additions to your grilling kit to help you fix up a memorable feast. Invest in that smoker you always wanted so you can perfect your brisket recipe and make your tailgate party an instant fan favorite. Nowadays, portable grills come with larger cooking spaces, so you can keep those bellies filled while making the trip to the stadium much easier.

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Unique Wedding Cakes for the Big Day

I am blown away by the detail in wedding cakes.  They are amazing and very unique.  I never dreamed that the cake could steal the show at the Wedding Reception.  Dream big and come up with your very own unique design for your cake.

We have compiled some very unique cakes for your inspiration that we found on Pinterest:

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Borrow these wedding planner tricks for a polished event on a budget

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Plan a Wedding on a Budget

(BPT) – Planning your wedding is one of the most important management jobs you’ll ever take on. A professional wedding planner could help make the day go smoothly, but you can also achieve the same effect yourself for less money.

According to TheKnot.com, the average cost for a professional wedding planner is just under $2,000, but many couples don’t have that kind of wiggle room in their budgets. In fact, 74 percent of couples didn’t hire a wedding planner in 2015, the website says. You can still pull off a polished wedding if you borrow a few tactics from a wedding planner’s bag of tricks.

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Little Girl’s First Birthday Party

Antique high chair painted white

Antique high chair painted white

When planning our granddaughter’s first birthday party my daughter-in-law wanted it to be very special.  It was their first child and they were very excited to celebrate this milestone.

We had bought an antique high chair at a cute store in Kimmswick, MO before our granddaughter was born.  Our son painted the high chair white for this special occasion and it turned out very pretty.

First year of life photo banner

First year of life photo banner

A sign was hung behind the high chair for the party that said “Evelyn Turns One” along with some pretty pink paper flowers on the wall.  The tables were covered in dark and light pink table covers.  On the gift table there was a strand of photos of Evelyn from birth to 1 Year Old.  Pretty pink balloons were put on the tables.   Continue reading

Bridal Bouquet Bonanza

By Kathryn Lemmon, Wedding Zone Staff Writer

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Chances are, you’ll purchase more flowers for your wedding than for any other occasion in your life.

Among other factors, the choice of your wedding bouquet depends a great deal on the style of your gown. Season is another important consideration. Like many brides, you may decide to choose your bouquet based upon the time of year. Bouquets come in these principal types:

Cascade: The cascade is the most traditional and formal style of bridal bouquet. It’s a waterfall-like “spill” of blooms and greenery which is anchored in a hand-held base. As the name implies, it resembles a cascade or waterfall with the flowers flowing downward. Traditional wedding flowers used in the cascade bouquet are white and include roses, stephanotis, white or calla lilies, and mingled with greenery. The bouquet has the appearance of being loose and free flowing.

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