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.

‘Tis the season’: 5 expert tips for seamless holiday entertaining

(BPT) – As we gear up for the busy holiday season, a foolproof plan is essential for throwing an unforgettable party everyone will be talking about. Whether it’s a casual weekend brunch, formal sit-down dinner or a glitzy cocktail party, you want to make sure the atmosphere is set, and that you’re party ready.

Interior designer and artistic advisor to LG STUDIO appliances, Nate Berkus, is not just a design guru but also an expert party planner and host.

“The key to minimizing stress during the holiday entertaining season is to keep things simple, and be as prepared as possible,” Berkus says. “Making sure everyone, including the host, is relaxed and enjoying themselves is the most important element of a good party. Whether it’s the food, the décor and anything in between, nothing should feel uptight or over-complicated.”

Berkus shares his best holiday entertaining tips – from the festive to the practical and, of course, always stylish. Continue reading

5 ways to take your holiday party to the next level

(BPT) – On the one hand, the holidays are all about traditions. You and your family probably have some favorite recipes you like to cook up, or maybe it’s a trip to the tree farm or pumpkin patch. But just as much as holidays are about tradition, many have an insatiable drive to outdo themselves and try something new, to outdo the festivities of years past and make this holiday season the most memorable yet.

How can you outshine yourself this holiday season? The answer is simple: Think big. Don’t be confined to the party supplies you have around your house; stretch out and rent equipment similar to what professional party planners use. RentalHQ can connect you to nearby rental stores and help your party stand out from the usual traditional gatherings.

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Making Holiday Traditions Meaningful

How Can You Make Traditions Your Family Will Love

Christmas traditions are for personal family enjoyment. It’s a way to bring your family closer together by sharing experiences. Our family has had the tradition of going to ‘A Christmas Carol’ for the past 20 years.

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Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL

The same play at the same little theater in our hometown. It would not be Christmas without seeing that play. It brings us all together to eat and play Christmas Carol trivia before we go. We look forward to it each year.

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Celebrate and save with 8 affordable entertainment tips

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Party Sandwich

(BPT) – Celebrating with family and friends is the perfect way to elevate any holiday or festive occasion. If you’re tasked with hosting the event, you have a lot to get done. As you create your to-do list, it can be overwhelming looking at just how much you have to purchase. But hosting a great party doesn’t require you to spend a small fortune.

Hosting a fun affair on a budget is possible with a few simple tips and tricks. Consider these eight ideas to ensure guests have a memorable time and you keep more of your hard-earned money.

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5 fun ways to make holiday memories with your child

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Make a Holiday Memory with your Child

(BPT) – The holidays are a special time of year for everyone, but through the eyes of a child, it can feel like pure magic. Parents and caregivers looking to make this holiday extra special should spend less time worrying about trinkets under the tree, and instead, focus on spending quality time with their families. To make this holiday the best yet, consider these five festive ideas for bonding and creating unforgettable memories together.

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Fresh Wreaths for the Holidays

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Fresh Wreath embellished with berries, oranges, cinnamon and chilis.

 There is nothing more beautiful than a fresh wreath for the holidays. There are fresh evergreen wreaths that you can embellish with dried oranges, pepper berries, chilis, seeds of all sorts, cinnamon sticks or juniper berries. Or you can try a fresh Bay Wreath with nothing added but a ribbon. They are elegant and simple. Fresh wreaths can have added impact with eucalyptus and pinecones. There is such a variety of both eucalyptus and pinecones that you could change the look of the wreath just by the way your arrange them.

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No-stress holiday entertaining tips and tricks

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No Stress Holiday food

(BPT) – A holiday party is a wonderful way to celebrate the season with friends and family. However, no matter how big or small the guest list, hosting the event can turn stressful fast. Before you know it, your holiday gathering has become more frustrating than festive, and you’re suddenly feeling like a Scrooge.

With a few tips and tricks, you can easily host an impressive holiday party without the fuss.

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The easy guide for creating an amazing holiday cheese board

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Holiday Cheese Board

(BPT) – Whether it’s a small gathering of close friends or a large family affair, hosting a holiday party makes the season extra magical. Looking for ideas that are guaranteed to impress? This year, a new food trend is elevating events and tantalizing taste buds: cheese boards.

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