August 2013

Some Simple Ideas For Throwing A Princess Party

Every little girl wants to be a princess. So when her birthday comes around, smart Moms and Dads know the best way to make it really special, is to have a princess birthday party. Here are a few ideas to make it a fun and unique event:

1. Every princess needs a palace, so first we must decorate the house! You can get pink sparkle tulle rolls and garland the tulle along the walls and tables. Tie big bows on the back of the chairs. Remember, the more girly and frilly the better. Next, place some inflatable unicorns, frogs and butterflies around to give the house the feel of an enchanted palace. You can give these away as prizes during the party. Groups of pink and purple balloons add a lot of visual punch and create a party atmosphere. I love placing plastic "glass slippers" filled with candy or other treats at each girl's place setting!

2. Now we need food and treats! No matter what you choose to serve, little girls especially love the special touches that reflect the princess theme. Sandwiches or other foods can be cut out with princess themed cookie cutters. A really fun idea is to place pink rock candy in little treasure chest shaped favor boxes. Now each princess has her jewels! Lollipops in the shape of roses, flowers, frogs, stars or tiaras will complement your theme as well. Bubble gum shaped coins can be used as treasure in a centerpiece or on a side table. Of course, the cake should be shaped like a palace. Make sure to ask the baker to tint the cake pink on the inside. Another unique touch is to serve pink hot chocolate as a special princess beverage.

3. Another important element for a good princess party is the costumes. Give each girl an inexpensive tiara and wand as a party favor. If you want to go all out, give them each a ribbon tutu, as well. The little girls will have great fun dressing themselves, each other and showing off their princess style. Don't forget to take pictures!

4. Next we need favor bags for the princesses to take home and enjoy. Rather than the usual gift bags, how about cute little purses that say "Princess" on them? Inside you can add sparkle body glitter, cute beaded jewelry, over sized jeweled rings and sparkling body stickers.

5. Plan some great age-appropriate activities to entertain your little guests. Children love a simple treasure hunt; hide plastic jewelry around the party room or in the yard. Pin the crown on the princess games are available and are sure to make everyone laugh. Guests could make their own princess wands or crowns using craft store supplies or princess craft kits. Hang a pinata shaped as a castle, dragon or tiara! How cute and fun!

6. Don't forget there may be a prince or two at this party, so you might want to have a few prince crowns, swords and shields to delight them. You might even want an inflatable dragon for a prince to conquer!

Now you know how to throw a GREAT princess party. Be creative and enjoy!!!

Rubber Ducky Party

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Do you lover rubber duckies? For many children, its not bath time without their favorite rubber ducky or other bathroom toys. What many parents don't realize, however, is that rubber duckies are more than just bathroom toys and can be a fun addition to any kids party or event. With National Rubber Ducky Day right around the corner, why not treat your kids to some fun new rubber duckies! You may be surprised just how many fun toys and different rubber ducky themed items are available for children of all ages!

Rubbery Ducky Party: What You Need

Like any themed party, it is important to plan ahead and get many of the items you will need before your child's party. While you can find streamers, party games, party favors, and a variety of other party decorations for a rubber ducky themed party, it does take a bit of planning, especially if you are planning for a very large children's party. You can find a variety of different rubber duckies in just about any theme, giving a large selection of different party favors. What is also very unique about a rubber ducky party is that it can mesh well with other themes, allowing you to have superhero themed rubber ducky party or even a princess rubber ducky party.

Rubber Ducky Party: Toys

If you are planning on having a rubber ducky party, plan to spend quite a bit of your budget on toys. Most children love to open their goody bags and find a variety of different themed rubber duckies and other cool toys like squishy balls or stuffed animals. These adorable toys can also be used as table centerpieces with the right arrangements. Also, don't forget that there are quite a few rubber ducky themed party games, allowing kids to play some of their favorite games with a ducky twist. One of our favorite games is duck fishing a game many children love playing at carnivals. This set comes with everything you need for a fun fishing game, including a small kiddy pool for the ducks. This inexpensive game can easily bring hours of fun at any kids party!

Rubbery Ducky Party: Food

While toys may be the center of attention for a rubber ducky party, food is also just as important! Lately, companies have been making a variety of cute, adorable rubber ducky themed treats, such as duck shaped candies and even duck laser cut cupcake skirts. Kids will love getting to your party and finding sweet treats designed just for them! With the right colored sugars or dies, you can even easily make your own duck shaped cake, allowing you to make an inexpensive but cute birthday cake for your children.

Also, don't forget that many children's toys can also be used as cake centerpieces or decorations. Along with themed ducks, many companies have started making mini rubber duckies, which are the perfect size for cakes and freshly made treats. Best of all, these ducks can be used as toys after the party, giving your children some new bathroom toys. One thing is for certain, with the right planning, you can easily make a rubber ducky party that kids of all ages will love!

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Party Favor Ideas for a Princess Party

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If you are throwing a Princess Birthday party for your little princess, you know one of the most important elements is the party favors. But when you have a party of 20 children, you also know purchasing the party favors can be an expensive and exhausting endeavor. Here are some party favor ideas that are inexpensive and fun!

1. Small ribbon tutus, princess wands, beaded tiaras or halos are really great party favors. Not only do the little princesses get to take these home; they can wear them at the party to add to the ambiance of the event. These items are relatively inexpensive and can usually be purchased at a discount when you buy in bulk. The great thing about these favors is that they will not be used just once. Girls will want to play dress-up with them over and over again and will remember your party each time.

2. Sweet confections such as pink rock candy, jewel lollipop rings, sweet tart candy necklaces, and tiara shaped lollipops all complement the theme well and are sure to delight the party guests!

3. Child size jewelry such as long beaded necklaces, plastic jeweled necklaces, princess or girl theme charm necklaces and bracelets or large plastic jeweled rings in the shape of gems, diamonds, flowers and hearts are great favors. The larger and more sparkly the better! The preferred colors for these jewelry items are, of course, pink, purple or red.

4. Hair accessories like butterfly hair clips, sparkle jeweled barrettes, tiara hair combs, shimmer ribbon hair scrunchies and headbands with beaded tiaras or jewels on top work very well too. Give these items in any combination with the princess party favors mentioned above for a birthday party that will be remembered long after it is over.

5. Instead of just handing any of these items out to the girls why not put them in princess theme party favor bags with tiaras, sparkles or stars on them? Another unique idea is to find interesting child size purses to fill with the party favors. You can find great purses with sequins or metallic fabrics that complement the magic and girly atmosphere of the event. Velour or organza party favor bags are great as well. You may even be able to find these bags in the shape of "glass slippers" to further extend the theme.

Now you have lots of great ideas to get you started on your princess party favor planning. Be creative and have fun!

Movie Premiere Party

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Are you looking forward to your favorite movie getting ready to hit theaters or release on DVD? With so many great movies getting ready to come out, it isn't too surprising that many people, especially children, are excited to see their favorite feature film in their own living room. Since so many people like the same movies, have you considered having your own movie premiere party in your own home? Many people think that red carpet parties are only reserved for the rich, but they are just as much fun to have with family and friend, especially when it means you can all enjoy a great movie in your own living room without high movie theater prices!

Movie Premiere Party: Party Decorations

Want to know the best part of hosting your own movie premiere party? You have an excuse to decorate! It is easy to find decorations that make your house looking like a movie theater, or a typical red carpet party. If you are having your party during the Oscars, you can even find little fake awards to use as table centerpieces or party favors, letting everyone know that they are a winner or VIP at your own event. When decorating, make sure you don't go overboard, however, since the main event is, of course, the movie.

Movie Premiere Party: Food

As anyone would tell you who goes to the movies - food is one of the best parts! One thing that is a must at any movie premiere party is popcorn. The best part about serving snacks at home is that you can forgo the high movie popcorn prices by popping popcorn that is healthier and cheaper for all of your guests. To give the movie feel to your popcorn, consider purchasing some disposable bowls or boxes meant for holding popcorn. These might have anything from a movie theater look to something else fun. Along with popcorn, have a large selection of candy available to all of your guests. They will love choosing from a large selection of movie theater-style candy! Don't forget too that you can steer away slightly from the movie theme by making your own homemade treats, or other appetizers that you know your family and friends are sure to love eating during the movie!

Movie Premiere Party: Party Games

Before the start of the movie, consider playing some fun movie themed games with all of your guests. You can find party games designed especially for movie parties, or go with traditional games for parties like pin the tail on the donkey, bean bag toss, and other games you would find at kids parties. Just make sure that all the games at your party are age appropriate. If you want to stay with games that are great for all ages and can be played again, consider popular games like Apples to Apples and Scene It. With the right preparations, you can easily create the perfect movie premiere party!

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It's Time For A Luau-Style Children's Beach Party!

Slip on those flip flops, set out the tiki torches, and let's get the Hawaiian party started! We have everything you will want to give your kids a beach party that they will never forget. From hula skirts to colorful leis, and everything in between. We even have inflatable crabs and palm trees, and plastic seashell plates to add some color and realism. Brightly colored porcupine fish sippy cups are easy to grip, and are sure to grab the attention of the smallest members of your tropical party!

For the bigger children, your luau tableware includes coconut shaped cups with brightly colored flowers, and lovely hibiscus print plates, cups, and plastic eating utensils. You can even keep the cool juices outside at the Hawaiian party with our inflatable pineapple cooler, and sip through amusing hula skirt straws.

There are dozens of different luau decorations available, including a variety of beach balls, water games, squirting monkey heads, and much more. Sand activity sets and sand art help keep everyone occupied between exciting games, and all the children will love the feeling of being right there on the beach with their hula skirts, and authentic looking bamboo tiki torches.

And don't forget the luau party favors! Leis are available in many different styles, and we have temporary Hawaiian style tattoos, miniature beach balls for everyone, gummy candy flip flops, and delicious powder filled bottles. Make the beach party exciting and unique with "message in a bottle" invitations and a giant inflatable flamingo. This is a tropical party paradise, and the children will be excited about it for days!

And what set of luau decorations is complete without balloons of all sizes, shapes and colors? For children, inflatable balloons and toys mean that even the most exciting party is a safe and healthy one. You can even get a set of inflatable tropical fish, or some rubber duckies that are perfect for playing exciting games like duck bobbing, where different prizes are awarded as treats during the game.

What more could you want? We have beach balls of all sizes and shapes, sunglasses, fans and cups in so many different fun designs and colors that we can't list them all, and even a brightly colored luau hat for you, the beach party planner

No matter where you are, or what time of year it may be, it is always time for a children's tropical party. In fact, when the snow is piling up outside, you can entertain everyone with when you pull out the luau tableware and other luau decorations, inflate a few beach balls, and get ready for the hottest summertime party a kid could imagine.

How To Throw The Perfect Pop Star / Rock Star Theme Party

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As the hit songs says, "We all just want to be big rock stars."

For your budding performers, why not throw a themed party that includes all of the trappings of a celebrated diva or guitar hero? From stylish costumes and jewelry to toy microphones, we have all of the accessories needed to turn your child's Pop Star Theme party into an instant success. He or she may not be a rock star yet, but there is no reason why you can't let them feel like one.

When you throw a pop star party, don't forget all of the things that make it seem real. We have a wide assortment of diva and pop star hats, glamorous rock star sunglasses, and even toy microphone that let the young stars perform for their gathered fans. To make the rock star party a complete success, there are even guitar decorations and rock star party favors. Toss in some music to get the party started, and the stage is set for a world tour pop star party right in your own living room.

There is an assortment of rock star tableware which brings out the diva in your family. Her pop star costume will look great with either pink or white princess gloves, and everyone in attendance will love the fun and fashionable rock star party favors, including flashing guitar pins that are sure to catch everyone's eye.

So hand that child a microphone, dress her up in a costume that brings out the diva inside, and let her imagination run wild as she dances and entertains her friends and fans with a stylish inflatable microphone. There is nothing quite like the fun and excitement that comes from having your very own pop star party, so be sure to have a camera ready to capture memories of this happy occasion.

To make the scene complete, there are echo microphones available, and the rock star party will really get underway when the glow sticks come out, the costume goes on, and the temporary rock star or diva tattoos are in place. There are colorful hair scrunchies, amazing costume jewelry and more than enough glitz and glamor to entertain even the fussiest group of kids.

There's an inflatable guitar and a wide assortment of guitar shaped decorations which complement a fabulous set of rock star tableware. We even have glittery rock star and diva iron-ons, which allow you to turn a favorite garment into a symbol of rock super stardom. When the pop star balloons have been inflated, and the heart shaped sunglasses go on, it is time to leave the real world behind for just a little while, and find out what its like to live the life of famous pop star.

We have over 100 different items that can be mixed or matched to create the perfect atmosphere for your child. From a frilly pink tutu, to an assortment of friendship bracelets, Your rock star theme party is sure to be the hit of year, and one that will have to be repeated again and again.

Throw A Beach Themed Party

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Children love going to the beach, but unfortunately, most of us don't live close enough to enjoy the beach every day. Rather than have your kids daydreaming about your next vacation, you may want to consider having your own beach themed party designed especially for them! Not only is bringing the beach home great for your kids, but it can be a perfect opportunity to get even closer to your neighbors, allowing everyone to enjoy a fun, old-fashioned summer block party!

Backyard Beach Party: Themes

One of the hardest things when it comes to creating a beach party is picking a theme. While you can have a traditional pool party, it's usually more exciting for the children if you allow them to pick a fun theme, involving them with picking decorations and activities for all your little guests. Some popular beach themes for kids include:

  • Mermaids
  • Pirates
  • Sharks
  • Fish
  • Dolphins

If you want to make a party that is also friendly for adults, however, you may want to consider going with a luau theme. Luau decorations are perfect for most beach parties and open up a wide variety of fun decorations and lighting, especially if the party runs into the night!

Backyard Beach Party: Water Toys

The best part of going to the beach is, of course, water! When it's hot and sticky outside, nothing is better than sitting back and watching the kids play in the ocean. While we may not be able to really create the ocean, it's easy to find an inexpensive pool and fill it with fun water toys. Make it a fun experience for kids by having a variety of fun beach balls that everyone can play with in the pool. Even better, allow each of your little guests to pick out their own beach ball to bring home after the party! It's also fun to have a variety of fun different inflatable characters that kids can play with in the pool. Kids especially love toys like inflatable hammers since they can be used in spontaneous pool games.

Kids also love having water toys that can be used not only in the pool, but in the yard as well. Water guns and water balloons are fun, traditional toys that are all too often underestimated at most water parties. Kids can easily occupy themselves for hours with these simple toys, especially if they are playing with older children or adults as well. Adults should just expect to get very wet as well, with these party toys!

Backyard Beach Party: Food

If you are going to have a beach party that involves kids, you can'™t forget the food! To keep it simple, you may want to light up the grill, and provide the perennial favorites - hot dogs and hamburgers! After this, follow up with fun cupcakes decorated in a luau theme, or fish-shaped cupcake picks. Kids will be looking forward to dessert the moment they see these sweet treats! To keep your drinks cold and easily accessible to kids, you may want to use a cooler or inflatable buffet. These ingenious buffets inflate in a matter of minutes and can be easily filled with ice, allowing you to just fill it and chill your favorite drinks. With cold drinks, entertaining water toys, and delicious food, you can keep your guests, kids and adults, to be busy for hours!

Saddle Up the Horses for a Rootin' Tootin' Good Time

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Kid'™s of all ages love to play cowboy or cowgirl. It is a great theme for a party and is an easy one for which to decorate and prepare. The kids will love dressing up and having their party in the Wild, Wild, West!

Decorating Ideas

You can decorate tables with red gingham checked tablecloths. Have western themed cut-outs and red and blue colored confetti sprinkled over them. Be sure you have plates, cups and napkins with a western theme and if you can'™t find any use red plates and blue cups and red and blue napkins. You can always get a stamp at the craft store and put a western themed logo on them. You can make fake hay bales using boxes covered with brown sackcloth or cover with paper bags and tie them with string. To give them an authentic look you can place a few sprigs of hay on each. Buy a cheap horseshoes game and place the horseshoes around the room or hang them in doorways. Gather as many plush and toy horses as you can and scatter them about as well. You can also attach ropes made into lariats to walls and doors. Blue and red crepe paper can be hung from ceilings and light fixtures.

When the Guests Arrive

To really get the kids into the spirit, hand out colored bandannas for each child. Provide cowboy hats as well. You can also provide star shaped sunglasses. For girls have Pink Cowgirl Pony Bubble Bottles and as a craft how about western theme charm bracelets for them to assemble. Boys will love having some sheriff badges to wear. As a special sweet treat we have Western Cowboy Theme Lollipops that you can give the children.

Things to Do

Pin the tail on the donkey is the ideal game to play at a western themed birthday party. A game of horseshoes either in the basement or outdoors will be fun as well. Gunny sack or three-legged races will have the kids in stitches as they try and cross the finish line. A pinata in the shape of the horse filled with candy and cowboy themed trinkets will have kids swinging in earnest to be the one to œbreak the horse.

A Cowboy Barbecue

Hamburger, hot dogs and chips are the perfect western party fare. If the kids are a little older they might like some chili or baked beans. Make sure you have all the trimmings such as mustard, ketchup and plenty of cheese for those that want a cheeseburger. Pretzels and trail mix can be set out in bowls for the kids to snack on. Don'™t forget the western themed cake and of course, lots and lots of ice cream.
The kid's will be pleased and so will you when you see your home or yard transformed into the Old West.

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Let Your Children Set Sail On An Exciting Pirate Party Theme

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A pirate party is always a fun time for everyone. Boys and girls alike dream of being a pirate, and a pirate party theme could really fuel their imaginations. Kids can dress up in a pirate costume complete with a pirate hat and toy sword, and hunt for a treasure chest filled with all sorts of pirate party favors and pirate crafts. It's a fun time for kids and adults alike as the little ones act out adventures on the high seas at an exciting pirate party.

A child's pirate costume could come with an assortment of toy swords and sabers, including exciting light up swords. Watch the transformation when your little boy puts on his pirate hat and pirate eye patch, and sets off in search of a pile of pirate gum treasure. Pirate party favors could include such things as pirate stickers or pirate coloring books, and exciting games like "Pin the Eye Patch on the Pirate."

There is something about being a pirate that seems to appeal to children, and they love the opportunity to dress up like a pirate, maybe even put on a pirate mask they made themselves from an activity kit. Ocean faring merchants and sandbox travelers alike would be well advised to to move carefully through the waters of a pirate theme party. It might even be a good idea for parents who happen to wander through the pirate party zone to carry some pirate gold to buy their way to freedom with.

To make a pirate party theme even more realistic for the young adventurers, consider setting up an inflatable pirate ship cooler, and fill it with the kinds of juices and fruits that are found in tropical areas. Everybody knows that a pirate works up a thirst and appetite while out plundering and pillaging, because it takes a lot of energy to be the terror of the high seas. Luckily for every kid in a pirate costume, there will be fine juices served in attractive pirate goblets, and sacks of pirate gold gum to be pillaged.

And while you might not be able to put a real pirate ship in the backyard, you could still provide a pirate armada of soft foam pirate ships, perfect for little hands because they won't scratch or cut. And when the fleet docks at a tropical island, they children can have fun in an Easter-egg style hunt for hidden toy pirate gold coins, with special pirate treats awarded to the one who finds the most. At a pirate party, the fun and games seem to go on forever, thanks to a large variety of pirate activities and pirate party favors.

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How to go Retro With a Groovy Children's Hippie Party

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Designing a groovy party for children is easy. Start with tie-dyed print invitations, complete with psychedelic colors and peace signs. Follow that with a solid pastel color table covering, and then set the places with tie die fun plates, napkins and cups. Hang streamers of different colors around the walls, and be sure to have lots of brightly colored balloons on hand.

Give each child their own groovy hippie bag filled with fun toys and treats. Some simple ideas would be stretch rainbow bead bracelets, rainbow heart shaped lollipops, or friendship bracelet in a variety of colors. You could even put small key chains in each gift bag with hanging pendants such as hearts and stars and all sorts of cool shapes.

Remember, dressing up is as much a part of getting into the spirit of the children's groovy hippie party as the decorations. Be sure to have lots of colorful dress costumes gear available. Rainbow boas are a quick and easy splash of color for the children. If the day is also someone's birthday, give the star of the day a colorful boa that lights up so that everyone knows who the lucky person is.

You can also let the children express themselves with an assortment for cool hippie tattoos. Temporary stick on tattoos of hearts, peace signs, smiling faces and other colorful things let each child pick their own personally decorations, and parent will appreciate that the tattoos come right off with warm water and a sponge. It makes for a groovy time, and kids will love the wild colors of an era gone by.

With a little coaching the whole party will be strutting around and talking just like a hippie. They'll brag about how groovy and far out the party is, and compliment their friends about how cool they look. You may even want to provide some toy microphones and allow the kids to act out as popular divas and rock stars. The most important thing is that the children are allowed to have a good time.

Throwing a retro children's hippie party can be as much fun for the adults as the children. All of the adults can use the lingo of the days, or even dress up along them. The hippie era was a time of fun and discovery, it ushered in a whole new era in music, and strove for peace and love among all people. These are important concepts for children of any generation, and a groovy hippie party is a fantastic way to share the love with all of the little ones.

Let your imagination run wild. The hippie era was full of wild and crazy times, and your retro hippie party should be wild and crazy too. Pick up a tie dyed beach ball, and the kids can play simple games to work up an appetite. At a hippie party, it's all about peace and love and having a good time.

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