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The key to any successful event is careful planning. Leaving things up to chance is not always a good idea and often a recipe for disaster. If you are hosting the family for Easter dinner we have some tips for staying organized so everything runs as smooth as glass. This gives you the chance to enjoy your own holiday dinner.
- The Menu- The first thing you need to decide is what you will be serving. Find out if any of the guests have food allergies or diet restrictions so you can cook accordingly. If at all possible prepare some of the food beforehand so you just have to reheat it. Check to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients and shop for the ones you don't have at least a week before Easter.
- Dinnerware & Utensils- Depending upon what you will be serving you will need serving platters. Ensure yours are clean and unbroken. It's a special occasion so you might want to take out your best. Check that you have enough dinnerware for all the guests as well as eating utensils. If you need a special item to prepare a dish, check to make sure it is in good working order so there are no unpleasant surprises on the day of the event.
- Beverages- Of course you will be serving soft drinks and coffee and tea with dessert, but why not plan a signature drink for the occasion? Fruity drinks might be a good choice as it is spring. You can make a punch or serve frozen, fruit flavored drinks if you have a blender. Stock up on ice too.
- Extras- If children will be joining you for dinner perhaps you can make small Easter baskets for them. Include all the usual suspects such as jelly beans, chocolate rabbits and peeps (marshmallow chicks). You don't have to go overboard, just a small token for the holiday.
Make It Look Pretty
Once you have decided the menu and drinks it is time to pretty up the place. Votive candles are always a nice touch and our Elegant Orchid Gel Candle is pink and pretty or choose the Calla Lily Elegance Vase Shaped Candle. Your taste may not be the same as ours so feel free to browse the site and pick your favorites.
Because it is Easter, placing candy with each place setting will thrill the guests, especially the little ones. We have a great selection of lollipops in a variety of flavors, colors and shapes. We have rock candy as well which is always an excellent choice.
Gathering friends and families for a delectable dinner on Easter is a special treat. Enjoying the company of your guests can be enhanced if you make a plan so that Easter dinner is as pleasurable to you as it will be for the guests.
Start your party preparations with a pastel table covering. You could use a solid color, or one with checks. For Easter, children think of eggs and rabbits and birds, so use those for adding accent and defining the theme. Yellow chicks and brightly colored eggs are always a good plan.
Add paper plates and cups to complement the table covering, and decorate the center of the table with ribbons and pastel flowers. Don't forget to add lots of pastel pearl finish balloons. Pick up a set of assorted colored cellophane bags, and fill them with popcorn. They make a great decorating idea and each child can have their own snack bag for later.
If you will be having egg or treat hunts, it's good idea to give each of the little ones a basket for their findings. Hide rubber ducks or chicks, along with plastic eggs containing jelly beans or candy corn. Other children's gift ideas include wooden "Jesus" necklaces or guardian angel bracelets, which put more focus on the religious aspects of the holiday, and offer a gateway for parents to teach their children the true meaning of Easter.
Decorate the children's Easter party with pastel streamers and ribbons around the walls. Pink, white, yellow, and light blue are some of the most common colors, but you can add accent with occasional dark red or blue balloons, or hang brightly colored cut-outs around the room.
Kids enjoy Easter stickers and Christian stick-on tattoos. From bunnies to crosses, play tattoos allow each child to express their personality. give each child an accordion party hat, and let the party take it's course as the children make believe and entertain themselves.
Cupcakes are often a better idea that a cake. This is because cupcakes won't require cutting, and offer far more variety. Use a few different pastel colored icings, and arrange the cakes for effect. There are also cupcake wrappers that individual cakes fit into. These cups are shaped like white picket fences, yellow duckies, and other exciting designs.
There is no shortage of traditional Easter treats for your holiday party. Jelly beans and marshmallow chicks are always fun, and should be a big part of the children's party. You may also want to pick up lollipops in different colors and shapes to place in the Easter baskets.
Easter is an important day for children to learn about Jesus. It is also recognized as ushering in the Spring, and baby animals are an important part of the renewal that comes each year. From egg hunts to sweet treats, it is a day that all children enjoy. With a little help from the adults, your children's Easter party can be something memorable for everyone.
Valentine toddler parties are easier to clean up behind if you use an assortment of plates, cups and napkins that are suited to the theme. For Valentines Day, hearts are the shape of choice, and the colors are generally red and pink, often staggers around the table to add some basic variety.
In a playroom, allow the children to decorate using foam glitter heart stickers, and ruby red balloons, while you hang streamers of pink and red and attach the balloons. The holiday is more fun for children when they get to participate in the decorating, and gives them a sense of satisfaction in a job well done. Remember to offer children encourage and assistance so that everyone has a great time, including the adults watching over the party.
Children might even want to decorate themselves with valentine heart temporary tattoos, or decorate their clothes with heart shaped stick-on rhinestones that glitter and sparkle as the children play. You could even provide them with red and pink boas, and an assortment of children's costume jewelry, and let them dress up to match the theme.
For sweet treats, provide a variety of lollipops. Hearts and roses are always a good choice for the holiday., and a heart shaped lollipop tree makes a perfect centerpiece. Lollipops always make great party gifts, along with toy heart rings and other small gifts that can be picked up in bulk packages. Just give each child a gift bag, and add toy rings and stickers and all of the makings of a wonderful children's party.
But everything doesn't have to be a heart, and one entertaining bit of variety to consider are miniature inflatable beach balls in many different colors, and imprinted with a cheerful smiley face. Children love balls, and you can find a huge assortment of inflatable balls if you look around a little. Instead of hearts and roses, substitute stars, and add a splash of bright colors such as yellow of blue to complement the rest of the valentine party theme.
If you are throwing a valentine party just for girls, consider keeping the theme in pink. A pink table cover might be just the decorative idea, or even setting the places with pink plates and cups, and even sending out cute pink invitations. Accent with red hearts of different sizes, and every little girl will have a wonderful time.
Valentines day is a special day for everyone. Children should learn to love one another and share their friendship, and Valentine's Day is a wonderful day to keep that friendliness to others at the top of their agenda. By decorating and playing with the colors of the day and understanding the importance of loving their friends, growing children reinforce the concepts and take them closer to heart.
Are you planning a get together for Valentine's Day? We have some great ideas, tips and hints to make your party a great success. Whether it is a party for couples only or for those that have no Valentine, we can help you with your planning.
The color scheme is easy; red and white for love and purity. Set your tables for serving food with a red cloth and use white napkins as a contrast. Paper goods are great for parties and you are sure to find plenty of Valentines Day themed paper plates, cups, napkins and disposable utensils in red. For an atmosphere that is romantic, keep the lights down low and scatter votive candles around such as our Long Stem Rose Candle or Two Peas in a Pod. You may even want to add red and white clusters of balloons.
Ask your guests to come to the party dressed in Valentines Day colors such as pink, white or red. Ask everyone to bring along a small heart shaped box of candies or purchase some of ours such as Wax Candy Lips. These are funky and fun and will add some hilarity to the party as the guests try them on for size. We also have Rainbow Heart shaped lollipops and Long Stem Rose lollipops. Favors to give to guests can be our Love Grows Plantable Wildflower Favors in the shape of a heart.
Food & Drink
If you'd like, you can serve up some red and white wine for beverages. Perhaps you want to serve martinis instead. There are a number of new kinds of martinis that will match your decor such as a pomegranate martini. You might want to try some frozen drinks if you have a blender such as Strawberry Daiquiris loaded with whipped cream along with Pina Coladas.
Oysters have always been known to be an aphrodisiac so serving them at your Valentines Day party is a must. You can prepare Bacon & Smoked Oysters to serve your guests. What you will need is:
- 2 cans of smoked oysters
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 pound of bacon
- 3 tablespoons of minced garlic
The first step is to cut the strips of bacon into thirds. Wrap each slice around an oyster and skewer with a toothpick to hold them together. Heat oil in a skillet and add the garlic. Cook the oysters until the bacon is crispy. Drain on a paper towel and serve.
Your guests will be quite impressed with this easy to prepare dish that is the perfect accompaniment for a Valentines Day party.
Are you planning a big family get together for Thanksgiving? While we may think Thanksgiving is all about the food, there is more to our favorite turkey holiday. Part of creating the perfect theme for any holiday is finding the right decorations to make your Thanksgiving table shine. Not only will it wow everyone in your family, but can give a fun, festive feel to your table that will have everyone more interested in talking and spending some quality family time together.
Thanksgiving Decorations: Tableware
While you may want to get down the nice china for Thanksgiving, it can usually lead to more stress than it's really worth the business of holidays. Rather than spend most of the day cleaning up and filling the dishwasher, consider going with paper ware for the holidays. With a nice set of paper plates, cups, and napkins, you can easily have an elegant table setting without the mess that is usually associated with Thanksgiving. We prefer to go with a mix of brown and orange tableware, to give a fall look to our Thanksgiving place settings. Along with your traditional plates, cups, and napkins, you may also want to include special tableware for the food itself. Today, you can purchase plastic and paper serving dishes in just about any color, making for a colorful table without spending all day cleaning your special dishes. As well, many cakes and cupcakes can be turned into your Thanksgiving centerpiece with the right cupcake tiers and decorations. Not only are they elegant and inexpensive, but very easy to set up too - perfect for anyone who is in a hurry to get the family sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. With the right decorations for your table and food, you can easily have everyone talking for weeks about your beautiful and family friendly dinner!
Thanksgiving Decorations: Edible Decorations
If you are looking for more unique ways to brighten up the family table, you may want to consider purchasing some edible decorations as well. While they are often overlooked, they do a great job at showcasing other foods and even making ordinary food look spectacular! One of our personal favorites is decorative sugar cubes - perfect for serving alongside a warm tea, or after-dinner coffee. They can be purchased for a variety of themes and add extra color to any table setting. Along with these popular decorations, you can also purchase edible cake overlays, giving your favorite cake recipe a Thanksgiving or fall theme in only a matter of minutes!
Thanksgiving Decorations: Crafts
Even though many people don't think about it, children's crafts are great for decorating your dining room and keeping little ones busy beforehand. While dinner is being prepared, the children of your family will love making turkey themed crafts, from 3-D turkeys to paper centerpieces. This time can also be used for associating crafts with different Thanksgiving stories, making it educational for the entire family. Just remember to get crafts that are age appropriate and go along with the theme you are planning for Thanksgiving dinner.
If you ask a child what their favorite holiday is, they are very likely to be torn between both Halloween and Christmas. While both of these holidays may revolve around gift giving, no other holiday is as centered around children as Halloween. For this very reason, many kids spend most of the year dreaming of their costume for the next Halloween, trying to decide which superhero or princess they are going to dress like this Halloween. One of the most fun things to do with children is having a fun Halloween party designed for them and their friends. While planning a party can be stressful, just remember that planning a fun and spooky party for your kids can be fun for everyone involved.
While it may be easy to forget, don't forget to take your child's age into account when planning your Halloween party. Some content that is meant for older children can be frightening for small children, making their nervous and scared during the party. For this reason, it is better to plan a fun Monster Bash party if little ones are going to involved. If you are planning this party for Tweens or teenagers, however, you may want to consider the Nightmare skull set.
Both of these Halloween paper sets include plates, cups, napkins, and tablecloths, allowing you to decorate your kitchen or dining room for the holiday. If children or all ages are going to be involved, it is best to plan the party around your younger guests.
Fun costumes for children of all ages can be found right here on Designed 2B Sweet Inc. For an especially fun party theme, don't forget that its always fun to have the entire family dress in the same theme, giving you great family pictures that you can look at later. Some of the most popular costumes that can be found here are the pirate themed costumes, as well as many fantasy themed weapons, props, and costumes, allowing everyone in your household to be a prince or princess.
Crafts and Games
Probably the most fun part of a Halloween party to most children is the fact that they can make many unique crafts that they are able to personalize or give to their favorite adults. One of the most popular craft items found right on this site is the Black Cat Paper Plate Craft Kit. These adorable black cats can be hung in windows or on refrigerators, allowing children to have a fun Halloween item that can be displayed every Halloween.
Another popular craft project done at many Halloween parties is designing your own Halloween mask, using a plastic black mask as a base. By using feathers, glitter, and other fun craft items, each child or teenager can make a fun, unique mask that can be used again on Halloween night
With Halloween soon approaching, many of us are busy thinking about our yearly Halloween costume and where we are going to find the best costume for our children for trick-or-treating. Looking at the raising costs of candy, however, it is not too surprising that many parents are trying to find cheaper and healthier alternatives to the typical sugary treats that are found at most houses. As much as we may like the tradition of giving our children candy, the next day we are typically left with a large bag of candy that is more sugar that a child should eat in a year.
To the surprise of many adults, there are actually cheaper alternative to candy for Halloween that are enjoyed by children. As would be expected, many of these toys are relatively cheap and fun, giving each child in your neighborhood some enjoyment that will last more than ten seconds. Even better, a bag of fun party toys that are great treat for boys and girls alike can be bought cheaper than a bag of name brand candy.
Most toys that are bought for goody bags can be as expensive or cheap as you decide, giving you a minimum of a dozen toys, going all the way up to bags that contain over 144 toys, allowing to handle a large number children this Halloween. One popular item that is great as a Halloween treat are the Camouflage Airplane Gliders. With over 144 little gliders, you can expect to see these little planes flying around your neighborhood for quite some time. Even better, you can get these fun little gliders for $12.99.
If you do not want to give out this many toys, you can also get smaller sets of toys, such as the mini porcupine balls. Six dozen of these fun rubber balls can be purchased for $8, allowing you to have some extra toys left over that can be used as treats later, such as stocking stuffers. Below, you will find some amazing toys that are great candy alternatives for kids this Halloween. With the variety of different fun toys that are available, why would anyone want to buy candy again?
- Neon Colored Bounce Balls - 12 dozen
- Rubber Cool Saying Rings - 6 dozen
- Mini Clear Putty with Glitter - 4 dozen
- Religious Hexagon Shaped Bubbles - 4 dozen
- Hi Bounce Ball Assortment - 50 pieces
- Zoo Jungle Animal Paratroopers - 4 dozen
- Stretch Flying Bugs - 12 dozen
New Years is a time to bring good luck to the New Year and there are a variety of traditions celebrated around the world to do just that. There are cultures that think if a man that is tall, dark and handsome crosses your threshold as the first person of the year it is a good luck sign. Then there are those that think if a red headed woman is the first to step over the threshold the year will bring nothing but stress.
Other traditions involve cleaning the house. It is thought that you brush out bad luck of the past year along with the dust you sweep out. Another is if you hold a piece of gold or silver at the beginning of the New Year that your chances of prospering in the New Year will increase. In some places they put a silver coin over a doorway or place a penny on a windowsill.
In Ireland, one of their New Year traditions involves banging on walls and doors with bread made for Christmas in order to chase away the bad luck and will bring the good spirits to the house as they are promised enough bread in the New Year. In Iran they have a tradition of banging pots and pans and it could be related to the tradition of the Irish. During the Chinese New Year they have a tradition that goes back to ancient times where they set off firecrackers to welcome in the New Year.
Another Celtic tradition is for the boy that is the youngest in the household to light a candle when dusk begins so that it will burn throughout the night until the light of the new day breaks. This may be a citified version of the tradition of the Celts of lighting bonfires in order to keep away spirits that are evil. The Samhain tradition is one of lighting tapers to put in the windows in order to chase away the evil spirits.
In order to ensure they grow tall, Philippine children will jump up and down at the stroke of midnight. Celebrations at sunrise in Asia are for honoring the elders and ancestors in order to bring luck. In Germany they drop lead that is melted into cold water and then they take turns trying to figure out the results. The tradition has enjoyed such popularity that in Germany kits are sold that include pellets and also suggestions for interpreting the results.
In Italy, dough balls drenched in honey called Chiacchiere are made to ensure it is a sweet year. In Spain and other Latin cultures one grape for each month make a year lucky. In The Southern region of the United States black eyed peas or anything that is round such as pretzels or donuts are food that ensures good fortune in the coming year.
New Year traditions may seem strange to some, but to those that practice these traditions year after year they are all a part of what makes a new year a fortunate one or one that will bring bad luck.