Whether you are the hostess of a child’s birthday party or just trying to out-do yourself for your next play date, I have the perfect idea for you from Parent’s Magazine!
Make your snack table come alive with a few simple steps (and delicious treats)! Cover a table with butcher paper and paint it into the cutest buffet ever. Plan out your masterpiece according to your bowls and platters. Pizzas make great wheels, silicone cupcake liners work perfectly as caterpillar cookie stands, carrot sticks are colorful for sun rays. You get the idea…..get creative and plan your “landscape” and menu together!
Let your kids cool off during the dog days of summer by hosting a Surfin’ Pool Party!
If you are lucky enough to live by an ocean – plan your party for the beach! For those of us that are a little more land-locked, find a local pool to host your party.
Invite your guests with this darling invitation from Tiny Prints. Request that your guests come wearing beach theme clothing – Hawaiian print swim trunks or shirts, sundresses, flowers in the girl’s hair.
You can really have some fun decorating for this party….have your kids help you prop up surfboards, and stuff wetsuits to make faux-surfers. Turn beach towels into tablecloths, have a surfing video playing on the TV in the background, and popular surf music playing to get everyone in the mood. Looking for suggestions? Reggae music or anything by The Beach Boys would be perfect!
If you plan on having this theme party at home, check out these great wall decals from Target. The surf boards would be darling on a wall behind the birthday cake!
Disposable paper goods are definitely the easiest way to go – so check out these supplies at Birthday in a Box. All that’s left? The perfect party favor! Fill up small canvas beach bags with candy, an inflatable beach ball and little toys. Make it easy on yourself by ordering them thru Birthday in a Box, too!
It’s rare that I feature a party geared towards men. Nothing against them – but I think it’s safe to say that most of them don’t appreciate the type of attention to detail women put into party planning! However, all men deserve a special party now and then…..so whether you are planning a fabulous Father’s Day, a pre-wedding gathering, or a 40th birthday party, here are a few ideas to plan a summer golf outing:
Course Selection – Budget limits, tee time availability, location, club amenities, and players’ ability should drive your decision on course selection. Considerations should include: course difficulty, carts, caddies, and bag carry options, course/clubhouse capacity, availability of locker room with showers, club and shoe rental options.
Spread the word – Before you send out your actual invitation (I absolutely love this invitation from Tiny Prints – it’s the perfect balance of fun and masculinity!), you may want to send out a save the date card or an informational e-mail to get an idea of how many people are considering attending.
Registration – The registration area is one of the most critical components of any golf outing. It sets the tone for the entire day. The registration table should be set up in a highly visible location and should have some sort of festive decor. Depending on the size of your event, the table should be manned up to two hours prior to the scheduled arrival time of your guests. Ensure that adequate personnel will be available to maintain a smooth flow of traffic, keeping the registration area moving effectively.
Speed of Play – Maintaining an adequate speed of play is an important aspect in ensuring a successful golf outing. Slow play is annoying to other golfers and can disrupt the timetable for other planned activities. This can be managed by correctly pairing the members of your group by playing ability, or by choosing a format of play that produces timely rounds.
Shot Gun vs. Tee Times – Listed below are the advantages and disadvantages of the two standard formats for golf outings.
Shot Gun Starts
Shot gun starts permit all group participants to start and finish at the same time. This allows the group to remain together for other events.
The entire group arrives at the banquet facility at one time.
Can be scheduled for the early afternoon, allowing participants to get in a full morning of work.
Speeds up play.
Tee Time Starts
Allows for a variety of starting times to suit golfers needs.
Can maximize outing capacity (up to 220 players between 8 am and 1 pm)
Flexibility allowed for guarantees on group size.
Contests – Contests can be an enjoyable source of entertainment for your players. However, don’t overload your event with too many contests….they can slow down play. Here are some suggested contests:
1. Longest Drive
2. Skins Game
3. Closest to Pin
4. Putting Contest
5. Nearest to the Line
6. Mulligan Sales
8. Flying Lady
9. Beat the Pro
10. Blind Partner
The 19th Hole – After 18 holes of golf, your men will be ready for a relaxing break! Plan a lunch (you could even invite spouses that didn’t play to join in) at the course’s clubhouse that includes a buffet of sandwiches, salads and buckets of cold beer! Create simple, yet festive centerpieces for the lunch tables by using glass cylinder vases in different sizes. Fill them up with golf balls, limes, candles, sand….get creative! Dress up dessert by serving golf-inspired cupcakes!
Add a little fizz and some retro fun to your next party with a soda bar!
Whether you decide to use old-fashioned soda pop (available in a variety of flavors – all with fabulous vintage logos on the bottles) or the modern day versions – choose a variety of colors and flavors and prominently show them off. The colorful bottles can act as decorations for your party too!
Keep the bottles refrigerated until right before the party starts, and then arrange the bottles by color on a table. Add a bucket full of ice, a stack of cups, and for those wanting to drink right out of the bottle – brightly colored plastic straws!
I think this idea would be darling for a child’s birthday party, an outdoor BBQ, or even a casual, summer wedding.
The summer months have me dreaming of soft, romantic, outdoor weddings. I fell in love with these images because they combine so many of my favorite things. What could be better than a wedding full of seaside charm and peonies?!
There are a couple of details that I want to draw attention to:
I love the use of baskets for the ceremony! Classic and fresh looking, they added charm to the aisle.
I talk a lot about defining space with overhead decorations for parties – lanterns, twinkle lights, streamers – anything that sets your space apart from the rest of the area. These star lanterns take that concept to a whole new level! Beautiful during the day,but can you picture them glowing at night?! Breathtaking! (By the way, don’t let this idea just apply to weddings! Try re-creating this look over your patio table for your next outdoor party.)
Instead of spending a fortune on a traditional centerpiece, create a floral runner down the center of your table. Loosely arrange blooms and mix in a ton of votive candles – the look is stunning!
Plant each guest a small pot of flowers and add in a chalkboard stake. Write your guest’s name on it….you have a placecard, a party favor and if you group them all together in the center of the table….a centerpiece too!
Serve up this refreshing treat from Rachael Ray at your next party!
2 cups fresh red grapefruit juice (about 4 grapefruits)
2 cups ginger ale
1/2 cup superfine sugar
2 tablespoons grenadine or pomegranate juice
4 maraschino cherries
In a large bowl, stir together the grapefruit juice, ginger ale, sugar and grenadine until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch metal baking dish and freeze for 2 hours. Using a fork, scrape the surface to break up the ice, then freeze for 2 more hours.
Scrape the surface again and divide the mixture among 4 chilled glasses; top each with a cherry. Serve immediately.