How to Plan a Company Halloween Party

Are you thinking about how to plan a company Halloween party that will keep your employees smiling for days?   Don't wait for October days  to swiftly pass by.  With a corporate party, you can strengthen the bonds among your employees and create fun memories in your office. Follow these simple tips for planning an awesome party… Tip 1: A Halloween Theme A great company Halloween party starts with an awesome theme. There are tons of themes to choose from, but you might want to consider these three first: Kids at Heart—get your employees to come in costumes and bring small treats to give away. Encourage them to let out their inner child by trick or treating in different departments. Show Me Your Heart—turn your party into a chance for charity. Choose a charitable/non-profit institution to help for the night with activities like a food drive, garage sale, or something creative. Monster Dance Night—turn your office into a disco for the undead. Create a dance floor, hang a disco ball, hire a DJ, and let your employees feel the groove throughout the night. Tip 2: Ghostly Decorations Prepare your company for the upcoming party by decorating the offices with cool props like pumpkins, banners, ghosts, witches and spider webs. Encourage your employees to take part and have fun by turning it into a contest and providing a prize to department with the best decoration.  Make sure to give the winner’s prize on the day of the Halloween party itself. Tip 3: Ideas for Halloween Food What’s a party without the food? Make your corporate Halloween party more memorable with some themed food such as the following: Mummy Hotdogs—get some ready-made croissant dough. Flatten the pieces further with a rolling pin, and wrap them around hotdogs to resemble mummies. Bake … [Read more...]

Summer Camps in Palo Alto, 2020

Microsoft will be holding summer camps at various Microsoft retail stores around the country. The free SUMMER CAMPS in Palo Alto, CA in 2020  has a fantastic program for children. PALO ALTO  EVENT CALENDAR The summer camps will be held under the Microsoft Youth Spark banner, which aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth with opportunities for education, employment, and entrepreneurship. There is an awesome variety of fun camps available: Youth Spark Hub Microsoft Youth Spark seeks to empower all young people, especially those most at risk to being left behind, by providing access to computer science education and digital skills needed to participate in a world transformed by technology. Youth Spark Stars           Read the stories of incredible young people making a difference in their communities. Teals           Teals pairs tech professionals with educators to team-teach computer science in U.S. high schools. The SUMMER CAMPS in Palo Alto in 2020 will be held in the Microsoft retail store at Stanford Shopping Center. Please note that the parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of camp participants are required to remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of each event. Please visit the Microsoft Store website for more details. To add even more summer fun for the kids, please contact Denise at 650-740-7798. As a children’s party entertainer she can offer her services such as a magic comedy show and balloon twisting. Denise would be delighted to help plan the activities for your special celebration. … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Corporate Christmas Party

December - the holiday season - is a favorite time of the year and if companies only had one occasion to have a celebration, it would be during this joyous festive season. It is the best time to get all the staff together to celebrate the end of the calendar year and the start of a new one. This could include celebrating the company’s triumphs and challenges for the past year. It is also a good opportunity for everyone to just relax and have a good time. So how do you plan a corporate Christmas party? We have the answer right here. Putting together a great party is not an easy feat; it requires a lot of time for planning and coordinating. Without proper planning, your party end up not being as successful and as fun as you would like it to be. Here is a checklist of important things to consider if you wish to organise the best holiday party ever! Type of Event Corporate holiday parties can be held in an informal setting in the afternoon or it can be a more formal event in the evening. Before you start thinking about decorations and food, you should first decide just what type of event your Christmas party will be. Many companies choose to make their Christmas parties luncheons while others prefer evening gatherings. Generally, evening parties tend to be more costly. On the other hand, luncheons are usually scheduled on a weekday - a welcome break from work! - and they do tend to be more friendly to the budget. Date A majority of holiday parties are scheduled during the second or third week of December. Fridays, being the start of the weekend, is the most common day. It is important to select a date and time that is most convenient for everyone. The festive season is a very busy time of year so what you can do is choose some potential dates and then ask people in … [Read more...]

How to Decorate Parties with Balloons

Balloons come in various colors, shapes and sizes and they can also be easily made to resemble animals, food, and various other things. They are always present in parties and all kinds of celebrations, especially where children are around. Balloons can be found almost anywhere. They are easy to work with and can be used to decorate the party place to give it more color and life. Here are some brilliant ideas on how to decorate parties with balloons. Balloons around the entrance If you would like to make the party place’s entrance more welcoming and more alive, you need to make a balloon arch.  They look lovely on the entrance but if you think that they are very difficult to make, you are wrong.  The first thing you need to do is buy an arch, this will be the base for your balloons. There are ready-made arches sold in all shapes and sizes at rental shops and garden supply stores.  An arch made of thin wire would suffice. Inflate your balloons of choice and fasten using adhesive tapes or strings.  Start at one end and work towards the other and make sure to avoid any missing spots. Balloons on the table Balloon table decorations are easy and an inexpensive way of dressing up your dinner table. Whatever the occasion is, be a birthday, anniversary, graduation or just a simple get together, with some air from your lungs and some string, you can make your party place look a lot nicer. Maintain a theme color so that your balloons match nicely. You can choose to blow up some balloons in half so that you can make small table decorations.  You can also put them inside the vase and add a little ribbon to the vase, tie them to the chairs and tables or just make them the centerpiece of the table. Balloons hanging from ceiling Have you ever thought of a balloon chandelier? … [Read more...]

Party Costume Ideas for Children

Costume characters at children’s parties are very popular. They make the get-together more interesting and certainly kids are ecstatic about dressing up as their favorite character. With party costumes, you can be sure everyone will have a fun time. Youngsters enjoy acting as their favorite character. They certainly want to be transported to places where they can be whoever they would like to be, whether it is a fairy who can grant different wishes or a superhero that competes and rescues damsels in distress. There is a variety of party costume ideas for children available now.  Most of these party characters are from well-known mainstream media such as television shows and movies. Choosing a party character need not be a challenging task with all the options available. You already know your child’s likes and dislikes which you can use to your advantage when choosing a party costume. Listed below are some of the most popular party characters for children today. Party Character Ideas for Boys Harry Potter. Lots of young boys want to be the foretold boy wizard who will conquer the evil Lord Voldemort. Harry Potter is a character which has come alive from the books of British author J.K. Rowling to the big screen. There are various Harry Potter costumes available, complete with the wand and the broom.                    Superheroes. There are several superheroes from comic books to the big screen which children love and the renewed interest in superhero movies has brought them back to popularity. It is usually the boys who love these superhero costumes and some of the most popular are Spiderman, Thor, Superman, Batman, Ironman and Captain America.   Ben 10. Ben 10 is a character on television which has been famous for many years. There are various Ben 10 … [Read more...]

Top Children Party Favors

Seeing children’s jovial faces and bright smiles can certainly melt hearts. Although children’s parties often highlight specific kids, especially when the party is a birthday party, that does not mean it is alright to overlook the other little guests. Even better, preparing and giving party favors can be an enjoyable little venture for the party planner. Now, the only question is: What are the perfect children party favors? Top Five Children’s Party Favors In all honesty, there are literally hundreds of children’s party favors which you can choose from. However, the following 5 party favors are guaranteed to be a hit with kids and, of course, their parents and guardians. Art Supply Kids are fountains of creativity, if you allow them to be.  Nurturing their creative side is important in developing them into skilled individuals in the future. One simple yet efficient way you can help with this goal is to offer art supplies as a party favor.  Here are two options: Buy coloring books and crayon sets Print coloring pages and recycle old crayons into new ones using molds   Bubbles Simple yet addicting to play with, bubbles are one of the most affordable yet fun  party favor for kids you can offer. They are sold in cute bottles like bears and flowers as well as popular characters such as Hello Kitty and Spiderman. If you would like to save some dollars, you can simply create your own labels, purchase little bottles and print your own labels to place on the bottle. You can also use ribbons to make the bottles look cuter.   Blow Horns There are very few kids who do not like to be loud, be noticed, and have some fun. Although blow horns might seem simple, they still provide a lot of fun. Of course, to make sure that you get approving smiles from your audience, … [Read more...]

Benefits of Hiring a Children’s Entertainer

Children’s entertainers have become such a hit in the past few years. They are called upon not only for birthday parties but also other special occasions where kids are. Some people think entertainers are just there for the children to focus on, but they do more than that.  They can help make the party smoother and unforgettable. They give the parents and party planners more breathing room so they are relaxed when the party ends. If you are about to plan an event where children are invited, consider hiring a children’s entertainer. There are many benefits of hiring a professional entertainer for kids. A skilled entertainer has the ability to enter a room full of kids with music, stories, magic tricks, games and jokes. Children can be the most critical audience in the world and a professional entertainer can give them just what they are asking for, a fun time. Professional entertainers today employ various kinds of tricks to make sure that the audience of youngsters is riveted. This means fewer tantrums and less crying and more laughter and happy faces. Hiring a children's entertainer can give the party organizers more time to think about other aspects of the event. They need not worry about things they should do to keep the kids interested in the party. They need not provide the entertainment themselves. There is also more time to arrange the food and talk with other adults and catch up with their friends. Children will get the attention they deserve while adults are happily socializing. Everyone will go home satisfied after a fun filled party.  A children’s entertainer can make a lot of difference when it comes to how the party is organized. Just ask parents who have hired the services of talented performers. Party planners need not waste time and energy doing all … [Read more...]

Company Picnic Game Ideas

Company picnics are about bonding and relaxation. You have the basket, the sandwiches, your co-workers, and the games. Of course, these activities aren’t limited to just Truth or Dares or Charades. Here are the fifteen coolest company picnic game ideas to spice up your  outdoor party. Just keep an eye on that basket. 1. Horseshoes This game is the staple of company picnics, played by two players, who throw horseshoes to a stake stuck on the ground. Whoever gets his horseshoe ring around, or closest, to the stake wins. The distances vary from 30 to 40 feet. 2. Tug-of-War All you need is a long piece of strong rope, and the athleticism in you. Make a knot in the middle of the rope; draw a marker on the ground. Divide into 2 teams and let the pulling begin. The team that pulls the other team the furthest away from the marker in the middle wins.   3. Pass the Parcel Jot down penalties on pieces of paper.  For example, make your employees and co-workers dance, sing, mimic, or act. Form the group in a large circle, and pass the parcel (an empty box will do) while playing the music. Stop the tune, and whoever has the parcel will pick a penalty. 4. Act the Part A variation of charades, but the players must act like famous personalities within a time limit. Or, if you know each other in the company or team pretty well, you can imitate your friends. 5. Pie in the Face This corporate party game can be messy. Place the pieces of paper with the message on the bottom of each plate and fill it with whipped cream to make a pie. Each player needs to eat the pie (with their hands tied) until they see the message and read it aloud. The one who reads the message first wins.    6. Spew Another silly game that will surely make you laugh. Each player puts an Alka-Seltzer under … [Read more...]

Balloon Twisting Tips

Balloon twisting is an activity that arouses curiosity among the audience the most.  However, a lot of people are either afraid of twisting balloons, fearing they will just pop out of the blue, or are not sure how to handle, twist, and turn the long, skinny balloons used for this activity. Regardless which of the circumstances you are in, the balloon twisting tips below will certainly help! Perfect Balloon Twisting Materials   Balloons used for balloon twisting are generally stronger than ordinary balloons and, therefore, safer to work with. You can twist and turn them, and they will not pop so easily. That is unless you put excessive force on it or prick it with a sharp object. Today, there are specific brands known to produce high-quality balloons for twisting. Nonetheless, it is still important to ask balloon sellers what brand is stronger and less likely to pop when twisted. A great thing about balloons is that they come in an assortment of colors and sizes. The most common size of balloon used for twisting is called a “260.” This means that when the balloon is fully blown up, it will be around two inches in diameter and 60 inches in length. Basically, a “260” represents 2×60 inches when completely inflated. Aside from “260,” the “160” is available, which is 1×60 inches when completely inflated. These two are the most common balloon sizes used for twisting. Balloons for twisting come in many other shapes as well. You can try all of them once you get used to twisting the most common“260” size balloon. How to Get Started: Inflating and Twisting Tips Even though the long, skinny balloons used for balloon twisting are flexible, they are difficult to blow up with the mouth. Using a hand pump to inflate them is more convenient since they are much … [Read more...]