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...]

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...]

Children’s Party Supply Ideas

A party for children requires color, fun, creativity and excitement and this means getting your hands on the best which can make that special day unforgettable. The list of party supplies is endless and it is quite easy for any parent or event planner to get confused and overwhelmed with all the selections available in party stores. Most decorations look so lovely that you would like to buy all of them. How many times have you seen party planners scratching their heads not knowing where to begin and what to buy? Planning the party food is already difficult enough. To make things simple for any parent, here is list of the absolute essential children’s party supply ideas. After all, we all know that decorations have a very big effect on the celebration itself. Crepe Paper Crepe paper is colorful and very easy to work with. Even beginners will not have any problem using it for decorations.  They can be cut and shape into flowers, pom-poms, garlands, and they can also be used as wrappers. There are various DIY crepe paper projects online which you can create with your children.   Balloons Balloons are another staple in children’s parties. A party just would not be complete without balloons in all shapes, sizes and colors. Balloon twisting is a fun activity which will delight children of all ages. There are various unique designs and decorating ideas with the use of balloons. Aside from balloon twisting, you can also make balloon flower decorations and balloon arches. Goodie bags Goodie bags are also another party staple. Little tots scream with delight as soon as they get hold of party bags. They love to take a peek at what is inside.   Pinwheels Pinwheels can be bought ready-made but if you truly want the party to be fun, you can have the little guests … [Read more...]

Decorating Ideas for a Children’s Party

Throwing a birthday party can be overwhelming for some parents while others go through it in a breeze. How come some do it so easily while others have a lot of difficulty? Well, there are some parents who are just good in arts and decoration. Their creative skills are so heightened that they can just get scissors, papers and a few materials and come up with great designs. To help those who are not so artistic, we have some decorating ideas for children’s party which will be of help to you. With time and effort, you can get great results and have a fun time doing the projects. To make the decorating process even more fun, you can ask the kids to join in and this can make the experience unforgettable for you and for them. Streamers Streamers are always exciting and children always love them. Crepe paper is inexpensive, colorful, easy to work with and is safe for children and babies. You can easily twist, braid, curl and wind them and create all kinds of shapes. This colorful and versatile party material will surely be a hit with the kids.    Garlands Galore  A homemade banner is easy to create and will make the party more personalized. There are various designs which can be reused year after year. A good idea for a children’s birthday party is the garland of baby faces.  You can attach a photo of your little one in various stages of his or her young life. If you would like a simpler garland, you can just spell out happy birthday if it is a birthday party or a simple message which fits the occasion.    Flower Pots  Plastic flower pots can make excellent beverage holders. You can choose vibrant colored plastic flower pots or pots with beautiful decorations and fill them with ice and an assortment of bottled drinks and put it on a saucer. Make sure that you use a … [Read more...]

Surviving the Terrible Twos

Has your normally sweet and loving toddler become wild-eyed, tearful, and uncontrollable overnight? Do you suddenly feel like you’re raising an irritable chimpanzee? If so, you may be in dire need of some tips on surviving the terrible twos. For some reason, most kids between eighteen months and three years of age undergo a period of temporary insanity. It is inevitable! They will throw the cracker they just begged for in your face. They will take off their clothes while kicking and screaming on the kitchen floor. There is nothing you as a parent can do about that but sit back, buckle up, and try to enjoy the crazy ride. While you can’t change their irrational behavior, you can make the difficult toddler years easier for you and your child. Surviving the terrible twos is possible. All that’s required is acceptance of things you cannot change, willingness to learn a few stress-diffusing techniques, and a few good ideas about how to occupy the long hours. Coping With the Terrible Twos: When your toddler has been inexplicably weeping for half-an-hour, the natural instinct is to yell, cajole, bully, or simply indulge in your own sob-fest. Unfortunately, the relief gained from these forms of emotional expression is only temporary. Rather than pulling your hair out, try these simple ways to calm down: Leave the room. Step out, get some fresh air, remove yourself from the situation long enough to collect your thoughts. Five minutes of alone time is usually enough to slow your heart rate and compose yourself. Do ten jumping jacks to rid your body of aggressive energy.  You will be able to make better decisions after dealing with that pesky adrenaline rush. Before acting or reacting to overwhelming behavior shut your eyes and count backwards from twenty. Distracting … [Read more...]

Summer Ideas for Children

Summertime is fun time for kids as they have lots of time on their hands for play.  Parents must come up with cool summer ideas for children to fill their off school days. Whether you plan indoor educational summer activities or outdoor games, it should be exciting enough to capture their attention and fun-filled enough for them to enjoy. Here are a variety of several activities to consider. These great ideas will help you entertain the little ones in the summer. Summer Activities for Preschoolers Preschoolers are at their most inquisitive stage. The best summer activities for toddlers are colorful and fascinating. Simple arts and crafts will be perfect indoor activities while exploration and discovery themed events are ideal for outdoor adventures. Swimming Lessons Leaf Collection Sandbox Parties Animal Formation with Colored Play Doh Learn to Make Pancakes Picnics at the Park Scavenger Hunts Fun Summer Games for Kids Let kids enjoy the best of summer weather by preparing fun outdoor games. Incorporate learning with age-appropriate and interactive games. Why not encourage children to stay away from computers and gadgets? Encourage them to enjoy challenging and fun-filled physical games outdoors. This can help manage early weight problems and keep the youngsters fit. If you have kids of various ages, make sure that the game will entertain all ages.  You can also invite neighbors and friends with kids of the same age brackets. Backyard Obstacle Course Balloon Volleyball Sponge Tag Relay Races Hopscotch Water Balloon Toss Hide and Seek Best Indoor Crafts for Kids You also need to prepare for those rainy days. With all the free time, kids can work on special projects, crafts and learn to make their favorite food. You can assign … [Read more...]

Musical Party Games for Children

Children love music! It stimulates their auditory senses, fires up their imagination, and gives them a good mood. And what do they love more? Party games! It engages their camaraderie, promotes friendly competition, and a great way to channel their excess energy. When you combine the two, you have a big hit for them, musical party games for children. Forget the ordinary musical chairs and statue dances. Here are five grand musical party games that will guarantee hours of fun and laughter. 1. Pass The Parcel Pass the parcel is to party games as spaghetti and meatballs is to children’s party food. It is a staple. Have a small gift wrapped as many layers as the number of players until it looks like a parcel box. Gather the kids in a circle and turn on lively music. Have the kids pass the parcel around. When the music stops, the child who has the parcel will be out, but not before unwrapping it. Continue until all but one child remains. The winner will get the prize inside. Another variation of the game is when the music stops, the child unwraps a layer of the parcel and is given a dare or challenge, like singing a song, hopping on one foot or holding the breath for an added twist and excitement. 2. Turn Into  This musical game is like the statue dance, but offers more creativity. Have the children dance to a lively tune. A few seconds before stopping the music, tell them to “Turn into…”and add a shape, object, or even an animal to which they will imitate while they freeze. A volunteer gets to choose the one who does it the worst. The eliminated child will be the judge for the next round. 3. Name The Nightingale This game does not need live music. The music will come from the children themselves. Have the kids form around in a circle and blindfold one volunteer in the … [Read more...]

Educational Entertainment for Children

As we are living in the digital age, parents continuously are thinking about which educational entertainment for children is best for their youngsters.  Right now, just about everyone, adults, teenagers, and children, love to use high-tech devices. People are clamoring for the latest models of televisions, cameras, and other gadgets and most kids are passionate about playing games on their mobile devices. Although certain mobile games can help kids learn, they still can’t compare to the benefits of physically active educational games. Four Reasons to Teach Your Kids about Being More Active Compared to mobile games and apps, physically active games like hide-and-seek and tag offer more benefits: They develop interpersonal skills—perhaps the biggest problem with mobile and video games is that they isolate children. Sure, video games at home can be played by two people and some online games are actually played by thousands and even millions at a time. However, meeting and talking online is different from interacting face to face. Kids who persistently play video games can be shy, timid, and may not be able to express themselves easily. Contrary, kids who more frequently play physical games can be more vocal, confident, and generally more outgoing. They improve bonds—active play can make children competitive and they also cultivate bonds between the players. When participating in activities with your kids, as well as when they interact with each other, their connection deepens. They improve health—active play is not only great for teaching youth good behavior and values; it is also a great form of exercise, which undoubtedly helps improve health. They are absolutely free—the best thing about active games is that they are free. They can be played anywhere and … [Read more...]

How to Entertain Children at Weddings

Weddings are solemn, once-in-a-lifetime events that bring two people’s hearts and lives closer together. A time of pure bliss, weddings are also the perfect time for both adults and kids to get together and share the happiness the couple experience. Though weddings can be fun, it can also be difficult when the little ones are out of control. That is unless you keep them in check and happy by learning how to entertain children at weddings. Three Tips for a Child-Friendly Wedding Weddings are generally prepared with only the adult guests in mind. This often results to children feeling left out or bored.To allow the kids at weddings to feel more at ease and happy, the following tips ought to be kept in mind: Consider the Time—if you’re expecting a great number of children at your wedding and the reception, consider holding your event during the afternoon. This ensures that the reception will end before the kids’ bedtime, helping you avoid potential outbursts of energy and cries from tired and sleepy youngsters. Think about the Food—aside from more formal dishes, consider including treats that kids love such as French fries, chicken, lollipops, and fruit cups. Be sure to ask and warn parents about possible allergy-inducers, though, to make sure your wedding and reception will be a blast for all. Hire a Children’s Entertainer—having someone to tend to the little ones is the best way to enjoy a wedding. An entertainer will not only make sure that kids are having fun but also ensure that they’re not getting in the way of the adults. The best thing about hiring an experienced children’s entertainer like me is that I offer activities that can be enjoyed by all the children. Top Five Activities to Entertain Children at Weddings There are a lot of activities that can … [Read more...]

Simple Party Food for Kids

Your child’s birthday party is just around the corner and it’s time to whip out your checklist to make sure all the important details are in place. You’ve ordered a delicious surprise cake, found little favors the kids will love as goody bags and hired a professional children’s entertainer to keep the little ones engaged.  You also have a few games in mind to keep everybody’s spirits high. Now all that’s left is to decide what kind of simple party food for kids to serve all the guests. Although, you may be tempted to go out of your way to whip up a few time-consuming elaborate treats, it is always best to serve party finger foods that are simple yet yummy. After all, you don’t want to miss out on all those fun party moments.  To make things easier we compiled a list of great party food ideas that busy parents or party planners simply swear by. Why not make your celebration even more special by adding your own little spin to these favorite party food treats for kids? Mini Pizzas- Always guaranteed to be a hit with children, making your own mini pizzas is not just fun but also inexpensive. Take one slice of bread and apply a layer of tomato sauce on it. Then add a dash of mozzarella cheese and grill the pizzas in the oven for a minute. You can add your favorite toppings like diced black olives or shredded chicken. Little Sandwiches- Kids love party finger foods that have been cut in different shapes with a cookie cutter.  Little cucumber or cheese sandwiches are usually quite popular. The bite sized sandwiches are not only easier for children to chew but you won’t have to worry about wasted portions. Alternatively, some children who are bigger (in the age-group 5- 9 years of age), may want to  make their own little sandwiches instead.  Simply display a … [Read more...]