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 Plan a Corporate Holiday Party

December or Christmas is a favorite time of the year and if companies only had one occasion to have a celebration, it would be during this joyous holiday season. It is the best time to get all the staff together to celebrate the end of the year and the start of a new one. This includes celebrating the company’s triumphs and challenges. It is also a good opportunity for everyone to just relax and have a good time. How to plan a corporate holiday party? Here is the answer to your needs. Putting together a great party is not an easy feat. It needs a lot of time for planning and coordinating. Without proper planning, the party might not be as successful and as fun as you would like it to be. Here is a checklist of important things which should be considered if you wish to plan the best holiday party, ever! The type of event Holiday parties can be held in an informal setting in the afternoon and it can also be a formal event which starts in the evening. Before you start pondering about decorations and food, you have to determine just what type of event your holiday party will be. Some company holiday parties are luncheons and others are evening gatherings.Generally evening parties tend to be more costly. On the other hand, luncheons are usually scheduled on a weekday and they tend to be friendly to the budget. Date The majority of holiday parties are scheduled during the second and 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 which is most convenient for everyone.  December is a very busy time of year so what you can do is choose some potential dates and then ask people in the office to vote on the best one through email. Guest list Companies invite all their employees to their … [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...]

How to Prepare your Child for Preschool

Having a child begin preschool for the first time can be a scary prospect. Especially if you are relatively new to the parenting world, you may be getting a bit nervous as August approaches, wondering how to prepare your child for preschool. The good news is that many kids adapt quite easily to a school environment – they love getting outside the house to play with other children and truly enjoy the learning process. Shyer kids may take longer to come out of their shells, but in the end most children wind up their first year of preschool with several more playmates, a healthy sense of independence, and a serious crush on their teachers. That said, changing from home to the structured atmosphere of a preschool will be hard for both you and your child at first. Simply knowing how to prepare your child for preschool can help you avoid tears and fights and encourage a smooth, pleasant period of transition.  You Are Your Child’s First Teacher: Remember this! A child’s success in the school environment is irrevocably entwined with the amount of support and education they are receiving at home. A child raised in a loving environment is more likely to adapt easily to new situations, respect teachers and peers, and open themselves up to learning. Your baby’s preschool teacher will impart important information and broaden his mind, but in the end, it is you he is watching most closely. Parents are setting the example he will follow. If you show enthusiasm for reading, he will too. If you take advantage of everyday opportunities to learn new things, he or she will also develop a healthy, lifelong curiosity that will serve him well throughout his academic journey.  Preschool Activities: If you are concerned about your child’s academic readiness for preschool, there are several … [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...]

Popular Car Games for Children

Summertime is probably the best time to think about car games for children.  It is the time for dodge ball games, pool parties and ice cream eating contests.  But what activity defines summer the most? Road trips! And don’t forget to include popular car games for children when traveling.  Kids enjoy a visit to grandma’s house in the country side or a day trip to the beach.  Even a simple excursion to the nearest national park is exciting. But as the destination is a fun place to visit you can make the journey to the place just as enjoyable.  So, put away the cell phone and I-pad!  Here are five travelling games that will guarantee hours of fun for kids and kids at heart and make the trip more memorable than say, your Candy Crush Saga game. The Alphabet Game The mother of all popular car games for children! This one gave birth to countless variations. This involves one player thinking of a grocery item and thus, alternately being called “The Grocery Game” starting with the letter A. The other players will take turns naming other items starting with B, C and so on. A mental battle of wit and creativity will ensue. Another variation relies more on luck than creativity and by luck we mean license plates of other cars and road signs. The mechanics are the same, but instead of grocery items, the player has to look out for license plates or bill board signs starting with the letter A. He or she needs to shout the word spotted and move onto the next letter. The first player to reach “Z” wins. 20 Questions This is another staple of travelling games beaten by the Alphabet Game by only a few points. Have a word written on a piece of sticky notes. The word could be any object or person conceivable (cat, burrito, John F. Kennedy, etc.). The note will then be put on … [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...]