Party: Create a Chic Hawaiian Feel

If you are hosting a party soon {whether it be a birthday or just a get-together}, why not add some Hawaiian flare? Adding tropical touches can really set the mood of your party. Instead of throwing your typical Luau themed party {you know with those plastic leis} try adding just a few Hawaiian inspired touches. This will make your party feel more classy and authentic.

To serve your drinks or appetizers, set up a unique table/bar in a snap! Use a surfboard instead of a table! You can set it atop a small table (for support) or even use two TV trays to prop it up on.

Some simple party food ideas are shrimp skewers, grilled pineapple, and maybe coconut flavored desserts. If you are serving adult drinks, try this cocktail recipe:

{courtesy of Hostess With The Mostess}

Tidal Wave

1½ ounces Malibu (or other coconut-flavored rum)
1 ounce blue curacao
¾ ounces fresh lime juice
½ ounce amaretto
1 tablespoon coconut cream
1 teaspoon superfine sugar lime slice

As for decor, the key here is to keep it simple. No need for tall paper palm trees. You can pull off a Hawaiian feel without crepe paper fish and plastic leis. For table decor, try gathering a few colorful votive candles. Place them on top of random glass cake stands and place a few stemless orchids to add that paradise feel. You can also use items such as sea shells and sand dollars to make your theme come together.

Add simple touches throughout your event space. I love this idea of using a fresh tropical flower to serve as a napkin ring. You can even tie a single flower around items such as a glass pitcher, basket of silverware, or hand towel in the restroom.

In order to have a successful Hawaiian themed party, simple and thoughtful touches really are key. When I think of Hawaii, I think of a natural and easy going flare. If you plan your party with “natural” and “easy going” in mind– you will have stunning results that don’t require a lot of effort!

Photography Credits: Surfboard Bar Karren Bussen, Decor Images The Knot.
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Get FREE stuff on Your Birthday!


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I find this site refreshing in the current economic time. This is a nation wide resource listing free and discounted offers you can receive on your birthday. From Disneyland to local restaurants, there is really no strings attached. Easy to navigate and fun to browse to see what you can get FREE for your birthday. Come on…how easy is this?! You can even search for free stuff for your pet!

Free Birthday Treats offers users access to free and discounted deals on items and services for kids, adults, and even pets. Now THAT is inspiring!

My tip: Sign up for their free email newsletter and be in the loop when knew freebies are added!
What do you guys think? What’s the best FREE treat you’ve ever received on your birthday? What would make a good Birthday Freebie?
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5 Ways to Keep Your Party Guests Healthy


Guest Post from our friend:

Sally Strebel of BestPartyEver.com

Indulgence ensues at many parties but why not indulge in maintaining the healthier aspects of life. Sounds unexciting right? Well hold on, there are many ways to spruce up the healthy event and your guests will appreciate it. Listed below are 5 ways to keep your guests healthy.

1. Cater the Event
For large events hire a caterer that is licensed to handle food. Professional caterers understand the heating temperatures for preparation of large amounts of food and how germs spread. If undercooked foods are served, your guests and you are more likely to experience food borne illness. By hiring a licensed caterer you have greatly reduced the risk of food poisoning, maintained your guest’s health, and reduced your stress.

2. Eat Healthy
Instead of hamburgers and potato chips serve your guests grilled chicken and fruit salad. This exchange is more nutritious and adds sophistication. Also consider water and 100% juice instead of sodas. For dessert, angel food cake with strawberries and light cool whip make a healthy alternative to traditional cakes.

3. Asking Sick Guests to Stay Home
Asking sick guests to stay home is like telling someone they have bad breath. It’s awkward but it needs to be done. Hopefully your sick guest will call and tell you that they’ve decide not to attend the party on their own and then you’re off the hook. However, if you find out they are sick less than a day before the party, politely tell them this, “I heard that you weren’t feeling well. I know that you’d rather get better at your own house and not get anyone else sick but I really wanted to see you. Do you have a day next week, when you’re feeling better, that we could have lunch together?”

4. Physical Activities
Make exercise part of your party’s itinerary. Consider dancing, yoga, a walk, soft ball, or other physical activities for your party.

5. Continue the Health
Send guests home with healthy party favors. Ideas include personal hand sanitizer, sports bars, music CD with your favorite workout songs, individually packaged vitamin packs, smoothie recipes, or whatever else you find healthy.

Hope you found these tips helpful! Everyone has more fun when they are healthy!

Check out more of Sally’s great articles over at BestPartyEver.com!

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A Party for Your Little Monkey

Do you have a “little monkey?” Plan their next party in this modern monkey theme and let the Monkey business begin!

First step to your monkey party theme is to dress the part (well for the birthday boy or girl at least)! Mod Monkey Tee for the guest of honor, party hats and monkey masks for all the little monkey guests!

Of course, solid yellow and brown would be fitting, but how cute are these monkey paper goods?!

Have this monkey hanging around for some fun party decor. Or fill as a pinata– with banana flavored candy, yellow M&M’s, Lemon Heads, and yellow suckers! To keep guests occupied, play barrel of monkeys, monkey in the middle, or monkey see monkey do (just like Simon says).

Blend up banana smoothies or serve kids banana flavored milk. Have a tray of bananas, bowl of yellow candies, and dried banana chips out for guests to munch on.

Create this adorable Monkey cake as Martha Stewart did or for multiple monkeys, make these monkey cupcakes!

Send your guests home with some monkey memorabilia! Above: Purchase these monkey favor bags and kill with animal cookies and banana candies. You can also check out this monkey party favor kit available at Martha Stewart Crafts.

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Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Cheesecake… Oh My!

What could be better than combining chocolate, peanut butter and cheesecake?! How about turning this trio of fabulous flavors into a bite sized desert on a stick! The brilliant minds over at Food Network have created this yummy creation!

What You’ll Need:

Cheesecake:
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups creamy peanut butter

Chocolate:
5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
12 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

How To Make:

Get the step by step how-to from the masters over at Food Network! Don’t forget to come back and share with us what you thought of these delicious treats.

Bonus: This recipe yields 36 pieces which are perfect for a party!

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For the Girls! Spa Party Theme

Looking for slumber party ideas? Just putting this fabulous kids’ spa party theme together has got me longing for a day at the spa! A spa party theme would be perfect for any girlie-girl’s birthday party theme ranging from age 7 to well, adult! What little lady (or grown woman for that matter) doesn’t love some good pampering?

slumber party ideas

Choose a group of girls to invite, keeping it to under 10 girls will make the spa treatments run a bit more smoothly. Decide if your spa party will be an overnight slumber party or a simple “day at the spa.”

spa party theme

Here are two darling invites:  ‘Painted Toes’ invite and  ‘Spa Girls’ invite. Or, if you want to make them yourself,  these spa mask invites from Martha Stewart are adorable too

. Ask girls to bring their favorite bath robe for a true “luxury” feel. When they arrive, have them put on their robes and welcome them to the spa.

A great party spa treat would be to get each girl a pair of spa slippers. They’ll love that they all match and the slippers will also serve as a fabulous party favor.

Let the pampering begin with pedicures! Place chairs in a circle and grab some paint trays from you local home store to serve as water basins. Fill with warm water tossing in bath fizzies and a few rose petals for that extra touch. Consider recruiting Grandma, Auntie, or a friend to help you with your spa duties. Let each girl pick their polish color and get to work!

After the pedis, give each girl a facial scrub. I like this home facial scrub recipe which you can premake and store in small canning jars. You can slo try chocolate facial which I am sure the girls will be eager to lick off if it should drip!

Chocolate Facial Mask

1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
2 teaspoons Cottage Cheese
¼ Cup Honey
3 teaspoons Oatmeal
Directions:
Mix all ingredients together using a small blender then smooth onto face. Relax for ten 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Enjoy baby soft skin!

spa party theme - cookies

Wouldn’t these make the cutest dessert? I spotted these face mask shaped cookies and thought they were perfect! You could even personalize them with the spa guests names! For beverages, serve up yummy fruit smoothies and for eats how about small sandwiches?

spa party favors

Make each girl a spa pampering toiletry bag that she can use during her spa visit and also take home as a party favor. Include mini sized items like a nail file, nail polish, lip gloss, and scented lotion.

Now you have your spa party inspiration– add your own details and enjoy a little girl time during a spa party!

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