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Plastic Plates For Parties

We all like having a party and we all like going to one even more, it means there is less work for us to do and more partying. Either way, a party with food is a good one, we just should not serve any on good plates. With so many people attending parties it has become the norm to serve everything on plastic plates and then just throw them away later when it is time to clean up.

There are so many types of parties and some naturally have plastic plates with food on them for us to eat. These are parties like birthdays and house warming ones and any other where there is just too many people. And then there are the other types where proper plates are used no matter how many people are over for lunch or dinner. These ones include weddings, engagement parties and other more formal celebrations.

Having plates that are plastic at parties that are more formal is becoming more and more popular. This is because a demand has been created for them and the plates themselves in turn have improved a great deal. There is such variety in shape and color and quality that it is much easier to find one that suits your special day.

The quality can range from cheap and flimsy ones that you can buy from almost any supermarket to stronger tougher ones that you can use in your everyday usage in the kitchen. These ones will last quite a while and you do not throw it out after using them. With the cheap flimsy ones, of course you throw these ones away after a handful of uses.

When it comes to variety, there are now many solid colors to choose from. There are also black and clear plastic plates too. Some of them are multi colored or have some really cool patterns on them. With clear ones these can also be colored but are you can still see through them and are colored for additional effect.

Whatever your party needs are there is sure to be a plastic plate available to you that will meet those needs perfectly. This would be in size and shape and color. Let us not forget that the quality is important also. You want to be sure what type of usage you and your guests will be getting out of the awesome plastic plates you have purchased.

You can use plastic plates for most events because of what is now available to you as a host. There are some really great decorative plastic plates around the place too.

Kids Birthday Parties Food

If you’re planning to have some kids birthday parties over the summer, you’re probably wondering what foods you should serve to please your party guests. You know what party activities you’re doing, you’ve got some cool and fun party games for kids but what should you serve?

It doesn’t have to be complicated or even that expensive! Make sure to have snacks for the kids. Chips, pretzels, doritos and a bag of party mix are all good choices. For drinks, you can serve soda, ice water, or make your own punch. Punch will serve a lot of kids and tastes good on a summer afternoon.

You can match the food you serve to the theme of your party. If you’re going for a casual theme, hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill are great. Or get different lunch meats and breads and let the kids make sandwiches. Check with your favorite sub shop to see if they offer specials on foot long subs, too.

Go to the dollar store and get the party star’s favorite color napkins and paper plates. Get some plastic utensils, too. Then pick up some balloons and streamers. Pizza is a favorite at parties as well. Depending on your budget and how many guests there are, you may want to consider a pizza party. Order it and there’s no cooking involved.

A basket of crackers, some cut up cheese and a bowl of grapes are nice sides to go with the main party food. If the kids like veggies, make up a veggie tray with some dip. Stores often have fruit trays and veggie trays already made up, so that’s an option as well. Kids like cupcakes and if you don’t like to bake, check at your local store. Or a boxed cake mix is good and not expensive.

If you’re serving ice cream, you can serve it in plastic bowls (from the dollar store), make milk shakes, or if you have fruit, make smoothies for the kids. A little creativity can go a long way. Another idea is to ask each guest to bring one snack food or one dish. That way you’ll have a variety of foods. If you want the guests to each bring a dish, let them know they don’t need to bring a gift. The food will be the gift.

With some imagination and creativity, your child’s party will be a big hit. Focus on what the kids like, whether you want to cook or not, and your budget and the party food will be as easy as playing kid games.

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Children’s Themed Birthday Parties

So you are getting ready to plan your son or daughter’s birthday party and ask them for ideas. For boys, your initial guesses might include such favorite topics as sports, dinosaurs, automotive or just about any stereotypical boy related theme. For girls the list may be American girl dolls and princesses. Well kids just might decide to throw you a curve ball and decide to have a cartoon themed character party for their big day. Before you decide to try and change their mind, you must remember that this is their big day and if Batman, Hello Kitty, or even Scooby Doo is being requested, you should probably honor their request.

Some parents seem to fear honoring a child’s desire to throw a cartoon themed party because they may or may not truly understand the whole character that the child adores. One way to understand the whole allure of the character is to sit down and watch an episode or role play the character with your child. Getting oriented with the character will prepare you better for planning your party theme. It should only take about a half hour or so to get familiar with the entire buzz behind the characters and show.

Once the birthday party theme has been established and the date is set, it is time to consider selecting and sending out the invitations. Invitations should be geared towards your cartoon themed character and can be purchased at most party supply stores or through online party supply websites. It is important to introduce the theme right away on the invitation so your party guests are aware of the character. The character awareness of your guests will also influence their dress for the party and gift purchase decisions.

Party Decor

Keep up the cartoon theme of the day by getting balloons, plates, napkins, and even the cake with the child’s favorite character. The cake decoration can be anything from a simple cake topper of the cartoon character up to an air brushed character picture right on top of the cake. It is amazing what cake decorators are capable of so feel free to ask them what they can do with the character. If preparing the cake yourself, also consider getting a cake pan that is shaped like the character. Wilton which is a leading cake decorating supply company makes many different cake pans with characters old and new.

Entertainment

Keep up the character theme of the day in the games and music. Games may consist of trivia, board games, or even pin the tail on the “Mickey mouse” or “Scooby Doo”. The party supply store should be helpful in selecting games for your party.

Also consider adding music to your themed party especially if the kids are a little older and into the teen bop icons as the Jonas Brothers or Hannah Montana. Just playing some CD’s for the guests will allow them to hop around, dance and act crazy.

The important part of throwing a cartoon character themed party is making sure your child has some input into how things should unfold whether it comes to creating invitations to shopping for balloons or cakes. Let them handle some of the decisions so they feel they helped create the day.

For more information or a sample of how to throw a cartoon character theme party, please visit my Scooby Doo Party Site which describes how to host this particular themed birthday party.

Invitations To Formal Parties

Formal party invitations are sometimes considered a thing of the past. Nowadays almost everyone does not want to go through with this formality of sending out formal party invitations. However, if you intend to have a party and are trying your best to create a unique and unforgettable party, then it is necessary for you to send out invitations. A lot of people want to receive invitations; therefore, remember to send them out early enough, as several people may need to reschedule their activities to go to your party.

 

Invitations are basically written reminders, but they also serve as an advertisement to get people to come to your party. Think of your invitation as a promotion for the best product on earth – your party – so please come.

 

Holiday invitations are especially necessary because most people are so busy during the holidays and may be invited to more than one party on the same day. Everyone has a lot of little details in their mind, and by sending an invitation, it will help to remind your guests of the date and time of your party.

 

Receiving something in the mail that has been hand-crafted by you will insure that it is opened by the recipient. The beautiful handwriting on the envelope and the carefully selected postage stamp are other little details that entice the guest to open your invitation and actually read it and mark the date and time on their calendar.

 

Invitations by email may have to be a little more creative and it’s difficult to know whether or not your recipient will actually get the invitation or if it will be blocked by some filters on their email system.

 

When considering holiday party invitations, there are lots of different options. You may decide to create your own invitations from scratch using beautiful colored paper, ribbons and other decorations that can easily be found at a scrapbook shop or online, or you may choose from a large variety of ready-made holiday party invitations. Either way, it is always a nice touch to hand write the mailing address on the outside of the envelope and find postage stamps that match or coordinate with the envelope.

 

Another great tip that is often overlooked is take your beautiful invitations to the post office and hand them to the clerk to be hand canceled. You may have to bring your own ink pad, in a matching color to match your envelopes, of course, but if the post office will hand cancel each of your invitations, they will still look beautiful when they are delivered to your guests. If you just drop them off at the post office for delivery, your beautiful invitations will go in with all the rest of the bulk mail and be canceled by a large machine. Sometimes the mail that goes in these machines doesn’t always come out the same way they went in.

 

As you can see, there are lots of little details that go into party planning, and you have a lot of options to choose from as far as your party invitations. Choose an invitation that best fits your party and matches your theme. Your invitations should go out two to three weeks before the party. This will allow enough time for the invitations to arrive, if you are mailing them, and it will also allow for people to fit your party into their social calendar.

 

Always ask for an RSVP. Not everyone will respond to your RSVP, but at least will get a good idea of how many people plan on attending from the responses you do receive. If you need an exact count, if you are planning a formal dinner party, for example, you can always call your guests that haven’t responded to the RSVP yet and ask them if they plan on attending. Chances are they do, and they just forgot to respond.

 

Karen Shain is a party planning expert.

Caramel Corn Recipes for Parties

You are seeking of a different snack that could be made by yourself? The yummy recipe for Caramel Corn is an intersting suggestion for parties or game watching, and so on.

COURTSIDE CARAMEL CORN

6 quarts popped popcorn

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

Place the popped popcorn in a large glass bowl and set aside. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Grease two 13 x 9-inch baking pans; set aside.

In a 2-qt saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter or margarine, corn syrup, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda; mix well. Pour the syrup mixture over the popcorn and stir until all the corn is well coated. Pour into the prepared pans and bake, uncovered, at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely before storing. May be stored in air-tight containers or plastic zip-top bags.

BUTTERY CARAMEL CORN WITH ALMONDS

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup white corn syrup

1/4 cup butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 quarts popped popcorn

1 cup coarsely chopped blanched almonds

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Generously grease a baking sheet. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven blend brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla extract. Cook over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes, or until light and foamy. Stir constantly during cooking. Remove from the heat, add the popcorn and stir to coat thoroughly. Stir in the almonds. Spread on the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes, stirring once. Cool. Break into bite-sized pieces. Store in a covered container.

Enjoy!

 

For more “sweets and desserts” recipes visit Linda’s blog at http://ladybugssweettreats.blogspot.com

Cake for your birthday parties

It’s  that time of year again: time for little Zach or Madison’s birthday, and for all the attendant worries and hassles. Time for the usual whining and gift-grubbing, for tedious visits from relatives, and for sugar-amped children walking rampant through the house. Although birthdays will always be a stressful time of year, baking and decorating the perfect children’s birthday cake doesn’t have to be. This article will help give you some great birthday cake ideas that you can use year after year, kid after kid.

If your little four is obsessed with a film, television, or cartoon character, or even a licensed doll or toy, a character cake is the no-fail way to go! Disney character cakes or Barbie cakes are always popular with the girls, and what little boy would not enjoy a Bob the Builder or Harry Potter or G.I. Joe cake? Fortunately, finding the perfect children birthday cake mold is easy — you can obtain a specialized cake mold for the most popular licensed characters at your local upscale baking store or cake decorating supply shop. As if it could not get any not as hard, many specialty children’s birthday cake molds come complete with frosting instructions.

Your active girl or boy will jump for a sports themed cake. Some easy sports birthday cake ideas are decorating round cakes to resemble baseballs, soccer balls, or basketballs. Sporty girls and boys will also love a cake that resembles their favorite sports field, which is easy to make with a rectangular sheet cake. You can even add a net, aim, or hoop, as well as plastic figurines resembling spectators and sports players!

The younger set will  enjoy a cake decorated to resemble their favorite animal. Kittens, puppies, pandas, and teddy bears are classic favorites. An easy way to decorate an animal-themed children’s birthday cake is to use three round layers. Use the first round cake as the animal’s head, and cut the second round cake to make ears and other features.

Run out of birthday cake ideas? Making a cake with a translucent, sugar “photo” is easy, and enjoyable by birthday boys and girls of all ages.  take a favorite photo to your local cake decorating store, and we can prepare an edible version of it for a few dollars. Follow the instructions provided, and you can add it to the top of a elementary, iced cake. Voila! Instant birthday gratification!

Moms who hate decorating children birthday cakes will love this suggestion — provide the basic ingredients (cupcakes, frosting, piping bags, spreading knives, little candies, etc.) and let the birthday boy or girl and his/her guests decorate their own cupcakes!  lay down a plastic tablecloth and provide plastic aprons for each guest to minimize the mess!

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Pump Up the Party with Professional DJs in Melbourne

Any party is incomplete without music. Keeping the music going during the course of the whole party is not an easy job. In fact, the best way to host a party as well as enjoy it is by hiring a DJ. Keeping a family member or a friend in charge of the music robs them of enjoying the entire party. It is also a bad idea because they will not have the range of music which is required to make the party a success. This is where a professional DJ service comes in. If you are a citizen of Melbourne, then you should consider looking for a DJ in Melbourne. A DJ is the soul of the party. Without music any party is as good as dead.

A good professional DJ service is ready for any kind of party. They have the right settings for parties for weddings to even your kid’s bat Mitzvah. In fact a great DJ service is ready for every kind of theme party there is. If you are looking forward to giving a kick ass party, then you should look for DJs in Melbourne which have a wide range of music collection and know exactly how to excite and interact with the crowd.

A great DJ service is the life of the party. Without them the party will be boring. The music keeps the flow of the party going. The most important key to throwing a great party is having the right kind of music. A professional DJ Melbourne knows which song to play at which moment. They are known for keeping a smooth transition between the songs so that the crowd never gets distracted. Importantly, they are available for your service for any occasion. Just click your mouse and get in touch with them to hire a DJ in Melbourne for your party.

A crucial thing to remember to get the feel of dancing in the disco is the lighting effect. Without it the party feels like a drag. If you want to be remembered by your friends and a family as the best party thrower, then you should give them the best DJ in Melbourne service. They will remember your party for years to come. After all, the aim of a great party is to be remembered forever. Your friends will always enjoy remembering the dance move they did in your party. So break the trend of boring parties and get creative by hiring a state of the art DJ service.

Check here because they are known for keeping a smooth transition between the songs so that the crowd never gets distracted. Read more details at http://www.starlightdj.com.au/parties/.

Selecting The Right Bands For Hire

Your function can be remembered as the event of the century, a complete disaster, or even worse: Absolutely forgettable! The entertainment at an event can make or break the success. Bands for hire can be found in your area for whatever event you’re hosting, whether it’s a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, wedding, birthday party, or corporate event. A well chosen live band can bring your party alive.

Lots of people question whether it might be a better choice to go with a DJ. A DJ can bring a ton of music, takes up little space, is able to play most requests, and can cost a bit less. Having 10,000 songs at the ready is worthless if they’re not the right songs at the right moment, and bands usually know what works and when it works to get the mood going right. Live music has much more energy and can really make things more exciting if you’ve got a lot of guests.

Once you’ve decided that it’s a band you want, the first step is to decide on a budget. A lot of party planners make the mistake of hiring the entertainment as the last step. By then, the budget has been eaten up by the venue, caterers, videographer, wedding cake, and more. It’s not uncommon for a bride to be to figure on spending only five to ten percent of the budget on the entertainment. Ask yourself, when all is said and done, is the band only five percent important to the success of your party? Of course not! Trying to hire a quality band for less than $ 500 or so will not turn out well.

Before you go shopping, think about what kind of band you want. If you’re holding a Bar Mitzvah, make sure you look for a group who know all the customs. If you’re doing a wedding, work with a band with experience in weddings. You’ll be able to select from all kinds of genres of music. There’s plenty of bands out there that should know all the big hits of the last 20 years or so.

By now you’ve got a list of potential groups to work with. Never ever hire anyone without going through some steps first. Ask if they’re going to be performing any public gigs so you can watch them play. Don’t be offended or turned off if they tell you no, many groups do only private parties. The next best thing would be a DVD or video of a live performance. Most importantly make sure you meet them, or at the very least the singer/announcer. A singer in your band will often act as a “Master of Ceremonies”, so make sure you get a good feeling of confidence from them. Will they be able to clearly announce the wedding party? Lastly, ask for references to speak to over the phone.

Next, insist on a contract. Any decent band will have one to protect themselves, but if not, write one up. This party is very important to you and your guests. A contract will stipulate what happens in the event of catastrophe and they don’t make it, or the terms of payment and deposit, what happens if you wish to cancel, etc. All of this is very important to know up front.

The band you choose should hold an insurance policy for liability. Entertainers are able to get very comprehensive coverage at a great price from brokers specializing in mobile entertainers. Make sure they have the coverage in case anything happens to the venue, any of your guests, or even band members as a result of you hiring them.

If you follow all of these steps, hopefully you can choose from a short list of bands for hire and make the perfect choice for to make your event truly special.

Lynda McDermont is one of the founding members of Soul Desire is a specialist writer for the http://www.souldesire.co.uk site. Hiring a specialist Hire Wedding Band will ensure the success of your event. Find out more about hiring amazing Hire Band from this site.

Stylish Kippahs for All Season

A Kippah (in plural Kippot or Kippahs) is the Hebrew word for skullcap and know in Yiddish as Yarmulke. This is a thin rounded skullcap worn by Jewish men and boys and in sometimes by both men and women in Conservative and Reform communities. According to Jewish law men are required to cover their heads when saying God’s name when they are praying or reciting a blessing also during studying Torah or in Synagogue. There are many varieties of kippahs like- Satin kippahs, Suede kippahs, etc. Amidst all the satin kippah looks the best for use in wedding, anniversaries, birthday parties, celebrations, etc. Satin Kippot & personalized satin Yarmulkes in Bulk at Zion Judaica. One can personalize the Kippot at no charge at many stores. It can be imprinted with the names & date. The satin Kippot are the traditional Kippot used by Jewish worshipers for close to a century. May it be a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Wedding, birthday party etc. Simply click online to find a customized satin Kippah. Browse from the long list of selection of traditional satin Kippot.

Another range is of the huge selection of beautiful Genuine Suede kippahs to enhance your special event. Its smooth, tailored with latest style and design and available online with various shades. Suede Kippot were first introduced in the late 1960’s when suede was selected up in vogue and came rocking into style. With suede being all the frenzy, garnering up virtually everywhere, it didn’t take long for someone to say, Hey! Why not Suede kippahs?! Hence, the journey of suede Kippah began. However, because it couldn’t be cut like its popular ancestor, the 100 year old legitimately flexible satin Kippah, it somehow never looked right…The revolution was at a junction, with many vociferously calling the idea a disappointment, but after some intense discussions and heated considerations in old Polish “Yiddish” the Brooklynite designers investigated with a flatter, more open cut Yarmulke, secure by a pair of Kippah Clips… the rest as they say is history. Now, the worldis more into suede skull caps.

Moreover, the knit kippahs came up in vogue which are truly custom-made from top quality materials, beautifully tailored and hand crafted. Select a color to suit your taste, or your style; and complement it with the faultless trim. Then, custom stamp the underside, to create a cherished wedding or bar/bat mitzvah memento. The knit kippot has great connotation in Jewish culture. Mizrahi Jews, who place reverence for the true essence of the Torah at the centre of their faith, have been wearing this distinctive style of kippah for generations. Wearing a Kippa seruga is not only a manifestation of belief, but an indisputable statement of your gratitude for your inheritance and antiquity. The impact and beauty of this kippah style makes modern kippah makers proud to offer knit Yarmulkes hand crocheted in this intensely evocative custom. Preserving the perfect sizes along with 108 stitches is the way to produce a perfect Kippa for oneself.

Hence, we may state that Satin kippahs, Suede kippahs, Knit Kippahs are the three popular kippahs for the people who believe in it.

Sam Freedam is an author with a deep knowledge regarding diverse kippahs that allures the Jewish people in general. His article on Satin kippahs, and Suede kippahs, Knit Kippah is quite interesting to read.

The Triology Of Satin, Suede & Knit Kippahs

A Kippah (in plural Kippot or Kippahs) is the Hebrew word for skullcap and know in Yiddish as Yarmulke. This is a thin rounded skullcap worn by Jewish men and boys and in sometimes by both men and women in Conservative and Reform communities. According to Jewish law men are required to cover their heads when saying God’s name when they are praying or reciting a blessing also during studying Torah or in Synagogue. There are many varieties of kippahs like- Satin kippahs, Suede kippahs, Knit Kippahs, etc.Amidst all the satin kippah looks the best for use in wedding, anniversaries, birthday parties,celebrations,etc. Satin Kippot & personalized satin Yarmulkes in Bulk at Zion Judaica. One can personalize the Kippot at no charge at many stores. It can be imprinted with the names & date. The satin Kippot are the traditional Kippot used by Jewish worshipers for close to a century. May it be a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Wedding, birthday party etc. Simply click online to find a customized satin Kippah. Browse from the long list of selection of traditional satin Kippot.

Another range is of the huge selection of beautiful Genuine Suede kippahs to enhance your special event.Its smooth, tailored with latest style and design and available online with various shades. Suede Kippot were first introduced in the late 1960’s when suede was selected up in vogue and came rocking into style. With suede being all the frenzy, garnering up virtually everywhere, it didn’t take long for someone to say, Hey! Why not Suede kippahs?! Hence, the journey of suede Kippah began. However, because it couldn’t be cut like its popular ancestor, the 100 year old legitimately flexible satin Kippah, it somehow never looked right…The revolution was at a junction, with many vociferously calling the idea a disappointment, but after some intense discussions and heated considerations in old Polish “Yiddish” the Brooklynite designers investigated with a flatter, more open cut Yarmulke, secure by a pair of Kippah Clips… the rest as they say is history. Now, the worldis more into suede skull caps.

Moreover, the knit kippahs came up in vogue which are truly custom-made from top quality materials, beautifully tailored and hand crafted. Select a color to suit your taste, or your style; and complement it with the faultless trim. Then, custom stamp the underside, to create a cherished wedding or bar/bat mitzvah memento.The knit kippot has great connotation in Jewish culture. Mizrahi Jews, who place reverence for the true essence of the Torah at the centre of their faith, have been wearing this distinctive style of kippah for generations. Wearing a Kippa seruga is not only a manifestation of belief, but an indisputable statement of your gratitude for your inheritance and antiquity. The impact and beauty of this kippah style makes modern kippah makers proud to offer knit Yarmulkes hand crocheted in this intensely evocative custom. Preserving the perfect sizes along with 108 stitches is the way to produce a perfect Kippa for oneself.

Hence, we may state that Satin kippahs, Suede kippahs, Knit Kippahs are the three popular kippahs for the people who believe in it.

Sam Freedam is an author with a deep knowledge regarding diverse kippahs that allures the Jewish people in general. His article on Satin kippahs, Suede kippahs, Knit Kippah is quite interesting to read.