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Throw a Celebration for the Graduate in your Life!
A guide—complete with party tips and ideas—to our Graduation Party Supplies to help honor that special milestone in a person’s life
Top 10 Glow Accessories for Music Festivals
Check out our list of the best glow and light up items to wear at music festivals and concerts this spring and summer!
Create a Unique St. Patrick’s Day Ensemble with Green Accessories
Add green and St. Patrick’s Day themed items to your party attire for all of your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, whatever they may be!
Celebrate the Beginning of Baseball Season with a Party!
A step by step guide to throwing a baseball themed celebration this spring
Have Some Fun during March Madness with a Watch Party!
Tips on throwing a basketball-themed get-together during the NCAA Basketball Tournament
Throw a Party this Spring with these Fun Spring Party Themes!
An overview of our spring party supplies, including tips and ideas on throwing spring-themed get-togethers
A Guide to our St. Patrick’s Day Party Supplies
Browse through our selection of St. Patrick’s Day decorations, paper goods, costume accessories and more for your St. Patty’s Day celebration!
Host your very own Mardi Gras Party!
Tips and ideas on hosting your own Mardi Gras party in your home, bar or restaurant
Keep Warm this Winter with a Casino Game Night
Tips on throwing a Casino Game Night for friends or for a fun Family Game Night
Throw a NASCAR Themed Party in Honor of the Upcoming Season
Add a NASCAR theme to your child’s birthday party or invite friends over to watch the big race with the help of our NASCAR and Racing Party Supplies!
Celebrate The Oscars with a Hollywood Party!
Ideas and tips on throwing a fabulous Hollywood theme party during award season
5 Things you’ll need for your Mardi Gras Celebrations
Whether you are celebrating in the streets of New Orleans or hosting a Mardi Gras party of your own, you are going to want these Mardi Gras Party Items!
A Guide to our Mardi Gras Party Supplies
Browse through our Mardi Gras party supplies, decorations, accessories and more for the perfect additions to your Mardi Gras celebration
Keep Children Busy Indoors on Cold Winter Days
A complete guide to our toys and games for fun indoor play
A Guide to our Basketball Party Supplies
Host a basketball themed birthday party, a dinner or banquet for the high school basketball team, or invite friends over to watch the big game with the help of our basketball party supplies!
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Olympic Party Supplies
Host an Olympics Party for the 2014 Winter Olympics with these Top 10 Olympic party goods!
Throw an Olympics Party for the 2014 Winter Olympics
Decorate your party space with International and Patriotic Party Supplies for an Olympic-themed event!
Host your own Super Bowl Party!
Browse through our selection of Super Bowl XLVIII decorations and party supplies, as well as Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks party goods
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Snowday Toys for Children
Check out our top 10 list of toys, novelties, and games to keep the kids busy when school is closed this winter
Get into the Holiday Spirit with an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Helpful party guide for planning your Ugly Sweater Party for friends this Holiday season
Stocking Stuffer and Gift Guide
Search our stocking stuffer and gift categories to find unique toys and novelties for Christmas morning
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Christmas Decorations
With Christmas right around the corner, check out our Top 10 List of the best Christmas decorations for the holiday season
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 LED Drinkware
Add some light up fun to your holiday cocktail parties this Winter season with our Top 10 list of LED Drinkware
Mickey Mouse Themed Birthday Party Ideas
Host a Mickey Mouse themed birthday party for your little one with our fun Disney inspired decorations, party supplies, party favors, and more!
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Hanukkah Decorations
With Hanukkah right around the corner, stock up on our Hanukkah decorations for the holiday celebration
Create an Indoor Winter Setting with our Winter Wonderland Party Supplies and Decor
Outfit your home, office space, classrooms, and more with Winter Wonderland decorations for this year's holiday season
Cheer your Favorite Team to Victory with our Assortment of Noisemakers
Helpful buying guide to our fantastic noisemakers including maracas, cowbells, air horns, and much, much more!
Guide to our Hanukkah Party Supplies, Decorations, Accessories and More!
Stock up on our HUGE selection of Hanukkah themed paper goods, invitations, decorations, and more for Hanukkah get-togethers and celebrations
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Thanksgiving and Turkey Themed Decorations
Gobble Gobble: Decorate for this year's Thanksgiving holiday with our Top 10 list of our best turkey themed decorations
Magic Themed Birthday Party Tips and Ideas
It's Magic! Host a magic themed birthday party for family and friends for the magic lover in your family
Festive Thanksgiving Paper Goods and Decoration Ideas
Pick and choose from our Fall themed Thanksgiving paper goods and decorations for this year's holiday
Light Up your Next Party, Event, or Occasion with our Lumi-Loon Balloons
Lumi-Loon balloon guide: Everything you need to know about our awesome light up balloons
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Thanksgiving Party Supplies and Decorations
Stock up on turkey themed goodies, decor, supplies and more with our Top 10 list
Piñata Fun: Add a Fun and Decorative Piñata to your Next Birthday Party with our Piñata Buying Guide
Find a Piñata that's perfect for your party with categories ranging from sports themed to graduation
Guide to our Thanksgiving and Fall Decor, Paper Goods, Party Supplies and more!
With Halloween over, stock up on general Fall and Thanksgiving themed party supplies, decorations, and paper goods for the holiday at the end of the month
'Movember' Information with Mustache Themed Party Ideas
Learn about the 'Movember' cause and stock up on mustache themed party supplies, accessories, and decorations!
Girls Birthday Party Ideas: Disney Princess Themed Birthday Party
Check out our guide for hosting a fun Disney inspired princess birthday party with decorations, party supplies, activity ideas and more!
Boys Birthday Party Ideas: Medieval Themed Birthday Party
Check out our guide for hosting a fun medieval themed birthday party with decorations, party supplies, activity ideas and more!
Welcome back the NBA and NHL with a Basketball or Hockey Themed Party
Celebrate NBA opening night or host an NHL game watch party with our basketball and hockey themed party supplies and decorations
Costume Accessory Guide: Decade Costume Accessories
Complete your Decade costume from the 50's, 60's, 70's, or 80's with our fun decade costume accessories! Pick and choose from a huge variety of costume add ons!
Windy City Novelties Costume Spotlight: Couples Costumes
A guide to our best Halloween Couples Costumes for this year's Halloween party or dress up bash!
Costume Accessory Guide: Costume Props and Jewelry
Put the finishing touches on your Halloween getup by adding costume jewelry or a fun prop!
Costume Accessory Guide: Face Paint and Makeup Kits
Add some makeup or face paint to complete your Halloween look
Host a Costume Contest this Halloween
Give away costume awards to the best costume, funniest costume, scariest costume and more!
Windy City Novelties Costume Spotlight: Pirate Costumes
Set sail on the high seas this Halloween with our selection of pirate costumes for men, women, teens, and children
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Halloween Pranks
Scare your friends this Halloween with our Top 10 list of creepy Halloween pranks
Costume Accessory Guide: Hats and Masks
Visit our Hat and Mask categories to add the perfect compliment to your Halloween costume
MLB Playoffs and World Series Party Guide
Baseball fans can host a baseball themed party or game watch for the MLB Playoffs with these baseball party ideas
Windy City Novelties Costume Spotlight: Horror Costumes
Ghosts, Vampires, Witches, and More! Windy City Novelties has a huge selection of scary and horror costumes for this month's Halloween festivities
Dress Up Kit Ideas
Imaginations can run wild with these dress up kit ideas - includes costumes, accessories, jewelry, and more!
Costume Accessory Guide: Color Hairspray and Wigs
Pick a fun wig or color hairspray from our HUGE selection to go with your Halloween costume!
Haunted House Decorating Tips
Helpful guide for setting up your Haunted house this Halloween season - covers scary props, hanging decorations, and more!
7 Steps to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro
Learn How to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro with this 7 Step Guide - an October and Fall Time Pastime
Guide to our Halloween Glow Accessories
Add a light up costume accessory, safety glow stick, festive blinky, and more to your Halloween attire with our Halloween glow accessories guide
Prepare for National Fire Prevention Week with our Fire Saftey Items
Stock up on fire safety party items and favors such as plastic fire hats, coloring books, badges, and more!
Halloween Decorating Ideas for the House, Classroom, or Office
Set up your Halloween scene with our selection of Halloween decorations, party favors, and paper goods
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Girls Costume Picks
Check out our list of the top 10 girls costume favorites for some Halloween ideas or some simple dress up fun!
Oktoberfest Party Guide
Oktoberfest party ideas and planning guide for a German themed get-together
Windy City Novelties Costume Spotlight: TV Character Costumes
Choose your favorite TV character for a fun Halloween costume this year - Variety of sizes and styles
Throw a Party this Fall with these Fall Themed Party Supplies and Decoration Ideas
With Fall right around the corner, check out our school spirit, football, Oktoberfest, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and more Fall themed categories!
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Halloween Decorations
Set your spooky Halloween scene with the help of Windy City Novelties!
Windy City Novelties Costume Spotlight: Rock Star Costumes
Pick a fun Rock Star Costume for your next dress up or Halloween party - Our Rock Star Costumes span several decades of Rock'n'Roll music
How to Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19
The best ways to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day including costumes, pirate decorations, pirate inspired food ideas, and more!
Invite a Celebrity to your Party with our Life Size Cardboard Cutout Guide
Pick a decorative life size cardboard cutout for your next party - choose from movie stars, politicians, cartoon characters and more!
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Oktoberfest Party Supplies and Decorations
Prepare for your Oktoberfest get together with the Top 10 Oktoberfest themed decorations, party goods, and costumes!
Windy City Novelties Costume Spotlight: Light Up Costumes
Pick from a variety of different light up costumes including DIY light up costume kits, superheroes, princess, and more!
Kick Off the NFL Season with a Game Day Watch Party
Get in the game with football party supplies, decorations, activity ideas and more!
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 School Spirit Supplies
Stock up on school spirit supplies - face paint, megaphones, pom poms, and more!
Windy City Novelties Costume Spotlight: Food Costumes
Pick from a variety of different food category costumes for your Halloween, special occasion, or dress up party!
College Football Season Starts this Week - Get Prepared by Visiting our NCAA College Store
Stock up on all your football gameday supplies with our NCAA College Store and football party supplies sections!
Celebrate Labor Day with a Last Chance Pool Party
As the unofficial end of Summer, Labor Day weekend provides a great opportunity for a last chance pool party for friends and family
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Labor Day Party Decorations
Check out our list of the best decorations and party supplies for your Labor Day Weekend bash!
Windy City Novelties Costume Spotlight: Decade Costumes
Pick a fun and nostalgic costume from the 20's, 50's, 60's, 70's, or 80's
Party Ideas for Celebrating Labor Day Weekend
Enjoy your holiday weekend with the help of Windy City Novelties - all the Labor Day party supplies and items you will need
Host Your Child's Next Birthday Party at the Bowling Alley
Simple party ideas for hosting a birthday party at the bowling alley
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Fun Hats
Check out our list of our top 10 hats for any occasion - from birthdays to bachelorette parties, Windy City Novelties has you covered
Windy City Novelties Costume Spotlight: Cartoon Character Costumes
Pick and choose from a variety of different cartoons for your next costume choice - SpongeBob, Scooby Doo, and more!
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Back to School Supplies for Teachers
Our list of the best back to school items for teachers to stock up on before Fall
Windy City Novelties Costume Spotlight: Fairytale Costumes
Pick and choose child, teen, or adult costumes from a variety of different fairytale themes
Choose a LEGO Theme for your Child's Next Birthday Party
Our party guide for hosting a LEGO themed birthday party complete with LEGO City party supplies, paper goods, and more!
Celebrate Shark Week with the Help of Windy City Novelties!
Check out our shark themed party supplies, decorations, costumes and more just in time for Shark Week on the Discovery Channel!
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 60's Party Items
Our list of the best 1960's party items will prepare you for a 60's theme party, summer of love party, and more!
Pick a Color for Your Next Theme Party with our Colorful Schemes Party Supplies and Decorations
Our colorful schemes categories match invitations, banners, party supplies, decorations, and more with your favorite color
Handy Guide to Our School Banners
Choose from back to school, homecoming, fundraisers, and more!
Nautical Theme Party Guide - The Perfect Summer Party Theme
Helpful tips and party ideas for throwing a nautical themed party
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Items for a Dress Up Party
Our list of the items you will need for a dress up party - perfect for a little girl's birthday party
Guide to our Inflatable Items
Pick and choose from a variety of categories of inflatable items from inflatable coolers to costumes and more!
Electric Run Information: A Nighttime 5k with glow necklaces, glow accessories, and more!
Learn about this fun event that promotes physical activity while wearing glow and LED items
Girls Birthday Party Theme: Princess Birthday Party Ideas
Birthday party ideas and planning tips for a princess themed birthday party
Party Guide for an Alien and Sci-Fi Themed Birthday Party
The 66th anniversary of the Roswell, New Mexico UFO sighting just passed; Celebrate with an alien and sci-fi themed birthday party
Christmas in July Party Ideas and Tips
Cool off from the July heat with a Christmas in July party
Disco Party Ideas for a 70's Theme Party
Go back in time to the days of disco fever, afros, and disco balls with a 70's theme party!
Fun Novelty Items for Bars and Restaurants
Outfit a bar or restaurant with some of these novelty products from our collection
Night Golf Information for Hosting a Night Golf Outing
Check out this helpful guide to our night golf party supplies, decorations, glow products, and more for your next night golf event
Light up your Next Special Event or Party with LED Sunglasses
Check out our buying guide for these unique and colorful flashing LED sunglasses
Celebrate Disney's Release of 'The Lone Ranger' with a Western Theme Party
Tips and ideas for hosting your own Western themed outing complete with Western themed decorations, party supplies, activities, food, and more!
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Light Up Products for Nighttime Events and Occasions
Get all of your LED and glow items for Summer nighttime events including concerts, fireworks, pool parties, and more!
Some Last Minute 4th of July Decorations and Party Supplies Ideas
Check out some of our decorative and fun red, white, and blue patriotic items for next week's 4th of July celebration
Rainbow Themed Decorations and Accessory Ideas for LGBT Pride Month
June is LGBT Pride Month and Windy City Novelites has all the rainbow themed party supplies, decorations, and accessories to celebrate
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Summer BBQ Accessories
Summer is the time for barbeques and Windy City Novelties has all the accessories you will need for a successful cookout
NASCAR and Race Day Party Guide
Get all your race day party supplies, decorations, and favors at Windy City Novelties!
Kids Home for the Summer? Check out these fun Novelties, Toys, and Games to Keep them Busy
Windy City Novelties offers indoor and outdoor toys and games for when the kids are out of school
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 4th of July Decorations
Get some decoration ideas for the July 4th holiday with this Top 10 List of 4th of July Decorations
NHL and NBA Finals Party Accessories from Windy City Novelties
Windy City Novelites has all your party needs for both the NHL and NBA Finals
Kickoff Summer with a Pool Party!
Get help planning a pool party with these ideas for decorations, food, and activities
Windy City Novelties Top 10: Top 10 Luau Party Accessories
Get ready for a Summer luau with this top 10 list of luau party accessories, decorations, and party supplies
Harley Davidson Theme Party Supplies and Decoration Ideas
Check out some of our top selling Harley Davidson themed party supplies and decorations for your Harley get-together
Add a Twist to a Traditional Cocktail Party with LED and Glow Drinkware
Party ideas and planning guide for a glow in the dark cocktail party
Add some Fun to Beach Days this Summer with Beach Party Extras!
Check out our list of some of the best beach party extras for your Summer trips to the beach
Guide to Our Daytime Vending Items
Pick and choose from a variety of fun products to stock vending carts this Summer season
Windy City Novelties Top 10: World's Best Beaches
Check out our list of the world's best beaches and also some great beach party supplies for your next trip to the seaside
Press Release: Windy City Novelties Presents Top Summer Outdoor Games and Activities
Online party supplies retailer provides a list of the top outdoor activities to play this summer at backyard parties, beaches, or at summer concerts
Summer Luau Decoration Ideas
Don't forget these luau decorations when you host a summer luau get-together
Windy City Novelties Hosts Memorial Day Sale
The party supplies retailer is holding a site wide sale through Memorial Day weekend
Top Glow and Light Up Accessories for the Summer Concert Season
Get ready for Summer concerts and outdoor music festivals with Windy City Novelties' supply of glow and light up accessories
Complete Soccer Themed Party Guide
Party Ideas for hosting a soccer themed birthday, MLS game watch party, or celebratory end of soccer season get-together
Revive the Summer of Love with a 60's Theme Party
Windy City Novelties offers all the party supplies and decorations needed to host a Summer of Love 60's theme party
Best Graduation Party Supplies for 2013
Check out our list of the top graduation party supplies and decorations for the class of 2013
Party Guide for Throwing a Safari Themed Birthday Party
Party ideas and tips for hosting a safari and jungle themed birthday party for your son or daughter
Plan a Memorial Day Picnic with these Tips
Memorial Day is May 27th, celebrate with an outdoor picnic with family and friends
Prepare for the Indianapolis 500 with some Theme Party Supplies and Decorations
Get ready for race day with Indianapolis 500 themed party supplies and decorations for your watch party
Throw Your Own Great Gatsby Themed Party with These Decoration Ideas
Bring the Roaring 20's to life if only for a night with these 1920's themed decorations
Press Release: Windy City Novelties Introduces 1920’s Themed Party Supplies in Anticipation of The Great Gatsby Movie Release
Party supply company also provides 20’s themed costumes and decorations in honor of the upcoming film adaptation of “America’s Greatest Novel”
Prepare for the Summer Months with a List of our Best Outdoor Items, Decorations, and Toys!
Enjoy being outdoors this Summer and take advantage of some of the great outdoor items at low prices from Windy City Novelties
Kindergarten Graduation Party Ideas
It's almost kindergarten graduation time and Windy City Novelties has everything you will need to create a special day for friends and family
Windy City Novelties Offers Costumes, Party Supplies, and Decorations to Celebrate Star Wars Day
May the Fourth is annual Star Wars Day and Windy City Novelties provides fans a way to celebrate in style
A Guide to our Wild & Wacky Sunglasses
When the sun is shining, take your pick from our fun styles of sunglasses
Celebrate Star Wars Day with these Simple Party Ideas!
May 4th is Star Wars Day and Windy City Novelties has you covered when it comes time to celebrate
Top Vending Items for the Summer Months
Check out our fun vending items for warm Summer days and nights
Fun Vacation Bible School Theme Ideas: Wild West
Tips for using western theme party supplies and decorations for a vacation bible school theme this summer
Press Release: Windy City Novelties Offers Cinco de Mayo Decorating Tips
Chicagoland based party supply retailer provides some party ideas and decorating advice for the upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday
Step by Step Guide to a Backyard Graduation Party
Let Windy City Novelties help you plan your backyard graduation party with these helpful tips
Prom Decorating Tips: Choose Decorations from a Variety of Fun Themes
A night to remember: themed party decorations are the perfect way to decorate the prom venue this Spring
The Best Cinco de Mayo Decorations and Party Accessories
Check out our list of the can't miss decorations and party accessories for your Cinco de Mayo party
Fun Vacation Bible School Theme Ideas: Jungle and Safari
Tips for using our Jungle and Safari theme party supplies and decorations for a vacation bible school theme
Windy City Novelties Presents a DIY Cinco de Mayo Party
See how easy it is to create a Cinco de Mayo party with this step by step guide
Pirate Themed Birthday Party Guide and Easy, Do-It-Yourself Ideas
Birthday party ideas and tips for a pirate themed birthday party for the young swashbuckler in your family
Some Fun Kentucky Derby Facts and Party Guide
Brush up on some Kentucky Derby Facts and plan a Kentucky Derby party for this year's race on May 4th.
Cinco de Mayo Party Guide
Party ideas and easy tips for hosting a Cinco de Mayo party this spring
Press Release: Windy City Novelties Expands Graduation Product Line
Online party supply retailer has recently added new graduation party supplies for the upcoming 2013 graduation ceremonies
Helpful Guide to our Fun Glow Products
Our glow products come in many different shapes and sizes and can be used for a variety of different occassions
Set Sail this Spring with a Nautical Themed Party!
Complete party guide and ideas for hosting a nautical themed party
How to Host a Roaring 20's Theme Party
Complete party guide with tips for throwing a Roaring 20's theme party
Press Release: Windy City Novelties Introduces New Themes for Vacation Bible School Planning
Windy City Novelties has recently expanded their Vacation Bible School product category to fit the needs of churches planning for their summer programs
College Graduation Party Ideas and Planning Tips
A Do-it-Yourself party guide for hosting a college graduation party for a son or daughter
Complete Party Guide for a Jungle and Safari Theme
A fun safari theme is perfect for birthdays, retirement parties, class reunions, and many more occasions!
A Quick Look at Some of our New and Exciting Products
Stock up on some of our new products this Spring and enjoy them during the Summer months!
Party Guide for Hosting a Space Odyssey Themed Birthday Party
All the party ideas you will need for having an Outer Space themed birthday party - decorations, food, games, and more!
Celebrate Baseball's Opening Day with these Party Ideas
The 2013 baseball season kicks off April 1st, host a basebal theme party to celebrate the occasion
5 Great April Fool's Day Gags and Tricks
April 1st is almost here; start planning your pranks with the help of Windy City Novelties!
Spring is the Perfect Time for a Night Golf Event
Night golf event ideas for games, food, and decorations
Non-Traditional Easter Egg Hunt Ideas
Try some of these unique ideas when hosting an Easter egg hunt this Easter Sunday
The Best Easter Decorations, Accessories, and Party Supplies
Prepare for the upcoming Easter holiday by checking out our list of the best Easter decorations and party supplies
Celebrate March Madness with a Basketball Theme Party
Cheer favorite teams to victory while hosting a basketball theme party with the help of Windy City Novelties
Pick a Fun Wig for Your Next Dress up Party of Themed Occasion
Windy City Novelties has a wig for anyone and any occasion
Top 10 Basketball Decorations and Themed Party Supplies for March Madness
Cheer on your favorite college basketball team during March Madness with these basketball decorations
Pick a Decade for Your Next Theme Party!
Pick from Roaring 20's, Rock'n'Roll 50's, Groovy 60's, Disco 70's or Totally 80's for a fun party theme
St. Patrick's Day Costume Ideas before Next Week's Big Day
Check out our list of some of the best costumes and accessories for St. Patrick's Day
Tips for Hosting a Hockey Game Watch
Party ideas for having a hockey themed party - including decorations, food, activities, and more!
How to Host an Easter Egg Decorating Party
Invite friends and family over for a colorful Easter egg decorating party with these tips
The Best St. Patrick's Day Decorations for the Occasion
Our list of the best St. Patrick's Day Decorations for home, bar, restaurant or office space decorating
Add a Touch of Elegance to your Next Party with a Black and White Theme
Party tips for planning a formal black and white occasion with the help of Windy City Novelties!
How to Host a Casino Game Night
Do-it-yourself ideas for hosting a casino game night fit for Las Vegas
Activity Ideas for the Next Snow Day
Some unique and common snow day activities for the next time winter weather strikes and school's are closed
Host a Lego Themed Birthday Party for your Lego Fanatic
Decorate with Lego themed decorations, plan lego building activiites, and more!
Warm Up this Winter with a Winter Soup Potluck
Helpful tips for hosting a winter soup potluck for friends and neighbors
5 Ways to Spice up your Oscars Party
2013 is a great year to get excited about the Oscars and Windy City Novelties is here to help
Party Ideas for a Kid's Medieval Themed Birthday Party
Tips for throwing a birthday party inspired by the Middle Ages, knights, and dragons
Host a Hollywood Themed Academy Awards Party with these Party Tips!
The Academy Awards are on Sunday, February 24th. Prepare for the occasion with the help of Windy City Novelties
Host a Mardi Gras Party with these Easy Tips
Bring the spirit of New Orleans to your home with these Mardi Gras party tips
The NASCAR Season Gets Underway Feb 16 in Daytona, Celebrate with a Kickoff Party!
Do-it-yourself party ideas for hosting a NASCAR season kickoff party complete with decorations, food, and games
Make your Own Snow Globe Birthday Party Craft Idea
A perfet craft for a child's Winter birthday, host a build your own snow globe party!
5 Historical Facts about Mardi Gras
Learn 5 historical facts about the Mardi Gras celebration before Fat Tuesday!
Quick Tips for Getting Back on Track to Eating and Exercising Right
As the end of January approaches, so does the increasing number of people giving up on New Year’s resolutions
Make Your Own Mardi Gras Mask Ideas
Host a fun Mardi Gras event to celebrate the Carnival season
Spice up a Dinner or Birthday Party with a Make Your Own Pizza Party
Easy do-it-yourself ideas for hosting a pizza party during these Winter months
How to Throw a Super Hero Themed Birthday Party
Ideas for hosting a Batman, Spiderman, or other Super Hero birthday party
Celebrate a First Birthday with a Winter One-Derland Theme
Helpful party ideas for a child turning 1 during the Winter months
A Do-it-Yourself Party Guide for Super Bowl Sunday
Party tips for hosting a Super Bowl party - decorations, food, and more!
Celebrate Mardi Gras with a Masquerade Ball
Masquerade decorating ideas, costumes, masks, food and more
Welcome Back the NHL with a Hockey Theme Party
The shortened season starts on January 19; celebrate with a hockey themed bash!
How to Throw a Barbie Themed Birthday Party
Birthday party ideas for a do-it-yourself Barbie theme
Plan a Family Game Night for a Fun Winter Activity
Tips for having a family game night when the Winter weather strikes
With the NFL Playoffs Underway, Host a Game Watch Party
Cheer your favorite team to victory or just get together to watch some good football games this playoff season
Break out the Red Carpet Runner and Throw a Golden Globes Watch Party
Celebrate the season's first big award show with a Hollywood themed party for you and your movie-loving friends
Ring in the Chinese New Year with a Festive Celebration
Party ideas for throwing a Chinese New Year Party that combines traditions and decor of Chinese culture
For a Fun, Indoor Party Idea this Winter try a Black Light Dance Party!
Throw a black light party complete with glow in the dark products, music, highlighters and more!
Plan a Family Member's Next Birthday at the Bowling Alley!
Celebrate a birthday at the bowling alley with bowling themed decorations, glow products, and more!
Turn up the Heat this Winter with a Winter Luau Party!
Break out the hula skirts, leis, and island music for a luau party in the middle of winter
After a Heavy Snowfall, Get out of the House and Enjoy a Snow Fort Party!
Beat cabin fever after a big snow storm with a snow fort building party!
Celebrate the Holidays with a Christmas Cookie Party!
Plan a Christmas cookie party that's sure to be a hit with both the adults and kids!
After the Gifts and Stockings are Open, Prepare a Christmas Day Brunch!
Easy ideas for planning a Christmas Day Brunch for the family
Celebrate the Holidays with a Cookie Exchange Gathering!
Share favorite treats and recipes while spreading some holiday cheer
Host a Holiday Open House for Neighbors, Friends, and Family!
Plan a holiday open house for an easy afternoon or evening get-together
Deck the Halls for the Holidays with these Easy Decorating Tips!
Simple holiday decorating tips from Windy City Novelties
Take Some of the Stress Out of the Holidays with a Low Key Cocktail Party for Neighbors and Friends
Party ideas for taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season with a cocktail gathering
Turn Christmas Gift Wrapping into a Fun Experience with a Holiday Gift Wrapping Party!
Invite friends over for a get-together while you wrap up all of your gifts for Christmas morning
Plan a Holiday House to House Party with Neighbors this Holiday Season!
Also known as a progressive dinner, celebrate the joy of the season with neighbors as you move from house to house
Celebrate the Festival of Lights and the Hanukkah Holiday with these Party Ideas from Windy City Novelties
Bring the Joy of Hanukkah to your home with these ideas for celebrating with friends and family
Take a Break from the Hustle and Bustle of the Holiday Season with an Office Christmas Party!
Celebrate the holidays with employees and co-workers with these office party ideas
Get into the Holiday Spirit by Planning a Holiday Movie Watch Party!
Enjoy a warm and cozy night in by hosting a Christmas movie party night for friends and family
The College Basketball Season is Underway, Throw a NCAA Themed Party to Celebrate!
Invite friends over to watch your favorite college basketball team this winter
Warm Up with a Winter Wonderland Coffee Social this Holiday Season!
Enjoy the company of good friends during the holidays with a coffee social get-together
Plan an Ugly Sweater Party for you and your Friends this Holiday Season!
Tired of the same boring holiday party? Add some fun by wearing your favorite ugly sweater!
Bring Some Christmas Cheer to the Office with these Cubicle Decorating Ideas!
Decorate your office cubicle with these holiday decorating tips from Windy City Novelties!
NHL Lockout Got You Down? Cheer up with an NHL Themed Lockout Party!
Do-it-yourself party ideas for hosting an NHL Themed Lockout Party complete with games, food, and more!
Set the Scene for this year's Thanksgiving Feast with these Tips and Tricks!
Use these ideas from Windy City Novelties to host a Thanksgiving dinner the entire family will love!
Plan a Black Friday Breakfast for your Thanksgiving Guests!
Once Thanksgiving Day is over, these tips will help you plan your Black Friday Breakfast
Try Something Different this Year with a Thanksgiving Day Brunch
Change it up this year with a stress free and smaller scale Thanksgiving Day brunch
Fun Thanksgiving Ideas for a Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving party ideas and games for the children at this year's holiday dinner
Tips for an Easy and Low Key Thanksgiving Dinner
Helpful Thanksgiving dinner ideas for those that want to keep it simple this holiday season
Do-It-Yourself Party Ideas for an Election Day Watch Party
With Election Day a Week Away, Plan a Last Minute Election Day Watch Party!
Party Tips for an Office Halloween Party
Celebrate Halloween at the workplace with these do-it-yourself tips!
Halloween Party Tips for an Adults Only Horror-ween House Party!
Enjoy some Halloween festivities without the kids with these party ideas for an Adult's Only Horror-ween party!
Try Something Different this Halloween by Planning a Trunk-or-Treat Party!
Helpful tips for planning a non-traditional trick-or-treating adventure
Break Out the Broomsticks and Gather Your Friends for a Witches Tea Party this Halloween Season!
Brew some witches tea, decorate your own witch hat, and more party tips from Windy City Novelties!
For a Fun Fall Day Activity, Plan an Apple Picking Party!
Invite friends and family to participate in an apple picking adventure and then bake up some fall favorites for all!
Halloween Party Idea: Ghosts in the Graveyard Edition!
Decorate the house and backyard in the theme of a spooky graveyard and invite friends over to tell ghost stories, play games, and more!
Celebrate Halloween with an Adult's Only Monster's Ball Dress Up Party!
Who says kids are the only ones that love Halloween? Use these tips to start planning your adult's only Monster's Ball party for a spooktacular night!
Plan a Halloween Pumpkin Party for some Pre-Halloween Excitement!
Decorate pumpkins, serve up spooky treats, and more with the help of Windy City Novelties!
Helpful Tips for Having a Kids Costume Party this Halloween Season!
Invite all your children's friends over for a Halloween costume party to spread some spooky fun!
Halloween Season is a Perfect Time to Get a Group of You and Your Friends Together for a 'Ghoul's' Night Out!
Plan a fun Halloween themed party for you and your girlfriends that offers some grown up tricks and treats!
Prepare for your Favorite Football Team's Game with a Tailgate Party!
Ideas for snacks, football decorations, beverages and more for some pregame tailgating fun!
Celebrate Oktoberfest with the Help of Windy City Novelties!
Pick out Oktoberfest party decorations, supplies, and more to create a fun German themed event!
Fall Brings the Start of the High School Football Season and is the Perfect Time to Throw a Pregame Party for the Fans in Your Life!
It's that time of year for Friday Night Football! Host a pregame party for your high school age teen and their friends with the help of Windy City Novelties!
Help Ease Your Child's Transition into Preschool with a Preschool Playdate Party!
Invite your child's classmates over for a fun day of games and snacks with these tips for hosting a preschool playdate party!
Go Back in Time to the 1950’s by throwing a 50’s Theme Party Inspired by the Movie Grease!
Break out the poodle skirts and Thunderbird jackets with these party ideas for a Grease theme party
Helpful Tips for Getting Your Children Excited about Heading Back to School!
Try using some of these ideas to build excitement about returning to the classroom for another school year
Enjoy the Last Few Days of Summer with a Labor Day Weekend Ice Cream Social Party!
With fall just around the corner, invite friends and neighbors to a build-your-own ice cream sundae social gathering!
Celebrate the End of Summer and Labor Day Weekend with a No Labor, Labor Day Party!
Invite friends and family over for a relaxing cookout to take advantage of the three day weekend!
Invite the Neighbors, Friends, and their Pets over for a fun Pet Lovers Party!
Check out these ideas for a fun pet lovers party for both your guests and their four-legged best friends.
Throw a "Go Diego Go" Themed Birthday Party for Your Child with the Help of Windy City Novelties!
Is your child a big "Go Diego Go" fan? Celebrate your child's next birthday with fun Go Diego Go party supplies and decorations!
Helpful Tips for Having Your Own Wine Tasting Event from Windy City Novelties
These ideas will help you get started with hosting your very own wine tasting event at your home for family and friends
Celebrate the Spirit of the Olympic Games with an Olympic Themed Pool Party!
Add a twist to a traditional pool party by adding some fun Olympic themed party supplies and decorations!
Go Back in Time to the Old Wild West with a Western Theme Party and Summer Rodeo!
Bust out the Cowboy Hats, Boots, and Bandanas for a Western Theme Party with the help of Windy City Novelties!
Enjoy a Clear, Summer Night by Hosting a Star Gazing Party!
Take Advantage of a Clear Night Sky and Look to the Stars to Teach Your Children about the Wonders of Outer Space!
Cheer Team USA on to Victory at this Year's Summer Olympics with Olympic Themed Party Supplies and Decorations!
Decorate your home with stars and stripes to show your support for all the American athletes competing in London for the Summer games!
Let Your Imagination Fly When Planning Your Child's Next Birthday Party with an Angry Birds Themed Birthday Party!
Stock up on Angry Birds themed paper plates, napkins, cups, and more for a birthday party for your little one!
Family Fun Olympic Game Ideas Worthy of a Gold Medal!
Windy City Novelties offers some ideas for hosting your own Olympic games for families of all ages!
Don't Let it Rain on your Parade! Use These Tips to Carry Out your Party when Summertime Storms Strike
Don't let the rain ruin your summer party that you spent so long planning! These tips will help keep the party going when summertime thunderstorms are forecasted
Bring the Spirit of the Olympic Games to your Home by Hosting a Mock Olympic Games for your Children and their Friends!
Windy City Novelties offers some tips for throwing an Olympic themed party complete with Opening Ceremony, competitions, and awards!
Celebrate your Little Lady's Next Birthday with a Little Ladybug Themed Birthday Party!
Pick and choose from fun ladybug decorations, paper goods, and party favors for your little one's special day!
Kick-off the 2012 Summer Olympics with an Olympic Themed Opening Ceremony Party!
With the 2012 Summer Olympics just a few weeks away, now is the time to start planning for your Opening Ceremony party!
Take Advantage of a Beautiful Summer Night and Setup an Outdoor Movie Party!
Bring the fun of going to the drive-in movies to your backyard this Summer! Check out these tips for having an outdoor movie viewing party!
Take Advantage of a Beautiful Summer Night and Setup an Outdoor Movie Party!
Bring the fun of going to the drive-in movies to your backyard this Summer! Check out these tips for having an outdoor movie viewing party!
Invite your Friends and Neighbors over for an Adults Only Pool Party!
Beat the heat this Summer and plan a fun pool party, without the kids!
Try your Hand at a Neighborhood Cook-off this Summer!
Tips and Advice for Having a Neighborhood Cook-Off Party. Reward the Best Dish of the Day, Play Fun Games, and More!
Celebrate your Next Child's Birthday with Winnie the Pooh and Friends!
Winnie, Tigger, Piglet and More! Pooh and his Friends Make for a Great Kid's Birthday Party Theme!
Tips for a Simple Summer Beach Wedding
Windy City Novelties offers some tips for having a simple Summer wedding on the Beach!
Kick off Summer with a Neighborhood Block Party!
Plan a Block Party for your neighbors, family, and friends for a fun day in the Sun!
Check Out these Fun Beach Party Ideas if you Can't Make it to the Ocean or Lake this Summer!
Even if you can't make it to the beach this Summer, Windy City Novelties has everything needed to transform your backyard to a beach paradise!
Celebrate your Child's Next Birthday Party with a Little Help from Dora the Explorer!
Party ideas for throwing a Dora the Explorer themed birthday party for your little one!
Windy City Novelties Brings you the Top 10 Hats for the Occasion of your Choice!
Windy City Novelties offers wacky and fun hats! Check out this Top 10 List
Plan a Golf Themed Barbeque to Celebrate Father's Day!
Follow these tips for a fun, family event to celebrate your Dad!
Sun Going Down? Throw a Nighttime Summer Party Complete with Glow Products and Neon Decorations!
For a fun nighttime event try an indoor or outdoor glow party with glow sticks and neon party supplies!
Celebrate 25 Years of Marraige with these Party Ideas from Windy City Novelties!
Celebrate the Silver Anniversary with 25th Anniverary Party Supplies and Decorations to Outfit the Occasion!
Throw Your Own Hawaiian Themed Luau Party this Summer!
Aloha! Celebrate the Warm Summer Weather with these Tropical Luau Party Ideas!
Celebrate the Little League Baseball Season with a Baseball Theme Party!
Pick from baseball themed paper goods and decorations and choose ribbons and awards for the whole team!
Turning 21 is a Big Milestone, Celebrate with the Help of Windy City Novelties!
You have the rest of your life to bar hop, why not celebrate your 21st with a party at home?
Try a Disney Theme Princess Party for Your Daughter's Birthday with these Party Ideas!
From Princess Tiaras to Disney Paper Goods, Windy City Novelties has all the Disney Princess Party Supplies for the Occassion!
Celebrate Your Child's Birthday with the Help of Windy City Novelties!
Pick and Choose from a Variety of Different Kids Birthday Party Themes and Decorations
Windy City Novelties Offers Ideas for Vacation Bible School Events
Check out all of Windy City Novelties Vacation Bible School Themes complete with Decorations and Supplies for the event
As the School Year is Coming to a Close, Reward Everyone with an Outside Field Day to Boost School Spirit!
Windy City Novelties has all the School Spirit party supplies needed to Plan an Outdoor Field Day Party!
Friday Top 10: Top 10 Glow Products for Your Summer Party
Windy City Novelties brings you the Top 10 Glow products to light up the night this Summer!
Celebrate the Summer Olympics by Throwing an Olympic Theme Party for the Younger Generation
Fun Tips for an Olympic Theme Party for your Child and all their Friends - From the Opening Ceremony to the Presenting of the Awards, Windy City Novelties has you Covered!
Press Release: Windy City Novelties Launches Mobile Site for Easy Shopping
Windy City Novelties gives customers new, convenient way to shop in a growing mobile market
Memorial Day is May 28th, Start Planning Your Memorial Day Cookout Today!
Windy City Novelties Brings you Some Party Advice for This Year's Memorial Day Cookout
Freaky Friday: Throw a Sci-Fi Theme Party Right out of the Twilight Zone!
Get Ready to Travel to Outer Space with Our Collection of Sci-Fi Theme Party Supplies and Decorations!
With the Summer Months Approaching, Start Planning Your Nautical Theme Party Now!
Ocean Scene Setters, Sailor Hats and More! Windy City Novelties has Everything you Will Need to Set Sail with an Adventurous Nautical Theme Party this Summer
Tips for Throwing a College Graduation Party
Celebrate the College Grad with a Graduation Party with the help of Windy City Novelties! Find Balloons, Graduation Decorations, and More!
Celebrate Mom and Mother's Day with an Afternoon Tea Party with the Help of Windy City Novelties!
This Mother's Day Treat Mom to a Traditional Early Afternoon Tea Party for Something Unique and Different!
Press Release: Increasing Number of Vendors Releasing New Themed Birthday Party Supplies for Kids
Legos, Sesame Street among many to release new products for kids theme parties and are now available through online party supply company, Windy City Novelties.
Bring Back the 80's by Throwing a Totally Awesome 80's Theme Party!
Relive the 80's for One Night With a Totally Awesome 80's Theme Party! Windy City Novelties has All the Party Supplies and Decorations for a Wild Night!
Throw a Fiesta Themed Cinco de Mayo Party the Right Way with Help from Windy City Novelties!
Looking for Party Ideas for this Saturday's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta? Windy City Novelties has got you Covered with some Party Ideas certain to be a Hit!
This Saturday Marks the First Saturday in May, Which Means Kentucky Derby Time! Celebrate by Throwing a Fun Derby Party!
It's Time for the Annual "Run for the Roses" Kentucky Derby! Invite All Your Friends and Throw the Best Derby Party to Date!
With the Start of the NBA Playoffs comes a Reason to Throw a NBA Game Watch Party or Basketball Themed Get-Together!
NBA Playoffs Have Finally Arrived! Throw a Fun NBA Watch Party or Basketball Theme Party with the help of Windy City Novelties!
For A Fun Nightime Party This Spring or Summer try a Glow Party!
Light up the Night by Breaking out the Glow Sticks, Necklaces, and More with our Variety of Fun Glow Products!
Exotic Animals, Clowns, and Acrobats! Bring the Circus to Your Next Theme Party!
Bring the Magic of the Circus to Your Next Theme Party or Birthday Party with the Help of Windy City Novelties!
Bring Your Favorite Movie Character to Life with a Hollywood Themed Dress Up Party!
Everyone has their Favorite Movie Character, Now Dress Up Like Them with a Movie Character Costume Party!
Ahoy Matey! Set Sail on the High Seas and Throw Your Child a Pirate Theme Birthday Party!
Windy City Novelties brings you all the Tips you Will Need to Throw a Fun Pirate Themed Adventure Birthday Party!
There's Disney Magic in the Air: Throw a Mickey Mouse Theme Party!
Bring the Magic of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse to Your Child's Party!
Make This Year's Birthday One to Remember with a Harley Davidson Themed Birthday Party!
Looking for a Fun Birthday Party Theme? Consider Throwing a Harley Davidson Themed Birthday Party!
Baby Shower Ideas for the Guest of Honor
Throwing a Baby Shower on a Budget? Check out Some Great Ideas from Windy City Novelties!
First Birthday Party Ideas from Windy City Novelties
First Birthday Party Planning Tips for Your Little One!
Get Ready to Dance the Night Away at the Next Disco Theme Party!
Have a Case of Disco Fever? Windy City Novelties has all the Disco Party Supplies and Decorations for your next 70's Theme Party!
It's Playoffs Time! How to Throw the Ultimate Hockey Theme Party!
NHL Playoffs Start This Week. Now's the Perfect Time to Throw a Hockey Theme Party for the Playoffs or Birthday!
Can't Make it to Vegas? Throw Your Own Casino Theme Party!
All You Need to Know for Throwing a Successful Casino Theme Party!
Celebrating a Century of Life: Tips for Having a 100th Birthday Party
Tips and Advice for Throwing a 100th Birthday Party Celebration!
The Easter Egg Hunt
Tips on Having a Fun Easter Egg Hunt this Easter Sunday!
How To Throw the Best St. Patrick's Day Party to Date!
Party Planning Tips for this Year's St. Patrick's Day Bash!
Throwing that Sweet 16 Party for Your Princess
Party Planning Advice for Your Daughter's Sweet 16 Birthday Party!
Popular Mardi Gras Traditions
Mardi Gras is a fun holiday with lots of great traditions. Here are some of the most popular.
3 Flirty Fun Valentines Games
Valentine's is about celebrating your love, so have some fun with it!
3 Valentine's Day Mistakes to Avoid
Don't get caught in some of the most common Valentine's Day pratfalls!
5 Reasons to Love those Little Candy Hearts
They may not always taste great, but those little Candy Hearts are a Valentine's Day icon!
Chinese New Year Signs
What's your sign?
How to Make Homemade Valentines
Get Creative and Make your Own Valentines!
Chinese New Year 2012 - Year of the Dragon
We're just 2 weeks away from 2012 and the Year of the Dragon!
Google Stories - Super Bowl Party
Google Stories are a lot of fun. Here's ours for Super Bowl XLVI!
What do I Need for a Super Bowl Party?
There are a lot of things to consider when planning a party. Let us help you out.
To Host or Not to Host, That is the Super Bowl Party Question
Should you throw a Super Bowl Party or not? We'll help you decide.
Super Bowl Fun Facts: Vince Lombardi Trophy
Super Bowl XLVI is all about winning. Everyone wants the Vince Lombardi Trophy. But just what is so special about this iconic item?
When is Super Bowl 2012?
Super Bowl XLVI is closing in. But just when is the big game?
3 Super Bowl Recipes for a Tastebud Touchdown!
Having the right food at your party is as important as your time winning the coin toss, you only get one shot, so don't mess it up!
How to Cure a New Year Hangover
Don't sleep through the first day of the new year. With a few simple steps, you can be bright eyed and energetic even after a crazy new year's party.
3 Inexpensive Champagne Bottles for New Years Eve
Be sure to Celebrate the New Year Responsibly!
10 Christmas Coloring Pages for Kids
There's nothing more fun than the simple joys of coloring!
New Year's Day Recipes
Enjoy some great food with these recipes on New Years Day!
5 Tips to Stay Awake on New Year's Eve
It's not always easy to stay up late, but we've got you covered!
Top 10 New Year's Eve 2012 Destinations
Where are you going to spend your New Year's Eve?
3 Tips for Surviving a Lonely Christmas
Food is one of the best parts of the holidays! Enjoy these festive treats!
Holiday Snacks for Your Christmas Party
Food is one of the best parts of the holidays! Enjoy these festive treats!
HOW TO: 3 Quick Christmas Crafts
Arts and Crafts are fun all year round, especially with a hint of holiday cheer!
Happy New Year Song - Auld Lang Syne Lyrics
The most famous reindeer of all comes in many renditions. Which one do you like best?
10 Pictures of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
The most famous reindeer of all comes in many renditions. Which one do you like best?
How To: Make Christmas Dog Treats
Give your pooch a special holiday treat while saving money at the same time. You can make these as healthy as you like!
5 Must Have Christmas Home Decorations
There are a few items that no home should be without this Christmas. Check 'em out!
The Top 10 Best Things about Christmas
The most wonderful time of the year is here. What do you like best about it?
Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals
They are finally here, the best deals of the year are live!
HOW TO: Make New Year's Crafts
If you love arts and crafts or even if you're just a beginner, this is a great activity for you!
3 Sure Fire Ways to Get your Crush Under the Mistletoe
Give yourself the gift of love this year by reeling in your holiday crush!
Why are Red and Green Christmas Colors?
We see them every year, but do you ever wonder just why Red and Green are the colors of Christmas?
HOW TO: Decorate Quickly for a Christmas Party
Take the Hassel Out of Decorating with these Quick and Easy Tips!
3 Reasons We Love the Yuletide Log DVD
Yes, it's log. All kids love log!
Hanukkah Food for Thought
An eight day and eight night party can be an exciting one to throw! Then again, that is a lot of food to prepare for your guests!
5 Reasons to go Caroling at Christmas
Take to the streets this Christmas and sing some fun carols!
Fun in the Snow
Snow doesn't just have to be a source of stress. Get out there and have some fun with it!
Christmas TV and Movie Trivia
How well do you know your Christmas Tv and Movie Trivia?
Poems About Christmas
Everyone loves Christmas stories, but there are a lot of wonderful Christmas poems as well!
Facebook Giveaway 11.8.11
Everyone likes to Win something, so here's your chance!
4 Thanksgiving Tablecloths for Festive Fun
Thanksgiving Dinner takes centerstage, so set the scene just right with a colorful Thanksgiving Tablecloth.
5 Thanksgiving Wreath Ideas
Wreaths are a fun decoration for any holiday. Here's some helpful insight when selecting one for your home.
What is a Veteran?
How can you celebrate Veterans Day if you don't know who a Veteran is?
Test your knowledge of the season with fun Fall Trivia!
HOW TO: Hello Kitty Party on a Budget
Throw a great party all without breaking the bank!
There are a lot of fun crafts for you to do this Fall, so c'mon and get started!
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Windy City Novelties is a Proud Participant on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
7 Healthy and Delicious Desserts
Don't skip dessert, just enjoy a healthy one!
Dia De Gracias
Thanksgiving is an American Holiday for all of us!
HOW TO: Halloween Names
Making up your own fun Halloween Name is a great activity for kids of all ages as the scariest holiday approaches!
3 Festive Fall Centerpieces
Let the colors of Fall fill your home with wonderful fall centerpieces.
5 Fun Halloween Gifts
Halloween is more than just candy and costumes. Give a Halloween Gift this year to your friends and family!
Halloween Pumpkin Party Checklist
Halloween is filled with so many fun activities, but there's always room for more!
3 Halloween Contest Ideas
Halloween is filled with so many fun activities, but there's always room for more!
3 Fun Ways to Give Out Candy!
Just because you don't go Trick-or-Treating anymore doesn't mean you can't still have some Halloween Fun! Enjoy giving out Candy with these great ideas.
Candy Corn Clip Art
Everyone's favorite Halloween treat is a truly eye catching candy. Print out some pictures or put them up on your website!
Scary Witch Costumes
A Scary Witch is something you always see at Halloween. If that's your costume of choice this year, don't hold back. Check out these great Scary Witch Costume Ideas.
Scarecrows are fun for lots of Fall activities. Indulge yourself in some Scarecrow face painting with help from this simple step by step guide.
Face Painting Party!
Throw a party that breaks the mold! Get creative with a fun Face Painting Party!
Pirate Theme Party Checklist
Are you planning a Pirate Party? If so, let us help you out! Out Pirate Party Checklist will keep you straight on course to buried treasure and fun!
5 Halloween Candy Choices You May have Missed
Forget about picking up the big variety bags from the store and give your Halloween visitors a real treat with these fun candies!
3 Tips for Surviving a Haunted House
Haunted Houses are fun, but sometimes it can be a little hard to take that first scary step inside. Here's some help to get you in the door!
3 Halloween Costume Mistakes to Avoid
You've picked out your costume and are ready for a fun night, but be careful! There are some so problems you may encounter.
10 Pumpkin Carving Ideas
Carving pumpkins for Halloween is supposed to be fun! So don't get stressed, just look at these great examples and go to it!
10 Fun Halloween Toys
Candy abounds with Halloween, but you can enjoy toys as well!
Top 5 Scary Halloween Monsters
There are a lot of scary Halloween monsters out there. These are the 5 we would hate to find in our closet.
3 Spooky Halloween Games for Kids
Keep kids entertained this Halloween with these fun games ideas!
3 Fun Fall Crafts!
Decorate your home with these fun ideas!
Halloween 2011 is closing in. Let's take a closer look at the Halloween Witch.
Halloween Party Ideas
Halloween 2011 is fast approaching. Make your party the one everyone talks about with these great Halloween Party Ideas!
5 Fun Glow Stick Ideas
Glow Sticks are so much fun on their own, but here are 5 creative ideas to help you have even more fun with yours!
3 Reasons No One Comes to Your Party
Is your latest party a dud? Want to know why no one came? Here's some possible explainations.
HOW TO: Football Theme Party
Whether you love the NFL or the college game, there's always a good reason to celebrate football. Make your next event a touchdown with these great ideas!
3 Helpful Tip for your First College Party
You're in college now and there's no avoiding fun on the weekends! But before you head into the unknown world of college parties, take a look at this helpful information.
3 Fun Fall Activities!
Summer may be winding down, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot to look forward to this Fall!
End of Summer Crafts Idea!
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of Summer. But just because school is back in session and the pool is closed doesn't mean you have to forget about all the Summer fun you had!
3 Ideas for Fall Festival Parties
Summer is coming to a close and while you'll be sad to put the grill away, you also get to embrace the fun that is Autumn!
Top 5 LED Drinkware Lines
Just a flashing cup? Not at all. Out lines of light up and LED equipped drinkware do more than just blink. Choose from a wide variety of styles and functions.
HOW TO: Organize a Party Via Facebook
Modern times require modern solutions. Party planning, especially invitations, has made its way online and it can be a daunting trail to follow. But with this helpful breakdown, you'll be organizing your party via Facebook before you know it!
3 Reasons to Throw a Party!
Sometimes you may not be sure just when you should be celebrating. In case you have to question if you should be partying, here are three times you should always be throwing a party!
Make yourself over with fun makeup!
Face painting and fun makeup designs don't just have to happen at Halloween or carnivals and fairs! Decorate yourself with some eye catching makeup!
2011 is a . . . Banner Year!
Every event needs one key decoration. A banner. Banners share information and are also the corner stone of your theme. No matter what they event, we've got the banner for you!
Back to School Cookies!
School should be a fun time for kids, so help ease them back into their study habits with a heaping helping of Back to School Cookies!
End the Summer with a Party!
These may be the dog days of summer, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate!
Football Game Day Party Trays!
NCAA Football Season is almost here! Are you ready for your Game Day Celebration?
3 Fun Ways to Suprise Someone!
A little jolt can always be a fun thing, whether it be a scare at Halloween or the thrill of a surprise party. Here are some fun ways to surprise someone!
Theme Party Idea: Color War
Some of the best party ideas are the simplest. Everyone loves bright and fun colors, so pick up your favorite colored Tee today and have a party!
Elmo Themed 1st Birthday Party Supplies
Sesame Street is still wonderful for kids today. Celebrate your little bundle of joy's first birthday with Elmo!
DIY: Jack O' Lantern Decorations with Tea Light Candles
It's never to early to start preparing for Halloween! And with these simple steps, you can have Jack O' Lanterns all year round if you like!
Theme Party Music
Decorations may create the visuals for your party, but along with great sights, don't forget sounds! A pirate theme party is all the more complete with a fun pirate soundtrack!
New Wind Spinners just came in!
Everyone can enjoy the simple eye-catching delight of a wind spinner. There's colors and designs for everyone!
10 Items for a Fang-tastic Vampire Party
Twilight and True Blood are just the latest reasons for Vampire popularity. Don't miss out on having a frightfully good time!
Zombie Party Items!
Zombies are having a banner year with the hit TV show The Walking Dead on AMC. Don't miss out on all the Zombie fun!
New Products from Windy City Novelties!
We're always bringing in new and exciting items, don't miss out on the latest and greatest for this week!
Fun Summer Light Up Items!
There are a lot of great Summer Festivals happening at this time of year. When you head out to a concert or event, be radiant!
Winnie the Pooh Movie and Party Supplies
A childhood favorite returns to the big screen and to our hearts. Check out the Winnie the Pooh Party Supplies!
Dance the Night away with LED Maracas
You've got the moves, but now it's time to take your dancing to the next level!
5 Costumes to Light up the Night!
What good is a great costume if no one can see it in the dark? Where a costume that lights up and keep all eyes on you!
5 Helpful Dinner Party Tips
It's always nice to have a few friends or co-workers over for dinner. But there's no need to make it stressful for yourself! Here's some ideas to keep things simple and fun.
Pool Party Inflatables
You're going to jump in the pool anyway, so why not have some fun inflatables to play with?
Renaissance Faire Fittings: Men
You're going to look silly if your tunic doesn't match your jerkin!
Party Favors for Every Partier
Every party could use a little something extra. Be sure your party lives up to its fullest potential with great party favors!
3 Simple and Fun Cocktail Party Ideas
There's nothing more relaxing than enjoying a drink with friends in the summertime!
Glow Stick and Glow Necklace Clearance!
You can never have too many glow sticks or glow necklaces!
Fourth of July Party Supplies!
It'd be almost un-American to not have a party!
Relay for Life
This is a brilliant way to shine light on a good cause.
5 Party Ideas for Girls
Girls just wanna have fun! Here are some great ideas on how to have a good time!
How Does a Glow Stick Work? Chemiluminescence
Just how do those wonderful glow sticks work? Is it magic? It's actually pretty simple . . .
Celebrate our Independence Day!
Time for a Patriotic Party done right!
Aloha! It's Luau Party Time!
It's always a good time for a Luau party. Escape from winter or celebrate summer with a Luau Party!
Sand and Surf means Beach Party!
Even if you don't live near the coast, everyone deserves a beach party now and then!
3 Restaurants That Every Chicago Tourist Should Know
Whether you are a regular around the Windy City or if this is your first visit, there are some places to eat you just can't miss out on!
Go Manic for the MTV Movie Awards
This Sunday June 5th the MTV Movie Awards hand out more Moon Men!
Wedding Products You May have Missed!
Wedding Bells are ringing! Check out these great items for your special day!
Wedding Bells are Ringing . . .
Celebrities are getting hitched all over!
National Wig Out Day!
Friday, May 27th is National Wig Out Day! Wear your Wig with Pride!
Win an LED Axe!
Hello Kitty Party! Yay!
Celebrate you love of Ms. Kitty with a fun party!
Time for a Pool Party!
Summer time means warmer weather, so cool off with a fun Pool Party!
3 Things to Remember for June!
The months keep rolling by, June is less than a week away, are you prepared?
5 Tips to make your Next Poolside Party a Huge Hit!
Poolside Parties are always a blast! So let's make yours even better!
Top Three Party Ideas for the Sophisticated Mom
Mom's Need their own Personal Party!
5 Creative Cupcake Ideas for Kids
Take your Cupcakes to the Next Level with these Great Ideas!
Don't be Hungover for The Hangover Part II
Did you see the first? If not, there's still time before Part II comes out . . .
USA All the Way!
Make your party shine like a sparkler!
Lights, Camera, Party!
Part of being famous is being at the best parties. Make your friends feel famous with this great Hollywood Theme Party!
The Last Party of the Year
No matter how the previous year treated you, you know you've got to send it out in style!
Casino Royale Theme Party
Bring the Glitz and Glamour of Vegas to your Party!
Pirates and Mermaids!
Mermaids are a big part of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. They even have good ideas for cooking and dress really well!
Oprah at the United Center
After 25-years, Oprah is calling it Quits!
Win Captain Jack Sparrow!
Win a Life Size Cutout of Captain Jack Sparrow!
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th has a way of creeping up on you . . .
Limited Time Offer!
22" Glow Necklaces for just $0.16 Each!!!
Memorial Day is just 2.5 weeks away!
The UnOfficial start of summer is almost here!
Cannes Film Festival 2011
The Cannes Film Festival kicks off tomorrow! Are you ready to watch the red carpet arrivals?
5-Fun Activities for Kids' Parties!
It's never an easy task to keep young ones entertained. Try these helpful ideas the next time you are in charge of the party!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
It's the 5th of May! Throw a Fiesta to celebrate!
The Running of the Roses is always a sight to see and one to celebrate!
Supreme Glow Press Release!
Breaking News about one of your Favorite Products!
HOW TO: Decorate More with Less
Make the most of what you've got with this helpful party article!
Royal Wedding Coverage
It's even bigger than you thought!
Friday Giveaway -- LED Strobe Sword
Fridays mean Giveaways with Windy City Novelties!
Harry Potter Movie Trailer
Trailer for the Deathly Hallows Part 2!
Administrative Professionals Day 2011
Show the wonderful Administrative Professionals that you work with just how much you Appreciate them!
Bachelorette Party Supplies!
Celebrate the end of your single life with one last crazy night out!
Product Comparison: Lumiton
We know you want to shop smart, so we're helping out with a side by side comparison of our product and the competition!
Prom Season 2011
Prom Committees have more than just dresses and tux rentals to worry about!
HOW TO: Throw a Stress-Free Party
Parties are supposed to be fun! So don't let the preparations get you down!
Earth Day 2011
Save the planet with some helpful hints!
Visit our channel on YouTube to post your response to our video for your chance to win!
2-Months Until Summer!
Will warmer weather finally show up for fun outdoor parties?
Red Hats Unite!
Celebrate this great society with an extra special luncheon or tea time.
Tea Lights you can Trust
Over 7-million tea lights recalled due to 'burn hazard'.
You are cordially invited to PAR-TAY!
It's a Boy Baby Shower Items!
Be prepared for lots of Blue in your future!
It's a Girl - Baby Shower Items
Be prepared for lots of Pink in your future!
26.2 Miles of Pure Fun!
3 Party Themes to Avoid
Some Parties may give you more than you bargained for.
The Tax Man Cometh . . .
It's April 15th, Taxes are Due. Or are they . . .
Totally 80's Theme Party!
There's no specific time of year to celebrate the 1980's. You just do it.
Baby Shower Party Ideas!
Whether it's a Boy or a Girl, you know you'll want to Celebrate!
The latest installment of the Scream Franchise hits theaters this Friday, a full 11 years since the previous one.
Cinco De Mayo 2011
Celebrate the 1862 Victory of Mexico over France by having an all day Fiesta!
Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011
Hockey's biggest prize is up for grabs! Celebrate the playoffs with a Hockey Party!
Happy Birthday To You!
Birthdays may only come once a year, but someone is always celebrating theirs! Get all the supplies you need for any party for any age!
Taylor Talks Foundation
Windy City Novelties supports the Taylor Talks Foundation and their recent fundraiser.
Easter Party How To Video!
Easter may be late this year, but it's still less than 2-weeks away! Are you ready for this great holiday?
Party Like a Rock Star!
Do you want to live the Rock Star life? Forget having talent, all you need to know is how to PARTY!
5 Tips for Your Next Get Together
Helpful Ideas to make your Party a Success!
Grammys to Drop 31 Categories
Grammy Awards Officials decided to remove some categories completely and merge others together.
Make your Party Magical!
A Magic Theme Party is always a delight for children of all ages!
Even Cowboys know how to Party!
Yee-Haw! Anyone have a hankering for a Barn Dance or a Hoe Down?
Congrats High School Grad!
You've got that High School Diploma and now it's Time to Celebrate!
MLB Opening Day 2011
Major League Baseball is back for another great season!
Celebrate Love or have a Bitterness Bash!
Whether you've found that special someone or want to loathe those who have, we want you to have a good time!
Throw a Kid-Friendly Valentine's Party!
Celebrate Valentine's Day for girls and boys with fun decorations that are sure to delight!
Donations for Japan
Visit the American Red Cross website to make a Donation.
Dancing with the Stars Results
Who was the first couple to be Eliminated?
Patriotic Holiday Party Ideas!
USA all the way! Show your patriotic colors throughout the year!
April Fools Day Pranks
Only 1-day a year let's you prank people with almost no reason at all. Don't let the opportunity pass you by . . .
Chinese New Year Party Ideas & Decorations
Celebrate the new year and new zodiac sign in the proper way with great red decorations!
Put the Kids to Bed, this New Years Eve Party is for the Adult Crowd!
Whether you're happy for the New Year or sad to see the old one go, we've got what you need to have a good time!
New Years Isn't just for Adults!
Whether you're happy for the New Year or sad to see the old one go, we've got what you need to have a good time!
It's time to wash your lederhosen!
In case you needed another excuse to drink and eat pretzels, we're going to tell you how to party like they do in the old country!
Amy Adams as 'Lois Lane'
Amy Adams joins the cast of the Warner Bros. reboot of the Superman Franchise.
Make your Party a Slam Dunk!
Whether you love the college game or enjoy watching the pros, we've got your basketball party supplies covered!
Have a Grown-up Spook-tacular Time!
Halloween isn't just for kids! Adults like dressing for Tricks and Treats Too!
Leave the Gore at the Door for a Kid Friendly Halloween!
Halloween isn't just for kids! Adults like dressing for Tricks and Treats Too!
Time for Eight Crazy Nights!!
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with family and friends with our great Hanukkah Party Supplies!
Fat Tuesday 2011!
It's Fat Tuesday! Celebrate Mardi Gras all day today!
Christmas for those who've been Naughty . . .
Christmas is usually about family, but this article will tell you how to best enjoy it with Friends!
Christmas for the Kids!
Christmas comes but once a year, so make sure to fill your home with as much Christmas Cheer as possible by throwing a party for all ages to enjoy!
Ireland for All Ages!
Young or Old these Party Ideas will give you a Bit O' Cheer!
Beads, Beer, and Bourbon Street!
Mardi Gras isn't just for New Orleans! Celebrate Fat Tuesday in style with great products and ideas from Windy City Novelties!
Don't wait for Mardi Gras, Start things off with Carnival!
It's Carnival! Bring Brazil or Rio into your home!
Drinkn 'til You're Irish! A party for Adults.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a mature way!
Ireland for All Ages!
Young or Old these Party Ideas will give you a Bit O' Cheer!
Have an Egg-citing Easter with these Party Ideas!
Whether you Love it for the Eggs, Chocolate, or Peeps, Easter is a Holiday filled with Egg-ceptional Fun!
2/14/2011 Dave Ullmann
You may not have known that name last night, but most of the internet is abuzz with it now.
And the Oscar for best party goes to...
When it comes to Hollywood, nothing compares to winning an Oscar. It’s the award which validates everything that anyone in the business has ever done. Just to be a one-time recipient is enough to bolster your status in tinsel town to the A-list.
The awards may SAG but your party won't
Celebrate the actors as they celebrate themselves and throw a SAG party!
Party Like a Rocker
No matter whom you are or where you are from, at some point in your life you dreamed of being famous and doing it through music.
Grammy Awards Party
The Grammys aren’t for another month, but if you want to throw a memorable Grammy Awards party you need to start planning now!
People's Choice Recap
If you forgot to tune in to the People’s Choice Awards this week, you sure missed out. The night was filled with unscripted, awkward moments and it was fabulous.
Spider Man Musical Best when Bad.
The much embatlled Broadway show, Spider Man: Turn off the Dark, which has endured countless injuries among its many technical setbacks has been thrust back into the news today.
10 Most Fascinating People of the Year
Barbara Walters hosts the 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year Special
Throw a winter wonderland-themed holiday party
The holiday season is fast approaching, and people around the country are planning their annual holiday parties. However, selecting a theme for the event can be tricky. While it may be easiest to center the event around Christmas or Chanukah, those who aren't religious may feel uncomfortable with such a motif.
Planning an entertaining holiday party
Thanksgiving has yet to come and go, but it's never too soon to begin planning a holiday party.
Celebrate Mardi Gras early with your very own party
Although Mardi Gras may be a few months away, that doesn't mean you can't capture the essence of the event with your very own party inspired by the festival. The best part is that this theme can be used for everything from a birthday to New Year's Eve party.
Keep your crowd entertained with a rock star-themed birthday party
Everyone is always looking for an inventive and unique theme for their next birthday bash, but there are only so many luaus and retro parties one can throw before feeling like they can't find a fun idea to plan their event around. Of course, one can just look at their music collection for inspiration and throw their very own rock star-themed birthday extravaganza!
Plan an outrageous birthday party for a special 10-year-old in your life
While every birthday is special for a child, there's something magical about turning 10-years-old. And, since this is the first year a child gets to boast his or her pride for entering the double digits, you can rest assured they'll want a big party to celebrate it.
Stock up on Christmas supplies now and you'll be happy later
Can you hear that sound? Before you know it, sleigh bells will be ringing and joyful carolers will be singing. Christmas season is here!
Stay warm with a beach themed birthday
Although the colder months are upon us that doesn't mean you can't still party like it's the middle of the summer and we're enjoying 90 degree temperatures. Invite your friends for a day at the beach with your next birthday party.
Stock up on fantastic Thanksgiving supplies for a super-special holiday
Although nobody loves chilly weather, November can be one of the best times of the year. It's usually the month before the snow begins to fall and the leaves remain beautiful shades of red and brown. Of course, this is also the moment to celebrate one of the most important holidays on the calendar - Thanksgiving.
Dude you're having an 80s themed birthday party!
You were only a kid during the 1980s but you fondly remember the awesome music and interesting fashion choices. For your next birthday prepare to throw on your Ray Bans and hop in a DeLorean because you're going back in time!
Throw your youngster a birthday party that boasts a fantastic baseball-theme
Baseball is one of the most beloved sports in the country - after all, it is America's pastime. And while baseball season may only take place from April to October, a baseball theme party is a great way to celebrate a youngster's birthday no matter what time of year it is.
Celebrate your daughter's Sweet Sixteen with a Hollywood theme
Your little girl isn't so little anymore and her 16th birthday is rapidly approaching. Every teenage girl thinks about what her Sweet Sixteen will be like, and she more than likely wants it to be just as great, if not better, than all of her friends'. Planning such an event can't be done last minute, so it is best to begin looking into decorations and invitations as early as possible.
Throw a princess party for that special little girl in your life
It goes without saying that every little girl loves to play dress-up. From the moment they can walk and talk, our precious daughters tend to raid their mothers' closets, try on their lipstick and parade around the house in their high-heeled shoes. The desire to feel regal and elegant seems to be innate for some girls, and you can't help but love them for it.
Give your birthday a boost with a disco theme
Your birthday is coming up and you're looking to throw a big shindig this year, but you can't think of an amazing theme. Well, it's time to strap on some platform shoes and bell-bottom jeans because you'll be boogieing all night long as your disco-themed blowout!
Celebrate impending nuptials with a fantastic bachelorette party
You've just heard that your best friend has become engaged to her longtime sweetheart! After all of the happy tears and embraces you begin to think about what you can do to assist her in planning the big day, especially because she's asked you to be her maid of honor.
Throw a fabulous bar mitzvah for that special someone
While every child's birthday is important, there's one special moment in a Jewish girl or boy's young life that is often looked upon as a rite of passage - turning 13-years-old. This is the time for a fresh-faced youngster to celebrate entering adulthood with their closest friends and family.
Cooking this holiday season with the Big Green Egg
The grilling season doesn't have to end just because cold weather has rolled in. For those who live in frigid areas of the country during the winter months, it may be worth bundling up to grill up holiday favorites on the Big Green Egg.
Planning a vegetarian Thanksgiving with an autumn feel
Thanksgiving traditions typically involve a roasted turkey, but there are alternatives that can help vegetarian families celebrate the holiday meat-free.
Start organizing a fantastic New Year's party
There are only two months left in 2010 and that means one should begin to prepare to ring in the new year with a bang! New Year's parties are the one event that many people tend to go all out for, as it is a time to reflect on the last year and look forward to good things for the upcoming one. This year, throw your very own party and celebrate with your best friends.
Celebrate Hanukkah with a festive gathering
Hanukkah begins December 1, leaving individuals a little more than a month to prepare for the Festival of Lights. Of course, it is an eight day event, and no one is expecting you to throw a party for each night, but for the final evening one can organize a magical event.
Sink a three-pointer with a basketball themed party
The basketball season is underway which means fans are starting to organizing viewing parties and watch their favorite teams tip-off. You too can join in on the action and host your very own basketball party, but there are a few things you'll need to pick up before having your friends over to enjoy some hoops.
Start planning an amazing Christmas party
November has just begun, but as we all know, the next two months will fly by and the new year will be here before we know it. Thanksgiving is the next big holiday, but soon Christmas decorations will start appearing all over the neighborhood, which means it is time to start thinking about how you're going to host an excellent Christmas party this year.
Take a trip back in time with a disco party
Let the music take hold of you as you ride the soul train to funkytown! Bright lights, bell bottom pants, platform shoes and a mirrored ball can only mean one thing - disco! That's right, for your next big shindig, roll the clock back to the 1970s and boogie down with your friends in your very own discotheque.
Host a fabulous New Year's party
Over the next few months there will be plenty of holidays where one can celebrate with friends and family, but that doesn't mean you can't start thinking about how you'll be ringing in the new year. Of course, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all fast approaching, as many people are already planning the perfect Christmas feast, but what about New Year's?
Throw an election party to prepare for the upcoming midterms
November is fast approaching and that means a very important event is coming up - the midterm elections! Not everyone may be following the current political discourse, but it can't hurt to throw a festive party to celebrate politics and our nation.
Walk on the wild side with a casino party
Las Vegas is like a giant playground for adults, and it is the premiere destination for those who enjoy gambling. Instead of trying to gather your friends and family and fly them out to Sin City, why not bring the fun to your own home with an amazing casino themed party?
Start planning the perfect Thanksgiving Day feast
Although Halloween hasn't even happened yet that doesn't mean you can't think ahead to Thanksgiving. This fall holiday is one that brings families together around delicious food and excellent company.
Celebrate Oktoberfest with an over-the-top affair
Oktoberfest may be underway, but there is still plenty of time to celebrate the amazing festival that is held every year in Munich, Germany. So,throw on your lederhosen and prepare to have a grand old time as you get in the Bavarian spirit!
Host a football-themed birthday party for your favorite athlete
Football is one of America's favorite sports, and now that the season has kicked off have your family and friends over to toss around the pigskin with your very own football birthday party!
Plan the ultimate Halloween party
With Halloween only a month away it is crunch time in trying to organize the perfect bash for all of your friends. There are so many options for planning a truly spooky affair, and the earlier you start the planning, the better deals you'll score on costumes and decorations.
Prepare for the World Series with a baseball party
The baseball regular season is fast coming to a close and that can only mean one thing - the World Series! Hopefully your favorite team has fared well through the past few months on the diamond, and what better way to celebrate one of America's favorite pastimes than with a baseball party?
Celebrate your next birthday with a western party
When a birthday rolls around, a boring old party will not do. No one likes just meeting for some cake and ice cream and leaving after everyone is finished, so to spice up your next birthday why not make it a theme party - a western party to be exact!
Throw a Hollywood inspired birthday bash
Birthdays call for over-the-top themes since they are huge events in their own right. A Hollywood-themed birthday extravaganza is perfect for those who have larger than life personalities and enjoy a good shindig. And, with all the amazing party decorations available, preparing for the big night can be an event in itself.
Prepare for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by throwing a pink party
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the signature color of the movement is pink. As many individuals prepare to host fundraising and charity events for the cause, why not hold your very own pink party to honor those who have beat the disease and also shed light on the research that is being done to find a cure.
It's never too early to start planning a Christmas party
Although it is still months away, many people are already eagerly looking forward to the Christmas season. There is something truly special that time of the year, when some holiday enthusiasts relish breathing the cold winter air while a gentle snowfall cascades through the sky. Getting together with family and friends around a fireplace will certainly warm hearts on even the most frigid of winter days. Why not gather those who mean the most this year and host a Christmas party? If it's done right, your guests will be ho-ho-hoping for another one next year!
Indulge in some nostalgia with a Woodstock-themed birthday party
Was there ever another time in United States history like late 1960s? The emergence of some of the most legendary musicians made the era popularized as that of peace and love even more famous. Perhaps the some of the most enduring images of this period came from the inaugural Woodstock music festival, which occurred in August 1969. If you know someone special who would love to pay homage to Woodstock and has a birthday coming up, why not throw them a fantastic, 60s-themed birthday party? It will be sure to evoke a wonderful sense of nostalgia.
Celebrate the power of love with a Valentine's Day party
There are few days of the year that are like Valentine's Day. Every February 14th, people stop and remember to tell that special someone how much they care, and even those who are single can stop and try spreading a little love in a world that sometimes could use a bit more compassion. Whether you have a significant other or not, you can still celebrate this unique holiday. Why not gather together your friends and family and host a Valentine's Day party this coming year? It will be sure add a little happiness to your guests lives.
Start planning an election day birthday party
Election day is not too far away. Before you know it, it will be the second Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and voters will be headed to the poll to take part in the democratic process. If you know somebody who has a birthday coming up around the time of election day, and who is interested in politics, why not throw them an election day-themed birthday party? Combining one of their passions with the celebration of their birthday will certainly give them a time to remember!
Celebrate the arrival of autumn with an Oktoberfest party
The fall season brings with it some of the most beloved events of the year. Football season, Thanksgiving and delicious apple cider are just some of the treats that autumn has to offer. However, one of the most overlooked celebrations this time of year is Oktoberfest, that most German of holidays. This festival typically runs for more than two weeks in Germany, from the end of September into October, and is regarded as the world's largest fair. Just because you can't make it to Munich doesn't mean that you have to sit out on the festivities. Host your own Oktoberfest-themed party and you and your friends and family are sure to have a great time!
Start planning your fiendishly fantastic Halloween party
The calendar has turned to September and that means that it is time to start getting ready for the fall season. Along with going back to school, drinking some warm apple cider and watching some football on a Sunday afternoon, there are few things more quintessentially autumnal than Halloween. Adults and children alike look forward to every October 31 so they can let loose and pretend to be someone else on the spookiest of holidays. Why not make the most of this year's celebration and host your own Halloween party? Start planning now and your guests will surely have a great time!
Hollywood-themed sweet 16 puts a unique spin on classic party
To many youngsters, turning 16 is a huge accomplishment. The age marks one of the first milestones in a young adult's life. They are given more responsibility and taking the next step toward becoming independent. Along with the added perks, one of the most traditional aspects of this birthday is celebrating with one's closets family and friends. Why not put a unique spin on this tradition with a glamorous Hollywood-themed sweet 16? The birthday boy or girl will certainly love it!
Try your luck with a St Patrick's Day party
Almost everyone is a little bit Irish on St Patrick's Day. Whether you have it in your heritage or not, March 17 can be one of the most fun-filled celebrations of the year. Why not take advantage of the holiday in 2011 by hosting a lively St Patrick's Day party? Your friends and family will certainly love sharing in the revelry, and it's never too early to begin planning.
Throw an eye-popping monster truck birthday party
What young boy does not love the sound and fury that monster trucks provide? Watching the towering feats of engineering fly through the air and whip around a dirt track can be one of the most exciting events around. If you know a young man who is celebrating a birthday soon, why not channel the awe-inspiring atmosphere of a rally into a monster truck-themed party? Whether they love Gravedigger or are a Bigfoot fan, they will be sure to have a blast!
Channel the spirit of New Orleans with a Mardi Gras party
New Orleans is one of the livliest cities in the United States, if not the world. The music, the food and the people all make the city a great place to go for a celebration. Of course, the time of year when The Big Easy is the craziest is during Mardi Gras. Although Fat Tuesday is still months away, that does not mean you can't indulge you and your friends and family by hosting a wonderful Mardi Gras-themed party. Getting everybody you care about together for a carefree extravaganza can be the perfect way to relieve the stress caused by everyday life.
Celebrate beginning of playoffs with a baseball-themed birthday party
Although the baseball season is winding down, the race for the playoffs is heating up. There is just over a month left for teams to position themselves in heading into the postseason, and the competition is likely to get intense. Baseball fans will be eagerly awaiting the race for the World Series, and if you know someone who is a big fan of the sport and has a birthday coming up, why not combine the two by throwing them a fantastic baseball-themed birthday party? It is sure to be a hit.
Host a Labor Day cookout to say goodbye to summer
The end of summer can leave some people feeling down. For many school-age children, returning to class can be a drag and the emergence of cooler temperatures and shorter days can have some yearning for carefree July afternoons. Just because summer is coming to a close does not mean you cannot throw one last fantastic party. Labor Day is typically the unofficial end of the season, and hosting a backyard cookout with all of your friends, family and neighbors that first weekend in September can be a great way to say farewell to the summer.
Lift a loved one's spirits with fantastic 50th birthday bash
For some people, reaching the half century mark is a dreaded milestone. But it shouldn't be, as turning 50 should be a cause for celebration! They've made it this far in life relatively unscathed and should be happy for their health and happiness. If there is someone you know who may be depressed about turning 50, why not lift their spirits by throwing them a memorable birthday party?
Host a fantastic New Years Eve party for friends and family
Almost everyone loves New Years Eve. When the clock strikes midnight and the crowd joins in singing Auld Lang Syne, it marks the chance to erase the memories of the past year and start anew once again. And who doesn't love spending the New Year with some of their closest friends and family? Gathering everyone close to you and hosting your own celebration can be the perfect way to usher in 2011.
Roll the dice with a casino night birthday party
Turning 21 is commonly regarded as one of the last milestone birthdays in a person's life. While the event can sometimes serve as a way to usher in the transition from college student to adulthood, it also signals the beginning of being able to legally purchase alcohol and gamble. Why not celebrate the momentous occasion for that special someone in your life with a casino night-themed birthday party? It will surely have your guests feeling like they've stepped off a plane and into Las Vegas.
Start planning your Thanksgiving get together today!
Who doesn't love Thanksgiving? There are few other times throughout the year when you can unapologetically eat as much as you want and then take a long, well-deserved nap afterward. Of course, it isn't all about food, either. The holiday is a perfect time for family and friends to come together and be thankful that they have each other's company. Why not host a heartwarming Thanksgiving get-together this fall and celebrate the holiday with everybody who means the most to you?
Host soccer-themed birthday to signal the beginning of fall
With the worldwide frenzy that was created earlier this summer thanks to the World Cup, soccer has a renewed popularity throughout the United States. With the fall approaching, that means many youngsters will be taking to the pitch as the soccer season begins anew. Whether your son or daughter is just starting out in the sport, or they are a budding Landon Donovan, if they have a birthday coming up, why not incorporate their love of the game by hosting a soccer-themed birthday party?
Hosting a luau can be a great farewell to summer
August is almost halfway over, and before you know it children will be returning to school, there will be less and the leaves will begin to change color. Soon, the days of a warm vacation will be replaced with a windy walk to work. However, just because the summer is almost spent does not mean you have to let the good times end. Getting your friends and family together for a luau can be a great way to have a blast and say farewell to the summer at the same time!
Start planning your Halloween party now
Summer is beginning to wind down and fall is just around the corner. Along with football, apple cider and beautiful foliage, Halloween is one of the quintessential parts of the season. Who doesn't love dressing up as their favorite celebrity or ghastly ghoul and pretending to be someone else, if only for a night? Throwing a great Halloween party for your closest friends and family can be the perfect way to get into the spirit.
Set sail with a nautical themed birthday party
The summer is winding down, and the time that one can spend outdoors will soon begin to shrink. Heading to the beach or going out on the water for a day of sun and relaxation can be one of the most appealing aspects of summer, and one of the most sorely missed once it's autumn. So, if you have a friend or family member with a birthday coming up, why not celebrate it with a nautical-themed birthday party?
Kickoff the football season with an opening night party
The calendar has turned to August, and that means one thing - it's almost time for football. The pre-season has just begun and many college teams have started training camp, and for some, this is the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year. The NFL kicks off on Thursday, September 9, when defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints take on the Minnesota Vikings, so why not host a party that night to commemorate the beginning of the season?
Say goodbye to summer with a graduation party
A high school graduation can be one of the most momentous occasions in a young adult's life. The ceremony serves as culmination of all the hard work and determination they have put in throughout the years, and it also marks the beginning of the transition into adulthood. Whether a student is going on to higher education or entering the workforce , their accomplishment should be celebrated, so why not honor your son our daughter's achievement with a terrific graduation party? It will be sure to be a great end to their high school years.
Skate your way to a fun time with a hockey-themed birthday party!
It may be the middle of summer, but some sports fans are counting down the days until the hockey season begins. Many people just can't get enough of the fast-paced, hard hitting action and cannot wait until their favorite team starts the Zamboni and laces up their skates. If you know someone who is looking forward to the winter for just that reason and who has a birthday coming up, why not throw them a hockey-themed birthday party? It will certainly make the wait be much more fun.
Celebrate the 1950s with a decade party
There really has been no other time like the 1950s. The United States was in one of its most prosperous eras and rock and roll was beginning to burst out onto the scene. The songs of Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry were dancing across the airwaves, and Elvis was just beginning his legendary career. The decade had a style all its own, where poodle skirts and leather jackets were everywhere and unique lingo ran the gamut. Why not celebrate this terrific time period with a 50s-style decade party? If done right, it will have your guests thinking they've stepped out of the 21st century and walked onto an episode of Happy Days.
Blast off with an outer-space themed-party
Outer space has long been an area of mystery and intrigue. Ever since Galileo developed the modern telescope more than 400 years ago, people have longed to learn more about the cosmos, and despite the fact that humankind has been able to explore the vast reaches of our solar system, almost all of the universe remains unknown. Many young children are fascinated by looking up at the night sky and learning about the various points of light that populate it. Why not encourage this curiosity by throwing your inquisitive son or daughter an outer space-themed birthday party? It's sure to be out of this world!
Start the ignition on a race car themed birthday
What little boy is not enthralled by cars? Many kids just can't get enough of the powerful automobiles they see whizzing by on the highway and relish the day when they will be able to sit behind the wheel and cruise the open road. If your little one simply loves the allure of driving, why not throw him a race car-themed birthday party? Although they are not old enough to drive, it will be sure to give them a day they'll remember for years to come.
Throw a princess party for that adorable little girl in your life
While all parents adore their sons, there's something special about having a daughter. Most little girls spend their childhood rummaging through their mother's makeup and sprinting to the door to greet their daddy when he comes home. Truth be told, girls really are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, so it's no wonder we're putty in their hands.
Throw a sweet 16 party for your big teenage girl
Kids grow up so fast, don't they? When you're the parent of a teenager, it can seem like only yesterday they were a bundle of joy resting comfortably in your arms. Now, you've got a nearly full-grown adult on your hands - someone who would rather spend time with their pals and talk on the phone for eons before hanging out with dear ol' mom and dad.
Enjoy the nice weather with a patriotic cookout
Who doesn't love having a cookout during the summer? There's something special about getting a group of friends and family together and hanging out in the perfect weather while enjoying some delicious food and each other's company. Although Independence Day has come and gone and July is reaching its end, there is never a bad time to celebrate your love for the United States of America. Combining the best qualities of the country and a fondness of grilled cuisine by hosting a fantastic patriotic-themed barbecue can be the perfect way to enjoy the warm temperature and long hours of daylight.
Throw a birthday party and fundraiser, all in the same day
Some people are so picky about gifts - what do you give someone who has everything, or doesn't like anything? Sometimes these are the trickiest people for whom to plan an affair, since they tend to re-gift presents they receive or, even worse, tell everyone they don't want anything at all.
Turn the dial on the fun amp to 11 with a rocking birthday party!
Who doesn't love listening to some rock and roll? Whether it's the classic tunes of Elvis or the more alternative funk of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, it's the kind of music that just soothes the soul. If a music lover in your life is celebrating a birthday in the near future, transfer this passion into a fantastic rock and roll-themed birthday party that will have everybody who attends screaming for an encore.
Throw a totally awesome 80s birthday party for that special someone
It's been about 30 years since the 1980, but when it comes down to it, was there ever a more totally awesome time period? The decade was full of bright, memorable colors, big metal hair bands and cheesy, catchy music. Of course, every era has something unique and wonderful about it, but there's no denying that people who think of those fun-filled 10 years will soon be sporting a huge grin and stifling unsuspecting laughs.
Throw your friend or family member a great 30th birthday party
Turning 30 can be a big milestone for some people. A lot of people set that as a benchmark to see what they have accomplished, and at the same time it signifies to some people that they have finally made the transition to being a full-fledged adult. While some think turning 30 means having to give up fun, carefree activities, that does not have to be the case. Throw a fantastic 30th birthday party for a friend or family member and it will be sure to prove that they can still celebrate like they did when they were 22.
Bring to the shore to you by hosting a wonderful beach party!
Nearly everybody loves going to the beach during the summer months, as there are few things more enjoyable than getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and soaking up the sun as you relax by the ocean. If you're too far away from the beach, or if you cannot get to the shore, throwing a fantastic beach party for your friends and family can bring the carefree attitude of the coast into your home.
Throw a fiendishly fantastic Halloween party
There are few days of the year that children and adults alike look forward to more than October 31. Halloween allows people to be whoever they wish to be, if only for a night, and the memories created trick-or-treating or at a Halloween party are sure to last for weeks and months afterward. Although it is the middle of summer, it is never too early to start thinking about hosting your own spectacularly spooky Halloween party for your friends and family.
Ride off into the sunset with a western-themed birthday
The Wild West is one of the most legendary eras in American history. Images of cowboys roaming the lawless expanse that was the American frontier in the latter half of the 19th century has become an indelible part of country's culture. In the years since, the style and persona associated with the time period remains, and an entire movie genre has evolved from it. If someone in your life idolizes the cowpokes of days past, throwing him or her a western-themed birthday party is sure to be a celebration that's as fine as cream gravy.
Hosting a disco party is a one-way ticket to funky town
It's the middle of the summer and for some, the days are beginning to blend together. The combination of oppressive heat and humidity with the rigors of everyday life can leave many people in need of some excitement. Hosting a disco-themed party while singing along with some Gloria Gaynor can be the perfect way for your friends and family to boogie their way out of the summer doldrums.
Set off on an adventure with a jungle-themed birthday
Some of the world's most exotic and beautiful animals live in the jungle, but unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to experience them in their natural habitat. While nothing can compare to going on a safari, throwing an animal lover you know a fantastic jungle-themed birthday party can be just the way to bring a little bit of nature into their life.
Tee off with a great golf-themed birthday party
With the British Open underway and the PGA Championship less than a month down the road, this may very well be the best time of the year for golf fans. With such gorgeous weather, there are few things more enjoyable than heading out to the links for a round with a few friends. A great way to incorporate the love for this ageless game is to throw a golf-themed birthday party for a golf-lover in your life.
Celebrate like the stars with a Hollywood-themed party
Summer is a great time for moviegoers. Often, some of the most anticipated films of year come out in the summer months. Recent classics such as The Dark Knight, 40 Year Old Virgin and Transformers have all been released in July or August. A great way to celebrate the celluloid success in the summer is to host a Hollywood party. Ride the wave of summer movie popularity and bring the glitz and glamour of the stars to your living room.
Say 'bonjour!' to a great midsummer Mardi Gras party
Mardi Gras is one of the most unique celebrations the world has to offer. Despite originating overseas, thanks to a rich cultural tradition in Louisiana and Mississippi, it has continued in America. Ever since the French settled in the late 16th century, the annual blowout before Ash Wednesday is one of the biggest parties in United States, especially in the Gulf Coast. Although it is months away from the actual celebration of Mardi Gras, that does not mean you cannot host a midsummer Mardi Gras party of your own that is sure to be magnifique.
Host an intergalactic birthday extravaganza
Despite being released over 30 years ago, the allure of Star Wars still lives on today. Thanks to an endless stream of re-releases, new movies and TV shows, a new generation has been exposed to the wonder of George Lucas' epic fantasy. Whether you child is an avid Obi-wan supporter or a steadfast Darth Vader apologist, celebrating their birthday with a Star Wars-themed party will surely be out of this world.
Throw an impressive midsummer graduation bash
For most people, graduating from high school can be one of the most momentous occasions in their young life. It signals the end of an era, and whether the graduate is moving on to college or entering the working world, it marks a new chapter in their life. Although it has been over a month since many schools held their commencement ceremony, it is never too late to celebrate your favorite scholar's achievement.
Host a super football-themed birthday party
As hard as it may be to believe, the beginning of football season is less than two months away. NFL training camps start in only a few weeks and before you know it, the first kickoff of the year will be upon us. A football-themed party would be the perfect idea for anybody who has a birthday in the near future and who can't get enough gridiron action. Hosting a great pigskin extravaganza can be an easy way to score a touchdown with someone special.
Hula your way to a successful luau
Many people dream of an extravagant Hawaiian vacation, and disappearing to Honolulu for a week is something nearly everybody could appreciate. However, due to time, money and work constraints actually cashing in on the dream is sometimes too unrealistic. Of course, that does not mean you cannot still experience the allure of a trip to Hawaii in the comfort of your own backyard. Consider hosting your very own luau to bring everything except the beaches to you.
Throw a stupendous 40th birthday party
Although it is negatively referred to as being "over the hill," turning 40 is a significant milestone in a persons life. To make it that far, one must have had to overcome at least some obstacle and achieved a certain level of success that is worth celebrating. Still, many people consider it to be the first step toward becoming old, and dread the date when it finally arrives. Of course, everyone know turning 40 is not the terrible spectacle it is made out to be, so why not throw a fantastic 40th birthday party for that special someone instead.
Start planning now for a spooky, spectacular Halloween bash
It's almost July, but before you know it, the leaves will be changing color and kids will be donning jackets as they sprint out the door in order to catch the school bus. We want summer to last forever, but all too often we blink and the fall has crept up on us sooner than we can say "Boo!"
Throw a midsummer graduation party for your elementary school scholar
It's summer, which means kids are currently glued to their video game consoles, roasting marshmallows with their buddies in backyard campouts, and begging their parents to take them to the community swimming pool. These months are without a doubt some of the most exciting for small children.
Ring in the New Year with a tremendous party
As the calendar moves deeper into summer, the temperatures are sure to climb even higher. Some people might enjoy the heat, but for most, a break from the uncomfortable climate cannot come soon enough and just the mere thought of winter can be a relief. While it remains more than five months away, New Years is one of the most memorable times of the year and it is never too early to start planning your own New Year's Eve party - especially when thoughts of winter can serve as a refreshing respite from the scorching summer.
Shout "heave ho" at a pirate themed birthday party
Pirates have experienced somewhat of a resurgence over the past decade. Thanks in large part to the enormous success of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, many people, children and adults alike, have dreamed of living a swashbuckling lifestyles. Although that may be difficult, throwing a pirate-themed birthday party can be a surefire way to bring the seven seas home.
Celebrate peace and music with a Woodstock-themed birthday
The original Woodstock was more than 40 years ago but its legacy still lives on. The iconic images of the peace and music festival are emblamatic of late 60s culture in the United States and some of the performances, like Jimi Hendrix's awesome rendition of the Star Spangled Banner are timeless. Although children today were not even a thought in their parents' minds in 1969, that does not mean a Woodstock-themed birthday party can be any less engaging for children and adults alike. Adding some flower power to a party will certainly result in a groovy time for all.
Celebrate a soccer fan's birthday with a world cup party
If there's one thing the world is focused on right now, it's a soccer ball being kicked up and down a sprawling field in South Africa. Thanks to the World Cup, an event that has captured the hearts, minds and attention of millions of soccer (or as they say elsewhere, football) enthusiasts around the world, it's safe to say people everywhere are currently gaga for the sport.
Plan a "Take me Out to the Ball Game" birthday for your little one
Summer brings lot of things with it. Kids are out of school, the temperature starts its climb toward triple digits and baseball dominates the sports scene. America's pasttime is everywhere and even the most casual fan can enjoy listening to the crack of the bat or the pop of a pitch finding its way into the back of a catcher's mitt on a lazy Saturday afternoon at the local ball park.
Celebrate America with an unbelievable Fourth of July party
Is it mid-June already? Although this fantastic weather has been putting a smile on everyone's face, it seems as though the days have breezed by. Before we know it, we'll officially be at the height of the summer.
Celebrate a child's 10th birthday with an incredible party
Believe it or not, turning 10 is often a designated a rite of passage by children. Of course, kids adore every one of their birthdays, but sometimes entering the double digits signifies the start of adulthood for the little ones. You can't help but want to give them a big hug for being so adorable.
Celebrate a couple's love with an incredible anniversary party
Love is wonderful, but there's no doubt that relationships take work. With celebrities making and breaking up every hour and even politicians like Al Gore admitting they struggle with marriage, it's wonderful to celebrate those who still are starry-eyed for each other.
Have a psychedelic time with a disco party
Is there anything better than disco tunes? Whether you love to cut a rug or prefer to remain seated when the music gets going at a party, there's no denying that that songs from the 70s are some of the most beat-friendly sounds.
Mark your daughter's sixteenth birthday with a huge celebration
It's often bitter sweet when little girls grow up, isn't it? While most parents love seeing their child mature and evolve into a fine young lady, their teenage years are often spent in the company of close friends and impromptu trips to the mall, rather than hanging out with (heaven forbid) her dear old mom and dad.
Have a sensational night with a decade party
Imagine this - you're at an incredible shindig surrounded by some of your favorite people. An old jukebox is blaring the song Johnny B. Goode, and partygoers dressed in poodle skirts and saddle shoes are doing the mashed potato all around you.
Honor a special bar mitzvah boy or bat mitzvah girl with an incredible party
For children, every birthday is special. However, for Jewish boys and girls, there's one specific event they look forward to - turning thirteen. This is when most youngsters celebrate their bar and bat mitzvah, an experience that may be one of the most memorable of their lives.
Kick off the summer with an impromptu party
The summer is here, which means one question is on people's minds as they go about their daily business - what shindig is coming up next?
Celebrate the USA with a patriotic party
Memorial Day is around the corner, which means most people will be taking off to indulge in good conversation, grilled foods and ice cold beer. If you've been invited to a shindig on Monday, you're likely counting down the moments until you can relax, hang out and have a ball.
Celebrate the end of Lost with a luau party
The series finale of Lost has aired, and fans of the popular show are either savoring the final moments or tearing their hair out with the scores of still unanswered questions.
Throw a princess party for the special little girl in your life
Little girls are just too cute, aren't they? Most of them love to prance around in adorable dresses, step into their mom's high heels and play with their big sister's make up. In an effort to look all "grown up," they wind up tugging at our heartstrings.
Have an amazing graduation party with a television show theme
Graduation can be a wonderful event, so you're going to want to make it great for that special someone. If you've been searching for an amazing present for the one you love, why not skip the mall and start planning the ultimate graduation bash? The memories that will be created are bound to outlast an expensive pen or a set of new books.
Make a teenager feel special with an outstanding birthday party
Teenagers - you can't live with them and you can't live without them. While the trials and tribulations of parenthood extend to children of all ages, being a mom or dad of a teen can be tough.
Have a memorable Memorial Day with an unbelievable party
Memorial Day is fast-approaching, but that doesn't mean there isn't enough time to plan an amazing party. If you have yet to receive an invite in the mail for a bash on May 31, why not do everyone a favor and coordinate one yourself? Instead of lounging around your home and wasting time on your day off from work, you could be sipping drinks and mingling with some of your closest loved ones.
Have an electric party with the help of glow products
Every good party has some unexpected, exciting element to it. Whether you decide to hand out fun party extras at the affair or you surprise your guests with an ice luge in the shape of something hilarious, a shindig that gets people talking for weeks after its over is going to need some special details.
Create lasting memories with the ultimate kids birthday bash
Kids are wonderful, aren't they? Sure, there are many trials and tribulations that come along with being a parent, but when it comes down to it, children brighten our days and light up our lives.
Have a groovy evening with a super 60s party
There's no doubt that this decade is bound to be an exciting one. Future generations are going to remember this era for the iPhone, fashion that included leggings and Ugg boots, and the return of teen pop artists. Still, wouldn't it be nice to turn back the hands of time and experience a night in the 60s?
Celebrate a super senior's birthday with an amazing party
When it comes to birthdays, usually it's the little ones who get all the attention, don't they? For children, every birthday seems like a milestone.
Make a graduate feel special with amazing graduation decorations
The end of the spring is near, which means that students across the globe will soon be putting on their graduation gowns, throwing their caps in the air, and hanging their diplomas on the wall. Afterwards, they'll be expecting one thing - a fantastic graduation party!
Make someone feel special with a birthday bash
Turning a year older isn't always easy. While presents come and go, it's the memories that last a lifetime. And what better what to create some amazing moments than with a fantastic birthday bash?
Celebrate a recent college grad with a fantastic graduation party
Is there any better feeling than a school year ending on a high note? Tests are completed, papers have been written and, to top it all off, warm weather can be enjoyed. It seems as though the early days of the summer are some of the most memorable for students.
Get into the warm-weather spirit with a luau party
Do you hear what we hear? The waves are crashing against the shore, fizzy beer bottles are being opened and partygoers are sipping every lost drop of their tasty margaritas.
Throw a princess party for the special little girl in your life!
If you know a little girl with an upcoming birthday party, you may be wondering what kind of bash she would like to celebrate her big day. Princess parties are a great way to get to the heart of any girl who is ready to celebrate! Make the child in your life feel special, and let her invite all her friends over for a royal get-together!
Celebrate your relationship with a classy anniversary party!
Whether you've been together for six months or sixty years, you and your partner should make your anniversary a special day. Throwing a party for your friends and family is a great way to commemorate the time you've shared. So be sure to grab some festive anniversary party supplies and get your party started!
Get ready to glow: Throw a late night party!
If you're a night owl, you may be looking for a way to get your friends to party on late into the night. Why not throw your own after dark party for all your friends? There are many ways to celebrate after the sun has gone down, so start brainstorming how to throw the best party your friends who love the night life have ever seen!
Get into the groove with an unforgettable disco party
Are you one of those people who lives for dancing? If the beat of the drum triggers something electric inside of you, you probably know what we mean.
A birthday party is possible for every personality
When the alarm goes off on the morning of your birthday, what are the first thoughts that come to mind? Does The Beatles' famous Birthday tune play in your head? Or maybe you're calm and relaxed, ready for a fantastic day ahead?
Have a blast with a kids costume party
Kids are special, aren't they? They get excited about the sweetest things and find enjoyment in all that we take for granted. You gotta love them for it.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta party
Cinco de Mayo began in Mexico, but that doesn't mean we Americans can't celebrate the holiday as well. The fifth of May is a time for friends to come together, relax and have a grand ol' time. It may not fall on a weekend this year, but so what? Try to indulge and have a blast anyway.
Celebrate adulthood with a big bar mitzvah bash
There comes a time in young Jewish boy or girl's life when they must step to the podium at their synagogue and read from torah in front of their close friends and family. Known as a bar or bat mitzvah, this requires years of study and months of intense preparation. At 13 years old, this can often be an intense experience.
Celebrate America with a patriotic party
Independence Day is still a few months away, but who says we can't honor our country anyway? Celebrating the USA can turn into a fun-filled evening spent with your closest friends. So get your thinking cap on and start planning the ultimate patriotic party!
Get ready for beach weather with a luau party
The sun has been beaming, and the outdoors is calling our name. We've been cooped up inside for far too long, and most of us are longing to get some sunshine.
Celebrate achievement with a graduation party
Graduation can be wonderful, but it can also be a scary experience. For years a student has made friends and adjusted to their surroundings. Whether or not someone is excited to move on to the new phase of their lives, the weeks and months leading up to commencement day is often filled with anticipation and anxiety.
Glow products bring your party to another dimension
What is it about glow products that make them so much fun?
Kids parties will be remembered for a lifetime
Think back to when you were a kid - don't you remember each and every birthday? While it may be hard to believe, it was during those days that most of us were simply ecstatic about becoming a year older. Instead of turning a shade of red when people asked us our age, we wanted to shout it from the rooftops. And the oldest person in the class usually won some unspoken competition, didn't they?
A college graduation party is an important rite of passage
College - it can be the best time in a person's life. For years we sit through classes, make new comrades and spend all-nighters with an extra large cup of coffee in front of us while hitting the books like a whiz.
Cinco de Mayo parties are great ways to ring in the spring
The height of the spring is approaching, which means that people will soon be longing to get out there and - what else - attend a party! And with May right around the corner, you can bet your bottom pesos that people are dying to don a fiesta hat and get invited to a Cinco de Mayo bash.
Throw a shagadelic '60s party and have a blast
Who doesn't love the '60s? The decade was a time for everyone to get into a groovy mood, let their hair down and have a ball. Love-ins and the peace sign were as popular as ever, while people were constantly donning tie-dyed shirts and playing tambourines. Without a doubt, it was the most colorful decade in history.
Birthday parties should be unique, exciting and fun
Everyone loves a good birthday party, but how can we make ours exciting? The standard birthday bash includes food, decorations and good conversation. But if you really want to take your shindig to the next level, what should you do?
High school graduation parties celebrate the end of an era
Do you remember the day you graduated high school? Most of us do. Memories of wearing a cap and gown, hearing the band play the first few bars of Pomp and Circumstance and seeing our parents wave to us from the bleachers never seem to escape us. As the years go on, we often turn our thoughts back to this moment in time and wax poetic about the feeling of being young and realizing the entire world was ours for the taking.
Birthday celebrations are important at any age
Is there anything better than having a birthday when you're young? As children, turning a year older signified something fantastic - we felt like little kings and queens for the day. Our schools often allowed us to pass around savory sweets, and, for many of us, small celebrations were held during class. When the weekend came, we would go bowling, horseback riding, painting or swimming with our best pals and family to mark the occasion.
Graduation parties honor hard work and achievement
Do you see the smile on the faces of students around the country? Look closer - after a few minutes you'll discover that people are walking to class or completing their homework while grinning from ear to ear.
A luau party will ring in the warm weather
Put down that snuggie - it's hot outside! The sun's rays are finally beating down on our foreheads, causing us to get a little giddy and making us feel great. The sensation of cold is getting harder and harder to remember, and images of snow, mittens and sleigh rides are now out of sight and firmly out of our minds.
Decade parties are fun, throwback celebrations
Stop and take a look around you - do you notice anything peculiar? Right now your clothing may seem stylish and your haircut may be sharp, but in 10 or 20 years from now, you could be chuckling at your current fashion choices.
Anniversary parties celebrate love and commitment
Love is in the air, can you feel it? Or better yet, can you hear it? The birds are chirping, happy couples are stealing sweet kisses from one another and wedding bells are chiming. The spring brings out our sentimental side and it seems like cupid is stinging unsuspecting souls with his arrow at every corner.
Disco parties can be funky and fun
There is some debate as to which decade of the millennium was the best. Some people believe it was the roaring '20s, when women would don flapper skirts and move to the Charleston. Others often pick the '50s, when poodle skirts were all the rage and the mashed potato was the dance of choice.
Graduation parties celebrate educational accomplishments
It's officially spring, which means that the warm air is on its way. Across the country people are putting away their heavy coats and digging into the back of their closets for light jackets and flip-flops. The higher temperature also tends to have a direct affect on people's moods - we seem happier and in a state of mind to celebrate something wonderful.
Make birthday parties easy with kids' party themes
Parents are often overwhelmed when it comes to planning their child's party. Many youngsters want to invite their entire class, which means that hosting a child's birthday party involves entertaining a mob of active children.
Birthday parties are fun, necessary occasions
Who likes getting older? Aside from young kids and teenagers who may wake up with a smile on their face when their birthday comes along, most of us are hesitant to add another year to our age. For many adults, the day circled on the calendar that marks our birthday often causes a wide range of emotions.
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are cherished, memorable events
While being a teenager isn't easy, there are still important milestones for them to experience. Events such as a first dance, first sports game or a high school graduation are all moments certain people may remember forever.
Cinco de Mayo parties celebrate the summer
Many Americans are overjoyed when the warm weather hits. Not only do they get to shed their drab winter garb in favor of light, spring garments and soak up the sunshine, but the longer days and pleasant evenings make us all feel as if we're on summer vacation.
Costume parties are perfect for children's birthdays
For many children, their birthday is the most anticipated day of the year. It's a chance to gather all of their friends and family together and make them the center of attention as they exalt in being one year older and wiser.
Novelties and toys create a festive party atmosphere
The warm, lazy days of summer are almost upon us, which means that many Americans have begun planning long weekends, beach vacations and barbecue parties. If you plan on throwing a bash between Memorial Day and Labor Day, make sure to include a few novelties and toys to keep guests happy and prevent the summertime blues.
Luau parties are perfect for spring
Spring has arrived. The sun is shining and the scent of flowers in bloom has begun to waft through the warm vernal breeze. For many people, this is their favorite time of year. Spring offers a fresh start and a welcome change of pace after the cold and dark winter months.
March Madness is upon us!
The results are in, and the NCAA bracket is up. That means only one thing - sports fans all around the country have begun to plan their meals, work and sleep schedules around their favorite team's slot in the tournament.
Celebrate education with a graduation party
Though graduates only have a few moments of glory when they walk across the stage on graduation day, the road to a degree is often paved with years of hard work and sacrifice - not to mention student loans.
Little girls love princess parties
For many parents, coming up with ideas for decorating a boy's birthday party is fairly simple. Crazy costumes? Check. Chocolate cake with insect-shaped gummy candy baked inside? Check. Dinosaur-printed table cloths? You're all set.
Don't slack on kids' birthday parties!
For most children, their birthday party is likely to be one of the most highly anticipated events of their year. Not only do youngsters absolutely love turning another year older, but they'll relish the opportunity to invite all of their friends and classmates to celebrate their big day with them.
Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner
There's a warm breeze in the air and the days are getting longer, which means that the summer months are approaching.
Movie parties can make you feel like a star!
Many film buffs wait with bated breath for Oscar night. The Academy Awards ceremony, which will take place this coming Sunday, March 7, is arguably the most influential night in the movie business.
Everyone is Irish on St Patrick's Day!
Spring is approaching, which means that that St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner! To make sure that you have the luck of the Irish this year, make sure to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style!
Make your daughter's Sweet 16 a night to remember
There are many mile markers in a young woman's life. From her first day of elementary school to the day that she graduate from college, a girl's parents will often document their daughter's journey to adult hood.
Celebrate your relationship with an anniversary party
"Our wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day." - Author Gene Perret
Decade party themes are always a blast!
Inviting friends over and putting out a few bowls of chips and dip is fine for lazy weekend afternoons, or a quick and casual get-together, but when you really want to throw a bash, decade party themes are an excellent way to ensure that everyone gets into the spirit of your shindig and comes prepared to party.
Top three Oscar party ideas
Whether you're a film buff who could write a thesis on Fellini, or just a casual moviegoer who enjoys a good popcorn flick, it's likely that you're planning to watch the Oscars this year.
Summer comes early at Luau parties!
March is right around the corner, which means longer, brighter days and warmer weather for most parts of the country. The pleasant weather and promise of summer is sure to put a bounce in almost everyone's step, so why not throw a luau party to celebrate the good things to come?
Go for the gold with an Olympics party
When watching the athletes slice through billows of powder on parabolic skis, or execute a perfect figure skating routine while on the ice, it's hard not to be inspired by their grace, agility and dedication.
Banish the winter blues with a disco party
The days are getting longer and the air has a hint of spring in it. If you're looking for a fun way to welcome the return of the warm weather, disco parties are a fun and amusing way to gather all of your friends together.
Host a golf party to celebrate the return of spring
For those who live in cold climates, the arrival of spring, which is just around the corner, offers the opportunity to get back to your favorite outdoor activities. For golfers, who often pine for the links when the snow begins to pile up, there are few things sweeter than seeing the green grass poke through the snow or ice covering their favorite golf course.
Disney parties make birthdays magical for children
When you're a child, your birthday is a much-anticipated event that seems like your own personal holiday. Not only do elementary-school aged students relish turning a year over, they also look forward to celebrating the day with their friends and classmates.
Easter parties usher in the spring!
Easter is many people's favorite holiday of the year. Not only is it a pastel-colored harbinger of spring, but it also allows for rabbit-shaped chocolates and other sweet, adorable confections.
It's time to start planning for St Patrick's Day!
Though Valentine's Day is right around the corner, it's never too early to start planning for your St Patrick's Day party!
Valentine's Day is almost here!
If the heart-shaped decorations, pink confections and endless jewelry commercials that are sure to have penetrated your daily life in recent weeks haven't been enough of a hint, then let us be the first to tell you that it's Valentine's Day!
It's not too late to celebrate Mardi Gras!
Mardi Gras is upon us! And, as if the annual event could get any more wild and carefree, the streets of New Orleans are also full of sports fans celebrating their Super Bowl win.
A True Blood party will thrill your guests
Vampires seem to be a veritable pop culture phenomenon. From "Twilight" to "The Vampire Diaries," there has been no shortage of references to the mythical creatures.
Home Fundraising for Haiti
Though volunteers have been pouring in to Haiti ever since news of the devastating earthquake broke, many Americans who would like to help are unable to leave their homes, jobs or families to lend a hand in person.
Anniversary parties allow others to share in your happiness
Anniversary parties are the perfect way to celebrate the milestones in your relationship as a couple. They bring together friends and family and allow others to share your joy and happiness.
Host a "Jersey Shore" party
When MTV's latest reality show, "The Jersey Shore," premiered, the nation was captivated by the likes of Snookie, the self-proclaimed princess of Poughkeepsie, and Mike "The Situation."
Mardi Gras traditions from around the globe
Mardi Gras as we know it, or "Fat Tuesday," is the celebration of excess and pleasures of the flesh before the traditionally somber Lenten season. However, for thousands of years, people have been ushering in the spring time and a new year with revelries and festivals. In fact, many of today's Mardi Gras celebrations stem from the traditional vernal parties.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is one of the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays, and is actually a festival that runs for over two weeks, starting on the first day of February and ending on the 15th.
Host a hope for Haiti party
The world was shocked when reports of the earthquake in Haiti first broke, and though it has been over a week since the catastrophic event, many people are still reeling.
Graduation parties bring together friends and family
Whether your loved one is celebrating their last day of kindergarten or their college graduation, it's important to celebrate their achievement with a graduation party.
LED sunglasses add glitz and glam to your party
Because the stretch of time between New Year's and St. Patrick's Day can seem to be a little lacking in fun, it's the perfect time to plan a party.
Birthday party ideas for all ages
Almost everyone loves their birthday. It's like a personal holiday that allows you to reflect on the past year and be grateful for the friends and family in your life. Of course, it's also a great reason to throw a party!
The History of Mardi Gras
When most people think of Mardi Gras, which literally translates as Fat Tuesday, they often have visions of masked revelers abandoning their sense of decorum and indulging all of their vices as they toss Mardi Gras beads, imbibe drinks and dance in the streets of New Orleans.
Go all out with Twilight decorations
The first step to creating a fun fete for Twilight fans is to pick up plenty of Twilight party supplies. Everything from plates to life size cardboard stand ups are available to make your shindig festive.
Celebrate the Winter Olympics with friends and family
The winter Olympics are right around the corner! These fun and festive games only happen once every four years, so make sure to celebrate the exciting event by throwing a winter Olympics kickoff party.
Go all out with Twilight decorations
The first step to creating a fun fete for Twilight fans is to pick up plenty of Twilight party supplies. Everything from plates to life size cardboard stand ups are available to make your shindig festive.
Go all out for the NFL playoffs
The NFL playoffs are finally here. (And you thought that the holiday season would never end!) But, before you invite friends and family over to watch some of the big games, make sure that you have all of the party supplies that you need, so you're not put to shame by your fellow sports-fans.
Now that the holiday season is behind us, Mardi Gras is the next enlivened celebration that is perfectly poised to bring us out of the winter doldrums.
Three steps to a great Valentine's Day party
Valentine's Day is traditionally a romantic holiday, but it also serves as the perfect opportunity to show all of your friends and loved ones exactly how much you care. Why not throw a giant Valentine's Day bash at your place so that everyone can get in on the happy holiday?
The Jersey Shore kids give Michael Cera a make-over
Cast mates on the Jersey Shore, the now-infamous reality show, quickly garnered legions of fans and tons of coverage in the press. The six party-happy housemates are constantly on the prowl and ready for a fight.
Marc Jacobs party: Wedding or not?
There was much speculation in the fashion world today that Marc Jacobs and his long-time boyfriend Lorenzo Martone had tied the knot when a picture surfaced of the pair wearing white and standing behind a wedding cake. It was rumored that the two had said their I-dos in St. Barths.
Golden Globes Trivia
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards are less than two weeks away, so Windy City Novelties has come up with a Golden Globe trivia game to get you fired up for the big day!
Christina Aguilera and Nicole Richie hosted New Year's Eve parties in Sin City
Because New Year's Eve is traditionally one of the glitziest holidays of the year, it makes sense that the stars would naturally flock to Las Vegas. There were many pre-planned events and celebrity-hosted parties to be had on the Sunset Strip, and two especially glamorous divas, Christina Aguilera and Nicole Richie, made an appearance in Sin City.
The Kardashian family throws a rowdy Christmas party
It seems like drama just follows the Kardashian clan around these girls can't catch a break, even during the holidays.
Jay-Z offers to plan Robbie Williams' wedding
Will Jay-Z be planning singer Robbie Williams' upcoming nuptials? According to ThePostZambia.com, when he heard of the engagement, the rapper told reporters that he would be happy to help the British pop star in his wedding planning.
Adam Lambert fixes Pamela Anderson's wardrobe malfunction on New Year's Eve
Using double-sided tape might now be on the top of Pamela Anderson's list of New Year's Resolutions. The actress was attending a party at Paramount Studios in Hollywood when she almost pulled a Janet Jackson sans sparkly pastie.
Kiefer Sutherland attends Legends Classic at Fenway
Kiefer Sutherland made it to Saturday's Legends Classic at Fenway, but the "24" star didn't exactly bring the party, according to the Boston Globe.
Alanis Morisette turns up at Katie Holmes' clothing line launch
It seems like Katie Holmes is always dressed to impress, even when Mrs. Tom Cruise is just grabbing a cup of coffee. Fans of the leading lady can now snag some of her superstar style by picking up a few pieces from her very own clothing line.
Heidi Klum, Jay-Z enjoy tunes at the Victoria's Secret After-party
What do celebrities dance to? Well, it turns out, the rich and famous rock out to pretty much the same tunes as the rest of us.
"The Real World" cast knows how to party
What happens when you put seven strangers in a bar and they stop being polite and start getting real? We're about to find out. Anyone who watched "The Real World" knows that there's one absolute requirement of all the cast mates: They need to know how to party.
Brooke Mueller parties in Aspen after incident with Charlie Sheen
Brooke Mueller, the wife of actor Charlie Sheen, has had a rough holiday season. Earlier this week reports surfaced that Mueller made a call to the police after Sheen allegedly threatened her with a gun.
Mary J. Blige shocks partygoers at "Stronger With Each Tear" release party
R&B singer Mary J. Blige is known for her take-charge attitude, but the star might have taken things a little too far at the launch party for her latest album, "Stronger with Each Tear."
The stars head to Sin City for New Years Eve
Forget star sightings, you can party with the rich and famous! Anyone who plans on spending New Years Eve in Las Vegas is in for a treat - there are plenty of celebrities who are slated to welcome in the new year from Sin City.
How are the stars ringing in 2010?
Just like the rest of us, some of Hollywood's biggest names are using the new year to turn over a new leaf. Jenny McCarthey told access Hollywood that her new year's resolution was to "Think in more positive thoughts," and Sam Rockwell said simply that he wanted to "Be a better person
John Gosselin, Heid Montag will appear at your bash for a price
Are you hoping to wow guests at your New Year's Eve party? If you're willing to drop some serious cash, you could add a few celebrity names to your guest list.
The British Fashion Awards draw Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss
The British Fashion Awards drew a well-dressed crowd, as always. This year, however, marked the 25th anniversary of the annual event, and guests seemed to step their fashion up a notch in honor of the occasion.
Real housewives to throw lavish New Year's Eve parties
Fans of the Bravo reality show "The Real Housewives" are likely to be familiar with the lavish shindigs and fundraisers that the ladies on the program like to organize.
The Jersey Shore cast members can be hired for parties
Would you love to party with the cast members of MTV's The Jersey Shore? Well now you can - for a price.
Mariah Carey spreads Christmas cheer in Aspen
While some celebrities spend the holidays partying in exotic locales, Mariah Carey made a point to spend time with neglected children in Aspen, Colorado. Carey's husband, singer Nick Cannon, accompanied the star.
Jake Gyllenhaal attends holiday party after break-up with Witherspoon
Though Jake Gyllenhaal is reported to be heartbroken after his break-up with actress Reese Witherspoon, Eonline.com has reported that the 29-year-old actor isn't hiding himself away for the holidays.
Wish guests "Slainte" at your best St. Patrick's Day Party ever
March is generally a tumultuous month for weather, with it being warm one minute and chilly the next.
Vanessa Hudgens celebrates her 21st birthday
Vanessa Hudgen's isn't in high school anymore! The actress just turned 21, and she had quite a birthday. Eonline.com reports the actress' boyfriend, "High School Musical" co-star Zac Efron, organized a surprise bash for the brunette beauty at East, and invited nearly 100 people.
The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts to host fundraiser
The L.A. Times reports that in response to the success of TV shows like "Glee," arts programs for high school students have begun to receive more attention and funding.
Kate Hudson hosts a holiday bash
Kate Hudson typically throws a Halloween party, but the newly-single actress apparently saw fit to host a star-studded holiday party this year as well.
Katie Price sparks divorce party trend
Divorce parties men and women marking the end of their marriages with as much pomp and circumstance as they celebrated them - have become a huge trend in recent months.
MLB players host back-to-back holiday parties
Brian Wilson, an MLB player for the San Francisco Giants, hosted a party in the Hollywood hills last night.
Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman dress it up to attend the "Nine" premiere
Fashionistas turned out in droves to attend the premiere party of Nine, a musical film that boasts an all-star cast and plenty of glitz and glam.
Celebrating 3 different landmark birthday parties
Birthday parties are always plenty of fun. Though they are, on the surface, about the birthday of a loved one, they're also life-affirming celebrations that allow friends and family the opportunity to express how much they care.
Derek Jeter and Will Forte lend their names to Make a Difference-NYC
Who says New Yorkers are cold? (Other than Red Sox fans?) Last night residents of the Big Apple demonstrated plenty of holiday spirit and good will toward their fellow man. More than 100 of the city's finest gathered together at the Aspen Social Club to help children in need, according to CNN.com
5 great graduation parties
A graduation is a milestone in an individual's life. Whether someone you love is graduating from pre-school or medical school, celebrate their big day with a festive graduation party.
The White House Christmas Party
The annual White House Christmas serves as a veritable who's who of the Washington elite, and reporters usually relish the opportunity to rub elbows with the people that make the news, according to politico.com.
Ring in the New Year with Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
If you plan on heading down to the Big Apple this New Year's Eve, some NYC nightclubs will be packed with celebrity guests and hosts.
7 Great Kid Birthday Party Ideas
Nothing gets children more excited than a birthday party particularly when it's their own. In order to make the event special and entertaining, choose a birthday party theme based on their interests and give them a birthday party they'll remember for years to come!
The top 5 ways to throw a great birthday party
Whether you're celebrating a big birthday or another drop in the bucket, birthday parties are a fun way to bring friends and family together.
The 3 must-haves for a Chinese New Year party
You know what's wrong with holidays? There's only one of them at a time. Well, that's not going to happen in 2010.
Top Five Surprise Birthday Party Ideas
Be it a graduation party, birthday party or an engagement celebration, a surprise party can be a wonderful way for you to show love and appreciation for the guest (or guests!) of honor. So popular that even Miley Cyrus had a surprise birthday party, such events can be customized for any personality or character. Here are five top surprise birthday party ideas:
Taylor Swift celebrates her 20th birthday
Taylor Swift just turned the big two-oh, and People.com reports that the songstress heralded celebrated the arrival of her twenties by giving out a few gifts of her own. Swift donated $250,000 to various schools around the U.S. that with which she has a connection.
Orlando Bloom and Gwyneth Paltrow turn out for La Mamounia's reopening
This weekend it was announced that Orlando Bloom proposed to his girlfriend Miranda Kerr while the couple was vacationing in Morocco over Thanksgiving. The two were visiting the exotic destination in honor of the reopening of La Mamounia, a luxurious and well known hotel in Marrakesh.
Top Five Surprise Birthday Party Ideas
Be it a graduation party, birthday party or an engagement celebration, a surprise party can be a wonderful way for you to show love and appreciation for the guest (or guests!) of honor. So popular that even Miley Cyrus had a surprise birthday party, such events can be customized for any personality or character. Here are five top surprise birthday party ideas:
Stars turn up at Christie's to support Save the Children (and score some bling)
Ricky Martin, Morgan Fairchild and Jessica Lange were among the big names that turned out to attend Christie's latest auction which featured a slew of vintage Bulgari jewels. The best part? All of the proceeds from the event went to benefit the Save the Children Foundation.
Tila Tequila among partgoers for Famous Stars and Straps party
Tila Tequila and her new fiancé Casey Johnson (heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune) made an appearance at the 10th anniversary party for drummer Travis Barker's clothing line, Famous Stars and Straps, according to the L.A. Times.
Celebrate Mardi Gras in style!
After you've thrown out all of the crumpled holiday wrapping paper and swept up the last of the New Year's Eve confetti, things tend to quiet down and life returns to business as usual.
Music's biggest names show up for Vevo launch party
They may be rivals on the Billboard charts, but Taylor Swift and Rihanna looked pretty chummy at the launch party for Vevo, a new video website.
Amnesty International hosts top secret party
The human rights group Amnesty International hosted a secret party over the weekend in Washington, D.C. At the event, Bruce Springsteen was presented with a Kennedy Center honor.
Jenny McCarthy attends the largest elf party ever!
Fans of the movie Elf will be familiar with the concept of a grown person dressed as one of Santa's little helpers and just how funny the costume can be.
Jennifer Aniston throws holiday bash
This past weekend Jennifer Aniston rang in some holiday cheer by hosting a private party. Close friends and employees of Jennifer Aniston were treated to a five-star shindig at the actress' own home in Beverly Hills this past Sunday.
Throw a Jersey Shore party to beat the winter blues
This weekend the new MTV reality show Jersey Shore made its two-hour debut. Fans of the Real World will recognize the premise eight strangers forced to cohabitate and hold down a job with cameras watching their every move. However, on Jersey Shore the cast members are situated in a beach house right on the states coast?, and all seven are Italian American.
Fashionable bridesmaid dresses and electronic gifts two wedding trends for 2010
12/7/2009 Bill Crotty
So what should brides-to-be expect for the New Year? According to wedding experts there are a few trends to keep in mind during your wedding planning.
5 unique party themes from the 2009 NFL season for your Super Bowl party
Super Bowl XLIV is coming to Land Shark Stadium in Miami this year after a season filled with redemption, a celebration of history, and questionable coaching calls.
Make your Christmas green this year
Christmas is a time of togetherness and giving, but unfortunately it can also be a time of excess. As we purchase gifts (which will be wrapped in paper) and make endless trips to malls and shopping centers, it seems like everyone's carbon footprint expands during the month of December.
Celebrate National Cookie Day with a Christmas cookie party
Everyone has a favorite type of cookie. Whether you prefer snickerdoodles, sugar cookies, chocolate chip oatmeal bars or coconut macaroons, there is no better day to indulge your sweet tooth than December 4, the much-anticipated National Cookie Day.
Serve seasonal drinks at your holiday party
Specialty cocktails are an essential part of a festive holiday party, but chocolate or green apple-flavored drinks have become a little routine.
Have a Christmas wrapping party
After you've spent hours hunting bargains, comparison shopping and trying to remember your nephew's shoe size, having to spend more time wrapping your presents can feel like too much of a chore.
Make birthday parties special despite the holiday season
Kids look forward to their birthday parties for months. For those with a birthday that falls within the holiday season, it can be difficult to find enough time and energy to create a unique party. Everyone deserves for their big day to be special!
Host an ugly Christmas sweater party
The holidays are a great time to reconnect with friends and family, but traditional Christmas parties can become a little rote. If you're bored with hot chocolate and jingle bells, consider hosting a more creatively themed Christmas party to put some cheer back in your holiday season.
Find the perfect cake for your wedding day
The wedding cake is like the delicious finale to your wedding reception. The stress of the day is almost over, and everyone is waiting to see if you trade delicate bites or go for the cake in the face. (We recommend skipping that particular tradition.)
Keep kids busy this winter with Christmas crafts
Homemade Christmas ornaments are a great way to personalize your Christmas tree, and in the years to come you'll treasure the Christmas crafts that your children made when they were little.
Christmas traditions engage the little ones
12/2/2009 Dave Ullmann
Weekends during the holiday season can be jam-packed and stressful. If you need to find ways to keep kids busy during the Saturdays leading up to Christmas, plan out a few crafts.
Host a "Yankee swap" party this holiday season
If you're searching for an economical way to host a festive Christmas party, look no further than a Yankee swap party.
Wrap your Christmas gifts in style
You put a lot of thought into your gifts, so wrap them carefully. There are plenty of ways to be creative while gift wrapping. You can chose one paper or pattern that you love and wrap all of your gifts in that, or let the wrapping correspond to each unique item.
How to pick the perfect gift
Everyone has someone on their list that's difficult to buy for. Whether they're a Scrooge or just don't like asking for specific items, it can be frustrating to brainstorm gift ideas for certain friends and family members.
Herald the holiday season with classic movies
As soon as Thanksgiving is over, the frenzy of holiday shopping and parties begins to take hold. If you need a breather from all of the hustle and bustle, pop in a few feel-good classics to revive you holiday spirit.
Pick the perfect wedding ring
11/25/2009 Bill Crotty
An estimated one-third of diamond purchases for the year happen in December. If you're planning on heading to the jewelry counter this month to pick up a wedding ring, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure that you're getting a great deal.
11/24/2009 Bill Crotty
This morning CNN.com reported on a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, which suggests that Black Friday shopping will jump by more than 16 percent this year.
Host an Oprah party
Is the queen of day-time talk shows really calling it quits? It might be hard to believe, but Oprah Winfrey seems to be throwing in the towel.
Secret Santa can make Christmas more affordable
Once Thanksgiving is over, we all turn our mind to the up-coming holidays. Figuring out a present for everyone on your list can be stressful, time consuming and expensive. Because many families are planning on a modest holiday season in light of the recession, consider planning out a secret Santa gift exchange while you have everyone together for Thanksgiving.
Everyone looks forward to the Thanksgiving meal, but sometimes it takes longer than anticipated to get everything on the table. If you're worried about staving off hungry relatives, make sure to have a few Thanksgiving-style appetizers on hand. (And a safe room, just in case.)
11/20/2009 Dave Ullmann
The window between the last bite of stuffing and the first forkful of pumpkin pie is the perfect time to plan a family game.
Be the perfect Thanksgiving guest
Hosting a Thanksgiving meal is stressful. Hosts must plan out how to fit dozens of guests around one giant table and keep them all fed and happy for a day of family togetherness - a task mush easier said than done.
Set a kitsch kids table this Thanksgiving
11/19/2009 Dave Ullmann
Thanksgiving is a holiday that's all about family and togetherness, but many families have the tradition of designating a kids table for the little ones. (And isn't time slightly out from under adult supervision when many of the best childhood memories are made?) If you separate out the youngsters, make sure to keep their Thanksgiving festive by setting a kid-themed table.
What to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers
Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Our tables will soon be laden with different varieties of green bean casseroles, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and Brussels sprots and, of course, the turkey. While all that bounty is a sight to behold, our eyes are often bigger than our stomachs.
Pick the wedding photographer that's right for you
Picking a photographer is an essential step during the wedding planning process. Wedding photos are how you immortalize your big day, and you'll treasure them for years to come. Consider your options carefully, and don't settle on a sub-par photographer - it's worth making room in the budget for such an important part of the wedding.
Don't stress when hosting your first Thanksgiving
It can be stressful to put together your first Thanksgiving feast. Making sure that you have enough room for all of your guests, counting up plates, cups and knives and trying to remember your mom's recipe for candied yams can make the event seem more like a stress-inducing chore than a family celebration.
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Simpsons
11/17/2009 Dave Ullmann
Do you really need an excuse to watch The Simpsons? We didn't think so. But just in case you did, host a Simpsons viewing party in honor of the show's 20th anniversary. (The much-loved cartoon just surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest running American primetime entertainment series.)
Host a casino night
A casino party is a great way to get friends together for a night of fun. Invite everyone over and let the chips fall where they may
Money-saving tips for your wedding
Don't let the expense of your wedding interfere with your enjoyment of the big day! Make sure to plan out exactly what you can afford to spend, and then stick to your budget.
Next week is national family week, what better way to celebrate than with a family night?
11/16/2009 Dave Ullmann
Get the whole gang together (including extended family if they live close by) and make a simple meal. Don't feel the need to go overboard - that stress-inducing Thanksgiving feast is close enough! Just make something simple like a pasta dish or baked chicken and veggies. Make a lot so that everyone can take left-overs home with them, or pack extras for lunch the next day.
Just say no to canned jelly this Thanksgiving
11/13/2009 Dave Ullmann
Before you even think about cracking open a can of jellied cranberry sauce, consider trying your hand at a homemade version of the classic side dish.
Yoga can calm kids and give parents (inner) peace
11/13/2009 Dave Ullmann
After the freedom of the long summer months, spending a winter indoors with energetic youngsters can be a daunting task.
Offer guests options with your wedding registry
Are you a little stumped about what gifts to ask for in your wedding registry? The registry is an important part of wedding planning, and is also a great opportunity to outfit your new home with some basic home goods.
Get kids outside to enjoy the Fall weather
Though the days are already shorter, the fall air is still crisp and invigorating. Take advantage of time off from school and work to get kids outside and enjoy what's left of autumn.
Serve the perfect mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving
Who says the turkey deserves center stage? Potatoes have long been relegated to the role of perennial side dish, but with these tips your mashed potatoes will have guests begging for seconds and thirds.
Martha Stewart shows you how to set a stylish table this Thanksgiving
11/11/2009 Dave Ullmann
Ho-hum turkey decorations bringing you down? Shake things up this year by setting an ultra-chic table.
A Disney-themed party will keep kids entertained
11/11/2009 Dave Ullmann
Some movies get dated with time, but it seems like classic Disney films always have something to offer. That's especially true for little kids, who might not have seen all of the staples in a Disney-lovers DVD collection.
Khloe Kardashian agrees, elegant white bouquets have a clean, classic look
11/10/2009 Bill Crotty
Khloe Kardashian is among a host of other celebs to get in on the all-white wedding flowers craze.
Eco-friendly Zen, declutter your space during America Recycles Day
November 15 is America Recycles Day. Though there are some pretty obvious ways to mark the occasion, they don't all have to involve sorting cardboard and plastic or a trip to your local bottle return site.
Martha Stewart's Thanksgiving set-up list
The hustle and bustle of the Thanksgiving meal gives hosts plenty to be stressed out about. Keeping guests entertained while timing it so that eight or nine different dishes are all finished at the same exact time is no easy task.
Let National Novel Writing Month be the motivation you need
"Everyone has at least one novel in them," is a sentiment often espoused by writers. November is National Novel Writing Month, so use this as an excuse to get your great American novel down on paper.
Offset hunger in your community this Thanksgiving
As Thanksgiving approaches, many families are preparing for the excess and feasting typically associated with the holiday season. This can also be a time to remember that many Americans are struggling to make ends meet this year. Next week marks National Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week, so get a few friends together and brainstorm ways to do your part.
Celebrate national aviation month
November marks national aviation history month, and it seems like aeronautic nostalgia is in the air.
Green wedding course helps couples plan sustainable weddings
11/6/2009 Bill Crotty
Many couples are worried about the impact that their wedding will have on their budget, but environmentally-conscious wedding planners might also consider the effect that their big day will have on the planet.
Show off your culinary chops with bold dishes
Are you already bored with ho-hum winter casseroles? November 8 is Cook Something Bold Day, so take advantage of the holiday and plan a fancy and unusual feast to wake-up your taste buds.
Celebrate Veterans Day with a red white and blue party
November 11 marks Veterans Day, a day intended to honor those who have served in the American military services.
Bright accents make winter weddings cheerful
Don't let drab weather affect your big day! When planning your winter wedding, keep things simple. Choose a neutral color palate like white or cream and add bold punches of color with accents. The pretty accessories will make the reception cheerful.
Make an authentic Thanksgiving meal
11/5/2009 Dave Ullmann
Want to teach kids about the original Thanksgiving? If days off from school and endless desserts aren't enough to pique their interest in the history of the holiday, make an authentic Thanksgiving meal like the pilgrims enjoyed.
Celebrate (and mourn) Mad Men season three with a finale party
Fans of Mad Men will tune into their favorite program with a heavy heart this Sunday, which marks the 12th and final installment of the critically-acclaimed show's third season.
New twists on classic Thanksgiving desserts
11/4/2009 Dave Ullmann
You don't have to give up the Turkey to make your Thanksgiving meal a little less predictable. Use the dessert course as an opportunity to try a few new takes on the classic treats.
Make your centerpiece festive with seasonal touches
Autumn is upon us and Thanksgiving is approaching, so take advantage of seasonal items around you to create a unique and memorable centerpiece for your holiday meals.
Remember, remember the fifth of November
November 5 marks Guy Fawkes Day, the celebration of the radical British activist who was involved in the Gunpowder Plot, a plan to destroy the British parliament building in 1605. When the plot was uncovered by the British government, Fawkes was executed.
Let kids make their own cornucopia
A cornucopia is as old school as a Thanksgiving turkey, but let kids put their own spin on the traditional Horn of Plenty for a craft that they'll be proud of.
Create your own Thanksgiving theme
A lot of work goes into your Thanksgiving meal, so dress your table up to match the occasion. Party decorations don't have to be traditional to make the meal memorable.
Be literary for National Author's Day
11/3/2009 Bill Crotty
November 1 marks National Authors Day, so throw a bash to celebrate your favorite wordsmiths.
Real style doesn't have to cost a fortune
For brides that want to make a dramatic entrance without a hefty price tag, a new trend in bridal wear might be just the ticket. This season, brides are loading up on costume jewelry to top off their dresses without added expense.
Give your Thanksgiving a soundtrack
Need a few ideas to keep the peace during your Thanksgiving meal? Forgo the cornucopia and create your own horn of plenty - hook up your iPod to an iHome or speaker and place it in the middle of the table as a centerpiece. Decorate it with fake leaves or paper turkeys and treat your guests to an interactive center piece.
Host Vegetarian Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is about reveling in togetherness, so don't let dietary restrictions keep you and your guests apart.
Spice up your meal with sweet potato treats
11/2/2009 Bill Crotty
Did you know that November is National Sweet Potato month? With all of the holiday parties and family gatherings, it won't be too difficult to find reasons to make a few sweet (or savory) treats out of these delectable seasonal vegetables.
Three classic ideas for a winter wedding
11/2/2009 Bill Crotty
This winter, wedding planners seem to be harking back to a classic, elegant style. Bring a few traditional touches to your wedding for a trend-free event that you and your guests will remember for years to come.
Create your own Halloween candy
Bored with traditional Halloween candies? Make your own unique sweet treats to tempt trick-or-treaters and wow party-goers.
Howl at the Moon (or just have a party)
10/27/2009 Bill Crotty
Did you know that today is National Howl at the Moon Night? In honor of this unique holiday, grab a few friends and host a classic werewolf movie marathon. (Actual howling is optional.)
Sinfully delicious poison apples
If you're feeling a little witchy this Halloween, consider conjuring up a batch of poisoned apples to tempt and delight kids and adults alike. Martha Stewart offers a recipe for decadent candy apples that offer a delicious alternative to traditional Halloween candy.
Theme your Halloween party
Make your Halloween party decorations especially unique by picking a theme.
Martha Stewart's tin can pumpkins
Pumpkin patch picked-over? Don't settle for bad gourds, be creative and use what you have on hand to make an innovative and sustainable jack o'lantern. Martha Stewart suggests using old coffee cans and soup cans to create these unique (and reusable) Halloween decorations.
Ensemble costumes, the more the merrier
Do you have a big group going out this Halloween? With a little convincing you can get everyone in on a last-minute group costume that's sure to turn heads.
Get inspired by popular wedding planning shows
Just in case there weren't enough wedding shows, WE TV is planning one more to help you manage your wedding party planning.
New wedding ring styles that fit everyone's budget
10/22/2009 Bill Crotty
A lot of details go into planning the big day, but picking out a wedding ring is a decision that you have to live with for the rest of your life - literally. You'll wear your ring everyday, so it should be something that matches your personality and reflects your own personal style.
Americans go big for Halloween despite recession
10/22/2009 Bill Crotty
Everyone knows that we're in a recession, but Time magazine reports that consumer spending is higher than ever when it comes to Halloween costumes and party decorations. In fact, Halloween sales are predicted to reach a record-breaking $6 billion this year, up 4.2 percent from last 2008.
Show your mp3 pride on national iPod day
10/22/2009 Bill Crotty
October 23 marks national iPod day - don't let it slip by un-celebrated. Not every electronic device can appeal equally to hipsters, jocks and your 9-year-old sister.
Minnesota dentists warn certain candies cause tooth decay
10/21/2009 Bill Crotty
Are your candy bowls full and waiting for trick-or-treaters? Consider picking up some sweet treats that won't cause cavities this year.
Down to the wire, hot Halloween trends
With this weekend marking the start of the Halloween festivities, the pressure is on to come up with a great costume. Here are a few ideas that are sure to be popular this season.
A record-breaking day
10/20/2009 Bill Crotty
November 9 marks the annual Break a Guinness World Record Day, so what are you waiting for? Start organizing now to get your name in the record books.
Go back in time, have a Donny Darko Halloween party
It's official. Enough time has passed for Donny Darko, the subculture phenomenon of 2001, to be fresh again. (Not that we ever stopped loving the movie, which stars Jake Gylenhaal and is set in the late '80s.)
Celebrate Make a Difference Day, make giving back a habit
10/20/2009 Bill Crotty
October 24 marks national make a difference day. Created by USA Weekend Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.
Throw an elegant Halloween party
Halloween has a reputation for being one of the cheesiest holidays. From the Monster Mash soundtrack to fake fangs, it's always fun to get caught up in the more tongue-in-cheek aspects of the holiday.
Paint the Perfect Pumpkin
It's almost Halloween, but don't panic if you haven't carved your pumpkin yet. There is still plenty of time left.
All ages can enjoy national teen read week
10/19/2009 Bill Crotty
This week is national teen read week, so use it as an excuse to pull out a few old favorites from the book shelf and pass them on to a teen you know. If you have teenagers living in your household, encourage them to invite friends over for a book swap. Ask all of your guests to bring books they've already read to trade-in for new page-turners.
Celebrate world food day with some delicious dishes
Today is world food day, but any day is the perfect time to cook up some world-cuisine and invite friends over. Either pick one of your favorite exotic dishes and make it yourself, or invite everyone to bring some of their preferred foods over.
Host a star-gazing party in honor of astronomy day
In honor of astronomy day, host a star-gazing party this weekend. If you live far away from city lights, set up chairs in your backyard and invite friends over after sunset.
Unique wedding favors make lasting keepsakes
You'll always look back on your wedding, but make it a truly memorable experience for guests by being creative with your wedding favors.
Make your own mulled cider and wine for a cold-weather treat
To add a seasonal touch to your next party, consider making your own mulled cider and wine when you do your party planning. If you own a crock pot or slow cooker, it's incredibly easy.
Create an autumn scrapbook
Fall means back to school, changing leaves and Halloween. If you love the fall, document each step of the season by creating an autumn scrap book.(Seasons are a great way to break up photo albums and scrapbooks, because they make it easy to keep a consistent theme.)
Make your own haunted house
Kids love Halloween, and a great way to get them into the spirit of the holiday is to help them set up a haunted house for their friends.
Have a clothing swap party
Want to throw a party with built-in party favors? Consider hosting a clothing swap. Most of us have closets full of clothing that we don't like, never wear, or don't fit into. A clothing swap is a sustainable, cheap and charitable solution to clothing-overload.
Warm up for the season with a pre-holiday celebration
As soon as Halloween's over, we all tend to fall victim to the hectic schedules and long to-do lists of the holiday season. If the office parties, family get-togethers and shopping trips will cut into your time with friends, consider hosting a pre-holiday party to squeeze in one last shindig before the madness hits.
Create a creepy cake and wow your guests
Want to spice up your treats this Halloween? Here are a few creative cake ideas to help you bake a creepy confection that your guests will love.
Host your own Oktoberfest
It's October! What better way to celebrate the beautiful foliage and crisp air than by hosting an Oktoberfest at your house?
Create your own cornucopia for the perfect autumn center piece
Wow your guest at your next party with some truly authentic table decorations. The cornucopia, sometimes called the horn of plenty, has been around thousands of years. The decoration stems from a Greek myth, and cornucopias typically represent plentiful times.
Pick the perfect wedding cake
When it comes to planning your wedding, shouldn't the cake be, well, a cake walk? Unfortunately, the delicious finale to your reception often causes a lot of headaches. When deciding what style, flavor and size cake would best suit your wedding, take a deep breath and weigh your options.
Newspaper mummy adds fun to a Halloween bash
A mummy can be the ultimate party decoration - use it to add ambiance to your Halloween party or hide it in unexpected places, like a bathroom or coat closet, to give guests a fright.
Get ready for Halloween with an '80s party
In the mood to throw a great party, but not ready to pull out the pumpkins and chocolate just yet? Get everyone warmed up for Halloween by hosting an '80s night at your place.
Creative couple costumes for Halloween
10/9/2009 Bill Crotty
Dressing as a couple is a relationship milestone. If you and your significant other plan on taking the plunge this Halloween, make sure to do it with style and creativity. Here are a few ideas for couples who plan on coordinating their costumes.
Glow sticks and party favors sure to wow trick-or-treaters
Sick of handing out fun-sized candy bars on fright night? A great way to stand out from your neighbors is to hand out Halloween party favors, like green or orange glow sticks, glow necklaces, or glow bracelets. (Not only are glow products festive, they can also be a safety feature. The light-up party favors make trick-or-treaters easier to spot on roads and sidewalks when it gets dark out.)
Vamp up your Halloween Party
You don't have to be a die-hard Twilight fan to have fun at a vampire-themed Halloween party.
Eat better with your friends
October is eat better, eat together month, so what better excuse to break bread with some friends and enjoy a healthy meal?
Make your wedding special with age-old customs
If you're feeling a little stumped about how to make your wedding unique and memorable, dig back into the past to find a wedding custom that resonates with you. Every culture does weddings a bit differently, so there are plenty of traditions to chose from.
A meat-free meal could be better than you think
October 1 marked world vegetarian day, but even if you're a hard-core carnivore it can be fun to craft a meat-free meal.
Pop up some fun this fall
Did you know that October is national popcorn popping month? Use that as an excuse to eat more than usual of the nutritious and delicious snack.
Beat the rainy day blues
Though beautiful fall days afford us plenty of opportunities to enjoy the changing leaves and the last of the warm weather, being stuck inside during an autumn storm isn't always fun. If you're stumped for ways to entertain kids when the weather turns bad, try out a few new activities to keep them stimulated.
Halloween Trends for 2009
Are you still stumped for a Halloween costume?
A pizza party won't break the bank
If you love dinner parties but don't want to shell out hundreds of dollars to create a feast for your friends, there are a few affordable and fun ways to feed your guests without breaking the bank.
Make your wedding BYOD: bring your own dress
10/5/2009 Bill Crotty
Best friends rejoice! The days of fluffy pink taffeta bridesmaids dresses might be behind us. A new, welcome trend in weddings for this winter is allowing your bridesmaids to pick their own wedding ensemble, based on your guidelines.
Kardashian weds in Vera Wang, designers offer variety of options this winter
Vera Wang, one of the most sought after wedding gown designers, has created a one-of-a-kind wedding gown for Khloe Kardashian, of Keeping up with the Kardashians fame. Fans will be able to see the dress in the wedding episode of Kardashian's new reality series, Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami.
Carve the perfect pumpkin
You don't have to be an artist to have the best jack o'lantern in town - be the envy of all your neighbors with these tips from the Halloween experts.
Party for Favre?s return to Green Bay
If you have friends on both sides of the field for this Monday's Vikings vs. Packers game, don't sweat it - if Favre can keep his emotions in check, so can they. Instead of spending the night at a high-priced sports bar, recession-proof this football season by doing a little party planning. Have some friends over to your place, kick back, serve up some snacks and enjoy the show.
This Halloween, skip the sugar but not the treats
10/2/2009 Dave Ullmann
Treats are essential to the spirit of Halloween, but when you're surrounded by candied apples, pumpkin cookies and grocery store shelves lined with fun-sized chocolate bars, it's easy to overindulge. If you'd rather avoid sugar-overload this year, try out a few healthy but festive options.
Impress your guests with a fall feast
Apple-picking season is here, and what better way to celebrate than by adding a few autumnal touches to your next fete? If you plan on throwing a fancy dinner party, skip the e-vites and impress your guests with a beautiful fall-themed invitation. Choose an orange or gold card and place a pressed leaf into each envelop before slipping them in the mail.
Modern day mad men (and women)
The third season of Mad Men, AMC's critically-acclaimed drama, is finally underway. One way to welcome the latest episodes of the under-the-radar, slightly-hipster show, is, you guessed it, a Mad Men themed party.
Celebrate the fruits (and vegetables) of fall
Give your decorative gourds and pumpkins a little more flavor by getting the kids to put a personal spin on their favorite fall fruits and vegetables.
Show your school spirit
The fall sport season has officially kicked off, so show support for your favorite school team by hosting a spirit party.
Host a viewing party for your little monsters and aliens
Round up your favorite creatures to celebrate the DVD release of Monsters vs Aliens with a viewing party.
Have fun being frugal
Now that lemonade stand season is winding down, a savings party may be a good way to teach the kids how to manage their hard-earned fortunes.
Host a food drive fete
Get the kids excited about giving back by organizing a neighborhood food drive.
Dig up the garden in a delicious way
Fall means it's time to enjoy the last of the fruits of your labor, but cold weather doesn't mean you have to retire your green thumb. Say goodbye to your garden by hosting a home harvest party.
Host a spooky sleepover
Get the kids in the mood for Halloween by holding a backyard sleepover.
Get crafty planning your next party
If you can't find enough hours in the day to practice proper etiquette when you're planning your next party, get the kids on board for a card design session.
Host a mini business party
Teach your little ones the benefits of a successful business by hosting a bake and craft sale in your front yard.
Throw a bonfire bash
Dig out your flannels and fleece and spend a night enjoying the cool fall weather by hosting a backyard bonfire.
Award your own superstars
9/23/2009 Bill Crotty
'Tis the season for over-the-top, celebrity-ridden award shows, so why not give the kids a self-esteem boost by hosting one in your own home?
Hold a Premier Pop Quiz
Now that fall's favorite shows are premiering this week, you can bring your friends together to test their TV knowledge.
Party in a picked-up park
Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named this Saturday, September 26 National Public Lands Day. Show some love for your favorite local spot by hosting a park appreciation party.
Ditch your boring dishes with a fall pottery party
Get your friends and their kids together and revamp your cupboards with a fall pottery party.
Host a Hispanic Heritage fiesta
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation has named September as Hispanic Heritage Month, so give your next party a little Latin flavor.
Celebrate World Heart Day
The World Heart Federation has named Sunday, September 27 its tenth annual World Heart Day, giving you the opportunity to promote heart health with a party.
Turn fall decorating into a bash
Take a new spin on window stickers by getting the kids on board for a fall decorating party.
Beat out boring meals with a fall recipe swap
If you're bored by burgers or can't stand another night of chicken and frozen vegetables, a fall recipe swap may help you and your friends bring some variety back to the table.
Welcome Hank Moody back into your home
After an off-season filled with Duchovny drama, Californication returns to Showtime this Sunday, September 27, offering a great opportunity to bring fellow fans together for a viewing party.
Have a Fame-ous fete
If your kids can't wait for the release of the Fame remake to come out next Friday, September 25, you might consider throwing them a party to prepare.
Get out of your fall funk
If you're having trouble appreciating the season's changing colors and dropping temperatures of the season and longing for a getaway, you can fight fall by hosting a beach party in your own home.
Fight the cold with a fall craft party
We'll all be keeping a close eye on our thermostats during cold weather, but staying warm and busy as the seasons change doesn't have to cost a fortune. Find new ways to keep friends and family cozy by hosting a fall craft making party.
Turn teacher appreciation into a party
If you relish the hours before 3 pm, rally the kids to show some love for their favorite teachers during Educator Appreciation Week September 29-October 7.
Award yourself with an Emmy viewing party
The stars book their beauty teams months in advance to prepare for the Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday, but throwing your own viewing party doesn't have to be a big to-do.
Get your neighborhood moving
The YMCA has teamed up with the America On the Move Foundation to promote America On the Move Week September 20-27, providing a great opportunity to rally your family and neighborhood to get going.
Make yourself over for fall
The end of summer may mean your tan has faded, but that doesn't mean you have to look drab.
Get cozy with coffee
If you're chilly enough to trade in your iced coffee for a hot drink but the price of luxury lattes makes you cringe, consider hosting a caffeine concoction party.
Rake in the fun
Fall means a yard full of leaves, but cleaning them up doesn't have to be such a chore.
Host your own VMA do-over
MTV may producers wish they could have the opportunity to redo a few moments of Sunday's Video Music Awards (VMAs). Unfortunately, the show's airing has come and gone, but that doesn't mean you can't recreate the night in your own home.
Hold a Patrick Swayze tribute party
Consider inviting your friends over for a Swayze movie marathon to commemorate the actor's career and celebrate his life's work.
Celebrate the return of a diva
If Whitney Houston's appearance on Oprah today leaves you longing to be a high-maintenance maven, a Whitney-party can help you resurrect the 80s icon's glory days.
Have fun staying healthy
This fall, health risks range from the common cold to the H1N1 virus, but integrating healthy choices into your familys routine doesnt have to be a chore.
Host an indoor harvest
While this summers weather may have us enjoying Indian corn instead of Indian summer, there are several great ways to capitalize on falls best offerings without going near a tractor.
Rock out in your living room
If your addiction to the new Beatles-themed Rock Band has your friends wondering where youve been, having a rocker-themed party can help you re-enter society without straying too far from your favorite groovy game.
Make sure you're not fashionably late
Not all of us have the liberty of calling Rachel Zoe when we can't decide whether to buy heeled or flat boots this fall, but keeping up with this season's latest fashions without a pricey celebrity stylist can be easier with the help of a few friends.
Throw a Bavarian Bash
Baseball season is winding down, which means the availability of heaps of hot dogs and sausages drowning in your favorite toppings will soon become slim. Luckily, Oktoberfest is fast approaching, and throwing a Bavarian-themed fete can help you get your frankfurter fix without a trip to the Fatherland.
Relive your dreams from the couch
Remember the day you realized you couldn't fly or carry on a conversation with woodland creatures? If adult life is feeling a little too heavy, a Disney viewing party may be just what you need to lighten up.
Prepare to party
If your "in case of emergency" plan could use an update, there's no better time than the present to channel your inner Boy Scout.
A great "pick" for fall
9/9/2009 Dave Ullmann
Apple-picking season is upon us, but the fun doesn't have to stop as soon as you load up sacks upon sacks of your most prized Macintosh or Red Delicious varieties.
Have a girl's night in with Melrose Place
If you can't wait for the next Sex and the City film but are craving a girlie night full of gossip and high fashion, it might be time to have the ladies over to catch the new episodes of Melrose Place.
RomCom marathon party
With the new film All About Steve opening today, fans of romantic comedies may be running out to get in line for the latest Sandra Bullock offering in the movie theater.
Stressed? Have a party and scream about it
Given the weakened economy as well as the poor job market, it may be safe to say that there is a fair amount of stress out there.
Thumb war tournament
Competition is in the air.
Wedding trend: Having a best woman
In the past, some grooms agonized over their choice for a best man, mainly because their best friend was of the wrong gender.
Get out the school colors for college football
For some fans, NFL players just don't cut it. Instead, they prefer the student athletes playing college football, particularly since even some of the best players may go on to lead "regular" lives after school.
Backyard football challenge
Sometimes it's more fun to play a game instead of watching professionals do it on television.
More couples replacing wedding favors with charitable donations
Instead of giving wedding guests a parting gift, some newlywed couples are offering charitable donations to organizations they care deeply about.
Gather friends for a music discovery party
Music enthusiasts are always looking for new bands, so why not get everyone together to share their resources?
Celebrate the new show 'Glee' with your singing friends
On Wednesday, September 9, Fox will debut a new show titled Glee, a one hour comedy about high school students trying to get their small glee club off the ground.
Does it float?
Most young children are naturally curious and one of the things they may ask repeatedly is "Does it float?"
Extreme stunts party with safety on the side
Thanks to a new documentary in theaters that was released last weekend, kids may be more excited than usual about attempting tricks on their skateboards and bikes.
MP3 shuffle activity for dinner parties
A recent note that was spread around Facebook involving putting a person's MP3 player on shuffle may be a good dinner party activity, especially for guests who are more musically inclined than others.
Welcome the fall season with fun backyard games
Though the summer is still here for a couple more weeks, some party planners may be gearing up for the upcoming season and trying to figure out how to welcome the fall.
Host a drawing exhibit for kids
Just about every child loves to take a marker or a pen and draw some sort of picture on a blank piece of paper.
Football rivalry party
It's bound to happen at some point during the regular football season where there are two teams that play each other, and your friends are split down the middle in terms of loyalty.
Separating the adults and kids
Inevitably, as you get older, your friends are going to have kids and they are going to show up at your house party.
Football tailgating necessities
As the regular football season comes into focus, it will soon be time for fans and spectators alike to pack up the car and tailgate.
Throw a Favre-watching party for Green Bay game
The minute the news broke about quarterback Brett Favre coming out of retirement again to play for the Minnesota Vikings, fans everywhere flocked to their computers to see when the matchup against Green Bay would be.
Back-to-school supply party
According to various news reports, more families this year are looking for ways to save money on back-to-school supplies because of the weakened economy.
Enjoy the summer night with a stargazing party
Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial end of the summer, is looming in the distance, which may inspire some to squeeze out some more carefree fun before the leaves start turning color.
Get the football fans together for an NFL party
With the regular football season nearly here, it may be good to start planning your first NFL-watching party for you and your friends.
Empty bottle orchestra
Sometimes it's the simplest party activity that can be the most fun.
Summer's last blast: Labor Day party
It's time to say goodbye to the summer with a traditional Labor Day party that will bring you and your closest friends and family members together for one last blast.
Old school recess games for outdoor party
In a world where the fashion from the past is creeping into the mainstream, it only seems natural to reach back to one's childhood for fun party activities.
Married bride party
After the big wedding day, most brides take the dress they wore and place it in storage with the idea that it will never be worn again.
Vintage G.I. Joe toy party
Recently, the film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was released in the theaters, much to the delight of fans that still cherish their toys from childhood.
Throw the bouquet, but to kids
While some wedding traditions are gladly passed down from past generations, some brides are steering clear of one activity that seems to bring embarrassment to the single ladies in the crowd.
Wedding trend: Creating a brand for the big day
Branding isn't just for businesses anymore.
What to serve at your NFL party
Are you ready for some football?
Back to school party for adults
It's finally here. After three long months of summer vacation, the kids are heading back to school. Parents, it's time to rejoice and toast the summer away with an early evening backyard party.
Serve 'Green Eggs and Ham'
One of the most beloved Dr Seuss books can be an inspiration to party planners everywhere, provided they like green eggs and ham.
Decorate cupcakes like a professional
Thanks to trendy New York bakeries like Magnolia's, cupcakes have become popular over the past year. Tasty and undeniably cute, these treats are excellent for birthdays, celebrations or as a sweet surprise.
Plan a preseason football party
The superbowl may seem like a distant, snowy memory but consider hosting a preseason football party to get back into the spirit of the game and to welcome a new crop of matches.
Host an Emmy's viewing party
Everyone has their favorite TV show, primetime crush or program they will watch no matter what. The Emmy awards celebrate the best of American television, c and one way to have fun while watching is to host a party for friends.
Come together over The Beatles
A person's age matters not when it comes to the music of The Beatles, as young and old alike unite over the catchy tunes, easy lyrics and the sheer volume of tunes.
Hold a mini Lego-building contest
Lego the movie is reportedly in the works and while kids will probably have to wait at least a year, you can remind them now how much they love the toy with a building contest.
Give your best party speech ever
Whether it's for your best man, your parent's 50th wedding anniversary or even your own engagement party, there are going to be many times when you are called upon to make a speech. Here are some tips for the less gregarious who want to make a pleasing verbal impact.
Visit a butterfly garden and create your own creatures
Even though the kids go back to school soon, in the whirl of shopping and preparation there's still time for some fun crafts and activities.
No electronics allowed this Saturday
Take back some quality time with friends or family and encourage everyone to spend a Saturday together with no phones, video games or laptops. There are plenty of fun activities that will be sure to put a smile on every face!
Have a white party this Labor Day
Stacy and Clinton of TLCs hit What Not to Wear would adamantly advise that no one wear white after Labor Day. To celebrate the last okay day for your tennis whites, host a party where guests have to dress entirely in this shade.
Make a party of putting together wedding invites
There are many unglamorous tasks associated with planning and organizing a wedding and any couple about to get married will inform you that stuffing envelopes is one such task.
Return to the Sixties with a Woodstock party
Woodstock was the music festival that many feel aptly embodied the spirit of the 1960s in America and is celebrating its 40th anniversary. One way to remember the music and culture of the time is to host a Woodstock party.
Host a recession-friendly clothes swap
Fashion-forward friends may be trying to count their pennies and save on back to school or fall clothing and one way to help this along is to host a clothes swap at your home. Plus, the event can also pay homage to National Thrift Shop Day which happens to land on August 17.
Bring the summer music festival home
If you didn't make it to Lollapolloza this year, Glastonbury was just too far away and you missed tickets for the Pitchfork festival, hold your own home festival to see out the summer with a bang.
Remember John Hughes with an 80s themed movie night
Yesterday director and screenwriter John Hughes suddenly passed away and he will be remembered for movies that some think defined a generation. Host a screening of some Hughes Hits and get nostalgic for high school.
Party planning tips: Dealing with inevitable trash
There is so much emphasis that goes into planning for a party that it's possible some may forget about the aftermath of cleaning up after guests.
Get chilly on National Creamsicle Day
Summer's at its peak and one great way to cool off is to have a tasty frozen treat. If you didn't already know, August 15 is National Creamsicle Day and to celebrate, kids should try their hand at making these delicious desserts.
Donate to charity with a closet-cleaning party
Host a joint closet-cleaning party with friends and pass on unwanted clothing and furniture to Goodwill.
Hold an old-fashioned potluck to celebrate Julie and Julia
Starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, the culinary-oriented film Julie and Julia is set to hit the big screen this weekend. The film focuses on the life and work of Julia Child and Julia Powell, who was inspired to cook all of Child's recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking and blog about it.
A writer's party favor
Though some parties may give out personalized favors at the end, this may not be good enough for hosts who love the written word.
Dance in blue suede shoes for Elvis Week
Believe it or not, the second week in August is Elvis Week celebrates the life and music of the King himself. Observe this week yourself by hosting a Blue Suede Shoes costume dance party.
Pirates of bottles and cans
Need a fun activity for the kids that is environmentally friendly? Then unleash the green pirates, the protectors of the neighborhood parks.
Trading books party
Most people have two stacks of books in their home: the ones they keep meaning to read and the couple that have been elevated to the "favorites" shelf.
Simple napkin fold for a dinner party
Elegance can be in the details and with an event such as a dinner party, it's easy for one minor detail to make or break an entire evening.
Ready, set, house of cards
Typically an activity at a party may be loud and rambunctious, but it doesn't always have to be.
Host an Arctic Monkeys listening party
Britpop fans and anglophiles alike are probably anticipating the third studio album from Sheffield-based supergroup, Arctic Monkeys. One budget-friendly way to gather up friends is to host a listening party to the band's live online gig that will air Thursday. Since a weeknight party is no fun, save the stream until the weekend when friends can hang stress free. Here are some tips to put together a British-themed listening party when it's not a school night.
Party planning tips: Setting up for a television party
With so many television shows on DVD, it's easy to plan a party surrounding a favorite show among you and your friends. It's the setting up party that may be a bit tricky.
Celebrate your heart songs
Talking about music has always been a way for some people to pass the time, either because the conversation gets so engrossing or because a slight disagreement breaks out concerning which is the best Led Zeppelin album (it's the first one. Deal with it).
Bring the friends together for Jon and Kate
Like it or not, much of this year has seen the media focus on the family drama of Jon and Kate Gosselin.
Hold a coin-spinning contest
Sometimes the best inventions come from necessity.
Fried dough pizza party
Most everyone loves fried dough and pizza, so taking the two and combining them could be the recipe for party greatness.
Grilling vegetables: Adds flavor and benefits health
One of the biggest lifestyle trends this year is more people buckling down and eating healthily, which can include embracing certain diets or simply eating more vegetables.
Dog costume party
If all dogs go to heaven, their owners may be there too just so they can dress them up in costumes in the afterlife.
Party game: Feats of strength
Everyone loves competition, especially at a party where there can be a large crowd cheering people on. So why not organize something for your guests, complete with medals and prizes at the end?
Make a macaroni picture frame
Sometimes the classic arts and crafts activities are the best and will never get old.
Favorite children's book party
With so many classic children's books being turned into big budget Hollywood features, it may be a good time for you and your friends to show off some of your favorites.
Setting up a last-minute party
Sometimes you can't plan a party because the party comes to you.
Gather the girls for a View party
If you have friends who are like Barbara, Whoopi and Joy from the daytime talk show the View, it may be a good excuse to gather everyone together for a lively conversation.
Spend a night telling ghost stories
Gathering around a darkened room or in the backyard at night to tell ghost stories is a summer tradition for many people.
Water balloon fight party
Anyone can fill up a water balloon at the kitchen sink and throw it at someone or something, but it takes a person with an attention to detail to plan a soak-filled water balloon war.
Wedding shower party for couples emerging as trend
Traditionally, brides-to-be are surprised by their relatives and friends with a bridal shower, an event filled with games and presents from the gift registry.
The simple joy of holding a race
If there's one thing that's true at a child's backyard party, it's this: the guests will want to run around.
Hold a tanning party in the back yard
Summer is here and has brought with it lazy weekend afternoons with the sun shining brightly in the sky.
Raining? Make a zoo at home
Rainy weekends during the summer can be tough for young children to bear, which means parents may want to stock up on ideas to keep their little ones entertained. If not, they may be subject to hearing "I'm bored" multiple times on a Sunday afternoon.
Have a vinyl records party
Despite the existence of cassette tape and CDs, vinyl records have survived and are now thriving, with more music collectors embracing the format.
Personalizing party favors
What's in a name? When you're having a party, it can be everything.
Paper airplane party
Watching an airplane soar through the sky can be an inspiring sight to see, but when that airplane is homemade out of paper, it can be even more exciting.
Using music to set the mood at a party
Though your event may be planned out from the party decorations to the food being served, one thing that may be hard to predict is the mood of a party.
Favors inspired by Wonka's 'Golden Ticket'
Today in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, sports fans lined up in droves for a chance to find a golden ticket hidden inside a chocolate bar.
Celebrate Emmy-award season with viewing party
The Emmy nominations were recently announced and since the live television broadcast will not take place till September 20, this allows ample time for people to either re-watch their favorite shows or discover new ones.
Party in the park for city families
For people who live in large metropolitan areas, hosting a party in an apartment or condo may prove difficult given the space restrictions.
Relive gaming childhood with Wii Punch Out party
For gamers who are still haunted by Nintendo's original Punch Out game, redemption may be right around the corner.
Everyone loves cookies and there's a good chance that most of your friends have a special recipe they may want to share.
Bad movie party
Sometimes the best part of watching a movie with a group of friends is the commentary that erupts when a serious movie produces some unintentional comedy.
Rekindle the past with a Facebook party
By now, most people have heard of the popular social networking site Facebook that allows people to find friends and family on the internet.
Fire pit safety for outdoor summer parties
One of the best things to do in the summer when the sun goes down is to gather around the fire pit and watch it light up the night sky.
Party taco bar saves time
Planning parties can be quite time consuming, especially when you are preparing food for your guests.
Host weekly Entourage parties
For fans of the HBO television show Entourage, the wait is finally over.
Office lunch party outside
With the summer season in full swing, there will be days when it is just too sunny or warm to be stuck in the office.
American Girl tea party
Most young girls love the American Girl dolls, so why not throw a party centered on their favorite toy?
Lego competition party
No matter what age, be it 2 to 20, there is a certain joy a person gets from snapping together two pieces of plastic together and creating something.
Get technological with wedding favors
One of the hardest decisions for a couple who is about to tie the knot is how to honor their groomsmen and bridesmaids with a special gift.
Create 'Wipeout' in the backyard
One of the more popular television shows this summer has been ABC's Wipeout, which is the American versions of the British show of the same name.
Movie one-liner game for office parties
Despite the best efforts of a party planner, office parities can exhibit a certain element of awkwardness, most likely because some employees may not be used to "hanging out" with each other in a social context.
Everyone needs a hat so throw a party
According to some people, going throughout life without a festive hat is no way to live.
Try to stump your friends with Harry Potter trivia
With the release of the new film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on July 15, the summer may once again be awash with wizard-themed parties.
Something borrowed for the wedding rehearsal
Most brides-to-be look for ways to personalize their big day, either with unique wedding decorations or favors. Some even use what may seemingly be called trash as a way to make a homemade bouquet.
Hosting a Simpsons marathon party
The summertime is the perfect opportunity for television fans to host marathon parties in their homes, either as a way to catch up on a past season or to relive some favorite ones.
Consider seating chart for wedding reception
A wedding day can be hectic thanks to a tight schedule that may require guests to travel from the site of the ceremony to the reception hall.
Organize a healthy hot dog cookoff
Hot dogs are a tasty summer meal and barbecue staple, yet some brands aren't exactly the best for weight-conscious families. To celebrate National Hot Dog month and get creative on your next cookout, bring family and friends together for an alternative hot dog barbecue.
Bridal shower: Break up present opening with activities
It's no secret that some bridal showers can drag on during the present opening part. This is especially true with a large guest list, which can in turn produce a significant amount of wrapped surprises to go through.
Get your game on this July
Some find it easier talking to the wall than to a partner immersed in his or her video games. However, everyone has different hobbies and you can show your support for their passion this July 7th National Video Game Day.
Clean out the house, host a yard sale
Parents often become frustrated by unused toys that sit in closets or books filling up shelves and it's hard to find time during the year to take care the mess.
Turn fruit into an adventure
Many farms now encourage members of the public to come in and pick their own seasonal fruit for purchase. This can be both a great family outing and fun way to get kids interested in eating healthy.
Make your Bastille Day party simply magnifique
Celebrating 4th of July is so last year which means in 2009, the hot, young and trendy are tapping into their French sides to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14th. Start a new tradition and host your own party.
Beach party on a rainy day
Its never good when it rains in the summer, especially on beach day and the timing couldn't be worse when kids are out of school for summer.
Host a Thriller-worthy dance contest
The King of Pop's rather sudden death came as a shock to many and people are still holding tributes wherever and whenever they can. Jamie Foxx Moonwalked across the stage last night at the BET awards ceremony.
Planning different kinds of picnics
For those currently experiencing damp conditions, heading out for a picnic may be last on their list of recreational activities. However, July is National Picnic Month and since it's got to stop raining sometime, consider these innovative ideas for the best picnic ever once the ground dries out.
A tribute party for Michael Jackson fans
People around the world were shocked at Michael Jackson's sudden death yesterday and fans may have different favorite albums, but are ultimately united in the social impact of his musical career.
Blueberry dishes for the height of summer
Past study results revealed that blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and people can benefit from adding them to their diet. Since July is National Blueberry Month, its a great time to experiment with the indigo treats.
Get friends to know their craft beers
For those who deeply feel that there's more to the beer experience than Bud Light, it can be frustrating to either be taken seriously as a beer aficionado, or to entice friends to taste more obscure brews.
Host a True Blood viewing party
Those past the teenage Twilight drama may prefer to get their vampire fix by watching the HBO series, True Blood.
A party with princesses and pirates
Sometimes no matter what a party planner tries to do, there's no getting around two guests of honor who want conflicting party themes, which can be a common occurrence in families with twins.
Gather the gamers for a Nintendo DS party
One of the best functions for the Nintendo's handheld DS device is its multiplayer functionality combined with group WiFi capability, making it a great centerpiece to plan a party around.
Adult Glow-stick party
So it's after the 4th of July and there are still a couple of packages of glow-sticks that somehow didn't get used. Why not throw an adult party with a club atmosphere with the holiday leftovers?
Glow sticks: The portable party decoration
Most people will say the best way to celebrate the Fourth of July is with a lawn chair or blanket outside on an open field or in the backyard of a house.
Celebrate National Pink Day with your little ladies
Lots of girls love the color pink and believe it or not, June 23 is National Pink Day so mark this day with your little ladies in some of the following ways.
Get creative and bring Mario Kart to life
Playing Mario Kart on the Nintendo Wii doesn't have to mean sitting in a chair with a plastic wheel. For creative party planners, why not have guests construct their own racekarts they can sit in?
Glow sticks safer alternative to sparklers
With the 4th of July approximately three weeks away, party planners across the country may be gearing up for their backyard cookout, complete with red, white and blue decorations.
Turn a wine party into a scavenger hunt
One of the things wine lovers enjoy is discovering new varieties of their favorite drink, so why not hold a party based on that idea?
Some brides opting for a wedding at home
Instead of having a wedding reception in an elegant ballroom, some West coast brides are looking at their family's property for a reception at home, according to the New York Times.
Have a very happy unbirthday with a Mad Hatter tea party
In the Disney film Alice in Wonderland, the main character discovers a tea party taking place in the middle of the woods with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare.
Have some messy fun with a science party
Science parties are a way for young guests to play in a makeshift lab where explosions and fizzy sounds are part of the process.
Wedding thank-you cards important as ever
Despite the recession, which has inspired some people to cut back on spending in certain aspects of their budget, it appears wedding guests are still purchasing lavish gifts for the newly-married couple.
Turn your home into Hogwarts
If your little ones haven't already reminded you half a dozen times, the new Harry Potter movie will hit theaters next month. Help kids forget that they're Muggles and host a Harry Potter pre-party.
Be bad with manly food this Father's Day
If dad's a health fanatic and prefers smoothies to bacon during the week, treat him to a full-on, hearty breakfast this Father's Day.
Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party
For 40 years now, children have loved Eric Carle's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the author's birthday is coming up on June 25.
Celebrate National Fudge Day
In case it wasn't quite marked down on your calendar, June 26 is National Fudge Day and it's a great opportunity to bring the family together for a few fun, recession-busting activities.
Meatless 4th of July barbecue
Nothing calls out 'summer' like the smell of a charcoal grill on a warm day but for many vegans, a grill means roasting meat and, for them, an empty stomach.
Dinner party game for the newlyweds
People who have just gotten married, and who have newly-hitched friends, can have a little fun with a classic dinner party game.
Organize a 4th of July parade for the neighborhood
With the national holiday approximately three weeks away, it's a good time to organize a neighborhood 4th of July parade to celebrate the country's birthday.
Using balloons as elegant wedding decorations
While some people may associate balloons with a kid's birthday party, they can also be used as an elegant fixture during a wedding reception.
Have a sundae Monday party
Hear that screaming? It's for ice cream.
Using old clothes for a costume party
With many retail and department stores slashing the prices on some of their clothes, it may be the perfect time to get some older outfits out of the closet to make room for new ones.
Host a wiffle ball party with custom t-shirts
As the baseball season continues to get closer to its midway point, it may be time for your own boys and girls of summer to engage in one of the most beloved backyard games: wiffle ball.
Let guests join in the fun with a cooking party
Instead of spending most of your afternoon preparing for a dinner party with friends, invite them over and incorporate them into the process.
Something borrowed: The wedding dress
While some women continue to search in various stores for the perfect wedding dress, others are taking another cost-effective route.
Playing Goodnight Moon at a slumber party
One of the most difficult things to do during a slumber party is to get your guests to say goodnight, particularly for younger children.
Pool party game: Diving for treasure
It's a fair assumption that children and adults of all ages love finding treasure, so why not turn that feeling of found goodies into a pool party game?
Party food for all seasons
It's easy to plan a themed party, but how is one supposed to choose the appropriate food to serve?
'Save the date' with a magnet
Traditionally, engaged couples would send out note cards or announcements of their upcoming wedding. Party invitations are either mailed out or organized online, where an email can be easily lost in a busy inbox.
Host a listening party for new Jonas Brothers album
A new Jonas Brothers album is coming soon, which may be followed by the exuberant screams of teenage girls.
Less is more with outdoor party planning
An emerging trend in party planning is to use simple decorations as a way to focus more attention on the guests.
Giving a wedding celebration a woodland theme
Many couples are looking for ways to make their special day as unique as possible and some have done this through a dynamic theme that coordinates with the party decorations, according to some industry experts.
Toast the summer solstice with wine and chocolate
Father's Day isn't the only special occasion happening near the end of the month.
Be different and design your own cake topper
Can't find exactly what you're looking for in terms of a cake topper for your wedding cake in catalogs or on the internet? Then make it yourself.
Hold a rock festival in your living room
Summer is known as a time when music festivals of all types start popping up around the country, offering fans two to three days of nonstop aural bliss.
Wedding decorations expanding past roses
Because more people are opting to have their nuptials during fall or winter, which is usually cheaper than having the ceremony in the spring or summer, brides are expanding their horizons when it comes to picking certain colors for their bouquet.
Combining a fundraising event with a cookout
With the weather warming up as the summer solstice approaches, the season for charity and fundraising events is in full swing.
Ideas for calling a party audible
Sometimes all the party planning in the world can't combat Mother Nature when she unleashes unexpected drops of rain.
Personalize the party banner
Of all the party decorations you put up for a celebration, none may be more important, or eye-catching, as the banner.
Remembering a loved one at weddings
While some couples are fine with the traditional church wedding ceremony, some are bucking the trend and opting for places such as a beach or a yacht or even a cemetery.
Party like it's 1959
With vinyl records finding a new audience with a younger generation, it may be the perfect time to have a throwback party to an era that had sock hops and a skinny Elvis.
Find the young artist with an art party
Once school's out, it's time to get messy.
The gift of healthy habits for Father's Day
This year more people are striving to become healthier, either through their diet or more exercise - so as a Father's Day present, why not show dad how he can grill and eat well at the same time?
A cappella groups can make weddings unique
Wedding music can be a difficult decision for any couple, especially when they want to find something appropriate yet unique for their special day.
Relive dating days with photo booth at wedding
Brides and grooms who dated each other in high school may want to embrace a popular trend happening at wedding receptions: the inclusion of an old-school photo booth.
Roar! Have a dinosaur party
A young child's fascination with dinosaurs may never cease and with the release of the summer movie Land of the Lost next week that interest could be sparked once more.
Tie-dye t-shirt party fun for all
Some party activities are so timeless that people of all ages can enjoy them.
How to throw a beach party at the last minute
With the Memorial Day weekend behind us, the unofficial start of summer is here and for families lucky enough to live near a body of water, it means upcoming trips to the beach.
Dad, this is your life
Father's Day is approximately three weeks away, which leaves party planners enough time to plan something special for the patriarch of the family.
Summer party trend: Smaller portions
With Memorial Day ushering in the unofficial start of summer, party planners may be looking to host a backyard party in the near future.
Serve refreshing wine smoothies at summer weddings
With a summer wedding, couples have more of a chance of bright sunshine and beautiful sunsets.
Beam up a Star Trek party
Though it came out two weeks ago, it may be fair to say that Star Trek will be one of the blockbuster movies of the summer.
Getting back to the basic wedding cake
Though some couples have incorporated cupcakes or pie instead of a wedding cake as a way for their reception to be unique, there is still something iconic about a classic wedding cake.
Picking engagement party decorations
Many couples enjoy throwing an engagement party, sometimes as a way for the families to get to know each other or to celebrate the fact that someone finally popped the question.
Make graduation present unique by personalizing it
Sometimes the a graduation present doesn't have to be expensive to be special.
Song selection for an 80s-themed party
A party centered on reliving the fashion trends of the 1980s can be a lot of fun and only strengthened by a great soundtrack selection to accompany the night.
Making a wedding reception socially responsible
While in recent years wedding receptions were seen as a massive party that ended with people getting favors or the centerpieces, some couples are opting to use the time to bring awareness to a cause that is important to them.
Water balloon games: Wet and wild fun
As the temperature heats up around the country, it may be time to stock up on water balloons to have for a summer backyard party.
Report: More spending on destination weddings
Instead of a traditional wedding in a church, more couples are choosing to walk down the aisle in a more exotic locale.
Brides opting for healthier food
When it comes to the food served at the wedding reception, some brides are choosing meals that are unique and healthy for their guests.
Use party planning skills for the tulip fold
The dinner parties that people tend to remember are the ones where every last detail was thought out, from the seating arrangements to the lighting during the meal.
The summer barbeque: Planning the food
As the weather warms up, the annual tradition of inviting family and friends over for a backyard barbeque draws near and can bring with it certain responsibilities for the host, namely the food.
Allowing your teen to play truth or dare safely
Though the popular party activity Truth or Dare can be seen as a more for adults, there is a way for parents to allow their young teenagers play a safe version of the game.
Birthday party activities: Create your own superhero
Who cares about Batman, Superman and the X-Men? For some kids, it may be more fun, and satisfying, to create a superhero of their own.
Baker: Couples want non-traditional wedding cakes
Instead of a plastic bride and groom on top of a wedding cake, more couples are asking for something unique, playful and, at times, edible.
Bond with neighbors through soup
Interested in getting to know your neighbors? Then throw a soup party.
Classy bachelorette party favors
Without some proper planning, a bachelorette party can get pretty raunchy quickly, and while some brides-to-be welcome such an atmosphere, it may not be for everyone.
Have tournament fever? Embrace the Wii party
With the NBA and the NHL playoffs in full swing, some sport fans be getting a little tournament-happy and need a fun outlet to work out their competitive emotions.
Renewing vows: Now you can have that 'crazy' wedding
You may have had the perfect wedding reception, but perhaps a part of you always wanted to have the ceremony in the backyard with a laid-back party.
Teenage party planner produces MTV-esque events
One Kentucky teenager is proving that with enough creativity and party planning skills, anyone can put on a successful and professional-looking event.
Event planner: Candy buffets are hot right now
Brides interested in keeping up with the latest wedding trends may want to incorporate their sweet tooth into the festivities since more wedding receptions are displaying a candy buffet for their guests.
Newspaper: More brides opting for affordable weddings
It appears that the recession has created a new wedding trend: sticking to one's budget.
Classic game incorporates fun and exercise for children
Some games parents played when they were children can still be fun for children today.
Making your wedding photos unique
According to some wedding experts, more brides and grooms are saying goodbye to what some may describe as boring wedding pictures.
How to ensure variety at a potluck party
If not planned well, a potluck party can quickly turn into an unorganized dinner where people are eating the same type of food.
Party with the lights off
The nighttime is the right time, especially if you want to throw a glow-in-the-dark party.
Napkin folding: The Goblet Fan
One of the easiest and simplest ways to bring a touch of elegance to a dinner party or wedding reception is to employ a unique napkin fold for the table.
Host a dinner party with hilarious conversation
Conversations at dinner parties can be lively, intellectual and engaging. But can they be hilarious and nonsensical too?
Newspaper reveals some wedding trends for 2009
A couple's wedding may be one of the most important spectacles of their life and for some the worst sin to commit on that day is to not have a sense of style.
Trends in graduation party desserts
It's graduation season, and that means putting up appropriate party decorations on the walls and possibly hanging a large banner that says "Congratulations!"
Games for your wedding reception
While it may not be the traditional thing to do, many couples have opted to incorporate various games into their wedding reception for their guests.
Emerging wedding trend: Green ceremonies
In an effort to reduce their impact on the environment, many couples are finding ways to make their wedding and reception as eco-friendly as possible.
Fewer people opening presents at bridal showers
A national columnist who focuses on social etiquette and manners has found a traditional party trend fading from various celebrations.
Have your tween party like a rock star
Are you ready to be the coolest parent ever?
Having a classic wedding style can make it timeless
With so many reports about celebrity weddings and their unique aspects, it may be easy for people to feel that they need to make their big day different from everyone else's.
Throw a puzzle party for Angels & Demons
Angels & Demons, the film sequel to The Da Vinci Code is due in theaters May 15 and may offer an opportunity for party planners with a penchant for unique events.
Sweet apple pie for the wedding?
For some couples, a traditional wedding cake just sends the wrong message. Instead, they want pie.
Party checklist for Mother's Day
Feeling stressed about giving your mom a party for Mother's Day? Relax, there's still time.
Decorating for nighttime backyard fun
Who says summer parties have to take place in the afternoon?
Memorial Day party: Not just a BBQ
Aside from going to the big-budget action movie that opens in the movie theaters, the Memorial Day backyard cookout party is one of the ways Americans welcome the arrival of summer.
Dinner parties: More involved than you think
Food is not the only major decision you have to make for a successful dinner party.
Baby shower games men may enjoy
With co-ed baby showers a rising trend among contemporary couples, the traditional female-only shower games may not be appropriate anymore. Though this hardly means the party won't still be fun.
Future party trend: Glow-in-the-dark puppies?
Parties and raves can be enhanced by guests having glow sticks, but this may be taking the idea a bit too far.
Children's birthday party etiquette: The timing
While most parents will be on the ball with their child's birthday party in terms of party decorations, food and goodie bags, one issue that some may forget is the time: namely when and how long.
A party for a cleaner Earth
Who says picking up trash has to happen at the end of the party? What about during the event?
Helping your party guests break the ice
We've all been there: show up at a party, everyone stares at everyone else and an uncomfortable silence is shared.
Cool off with an island luau
As temperatures begin to rise, more families may turn to their pool as a source of relief and as an excuse to throw a party for friends and family.
Children's birthday party etiquette: The invitees
For parents of younger children, there may be a lot more to planning a birthday party than just finding a cake and ordering the pizza.
Throw a party to raise funding for research
With the right amount of partying planning skills, you can revel for a cause.
Indulge and have a dessert buffet
Why go through the hassle of a meal just to get to the best part?
Wedding centerpieces don't have to be boring
Most brides want to make their wedding day unique, either in terms of the ceremony or their dress. But when that isn't a financial possibility, one way to make your wedding stand out is to be creative with the centerpieces at the reception.
Getting your guests to leave on time
While most people remember the party decorations, food and entertainment at an event, an overlooked element of the party planning process is marking an end to the evening.
Use your love of technology for Mother's Day
For most moms, something from the heart may be better than something bought at an expensive store.
Dogs deserve parties too
You're non-pet-loving friends may mock you, but as most dog owners know, even canines deserves a little celebration from time to time.
Party planner: Small bites of food can be party hit
For people who want to be on the cutting-edge of party planning, one professional is suggesting to think small, particularly with the food.
Who says a party has to be all about cake and candy?
With more Americans embracing nutritional supplements and healthier diets, it may not be much of a surprise that some parents are now throwing fitness parties for their children.
Pin the tail on?whatever you want
Leave the donkey alone.
Setting up an obstacle course of fun for a party
Of all the activities and games that are featured at various children's parties, none may conjure up as much unbridled joy as an obstacle course in the backyard.
Do Sweet 16s still have to be super?
For a while, MTV may have single-handedly driven some parents crazy with its show My Super Sweet 16, which depicted young women getting the birthday party of their dreams that sometimes included celebrity acts and extravagant dresses.
Throwing a season finale party for Lost
As with all things Lost, readers are warned that if they haven't seen any episodes of the current season, they should stop reading to avoid spoilers.
Planning a successful treasure hunt for younger kids
Most children, and some adults, are enthralled by the notion of treasure and, like most things in life, the most exciting aspect can be the hunt that precedes it.
For better or for worse, using technology for a surprise party
Thanks to some websites, sending out surprise party invitations are as easy as ever and, more importantly, securely delivered to a person's password-protected inbox.
Throw a perfect game with a baseball party
The baseball season has started, which means warmer weather and having the kids bring their mitt to the ballpark in the hopes of catching a foul or homerun ball.
In terms of party planning, it is easy being green
Incorporating green aspects into one's party is not only helping the environment, but it might even give your party an extra level of style.
Throw a hoops party and score
If your NBA team is one of the lucky few who made it to the post season, it may be the perfect time for you to throw a playoff party for you and your friends.
Bob your hair and party like it's 1929
With numerous news reports stating the recession is the worst since the Great Depression, some people may want to throw their worries out the window with a party.
With warmer weather, celebrate a child's half birthday
Not everyone can be a spring or summer baby, so because of this some parents have started to celebrate something called a half birthday for children.
Who says goodie bags are just for kids?
For many children, one of the things that helps ease the pain of the party that is ending is the little goodie bag given to them as they leave filled with candy and possibly some small toys.
Keys to a bachelorette party: fun and a little mayhem
Traditionally bachelorette parties have involved limo rides, expensive dinners and closing out the evening at an exclusive club. However, the current state of the economy may not be conducive to such extravagance.
Viva Mexico! Throwing a Cinco de Mayo party with style
Though Cinco de Mayo has little to do with U.S. history, the annual holiday has become a somewhat unofficial precursor to Memorial Day weekend with people celebrating the Mexican holiday with a cookout and some beers.
Mom deserves a party so throw her one
After putting up with all of your shenanigans growing up, your mom deserves a huge party thrown in her favor.
Planning a party for your college graduate
With May just around the corner, graduation season is coming into play at numerous colleges around the country, which means families will be gearing up to throw a send-off party before their new graduate enters the (gulp) real world.
Spa parties heating up for women
A new party trend is emerging among newly engaged women that combines the joy of being pampered with a girls-day out.