A friend of mine is suffering from a major case of the winter blues, which isn't so unusual this winter. Last week I suggested she take a tropical stay-cation. The idea sounded so appealing, my boo and I did just that last Sunday. It was super fun and just what we needed to break the winter doldrums. Besides that, it cost us next to nothing, we weren't subjected to security pat downs or
From invitations to labels to bunting to drink flags and much more, Tricia has thought of just about everything to help make your New Year's Eve party a success. The sweet printables
The fourth season of Mad Men is in full gear and I'm not watching it. Why? Because I started watching the series on DVD and I want to continue watching it on DVD--sans commercials and stuff. (Spoiled, huh?) I am DVRing it, but now I'm torn. Do I watch it or wait for the DVDs which will come out in like a year?! Can I wait that long!? Oh the agony! People like those over at Chic and Charming can feel me. Last year they threw
The Fourth of July is right around the corner. I can almost smell the sulfur in the air! Although The Fourth wouldn't be The Fourth without fireworks, it also wouldn't be The Fourth without some festive libations. Awhile back I posted a few red, white and blue boozy recipes, including non-alcoholic options for each. I thought it was time to add to our patriotic, bar tending arsenal. A search of the internet came up with some doozies.
The Nike Air Max 90 burger was created by Swedish designer Olle Hemmendorff as an homage to the "the most powerful, most durable, and most delicious material known to man."The sesame baguette burger includes
If you're planning a croquet themed summer party, crank it up a notch to keep your guests engaged in this otherwise low key lawn game. You don't have to go to the extent of the 2005 BurningMan Giant Croquet game, but you could create a hybrid of the game to appeal to your short-attention-span friends.
The decor for he after party of all after parties, the Governors Ball, for this year's Oscars will be 'nostalgic nouveau with a postmodern flair'. What does that mean to you and me? Think 1930's 'Streamline Moderne'. The color palette includes 'charcoal iridescent taffeta with platinum and cognac matte satins' with accents of purple and aubergine, complements of the floral arrangements.
As for the eats, they'll be just as spectacular as the decor. Hors d'Oeuvres include
The new fireworks projector ($126) from Sega Toys simulates a fireworks display worthy of the 4th of July. Five projection lenses throw the images, which are accompanied by appropriate sound effects. Although, the oohs and aahs
By nature, I'm a baseball fan. But this year, with the addition of Brett Favre to the Viking's roster...well, I must admit, I've taken notice of the goings on on the gridiron. And what's happened to my fellow Minnesotan Packer-fan friends has been is quite entertaining. So, I'm hoping for a Super Bowl appearance for the 'old man' and the Vikes--if for nothing else to see the veins pop in Cheeseheads' temples everywhere.
In the flu-riddled winter of the year of the H1N1 breakout, you simply can't afford to accidentally swap champagne flutes this New Year's Eve.
And, of course, we're headed to the second decade of the millenium, so the standard wine glass charm - which really do work to individuate glasses - should get an update. Enter these clever LED Glass Charms, perfect for a little added festivity.
- 1.7V to 3V red, orange, green, white/clear LED.
- 100 & 200 ohm resistors
- 25mm Beading Hoops
- 3V lithium-ion batteries (Mouser part #658- BR2032-1GU,mfr part #BR2032-1GU @ $2.32 ea).
Are you planning a new year's eve bash? If so, you don't want to start off '10 with a dud of a party, so here's some tips to help pump it up.
If you haven't tugged on a Christmas Cracker you haven't lived. The silly joke, the equally silly hat, the Cracker-Jack-Style prize, they're great! And they're not just for Christmas anymore*. You can make them for parties of any variety, but I think crackers on New Years Eve with wishes/predictions for the new year would be a great fun. The tiny prizes could even be a bit more 'adult' for your adult party guests.
Nope, no fancy DJ gear required...apparently, you can simply strip the wires from your Christmas lights, and plug them into the speaker wire terminals on your stereo reciever. Don't be afraid if electricity makes you feel uncomfortable: the amount of current running through this setup is nothing to fear.
Do you want to host a wine tasting party but don't know the first thing about wine tasting parties? If so, all you need is Tuscany Tonight's totally awesome 'Hosting a Wine Tasting Party' guide and your guests will think you've just come back from a tour of wine country. The guide is incredibly comprehensive and includes the following topics:
Part science experiment, part magic this dry ice crystal ball could be the highlight of your Halloween party. The 'ball' itself is actually a soap film filled with water vapor and carbon dioxide. Here are the materials you'll need to make one of your own:
Macro Sea, a group whose mission is to "do projects we find interesting" has gone outside the box in their quest to reclaim urban spaces. Mindfully providing an antitdote to the hot summer heat, they've gone to Brooklyn and converted old dumpsters and an abandoned strip mall into an urban oasis for Friday pool parties.
If you've never heard of Celebrations, they're the go-to site when you're thinking about planning a party. From decor to food to drinks to invitations and everything else you hadn't thought of yet. SO you can imagine my pleasure when they asked me to contribute some ideas to their already amazing collection.
Perfect for party favors or small gifts, these fry boxes are a snap to whip up!
- heavier weight scrapbook paper, sized 8.5" x 11"
- a printer
- a scissors
Although made specifically for a wedding, these paper lantern centerpieces would be a lovely addition to any large gathering. To make them, assemble the following:
Celebrations is sponsoring a fun giveaway in celebration of Earth Day. Just visit the site and tell them 'in 500 words or less about an eco-friendly party activity or game idea that you'd organize at your Earth Day celebration.'
To prime your party-planning pump, some examples of such activities might include 'organizing a community clean-up or having guests bring old, white T-shirts to tie-dye and decorate with their own "Save Our...