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
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.
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:
Don't just slap on bright green eyeshadow for tomorrow's shamrock celebration. Learn step-by-step (and I mean comprehensively and thoroughly) from
Vane Becidyan, the Brooklyn Bride, in collaboration with Etsy's How-Tuesday, offers this video tutorial for making fabric drawstring bags for big impact for party/wedding/shower favors. And when they've pulled the string and discovered their goodies, the wrapping still remains part of the gift: a reusable, handmade, colorful gift.
Last night we had a popcorn tasting. This came about because I was sampling recipes for take-alongs, which are in full bloom these days. As I was shaking my pot and minding the popper, I thought, what a cool idea for a party! Why? Well, popcorn is super cheap. I bought a 4 pound bag of kernels for about 3 bucks. Five pounds of un-popped popcorn makes....well, have you every seen the movie Real Genius? Okay, not that much, but still.
Don't forget to download some horrifying Zombie Sounds and more to your fright night Halloween party. This is a great way to get the anxiety heightened before the party even starts.
Try these for some blood curdling chills:
The Zombie groan on this is so scary I'm...
CraftyCrafty has assembled a gallery of eery edibles. Some cute, some creepy and some downright gross!
A giant bowl of wispy punch is certainly festive, but a true ghost-host offers their guest customized cocktails that suit their own tastes. Here's a few ideas to get your fall festivities popping.
Garnishes: ANY mixed drink can get a scary-fun makeover with a frightful garnish. Simply mix up drinks per usual, but sink one of the following into your highball or martini glass:
- Plastic spider rings
- Gummy worms
- Novelty eyeballs
- A few drops of...
There's certain to be hundreds of these compilation lists popping up over the blogospheres in the next few weeks, and this option from TipNut has upped the ante with over 200 Halloween craft, costume, and decor ideas.
Everyone loves the festive touch of hanging stuff from the ceiling. But the premade, disposable options are, well, disposable, and well, ugly. Handmade paper garlands are a much better option, but if you're making the effort, why not go all out and create a fabric option, which can be used again and again with no tearing, ripping, or crinking...well, maybe a little crinkling, but nothing a hot iron and a few seconds can't fix. And what a great...
Made of white polypropylene, this balloon glows red thanks to a red LED bulb and two lithium-coin batteries. Perfect for nighttime parties on the patio. Although, when I look at it, I can't help singing the opening lines of Roxanne. From Design Boom, the lamp will set you back $30, which includes shipping.
Summer feels like a long way off, which makes this watermelon tap even more appealing! You probably have most of the supplies you’ll need to make one on hand, with the exception of a few things more familiar to plumbers rather than Martha-wanna-be’s. But I digress.
What you need:
- 10-pound seedless watermelon
- Sharp knife
- Big spoon
- Big bowl
- Drill with a 1/2-inch drill bit
- 3/4-inch ball-valve faucet with a handle that's easy to turn with one hand
I haven't eaten Skittles since the time I did so while spinning around in a barber chair for 30 minutes, after which they came back for a visit... I believe I was eight.
I'm pretty sure I won't get over my fear for this recipe either, but you should totally give it a try...