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Tips For Creating An Amazing Outdoor Party Space!

Tips For Creating An Amazing Outdoor Party Space!

OUTDOOR PARTIES can be easy and enjoyable when you are prepared and have a great plan. At Party Bluprints we are sure of this, and when it comes to outdoor parties it’s essential to create a footprint for entertaining. A footprint is unique to you and when creating it you need to factor in your own personal style, budget and space constraints. To help you get started we partnered with Kmart to come up with wonderful ways for you to transform your outdoor space. Kmart’s Outdoor Living products made each one of our tips beautiful and budget friendly. Below we feature Kmarts’ NEW looks from La-Z-Boy Outdoor, Jaclyn Smith Today’s World, Kenmore and Country Living – in store and online for you.   Then, when you have finished designing your space get FIRED UP for a Backyard BBQ! Host a party for friends and family with our Outdoor Entertaining Party Bluprint. We have simple and special recipes, tips and ideas for you to host the best party of the season! GET READY! Here are the tips and tools you will need to build your own personal footprint for your party. There is no place like HOME for Outdoor Entertaining! First, think about your space, everyone’s is different. If you live in a big city, your outdoor space may consist of a terrace balcony. If you live in a rural area, you may have many acres to party on!  Both situations present their own challenges and we are here to help. SMALL SPACE: When space is an issue, stick to the basics. Buy a great table and chairs and don’t clutter the space with lots of extras. A round table works best in small spaces because you can fit more chairs, therefore guests at your table. If you live in the concrete jungle, think about bringing nature to your party scene with potted or hanging plants, or maybe potted a tree if you have the room. String up little white lights, they work great against the backdrop of a dark sky and create a vacation vibe for the evening! If you are incorporating cushions or pillows, go monochromatic and stick with solids so you don’t overwhelm the space.     LARGE SPACE: If you have lots of outdoor space, guests may wander. You need to create a party perimeter. This will keep guests together, encourage conversation, increase the energy level, and overall...

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“Skinny” Superbowl Snacks

Superbowl Sunday doesn’t have to increase the size of your waistline. Substitute some of your family’s favorite Sunday dishes for these healthier alternatives. 1) Where’s the Beef? Substitute lean ground turkey for ground beef in your chili recipe. Your super-fans will barely notice the flavor difference, and you’ll cut the fat in half. 2) Dip well, dip often. Forgo the sour cream based dips and chips for hearty vegetable based dips like hummus and white bean and roasted red peppers. If you must go for the creamy stuff, make your own and substitute non-fat Greek yogurt for sour cream. Instead of chips, try crunchy sesame crackers or pretzels. 3) Stuff it. Prepare pesto stuffed mushrooms ahead of time and pop in the oven as needed through the third quarter. 4) Stick it to me. Instead of fried buffalo wings, try skewering chicken thighs (cut into chunks) and grilling the kabobs until done. Dip in spicy peanut sauce for a mouthwatering half-time snack. 5) Get cheesy. Forgo the pizza and instead try bruschetta. Pile the fresh tomato and basil atop low-fat mozzarella and a crunchy grilled bread. 6) Wrap it up. Instead of bacon wrapped scallops, try wrapping grilled asparagus in prosciutto. You’ll get that buttery flavor with half the calories and a nice subtle crunch. Tips are provided by Kate Brown, certified fitness trainer and community director at...

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Candy Canes For the Christmas Table!

There aren’t too many things that evoke the image of Christmas more than candy canes. Here is a round up of some of the Web’s sweetest ideas for putting this candy theme on your Christmas Table. Candy Cane Hearts from Toyna Staab at MakesandTakes.com , Cupcake Toppers at HostesswiththeMostess.com, “Santa Hat” Cocktail created by Jeanne Benedict, Candy Cane Milkshakes, Mod Candy Cane glassware, Cupcake Toppers from Sheila’s Dots and Daisies , Candy Cane Stripe Water Bottle Labels, Candy Cane Stripe Christmas Crackers from SurlaTable.com,  Candy Cane Candles from Penacheboutique.com. Brought to you by the amazing women at...

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Quick and Simple Halloween Favor Idea!

Quick and Simple Halloween Favor Idea!

Need a quick and simple idea for Halloween Favors? Here’s one that’s so easy it’s scary and you can make a bunch for just a few bucks! Everyone loves lollipops and these little Ghost Pop favors are adorable! I found the images above at PassionforParties you can check out their site for more clever ideas. Ghost Pop Directions: Wrap white tissue over a round lollipop. The size of Tootsie Pops or Blow Pops are perfect. Tie an orange or black ribbon at the base of the lollipop to secure the tissue. This creates your ghost. Then with a fine tip black sharpie marker draw the face on the ghost. Make two dots for the eyes and a larger dot for the mouth, warning: don’t try and be fancy the tissue bleeds. When you have a bunch display them on a tray or in a pumkin like the image above. From the amazing women at...

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Decorate for Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is a holiday that calls for patriotic party decor. Be festive and frugal at the same time with these tips for adding some red, white and blue to your table. Color is what gives a table its vibe. For Memorial Day go Americana and pick patriotic colors. Apart from the obvious choices of going red and/or blue with your tablecloth and napkins add a few touches that will show guests you put some thought and effort into creating a table to share time together.  Use patriotic “slap bracelets” as napkin rings, then let your guests don them for the the day (image from BHG.com)! Berries are in season and are the perfect color for Memorial Day. Use them as centerpieces and when all your guests have arrived, put out dip and let guests dig in! This is a fabulous way to stretch your dollar. Bowls of strawberries or blueberries add a great punch of color to your table. If yours is rectangular, line 3 or 4 bowls down the center. For round tables, one large bowl in the center looks pretty. If you don’t want to go monochromatic use mixed berries, the red and blue tones are very patriotic. Flowers always make a table feel special, so take care to choose them in the holiday colors. Daisies, tulips, hydrangea and carnations are all inexpensive year round. When using a flower like these, pick one and go monochromatic. Daisies and Carnations don’t look as rich in a mixed arrangement as they do in a bunch. Create an arrangement with daisies by filling a big bucket or pitcher. A great way to use carnations is to gather them tightly and use them en masse or create several small arrangements and put them out in groupings.    If you love mixed arrangements and want to create one with red, white and blue flowers, make up several and keep them small. Add greens to these arrangements, it keeps them looking natural. Another really simple way to add a festive feel to your party is to stick flags or patriotic pin wheels in potted red geraniums. A couple of these in your yard will really stand out and you can enjoy the flowers all summer. Whether you do it on a large or small scale, take some time and add the red, white and blue to your celebration. It will signal to your...

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Memorial Day Party Activities with Meaning!

Below we have listed a few Memorial Day party activities for the kids that are fun and meaningful. Without the sacrifice of our brave soldiers, we would not have an opportunity to celebrate this holiday as freely as we wish. With that in mind try out these fun ideas and let your red, white and blue spirit shine… How happy are you when you arrive at a party and there’s an activity all set up and ready for the kids to dive into? Depending on the age of the children, you may need to walk them over and introduce them to the activity and other children. This instant icebreaker allows the children to get comfortable and make some “party friends” – once they connect they’ll play all party long. Package some patriotic love and gratitude and send it overseas. Cover the kids’ tables (or activity table) with white butcher paper. Create centerpieces using galvanized buckets filled with crayons, markers and stickers. Put out other fun craft supplies along with red, white and blue construction paper. Ask everyone, even the adults to write a letter or make a card for a soldier. The following day, pack up the letters and cards in a large envelope and send them overseas. Here are some tips on how to send: Go> http://www.penpalsforsoldiers.org Express your patriotism with a parade Prepare an area filled with props and instruments for a parade. Gather the kids and make sure all select a prop (pinwheels, flags, hats) and/or instrument (drums, kazoos, plastic flutes and bells). Have a patriotic playlist ready to go, organize your parade (plan a parade route around the yard), hit the play button and let them march. You may need a Grand Marshall to lead the parade, so get an older child or adult who likes to have some fun and give them their marching orders – make sure to give them a great hat and instrument. Flags for Parade – http://www.americanflags.com/sahafl.html Looking for a little more safety when distributing handheld flags? Then try the Saf-T-Ball flags, which come with a red ball topper rather than a traditional speartop. Pick Patriotic Tunes Patriotic Fathers Album: 4th of July Go to > (enter Patriotic Fathers in the search field)- Perfect for a parade! Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen American Girl – Tom Petty All American Man – Kiss R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. –  John...

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