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Feb 03 2012

Football fanatic? Party lover? Just watching for the commercials? Well now you can celebrate all three with a super fun Superbowl bash! Superbowl Sunday parties are great because it's super casual and it's ALWAYS a great time.

Prepare to get really festive and bring out you creative side with some of these fun-filled ideas:

Little Sprout Creations

1. Okay, let's start with the two teams: New England Patriots and New York Giants. So, why not plan your food and drinks around the Superbowl contestants?

New England: Cape Cod, Boston Tea Party, and clam chowder. . .some of this may ring a bell!

Stuffed Lobster Rolls– these take a bit of prep but they're worth it!

Thick and Creamy New England Clam Chowder– this can cook while you're making the lobster rolls!

Whoopie Pies– famous in the state of Maine, these will fill your sugar craving for sure!

Samuel Adams Boston Lager– the name says it all. . .a true New England drink!

New York: Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and Central Park. . .and the list goes on!

New York Style Pizza– don't go for delivery or settle for frozen pizza. . .channel your inner Italian and start rolling some dough!

Baked Buffalo Wings– by being baked and not fried, these wings are healthy AND have a quick prep time!

Chocolate Cannoli– cool your mouth off from those wings with these savory chocolate snacks!

The New Yorker– not a beer fan? Try this fresh cocktail!

2. Got some downtime before the game? Challenge your guests with some Superbowl trivia! Before the party begins:

-Research and print out some Superbowl facts

-Cut them into strips of paper and put them in a bowl

-Have your guests take a piece of paper out of the bowl as they arrive

3. Another fun Superbowl party game is buy a small gift (maybe a giftcard) and have your own version of a raffle. Have your guests write down their guess of the game's final score and whoever has the closest score, wins the gift!

4. For decorations, get creative! Here are some fun ideas

Hostess with the Mostess

Photo: Julie Mulligan

Wants and Wishes 

Jan 26 2012

If you're in the midst of planning a fun little get-together, you're probably trying to think of some fresh new ideas to throw into the usual drinks and finger foods. Remember how fun birthday parties used to be when we were little kids? Balloon animals, moon bounces, dress-up clothes, and candy were all it took to entertain us–don't worry, I'm not suggesting you get a clown or anything like that. Bring out your goofy inner-child and get creative with some of these playful ideas while still maintaining a budget:

1. Make your own photo booth–this is very easy to do, super inexpensive, and so much fun! All you need is a digital or Polaroid camera, a tripod stand, and a blank bed sheet. Decorate the bed sheet however you like and set your camera to a timer and snap away!

2. Another thing that livens up a boring bash is throwing an elephant in the room. . .White Elephant that is! White Elephant parties are super cheap and always put a smile on everyone's face. White Elephant parties usually go something like this:

Set a price limit, like $10–usually White Elephant parties involve simple gag gifts. Everyone randomly picks a number out of a bowl–to decide what order each person grabs a gift from the pile. Here's where the fun comes into play: the second person up to get their gift has the choice to pick a random gift from the pile or steal the gift person #1 unwrapped which applies to everyone thereafter.

Wacky gift idea: pretty much anything from Skymall, pajama jeans, the shake weight. Its always fun to add a good gift too (everyone will be fighting over it)

3. The Jackson 5, I Dream of Genie, Fun Dip, PacMan. . .some childhood favorites! We definitely don't see these things around anymore and it's a darn shame! So why not bring them back? One party planning idea is to throw a childhood bash. Here's how:

Photo: The cupcake blog

Food and Drink: this is really easy to do thanks to Hometown Favorites, an old-fashioned online food store.

Entertainment/TV: If you're like me and you have your old Nintendo 64 buried in storage, whip that sucker out and get your Super Mario on!

Music: Pull out the ipod, put it on your old school library (we all have one), and bust a move.

These are just some suggestions but also tell your guests to bring any childhood toys or games to get more reminiscent juices pumping!

Whichever suggestion you decide on or create yourself, I'm sure your party will have a great playful flare and make your guests not want to leave! Remember that party planning is supposed to be fun first and stressful second.

Nov 28 2011

Almost all brides all have the same issue when it gets time to do the guest list…too many people! Whether its a space issue at your venue or you can’t have the dream wedding you saw on Style Me Pretty because the more people the more money. Some people think it’s just extra money for a dinner or two but that’s not the case. More people=more tables=more rentals=more centerpieces=more meals=more cake=more money.

Now the big question, how do you decide who gets the cut? I found this cute graph on wedding bee that may help.