Invite Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head to Your Anniversary


Everyone remembers having or playing with a Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head in the adventure-filled years of childhood. Toy Story made this vegetable couple even more famous. What makes these two Potato Heads so recognizable is because of their relationship. You can’t have one without the other because when they’re together, they make for some hilarious scenes (in the Toy Story franchise). Have these two delightful characters at your next anniversary.

Potato Game Night

Mr. Potato Head Standee

Mr. Potato Head Standee

Make your anniversary into a game night! Hosted by none other than Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, your guests can enjoy the finest games Hasbro has to offer. With games like Monopoly, Twister, and Clue, your guests will be entertained for hours with the games that have been family favorites for years. Mix things up a bit by adding some casino-type games into the pot! Blackjack and Roulette are casino favorites.

Potato Picnic

Anniversaries are all about you and your loved one. If you two are looking for a quiet afternoon all to yourselves, try having a Potato Head picnic! The unity of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and their dedication to one another will remind you two of your unity and dedication to a faithful marriage for years to come. Plan a simple lunch of turkey and cheese sandwich on paper plates with some vegetables and sweet tea to drink. Make sure you have a tablecloth to put the veggies on!

Potato Party

Mrs. Potato Head Standee

Mrs. Potato Head Standee

If you just want to spend time with the family, sitting around in a circle telling stories of marital blunders or successes, a Potato Head party is just the thing for you. Hang out with your friends and family at any location of your choosing (a restaurant, a rented space, or simply your own home) surrounded by Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, creating fond memories.

So whether you’re planning a large party for all your friends and family to share this anniversary with you or you just want a quiet afternoon to yourselves, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head can make a great addition to any of your plans.

The Ultimate Mardi Gras Cocktail Party


Mardi Gras Party Recipes and Ideas

The ultimate Mardi Gras cocktail party requires the ultimate selection of Mardi Gras cocktails and appetizers, served in an environment totally decked out in the ultimate Mardi Gras theme. Purple, green and gold are traditional background colors for this carnival of carnivals. However, Mardi Gras cocktail recipes tempt pallets with bourbon, rum and fruit juice, while popular appetizers are made with spicy, New Orleans essence.

Festive Mardi Gras Cocktail Party Recipes

Hurricane

Classic Mardi Gras Hurricanes are made with 1 part rum (equal portions of dark and light), 2 parts fruit juice (orange, pineapple and passion preferred), a dash of grenadine syrup and a hint of fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice, squeeze fresh lime juice over the top, add the rest of the ingredients and shake thoroughly. Pour hurricane cocktail into festive Fat Tuesday tableware cocktail glasses, garnished with an orange slice and topped with a cherry to serve.

Tiger Paw

Mix equal parts Southern Comfort, pineapple juice and raspberry wine over a shaker filled with ice. Strain cocktail into a martini glass garnished with fruit and serve on personalized Mardi Gras coasters.

New Orleans Hand Grenade

Mix equal parts gin, grain alcohol, melon liquor, rum and vodka over ice. Add water and sugar to taste and stir well. Guests drinking these powerful cocktails are likely to enjoy wearing festive Mardi Gras glitter masks, and lots of Mardi Gras beads, celebrating the true spirit of Mardi Gras well into the evening.

Easy Crabmeat Spread

 Combine 6 ounces of flaky crabmeat (fresh or canned) with 8 ounces of soft cream cheese and ¼ Cup salsa. Heat mixture in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, until warm, but not hot. Serve with an assortment of crackers.

Golden Triangles

 12 sheets frozen phyllo dough

½ cup melted butter

Cajun Pork Filling

Apricot Dipping Sauce (optional)

Lightly brush one sheet of phyllo dough with some melted butter. Place another sheet on top of first sheet and brush with butter. Cover remaining phyllo dough and set aside. Cut buttered phyllo dough into six equal, horizontal strips. Place 1 tablespoon Cajun pork filling approximately 1 inch from end of strip. Fold one corner over, diagonally, lining it up with edge of strip to create triangle. Continue folding up the strip, until phyllo dough has many layers and is a single triangle appetizer. Repeat for remaining strips. Use rest of phyllo dough to make many more appetizers. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for approximately 10 minutes, until golden brown. Serve with Apricot Dipping Sauce if desired.

Cajun Pork Filling

Thoroughly cook 8 ounces ground pork in a medium skillet. Add 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning and cook for another minute. Stir in ½ Cup soft cream cheese, 1/3 Cup grated carrot and a few dashes hot pepper sauce to taste. Mix well.

Apricot Dipping Sauce

Combine ½ Cup apricot preserves and 1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce in a 1-Cup glass measuring cup. Stir in 1 Tablespoon thinly sliced green onion and ½ teaspoon finely grated orange peel. Microwave on high for approximately 1 minute, until bubbly and warm.

Anniversary Ideas For Guys


Simple Anniversary Ideas to Impress Her

Recreate your honeymoon. Click to beach party supplies.

Okay, men you’re thinking this anniversary planning stuff is just not a “guy” thing and you may be so right; but, she doesn’t have to know how easy it is to implement these creative anniversary ideas. Just a few clicks here and there and you’ve created an anniversary party she won’t forget.

Take Her To The City of Lights

How about a romantic night in Paris without the transatlantic flight? It can be done with Parisian props and the Goldlights of Paris Kit, which includes the Arc De Triumphe Arch and Eiffel Tower to simulate the romance of the Parisian skyline. Create anniversary invitations with lots of personalized choices to get the word out about the special event.

Rock Around The Clock

The party will be peachy keen with a trip to Mel’s Drive-In. Why, party-goers will almost smell the burgers and fries with the 50’s diner photo background. She will look groovy in her poodle skirt and scarf – 50’s costumes. Choose hot pink tableware for the diner. And, don’t forget the stacks of wax and mounds of sounds with your At the Hop Party 50’s Party Music CD. Everyone will be lip-syncing all night long.

Go West Young Man

All the buckaroos will have a great time at your western party theme anniversary. Western party favors include Sheriff’s badges with personalized labels. All will have fun at the party and no one will want to “get out of Dodge.”

It’s Not A Gamble

Hit the jackpot with a casino night party. Wheelers and dealers are greeted with casino theme banners and you can bet the photo poker chips with the anniversary couple’s photo on each chip is a sure party winner.

Don’t Forget The Food

Any of the anniversary party theme ideas should include catered party supplies to help create the theme atmosphere and make set-up, serving and clean-up easy.

Party essentials include plastic champagne glasses for the toast, stay put table covers, squiggle straws, and snap apart plates What a novel idea!

See sir, you did great in planning your next anniversary party. She knew you could do it.

Shep & Wendy Moyle’s 20th Anniversary Best Party List


Shep and Wendy Moyle

Shep and Wendy Moyle celebrate their 20th Wedding Anniversary, September 8, 2010

September 8, 2010 marks the 20th wedding anniversary of Shindigz owners, Shep and Wendy Moyle.

From Wendy: As party of our 20th anniversary celebration, here are the 20 most exciting parties that have happened in the Moyle family the past 20 years:

1. Wedding party – great band (Dr. Bop and the Headliners), friends from all over, family, yummy food (or so I was told since I didn’t have time to eat), beautiful room at the IU Memorial Union and an awesome date!

2. My 40th surprise party – I had no idea. Luau party theme around the pool, more dancing, fabulous decor and loads of chocolate.

3. Madison’s Sweet 16 – white out party. Wonderful group of teens, the set up amazing with lights, white balloons and a bit of neon.

4. Max’s Harry Potter party with a backyard full of boys running/flying around on brooms, dressed as Harry Potter looking for the golden snitch.

5. Chase’s construction party with mini construction cars everywhere, a “dirt” cookie crumb cake, boys in hard hats and a visit from our friend who works in construction with a real Bobcat.

6. Shep’s birthday golf surprise party. Where we all played a 9-hole scramble. He too was surprised. The golf decor so much fun with each table a different hole design.

7. My parent’s 50th anniversary where we all took a trip together complete with color coordinating T-shirts by family.

8. My 49th birthday (hard to believe it was this year) the triathlon scavenger hunt that sent me all over the 1000 islands in Ontario by bike, foot and water. Followed by a surprise party with family (like a mini reunion) I’m not sure if the Wendy candy bars, wendy mini standees or the banners were the biggest hit with old and young alike. I did eat at this party and it was delicious.

9. 50s Sock hop at School – the ShindigZ team did a great job with the help of the 9th grade class to transform the school cafeteria into a 50’s diner. The hot dogs and root beer floats never tasted better. And I think I could get used to the poodle skirt!

10. Grand Mary’s 70th was a wonderful surprise party. With the Swing Band theme everyone was up dancing old and young alike.

11. Euchre parties quarterly – it is hard to select one exact euchre party, but we have been getting together 4 times a year to play cards with a great group of friends. Through the years we get fewer rounds in but the laughs have increased. Always a favorite.

12. Third Grade Christmas party – western theme. It was a hoot. The kids all decorated red cowboy hats with garland and bells, we played a bit of country christmas music and laughed as the teacher attempted to pop the balloon by sitting on it in the balloon/pop/christmas charades relay race.

13. 8th grade graduation – so far we have celebrated two 8th grade graduations. With banners tied to the trolley and large banners with photos from kindergarten on up. A happy passing of time. This year, we will celebrate a high school graduation.

14. Fall hay rides/bonfires – although I prefer the warm weather, there is nothing like a cool fall afternoon/evening around the bonfire. My friend Carol fills Sunday’s in October with fun around the fire, great food and a hay ride with much song singing. I have been to so many, I’ve lost count. My favorite is when our friend Richard from South Africa joined us – we still laugh about the “why do we ride around in the woods in a wagon filled with hay?”. Not a common activity in SA.

15. Annual Christmas Cookie exchange- my calm in the December holiday storm of events. Fabulous girlfriends, yummy food, book exchange, laughter and much girl talk. And perhaps a glass of wine or two. This past year I gave personalized cookie tins filled with delicious Brownstone cookies as a party gift.

16. Chase and Max’s basketball parties. Basketball is a much loved sport around our home so each of the boys has had at least one basketball party. The sports theme that never gets old.

17. Madison pochantas birthday party – it was a scorcher of a day and temperatures were high inside the tee pee. I’m not sure our tribe noticed!

18. New Year’s Eve – we’ve spent many years bringing in the new year with just our family. We bang pots and pans, watch the fireworks and don our best party hats, leis and horns.

19. Annual Halloween trolley – our kids may never stop trick-or-treating. Our simple neighborhood Halloween party has turned into a family and teenage affair. We all still dress and there is much candy being exchanged once collected. The trolley is filled to capacity, but no one seems to mind. I love Halloween.

20. 20th anniversary – party for 2. Just underway!

Throw a Surprise Anniversary Party for a Lucky Couple


Timeless Anniversary Flute

Timeless Anniversary Flute

Do you know a couple who is about to celebrate an anniversary, but who are too busy to plan their own event? Why not give them the ultimate present and throw them a surprise anniversary party?

You’ll need to find a good way to get the word out, so make the best of some party invitations. Be sure to include all of the essential details, and urge guests to be on time so that they won’t ruin the surprise.

To decorate, you can choose to have fun and wild decor, such as mylar balloons, confetti or party curtains. Or you can opt for something more stylish by putting out candles and elegant party centerpieces.

A large personalized banner congratulating the couple on making their love last is sure to bring a smile to their face, especially when they see that all of their closest friends and family have gathered to help them celebrate.

Speaking of the guests, be sure that they don’t leave the party empty-handed. Have some great party favors, such as personalized mint tins or dollar party favors on hand to help them commemorate this important occasion.

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