Everything You Need to Know About Hosting a Summer Party for Tweens


Everything You Need to Know About Hosting a Summer Party for Tweens

Beat the Heat

Pinata's are fun for all ages!

Pinata’s are fun for all ages!

Use water balloons as balls in a fun game of dodgeball.  Not only is it a classic group game it will help cool off your guests as they enjoy themselves.  Water balloons can also be turned into piñatas that surprise the player with a shower of water when they break the balloon.  Or add a regular piñata as another game to play.

Make the Decorations a Game

Place small favors in balloons that way each child is able to break a balloon and earn a favor.  Any small favor in a balloon can turn a regular balloon into an individual piñata for each of your guests.  If you would rather not pick up the pieces of broken balloons then hanging gliders would be another option.  Before the activities the gliders make fun decoration.  During the activities it is quite simple to have a glider flying contest.  Simply take them down and see who can throw theirs the furthest.

Angry Birds

If you want to integrate some bird slinging and pig popping fun into your party an Angry Birds party would be right on target.  With decorations and tableware to fit this theme you can make sure only the birds are angry at your party.  You can create your own levels for your guests to defeat.  Set up blocks in fun configurations and fling your bean bag birds try and knock them all down.

Hawaiian Party

Personalized Surfboards from Shindigz!

Personalized Surfboards from Shindigz!

Break out the leis and grass skirts and have a luau this summer.  Invite your guests to participate by donning Hawaiian print shirts, grass skirts, and as many leis as they want.  With a few surfboard and palm tree standees any space can look like an island paradise.  To add to the fun have a limbo or hula hoop contest to see who has the most island spirit.

Even the pickiest tweens will find themselves having fun at your party this summer.

The Top 5 Summer Birthday Party Themes for 2013


A Luau Themed Summer Party

A Luau Themed Summer Party

You’ve got one big advantage when planning a summer birthday party, compared to wintertime.

Warm summer weather which means you can include outside activities.  With a little planning and perhaps reserving a spot at a local park, your birthday party options have multiplied.

To help you narrow down the possibilities, here are the Top 5 Summer Birthday Party Themes for 2013:

  1. Buzz.  As in Buzz like a bee.
  2. Stars. Summertime is the best season for star gazing and a popular party theme.
  3. Patriotic.  With Memorial Day in May, Flag Day June 14th and Independence Day July 4th, there will be plenty of flags flying.
  4. Hollywood.  Walk the Red Carpet.
  5. Luau. The perfect outdoor party theme for all ages.

Explore in more detail each of these summer birthday party themes at our Birthday Decorations website.

Share Travel Stories at Your “Home from Vacation” Party


You’re Home from Vacation—What Do You Do Next?

Rather than arriving home from your vacation dreading the inevitable return of fall, plan a party for you and all your friends.  Welcome everyone back home a week or so after you return for a little get-together!

Bring the Beach with You!

Did you go on an exotic vacation, visiting sandy beaches and trying to see the edge of the ocean?  Perfect!  Set up a beach party scene and tell your guests that you brought the beach home with you!  Decorate with some tiki torches and candles, have a few palm tree coolers set up filled with cans of soda, lemonade, and juice, and greet each guest with a flowered lei.  You could also wear a grass skirt to help set the theme of the party.  Encourage your guests to bring pictures and souvenirs from their vacations to share with the other guests.

To go along with the “bring the beach home” theme, you can get creative and concoct your own tropical fruit punch to serve when the story sharing starts.  To add a little more flavor to the homemade fruit punch, try using frozen fruit for ice cubes in the drinks!  Also, plan on serving fresh fruit and veggies (maybe even veggie pizza) so your guests don’t fill up on sugar or unhealthy snacks.

Back on the Boat

If you went on a cruise and you’re currently experiencing the back-in-the-USA blues, plan a party with a nautical theme so you can get out of your doldrums!  You can hang a nautical-themed mural on one wall in the main party room.  You can also find fun anchor cutouts to hang and fishnet to drape over tables to help set the mood.

Deciding what type of food to serve for a cruise-themed party might prove a little more difficult.  You could go for the buffet-type and ask each person to bring their favorite dish.  Another good option is a seafood theme to go with your nautical theme.  Go for shrimp rings and shrimp cocktails, maybe plan an informal sit-down dinner and prepare salmon or tilapia for your guests.

The most important thing in any “home from vacation” celebration is for you and all your friends to get together, share stories, and celebrate the fact that everyone is home safe and had a wonderful, relaxing vacation.  Take the time to relax and catch up with your friends before everyone has to settle back into the hustle and bustle of life.

Top Five Summer Party Ideas


School’s out!  Party on!  The best part of summer is relaxation in the warm weather, so why not create a few fun summer parties for all your friends to enjoy?  Take advantage of the warm weather and plan a few outdoor parties!  The easiest way to do so is by picking a theme and simply altering your party just enough for the theme to work outdoors rather than indoors.  Here are a few ideas:

1.) Luau Summer Pool Party:   Break out the bathing suits, Hawaiian shirts, leis, and grass skirts!  What better way to ring in summer than with a pool party?  Provide all your guests with a coconut cup filled with a tropical punch-flavored slushy drink and at least one lei to throw around their neck.   In addition to those fun luau favors, give your female guests grass skirts and flowers to put in their hair!  Scatter a few palm tree coolers around your yard to give guests a place to find more cold beverages once their slushy drink is gone.  What are your options if you don’t have a pool?  Use a sprinkler and your garden hose!

2.) Backyard Summer Barbecue:  While, yes, it seems to go hand-in-hand with the luau pool party, it’s just different enough to be a second great summer party.  Plan a menu first: pulled pork sandwiches (barbecue or not), corn (on or off the cob), and fruit would make a great, summery combination.  Decorate your tables with a classic barbecue red gingham table cover and provide fun plates, napkins, and utensils.  Then, as your guests sit at their tables to enjoy their food, serve another cool summer treat: a sherbet float in a goblet with a fun squiggle straw!  Just pour lemon-lime soda over two or three scoops of rainbow sherbet ice cream.  It’s a fun, fruity twist on a classic summer favorite, the root beer float.

3.) Fifties Drive-in Summer Picnic:  This is where the classic root beer floats and black cows (a cola poured over vanilla ice cream) from the fifties come into play!  Decorate your tables with a float candle and serve your guests both yummy ice cream beverage in classic soda shop glass that your guests can take home as a fun summer favor.  A few other great favor ideas are plush dice that your guests can hang from their rearview mirrors (especially if they have fun, old-fashioned cars that they’ve worked to restore), classic black sunglasses for the men, and diamond cat sunglasses for the women.

4.) Carnival Summer Party:  Summertime equals festivals, parades, theme parks, and carnivals!  Every teenager looks forward to a summer trip to a theme park to ride roller coasters and eat the amazing junk food that appears at every theme park across America.  Why not bring a fun, carnival-like junk food alley to your backyard?  When your guests arrive at your party, greet them at the entrance and place a sparkly wrist band on them so they can feel like it’s a private carnival rather than simply a summer carnival party.  Also, give each guest a carnival favor box that they can decorate to hold their candy as they play games.  Plan a wide variety of carnival games for every guest to participate in.  When it comes to thinking of prizes for the games, hand out candy at each game booth.  Keep a concession stand open for your guest to come find food and snacks, such as banana splits in dessert servers and popcorn in popcorn bags.

5.)  Pirate Summer Party: This will give your guests a bit of a twist on a classic summer beach party.  When you send out party invitations, include a note that requests your guests to attend in a pirate costume—this is a great way to have a costume party in the summertime!  Invite your guests to participate in a treasure hunt, with rewards along the way.  Then, give them pirate pouches to keep those rewards (or their pirate booty) in.  At the end, when your guests get to the treasure chest, they can arrive to find it filled with yummy ice cream treats and popsicles!  A word to the wise: wait as long as possible to hide this.  Send your guests on a wild goose chase to the front of the house, thinking you hid the treasure there. Then, when they get back to the central party area and see the chest, they’ll be shocked!

There are many other ways to ring in summer and many other fun summer party ideas to plan.  Just remember the keys of summer and your planning will go easier: fun games, warm weather, and cool frozen treats will make your friends and guests love every summer party that you host.

Not Just Any Picnic—Theme It!


The summer is a perfect time to have a picnic with the kids, grandkids, or friends and soak up some sun! What’s even better is to create a theme for your picnic with theme party supplies to keep everyone entertained and excited about picnicking. You can even have “play dates” with friends & their children each week and rotate the organizer role so everyone can get creative! Here are some great themes for your summer picnics:

Beach Party:
Be a cool surfer dude or dudette at your next picnic. You’ll be riding the cool wave with your kids for a long time with this theme!

Sports Party Picnic:
The boys and sporty girls will LOVE a sports themed picnic with tons of games and activities!

Whether you choose one of these fun party themes or one of your own, we’re sure your lunch guests will be excited to picnic with you in the future!

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