Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching and everyone is excited to celebrate the biggest sporting event of the year. If you’re planning to throw a football-themed party at home, the first thing you’ll need is a good game plan. Here are some winning football party tips to ensure a fun and successful Super Bowl bash.

Draft Your Guests

The traditional Super Bowl party has become much more than watching the game with other football aficionados. It’s about letting loose and whooping it up with friends over an unending supply of food and drinks. So go ahead and invite your favorite relatives, friends, neighbors, and colleagues even if they’re not keen or familiar with football.

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Wear your favorite team’s colors proudly

Ask your guests to wear clothes in colors that represent the team they’re rooting for. Encourage them to put on face paint and even bring foam fingers to cheer their team on.

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The past year has been quite a roller coaster ride and everyone is looking forward to starting 2014 with a bang. Pulling off the perfect New Year’s Eve Party is easy if you follow these simple suggestions.

Décor

A simple way to enhance the festive look of your existing Christmas décor is to add balloons. Get helium ones in white, silver, or a color that matches your holiday palette. Allowing them to float freely on the ceiling instead of tying them to objects creates great visual impact.

A white table cloth helps reflect light to keep your party space bright. Embellish the table with confetti and a bit of glitter to give it a magical sparkle.

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Party favors such as hats, tiaras, carnival masks, feather boas, horns, streamers, and noisemakers double nicely as décor. Get them in a variety of attractive colors and designs, and let guests take them home as parting gifts. (more…)

Our favorite Christmas songs, whether they’re traditional or modern, embody some of the best aspects of the holiday. This season, impress your guests with unique Yuletide party themes inspired by beloved Christmas tunes.

1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Let everyone’s favorite reindeer guide your holiday decorating and entertaining theme this Christmas.

Décor:

Use reindeer-themed ornaments on your Christmas tree, but keep it elegant by sticking to a single color family, such as red, silver, or gold. Brighten your tree with red and white Christmas lights by swapping out a few clear bulbs with red-colored ones. Create these handmade reindeer paper chains and use them as adorable Christmas mantel decoration.

Menu:

For a fun and easy appetizer, make cute reindeer faces with Laughing Cow cheese wedges, black olives, pretzels, and red peppers.

For dessert, try this recipe for Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies from Bakergirl. These cookies are simple to make, scrumptious, and super cute.

Drinks:

Bright red drinks help make your party theme pop! Cranberry cocktails, strawberry daiquiris, and raspberry martinis are great options. This lively Hibiscus-Honey Iced Tea has a lovely red color and contains a bit of light rum for a nice little kick.

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If you’re planning to host a Christmas party at home, make sure it’s stylish, stress-free, and bursting with Christmas spirit. Throw the hottest holiday bash without breaking a sweat with these quick and simple Christmas party ideas.

1. Make a list, check it twice

To keep your party manageable, limit your guest list based on the size of your dinner table. Any more than 6 will usually require catering, so be sure to invite only those you really want to spend the evening with. Be sure to send out invitations three or four weeks in advance as people’s calendars can fill up pretty quickly.

Prepare your menu and a corresponding shopping list, and then plot down a schedule for cleaning the house, doing the groceries, setting the table, and cooking the dishes.

2. Set the look

Christmas is often characterized by feelings of abundance, but you should avoid over-decorating. Instead, limit the celebration space to three focal points, such as the Christmas tree, the food table, and the fireplace. A lit fireplace makes your home warm and cozy, but if an open fire is not an option, you can cluster together tea lights and candles to create a relaxing mood.

For your table setting, choose a color scheme from your holiday decorating palette and apply this to your centerpiece, table runner, and napkins. Try to use space saving tabletops such as a small floral centerpiece to avoid overcrowding the table.

Don’t forget the music playlist to enhance the fun party atmosphere.

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Scary films have terrorized moviegoers through the decades with their disturbing plots, creepy sounds, and believable visual effects. Here are Treetopia’s picks for the most frightening films of each decade.

The Tingler movie poster1950s: The Tingler (1959)

This camp cult classic tells the story of a pathologist who discovers that spine-tingling is caused by a spinal-cord parasite who lives on human fear. As a person becomes more afraid, the centipede-like organism dubbed as “the tingler” grows stronger and kills its host by crushing his or her spine.

The Tingler became famous when it was originally released in US cinemas with a gimmick that involved vibrating devices on theater chairs that activated at the very moment the film depicted the creature escaping into a movie theater. Consider recreating this spine-tingling effect if you want to give someone some extra fright!

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1960s: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Rosemary's Baby movie posterBased on the 1967 best-selling horror novel by Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby is a terrifying tale of devil worship. In this realistic supernatural drama, Rosemary suspects she’s carrying the spawn of Satan, and that her husband has made a deal with their neighbors in exchange for help in advancing his acting career. The mounting sense of paranoia climaxes in a disturbing revelation.

With a completely believable setting and performances, this horror thriller will lure you into the plot and keep you terrified by the unfolding events as you “Pray for Rosemary’s Baby.”

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Gathering your friends every now and then for a night of fun can help you feel invigorated to take on busy days ahead. This weekend, get your friends all glammed up for a night of lovely concoctions and a fun-filled dance fest.

Here are some tips on how you can graciously host a stress-free cocktail party right in your own living room:

Make Plenty of Room for Your Guests

Arrange your living room furniture so that guests can move throughout the area easily. Push big couches and other bulky pieces against the walls to open up floor space, if necessary.

Gray couches on the side and a bigger floor area

Remove area rugs to make room for a dancing area. The rule of thumb is three square feet of dance floor per dancing guest, so tuck away any thing that might get in the way of dance moves.

Scatter a few podium bar tables where guests can gather around to encourage party movement and conversation. Setting up these mini tables also provides space for people to put down their drinks in case they want to dance or need to go to the powder room.

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If cold autumn days make you yearn for sunny beaches, fresh tropical fruit, and island music, then turn your next party into a summer getaway with a hot Hawaiian theme. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, graduation, or promotion, a luau brings the fun and excitement of the tropics to your gatherings. Here’s what you need to do for a fun luau party:

Decorate your space

Embrace tropical kitsch, and place pink flamingoes and artificial palm trees outside your door to greet party-goers. Extend a warm welcome to your guests with a paper, plastic, or silk Hawaiian lei and a hearty “Aloha!”

Catalina breeze artificial palm trees

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It seems like only yesterday that we were sunbathing by the pool, grilling burgers at picnics, and vacationing at the beach. Now, it’s time to give summer the awesome send-off it deserves. Gather your friends and soak up some of the last bits of summer fun with a rocking party that will be remembered for many seasons to come. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Set the Scene

First, look for inspiration. Think about what summer means to you and use it as the back story for your décor.

Hawaiian-themed glasses

Photo from JasonLangheine via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Yearning for some sun-drenched tropical fun? Plant down some Tiki lights, prop up your old surfboard, and have guests dress up in sundresses and Hawaiian shirts for a luau-style bash.

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Give yourself and your girlfriends a meaningful visual treat by hosting a movie night about empowered women on Women’s Equality Day on August 26

Women’s Equality Day may be a celebration of when women were allowed to vote in America, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate women empowerment in other ways. Get your girlfriends together to celebrate girl power by having a women-themed movie night. Treetopia identifies the women of strength and character in these film selections you may want to screen at your viewing party:

Women of Strength and Integrity

With the rise of independent women in this century, it’s not hard to attest to the strength of women. However, in a world of oppression, will there still be women who will remain vigilant in their respect for life and moral beliefs? This is what Katniss Everdeen proves in the film, The Hunger Games. Watch how she defines and remains true to herself despite the odds (and look good while she’s at it!). May the odds be ever in your favor.

Women of the Work Force 

Are you a true, present-day empowered working woman or have been raised by one? Made in Dagenham depicts a time when women went home with a significantly lower amount of money in their pockets despite working just as much as their male counterparts. Witness the true story of how a group of women, who worked at the Ford Motor Company of Dagenham, England, paved the way for the Equal Pay Act for women in 1968.

Women of Color 

If you and your friends refuse to be classified into society’s narrow categories or go against what you deem unfair, then add The Help to your list of movies for your viewing party. Watch how different women from distinct backgrounds react to and challenge the prevailing system and tell their story.

Woman of Beauty and Suffering 

It is always said that the only person who can truly hinder you from succeeding is yourself. The amazing biopic of Frida, played by Salma Hayek, shows how renowned painter, Frida Kahlo, lived through chronic pain after being pierced with an iron handrail in a bus accident in 1925. While much of the film revolves around her and her relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera, Frida proved that you may break her bones but you cannot crush her spirit.

Gather the girls and celebrate the strength of women in spite of difficult trials that befall them, and remember: when women band together, anything can happen.

What other films can you add to this list? Post your suggestions below!


Barbecue on the grill and fireworks in the sky! Host an awesome party this 4th of July!

You’ve probably attended some awesome 4th of July celebrations that are just packed. Attending big Independence Day parties is great for meeting new people and celebrating without the fuss of preparing and cleaning up. However, if you don’t want to be surrounded by a big crowd this year but still want to celebrate with good food and good people, you can just host your own 4th of July party. Here’s how:

The American Flag

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