Zombie motorcycles, man eating piranhas, and Samurai cops – B movies have always produced characters and storylines that range from the ridiculously awful to the downright bizarre. A guilty pleasure for most and an obsession for some, B-movies would make a great theme for your upcoming Halloween party. Treat your guests to an unforgettable night inspired by Hollywood’s most forgettable films with our step-by-step guide on how to throw the ultimate B-movie Halloween Party.

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Just a few weeks have passed since fashion week, so it’s not surprising if you’re still experiencing a “fashion hangover.” The deluge of design inspiration and fashion-themed ideas from this world-famous event is a wonderful resource for home décor schemes and party themes that will help you bring the world of fashion into your home. If you’re planning to throw a stylish fall party, you’re in luck. With just a few fashion-themed tips and tricks, this post will show you how you can recreate the excitement of fashion week at home with your very own “fashionista party.”

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Photo credit: Welcome to Fall by Josh Kenzer on Flickr

You’ve got everything prepped and ready, and your home is a bastion of autumn décor, but what are you planning to serve your guests? Your magazine spread-worthy pumpkin and pinecone display notwithstanding, a party isn’t a party without some stomach-filling, sweet tooth-satisfying, and thirst-quenching treats. If you’re clueless about what to serve your famished guests, don’t lose heart. Preparing a satisfying and beautiful autumn feast is not as daunting as it sounds.
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Whether we realize it or not, as guests, we all seem to follow the same rules to ensure the host of a party will welcome us back with open arms. For example, criticizing the choice of food and wine is a mortal sin at the dinner table, and arriving unannounced or with an unexpected companion is a definite no-go. But how about playing the part of a perfect party host?
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Summer's Last Hurrah

Warm weather, bright colors, pool parties, and outdoor picnics –every good thing deserves a happy ending. As the sun slowly sets on summer, consider hosting a party to savor every exciting moment the season has to offer. Here are some tips and ideas to help you create a fun and memorable summer send-off party.

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Labor Day marks the end of summer and the beginning of end-of-season sales and last-hurrah getaways. As we rush to make the most of the sunniest days of the year, here are a few party themes to consider for your Labor Day weekend party.

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Don’t let the scorching heat stop you from enjoying weekend get-togethers with family and friends. When the weather gets a little too hot to barbecue, invite everyone over for a good old-fashioned ice cream social. This type of party is a fun way to stay cool during the summer and it’s perfect for all ages. Here’s the scoop on how to throw a successful ice cream party.

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Lots of people consider Christmas in July as the perfect excuse to throw parties and have fun. If that’s the case, where do we sign up? People who celebrate this non-holiday do so in traditional Christmas party style—complete with the winter trappings. But if you find heavy sweaters, an open fire, and calorific eggnog way too warm for July, then a summer-friendly Caribbean cruise theme is what you need.

All Aboard

Get your guests on board with the cruise ship theme by sending out paper or email invitations fashioned as “boarding passes.” Choose from dozens of free online templates or create your own with cruise-related images, like anchors, palm trees, or ocean liners.

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Being a dad on Father’s Day can sometimes be rough. According to a consumer survey, over 75% of people feel that moms get more attention than dads on their respective special days. With those figures in mind, it’s time to throw a grand celebration to show your old man just how much you love and appreciate him. To make his party extra fun and meaningful, try incorporating his personality, interests, profession, or favorite hobby into the party’s theme. Here are few Father’s Day party ideas to get you inspired:

All-Star Sports Party

Whether your dad is a weekend warrior or an armchair athlete, a sports-themed party will make him feel like a winner!

Attire

Dad will get a kick out of seeing everyone wearing his favorite team’s uniform or apparel. If finding gear from his favorite team isn’t possible or practical, here’s a simpler option: ask guests to wear the colors of his team. Dressing up in club colors, whether it’s Liverpool FC’s red or the Los Angeles Lakers’ gold and purple, would be an awesome nod to your dad’s fanhood (even if you’re more of a San Antonio Spurs fan).

Décor

Embellish party banners, balloons, and table decoration with the same club colors. Hang pennants and jerseys on the walls, and scatter caps and sports gear around the room. If your dad loves golf, set up a putting mat and encourage his friends to aim for that elusive hole-in-one. Is your dad a sucker for soccer? Borrow or rent a foosball table and stage a Foosball World Cup in his honor!

Dinner

Prepare a dinner fit for champions by serving dad’s signature dishes with tasty stadium-style food. Fill up your Father’s Day menu with spicy chicken wings, hot dogs with toppings, and slices of pizza. Guzzle ice-cold beer in paper cups to wash it all down.

Happening Hippie Party

If dad was a hippie in his heyday, he’ll dig getting down to a far-out Sixties-style ball.

Attire

Ask party-goers to come in their grooviest threads. Men can wear bell-bottoms, classic-rock or tie-dye tees, suede vests with fringes, and beaded belts. The ladies will look great wearing caftans, sandals, and flowers in their hair.

Décor

Set the scene with iconic hippie imagery and objects. Think peace signs and smiley faces on streamers and balloons. A folksy beaded door curtain is the perfect entryway for a room decorated with lava lamps, guitars, vinyl records, scented candles, and Woodstock posters.

Cover the dining table with a tie-dye tablecloth or table runner, and set out placemats, napkins, and cups in psychedelic colors. For a dose of Flower Power, prepare a big floral centerpiece filled with colorful daffodils, dandelions, and daisies.

Dinner

You’ll want to serve healthy-yet-hearty grub, so don’t limit your party food to sunflower seeds and tofu. Instead, prepare a menu consisting of premium cuts of grass-fed steak, whole-grain pasta, organic vegetables, and fresh fruit.

High-Power Professional Party

Your dad could be a savvy business exec, a shrewd finance guy, or a marketing wiz. A high-powered “Mad Men”-inspired Father’s Day celebration at home will make him feel like a million bucks!

Attire

Channel old-school sartorial chic by requesting gents to come in their sharpest power suits, complete with skinny tie and fedoras. For the ladies, a pencil skirt with matching twinset is classy yet comfortable. Guests can also opt for turtlenecks, khakis, and shift dresses to keep things more relaxed.

Décor

No need to go overboard with the décor, but a few details can help evoke the right retro vibe. Get vintage copies of Vogue or Life from the thrift store to display on the coffee table. Hide remote controls, laptops, mobile phones, and other signs of modern tech. A rotary phone is a stylish statement piece that makes for a great conversation starter.

Keep your table setting simple and elegant with white china and your best silverware. Set up a snazzy home bar for your thirsty professionals by investing in some basic barware, essential spirits, and various mixers.

Dinner

Delight dad with some decadent dishes from yesteryear, such as a tangy shrimp cocktail, creamy Caesar’s Salad, prime roast rib of beef, and cheesy Potatoes au Gratin. Polish off a fine meal with an equally satisfying chocolate fondue.

Fun time with the family is probably the one of the best Father’s Day gifts you can give dear old dad. So try out of any these party ideas and throw dad an awesome get-together he’ll cherish forever.

 

Watching a movie at home with family and friends is a great to unwind after a busy week of work. With summer breezing in, why not make movie night more special by having it al fresco?  Watching a movie outdoors is a memorable way to catch up on Hollywood’s string of summer blockbusters. Here are some ideas to make your outdoor movie party an epic blockbuster:

Set the Stage

Whether you’re setting up an outdoor movie theater in the backyard, driveway, or the rooftop of a building, finding a spot that provides optimum viewing distance and lighting is important. Make sure your audience sits at comfortable distance from the screen, and avoid areas where street lamps or lighted signs can cast a glare on the screen.

Offer your guests a variety of comfortable seating options, such as folding chairs, ottomans, or lawn recliners. You can also lay down some mats, sleeping bags, or blankets for anyone who prefers to watch lying down. If the evening gets chilly, throw out some pillows, cushions, and quilts to keep everyone extra cozy.

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