Mix & Match Hunt Activity for Kids

Looking for a unique way to entertain kids? Try a mix and match hunt! This fun idea can be adapted to any party theme. Just use your imagination and let your child’s favorite toys be your guide!


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Election Party Planning Guide

Whether you’re planning a rally for your favorite candidate or want to get kids engaged in the democratic process, you can throw an election party to get everyone excited about politics and the freedom to vote.  Here are some tips and ideas to help you all the way to Super Tuesday.

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Pool Party Planning Guide

There’s no better way to cool off during summer than with a pool party. So dive right in and use these tips to make your pool party a splashing success.

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Pirate Birthday: Party Planning Guide

Written By Penny Warner.

Yo-ho-ho, it’s a pirate party for ye swabs! Climb aboard the Jolly Roger Pirate Ship – we're headed for Pirate's Cove for a hearty party with our mates.

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Company Party Ideas with a Patriotic Theme

Looking for ways to keep coworkers and customers engaged during the busy summer months?  Support your community and promote your business by getting involved with parades, family carnivals and other community events. Check out these simple, fun ways your workplace can be a part of patriotic summer celebrations

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Planning the Perfect 4th of July BBQ

The 4th of July is a great time for family and friends to enjoy a warm summer day and come together as we celebrate America’s birthday.  While patriotic parties are perfect for laid back fun, it can be stressful if you’re the host.  Follow these easy tips and you’ll enjoy your party as much as your guests.

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Valentine’s Day Party for Kids

Planning a Valentine’s Day party for kids, whether at home or in the classroom is a piece of cake with this easy guide.  Check out the following ideas for decorations, games, activities, party favors, and food.

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Party Planning Timeline – Start to Finish

Everybody loves to throw the perfect party, from birthdays and baby showers to holiday get-togethers.  With so much to do, sometimes just knowing where to start can be the hardest part.  If you follow this simple timeline, including helpful hints and ideas, planning your party will be a piece of cake!

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Complete Luau Party Planning Guide

By Penny Warner

A tropical luau makes a great theme for any type of party – birthday, reunion, housewarming, clambake, barbecue, or even a bridal or baby shower.

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Creative Holiday Party Ideas

By Penny Warner

Start your holiday celebrations with cheer! Choose a distinctive theme, then personalize the party with your favorite traditions.


Have guests bring ornaments to exchange, then trim the tree over hot cider and munchies.

Invitations: Buy inexpensive ornaments, attach a card with party details written with glitter pens, and mail to guests. Ask them to bring a wrapped ornament to exchange.

Decorations: Choose an ornament theme, such as snowmen, Santa, stockings, stars, or snowflakes. Or try a whimsical theme, such as bags of St. Nick’s Coal (black bubble gum), pink flamingos, seashells, funny frogs, or rubber duckies. Decorate accordingly.


  • Make an ornament. Buy paint-it-yourself wood or ceramic ornaments, then have guests decorate and personalize them with crafts supplies. Make ornaments from kits, such as personalized resin, mini-stockings, beaded icicles, foam Santas, or candy cane reindeer.
  • Exchange an ornament. Have guests draw numbers, then choose a wrapped ornament in order. The next guest gets to choose a wrapped ornament or steal an opened ornament. No one is safe until the last ornament is opened!

Food: Serve an “Appetizer Tree” by sticking cut-up veggies into a Styrofoam cone covered with lettuce. Cut tree-shaped sandwiches using cookie cutters. Serve a tree-shaped cake sprinkled with green tinted coconut and tiny candy ornaments.

Gifts: Buy or make personalized ornaments, tuck them into tiny stockings, and send them with the guests.

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