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Save The Date! Ensure Your Guests Don’t Forget With These Fun Engagement Party Ideas

Engagement parties typically occur shortly after the proposal and provide a fun way for you to introduce your soon-to-be spouse to all of your friends and family if they haven’t already met. Engagement parties also give people a formal place to congratulate you. However, many people don’t feel obligated to attend because the wedding and reception are a much bigger deal — so it takes a little more effort to get people to save this date. If you want to have a great turnout, take a look at these engagement party ideas to ensure guests won’t forget.

Create Memorable Engagement Party Invitations


People need an invitation to remind them that you’re having an engagement party. It doesn’t need to be as fancy as your wedding invitation but it should still be memorable. Engagement party invitations are your opportunity to show off some personality and get your guests excited to attend. Let them know if you’ll have gourmet food, dancing, games, or anything else that they won’t want to miss. People are more likely to attend if they have something to look forward to. Then, make sure to send a last-minute reminder through social media so it stays fresh in your guests’ minds.

Create Memorable Engagement party invitations

Make it a Themed Engagement Party


Parties are always more fun when they’re themed. Your wedding and reception are supposed to be more formal, so your engagement party is the perfect place to have a more relaxed time. Some great engagement party theme ideas include a beach luau, a Hollywood red carpet event, mystery dinner, or something from around the world. Make the theme fun and exciting so that people won’t want to miss your bash.

Make it a themed

Host a Destination Engagement Party


Destination weddings are all the rage, so why not host your engagement party away from home, too? This helps you get people to commit to coming because they have to plan in advance. Choose someplace fun and help offset your guests’ costs so that more people are able to attend. You can also remind your guests about the engagement party by sending out party favors for the trip, such as water bottles and travel-sized items.

Host a destination engagment party

Serve Dinner at Your Engagement Party


Free food is a great way to get people to save the date for your engagement party. Get them to commit to coming by asking for a meal decision. For instance, have them choose between chicken and shrimp, or even between meat and vegetarian sauces. Then, once your guests arrive, wow them with a stunning table setting. Get special plates, cups, and napkins for the occasion, and make sure your centerpiece is the feature of the room.

These are just a few engagement party ideas to get you started. If you plan something outstanding, you’re sure to get more people to come. Host a themed party, serve dinner, or go somewhere fun. An amazing turnout is all in the planning.

Serve Dinner at Your Engagment Party

5 Wacky Bachelorette Party Themes So Far This Year

If you’re lucky enough to be a maid of honor this year, you’re probably devoting lots of mental energy to planning the perfect bachelorette party. After all, that’s one of the MOH’s most sacred duties! If you’re having trouble thinking up a fabulous theme, take a look at five of this year’s most original—and fun—bachelorette party ideas.

Look Into The Future


Hire a tarot card reader, palm reader, or astrologer and take a look into the future. If your budget is limited, ask a friend to dress as a gypsy and create your own fortune telling booth. Set the scene with a fog machine, purple and black balloons, and lots of beads and bangles. As an extra bit of fun, give each guest a notebook in the bride’s wedding colors and ask her to write a prediction for the bride-to-be. Put the notebooks in a keepsake box for the bride to open on her first anniversary.

Look into the future

The Wine Tasting


If your bride-to-be is a wine lover, why not arrange a wine tasting event? Check the vineyards, wine stores, and wine bars in your area to arrange a tasting schedule. You’ll definitely want to hire a limo or van to get everyone around safely in case you catch a buzz. If you don’t have wineries in your area, consider hiring a bartender or wine specialist from a favorite restaurant for the evening and host a private tasting event at home. Give guests a personalized wine glass commemorating the party.

Wine Tasting

The Sexy Skill Night


Hire a pro to teach the bridal party a sexy skill like pole dancing, strip tease moves, or other hot moves to tempt the groom. Many dance studios have private rooms for bachelorette parties but if you’re uncomfortable in public, bring the instructor to your home. If the bride is less risqué, substitute something that suits her interests, like a class in cake decorating, painting, or line dancing. Take lots of pictures and present the bride with a personalized scrapbook or photo album of the evening.

Sexy Skill Night

The Cupcake Crawl


Cupcakes are always a hit, so why not turn the pub crawl into a cupcake crawl? Pick three or four of your favorite cupcake shops – or restaurant desserts if you don’t have cupcake cafes in your town – and go on a yummy sugar binge. Hire a driver and keep champagne and a few salty snacks in the limo to refresh the palate between tastings. Be sure to give guests a cute favor box to hold their leftovers or any goodies they buy to take home.

cupcake crawl

The Cocktails and Panties Party


Ask each guest to write her favorite cocktail recipe on a recipe card and buy a pair of sexy panties for the bride that best represents the cocktail. After enjoying a cocktail hour, ask the bride to open the panties one at a time and try to match the panties to the cocktail recipe it represents. If she gets it wrong, she has to take a drink. If she gets it right, the guests have to take a drink. Add a fun twist by asking the bride  to guess which guest chose the panties and cocktail.

These bachelorette party themes are sure to be a hit with the bride-to-be and her guests, and you’ll win the prize for best maid of honor.

cocktails and panties

Four Batman Party Games Sure to Please Your Crowd

Batman has been thrilling comic book and movie lovers for generations. Thanks to a variety of costumes, games, and accessories, every guest at your party gets to feel like the Caped Crusader. Start with these games to help you develop your own ideas.

Batman Heroes and Villains Party Game

Batman, one of the world’s greatest detectives, never lets a bad guy escape for long. With the Batman Heroes and Villains Party Game, guests get to use their sleuthing skills to solve a variety of mysteries. This is a scavenger hunt game that will send children and adults all over the house, and potentially outdoors, looking for clues that lead to the next item.

Hopefully, one of the good guys will track down the final clue and save the day.

Use prizes to encourage players to get into the game. By the end, everyone is a winner because they get to enjoy a unique scavenger hunt set in the world of Detective Comics.


Batman Balloon Pop

Batman spent years honing his martial arts skills. A Batman balloon pop game gives everyone at your party an opportunity to reveal their hidden talents.

For adults, attach several Batman balloons to a piece of plywood. You can also use a tree, shed wall, or any other surface that won’t get damaged. Hand players a few darts and ask them to form a line. This game is similar to darts, but it gives players a larger target and a satisfying pop when they hit the balloons.

For children, turn the balloon pop game into a wrestling match. Insert small party favors into each balloon before blowing it up. When you unleash the children on a room full of balloons, encourage them to pop them with their own bodies. When the balloons explode, the kids get rewarded with small trinkets and candy.


Batman Says!

Everyone knows the game Simon Says. During this party, Batman gets a turn to call the shots.

Follow the same rules as you would playing Simon Says, but try to incorporate some of the actions typically found in a Batman comic book. Commands like “Batman says, go pow!” will fit right into the party’s theme. Having a Batman costume makes it more authentic. No one wants to disobey Batman.


Race to the Batcave

You don’t need anything fancy to play a Batman-themed game. A simple streamer with the Batman emblem on it is all it takes to set up a fun race to the Batcave.

Use household items to create an obstacle course for kids or adults. One fun option includes having players place their foreheads on a baseball bat handle and spin around before running across the lawn. You can also have a three-legged race that encourages teammates to work together.

Use the streamer as the finish line so the winner can break through like someone finishing a high-speed footrace. It’s simple, but it’s a lot of fun.

With all of these options, you can find an activity that all of your Batman-loving guests will enjoy.


Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake Ideas

Walt Disney introduced Mickey Mouse to the world in 1928. It’s hard to believe that the iconic character has been entertaining children and adults for so long. Since Mickey Mouse is still popular among boys and girls, parents may want to explore Mickey Mouse birthday cake ideas.

Make Your Own Cake Shaped Like Mickey Mouse

Guests attending a Mickey Mouse birthday party will expect desserts that look like the cartoon character. It’s possible to make a Mickey Mouse cake using regular pans, but it’s inconvenient. Using circular pans, you’ll need at least three to make the face and two ears.

Getting a cake pan shaped like Mickey Mouse’s head makes it easier for the average person to create a realistic Mickey Mouse cake. You don’t need any professional cake decorating experience when the pan includes details for the face, nose, mouth, and ears.


Make Cupcakes More Fun with Mickey and Minnie

Hosts who want to keep their parties as simple as possible can make cupcakes that require less preparation and cleanup than regular cakes. With cupcakes, guests can enjoy their desserts without even using forks.

Mickey and Minnie cupcake rings turn regular cupcakes into celebratory desserts that your guests will love. This is one of the easiest options because you just have to insert the rings into each cupcake. It doesn’t matter if you make the cupcakes yourself or buy them at the store.

Another advantage of using these Disney cupcake rings is that guests get to take keepsakes home with them.

You can also use Mickey Mouse Clubhouse fun pix that slide into cupcakes. The kids don’t get to take home Mickey and Minnie rings, but you can still decorate cupcakes to make them fit the birthday party’s theme.


Celebrate With a Mickey Mouse Molded Candle

A Mickey Mouse molded candle gives you another easy option. When you have a candle shaped like Mickey Mouse, you just have to put it in the cake like you would any other kind of candle. When you choose a Mickey Mouse candle, though, it’s almost like your child’s favorite Disney character joins the party.

Parents can make the Mickey Mouse theme even more fun by handing out Mickey Mouse ear headbands. Practically any child can wear these headbands comfortably. Adults willing to tolerate a tight fit can also wear the headbands. Now you have a whole party of fun-loving mice who can blow out candles and reenact scenes from their favorite Disney cartoons.


Have Mickey Deliver the Cake

All of these options are great Mickey Mouse birthday cake ideas but parents can add a lot of excitement to the party by dressing up as Mickey Mouse. You could even have Mickey deliver the cake. Get all of the parents in on the joke as you pretend that the cake has gone missing. When Mickey arrives to save the day, the kids will likely lose their minds!

Many kids and adults love Mickey Mouse. If you have a unique cake idea that involves Mickey, make it a part of your next party.


Beautiful Pink Tea Party Ideas for Birthdays or Bridal Showers

Tea parties are great themes for birthdays and bridal showers because they offer so much versatility. Do a chic, funky version, a princess-themed tea party for small kids, or an English style high tea if you want to get really fancy. With pink as your main color, your tea party is sure to be a hit.

Classy Decorations

The first thing your guests will see upon entering your home or venue are the decorations, so you want them to stand out and fill the party with just the right ambience. When going pink, it’s easy to overdo hot pink and glittery items. So keep most of your decor muted and use a few hot pink items as accents rather than going over the top. If you keep to one or two main pink items as decorations, you’ll keep your decor looking classy and not gaudy.

A pom pom garland will look very cute strung across the tops of windows or your ceiling. In lieu of a chandelier, try a floral topiary decorated with soft pink roses. This will look especially pretty if you go with a garden theme and add some pretty butterfly decorations. If you want to spruce up your tables a bit, consider some pink gossamer flourishes.


Teacups Filled with Cupcakes

A tea party isn’t complete without finger food, and no party is complete without cake. Use these adorable teacup-shaped cupcake holders to create an adorable, elegant snack your guests will love. Get creative with your cupcakes by dying the frosting pink. Or, make white cake and use food coloring to create pink batter as well. For some extra birthday flare, stick a pink striped candle into each cupcake to make the occasion especially festive. If you want to make your cupcakes the center focus of your table, use a pink cupcake stand to prettily arrange them.


Ceramic Tea Set Centerpiece

A cute little ceramic tea set is great for a tea party bridal shower or birthday party because you can use it in different ways. Coupled with some silk rose petals and a classy tablecloth, this tea set will make an adorable centerpiece for your tea party bridal shower. If you’re planning a birthday party, the kids will love drinking out of the tiny cups. Fill the teapot with water or sprite so if any spills occur, nothing gets stained.


Adorable Gift Bags for Each Guest

Nothing is better than leaving a great party with a little reminder of the fun time you had. Give your guests a wonderful final impression by handing out party favors that wrap up the day’s theme. Put small gifts inside these hot pink favor boxes. Go to your local candy shop and have fun picking out chocolate and pink candies. Throw a couple packets of your favorite tea inside. Finally, complete the set with lip gloss in the shape of cupcakes, sure to please any birthday party attendee, and make the guests of your bridal shower feel sunny and youthful.

While you’ll go in different decor directions depending on whether you’re planning a birthday party or a bridal shower, most of these ideas will work for either. As long as you remember not to overwhelm guests with too much of the same hot pink color, your party is going to be fabulous.


Kelly Jacob’s Roaring 20s Party is the Bees Knees!

Thank you Kelly for sharing your party with us!

When I was asked to throw a Roaring 20s Theme party for a friends birthday, I knew exactly where to start.  Shindigz “dark brown brick paper” was perfect as the backdrop for my speak easy. Easy to put up I quickly had every wall covered of my friends basement. The paper is so realistic that people actually thought his basement was brick.

Brick wall

same brick wall

Adding to the allure of the brick wall was my “All that Jazz” Flapper Standee who comes with her own feather boa.

rum vodka wine

I used old wine crates and spray painted bottles to show that my speakeasy was well stocked.  Shindigz “Dollar Bags” added to the motif with fake money spilling out the tops of the bags.

buffet table

Dinner was served off a real wine barrel table and highlighted by Shindigz customized Speakeasy sign.

buffet 2

Candles, pearls and feather centerpieces added detail to the theme.


Guests were treated to a Champagne fountain.  The tiered Chandelier gave the champagne more elegance.


And personalized champagne bottles as favors.


An absolute “must have” and the crowd favorite was the “Mugshot Background with Personalized sign

group photo

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The black foil curtain separated “reality” from  the 1920s as guests entered thru it to reach the speakeasy.


Guests were treated to handmade chocolate cigars and candy cigarettes.


cigarette box

Wanted” photos of the birthday boy decorated the walls of the speakeasy, as well as quotes popular to the era.




And there’s no Roaring 20s without gambling.  So a blackjack table was used as decor but later became an active part of the party.

blackjack table

Not pictured is “Jazz Trumpet Player” with his music box that belted out a continuos jazz tune that greeted guests at the door.
The party guests were also treated to signature drinks, prizes for best dressed and a quiz on “How well do you know the birthday boy?”
My Roaring 20s party was complete using the amazing and realistic decor from Shindigz and some personal touches of my own.



Great DIY Elmo Party Favor Ideas

If your little one giggles along to Elmo during Sesame Street, why not create a birthday full of laughter with the fuzzy red Muppet? Whether for baby’s first birthday or a ticklish toddler, guests will bring Elmo’s World memories home with these five do-it-yourself party favor ideas:

C is for Crayons. P is for Party Pails.

Ditch the conventional cellophane party favor bag and opt for a more permanent option. Kids get to reuse them for Halloween, Easter, or just hold onto them as a souvenir.

Make this a more educational take-home gift. After all, Elmo loves his crayons! Find coloring pages on the Sesame Street website, and add coloring books, crayon sets, rulers, stickers, and little story books to stick in your pails.

Plus, they  perfectly hold any piñata treats and traditional favors little ones love like blowouts and bubbles.


Dorothy Fish Bowls

Sure Ernie has his rubber duckies but in Elmo’s World, it’s all about his goldfish, Dorothy. Give party guests an adorable nod to Elmo’s goldy, Dorothy, by making little fish bowls.

Buy mini plastic fish bowls and fill them with goldfish. Put blue construction paper as the background and write your child’s name and birthday year.

For another Dorothy homage that’s toddler-sized, try marshmallow or cake pops. Just add blue-dye, melted chocolate, graham goldfish snacks, and lollipop sticks to your party supplies list.


Cookie Monster Approved Treats

Decorating Elmo cookies looks a lot harder than it seems. Simply bake round sugar cookies, add red frosting and white and black frosting for the eyes, an orange M&M or jellybean for a nose, and black licorice or half an Oreo cookie for a mouth (two cookies in one!) Display on an adorable Elmo cupcake stand.

Or, just bake some chocolate-chip cookies and place them on Sesame Street plates (featuring Cookie Monster, of course) and wrap the plates in cellophane. Add a milk carton or bottle for a cute effect and an after-dinner snack for mom, dad, and tyke’s enjoyment.

For the extra-mini Muppet fan, fill plastic baby bottles with mini chocolate chip cookies. Then decorate the bottles with cutouts. Or, melt some chocolates and adhere edible Elmo icing decorations to Oreos for delicious ElmOreos.



Elmo and Zoe’s Lemonade Stand

Make sure your creative party favors stand out. Instead of a boring table display, recreate Elmo and Zoe’s lemonade stand. Put your host, Elmo, to work at your drink stand with a life-sized balloon. Take pictures of the guests with the Elmo balloon and have a perfect addition to thank-you notes, as well.

Any table, wooden crate, or chest will work. Cover the surface with a tablecloth that shows Elmo and friends. Then use a banner or sign to mark it as the lemonade stand. How about: “[Insert birthday child’s name]’s La, La, La, La, La Lemonade.”

Serve lemonade in Elmo-themed cups, display matching drink napkins, and place your goodies next to each cup.

Toddlers love Elmo’s smiling face and bringing him home to your birthday baby’s friends keeps the celebration and laughter going. With your creative and colorful sweets and favors, your guests won’t need directions to Sesame Street.


Science Birthday Party by Sarah Sinkus

$100 Party of the Week winner Sarah shares her son’s love for Science at his birthday party.

My son loves science so i was trying to come up with a fun way to incorporate that in to a party I think I found it.  I love diy parties and out of the box of ordinary. So as i was searching for things for the party I realized I could reuse   a lot  of my Halloween decor that I already have.


I needed some decor so I decided to bring out my cricut machine.  I cut out scientists using a cartridge and i cut banner shapes and letters. I then just put it together with string.

science banner

science table

I decided on lots of bright neon colors. To go along with the theme, these fresh lime 9″ plates were used for food.  And I covered the table with a black plastic table cover from Shindigz.  I found these great light bulb jars and i put water in them and broke glow sticks in them it was a very cool effect. I also took different shape potion bottles i had in my Halloween stuff and filled with water and food coloring. Their cups are actually measuring flasks I found.  The little tubes on table are filled with nerds kind of a test tube feel. I also had petri dishes i made jello in and some had nerds in it or other candy for effect.


I decided we were going to do experiments and they could take home instead of junk in favor bags. We made slime and put in these containers and i made the labels on my computer.  (You can also personalize stickers at Shindigz.)

science table

We even had a science show courtesy of my husband and his friend complete with dry ice.

science cake

I usually  make all my cakes but i was a little busy so i bought one this time.

lab coats

All the kids had men’s white button down shirts as lab coats (my friend happen to be getting rid of them). I also baought some adult throw away lab coats for us and bigger kids. They had so much fun in them and in this picture they are doing diet coke and mentos explosion.

favor boxes

I made them all lab badges on my computer for them and the favor bags are black boxes and have their badges and one take home experiment and their safety goggles .they got to take home the things we made as well and their drinking cups.


science sign

We also made lava lamps with oil water food coloring.  It was a huge hit with the kids.  I made this sign for front door on my computer.   It was so much fun I cant wait for my next big idea.

Thank you for sharing your party with us Sarah!


How to Incorporate Real Toys Into Your Toy Story Birthday Party Decorations

Decorating for parties is a lot of fun, but when your kid’s party is themed, you want to go above and beyond the standard crêpe paper and balloons. What better way to decorate for a Toy Story party than to incorporate real toys into the decor? Use these fun tips to sprinkle actual toys throughout the party and give the kids an authentic Toy Story experience.

Create a Toy-Filled Centerpiece

Cupcake stands don’t just have to hold cupcakes; they don’t even have to hold food. To make the ultimate Toy Story centerpiece for your table, grab a cupcake stand or two, then fill it with toys. Sit them on the edges next to each other like they’re looking out at the kids. Toy Story action figures are especially fun but any toys will do to create a cool effect. The cupcake stand itself is Toy Story-themed, so no matter what you have, it’ll work perfectly.


Costume Items Provide Instant Games

Kids love to play dress-up, and the characters in Toy Story offer so much material for impromptu games. Stock up on toy cowboy hats and toy space helmets. These items will look awesome on display atop a table or adorning a wall and will be even more fun when they come down. The kids might reenact scenes from the movies or make up their own scenarios. Make believe is the best kind of fun because the possibilities are endless. To incorporate even more characters, burlap sacks with paper cut out features will do in a pinch for the potato heads, and anything green can become an alien or Rex the dinosaur.


Mini Toys Make Great Place Settings and Party Favors

Give the kids a fantastic last impression of the party by sending them home with top-notch party favors. Start by decorating each place setting at the table with these cool tiny toys which the kids will have a ball playing with while they wait for cake. Then let the kids take them home after the party is over.

A Buzz Lightyear backpack clip doubles as an action figure and a cool way to display their favorite Toy Story character at school. Sheriff’s badges featuring each kid’s name will make it fun to pretend to be Woody or Jessie on the playground. Finally, a cowboy boot pin that blinks will be so much fun in the dark at sleepovers. The pin joins with magnets, so no sharp pins will poke fingers or rip clothes.


Use Toys As Cake Decorations

It wouldn’t be very fun to put real toys on top of a cake (and it might not be especially sanitary, either!). Instead, use edible toys and candles as decorations. Rex the dinosaur and the green alien from Pizza Planet make great themed cake decorations your partygoers can eat. Instead of regular candles, stick a bunch of candles shaped like aliens and little rocket ships atop the cake.

Make your Toy Story party truly special. Your decorations will go above and beyond if you put real toys in the mix. The guests will be delighted, their parents will be impressed, and the birthday boy or girl will love feeling like the movie has truly come to life.


Host an Outrageous Monster High Party

A Monster High-themed birthday party is a great idea for girls — after all, the franchise is all about celebrating individuality and encouraging the differences that makes each person unique. Don’t let throwing a Monster High party frighten you; with a little planning and creativity, your event will thrill your guests and delight your daughter. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Monstrously Fun Invitations

Make Monster High student ID cards for eye-catching invitations. Take a head shot of your daughter and affix it to the corner of a pink tag board rectangle. Stencil “Monster High” in black across the top, your daughter’s name underneath, and the words “Student ID” at the bottom. Write the details of the party in the middle of the card. Alternatively, you can skip the photo and write each guest’s name on the ID card instead of the birthday girl’s. Of course, you can choose an attractive pre-printed invitation, too, if you don’t trust your artistic abilities.


Consider a Costume Party

Girls love to wear costumes and dress up and a Monster High birthday party is the perfect opportunity for girls to let their creativity shine. Choose a ready-made character costume like Catty Noir, Viperine, or Elissabet for instant impact. You could also comb area thrift shops for suitable Monster attire and let the girls put together outfits at your party. Just make sure to let guests know it’s a costume party on the invitations if you want them to come properly attired.


Ghoulish Goodies

A good menu is an essential component to a successful Monster High party. A coffin-shaped cookie cutter can be used for coffin cookies or even to create coffin-shaped puffed rice treats and brownies.

Make individual graveyard goodies by filling a paper cup with chocolate pudding and crushed chocolate cookies with a sugar cookie headstone and some gummy worm candies. Make tasty spiders by attaching pretzel stick legs to a caramel candy center. Finger sandwiches are a fun and easy option.

Add a personalized Monster High label to bottled water for a fun party drink or make a yummy monster punch with blood-red pomegranate juice and ginger ale.

Carry the Monster High theme into your birthday cake or cupcakes with a pink and black frosting and a monster cake topper or cupcake picks.


Great Games Make the Party

The best parties have at least two or three fun games with cute party prizes. Bobbing for apples, a Halloween favorite, is perfect for a Monster High theme. Try the vampire makeup challenge: since vampires can’t see their reflections, have each guest apply makeup without a mirror. Purchase some inexpensive eye shadows and liners, mascara, blush, and lipsticks and turn the girls loose. Give a prize to the girl with the best makeup.

Another fun activity is Fear Squad try-outs: let guests take turns being Cleo de Nile and inventing a Fear Cheer. The other guests have to duplicate the cheer or get eliminated. Have a dance-off or play the Monster High theme song and have the girls dance and then freeze when you stop the music. The last person to stop moving is out.

End your party with a Monster High piñata stuffed with brightly colored candies, stickers, beads, and bracelets. Don’t forget a swag bag for guests to take home their piñata loot and other party favors.

Go bold with your Monster High decorations and food; your birthday girl and her guests will have a blast.