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The Ultimate Backyard Barbeque Checklist

If you want to have the ultimate summer barbeque event, the following list features all the things you can’t forget to make it the best BBQ of the year. (Related topic: special events)

Burgers are a must in every BBQ. Make sure to get good quality meat, lots of cheese and bacon.
Chicken wings
Chicken wings are quite the crowd pleaser, so make sure to make plenty of them and have a wide selection of hot sauces.
Fresh Salad
Something fresh and green is perfect to balance out the heavy meats and sauces.
Beef cuts
Good quality meat is key for an all-star BBQ, so make sure to visit your local butcher and ask for some prime beef.
BBQ Ribs
No BBQ is complete without BBQ ribs; whether you prefer the sweeter or more savory version of them, make sure you spend enough time cooking them to make the …

Summer Decorating Ideas for Your Parties

If you’re planning on throwing a summer bash but you’re not very sure about what’s trending on the decorations side, this article will guide you through the hottest decoration for summer celebrations. (Related topics: celebration facility)

Stripes & Life Savers
Nothing screams summer like nautical motives, and stripes and lifesavers are as nautical as it gets. Plus making decorations with these motives will cost you next to nothing if you don’t have the cash to splurge.
Bright Colored Pillows
Nothing brings comfort and personality to a room like pillows. And bright colored pillows are the best way to say hello to summer.
Bright Colored Flowers & Candles
Flowers and candlelight are nothing new, but together they create tabletop decorations fit for relaxed summer entertaining.
Beachy Outdoor Dining
Tiki torches and tribal decor will bring the summer spirit all over your outdoors for summer entertainment.
Seashells and Corals
From chandeliers to …

Top Summer Party Ideas

The hottest months of the year are a call for celebration. The sun is shining, nature is blooming and it’s hot outside, which means that if you want to throw a party, you have to do it right. As lovely as summer might be, excess heat and mosquitoes can quickly turn your lovely gathering into a sweaty disaster. (Related topics: special events)

The following ideas will work perfectly for your summer celebration.

Summer Carnival
Who doesn’t love a carnival? And summer is the perfect time for it. Just set up your outdoors to look like a carnival with games, cotton candy, popcorn and all of your other carnival favorites.
Lemonade Bar
A lemonade bar is the solution to your issues with hot weather. Lemonade is the perfect refreshment and the options for customization are endless. From raspberry lemonade to gin spiked lemonade, there are about …

4 Themes for Your Father’s Day Celebration

Last month, we celebrated the most important women in our lives, and June is the turn of the most important men in our lives: our fathers. However, coming up with an idea to celebrate your dad on his special day could be rather difficult. But don’t fret, we won’t let the generational barrier, cultural differences or any other minor issues get in the way of celebrating your father on this date.

Let’s say you’re lost and have no idea how to plan a celebration for your dad, and who can blame you? Historically, our parents become experts at planning parties for our birthdays and other milestone achievements such as graduations, engagements, awards, and whatnot. But the truth is that planning a celebration for a loved one doesn’t have to be rocket science and, in this case, it’s just about getting in …

Top 7 Father’s Day Celebration Foods

Your father’s day celebration is almost completely planned but you’re still unsure of how to please the demanding palates of the dads in your life. Well, the following is a list of the most sought food by dads across the country.

Beef Cuts

Unless your dad is vegetarian, chances are that a good cut of prime beef is on his list of must-haves for Father’s day. Try your local butcher’s shop for a fresh product and some expert recommendations on which cuts are best for cooking in a certain way.


Who doesn’t love a good burger? Even fitness dads and vegetarian dads love burgers –of course, for the latter the burgers should be meatless. Ground turkey burgers, Portobello burgers, beef and chorizo burgers, chicken burgers, crab burgers and any other kind of burger you can imagine, if it’s well made, your dad will …

What Can You Do to Make Father’s Day Special?

Being a father is definitely a challenge. There are lots of moments of joy, tenderness, love, and satisfaction but there’s also plenty of stress, fear, frustration, and worry. For fathers of babies and little kids, the main sources of concern usually come from their babies’ health and safety as they’re physically very fragile and delicate. For those with older children, the difficulties may come from the fact that they find themselves unable to protect their kids at all times and they have to live with the frustration that usually accompanies the uncertainty of having to share your kids with the rest of the world, a world that can be quite unkind.

Although some may think once children reach adulthood, they’re not a reason for concern to their parents anymore, the truth is that once you’re a dad and once you’ve dedicated …

Brunch Vs. Tea on Mother’s Day


If the women you’re celebrating on mother’s day are posh, you might have considered a nice brunch or a lovely tea. But if you’re still indecisive, read below to see if we can help you make up your mind.

Brunch is the product of American genius paired with the laziness of Sunday morning; the combination of breakfast and lunch, which, contrary to what anyone might think, doesn’t make it any less elegant, cool or yummy. In fact, you could define brunch in one word: Perfection!

Here are a few points that make the case for brunch:

• It doesn’t require waking up too early; you can have brunch as late as 2:00 PM.
• It’s casual yet chic.
• You can have breakfast food and lunch food in the same meal.
• You can accompany your brunch with champagne.
• Some of the most popular brunch dishes …

What Are We Celebrating this Cinco de Mayo?












Cinco de Mayo seems like the perfect excuse to wear a sombrero and stuff yourself with tacos. However, that’s everything this date is not for. Of course, we’re not against Cinco de Mayo celebrations, au contraire, we would love to aid you in your efforts to celebrate this date. However, it is important to keep in mind that Cinco de Mayo is a lot more than just a party for over indulging on Tequila and chimichangas. Take your time to comprehend and appreciate the cultural significance of the events of that date in history.

Cinco de Mayo, as you probably guessed, is celebrated on May 5th to commemorate the unlikely and difficult victory of the Mexican Army over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla. It happened on that same date in 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, …

Celebrate the Most Important Women in your Life with these Mother’s Day Celebration Tips












If you’re wondering how to honor the most important women in your life on their special day but you’re out of ideas, the content of this article might be helpful for you as there are a few things we can suggest for you to do with your mother, the mother of your children or any other mom that you hold very dear.

At the beginning of the day, one of the most important things is to start off with the right food and full of energy. Is your mom an early bird or does she like sleeping in? If she rises up with the sun, you might need to make an effort and wake up before she does, and if she likes to sleep in, perhaps you’ll have a bit more time to organize things. Ideally, a nice breakfast or a …

Say Farewell to the Cold with a Spring Salad Festival

Spring is here and it’s the perfect moment to start celebrating amidst a warmer, more festive climate. Green sprouts and leafy greens are the stars of the season and, of course, spring is considered salad season. However, winter vegetables are still available and very tasty. So why not giving the last farewell to winter this year by incorporating some winter salads into your first spring food festival?

The best winter salads include root veggies like carrots, beets, winter squash, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale and parsnips that can be chopped or peeled into thin ribbons with a vegetable peeler. Additionally, cauliflower and broccoli can also be separated into bite-sized florets.

Regardless of the time of the year anything can be mixed together to make a salad, and as you probably guessed, the key is combining a few different colors and textures, knowing that …

How to Decorate your Spring Party and Stay on Trend

Now that winter is over it’s time to start the spring celebrations. But what about choosing the decor? For some party hosts this can be one of the most challenging aspects of planning their event. Spring is meant to be colorful, invigorating and joyful; hence, colors like blue and the traditional green are expected go-to’s when it comes to decoration.

Since flowers will be available everywhere, there will be no need for elaborate decorations. You can go with more natural elements and aim for a more rustic vibe with materials like wood, vegetable fiber or even cork. Additionally, you can complement everything or almost everything with freshly cut flowers and petals.

Blues and greens are obviously amongst the stars of the season, often known as the happiest season of the year. However, other bright shades like pink and yellow are welcomed and …

Celebrate Reaching Adulthood on a Budget


Whether you’re planning a bar mitzvah, a sweet sixteen party, a quinceañera or any other coming of age party, you might be considering call the celebration off if it seems like you don’t have thousands of dollars to splurge in a posh event. But there is a way to celebrate and stay on a budget.

This does not necessarily mean that you shouldn’t plan a party without keeping in mind its financial impact. Actually, if money is tight, you have to plan and calculate carefully how you invest your money. Even though a rite of passage might be a very sentimental moment for parents, it is important to not skip your important financial goals, such as college savings and retirement.

What’s the best way to budget for a coming-of-age celebration?

Coming of age celebrations are popular all over the world. Of course, the …

Wow your Bar Mitzvah guests with these Kosher Food Ideas

Kosher food it’s not the first thing that comes to mind for most people when you say party. However, when it comes to a Bar Mitzvah celebration, it is impossible to imagine anything different from Kosher. For some, this concept translates into limitations and restrictions, but the truth is that within the biblical diet restrictions known as Kashrut rules, there’s still plenty to work with in terms of creativity and imagination, which means you can follow the rules and still come up with amazing dishes to wow your guests.

When it comes to Kosher, the main rule you need to take into account is making sure to separate the meat and the dairy products that can’t be consumed between 3 to 6 hours of difference. Then, keep in mind that Kosher food does not include any seafood or pork, additionally, all …

Things you should keep in mind for your next corporate party

Corporate reunions or celebrations are great team building activities, further they help form new relationships within an organization in a different environment from everyday office duty.

However, there are a few key elements to organize a corporate party in the right way. Although most corporate parties are celebrated around the Christmas holidays, some companies prefer to throw out these bashes at a different time of the year. Regardless of when the event will be, it is very important to start planning with anticipation, to make sure everything goes well at the event.

One of the most important things is that whoever is organizing the party has to be there. And of course it is advised for everyone else at the company to go too. Of course, if you have a personal commitment and you can’t assist, you don’t have to but you …

Vegetarian & Vegan Food Ideas for Your Next Party

You’ve booked the perfect celebration facility but you’re still planning the menu for your guests. As it turns out, some of your guests are vegetarian or maybe even vegan, and if you don’t know how to create dishes to make these guests feel just as welcomed and pampered as everyone else, keep reading and find out how you can put together a few vegan options for your non-meat-eating friends.

A healthy green diet brings a lot of benefits. There are many reasons why people decide to go meat free and there’s no doubt including more veggies in your diet will have a positive impact on  your health in general. Whether you have some strict vegans as guests or you just want to incorporate a few healthy dishes to your celebrations to help limiting the consumption of processed and junk foods, controlling …

How to choose a good menu for a winter wedding

Every time the amount of couples that choose to do their weddings in winter is bigger, there can be several motives for that but the biggest one is that weddings around this season can be a lot cheaper. The reality is that a wedding can shine in any season of the year and one of the principal attractive is the wedding banquet. If you choose winter to celebrate your wedding, we recommend you to pick the menu in cold, and to opt for hot creams, not cold appetizers but meals with greater amount of calories. Do you want to know how to pick a good menu for a winter wedding?  We will tell you here.

Steps to follow:

You don’t have to renounce to the cocktail before the banquet, even if it’s winter you can choose to do the celebration cocktail on …

Awesome ideas to decorate a winter party

22nd January

In the summer it is likely to throw parties, especially outdoors. It is a good season for reunions and meetings and for having a good time with the best company. But if you’re thinking about throwing a party in winter, these ideas will help you to do it the best way possible. Normally, if we think about events during this time of the year, Christmas is the first thing that comes to our minds, but after the holidays celebration you might still have good reasons to party during winter. Now we will center in how to organize a good winter evening and how to dress your house if you’re celebrating your birthday in this cold and snowy season. The possibilities are many and each of them beautiful. Still doubting? Don’t miss any of the following tips we’ve gathered for you.

The …

Good ideas for a child’s party

The birthday, the first communion or any school achievement can be a good reason to throw a party for your child, but it’s hard to know what’s the best way to throw a party for your children, what do you have to prepare? How many guests you should invite? We will show you the key for a successful child’s party.

Celebrating a party where you children are the protagonists is a big event you should prepare in advance; you should not forget to tell them all the steps of the party so the nerves won’t ruin the celebration for them.


The Guests.

The amount of guests in the party depends on the age of your children, the space you have, if your children goes to school, and the amount of siblings he or she has and how many of their friends you want …

The ideal way to stay in shape while partying these holidays

15th December

The weeks of Christmas and the New Year can usually have a negative effect on fitness. But how can you enjoy the holidays and then return to the daily routine without extra pounds?

The holidays are the time of the year when people can rest, especially the ones who during the rest of the year are testing themselves constantly in gyms and clubs with constant training. These days mean an enabling environment to enjoy with family and friends around a good table, very rich in flavor but generally with an amount of calories that breaks with the diet that comes with the exercise routines. The weight gain is almost an inevitable aftermath.

After two weeks of holiday, the concerns of those who went up a few extra pounds – generally  between 2 and 3, will try to remove them as quickly as …

Collaborative parties: Receive the New Year toasting with strangers

15th December

We are in the “collaborative” era. Driven by apps, social networking and a change of mentality; it is now possible to share a car, a house to spend the summer, and even the baby sitter who takes care of the children. That spirit moved to offices and freshened the traditional New Year’s Eve toast. No long speeches or other formalities, shared parties are a growing trend.

Bring together people from different companies, accessing a mega event for the same price of a smaller one. Small agencies, studios or small businesses that have few employees and a limited budget usually get involved. In some cases, when companies decide to pass on the party, a group of workers on their own can still be booked.

Some event planners offer a service under this modality. It costs $1,300 to $ 1,900 per person, depending on …

A menu for the parties that won’t wreck your diet

15th December

December is not only the last month of the year but is also one of the more conflictive months in terms of food consumption, because there’s so much going on that disrupting your healthy eating habits is incredibly easy and the consequences may be unpleasant.

For these holidays a nutritionist has given us options to make dishes with fewer calories that will help you care for your silhouette. The key is to moderate the portions without forgetting to enjoy. Remember that the nicest part of the holidays is to share quality time with your loved ones.

This is a period of many gatherings and social reunions. These celebrations and commitments, whether at work, with friends or with family usually involve food, and if you’re not careful you could end up overeating, or simply eating to many treats that may not be very …

How to take care of your image during the New Year’s Eve corporate party

5th December

If you’re planning on attending your company’s new year’s eve party, you might want to make sure to moderate yourself and avoid making any faux pas that may potentially be remembered during the better part of the upcoming year. This article contains a few tips that will help you successfully navigate your next corporate event.

Pick the right outfit.
Although it’s an event outside of the office, it still remains a work occasion. Try to have a coherent outfit that matches the image you project in your area of work. If your boss or co-workers are use to see you with a formal style, and that day you decide you want to show your “dark” and daring side, the perception people have about you it’s going to change in a negative way. Generally, try to carry a formal and sober outfit. For …

Are New Year’s corporate parties strategy or trend?

5th December

It is worth it to dedicate time and extra effort to these activities because they bond and bring people together.

Party, many of us like the word,  and it is because when is about celebration, there’s no better time than the new year’s company party with food, drinks and dancing, but what happens next? Is this a trend or a clever corporate strategy?

It seems like what people are looking for is to give meaning to the New Year’s party of the company because sadly, the collaborators had no idea what they’re celebrating. So, make sure to separate the celebration from the other work activities. If you don’t make this distinction clear, the activities will go without any meaning.

On the other hand, specialists say that throwing parties at the end of a work day might end up being counterproductive to the collaborators, …

Ideas for a new year’s corporate party success

5th December

The end of this cycle is coming, and companies are preparing parties to socialize and thank employees for all their work.

From smaller to big companies, most businesses will perform their traditionals new year’s eve corporative parties, and the owners of those companies will take a time to thank all of their employees for all their effort through these twelve elapsed months.

The environment is festive and far from the seriousness of the day by day routine at the office. It doesn’t matter if your company is small, the opportunity for cherishing the holidays and giving your work team recognition always works as a motivational factor between the employees, who feel appreciated and relaxed through the party the company is sponsoring.

But there’s always going to be setbacks -before and after the party– that are better to avoid. In order to not to …

5 corporate event trends you can’t miss this year


If you’re planning an event at your company, there are are 5 trends that have been growing stronger and ever more popular this year, and you might want to seize them before we step into 2018 [Related topic: special events]

Corporate events are important for team building, raising awareness about your business, increasing your social proof as a company; so if you have the time and money to go with it, these event trends might help you take your corporate event to the next level:

Signature Desserts

Dessert bars have been very on trend for a while now and they’re not going anywhere. However, to make it extra special, get together with your dessert supplier or event designer and come up with a signature dessert that sums up the essence of your company and shows its personality through a sweet experience that reflect …

Why you should listen to your event designer

6th November

Having a gathering at home or throwing a small party at your place is not like planning an event to celebrate a milestone. At home, you know how you want things to look and feel. And there’s nothing more gratifying than getting your guests to congratulate you and thank you for such a lovely gathering even if you did the minimum effort.

However, if you’re throwing a bash to impress, whether it is a wedding, an engagement party or any other kind of big celebration, chances are you’ll be seeking out the advice and expertise from an event planner or designer who can ensure the success of your party. Nonetheless, when the time comes to fully trust your event planner, most people find it incredibly hard to give up control and let the experts do their job.

Of course, every now and …

Are you wondering how much you should serve at your party?

6th November

If you’re planning a party and you are in a budget, a great way to avoid overspending in food is to actually figure out how much should the servings for your guests be.

However, the first step to avoid overspending on food is getting your headcount right. The easiest way to do it, is getting people to RSVP to your event before you buy the food or request the catering service. But if you know for sure how many people will actually attend your party, you can also make an accurate calculation of how much food you will need.

The following guide is perfect for calculating your serving sizes per guest.


• For sandwiches, burgers, wraps and other main dishes, the correct amount of food you should get is 1 and half serving per guest.
• For side dishes, you should get portions of …

Your Guide To An Awesome Bar / Bat Mitzvah Celebration

6th October

It feels like just yesterday that your child was first learning to walk. Now, at the tender age of 13, he/she will make the transition into adulthood. You’ve watched as your child spends hours each week learning Hebrew and preparing for this day. For all of your child’s hard work, to show your love, pride and appreciation, these easy pointers will help you select the bar / bat mitzvah facility Westchester NY services provider that will facilitate not only a night to remember, but a night that your son or daughter will never forget.

Does management appreciate the gravity of this event?

Your call is to make sure this event is something worth remembering. This will likely be the biggest celebration for your child so far in his or her life. In order to make this night truly special, you must ensure …

4 Effective Tips To Picking A Sweet 16 Event Space For Your Daughter

6th October

Your daughter has endured some of the toughest years of her life. Navigating a convoluted and competitive social scene and undergoing rapid physical and emotional transformational, all while balancing schoolwork, homework, sports, and extracurriculars makes teenage years some of the most trying years that a girl must go through. But your daughter did, and she’s stronger now for it. That’s why she deserves all the congratulations you can offer her. So when you begin your search for the perfect venue for your daughter’s Sweet 16 party, we hope you’ll take it seriously. Here’s your guide choosing the ideal Sweet 16 private events facility Westchester NY services provider.

1. How much time (in hours) does the venue offer to set up the event?

If you really want to make this event as special as can be for your daughter, then the preparation must …

3 Important Questions To Ask When Searching For The Perfect Wedding Space

6th October

Congratulations on finding the love of your life! All your years have brought you here. Surely, your marriage will be one for the ages. Let’s make this wedding as perfect as you’d always dreamt it would be. The first step is finding the right location. The good news is that you’ve come to the right place. LIFE: The Place To Be provides the perfect wedding event spaces Westchester NY services. Here’s our guide to finding the space and time that’s perfect for you.


Before you get ahead of yourself, you first want to agree on when to have the wedding. What season, what day, and what time works best for you, your partner, and the people you plan to invite? Is it a priority that you hold the wedding at a time of year where the weather is warm? Do you …

The ultimate guide to kids’ party planning

26th September

Planning a kid’s party can be tricky and challenging, especially if it’s your first time. Mums always want the best for their kids and you might get very anxious trying to come up with the perfect party for your child. However, there’s no need to panic as this guide will help you plan a flawless party for your kid in every stage of their childhood and early adolescence.

The baby’s party.

Invite only the immediate family and your closest friends. Aim for a morning event that won’t interfere with your baby’s nap time. Think of an outdoors breakfast party or a brunch gathering with plenty of finger foods, fresh juices and a delightful cake. Don’t splurge in renting a venue for the event. Host your baby’s birthday at home amidst a familiar and intimate atmosphere, where you can also keep a better …

What to wear to a Bar / Bat Mitzvah Pt. II

26th September

For any young Jewish girl, a bat mitzvah is no dull affair. And the excitement of such happening in a girl’s life and her family’s comes of course, with a proper celebration, a theme, invitation cards, a delicious kosher catering, emotional speeches and a very well thought dressed code that will make the event not only meaningful but also fabulous.

However, with all those themes going on and the ever-present need to impress your peers, the dress code can put a significant amount of stress on anyone. Whether the theme revolves around a medieval fantasy, an all-that-glitters unicorn extravaganza, black & white event or a glamazon soirée, it’s almost certain that you can find the perfect outfit in your wardrobe to attend the bar / bat mitzvah.

Regardless of the theme, there are rules that will always prevail. In most cases, the …

What to wear to a Bar / Bat Mitzvah Pt. I

26th September

For any young Jewish, a bar / bat mitzvah is no dull affair. And the excitement of such happening in someone’s life and their family’s comes of course, with a proper celebration, a theme, invitation cards, a delicious kosher catering, emotional speeches and a very well thought dressed code that will make the event not only meaningful but also fabulous.

However, with all those themes going on and the ever-present need to impress your peers, the dress code can put a significant amount of stress on anyone. Whether the theme revolves around a medieval fantasy, an all-that-glitters unicorn extravaganza, black & white event or a glamazon soirée, it’s almost certain that you can find the perfect outfit in your wardrobe to attend the bar / bat mitzvah.

Regardless of the theme, there are rules that will always prevail. In most cases, the …

Party Decor Trend: Hoola Hoop Wreaths

24th August

Decorations can be a huge headache if you’re planning an event. Finding the perfect decoration to match your celebration facility and your party’s style at the same time can be quite difficult unless you get costume made arrangements. However, not everybody has the money to pay for customised decorations. But there’s always a DIY alternative that can look just as good with just a bit of creativity and arts & crafts basic skills.

Hoola hoop wreaths are one of the latest trends in event decoration and making them yourself is rather easy. In fact, here are a few ideas for you to make your own.



Wrap the hoop with paper or fabric, or you might also paint it with spray, get balloons to cover some sections on the hoop and use a string to hang another balloon with a message in the …

Top 7 Food Bars for your Kids Parties

24th August

Choosing the perfect food for your kids parties can be quite challenging, even more if your children are picky eaters. But with some foods you just can’t go wrong.

Whomever said you cannot please everyone was in the wrong, at least when it comes to party food, especially if instead of planning out a whole three-course meal or menu you just roll with a food bar instead. With food bars, opportunities are endless and you will have plenty of options to choose from.

Furthermore, food bars solve the problem of serving to guests, as everyone can just grab a plate and serve themselves whatever they want to, however they want to. That’s probably why these have become pretty popular at wedding receptions, corporate events and bridal showers but if you think about it, this idea might work even better when it comes …

The Bar and Bat Mitzvah industry is being disrupted by this rabbi

24th August

How can an LA rabbi change the bar and bat mitzvah industry? Well, the answer has probably something to do with a great sense of duty and dedication towards the community; and rabbi Moshe Cohen has lots of it.

In fact, he is so committed with his mission, that he ran the 2017 LA Marathon in order to raise funds that would cover the costs of unaffiliated families participating of the Community Shul’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Experience.

With some bar and bat mitzvah parties reportedly being on the more expensive side of the spectrum, rabbi Cohen has developed a groundbreaking program that makes bar and bat mitzvahs affordable and more importantly, meaningful to all families.

It is said that bar or bat mitzvah have a long list of prerequisites such as private tutoring, membership to a synagogues and temple and several other preparations and …

Do’s and Don’ts of Planning the Perfect Event

26th May

If you’re ever planned an event, then you know how stressful that endeavor can be. There’s so much to think about, from the food to the music to the entertainment, and there are TONS of opportunities for things to go wrong. If you’ve been tasked with planning a wedding, bar mitzvah, retirement party, or any other major gathering, use the tips below to guide you and help ensure a successful event.

Choose the Right DJ for Your Event

25th May

Every great event needs great music to go with it, whether it’s a band, a DJ, or even your own playlist coming out of the speakers. If you do decide to hire a DJ, which is a wonderful option, there are a few things you need to consider beforehand. You can’t just get online, search for a local DJ, and hire the first one you see. There are some things you need to ask, and doing your due diligence will help ensure that your party goes off without a hitch.

5 Tips to Make Your Office Party Unforgettable

24th May

Are you in charge of planning the next office party? Do you want to make it the festive and unforgettable experience that you and your co-workers deserve? Of course you do! Use the tips below to add tons of fun to your event.

Buffet Table Tips

19th May

Many of the best parties that we have ever been to included buffet-style eating.  While sit down dinners are nice, they do require a waiting staff and a lot of coordination to ensure that things go smoothly. Buffets can be simpler and more inviting for picky eaters.

If you are going to execute a buffet table at your next party, then do consider these tips to better ensure that it is a success.

Party Centerpieces – Get Creative

18th May

Centerpieces are important aspects of party décor.  They bring tables to life and set the mood for the gathering.  However, before you go too big, too bold, and too expensive with your centerpieces, be sure that you are keeping these tips in mind.

Creating a Seating Chart To Please (Nearly) Everyone

17th May

You can’t make everyone happy, but you can certainly make most people happy when it comes to seating at your next big party function.  Whether it is a wedding, work gathering, or fundraiser, there are advantages to following the rules of etiquette when it comes to creating the seating chart.

First, understand that, while you may not find it to be the easiest or more inviting chore in the world, a seating chart really will make your event run more smoothly.  There is actually less risk of someone’s feelings being hurt, and it reduces the stress on the guests who are not familiar with others in attendance.

Fun and Funky Ideas for a Summer Baby Shower

12th May

Baby showers have earned a bad name with many audiences, as events that are filled with awkward games and endless hours of present opening.  However, you can have your cake and eat it too, if you think outside the box when planning your baby shower.

Helping Your Child Decide Who to Invite to Birthday Party

10th May

Throwing a birthday party for your child can be a very exciting time.  However, before you can enjoy the day, you must decide who will be welcomed as a guest.  That can be tricky, especially when your child has a long list of friends.

Websites to Make Your Invitations Simpler

5th May

Invitations are a very important part of the party planning process, because they set the mood for the event, in addition to sharing all the pertinent information with the guests invited.  To receive an invitation in the mail is something special, more meaningful that the Facebook event or emailed invite.  So, while they aren’t required for all gatherings, if you are throwing a formal party, then you should consider ordering invitations to be mailed out to those who you want to join you on the special day.

4 Great Ways to Serve Beverages at Your Next Party

3rd May

If you are going to host a party, then food and drinks are two of your biggest considerations.  After all, people like to snack and sip on drinks as they socialize. But, serving drinks out of a typical cooler can be a décor-killer. So, as you prepare for the big event, be sure that you consider some of the more attractive and creative ways that you can serve your friends and family members the beverages that they love.

Did You Overlook These Details When Planning the Graduation Party?

31st March

Many schools have already hosted graduations, others are in the works right now, and that means that it is party season.  If you are a parent of a graduate and planning a party, there are a few details that you won’t want to overlook.

Tent Rental If you wake up and find that the forecast was wrong, that the sky is full of ominous clouds, it’s going to be a bit late to change the venue or find an available tent.  Be sure that you are prepared.  It is generally safer to opt for an indoor venue this time of the year, but you can typically get away with an outdoor party, as long as you have some sort of cover available for those who want to escape the rain or the intense heat.

Five Reasons to Host Your Annual Office Party in the Summer

29th March

People Seek Fun in the Summer It’s true! This is the season of vacations, parties, picnics, and family gatherings.  People love to let loose in the summer and generally tend to be happier, more open to new experiences.  So, why not take advantage of that and get everyone together for a little bit of fun.
Great Time for Team Building That fun will also come with its benefits. These sorts of get-togethers have long been proven to be very effective for the purpose of team-building.  Co-workers who are placed in a situation where they must work together to achieve some goal – win at laser tag against another team, rock climbing, etc. – come away from the experience with a tighter bond.

4 Great Ways to Serve Beverages at Your Next Party

24th March

If you are going to host a party, then food and drinks are two of your biggest considerations.  After all, people like to snack and sip on drinks as they socialize. But, serving drinks out of a typical cooler can be a décor-killer. So, as you prepare for the big event, be sure that you consider some of the more attractive and creative ways that you can serve your friends and family members the beverages that they love.

DJ Versus Band: Party Planning

23rd March

Music is an important part of any party.  In fact, if you employ a great musician or DJ, it will likely be the highlight of the event, as people will always recall the fun had on the dance floor.  Choosing between a live band and a DJ is really a very personal decision, but here are a few things to consider as you make up your mind.

Make Your Next Family Reunion a Smashing Success

22nd March

Family reunions can be great experiences, and the summer is a wonderful season for bringing several generations together.  This is a great way to introduce the youngest to the oldest, and to make new connections within the family tree.  As you plan your party, we suggest you consider these wonderful ideas.

The Creepy, Crawly Birthday for Boys

17th March

In the last blog post, we wrote a bit about throwing a perfect party for the little princess in your life, but what about the boys?  The majority of little men won’t be quite so impressed with glitter-covered foods and cardboard castles.  They would, however, love a day of creepy, crawly encounters.

Snakes on the Dance Floor start the event by ushering in the young friends into a room with a floor covered in fake snakes.  The moms (and even some of the dads) in the crown may not be big fans, but you will surely get a lot of giggles from the guests of honor.  When the boys leave at the end of the event, give them a bag of these little creatures as party favors.

The Perfect Princess Party for Little Princesses

16th March

If you have a little girl ready to celebrate a very important birthday, then you will definitely want to consider the princess party theme.  Though some would shy away, feeling that the idea has been overdone, there are few girls who wouldn’t love the chance to dress up and play the part of princess for a day.  Make your party ideas creative and the theme will have a completely different feel than any before it.

The Cardboard Castle Every princess needs a castle.  The good news is that you don’t have to have years of experience in construction to build her just that.  A cardboard castle is a great centerpiece for the big day, and will also, undoubtedly, turn into a great back drop for photos.  Furthermore, she can take it home and have hours of fun with it after the …

Five Things the Right Kids’ Birthday Party Venue Will Do For You

15th March

Throwing a birthday party or other celebration for your child is a great way to show your love and support.  Very often parents will have as much fun as the kids when they are able to let loose and enjoy those attending.  However this is difficult to do when hosting a party at home.  All of the stress and preparation needs fall into your lap, in such instances.  Instead, many parents are now seeking other facilities for these events.  However, not all venues are created equally.  Before you book the space, be sure that you are receiving at least these five services in exchange for your hard-earned money:

Destination Wedding NYC

10th March

If you are among those that will be planning a wedding for 2016, and you are in search of a great destination wedding venue, then you might want to skip the beaches and come to the Big Apple.  If you aren’t sure that it is the best fit for you, let us just supple you with a short list of reasons why brides fall in love with NYC on their wedding days.

Should You Hire an Event Manager?

9th March

If you are planning a big party, fundraiser, wedding, or other such event, you may want to consider hiring some professional help.  If you aren’t sure whether or not it is worth the investment, consider the following questions.

Have You Planned a Big Event Before? If you are a regular entertainer and familiar with what it takes to pull such an party together, then you may not require the assistance of an event manager.  However, if you have not done so before, you run the risk of overlooking important details.  These professionals have the experience and expertise to pull of your plans without a hitch.  Thereby removing the responsibility from your shoulders.

Don’t Forget the Fun in Fundraiser

8th March

The act of doing your part to raise money for a good cause or for those less fortunate is a wonderful gesture.  However, you don’t want to forget to honor those who are willing to part with their time or hard-earned money to help out.  A fundraiser is a great opportunity to have fun with friends, family and associates.  If you approach this even in the right manner, people will be happy to help out again, year after year.

Treat it Like Any Other Party  Make it too dry and boring, people will leave before they have made much of a contribution, and they will be far less likely to accept the invitation next year.  Make it a party, and allow the fundraising aspect to be just a piece of the whole.  That means providing entertainment, scheduling fun activities, and implementing …

Need a Reason to Throw a Party? Consider These Great Excuses

18th February

The holidays are wonderful, birthdays are both scary and good reasons to celebrate, but these events don’t occur often enough and are often swallowed up in a wide array of other responsibilities.  If you need a good reason to party and you find yourself with time to plan a great gathering, then consider these wonderful themes.

A Sweet Sixteen Party to Remember

17th February

A girl turns sixteen only once in her life, and it has long been considered a very special time.  She is on her way to becoming a woman, and yet she still holds that special place in her parents’ hearts that only a child can.  You should celebrate this momentous occasion, because this will be a time that she will always remember.  You have the opportunity to make it a great memory.  If you are going to throw a Sweet Sixteen party, consider the following tips.

Great Bar Mitzvah Party Ideas

16th February

If you have a young one that you care for, then you are undoubtedly greeting this time for celebration with both happiness and trepidation.  It is difficult to watch a boy grow into manhood, and this is just one more stepping stone along his journey.  But, his Bar Mitzvah should be celebrated, because if he is maturing, it is a result of your love and affection. So, be sure that you show him just how proud you are.  Throw a party that he will remember with fond thoughts all through his life.

Here are a few ideas to get your planning process under way.

5 Classic Kid Games for Birthday Parties

11th February

Musical Chairs The wonderful game that requires nothing more than music and enough chairs for each child. Remove one chair, start the music, and when it stops, all kids race to claim a chair.  The child who can’t sit is “out”, another chair is removed, and the game resumes until only one child remains.
Dress-Up Relay Choose two outfits (the more articles involved in the outfits, the longer the game will last) that have an equal number of components. Place each in a pile at one end of the room.  Break the kids into two groups, and one member of each team must race to the pile, put on all of the clothing, return to the line, take it off, and allow the next person to dress in them.  This pattern continues until every child in the line has had a …

Do You Need a Party Planner?

10th February

If you are planning a big event, you might find that you are rather overwhelmed with the number of errands that must be completed in order to pull the whole thing together.  There are shops that must be visit, phone calls that must be placed and answered, emails to respond to, and invitations to be designed, ordered and set.  In addition to all of that, there were undoubtedly be small obstacles that you encounter during the process.  It can be a big time- and financial burden, and that is why many people consider hiring event planners.  There are certainly advantages of doing so.

6 Deliciously Simply Appetizers for Your Next Party

9th February

It’s almost party time and you better have food for your hungry guests.  If you are scrambling, at the last minute, trying to decide what you can possible serve that won’t require hours in the kitchen, consider these great, and very simple options.

Tex-Mex Chip Bar Guacamole, Salsa, and a selection of tortilla chips make a great snacking option for party goers.  It’s sure to win over your guests and will require very little prep time.

Pigs in a Blanket Buy the crescent roll dough in the store, cut into sections and roll around mini hot dogs before baking.  Place on a pretty platter and serve with sides of ketchup and barbeque sauce.

Team Building Activities to Do Indoors, Part II

4th February

In the last post, we mentioned a few activities that you could do with your coworkers at an indoor party venue.  Team building games are a great way to build lasting memories and to encourage friendship between members of the company.  So, before everyone sits down to enjoy a meal or a couple of drinks, consider these other great activities.

Team Building Activities to Do Indoors, Part I

3rd February

Hiring a party venue for a great corporate gathering is a wonderful idea.  It is also a great time to take advantage of the many different team building activities that exist today.  Choose the right set of games and you will have everyone laughing and creating memories that will last long into the year, and beyond.

Six Ways to Dress Your Party Venue Ceilings

2nd February

Making a space personal for the purpose of a party, work gathering, or other form of celebration can be a challenge.  We do recommend, though, that you start with the ceiling.  A well decorated ceiling will keep the eye moving throughout the rest of the space.

Get Your Kids Moving With a Dance Party

29th January

Kids love to move.  You just have to give them inspiration to do so, and ac dance party can be just the thing.  Bring friends and family members together for a night of good food and great music.  There are a number of ways that you can put together a kids dance party, so consider these wonderful ideas to get your plans rolling.

So You Want to Dress Up? 10 Great Custom Party Themes

28th January

It doesn’t have to be Halloween.  If you want to throw a costume party, you certainly can, at any time of the year.  You just need a great theme and some willing friends.

6 Wonderful Bridal Party Favors that the Women will Love

27th January

Designer DonutsYou don’t have to spend big bucks to have this little tasty treat for your guests.  Buy boxes of plain donuts and dress them up in your own kitchen, they seal them tight in cellophane and give a gift as sweet as you are.

Make Your Own Mimosa Gift Set Mini bottles of Champagne are readily available today.  Add a small bottle of orange juice to each and you have given a gift that can be enjoyed at the shower, or after the guest has returned home.

Keep ‘Em Warm at Your Wintertime Party

26th January

Winter is a wonderful time to have family and friends together, particularly in the slow months between New Year’s Day and spring.  This is a time that is generally slower than the summer- and holiday rushes, which makes it a wonderful time to plan a party.  However, it is also a cold time of the year, so be prepared for plans that will keep your guests toasty warm.

Ten Top Tips for Face Painting at a Birthday Party

25th January

Avoid oil based paints for young children. They tend to smudge more easily and can also be difficult to remove after the event.
Always work with a damp sponge or brush, because it will make it easier to apply the makeup smoothly. Have a small bowl to dip your brushes and sponges into, a cloth to wipe away excess moisture, and a jug of clean water so you can refill as necessary.
Consider including nontoxic glitter gel in your repertoire. Especially for little girls, glitter tends to be a big winner.

Ten Good Reasons to Get Together With Your Female Friends

22nd January

Do you need an excuse to throw a party for the most important women in your life?  Just need a night away from the men and the kids?  We have the party venue, you have the friends, and here are ten reasons to enjoy some girls only time.

Family Reunion: The Indoor Picnic

21st January

Many people associate family reunions with outdoor venues, but the trouble is that a person can never guarantee that the weather will cooperate.  If you are over the rain delays, sunburns, and sweat stains, then consider the alternatives.  Perhaps the one that will be most appealing is the indoor picnic.  If Mother Nature won’t cooperate, then bring the outdoors in for your next family celebration.

3 Family Activities to Beat the Cold Weather

20th January

Every year, when the cold weather sets in, parents start searching for indoor fun. Keeping our kids cooped up in the house just is not a valid solution to staying warm. It drives everyone crazy!  Look no further, though! Here at LIFE, we have 3 family activities to beat the cold weather.

Throwing a Valentine’s Party- A Few Tips

19th January

Throwing a Valentine’s party is a fun idea to gather friends and family and give them a chance to express their love to their significant other in a fun atmosphere. So, here are a few tips to get you started in planning the best Valentine’s party.

Tip Number 1: Start with your guest list. Before you do anything else, be sure to make your guest list. Everything else will have to be planned around your guest list. LIFE can accommodate a small party, midsize party or very large party. But, we want to make sure that we are putting you in the right size space for the number of people you plan to have. So, it is important to have your guest list complete before you make your reservation so that we know right where to put you.

3 Best Kids Birthday Party Themes for 2016

18th January

Each year you get a chance to celebrate your child’s birthday. Every year, the theme is different. So, as you start planning for your child’s birthday party this year, what are the top 3 themes for 2016? And where is the best place to hold the birthday party?

Let’s start with the top 3 themes for 2016. The newest movie and most awaited movie to hit the screens this year is Star Wars: The Force Awakens! It’s easily one of the best choices for boys and girls alike this year, and easy to pull off. Not sure your little girl would enjoy a Star Wars birthday? You may want to consider Frozen. Despite the fact that it’s been a top idea for some time, it seems to continually hold that staying power many parents are looking for. Finally, one that makes …

The Birthday Party Hosting Time Line, Part II

15th January

The birthday party is fast approaching, and you did your homework a month or two in advance, but now it is crunch time and you have to alert everyone, figure out what to serve for food and drinks, and get the place decorated.

The Birthday Party Hosting Time Line, Part I

14th January

If you are planning a big birthday party this year, whether it is for a soon-to-be six-year-old, or an “over the hill” bash for a 60-year-old, you will have to be well-prepared, if you are going to pull it off.  For that reason, we have compiled a check list, beginning as much as two months in advance of the party.

25 Must-Have Items for Your Next Party

13th January

A party is a gathering of people who have similar interests and want to let loose for a few hours.  Those are the most important components of any party, but you can only add to the success of the gathering by incorporating certain props, favors, and other elements.  With these twenty-five common party items, you can provide entertainment, convenience and a few reasons to smile.

Wall Coverings: Prepare Your Space for a Party

12th January

If you are planning a party, one of the things that you will have to carefully consider is the type of decorations you will use to enhance the space where the gathering will be held.  Many people underestimate the decorations that will be needed to fill a large party place.

If you have a large wall that you want to disguise or dress up, then you will likely need a lot of material to cover it.  However, if you are wise about it, you can accomplish the task without spending out big bucks to do so.

Bar Mitzvah: How to Plan a Party for Teenage Boys

11th January

Planning a party for young men can be a challenge.  Where girls will happily accept heaps of decorations, and will want to be involved with every step of the planning, boys are more likely to take a step back.  While they do want the party, they don’t have as much to say about how it looks, what is served, and where it is to be held.

If you are planning a Bar Mitzvah, consider these suggestions to ensure that the young men in attendance are comfortable and entertained.

Now, THAT is a Great Party Theme…

24th December

If you are throwing a party –whether it is for a family reunion, to celebrate an engagement, or wish someone a happy birthday, or to get your coworkers out of the office for a bit – you should consider a theme.  While there will undoubtedly be the occasional naysayer, the majority of people enjoy an excuse to dress up and have some fun.  If you are still in the process of planning, consider these awesome party themes.

Five Ways to Make Your Kids Birthday Party Even Better

23rd December

Birthday parties create memories that will last a lifetime, and you undoubtedly want to make the experience extra special for your child.  Consider these helpful hints to get your planning underway.  A little bit of creative thinking can ensure that everyone has a great time on your child’s big day.

The Back to Nature Wedding Trend

22nd December

Though there have certainly been some very beautiful weddings in the past, which had very little tie to nature, there simply is no way to compete with Mother Nature.  She has executed the very best design plans ever known, so it is no wonder that so many brides, in 2015, are taking her lead.

Nature-inspired weddings, and those that celebrate the local products are becoming increasingly popular.  Fish pulled from the local bodies of water are served as main dishes.  Fresh fruit, hand-picked from local farms are used to adorn otherwise simplistic cakes.  And, the decorations are more eco-friendly than ever before, often including pieces found in nature, such as twigs and pinecones.

Smart Catering: Know How Much You Really Need

11th December

There is a lot that goes into preparing for a catering job, so be prepared to answer a long list of questions if you are dealing with an experienced catering service.  If you don’t have that luxury, then you will have to make the same considerations on your own.  There are several questions that you should be asking yourself as you prepare the menu for your big event.

Healthy Snacks for Kids’ Parties

10th December

Kids’ birthday parties are wonderful, fun filled events, but there is one downside.  Most of those parties leave kids on sugar highs and with stomach aches at the end of the day.  Too much sugar is never a good thing, even on a child’s special day.  That’s why we are all in favor of serving healthy and tasty treats at kids’ birthday parties.

Party Planning Timeline

9th December

Let’s face it; while there are people who find party planning the most natural thing in the world, the majority of us struggle a bit with bringing all of the details together.  The best way to get around this, and to ensure that the party is a success, is to practice proper planning.  Creating your very own party planning timeline and checklist is a great place to start.  And, as you set out to do so, keep in mind the following tips for each step of the way.

Icebreakers: Get the Party Started

8th December

When you are introducing people from various aspects of your life, there can be a level of discomfort, as people try to start up a conversation with others, who they do not know.  You can ease this with silly and short icebreakers, which force those in attendance to speak with the people who are unfamiliar.

Five Awesome Birthday Party Favors That Aren’t Candy

7th December

Throwing a child’s birthday party can be a great deal of fun for all involved.  However, when it comes to handing out favors, it can be a bit frustrating.  After all, you don’t want to waste your money on the toys and trinkets that are lost or broken an hour later.  And, the other parents really don’t want you to hand over a bag of candy for the road.  So, be creative in your approach.

Make Her Sweet 16 Amazing With These Tips

Hitting 16 is an amazing milestone in a girl’s life, and few parents don’t want to ensure she has an amazing party to go with this big day. What can you do to make sure her party is absolutely perfect? These tips can help.
• Find a great theme. Not every girl wants the same sweet 16 party theme, so you may need to do a bit of work to find out what would be ideal. A tropical party can be lots of fun, particularly if it’s cold outside, but the candy store theme is really catching on for these kinds of parties too. You could also get creative with something like a masquerade ball. Whatever you choose, though, make sure it’s a theme she’d actually want.
• Choose a venue. You need to do this well in advance of her party. Trying to …

Tips On Picking the Right Private Venue.

Whether it’s your daughter’s sweet 16 or a corporate event that needs the perfect location, choosing the right venue can make or break it. How do you select the ideal location, though? These tips can help.

• Know what you’re looking for. You can’t begin to look for the best venue if you don’t know what you require. It could be something as complex as a climbing wall or something as simple as a large room with a podium, table, and chairs. Define your requirements carefully before you start shopping.

• Know your budget. Event venues can be expensive, so set your budget carefully ahead of time. Make certain, though, that you’re reasonable about your expectations. You may want to call a few places to get a sense of what you may have to pay or you may be holding your event in a …

3 Things to Look for in a Wedding Reception Venue

It’s your special day, and everything has to be perfect, from the dress to the cake and everything in between. That’s why many couples feel so much pressure when it comes to choosing the right venue for their wedding reception. However, with a little planning (okay, a lot of planning in some cases), you can find a place that is perfect for your wedding after-party. Here are three things you should be looking for in a venue:

Catering options – One of the biggest parts of any wedding reception is the food. After the big event, everyone is usually ready to indulge in food and drink. Your reception venue should offer a variety of catering options to suit your specific needs, whether you want French delicacies or kosher foods only.
Flexible space – Another concern for couples searching for the ideal reception …

Selecting the Perfect Venue For Your Corporate Event? Read This First

Designing the perfect corporate event can be nothing short of frustrating. There are so many aspects to consider, and often so many parties involved, that it can take stress to an entirely new level. Part of the problem is selecting the right event space. Particularly in New York, this is a real issue because there’s a banner ad or other media screaming “Event Space Here” at every turn. How do you select the right choice to meet your needs? These tips can help.

Go for the Wow: You want a space that is going to make all of your attendees step back and say “Wow” the moment they walk in the door. It’s really the only way to kick off an event on the right foot, so when you’re previewing, make sure it has that factor when you walk through the …

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