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Stress Free Graduation Parties and More

 

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The graduation season is soon approaching and many parents and loved ones are looking for ways to mark the momentous occasion. Finding a stress free solution to celebrate the event can be easy and affordable with the following graduation party ideas.

How to Throw a Winning Super Bowl Party

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Whether you're planning a fiesta for forty in your new entertainment room or an intimate gathering of bros in the basement, make sure your party receives more buzz than the most clever Super Bowl advertisements. From food to guest list to games, everything must come together for your party to be a hit. The Super Bowl is less than one month away, so now is the time to plan your menu and invite guests.

Party Snacks

Finger foods and apps work well for Super Bowl parties. Not only are they fun, they are often easy to make and they require little other than durable cookware and pot holders. Capture the spirit of the epic game with classic Super Bowl fan faves that are hearty, flavorful and quick. This buffalo chicken dip from Burp! Where Food Happens was a fan favorite in the food blog community, for the way it combined classic game-day flavors in a new and expected way. The dip contains hot sauce, chicken, cream cheese and cheddar and is served with celery sticks and crusty bread.

 

bacon monkey breadTrick your guests into thinking that you slaved over the oven with a pull-apart bacon monkey bread that uses pre-made biscuit dough as a little cheat. Stuffed with bacon, cheddar, sauteed peppers and onions, the monkey bread tastes rich and flavorful and is easy for a crowd to tear into. To make, cook the bacon, onions and peppers. Toss the filling and cheese with cut pieces of biscuit dough, then pack everything into a 10-inch bundt pan and bake.

Try lighter fare alongside these rich crowd-pleasers. Homemade popcorn is low in calories, crunchy and flavorful. Serve in parchment paper cones or portion into quart-sized mason jars so each guest can grab a jar and snack. As an extra touch, wrap the jars in scrapbook paper patterned with end zones.

For health-conscious guests, incorporate lighter dips that can be served with fresh veggies, crackers, baked tortilla chips or whole wheat bread. Store-bought hummus makes this a snap, but you can also experiment with homemade edamame or avocado hummus, white bean dip, jalapeno popper dip or a skinny hot spinach dip from Jeanette's Healthy Living.

Have a couple of game-day sweets around, such as football-shaped whoopie pies or cupcakes decorated as footballs. Don't forget the brews, a Super Bowl essential. Stock your coolers with ice and pop some cold ones in there to greet guests upon arrival. Print football-shaped drink tags so guests can find their brew on a crowded table.

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Games give guests that don't know each other a way to mingle and buy you some time to bring out food, clean as you go and greet newcomers. Plus, everyone's competitive spirit is riding high on Super Bowl Sunday. If the weather's warm, consider hosting a pre-party pickup game for all ages. This gives kids an outlet for excess energy that can keep them from getting rowdy as the game goes on, and allows everyone to burn off some calories before eating. Create a sheet of predictions --who will be the MVP, who will score the most points -- and have all guests fill it out. Whoever gets the most trivia right wins a prize.

Decorate your home with streamers, balloons or tissue paper pom poms in team colors to get ready for the big day. Have plenty of trivets and pot holders on hand to hold warm dishes. By creating a warm atmosphere, using games to encourage mingling and serving fun and flavorful food, you've addressed all the essentials of a wonderful party.

About the Author:

Danielle writes on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. The only reason she's excited for The Super Bowl is all the snacks that come with the parties.

5 Ideas for Throwing the Perfect Fall Birthday Bash For Your Kids

By Joseph Stark

It's the start of the football season, it's harvest time, and Halloween is afoot. But all those seasonal celebrations pale in comparison to your little one's birthday. This time of year offers plenty of party inspiration for fall babies.

1. Encourage Kids to Come in Costume

5 Ideas for Throwing the Perfect Fall Birthday Bash For Your Kids

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All kids love Halloween, but they also hate how quickly it's over. You can make the fun last a little longer with a costume party. Other parents will love the opportunity to recycle this year's Halloween outfit, while the kids will enjoy showing off their costumes to their friends. Continue the Halloween theme by reusing your holiday decorations and laying out some spooky snacks. The kids could also tell ghost stories and bob for apples to get into the holiday spirit.

2. Make a Smoothie Station

A smoothie station is a delicious and healthy way to celebrate the season's fresh produce at your fall birthday party. Make sure yours is fully stocked with an array of fresh fruit. New season apples, cranberries, grapes, and pears all work wonderfully in smoothies. Let the kids choose their favorite flavors, and keep some yogurt and honey on hand to finish their creations. Scotsman ice machines which flake ice, rather than simply cubing it, will give your smoothies that professional juice bar taste.

3. Play Roll the Gourd

This fall-inspired game of bowling is much trickier than it sounds. Line up some used soda bottles as pins. Adding a little water to the base will stop them blowing away on a windy day. Then the kids will take turns trying to knock the pins down with a rolling gourd. They'll all be in stitches watching the unevenly shaped gourds rolling every way but the right direction!

4. Break Out Some Scarecrow Cookies

Scarecrow cookies are perfect for any fall birthday with a harvest or Halloween theme. And you won't believe how simple they are to make! First cover the top of your kid's favorite cookie with some simple white frosting. This will become your scarecrow's face.

Then halve a sugar wafer, and stick it to the top of the cookie with a dollop of frosting to form the top of a hat. Place a whole sugar wafer just underneath this to form the hat's brim. You can decorate your hat with slices of candy corn, mini chocolate chips, or other candies. Some more frosting will help these adornments stick.

Then make your scarecrow's face with mini choc chip eyes, a candy corn nose, and a chocolate sprinkle mouth. Pieces of bran cereal make realistic looking straw hair.  

5. Set Up a Camp Site

Older kids can take advantage of fall's temperate weather conditions with a campfire-themed birthday. They'll love the little bit of independence they feel as they camp out with close friends under the stars.

Make sure you tell your guests to bring a sleeping bag and pillow, and source some extra tents from friends. Popcorn and trail mix will fend off hunger pangs until you cook up some hot dogs for dinner. And no camping trip would be complete without roasting s'mores and drinking hot chocolate around the fire.

No matter what your child's tastes, fall offers tons of inspiration for a memorable birthday bash. 

Six Surprising Birthday Gift Ideas For Girls Age 9 - 12

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By Brooke Chaplan - 

Vintage Photography Sessions

Young girls love to dress up in gorgeous clothes and play pretend. Many photography studios offer vintage photography sessions with fun clothing from long ago. A girl can dress up in old-fashioned pioneer costumes, lacy Victorian dresses, or silky Japanese kimonos. The gift giver can choose from an assortment of packages with different size prints.

 

Visit a Theme Park

Every girl’s birthday is a special event requiring a unique gift. Most young girls already have many dolls, stuffed animals and other toys filling a bedroom. Choose something new and different for a girl such as a trip to a theme park for the day. Many theme parks offer discount deals for groups with activities including meeting characters and seeing movies. You can make memories that will last forever.

 

A Place to Keep Treasures

Most girls have an assortment of bracelets, necklaces, earrings and other trinkets scattered throughout dresser drawers. Jewelry boxes for little girls are a keepsake gift that holds special treasures. Gift givers can find stores online that offer this gift with the option to have it engraved with a child’s name. With this added touch, a personalized jewelry box for girls is the perfect gift to give. A child will be able to keep this birthday gift forever.

 

Attending an Art Camp

Children love to learn by doing new things and with hands-on activities. Send a girl to an art camp to learn about visual arts, music, dancing, acting or creative writing. There are daily, weekend and sleep-away art camps for girls of various ages that help a child develop their own creative pursuits. Many organizations finish the camping experience by having the entire family view the child’s creative work.

 

A Fully Equipped Fish Aquarium

A fascinating gift for girls is a fish aquarium with all the necessary equipment including the filters, tubing, tank and fish. Children enjoy watching the different types of fish swimming through the water. Taking care of pets is a great way for a young girl to begin learning responsibilities like cleaning the tank and feeding the fish. This gift will last for many years, and provide a unique experience.

 

Weekly Equestrian Lessons

Most girls love reading about beautiful horses in books, watching horses on television or playing with toy horses. Give a young girl the opportunity to learn how to ride a horse with weekly riding lessons. The giver can choose from various styles of equestrian lessons to provide a young girl with an unusual and lasting birthday gift. 

Pool Party Ideas This Summer

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Summer is right around the corner and that means it’s time to uncover the pool and think about new party ideas. There are an infinite number of pool party themes to throw this summer. Here is a list of the most popular ideas that will put a new twist on your pool parties and have your guests coming back all summer long! 

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