Category Archives: Holidays & Celebrations

Cool Thoughts During The Hot Summer

By Article Contributor, Sunday, September 8, 2013

Hot Summer Christmas Thoughts Pool 389x291 Cool Thoughts During The Hot SummerThe summer of 2013 has certainly been a warm one for much of the country. In fact, it has been downright hot in some locations. Unfortunately, for members of the workforce the increased temperature does not necessarily mean time away to cool off and relax. However, there are some projects you may want to tackle now in order to enjoy some cool thoughts during the hot summer. For instance, you may want to start looking into how your company plans on celebrating the holiday season. Yes, it is months away, but it is never too early to start planning things like your business holiday ecards.

Private Events

Now is the perfect time to start forming a committee and planning your company’s holiday party. This is especially important if you are planning on holding multiple events. For instance, you may choose to have a party for your employees and their families and you may choose to have an adult only party.  When planning any type of corporate event it is important to delegate the duties as needed. This way no single person is overwhelmed.  One way to do this may be by forming a planning committee.

Prior to letting the committee embark on their planning, it is important that you lay out any guidelines you feel need to be followed. For example, giving them a budget at the very beginning is important because it will guide them through the rest of the planning process.

If you are a member of the planning committee it may be wise to recommend scouting out multiple locations in the area. This will not only allow you to have a sense of what types of packages are available, but also prices. The earlier you do this the better as it will give you a chance to lock in the best price possible.

Public Events

If your company prides itself on community involvement during the holiday season, now is a good time to also plan for the public.  You may choose to hold a party and invite the public to meet yourself and your employees on an informal basis. You never know if one of these connections may lead to a potential client in the future!

You may also choose to participate in a charity in order to give a little something back to your community. For example, you may wish to look into the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. This is one of the more popular organizations during the holiday seasons as its aim is to provide presents for children who may not otherwise receive something.

Communications

It may seem a little early to don the Santa suit but now is a good time to plan for your holiday communications. This is especially true if you are going to produce business holiday ecards.

Planning for the holiday season now not only allows you to think cool thoughts during the hot months, but it will relieve some of the stress of that time of year. Plan early, enjoy the process, and look forward to the end result!

License: Creative Commons image source

Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Girlfriend

By Sonia Tersy, Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine Love 389x389 Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your GirlfriendGifts play an important role in a long term relationship and there are many other small things which matter a lot. The major elements towards a successful relationship journey are sincerity, care and love. It is a hard job to keep up with all of these things and than manage your other sectors of life also. But if you keep moderate approach things will not get difficult and you will turn out to be a good boyfriend. Here I am going to discuss top ten Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your girlfriend.

1.      Flowers

Flowers are beautiful and have attractive color patterns. You can choose the favorite flower type and color for your girlfriend and make her feel special. You need to know the ideal flower type and color as you will give a surprise while talking on phone and meeting, while she is sleeping or leave flowers with a beautiful note. Flowers can be presented in combination with other valentine gifts.

2.      Photo Frame

You can gift a nice photo frame to your girl, where she can place the best pictures of you two. There are many colors and types of picture frames to choose from. She will feel important and your best snaps will be preserved forever.

3.      Spa

You can make an appointment with any one the best spas and get her a nice massage session. This will boost her energy and make her feel like a princess with youthful, glowing skin.

4.      Salsa Dance

You can get enrolled with your girlfriend and start taking salsa dance classes together. You will get an opportunity to spend more time together and have fun while learning how to dance.

5.      Jewelry

Buy a nice and decent set of jewelry and make her wear on Valentine’s Day. Stand behind your girl, hold the necklace up and her hair too and tie it for her.

6.      Sexy Perfume

Buy a sexy perfume which goes with her personality, of course each girl wants to smell good. There are many popular brands in the market to choose from or you can even take suggestions.

7.      Baking Utensils

If your girl likes experimenting different things in the kitchen, that is, baking particularly then you can gift her one of the best baking utensils. You can come up with different recipes and ask her to spoil you.

8.      Sexy Lingerie

You can gift your girl a nice piece of sexy lingerie, keeping in mind that she will feel comfortable and easy in it. There are hundreds of different designs and colors available in this type of clothing.

9.      Out for Dinner

After giving a few gifts you can plan going out for dinner together at a posh place. It is not necessary that it must be a posh place but must be fit according to the occasion so that you can enjoy privacy.

10.  Chocolates

Does not matter what type of gifts you are giving to your girlfriend, as you can always aid them with the best chocolates. If you are in a relationship then you must know the type of chocolates your girl prefers.

Hope you like my all Valentine’s Day gift ideas and planning to follow all these or some of these ideas on this Valentine’s Day 2013 for your lovely girlfriend. If you have some other good ideas don’t forget to mention in the comments box below.

About the Author:

Sonia Tersy is a qualified blogger and floral artist at Flowersable.com – an international flower delivery portal. Valentine’s Day flowers and gifts are considered to be the natural way of sharing your emotions and feelings with your loved ones. Flowersable just brings it digital to make it easier and real faster for people to share their love with a click of a button.

How to Keep Weight Off This Holiday Season

By WriterEvan, Tuesday, November 6, 2012

weightloss How to Keep Weight Off This Holiday SeasonThe holidays are a magical time of good cheer, giving, and gaining weight. Throughout most of the year, many of us go through periods of at least a month or two between indulgent holiday feasts, occasionally making room for a birthday or wedding party, but during the holiday season our schedules and stomachs are both packed. Not only Thanksgiving, but Christmas and New Year’s become decadent dinner parties for many, leading us to fill ourselves more often than we ever would otherwise. Some of us even anticipate the extra pounds we’ll put on during the holiday season, but you can stay trim and fit through the winter by following guidelines to keep the weight off.

Continue reading

How to Organize an Awards Show Party at Home

By WriterEvan, Wednesday, October 10, 2012

oscar How to Organize an Awards Show Party at HomeAwards season is one of the most exciting times of the year, especially for those who make it their business to follow celebrities, entertainment, and pop culture. Each year, the entertainment industry trots out its most significant productions and its biggest stars to celebrate the movies, TV shows, and music that made the biggest critical and commercial impact over the preceding twelve months. For those who love all things entertainment, there are few more exciting times throughout the year, and what’s wonderful is that awards season also gives us an excuse to get together with our family, friends, and loved ones. An awards show is a great reason to throw a party and have an absolutely great time doing it, as the show provides an interactive centerpiece around which you can organize a night to truly remember. We’ll talk about some great ideas and activities that can really help your awards show party land in a big way so your guests go home hoping they get an invite again next year. Continue reading

Top 5 Prep Tips for Prom Night

By WriterEvan, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

prom Top 5 Prep Tips for Prom NightDances are a blast, no matter what year of highschool you’re in. The prom dances, however, are typically reserved for upper class students — juniors and seniors at most educational establishments — and for this reason it’s important that as a parent, you create an incredibly memorable experience for your teen and his or her group of friends. We’ll talk about five of the most important pointers that can help you get your kids’ prom night off without a hitch, and many of them are a whole lot easier than you might have thought. Giving your children a prom experience that they won’t soon is completely possible with the right strategy.

1) Get Your Group Together

Plan a group to go together in advance. Even if your teen has a date, any prom or other dance is made a whole lot more fun by going with a group. Not only does this make the event itself a lot more fun, but it provides for a whole bunch of fun activities that your teen can participate in both before and after the actual dance.

2) Plan a Meal

Decide where your teen and his or her group of friends will be eating, and how. If you can afford it, send your little group of youngsters out to a fun, themed restaurant. The more exciting the evening, the more memorable the experience will be, and the pre-dance dinner is a great way to get this started the right way. You don’t even need to go out for a full-blown meal; a delicious home-cooked meal will do the trick just perfectly, and coming up with a fun or clever theme will make dinner that much more exciting.

3) Go Vintage

Clothes are expensive, and your teen’s prom outfit is no exception. If you’ve got an especially artistic or fun-loving kid, and you’re dealing with something of a reduced budget (or even if you’re not), then vintage prom-wear is a great way to go. Your teen will be able to show off a truly unique sense of style, and maybe even get a few good-natured laughs in the process.

4) Make Reservations

Make sure you plan ahead and reserve anything you’ll need for your teen’s prom night experience. There’s nothing worse than making plans and then finding out someone else has already beaten you to them.

5) Hire Your Ride

Sure, it’s easy to drop your kids off at prom in the old minivan, but how much more fun would it be to hire a limousine or vintage car to take your teen and his or her friends to the big dance? Plenty of limousine rental services offer discounts for students, and vintage cars have a tendency to be even more affordable.

Whatever you wind up deciding to do, there are plenty of ways to make sure that your teen’s prom night is one of the most memorable experiences in the history of organized dances. Most of them don’t even require a whole lot of money — just some creativity and forethought. No matter what you go with, your teens will be sure to have a great evening out if you make sure to follow the right steps when you prepare for prom.

Top 5 Tips for Using Fireworks Safely

By WriterEvan, Sunday, August 26, 2012

Holidays can be a great time to enjoy fireworks as a part of your celebration, whether it is a professional fireworks display or a home made show in your own backyard. It is important to remember, however, that fireworks are volatile explosives and can be very dangerous when handled improperly. Follow these key safety guidelines to make sure your holidays are fun and safe for yourself and those around you. Continue reading

Top 5 Ways to Make Your Wedding Reception Unique

By WriterEvan, Saturday, July 28, 2012

Wedding Photo 389x259 Top 5 Ways to Make Your Wedding Reception UniqueNo matter what you do, your wedding day will always be special and unique for you. But for all of the people watching you and your sweetie tie the knot, it’s bound to be the same boring thing they’ve seen a million times before (a unity candle AND a lariat? – yawn…). So unless you plan to have some kind of crazy skydiving ceremony, perhaps you should think about ways you can at least spice up the reception by making it a bit more unique. Here are just a few areas that you could touch on when planning a wedding reception that is truly one of a kind.

  1. Food. Steak, chicken, and a vegetarian option are pretty standard fare for weddings, whether you offer them via buffet or a five-course spread. But many couples these days are opting to do things a little differently. Some contract with catering companies that offer local, organic, or vegan options (whatever suits their sensibilities) while others spring for exotic foodstuffs from far-off locales. But since a lot of people these days are attempting to save a little money in order to start a married life free of debt, you could try an afternoon tea (finger sandwiches, petit fours, and all) or a DIY dessert bar. But if you go for one of these options, just make sure to inform guests ahead of time that dinner will not be served.
  2. Drinks. Alcohol can be a touchy subject at some weddings, but since most couples want people to eat, drink, and be merry at the reception, booze is usually available. If you want to do something unique, though, work with the bartender to create a couple of specialty cocktails for the event. Or hire yourself an old-timey mixologist (handlebar moustache and all) to create classic cocktails like juleps and punches for your guests.
  3. Venue. Most wedding receptions occur in ballrooms, country clubs, and gardens/parks – beautiful, serene, and virtually pristine settings, in other words. If you want your reception to be a bit different, think about taking your guests someplace that is special to you, like the restaurant where you shared your first date, the hiking trail where your honey asked for your hand in marriage, or even the bookstore where your eyes first locked over a copy of Pride and Prejudice (yeah, right). You might be surprised how many shop owners are willing to entertain romantic requests (especially if you have the rental fee to back them up).
  4. Décor. If the flowered bowers and white linens of traditional weddings don’t appeal to you, think about decorating with some kind of theme in mind. You could go with an era or culture that you find fascinating or tap a favorite media influence (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for example) to make your setting something special.
  5. Entertainment. Forget about the cheesy band, annoying DJ, or stuffy string quartet on your wedding day if you want your reception to be one of a kind. Instead, consider a few forms of entertainment that suit your style better than the traditional fare. For example, you could hire singing/dancing waiters to keep your guests smiling, book a wedding magician to wow the assembly, or even opt for circus sideshow acts like fire eaters, sword swallowers, and a troupe of tumblers for the evening’s entertainment. You might even want to arrange for something truly unusual like a jousting match a la Medieval Times. If you just think outside the box you’re sure to come up with some truly spectacular ways to keep all of your guests entertained during the reception.

Children’s Dance Party

By Scholarly Writer, Sunday, July 15, 2012

Children Dance Party Childrens Dance PartyA birthday for a child has historically been a special occasion, with many children enjoying a party to mark their special day. A new innovation for children of all ages and fitness is to enjoy a children’s dance party. Children who do not enjoy sport but have lots of energy (particularly boys), may be new to this idea of dance as fun. The boys may enjoy a street dance themed party or bollywood kids party, both of which have been very popular over the last year or so.

Children’s dancing parties are very much ‘of the moment’ as dance has increased in the public eye so much recently. Not only is dance an enjoyable form of exercise but it improves flexibility, muscle tone and general feelings of well being, and is something to be encouraged in times of obesity in children. Dance parties for children are great for a small or large groups, all
group sizes and all age ranges can be catered for. The children would have a chance to add their own ideas and own choreography which they always thrive on doing. All the ideas are then put together to produce a routine which is performed to parents invited along at the end of the party. This focuses on children’s confidence, team building skills and listening/learning abilities. They are shown a new skill and asked to develop it, before performing this skill to an audience.

All the children enjoy dressing up and using some props for their theme which could be anything from High School Musical to Fame to Bollywood to Break dancing. Any child or the parent with a particular theme or favourite pop star in mind can discuss this with the dance instructor prior to the party so that suitable music can be found, and the party themed to the child’s taste.

Of course children’s parties come in many different forms and may not be for a birthday. During the summer holidays it would be a nice activity for any weather and something which may not have been previously thought of. A dance session is the ideal opportunity for a child new to an area to meet others in a sociable group. If a child has yet to make friends, perhaps having just moved to a new district, they will soon be bonding over the music and dance moves of the favourite pop star in a dance workshop. Not only do the children interact together to make a positive outcome to their activity, but they also get a chance to introduce their own individuality. Many children have found a sense of rhythm that they had previously been unaware of as they do not usually dance, as well as the body confidence and self esteem which goes hand in hand with dance.

5 Romantic Renovation Dates Seriously

By Scholarly Writer, Saturday, March 31, 2012

Love Date Valentine Dinner 5 Romantic Renovation Dates SeriouslyThey say that home is where the heart is but when you’re in the midst of a DIY renovation, it’s where your blood, sweat, and tears are, too. The stress can take a toll on even the best relationships. You are both tired, frustrated, and usually dirty, covered in drywall dust and speckled with paint. Not exactly your sexiest look. Believe it or not, though, renovations can be romantic if you use a little imagination and add your special touch. Here are five simple ways to keep the love light burning when your home turns into a construction zone.

The Magic of Massage

After a long day of swinging hammers and pushing power saws, take time to wind down and relax. Indulge in a long, hot bath, then surprise your partner with sensuous massage lotion made with scintillating essential oils with aphrodisiac qualities. Sandalwood or patchouli are especially nice. Lovingly rub it into his sore muscles and ask him to return the favor. It’s a well-deserved reward for each of you and the perfect entre to more romantic recreation.

Share a Picnic Break

There’s always something romantic about a picnic, even if it is shared in the middle of the floor while you are surrounded by tools and demo debris. Spread out a blanket, unpack a basket of finger foods you can feed each other, open a bottle of wine, and share some quiet time together. If you can, move the picnic outside and get away from the construction clutter for a bit. The work will still be there when you get back and you will both feel refreshed and ready to start the job again.

Make a Shower Date

When your partner is getting tired and grumpy, reactivate his energy by inviting him to share a shower date with you when the day of work is finished. Later, fill the bathroom with candlelight and your favorite scent, turn on some romantic music, and help each other wash away the day’s dust and dirt. Do not forget to use your sexiest smelling bath gel and the softest towels you own.

Have a Project Party

Good friends, good food, and good music add up to great times even when there is work involved. Invite friends over to help you paint or demo and make it a party. Crank up the tunes, order some pizza, and when the work is done, break out the beer. It will make the hours pass faster, brighten your spirits, and give you an excuse to steal a dance with your mate.

Dress for the Occasion

After days of wearing ratty old work clothes, surprise your partner with a new look. How do you think he or she would react if you showed up dressed in nothing but your work shoes, a tool belt, and a hard hat? One of the most important parts of completing a renovation together without damaging your relationship is maintaining your sense of humor. A move like that one is bound to keep a smile on their face all day long.

Renovations are hard on relationships, but there are ways to lessen the strain. These are just a few ideas that help keep the romance intact while your home is torn apart. Let your imagination frolic and enjoy the perfect renovation rendezvous with your partner. When the project is complete, you will have some very special memories of a job well done.

Josh Thompson is a key part of the newest name in luxury group discounts, LuxeYard. He is also a prolific blogger and guest writer.

Creating the Perfect Party Atmosphere

By Scholarly Writer, Friday, March 30, 2012

People Party Group 389x258 Creating the Perfect Party AtmosphereSome people make great, natural party hosts. There are others of us, however, who have to really work hard to create the perfect party. If you’re on this latter group, then you’ll be relieved to find out that it is possible to become a better party host.

As with many things in life, it’s fair to say that you often get better with more practice. But there are some basic fundamentals that you should be looking to concentrate on.

Choosing the right guests

Did you know that your party could be a disaster before the day even arrives? That’s a frightening thought, but there can be no doubt that it’s true. If you invite the wrong people, then things are likely to go horribly wrong.

A great party should be a relaxing, enjoyable gathering. That means that it certainly shouldn’t involve conflict, arguments or violence. These may sound like extreme occurrences, but the reality is that the wrong guest list can easily lead to such problems.

Think about your aims. Who is the party aimed at? Are there any social issues that mean that two groups of people are unlikely to be comfortable in the same room? You’ll be the best judge of how people are likely to interact, so use your intuition.

Is there a theme?

A fancy dress party is a great way of bringing people together and having a lot of fun. Alternatively, you might have a theme based around a particular country or TV show. The important thing to remember is that you need to let your guests know that such a theme exists. Make sure that you tell them some weeks in advance.

If you try to come up with something at the last minute, then there’s a good chance that some guests won’t have time to prepare. This is likely to result in a party where some people simply don’t feel that they’re fully involved. That’s not going to be a very welcoming occasion.

What are you providing?

If you’re intending to feed your guests and to provide all drinks, then do let them know in advance. If not, it’s absolutely vital that you set appropriate expectations. This can help to avoid embarrassment, on the part of yourself and your guests.

Choose your music wisely

You may have your own, unique, eclectic tastes when it comes to music. Will these be shared by your guests? You’ll need to remember that you’re trying to make them feel welcome, so try to make sure that they can have a great time!

Keith Barrett is a big fan of fancy dress parties and believes that red contact lenses can be used to create a stunning impression. He tries to host truly great parties.

Best Hen Party Karaoke Tunes

By Rebecca Chillisauce, Friday, March 2, 2012

Creating a hen party karaoke playlist is like a sentimental journey back in time. You want to include songs that make women rolling on the floor laughing, songs women listen to when they want to feel like a powerful single woman in total control of their lonely life (the ”boost” songs we mean), as well as songs that make women long for someone to love. If you have any songs that are connected to some good old memories, make sure you absolutely include them.

 

Bridal Party Girls Best Hen Party Karaoke Tunes

We do not want anyone to get too sentimental though, as it is about having fun and not crying over days lost and what happened ten years ago. Choose songs girls love to keep the party going! With karaoke – especially hen party karaoke – it does not matter if you choose the world’s best songs. Forget about the Grammy awards and instead choose the songs that make the girls complain about stomach ache ”because we are laughing so much”!

Tunes from the 70s

You might be of the age that you have not even experienced the 70′s but that does not mean we should leave it out from the playlist. Because there are songs like ”Abba – Dancing Queen”, ”Don McClean – American Pie”, ”Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love”, ”Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”. ”John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – You’re The One That I Want”, ”Donna Summer – Bad Girls”, ”Donna Summer – Hot Stuff”, ”Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive” and ”Carly Simon – You’re So Vain”.

Tunes from the 80s

From the 80′s the one tune you must have is ”Cindy Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun”. If you have that you do not need a lot more – we mean that song already says it all – but you might want to have a look at songs like ”Madonna – Like A Virgin”, ”Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”,  ”Bananarama – Cruel Summer”, ”Janet Jackson – Nasty”, ”Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart ”, ”Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock N’ Roll”, ”Human League – Don’t You Want Me”, ”Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up”, ”Tina Turner – Simply The Best” and last but not least a girl power version of ”David Bowie – Let’s Dance”.

Tunes from the 90s

From the 90′s we think artists like Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys (women sing their songs just as good as the boys, that is guaranteed), Westlife, Vengaboys, Aqua, Britney Spears, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, The Cardigans, Mariah Carey, Alanis Morissette and Michael Jackson all deserve at least one song in the hen party karaoke playlist. On top of that choose some legendary songs we remember from MTV – like ”Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me”, ”Texas – Say What You Want”, ”Hanson – MMMBop”, ”Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply”, ”MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This”, ”Ace of Base – All That She Wants”, ”Jennifer Lopez – Waiting For Tonight”, ”Whitney Houston – I’m Every Woman” and ”Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy”.

The 21st century is luckily already full of good songs to choose from, so if three decades of good music is not enough, then continue your search here. But for some reason we never seem to get tired of the old legends!