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Hens Night – The Last Night of Freedom

Hens Night – The Last Night of Freedom

It’s finally here, you’re tying the knot soon! From a young lady, you’re about to have a party you will never forget before the wedding. Well that’s what we hope your bridesmaids have planned. We have a few ideas for you, but make sure you have a great night, because it’s the last night of freedom! That’s right, you can hear the wedding bells just around the corner so get ready for a massive bender!

But hold your horses there. Sure, you’re about to get married, but not quite just yet. How about celebrating with a massive party for your last night of freedom? I’m talking about a full blown, chaotic but fun hens night with a bunch of your gal pals! Girls nights out are always super fun and end up being the stories we tell when we are old. You know the boys are out having their stag, so get ready to go one better.

What’s a Hens Night?

Hens night, also known as a bachelorette party, is a girls-only get together to let loose and be a single lady for one last time. It’s that one night prior to your wedding day when you get to release all your inhibitions with your best friends and have a great time. Your bridesmaids are there, and you can also invite some of your closest peers in the party.

Still not getting the picture? Instead of saying what happens during a hens night, it might be better to give you an example. Have you watched the films “Rough Night” and “Bachelorette?” While those take on an overblown take on hens nights, they pretty much give you the idea.

If that sounds a bit wild for you, then you can opt for a tamed down bridal shower instead. Although, there are those that have both, so why not, right?

How to Have a Great Hens Night

While a common theme for hens nights in the past was a debauchery-filled evening with strippers and wild games, modern takes on the said party is slowly veering away from that. Now it’s all about plain fun, and that means no humiliating the bride-to-be with activities you wouldn’t be comfortable with.

So what are the things that you can do? Here are a few ideas that you can absolutely try.

Create Your Own Booze

One thing that makes anyone unguarded is a shot of sambucca or two. Now it would be boring just to pick a brand and be done with it, right? So why not be all creative with your gals and set up a cute bar, have a few juices, berries, and other alcoholic beverages that you can mix and match? Pair that with a great chat and you’re having fun!

Build a Life Size Frame

We all want to take a piece of the moment when we were still single ladies and partying, so why not make it last with a photo? But we don’t want to settle for just any picture. Have a huge frame that you and your friends hold while posing in front of the camera! Even Instagram filters can’t beat that!

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Try Bra Pong

Beer pong is so yesterday. Have you heard about bra bong? Just hoist colorful ones on a board with corresponding points and you’re sure to have a unique but inexpensive activity with your gals.

Belt Your Heart Out

We can’t all be like Beyonce or Christina, but who doesn’t like singing? Time to put your karaoke skills to the test and just be silly with your friends. Be the queen that you are for that night!

Satisfy Your Need for Speed

Who says you can’t be pretty and athletic? You might want to visit a nearby GoKart racetrack and burn some rubber! It’s an exhilarating activity to do, not to mention all the screaming and hollering can do you good.

There are plenty of things you can do, but one thing’s for sure – it’s just the start of even more fun!

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Cheap Party Favor Ideas

Throwing a party is always exciting, but it wouldn’t be complete without guests who go out of their way to come and join the fun. So how do you thank them for turning up at your shindig? Through party favors of course! Keeping the costs of party favors down gives you more leeway on your actual party budget, so cutting costs without looking cheap is the order of the day.

Today, let’s look at some cheap party favor ideas that won’t break your budget.

Homemade Favors

Toy Panda with Party Favors - All Free InvitationsSome of the best party favors are not always the expensive choices available in a specialty store. A lot of guests enjoy personalized favors even more. The fact that you have put some thought into the gift really does go a  long way with some people.

So for your next party, try to think of giveaways that you can do yourself. For example, you can make DIY friendship bracelets, or plant some little plants in tiny pots, a small homemade chocolate or other delicacy. It is the personal touch that these little things bring, that remind your guests of the party.

Take-Home Party Crafts as Instant Favors

Now let’s say you don’t have much time for planning and creating DIY party favors. Fear not, because there’s a way you can include your guests in making them! Try having a fun activity where they make certain art projects – it could be picture frames, tye dyeing, hand painted cushion covers, etc. – the possibilities are endless! Simply find something that you think suits the day, then head to youtube to find a tutorial on how to make it.

Party Photos with Thank-You Notes

What’s a better way to make an event memorable than pictures? What you can do is set up a webcam that snaps pictures of your guests with silly props. Think of it as a DIY photobooth. You can hire these photobooths and they can get a bit pricey, so if you want to do this on the cheap, you can easily set up your own photobooth.

This way it becomes more personal, more heartfelt, not to mention it reminds your guests just how fun the party was! You can email these pictures to your friends or post them straight to Facebook to share the fun.

Puzzle Pieces for the Thinker

For kiddies parties, it is always great to stimulate the minds of the little ones. One great way is by getting them to do puzzles, which are just cheap party favors that you can purchase in dollar stores. They bring the fun at home even after the party, so it’s a winner definitely!

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How to Make a Movie Night Super Awesome

Everybody loves watching movies. But do you know what’s even better than that? Watching with family or close friends at home! Nothing beats a movie night while you stay comfy in your own house, and the experience is tailor-made for everyone. Today, we’ll give you tips how to make a movie night super awesome.

Pick a Theme

If you plan on throwing a movie night with friends, plan a theme. Don’t just go around, saying, “I’m hosting movie night at my house, do you want to come?” Instead, be more specific like, “Tonight is about ‘Star Wars,’ we’re going to have a ball! Costumes or fancy dress are optional but encouraged!” That makes movie night more interesting.

Innovate the Menu

Thinking of just serving the usual popcorn during movie night? That’s so dated and bland. You might want to look into going in synch with the movie you’re going to watch. Viewing “Huntsman: Winter’s War?” Maybe ice cream would work? Think somewhere along those lines.

Create Comfy Seating

You’re going to be watching films for over two to three hours, so you have to make sure everyone’s comfortable. Chairs are a thing of the past; you might want to consider bean bags or a comfy lounge with a pouffe instead. That makes everyone comfier while being laid back as you watch as many films as you like.

Play Some Games

We’re not talking about games that could distract you from the movie. Instead, it should be games that actually make you even more focused on it. For example, if you’re all of drinking age, you could set a rule where everyone chugs one drink when a character says a specific word, or does a gesture that you’re watching out for. That adds up to the experience. You could also have a trivia game in between movies, to test everybody’s knowledge.

 

Let Your Guests Vote

 

While you’re hosting the movie night, it may be difficult for you to decide what’s best for everyone. You can ask your guests to suggest a film they like. Ultimately, it will be your decision, but at least this gives you an idea of the genre your audience likes.

Print Movie Tickets

What screams “movie night” better than movie tickets? It creates an atmosphere that an event is coming, and it serves as an invitation for your guests. It also serves as a token of a wonderful memory you will be making!

Be Creative with the Location

You don’t have to watch a movie in the living room all the time. How about moving the venue to the back yard or a shed or garage if you’re watching a horror film? You can decorate the area with cobwebs, scythes, and other cool stuff that depicts the theme!

Do Away with Phones

You don’t have to be strict about implementing this, but have an agreement with everyone that phones should be off-limits during the film. This way, everyone is concentrated on the film and the experience.

And these are some of the tips to make a movie night super awesome! Are there any other ideas you have in mind?

Enjoy Yourself!

Movies are so much fun and it’s a great way to get together with friends and have a good laugh. It’s important for you to relax and let yourself have a great time with family and friends. Check out our huge range of themed invitations and the best part is they are free!

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10 Ways to Throw a Cheap but Entertaining Kids Party

10 Ways to Throw a Cheap but Entertaining Kids Party

A children’s party is arguably one of the most memorable events in a kid’s life. That’s why you want it to be as grand and exciting as possible, but how do you do it without burning holes in your pocket? Today, we’ve compiled 10 things to keep in mind when throwing a cheap but entertaining kids party your young one will be thankful for!

Pick a Strategic Time

When throwing a cheap kids party, you might want to consider thinking about the time of the event. It would be best to have it in the morning from say 9.30am till 11 am or around 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. when people won’t expect you’ll be serving a full meal. That way you can provide a range of snacks, without having to heat up food or do much prep.

Begin Planning Early

Nothing beats scouting for things you need early. This way, you can compare prices and make sound decisions while you’re not pressured to jump the gun immediately. Collecting decorations after halloween is a great time to get some awesome props at a fraction of the price. Also after christmas or easter there is always massive savings on festive decorations, some of which can double easily as party decorations.

Pair Up for a Party for Two (Or More!)

One effective strategy in throwing a cheap kid’s party is by celebrating it the same time as a sibling or your friend’s kid. This way, you split the bill, double the guest, halve the planning and work and you get even better results. The more, the merrier! And you won’t have to plan alone anymore, so there’s that perk as well.

Steer Clear of Party Stores

Most of the time, party stores have marked up prices, and you might think they’re giving you the best deals and they have everything you need. That’s a dangerous trap, which is why you need to plan early in order to get the best deals. A party box is very popular in my house and I keep all the decorations and props I get on sale through the year and I can pull out items that we need when we need them. Also buying online is a great way to get some awesome discounts, but be sure to order 2 months ahead to account for shipping times from china.

Use Your Connections

Your affiliations and connections matter if you’re planning a cheap kids party. For example, if you know someone who can make balloon animals or who moonlights as a DJ, you might want to get that person instead of a well known and highly paid entertainer which could cost more. This can give acquaintances more exposure as they can hand out cards or flyers to the parents that come to the party, as well as earning money for their performance.

Classic Games Are In

Who said classic games are outdated? They are still an awesome way to keep kids active and happy during events. Games like pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey never really go out of fashion. These games are easy to plan and cheap to make. There are heaps of resources online that can give you a hand setting up some cool, old school games.

Start Ordering Online

Ordering online does not guarantee you pay less, but it gives you a clearer side-by-side comparison of prices. It even cuts costs of visiting physical stores, so it has its benefits. There are heaps of sites like ebay and aliexpress where you can order stuff for your party. Also the cheap shops and dollar stores are an excellent resource for party stuff. Make sure you take a peek in some of these stores next time you are at the mall.

Control the Guest List

Keeping the number of guests down depending on your budget is one of the ways you can have a cheap kids party. You can ask your kids who his/ her closest friends are, but if he/ she wants the whole class to come, then you have to negotiate that the venue and preparations won’t be as grand. Give choices. If the guest list becomes large, you might want to consider holding the party at your house or perhaps at a park or beach. Some venues can charge an arm and a leg, so sometimes a home party might be one of the only ways to keep the budget under control.

Put Your DIY Hat On

One effective way to cut costs is to do things yourself. For example, you may create your own decorations, bake a few cupcakes, and a lot more. It requires a bit more time, but it can equate to much less expenses. For example can you make some of the decorations yourself? Or perhaps you can make some of the snacks or even the cake. Supermarkets often sell plain sponge cakes, and these can be great for sculpting into elaborate birthday cakes with the use of icing.

Have a Simple Menu

Kids don’t really want heaps of different types of food during an event or party. They just like to have a few but delicious ones, and you could base it on the theme. For example, if you’re doing it on the beach, burgers, fries, and grilled hot-dogs are key to throwing a cheap kids party while keeping it enjoyable. If you are going with a theme such as minecraft, you can stick to a few simple items and model them after minecraft things. This minecraft pinterest board has some incredible ideas that can be done on the cheap.

And those are 10 of the ways you can throw a cheap but entertaining kids party. Of course we haven’t covered everything here but be sure to check back often to stay up to date with our blog. Are you ready to create memories with your child without breaking the bank?

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Mexican Party in the Spotlight – Themed Party Ideas

Mexican Party in the Spotlight – Themed Party Ideas

As far as a Mexican Party goes, it’s one of the favourite of the themed party circuit. Everyone loves throwing parties where everyone just enjoys a grand time. But instead of just a normal event, have you thought about having a theme to go with it? Today, let look at the concept of a themed party, with Mexican Party in the spotlight.

You don’t have to be Mexican to enjoy a Mexican-themed party. It has grown to be one of the popular fancy dress or dress up themes everywhere because of the exploding colours and larger than life designs. So how do you throw a Mexican Party?

Here are a few ideas to let your Mexican party fly high! You can use these as inspiration for your next big event.

Mariachi Band

No Mexican party is complete without a Mariachi band! It’s a combination of tons of elements – the musical instruments, the unique vocal stylings, the festive dances, and of course the whimsical performance costumes that envelop the whole venue. It is so representative of Mexican culture that it was recognised as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO in 2011.

Aztec Insignia

If you’re a fan of ancient stylings, an Aztec-themed party may be a great choice for you. From Aztec suns, breathtaking pyramids, to carvings on stone walls, it is certainly a mysterious theme that could create a whole new world for you and your guests.

Piñata Party

One of the staple figures in every Mexican party is the iconic piñata. It can come in various forms – unicorns, hearts, dinosaurs – you’re imagination is the only limit! They all share similar traits, such as the fact they are colourful, hollow papier-mâché sculptures which you smash to smithereens and then get the surprise treats inside! Truly a crowd pleaser.

Cinco de Mayo

Another famous Mexican party which you can take inspiration from is the Cinco de Mayo. All you need are flowy, traditional dresses for the ladies and Mexican costumes topped with wide “sombreros” for the gentlemen, and you have a party! Start dancing like there’s no tomorrow with a super cool cinco de mayo theme!

El Dia de los Muertos

A Mexican party wouldn’t the the same without some skulls. Thanks to animated movies like “The Book of Life” and “Coco,” El Dia de los Muertos has gained more fame. You can sport this look for your party with white face paints with colourful skull designs as well as vibrant altars. Of course, the music and the dancing can’t be left out!

If you’re planning to throw a Mexican Party, try some of our Mexican-inspired invitations to set the mood. Simply print them out, and that’s it! No obligations whatsoever! Have a great party!

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