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Why Should We Stop Celebrating Quinceañeras in 2022

Most cultures have a ceremony from childhood to adulthood; for most Hispanic people, this is known as a Quinceañera. For me, this practice seems a bit antiquated, especially as a queer person of color who has a Mexican mom. This practice, for me, is something that should stay in the past, like gender reveals parties.

But I get that it is also a way for families to meet, and it also joins the community. But the message behind it is kind of shady. In the past, it was a way for a family to show to the village that their daughter is of legal age to get married, and for me, that is not something that needs to be celebrated. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn more about Quinceañera.

What is it?

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Quinceañera has several names like quinceaños, quince añeros, or simply quince, and it is the celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday and is a rite of passage and represents the passage from childhood to adulthood. It is both a social and religious event that emphasizes the importance of family and society in a young woman’s life.

It is celebrated in several countries around the world, such as Mexico, the Caribbeans, Latin America, as well as in some Hispanic communities in the United States. A Quinceañera starts with a mass attended by the person who celebrates her quince and her family and godparents. After this, a reception is held, and this usually features food, dancing, and music.

Like many other rites and ceremonies, quinceañeras continue to evolve. The celebration is generally as elaborate as the family’s means allow. Although the quince celebration originally meant that the girl was prepared for marriage, the modern celebration rather signals the beginning of an official engagement. Some girls opt for a trip abroad rather than a party, and others prefer to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary.

Why not celebrate it?

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As a Biracial kid with a Mexican mom and an Indian dad, I went to my far share of Quinceañera as a kid, and when the time rolled around for me to have one, I had an argument with my parents about not having one. By the age of 13, I was in my rebellious stage and was questioning everything from my sexuality to my heritage. 

I thought that Quinceañera was overrated and that they were an outdated ceremony that, in my book, was completely unnecessary. As a queer person, being paraded around and wearing a dress wasn’t something that vibed with me a lot, and I had several arguments with my parents before we came to the consensus to not have a Quinceañera.

To quote one of my favorite quotes from One Day At A Time:

“the history of Quinceañera is totally misogynistic…I don’t want to be paraded around in front of the men of the village like a piece of property traded for two cows and a goat.”

However, later on in the series, Elena accepts to have a Quinceañera just to show that her single mother can do anything cereal packet families can. After debates and arguments, the daughter finally agrees but does not give in to her mother’s wishes or please her. She chose to celebrate her Quinceañera to show that this single mother could organize this party for her daughter on her own.

Feminism Vs quinceañera

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What do feminists think about the Quinceañera tradition? The tradition of the Quinceañera appears to be degrading and immoral in the eyes of some feminist associations around the world, given the young age of the teenagers involved. Is it possible to be 15 years old and define yourself as a feminist without giving up the right to be a queen for a day at least once in your life? 

The thing that bothers me the most is that this celebration was rooted in patriarchal norms that are hidden under the guise of a celebration. This is a view that I share, but I also believe to each their own and that if you want to celebrate your Quinceañera, you do you.

Do we still need Quinceañera nowadays? 

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If it was up to me, no, and you should also not participate in this outdated practice. You could have a party to celebrate the birthday of your future kid without having the focus being on their gender or that they are of legal age to get married. A survey conducted by vice media found that 41% of Gen Z (born between 1996 to 2010) identify as gender-neutral; they don’t fit with this restrictive binary of male and female.

This highlights that we don’t need gender reveal parties because the new generations are more open about their gender identity and exploring what it means to be a man or a woman. However, this type of party doesn’t need to happen today; to each their own. If you want to throw a gender reveal party, go ahead and do it. I can’t stop you, but for me, this is something that we need to get away from.

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Celebrate With Scriptures: Best Bible Verses for Birthdays

Celebrate With Scriptures: Best Bible Verses for Birthdays

When it’s the birthday of a loved one, we usually try to give them a gift that’s more personal, more unique and more special to them. It just shows how much thought we’ve put into buying a gift that’ll mean something to that person.

Today, with online services, it’s very easy to find the perfect gift even during a lockdown. However, when you are a Christian and need to gift another believer, there’s no better opportunity than including God’s word and sharing His love. Biblical scriptures are, in my opinion, the perfect addition to any birthday card, gift, cake or party.

Psalms 23:

Psalms 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalms 90: 13- 17:

Relent, Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. 

May the favor[a] of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.

Ephesians 2: 8-9:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

Numbers 6: 24- 26:

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you give you peace.

Psalms 91:

Psalms 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a] I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and if you make the Most High your dwelling,no harm will overtake you,no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

 

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6 Tips For Throwing The Perfect Surprise Birthday Party

A classic way to surprise a loved one: the surprise birthday! Although this idea has been around for centuries (if not millennia, who knows?), it never ceases to hit the mark, and every year millions of people have the right to a surprise birthday. However, setting up such an event requires a real organization to avoid seeing your plans fall through.

We explain why and, more importantly, how to organize a surprise birthday party. With this guide, you are guaranteed a truly unexpected event on the big day. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some tips for throwing the perfect surprise birthday party.

1. What day should the party be held?

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Take into account the constraints of the person for whom you are organizing this beautiful birthday party: perhaps they work on Saturdays? In this case, organize the party on Saturday night. What if they are a student who works on Saturdays and Sundays? You can ask one of his colleagues to inform the bosses (if you do it in advance, they will find a solution and it will be a second surprise: a day off).

If you are organizing a friend’s surprise birthday party, don’t hesitate to ask his relatives for more information about his agenda. And conversely, if you are a family member, don’t hesitate to ask your friends. It would be silly to organize a birthday party on a weekend when the guest of honor had planned a weekend by the sea.

2. Make sure the guest of honor will be there

Are you afraid that the guest of honor will decide to organize his birthday party before he even finds out about the surprise or plans something else on that date? To be on the safe side, tell him that you are inviting him to eat at your house on the day of the party.

That way, he won’t make any other plans. And if he starts to tell you that he wants to have a birthday party, how do you do it? You’ll have to tell all the guests to act casual and make them think you’ll be there. But the date of the surprise birthday party will have to be before the date he plans to have his party.

3. Organize an outdoor birthday party

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If you want to organize your surprise party outside during the summer vacations, you can ask your friends who have a large field, but it is also possible to reserve a field with a barbecue and picnic table and the, best of all, to privatize a beach.

If you want to organize it on a public beach, you will have to obey different rules, especially the prohibition to consume alcohol in a public place and lighting a campfire. The organization of the music and lighting is also complicated.

4. The guest list 

The guests should be chosen according to the preferences of the person; if it is a person who prefers small committees to large gatherings, then it will be necessary to invite friends and close family. On the other hand, it is also possible to invite all friends but also colleagues and family in general.

If unfortunately, in his family or friends, some people do not get along, it is necessary to invite only one person or gather the concerned people to lecture them on possible bad behaviors that could spoil the evening and all the efforts made to organize it.

The size of the room is also a factor to take into account; indeed, if you rent a large room, it will be necessary to make it profitable with a great number of guests. They will be all together to spend a great evening with someone important to them; they will only have to get ready to wish him a happy birthday!

5. Choice of the animations

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The choice of the music is essential; it will ambiance the evening. You can hire a DJ or rent a sound system as we have seen before. You can also find someone likely to do it among your guests; the children will always be very motivated by the idea of being able to animate a party, free of whether you trust them or not.

You can create a playlist with your music on Spotify or Deezer; it is necessary to think of putting all the styles to please everyone. If you feel like a composer, you can write a song for your friend and print the lyrics for the guests.

Then, during the evening, you can set up games that don’t require any preparation beforehand, like musical chairs or bringing back an object as fast as possible. If you were still wondering why it’s important to celebrate your birthday after these games, you wouldn’t be asking that question anymore!

6. Keep it a secret

 

The most exciting thing about planning a surprise party is, of course, to keep it a secret for as long as possible. You have to be good at the art of subterfuge. First of all, you have to specify and insist in the invitations that it is a SURPRISE party and you must not mention the name of the guest.

Then, you must plan a fictitious evening with the surprise guest to be sure that they will be available in time. It is also necessary to specify to the people who are not invited and who can be in contact with the person to keep the secret.

Don’t forget to park your cars away from the meeting place so that you don’t spoil the surprise by a few seconds. If the surprise birthday party is for your spouse and sharing your computer, be careful about your internet searches or conversations on social networks.

Even if you have planned a great party on the theme of the unicorns, keep it a secret because the surprise will be even more beautiful! It is also possible to create an email address to communicate with the guests, especially for the event. Finally, you can use social networks to find friends and family.

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Top 5 Simple Tips For Throwing The Perfect Children Birthday Party

Throwing a perfect birthday party for your kids can be hard at times, and this is why some parents need help to plan and organize their children’s parties. Fear not because we are here and will give you some useful tips for throwing the perfect birthday party for your kids. Let’s make your kid’s birthday party memorable together.

1. Make a fun cake and decoration

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Social media is full of photos of beautiful birthday parties where the decorations match the cake. Not sure it is necessary. There are many online tutorials to make one quickly (and easily) in the shape of a unicorn, whale, or panda. You can also keep it simple: a few balloons, cups, colorful plates and, if you feel like it, a funny cake.

Your child will most likely not remember this party, and party of the joy of throwing a birthday party for your kids is to take photos to show them when they get older. So, be quirky and let your freak flag fly and get your kids the cake they want, no matter how outrageous that idea is.

2. Choose a theme

Kids love to dress up, and the birthday party will be a great opportunity. Choose a theme, and the kids will surely play along by dressing up. Having a theme will also make decorating easier, and it’s an opportunity to get the whole family involved. Some of the most popular themes are dinosaurs, wizards, future princesses, or even superheroes.

A few days before the party, get everyone involved and buy the cutlery and plastic cups for the themed snack. If you don’t feel like a decorator or entertainer that day. You can also create a menu according to the theme you’ve chosen for this specific party. Themes are a way to give other parents a heads up on how to dress their kids, and this will make them fit in the party.

3. Limit the number of guests

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As soon as your child starts school, certain implicit rules seem to be put in place. For example, you should invite the number of children corresponding to your child’s age: three friends for their 3 years old, four for their 4 years old. And so on. In reality, it’s all about limiting the number of toddlers who will be running around your living room that day.

You don’t need to invite the whole kindergarten class, but try to identify a few close friends. And don’t forget that some kids don’t feel very comfortable when they are the center of attention. Sometimes the fewer, the merrier!

4. Organize some activities

Once the candles are blown out, the presents opened, and the candy eaten, you’ll have to keep the kids busy. Without hiring an animator, why not plan a few small activities? Of course, it’s out of the question to invent challenges worthy of survivor, but you can imagine a little treasure hunt (there are plenty of examples adapted to the age group on the Internet).

Prepare activities that will get the kids excited to participate in them and do it with them. Make-up workshops, board games, musical chairs… can also be organized without too much difficulty. Let the kids use up their energy, and their parents will thank you after the party. So, the activities are as much for them as for their parents.

If your little one’s birthday falls in the spring or summer, a period of good weather, don’t hesitate to have the party outside. Choose a corner in the park and mark it out with balloons; for example, they will be useful in addition to being a decoration.

Before leaving, mobilize the children by making them clean up the place in the form of a game, such as picking up paper cups or napkins. Count on the presence of several adults in order to avoid losing one of them, and dress the little guests with a distinctive sign that will make it easier for you to keep an eye on them. A small ribbon around the neck or wrist will do the trick.

5. Gifts for guests

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Your child will probably receive some gifts from his friends that day. But, when you become a parent, you discover that it is also customary to offer some to the guests. In short, you arrive with a gift, and you leave with another one (and you can’t get out of it). So far, nothing very original.

A piece of advice: don’t think too big— a small surprise bag with some chocolates, a coloring mask or balloons. You can also propose to the children to decorate a frame and put a group photo in it at the time of departure. That will make a nice memory and act as memorabilia or token of this party and make it this more memorable.

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9 Steps to Organize Kids’ Birthday Party

9 Steps to Organize Kids’ Birthday Party

Summary

– Step 1: Follow our checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything

– Step 2: Choose a theme

– Step 3: Choose a Location

– Step 4: Make a guest list

– Step 5: Send Invitations

– Step 6: Organize activities for the kids

– Step 7: Set the birthday menu

– Step 8: Decorate to match the birthday party theme

– Step 9: Manage the gifts

Organizing a birthday party for kids can be a real headache for parents. However, a few tips are all it takes to create a party that’s just right: from invitation cards to the birthday cake, follow all our advice for a magical and well-organized moment!

1. Follow our checklist, so you don’t forget anything

As soon as possible

– Choose the date: depending on the age of the children and the time of year, choose a Wednesday or Saturday afternoon, close to the birthday date. Beware of school vacations when guests may be absent.

– Determine the length of the party: the average is two to three hours, depending on the age of the children. The younger they are, the faster they tire.

– Choose a theme.

– Choose a location.

– Make a guest list.

– Prepare and send invitations

– Set the menu and prepare shopping lists

– Plan the gifts.

Important: if you use outside services (room rental, entertainment, etc.), book them two or three months before the date.

One week before

– Order the cake and do the shopping.

– Plan the activities and the necessary equipment.

– Contact parents who have not confirmed their child’s presence.

The day before

– Cook, blow up the balloons, wrap the packages, prepare the decorations and anything else you need.

The day of

– Plan twenty minutes per activity and thirty minutes for the cake and gift opening. Schedule these in the middle of the tea party to calm the rising excitement of the children and provide a break between games.

2. Choose a theme

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You don’t have to choose a theme for every birthday party. However, very few children don’t have a passion for the moment: a movie character, a job, an animal… Choosing a theme is a way to make them dream and simplify the party’s organization since the theme defines the choices of decoration, cake, or even activities.

– Prefer a simple theme to respect, unless you have a large budget and talents as a decorator and dressmaker.

Adapt the theme to your children’s passion and the age of the guests: the youngest prefers pirates and princesses rather than movies, for example.

– From nine years old, prefer more teenage atmospheres, like an afternoon party, a pyjama party or a pool day.

Some examples of themes for a birthday party:

– Colors: blue, pink, yellow and white, green and red, soccer team colours…

– Character: princess, knight, pirate, superhero, cowboy…

– Atmosphere: jungle, farm, ocean, zoo, circus, season, country…

– Themes: animals, cars, movies, cartoons, video games

3. Choose a place

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If you are having a birthday party at home

– Define the rooms dedicated to the children and those forbidden to access.

– Remove all fragile objects from the former and declutter as much as possible to facilitate the passage. On the other hand, plan to block access to other rooms before the children arrive with a piece of furniture or a “No Entry” sign.

– Cover sofas and armchairs with washable plaids to avoid stains. Remove carpets.

– Define areas for play, areas for food, areas for sitting.

– Set aside a space for coats, scarves, hats, shoes or comforters. Set up baskets, paper bags or baskets with labels. Each child should put his belongings in a basket and write his name on it to be found when he leaves.

– If you have a garden, take advantage of it: the risk of material damage is more limited.

– If you live in an apartment, remember to warn the neighbours!

If you rent a room

– If you don’t have enough space at home, it is possible to rent a room. Restaurants, toy stores, town halls and parishes frequently rent a reception room for children’s parties.

– In this case, rent in advance and detail precisely the services provided by the venue: meal, cake, drinks?

– Ask about insurance and responsibilities in case of damage.

– Remember to reconfirm the rental, the rates and the schedule two weeks before the party.

4. Make a guest list

– Children up to age three don’t play with each other much. They’ll want to have family gatherings, but they won’t want to skip the cake and presents.

– Starting at age four, ask children about their ideal guest list. The younger the children, the more supervision and energy they require: limit the number of guests to about ten, less if you don’t have room.

– Preferably invite children of the same age.

Good to know: with little ones, plan on at least two adults: you must be able to take a child to the bathroom or settle arguments without stopping to watch the others.

5. Send out invitations

– Choose how to give the invitations: hand to hand, ideal for younger children, by mail or email, a favourite of young teens.

– Choose a design for the invitations: many invitations are available to download and print on the Internet.

– The invitation should indicate the address where the birthday party will take place (with the floor or access code for buildings, or even a map for isolated locations), a phone number and an email address, the start and end time.

– Consider adding a unique “Please Respond”) note or coupon for paper invitations, so you can get a response from parents and know how many guests are attending.

– Send out the invitations or let your child hand them out to friends. Talk to the guests’ parents again if you don’t get a response.

6. Organize activities for the children

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Vary the activities

Little ones don’t play with each other. It’s best to have something to keep the kids busy! Change activities every 20 minutes on average, and alternate between quiet and hectic games.

– Adapt the activities to your theme: for example, a princess face painting or making pirate headbands.

– Set up a reading corner for the quiet ones, with a few cushions on a rug, blankets, a stack of books and comics.

Some examples of must-do games and activities

– Creative workshops: make-up, costumes, paper masks, hats, table decorations, drawings…

– Outdoor games: obstacle course, sack races, dodge ball, treasure hunt…

– Quiet games: angling, mimes, lottery, riddles, ball toss…

– Bring a piñata, a game that even teenagers enjoy! You can make it yourself or buy it ready-made in the game and party decoration stores.

7. Set the birthday menu

Start by choosing the birthday cake: homemade or made-to-order?

– In either case, adapt it to the theme of the party.

– If you order it, do so in advance with specific instructions on the decor. Please pick it up in the morning, or have an adult do it.

– If you’re baking it, prepare it the night before if possible to avoid surprises.

– For a memorable birthday cake, you should also focus on the decoration: play with the shapes of the moulds, the colours, the accessories or the decorations (in sugar paste, for example).

– Don’t forget the candles!

Be careful: ask about any food allergies or intolerance that the children invited might have. This will allow you to adapt the ingredients you use.

Complete the birthday table with a variety of sweets and drinks

– Again, adapt them to the theme.

– Fill self-serve bowls with candy or lollipops, popcorn or cereal.

– Avoid desserts that stain and melt.

– Have an assortment of bubbly and non-bubbly drinks in bottles or mini-bricks.

8. Decorate to match the birthday party theme

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– Decorate the front door with a sign or balloons to help draw parents’ attention.

If you have chosen a popular theme, such as a movie character, you can usually find tableware that reflects that character.- Choose two dominant colours to match your theme.

– Provide appropriate cardboard or plastic dishes: plates, cups, cutlery, napkins in these colours. 

– Put paper tablecloths on the tables, place the dishes and paper napkins on them.

– Hang garlands, posters, lanterns and any other decorative items that fit the theme.

9. Manage gifts

– Personalize your gift packages according to the theme.

– Gather all gifts in a large basket when guests arrive. Remember to check that the gift giver’s name is written on the package.

Have the children sit down before handing out the gifts at cake time.

– Let everyone give their gift, but have them sit back down to avoid jostling.

– Once the gifts are opened, let your child say thank you, then collect all the papers and clear the space before starting the games again.

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Room Reservation

Room Reservation: How to Book a Room

Room Reservation: How to Book a Room

Summary

 – How to book a room?

 – Booking a room: when?

 – Privatize a guest room for a party with family or friends

Think about booking a room several months before an event.
When you want to rent a room, you must think about reserving it; otherwise, it will be leased to other people. Without your reservation, the organizers have no guarantee of having a room on the day of the event.

How to reserve a room?

The client is required to:

 – make a reservation request;

 – pay a deposit.

Reservation request

The modalities for requesting a reservation vary according to the owners.

Some owners require a written reservation request, while for others, an oral reservation request by phone or e-mail is sufficient.

In all cases, the reservation request must mention

 – the name of the room desired,

 – the nature of the event organized,

 – the date and duration of the event,

 – the number of participants expected.

Following the reservation request, the room owner can then transmit the general rental conditions to the tenant, which will be applied upon reservation confirmation.

Payment of a deposit

The owner requires a deposit to confirm a room reservation, which varies according to the room’s price.

In general, the deposit requested at the time of reservation corresponds to 50% or 30% of the room rate.

In case of cancellation, the owner can keep all or part of the deposit according to the conditions he will have previously informed the tenant.

Then, the totality of the room price can be required at the handing-over of the keys or with the reception of an invoice a few weeks before the date of the event.

Room reservation: when?

The date on which it is advisable to reserve a room varies according to

 – the nature of the event,

 – the type of room desired,

 – the period when the event takes place,

 – the desired location.

In general, to obtain the desired room, it is preferable to book several months in advance.

When to book?

For what?

1 to 1.5 years in advance

– Weddings organized between April and September;
– trendy venues;
– halls in large cities.

Several months in advance

– Most reception halls, for all events of the type:
◦ birthday;
◦ family reunion;
◦ seminar;
◦ corporate meal, etc.

Several weeks in advance

– Weekday events such as:
◦ meeting;
◦ conference;
◦ various meals, etc.

Privatize a guest room for a party with family or friends

Indeed, the idea is a bit original, but some people have already done it before you. You can certainly rent a guest room to celebrate a birthday, celebrate a particular event, or simply watch soccer games with friends.

Why bed and breakfast?

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A private party is an opportunity to surround yourself with your loved ones. It offers the privacy of a home in a different setting. Whether it’s a child’s birthday party or an adult’s birthday party, bed and breakfast is an excellent package to gather and have fun.

Many may think that a party in bed and breakfast would be more expensive, but this is not necessarily the case. The cost can be comparable to a rental.

Unlike a hotel, you will enjoy a slightly more intimate atmosphere, but with the service of professionals. For example, you can hire a caterer and order a themed cake online.

You can place your order directly online and have it delivered by an express service at the right time. For a birthday party, for example, you can order a themed cake according to the age of the main person involved. If it is to watch a soccer game, a soccer cake would be a good idea.

Things to consider before booking a bed and breakfast

Before making your reservation, you should consider the following:

– Age of your guests

– The services of the establishment

– The maximum number of guests

– The facilities available

– The presence or not of a catering service

– The party room, if it is well equipped or not.

Once you have considered all these criteria, you will not be surprised.

Some ideas for activities to enrich the event

Do you like outdoor activities? You can organize a bike ride, a hiking trip, a tree climbing session or a campfire to mark the event.

For a birthday party, you can organize workshops, various games (karaoke, treasure hunt, angling, etc.), cultural outings, etc. If it’s an adult birthday party, why not organize a DJ party?

Hope this post helps you decide on your room reservation for your next event! Remember to share your experience in the comments below. 

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HOW TO PLAN AN EUPHORIA THEMED PARTY

Raise your hand if you have already binged watched the new HBO show Euphoria; I have. If you are a fan of the TV show Skins, following the hallucinating lives of the teenagers in Bristol, you will love Euphoria- it’s quite the same concept (sex, drug, and a lot of parties) but with a glimpse of modernity.

The TV show showcases the lives of teenagers, but I would say that this is a -18 show, so do not let the kids around. Euphoria has taken over the internet in the past few weeks. We have seen it all, from makeup challenges to themed parties around the show.

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What Is A Euphoria Themed Party? 

The party will be based on the show popular parties, which include many neon lights, disco balls, and balloons everywhere.

According to the Cambridge dictionary,

Euphoria is a state of

“extreme happiness,

sometimes more than is

reasonable in a

particular situation”

 

So, in general, these scenes showcase a lot of flashy colors and glitter…this is what you will need to accomplish this euphoric party aesthetic.

The party base is like any other; you should make your guest list to plan your budget and the number of food etc. I would have recommended keeping the guest list limited because this kind of party should be among the closest person so that you can be very comfortable around them.

Decoration

Led Lights – You cannot have a Euphoria-themed party without led lights. It can be any led lights, but they should be there. There should be enough to lighten the room – as it should be a light-off party.

Backdrop – Invest in a colorful or metallic backdrop. Everyone will take pictures in front of it, and it will be the essence of your party.

Glitter – GLITTER, GLITTER, GLITTER… if you have seen Euphoria, you know what I am talking about; their makeup is full of glitter and seems nice. You need to have a glitter makeup station or ask everyone to have glitter in their makeup. Everything needs to be EXTRA.

Balloons were the hit of all parties, and then they got outdated, but guess who is back? Thanks to the TV show… look for the foil birthday party letter balloons. You can look for the round one too, but make sure it is the foil one as it will stand out in the light-out party compared to the normal colored balloons. 

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Euphoria Led Lights

Food 

Cake- As everything should be extra, your cake too should be. Decorate your cake with glitter candles and all kinds of sparklers. 

Drinks – Again, if you have seen Euphoria, you have noticed that they are heavy drinkers (warning; excessive use of alcohol is harmful to health). Go for colorful cocktails, red, pink, blue, anything crazyyyyy is welcome. Make sure that you have plenty of red party cups and metallic cups. They should be reflecting your led light. 

Music

I think music is totally up to you. You can choose to listen to the popular music you heard in the show or anything else. There are a lot of Apple Music playlists that give off Euphoria vibes. I listen to many ‘The Weeknd’ and other music that makes me feel ‘floaty’, I’ll say.

Dresscode – Tell your guest to be the more creative possibilities, put on glitter, sequin, and tassel. The outfits on the show showcase very sexy clothes. Sexy or not, the main thing is to be extra, and on top of this, you are not restrained to either only a skirt or dress. You can wear whatever you want as long as it is extra. 

Following these steps, you should be done with the planning. The main advantage of planning a Euphoria party is that there has no right or wrong way of doing it, so you won’t have to stress yourself. The main thing that you may be more cautious about is the number of guests, so plan the food and drinks accordingly. In the comments, let us know what you think about throwing a Euphoria party… 

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3 Tips For Throwing The Perfect Slumber Party

Most of us have fond and good memories of the sleepovers and slumber parties we were part of as young kids and teens. Who can forget telling horror stories to your friends and trying to spook them at every opportunity to the giggles we had while gossiping about the boys we had crushes on.

A Slumber party is a perfect way for kids to mingle and get to know each other. Come along with us and learn how to throw the perfect slumber party that your kids and their friends will enjoy. So, without further ado, let’s get into this blog and look at some of the best tips to throw the perfect slumber party.

1. Theme

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Any good party deserves a theme, and this is a sure-fire way of making your kid’s slumber party stand out. On top of that, it will also keep you on track during your planning process. What theme to go for? This depends on what your children and their interest.

You can plan the invitations, decorations, activities and center them around a particular theme. Some generic slumber party ideas are fairy, space, or even jungle-themed. Once you’ve decided upon the perfect theme, you can decide on the color palette. Think about it as a mini party, and this might guide your train of thought.

2. Invitation and guest lists

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This is tricky because the slumber party will take place at your home, so you can’t invite everyone in your child’s class. Because of the limited room in your house, you will have to have a small guest list. Always have a limited number of guests at one time and ask yourself your child who they want to invite for the said party.

Once you’ve narrowed down and created your lists, you can now turn to create fun invitations that will fit the theme. There are plenty of invitation templates online that you can choose from. These come in the simplest forms, to the more flair and ornate ones.

Sending your kids away to a slumber party can be quite uneasy if you are a parent, so this is why we advise that you send the invitation letter well in advance. Give out the proper information and contact details that will ease the minds of the other parents.

3. Food

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The best thing about any party is the food, so you need to curate a menu that will delight the mouth of the little ones. There are a lot of thoughts that go into organizing a sleeper, and our tip for this part is to keep the menu as simple as possible.

Kids aren’t usually that picky, and as long as there is pizza and nachos, they will be living their best life. If the kids are going to watch a movie, then be sure to provide them with a sickening supply of popcorn.

You can also have a snack station, where the children will be able to help themselves with anything they like. Remember, ask the parents if their kids have any sort of allergies because you don’t want an incident during your child’s slumber party.

Make use that your snack station is filled with both sweet and savory options and even some healthy options. If you want them to eat more fruits and vegetables, you should be creative with that; try cutting the fruits into cute and fun shapes to make them more attractive to our bundle of joys.

As a parent, organizing the perfect slumber party for your kid can be really stressful, and you want to do your best so that your child and their friends have fun. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us the most fun slumber party you were part of.

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4 Tips For Throwing The Perfect 30th Birthday Party

Birthdays only happen once a year and we should celebrate them for what they are. Turning 30 is a significant achievement and milestone in one’s life and is the time to celebrate. Being 30 is one of the times in your adult life that you will start being treated as an adult. I can’t relate to this yet because I’m still in my early 20s, but I know how to throw down, and my partner’s 30th birthday was a real ki.

I’ve always been a go-getter and a planner. I am the person in my friend’s grow that throws all the birthday parties because my friends and partner know I go wild. So, without further ado, come along with us and learn some tips to throw the perfect 30th birthday party.

Theme

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In my book, every single respectable party needs to have a theme to be successful. Having a theme tells your guest how to dress and what is waiting for them at the party. The theme also allows you to create theme-related food and cocktails. And decide on a theme can be the biggest challenge for the whole party.

Themes are fun, and they reflect the thought that went through to set up the party and showcase the birthday person’s personality. One of the most extravagant parties I have ever thrown was a futuristic birthday party where everyone dressed up as they came from the future.

Some themes that you can think about for your birthday party are:

  • A walk down memory lane
  • Flashback to the 1980s
  • Vintage or thrift store extravaganza
  • Titanic Theme
  • Futuristic theme
  • Cowboys
  • Horror Icon

Deciding on a theme is the first thing you need to decide because this makes the rest of the planning easier.

Décor

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Once you’ve decided on the theme, thinking about the décor becomes easier. When thinking about the décor, you should think about the location of where you are going to plan your party. Is it going to be indoors, outdoors, at home, or somewhere else? These are essential questions that you must ask yourself.

With décor, start with the basics; get yourself an enormous and ornate centerpiece that will make your table pop. Get confetti balloons and get items related to the theme you decided upon. With a 30th birthday party, less is always better. Don’t go too crazy as this might come across as tacky, so refrain should be the name of the game here.

A refined décor will make you look more mature. Less is more at times, but this will depend on the theme; if you are planning to have a drag artist night, then less is not the route you should be going for.

For a more mature and demure décor, you might want to look into flowers. Having a floral centerpiece will talk for items and will make your party look fancier than it actually is. You can also look into streamers or neon lights that will give your party a more grunge look.

Music

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In my books, no party is complete without good music and alcohol. Try making a playlist of all the songs that were popular the year you were born. This will be especially if your theme is the year you were born. Choosing the right music can make or break a party, and you need to find the perfect playlist for your party.

You can also have a DJ to pump out music throughout the night, and this is the makings of a perfect party if you ask me. It is your 30th birthday, so dance till the wee hours of the morning because you won’t have time to do so afterward, especially with work and other responsibilities.

If you really want to go the extra mile, get a disco ball and fun lights; this is the perfect way to turn your party into a dance floor.

Food and drink

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For me, I can’t conceive of partying without alcohol, and I’m not saying you can’t have fun without alcohol, but I need it to have fun and forget about my worries. So, have a cocktail bar and hire a local bartender, this will make your guests stoke to be at your party, and they can get whatever cocktails or mocktails they like.

Food is also something that you need to think about. Pizza is always a safe choice, and who doesn’t love pizza. If you don’t love pizza, then I honestly don’t think we can be friends. Get a variety of pizza because everyone has a different pizza taste. Some monsters like pineapple on their pizza, and to that, all I can say is No.

If you are going for a fancier party, then opt for amuse-bouche and champagne. There is nothing fancier at a party than having an amuse-bouche. The food that you will serve at your party will depend on your team and what you love.

Remember it is your birthday, and as long as you are having fun with your chosen family, nothing else matters. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next!

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Successful Birthday Party Planning (Part 3)

Successful Birthday Party Planning (Part 3)

Are you organizing a birthday celebration for a friend or spouse? It’s not always easy when a chore complicates an already hectic day! Theme, invitations, lunch, cake… Prepare the party ahead of time and follow some basic recommendations to guarantee the celebration runs smoothly on the big day. Following Part 1, you’ve struck the proper title again! This post will provide you with all of the information you need to properly organize a birthday celebration.

 

Earlier in part 1, we have gone through:

Step 1: Make a checklist to organize the birthday party

Step 2: Make a guest list

Step 3: Choose a party location

 

In part 2, we have covered:

Step 4: Send out invitations

Step 5: Plan the music

Step 6: Arrange lighting

Step 7: Think about activities

Step 8: Plan the birthday gift

 

Let’s delay no further for this 3rd and last part that will cover:

Step 9: Set the birthday menu
Step 10: Decorate the reception room
Step 11: Get help on the day

Step 9. Set the birthday menu

If you’re using a caterer, choose the menu, place the order in advance, and deliver it to the party site.

If you’re cooking yourself, get help or divide the work among family and friends. Prepare as much as possible in advance, even if it means freezing the dishes until the meal.

For the aperitif

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Drinks and appetizers are the main elements of the aperitif. Whether or not it is a dinner party, the quantities vary. In general, we count:

– 1/2 bottle of champagne or wine per guest;

– 1 bottle of strong alcohol for 10 people;

– 8 mini canapé toasts per guest for a simple aperitif.

Note: don’t hesitate to use frozen food.

Choose cocktails, which are easy to prepare and more affordable than champagne: the punch bowl can even last all evening.

Keep drinks in the refrigerator, cool outside, or a tub filled with ice.

For the meal

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A man wearing a white apron setting up a catering table of BBQ food. Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

 

Avoid recipes that require you to be in the kitchen all the time: opt for recipes that can be made ahead of time and served cold or warm.

If you have more than 20 guests, opt for a caterer, or you will miss out on the evening.

Note: for hot dishes, you can borrow plate warmers or keep them in the oven at a low temperature, or you can use cloches to keep the plates warm. Don’t forget to bring enough water and bread.

Stand-up meals

Avoid knife-sliced dishes if you have chosen to have a birthday buffet without seating.

Choose simple recipes that you can eat with a spoon or fork, plate in one hand.

Seated meals

For a sit-down meal, consider preparing a seating plan and name tags.

Note: in all cases, provide garbage cans.

For dessert

Order or prepare the cake in advance. If you order it, dare to use personalized decorations with photos and messages.

Don’t forget the candles!

10. Decorate the reception hall

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There is no need to choose an overly complicated theme unless you have the time and the means.

– A simple colour theme is usually enough to set the mood.

– Match the dishes, tablecloths, and napkins.

– Add balloons, bouquets or garlands.

– If you want to go further, create authentic decor adapted to your theme.

You can also plan a costume party, with a basket of props at the entrance for those who have forgotten.

Note: if there are children, consider setting up a table for them, also decorated, with comics, markers and paper, games or books.

11. Get help on the birthday

Once you’ve made your to-do lists, divide the tasks among family and friends.

– Send your spouse to get the cake.

– Have a friend set the tables.

– Have someone else do the finger foods.

– Have someone take care of the drinks.

Planning is therefore the key to getting a successful birthday party. Please keep in mind that this post is incomplete without your participation, kindly share your thoughts in the comments below.