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Planning a party can sometimes be overwhelming. What do I serve? How do I decorate? How many people should I invite?

Last week I introduced you to Apartment Guide and their challenge…Old Friends, New Space! Apartment Guide has tips for decorating, entertaining and making the most of your space. It’s helpful information no matter where you live.

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Party planning has always been one of my favorite things to do. I love all the blogs now that share party ideas. Courtney at Pizzazzerie is one of my favorites. This party for little girls is to die for!


And those cupcakes!! Yes please! It’s probably a good thing I don’t have girls, I’d be even more broke than I am now.

So just how do you plan and pull off a party? With lots of planning…here are a few things I do when I’m planning my parties

  1. Decide what kind of party I want to have, is it for a birthday, a holiday or Cabin Fever Party like the one I’m planning right now
  2. How many guests can I comfortably fit? Will we be inside or outdoors? How large is your space?
  3. What type of food do I want to serve? Sit down meal, finger food, snacks, dessert only, grilling
  4. What kind of drinks should I serve? Pop, punch, alcohol
  5. What type of decorations do I want? what color scheme, fancy or simple, paper or china
  6. Will we have games? music maybe?

Now, let’s answer those questions…

  1. Our weather has been crazy this Winter, and we all needed to have a fun party, so I’m planning a Cabin Fever Party
  2. I know our maximum for inside parties is 20 {comfortably}, my house is big, but if your space is small, that’s okay, just figure out how many people you can comfortably fit. We invited 3 of Casey’s friends to join us.
  3. Food…ah my favorite, because the Cabin Fever Party is going to be pretty simple with 13 year old boys, I kept the focus on food that teenage boys would like

  • Chili Cheese Dogs
  • Chips
  • Fruit Kebabs {kids love any food served on a stick}
  • Brownie Goody Bars
  • Cupcakes with bright Spring colors
  • Pop to drink

And in case you don’t have teenage boys to serve, here are a few other ideas…


4.  Drinks depend on your guests, of course, under or over 21 {drinking age} would depend on whether you serve alcohol

5.  Decorations…such fun! I took a few {or more} pictures for you at Factory Card and Party Outlet

This store is truly amazing! Every color…every theme…anything you could imagine…you can find it at Factory Card and Party Outlet. And look! even cupcake inviations!

6. Games: We will be taking the boys bowling and then coming home to play the Wii. Perfect for teenage boys. Family Fun website has TONS of ideas for party games, as well as other party ideas.

Music: We love our iHome, but Pandora is always a hit too for music.

 Some more resources that I love…

What is your favorite party you have hosted or attended?

 I’m linking to…Delicious Dishes

Disclosure: I was not paid by Factory Card Outlet, Family Fun or any of the party sites for the mention. I simply like them!

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  1. diane r says

    Our neighborhood has at least one big theme party every summer and since we have the biggest yard it’s usually at our home…we’re talking around 50-70 people! We’ve done the Luaus, the Fiesta’s, and other usual party themes, but two of our very favorites were the “when I’m 64″ party—the year that Paul McCartney turned 64, and our last year’s “Across the Universe” party. Everyone was encouraged to dress in something that represented their nationality~~or their favorite one, and bring a food from that nationality. We had some amazing food, and the decorations were lots of fun too. We used lots of flags and maps and colors and had signs all around the house and yard in different languages and it was a great time….especially since most everyone really got into the costume part of it!
    We’re looking to do a “your favorite music era” theme this summer!

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing all your links. I’m currently planning my baby’s first birthday party (fairy kingdom), so I’m trying to gather as many ideas as possible.

    My favorite party that I’ve thrown is a tie between my annual cookie exchange every December and my all-girls clothing exchange/mojito party. It was while I was in my master’s program. All the guys in the program knew about it and “crashed” the party when all the clothes swapping was done but when there were still plenty of mojitos to go around. :)
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  3. says

    I am afraid I was never a party girl until I met my husband who likes entertaining. We are now upgrading our dining table to fit all the guests. I guess my favorite party was my own wedding. I created all the decorations for what was an Asian theme. Putting seals on chinese take out boxes and tying them with red ribbons. Also had our rings in steam baskets amongst other details! Since then have helped out with niece and nephew parties. I enjoyed it immensely so I must have caught the party bug!
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