Seasonal Party Planning Tips Using a Portable Ice Maker & Other Stuff

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It's party season, and the key to a successful outcome is planning. There is a lot to do and remember when planning a party; however,there a few basics applicable to every party situation. Making a few basic arrangements can determine if your party is a success or stressful and complicated.

If you want to give the perfect party this season, then this handy guide can help make it a success.

Party Themes

Start thinking about the kind of party you want to have.The first step to planning a successful party is to decide whether you want athemed party or not. If you choose to give a themed party then you'll have to prepare party details to match. Serve signature drinks, set up activities accordingly, plan the menu, and decorate with the theme in mind.

Common Christmas themes might include:

  • Feliz Navidad
  • Christmas over the Decades
  • Tree Trimming & Gift Exchange
  • Bad Santa Murder Mystery

Common themes for a New Years Eve party might include:

  • Clock Countdown
  • Masquerade
  • Fortune Teller
  • An Era of Time

These themed parties are great ideas. If you plan to use a theme, follow it through and plan every last detail to complement your choice. A few things to remember are:

  • Invitations
  • Decorations
  • Food
  • Party favors

Research your theme that way you know how best to organize the evening.

Party Invitations

Creative Invites

Once you've decided whether or not to incorporate a party theme, you need to design an invitation. The invitation is important as it's the first impression your guests will have of what the party will be like. Don't buy pre-made invitations. Make your own and add a personal touch to each so your guests know they are special.

Add a personal photo to the invitation or some other tid-bit that lets your guests know the invitation is a personal one.

Menu

Plan you menu according to the kind of party you're planning. If you plan on giving a tree trimming and gift exchange you might want to cook dishes that are heart warming, comfort food is the best choice. If you're planning a Feliz Navidad themed party then you need to plan a menu featuring authentic Mexican food.

Rice for Horchata

Other factors to consider that are often overlooked aredrinks. First make sure you have enough ice. Invest in a portable ice maker machine so you can ensure a large supply. Then mix drinks that reflect the theme. There arelots of drinks with Mexican flavor like Margaritas. If you plan to make your party a family affair, serve the children Horchata.

  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups skinless almonds
  • 1-inch piece cinnamon bark
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice cubes

Wash and drain the rice. Using a spice grinder (an electric works well too), grind the rice until fine; combine with the almonds and cinnamon bark. Add 3 1/2 cups water and let sit overnight, covered. Blend rice mixture until smooth using a blender. Add 2 1/2 cups of water and continue blending. Add sugar and vanilla extract. Strain horchata into a bowl first using a metal strainer and then a double layer of cheesecloth; finish with up to an additional 2 cups of water until it achieves a milkyconsistency. Enjoy over ice.

Decorations

To save money you can make your own decorations. Simply visit your local craft store and buy a few supplies. You might even have what you need at home already. Great Christmas decorations might include pine wreaths, red & white table cloths, color coordinated candles, Christmas place settings, red & white name tags. If you're planning an Old World Christmas party with a Victorian theme, then design the party around antique Christmas fare.

For a New Years Eve try a fortune teller themed party using black, purple, and red colored theme. Hang sliver stars from the ceilings, hang astrological symbols around the room, and replace regular bulbs with blacklights, red and purple bulbs. Play music inspired by an Old World gypsy lifestyle.

There are endless ways to decorate for a themed party. It's the one time you can let your imagination run wild and just have fun.

Fortune Cookie Party Ideas

Activities

For a fortune teller themed party, set up tables for palm and tarot card readings. Hire an entertainer to provide your guests with a fun and exciting evening of fortune telling. Include fortune cookies, setup an Ouija board, a Magic Eight ball, and playing cards. You could arrange stations for your guests to use at will. This is a great way to keep everyone entertained and socializing.

For a Christmas themed party try setting up tables for ornament crafting, or engage guests in tree trimming, guests can make their own Christmas decorations out of the trimmings. Have them help you decorate your tree.

A few more key things to remember include:

Give Your Party a Trial Run

Once you've decided on the party theme, start planning early so you have enough time to find the items you need. If you need to order anything there will be plenty of time to do so. Once you have everything you need, set up a mock party.

Decorate the table and set everything out so you can see the whole effect. Having a dry run will help you to know if there is anything else you need to buy before the big event.

Set up Stations for Guests to Visit

  • If you have the space arrange for food and beverages to be served at a variety of stations. The more tables your guests have to visit, the easier it is for them to move around easily and socialize. This also adds interest to the party layout.
  • Your guests will want to see the fare you're offering and enjoy moving from table to table.

Take Shortcuts

  • Prepare your menu in the easiest way possible. Serve finger foods and if you're planning a sit down meal then have the event catered. You can preorder food and have it delivered for the party, keeping it warm for service and spending more time presenting it than preparing it.

Chill out

  • Don't forget to enjoy your own party. Spend time socializing with your guests, enjoying a drink, and taking pleasure in the party events. It's always necessary for the party planner to manage the party but it's equally important to enjoy the event you spent so much time getting ready for.

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