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Party Tips

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Having a Holiday party, Birthday party, Going away party, Anniversary Bash, Solstice, or New Years Party Celebration? Here are a few party tips and ideas to help make your next party a smashing success!

Party Planning

Plan ahead, it’s attention to detail that makes the difference. Allow plenty of time to prepare for your party, make a list and shop smart. Things are hectic when party-time approaches so stay organized.

Party Hors D’oeuvres

Choose your finger snacks carefully. Choose foods that complement each other. Try setting a theme for the food in each room or on each table. Allow 4 to 6 hot hors d’oeurves per person. Don’t serve gooey, drippy sauces near expensive rugs or furniture. Keep some carpet cleaner on hand, just in case.

Party Invitation Ideas

Written invites are a great idea. Try to make them fun and different. Use your personality but don’t forget the basics like: hours. Tell your guests when the party starts and when it will end. Specify the hour in advance to avoid confusion. Let your guests know what kind of attire is appropriate. If your anticipating a semi-formal gathering let them know.

Keep it Cool Party Idea!

If you’re planning on plenty of ice cold beer or soda, forget about filling your refrigerator or cooler, instead use your washing machine! Put a few bags of ice and in the washer and then fill the tub with beer and soda. You’ll save room and the hassle of emptying a cooler when the party is over.


If your guests are expected to bring their own booze, let them know in the invitation. If your serving alcohol don’t forget the ice. You can never have too much ice at a party. Use quality ice for the best tasting mixed drinks. Add fresh fruit to your shopping list. Limes, lemons and oranges should be sliced in advance. Consider making two punch bowls; one with booze and one without for your non-imbibing guests. Remember, you are responsible for the safety of your guests so do not encourage excessive drinking. Find some excellent wine shopping advise and suggestions by visiting, a free wine consultation service from Farrell Distributing of Vermont.

Smoking at your party

If your party is being held in a non-smoking household try to make accommodations for smokers. A room with a fan blowing out is a nice thought. If you do not have a place for smokers let them know in advance that the party is held in a non-smoking household.

Party Guest Books

Providing a guest book can be much fun and help make the party memorable. Don’t be afraid to put out a guest book and invite your guests to sign-in as they arrive.

Party Atmosphere

Create a festive party atmosphere with decorations, scents and music. Use scented candles or simmer a pot of water with cinnamon and citrus fruit to fill the house with a delightful aroma. Choose your favorite music and have it playing softly in the background when guests arrive. Consider unplugging or removing your television if it’s located in the party area. Nothing spoils the interaction of guests quicker than a group of people huddled around a television set. Kill your TV! (at least for the party).

Party Lighting

Creative lighting will contribute much to the atmosphere. Try replacing some bulbs with colored lamps or low wattage bulbs. Strobe lights and black lamps can add to the fun.

Party Music

Music is an important element of most parties. If pre-recorded music is to be used, consider the musical preferences of your guests. Have a variety of music available. Put your depressing music selections away, keep the music upbeat and “mass appeal” for best results. Music helps set mood, so use with discretion. Find a tremendous assortment of music on sale in the music section of Free World Mall. You may even receive free CDs, cassettes, and music videos. Look for special offers from BMG and Columbia House.


Try to make provisions for parking in advance. If you will be allowing guests to park on the lawn or in the back yard, let them know in your invitation. Ask your neighbors about parking options or warn them that guests will be parking on the street.


Consider removing all the chairs from the party area. This will create more room for people to mingle.


A scented candle in the bathroom is a nice touch. Leave an extra roll of toilet tissue in easy view.

Accidents and Spills

Accidents are part of life. Don’t let an accident or spill ruin the party. Have some spot remover on hand just in case. You may want to remove extremely valuable items and/or furnishings. Move that rare Persian carpet to a safe place until the party is over.


It’s always a good idea to bring a small gift to a party even if the host or hostess instructs you not to in the invitation. Bring along a bottle of wine, some flowers, or chocolates to show your appreciation. Find some great gift ideas by visiting the Gift Department of Free World Mall.

Coffee & Party Snacks

You can never have too much food at a party. Be sure to have plenty of hot coffee and snacks on hand for late in the evening.

Now that the work is done, relax! Let your guests enjoy themselves. With the proper ingredients in place everyone should have a great time. With good food, good cheer and good friends you can’t miss! Party hearty and have fun. Make room for guests who have had too much to eat or drink. Don’t let a guest who over drinks drive, it could save a life and it could save YOU from a lawsuit. As the host, you are responsible for the safety of your guests.

Free World Mall food department features specialty foods, unique party snacks, and gourmet teas and coffee.

Party Jokes

If you (or one of your guests) are skilled at joke telling, try some tasteful jokes and invite your guests to participate. This exercise can often “break the ice” and get your guests sharing jokes and humorous stories.

The Law

Sometimes even the quietest of parties will precipitate a visit from the local law enforcement agency. If the police arrive be courteous. They may have been called to your party by an irate or concerned neighbor (who may not have been invited!). Try to answer the concerns of the police officer outside your front door. Stay calm and respond to reasonable requests (“keep the noise down, move vehicles that may be blocking the roadway, etc.”) If you are intoxicated, don’t attempt to negotiate with the police, send your spouse or trusted friend to the door, an intoxicated host gives the police a valid reason for concern (and possibly further action). Lesson #1 never get out of control, especially at your own party!


Drinking and Driving Do’s and Don’ts 3

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Drinking and Driving Do’s and Don’ts
Chapter 3

So we all know life can just not go as planned some times. You are a conscientious  responsible person. You believe you have played by “life’s rules”, and yet you did not receive the expected out come. Now you find yourself in the back of a police car and on your way to jail. Here again there do’s and don’ts. However these do’s and don’ts are really in a category all there own. Unlike the previous ones, where by not adhering to them may cause a small inconvenience such as losing your car and job, not adhering to these may actually have physical implications (loss of teeth, etc.) so once again…


Do – Tell the officer that you would really much rather sit in front. Sitting in back just seems so pretentious. And really, you hate receiving any type of special treatment.

Do – Smile when they take your picture. It’s just like when you look at those old photos’s of grandma and she just looks so darn unhappy. Your not paying through the nose here for a professional photographer here, it’s free. Might as well give a big ol’ toothy grin.

Do – Ask if they wouldn’t mind periodically checking for messages on your phone. Let them know that you receive automatic updates from the liquor store when beer goes on sale. And you’d be appreciative if they would keep an eye on that for you. (there might even be a six pack in it for them!)

Do – Also, with a real sweet face, ask if it isn’t too much trouble, would they mind finding a charger and plugging in your phone (Can’t get those updates if the phones dead!)

Do – Introduce yourself to everyone once you have been put into a cell. A nice warm firm handshake will set everyone at ease. It tells them “Hey I might be someone you’d like to get to know better.” You can’t have too any friends!


Don’t – Give the officer driving tips while on your way to the station. It’s kind of a macho thing with them. Personally, I think it’s just the typical “A” personality type that goes for these kinds of jobs. They just don’t take direction well from others.

Don’t – Ask the officer to turn on his lights and siren for you. We want to be sure that this is only used for real emergencies. The public wouldn’t take them seriously if they were used for our entertainment.


Don’t – Ask the officer if he would mind putting your extra beer in the fridge when you get to the station. You’ve already asked him about your phone, let’s not over do it!

Don’t – Once you’re in jail, don’t just tell your Social Security number to your cellmate who is going to help you with your taxes. He’ll never remember it. Ask an officer for a piece of paper and write it down.

Don’t – Try to pass the time by starting a sing along. Some of your associates may not be able to carry a tune and spoil it for everyone. If you write poetry you might ask if they you like to hear some.

Don’t – Try to pass the time playing games that require paper and pencil like Hangman, you won’t have writing implements. Make it something simple and fun like, Duck, Duck, Goose! Musical chairs, easy stuff like that works great. And who couldn’t use the exercise!

Don’t – Talk about your love life in jail, no point stirring up natural desires. And for goodness sake DON’T BEND OVER TO PICK UP THE THE SOAP IN THE SHOWER!


Party do’s and don’ts

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Partying for Dummies

There are many do’s and dont’s to throwing a good party. There are many different types of parties, and in todays lesson, we are going to turn that boring, tame and unexciting house party into an awe-inspiring, memorable kick-ass rager!

Party Do’s

Do.  Make a theme. Bring back the days of side pony-tails, leg warmers and Miami Vice suits with an Awesome 80’s party!  A jungle theme party is another good one, a room full of people wearing leopard print skirts and zebra striped pants is a truly fantastic sight, and they make great pictures. My personal favorite is the wig party.

Do.  Have some great party music. Make a play list on your ipod or burn a cd. Put some fun songs on there that people can drunken-dance to. There is nothing worse than a quiet party. The goal is to get everyone at your party to start dancing,(crunk dancing would be even better) because if they are having a good time, you will be having a good time.

Do.   Have lots of party supplies on hand. This includes alcohol(lots and lots of it), food, plastic cups, napkins and cleaning supplies. The 3 most popular beers in America are Bud Lite, Coors Lite, and Miller Lite. You should always serve your guests the first drink and then after that let them help themselves.(If im at your party..Tequila!)

Party Don’ts

Dont.   Dont let people get too drunk, but since that rule is going to be broken right away here are a couple tips to help with any weird situations. 1. Have a couple of your friends be ready to back you up and escort any violent drunks right out the front door. You shouldn’t let one person who cant control their alcohol ruin a good party. 2. Dont let anyone drive home drunk, you can be held liable for any damages they cause while driving home.

Dont.   Dont freak out if someones spills their drink. Do a quick wipe-up and get back to having a good time. Its a party, theres going to be a mess.

Dont.   If one of your guests pukes on your carpet and then passes out in the middle of your floor, dont let your other guests write on their face with a magic marker, pour a bag of cooking flour on them or take off their clothes and leave them naked. Errrrrrr…wait.. You actually should do these things to said party goers.

Party Trav