Halloween Party Entertaining – Last Minute Tips

It is two weeks before Halloween and you have had a brilliant stroke of genius. This is the year you will throw a Halloween bash for your family and friends! Yikes, did I say it is two weeks before Halloween? You need some ideas for entertaining and you need them quickly. While two weeks is definitely cutting it close, you can still pull off a fun and enjoyable bash for your guests in a flash.

When feeding a crowd choose an easy menu and fill in with some terrific purchased food. Here are a few easy entertaining ideas . Prepare all the small munchies and a tasty fall salad with pears, nuts and blue cheese yourself. Some examples of small munchies are dips with veggies, pita chips or tortilla chips. Also, any easy bite-size appetizers such as hot wings, taquitos, sushi or potstickers. Also, serve mini-cupcakes decorated for Halloween, purchased popcorn balls or caramel apples for a little something sweet on the menu. Purchase tamales from a favorite restaurant for the main entrĂ©e. This really takes the pressure off from having to prepare the entire menu. Order the tamales at least 1 week before your party. If you wish to offer cocktails, make a “cocktail of the evening” such as apple martinis and prepare in advance in pitchers so you are not spending all your time bartending. Have an assortment of other beverages like beer, wine, apple cider, soda and water.

Invite guests via an e-vite. There are many great sites that offer free invitations. Your guests can RSVP online and even get a map to your home. This method gets the invitation to them quickly since you are short on time. Send these ASAP to give guests as much time as possible.

I would recommend that you make costumes optional. Some guests really get into getting dressed up and others – not so much. Since time is short, it may be too hectic for all of your guests to get a costume and you would hate for them to pass on your party because of that reason alone. You can always hand out small festive masks from a party supply store as guests arrive.

Download music from the internet and make your own custom Halloween party mix. Record songs like “Spooky” by Smokey Robinson, “Monster Mash”, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “Ghostbusters” and other fun songs that set the mood.

Instead of exhausting yourself trying to decorate your entire house, focus on the table where the food will be presented. Purchase 3 pumpkins of different sizes. The morning of your party, hollow them out and cut out a different face on each one. Put a votive candle in each one and arrange in a grouping towards the back of your food table. Use a large upside down soup pot under the table cloth to put one pumpkin at a different height. Light the candles right before your guests arrive to create ambiance. (Note: Always use caution when using lit candles). Use a tablecloth in festive fall colors. Purchase paper goods at a party supply store. To save money, purchase plain orange or black plates with clear plastic utensils and glasses. Strategically place small black or orange votive candles and dishes of nuts and Halloween candies (such as candy corn, black licorice, etc.) around the house for added festivity.

If you would like to have some games or activities, simply do a quick internet search of “Halloween party games”. There are plenty of sites that have a variety of free games for both kids and adults. Choose 2 or three easy games for your party.

Pace yourself and do your party supply shopping a week before your party. Decide on easy recipes for a crowd and do your grocery shopping 2 days before and prepare as much of the food as you can in advance. Decorate the buffet table the morning of your bash and give yourself a bit of time two hours before your party starts to get dressed and ready.

Greet your guests at the door and welcome each one to your home and you will immediately put them at ease. Make introductions to guests who may not know each other well. And one last thing. Have lots of fun with your guests at your party!

If you concentrate your efforts on the food, the table and the warm tone that you set as host you will pull off a spooktacular Halloween party in the nick of time!

Plush Toys for Adults

It’s a common misconception that plush toys are not for adults. A lot of people would think that stuffed toys are reserved for the kids. It’s easy enough to think of a reason why there is this misconception. After all, they are toys, and toys are usually for kids especially the cute plush toys. Toys were initially designed to entertain kids. Development of toys led them to being an aid to the kids’ development as well. As adults, we don’t need toys for development, and we certainly don’t need them to entertain us. So why is there a market for wholesale stuffed toys for adults?

Cute plush toys are a source of comfort for a lot of adults. While this can be seen as childish by some, there’s something about hugging squishy stuffed toys that makes everything seem fine even if it isn’t. Maybe it reminds us of the time when we were little kids. We didn’t have any problems back then. It was just us, our plush toy and a whole lot of fun the whole day. Cuddling plush toys is comforting. Although nothing can replace the comfort of cuddling with another human being, however, stuffed toys are a great second option especially if we’re alone.

Then there’s the case of plush toys being collectibles. Cute plush toys enjoy a distinction of being a popular collectible. It’s easy to collect the newer ones. It’s readily available in toy stores and even in online stores. It’s cheaper than the other collectibles, and there are a lot of designs to choose from. A lot of enterprising individuals are realizing that there is a market for them, so they make them in bulk, for resale. While it’s true that they have profit in mind, they’re also satisfying a demand for them so it’s a win-win situation for the manufacturer and the customers.

Vintage plush toys have also proven to be a good and profitable investment. Cute stuffed toys from the 50’s are fetching a price of 80 to 100 dollars each. Because they don’t have mechanical parts, it’s easy to resell them because there’s nothing to fix if you took care of it properly. This brings the point of plush toys being low maintenance toys. You just have to clean them regularly, and not expose them to harmful elements. If you buy them now and take care of them properly, you can easily sell them for profit years from now. That is if you ever want to sell them.

If you have an idea for wholesale plush toys, you can easily join the fun. You just need to take that idea and with the help of a manufacturer, you can turn it into a reality. That way, you can help provide comfort for adults and a source of joy for collectors.

Taking the Pain Out of Kids Parties With Childrens Entertainers

Childrens parties ought to be as much fun for the adults involved as they are for the kids. What could be nicer, after all, than organising and being a part of something that makes the little darlings laugh and smile so much? Nothing – except, of course, that the endless pressure to entertain levied by a group of expectant kids can reduce even the most stalwart parent to a nervous wreck. Hiring childrens entertainers, who can professionally shoulder the burden of entertainment responsibility, makes everything a whole lot easier.

How does it all work? A professional child’s entertainer is used to the fickle nature of little audiences, which is the foremost requirement in being able to keep control of them, even when they’re over heated and over excited. Children, as anyone who has tried to tell a bed time story will know, are among the world’s most critical audiences – why this, why that, how about this, that story is boring, what happened next… and so on. The thing about kids is they’re smart, and they show it willingly. Lose their attention and you lose the game. Childrens entertainers are well used to the challenge and have a professional repertoire based around the fluidity and responsiveness needed to keep such a hyper critical audience happy.

Keeping a group of kids happy also lets the adults have a good and peaceful time. First, of course, it guarantees fewer tantrums and less general stress. Children who are being successfully entertained don’t wander off and break stuff, they don’t get in fights and they don’t act up. That means the adults can concentrate on the really important things – like watching out for kids who really do need a little attention, rather than children who are just playing up to alleviate their boredom. Childrens entertainers, by taking all the burden of keeping the little guests happily occupied away from the parents, free the parents up to do the actual looking after.

No parent is capable of coming up with enough of a variation on the multiple themes of child’s entertainment to keep everyone happy. On average, kids have a lot more friends than adults, which mean they end up going to 20 or 30 birthday parties per year. No parent can keep up with the demands for variation in entertainment that kind of number brings. Childrens entertainers have hundreds of pre worked out routines to choose from. Those routines can be vetted by the parents before they are played – so there are no chances even of any nasty surprises. With professional entertainment everyone – except the little angels – knows what they are going to get before it happens.

Anyone looking for a stress free way to manage their child’s party – a way that guarantees happy kids, happy adults and a relatively unscathed house – could do a lot worse than considering a professional kids entertainer. Childrens entertainers, who can be sourced on their own or as part of a whole party package, represent a real chance for success – which means everyone can relax and everyone has a good time.