5 Easy Memorial Day Party Ideas

 

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Memorial Day is less than a week away! For those of you with family in the military or who are simply celebrating the holiday, we’ve got a few ideas to help you plan a fun, outdoor party. And since we know that things are tight this time of year, we’ll help you plan on a budget.

1. Make it a BBQ. BBQ parties are a fun, easy way to get family and friends together. Pick up some hot dogs, hamburgers, and all of the fixin’s for a simple and budget-friendly meal. Meals.com has some great tips for grilling!

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Meals.com is an online recipe website dedicated to bringing you the best from Nestle kitchens. Chris Garboski and Jenny Harper are the meals.com experts, working together to create and maintain the meals.com website. For more information, visit: meals.com.

2. Spice up your beverages. Try out some new drink ideas this Memorial Day. Instead of the traditional soda or iced tea, try a patriotic margarita or some kid-friendly lemonade. Babble.com has some fun and simple drink ideas for your Memorial Day BBQ.

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Babble.com is an online magazine that was created by Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman and employs top bloggers on the subjects of child-raising and parenting. The site was acquired by Disney Interactive Media Group in 2011 after the site reached more than half a million readers each month. For more information, visit: Babble.com.

 

 

3. Create your own decorations. Party stores are fun, and they have some great stuff, but they can also be expensive. Pick up some supplies from your local craft store, and you can have the double pleasure of showing off your crafting skills and keeping a little money in the bank. Redfin.com has six quick and easy Memorial Day DIY decoration ideas that are perfect for an outdoor BBQ.

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The Redfin Blog is a website dedicated to providing you with the latest real estate news, pop culture and celebrity homes, and Redfin news. For more information, visit: Redfin.com.

 

 

4. Plan some fun activities. Nothing makes a BBQ more exciting than a bunch of fun, outdoor games. For the adults choose some card games or create a sports tournament, and for the kids set up a kiddie pool or sandbox. For more games and activity ideas, visit Punchbowl.com.

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Punchbowl was founded by Matt Douglas and Sean Conta and is dedicated to bringing superior designs for events and celebrations. Punchbowl provides a Party Planning platform and a Digital Greeting Card service and tries to create user-friendly products. For more information, visit: Punchbowl.com.

 

5. Send your guests home with favors. Themed gift favors are a great way to let your guests know you appreciate their attendance and to help them remember the special day. Pick up some of our seeded star gift favors to send home either with all of your guests or just the kids.  They’ll love watching their gift grow! Pick up reds, whites, and blues to make this gift even more festive!

How To Plan A Baby Shower: 101

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Baby showers are one of the most fun parties you will ever plan or go to. However, baby shower planning is also a lot of work, so we’re bringing you some simple tips and tricks to help you make the new mommy’s special day even more wonderful.

First let’s talk about the venue.

Unless the bride already has a place in mind, finding a spot big enough to host a party that is still small enough to be cozy can be a bit of a challenge, and with summer coming up, finding a place with a working air conditioner is a must!

Punch Bowl has a large, comprehensive database of venues for all 50 states. You can customize your search based on the number of people on the guest list and the city in which you live.

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Founded by Matt Douglas and Sean Conta, Punch Bowl provides digital solutions and user friendly products for parties and celebrations. For more information, visit, punchbowl.com.

 

Next we’ll talk about punch.

Finding a good punch recipe is difficult. You have to find one that has just the right amount of tartness and sweetness. If you put in too much soda, the whole thing fizzes up and becomes a big mess. On the other hand, if you don’t put in enough soda, you might as well just be eating sherbert.

We found this recipe for a pretty pink punch from Taste of Home that works perfectly for a girl baby shower.

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Taste of Home is an online exchange of recipes. All of the recipes on Taste of Home are created by home cooks, not gourmet chefs, and each recipe is tested in the Taste of Home kitchens. For more information, visit: tasteofhome.com.

 

Ingredients:

3 quarts raspberry sherbet, softened*

6 liters ginger ale, chilled

Directions: 

Just before serving, place sherbet in punch bowl. Add ginger ale; stir until sherbet is almost melted.

Yield: 2 gallons (64 half-cup servings)

*Instead of raspberry sherbert, we used cherry limeade sherbet at one of our own baby showers, and the result was amazing. People kept coming back for more, and several guests asked for the recipe.

The next item on the list – diaper cakes.

Diaper cakes are a ton of fun. They take a bit of time, though, so plan ahead before you start making one.

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Alli, creator of Alli Crafts loves creating things, especially for her three daughters. She loves to crochet and shares her patterns on her blog. For more information about Alli or her blog, visit: allicrafts.blogspot.com.

 

 

What you’ll need:

Pack of size 1 diapers (approx. 60 diapers)

Rubber bands

Cake plate or cardboard circle

Ribbon

Hot glue gun or tape (hot glue works the best)

Baby bottles or an empty paper towel holder

Decorations for the cake (burp rags, stuffed animals, flowers, toys, etc.)

For a list of photo instructions, visit allicrafts.blogspot.com. Another good option is this step-by-step YouTube tutorial from Cooking and Crafting.

Finally, the very last thing you’ll need is favors for the guests. Here at Nature Favors, we have a great option for favors. Our seeded animal favors complement almost any baby shower theme, and when your guests take them home, they will remember the fun time they had, especially when their gift starts sprouting!

Our seeded favors come in teddy bears, owls, lambs, sheep, rabbits and more!

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Planning a First Holy Communion – Tips and Tricks

The season of Holy Communion celebrations is quickly approaching, and if you’re planning a party for a child celebrating their First Communion, you may be wondering where to start. We’ve got you covered. From the wording of invitations and food ideas to party favors and the perfect punch recipe, we’ve got some tips and tricks to make planning the special day that much easier.

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Diana Gray is a digital artist from  Northern California. She and her husband, Barry, create and sell invitations on Zazzle. They have been creating invitations for many different events since 2007 and are willing to create personalized designs. For more information, visit www.dlgray.biz.

 

Have you ever wondered which is the right way to word your Communion invitations? Every invitation creation website has a different version, but if you decide to make your own invitations, the possibilities are endless. Invitations, Etc. has First Communion wording for invitations, announcements, thank you notes, and more.

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Invitations, Etc. is a website that has information on social invitations. They provide all the
information you might need, such as: wording, addressing, etiquette for brides, hosts, and guests, and even how to print your invitations.

 

Food for a First Holy Communion can range from hamburgers and hotdogs in your backyard to a catered meal in a fancy hotel or reception hall. It’s really up to you to decide how formal you want to make the event. If you decide to go the more simple route, Tasty at Home has some great food ideas for an outdoor backyard reception.

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Located in Stamford, Connecticut, David’s Soundview Catering provides business and social catering services. They have menus for everything from hearty breakfasts to formal sit-down dinners. For more information, visit www.davidscatering.com

 

Continuing with the simpler outdoor theme, we found a white punch recipe on Food.com that is perfect for your Communion reception.

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Food.com was founded by Troy Hakala and Gay Gilmore in 1999. It is based in Seattle and offers several tools for its visitors from categorized recipes to the “My Grocery List” app. Food.com currently houses over 475,000 recipes. For more information, visit Food.com.

White Holiday Punch

Total Time: 40 mins
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon almond extract
6 (2 liter) bottles carbonated lemon-lime beverage
*2 (1/2 gallon) cartons vanilla ice cream

Directions:
1). Mix sugar and water in saucepan
2). Stir constantly over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
3). Remove from heat, add evaporated milk and almond extract and let cool.
4). Chill until serving time.
5). Combine milk and mixture and lemon-lime drink in punch bowl just before serving.
6). Add and stir ice cream to break ice cream up into small pieces

*For a thinner punch, use less ice cream.

 

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Here at Nature Favors, we have the perfect party favor for your First Communion party guests. Our eco-friendly seeded cross favors add a great finishing touch to the day. The seeded crosses come in several different colors and the soil and pot are included.

Guides for Brides: Wedding Planning Tips

Planning a wedding is hard.

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Vitalic Photo is a collaboration between photographers Chrissy Trujillo and Nicki Pasqualone. Based in Florida, the best friends love weddings and believe their job is to capture authentic photos of the wedding day.

 

You have to find the perfect invitations, pick out the most beautiful gown, decide on the right kind of cake, book the venue, create a registry, choose wedding favors, and through it all find some way to relax and enjoy yourself!

While we can’t make the process any less stressful, we can make it just a little bit easier. We have compiled some helpful information for brides who just don’t know where to start. Today, we’re talking invitations, dresses, cakes, and favors.

First, the invitations. Wedding invitations are difficult to figure out. What goes where? Miss to Missus has created a guide to assembling wedding invitations.

Miss to Missus

Miss to Missus is a blog by Papertalk Press a printing press in Toronto that specializes in wedding invitations and stationery. The editor, Michelle Lee also runs Stak Inc., a design and web agency, with her husband Jon.

 

Next, the wedding gown. Choosing your wedding gown may be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, aside from the actual wedding ceremony of course. This primer from SimplyBridal can make it easier  to choose a gown for your body type. Wed Me Pretty explains the primer in more detail.

SimplyBridal

 

Based in Los Angeles, California, SimplyBridal believes in quality, honesty, and value. Every wedding gown is sewn by in-house seamstresses and photographed in the Simply Bridal studio. Founder Lawrence Ng began SimplyBridal because he felt that every woman should be able to find their dream gown at an accessible price. 

 

 

Then, the cake. Deciding which cake is the right cake may be one of the most frustrating, yet tasty, wedding decisions. Some bakers may have up to 40 different flavor options, and tasting each and every one is a major hassle.

In addition, you have to decide what shape, and how many tiers, your cake should be. My Inspired Wedding has several charts that explain how many servings the most popular wedding cake shapes will serve.

My Inspired Wedding

 

My Inspired Wedding is a wedding inspiration site on the WedAlert Network. My Inspired Wedding provides the latest news in wedding fashion, trends, and planning. 

 

Finally, the wedding favors. Here at Nature Favors, we believe in helping you create the perfect party experience for your guests. And what says “thank you” better than the perfect favor? Eco-friendly and easily adaptable to any theme, our bird seed heart favors are a great gift that your guests will be sure to enjoy.

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High School Sweethearts and Hurricane Irene

Ariel married her high school sweetheart, Zach, at Bittersweet Farm in Westport, Mass.

Weddings don’t always go exactly as planned and no one could plan for Hurricane Irene to crash a wedding. Luckily, the happy couple had a morning wedding and missed the worst of the storm. Ariel and Zach refer to it as “the wedding that blew you away”.

“Shari’s favors fit in perfectly with our bird and tree theme and everyone loved the theme” ~Ariel

Ariel’s uncle, Eric Lusignan, served as photographer and captured the event beautifully.

You can find the favors Ariel bought for her wedding here: Heart shaped bird seed favors.

 

 

 

A Baby is Blooming, Baby Shower – Customer Story

Recently we asked customers to share stories of their important events in which they used a Nature Favors product. The response was overwhelming, and we just can’t help but share some of the adorable stories like this one.

“I ordered the Earthbloom Seeded Garden Set for my sister’s baby shower. The theme of the shower was “A baby is blooming” so these nature favors fit right in. I was able to personalize the tags and choose coordinating ribbon colors.

I was a bit hesitant about ordering these online and receiving them on time so I wanted to get them right away. Shari put my mind at ease and assured me the favors would arrive in time for the shower. She had me delay the deliver so the seeds would not dry out.

I was pleased when I received the delivery a week before the shower. There was some assembly required but it was manageable. The pots were small but cute.

Our guests thought the favors were adorable and could not believe they just had to add water. I took two of the favors and they both bloomed.

Thank you Shari!” – Jyotika

Feel free to submit photos and story of an event Nature Favors helped make special for you.