How To Wrap Adorable Baby Shower Gifts

Are you going to a baby shower?  Gifts for babies are always so cute – here are some ideas to create gift wrapping that is just as adorable as the gift you are giving.

If you know the baby is expected to be a boy or a girl, sometimes it is fun to wrap a gift in “baby boy blue” or “baby girl pink” – but remember we have many other colors in the rainbow to choose from!  Here are some other options to get your creative juices flowing.

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Going to a shower and the mother is not sure if the baby is going to be a boy or a girl?  Wrap the baby gift in white paper and tie the gift with two ribbons instead of one – use one pink and one blue.  Tie the blue and pink ribbons together and tape to the back of the package.  Then have the ribbon form a bow on the front of the package from the two colors of ribbon.

Want to add a cute topping to any baby shower package?  Add a rattle, teething ring, baby mittens, hairbow, small picture frame, Christmas ornament or a small stuffed animal.  All of these items can be fastened with the ribbon you tie the gift with – and these items can also be used by the baby.

Love teddy bears?  Do a teddy bear gift wrap!  Use gift wrap paper that has teddy bears on it, or a soft cocoa colored gift wrap paper.  But a small teddy bear on the top of your package and tie with a brown or a white bow.  You can often find teddy bear rattles or teething rings that have teddy bears on them.

For a pretty look for a spring baby shower consider a very floral look.  Wrap a gift with floral or plain but colored paper.  Use a green or purple ribbon and tie it in a bow.  Top the package with some fresh spring flowers.  Cut the stems of the flowers very short.  Add the flowers the morning of the baby shower for best presentation.

Does the baby have an older sibling?  Consider giving a small gift to this sibling.  A new baby is often a hectic time and seeing their new brother or sister get so many gifts can sometimes be overwhelming, and leave many children feeling a little forgotten.  Consider getting an older sibling a storybook or a stuffed animal as a special big brother/big sister gift.

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American Day-Themed Parties: Tips For Cooking a Mouth-Watering Steak

It’s a trite, but often repeated saying: The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So why, when a special occasion comes around, do we buy endless ties and “message” T shirts? Is the way to his heart through his clothes? Not likely. It’s the stomach, people, and that means good food. For many men and women alike good food comes in the form of a great steak.

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So what if you’re not a steak eater, or you eat it only in restaurants and the thought of purchasing a raw slab scares you to death? Fear not. It’s not that complicated, really. Even a caveman can handle this job. You can definitely throw a good old American themed party with good old steak and barbeque.

It’s important to know your cuts of meat before planning the menu. You don’t want to cook your guests a tasteless, tough piece of leather. You might not notice the difference, but let’s face it – they will. Since you’ll likely be grilling, it’s important to know the best cuts of meat for the grill.

You want to choose the most tender portions of meat for grilling. Experts generally consider these cuts of beef to be the best for grilling:

 – Rib Eye

 – T-Bone

 – Porterhouse

 – Strip steak (like New York steak)

If there is the word “loin” on the package, you’re in good shape, though most grill experts agree the T-bone is the most superior cut of beef for grilling. It stays tender and juicy, and is thick enough to withstand a fair amount of time on the grill without overcooking. Stay away from top round or anything with “round” or “chuck” in the name. These will not cook well on the grill. Flank steak and London broil can also be tough.

Next, it’s important to know how to choose a steak. Don’t just grab the first package that looks good to you. Look for some good marbling in the steak. Yes, this is another word for fat. But we’re not cooking for the dieter in the family on this special day, we’re trying to give dad a good steak, remember? Those little bits of fat scattered about the steak will essentially melt while the meat is cooking, giving the meat a rich and more tender flavor.

In that same vein, don’t trim the fat from your steak before cooking. It might be the diet book author in you coming out, but that thick layer of fat around your steak is what will give the steak a wonderful juicy quality and rich flavor. You can cook the steak, and then trim the fat, but cook the steak while it’s still dressed in its fat clothes. It’s worth it.

Do you need to buy a “name brand” steak? Experts say it’s not necessary, even though branded meat is a new commodity and becoming more widely available. Nor is it necessary to choose a steak from a butcher shop or from behind the glass window in the meat department at your local grocery store. Usually the pre-packaged steaks are the same you would get from behind the glass, and since the butcher is a dying breed, you could certainly go that route if you have a neighborhood butcher, but if not, a good quality grocery store will provide what you need.

Finally, it’s important to know your grades of steak.

 – Prime is the top grade, and it features the most marbling and is the most tender, but most of us don’t have access to this grade in mainstream grocery stores. This is often what you get in a restaurant.

 – Choice is the best grade most of us can get in the grocery store. But choice does not guarantee high quality as this grade encompasses meat that can be almost as good as prime, or almost as bad as select, our next grade.

 – Select beef is the leanest and least expensive beef and is the grade of beef most commonly found in your grocery store meat case. Since this is Father’s Day, try to find choice and splurge a little.

If you are unsure about your ability to pick up a good steak locally, consider ordering online and having fresh, high-quality steaks delivered to your door.

Unique Dresses to Try on Your Next Costume Party

Who doesn’t love costume parties? It’s the best time to dress up, to be more creative and to be crazy. But I’m sure it isn’t easy to think of new ideas that could wow the other party goers. After being in several different costume parties and standing out, it would be rather difficult to sustain the momentum or even to top it of. That said let us give you some tips on what to wear on your next costume party.

TV Series – Inspired

Wouldn’t it be nice to dress up like you are from Game of Thrones? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see how your friends would react seeing you donning silver hair wearing one of Daenarys Stormborn’s iconic gowns? Or maybe get ideas from Orange is the New Black. It’s really fun to copy your favorite characters from TV. And since TV series are so famous, it’s hard not to know which ones you are portraying. The options for party costumes are almost limitless. But to make it more dramatic, remember to be in character when you go the party.

Food

It’s always fun to dress up like food. Why not create a costume that looks like pasta, or a hotdog sandwich? Perhaps, you can make something that looks like a sundae. If you are going to a costume party with your partner, how about you dress up as peanut butter and jelly sandwich? If you want something simple, then be pepper and salt. That would be so cute. Just try to keep your costume within manageable size to keep yourself from bumping with other party goers on the dance floor.

Classic Historical Icon

It is always interesting to see how the Golden Era paved its way when it comes to fashion. The 15th century offered the most interesting, dashing, regal and intricate design when it comes to dresses and suits. Literally dress to impress as you go back in time and dress up like your favorite icon from the past. You can be Elvis Prestley, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie O or even Audrey Hepburn. The hairstyles are way too good to be missed as well.

Villain

Lastly, everyone wants to be the superhero. Why not try something different and be a villain? It’s fun to act like you are the serial killer or the robber once in awhile. You have to be careful though on your way to the party. Some people might think that you are a real antagonist and might call the police. Now, you wouldn’t want to spend the night inside the prison. Would you?

Always remember that creativity is the key. You don’t even have to buy a new wardrobe to look unique on your next costume party. We recommend DIYs. That’s very easy to do since the internet has a lot of tips choose from. But whatever your costume is, just remember to enjoy and have fun.

Do You Own a Pool? Have a Pool Party

Having a backyard party is fun, especially during summer when the kids are off from school and parents have a lot of extra time at hand. Unfortunately, may are not sure about what the theme and center of the party should be. If you are looking forward in hosting a great party at your home this summer, you might not want to limit your party with alcoholic drinks and a lot of loud music. If you have a swimming pool at home, you might want to consider hosting a pool party.

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There are two types of pool party, one are for the adults that may require some booze and music while the other one is a kid-friendly one. However, both parties may require the consent of adults and may need to have a designated life guard who will stay sane the whole of the party just to look after the kids and the adults that will enjoy having fun on the water.

Pool parties are the perfect way to get friends, families, neighbors, and coworkers together, especially during the summer months. One of the many reasons why you should consider having a pool party is because it is likely that your party will stand apart from the rest.  Most households in America have a barbeque grill; however, not everyone has a pool.  The pool alone, may make your backyard party better than most.

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Having a pool party during the summer is really a great idea, mainly because of the hear. However, you may not enjoy a pool party if it is too hot so consider having some shade available over your pool in case the sun gets too hot. Spending quality time with your friends, families, colleagues and neighbors during this hot weather is a fun way to stay cool and entertained. If you have the luxury of owning a pool at home, you might want to share the fun and relaxation with the people you care about.

Another reason why you may want to host a pool party is because pools are fun, for individuals of all ages.  This means whether you are inviting adults, children, or both, everyone should be able to enjoy your pool. Despite the fact that even children enjoy swimming, they may need more attention than adult swimmers.  If children will be attending your pool party, you may want to develop a safety plan, just in case. This safety plan may include when children can swim or who will be watching over them when they do.

Now that the entertainment is taken care of, another important aspect you will have to take care for your party is the food. If short on the budget, you ca ask friends to go pot-luck and bring their specialties and family specialties for the party. You need to have easy to pick foods like friend poppers, hotdogs and barbeque as well as some salad to freshen up everyone. Cool drinks and sodas should also be included on your menu.

You can have a blast even on a limited budget with a pool in your yard, great friends and families and great food to share with.

Affordable Baby Shower Decorations for Your Next Party Event

Having a baby is one of the most unforgettable moments in a woman’s life. Motherhood is indeed one of the best stages in a woman’s life worth investing at. Make the coming of your baby a celebration to remember and cherish by throwing a baby shower?

However, some couples would rather save up their money for the actual conception of the baby rather than throwing a celebration for the event. Worry no more because you can still celebrate and throw a party for this special event in your life with these smart and affordable party ideas in this article.

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Do your research

Being an upcoming mother allows you to have more time for yourself and the coming baby. Take advantage of this time to do some internet research to find great and adorable ideas for your baby shower for free. You can also get ideas on cheap and easy to do baby shower decoration ideas for your party. If you spend some time doing research and planning for the event, you will realize that you can actually throw an event without having to spend too much.

Consider DIY

There are a lot of fun and easy to do baby shower decoration ideas you can see online. You can use your empty baby food jars as votives for candles that can be used to decorate the party venue. Print pin ups of diapers and onesies and attach them like clothes in a clothesline as decorations for your party area. A mother to be can have fun while doing this for the event. As for the invitations, consider creating an online invitation instead. With some creative ideas on the internet, you can make a really nice invitation and send it easily through e-mail or via our social media accounts. You’ll save time and resources if you’ll have your invitations prepared and sent in this method.

Go for simple decorations

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You don’t need to spend too much for your party decorations. You can use balloons, the ones you can buy from bookstores and party supply shop as your main decorative piece for the baby shower. You can have inflatable balloons tied to baby shampoos or baby bottles or simply your chairs as decorations for the party. Creating flower bouquets and other decorative pieces from balloons can easily be pulled off with balloon decorating ideas available on YouTube. You can even decorate your tables with small balloons gathered in a bun and use them as center pieces.

Serve light goodies for your party

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Food is one of the most expensive aspects you need to consider when having a party. It would be advisable to have a tea party of sorts rather than a lunch or dinner party to be able to stick to your budget when it comes to the food for your guests. Instead of serving full meals, you can prepare snacks likes baked goodies, salads and light dishes for your guests. What matters is that your guests won’t go hungry during the event and they are sufficiently entertained.

Baby shower parties, with the people you love and care for you need not be extravagant. Simple decorations, great food and the best companions is more than enough to make any simple celebration a hit.

 

Party Planning for a Little Girl’s Princess Party

If you would like your little girl to feel like a princess for a day, why not throw here a princess party?  This party is excellent for little girls aged pre-school through about fourth grade, depending upon the maturity of your child and their friends who will be in attendance.  A princess party is a time where you can treat your child like royalty and indulge here in her every wish, within reason of course.  A princess party is one she is sure to remember and treasure for the rest of her life.

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The first thing you will want to do before the party is to decide on the decorations, activities, and food which will compliment your princess party theme.  Take out a sheet of paper and a pen, and start taking notes and brainstorming ideas which you can use to meet your own home and specific needs.  This will help you to create a shopping list for your party and a timeline to get everything accomplished.

As for décor, just about anything goes to decorate your castle, otherwise known as your home.  Using a lot of pink and purple is always a good choice for a princess party.    You can use pastel pink and purple steamers and balloons along with a matching tablecloth and napkins.  For a nice added touch you can use complementary colored plates and cups.  You can also tie your napkins with a nice fancy ribbon which is only fit for a princess and her castle.

If you have pink or purple fabric on hand, you might want to cover your party room chairs with it and tie it into big bows at the back.  If you do not have any fabric, check your local thrift stores for a sheet in the right color which you can cut up and use for the day.

For your princess party invitations you will want to ask your guests to come dressed in their best outfits and ready to be pampered for the party.  Or, simply let them come in their everyday clothing and add to their outfit when they arrive.  You can purchase inexpensive feather boas which the girls can wear around their shoulders for the party and then take home afterward.  Also readily available are simple tulle skirts which can transform their outfit into one fit for a princess.  A good idea is to have each guest in pink while the guest of honor is in purple, or vice versa.

Once your guests arrive you can have them decorate their own princess cone party hats with such items as gems, confetti, and feathers which you have purchased from the local dollar or discount store for the purpose.  Once their hats are decorated, then you can staple on streamers or ribbons to the top of the hat so that they flow out when they move or twirl.

A fun game to play is “Princess May I?” which is the same on the old traditional game “Mother May I?”  Have the guest of honor be the princess and allow her to play the role of the mother in the more traditional game.

Once your craft project and game are done, then it is time to seat your princess on her own thrown to enjoy a nice tea party.  The best foods to serve are sandwiches cut into hearts or stars with cookie cutters.  The beverage of choice could be a pink lemonade served in either fancy plastic glasses or in tea cups.  Your cake can either be a princess or a castle.  Both options are fairly easy to make, or they can be purchased if you so choose.

If your local stores carry piñatas, you can fill one with candy such as gold chocolate coins, ring lollypops, and candy necklaces to help round out the theme and give the girls something fun to do.  They can take home the candy from the piñata in their very own princess goodie bags.

DIY Halloween Props for Your Next Halloween Celebration

Halloween is just a few months away and the thought of being able to scare the kids around the area, and even their parents is just something to look forward to. However, spending too much on your scare props might be dangerous for your pockets. Aim to save but scare the neighborhood kids this Halloween by testing your handyman skills.

If you are the DIY type or you would want to explore this creative side of yours, starting with DIY Halloween props is the best way to start testing your creative juices. Here are some tips you can follow to transform your home and your backyard into a Friday the 13 fiasco this coming Halloween.

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For starters, decide on which theme would you go for this coming Halloween. You can go with the usual skeletons, chopped torso and hands, flying ghosts, skulls, zombies, demons and witches. You can pump up the action with audio and lighting effects, or even with fog effects as you complete your spooky ensemble.

Clear your yard with hazardous items that may spoil the fun in scaring your neighbors. They may get too spooked and trip over stones and other items in your yard. Avoid accidents while enjoying frightening people.

One great Halloween prop idea you can do at home are floating spirits. Simply create a life-sized doll and have it in black. If you have an old mannequin lying around your attic, cover it with black paint or clothing. Dress it up with a long cape gown with a hood to look like a mysterious being cloaked in the night. Have several of these in your yard and you are assured that most of your neighbors would probably think twice stepping in your area during Halloween night.

Halloween pumpkins are also considered to be traditional Halloween decorations most houses have. To make yours unique and original from the rest, you can hang your pumpkins in a tree in your front lawn. Install electric candles or battery operated lights on the eye portion of your pumpkin to make it look fierce and scary most especially during night time.

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Your costume for Halloween is another important aspect to consider for you to be able to complete the look for the occasion. You can simply buy a mask and call it a day or create something even more interesting and scary for fright night. Test your make-up application tips by trying one of those “Attack on Titan” scary Titan look or paint your face to look like a skeleton or a deformed beast. There are a lot of make-up tutorial tricks you can view online. You still have a lot of time to practice and you’ll probably pull-off a monstrous look even without superb make-up skills to boot.

Stick with a simple and classic theme for your Halloween decorating ideas and see your talent flourish and bloom as you perfect the art of scaring this coming Halloween.