adminuser | 08 November, 2015 15:53
Even though I have thrown many parties in my day, I have never encountered a question like this one: Is it appropriate to for adults to have a bunch of bounce house rentals at one of their parties? My answer? It depends on the type of party, haha.
Just because society wants us to all act like adults, doesn't mean we can't let that go for a few hours just because we want to rent a bounce house or two for a party we're throwing, and this is both my fun and professional sides speaking here. I mean, a birthday party may not be appropriate unless there will be kids there (because they would take over anyways, naturally,) but for get togethers and other kinds of parties, sure, why not rent a bounce house?
I bring this topic up because believe it or not, it's a question that I have gotten more frequently in the past few months since bounce houses have started to become a bigger thing.
So what do I answer these people that have been asking me to rent them a bounce house for their party. Well, in the beginning I just thought the idea was plain crazy. I mean, think about it. Picture an adult party with a bunch of people bouncing around in a bouncie house. You would think that those things couldn't support that much weight but as my clients informed me, there would just have to be less people bouncing at a time. From that point I decided hey, sounds like a fun idea, why not jump all over renting a bounce house. Haha, get it?
Anyways, as a party planner, I never imagined myself recommending that my adult clients rent bounce houses to play in. I have done plenty of these types of birthday parties for kids with bouncie houses and slides but never thought it would extend up to the adults. That's pretty funny stuff, don't you think.
So now that I have personally played on a couple of bounce houses myself, I would like to personally recommed that all adults give this a try at least once in their life. Even if they don't decide to rent the inflatable for themselves, they should at least let their kids try it out as the feeling can be liberating. Adults, it can also make you feel like a kid again, and you can't put a price on that. Speaking of price though, it doesn't cost as much as it may seem to rent an inflatable for a couple of hours, and the best part is that the people you rent from generally come and set everything up and clean it up again, which as you can imagine makes my job a heck of a lot easier.
img credit: bouncelandfun.com
adminuser | 17 May, 2015 17:12
So you're planning a surprise party and go figure, actually want it to be a surprise. This isn't usually difficult, but you never know when something may pop up along the way and intervein. There are actually ways to semi prevent this from happening and in this article today I would like to dicuss them. But first I would like to share the story with you that inspired me to write on this subject in the first place.
Just a month ag my friend threw a surprise birthday party for her husband and the surprise ended up being ruined because she forgot to make sure he didn't come home at his normal time, lol. My friend Sandy was so dissapointed at first but ended up laughing at her mistake. The point is that I was reminded of how important it is to cover your bases when throwing a surpise party so it actually stays a surprise. Here are 4 steps you can follow every time to make sure your surprise party is one of the best kept secrets of the year.
1.) The first and what some would consider to be the most important step, is to find an accomplice to plan a fake activity to distract the party person with until it's time for the party to begin. Multiple people can take part in this and them more of a distraction you can make, the better.
This may be slightly difficult but I promise it can work, but try to make sure the guest of honor is dressed appropriately for the party. For example, don't take them swimming and bring them back in a bikini or speedo. :) I think you get what I'm saying.
adminuser | 06 May, 2015 14:42
Thowing a dinner party can be fun but when you are on a budget and pressed for time, things can start to lose their charm (at least until it's time for the party to finally begin.) Especially when you've got a family, career and plenty of other activities already filling your plate.
As a family and career woman there have been plenty of times that I needed to put a party quick whether it was for myself, a friend or even a last minute client. In my experiences and years of networking with others in the party/event planning field, I have narrowed down the best ways to get everything done in a timely an yet fashionable manner.
Here are 5 ways to keep your dinner party planning simple, satisfying and stree-free as possible.
1.) Make a Plan for Each and Every Day Leading Up to the Party
This is going to help you get all of your planning out of your head and onto paper to make focusing more easy. From everything you need to purchase from a grocery list, to the night of the party and the things in between, making a list certainly makes things easier.
When your list is complete, prioritze your list by the most important that needs to be completed first. Many things like recipes, flower arrangements and even music playlists can be set the day of or before, while cleaning tasks and other errands that may take longer should be given top priproty.
2.) Focus on Keeping Your Recipes Simple
Speaking of recipes, you want to keep things simple and avoid recipes that will take you will need to spend a lot of time on, unless of course you want to order catering instead. You don't always need to plan for a 5-star dinner, and would be surpised at some of the recipes you can complete for cheap.
Stick with recipes that you are familiar with or have used before. The week before your party is no time to begin trying something new.
3.) Designate a Drink 'Keeper'
Well, maker, not keeper. Many people enjoy having drinks at their parties and when these babies are in demand it can take much of your demand too. Designating a specific person to play bartender can save you time, energy and even create a new role for one of your party guests.
The drink keeper could be a friend, neighbor and spouse that keeps water glasses on the tables full, cocktails served and whatever type of beverages you're offering flowing through the night.
4.) Keep Your Guest List Small
If you really want a party that's quick and simple to plan, try keeping your list of guests small. Not only does this keep your party requirements manageable, but it ensures there will be enough room for everyone.
Also, it will save you time and money on food not to mention leave you with less leftovers if a few people aren't able to make it. A good rule of thumb is to plan for no more than 6 dinner guests.
adminuser | 23 April, 2015 22:25
When you're hosting a party at your home, everything has to look near perfect, right? Sometimes with all the planning, purchasing of party supplies and preparation it can be hard to find enough time to clean to your standards. Did you know it doesn't have to take a maid or the help of your family to get the task done?
Thanks to the help of one of my fabulous new employees that used to work for herself as a house cleaner, I am now armed with a quick clean list that can help slash the time and potential money it can take to get your house fully clean and ready before your big night. Thanks again, Rita! For more detailed intel on cleaning your home you can still view her website here. Now let's get into Rita's suggestions for implementing this miracle cleaning plan.
The plan ranges through 7 days and lays out the tasks you need to complete in order.
adminuser | 22 April, 2015 01:03
Yay for my first post!
So due to the fact that I'm a professional party planner, I thought it would be a cute idea to post a checklist to follow when planning a party, no matter what type it is. Whether it's a Christmas, birthday, bachelorette, or again any other type of party you can think of, this list will serve you well as an assistant that will guide you along the way.
So here you go, a step-by-step list of what to do 2 months before your party all the way until 2 hours before.
adminuser | 13 April, 2015 02:11
Welcome to Blues Party Connection! My names is Wanda Howser and I'm in love with my career as a party planner. Believe it or not, I've wanted to be a professional party planner ever since I was a little girl which fits perfectly into my driven passion and career. Because this passion has been growing and thriving for so many years now I wanted a place to share my techniques and wisdom with others, and what better place to do that these days than a blog that the entire world can see?
So I coined the name Blues Party Connection from a few different things that make up my passion. Obviously I'm a party planner. I love Blues music and want to help people make that creative connection that helps them throw an awesome party or event. To my surpise, I was able to come up with a name that including all of these things very well and there you have it-Blues Party Connection!
This may sound weird coming from an expert party planner, but it's hardly necessary to hire professional help to plan your parties when you could easily do it yourself. I know, I know, even the thought of planning out a party or event can sound overwhelming but it actually is not. I have had plenty of friends and family members come to me for advice over the years to aid in planning their parties but after telling them a few different things they could do, they realized how small the task can actually be and took it amongst themselves to do it. Hopefully the tips and ideas I share on this blog can help you too.
I look forward to writing for this blog and planning a project for myself that will last and help others have more fun for years to come.