Throwing a Surprise Party for Your Other Half

So, you have decided to take on the challenge of throwing a surprise party for your other half? And, now that you are into the planning phase, you are starting to regret it? Don’t worry; most people feel like this once they have committed to party planning. After all, there is a lot to do and consider, and the last thing you want is for the party to be a flop. However, there is no need to panic. Read on to discover some helpful tips for planning the perfect surprise party…

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Keeping it a secret – Let’s begin by dealing with the most important element of all: keeping everything a secret. This is often the hardest part. The best thing to do is enlist the help of one or two key people. This could be your partner’s best friend or sibling for example. After all, carrying the burden of organising a surprise party by yourself is often too much to handle. Plus, it is always good to have the opinions of others who know your partner well. Avoid enlisting the assistance of more than two people; otherwise, it can become a bit messy and complicated. In addition to this, you need to keep decorations and any other equipment hidden. You should not risk storing these items in your home. Instead, see if one of your new helpers would be willing to keep the items at their house instead. Once you start inviting people, make sure you stress that it is a surprise party. The last thing you want is for all of your plans to be ruined because one of your guests has a big mouth!

Make a plan – Another sure-fire way your surprise party will be ruined is if you struggle to get your other half to play ball. If they don’t want to go out and you cannot get them to turn up, you will end up having to tell them about the party, which is the last thing you want. This is why you need to have a believable plan and diversion in place. A lot of people pretend they are taking their partner out for dinner, for example. No matter what option you go for, make sure you are planned for every possibility. What if your partner suddenly decides they don’t fancy going out and they want to have a takeaway instead? You need to be prepared to handle all situations.

Choose the venue wisely – Getting your partner to the venue can be the difficult part. As mentioned, you need a believable diversion. This is why you need to choose the venue with care. Make sure that it is somewhere you would take your partner even if it was not for a surprise party, or that it is at least in an area near to restaurants and bars. If you have booked out a hall in a hotel, you may want to pretend that you are whisking your partner away for the night instead. You can find tips on choosing an event venue at https://whova.com/blog/things-consider-when-choosing-event-venue/. Your venue and your story need to easily match up.

Don’t forget the entertainment – It is easy to become so wrapped up in keeping everything a secret and inviting all of the right people, so much so that you forget about the vital party elements, such as entertainment. Getting the entertainment right is so important. After all, you don’t want everyone to be sitting there twiddling their thumbs because they are bored. Luckily, there are so many different entertainment options available today, and various ways for you to add an extra element of fun and excitement to the event. Photo booths are a great example of this, and you can find out further information on hiring one by heading to https://boothboyphotobooth.com. Not only do they enable you and your guests to have great fun by taking lots of photos and making the most of funny props, but also you will be able to capture special memories, enabling you and your partner to look back on the photos for years and years to come. Of course, this is not the only option. You have everything from musician to magicians to select from. Think about what your partner will like, as well as what is going to appeal the most to everyone in attendance.

Try to relax and enjoy it – Last but not least, this is probably the most difficult part of it all: relaxing and enjoying the occasion. This can seem like an impossible mission when there is so much to think about and worry about. However, if you are having fun, then it is highly likely that everyone else is too. Try not to stress. Good parties only take a few simple ingredients: good people, good music, good food, and good drink. If you can bring these four ingredients to the table, you will have nothing to worry about.

So there you have it: some useful tips that will help you to plan the perfect surprise party for your other half. Hopefully, you now feel more pared to tackle the party planning and to give your other half the best party they have ever had. Yes, you can expect to have a few stresses and strains throughout the planning phase, but it will definitely all be worth it in the end when you see the smile on your loved one’s face. Good luck!

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Party Perfection: Making Your Child’s Birthday Awesome!

Anyone that has kids will know they can be some seriously tough critics. So when you’re hosting a birthday party for your child and their friends, it’s easy to feel the pressure! Keeping a big group of kids occupied and happy for a few hours while giving your son or daughter a day to remember can be more tricky than it seems. With that in mind, here are a few ideas to give their party the wow factor!

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Choose a Theme

Themed parties really look the part. You can choose decorations, entertainment, even make the party fancy dress all based on the theme. It could be something traditional like cops and robbers or a princess party, or it could be something broad such as animals, Disney or even your child’s current favourite character, movie or tv program. Once you have a theme in mind you can start deciding on colours and decorations- bunting and balloons based on the theme is a good place to start. Plus you can get specific decorations for just about anything these days on places like eBay. For example, if you were doing an ‘under the sea’ theme you could go with blue and green balloons, mermaid, fish and sea creature decorations and even make some seaweed bunting.

Get The Food Right

We all know how picky kids can be, so keep it simple with some fail-safe crowd pleasers when it comes to the food. If you like to have your children’s birthdays in a venue, see if they have any hot food or catering options available. Otherwise, a finger food buffet will work well in most cases and you can put it together yourself. Sandwiches, pastries, chicken, cakes and sweets will all go down a treat. A pizza party is another idea, you could either make them yourself from scratch, cook some ready made pizzas from the store or order them in from your local takeout joint. A couple of different flavours should cover all bases, cheese and tomato, pepperoni and a chicken and ham version should suit most kids.

Decide on the Entertainment

The entertainment is arguably the most important bit of the party, and you need to make sure everyone is having a good time and kids aren’t getting bored. Hiring a bouncy castle is a good option, this will keep most children busy for hours. You could also arrange some party games complete with prizes. You could hire a photobooth which will keep kids occupied and give them a fun memento of the evening with their pictures. Or an entertainer, depending on the age of the children. A character based on your theme, a magician, a balloon artist or face painter are all options you could consider.

Your children’s birthday parties are something they will remember for years to come, they’re so exciting when you’re young and could quite possibly be the highlight of their year. So as a parent, it’s something you will want to get right.

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Happy Birthday Buddy!

17157826_10210067178690725_2214050175775340225_oToday my son turns three years old. Last night I asked him whose birthday it was tomorrow and he said “mine”. It was adorable. I asked him how old he was going to be and he held up his fingers and said “three birthdays”. I asked him if he wanted a “hundred birthdays” and he gave me a stern look and said that he only has “three birthdays” and held up his fingers again.

What an adorable, loving, crazy, daredevil of a boy. He loves taking risks and doing all things boys love to do. Get dirty, be loud, jump, run, and yes, he even eats his own boogers. As much as I tell him not to he does it anyway.

Over these last three years I have watched my son grow up to be a little man. He is very polite with his pleases and thank yous. He will even be sure to thank you when it’s not exactly necessary. Playing with his sister is on the top of his favorites list, a long with LEGO, mini trains, and his “people”. Mommy and Daddy are proud of our little Stuntman Alex and we are so happy to have him in our lives. Even if he can get a little crazy with his high amounts of energy he is still our baby boy.

I can still remember the day that Alex was born. Mommy and Daddy were at the hospital very early in the morning and we didn’t get to see our baby boy until later that evening. It was a very long day that ended with this cutie making his appearance. The last three years raising you have been amazing. Alex has brought us so many great memories and we look forward to continuing making more with him.

IMG_0778Much like with my daughter, I plan on teaching this little guy all about technology and all of that good stuff. He has basically mastered the iPad and is working on learning his Nintendo DS. I also plan on starting a YouTube show with him in the near future. I think he’s old enough now for us to put together some funny clips of him being super goofy. That should be starting this summer, but we will see how things come together.

The other day we had a mini celebration over at Mamaw and Pawpaw’s house. Just a few presents, sang Happy Birthday and ate some cupcakes. It wasn’t much but Alex loved it because he was with the people that love him. He also spent the night there so they could spoil their grandson rotten. It didn’t work because he came home super sweet with no rotten bones in his body. I just really hope you have a fantastic day today buddy and I can’t wait to get home to celebrate by eating some cake, playing with some toys, and enjoying my son’s rambunctious life.

Here is a short video put together by Facebook from Alex’s mini birthday party this past Sunday.

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Millennial Problems for a 33 Year Old

 

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Today is my birthday and depending on who you’re asking, my age range fits into the millennial category. I feel like I fit closer in the Gen X category but whatever. This year I turn 33 years old and I can feel it. No more are the days where I am limber and have cat like reflexes. These days you can find my reflexes are much more comfortable in the speed reduction zone. My knees creak and it doesn’t take much to put my back out of commission. Maybe I’m just unhealthy or maybe it’s just old age. Whatever it is, it sucks.

So I’m getting older and as time marches on I am minimizing my life. I have already cleared up a lot of wall and shelf space in my office. I have since taken down a lot of my older toys and nick-nacks and have stored them away. My office looks a lot cleaner now because of it but there’s still a lot of work to do. I still have my comic collection but even that is getting the minimal setup. I have reduced the amount of comics that I collect significantly. I have finished off stories and ended their run in appropriate fashion but no longer continued with several series. It’s just something that comes with age I suppose.

80s-STLDAD-AbbyWhat’s weird about getting older is that when I take a trip back to nostalgiaville I’m not getting as sucked back into whatever it is as much as I have in the past. Making that switch was much needed but I’m surprised that it came so natural. There are times when nostalgia still hits hard and I start pining for whatever it is. Currently, I have been watching a lot of old Bone Brigade videos and other skate videos. I’d love to get back into skating. It’s been a long time since I have done an ollie. Who knows if I can even get up in the air but I really want to try. The winter weather is doing an excellent job of holding me back because there’s no way I want to go out in the cold. So we’ll see if by spring time if I am still itching to skate. If so then maybe I will give it a go. Until then I will just keep watching Powell Peralta videos.

It’s getting dark earlier and earlier and Christmas is just around the corner. After that we end the year and start another. So many say that 2016 was a pretty bad year. While I think there were plenty of moments that just sucked, it couldn’t have been that horrible. You’re still here right? If anything, I am excited for 2017. It will be a great year. I hope to do more interesting things with the blog, write more about the family, and maybe review some more interesting products. I promised Abby that we will start season 2 of Abby Doodles TV so expect that sometime next year as well. We want to go a little bigger than season 1. So we will see how that goes.

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