Throwing a Retro Style BBQ

Want to relive the good ol’ days with your family and friends? Consider throwing a retro style barbecue party. This is the best way of bringing men together to bond with the family across generations. From setting the menu to decors, you will need a retro touch to have an unforgettable BBQ party. Bonus points if you hold the party at the backyard!

A retro BBQ party is an excellent occasion for reuniting with family and friends. The party provides everyone with an opportunity to catch up with Uncle Joe and Aunty Mary whom they have not seen for some time. If you are throwing a BBQ bash for friends, you can relieve the happiness and escapades of the yesteryears and form even closer bonds.

Here’s a quick guide for throwing a retro style BBQ bash.

Timing is Everything

Timing is big when planning any party. Parties are more fun when there are many people involved. Therefore, it is essential to get the timing right. You may want to call your guests in advance to find out about their schedules before settling on the date of the party. The last thing you want is to get a lot of apologies because of poor timing.

Ideally, you should plan your BBQ party on a summer weekend or a holiday. These are the times when most people have some free time on their calendars. Your old buddies will gladly show up for the party in their summer shorts ready to get wild! Also, require the guests to confirm attendance in advance so that you plan for the meals and drinks appropriately. Finally, make sure you distribute a map to your residence or the BBQ party location, just in case some people will be driving from out of town.

Get the Menu Right

When planning a retro BBQ party, you have to get the menu right. Consider the people you’ve invited to the party and find out their favorite dishes. Since you can grill different entrees at the party, go all out with variety. You can prepare steak, roasted veggies, kebabs, hotdogs, hamburgers, and more. Having variety is essential as you want to be sure all guests can build a la carte plates to their liking.

Entrees are huge, but they are not the only thing to concentrate on. There are BBQ side staples like green salads, pasta or potato salad, corn on the cob, and even mac & cheese to think of. If you are holding the party during the summer, you may need some ice cream as a refreshing dessert.

There are tons of BBQ necessities that will complement any menu you are preparing. You can use the essentials to prepare the BBQ and when done, offer them as gifts to the men who love grilling. Depending on the grilling equipment, you can hold the party in your backyard, rooftop, or even a local park.

Drinks. Drinks. Drinks.

Are the guests you’ve invited to the BBQ party big on beer or liquor? Get ready with the right drinkware. No beverage is as smooth and tantalizing as beer when taken with BBQ. Therefore make sure you’ve appropriately stocked.

Get double-walled drinkware to ensure the drinks will stay cold in the warm weather. To cater for cocktail lovers, make sure you have the right shakers that will let you mix the perfect drinks. The shakers can also make attractive gifts if you are celebrating someone special.

Depending on the number of visitors you expect at the party, the cost of drinks can quickly escalate through the roof. Don’t play Atlas and carry all the world’s problems on your shoulder. Instead, ask the guests to help with the drinks. For example, you can require guests to come with a case of specific beer brands. If liquor is your thing, have a guideline on the type of drinks to be brought and any mixers that may be required.

Retrorize the Scene

The scene has to be perfect for your retro BBQ. This means taking things further than what you would usually do with regular weekend BBQ parties.

To begin, you should have some fun activities lined up while the food is being prepared. Depending on the crowd you expect, you can have Yahtzee, dominoes, Jenga, checkers, and cards. These are easy games which can be played outside and are entertaining to people of all ages.

And what would be a retro party without some funky blues or jazz from the 1960s? Make a playlist of nostalgic music that will remind the guests of the golden era of music of their time. You may also want to set up some string lights to create a moody glow ambiance when the sun begins to set. LED lanterns would also be perfect for lighting up the tables without having to worry about them getting blown out by the wind.

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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!

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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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Sesame Street Live in St. Louis!

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Jump to the beat on Sesame Street at an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets.  It’s the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood!​

Coming live to the Chaifetz Arena is Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! There are only two shows available on December 10th so be sure to get your tickets today! You can save by using the code GDAD when you purchase your tickets!

December 10 – 2pm & 6pm

My kids love Sesame Street. They grew up watching Elmo and Abby teach them all sorts of things. Even I grew up watching these furry monsters. Bert and Ernie were a big favorite of mine, along with Cookie Monster. They were great back then just as they are today. Seeing them live will be very exciting for the kids! So be sure to grab your tickets and use the code provided to get a discount on your ticket purchase!

We will be at the show so be sure to say hi if you see us. My son is hoping he see’s Murray running around. I kinda am too as I think he is a great character that wasn’t around when I was little. So grab your tickets and Let’s Party!

St. Louis Dad was compensated with complimentary tickets to the show in exchange for promotion of the event.

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