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A Procrastinator’s Guide to Planning a Fun Party

Gearing up to throw the party of the year? Maybe you’re planning for the holidays, a birthday, or an upcoming event, but find yourself procrastinating on the prep work.

To help you organize your planning efforts, here’s a procrastinator’s guide to planning a fun party!

1. Pick a Date and Build the Guest List

Picking a date for your party and sending out invites is absolutely number one on your to-do list.

Procrastinators, heed our warning: if you wait until the last minute to invite your guests, you’ll end up partying alone!

You could save yourself some hassle by messaging your friends ahead of time to ask about their availability. Doing so will ensure that your party is packed.

2. Have a Budget

Depending on the type of party you’re planning and the size of the guest list, costs can get out of hand quickly. For example, a sweet 16 party at a rented venue will likely cost more than a house party at your apartment.

Put together a budget to make sure you don’t break the bank.

Here are a few must-haves for your budget:

  • Venue rental (if necessary)
  • Entertainment
  • Food

If you’re hosting a huge party or event and your costs are high, we’ve got a solution for you! Learn how to get sponsors for an event: a step by step guide to event sponsorship!

3. Plan the Menu

Speaking of food, planning out a menu and ordering for your fun party is the next step in this guide.

Consider the theme of the party and the kinds of food your guests enjoy.

Buffet style is always a safe bet if your party is more casual. You could even keep it simple with appetizers, finger-foods, and pizza.

If you’re planning on serving alcohol and want to keep costs down, plan to tell your guests that the party is BYOB!

4. Decide on Entertainment

Entertainment can vary wildly (pun intended) depending on the type of party you’re hosting.

For big parties, maybe you’ll want to hire a DJ. For a simple get together, make it fun by giving your friends a chance to curate a killer Spotify playlist.

One final note on entertainment: sometimes simple games can be the life of the party. Board games or card games, like Cards Against Humanity, will have your guests laughing for hours.

5. Decorate

For serious procrastinators, plan to decorate the day before or the day of your party. Decorations can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like.

Be creative. Try a theme, host your party outside, use black lights around the house, or hang up an old set of Christmas tree lights for a cool and memorable vibe.

Speaking of memories, be sure to plan some fun party favors so that your guests will remember your party and show up for the next one!

Enjoy Yourself at Your Fun Party!

Hopefully, these five easy to manage steps will help even the most laid-back procrastinators plan an awesome party!

The last step in our guide: make an effort not to stress out over cleanup and actually have a good time at your own party!

Any tips we might’ve missed for other party planning procrastinators? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Photo Crafts That Add a Personal Touch to Party Decor

Looking to make your party extra special with some personal touches?

Photo crafts are an excellent way to share some cherished memories with your loved ones. They’re perfect for birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, holidays, and other festivities.

You’re sure to liven up the party with some wonderful memories to share. Better yet, each photo is sure to have a story to tell to all in attendance. Include some of each of your guests to really make them feel a part of the event.

Let’s check out some of our favorite ideas for your next celebration.

1. Luminaire Settings

These displays provide quite the elegant mood setting without much effort.

To start, you’re going to want to pick up at least three, identical photo frames. Add more frames to create complex geometric shapes like cubes and hexagons, but we’ll begin with a simple triangle.

Next, print off your favorite photographs on vellum, a translucent paper that allows some light to shine through. You can apply a monochromatic filter to the pictures so that the light gives off a specific glow, like blue or purple.

Now, place each photo in the individual frames, and then glue or tape the three frames together so that they stand upright by themselves, in a triangle.

Lastly, set an electric or wax candle in the center of each display for the final effect. Easy!

2. Puzzle Box

This is a fun one for the youngsters. And, it’s so simple!

Gather some bare, wooden blocks of equal sizes. How many depends on how complex you want the puzzle to be, but it’s best to stick to nine or sixteen blocks for party enjoyment.

Now, you can either cover one side of the blocks or every side of them. Up to you! You’ll either need one photograph or six pictures.

Using an Exacto knife, cut the picture into square pieces so it covers the whole side of the block. Then, glue it down.

Leave the blocks out and someone is sure to complete the picture!

3. Blanket Display:

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Photo Blanket from The Memories Place

This one doubles as a great decoration and gift!

If you’re a master knitter, incorporate cherished photographs into your next stitchwork creation. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to finish!

If not, there are great services like The Memories Place that can do all the legwork for you. Send them the photographs you’d like to incorporate into your blanket and they’ll deliver the rest!

4. Flower Holders

These are a simple yet elegant way to add memories to your party.

For this project, you’ll be repurposing some old PVC pipes. Cut the photographs to size so that they cover the PVC pipes completely, then glue them on.

Attach PVC pipe bottoms to the pipes, then use as a normal vase to arrange your favorite flowers!

5. Letter Collages

This one is nice and easy for the crafters out there.

Get out your scissors and glue. Make or purchase some large, cardboard letters to hang up to spell out a name or phrase for the celebration.

Cut out a bunch of photographs to size and collage away, covering the letters completely. Go with black and white photos for a more unified look.

All set! – Use These Photo Crafts for Your Next Party

These photo crafts are easy, fun, and wallet-friendly. Your guests will definitely be hitting you up next time they’re looking to host a party!

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7 Party Favors Your Guests Will Actually Use

Party favors used be commonly accepted as part of hosting an event. Recently, though, there’s been some debate about whether or not it’s necessary to give them out.

One reason for the uncertainty is because we’ve all gotten something that we’ll never use again.

Favors still make a nice gesture though and can be a great way to show your guests how appreciative you are that they attended. Whether it’s a birthday party or a wedding, the key is to give out something that guests will use and enjoy.

Read on for 7 fun ideas for party favors that are cute and practical for your guests.

1. Reusable Water Bottles

If you want to give out party favors that your guests will actually keep, think about something that they could use every day.

A reusable water bottle is something that your guests can keep in their purse, at their desk, or in a gym locker and will have plenty of opportunities to use throughout the day.

2. Succulents

It might seem strange to give your guests plants, but succulents actually make for a great party favor.

These plants are low maintenance — so you won’t be giving your guests something that requires a lot of work — and can last for a long time.

They come in lots of shape and color varieties, so you could buy several different ones and let guests choose what they like best.

3. A Cocktail Kit

Putting together personalized cocktail kits for guests is a great way to ensure your favor goes to use.

They’re also simple to make. Put an airplane-sized bottle of liquor in a small bag or box, along with your favorite cocktail recipe. You could add a shot glass or colorful straws to round out the kit and make it more fun.

4. Bamboo Toothbrush

Believe it or not, a toothbrush can make a great party favor. Or at least, if it’s a pretty bamboo toothbrush it can.

Bamboo toothbrushes, like those made by Luvin Life, are both beautiful and sustainable, which makes them a great gift that your guests will actually use.

It’s also an unexpected favor, which will make it more likely for guests to connect it to your event and remember how much fun they had every time they use it.

5. Canvas Tote Bag

Between food shopping, running errands or packing things up for a picnic, there is no end to the uses of a canvas tote bag.

As a party favor, print bags with a custom pattern or phrase that will remind guests of your event.

6. Journals

Giving guests a small journal or notebook is a great favor because it has so many uses.

Your guests can use it for writing their thoughts, keeping track of appointments, or even for writing down recipes or to-do lists.

Keep the look of the journal simple or opt for several different color options to ensure guests can pick something that matches their own style.

7. Food Items

Small food items are favors that are guaranteed to be put to use because everyone loves to add something new to the pantry.

Find cute jars or tins to hold everything from your favorite sweets to seasoned salts to jam or honey. Guests will leave satisfied, and ready to taste their new delicious favor.

Ready to Shop for Party Favors?

When you’re shopping for favors to give out at a part, think of what you might like to get if you were the guest. If it’s something you wouldn’t use, it’s doubtful that your guests will.

For more ideas on throwing the perfect party — including party prep and invitation inspiration — check out our blog.

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5 Tips for Planning a Promotional Event to Remember

The market is over-saturated with promotions and Americans are getting tired of them. It’s important to have an effective, memorable promotional event that people won’t view as a ploy to garner revenue.

However, to make it memorable, a substantial amount of planning needs to go into your event.

Regardless of what kind of event you are going for, start planning in advance. You need to spend ample time executing the details to make your event an enticing one.

Enlist those with practical knowledge about what’s being promoted. Create a budget, and then come up with creative ideas to make your event extraordinary.

Have no fear, a few tips to creating an incredible event are here.

Let’s get into it!

1. Know Your Limits

Your goal is to throw a memorable promotional event, not an Oscar party. Be self-aware and understand what you can and cannot realistically do. Use a budget and a timeframe to keep yourself in check.

If you are throwing an event with only one week of advance notice, then prepare for an intimate event. If you want to throw a huge bash, then you need to start prepping for it months in advance.

Take stock of how much you have to spend. If you’ve got some money to throw around, then consider having your event staffed. Add a cool element like ice cream catering or provide a large barbecue at the event.

If you don’t have a huge budget, then get creative. You can still make your event memorable with great signage and some DIY decor possibilities.

2. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose

Gather your team together and decide on your main goal and purpose for throwing the event. Every decision you make after that should support your ultimate goal.

Is your goal to create lead generation? Or are you just trying to make people aware of your product? When it comes to a promotional event, make sure your team is aware of the purpose.

3. Be Flexible

Be ready for sudden changes. Nothing is worse than a party that isn’t prepared for uncertain weather or venue issues. Have a backup plan that will flow naturally and perfectly with the vision you have in place.

Certain things are unavoidable when throwing a promotional event. Deal with them quickly, make the necessary changes, and call for your well-crafted backup plan.

4. Clear The Schedule

Do not plan your big event on a weekend when other substantial events are going on.

Check your calendar and make sure it isn’t falling around a holiday or during a popular vacation time. This little step can help make sure as many people as possible are able to attend.

5. Make A List for Your Promotional Event

It’s hard to remember everything, especially when there are a million details involved with your event. Make a list that covers everything required to ensure your event is a success.

From content to lighting, from transportation to dessert, make a list and check it twice. Assign someone on your team to make sure every item on the list is completed prior to your event.

Print out your list and keep it with you at all times. While you’re at it, also print out your goals, purpose, and your backup plan on a small card that your planning team can keep with them at all times.

Promotional Events That Work

Remember, a memorable event is a beautiful event. For discounts, tips, and tricks for fantastic event promotional pieces, we’re your go-to source.

Check out our advice on how to turn your next gathering into a stress-free success!

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5 Epic Sweet 16 Party Ideas You Won’t Want to Miss

Are you looking forward to throwing your teen a sweet 16 party? Are you a teenager looking for ideas on what to do for your 16th birthday?

Either way, you’ve come to the right place.

A teenager’s 16th birthday is a milestone that signifies independence. After all, 16 is the first year a teenager can drive on their own.

Read on for 5 awesome sweet 16 party ideas.

1) Epcot, Disney World

Some people think that Disney World is only for very young children and their parents to enjoy. This is simply not the case.

Spending a weekend at Epcot for your 16th birthday would be an incredibly memorable experience and a good alternative to a traditional party.

Epcot is a theme park in Disney that allows you to experience eleven different countries in one day! You can stroll through the England exhibit sipping tea and then try on a kimono in Japan.

Epcot is a cultural experience, but it is also an incredibly fun time and a great way to mark the occasion of a 16th birthday.

2) Have a Massive Slumber Party

No matter how old you are, you’re never immune to the delights of a traditional slumber party.

Invite over your closest friends and have a slumber party complete with your favorite foods, movies, and music.

Teen girls can enjoy giving each other makeovers. A good party favor would be to make each girl a pack of makeup and then have them spend hours trying different stuff on.

Teen boys can enjoy setting up a board game table and playing Dungeons and Dragons, or spending hours on the Xbox.

The most important part of a sweet 16 is spending time with friends who care about you, and a sleepover is one of the best ways to get quality time together.

3) Test Drive Some Cars / Go Karts

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Did you recently get your license and are ready to get behind the wheel? Ask mom and dad to take you to test drive cars.

Driving around in different cars can give you a good feel for what you like to drive. It may even push your parents in the right direction and get them to buy you an epic sweet 16 birthday set of wheels.

Mom giving you her old minivan? Don’t worry, there are still ways to make it your own and feel like new. Check out these van conversion ideas here.

4) Escape Room Birthday

Love problem solving and puzzles? If so, an escape room birthday might be for you.

Head to a local escape room with your friends and family and see if you can find your way out.

If you have a big enough group, you can rent the room for yourselves.

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5) Movie Night

A movie night doesn’t have to be boring.

Choose a couple of your favorite movies and your favorite foods and have a movie night that’s all about you.

Pop plenty of popcorn for the group and have some soda. Let your friends soak up the awesomeness of your taste in movies while spending time together.

Enjoy These Sweet 16 Party Ideas

Remember that these sweet 16 party ideas are just that, ideas.

You should do whatever it is that will make you happy on your birthday. Try not to stress about making everything perfect.

You have plenty of days ahead of you.

Like this article and ready to throw your birthday bash? Check out this post on how to design awesome invitations.

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6 Tips for Planning Cycle Tours Your Guests Will Love

Is there anything more fun than a biking trip? The feeling of the breeze, the camaraderie, the challenge.

Bike tours are a fantastic way to get some exercise and make some money in the process.

But it’s important to provide a one-of-a-kind experience that guests will love. Here are some quick tips for planning cycle tours guests will never forget.

1. Get Out And Explore

In order for a successful cycle tour, the right bike route is an absolute must. For cycle guides, this is where things get fun.

It’s time for research! No, that doesn’t mean getting on the computer. In fact, it requires the exact opposite.

Get out and explore the local community. See what the area has to offer and try and find points of interest for planning cycle tours.

Make sure to consider each of the following elements:

  • Terrain
  • Elevation
  • Sight-seeing opportunities
  • Ease of access

2. Have A Plan B

Of course, sometimes a route just isn’t available. Perhaps there’s a race that day, or there’s road construction.

Make sure that a secondary or even tertiary route is in place so the tour can continue no matter what. The more routes mapped out, the more chances for fantastic cycliIs there anything more fun than a biking trip? The feeling of the breeze, the camaraderie, the challenge.Bike tours are a fantastic way to get some exercise and make some money in the process.

But it’s important to provide a one-of-a-kind experience that guests will love. Here are some quick tips for planning cycle tours guests will never forget.

1. Get Out And Explore

In order for a successful cycle tour, the right bike route is an absolute must. For cycle guides, this is where things get fun.

It’s time for research! No, that doesn’t mean getting on the computer. In fact, it requires the exact opposite.

Get out and explore the local community. See what the area has to offer and try and find points of interest for planning cycle tours.

Make sure to consider each of the following elements:

  • Terrain
  • Elevation
  • Sight-seeing opportunities
  • Ease of access

2. Have A Plan B

Of course, sometimes a route just isn’t available. Perhaps there’s a race that day, or there’s road construction.

Make sure that a secondary or even tertiary route is in place so the tour can continue no matter what. The more routes mapped out, the more chances for fantastic cycling tours.

3. Know Guests’ Limits

As a cycling guide, nothing is more important than the safety of guests. In order to have a great time, take guests’ limits into account when planning a route.

For example, if a tour group is less experienced and just wants to sight-see, maybe take a less cumbersome route.

However, if they’re thrill seekers, a more difficult route may be more enjoyable.

And don’t forget to come prepared and be safe. Always have extra water bottles, helmets, and a first aid kit on hand.

4. Take Frequent Breaks

At one point or another, guests will require a break. It’s a good idea to plan routes around popular restaurants or tourist attractions.

Planning cycle tours isn’t just about the cycling itself. It’s about the experience as a whole. And sometimes, taking a moment to pause and enjoy the sights can make the trip far more enjoyable.

However, bikes aren’t cheap, so make sure the proper security measures are in place. Find the best bike lock and make sure to get one for each guest. That way no one can run off with a bike if the group stops for lunch at a local restaurant.

5. Print Maps For The Guests

Planning cycle tours for guests is all about creating a memorable experience. One way to go above and beyond is by printing off individual maps for each guest.

It’s great in case anyone gets separated from the group and even serves as a nice keepsake. It’s both practical and a souvenir!

Plus, adding a business name to freebies is a great branding idea. Guests get something for free and the business gets exposure. It’s win-win, really.

6. Incorporate Local History And Lore

The best cycle tours are as much about the town as the route itself. It’s time to brush up on local history!

Come prepared with tons of facts and local legends about areas on or around the route. Every town has its fun history and legends, and guests will love learning about the area.

Final Thoughts On Planning Cycle Tours

Cycle tours are so much fun, and with these tips, you’ll get more guests than ever. Be safe, know your route, and don’t forget to incorporate your surroundings.

Now get out there and have some fun!

Have some great cycling tips that we forgot? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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7 Invitations for a Milestone Birthday Bash

Another year, another birthday – hooray! If it’s a milestone birthday, you want to make sure it’s truly special. (More special than the stock photo I chose for this post!) 

The thing is, the social scene is getting crowded and expensive. People attend an average of four milestone events – like baby showers or weddings – a year.

You want to make sure your party stands out from the crowd at a budget everyone can agree to. So how can you make an invite that’s going to wow?

Keep reading for seven ideas for a big birthday event like no other!

1) Baby’s First Birthday:

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This is the first one – and a big one! Baby is turning one year old and you want to celebrate.

A one year old’s birthday party is mainly for adults. It’s not like any of us remember our first birthday?

Keep that in mind when designing the invites. You still want it to have whimsical, childish touches, but play to your audience.

Make sure to point out what’s an ideal gift to bring along, what time it starts and ends, of course, and if there are any adult perks, like mommy mimosas.

Down the road, your kid will have his favorite cartoon or superhero that will dominate their birthday parties. For now, you’re in control of the design.

Go with universal themes, like the zoo, the circus, or jungle life. Animals and nature are always a good call, especially with soft, sweet drawings.

This is the first milestone birthday in the batch – but there are plenty more to come!

2) Sweet 16

Your sweet baby girl and handsome little boy are all grown up now! Soon they’ll be an adult but luckily, they’ve still got one foot in childhood dreams.

When designing an invite for this milestone birthday, there are several things you can take into account.

Do they still have a favorite TV show or superhero? Instead of hiring some guy to show up dressed as Spiderman, try toning it down for a themed invite.

You don’t have to paste characters’ faces all over everything like you did when they were six. Try using a catchphrase – and make sure your teen helps you pick it out so you know it’s cool.

Does your teen have a certain passion – a sport or an academic achievement? Featuring it on the milestone birthday invite shows how far they’ve come and everything they stand to achieve.

3) 21 and Ready For Fun

A 21st birthday party is a big deal. There’s one big reason to celebrate your 21st – it’s your first time being able to drink!

When creating this milestone birthday invite, feature your favorite drink on the front. Something iconic – like a martini glass – looks elegant and catches the eye.

As an adult about to imbibe for the first time, remember to emphasize safety. Designate a friend that will stay sober or detail a place where you and your friends can stay for the evening instead of going out.

4) Down and Dirty 30

As you get older, birthdays tend to fall by the wayside. It becomes a blur of meeting a few friends for dinner or just getting a phone call.

At this point in your life, you might be focusing on landing the management position at an office copier sales company or taking care of a few kids.

Wherever 30 finds you, it’s the first big adult milestone birthday, so make it special!

If you reserve a few tables at your favorite upscale restaurant, for example, make references to the type of food. A glass of wine or a plate of pasta is very appealing.

Why not splurge on a destination birthday? Craft an invite using imagery from your dream vacation.

5) Flirty Forty

You’ve finally made it – the big 4-0. This is one of the biggest milestone birthdays for us because we’ve reached middle age.

Although our life has gone a way down the path, there’s still tons more adventure to be had.

In your invite, reference the journey you’ve been on and the exciting times still ahead. Uplifting quotes work well for this type of invitation.

6) Nifty Fifty

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The fiftieth year of marriage is known as the “golden anniversary“. You don’t need to be married to steal this idea though!

Gold is a great and eye-catching color to use in your 50th birthday invites. It’s regal, elegant, and classic, just like you.

To really make it pop, a black background with just a few gold highlights does the trick. White and gold go together quite well, too.

Want to make it a little bit more unique? Try a bit of green or purple with the gold. Red makes a bold statement when paired with gilded lettering.

Whatever you choose, don’t overdo it. A little bit of gold goes a long way.

Celebrate in style for your 50th – go for the gold!

7) A Major Milestone Birthday – 90

While we’re all living longer as a whole, not everyone gets to see 90. It’s estimated 5% of the population lives to see this major milestone birthday.

Hitting one’s 90th is an incredible accomplishment. Focus on the life journey and all that they’ve done with their many years on earth.

For fun, consider adding a few pictures of when they were a little kid. Maybe include a few statistics from the year they were born, like who was president or what the price for a gallon of gas was.

Once you’ve hit 90, and even 100, it’s all about reflecting on good times in the past and celebrating good times in the present with your loved ones.

Show how you feel and speak from the heart when you craft these invites.

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Get Crafty and Celebrate!

There’s no reason to worry about any big birthdays that are coming your way. You’ve got the best guide to creating winning invites for every milestone birthday on the calendar!

Now you’re ready to move on to birthday invites for your husband, wife, cousin – even your dog!

Were there any ideas you thought should be on the list? We want to hear about them!

Share your inspiration with us in the comments and have fun creating and printing beautiful invitations!

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Party Prep: How to Get Your House Party-Ready

Planning to have people over soon to celebrate a special occasion? Want to throw a party to just celebrate life itself?

If so, it may be time to clean and prep your house for company. Don’t worry! Party prep doesn’t have to be a chore.

This article will give you five tips on how to get your house party ready, and have fun doing it.

Ready to learn more? Let’s go!

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1. Make A Party Playlist

A party is only as good as it’s background music. So before you begin, sit down in front of your computer and create an amazing playlist for your party on Spotify.

This list will serve two purposes. The first is to entertain your guest at your party. The second is to entertain YOU while you complete your party prep.

Nothing is more motivating than dancing around and cleaning to your favorite songs.

2. Get Busy Cleaning

Now that you have your rocking playlist, it’s time to get started with the cleaning. Focus on one room at a time and devote yourself to it before moving on to the next task.

For instance, tell yourself you’ll spend one hour cleaning your kitchen and then focus intently for that one hour.

Wipe off those custom countertops and mop the floors. (Tip: Don’t ever buy solid black granite countertops for your kitchen; they show every crumb!) 

Having a clean home to present to your party guests will make you feel happy and put together.

3. Put Away Valuables

We had an engagement ring go missing after a party one time. Totally vanished, and I never trusted one of the main suspects again. Just awful.

Putting away your valuables is one of the most important parts of party prep.

Parties get rowdy and even if you trust your guests not to take anything, you can never be guaranteed they won’t break something.

It’s a good idea to have a room that’s off limits to the party guests. Tell everyone it’s outside the party zone and they shouldn’t wander in there. This is the room that can store your grandma’s antique vase or your fine china.

Anything you don’t want your guests to see, touch, or break, put in your off-limits room.

4. Have Common Scents

One of the best ways to leave a good impression on your party guests is to have a great-smelling house.

Before the party, invest in candles or air fresheners and make sure they’re lit or plugged in before anyone arrives.

Cinnamon brooms are another fantastic way to get your house smelling wonderful for autumn!

5. Have a Plan for Pets

Make sure you know what you’re going to do with your pets during your house party. Some people may be allergic to cats or afraid of your giant dogs.

It might be a good idea to move pets into your off-limits room for the duration of your party or plan to keep them outside.

If you’re going to annex your pets to one room, be sure you have plenty of food and water for them.

*Fun: 99 Awesome name ideas for a French Bulldog!

Party Prep Done Right

We hope you enjoyed these tips on how to prepare for your next house party.

With a little effort, it’s easy to get your home ready to accommodate guests and make them feel welcome.

Have a birthday party coming up? Check out our article on awesome present ideas.

No matter the occasion, we’ll help you celebrate in style!

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5 Brilliant Swag Bag Ideas for New Startups

Are you and your start-up colleagues about to embark on your first-ever trade show?

Have you considered what you are going to give away to your event attendees?

If there is one ultimate truth, it’s that people love free stuff. Regardless of what product or service you’re promoting or selling, people always appreciate walking away with a SWAG bag.

If you don’t know what a SWAG bag is – it stands for “stuff we all get.” It’s event jargon for promotional freebies. However, coming up with good swag bag ideas isn’t always easy.

It’s important to go beyond the standard pens with your brand name on them. If you’re looking to come up with something that makes you stand out from the crowd, rather than offering free key chains, take note of these brilliant swag bag ideas.

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Why Great Swag Bag Ideas Matter?

You might think that giving away free stuff doesn’t make business sense.

But swag bags can help to create a memorable experience for event attendees while also getting your name out there with branded items.

However, in order to achieve the desired effect, your swag bags need to be put together in the right way and contain some fantastic goods.

We’re here to help you brainstorm and inspire creativity with your swag bag ideas. Let’s take a look at the top 5 brilliant swag bag ideas for your new startup events.

1. Notebooks

Despite the unstoppable march of tablets, computers and smartphones, there is nothing like a good, old-fashioned notebook at a trade event.

In fact, research shows that if you write something down with a pen and paper, you’re more likely to retain it at a later stage.

And in times as busy as these, people are endlessly needing to scribble down “to do lists” and thoughts.

At trade events, people are attending workshops, talks and gatherings all the time. Notebooks are a great place to jot down brief questions and lines of inquiry.

If your budget can afford it, you should consider adding your logo on the front of the notebook.

This way everyone who has encountered you at the event will be displaying your logo and spreading your message as they walk around. This is excellent marketing.

And if you’re looking at the premium swag bag option, you may consider the Moleskine’s Evernote notebook edition. This option allows your guests to integrate their notes with Evernote’s note-taking app on a smartphone.

2. Re-useable Bottles

Re-usable plastic bottles are great for swag bags because they are not expensive and they are usually very popular among event goers too!

If you want to present yourself as an eco-friendly and sustainable company or you’re at a green event, then re-usable bottles certainly show off your green credentials.

Better yet, attending an event can be thirsty work, so giving attendees somewhere to keep their water and stay hydrated will surely be appreciated.

It’s also possible to brand a re-usable bottle with witty slogans or your company logo too. Branded products are always great giveaways to promote your start-up.

3. USB Adapters and Chargers

The kind of people who attend trade events are often regularly on the road or traveling.

While traveling around, there is always the worry that your smartphone may run out of battery or your laptop might die. Because of this, USB chargers are always a useful tool to have lying around.

Instead of providing people with something useless that they will probably never use or will throw away as soon as they’ve left the event, a better option is to offer useful chargers or adapters. By doing this, you can be sure they’ll come in handy.

However, when choosing which type of charger or adapter to go with, it’s best to opt for a product that is versatile and can be used with any device.

Of course, that includes Apple products that require particular adapters and chargers. However, this can be easier said than done!

4. Umbrellas

Everyone has experienced being caught in the rain without an umbrella. Because of this attendees will always appreciate a freebie, branded umbrella.

If your event happens to take place on a rainy day, you’ll be the most popular start-up around if you are giving away swag bags with umbrellas!

Free umbrellas symbolize that your company is prepared for the unexpected. That’s a positive image to convey for backers and customers.

Have you ever heard anyone say, “I have too many umbrellas?” No, but that’s because you really can’t have too many. Especially if you’re from a rainy place.

And again, if you can afford to print your logo on the umbrellas, even people in high-rise buildings will get to know your brand and message.

5. Interesting Snacks and Food

It’s a well-known fact that there’s nothing that attracts people more than delicious free food. At events and conferences, people are often hungry and always on the lookout for a tasty snack.

However, just giving away average food isn’t going to do anything more than ease someone’s appetite. You should provide people with food that starts off conversations about your start-up or offers something unique.

Although they won’t last long, food items have the ability to attract people and get them talking about your brand. Try to come up with snacks and food items that people will connect with your business, making them want to find out more.

Final Thoughts

These are the top swag bag ideas that can help you create a unique goody bag to get people talking about your brand and leaving you with a smile.

It doesn’t matter what your budget is, swag bags are an investment in the future of your start-up. And there are always some freebies that you can afford to give away.

When considering what to include in your swag bag, think about the target audience and who’s attending the event. What type of goodies would get them talking about you? What would they find useful to have at the event?

These swag bag ideas will make sure you make the event absolutely memorable for your attendees.

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5 Pieces of Promotional Printing Advice for Your Company’s Next Event

It seems like as soon as someone says the words ‘business event’ people’s hearts drop. While many employees dread these events, they don’t have to be too rough.

In fact, when done right, they can be extremely beneficial. Companies that attend business events get their name out in the public for a fraction of the price of traditional advertising costs.

But how can you keep your company’s name on the client’s mind after they’ve left? With the right promotional material!

Here’s some printing advice to keep in mind for your next business event.

1. Plan Ahead

Let’s face it, not everyone has that creative flair that’s needed for designing ad material. And there’s nothing wrong with that, everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses.

Accordingly, you’ll want to plan ahead. Schedule a meeting a few weeks before the event. Discuss what types of products you’d like to use ahead of time and how you’ll go about securing the goods.

Then, do some brainstorming and come up with a great design. Ultimately, there’s no right or wrong here. Just make sure it’s something that you’re proud to put your business’s name on and giveaway.

2. Bring Different Types of Promotional Materials

What’s the right kind of promotional material? Trick question, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all material.

Ideally, you’ll want to bring at least a few various types of goods along to the event. And make sure you’ve got plenty of everything! You don’t want people to go away empty handed.

Even fliers or pamphlets are great to bring along.

3. Make Your Goods Practical

Whatever you’re bringing to the event, make sure it’s something that clients can actually use. Nobody wants useless junk that’s just going to sit around their house.

Things like pens, t-shirts, and draw-string bags are all popular for good reason: people use them. Think about the most commonly used goods and see how you can use them in your promotional printing.

Pens, in particular, are a great choice, as they’re cost-effective and actually helpful. For more info, check out About Pens– they’ve got a great selection.

4. Always Ask For a Sample

Finding the right supplier can be really difficult, so here’s a bit of printing advice that’s bound to save you some stress. Make sure to always ask for a sample product before agreeing to any price.

Be sure that you’re working with a company that’s capable of providing a strong product on time.

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5. Color Psychology Matters

Whether we realize it or not, the colors used in promotional materials matter. Quite a bit, in fact. After all, each color has its own distinct meaning and connotation.

Make sure to do a bit of research before committing to a particular color. Not only should your colors attract attention, but they should be used in a way that they elicit a feeling.

Warmer colors like yellows and oranges bring about nicer, gentler feelings. In contrast, harsher colors like maroon and dark blue have more negative connotations. It’s important that you think about the message you’re sending.

Printing Advice and Help For Your Business

It’s important to have the right signage and materials for your event, so be sure to follow the list above! By following these 5 printing advice tips, you’re sure to attract more customers.

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Husband Gifts: Present Ideas For Your Man’s Birthday

Isn’t it often the case that the men in our lives are always the most difficult to buy for? Repeatedly getting met with a shrug and an ‘I don’t know’ when you ask your man what he wants for his birthday?

Here are a couple of fresh ideas to give you inspiration when it comes to husband gifts for this year’s birthday, and the many more to come!

Husband Gifts #1: Wallets

Wallets make really great, functional gifts. Noticed your Husband’s wallet getting a little scruffy, or feel like it’s a bit too big and cumbersome? It might be worth getting him an edc wallet, or ‘everyday carry’ wallet to store cards, money and small bits and bobs he uses on the regular.

These nifty little things are a good way to minimise baggage or pocket space, with enough to carry the essentials and not have too much money on your person. They can be bought alone or as an accompaniment to a regular wallet. You choose!

To make it a little more heartfelt, you could slip a photo of the two of you inside, or a little note, or tickets to a sports game. It’s little details like this that will make a functional gift more personal.

Husband Gifts #2: A Bag or Briefcase

Like a wallet, bags are super functional gifts. This doesn’t mean they have to be boring. First, decide what kind of bag your husband is likely to get more use out of. A backpack, a briefcase, a suitcase?

There are so many great brands and styles on the market, but once you’ve found the kind your man will like, do spend a little bit more on a model that will last. A sturdy, good quality bag will go a long way and can last years if taken care of.

Husband Gifts #3: Cologne

Cologne always makes a great gift, especially if your guy has a signature scent already. You just know they’re going to get loads of use out of it, whether they’re at a work do, out with friends, or on a date with you.

If your man doesn’t have a signature cologne, why not make it part of his gift that you go out together and choose one?

Or, you could knock one up at a perfume-making workshop. Not only does your guy get a new scent, but you also get to spend some quality time together being creative and trying something new!

Husband Gifts #4: A Weekend Away

Short holidays and trips are something you can both enjoy, and make for a great and memorable gift.

Whether you’re going overseas or staying in the country, planning a mini trip for just the two of you can be relaxing and fun – a nice break from the daily grind.

Just like you might theme your kids’ birthday parties, you can theme your getaway too. Are you feeling outdoorsy, or do you need something more chill? Taylor it to your man’s interests and he’s sure to appreciate the thought you put in.

Husband gifts don’t have cause you stress. Generally speaking, something functional that will get used, but with a personal touch or thought behind it should go down a treat.

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