Wednesday, October 19, 2016

5 Perfect Snacks for Your Fall Party!

We may already be halfway through October, but if you're anything like us, that means you still have a handful of get-togethers to host or attend before winter! Maybe you need a snack to take to a potluck, maybe you're helping host a tailgate, or maybe you need a few more ideas for that baby shower you're hosting this weekend. We've saved you a step and found FIVE easy recipes that we know you'll love!

How cute are these? They would make the perfect miniature appetizer! There's an added bonus to these being cute...they're no-bake, so anyone down to preschool age could help put these together!

If you've never tried pumpkin pie cheesecake dip, but love all things involving pumpkin or cream cheese, then stop what you're doing and make some to sample. Vanilla wafers are delicious paired with this dip, as as graham crackers or ginger snaps!

These are precious, miniature, and basically just all around adorable (and simple! This is another recipe that younger children can help make).  In addition to tasting great, a platter of mixed green, red, and purple grapes would look so nice as a centerpiece on the snack table.

What party doesn't need a tasty cheeseball? We love the simple method The Country Cook uses to make this look like a miniature pumpkin!

This is SO good paired with tortilla chips, celery, crackers, or even spread on fresh bread from the bakery. Prep is super simple, and you could make it even simpler by tossing everything into a slow cooker and letting it keep warm during the party.

What are your favorite fall party snacks? Add them to the comments below!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Trending Themes for Kids' Birthdays: Super Hero!

>>POW!<<      >>BAM!<<      >>ZAP!<<

For the third party in our series of Kids' Birthdays, we bring you some SUPER ideas for a fun celebration! (We've also shared ideas for a Backyard Camping Party and for an Art Party).

When your heroes arrive to the scene, what better way to get the party started than to have a photo booth at the door? We love the idea of a city scene for the backdrop. Add an assortment of capes, masks, and speech bubbles based on your child's favorite hero for props.

This backdrop at Tips from a Typical Mom Blog was made with a black plastic table cloth, some paper clouds and stars, and various boxes wrapped in black paper.  They added some rectangles cut from yellow paper for windows. A dark blue table cloth for an evening sky would look great too.
So simple and SUPER at the same time!
Tips from a Typical Mom Blog

These assorted masks available on Etsy would be cute in pictures!
(Store them with the kids' dress-ups clothes to use for getting into character on non-party days.
LetsGetDecorative on Etsy
If your guests are old enough for a craft, you could provide felt or craft foam and string or elastic for them to make their own masks using one of the patterns at First Palette or JustBunch. Everyone could then model them in front of the city scene for a fun keepsake. (speaking of the mask and the photo! Wouldn't a picture of the guest and birthday boy or girl be a sweet addition to a thank you note?)

This cape was made from a t-shirt and requires NO sewing...just a pair of scissors.  They even give instructions for how to create an iron on using your favorite hero's logo.
Tutus & Tea Parties

There are some really creative ways to display the food for a SUPER party at Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss. We love how these drinks are stored in a bucket with a comic book style "POP" across the front. (They even decorated the ketchup and mustard bottles!)

Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss
Although these lollipops were designed as Valentines, they would be SUPER as a favor.
Little Bit Funky

We love love love this colorful Justice League moonwalk, perfect for every hero celebration.
Deborah's Party Rentals

We also came across some FREE printables that would make your party >>POP!<<
Pure Costumes
Use these colorful printouts to decorate your food table, goody bags, or the photo booth area.  Tape some clear string or fishing wire to the back of them and hang them from the ceiling. Print onto iron on paper to use to make a custom birthday shirt for the birthday boy or girl!


These would also be great on a T-Shirt (Mom, Dad, and Kid are included!) or print several of each letter for guests to color the letters of their name. Then they would be able to take their own SUPER name banner home after the party to hang in their room.

Hope we sparked some SUPER ideas to help you start planning your little Hero's next birthday. Give us a call if you need to rent some tables, chairs, tents, concessions, or inflatables and we'll help make sure it's a memorable day for everyone!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Trending Themes for Kids' Birthdays: Art Party

Welcome to the second party in our series of Kids' Birthdays!

Do you have a little artist on your hands? (We know a few!)
An art party would be a fun event for boys and girls, ages 0 and up!
Plus, you'll be able to use as many colors as you want in the decorations. :)

Speaking of colors, take a look at these invitations: one printed on a paint sample, and one made to look like a paint palette. How creative are they??
The Modest Homestead
Invite and Delight

We imagine that decorations for any Art Party would be full of color and whimsy...
The Party Teacher Shop
The Partiologist

As for snacks, really, anything goes as long as it's brightly colored! However, some of these ideas went above and beyond and really added to the art theme. While looking for inspiration, we found so many beautiful cakes (inside and out!) as well as these adorable cake pops that used a paintbrush as the stick!
And Everything Sweet
Cravings of a Lunatic - Trix Krispies
Momma Told Me - Rainbow Grapes
These Rainbow Grapes are gorgeous...and only three ingredients! Water, Grapes, and Jello. We may have to try these soon...just to make sure they taste as good as they look!

McCormick Tie Dye Cake

Hi Sugarplum!

Depending on the age of the guests, you could have a table full of coloring pages and crayons, set up small canvases for everyone to paint and take home, let them decorate their own cupcakes, or set up a t-shirt tie dye station!

Tulip Tie Dye Your Summer
Here are some Tie-Dye Tips in case you need a refresher on how to come up with different designs!

When it comes to choosing an inflatable for the guests, we have oh-so-many beautiful, brightly colored, fun, affordable rentals that would match an Art Party, but this Crayola one would be one of our first picks!

Crayola Combo at Deborah's Party Rentals

An apron to wear during the party and then take home would be a nice way for the guests to remember how much fun they had, (and would keep their clothes clean...which is something all the parents will likely appreciate. :) )

Doesn't an Art Party sound like fun? If you plan one soon, send us an invitation and we'll help you pick out whatever rentals you need to have plenty of space for all your artists to sit & eat!

We hope you're enjoying our mini-series on Kids' Birthdays and that you're getting some good ideas for future parties.  Check back in a few days for inspiration for an Underwater/Pirate/Mermaid party!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Trending Themes for Kids' Birthdays: Backyard Camping

Classic characters or latest new character on TV?
Underwater, or on land…or sky…or rail?
Pizza or hot dogs?
Ice Cream or Cake?
(Or both!)

So many questions to think about when you’re helping your children plan their favorite event of the year: THEIR BIRTHDAY! We don't know if your guests are going to prefer pepperoni or cheese pizza, but we can help you choose a fun theme for the party!

In addition to all the characters you’d expect to be popular party themes like Mickey and Nemo (we have those inflatables!), we’ve also noticed a few other themes as being popular this year, and we're going to take a look at a few over the next few weeks on the blog!

First up...

With the weather transitioning from summer to fall, a camping party set up outdoors couldn't be planned at a better time. Obviously, S'mores would make the perfect snack for a campout, but being a birthday party, a cake is needed as well! Check out the TWO camping birthday cakes made for a double birthday party over at 3 Little Greenwoods:


How about a fun nature hunt, like this one at Spaceships and Laser Beams

The TomKat Studio showcased a really well-planned camping party with lots of delicious (and appropriately named) snacks...

Bean Talk has more delicious snacks to share (and free printable labels for you party!)
Bean Talk Free Camping Snack Printable

After your nature walk, the guests will want to see how high they can jump in a woodsy check out our Camouflage Moonwalk to set up for the weekend!

Of course, you'll need invitations so everyone will know where to set up their tents for the night.
MomDot has a free one you can download and print at home!

Speaking of tents, we love this idea to help keep sleeping quarters cool in the afternoon and to block the morning sun before the campers start to wake up.
Tent under a tent!
We have the perfect tents that you could use as a shelter for your campers' sleeping tents.

Next in our series of Kids' Birthdays.... Art Party!
Keep an eye out for our ideas on how to plan a colorful party. :D

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Free Fall Printables to Accent Your Party

With Fall officially underway (although the temperatures haven't been reflecting that this week...), we thought it would be fun to showcase some free Fall printables and give you some ideas for how you could use them at your wedding, corporate event, party, or just in your home or office decor!

Check out this classic leaf print from A Night Owl Blog. Wouldn’t it be perfect as an accent piece on a sign-in table at a wedding, or framed on your mantle at home?

from A Night Owl Blog
Print out these signs and put them in frames surrounded by floating candles or a flower arrangement and you have a nice Autumn centerpiece at the tables for your corporate dinner under one of the tents we have available to rent!

from Tatertots and Jello 
This whimsical word art would be a fun way to have guests at your get together sign in (and write what they’re thankful for!) around the border, then frame later OR print out a smaller version for a mini office desk frame to brighten up your workspace.

We love the mention of cozy sweaters in this print by Pitter and Glink! (Maybe this time next week, we'll all be able to unpack our cozy sweaters to wear!) This would be a sweet print to have on display at a pumpkin or fall themed shower, or how about frame it to display on a table with coffee and pumpkin spice creamer at your fall wedding reception?
Pitter and Glink

Can't you just smell the leaves in the air and the bonfire and apple cider now?
It's like love is in the air. :)

Of course, if you’re looking for more fall-inspired ideas for your next party, check out our Pinterest board for inspiration, then give us a call and we’ll help you put everything together so all you have to do is sit back and drink your pumpkin latte!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pumpkins, Leaves, Sweaters, Football, Lattes …. and Festivals!

Aren't there so many wonderful things that show up around the same time that the leaves begin to fall? Everyone around town starts to sport their favorite team colors on a sweater while stomping through leaves to their favorite coffee shop to savor a hot latte topped with cinnamon (iced coffees are great, but we've been enjoying those all summer).

We love every one of these little signs of fall, our favorite part about the changing season... is the upcoming Fall Festivals!

We’re well known for having an exciting assortment of moonwalks for kids of all ages - from toddlers to “kids at heart" - but did you know that we also have concessions rentals so that you can have delicious snacks at your trunk or treat? Our popcorn machine or our cotton candy machine would make the perfect sweet or salty treats at any cool weather event! We even provide the supplies you’ll need to serve them (one less thing to remember at the store, right? Besides, you'll need the extra room in the shopping cart for candy corn...)

If you’re planning to have a carnival style Fall Festival, check out the fun Carnival games we have for rent including Skeeball, High Striker, or our Inflatable 3 in 1 Carnival Game.

 If you need prizes to give away to game winners, let us know and we can help you get those at a great deal as well.

October is a busy month (everyone must love fall festivals as much as we do!), and a lot of these fun attractions are rented quickly….so give us a call today so we can help you plan the PERFECT family event for your church, school, or work group while Fall is fresh on your mind.

Happy First Day of Fall!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

#TransformationThursday - Birthday Party Edition!

 If you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or Pinterest you’ve seen some of our #transformationthursday posts showing how our rentals have turned the simplest space into something truly spectacular!

This week, check out the transformation made to this backyard for a three year old’s PJ Masks Birthday Party! 

Before....Fun Space to run and Play! (But where to sit?)
...besides, this needs to be a PJ Masks Headquarters for the Party!

This space on any other day is perfect for running and playing, but when it came time to party, there wasn’t much sitting space for guests to relax. Plus, a May afternoon birthday meant the sun was shining and a little extra shade was needed to keep the guests cool.  Fifteen white folding chairs, a roundcocktail table, and a blue umbrella table rented from Deborah's Party Rentals solved those problems!

Check out all that seating and the extra shade from the Umbrella!

One of our rectangle tables covered in plastic table cloths to coordinate with CatBoy, LunaGirl, and Gekko was perfect for holding snacks and drinks.

To make the icing have green speckles like Gekko, just mix in some green sugar sprinkles! Here is a link to some similar cupcake toppers you can print if you're planning a PJ Masks party.

Speaking of snacks, the shaved ice machine with Blue Raspberry syrup (like CatBoy of course!) was a hit with all of the guests (from under age 1 to over age 70!). What a perfect way to keep cool when the temperature was hanging around 80 degrees.

Everyone wanted seconds on the Shaved Ice.

In addition to the slide and backyard toys that the birthday boy had set out for his friends to play, he also picked out the Fat Cats tossing game to have set up for everyone to enjoy. We have so many fun carnival type games you can rent!

Fat Cats was a fun game for all the kids and adults to play.
A month later, when it came time for this Birthday Boy’s little brother to celebrate his first birthday, the backyard was transformed into an ocean-themed party! (Stay posted for a post about that party in the future).

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How have you transformed your backyard into an amazing party venue? If you have a party coming up, give us a call and we'll help you pick out the perfect supplies to transform your own backyard.


The photos in this post were provided to us by the customer for use in advertising and social media. Thank you!