Thursday, January 5, 2017

Milk Sandwich & Winter Snow Party Time!

Here in the South, we don't see much snow (when it snows), and when it falls, it's usually a mess and no one wants to drive, so we all joke about stocking up on milk and bread before any winter weather comes our way.  Maybe we're all planning on having PB&J sandwiches with a glass of milk while the roads are icy, or maybe we're all planning on having Milk Sandwiches while we have snow parties at home (because schools and offices usually shut down at least for a few hours). We've also heard that the bags that sandwich loaves come in make excellent waterproofing agents to keep toes dry in that wet snow.

...All that said, we think it's time to plan a Snow Party!...

A Snow themed party would be fun on a day when you're huddled inside because it's too cold to go out and play, or it would be a fun theme for a winter birthday party, baby shower, wedding shower, or company get-together. At Deborah's, we're always brainstorming fun party activities, so we figured this week, we'd help you out with some delicious milk and bread snacks and a few fun snow games.

Check out some of the great ideas we've found (and some we've tried!) to host you're own Snow Party!




This White Hot Chocolate looks tasty (and we're tempted to try it this weekend whether it snows or not!) With only 3 ingredients (that you may already have assuming you picked up some milk this week), it would be a quick, delicious, warm treat for kids and adults.
White Hot Chocolate at Celebrating Sweets
While we're thinking about white chocolate (doesn't it make you think of snow??), check out this White Chocolate Bread Pudding (handy recipe to have around in case you manage to get an extra loaf before it's all sold out).
White Chocolate Bread Pudding at Dairy Discovery Zone
As you're sipping on hot cocoa and your bread pudding is cooking, run outside and set a clean bowl on the deck so you can collect the main ingredient for this next recipe....SNOW CREAM. There are several varieties of snow cream recipes floating around, but this is one we've used in the past and we love!


We love this idea of stringing some cereal and raisins on some yarn and decorating trees outside.  The birds and squirrels will love you, and the kids will have fun decorating! (Bonus: You won't have to un-decorate like you just did for Christmas!)

As always, the forecast has been changing as the weekend approaches, so it may turn out that we only get lots of cold rain.  In that case, here's a fun way to make your own "snow"!

In fact, this would be a fun activity for kids (or the perfect decoration) for a snow-themed party! We've been compiling a few ideas on our Pinterest board...like this gorgeous ribbon and crystal chandelier we can create for a snow-themed party in a tent!


You could even set up a fun photo booth with a "snow" backdrop and some fun snow themed props and get your guests to upload their pictures to Snapchat with a custom Snapchat filter designed for your party or wedding!

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Assuming we get the winter weather we've seen forecast this week, stay safe and stay warm! (And maybe set a bowl out tonight, just in case :) ).

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Four Must-Haves for a Perfect outdoor Winter Wedding

It may be getting colder outside, but you can still have an outdoor party and stay warm! Today we're sharing our four favorite ways to keep your wedding or party from having a chill when it's sweater weather.

1
Tent....With "Walls"!
These are PERFECT for keeping the icy wind off the dance floor.
Tent sides can be solid or have windows to let in extra light.

 

2
Patio Heaters!
They keep you warm and add to the decor, a win-win if you ask us. If you're looking for something a little different, a fire pit would be another way to warm up your winter wedding.

3
Warm Food & Drink!
Whether you have a buffet or a sit-down meal, we can help you set up the perfect crowd-pleasing dishes to warm your guests from the inside-out. We have all the tables, linens, plates, and serving equipment you'll need for your warm winter event. Think of some of the fun winter dishes you could have....a baked potato bar, a coffee or hot cocoa station, a sampling of soups for an appetizer at a seated dinner...


4
Dance Floor!
What better way for your friends and family to keep warm than to DANCE to some great music? Depending on the size of your party, you might only need an 8x8 dance floor...or maybe you need a 16x20 dance floor! Regardless of the size, it's sure to be a hit.



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tables and Chairs and Linens (Oh My!)

Every party needs seating right? (And if it doesn't need seating, we have cocktail tables for standing).
Check out this quick guide we've put together comparing our most popular table and chair rentals!

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Not-So-Traditional Menu for Thanksgiving

Maybe it's just us, but did Thanksgiving sneak up on you this year? If so, we're here to help with your menu!
We've compiled some fun recipes that are spins on traditional Thanksgiving dishes so that whether you're cooking the entire dinner for family and friends or if you're signed up to bring dessert, you'll have something delicious to share.

Check out this tasty menu we've put together:

Cooking on the Weekends
This would be acceptable at any party, right? Why limit this turkey to just the end of November?

Plain Chicken
This recipe adds one simple ingredient to an otherwise "regular" casserole...and it looks delicious!

CincyShopper
Can you imagine how wonderful your kitchen house would smell if you made this?

Lemon Tree Dwelling
There are so many delicious variations of macaroni and cheese...but this one is loaded with extra flavor! And yes, even though it looks like potatoes, that really is mac & cheese!
We can't wait to try this recipe soon...

For Dressing and Cranberry in one, check out
Carlsbad Cravings
We love a delicious traditional dressing (who doesn't?), but doesn't this one sound extra savory?

Tablespoon
We speak from experience when we say, "Don't expect there to be many (or any...) leftovers if you make these miniature sweet and tart bites! (Also, they are best right out of the oven after the brie has cooled...but also delicious after being in the fridge). If you can't find the rolled puff pastry, canned crescent rolls cut in half also work!

Dole
This sweet & tangy drink will be loved by everyone at your party! If you want it a little sweeter, increase the pineapple juice and decrease the cranberry juice.


Last but not least.....dessert. :) We couldn't pick just one (so we didn't ;) ).

Home Made Interest
If you don't think this looks delicious, we're sure that the person you sit next to at dinner would be more than happy to eat your portion for you. Such a fun twist (no pun intended) on a classic pecan pie!

And these!!
Culinary Envy
These are adorable! The blog author said they make them with the kids during their Thanksgiving party...because that's how simple to make they are.

Now that you know what you're making for your dinner party this week, do you need some extra seating? If so, give us a call and we'll make sure everyone at your party has a place to relax while they dig into that bacon wrapped turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! We're so thankful for our customers who are like family to us and we hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating with friends and family this week.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

How to Pick the Perfect Tent

So you need a tent?
You've come to the right place!

We offer over a variety of size and style combinations of tents, plus we have accessories available to make the tent as casual or elegant as you need. Are you looking for a small tent to provide some shade over a few chairs, or a large tent to create an outdoor dining room for a banquet? Either way, we've got you covered (literally!)


To dress up your tent, we have tent sides (with or without windows), leg drapes, ceiling liners, tent lighting, monogram lighting, and special effects. Take a look at some of othe other tents we've set up and decorated for inspiration for your next event!

We love elegant leg drapes and ceiling liners added to a tent!

Aren't these cafe lights gorgeous?

There's a tent for everything at this event, including our fun Midway Game Booths!

Those chandeliers are so dreamy and give this tent a feel of being indoors at a banquet hall.

You don't want to chance your guests getting rained on at your wedding...
rent a tent with sides and windows for your Spring wedding!



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?)

JustBunch
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!

Photokapi

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!