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Kara’s Party Ideas Pirates of the Caribbean Birthday Party

“Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me…”

Board the Black Pearl and sail out to sea, this Pirates of the Caribbean Birthday Party by KimberlyShen of From The Heart Events, out of Diamond Bar, California,is coming for thee!

Filled with treasure and curses by the ton, this party is packed with not only fabulous party ideas, but rum!

So grab your trusted compass and look to the sky the following, favorite details, are sure to float on by:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean Birthday Cake
  • Yo Ho Beverage Table
  • Pirates of the Caribbean-inspired Goblets + Table Settings
  • Pirate Draped Dessert Table
  • Giant Wine Barrels
  • Custom Pirate Cookies, Cake Pops + Oreos
  • Pirate’s Cove
  • And Crinkled Pirates of the Caribbean Dessert Labels!

Pirates of the Caribbean Birthday Party

Kimberly’s party snippet- “My eldest daughter Mazie just hit double digits and she was “grown up now” so she bypassed the glitter and rainbows, and opted instead for a super cool Pirate party! Yes!! I was in heaven since I love rusty, dusty old details with tons of character. This was beyond fun to style and I’m actually sad that I had to take down the decorations on this one. Her favorite part? The parrots, captain Jack Sparrow and walking the plank! Happy 10th to my beautiful daughter Mazie!”

Captain Jack Sparrow: Pirate for Parties (Grayson)
Live parrots: Pirate’s for Parties
Sweets: One Sweet Party
Fruitwood folding chairs and tables: Alvarez Party Rental
Catering: El Salvador Papusas Estilo Olocuilta
Wine barrel rental (light color): Sylvia’s Heavenly Events
Props, vintage furniture, signage, linens, farm tables, styling, set up and photography: From The Heart Events

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Summer Party Ideas – Featuring Mike and Ike

Summer parties are typically the most anticipated events of the year. It is warm, you can have a tasty cold treat and swim in the refreshing pool. Make your party count with special touches like these awesome Summer party ideas featuring Mike and Ike MegaMix Sours.

Can you believe that summer is already here? Whether you are having a birthday party, 4th of July gathering or just a summer bash with your friends today I wanted to share with you some super cute ideas to pull it all together.

The first one I am loving is popsicle cupcakes. The MIKE AND IKE Mega Mix Sour candies are perfect to make the most adorable cupcake toppers. All you will need is cupcakes, MIKE AND IKE Mega Mix Sour candies and some toothpicks. We are loving the MIKE AND IKE Mega Mix Sour. If you are a sour enthusiast then definitely pick these up exclusively at most Walmart stores.

The mini popsicles are easy to create. Push a toothpick halfway through a MIKE AND IKE Mega Mix Sour and trim the excess toothpick off the end. You can make them look like doubles or single popsicles. The kids at the party are sure to get a kick out of these.

Now if you are having a kids party then you will definitely want to give favors. These butterflies are super simple to make requiring only a package of MIKE AND IKE Mega Mix Sour candies, small baggies, pipe cleaners, and mini craft sticks.

Add the candies to the bag and to create the wings wrap the pipe cleaner around the middle. Hot glue on the craft stick for the body. You could paint the stick if you would like them a different color or do like we did and just add eyes.

Another great idea is just having the MIKE AND IKE Mega Mix Sour candies filled in containers so your guest can munch as they are mingling. They are super colorful so they would look great all mixed together or separated into individual colors and flavors as well.

The last summer party ideas suggestion is a yummy drink. This is a candy-infused mocktail that only has 2 ingredients. MIKE AND IKE Mega Mix Sour and Lemon Lime soda.

This makes a super sweet and delicious drink. I definitely recommend serving in smaller punch cups or even small mason jars as we have served them.

All you will need to do is pick out your favorite flavor (or two), place them in the cup and pour over the lemon-lime soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and mix together for a bit and enjoy. Our favorite combination was cherry and limeade MIKE AND IKE Mega Mix Sour. If you are an adult you could, of course, replace the soda with vodka for a more adult cocktail.

I hope you have enjoyed these fun summer party ideas featuring MIKE AND IKE Mega Mix Sour. If you haven’t given them a try then definitely hit up yourlocal Walmart candy aisle and grab a box or two. They make the perfect treat to take with you to the beach, park or hanging by the pool. Make your summer day brighter!

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10 Cool Adventure Stag Weekend Party Ideas Within Europe ~ Cool Things Collection

Europe is famed worldwide for serving up some of the best stag party opportunities in the world. You really don’t have to look far or spend a fortune to organise and enjoy the stag party of a lifetime.

Still, you could quite easily find yourself spoilt for choice. So whether planning for yourself or another groom-to-be, here’s a brief rundown of 10 cool stag weekend party ideas within Europe:

1 – Water Jet Pack (JetLev) In London, Bedfordshire, Marbella (NomadJets) 

Seriously – this is the closest you’ll ever get to living out those boyhood James Bond jet pack fantasies! Admittedly on a slightly wetter level, but more fun than you could possibly imagine! Perfect when coupled with one of the best stag do party houses in the UK

JetLev – image source

2 – Red Bull Flugtag – different locations each year 

You’ll no doubt have seen this on TV – lunatics from all over the world jumping off platforms with homemade gliders, ultimately crashing into the water below. Brilliant to watch, even better to take part in!

3 – Zombie Boot Camp – available across most cities in the UK 

Zombie boot camp provides intrepid types with the opportunity to learn how to survive the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Available in locations across the UK, head to for the perfect party accommodation.

4 – White Water Rafting – available in Norway, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia to name a few 

The thrill of white water rafting has to be experienced to be believed. That said, the very best rafting experiences can be found in mainland Europe – particularly those in Scandinavia and towards the Balkans.

5 – Coasteering – available across the UK, especially Cornwall, Devon & Wales

Back in the UK, we do coasteering better than anyone else in the world! It’s a little like rock climbing, hiking and cliff diving, all rolled into one!

6 – Go Full Viking in Sweden/Norway – build your own raft 

The York Viking Experience might be fun, but it’s not nearly on the same level as the full Viking experience in Sweden or Norway. Live out all the fantasies you like and try your hand at building your own raft.

7 – Paintballing in Europe’s biggest paintball field – Gotchaspielfeld Nord,Poland, Brozek at the German Border

How big is the biggest paintball field in Europe? Massive – big enough to accommodate an urban zone, nuclear fallout zone, area 51 and countless others besides.

8 – Bobsledding – available in Riga, Prague, Budapest and Bratislava 

Take the opportunity to take part in your very own recreation of Cool Runnings, even if there’s not a flake of snow on the ground. The ultimate rollercoaster and a genuine once-in-a-lifetime experience.

9 – Wakeboarding at the 5 best spots in Europe

Wakeboarding is not only fantastically enjoyable, it’s also surprisingly simple to pick up. If looking for the experience of a lifetime, head out to one of the following five best spots in Europe:

  • Aqua Ski Cable Park, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Lake Izkar, Borovets, Bulgaria
  • Passage Water Ski centre, Poros, Greece
  • Lake Geneva, Switzerland/France
  • Brena Reservoir, Cordoba, Spain

10 – Gun Shooting Range – available across Europe including Bratislava, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia

Last but not least, a quick flight over to one of Europe’s cheapest and most scenic destinations is all it takes to (legally) get your hands on an AK-47.  Not to mention, about a thousand other real guns you’ll be able to shoot to your heart’s content!

Kara’s Party Ideas 1950’s American Diner Birthday Party

Drop a coin and hear the jukebox play, this 1950’s American Diner Birthday Party by Sarah Abano of With A Flourish, out of Quezon City/Philippines, is spinning away!

…From poodle skirts, to disco dives, this birthday bash will certainly make you jive!

Jamming details to swing by from this retro celebration, include:

  • Adorable Jukebox Birthday Cake
  • Soda Shoppe Cupcakes
  • Retro Diner Cake Table Backdrop
  • Blue + White Striped Runners over Pink Linens
  • Vinyl Record Oreos
  • Burger Cake Pops
  • Music Note Lollipops
  • Retro Drink Carriers
  • Retro Diner Signs
  • Ice Cream Soda Balloon Installation
  • Retro Car Photo Booth

1950’s American Diner Birthday Party

Sarah’s party description- “Those classic 50’s American diners, decorated with such well-loved and popular memorabilia of simpler and more soulful times, give a different kind of warmth and flavor for customers. Such a fitting theme for our celebrant and her family who always play it cool and soulful. Theirs is a fun-loving family who never fails to throw unique and delightful parties. We can say this from our heart as this is already the fourth event we styled for them and every time, we can’t help but be pleasantly surprised by their choice of themes and how this theme is personified by them through their thematic costumes! Like everyone’s beloved and nostalgic diner, their parties are always a place to be, indeed!


Although the diner theme is not as popular as other kiddie party themes (e.g. Princess, Tea Party, etc.), we still wanted to differentiate it from the other events with the same theme. We did this by focusing on pastel colors, instead of the reds and blues which are commonly used colors in a diner setting. Also, like the chill and relaxing feel of a diner, we styled this party in such a way that nothing’s over the top. The DIYs we came up with made this party heartfelt. Check out those little details in the centerpieces. Overall, we aimed to make the guests relaxed and simply enjoy a lazy weekend with loved ones and friends, just like hanging out in a diner.”

Stylist: With A Flourish
Photographer: Nicolai Melicor Photography
Cake: Tazzy Cakes
Catering: The Creamery Catering
Desserts: Vanilla Bakery Café
Invitation: Vix Chua
Favors: Sew Fab Shop
Food Carts: Cool Brian
Costumes: Bumblebee and Company

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Outdoor Party Ideas and Recipes

Summertime is all about outdoor entertaining. From backyard bbqs to enjoying dinner and drinks outside on the patio with friends, there’s just something special about summer entertaining. I’m sharing one of my favorite meals to make for an easy outdoor party that everyone will love…..

This post is sponsored by our friends at Ibotta. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I love to play host and entertain people at our home. It’s especially fun when we can invite friends over for dinner and spend time outside enjoying the sweetness of summer.

Summer calls for serving up lighter meals and this one is perfect for the season. Grilled chicken skewers are easy to throw on the grill and go great with pita bread, fresh veggies and a cool tzatziki sauce. This sundried tomato pasta salad is always a crowd pleaser and only takes minutes to make. And of course you can’t celebrate summer without a refreshing cocktail (or mocktail for me!) to sip on.

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Shopping is done! Time to whip up what’s on the menu for our summer party.

Summer Entertaining Recipes

Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad

  • one package of BUITONI ® Refrigerated Pasta Three Cheese Tortellini
  • BUITONI ® Refrigerated Pesto Sauce
  • ½ cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 6 leaves of fresh basil
  • shredded parmesan cheese

Prepare package of pasta according to directions. Add prepared pasta to bowl along with pesto sauce and sun dried tomatoes. Stir lightly till pasta is well coated with sauce. Garnish with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

Pineapple Jalapeño Margaritas


  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 jalapeño slice
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/8 cup triple sec
  • splash of lime soda
  • lime garnish

Add one cup of ice to shaker along with lime juice, tequila, pineapple juice and triple sec. Shake well and pour over ice. Garnish with lime and jalapeño slice.


Farewell Party Ideas

The best going away party ideas on the internet

Yes, that’s a big claim to make — but as a moving service, we understand goodbyes and all the emotions they bring. There’s excitement for the new chapter to come and sadness at leaving loved ones. The occasion surrounding a farewell party can be complicated because of all the feelings involved, but leaving on a happy note is important. Throwing a goodbye party is a great way to send your friend or loved on their way with a bunch of happy memories. 

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Farewell party ideas and tips

These themes can lend themselves to unique food, fun outfits for the guests, or awesome décor. Small touches, like the plates and napkins, can even be matched to the party motif. Set the stage for a memorable party with one of these great farewell party ideas:

  • Western Party (Happy Trails)
  • Fiesta Party (Let’s Taco Bout You Leaving)
  • Breakfast Party (We Donut Want to See You Go)
  • Dessert Party (A Sweet Ending)
  • Costume Party (Don’t You Forget About Meme)

Happy Trails

Grab a cowboy hat and boots for this shindig. Make country western décor shine with paisley print bandanas, red checkered tablecloths, hay bales and other traditional looks. Serve barbecue and southern sweet tea. For favors, guests can create their own trail mix by setting out ingredients like nuts, dried fruit, candy and cereals along with bags. If your guest of honor likes to dance, lead everyone in a line dance class (either hire a local instructor or teach yourself from a YouTube video). 

For party games, try a roast and toast. Give guests a few minutes to write down their favorite memories, and let them each take time to give a toast to the guest of honor. Encourage each guest to give a piece of wisdom to help wish “happy trails to you, until we meet again.”

Let’s Taco Bout You Leaving

A fiesta awaits with this goodbye party theme. Bright colors and cactus sombreros will bring the space to life. The food could be a build-your-own taco bar — several types of shells, meat and toppings. For entertainment, stuff a piñata full of candy or prizes and let each guest cake a turn at breaking it open. It’s an exciting activity for kids or adults. If you really want something unique, hire a mariachi band to make a surprise appearance. 

Have guests play an anagram game.  An anagram is where you can rearrange the letters of a word to make a new word (like cider/cried or conversation/voices rant on). So for this game, set a timer (3-5 minutes is usually plenty of time) and take the phrase “Adios Amigo” to see how many words guests can create using those letters. The winner has the most words! Hint: there are 154 words made out of this phrase. 

We Donut Want to See You Go

This going away party theme would work for guests of any age. Of course, this party will feature a spread of sweet treats — you could even set out frosting and sprinkles and let guests decorate their own delicacy. Don’t forget the milk (or coffee for the adults). For a kid’s party, give them modeling dough and let them create toy treats. Or play Bingo and use donut-shaped cereal as game markers.

For the party game, send guests on a tape and marker hunt. Hide several rolls of packing tape and markers around the party venue, and tell guests to find them! For example, you could hide 10 items and put a sign out that says, “Beth can’t pack without markers and tape! There are 5 rolls of packing tape and 5 markers hidden throughout the living room and dining room. The guest who finds the most by the time the last donut is eaten wins a prize!” (Great hiding places include taped under chairs, hidden in potted plants, and in curio cabinets with figurines.)

A Sweet Ending

Create a delicious spread of desserts for this party (which would be perfect for an office gathering, either going away or retirement). Cakes, pies, cookies, brownies and other treats will take the bitter out of the bittersweet farewell. To decorate, think Willy Wonka: oversized lollipops and bright colors. Use candy bites as the base for floral arrangements or candle displays, and make a candy treat bag buffet so guests can take home their own mix of sweets.

To entertain guests between sweet treats, play a memory game. Take a moving box and fill it with household items (some ordinary, some unique) that would get packed during a move. Set it on a table and give every guest 30 seconds to look inside (you can decide if they can touch the items or not). After everyone has had a chance to peek inside the box, have them try and recall every item. The person who writes down the most items wins an entire pie to take home! (Some ideas to put inside: shoes, toiletries, silverware, books, figurines, scissors, a canned good, remote control, etc.)

Don’t You Forget about Meme

Does the guest of honor love sending GIFs and funny memes? Then this pop culture party will provide the perfect goodbye. Ask guests to come dressed as their favorite meme or pop culture reference. Decorate with celebrity things, like stars and film reels.  

Since everyone will be dressed up, this is the perfect party for a photo booth. Hang up a backdrop (a tablecloth or sheet works!), gather some fun props (hats, boas, sunglasses) and snap away. You can either appoint someone to act as the photographer, provide a selfie stick or use a tripod and a self-timer. Make sure the guest of honor gets a copy of the photos afterward.

Farewell party planning tips

As you organize and plan, these tips will help make the farewell party a success:

  • Invite the guests in plenty of time. Give everyone at least a few weeks’ notice before the party date. Send invitations online or through the mail, and be sure to include the important information: date, time, location, RSVP info, dress code (is there a theme to dress up for?), and whether it’s a surprise.
  • Find people to help. Talk to other friends, family members or coworkers to help put everything together — give everyone a task to work on.
  • Reserve a location. Book the location as early as possible. Find out if the location allows decorations to be taped to the walls, outside food to be brought in, etc.

Share your farewell party ideas with us!

We would love to see how you transformed these ideas into amazing goodbye parties. Share pictures with us on Facebook or tell us your ideas in the comments. 

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13 of The Best Easy Back To School Party Ideas

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Inside: 13 back to school party ideas that the kids will be absolutely thrilled with.  Filled with simple ideas for fun food and decorations to create a party to remember.

These DIY party ideas will help the kids ease into the end of summer and back into school.

Summer holidays can be filled with mixed emotions for kids.  On one hand they are having a fantastic time having play dates, relaxing couch days, out exploring and so on.

On the other hand it can be quite an overwhelming time thinking about going back to school and all that entails.

Some kids take starting a new year in their stride.  They love having a new teacher, a new classroom, even new classmates.  Other kids struggle with the change and can work themselves up week’s before school re-commences.

Regardless of whether your child is excited about the new school year or perhaps having some anxiety, a back to school party is a great way of incorporating the new school year into the summer holidays.

It’s a party, so it’s going to be fun for a start.

Back To School Party Decorations & Favors

1. Painted Pencil Garland

All good parties will benefit from a themed garland and this painted pencil garland by “Dukes & Duchesses” is super cute.  If you have older kids, they would enjoy creating this garland, by following the easy tutorial provided.

2. Balloon Arch

Whilst the balloon arch by “Smashed Peas and Carrots” was designed for the first day back at school, it would be perfect for a back to school party.

You could use this for kids to stand under with their friends with some photo props, or have them hold up a sign saying which year they will be starting in.

Either way, it would be a fun focal point which is easy to replicate.

3. Back To School Photo Frame Prop

Kids love messing around with photo booth’s at parties, but this is alternative idea by “Julie Measures” works just as well.  A school frame photo prop would create a lot of laughs and record some great photo’s too.

4. Back to School Printable Labels

The back to school labels can be used either as cupcake toppers, tags or to decorate the kids lunch box.  Each child could take home a printable sheet to use when they start school.  There are several different sheets to choose from too.

5. Back To School Goals Capsule

I absolutely love this school goals capsule by “Aprons and Stilletos”.

These would be fantastic for the kids to make during the party and to use as favors to take home.  Plus they would look awesome on display during the party.

The kids can set their goals for the first quarter and then keep the three other bottle’s empty to use throughout the year.

Fun Food For A Back To School Party

It simply wouldn’t be a party if it didn’t involve food!  If you would like to incorporate some fun back to school party themed food, then this selection should wet the appetite.

6. Back To School Notebook Cookies

These back to school notebook cookies by “The Decorated Cookie” can even be written on with an edible pen.  It makes them not only tasty, but also a lot of fun too.

7. Back To School Chalkboard Cupcakes

Love the idea of the chalkboard cookies?  You could make them as cupcakes too.

These gorgeous chalkboard cupcakes by “In The Kids Kitchen” would be a lot of fun for the kids to make, and also to eat!

8. Apple Shaped Cupcakes

It’s not a party without cupcakes, so why not have some variety!  These apple cupcakes by “Painted Confetti” are stinkin cute.

They are such a simple idea, but they are so effective.  I think the kids would love them.

9. Apple Shaped Rice Krispie Treats

How adorable are these apple shaped rice krispie treats by “I Heart Naptime”.   They are super easy to make, taste great and perfect to fit the back to school theme.

They are so vibrant and full of color that they would be  an absolute winner at a back to school party.

10. Chocolate Apples

Staying on the apple theme, check out these chocolate apples by “The Country Chic Cottage”.

They are not the kind of apples you would normally see in a school lunch box, but they are perfect for a back to school party.

Entire Back To School Party Ideas

Still need some inspiration on how to put your back to school party together?  Here are a few more ideas that will get that creativity flowing.

11. Back To School Waffle Bar

I’m absolutely loving this back to school waffle bar by “I Should Be Mopping The Floor”.  This would be such a fun way to welcome the new year back at school.

If the kids have some mates for a sleepover, this would be perfect to serve up for brunch.  You would totally be the coolest mom ever!

12. Playgroup Starting School Party

This playgroup school party by “Dukes and Duchesses” was held for a group of children who were moving from playgroup to kindergarten.

It easily demonstrates how you can add a few simple ideas together to create something pretty spectacular.

A party like this would definitely be one to remember.

13. Back To School Breakfast

This back to school breakfast by “Aprons and Stilletos” is fresh and fun. Using some simple decorations and healthy snacks, a back to school party can look exciting and inviting.

Regardless of whether your child is starting school for the first time or returning for another year, a back to school party will be full of excitement for them.

Is it something that you have ever done for your children before? I’d love you to share your experiences below.Collage of back to school party ideasLet’s stay in touch.  Did you love the back to school party ideas?  Sign up to the newsletter to be kept updated with easy party, recipe and printable ideas.  You will also have access to a heap of free printable’s.

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