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The Best Labor Day Weekend Party Menu!

The Best Labor Day Weekend Party Menu!

Labor Day Weekend is around the corner and we have the perfect menu for you! Why? It’s easy to prepare – allowing you to enjoy the party too! It’s budget-friendly so you can host a crowd for a holiday weekend BBQ. It’s DELICIOUS and incorporates all the fresh flavors of summer, like corn, tomatoes and berries! It’s special – after a summer of hamburgers and hotdogs this menu is a standout!   SUMMER MOSCOW MULE:  […]

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4 Fabulous Recipes for the Fourth of July

4 Fabulous Recipes for the Fourth of July

Here are four fabulous recipes from the amazing experts at Good Housekeeping.  Each one is a keeper, and perfect for the 4th of July.  I’ll be adding them to my celebration this year, here’s why: The sweet and savory combo of watermelon and Blue Cheese is unexpected and is a real treat for your guests. Spicy butter is a surprising treat and it makes this simple summer side special for the holiday. Strawberry tea is […]

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The Perfect Table Setting For A POOL PARTY!

The Perfect Table Setting For A POOL PARTY!

We had to share this perfect pool party tableware from Pier One Imports with you. The line is fun and festive, as well as affordable and durable.  You can check out more table inspirations at PierOne.com> POOL PARTY TIPS:  Remember that since you are probably serving food outside, keep all perishable items on ice and out of the sun to prevent them from spoiling.  Also, remember NO glass by the pool.  Make sure to display […]

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The Fourth of July Table Inspiration!

The Fourth of July Table Inspiration!

We hope you take inspiration from our Fourth of July outdoor tablescape.  This table took a trip to Pier One Imports and our local discount/dollar store – The Christmas Tree Store where we found the things we needed to create a fun and festive look.   We had a small budget and were short on time, yet we were able to create a fabulous table.  Our star purchase were the placemats and napkins from Pier One […]

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“Make Ahead” Memorial Day Menu!

"Make Ahead" Memorial Day Menu!

We did some polling of friends and family here at The Party Bluprints Blog and discovered that a large majority of you participate in activities (parades, fairs, races, baseball games…) on Memorial Day, before heading home to host a celebration for family and friends.  With that in mind, we have come up with a stress-free party solution for you -  A “Make-Ahead” Memorial Day Menu!  It can pretty much be done the day before, leaving […]

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5 Super Simple Beach Party Ideas – Round Up!

5 Super Simple Beach Party Ideas - Round Up!

Here are some of the simplest ideas for a Beach Party from around the web.  Each one is special, easy to do, and sure to bring smiles! 1. Peanut butter cookie flip flops – Kara’s Party Ideas> 2. DIY Gummy Candy Skewers Tutorial – HWTM Blog> 3. DIY Wave Ware Paper Plates Tutorial – Martha Stewart> 4. Crabby Croissants -  FamilyFun Magazine> 5. Starfish s’mores – Hungry Happenings>  

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Simple Summer Dinner Party Menu For 8!

Simple Summer Dinner Party Menu For 8!

Summer on a Plate for Eight! This awesome dinner party recipe comes from McCormick Gourmet and chef Chef Christopher Lee.  My family and friends love it and it’s a sure fire winner in our house.  In my opinion, the grilled steak and corn combo is summer on a plate. Take just 20 minutes in the morning to prep the meal and pop in the fridge.  Spend the rest of the day enjoying summer the way […]

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3 Easy Firework-themed Party Ideas For The Fourth Of July

3 Easy Firework-themed Party Ideas For The Fourth Of July

Here are 3 fun ways to decorate and celebrate for the 4th of July.   Each is simple and special and takes its inspiration from Katy Perry: “Baby you’re a firework – come on, let your colors burst”! Fireworks Cupcakes While these festive cupcakes look gourmet or store-bought, they are easy to make yourself. Ingredients: 1 box cake mix (+ ingredients listed on box) 2 cans white frosting (or make your own) red and blue […]

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FIRE(works) and ICE(cream) Party on the Fourth Of July!

FIRE(works) and ICE(cream) Party on the Fourth Of July!

  Simple and special is what we are all about at The Partybluprints Blog.  So here’s an idea for you.  When the sun goes down and the stars light up, invite neighbors, friends and family over for a simple party.  Host an ice cream social before heading to the fireworks show.  A real FIRE and ICE celebration for the 4th!  In addition to or in place of an ice cream sundae bar you can serve […]

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Summer “No-Cook” Dinner Party!

Summer "No-Cook" Dinner Party!

Look what I found!  A No-Cook Dinner Party Menu from Taste.com Australia.  This is a sensational summer menu that doesn’t involve your stove! You can make these easy no-cook recipes and host a sit down dinner for 6 friends that’s simple yet special.  I love the light fare for a hot summer night and since you won’t be in a hot kitchen all day cooking, make sure to set your table under the stars outdoors. […]

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Summer Celebration – Outdoor Movie Night!

There’s no better time for Movie Night than summer! With warm weather and the kids home from school, you can take the party outdoors and call action when the sun goes down – two reasons, movie night makes for a spectacular Summer Celebration. Show a good movie, create a simple concession stand and ask your guests to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. With the stars in the sky and on the […]

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Taste of Summer Party!

Host a Summer Tasting Party this month to celebrate all the fresh fruits and produce that are available this time of year .  A family-friendly idea with make-ahead treats to keep things simple.  Invite friends and family over to taste the treasures of summer like, tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, watermelon and of course a little BBQ.  These fresh picked foods deserve a party of their own.   Make everything ahead of time and set it out […]

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Funnel Cakes – Sweet Summer Treat!

Trying always to be cognizant of what goes into successful entertaining—I have become an observer and student of everything around me. One reoccurring theme I continue to note is the rule: keep it simple and special. This past weekend, I found an example of this I would love to share: my nephew’s birthday party, celebrated with family and friends on the beach. Mind you, this is no ordinary clan, they add up to nearly 100 […]

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3 HOT Ideas for the 4th of July!

Here are 3 of my favorite decorating ideas from the fabulous 15 you can find at GoodHousekeeping.com this month!  Party like a patriot and get the red, white and blue pumping through your guests’ veins.   With these special touches, everyone will feel the spirit of the holiday and you can be FREE to enjoy your day too, because they’re easy to do! For safer-than-sparklers favors, fill a pail full with red, white and blue […]

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Cool Treat For The 4th of July!

I love this simple and special dessert idea for the Fourth of July.  You will need some freezer space so make sure to allow for that ahead of time.  Nothing beats ice cream on a hot day and this is a really cool way to serve it up in patriotic style.  For more great recipes check out the Breyer’s Site> Breyer’s Ice Cream Flag Cake Ingredients 2 containers (1.5 qt. ea.) Breyers® All Natural Chocolate […]

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Limoncello Spritzers – Welcome Road Weary Summer Guests

Limoncello Spritzers - Welcome Road Weary Summer Guests

Here’s a really refreshing way to welcome road weary guests to your home.  When guests arrive after a long drive serve them a summer treat to help them beat the heat.  It’s delicious and refreshing. COCKTAIL: Limoncello Spritzers Recipe: Fill 6 tumblers halfway with ice. Stir 1/2 cup of limoncello and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (fresh) into each glass. Top with 1/4 cup of club soda and serve. Add a garnish of lemon to […]

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S’mores Summer Party

S’mores Summer Party

Here’s a great way to add some extra fun to the weekend and have fun this summer. Invite the neighbors over for a S’more Summer Party! This one’s really easy, you will only need to buy a few items: marshmallows, chocolate,  graham crackers and skewers.  Then add a few ghost stories and you’re on your way to a night the kids will remember forever. Keep it simple and special. Basic S’mores Ingredients 1 large marshmallow […]

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Hot Party Ideas for Summer – 10 Resources From Around the Web!

After surfing the web , I have put together links you’ll love for some of the hottest Summer Party Ideas around!   Easy Summer Party Menus – Dinner Party Recipes – Delish.com Planning a summer party? We’ve got perfect menus for a grilling feast, an easy lunch, and a delicious dinner.   Summer Party Ideas – Backyard BBQ Ideas – Country Living It’s summertime and, as the saying goes, the living is easy. Or at […]

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Host A “Drop Dead Diva” Ladies’ Night Party!

Looking for a simple, special and inexpensive way to host a DIVA style soiree for the girls?  Well, here is it – compliments of Lifetime Television’s Drop Dead Diva! The economy is bad, the world is going broke – we hear it everyday in the news and feel the pain  in our own lives.   So this summer, if you need to skip the vacation or cut back on some of the extras,  make sure […]

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Memorial Day Party Activities with Meaning!

Memorial Day Party Activities with Meaning!

Below we have listed a few Memorial Day party activities for the kids that are fun and meaningful.  Without the sacrifice of our brave soldiers, we would not have an opportunity to celebrate this holiday as freely as we wish. With that in mind try out these fun ideas and let your red, white and blue spirit shine… How happy are you when you arrive at a party and there’s an activity all set up […]

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“Make-Ahead” BBQ Menu

Labor Day is the last chance to celebrate summer, so invite friends and family over and head to the backyard for some fun! Try this “make-ahead” menu and be a guest at your own party! Ribs are a great idea after a summer of hamburgers and hot dogs, your guests will welcome the change (and they can be cooked ahead of time). Add a Tomato Salad, Napa Style Cole Slaw, Corn Bread Poppers and sliced […]

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A Special Summer Dinner Party Menu

It has been a cool, rainy spring here in New Jersey, but finally (for me) this weekend summer arrived! I got to do a little surfing in the water and on the net and found a summer party menu that really got me excited. I was not able to try this one out before posting, but given the source, Williams-Sonoma, I feel confident passing it on. I will be trying it this weekend and can’t […]

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Fourth of July

Rock the red, white and blue this Fourth of July with family and friends and pay tribute to America with an old fashioned day of fun.  Bring your party back to basics and discover how easy it is for you and how much fun it is for your guests. The Basic Rules: Respect LIFE: Spend the day with family and friends and invite those you love to celebrate the Fourth of July. Celebrate LIBERTY: Send […]

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Chinese BBQ – No Stress Summer Entertaining

Chinese BBQ - No Stress Summer Entertaining

Going Chinese is a delicious and easy way to spice up a BBQ when you’re tired of Hamburgers and Hot Dogs – but still don’t want to spend all day preparing for a party. Here’s an idea that will keep you out in the sun and having fun, yet still allow you to entertain in a special way the same day! What to serve: Sesame-Garlic Flank Steak Ingredients 1 beef flank steak ( about 1 […]

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Staycation Key West Party – Cocktail BBQ

Staycation Key West Party - Cocktail BBQ

  If economic woes have you grounded this summer, host a Key West Staycation Party! Key West is the perfect location for a staycation “Come as You Are” Cocktail BBQ. Surprise your friends and family with a tropical twist on the typical barbeque and host a mini-vacation for all right in your own backyard. Treat guests to the specialties of Key West where nothing is too important or pressing, except enjoying a cocktail (or two), […]

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Activities for your Memorial Day Celebration!

Welcome Activity: Have guests pick the name of a Historic American out of a hat. While enjoying a beverage, all guests will mingle asking the other guests yes/no questions to identify their person. When you serve dessert, have guests write down the name of their American next to their name. Ongoing Activity: Cover the kids’ tables (or activity table) with white butcher paper. Create kids’ centerpieces using galvanized buckets filled with crayons, markers and stickers. […]

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Patriotic Party Plan: Perfect for 4th of July and Memorial Day

FREE Eguide – Download a 19 Page Patriotic Party Plan Proudly share your patriotic spirit this summer with our FREE 19 Page Eguide. There are three opportunities to rock the red, white and blue this summer: Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. Pick one to party like a patriot. Pay tribute to America, gather your friends and family for an old fashioned day of fun. The Partybluprints Americana Patriotic Picnic Eguide is the […]

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FREE Fourth of July Eguide

Proudly share your patriotic spirit this summer! Download FREE 19 Page Eguide: includes menu, recipes, cocktail, activities, favors, music, step-by-step instructions, shopping list and more! Pick a day to pay tribute to America, gather your friends and family for an old fashioned day of fun. This Partybluprints Americana Patriotic Picnic is the perfect way to get the red, white and blue flowing through everyone’s veins and straight to their hearts. In the pursuit of happiness, […]

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