Girls’ Night In

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This time we got to be a guest blogger for Double the Fun Parties.

Double the Fun Parties April 2013 Simply Radiant Events

This event was something that helped bring back some childhood memories.  When I was a child my mom and dad would let me invite one or two friends to stay over on Friday nights.  We would go to the grocery store stock up on candy, popcorn and a movie.  This party is to reflect that type of girl’s night in.

Girls Night In California Event Planner Simply Radiant Events

There are two apothecary jars, one is filled with popcorn and the other is filled with gum balls.  I used cute flower shaped cupcake holders from Michaels to serve the popcorn into.

Some of the snacks included pretzels, fruit, jelly beans and chocolate chip cookies.  Then to top off all the snacks, I made marshmallows on a stick decorated in pink and yellow rounds to tie the theme together.

Pink lemonade can be poured into the colorful cups.  In order to know which drink is yours I took clothes pins and covered them with colorful washi tape and provided a pink marker to write your name on the tape.  The clothes pin then can be clipped to the paper straw labeling your drink.

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The table is dressed with a sunflower colored pintuck table cloth from Signature Party Rentals.  To enhance the table I added a coordinating flag banner.  The table with then sprinkled with tissue paper confetti by the Cloud Parade.

Paper lunch bags were filled with goodies and closed with the glitter clothes pin and topped with a package of the tissue paper confetti.

I hope you enjoy the photos and it helps to spark some new creative party ideas.

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How to Throw a Great Co-Ed Baby Shower

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Did you see Simply Radiant Events’ article on The Stir?  If you  missed it here it is again.

How to Throw a Great Co-Ed Baby Shower

How to Throw a Great Co-Ed Baby Shower Simply Radiant Events

(Image and article from TheStir.com) By Marissa Brown

While throwing fathers-to-be their own “man showers” is a growing trend, so are showers that honor an expectant couple together by inviting their closest female and male friends. “To throw a great co-ed baby showers, you have to get rid of the kitsch,” Lauren Haselberger, food and beverage manager at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois says. “The silly, frou-frou, run-of-the-mill games, like ‘guess the number of pacifiers in the jar’ or baby gift bingo aren’t gonna fly as well in a mixed crowd. Whatever you would do for a regular social gathering with friends is what you’ll want to do at a co-ed baby shower.”

Here, your guide to throwing the ultimate shower both sexes will enjoy.

The Invitations:

  1. Keep the guest list balanced by inviting the guys who are closest to both the mom- and dad-to-be. Future grandfathers, uncles, and college buddies alike! And when you address the invites to couples, include names of both wife and husband.
  2. From the get-go, you want to set a tone that speaks to all your invitees, so gender-neutral colors and themes is best. A photo of the happy expectant couple is a nice touch. (Both TinyPrints.com or SimplytoImpress.com have couples’ baby shower sections.)
  3. Watching the wording of the invitations can be helpful, too. Instead of a “shower,” you could call it a “celebration.” Refer to both parents as your guests of honor.
  4. To prevent the event from erring too pink, frilly, or feminine in tone, consider a general party theme, like a luau, BBQ, or sports teams the parents-to-be root for.

The Food:

“‘Baby’-sized finger foods, such as little quiches, mini-cupcakes, or tiny cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, may be old standbys at traditional baby showers, but for a co-ed crowd, it’s best to get away from that,” says Haselberger. A few recommendations …

  1. Chicken wings: Not just loved and devoured by guests on Super Bowl Sunday!
  2. Pizza: A similar party staple beloved by the majority of guests at any party.
  3. Chips and dip: No fail hit for any party. Crowd-pleasing alternatives: Pita chips and hummus, crudite and dip, guacamole, etc.
  4. Alcohol, but specifically … beer: This is the key to pleasing the guys, as those who’ve jumped on the co-ed shower bandwagon can attest.
  5. Mocktails: For the mom-to-be and any other expectant moms in attendance.
  6. Taco bar: A taco bar — or if you’re doing a catered event, maybe even a taco truck — sets up a natural opportunity for mixing and mingling, notes Courtney Lutkus, event planner and owner of Simply Radiant Events in Southern California. It also allows guests to customize their meal.

The Entertainment:

“Traditional baby games may have men running for the door and other games simply won’t work,” explains Lutkus. “However, games both men and women enjoy can be a great icebreaker.” Still, giving guests the ability to opt in or out of games may work best for a co-ed group, as there will be those who are more interested in sticking with talking and mingling. If you do decide to play games, a few ideas:

  1. Guess the Beer in the Baby Bottle: Buy baby bottles and fill them with six different beers. Post a list with the names of the possibilities, and ask guests to guess which is which.
  2. Diaper decorating contest: Everyone can show off their artistic side — or sense of humor — by drawing with Sharpies on diapers for the newborn. Parents-to-be will love to look back on the messages and pictures.
  3. Diaper raffle: Who doesn’t want to win a raffle? “Ask everyone to bring a bag of diapers, and if they do, they get a raffle ticket to win a prize,” recommends Lutkus. You’ll want to pick a prize that’s suited both for men and women, of course, like an iTunes or restaurant gift card.

The Favors:

Baby bottles filled with jelly beans might not be your best bet in this case. A few other options:

  1. Candy or cookies: Think personalized candy bars. One popular option: Hershey bars with the “HE” colored blue, if the couple is expecting a boy, or “SHE” colored in pink, if the couple is expecting a girl. Brownies or customized cookies are always winners, too.
  2. More beer and wine: Those who have successfully thrown co-ed baby showers say favors like 40s of specialty beer and bottles of wine were a hit with guests.
  3. Seeds: Lutkus recommends a packet of seeds for everyone to take home and plant once the baby is born, as it serves as a constant reminder of the new little addition to the world.

 The Stir May 2014 Simply Radiant Events

 What do you think would make a co-ed baby shower a hit?

 

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Simply Radiant Events is an Southern California based premier full service special event planning company and boutique events public  relations firm. We are one of a kind with
combining both an event planning company and PR firm in the luxury wedding, events and lifestyle industries.  We plan, coordinate and design weddings, social, corporate and fundraising events and also provide public relations to leverage and promote your event. We offer a valuable service to our clients with professional advice and experience that will help streamline the process, save money and create a dynamic experience resulting in memories that will last a lifetime.

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