Party of the Week: Football Party!

party of the week bannerThis week we are going to try something a little bit new on the blog and write a weekly feature of different party themes from our website. We have been adding ideas to Creative Party Themes since 2010, and sometimes we forget how great some of these parties are! Every week we will try and showcase a party theme that just might inspire you to gather some friends and celebrate. We’ll also try to add a little something new and special to each theme… Here we go!

FOOTBALL PARTY IDEAS

It’s that time of year again…time to dust off the pom poms and get ready to cheer on your favorite football team! Click on this football party ideas link to visit our football party page, where you will find lots of ideas to inspire your planning, including tips for invitations, decorations, activities, food and more. We’ve also rounded up a collection of free football party printables to add a fun touch to your party table.

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We took a look  around the internet to see what other sites had some fun football party ideas and found the amazing free football party printables below. Click on any of the photos to get taken to some more great ideas and these super football printables!

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For even more ideas that all relate to this wonderful time we call football season, be sure to take a look at the related posts listed below!

It’s Oktoberfest Time!

Beer, Brats, and Ooompah Bands…It must be Oktoberfest!

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It’s that glorious time of year again; the days are crisp, the colors are bright, and it’s time to enjoy some great food and fun music at Oktoberfest.  Munich’s Oktoberfest takes place between September 16th and October 3rd, so that makes it the perfect time to start thinking of how you might have your own Oktoberfest celebration! Last year our family joined some friends out in Mt. Angel for their annual city-wide Oktoberfest and we can’t wait for the festivities to come again! If youOktoberfest decorations have never celebrated Oktoberfest, you can expect lots of traditional German foods and drinks (brats and beer being the most time-honored traditions). You will also be treated to bands playing polkas and the good old chicken dance, weiner dog races, and lots of folks dressed up in their finest lederhosen. It is a super treat that we look forward to every year.

Last year we branched out a little when choosing our dinner.  At the recommendation of our friends, we tried the pelmeni. Wow! These were amazing. Although technically they are a Russian food, they are a tradition at Mt. Angel Oktoberfest. What are pelmeni? They are a type of meat ravioli that are cooked in butter and served with sour cream and vinegar. Although they sound a little different, trust me, they were great, especially when accompanied by some Oktoberfest beers.  If you are curious, and would like to try making these at home, here is a recipe we found at cookeatshare.com.

Pelmeni Recipe:

1 1/2 cups flourRussian pelmeni
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
garlic to taste

Directions

  1. To make the dough, combine the flour, eggs, water and 1/2 tsp. salt. Knead mixture. Let rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Mix the ground beef, ground pork, onions, 1 tsp. salt, pepper and garlic together.
  3. Cut the dough into three equally sized pieces and roll each one into a cylinder the diameter of a finger. Cut each cylinder into pieces the size of a walnut, then roll each piece into a very thin flat cake with a diameter of about 2 inches.
  4. Put some of the ground meat mixture in the center of each flat cake (quite a lot, but not so much that you can’t then seal up the dough). Then fold the dough in half and join up the edges to seal them. Pinch the corners together: you should now have a ravioli-shaped “flying saucer.”
  5. Boil the pelmeni in salted water for seven minutes, or until they float to the surface.
  6. Serve in soup bowls. I like to offer three dipping sauces: sour cream, creamy horseradish, and white wine vinegar. YUMMMMM!

oktoberfest partyThere are bound to be lots of Oktoberfest celebrations going on, but if you can’t find something nearby you can always host your own party! Take a look at our complete Oktoberfest Party Ideas page for lots of suggestions for food, drinks, decorations, and activities.  Have fun!




Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Decorations

cinco de mayo fiesta decorations

Looking for a great excuse to throw a party that’s full of color and fun? How about a Cinco de Mayo fiesta? I love the bright colors, upbeat music, and yummy food and drinks that all come together to make a wonderful fiesta. You can find lots of great Cinco de Mayo theme party ideas on our fiesta party page, but here are some new inspirations for fiesta decorations, perfect for a Cinco de Mayo extravaganza!

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Start with bright colors — Fiestas are all about bright. When you think about your fiesta decorations, keep color in mind every step of the way. Orange, lime, hot pink, turquoise, and bold yellow can come together to make a really vibrant color scheme. If you have fiesta ware serving pieces, these can be great. Silver toned serving pieces also can be a nice contrast to a colorful table. Another easy option is to purchase some paper fiesta themed tableware. (Best of all, this offers easy clean up at the end of your party.)

Hang some tissue paper decorations — Tissue paper fans, flags, and flowers can all add whimsy to a Cinco de Mayo party. Here is a tutorial we posted a while ago showing you how to easily make tissue paper pom poms.

mini pinata fiesta decorations

Colorful mini piñatas make fun fiesta table toppers


Include a Piñata —  Piñatas are great fun as both fiesta decorations and a party activity. You might hang a giant piñata over your party area or set mini piñatas on the table as a fun touch.

Think about the lighting — If your party is going to be held in the evening, white twinkle lights wrapped around trees or draped from above can help cast a magical glow.

Use traditional Mexican decorations — Some things that can be great additions to your décor are colorful traditional items such as serapes, sombreros, or painted maracas. You might use them as centerpieces or set them on the ends of your serving areas.

free fiesta printables

free fiesta printables

Add some flowers or cacti — Big, bold flowers such as dahlias or zinnias can be beautiful addition to your fiesta decorations. Or, you might try using cacti planted in painted pots or bright cans.  We found the fun picture above at a fiesta on Loves Food, Loves to Eat. These little gems also make great party souvenirs for your guests.

Personalize your party with free printables — We created these free fiesta party circles and a free printable fiesta invitation that you can download and use at your next event. Enjoy!

Include great music, food and drink — Of course, decorations can only take your party so far. For a truly memorable event, don’t forget to think about the atmosphere (i.e. music) and the menu. A delicious taco bar or signature drink can be great additions to a wonderful Cinco de Mayo party.

Be Sure to Take a Look at Amol’s!Amols’ is a vendor that we love who specializes in all things fiesta! Whatever you are looking for in the way of fiesta decorations, you can be sure to find it here! Here are a few of the amazing, colorful items they sell that can definitely help brighten up your Cinco de Mayo party!

Cornhusk Indita Doll
Cornhusk Dolls
Large Paper Picado Banner- Multicolor
Papel Picado Banner
Multicolor Pansy Cornhusk Flowers
Multicolor Mexican Flowers

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Gift Wrapping Party

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Have you been busy holiday shopping only to find yourself now staring at a pile of unwrapped presents? Why not invite over a few friends for a gift wrapping party! Here are some suggestions for turning this holiday chore into a fun day of catching up with friends while you check one more thing off your to-do list!

The Invites:

It’s best to limit your guest list for a gift wrapping party to 2-3 friends so that everyone has room to spread out and get creative. Consider using a free online invitation such as this one, available from Evite.com.

On your invitation, ask each guest to bring their gifts to be wrapped, along with 3 rolls of wrapping paper, 1 roll of tape, 1 pair of scissors, 2+ varieties of ribbon, and any other fun decorative items they may have to contribute.

The Set Up:

This party is about wrapping, chatting, nibbling, and getting into the holiday mood. Here’s how to set thing up…

Start by creating a festive atmosphere in your home. Light a fire or some holiday scented candles, and play some classic holiday music to get everyone in the spirit of the season.

Set your wrappping stations up in a room with a big table (or a cleared floor area) so that everyone can spread out a bit. On a side table, create a gift wrap supply station with all of your supplies, such as:


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  • A variety of wrapping paper
  • Tape (you might include some colored tape or even duct tape)
  • Scissors (or pinking shears)
  • Ribbon (twine and raffia also work well)
  • Colored pens
  • Decorative tags
  • Ink stamps
  • Any other embellishments you might have, such as small bells, pine cones, candy canes, or whatever strikes your fancy.

In the kitchen, create a buffet table with a few of your favorite nibbles and drinks. It’s a good idea to keep the food mostly separate from the wrapping to avoid spills. Here are a few easy menu suggestions:

As everyone completes their wrapping, assign them an area to stack up their gifts. Then at the end of the day everything will be organized and ready to go.

Looking for some more fun holiday party themes?
Visit our Christmas Party Themes page at Creative-Party-Themes.com!