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Fun Summer Party Ideas For Kids

Keep the kids amused this summer by throwing a small party with their friends at home or the local park. If you’re stuck on party ideas or themes, try a few of our favourites below which are ideal during the summer.

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Water balloon stations

Isn’t this every kids fantasy? An entire box filled with a bunch of water bombs for the party. Keep them out of direct sunlight since the suns rays can pierce through and pop the balloons before the party.

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Lucky there are handy tools that can help to fill up to 100 balloons per minute!

Fun Summer Party Ideas For Kids

Water guns

Fill a few empty bottles with water, then place a ping pong ball over the top. Guests will have to shoot their water gun directly at the ball – first to do this wins a prize!

Fun Summer Party Ideas For Kids

Life-size Jenga

Get crafty and make your own life-size jenga game using 2×4 pieces of wood. This is easy enough to carve at home and the kids will never tire of it.

Fun Summer Party Ideas For Kids

Outdoor twister

Take a classic game of twister to the next level with food colouring! Simply colour small portions of the grass to emulate a Twister board. Plus, it won’t ruin the grass!

Fun Summer Party Ideas For Kids

Pool decorations

Decorate the pool with waterbombs, plastic swans and noodles ready for the party. It will make any pool like fun and inviting for all guests.

Fun Summer Party Ideas For Kids

Noodle flowers

Chop up an extra noodle to make these stunning flowers which will also float in the pool! Hang them from the doors, along the windows, or from the ceiling as wind chimes.

Fun Summer Party Ideas For Kids

Sunscreen station

Don’t forget a sunscreen station where guests can re-apply and stay out of the sun for a while. Their parents will certainly be thanking you for this helpful idea at the end of the party.

Fun Summer Party Ideas For Kids

Images via eHow, A Thirfty Mom, Nate and Luisa, Holli Long, Just Us Girls, Decor Zilla, Holly Hill Pools, BuzzFeed

How To Host A Party And Still Have Fun

How would you like some professional hosting tips for your next social gathering? I’ve organized and hosted a bucket load of social events in my time, ranging from big community functions to small backyard barbecues. The planning guidelines are basically the same, so if you use the tips I’m about to share with you, regardless of the event, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself instead of being a slave to the festivities.

Now the first thing you need to organise is a plan. Jump on your computer, get a spreadsheet happening and brainstorm. There are some templates available online or make up your own. Do you want decorations, music or a bar area? What about the food? Jot down everything you want at your party, right down to the smallest detail like bins, serviettes and ice. Make sure you have extra columns to mark off when items are ordered, organised and completed. Print this out and remember to keep it updated as you go along. This will not only be a guide for you, but will also help you allocate jobs to willing volunteers.

Next is the shopping list. Shopping for parties or events takes valuable time which you no longer need to spend in store. Jump online, order all your items and get everything delivered. It might cost a little extra but when you consider the time factor of physically sourcing everything, trust me, it will be money very well spent.

Now that you’ve got that organised, if the event is at a private residence, head back to the computer and get some decorative signs made up that lead to the toilet and bathroom. Plus, if you have areas you want to keep off limits, put together some no entry signs. Get creative and make up signs for the bar area, coat storage, can and bottle recycling or whatever you like. These will add to the decorations if you spruce them up a bit.

Speaking of decorations, make sure you get these delivered about a week before the event. If the event is in your home, spend some time each night setting the house up. Arrange the bar area with large containers for ice, plastic cups, etc.

Set up the music and speakers. Using an iPod, mobile phone or something similar is easy. Get your playlist together and make sure you have enough tunes to flick on the music before your guests arrive and forget about it. Just a tip, guests may ask for music requests during the party. Unless you want to start being the DJ for the entire event, let them know that the music is preset. If you have a volunteer who is willing to DJ and take requests, that’s great. Allocate the job to them if they are willing.

Now if the party is at home, don’t be too fussy about having a spotless house. It will look a lot worse afterwards. If you are concerned your home isn’t being presented the way you’d like, give it a quick vacuum and dust as you set up. Mopping floors are a waste so don’t bother.

If the event is at a different location, enlist the help of others to assist with decorations and preparations. Ask the facilities staff or management if you can have some time to prepare before the event. Most will agree to allow you limited access so plan decorations which you can set up within that time-frame. If you are having balloons, order a cheap pump with the decorations or opt for helium. Blowing up balloons is time consuming and there are easier ways to make it happen without running out of valuable oxygen!

The night before your party, prep any food which can be done early. Keep it as simple as possible and try not to make extra work for yourself. If possible have a reasonably early night and get a good rest.

The day of your party all that should be left to do is the final food prep. Cook anything which needs cooking, get out serving implements and you should basically be ready for an awesome event. If the event is at a catered facility you won’t have this concern. Spent some time during the day with your feet up relaxing and give yourself plenty of time to have a shower and get yourself ready to receive your guests.

Doing all the preparation prior to your party will really pay off. Instead of being the type of host who is rushing around ignoring guests, you can actually spend time with them and enjoy yourself. Plus, the more entertaining you do, the easier this gets. Save any documents you’ve created on the computer in a separate file and re-use them.

These tips and techniques are ultimately what professional event organisers do everyday. They plan, organise and prepare. It’s that simple! It doesn’t matter if it’s a small gathering like a BBQ, kids party or a big event like a wedding; these guidelines are super flexible.

Good luck and enjoy your festivities!

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Perfect Party Dresses for Every Occasion This Festive Season

Christmas is just around the corner and the December calendar is filling up with everything from office Christmas parties, to catch-up drinks with the girls, family functions and New Years Eve plans.  So when you’re busy organising everything from presents, to food, and who’s picking up Uncle John from the airport, who has time to find the perfect outfit?

Luckily, for the first time this year, Karen Millen stores in Australia are stocking their stunning collection of holiday party dresses in line with their release in the United Kingdom – perfectly timed for Christmas. The beautiful collection comprises of five dresses, perfect for any occasion that will be sure to give you that instant ‘wow’ factor this festive season. Here’s how to wear each dress with styling tips for every occasion.

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Animal Applique Shift Dress

Perfect for: Night Out with the Girls
If you’re heading out for a night with the girls this festive season, this shift dress with sheer sleeves, faux leather applique and beading is divine. It’s a statement piece, yet still simple enough to brighten up with bold or coloured accessories.
Karen Millen Animal Applique Shift Dress, $495

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Leather Sequin Mesh Dress

Perfect for: Office Party
Finding the perfect dress for an office Christmas party can be quite the challenge. Keep it chic and simple – you want to make the right impression in front of your boss, colleagues and their partners. Opt for something that still makes a statement but that you’re comfortable wearing. This pencil dress is stunningly appropriate with sheer three quarter sleeves, high neckline and all-over faux leather sequin design.
Karen Millen Leather Sequin Mesh Dress, $495

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Dandelion Beaded Dress

Perfect for: Christmas Luncheon
If your festive social diary calls for a Christmas luncheon, then this gorgeous detailed Dandelion Dress is perfect. With daytime events, it’s often hard to find the perfect dress, because you don’t want to look too overdressed, but you still want that ‘wow’ factor. Because this dress has a sweet style short sleeve, fuller skirt and delicate beading, it’s pretty for day, and can still easily be dressed up and take you through to the night.
Karen Millen Dandelion Beaded Dress, $895

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Placed Sequin Flower Dress

Perfect for: Christmas Day
This stunning dress is perfect for our unpredictably (and often hot) Australian Christmas day weather. The delicate floral applique and beading around the hemline ties in perfectly for summer, with the fuller skirt being a flattering alternative to pencil or bodycon dresses, an especially perfect option for Christmas day with so many temptations around! This dress can take you from day through to night by switching to a higher heel and statement accessories for a more dramatic look.
Karen Millen Placed Sequin Flower Dress, $545

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Long Sleeve Pleat Dress

Perfect for: NYE
It’s the night of nights – NYE is the time to pull out all the stops, so why not embellish a little, or a lot, in this stunning long sleeved hand-beaded dress. This is definitely a ‘wow’ dress that will turn heads, with the intricate beading design, all-over embroidery and pleated skirt. Because this dress is such a statement, do go overboard with accessories, keep it simple and make sure the dress (and you in it!) is the focus when the clock strikes midnight.
Karen Millen Long Sleeve Pleat Dress, $945

Which is your favourite dress from the new Karen Millen dress collection? 

Dîner en Blanc Sydney Takes Over Bondi Beach

On Saturday 30th November, Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach transformed into a spectacular shade of white, as the surprise location for secret global party Diner en Blanc.

3,000 guests dressed head-to-toe in white flocked through the streets, gathered on the sand, and began unpacking tables, chairs and decorations right on the beach for a once-in-lifetime picnic.

Described as a ‘fancy flash-mob picnic’, the idea behind Diner en Blanc is for insiders to dress in white, BYO tables, chairs and food, and gather at various meeting points across the city. This year’s Sydney Diner en Blanc, the second time in the city, collected guests on buses, strategically circled around various locations across the CBD to sway the speculations until finally arriving at the iconic Bondi beachfront.

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“Sydney has so many amazing locations, we wanted to take Diner en Blanc out of its urban context and closer to nature this year,” said co-host Antoine Bessis. “A picnic on one of the world’s most iconic beach sounded great on paper, it proved in fact even more spectacular.”

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Guests wined and dined on picnic favourites, from cheese platters, dips and breads, to gourmet hampers of cold meats, salads and sweet treats, topped off with delicious bottles of Champagne and wine – white, of course – although some dared to drink red and spent the night trying to avoid a serious spillage mishap.

Attendee numbers have doubled since Sydney’s first Diner en Blanc event last year, so finding a location big enough to accommodate was definitely a challenge – in fact it took eight months of planning to secure the space.


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“The evening was a spontaneous epicurean and elegant feast with friends, old and new. A truly spectacular and magical way to rediscover the beautiful public spaces that Sydney has to offer,” summed up Antoine.

A truly magical experience, with guests standing on chairs and waving white napkins and sparklers in the air. Others danced to music, with many there to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and even engagements (how romantic!).

We can’t wait to see what Diner en Blanc has in stall for Sydney in 2014. Visit  sydney.dinerenblanc.info for information about signing up for next year’s Diner en Blanc.

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