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  • Looking for a creative theme to give your party that extra something? Consider heading back to the roaring, swinging 20s for a fun theme-party featuring a speakeasy, gangsters, jazz music, casino games, good food, and a raid by cops with billy clubs to top it all off!

    How to Throw a Roaring 20s Party: Ideas for Decor, Food, and Fun

    How to Throw a Roaring 20s Party: Ideas for Decor, Food, and Fun

    by Jaynie20004

  • Discover a selection of the best father and daughter wedding dance songs, including some classics along with some more recent choices with videos by Bruce Springsteen, Sinatra, Adele, and more...

    The Best 18 Father and Daughter Wedding Dance Songs

    The Best 18 Father and Daughter Wedding Dance Songs

    by Tracy Lynn Conway2

  • Are you a fan of the Food Network's hit show Chopped? Learn how to have your own Chopped Challenge at home and throw a memorable dinner party your friends will never forget.

    Throw a "Chopped Challenge" Dinner Party

    Throw a "Chopped Challenge" Dinner Party

    by Deborah Neyens119

  • Host a great Hawaiian luau party with these ideas for decorations, costume, food and drinks, party games, music, volcano cakes, and smoking party drinks.

    How to Throw a Hawaiian Themed Party

    How to Throw a Hawaiian Themed Party

    by Candace Bacon33

  • Make your own wedding cake card box to have a safe and beautiful place to store all the cards you'll get at your reception. Don't spend tons of money on a card box—do it yourself and make your own!

    How to Make a Wedding Cake Card Box

    How to Make a Wedding Cake Card Box

    by DIYweddingplanner5

  • What?! Make your own dress? This is a joke, isn't it? Nope! It may sound difficult, but it's really not as difficult as it sounds. Time-consuming, yes, but difficult, no. Read on to find out how!

    How to Make Your Own Wedding Dress

    How to Make Your Own Wedding Dress

    by Victoria Van Ness7

  • Setting up a candy bar at your wedding has become a very popular idea these last few years. I was inspired to do this at my own wedding after seeing so many beautiful pictures in online wedding blogs and magazines. While the idea wasn't originally ours, we added elements to personalize it and make it our own—and so can you. This article includes pictures from the candy bar at my wedding.

    How to Set Up a Candy Buffet Bar at Your Wedding (With Photos)

    How to Set Up a Candy Buffet Bar at Your Wedding (With Photos)

    by Heather Rode9

  • Did you know that the Moon sign of your wedding date has a lot to do with what you want for your marriage? Those qualities will define your marriage. So choose that date wisely, and during the right Moon sign!

    Weddings Planned by the Moon's Astrological Position

    Weddings Planned by the Moon's Astrological Position

    by Jean Bakula4

  • These songs have proven themselves as the absolute best all-time wedding songs for every aspect of a wedding. If you are looking for wedding music ideas, you've come to the right place!

    75 Best Wedding Songs of All Time

    75 Best Wedding Songs of All Time

    by Kate Daily0

  • So, you want to get married but you don't really want to have a wedding? Is it even okay to not have a wedding? Here's ten reasons to skip the wedding and get married at the courthouse instead.

    Top 10 Reasons to Not Have a Wedding

    Top 10 Reasons to Not Have a Wedding

    by Kierstin Gunsberg4

  • Planning a unique wedding can be a challenge in today's world, as there are so many customs you can use on your big day. This article will help you to create your Scottish wedding.

    Ideas for How to Plan a Scottish-Themed Wedding

    Ideas for How to Plan a Scottish-Themed Wedding

    by Aimee14

  • Not sure how to ask someone to the prom? Here's a list of 50 unique and fun ideas covering all sorts of themes, like sports or entertainment. You'll find the perfect promposal idea for your moment.

    50 Awesome and Easy Promposal Ideas

    50 Awesome and Easy Promposal Ideas

    by Claudia Mitchell3

  • The date of the world ending is December 21, 2012, or so some would have us believe. Whether or not it does why not plan the perfect party to celebrate the end of days!

    End of the World Party Ideas

    End of the World Party Ideas

    by Simon Cook22

  • Finding the right words to say is really difficult, which is why this article offers wedding vow examples, sayings, and quotes for him and her to help guide you and inspire you to write your own unique vows.

    100+ Romantic Wedding Vows and Quotes for Him and Her

    100+ Romantic Wedding Vows and Quotes for Him and Her

    by Sam Mendoran0

  • Avoid all of that wedding-planning stress with these ten tips for planning your big day! I wish someone had shared these insights with me before I planned my wedding, but I had to learn the hard way.

    10 Lessons I Learned While Planning My Wedding

    10 Lessons I Learned While Planning My Wedding

    by Amy Jackson0

  • One of the biggest mistakes most couples make in this area of their wedding planning is simply to jump online and search "wedding venues." However, there are plenty of places you can hold your wedding that aren't necessarily labeled as such. Here are a few unique ideas for your wedding ceremony.

    Unique Wedding Venues: Don't Limit Yourself to the Ordinary

    Unique Wedding Venues: Don't Limit Yourself to the Ordinary

    by Victoria Van Ness2

  • Best selection of mother and son wedding dance songs. Discover videos from a wide variety of artists spanning many years including The Beatles, Josh Groban, James Taylor and many more.

    The Best 18 Mother & Son Wedding Dance Songs

    The Best 18 Mother & Son Wedding Dance Songs

    by Tracy Lynn Conway5

  • Truthfully, linens for a wedding are simply cloth items such as napkins, tablecloths, table runners, chair ties, and even chair covers.

    How to Make Your Own Wedding Linens

    How to Make Your Own Wedding Linens

    by Victoria Van Ness7

  • Create a theme for your next potluck. It's a great way to attract unusual dishes for everyone to try and a great way to get the conversation going.

    Potluck Party Themes

    Potluck Party Themes

    by Ellen Gregory29

  • Here are some kid-tested games that everyone can enjoy. These are easy and fun birthday party games and ideas created by a family that loves Lego!

    Lego Birthday Party Game Ideas

    Lego Birthday Party Game Ideas

    by Virginia Kearney9

  • There are dozens of traditions associated with Scottish weddings. Some are still carried out today while others are no longer practised. This article looks at some of the customs that are observed before, during, and after the wedding.

    Scottish Wedding Traditions, Celebrations, and Superstitions

    Scottish Wedding Traditions, Celebrations, and Superstitions

    by alliemacb9

  • When trying to find the perfect wedding dress, some brides get lucky and find THE dress right off the bat. The very first dress they step into winds up being the one they walk out with. Not all of us can get so lucky though, so here are some tips for finding the best dress possible!

    How to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Shape

    How to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Shape

    by Victoria Van Ness6

  • Recommendations for five non-traditional, non-religious, original poems and passages about marriage to read at a wedding ceremony. I include the text of the poems and passages (from Neruda, L'Engle, Rumi, Simic, and Rilke) and ideas about how to choose a creative and meaningful wedding reading.

    Non-Traditional Wedding Readings for a Memorable Ceremony

    Non-Traditional Wedding Readings for a Memorable Ceremony

    by twoseven2

  • Planning a dinner, gala, or fundraiser for a non-profit can be stressful and time-consuming. Read over these pointers to learn how to plan, delegate, and remain level-headed throughout the process. You can raise funds for your organization and have a blast doing it!

    Tips & Ideas for Planning a Fundraising Gala Dinner Event

    Tips & Ideas for Planning a Fundraising Gala Dinner Event

    by Jim Strutzin4

  • Yay for slumber parties! Choosing fun activities for your own sleepover can be difficult, so we made a list of our favorite things to do during a sleepover to help you out!

    10 Fun Things to Do at a Sleepover

    10 Fun Things to Do at a Sleepover

    by Tatiana110

  • Here's a look at the cookie table, a delicious Pittsburgh wedding tradition. You are in for a treat when you learn about the history of this custom and how easy it is to set up. Think about incorporating this idea into your own wedding celebration!

    The Cookie Table: A Pittsburgh Wedding Tradition

    The Cookie Table: A Pittsburgh Wedding Tradition

    by Claudia Mitchell70

  • The key to a successful birthday party at any child's age is to remember that the goal is to make that child feel special while helping guests to have a good time, too. As simple as this assertion is, making it happen requires that you set up the right conditions. This party helps you to create a fun party environment, no matter what the theme of your party.

    Planning a Fabulous, Fun, and Inexpensive Birthday Party for Your 2–4 Year Old

    Planning a Fabulous, Fun, and Inexpensive Birthday Party for Your 2–4 Year Old

    by Carolyn Augustine11

  • Speech writing can be a hugely daunting task, and inspiration may be hard to come by. In this article, I have included the speeches from my own Bar Mitzvah, and I hope that the jokes/ideas can be adapted and used today.

    Ideas for Bar Mitzvah Jokes and Speeches

    Ideas for Bar Mitzvah Jokes and Speeches

    by David Bernstein5

  • At my spring 2008 wedding, we combined Khmer and American traditions (and even some Korean ones!). Learn more about our unique customs and see pictures of the beautiful traditional outfits we wore.

    Traditional Cambodian (Khmer) Wedding Ceremonies

    Traditional Cambodian (Khmer) Wedding Ceremonies

    by sunbun14397

  • Put away the Celine Dion and Kenny G, I've got you covered with these feisty tracks to play on your wedding day.

    Indie Wedding Songs

    Indie Wedding Songs

    by Kierstin Gunsberg4

  • Weddings in Nigeria are celebrated in style, whether it's the traditional or white (church) wedding. Here are images and details of a wedding incorporating both the Ibo and Yoruba traditions.

    A Nigerian Traditional Wedding: Yoruba and Ibo Style

    A Nigerian Traditional Wedding: Yoruba and Ibo Style

    by Comfort Babatola20

  • Getting married at the courthouse doesn't mean you have to forfeit all the style and sentiment of a traditional wedding! Try one or all of these ideas to make your courthouse wedding a day to remember.

    How to Make a Courthouse Wedding Feel Special

    How to Make a Courthouse Wedding Feel Special

    by Kierstin Gunsberg6

  • Here are some easy, fun games I've offered at baby showers I've planned that have all been very successful and made for great photos, as well.

    6 Fun and Easy Baby Shower Games

    6 Fun and Easy Baby Shower Games

    by _cheryl_28

  • Looking to jam out to newer songs at your wedding? Here's my list of the best love songs that came out in 2017 to play at your wedding and reception.

    The Best Wedding Songs of 2017

    The Best Wedding Songs of 2017

    by Kierstin Gunsberg3

  • Whether you’re throwing a fancy formal dinner party, inviting your friends for a casual gathering, or preparing an everyday family meal, why not put together a pleasant table setting for your guests?

    How to Set Your Dinner Table for Any Occasion

    How to Set Your Dinner Table for Any Occasion

    by Linda Chechar4

  • A handfasting is a less fussy version of a wedding. It’s relaxed, fun, and the happy couple can structure it any way they wish. It can take place anywhere, and anyone or no one can officiate.

    Witchcraft Wedding: Handfasting

    Witchcraft Wedding: Handfasting

    by Bev G9

  • Zumba fundraisers are a fun and unique way to raise funds for a variety of non-profit groups, schools, charities and causes. Learn how to plan a successful fundraising event in this article.

    How to Plan a Zumba Fundraiser

    How to Plan a Zumba Fundraiser

    by Kathy Sima3

  • If you are planning a birthday party for a teenager, consider these suggested activities for groups of teens, from low-key to extravagant, depending on your budget and their interests.

    How to Celebrate a Teenager's Birthday

    How to Celebrate a Teenager's Birthday

    by Stephanie Hicks27

  • This page has activity ideas for a Western-themed party for kids including tepee painting, panning for gold, & sack races. There are also Ideas for decorations, food, & cake. I've included photos & party tips.

    Fun Western Activities for a Kids' Party

    Fun Western Activities for a Kids' Party

    by Faye Rutledge35

  • This page is about how to plan a birthday party. It gives easy steps to use when planning your party. Ideas for the guest list, invitations, decorating, activities, food menu, and birthday cake.

    How to Plan a Birthday Party

    How to Plan a Birthday Party

    by Faye Rutledge25

  • Planning a party is difficult at the best of times. Planning a themed party for kids is even more difficult. How do you keep the children busy? How do you make scrumptious food that links to the theme? What about invitations? Games? Snacks? Prizes? These are some of the questions that you must answer in order to plan a successful themed party.

    Harry Potter Themed Party Ideas and Games for Children

    Harry Potter Themed Party Ideas and Games for Children

    by Simon Cook7

  • Running out of theme party ideas for adults? Try Bollywood Nite for an Indian-themed dinner party.

    Bollywood Theme Party Ideas

    Bollywood Theme Party Ideas

    by Mazlan14

  • Traditional Igbo wedding designs and ceremonial outfits are modern, classy, creative, and beautiful—from the bride and groom to the beautifully attired guests.

    The Traditional Igbo Wedding Outfit

    The Traditional Igbo Wedding Outfit

    by femi8

  • We have all heard the expression “the luck of the Irish”. When a bride begins planning a wedding based on Irish customs, it is very true that much of what she does will be based on trying to bring good luck to the marriage and to shun bad luck.

    Irish Wedding Customs, Superstitions, and Lucky Traditions

    Irish Wedding Customs, Superstitions, and Lucky Traditions

    by Seabastian9

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