Summer Party Themes

Summer Party Themes

Summertime is full of social gatherings from birthdays to weddings, there always seem to be a reason to celebrate.  With long days and warm nights, you’ll be looking for some new and creative ways to entertain this season.  Our party experts came up with some fantastic summer party themes.

Gardening Party

This is could be fun for the whole family.  Provide terra cotta pots for everyone and set up planting stations.  You can provide inexpensive plants like petunias or pansies or ask everyone to bring a few plants to share.  Provide potting soil and a few gardening tools for everyone to use.  You can set up a kids station and let them paint the pots or do their own planting.

Backyard Table Setting

Christmas in July

Why not bring the holiday spirit right into summer? Hang red and green lights on the deck and decorate the trees with ornaments. Pipe in some Christmas music to set the mood! Hand out stockings filled with summer inspired things like inflatable beach balls and sunscreen.  You can even serve Christmas cookies and all the traditional Christmas fare.  Grill up chicken and brush with a cranberry marinade.

Beach or Pool Party

Even if you don’t live on the beach or have a pool, you can still have a pool or beach party in your backyard.  Bring out the kiddie pool and sandbox.  Cut out surf boards from cardboard and stick them in the ground.  Play fun 60’s beach music and tell everyone to take their shoes off! Blow up plenty of beach balls to bounce around and consider setting up a volleyball set if you have one.

Vineyard Delight

Set up a beautiful table in the shade of a tree.  Play relaxing music and serve good cheese and fruit to compliment your wine selection. Incorporate a wine tasting game and encourage your guests to bring along their favorite vintage.

Barnyard Party

Set up the house and yard to feel like a barnyard dance.  You can get a few hay bales from a feed store and spread it around the yard.  Ask your guests to come in their best country attire.  Play square dance songs reserve an area just for dancing.  Incorporate some fun games like a pie eating contest or a potato sack race.  Serve up some fried chicken and grilled corn on the cob.  Finish the evening with some fresh baked apple pie!

Have a fabulous summer!  Hosting  a BBQ this season? Check out  great grilling ideas at PurpleTrail.


Latest Thoughts – Summertime Blues

“I’M Bored Mom”

“How can you be bored already, school just got out on Friday?”

“I know,  but I’m still bored There’s nothing to do.”

“Well, then go find something to do!”

“There isn’t nothing for me TO do, that isn’t boring”

“Ok, then I will find you something to do! Go clean your room!”

“Mooooom, Gosh, I just got out of School, I’m supposed to just Chillax and do Nuthin!”

Arggggggggggh, I am going to pull my hair out already! It’s not like she is a 7 or 8 year old, She will be 14 in just a few weeks. I knew this was going to happen, normally just staying home for the weekend is like pulling teeth. So now, we are walking around the house with our lip out so low, we can sweep the floors while we are walking. But the inevitable will soon be heard, Mom, can I call So and So? Well, by this time your floors are about as clean as they are going to get, so in an almost sense of relief you quickly agree because you know what will be soon to follow behind.  Then we as parents do this flip flop thing in our heads when they ask, “Can I go over to so n so’s house?” Our first knee jerk reaction is almost one of defiance. “Why, your NOT going to stay the night over there!” We declare to prove out authority. Why we do this, I have no idea. Yet when we step back and look at it, we don’t mind really, it will give her something to do. And if we are in an extremely good mood, we tell them right from the beginning, “Sure, its OK, as long as it is ok with her Mom. Why do we do this power play thing? Does it stop at just our kids, or do we bring this over into the rest of our lives?  My opinion is that it spills over into our lives. For instance, if you wanted to hit your boss up for a raise, or you wanted to get your spouse to Ok something you really really wanted, what do we do? We wait until the time is right. We prepare the situation ahead of time, butter them up per say. Not all the time does this happen. But I bet if every person really turned that mirror on them selves and really looked deep, you would find that it is true. Heck, many Husbands do the same thing when they want to have a little Grown Up time with their wives. They butter her up, or prepare the situation.  Of course, that does backfire quite a lot according to men. Their wife just accused them of doing something wrong, “Wow these flowers are Beautiful!, What did you do?” Then that leads to the anger part. “What do you mean, what did I do? Can’t I just do something nice for you because I love you?”, He declares. When deep down inside he didn’t do anything wrong, but he was sure “Hoping” he could.

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MTV Movie Awards – Was It Real or Set Up?

Ok, so many of you watched the MTV Movie Awards last night.  My first reaction was OMG was he ever P***ed off!  To me, he really looked mad, and the audience looked shocked. Heck I would be ticked off too if it were me. Some people are saying it is a set up, others are saying that it is for real.  I noticed back towards the beginning of it, when Bruno, the winged one, collides with the set that is in the way, it appears that a cord or something that was holding him upright, does snap. Which is what they say was the onset of the malfunction.  But, the fact that the camera just “happens” to pan down to Eminem and his crew who are looking up at Bruno out of hundreds of other people there?Hmm?   Well to me it was a Flash Back to Superbowl 38 , where the supposed “wardrobe Malfunction ” of Janet Jackson comes to mind. Which ironically was created by MTV as well.  MTV promised the Superbowl Fans a Shocking surprise.  You tell me, accident or set up?

So when you look at the photo blur of a close up of the exposed breast,

Janet Jackson's oops

Janet Jackson's oops

( I tried to keep it R-rated) First if this wasn’t “planned” then when you look at the photo, you will see the actual snaps that were put on it to come unsnapped when Justin pulled it. Also, even though it is blurred, you can still make out the ornamental jewelry of a sun that Janet wore over her nipple. Hard to believe that it was just  there with out the intention of being exposed. Puh lease.

Oh, and then there was the “other” surprise of the lip lock between Brittany Spears and Madonna.  We viewers should be prepared for just about anything by now. So you guys watch the video again , or maybe it is your first time seeing this, but either way, here is the MTV Movie Awards Video with

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Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Games

As I look at the cute little construction paper cut out of a lady bug hanging on my refrigerator. It dawned on me that I had a Baby Shower to go to next weekend.  I tried to sit back and think of when my kiddos were little.   I only remember having one shower out of the 3 babies. But I have been to a few of them.  You need to take in consideration of your guests that are coming. There are the Game players, or there are those who would rather just sit back in the corner and watch.  Me being an extrovert, well you can guess what type of game player I would be. If  your guests, and of course , mommy to be are a little more Game Friendly, here is a list of a few I found on this amazing Evite website called The PurpleTrail

Name That Nursery Rhyme This is great especially when the New Addition may be having their rooms decorated with Nursery Rhymes.

Help to get the new parents to be up to speed with their nursery rhymes before the baby arrives!  This game is a hit for people of all ages.  We all remember nursery rhymes from our childhood…but just how well to we remember them?  Everyone will enjoy the trip down memory lane that this game provides.  Visit the PurpleTrail Printable Games store to download this game.

Mom Lib – These are always a blast to do. (You might want to add a small reference key if there is a chance your guests don’t know what for instance adverb, adjective, etc.. is. This can save some emberassment later)

Here’s a great little Mad Lib story about Mom-to-be’s Baby Shower day! Break the guests up into teams and have each team create their own unique Mad Lib and watch the fun begin. Optional ending game included for Mom’s who are adopting.  Give each team a work sheet to fill in the word description, without looking at the story. Then the team fills in the story using those same words; and they get a chance to read their crazy creation! Visit for a printable version of this game.

Baby Pictionary  You can modify the rules of this game to fit many different ideas, keep in mind if there is a Theme to the Party.

This game is based upon the original Pictionary board game. Before the shower, place words relating to baby activities and items on small cards. (eg: Changing a diaper, giving birth, feeding time) At the shower, create teams and give each one a pad of paper and pencil. Let one member of the team see a card, then tell then to draw the word or phrase for their partners to guess. Use a timer or just play until someone guesses. When the time is up, the teams total up the number of words they have guessed correctly and the one who has the most wins a prize.

Who Am I? Baby Shower Survey  If everyone knows the Mommy and her Family  really well, someone could even fill it out for the “Baby Daddy” or Siblings.

How well do you really know each other? Take this secret survey and have the Mom-to-be read the answers as the guests try to figure out Who’s Who! A great ice-breaker, even for groups who think they know everything about each other! Check out the printable version at

Baby’s Beautiful Reflection

Is Baby going to be a “chip off the old block,” or a “beautiful reflection” of Mom? Let the laughter roar as guests try to decide which skill or trait Mom and Dad will say they want baby to inherit from them. Great game to play individually or at a couple’s shower.  How to Play: Looking at a list of traits, players mark an X for either Mom or Dad – depending on whom they think Mom wants baby to inherit that trait from. At the same time, Mom is marking her answer sheet with whom she wants baby to inherit that trait from. For a couples shower, split the men into a different group and let Dad mark his answer sheet separately.

Complete the Book Title:  Dr. Seuss Books

This is a great game to play at a baby shower.  Everyone will love reminising about their favorite Dr. Seuss book, and the Mommy-to-be will get to hear all about the books she will soon be reading!  There are so many great book titles – how many will you be able to complete?  Visit the PurpleTrail printable games store to download this game.

Be sure to check out all of PurpleTrail’s baby shower printable games.

10 Father’s Day Celebration Ideas

Father’s Day is coming up and that means it’s time to do what Dad wants to do! Make sure the Dad in your life feels appreciated and loved on his day. Whether it’s a family BBQ, a day at the golf course or maybe just a relaxing day of whatever Dad chooses, here are 10 ideas to help make this Father’s Day great.

1. Surprise Adventure- Plan a daytrip to one of his favorite places or somewhere he’s always wanted to check out. Leave little hints like “pack your swimsuit” or “bring your golf clubs” then head out for the day!
2. Backyard BBQ- Nothing is as fun as a great BBQ with all Dad’s favorite foods and his favorite people, his family! Put together a menu of his favorites and bring out the boce ball. If your Dad likes to be the grill master, let him show off his grilling greatness. Otherwise, give Dad the day off. Plan a family friendly game of croquet, badmitten or boce ball. Check out this delicious double cheddar cheese burger recipe.
3. Dad’s Day Out- If your Dad loves to hit the links, set up a tee-time for him and few friends and let him enjoy this Father’s Day playing a round of golf at his favorite course. If possible, arrange to have a lunch with his favorite frosty beverage pre-paid for him at the 19th hole.
4. Father’s Day Olympics- For those sport loving, competive natured dads, plan a day of “Olympic” style events like a relay race, water ballon toss, and strong man competition! You can even make gold, silver and bronze medals to bestow upon the top three athletes of the day.
5. Breakfast in Bed- Let Dad sleep in and bring him a delicious breakfast in bed. Everyone can help prepare the meal. Take a look at some of these breakfast recipes for inspiration.
6. A Show of Appreciation- Put on a show for Dad! Each family member can act out their favorite thing about Dad. If he has a good sense of humor, think of it as a light hearted “roast” for him. Or, you can let each person present their gift to Dad and let him know how much you appreciate him. For craft ideas check PurpleTrail’s homemade Father’s Day gift ideas.
7. Family Photo- If the whole family is celebrating, why not seize the opportunity to update your family photos! Take several shots in various poses to capture the moment. Utilize a tripod so everyone can be included in the picture.
8. Car wash- Suprise Dad by getting the gang together to wash his car inside and out. He’ll be happy to cross it off his “to-do” list!
9. Game Tournement- If the weather is less than desirable and your celebration is indoors, pull out the family’s favorite board games. Games like charades or card games are also fun for everyone!
10. Picnic in the Park- Plan a gathering at your favorite local park or lake front. If combining your celebration with other families, coordinate a potluck with a few favorites for each of the Dad’s.

The most important thing is to let your Dad know what he means to you. If it’s by way of a simple card or a big party, just make sure to let him know you appreciate him. Afterall, without our dad’s, we wouldn’t be here! Happy Father’s Day!

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