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Getting together an ice luge in summer's heat may seem as practical as forming a Jamaican bobsled team. While you will not need to build an Olympic-size luge, there are some fun and easy steps to making one that easily boosts a summer party. When friends help in the creation process, making a party ice luge will not even seem like a task. Party molds are available at certain sites; however, for those on a limited budget or who are more excited about making than buying, making a party ice luge at home is easily done.
Take your party on the road in an environmentally friendly way. The Pedal Party of Houston, Texas, rents out a specialty "bicycle" built for 16 passengers. Riders travel the streets of Houston looking at the scenery, getting exercise and, yes, enjoying refreshments -- not to mention the stares of those passing by. The "Pedal Pub" idea got its start in Amsterdam, where the bike is called a "Fietscafe," but U.S. companies in several cities have imported the vehicles. The Pedal Pub is touted as a safe and unusual way to spend time with friends, celebrate special events or host corporate team-building exercises.
"The Last Remnant" by Square-Enix is a turn-based battle strategy role-playing game for the Xbox 360. The battle system pairs characters, called units, into unions that fight in large-scale skirmishes on the screen during a battle. There are no random encounters during game play. Each party or union that you put together will have a different combination of skills and hit points, so it helps to know which characters to use and how to use them.
Typical in Filipino culture, a debut party is a fun way for many girls to celebrate passage into adulthood at the age of 18. Once a staple of the upper classes of many cultures, debut parties and Quinceaneras, the Mexican celebration of a 15th birthday party, remain popular ways to welcome young women into adult society.
A cast party is a party involving the cast of a production after the production has run its course. Cast parties traditionally applied to theater and opera productions but now also include television and film. Cast parties only involve the actors and offer an opportunity for the performers to celebrate and commemorate the end of a job.
If you see a gathering of young adults sharing vinyl records of obscure bands, passing around inexpensive cans of beer and showing off unusual fashions, you're probably bearing witness to a hipster party. Hipsters are a part of a subculture group of trendsetters that play off of irony and the rejection of mainstream ideals.
One of a host's toughest jobs is keeping drinks cold during a party, especially during hot weather. Even if there's enough room in a refrigerator to stash the drinks, they won't stay cold if guests are constantly opening and closing the door to help themselves. The trick is to keep drinks chilled while keeping them within easy reach. Instead of the typical cooler, use a more stylish container to serve drinks.
If you want to throw a good birthday party, choose a well-thought-out theme that keeps your guests involved. One great interactive theme is a spy party. To organize a spy party, pay attention to the details, just as a secret agent would. Everything from your invitations to party activities should display a top-secret vibe. Costumes, decorations and role playing will get your guests in the mood to uncover some fun.
Everyone knows college is about writing essays, studying and burning the midnight oil in the library, but letting loose and having fun is also par for the course. When throwing a party for college students, be it a toga-theme party or just a gathering of classmates, plan ahead to have a few fun things on hand to make sure guests enjoy themselves and relax.
To find a funny name for a party, think about the theme you want, who the party is for and what guests will want to do when they attend. You want to create authentic decorations, food and activities for your party theme. It's easy to think up a funny name that fits your theme, or let your funny name become the theme.
Choose a Mickey Mouse-themed party for your little one who loves Disney's "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" or for an adult who is still young at heart. Regardless of the guest of honor's age, certain party needs help to make the event a success.
If you're looking to add a little extra levity to your holiday gift-giving celebrations, consider switching to, or establishing, a white elephant gift exchange at office holiday parties, celebrations with friends and family, or even casual get-togethers with the neighbors. You'll find that these types of gift-swap parties are not only guaranteed to be wildly entertaining and memorable, but they also have other benefits: These exchanges can slash the size of your shopping list and save you money. With just a bit of planning and creativity -- and a clearly articulated set of rules -- you can host a lively party and organize a white elephant gift exchange that will fast become a much-anticipated and enduring tradition.
Summertime is here! Farmer's markets are overflowing with colorful fruits and vegetables -- squash, mangoes, tomatoes and melons -- all fresh, delicious summer treats. However, nothing symbolizes summer like a watermelon. This sweet, juicy gourd-like fruit is a summertime tradition and a party staple. So what exactly is a watermelon party? A watermelon party consists of lots and lots of watermelons for seed-spitting, carving contests and, of course, just plain eating.
A Dead Hollywood party should live up to its name. Guests invited to the party dress up as long-gone Hollywood stars and starlets. At a Dead Hollywood party, guests will rub shoulders with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Mae West and W.C. Fields, among others. Dead Hollywood parties are usually held around Halloween, as you might expect.
Texas social host liability is the general term for Texas law regarding the serving of alcohol. The general rule is that a party host is not responsible for the actions of guests who consume alcohol. However, Texas passed legislation in 2005 that extends liability to party hosts who provide alcohol to underage minors.
Everyone likes to feel appreciated. When you plan an appreciation party, you can make certain that individuals in your life -- whether they are teachers, volunteers, pastors, employees or simply friends -- can understand how much you truly appreciate the things that they do. People work hard, and their efforts should be rewarded. By planning an appreciation day party, you can spotlight the contributions of an individual so that she realizes her work has not gone unnoticed.
Entertaining guests can require a variety of glasses, depending on the party theme and the beverages the host is serving. There are novelty party glasses -- such as glasses with lights -- and there are alcoholic beverage party glasses -- such as martini glasses. There are also party glasses for children that are colorful and shatter-resistant.
With the lights out, you see people around you wearing colorfully glowing adornments. The decor, too, glows. The contrast between blackness and bright neon is what makes a glow party stand out from other parties. Sometimes called "glow-in-the-dark" parties, the events are ideal for evening gatherings where effects can be more easily achieved. Some features of a glow party might include glow-in-the-dark clothing, makeup and paint, glow sticks and black lights.
Ugly sweater parties are a phenomenon that may have begun in the mid-1990s. These social gatherings celebrate the most gaudily decorated sweaters, most often based on a Christmas or winter theme. Ugly sweater parties generally include food, drink and friends. The ultimate moment of the party comes at the end of the judging when everyone has voted on the ugliest sweater worn to the party. The winner of the ugly sweater competition typically receives a prize. Prizes may vary from an innovative trophy clothed in a sweater, to a gift certificate, to a pair of even more ugly embellished Christmas socks.