The night of my birthday party was supposed to be filled 80's jams and Murder Mystery fun, but instead it was icy out and the weather only planned to deliver more ice and unpredictable weather the rest of the evening. With the weather on the rocks I decided to move my party to New Year's Eve. That was a great call because we had an amazing time!
If you remember from previous posts the party wasn't just 80's themed but it was an 80's themed murder mystery party. The Murder High Reunion Mystery from www.thenightofmystery.com was a kit that my mom gave me to use for my party. It comes with everything you need and ideas to make your murder mystery party a ton of fun.
As guests arrived they were greeted and asked to grab sunglasses and take some pictures. After pictures guests were given all the information they needed to start the Murder High Reunion. They were given an envelope with their character's name tag, notebook and pen to take notes of clues, money (for bribery), and their first set of objectives to tell them what to do and say.
The living room was decorated with 80's posters, pac man swirly hanging cut outs and a candy buffet filled with 80's candy-a definite blast from the past.
After a welcome from one of the characters, guests were asked to mingle to complete their objectives. They needed to get to know each other and find out any secrets characters might be hiding. Once most people had completed their objectives dinner was served.
Dinner was a Nacho Bar complete with 3 different types of nacho chips, beef and chicken, and all the toppings. Dessert was donuts and cupcakes displayed on two record cake stands. (See previous posts for the DIY instructions for the record stands.)
Here are some of the other 80's DIY party decorations that were around the house for the event. There were record bowls filled with chips, cracker jacks and cheese puffs. Table centerpieces were CD's with cassette tapes and tea light candles. On the sides of the candy buffet stood two giant size rubix cubes.
Okay on with the party...
After dinner the "murder" occurs and characters begin questioning each other. This was the best part of the party. Secrets were being revealed left and right and money was exchanging hands to keep people from talking.
Once most people were finished we played a few rounds of 80's BINGO. Guests were given BINGO sheets to fill out from a list of 80's movies and music. Clips of songs were played and quotes from movies were read and guest yelled BINGO once they had covered squares horizontally, vertically, diagonally and four corners.
After BINGO guests were given "Who Dunnit" sheets
to accuse a guest of being the murder and to vote for the wealthiest guest, the best performance and best dressed. Prizes were given for all categories.
The party was so much fun. It was a blast to plan and even more fun to attend. I used this party to not only celebrate my birthday and the New Year but also to celebrate the launch of my event planning buisness: Creative Celebrations LLC Event Planning. It's in its early stages, but I am very excited about where this venture will take me.
I'd love to hear about a themed party you have attended or planned. Let's trade ideas and tips to make our next parties a "Creative Celebration".
TICK...TOCK... TICK... TOCK... That's the sound of 2016 coming to a close. I hope that 2016 has treated you well. Most of all I hope that what's to come in 2017 is the best you've ever seen.
There are many New Year's Eve Party theme ideas such as a Game Night Party, Movie Night Party or even a Dance Party! Here is my New Year's Eve Ideas Board from Pinterest. There are creative unique ideas that will have your party guest having a blast though the countdown and afterwards.
5...4...3...2...1...HAPPY NEW YEAR'S!!!!
Leave me a comment letting me know which ideas are your favorites. What types of New Year Eve Parties have you been to that were amazing? I'd love to hear from you!
There's nothing like Christmas Eve at home with my family. Before my husband and I had kids we would talk about what we did on Christmas Eve as kids and tried to come up with what we wanted to do with our own children. It's funny how actually having kids changes things. We have added things that we never did as kids. Some of our traditions include decorating a gingerbread house, making chocolate covered pretzels and watching the 24 hour A Christmas Story movie marathon that comes on television every year.
Decorating gingerbread houses is my favorite Christmas Eve traditions. This year with my kids being 10 and 3 I think getting 2 houses is a must. We ususally buy our ginger bread house kits from Michaels. The kits we get usually have a pre-assembled house and all the candy and icing needed to decorate the house.
Check out my pinterest @ creativeventsTB page for more gingerbread house ideas.
Christmas Eve presents are something that my mom started with our kids. She sends her grand kids a box each year to open on Christmas Eve. In the box are pajamas and an ornament (and some years a Christmas book). Here is just one of the many Christmas Eve box ideas I have found. In the box you can place pajamas, a Christmas book or movie, cozy socks, popcorn or favorite snack and hot chocolate. What a fun way to celebrate Christmas Eve. My kids look forward to their Christmas Eve gift from Nana every year!
I am a fan of Chocolate covered just about anything but I love chocolate covered pretzels.
Here is a video on how to make chocolate covered pretzels. What a delicious way to kick off Christmas Eve!
We end our Christmas Eve night the way all mankind should end their Christmas Eve nights, watching A Christmas Story marathon. This has to be the best Christmas movie ever made!! Some of our other favorites are The Polar Express and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
This year we dedcided to do a regular gingerbread house as well as some 3-D foam houses. Jaxson my youngest built a nativity scene while my oldest, Jaylah, went for a candy sweet shop we bought from Michaels Store. They had a great time. Jaxson wanted to be sure we decorated a "regular" gingerbread house as well.
I hope that you found some great ideas and that your Christmas Eve is filled with the magic only the Christmas season can give.
Leave me a comment about your favorite Christmas tradtition and rememeber to follow me on pinterest to find out some more great and exciting Christmas Eve traditions. Merry Christmas!
More posts to come after that party!!!
As if planning a big birthday party in December wasn't enough I had to have my annual holiday slumber party with my nieces. My daughter, Jaylah, loves when her cousins come over to spend the night. We always have a good time!
Before we start our fun we always decorate something. This year we did santa hats and stocking. I bought each kiddo a hat and stocking. I aslo bought fabric markers and sharpie markers for them to be able to quickly decorate them. I have used paint pens in the past but they didn't dry in time to wear them.
This year we had a holiday scavenger hunt. I went on pinterest and found some holiday clues that would work perfectly for my home.
You can find the clues I used at http://www.chicagonow.com/between-us-parents/2013/11/holiday-scavenger-hunt-clues/#_a5y_p=1119385
At each clue there were little gifts for the girls to get. The girls took their stockings on the treasure hunt and filled it up at each clue.
After the scavenger, I prepared the table for decorating gingerbread houses. I used graham crackers and held the pieces together with hot glue. (NO eating these houses!)
Items needed: 3 boxes of graham crackers, hot glue gun and glue sticks, icing and icing bags and lots and lots of candy to decorate the houses.
On pinterest I found many ways to build a graham cracker gingerbread house. The girls were so excited to decorate their gingerbread houses. They each got an icing (piping) bag as their "glue" and there was lots of different candies to choose to put on their houses from skittles to cherry sours. I think they ate as much as they put on their houses!
During the gingerbread house activity I had set up a Hot Chocolate Station. They each made hot chocolate or apple cider and could put whatever they wanted in it to make it taste as yummy as possible.
Our final activity was to make Oobleck! If you have never read the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr.Seuss you don't know what you're missing. Check it out real quick.
There are many recipes for Oobleck out there, but the one we used was easy and perfect. It's less messy to do the whole project in a bag but more fun to do it in a bowl and use your hands. Hint: If you use food coloring (and of course we did) you will have colored fingers for a few days after this project.
The night ended with dancing and tv watcing. We had an amazing time together as usual. Until 2017!!!
All About ME
I am Tanya, a 38 year old wife and mother of two. I currently reside in St. Louis, MO. I started Creative Celebrations as way to share with others my love for party planning. I hope that each time you visit you will come away with a tip, trick or new idea to make your event a CREATIVE CELEBRATION!