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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Birthday Party Ideas for Every Decade





Birthdays are meant to be celebrated – especially those big milestone birthdays when a person turns another decade older. Celebrating a birthday is all about looking back at the places you’ve been and gazing ahead at what you still have to experience. Birthday parties deserve creativity and above all, they must be fun! Celebrate each of the following decades with family and friends by going all-out for your next birthday party. Here are some ideas to get you started:


·    20s/30s. Whether you’re entering the 20s or leaving them behind, a 1920s-themed party is the perfect way to celebrate. Decorate with feather and pearl accents and use neutral colors like black, white, and silver. Serve finger foods like pigs in a blanket, fruit, pineapple upside down cakes, and more. Purchase martini glasses at the dollar store and serve punch in a glass bowl for a fun twist. For entertainment, create a mini casino, with roulette, poker, and blackjack tables. Ask guests to dress up in 1920s garb and don’t forget to take lots of pictures! Send everyone home with a favor bag tied with personalized gift tags.


·    40s. You may be tempted to go with an “Over the Hill” theme if a loved one is turning 40; after all, there’s a lot of premade d├ęcor and it’s a fun gag to pull. However, consider instead a classy cocktail party. It’ll make your loved one feel encouraged, especially if the birthday girl or guy is sensitive about their age. Send out birthday cards and invites asking guests to wear their favorite little black dress or suit. Serve up creative cocktails named for the guest of honor, and put together an array of fancy appetizers like shrimp cocktail, a gourmet cheese platter, fruit, etc. Play jazz or classical music to set the mood. The celebration should be both mature and classy.



50s/60s. Bring back the memories of youth with a rock-n-roll party theme for anyone turning 50 or 60. The music, the food, the clothing – all of it will serve to create a fun party that brings all the charm of the rock-n-roll era to life! Compile a list of songs from the era – don’t forget to include all of your Elvis favorites – and if you have room, set up an area for dancing. Serve a candy buffet filled with vintage candies from the 1950s era, including Dubble Bubble bubblegum, candy buttons, Razzles, Smarties, and Pixy Stix.

In the end, it doesn’t matter how old someone is turning – after all, isn’t age a state of mind? If these birthday party ideas aren’t jiving with you, ask the birthday gal or guy how they’d like to celebrate. Whatever you do, remember to celebrate another year of wonderful life!


Author Bio: Heather Hewitt is a seasoned writer and guest author who enjoys connecting people with thoughtful products, services and ideas as they relate to crafting, photography, gift giving and personal expression.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Turn It Up Tuesdays

Welcome to the 45th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

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As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Victoria chose What Moms Are Really Thinking When You Want to Visit Their Newborn from Wirl Mamas. "I chose this post because it was entertaining and spoke the truth. There are some things that guests have to keep in mind when visiting a mom who has just had a baby. I especially agree that they should hold back on the lies about saying that you look good when obviously you do not after hours of being in labor."

Katie also chose this post. "This article is hilarious ... And SO TRUE!! Having recently just had our third child, I can totally relate! This should be sent as a public service announcement to all before anyone goes to see a newborn! Tell us we look good ... And bring food (ha!)."

This post also received the most clicks.

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Cathy chose Lemon Sugar Scrub from Melanie Gets Married. "I love everything lemon ... and I have wanted to try making my own scrub. I love the ingredients and simplicity of this scrub! Can't wait to make some!"

Silvie also chose this post. "I chose this as my favorite post this week because I am a big believer that you must take care of your skin. When ever I find something that will allow me to pamper myself while taking care of my skin, then it's an automatic win! I tried Melanie's recipe and I absolutely love it, the results and the scent is amazing!"

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Cindy chose How to Make a Giant Outdoor Water Bed from My Frugal Adventures. "I chose this because it looks like it would be a lot of fun for kids of all ages. It is also a project that I think I could actually make!"

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Katy chose Top 10 Christian Pinterest Boards from Satisfaction Through Christ. "I'm a big fan of roundups that help me focus my energies when I head into a time-sucking platform like Pinterest. Knowing these particular boards have the backing of a respected blogger makes me that much more excited to check out their content, knowing I am headed in the right direction and will find lots of inspiration. For as easy as it is to find just about anything on Pinterest, that sometimes makes it feel overwhelming and I like that I can use posts like this to streamline my searches."

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Rhonda chose I Got 99 Problems But Perky Boobs Ain't One from Pig and Dac. "I found this post hilarious! We all know life changes after childbirth, but it also changes our bodies and not for the better. Accepting these changes requires a look back and a look forward, and that's exactly what this blogger did as she tells her story."

Natasha also chose this post. "This post is so hilariously funny! My boobs went poof too, and I only have 1 child. Our bodies definitely change after having a baby, and it is so important to accept our new bodies once they develop. Regardless, I enjoyed this post! Still laughing! Great post!"

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Rachel chose Magnolia Leaf Wreath from Canary Street Crafts. "I chose this post because I love the elegant simplicity and personalization of this wreath. It is perfect any time of year and can the monogram really adds a special touch to any front door."

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Ashley chose DIY Rice Bag from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm. "Rice bags are one of my favorite blogging tools. I use one to right my wrist on when working on the laptop and can't wait to make one for my office desk!"

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Jillian chose The Only Picture I Regretted Taking // iMO from Logan Can... "I love this post because I feel the exact same way as Logan. I can't help but take every single photo possible of my son, and I love how she shares how important it is to her and why."

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Alycia chose Let’s Start A Revolution! from B Marie Photography. "I love the message in this post. Finding the beauty in ourselves will help us to teach our children that everyone is beautiful and to find things they love about themselves. I am guilty of this for sure, but after reading this, I am going to start making a conscious effort to see the beauty!"

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Jessica chose Unplugging From Technology For Healthier Family Living from Urban Naturale. "This is sooo true!! I also liked how she refers to 3 year old's using some sort of technology today too. That totally hit me bacause I have a 3 year old who loves youtube videos! Since health has been my number one concern these tips are spot on to get the family involved and "unplug" for a couple hours. At the same time, it promotes family time which we all want and need :)."

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Stacey chose Homemade Honey Wheat Bread Recipe! from Thrifty NW Mom. "I have really been giving strong consideration to starting to bake my families bread from scratch. My family can really go through 6 to 8 loaves during the two weeks between grocery store trips, of store bought bread and curious if it would be cheaper to make it fresh. This recipe looks wonderful and I am looking forward to giving it a try! Thank you so much for sharing!"

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Tara chose DIY Door Frame Chalkboard from Latte Everyday. "When I saw this I thought, "what a genius idea!" I would have never thought of that. So creative how Megan turned a door frame into a chalkboard sign, I just love it! Love the message that she wrote on it too!"

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