When the clock strikes midnight, where will you be? Hopefully at an awesome party where the music is pumping and the champagne is flowing! To help you get ready, we’ve created a board filled with tips on how to throw the perfect NYE party.
Getting married on New Year’s Eve? It’s a great way to never forget your anniversary. But, seriously, a lot of couples are choosing to ring in the new year as newlyweds. And, really, who doesn’t look good surrounded by gold and silver? A confetti bar is a fun thing to add to your celebration (as long as your venue doesn’t have a problem with it) where your guests can combine rice, flowers, glitter and/or little bits of sparkly paper to throw into the air at midnight.
Instead of a traditional guest book, why not invite your guests to write a resolution for you and your spouse to accomplish during your first year of marriage?
And then, so that you don’t forget what you’re supposed to be doing, try an app like SmartGoals to help you keep track of all of your resolutions.
It’s a new day; it’s a new year. Even if 2015 wasn’t all that you hoped it would be (but we certainly hope it was!) 2016 offers up 12 brand new months to set new goals, make new friends, and start new endeavors.
It’s been an amazing year for techsytalk.com and we’re thrilled that you were a part of it. Here’s to many more techsy adventures in the upcoming year!
But, if you didn’t, not to worry. We’ll do it again next year. In the meantime, you can always throw one of your own.
There are some ugly sweaters out there. Seriously. Really ugly. And, just when you thought they couldn’t get uglier someone shows up in a skirt, fashioned from a Christmas tree skirt!
Those who have facial hair might take the extra step of adorning their beards with Beard Baubles.
But, these events aren’t just about the sweaters. You’ve gotta have some tacky appetizers and a lot of gaudy decorations. Depending on the group, you might even like to incorporate an ugly ornament Gift exchange. More is more! In addition to being a phenomenal opportunity to capture your guests in full ugly glory with a photo booth, Ugly Sweater parties are the perfect time to play a rousing game of charades. Please, don’t forget the prizes. Such creativity (and tackiness!) must be recognized.
Calling all gangsters and molls! It’s time to go back. Waaaay back. December 5, 1933 was the day the country celebrated the end of prohibition, and we can’t think of a better reason to have a party!
If you set up your event space like a speakeasy, with some fabulous art deco doors and feathery, pearl dripped centerpieces, be sure to pipe some Jazz music through the sound system so your guests can kick up their heels. You should be serving old fashioned drinks like Sidecars, Southsides, Bee’s Knees and, of course, Old Fashioneds! If you’re hosting a big event, definitely have your wait staff dressed as flappers, serving hors d’oeuvres from cigarette boxes.
The roaring ‘20 theme completely lends itself to photo booths so load up on props including handlebar mustaches, cigarette holders, pearls, fedoras, fans and boas. For your more dangerous guests, set up a backdrop that will make it look like a mug shot.
Grab your glad rags and invite some folks over to your juice joint. Remember, a little party never killed nobody 😉
We’re dreaming of a white Christmas, aren’t you? White lights, that is, twinkling against a backdrop of … well, any backdrop is made prettier with twinkling lights! Even if you only have a small corner to work with, you add a little red, a little green, a little silver and you’ve immediately made your surroundings more festive.
If you’ve got a ballroom, however, you can really go grand. Multiple trees, with different color themes add an air of elegance to any event space. Tables can be simple – white china/red napkins – or very intricate with elaborate centerpieces, linens and place settings.
A Few of Our Favorite Things
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? No? Neither have we! If you’re like a lot of people, putting that list together and sticking to a budget can be very challenging. Luckily, there’s an app to help you keep track of gift spending. And, if you don’t like going out on Black Friday, technology makes it very easy for you to shop from the comfort of your own home on Cyber Monday.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
One of the coolest things about technology at this time of year is that your child can get not only a phone call from Santa but a video message too. So, if your little one is teetering between naughty and nice, a message from the North Pole might be just what’s needed to get him/her back in line. And, on Christmas Eve, kids (and parents!) love to track Santa’s route with the Norad Santa Tracker app.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Whether you’re involved in a cookie exchange or you attend an ugly sweater party, don’t forget that this time of year is so much fun!
Hannukah is the festival of lights.
To commemorate the miracle of the oil that lasted for 8 nights instead of only one, it’s a custom to eat oily foods, such as latkes and donuts. While that makes Hannukah a not so great time to start your new diet, it does provide us with a wonderful opportunity to gather with our families and friends to express gratitude for all of the great things we have in our lives. Don’t have a menorah? Not to worry. You can actually use a virtual one! Not sure how to make latkes, or any of the other traditional dishes prepared for this holiday? We’ve pinned some amazing recipes and a lot of creative decorating ideas to make this Hannukah extra special.
Let’s throw a party, Bollywood Style!
Diwali is the biggest and brightest festival in India. Festivities and rituals typically extend over a 5 day period – this year it will be November 11-15 – and involve cleaning, renovations and decoration.
Diwali is also one of the biggest shopping periods so if you’re planning an event, it’s the perfect time to pick up some new table linens and place settings to really make your table stand out.
Do you want your guests to dress for your theme? If they don’t already own a sari or a kurta, it is simple enough to put together a casual Indian costume. However, there are also stores online where they can be purchased.
Unblock your energies. Circulate air. Dispel darkness and invite in the light. And, don’t forget the fireworks. Have an auspicious Diwali!
Are you the kind of person who likes to huff and puff before you stuff? Do you plot out your caloric intake on a fitness app ahead of time? Or will you just pull on a pair of stretchy waist pants and dig in?
Even if it’s your first time preparing the BIG meal, technology is here to help you. There are numerous apps to help you plan your menu, whether you stick to the traditional or you’re cooking for guests with specific dietary requirements. You can send party invitations from your smart phone. If all else fails, you can call, tweet or Facebook the Butterball hotline for cooking advice.
Whatever your plans may be this November 26th, we hope that you spend Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. Please be sure to give thanks, check out our Pinterest board, and have a very techsy Thanksgiving!
What’s Your Party?
Your mother probably told you to never discuss politics in polite company but she didn’t say anything about a throwing a party! For an Election Day party, we think it’s all about the visuals: cupcakes with the candidates’ faces on them, drink stirrers that say “vote”, and cookies shaped like elephants and donkeys. Serve drinks with red, white and blue straws, and set up a ballot box and let everyone cast their vote.
There’s an App(etizer) for That!
As Americans, it’s our right, and privilege, to vote. But, how do you know who to vote for? If you’ve got a smartphone (and who doesn’t these days?), there are plenty of apps, like Voter and Sidewire, that can help you figure out where you stand on the issues, and wade through all of the candidates. And, if you get hungry while you’re doing all of that research, whip up some patriotic popcorn or some Yankee Doodle mac and cheese.
There’s no debate about it!
Whether you’re a Democrat, Rebublican, Libertarian, or independent, head out to the voting booths this November 3rd and use the power granted to you by our constitution. While you’re waiting in line at the polls, check out our Pinterest board for some great party ideas.
When your guests walk into your event, you want them to be impressed. Nothing will wow them more than a beautifully set table. It could be bold sunflowers strategically placed on a burlap runner down a long, rectangular table. Or, perhaps hundreds of crystals sparkling against the light of glass enclosed votive candles. It could be an ornate centerpiece – a Delft blue vase filled with tulips and branches – or something more simple, yet elegant, like sterling silver napkin rings.
Whether it’s a table for two or a room full of rounds, we’ve pinned some absolutely stunning tablescapes that will leave your guest(s) in awe.
1 in 3 cancers diagnosed in the U.S. are breast cancer. 1 in 1,000 men and 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Founded in 1985, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October. The goal is to increase awareness about the disease, and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.
A variety of events around the world are organized in October, including walks and runs, and the pink illumination of landmark buildings. The NFL promotes breast cancer awareness by incorporating pink on and off the field, as do local recreational soccer teams. Check your local papers, too, as comic strip artists use pink in their strips on one day in October.
While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early. So, put on some pink and get your mammogram. Save the tatas!