A Prom is the biggest social event of the school year, and if you are a Senior it is the last hurrah before graduation.
Fundraisers can be held at lunch time, after school, or on weekends, and there are a variety of different things that can be done in order to raise the money. Here are a few examples:
Any of these will help you bring in some bucks, and nothing says raising money can’t be fun!
Sweet Corn Potluck Pudding
Nobody throws a party like New Orleans, and there is no party bigger than Mardi Gras . It’s a popular theme for a proms, weddings, banquets, fundraisers or showers because the upbeat theme just shouts “good time.”
Bright colors of Mardi Gras include purple, gold and lime green. Checkerboard, diamond, fleur di lis and damask patterns are usually included in the decor, and are extremely popular and easy to find now.
Entertainment for a Mardi Gras theme party could include costumes of jesters, kings and queens, and a vast selection of beads, ceramic and feathered masks . It ALWAYS includes lively Jazz music, and LOTS of singing and dancing.
Of course, Mardi Gras wouldn’t be the same without lots of great Cajun food. Search the web for crayfish, beans and rice, and all sorts of fried foods that make up the Louisiana cuisine.
For a fun and memorable event - A Mardi Gras theme is definitely the theme to liven up the crowd.
There’s nothing as much fun, and exciting, as anticipating the possibilities of a New Year with a large group of people. Pull out the top hats and feathered tiaras, pop the cork, and toast the new year in style.
A New Year’s Eve party gives most women a reason to buy a beautiful cocktail dress and some sparkling jewelry. For some it’s the only time all year they get to dress up, and they don’t want to pull any punches.
Have your champagne chilled in a nice acrylic or aluminum ice bucket , uncork the bottle, and enjoy the evening. Those with money to spread around can use real glass champagne flutes for everyone, others resort to plastic to make their toasts. Either way, the spirit is the same.
Having a special party favor, such as a timer that is shaped like a champagne glass in an ice bucket. Each guest can set their timer to go off at midnight (synchronize the timers to all go off at the same time). What an original and fun way to send off the New Year!
Toast can be personal, directed to the host/hostess of the party, or intimate. Use humor, poetry, or off the cuff (as long as you don’t embarrass anyone) relating of a personal moment. When you have completed your toast, lift your champagne glass and sip to the honoree and the New Year.
Just remember, if you are going to drink either have a designated driver, or get a room within walking distance of the party. You don’t want to end the new year before it gets started.
If you are one of those who waits until the last minute to get your gifts (statistics show many men wait until 12/24 to pick up their gifts) you can still find items, but it will cost more. If you are buying online you will have to pay extra for shipping to get it there in time. The last day to order and get regular ground shipping is Dec. 16.
For Infants/Toddlers: This is the age group easiest to please. They will be happy with a box to unwrap – and play inside. Last minute items you will find for them are stuffed toys and anything that plays music. They love anything that makes sounds and has lights, or that they can cuddle up with.
For pre-school to tweens: Craft items, projects, games, puzzles and movies. Older children also want video games or safe target toys, like Nerf products, basketballs, soccer balls or nets.
For Teens: Walkman, electronics or MP players, cameras , computer games, video games and DVD movies can’t go wrong. Just make sure they don’t already have them, or that you find things compatible with the systems they do have. Teens also like gift baskets with body sprays and soaps with scents (girls also like coordinating shower gels or bubble baths). Picture frames are also good ideas – a place to put their favorite pictures. For the teen who is into sports, a personalized item from their favorite sport or team, or some weights and work-out videos and items. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a gift certificate to their favorite store. Teens love to go to the mall and shop!
For Adults: A bottle of wine or alcohol (if they drink), chocolates and gift baskets of fruit, chocolates and cookies are always appropriate. Food is always in style! If they like to get out and go to the movies, purchase a gift certificate to your local movie theatre or to their favorite movie rental store. Bookstores are full of interesting subject matter as well, and audio books are very popular. Spa treatment certificates are also considerate for both sexes, and a digital picture frame , pre-loaded with photos is a personal touch that looks as if you’ve been shopping for just the perfect gift for months!
Of course, you never can go wrong by purchasing jewelry for women!
Just keep in mind that if you are ordering for Christmas you need to allow for additional shipping time. Christmas is on Tuesday this year so orders placed after 12/19 will have to be extra postage or they will not be delivered, and personalized items will have to be ordered a week before that.
Holiday parties, whether they are just family or for a large group of friends and family, are something you want to do up in a special way. There are the extra holiday decorations, the special food you usually make only once a year, and the warm glow of fun, anticipation and joy this season brings.
You want to be prepared when the guests arrive and not have to spend the whole night in the kitchen. Trying to get everything done a few minutes before the guests arrive leaves no time for you to get ready (I have been stuck with no shower and in work clothes as early guests started to arrive. I had to leave them alone as I got ready!) Planning ahead will take the stress off of you and let you relax and enjoy your guests.
Make a checklist of what you are going to need. Shop a few days before, and not on a week-end. Then pace yourself on what you can prepare ahead of time and what has to go into the oven a few hours before. Make the do-ahead items and refrigerate or even freeze them if you can.
I would suggest you have a fountain or punch bowl that holds a basic non-alcohol punch. Another bowl could be used for an alcoholic drink - unless you are having a bar and serving cocktails.
Have the house decorated and all the serving platters and dishes out at least the day before. These things don’t require last minute placement. Plan to end all your meal preparations at least three hours before the guests are due to arrive so you have time to get yourself ready, attend to any last-minute things, and sit back and enjoy a relaxing few moments – perhaps with a glass of wine.Right before the guests are due to arrive, turn on the party lights and light some candles. You will be able to enjoy the party along with your guests, and have a stress-free celebration.
The men are watching the football games, the women are in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on dinner, but where are the kids?
Since Thanksgiving is family time most people can’t help but interact with smaller people who short attention spans, and a great need to find something to occupy their time.
Click the highlighted items to a maze and dot-to-dot you can print off, and a Thanksgiving placemat the kids can color and match, brought to you by Disney's family.go.com and DLTK's Growing Together .
A clever activity was also contributed by reader Candice Steelman of Hughson, California, on the DLTK's Thanksgiving pages, and is a fun way to get the children to think of ways to give thanks and remember what the day is for.
Candice said, "It always bothered me that we spent so much time preparing for Christmas, while Thanksgiving just seemed to quietly slip by, so one year I cut large 4s from paper and placed one on each person's plate. Just before dinner, we wrote the things we were thankful for on our cutouts, then took turns sharing our lists. We've been creating our Thankful Fours off and on for 20 years now. This year we'll be introducing our grandchildren to the tradition!"
For a festive way to display your family's Thankful Fours throughout the holiday weekend, punch holes in each one, tie on a ribbon or string, and hang your creations from a light fixture, along a banister, or in a window.
Whatever you do, take the time to be thankful for the people around you and all that you have. In these hard economic times there are so many much worse off than you and this is the holiday specially made for giving thanks.