Graduation Party Tips 0

2015 grad dare-to-dream-beverage-napkins-3I must confess, when it comes to ideas for sprucing up a party venue, I would not be the first person you’d come to. If you asked, I’d tell you that for me to have the perfectly decorated party, I call someone like my sister and seek assistance. She has an eye for making a perfect party backdrop that complements the day's photos. She seems to have a magic hat full of tricks and ideas on how to mix and match things to get that perfect fit. But sadly she has a very busy life of her own so I usually have to go it alone. Recently I came across some helpful party tips, and I hope these few that I share here today will come in handy as you prepare for upcoming graduation parties. Using alternative color streams (school colors) and double sided tape you can create a unique palette motif. Streamers also can be used to create a colorful buffet table. You can tape them to the base of vases, bowls, and candle holders. And when you add colorful tablecloths, balloons, and banners, the end result is an artistic array of party decorations sure to enhance all your party photos. Another helpful idea that will guide guests to your front door in the evening is to take a bunch of school color balloons with a glow stick inside in each one and tie them to the railing or outside deck.  Not only are they attractive, the light will help your guests as they come and go in the evening. Yes, graduation season is definitely here. Locally ceremonies are just beginning with college graduations. And from kindergarten to high school, there will be graduation parties, ceremonies and celebrations throughout the month of June. You can show your school spirit and commemorate your graduate’s big day with party decorations to match the school colors. Everything from graduation balloons, streamers, tableware, favors, and banners can be arranged to create a colorful and artistic backdrop for all your grad party photos. And remember, big or little, kids love piñatas. Be sure to visit Card & Party Giant in Glenview to check our selection of tableware colors or special graduation-themed party supplies. This family-owned store is open 7 days a week for the convenience of local shoppers.    

The Sport of A Piñata Party 0

pinataOne of the common party supplies used in Cinco de Mayo celebrations is a piñata. The sport of breaking a piñata that has been filled with small toys or candy is also popular at children’s birthday parties. And recently a customer called looking for one that her college-aged son wanted at his graduation party. The entertainment in having a piñata comes from watching blindfolded participants take turns swatting a stick or bat at a suspended piñata filled with candies or small prizes. The art is in keeping the piñata at bay so each participant lands only a few strikes and the piñata remains unbroken so that all participants have at least one turn before the final crack that sends a trail of prizes and candies to the ground. Since I knew the piñata to be associated with Cinco de Mayo, I assumed it was a Mexican tradition. However, in doing a little research I discovered that some historians believe its origins go back to the 14th Century in Europe while others believe it originated in China. Early traditions involved using a clay pot rather than the papier-mâché designs that are popular today. The Chinese tradition was associated with New Year and involved a container in the shape of a cow or oxen decorated in bright colors to symbolize a productive growing season.  After the container, often filled with seeds, was burst, the remains were burned and the ashes stored for good luck. The European tradition was associated with a Lenten celebration and was brought to Mexico in the 16th Century. When introduced in Mexico it was said to represent the struggle between man against temptation. Beating the piñata was symbolic of man’s struggle against temptation and evil.  Having lost its religious association, today the piñata is a popular party activity, especially at Cinco de Mayo and birthday parties. A large selection of piñatas in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes ranging from butterflies and race cars to rainbows and zoo animals, horses, and superheroes are available to complement a themed-party.