This guide to planning parties is by Southern California's family entertainer Thom Bliss. The party planning guide is based on his years of experience performing at children's birthday parties, kids birthday parties, adult birthday parties, Christmas, Halloween and other holiday parties. He has also drawn on the experiences of other magicians, clowns, comedians, and other performers. In it he gives you the 411 on party invitations, party decorations, party food, hiring the party entertainment, and other details. We hope that it will prove helpful, no matter what type of event you are organizing.
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Magician Thom Bliss Reveals His Secrets - For Planning a Great Birthday Party
Keep it Simple
Don't plan an elaborate meal. Hotdogs, chips and punch or soda have always been big hits with the kids. Today, pizza has probably surpassed hot dogs and hamburgers in popularity. The kids like it and you can have it delivered, making the preparation almost null. But again, keep it simple - a single topping - cheese, sausage, or hamburger, is probably a better choice than a five- or ten-topping combo.
Remember, too, that, especially with the youngest kids, you are dealing with small appetites. Cut each slice of pizza in half before you serve it, or ask your neighborhood pizza parlor if they can cut the pizza into smaller pieces for you. You might also want to have some fresh fruit or carrot and celery sticks available.
One of the great things about southern California is its great diversity. Over the years, we have enjoyed foods from many parts of the world. However, we believe that, whatever your ethnic or cultural background, the best party foods for kids are still hotdogs or pizza.
If a number of adults will also be at the party, you might want to have two cuisines. Kid food for the kids, adult food for the adults. But don't make the adult food too elaborate, either. I suggest you order a deli platter (with a variety or meats and cheeses, several kinds of bread, and the usual condiments), so the adults can make their own sandwiches. The deli sections of most major supermarkets can supply you with this sort of platter, but you should give a day or two's advance notice. Of course, pizza and soda work well with many adults as well as the kids; and the adults might actually appreciate that five-topping pizza or ethnic food.
Themed paper plates, napkins, table covers, and decorations add to the fun. Many themes are available at your local party supply store or an online party store such as Birthday in a Box or Trixie's Party Store.
A simple sheet cake, with the appropriate number of candles, some ice cream, and something for the kids to drink, is really all you need in the way of refreshments. You might even consider saving the big cake, with the candles, for a family time after the party, and serve cupcakes and ice cream cups at the party.
If you want something fancier, a large cake, made from a mix or purchased from the grocery store or bakery, can be decorated with gumdrops, small suckers, or objects cut from construction paper. Beautiful cakes can be ordered from specialty bakeries and even some grocery stores. If you live or work in the Torrance area, you should check out the lovely cakes at King's Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant.
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