Adults like to have fun too
Make your party pop with these fun games!
Labor Day is the perfect excuse to get all your friends together for some good food and some good fun. And even though your firing up the grill and mixing summery cocktails in honor of the occasion, you might want your party to have that little something extra.
Nothing says “boring” more than a bunch of adults just standing around at a party. Party games are a fun way to get your friends laughing and active. And if you have some friends there who don’t know each other, it’ll be a great way for them to break the ice and get to know each other. We’ve gathered up some great party ideas that your friends will be talking about for a while.
Boozy Chocolate-Filled Piñata
The first thing you’ll need is a patriotic piñata, complete with red, white and blue design. Now usually, a piñata is filled with your typical chocolates and candies, but since your friends are all adults, why not fill it with something a little special. Boozy candies are delicious and fun, and they’ll be the perfect reward for whoever breaks the piñata.
U.S. Trivia Game
This is perfect for adults because we’ve all gone through school, so we know all about U.S. history, right? And if not, even better! It’ll be hilarious to see how little or how much you and your friends know about our country, especially if you’ve all had a few drinks. This is a game best played in two or three even teams.
Historical Figures Headbands
The rules to play headbands is simple: write a name of a U.S. historical figure on a sticky note, stick it on the forehead of the person to your left (without them seeing the name!), and then take turns trying to guess who you are. You can only ask yes or no questions, so the results end up being pretty hilarious.
Labor Day Party
A Labor Day Party is a great opportunity to bring together lots of kids and adults for a fun time. A spacious yard or local park make a great location for a Labor day Party. If you want to reserve a specific picnic area, do so ahead of time because prime areas will be in high demand. If you can’t reserve an area, send a member of your group to the park early to stakeout a good location. Have a rainy day plan just in case.
Make invitation in shape of picnic basket.
Decorate with red and white balloons and streamers.
Games & Activities
Have a guess how many candy jar (fill a large jar with peppermint candy) and award the jar to the winner. Parade around the block- ask guests to bring wagons, bikes, scooters, drums and tambourines. Provide balloons, construction paper, streamers and small flags for decorating the parade “floats”. Have relay races and stomp rocket or water balloon challenge (farthest, highest, etc.). Set up a free play areas with hoola hoops, jump ropes, frisbees, and yo-yos.
Arts & Crafts
Have guests make sidewalk chalk murals. Set up a table with play doh and cookie cutters.
Serve hot dogs and hamburgers, corn on the cob, potato chips, rootbeer floats (don’t forget the straws). Have guests make their own ice cream sundaes or strawberry shortcake parfaits.
Fill favor bagas with small rubber balls, paddle balls, punching balloons, blowing bubbles, ball & jack sets, marbles and sidewalk chalk.
11 Motivational Books That Will Help You Achieve Your Dreams
Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.
In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.
Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.
The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.
Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)
What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.
How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.
Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.
For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!
Best Harry Potter Party Decorations
Perfect for your Harry Potter theme birthday, this fun Happy Birthday banner features the colors of Gryffindor (Harry’s house) and the same typeface used in the films.
Swag across a mantle, above a window, or along buffet and dessert tables for a cool party accent!
Signs from the wizarding world
These free printables are part of a collection of 15 free Harry Potter printable files offered at the link below.
Simply print them out, and hang them on the walls to make your little wizards feel right at home.
The great hall
Create this grand replica of Hogwarts’ Great Hall with a stone backdrop, floating candles, and House Banners.
Potion jar centerpieces
Potions is one of the most popular classes at Hogwarts, so you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of Hippogriff Gizzards, Gillyweed, and Bat Eyes on hand.
Try as they might, your Hogwarts students won’t learn any cool spells without cracking open a few books first.
Ministry of magic decal
You’ll need this creative decal directing your wizards and witches to the Ministry of Magic.
If you’d like to decorate your bathroom for free, check out how this blogger made a transparency of Moaning Myrtle with just a little creativity, a transparency sheet, and a printer, of course.
Diy dementor and patronus
You may have these decorations lying around your house already!
Fashion a realistic, scary flying Dementor from a Halloween skeleton covered in thin, black cloth. This Patronus is just a common Christmas decoration!
7 Summer Cocktail Recipes
Summer is the perfect time of year to host a party. Whether it&rsquos for the Fourth of July, Labor Day, a birthday, or for no reason at all, take advantage of the weather and host a party outdoors. The added outside space lets you invite more guests, set up party games, barbeque, or enjoy your backyard or pool. Drinks are an important part of any party, so make your party a success by having the best summer cocktails.
Try these summer cocktail recipes for your next event:
Watermelon Mojito: Nothing says summer more than watermelon!
- 4 large mint leaves
- ½ lime
- 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
- 4 ounces seedless watermelon, cut into ½-inch cubes (about ¾ cup), plus a small wedge for garnish
- 2 ounces white rum
- ½ cup ice cubes
In a glass, add mint, lime juice, and sugar and crush with a muddler (or the back of a spoon). Then add watermelon and continue to crush. Pour the rum over the mixture and add ice. Garnish with a small watermelon wedge and serve.
Cherry Beer-Garita: Impress your friends with this super easy summer cocktail recipe!
- 12 oz. Cherry flavored soda
- 12 oz. Tequila
- 12 oz. (one bottle) Corona
- 12 oz. (one can) Frozen Limeade Concentrate
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and mix. To make it even easier, pour in the Limeade first and then use the empty can to measure the soda and tequila. Serve over ice and garnish with a lime wedge and maraschino cherry. For slushy frozen margaritas, leave in the freezer for a few hours before serving. The alcohol will keep the mixture from freezing through and with a quick stir it will be a perfect slushy drink.
Badminton Blast: These vibrant blue summer cocktails are perfect for a pool party!
- 1 oz. Gin
- ½ oz. Midori melon liqueur
- ½ oz. Blue Curacao
- 1 oz. Lemon Juice
Mix ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with a lemon slice.
White Strawberry Lemon Sangria: This easy sangria is a perfect fruity drink for a summer garden party.
- 2 lemons, thinly sliced
- 1 apple, cored and sliced (any kind)
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
- 1 750 ml bottle white wine
- ½ cup white rum
- 4 cups lemon-lime soda
Put fruit slices in a pitcher, and pour the rest of the ingredients over the fruit. Mix, cover, and put in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours. Serve in glasses over a few fruit slices and ice, and garnish with lemon.
Champagne Fruit Punch: This fruity punch is perfect for a hot summer gathering or evening party.
- 1 thinly sliced peach
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- ⅓ cup Simple Syrup
- 1 bottle champagne or other sparkling white wine
Mix fruit, lemon juice, and simple syrup before your party and let sit for an hour or so the fruit flavor comes out. Then pour in the champagne or sparkling wine just before serving over ice.
Bomb Pop Cocktail: This red, white and blue drink is perfect for the 4th of July or Memorial Day!
Drop Grenadine into the bottom of the glass, pour in Smirnoff Ice gently, and top with Blue Curacao. The colors stay separated for a vibrant red, white and blue look, so serve without mixing.
Frozen Coconut Limeade: Substitute the rum with cream of coconut to make a version of this summer cocktail for your younger guests!
- 5 ½ cups ice
- ⅝ cup coconut rum
- 4-5 tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate
- ⅛ cup water
Blend ingredients and serve with a lime wedge garnish.
Another fun idea: For a yummy &ldquococktail&rdquo you can eat, soak watermelon wedges in tequila and sprinkle on coarse salt. These edible &ldquowatermelon margaritas&rdquo will sure to have your guests talking. You can also serve classic homemade lemonade with a little kick of citrus vodka.
Mix and match these easy summer cocktail ideas to make your next party a success!
Ready to plan your own summer celebration? Get started with free online invitations!
Perfect for cookout leftovers or just for a cool presentation,
try a Barbecue Sundae using your cookout ingredients!
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One of our favorite backyard BBQ ideas is hosting a potluck, where everyone brings a dish to pass. This way, it takes off a lot of the pressure from the host, and everyone gets to relish in some family favorites. One helpful idea is for the host to cook the main dishes, like burgers, ribs, hot dogs, veggie burgers or something else, while guests help provide side dishes, dessert and beverages.
If you're looking to find out how to throw a barbecue all by yourself, check out our Summer Party Recipes for all kinds of great ideas. For less-obvious backyard BBQ ideas, try our Grilled Pizza Recipes!
Caramel Apple Walk
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A caramel apple walk is a fun game to play at the end of your party, so guests can take home their caramel apples as favors. To play, cut several apple shapes out of red paper. Write the names of different types of apples on the cutouts. Tape them to the floor to form a path that players will walk on as music plays. Each time the music stops, call out the name of an apple. The player standing on that apple wins a caramel apple. Keep playing until everyone has been handed a caramel apple party favor.
8. Peach Beer Julep
You don’t have to leave your Juleps with the Kentucky Derby. This juicy take on the classic from Lynette Marrero, the co-founder of Speed Rack and beverage director of Llama Group, will bring the cocktail all the way through the summer. IPA syrup’s hoppy flavor is a perfect foil for peach slices, while bourbon rounds it out. Of course, you’ll want to serve this in a Julep cup mounded with lots of crushed ice.
5 Foolproof Football Parties
Score big points on game day with any one of these five winning ideas.
Even if you&aposre not charging toward the goal line, you can still score big points with any one of these five winning party ideas. You&aposll probably get penalized for excess celebration, but, hey, it&aposs the big game.
Party #1: Build a Bar
A food bar, that is. Instead of worrying about whether your friends are now vegetarian, lactose intolerant, doing low-carb or gluten-free, let everyone create their own individual dish by adding the topping of their choice.
- Taco Bar: Prepare a couple of hot fillings such as ground beef and chicken, and set out a basket of taco shells along with a variety of toppings.
- Hot Dog Bar: Grill the franks or brats, set out the buns, and let your guests top their dogs with sauerkraut, cheese, or chili. Make it interesting with a variety of gourmet mustards.
- Potato Bar: Bake a batch of potatoes and wrap them in foil to keep them warm. Or, bake ahead of time and reheat in the microwave. Set out bowls of various toppings and let everyone make their own loaded potato. Topping suggestions include chili, barbecue chicken or pork, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, saut bell pepper and onions, chopped jalapeno pepper, salsa, chutney, bacon pieces, butter, and sour cream. For more ideas on building food bars, see this related article from Southern Living: Southwestern Taco Bar
Party #2: Beer and Food Pairing
A beer and recipe-pairing party is perfect for a mixed crowd of those who want to watch the game and those who only want to watch the commercials. Those who don&apost care about the game can entertain themselves by experimenting with specific pairings. The football fanatics can just enjoy the beer and great eats. When pairing beer with food, match like with like–mild lagers and lighter ales with delicate and subtle foods, and full-flavored ales with robust recipes. Mexican, Thai, Indian and German dishes are all good partners for beer. Usually the best beer to enjoy with a dish is the one from the country where the recipe originated. Read more from
about serving beer and pairing it with recipes: Brewing a Perfect Match
Party #3: Regional Play-Off
Who cares which team has the better players? Let&aposs focus on which region has the better food. Pit one cuisine against the other, and see who comes out on top. This party idea works great whether you’re entertaining college football fans or NFL devotees.
To pull it off, set up two tables and serve signature dishes on each table, covered with the team&aposs colors, of course. For Super Bowl XLVIII viewing parties, pull together a "Best of Denver" and "Best of Seattle" tasting menu. Denver fans should focus on foods with green chiles such as
, wild game dishes such as Spicy Buffalo Chili and, of course, Mile-High Coconut Pie. Fans of the Seahawks can show their pride with Smoky Salmon Chive Spread, Salmon Burgers,and Coffee-Lovers&apos Chocolate Cake, Cheering on a player who comes from the SEC? Barbecue is a must. Texas on your mind? Serve up chili and burgers. Get creative and let fans show their true colors by the spread on their plates.
Party #4: Progressive Dinner
Instead of moving to a different location for each course, stay in one place, but serve a different course during each quarter of the game. It&aposs a great way to organize a menu as well as the prep work. For example, serve cocktails and a few munchies such as
and Chesapeake Bay Party Nuts during the first quarter and a salad in the second quarter, preferable a salad that you can make the day before. A basic coleslaw is easy and great for a crowd. Start an entrພ such as Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches early in the day and you won&apost have to miss any of the game or the commericials. The meat will be ready just in time for the third quarter, and by the fourth quarter, everyone will be ready for dessert. We recommend Death by Caramel Bars for ardent football fans. If the game goes into Sudden Death, you&aposre on your own. Coffee, perhaps?
Party #5: Souper Bowls
Instead of going the usual chips and dips route, have a real hearty meal by making a couple of big pots of chili or soup. We suggest offering at least two choices–perhaps one with meat and one without. Try