Thursday, June 27, 2013

Party Like a Rock Star - Guest Post

I am Arianna and I am a full-time mom and a fashion-lover, world traveler, animal lover, and family woman extraordinaire. I love to cook and bake, travel to new places, share great fashion finds, and spend time doing crafts and projects at home with my kids. I have a crazy busy life, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Follow my blog for more great ideas and posts.

Since becoming a mom, entertaining friends and family in a creative and festive atmosphere has become a new passion of mine. I hope you find some of these tips helpful in creating your own special memories!

Party Like a Rock Star This Summer With Celebrity-inspired Events

       Every time I turn on my television or computer, there is a constant stream of pictures of celebrities posing on the red carpet of award shows or relaxing in private bungalows on the beach. Who wouldn’t want to be covered in jewels and chatting up Leonardo DiCaprio? I would take rubbing elbows with A-listers over scrubbing grass stains out of my husband’s soccer shorts any day!

     After an extremely productive (and mimosa filled) lunch with a few girlfriends, we realized we could create our own celebrity worthy fun right in our own homes! Here are a few ideas for celebrity-inspired activities that won’t drain your bank account!

CELEBRITY SUMMER: BEACH HOUSE IN EXOTIC LOCALE – During the warmer weather months, many celebrities disappear to exotic locations around the world. Paparazzi track down Hollywood’s A-List from Bora Bora to St. Tropez. With crystal clear water and white sand beaches, celebrities are able to leave their worries behind – until an unflattering bikini shot ends up on Star magazine’s “Worst Beach Body” cover!

REALITY SUMMER: HOUSE SWAP -- While most of us are not able to fly off to our own personal yacht, you can still visit a fresh location and board in comfortable surroundings. People all over the world participate in the new trend of house swaps. What's the next best thing to being in the comfort of your own home? Being in someone else's! (Unless it’s a house from an episode of “Hoarders”… eek!) Hotels can be quite expensive and impersonal. By swapping homes, you can afford to take the whole family somewhere new and still have money left over for fun souvenirs to bring back!

CELEBRITY SUMMER: DO SOMETHING AWARDS -- The Do Something Awards recognize young people who make positive contributions to the world through community projects or charitable events. Celebs like Ben Affleck and Cuba Gooding Jr. often drop by to show support. The winners are rewarded with community grants to continue their good deeds!

REALITY SUMMER: VOLUNTEER PARTY-- Round up your kids and recruit their friends for a volunteer party! Organize a beach clean up, visit a senior citizens’ center, or spend some quality time at an animal center. Charities will appreciate the help and your kids will see how rewarding it is to do some good in their community! A nice treat, such as ice cream or pizza, to celebrate the end of a productive day will only add to the fun!

CELEBRITY BACHELOR PARTY: OUTDOOR GATHERING -- TV personality Jimmy Kimmel passed on the opportunity to charter a private jet and travel around the world for his celebration. Instead, he took his longtime pals and groomsmen to the countryside of Vancouver. Kimmel and friends rode bikes, tried out local pubs, and hiked.

REALITY BACHELOR PARTY: "OUTDOORSMEN" THEME -- Make any groom-to-be happy with a celebration of his “manliness” at an outdoorsmen-themed bachelor party. The guys can enjoy a weekend filled with hiking, fishing, camping, and whatever else their little hearts desire! Suggest a manly, yet refreshing drink like "Beer Lemonade Punch" as a fun way to rehydrate. Just cross your fingers it won’t end up like  “The Hangover”!

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