Theme Meals and Holidays
Want to throw a summer party that creates just the
right atmosphere and leaves your guests raving about
your ingenuity? The secret to making any party a
success, say professionals, is to use personalized
touches that delight and enchant your guests. And
the carefree days of summer are perfect for
celebrating with a party.
From the eagerly awaited last day of school until
Labor Day, you'll find plenty of reasons to have
fun. Whether it's a back yard barbeque or a more
formal party, personal touches will help put guests
in the right mood and let them know you value their
Start with the guest list, including a variety of
ages and a mix of listeners and talkers. Carefully
consider their preferences, and then turn your
attention to the food and decor. Build your menu
around dishes you know will please your guests, and
won't keep you in the kitchen for hours.
Charm your guests with an unexpected personalized
touch by using M&M'S Colorworks Milk Chocolate
Candies, available in 21 vibrant hues that make
perfect decorations, centerpieces or party favors.
Choose from more than 200,000 color combinations to
match the colors of weddings, school teams and party
themes -- whatever suits the occasion.
Continue setting the stage with little touches that
appeal to the senses. Luminarias along the front
walk, a festive door hanging, or scented candles and
flowers throughout the house or outdoors help turn a
party into a celebration.
Delight the bride-to-be by decorating for the shower
in her wedding colors. Use matching Colorworks on
flower shaped cookies or decorative cakes. For a fun
activity, fill a glass jar and give it to the guest
who guesses the amount inside.
To break the ice at a baby shower, create a
personalized crossword puzzle on decorative paper.
When guests arrive, ask them to mingle and figure
out the answers. Keep it fairly simple: mom's and
dad's names, baby's name, words that reflect your
party theme, mom's favorite colors, and so on. Make
guests feel special by using their names in the
puzzle, with something unique about each one as the
For an easy-to-serve dessert, adorn "baby block"
petit fours with Colorworks in pink, blue or the
colors of the nursery. To personalize a party favor
that will send guests home with a smile, fill small
baby bottles with the theme-colored treats. Who
doesn't love a sweet gift?
For a formal affair, less is more. The elegant
simplicity of rich colors, a traditional table
setting and quiet background music will set just the
right tone. A sit-down dinner is an intimate and
relaxing way to serve a few guests, while a buffet
is more practical for serving many. Linen, lace or
even an heirloom quilt will give your table a
distinguished look. For a classy but fun touch,
create a centerpiece by arranging decorative bowls
and candles on a beveled mirror. Fill the bowls with
Colorworks in black and white, maroon and cream, or
purple and silver.
When it's a lighthearted feel you're after, think
outside the box. If your dinnerware is in short
supply or isn't perfectly matched, create an
artistic style by mixing dinner and stemware
patterns. Use household knickknacks and everyday
objects as servers -- pretty bowls, baskets, even
children's plastic buckets -- and fill them with
candies in your special colors to provide an
Let your child personalize his party by helping
create the theme. Then, turn your imagination loose.
If the guest of honor enjoys treasure hunting, use
gold spray paint to turn rocks into "gold" nuggets.
Hide them in the sandbox or yard and see who can
find the most.
Or, have a summer beach blast. Inspire your color
theme by looking at books of tropical fish. Fill
plastic sand toys with Colorworks candies in color
combos to match, such as yellow and dark blue or
black, bright blue and pink, aqua green and orange.
Hang aqua streamers from the ceiling to give a
"watery" feel. Use a fish-shaped cookie cutter to
make fish sandwiches, served with fish crackers and
a blue drink. Fill fish net goody bags with
color-coordinated treats for party favors.
And for those celebrating "over the hill" birthdays,
black Colorworks candies are a perfect way to carry
out the theme, all in good taste.
Summer holidays offer three more reasons to
celebrate the season. Observe Memorial Day in a
meaningful way with a picnic. Bring photo albums to
reminisce with relatives or create a time capsule to
carry personalized mementos for future generations.
For the Fourth of July, have kids express their
independence by decorating T-shirts with red, white
and blue fabric paint. Create "daytime" fireworks
with sidewalk chalk. Plan a menu of old-fashioned
hamburgers and hot dogs. For dessert, decorate a
sheet cake with candies in the shape of an American
Labor Day is the perfect time to celebrate the end
of summer. Have fun in the sun with lawn toys such
as hoola hoops, jump ropes and Frisbees. How about
every child's favorite summer pastime of bubble
blowing? Give the family a sense of stepping back in
time and make your own ice cream, letting the kids
take turns at the crank. Assemble an assortment of
Colorworks in summertime colors and let guests
decorate their own sundaes.
Creating happy memories and leaving a lasting
impression on your guests means throwing a party
they won't forget. And whether you prefer down home
or sophisticated, big crowds or intimate gatherings,
the secret to great celebrations is simple: make it