Don’t let the end of summer be a total bummer!
End your summer with a bang!
When the end of summer approaches, we can’t help but feel a tiny bit of misery. A great way to do this? Host a fabulous fiesta!
Down margaritas, eat copious amounts of guacamole, and end up attempting to dance gracefully to mariachi music. The key to hosting a successful fiesta is combining the flavor and fun with classic hosting skills to help you pull it off. Here are some tips to get you started:
If you have the space, seek to host your party outside. If not, bring it indoors with bright festive colors. In addition to the colors of Mexico (green, red, and white), add in bright hues like hot pink and fiery orange. For centerpieces, use succulents or cacti as your main table decoration and rely on paper mâché for colorful banners.
Forget the chili cook-off! Instead, challenge your guests to arrive with their best guacamole dish. With so many ways to make guacamole, you definitely won’t get sick of eating it.
Salsa Dancing Contest
Tell guests to arrive in their dancing shoes and host a hilarious salsa dancing contest. If your friends are rhythmically challenged, it’ll be an even better time!
Who doesn’t love playing with a piñata after a few margaritas? Instead of a store-bought one, challenge guests to make their own creative piñatas by setting up a piñata party station. The kids will love the challenge and the candy that comes after it!
Send your guests packing with a small favor. You could get personalized margarita glasses, a cute mini-sombrero, or DIY maracas so they can keep the party going on the way home.
Summer Fiesta Party Game
Today is the last day of our Summer Fiesta Party Hop but we are going out with a BANG! Our Hit the Can Party Game is simple to throw together and kids and adults alike love the challenge of trying to knock all the cans down with one pitch.
TO MAKE: Gather six recycled tin cans, that are the same size, to be your targets. (We used 15-ounce cans that usually hold veggies and beans.) Download our free printable can wraps and print on regular paper. Cut out and wrap one around each can securing with tape. For the ball, we spray painted a racquetball gold but a baseball or tennis ball would also work great.
One final thanks to Balloon Time for sponsoring our Summer Fiesta Party Hop!
Strawberry & Cream Croissant French Toast For Your Weekend Brunch
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!
The Costumer Blog
September 2, is Labor Day, marking the official end of the summer. Many people will be spending their last few days away at the beach, and others will be home getting ready for school. The first Labor Day was created by the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. In 1894, it became a federal holiday. If you’re at home why not celebrate with a costume party before the summer actually ends. A costume party would be fun since most people don’t think of this day as a time to dress up, and it’s a good time to celebrate the ‘almost end of summer.’ Do you remember when you couldn’t wear white after Labor Day? I still have trouble with white shoes in the winter, I feel like a nurse going to work, but I love white jeans. Nurses aren’t required to wear white shoes anymore either.
In my mind, Labor Day reminds me of the song, YMCA by the Village People.
If you haven’t seen or heard it, here’s a link to a YouTube video!
Since Labor Day is all about work and jobs, how about asking people to dress up as their favorite profession.
Consider the following costumes: a fireman, Indian maiden and a presidential costume to name a few. The Costumer has plenty of hats and headdresses the Obama mask is also available.
How about rolling ice cream pops and rolling them into red, white and blue candies? The usual fare of hamburgers and hot dogs are good. Just add some red, white and blue decorations. You can also have a patriotic theme.
How’s this for an invitation?
Is a Luau More Your Speed?
Okay, maybe this is too tame for you so plan a Luau.
If it’s really hot, everyone will love this including the men. You can say good-bye to summer with a relaxing luau. You can get Tiki torches and other decorations, serve drinks with pineapple and peach wedges and give out grass skirts to your guests. The Costumer has plenty of grass skirts.
There are lots of barbecue recipes but what do you do for your vegetarian guests? Here is a link to a vegetarian feast. http://www.caryn.com/links/garden/recipes/BBQ/vegetarian_lau_lau_luau_appetizer.html
Are you interested in some games? One of the traditional ones is a hula hoop contest. Whoever can hoop the longest gets a prize. This is fun for adults as well as little girls.
This is also the time to resurrect the limbo.
Limbo contest is a fun game and will bring back memories for lots of people. You may have to warn people that you are not responsible for hurt backs. You start with the bar high and then see who can limbo under the lowest bar.
There is another game that is played inHawaii. It’s called stones and is similar to horseshoes. Everyone picks up a stone and tries to get it closest to the stick or post that you’ve put in the ground. If you hit the target, you automatically win. Or, you could just play horseshoes.
Why not dust off your patio and fire up the barbecue one more time and send out the summer in grand style.
Entertaining Ideas for the End-of-Summer Bash
As the lazy days of summer begin to come to an end, it’s time to plan for the end-of-summer bash. Here are a few of our favorite decorations and accessories for the occasion.
Lanterns add character, ambiance and illumination to outdoor living spaces. These lanterns from Restoration Hardware can either be placed on a flat surface or hung from tree limbs or porch rafters. For safety reasons, consider choosing flameless candles for your lanterns. Just remember not to leave flameless candles where rain can get to them and destroy the electronics.
This remote controlled oscillating fan provides both an attractive accent piece and additional comfort to summer outdoor living. Built-in lighting enhances the comfort for evening gatherings. The space-saving tower design and quiet motor allows for optimal placement near sitting areas. In addition to cooling things down, the air movement also helps keep bugs away from your party guests.
Turn your outdoor space into a gourmet outdoor kitchen with this powerful, yet economical, brick oven. Available in either domed or pyramid styles in either bronze or silver vein, the mobile version of Belgard’s brick oven offers the flavor of wood-fired cooking with a small footprint and is available in classic wood-burning and hybrid wood/gas models. The movable cart allows you reposition your outdoor kitchen to suit your party’s needs.
Nothing ensures the success of a party like simple and tasty appetizers. This cast iron cheese baking dish from Crate & Barrel allows you to bake brie and other cheeses on the grill, where they can be infused with smoke to add additional flavor. The heavy duty two-piece baker can also accommodate savory or sweet sauces to enhance the decadence.
What makes a party festive? Why festive drinks, of course. This teardrop shaped beverage dispenser with solid wood pine lid provides an elegant container for your party cocktails and brings distinguished formal beauty to your outdoor space. For ideas on how to fill this 2.5 gallon container with festive liquid refreshment, check out our crisp summer cocktail blog.
If you’re looking for a unique way to serve hors d’oeuvres or dinner rolls, then look no further. This playful ocean-themed Pottery Barn bowl attaches to any patio umbrella pole to provide a serving spot for either a bowl or loose rolls without taking up counter or table space.
26 Gorgeous Tablescapes To Inspire Your End-Of-Summer Party
Start pinning (and planning) for summer's final days.
From gardens parties to beachside cookouts, these colorful tables have all the trappings for the perfect end-of-summer party. Bid the season farewell in style with 26 of our favorite tablescapes.
This cozy garden party is perfect for the late dinner that turns into a late-night summer affair (complete with fireflies and potentially a bonfire). Stay comfy and warm by providing pillows and blankets for your guests. Complete the look with some of the last freshly cut flowers of the season.
Designed by Sitting In A Tree, this tablescape used vibrant shades of berry and tangerine and layered serape blankets for a sophisticated spin on a Mexican-inspired fiesta.
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End of summer parties don't have to be on Labor Day. There are plenty of other exciting ideas to incorporate into your theme.
Back to School Bash
Kids may not be ready for the summer to end, but the inevitable first day of school is just around the corner. A back to school bash is the perfect venue for renewing friendships and meeting the new kids on the block.
- Reserve a local neighborhood pool for an evening party, complete with pool games, ice cream sundae bar, homemade ice cream, fudge and caramel toppings, sprinkles, chips and dip. and brownies.
- Reserve the local skating rink for a night of skating fun. Most rinks have party rooms that are included in the reservation, so bring in drinks, cupcakes and chips as well as other snack foods.
- Host a back-to-school dance in your school's gym. Parents can chaperone, and kids can dance the night away. Serve punch, finger sandwiches and cake for kids to snack on. Decorate with hanging stars, disco balls and streamers.
For the Adults
End of summer party themes provide the perfect excuse for letting loose and celebrating the end of one season and the beginning of the next.
- Backyard fun: Set up a large canopy in the backyard, add strings of lights, and crank up the music or hire a DJ. Serve hot wings with blue cheese or ranch dressing, and set out trays of cut vegetables, deli meats, cheese and crackers, and potato skins. For dessert, rent or purchase a cotton candy machine.
- Beach bonfire: Head to the beach and set up a bonfire. Invite guests to bring along their musical instrument of choice and sing and dance the night away in the moonlight. Roast hotdogs, and make the classic s'mores dessert. Top off the night with an array of fireworks. Remember to check out the legalities of the bonfire and the fireworks.
- Favorite decade party: Rev up the phone by inviting guests to come to your summer party dressed to represent their favorite decade. Play a variety of music from each decade, and let guests compete in costume and dance contests. Hang up posters from popular movies from that decade or featuring famous actors in their youth.
With peaches in full season &mdash a Peach Kuchen is an easy and delicious treat for Labor Day!
Because Labor Day wouldn&rsquot be Labor Day without some kind of decadent chocolate. And this, my friend, is decadent. And oh-so-good!
Memorable Employee Appreciation Ideas
Bring Out the Fun—Themed Office Parties
1. Superhero-Themed Party
Many companies announce a theme for employee appreciation day, but this one works great any time you want to recognize the seemingly heroic acts that your employees carry out. A superhero-themed party is a great way to bring out employees’ creative sides and motivate them to take on that next big project.
2. St. Patrick’s Day Green Party
What company doesn’t love a good excuse to deck their office out in green? Your employees will squeal in delight (or maybe pinches?) when they see all the green treats and drinks that await them.
3. Celebrate in Your Favorite Decade
The best employee appreciation party themes are the ones that are meaningful to your company. So go back to your company’s year of establishment and invite your employees to dress up in fitting attire for your flashback party.
4. Sporty Office Party
From basketball to baseball and every other sport you can imagine, there is a fun way to decorate a sporty food station that will have employees’ mouths watering. Consider bringing in game day fare, pizza and beer! Try out Common Good Pizza & Tap mobile food and drink experience where everyone can order their own pizza. Meaning everyone is happy (vegetarians and gluten-free-ians included!).
5. Red Party
On Valentine’s Day, let your employees know that your company is in love with their drive and passion by treating them to a red party. When it comes to designing your menu, check out these bright red recipes!
6. Holiday Party
Shocking, we know! No, really, there’s no better time than during the holidays to share good cheer by gathering to enjoy seasonal food and drinks! Find your Philadelphia holiday party catering style here.
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7. Day of Royal Treatment
From a masseuse to a shoe shiner, everyone will find an activity that makes him or her feel like royalty. And, of course, don’t forget the delectable food!
8. Pirates’ Island
On National Talk Like a Pirate Day, you’ll have fun decorating your office like an island oasis and hiding treasure chests throughout. And your employees dressed up as pirates will love what they find in them!
9. Rocking Good Times
With the music playing, and maybe even a live band on-site, your office takes on an exceptionally upbeat spirit. With bars throughout, your employees will need little more entertainment to enjoy a rocking good time.
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10. Cowboy Up!
From riding a mechanical bull to enjoying some delicious BBQ food, your employees will relax in a western atmosphere.
Giving Feels Good—Community Engagement
11. Dinner on Us
Venture to a premier Philadelphia venue to treat employees to a fine dinner before giving them the opportunity to serve others at a soup kitchen.
12. Holiday Cards and Cheerful Lunch
Your lunchroom is a perfect place for employees to enjoy a full lunch spread while writing in holiday cards to be sent to a local home for the elderly.
13. Halloween Hoot
Set out a creative display of treats customized with your brand’s logo, and announce the start of your Halloween give back campaign to raise money for a local charity. Candy jars spread throughout your office make great donation bins!
14. Special Olympics Outing
Schedule a time for departments to team up to volunteer their time working a Special Olympics Philadelphia event. They will leave with great inspiration.
15. Volunteer to Build a Home
Organizations like Habitat for Humanity offer the opportunity to put your team’s handy skills into work and fill their hearts with pride as they build a home for those in need.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry, Together!
16. Surprise Treats
When employees arrive to the Philadelphia office thinking it’s just another Monday, surprise them from the minute they open their office desk drawer and find some custom candies with your company logo. Continue the sweet surprises throughout your office space so treats wait around every corner until the surprise end-of-work dessert decorating party.
17. Artistic Lunch
We view food as an art form. From the recipes to the presentation, our chefs love to use their artistic talent in exciting new ways. You can treat your employees to some creative cuisine to be enjoyed while sketching a company-inspired picture. And, of course, be sure to have an award for the person whose masterpiece is voted the best by their peers.
18. Build Success—Creative Food Stations
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, any meal is a great time for custom food stations where employees put their personal style into their meals and enjoy making memories together. Try out this Mac and Cheese station!
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19. Office Happy Hour
Anytime you feel like your employees need to recharge a bit is a great moment for a spontaneous happy hour! Company branded cups filled with their favorite liquor will lift their spirits and energy in no time.
20. New Year, New You Breakfast
It is no secret that many New Year’s resolutions involve healthy eating. You can support employees in achieving their goals by setting up a nutritious breakfast buffet their first day back to work in the New Year.
A Nation Worth Celebrating, in Your Philadelphia Office
21. National Donut Day
The first Friday of June marks donut day, and we can’t think of a better reason to set out these popular treats with glaze in your company colors.
22. National Margarita Day
When employees hear your company will be celebrating National Margarita Day, they will look forward to saying cheers on February 22!
23. National Cookie Day
Ice your favorite cookies with your company logo and you’re all set to celebrate on December 4.
24. National Ice Cream Day
Who doesn’t love a sundae bar with a lavish array of toppings? The third Sunday in July is your chance to bring a big smile to employees’ faces with a custom sundae bar.
25. National Buffet Day
January 2 is national buffet day, and we can’t think of a better time to gather around some tasty food to set big company goals.
26. National Chocolate Day
A lot of employees will have to think back to their childhoods to remember a time they got to collect tons of candy on Halloween. Let them relive the sugar rush by setting out chocolate fondue stations on October 28.
Shine a Spotlight on Creative Talent
27. Karaoke Night
There is no bad time for a company karaoke night, but when you bring on new employees is an exceptionally good time to break the ice.
28. Talent Show
Invite employees to gather on- or off-site to showcase their hidden talents. This can be combined with a delicious meal or a standalone event.
29. Holiday Window Decorating Event
We know your employees aren’t gazing out the windows all day, but when they do cast an eye on them, make sure it’s a creative and inspiring sight! A holiday window-decorating event is a fun way to kick off the busy winter.
30. Cultural Potluck
Invite employees to bring their favorite dish—simply picked up or prepared—that showcases their roots. This is a great way to help employees share more about themselves and showcase some fine cooking skills.
31. TV Game Show Reenactment
Let departments know when they will be reenacting a scene from their favorite TV show and be sure to have great prizes for the overall favorite.
32. Casino Night
Be sure to have some awesome prizes ready for those who have been practicing their poker skills.
33. Company Picnic
Fire up the grill and the positive energy with a mouthwatering company picnic employees will never forget. For an authentic Philadelphia experience, try WizWit Catering. They offer fresh, made-to-order grilled cheesesteak sandwiches right off their custom built, stainless steel mobile cheesesteak grill.
34. Beach Day
You don’t have to be waterside to bounce around beach balls and laughter with a beach-themed bash. Mimosas, fresh fruit and good cheer all around.
35. Movie Outside
Let employees vote for what movie they would like to watch after work one day. And then have the popcorn and soft drinks ready!
36. Fall Fest
From pumpkin pie to pumpkin decorating, bring out all the spice of this fresh season filled with beautiful transitions.
37. Offsite Brewery Tour
As they take a leisurely stroll through a local Philadelphia brewery, employees will unwind.
38. Painting Class
With each brush stroke, watch employees’ stress levels plummet and their creative energy soar.
39. Cooking Class
This is one of the best ways celebrate employee appreciation day, but it can be scheduled any time that you want to reward, bond and challenge employees.
40. Obstacle Course
When they hear they will be splitting up into teams to tackle an obstacle course, employees will eagerly anticipate the challenges that await them.
41. Offsite Escape Rooms
Gaining in popularity, escape rooms are perfectly designed to test the teamwork and ingenuity of your employees in fun and memorable ways.
42. Ropes Course
Whether employees are afraid of heights or failure, they will have to work together to master a ropes course.
43. Scavenger Hunts
One of the best team-building activities, scavenger hunts demand high physical and mental energy and cohesion among co-workers.
44. Sports Game
When you kick off a big project or goal is a great time to rejuvenate and reward employees with a group outing to a local Philadelphia sports game.
45. Olympic Games Competitions
We love the idea of forming teams for your office Olympics. Winter or summer, there is no bad time to rev up friendly competition with some athletic challenges. For summer, think lawn games at Philadelphia venues such as Springton Manor Farm where there are over 300 acres of lawn space for play.
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When New Year’s resolutions begin to fade, give employees an extra incentive to take on healthy goals by announcing a team 5K race with highly coveted prizes like time off or a fitness massage.
47. March Madness Tournament
Encourage all employees to make a bracket and see who comes out on top at the end of the season when you host a March Madness party.
48. Pumpkin Carving Contest
A fun activity that results in perfect office decoration, encourage employees to put their personal style on display.
49. Trivia Events On- or Off-Site
Test employees’ knowledge of their company and co-workers.
Bingo boards are so easy to custom design with your company logo and a great way to reward employees with fun prizes.
Our skilled Philadelphia catering team is so glad that you realize the value of recognizing your employees, and we want to reward your ingenuity! That’s why we will make the whole planning process fun and easy. To get started, contact us online or give us a call at 610.889.0477.
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Dessert and Coffee
Invite list: 4-5
Guest type: Book club members
Want to host a simple summer soiree? Head down the dessert and coffee route. Just pull up a coffee table to a comfy outdoor seating area and set up a spread of light desserts and set up the Keurig brewer. If you have a dual brewer (like the Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker) you can brew a carafe of your favorite coffee and have K-Cup pods on hand for those who prefer hot cocoa or tea. This summer party idea is perfect for a book club or just having the neighbors over.