5 Things Anyone Planning a Party Should Know!

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With summer here, it’s time to throw that perfect summer party. No matter if you’re throwing it indoors or outdoors, as you know, every detail matters. Check out our article on 5 things that anyone planning a party should know. These points will be sure to help you with planning your next party and definitely make a great impression on your guests! Need more help with planning your next party? Then feel free to call Randy Fuhrman Events at (310) 854 - 0155 or visit our contact page.

 

5 THINGS ANYONE PLANNING A PARTY SHOULD KNOW:

 

1. GUEST LIST

While this one may sound like something that anyone throwing a party would automatically know to do, it may not be the easiest thing. With invitations, scheduling, & confirmations,  managing a guest list can come with its own challenges. We suggest creating an organized guest list that can be adjusted according to confirmations and allow for you to be able to see the whole picture of who will be attending. You can create a list using a digital software on your computer or one online. A great tool to use across all mediums would be google sheets as this is cloud-based and you can work on it across all of your devices. You can even send digital invitations via email or social media that will automatically update your list. 

We also recommend that when creating your guest list, that you switch it up and make things exciting by adding new friends & acquaintances or people that you haven’t seen in a while. This will not only allow you to see people who you haven’t seen in a while and make your party a great way for reconnecting but also add new and invigorating energy to your party! 

 

2. BAR SET UP

When you have a party, having drinks is an absolute essential. We recommend having plenty of mixers at your bar and creating a menu loaded with fun and exciting names. Maybe even a few that will throw off your guests and make them chuckle. Have some fun with the names! Also, be sure to have a set up that can allow for the guests to serve themselves easily and efficiently. When having a bartender, make sure they have an amazing personality as they are the first person your guests are mixing with and sets the mood of your party.

 

3. SIGNAGE, SIGNAGE, SIGNAGE! 

Yup, you read that right...signage. One of the most overlooked and important items at an event. Make sure that you have signage at the buffet for each dish that can be clearly read and understood. This way your guests can read what’s in each dish and be able to determine what they can eat.   

 

4. VARIETY OF FOODS

We highly recommend having variety in your dishes so that if there’s anyone with a special diet, that they too can eat. With all of the ever-changing diets, it’s best to have an assortment of dishes that can be eaten by vegetarians and even vegans. A variety in your dishes is a definite must-have. It’s always a good idea when inviting your guest to ask if they have any dietary needs.

 

5. HAVE ENOUGH SEATING

As we know, needs for seating can always change with a party. Often people will bring someone with them or there may be a bigger turn out than expected. With this in mind, we recommend that you be sure to have enough seating for at least 60 percent of your guests unless it’s a sit-down dinner. If it’s something sit down, then it’s best to assess the total amount of guests that your event can handle and make it clear on invitations if attendees will be able to bring a plus one. 

 

Well, there you have it! 5 things that anyone planning an event should know and take into account for their special day (or night). We’d love to hear of what you think of these tips. Try these at your next event and let us know how they worked for you in the comment section below!

10 Safe Ways to Celebrate 4th of July

    

 

 

4th of July is that one holiday in the summer we all look forward to. There is nothing like sitting by the pool, eating scrumptious barbecue and waiting ‘till nightfall to light the sparklers. However, with all this fun, we need to be safe so everybody can relax and enjoy the 4th of July. Here are some tips and tricks to have a safe 4th of July!

 

1. Sound Proofing

We are gathered with our loved ones. We want everyone to be comfortable and most importantly have fun. Babies, toddlers, and young children are a great addition to any party, but with the noises from the fireworks, it can upset them. A reasonable and easy route to go would be to use noise canceling earbuds or headphones.

 

2. No Illegal Fireworks

We all can agree that lighting fireworks is the quintessential event for the 4th of July. For the safety of your loved ones and others, it's best to learn your local laws and regulations that prohibit you from using illegal fireworks. Keep in mind illegal fireworks can be very dangerous. Be sure to use only store-bought fireworks or those that are supplied by vendors. As they are more likely to be safer. Please check if your city is on the list for lighting fireworks.

For more information on what cities allow fireworks here is a site for classification on fireworks and where use is permitted, see below.

Link: http://www.ca-fireworks.presskit247.com/content/content-article.asp?ArticleID=508
 

 

3. Outdoor Use

With fireworks, the best way to be safe and still have fun lighting fireworks is being away from objects that will also combust. The 4th of July is a great way to celebrate your independence with a big bang, but burning down the neighborhood is something we all should try to avoid. So, be sure to ignite your fireworks on a stable surface stationed on concrete rather than grass.

 

4. Adult Supervision

Only adults should handle firecrackers and not children. The adult must ignite the fireworks in case of firework malfunctions.

 

5. Extinguisher and a Water Supply

Fireworks are fun but highly flammable. Some might have malfunctioned and go haywire, adding some unexpected sparks to your holiday. With those possibilities in mind, it’s best to be prepared for safety. Keep a bucket of water in the vicinity and if you can, even have a fire extinguisher just in case!

 

6. Do Not Reignite Fireworks that have Malfunctioned

It is very dangerous to relight fireworks that do not ignite or have malfunctioned. There may be residual effects from the malfunction. So, leave the damaged fireworks alone and start your celebration with a new firework.

 

7. Put Away Your Perishables

Food is a great way to bring people together. Throwing away or putting away anything that might cause food poisoning would keep everyone safe and happy. Consider separating two servings of dishes that contain perishable ingredients such as eggs, and fish. Ice down any of your foods that need refrigeration to make sure they stay safe.

 

8. Keep Your Pets in a Safe Room

We can agree that pets are one of your family members. You want them to be safe and comfortable. Big noises like fireworks can scare and stress your pets out. Keep them in an area where they are safe and can avoid all the loud sounds from the fireworks and they won’t run.
 

9. Watch Your Drinks

4th of July is a big celebration for both adults and children. Usually, adults would have a  drink or two. With the grilling, relaxing, and having fun, adults can misplace their alcoholic drinks. Make sure to keep your drinks in your hands or a place away from children and minors. Have a designated bar area for adults and then another area for the children so it is easy to make sure the kids are not getting into the liquor area.
 

10. Safe Grilling

4th of July is all about those burgers and hot dogs! With that in mind, grilling is the best way to go! You can grill safely by making sure to keep a safe distance from children, pets, and trees. Because it still is known to be a hazard due to the random bursts of flames and embers.

Red, White, and Blue 4th of July Lemonade!

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Beat the heat and celebrate your independence with these amazing 4th of July themed lemonade recipes. They’ll be sure to make your party stand out. Check out our suggestion for how to make these delicious lemonades into adult beverages at the bottom of the article. Bring in the 4th of July by having a lemonade for each star and stripe. Can we say star spangled lemonade bar?

Raspberry Lemonade

What you’ll need:

  • Blender or Whisk

  • Pitcher

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups superfine sugar
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 7 cups cold water
  • Ice cubes for serving

Directions:

  1. Start by adding 3 cups of superfine sugar with 2 cups hot water and 2 cups of raspberries to your blender and shake things up to dissolve the sugar and blend the raspberries.
  2. Add the mixture to the lemon juice and top it off with 7 cups cold water.
  3. Taste to make sure it's sweet enough for you.
  4. Then add the other 2 cups of raspberries.
  5. Mix together and let chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  6. Serve over ice.

 

Blueberry Lemonade

What you’ll need:

  • Blender or Whisk
  • Pitcher

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups superfine sugar
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 7 cups cold water
  • Ice cubes for serving

Directions:

  1. Blend together the lemon juice, sugar, blueberries, and hot water until the berries are pureed and the sugar is dissolved. Then pour contents into pitcher.
  2. Add cold water.
  3. Chill for at least an hour.
  4. Serve over ice.


 

Lemonade

What you’ll need:

  • Blender or Whisk
  • Pitcher

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups superfine sugar
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 lemons slice ¼” thick
  • 7 cups cold water
  • Ice cubes for serving

Directions:

  1. Take the superfine sugar with 2 cups hot water and blend in blender to dissolve sugar
  2. Add the mixture to the lemon juice and top it up with 7 cups cold water.
  3. Taste to make sure it's sweet enough for you.
  4. Add the sliced lemons.
  5. Mix the lemonade together and let chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  6. Serve over ice

 

Did you enjoy these recipes? Well, for all of you adults out there, spruce them up by adding your favorite vodka. We suggest that if you have kids at your event that you create a lemonade station and place the bottle of vodka for the adults to add to their drinks individually so that the rest of the lemonade can be used for the kids. We hope that you enjoy your holiday and would love to hear your thoughts on our lemonades and even what creative spins you added!

Menu - Randy's Brownies & Desserts

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RANDY’S BROWNIES

Are made with the freshest of ingredients and Randy’s tender loving care
RANDY’S BROWNIES are packed in a hot pink and chocolate brown box
With a choice of hot pink or chocolate brown taffeta ribbon
With your personal note attached.
Each box is 11/2 LBS. of chocolate HEAVEN
Choose from the 4 flavors to create you personalized gift
RANDY’S BROWNIES can be shipped anywhere in United States
BROWNIE GIFT BOX COSTS $35.00
2 Day shipping is available for $16 anywhere in the United States
Picking up at location is available and delivery is available cost pending on area to be delivered

BROWNIE CHOICES

To create your gift box you may pick all of one flavor or mix is up with the 4 brownie flavors of your choice

WHITE CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY
What put Randy on the map!
A rich dark chocolate brownie blended with lots of white chocolate and raspberries.

BUTTERFINGER
You will want to put your fingers on my Butterfinger Brownies

A dense dark chocolate brownie with dark chocolate chips and Reeses’s peanut butter chips topped with crushed Butterfinger’s

COOL MINT

For the chocolate lover who loves mint this will be a cool choice!
A rich brownie blended with dark chocolate chips and creamy mint chocolate

 GOOEY CARAMEL PECAN

For the person that love gooey and nutty these brownies are made with tons caramel and southern pecans.

A rich dark chocolate brownie blended with gooey caramel and toasted southern pecans

RANDY’S CAKES
Baked to order for you and your friends to enjoy! They come beautifully gift-wrapped.
These are only available for local pick up or delivered to you at a additional cost
SERVES FROM 12 TO 24 SLICES DEPENDING HOW YOU CUT THE CAKE

CAKE CHOICES

CHOCOLATE KAHLUA CAKE   COST $60
A chocolate lovers DREAM!
A dense rich dark chocolate cake swirled with over 2lbs of dark chocolate and swirled with Kahlua. Smothered with a dark chocolate ganache

SOUR LEMONADE CAKE         COST $50
Makes your lips pucker
A moist lemon cake with European yogurt and drizzled with a lemon citrus glaze .

CARROT CRANBERRY PINEAPPLE CARROT CAKE           COST $60
You love carrot cake then this is your cake!
A dense moist carrot cake made with carrots, crushed pineapple, cranberries and shredded coconut then topped with a citrus cream cheese frosting and finished off with toasted coconut

To order RANDY’S BROWNIES OR CAKES please call 310-854-9155 to place your order

Ask us to make Holiday Baskets for your gift giving. Call and talk to Randy