And be sure to party often! Life is short; celebrate every chance you get! It doesn't have to be the big events in life or major holidays that give you a reason to enjoy life. Look for those other simple reasons and party on!
Medical Graduation PartyMedical doesn't only mean "med school". Medical graduation can apply to medical, dental, nursing school, or any healthcare field. These are all important careers and the accomplishment deserves to be acknowledged.
Decorate using gauze bandages (as streamers) and blown up latex gloves (for balloons). Hit up a medical supply store and buy urine sample cups for drinks and emesis basins for snack bowls.
Hospitals love to serve the "liquid" diet so be sure to have jello shots with your "healthy" snacks. At least there will be a doctor in the house if anyone does too much celebrating!
One fun idea I had for my cousin's graduation party as an ultrasound technician was to rent an actual ultrasound machine! She was able to show off her training and showed us some cool stuff! Going to all that trouble was worth it to celebrate her getting to a point in life where she was independent and pulling down an excellent salary as an ultrasound technician - it's one of the best choices she made!
Ugly Christmas Sweater PartyIf you've got an ugly Christmas sweater, pull it out of the mothballs. But, if you've never invested in one of the beauties, take a sweater you have and get tacky with it by adding bling such as:
• Christmas stuffed animals (or just the animal parts...head in front of sweater, rear in back)
• Battery lights (preferably flashing)
• Tinsel (shiny and ugly)
• Plastic poinsettias (hot glue gun time!)
To make the sweaters stand out as even uglier, make your home and table settings really beautiful.
Casino NightWhat happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Host a Casino Night Party and party like you're in sin city. Clear out the dining room and set up tables with green table cloths. Each table has it's own game:
• Poker (5-card draw, Texas hold-em, 5-card stud) - especially popular these days
Vegas is known for alcohol and buffets. Set up your own buffet table with snacks, pizza, appetizers, and desserts. Set-up another for open bar. Be sure to provide non-alcoholic beverages for those that don't drink.
Need some background music? Fill a playlist with some old-time Vegas fav's like Frank Sinatra, Liberace and Tom Jones.
Oscar PartyDon't get dressed up in uncomfortable dresses and tuxes. Come as your favorite actor or actress. If you're celebrating in 2015, consider coming dressed as Doogie Howser in honor of host Neil Patrick Harris.
Print your own ballots and have guests vote for their picks. At the end of the evening, whoever chose the most winners is awarded a statue of...something (get creative).
Get fancy with drinks and food. Champagne/wine, appetizers, and pretty desserts will have your guests feeling like stars.
Coffee Tasting BrunchA list written by the cafe wouldn't be complete without without a java party?!Brunch is the perfect time. Pick some unique flavors to brew and keep warm in carafes. Include all the sweeteners and creams that your guests could want. Plus, whipped cream and sprinkles for those that only pretend to like coffee...
Brunch foods include casseroles, fresh fruits, muffins and bagels, and juices. For a nice touch, have a personalized coffee mug (with sample coffee) for each guest.