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10+ Party Must-Haves To Make Sure Your Guests Have A Great Time

10+ Party Must-Haves To Make Sure Your Guests Have A Great Time

Whenever you host a party, you have to take care of a LOT of little details. You want to make sure that your guests are having fun.

Whether your guest count is 5 or 50, the problems are always the same. What do I serve to eat? What will we do? How can we entertain all the different guests so that they feel comfortable?

With these hosting questions in mind, we have curated a list of must-have party items to aid you in every party situation. You’ll be the best host, and learn to enjoy your own parties at the same time. It’ll be more fun for your guests – friends and family alike – and put your own mind at ease.

1. The Fizzics Beer System

    The Fizzics Beer System is big enough to hold a growler, but small enough to take on your next adventure. This awesome portable tap allows you to experience your favorite craft style beer – fresh from the tap draft perfection – anywhere you go!

    The Fizzics Original is designed to pour the perfect beer, anytime, anywhere, without fail. It’s built to last, with high performance components on the inside and a tough, sturdy shell outside. Get this for your beer-loving friends whether you’re hosting or the guest.

    The Fizzics Beer System, $169.99

    2. Waring Metallic Red Snow Cone Maker

      With this snow cone machine, you can make your own snow cone– plus scrumptious slushes and party drinks – right at home. It’s super easy and fast. Just turn it on to shave enough ice for 4 cones in 30 seconds.

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      All you need to provide are ice cubes and your favorite syrups or juices – that way you control the sugar, too. This is super important if you’re serving these at a kids’ party: hyperactive children and parties do not always mix.

      This snow cone machine includes 12 paper cones and 4 BPA-free reusable plastic cones. This kid-friendly carnival design makes it perfect for all parties and all ages.

      Waring Metallic Red Snow Cone Maker, $69.95.

      3. Cotton Candy Maker

        Now you don’t have to wait until the town carnival for fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth cotton candy! Use your favorite hard candies or flossing sugar to create a fluffy cotton candy cones that your whole family – and your friends – will love.

        The clear rim acts as a protective guard and allows for easy viewing of the cotton candy. The machine includes 2 reusable cones, 1 sugar scoop, and 1 extractor head.

        Cotton Candy Maker, $39.99.

        4. The Singing Machine Home Karaoke System

          Beautiful wireless sound by day, party-starting singing machine by night! With over 10,000 HD karaoke videos, this Singing Machine is ready to transform for your parties on-demand.

          Just switch to Singing Machine Play mode with an active Wi-Fi connection. Follow the instructions to register the product and get started. This karaoke system will enliven just any party.

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          The Singing Machine Home Karaoke System, $89.99

          5. DRINK-A-PALOOZA Board Game

            Drink-a-palooza combines all the “old-school” & “new-school” Drinking Games into ONE. If you like Beer Pong, Kings Cup, Flip Cup, Quarters and all the College Drinking Party Games then you will love the drink-a-palooza drinking game.

            You can play this game in anyone’s kitchen – no need for special equipment. The game comes with beer pong balls (ping pong balls), spin the bottle, playing deck of cards, dice, six pack game pieces and mini beer bottles collected to win the game.

            2 to 12 players can compete at once, although D-A-P is the best game for two players or couples with the option to play in teams of two. This board games for adults keeps everyone entertained all night and couldn’t make for a better evening of adult games for groups who love drinking party games. Use non-alcoholic drinks and turn it into a popular party game for teens.

            DRINK-A-PALOOZA Board Game, $32.99

            6. Ultimate Black Light Giant Tumbling Tower

              These extra-large glowing blocks let you play well into the night when the sun goes down just like the best parties do. With the extra illumination, you can play with these both indoors & outside.

              For easier transportation, these blocks come with a Jumbo Size Heavy Duty Premium Quality Duffel Storage and Carry Bag. This game is perfect For adults, teens, kids, BBQ’s, birthday parties, camping bonfires, outdoor park or lawn yard games, and much more.

              Add Ultimate Black Light Giant Tumbling Tower to your wish-list on Amazon

              7. EZ Drinker Shot Spinning Roulette Game Set

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                This combines the fun of casinos and in-home parties. Each set includes 16 glasses on a roulette wheel, with 2 metallic roulette balls. This game includes a 1 year warranty by the manufacturer, Blue Ridge Product Solutions, and each set is inspected before shipment for damage and breaks – so don’t worry about the delicate glasses on their way to you!

                EZ Drinker Shot Spinning Roulette Game Set, $10.99

                8. Crystal Clear Shot Glass Darts Bar Game Set

                  This fun and inexpensive game features a target with game rules, metal stand, 4 magnetic darts, and 4 shot glasses. You can keep your friends occupied with a game of darts at home, while also not distracting too much for a lively conversation.

                  Crystal Clear Shot Glass Darts Bar Game Set, $13.95

                  9. ZOBO Party Lights

                    Beautifully blended beams of colorful light, in fantastic-looking reds, greens and blues, magenta, fuchsia, yellow, and amber. This party light offers smooth dimming all the way to zero and soothing flicker free illumination, which you can remotely operate using an easy-to-use Bluetooth phone app. Directional lighting allows you to highlights only what you aim for.

                    ZOBO Party Lights, $169.99

                    10. Avalon Bay Portable Ice Maker

                      The convenient, compact design is ideal for use in small kitchens and other compact spaces like RVs, boats and more. Every party requires ice: for water, cocktails, and to keep your cans of beer or soda cool.

                      A powerful compressor produces 26 pounds of ice a day so you never have to run to the store for a bag of ice again. What’s more, this machine requires no installation – just plug in, add water and wait up to 15 minutes to enjoy your first batch of fresh ice.

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                      The bullet-shaped ice is created as frequently as every 6 minutes so you don’t have to wait long to chill your drink. The indicator lights let you know if water needs to be added or if the ice basket is full, so you can ensure a nonstop flow of ice.

                      Avalon Bay AB-ICE26S Portable Ice Maker, $121.19

                      11. La Hacienda Vancouver Fire Basket with Grill

                        The Vancouver fire basket gives a traditional but lovely look to an ancient concept. It allows you to easily create warmth in your outdoor space. It’s super simple to use! Just create a log fire within the base of the basket, and let the flames grow.

                        When the fire is suitably large, you can place the chrome-plated cooking grill on top of the fire basket and enjoy cooking outdoors. This also comes with an ash catching plate, which ensures mess is kept to a minimum and all embers and ash produced from the fire are caught.

                        La Hacienda 56043BUS Vancouver Fire Basket with Grill, from $57.99

                        12. Mulite Bluetooth Speaker by ROCK

                          The Mulite bluetooth speaker is capable of producing a wonderfully crisp sound. It also doubles as a beautiful ambient light and has a built-in microphone! The rechargeable battery will last up to 8 hours playing music and 10 hours as a light. It’s easy to connect the speaker to your portable device via Bluetooth – up to 10 meters.

                          Add Mulite Bluetooth Speaker by ROCK to your wish-list on Amazon

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                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                          Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                          your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                            Why You Need a Vision

                            Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                            How to Create Your Life Vision

                            Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                            What Do You Want?

                            The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                            It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                            Some tips to guide you:

                            • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                            • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                            • Give yourself permission to dream.
                            • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                            • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                            Some questions to start your exploration:

                            • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                            • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                            • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                            • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                            • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                            • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                            • What qualities would you like to develop?
                            • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                            • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                            • What would you most like to accomplish?
                            • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                            It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                            What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                            Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                            A few prompts to get you started:

                            • What will you have accomplished already?
                            • How will you feel about yourself?
                            • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                            • What does your ideal day look like?
                            • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                            • What would you be doing?
                            • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                            • How are you dressed?
                            • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                            • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                            • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                            It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                            Plan Backwards

                            It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                            • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                            • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                            • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                            • What important actions would you have had to take?
                            • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                            • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                            • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                            • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                            • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                            Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                            It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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