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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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                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                          Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                          Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                          I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                          You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                          Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                          When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                          I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                          Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                          Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                          If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                          Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                          1. The Inner Critic

                          This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                          • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                          • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                          • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                          • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                          The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                          Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                          2. The Worrier

                          This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                          The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                          3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                          This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                          This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                          The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                          4. The Sleep Depriver

                          This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                          The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                          • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                          • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                          • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                          • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                          How can you control these squatters?

                          How to Master Your Mind

                          You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                          Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                          There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                          • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                          • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                          This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                          The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                          Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                          1. For the Inner Critic

                          When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                          You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                          For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                          You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                          “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                          If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                          This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                          • They rile up the Worrier.
                          • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                          • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                          • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                          • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                          Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                          Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                          2. For the Worrier

                          Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                          Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                          You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                          • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                          • Muscles tense

                          Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                          If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                          Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                          “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                          Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                          If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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                          Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                          Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                          For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                          “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                          Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                          Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                          “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                          Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                          3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                          Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                          The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                          I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                          Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                          Breathe in through your nose:

                          • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                          • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                          • Focus on your belly rising.

                          Breathe out through your nose:

                          • Feel your lungs emptying.
                          • Focus on your belly falling.
                          • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                          Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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                          One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                          Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                          4. For the Sleep Depriver

                          (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                          I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                          Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                          1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                          2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                          When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                          From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                          For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                          If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                          You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                          • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                          • Shut down your thinking
                          • Calm your feelings
                          • Simply focus on the present moment

                          The Bottom Line

                          Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                          You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                          Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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