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Pop the Champagne!

From all of us here at the official House Party blog, we want to wish you and yours a very happy and healthy New Year.

Please join us in raising a glass (filled with the age-appropriate beverage of your choice) to 2013 and hoping it’s your best year yet.

Make every day count. Sing like no one’s listening. Dance like no one’s watching. And hug like you’ll never let go.

Happy New Year!

BrianBrian is House Party’s Social Media Director, working with both our consumers and our clients to develop more valuable ways to build digital communities. Brian lives in Harlem with his fiancee and the newest addition to their household, Madison, an unbelievably cute and sleepy black kitten. When Brian isn’t skydiving or mountain biking he loves to travel, woodwork and peruse an old favorite, Calvin and Hobbes. Brian’s number one party tip is to fire up the grill – no matter what the occasion or the temperature outside, it’s just not a party without some sizzle! (That, and to ensure the makings for a good Manhattan are near.)
 

Cooking with Liz: Memorial Day must haves

If you haven’t noticed in my previous posts, I love to throw themed parties. And celebrating our country and its’ heroes is one of the best reasons to throw a party that I can think of – so I thought I’d share some red, white and blue, Memorial Day-inspired party tips!

LizLiz is the Consumer Marketing Manager at House Party. Although an avid traveler, Liz is a Jersey girl who lives in a lakeside log cabin with her hubby, Chris and pup, Willow. Liz enjoys playing tennis, beach outings and entertaining. Her party specialties include cooking tasty and mostly healthy party treats for her guests and using her years of bartending experience to whip up delicious cocktails of all varieties.
 

Taking the leap

Happy Leap Day! Every four years we have a leap day, February 29, where the shortest month of the year becomes…still the shortest month of the year. But because it occurs during a Leap Year, we have 366 days instead of 365. If, like me, you missed this tidbit in school, I decided to look into why we have Leap Year in the first place.

DanielleDanielle is a Copywriter in the House Party creative department. Chances are if you read the words on our site or emails, she’s responsible. Danielle is single and a mom to an awesome, sports-obsessed, 8 year-old boy. She lives in Forest Hills, NY, is an avid tennis player, CrossFit junkie, NY Giant fan, trivia nut and budding oenophile. Her life dream is to be on Jeopardy. She is currently accepting applications from eligible male suitors. Danielle's party tip: Wine, wine and more wine. 'Nuff said.
 

How to throw: A Mardi Gras Party!

It’s that time again – Fat Tuesday! You don’t need to be in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. Time for beads of purple, gold and green, and some seriously fun traditions! On this gluttonous holiday, you can also incorporate options to satisfy all your party friends – whether they have allergies or special dietary restrictions, or just want to stick to their new year’s resolutions! So, without any further ado, here are some ideas to get your Mardi Gras party started…

MelodyMelody is a Program Manager at House Party. She lives close to NYC and is usually out and about exploring the city. In her free time, she plays on a fun field hockey league and also likes to craft happy things like jewelry and personalized cards for friends and family. People have given her a slew of nicknames over the years, mostly “Mel,” but some other silly ones include Melbatoast, Melbee, and Hells Mel. Melody’s party tip: It’s the little details that make everything more special!
 

Happy President’s Day!

I have some exciting news! In a little over a week, I’ll be taking my US citizenship test (I’m Canadian, eh!). To prepare, I’ve been beefing up on my American history.

SarahSarah is a friend of House Party. Sarah held a few roles during her three years with the company, most recently as our Community Manager. This is a fancy way of saying that she made sure that you were heard, helped and having fun. She also tweeted as one half of the contributors to our @HousePartyFun Twitter handle with Jared. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, but has since moved to the northern corner of New York City, where she lives with her boyfriend and their sassy chinchilla, Rufus. Audiophiles at heart, they’ve crammed-in five guitars and way more speakers and gigabytes of music than a little apartment should hold. Her party tip: no matter the size or type of party, put on music just loud enough to cover up the sound of chewing (ew!), but not chatting.
 

Cupid’s creative arrow: Delivering a memorable date

If you’re anything like me, you’re not quite sold on Valentine’s Day. Now, before you conclude that I’m the guy who wants to ground Cupid, let me explain: I enjoy “treating” those we love to a special day, but I truly believe the remaining 364 days of the year are equally important. So,I’ve gathered a few of my favorite ideas to help you elevate this Valentine’s Day, and any day for that matter!

BrianBrian is House Party’s Social Media Director, working with both our consumers and our clients to develop more valuable ways to build digital communities. Brian lives in Harlem with his fiancee and the newest addition to their household, Madison, an unbelievably cute and sleepy black kitten. When Brian isn’t skydiving or mountain biking he loves to travel, woodwork and peruse an old favorite, Calvin and Hobbes. Brian’s number one party tip is to fire up the grill – no matter what the occasion or the temperature outside, it’s just not a party without some sizzle! (That, and to ensure the makings for a good Manhattan are near.)
 

Ready for Valentine’s Day?

Bob is! Bob is a martial arts training device, or “Body Opponent Bag” that lives at House Party Headquarters.

SarahSarah is a friend of House Party. Sarah held a few roles during her three years with the company, most recently as our Community Manager. This is a fancy way of saying that she made sure that you were heard, helped and having fun. She also tweeted as one half of the contributors to our @HousePartyFun Twitter handle with Jared. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, but has since moved to the northern corner of New York City, where she lives with her boyfriend and their sassy chinchilla, Rufus. Audiophiles at heart, they’ve crammed-in five guitars and way more speakers and gigabytes of music than a little apartment should hold. Her party tip: no matter the size or type of party, put on music just loud enough to cover up the sound of chewing (ew!), but not chatting.
 

May the best ad win!

This year’s Super Bowl may have been a rematch from four years ago between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, but in the shadows of the stadium lights, behind the roar of the crowd, was a rematch that’s been going on since the first days the big game was televised: a rematch between the advertisers.

BrianBrian is House Party’s Social Media Director, working with both our consumers and our clients to develop more valuable ways to build digital communities. Brian lives in Harlem with his fiancee and the newest addition to their household, Madison, an unbelievably cute and sleepy black kitten. When Brian isn’t skydiving or mountain biking he loves to travel, woodwork and peruse an old favorite, Calvin and Hobbes. Brian’s number one party tip is to fire up the grill – no matter what the occasion or the temperature outside, it’s just not a party without some sizzle! (That, and to ensure the makings for a good Manhattan are near.)
 

Celebrating Valentine’s Day, whether un or deux

Valentine’s Day. It’s one of those holidays which you likely love or hate solely based on your current relationship status. If you’re in a relationship, pretty much every day is Valentine’s Day. And if you’re not in a relationship, you may not want to be reminded of this fact by seeing red roses everywhere, endless supplies of Russell Stover candy displays and Zales’ commercials. So here’s a list of things to do on Valentine’s Day, no matter what your Facebook relationship status says.

DanielleDanielle is a Copywriter in the House Party creative department. Chances are if you read the words on our site or emails, she’s responsible. Danielle is single and a mom to an awesome, sports-obsessed, 8 year-old boy. She lives in Forest Hills, NY, is an avid tennis player, CrossFit junkie, NY Giant fan, trivia nut and budding oenophile. Her life dream is to be on Jeopardy. She is currently accepting applications from eligible male suitors. Danielle's party tip: Wine, wine and more wine. 'Nuff said.
 

It’s National Fun at Work Day!

January 28th is more than just National Kazoo Day Eve (seriously, Google it) – it’s also National Fun at Work Day! Of course, here at House Party, we actually get to throw parties for a living, so every day is Fun at Work Day. However, we know that everyone isn’t quite as lucky, so we’d like to help.

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What to do with your holiday photos

We capture a lot of memories every holiday season. With these helpful tips, you can keep those memories around, and on display, all year long.

MikeMike is a graphic designer at House Party for our User Experience team. His job is to make what you see on the website not only functional, but beautiful. He currently lives in New York City with his girlfriend and their two cats: Wyatt and Say-say. In his free time he likes to draw, travel and take photos of his cats. His favorite party is a small gathering of friends eating massive amounts of pizza and sharing funny cat stories. Clearly, he needs a cat-tervention.
 

Getting back to budgets

As we conclude the holiday season, it’s a good idea to talk about developing and maintaining a personal budget. This is something I do annually to help me plan for the year ahead, and certainly something that everyone should consider, especially in these uncertain economic times.

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