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A Girls Guide to Planning Perfect Parties by Capstone Young Readers

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Planning Perfect Parties:  The Girls’ Guide to Fun, Fresh, Unforgettable Events by Capstone Young Readers gives girls all the tools they need to have a fun and festive time with friends on any occasion.

Planning Perfect Parties

Planning Perfect Parties walks readers through every step of the planning process, making it a breeze to host anything from a small sleepover to an event for the whole class.  Parents will appreciate the practicality of the shopping lists, budget guides, and invitation etiquette tips as much as girls enjoy the party themes, quizzes and craft-it-yourself decorations. The interactive book is created for the digital age, with QR codes sprinkled throughout that provide access to free online content such as customizable invites, recipes and downloadable decor — as well as a Mizz Manners’ blog offering free advice on hostess do’s and don’ts, monthly contests, and new party themes.

Designed with an eye toward pre-teen tastes, the pages are filled with bright colors, fun graphics, and illustrative photos.  Each of the funky themes offered — from a ‘Stache Bash to a fun twist on game night entitled You’ve Got Game — provides everything from invitation designs and party favors to recipes and games, making the step-by-step guide the perfect gift for girls of all ages.

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    Leanne M
    July 16, 2014 at 12:30 am

    My kids and their friends go on and on about the Ghostbusters party we had. My husband and his friend dressed up like Ghosts and the kids were armed with silly string and blasted them.

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    Julie Ernst
    July 16, 2014 at 2:03 am

    One of my suggestions is to give a decent camera to somebody that can capture those special moments when no body is paying attention. These photos can easily be put into an album or scrapbook ad a moment of their special day! Some of these random shots taken when no one is really paying attention are the best!

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    marnie ward
    July 16, 2014 at 4:00 am

    My best party planning tip is in the party theme. When I throw a party for one of my kids I know that the first thing that will make the party will be in the decorations and the second thing that will make it a hit will be the party favors. I always make the party favors match the theme of course but I come up with a favor that is extra special not just something that you buy at the party store.

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    laura revilla
    July 16, 2014 at 9:19 am

    i would love to win

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    Laura DeLuca
    July 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

    My son is having a Thomas the train party. It’s all he;s talked about for months

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    Tamara N
    July 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

    My kids most memorable birthday party was a western themed one in which we have cowboy hats and bandanas to all the guests, hay bales in the yard to sit on and great barbeque foods.

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    Tiffany Schmidt
    July 16, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I think one things that makes a party theme memorable for you and your child is if you make something together, instead of just buying all decorations, favors, etc. at a party store.

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    Jennifer Hiles
    July 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

    My best tip is to plan ahead. Leave lots of time for things you may have overlooked. Last minute planning is too stressful.

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    July 16, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Get them involved if they are old enough so they can enjoy the excitement.

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    July 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I always make sure that I have a hand made parting gift for everyone to take home!

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    Maria B
    July 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    My surprise 30th birthday party. My friend blindfolded me and I was completely surprised.

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    D Schmidt
    July 16, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    My best tip is to have a party with something creative happening, my kids love to paint and color so we have hosted pottery decorating parties.

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    Jessie C.
    July 16, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    My best party tip is to make a list and stick to it. Ask for help, potluck party is always great.

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    Audra watts
    July 16, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    My daughter had a bowling party for her 4th birthday. She had a blast!

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    Dawn Monroe
    July 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    My granddaughter is having a Frozen 6th birthday party. She is so excited.

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    Leigh Anne Borders
    July 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    The best party we ever had was one that we got the Game Truck. My son still talks about the fun he had that day!

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    wendy c g
    July 17, 2014 at 1:47 am

    My kids went on and on about a Lego birthday party we had for the 2 of them. Nonstop lol

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    Mia Hicks
    July 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Best party planning tip- write out your plan (what you’ll be having to eat drink, doing, ect.) that way you know what you need to buy or get together and nothing is left out.

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    heather eg kaufman
    July 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Do as much as you can before the day, to prepare for it.

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    Paol Trenny
    July 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    My daughter went to a birthday party at the New Orleans Zoo two years ago and she is still talking about it because the children were able to pet and gotten a close look at some of the the animals that day.

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    Mia J
    July 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    My Tip is to have some creative craft for the kids to take home that can be the main goodie bag gift.

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    Kimberly Schotz
    July 18, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    My daughter went to a Spa Party in 2nd grade. She loved it.

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    jeanette sheets
    July 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

    my 40 th party ,my friends rented a boat and had it all decorated and i was so suprised ,we were only suppossse to be looking and touring boats ,so yeah that awesome

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    July 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    My best tip is to do as much of the work (including food prep) before the party, so you can enjoy the party too.
    Thank you!

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    July 19, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Always have structure.

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    marian boll
    July 19, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Start early in the planning and keep notes!!!!

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    Chris Martinez
    July 20, 2014 at 12:18 am

    My best party planning tip is to take detailed notes on EVERYTHING. You can never be too prepared.

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    Kim Pinch
    July 20, 2014 at 12:33 am

    I do things as far ahead as possible, especially the food prep.

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    Tandi Cortez-Rios
    July 20, 2014 at 2:37 am

    My party planning tip is to plan in advance. Parties are supposed to be fun, if you’re throwing it together last minute… It’s just all kinds of stress!

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    Robin M
    July 20, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I don’t know why, but my kid loves his party at Chuck E. Cheese

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    tara darity
    July 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

    my tip would be to keep it simple so it doesn’t get overwhelming!

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    Sharon Kaminski
    July 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Our child loved her birthday party where most of her friends were invited including kids from school. Everyone had a great time and were very happy.

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    Lana Bradstream
    July 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    My best tip is keep the kids busy! It’s less stress for you on party day.

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    July 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    My best tip is to prepare as much as possible ahead of time. It makes everything go a lot more smoothly.

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    Kristi C.
    July 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    This past year we had a TMNT themed birthday party and it was a blast. The kids had fun and the adults enjoyed it too. I LOVE party planning 🙂

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    Luna S
    July 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    It is best to have people RSVP that way you can make sure you buy enough supplies.

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    Carly D.
    July 20, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    My friend threw a fairy party and everything was part of the theme. Even the snacks and foods! The girls all dressed up with wings and outfits and got their faces painted. It was the cutest party ever!

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    Sarah Jestings
    July 20, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    My best advice would be to serve food that you can make ahead of time. I always try to make all the food the day before so I only have to take it out or warm it up before the party. For me that takes a lot of stress away on the day of the actual party.

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    July 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I’m pretty low-key about parties. I figure if there’s adequate seating, enough beverages, and tons of food, then everyone is good to go. 🙂

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    July 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Our son’s Star Wars party where we made lightsabers out of pool noodles was a huge hit with all the kids!

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    Sherry Compton
    July 22, 2014 at 8:24 am

    My granddaughter keeps talking about her birthday party. She wants Lalaloopsy and a blueberry cake.

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    July 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    i like to know at least a month in advance so i can book a place

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    happi shopr
    July 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Our daughter loved her “you” themed party. All the gifts were labeled like Fit You, Scentual You, Rockin’ You, etc.

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    crystal sheckles-gibson
    July 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I do all the preparations the day before if possible. I also use the crock pot for food. I have a 3 pot crock pot that I used at my daughters party. I had bbq turkey meatballs, small ears of corn on the cob and little smokies.

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    Lynsay Leitner
    July 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    relax and have fun

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    Robert Pyszk
    July 23, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    We had a birthday party at our local Chuck E Cheese. Always a big hit!

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    christine j
    July 23, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    my best tip is to always look online for party supplies. I have found it is usually cheaper and more unique

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    Sara Stegeman
    July 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I think it’s important to have a plan for a kids party… involve your child in planning, so they feel like they have input, but make sure there is a plan!

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    kristen mcclary
    July 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    my daughter wont stop talking about her dave and busters birthday her next birthday is 9 months away and she is already planning it there again

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    Katie Rose
    July 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

    For a big party that uses disposable cups I keep a Sharpie Marker at the drink station to reduce the likelihood of people getting a new drink because they don’t recall which was theirs.

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    amanda whitley
    July 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    my daughter keeps going on about her birthday party from a few years ago when her birthday fell on easter.

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    Kelley Roach
    July 24, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I always make sure that I have a hand made parting gift for everyone to take home!

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    Mary Songer
    July 25, 2014 at 12:08 am

    I like to plan some special treat for every party, like a christmas party based on Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.

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    July 25, 2014 at 12:32 am

    A frozen sleepover, they has karaoke, snowball fight (cotton balls), ice cream cake, frozen crafts and more.

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    Diane Hamel
    July 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Big family,,25 of us,,gag gifts for everyone

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    July 25, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Here is my best party tip- MAKE/DO AHEAD! Anything that you can prep ahead of time is less you have to stress about on the day of the party. then maybe you can enjoy yourself too!

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    Natalie Nichols
    July 26, 2014 at 1:11 am

    I like to use twine and make things look pinteresty. 🙂

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    Megan Parsons
    July 27, 2014 at 12:54 am

    My kids always talk about their birthday cakes that I make them every year!

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    Raina DelRio
    July 27, 2014 at 9:02 am

    My best party planning tip is make a budget and STICK to it! It is so easy to spend more than you anticipated (especially if it is a milestone birthday or event!)

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    amelia carrington
    July 27, 2014 at 10:14 am

    awesome giveaway….planning a party with the help and input of my gkids and one of them taking notes is essential. thanks!

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    Erin Madigan
    July 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    My party planning tip is to be creative and have fun with your theme! Don’t get too bogged down in little details!

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    July 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    One of our most successful birthday parties was a summer Olympics party held in the backyard with Olympic style events. One hint is to keep the guest list fairly small!

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    Jenny Stanek
    July 27, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    My best tip is to pick a theme and just run with it. I love creating a plan to incorporate everything around a central idea. And don’t send home crappy goodie bags!!

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    July 28, 2014 at 8:31 am

    My tip is to pick a theme and stick with it! For my Mom’s 60th birthday, we kept it simple with a “black and white” theme. All the decorations and the cake were black and white and we asked everyone to dress in black and white. It was so much fun and everything looked so classy.

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    Jill Myrick
    July 28, 2014 at 11:21 am

    My daughter went to a Hawaiian party at a friends house and loved it. So for her upcoming birthday we have decided to have a luau.


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    rejina williams
    July 29, 2014 at 2:23 am

    My party tip is to always plan in advance.

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    tina reynolds
    July 29, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I make a list and plan out everything well ahead of time. I have different activies to keep the kiddos enertained

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    July 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Do as much ahead of time as you can! I love make-ahead recipes for drinks, desserts, appetizers, etc.

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    lindsay hess
    July 29, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    My best party tip is that gift bags are great for any kind of party!!

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    abedabun dawn
    July 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    My best tip is simple, just keep it fun! A party does not have to be expensive, but it does have to be fun.

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    Teresa Thompson
    July 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    She keeps talking about a Pokémon birthday.

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    Edna Williams
    July 29, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    My party tip is to make notes about what your child loves and plan ahead!

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    Linda Madden
    July 29, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    My daughter went to a party last month with the movie Frozen as the motif. She has been driving me crazy wanting the same for her birthday party in September. 🙂

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    Rhonda Martin
    July 29, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    If at all possible make it an outside party. That gives children room to play and your house doesn’t get destroyed. Someone spills a drink no one has to clean the grass but if it’s inside someone has to clean the floor. Kids are going to be kids and accidents happen. By taking it outside you take the stress out of worrying about what if’s when it comes to accidents in the house. Involve the birthday girl or boy in the planning. It always makes it that much more special for them. After all it is their birthday.

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    Christine Summers
    July 30, 2014 at 1:02 am

    My best tip is to have the kids all make something they can take home with them. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It keeps them busy and gives them a party favor instead of a bag full of candy and junk!

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    Barbara S
    July 30, 2014 at 9:10 am

    just planned and executed my sons graduation party. Had a candy buffet and had to do some serious comparison shopping for the candy.

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    Samantha Plotkin
    July 30, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Don’t try to do too much! Focus on one or two memorable parts – a fun game and a special cake, for example.

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    Melissa Mazzur
    July 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I always figure out a theme first. Then I spend hours on Pinterest finding the best ideas for every aspect of the party. I can usually do it on the cheap!

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    Crystal Rose
    July 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    My daughter went to a party at a gymnastics gym. She loves it.

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    liz l
    July 30, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    We did a disney themed party and all the kids loved it. So nice to have everyone dress in fav character attire

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    Kassie Brown
    July 30, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    My best tip is to stock up on different foods and drinks for peoples dietary needs.

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    Carissa Joslyn
    July 30, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    If we are having a themed party, I do a few think of that theme (say, angry birds) but then the rest I do in just matching colors so it isn’t as expensive! I’m a single mom of two so we don’t really have much money. got to budget when i can 🙂

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    K. Finn
    July 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I like the idea of freezing water balloons and then adding them to your beverage bin to keep drinks cold.

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    sandra davis
    July 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I love entertaining

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    Nikki Lynn Hanna
    July 30, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    one tip I would have would be learn what everyone likes that is coming to the party and try to have different options on hand

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    Lily Kwan
    July 31, 2014 at 6:17 am

    My tip is check the Internet for party planning ideas.

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    abedabun dawn
    August 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Doing the happy dance now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you so much!!!!

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