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Get the Party Started: Can't-Miss Entertaining Tips
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  • For an easy drive-in movie effect, put a TV on a windowsill facing out and show videos to kids sitting on the lawn.



  • Most kids are natural entertainers and love to perform for an appreciative audience of grown-ups. String up a plain white sheet, back light it and let the kids put on a shadow show for the adults. Provide props like hats, plastic swords and stuffed animals. While they’re rehearsing, you can enjoy your meals and some grown-up conversation.

  • Whatever the occasion, you and your guests will have more fun if you aren’t stressed out by trying to orchestrate a major production. So be sure to relax and enjoy your own party!




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