Planning a Springtime Event….Start with a Call to AMJ!


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Spring is about more than just flowers. As events move outdoors, the season brings an abundance of ideas for colorful, cheerful decorations, appetizers, centerpieces, and more. From whimsical tea parties and Easter-egg hunts to jaw-dropping floral design and fresh cocktail recipes, spring-theme events will always be popular. Springtime events can be so fun including communion & graduation parties as well as end of the year and Memorial Day celebrations.  Whether you’re planning a company outing, teambuilding activity, fund-raiser, or school event, there are plenty of ideas for spring events and corporate entertaining this spring.  Let’s look at some helpful tips:

  1. Start the planning process early. In fact, start earlier than you think you need to. This allows you to do your planning in a relaxed orderly fashion. It is never a problem to finish early and be able to sit back and relax. Starting early also allows you the ability to more easily address any problems that crop up during the process.
  2. Talk to a professional planner or coordinator.  If you need a lot of support and help, you should hire a real professional that has some solid experience and can provide the direction and guidance you need. AMJ Spectacular Events is a complete party rental company, designed to fit any sized party at any budget. They are family owned and operated while being supported by a professional & dependable staff. Their Event Specialists have many years of experience planning events for backyard parties, corporate events, picnics, country clubs, tradeshows, churches, colleges, and holiday parties.
  3. If you are going to hire a professional there are a lot of things to consider:
    1. First and foremost, make sure you are comfortable with them;
    2. What type of experience do they have;
    3. Can you see some photos of events they have done;
    4. How long have they been in business;
    5. Can they provide testimonials from people they have worked for and with;
    6. What are their fees;
    7. Will they handle booking all of the service providers for the day or will they simply coordinate all of the moving parts for you.Company_Picnic
  4. Consider an Outdoor Event Spring is a perfect time to consider holding an event outside. Before summer starts to heat things up, the spring is a perfect time to enjoy temperate weather and get some fresh air. Events can be held anywhere from company grounds to a nearby park or on rented space. Determine the location that’s best for you and the events that suit your party’s theme. Ask about our tents, tables and chairs too!
  5. Don’t Skip the Entertainment A good party should be about more than just getting tIMG_3162ogether and eating. Put some consideration into finding DJ service or entertainer. Other ways of livening up the mood include events like trivia/game show rental  or karaoke. Consider a range of entertainment options that can satisfy all your guests. Some popular choices include  Giant Game Rentals like Jenga and Battleship as well as  inflatables for all ages including a Wizards Castle or a Hungry Hippo for older kids.  AMJSE has 1literally 000,’s of inflatables, games, concessions, interactive products, trains, photo booths, and much more.  Their products are fun and add excitement to events, which in turn creates memories that last a lifetime for everyone in attendance!

Relationships with dependable and reliable vendors allow us to provide additional services to make your event truly spectacular. AMJSE would like to be your “one stop shop” to ease some of the stress of event planning. Give us a call or email today to begin your planning!

Celebrate the Spirit of Competition!

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Celebrate the upcoming Winter Olympic Games with these great Olympic themed party games! They’re fun for all ages, themed after the most popular Winter Olympic events. They’re perfect for any type of party anytime of the year!  Olympic style parties are more popular than ever and you can re create this “Go for the Gold” competitive themed event on a large or small scale. Here are our tips to create an Olympic themed party:

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 #1: Man vs. Clock

In this version, one player will be trying to beat the clock for each game. So for instance, they will have to try and finish the task in a minute. If they do, they win a prize. If not, let someone else have a shot. If you go with this style, I recommend choosing a different person for each game.

 #2: Head to Head

In this style, you’ll pick two players for each game who will going head to head against each other playing a game rather than trying to beat the clock. So for instance, you’d give two people a bucket full of ping pong balls (preferably different colors) and see who can get them over the ramp first.

#3: Team Competition

In this style, you’ll split your group into two (or 3 or 10 depending on the number of guests) teams. For each game, teams must choose one player to compete head to head in the game with the other teams. The entire team won’t be competing, just one person from each team at a time.

First team to finish gets five points, second gets three, and etc. This works best if you have quite a few people and is a good way to get everyone involved cheering for their team.

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Bring our Floor Curling to your next event and bring an winter olympic feel to your party.  Kids & adults will also love our Tug of War and Bouncing Boxing. We have so many games that can re create a fun competitive Olympic themed event! Perfect themed event for colleges and school field days!

 

FOOD & DECOR

Olympians need to keep up their strength, so make sure they visit your buffet table to sample some of these Olympics themed party foods:

  • Serve a smorgasbord of international foods and decorate with small flags from around the world.
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  • Snack-filled torches: fill ice cream cones with orange or red snack foods (to represent the flame), such as cheese balls or cheddar cheese popcorn.
  • Serve a variety of round, “ring-style” foods to honor the Olympic rings. Ideas include donuts, pizza bagels, and breadsticks that have been twisted into circles before baking.
  • Use the colors of the Olympic rings as your color scheme: blue, yellow, black, green, and red. Incorporate these colors in your table dressings, balloons, and paper streamers.
  • Use international flags as part of your decor.

Whether you want to throw an all-out Olympics party or just want to invite some friends over to watch the big events on TV, you can have fun celebrating in gold-medal style.

Give Santa the Royal Treatment!

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Wow — November already!It’s time to begin the holiday festivities!  It’s the busiest time of the year for everyone’s favorite man in the red suit. We’re talking about that jolly old soul, Santa Claus. During the holiday season, he has quite the busy schedule, everyone wants to experience his wonderful Christmas spirit. So why not roll out the red carpet and treat Santa like royalty this year at your corporate holiday party. If you are interested in having Santa attend your holiday party this year, there are a few things that you can add on to make for an unforgettable holdiay event.

Here are some helpful product rentals to ensure that this year’s event is even more merry:

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Santa Costume Rental, our Santa costume is authentic as it gets! No Christmas party is complete without a visit from the big guy himself!  Santa ia always a highlight of any holiday party or event! Let the kiddies at your party look forward to visit Santa. AMJ offers the perfect suit rental for your celebration.

Giant Light Switch, this is a great item to have to illuminate the space around where Santa will be! Consider stringing lights around where he will be seated and add some festive decor and of course a tree. Once the switch is flipped, the entire area will come to life. Everyone will feel the anticipation of Santa’s arrival!​

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Santa’s Mail Box, give kids the opportunity to write letters to Santa while they are waiting to tell him what’s on their wish list. Our mail box is perfect for holiday parties. The kids will look forward to mailing their letter to the big guy!​

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Santa Throne, Give Santa the royal treatment, and have him sit upon a throne. Dazzle your guests and fill your little ones with wonder with Santa’s King Throne! Telling Santa about their holiday wishes will be even more magical with this royal-looking, red velvet, hand carved throne. Our Santa’s King Throne is the perfect addition to your next holiday gathering.Screen Shot 2017-11-09 at 8.51.06 AM

Santa Sleigh, Make your visit from Santa even more magical with this realistic and classic looking sleigh! Whether you are using it as a photo prop, a holiday party decoration, or for the jolly man himself, our Santa’s Cozy Sleigh is the perfect addition to your next holiday gathering.

 

 

 

Give us a call at 630-833-4386 or visit our website! to rent these and other holiday products!

Our professional reservation staff is ready to assist you with all your party planning rental needs

You Sunk My Battleship!

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A classic 70’s game that you try to sink your opponents battle ships before yours are sunk. We just blew it up to be giant sized.

Command your fleet and rule the seas! Seek and sink your enemy’s ships before they find and sink yours! Unlock hidden super weapons like torpedoes and heat-seeking missiles to launch a firestorm of destruction. There are more ways to play, so fire away!

We’ve all played it, that wonderful game that pits player against player with warring strategy and tempts us all to throw the board. The game, is Battleship. The goal of Battleship is to hit the opponent’s ships with pegs or ‘missiles’ until you win. Each player is given the opportunity to configure their battle plan however they choose placing their ships around the board.

Our all new Battleship is perfect for college events, team building activities, corporate events and picnics!  Entertain your gusts for hours will keeping them on their toes. This game is the perfect addition to our Giant Games family pair it was Giant Jenga, Giant Hungry Hippo and Giant Twister for a retro theme!

Dating back to World War I, the concept of Battleship originated when war games were popular. Beginning as a ‘pencil and pad’ game, it was published in this form by several companies and in the 1960’s was released as a plastic board game by the toy and gaming giant, Milton Bradley. The game was thought to have originated in France and has changed and evolved ever since.

Battleship is played with two players who each have their own fleet of ships. Each player places their fleet on a grid (squares) that are identified by a number and a letter for coordinates. There are five ships that are placed on the grid and include: the carrier, which is five grid spaces; the battleship that is four; the cruiser that is three; the submarine that is 3; and the destroyer that is two.

Once the players place their ships on the grid each takes turns shooting missiles to sink each other’s fleets. If a ship is hit, you put a peg in it to show that it has been hit. The game goes on until one player sinks all the ships of the other player.

A super fun game – one that we have all played and that is great if you’re looking for a bit of strategy mixed with a bit of luck. This classic is now larger than life, and is perfect for an indoor or outdoor event where you’re looking to add giant synergy, hours of excitement and lasting memories. Rent this today for your next college, fun fair or corporate event!

Festive Fall Treats to Warm You Up and Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!

Fall is finally here and AMJ is celebrating the season with our fall treats. Our Fall Treat Rentals are perfect for Fall Festivals, Parents Weekend, School and Church events that need a delicious seasonal treat!

Check out our all new S’mores Bar! Our smores bar is a great dessert presentation that is popular with people of all ages. Interactive, beautifully presented and so much fun! Guests will return again and again and talk about your Smores Bar long after your reception ends. Try one and you’ll want Smore!Smores-Bar-Concession-Rentals

Just in time for cooler nights, warm up with our hot choclate and apple cider bar. Sweeten up this years holiday office party or break room by treating your employees to a hot apple cider and hot chocolate bar, brScreen Shot 2015-12-07 at 11.02.27 AMought right to your office by AMJ Spectacular Events! We know it is a busy time of year, so we make this sweet-treat no hassle by doing the work for you. From set up, to serving, to clean up, AMJ Spectacular Events will take care of every detail!

Nothing says fall quite like delicious caramel apples. Make your own Caramel Apples with our Caramel Apple Station, complete with toppings and an AMJ attendant. If you are looking for a splendid treat to offer your guests or hard working employees, then this Caramel Apple Bar is an amazing choice.  Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 11.02.41 AM

 

 

Finally no Fall Event is complete without the ultimate treat, mini donuts!  Can you smell that temptiAMJ-Spectacular-Events-Mini-DONUT-Barng aroma of fresh baked treats? Wow your guests with these hot and delicious donuts right out of the oven, a definite crowd favourite! Try them in cinnamon sugar, or icing sugar! Make super fast delicious donuts with our Mini Donut Bar. Make the donuts to order in less than a minute! They come out piping hot and ready to eat!   Just sprinkle them with a bit of cinnamon and sugar, or any other sweet topping you would like, and enjoy! Give us a call at 630-833-4386 or visit our website! to rent these and other fall products!

Our professional reservation staff is ready to assist you with all your party planning rental needs

Throwing a School Fall Fest…Tips, Tricks and the How To’s!

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In an effort to be all-inclusive, many schools have moved from the tradition of celebrating Halloween to hosting a fall festival. More than just noting a holiday, these festivals celebrate a season — and take advantage of the educational opportunities it brings. Our expert event planners at AMJ Spectacular Events share there tips, tricks and how to throw a great fall fest for your church, school or corporate event!

Here are some ideas for fall festival games and activities you can use:

“There’s no such thing as an event that’s too organized”, says Deanna an event planner with AMJSE.  Here are a few tips to consider before planning your school fall festival.

Tips for a Successful Fall Festival

1. Don’t forget the cash box

If you’re collecting cash for entry fees, ride or activity tickets, or concessions, make sure someone is in charge of stocking a cash box with a variety of small bills so you can make change when every single person wants to pay for a $3 snack with a $20 bill. Who has signature authority on your PTA bank account? The people who can get the cash box might be limited to the PTA president, secretary, and financial secretary. Make sure one of them is available and knows you need the money. And pay attention to timing – you don’t want to start setting up for a Friday night event only to realize the bank closed an hour ago.

2. Take care of your volunteers

Set up an easy-to-find volunteer check-in station. Make sure someone is there throughout the event to provide guidance and quick training as volunteers arrive. Your volunteers are giving their time and energy – don’t make them guess what they’re expected to do or where they need to go.

3. Include some floaters in your volunteers

You can ask for people willing to serve as floaters, or see if the PTA board members will take on this role. Either way, you’ll be prepared if there’s a sudden rush of people at the cake walk or if the ticket taker needs to leave early.

4. Get older kids involved

Middle school and high school students are great sources for volunteers, and the younger children love seeing the “big kids” be part of their event. Make sure older students know you’ll sign off on their service hours.

5. Have a backup plan for bad weather

When you decided to hold a fall festival, it was easy to envision families enjoying a crisp, clear fall day. Go ahead and plan for a great day outdoors spread across the school grounds – but have a backup plan just in case mother nature doesn’t cooperate. Can you move events indoors? Choose a rain date? If all goes well, you won’t need the backup – but you’ll feel better knowing you’re prepared.

6. Make it fun for all ages

Plan a variety of events appropriate for different age groups. Elementary school students may range in age from 5 to 13, plus younger and older siblings. Don’t try to make everything work for everyone. It’s okay if younger kids line up for face painting, while their older siblings try their prowess at the beanbag toss.halloween_1510982c

7. Include a clean-up crew

When you ask for volunteers, make sure to include a clean-up crew as well as volunteers during the event. You don’t want to wave goodbye to happy, tired participants at the end of a successful festival only to realize you’re all alone and clean-up hasn’t even started.

8. Don’t forget the cash box

At the end of the event, make sure you know who’s in charge of counting the money (there should be two people to do this) and turning it over to the treasurer or someone else with authority to make a bank deposit. Make sure the initial stock of cash doesn’t get counted as part of the proceeds from the event.

Throw a School-wide Fall Festival

A fall festival or harvest party can be just as much fun as a school-wide Halloween carnival. Here are some ideas for pulling one off.

  • Set up booths and stations where the kids can play fall festival games, like the pumpkin pitch game or carnival games for a school festival, and win prizes.
  • Give your elementary school fall festival an educational theme, such as making it all about books and reading. Allow the students to wear costumes, but require them to dress up as their favorite storybook characters.Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 11.26.57 AM
  • A maze of confusion: Who doesn’t love a challenge and these festive mazes are sure to be a hit! Rent our Corn Maze ,  Haunted Ogre Maze or Haunted House Maze. Kids and adults like will love the challenge to get to the other side.
  • Pumpkin Party: Decorate with lots of orange and pumpkin decorations for this party. Have all of your guests bring their own pumpkin and provide them with paint, markers, glitter, paper, and everything they need to decorate their pumpkin.  Our Pumpkin Moon Jump is great to keep the kids entertained! If the kids are older, or their parents are invited too, try pumpkin carving! An easy party favor from this party (besides their pumpkin) is a photo keepsake.Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 11.27.15 AM

If you love Halloween, don’t be disappointed if your child’s school doesn’t celebrate it. You’ll find that there are plenty of traditions surrounding the fall season that are just as much fun to enjoy. And as a bonus, most of them are educational, too.

What are the hottest products for back to school events?

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Summer has flown by once again.  August is here and that means it’s time to plan your back-to-school events. No matter the season or the reason for your involvement with coordinating something special, these event-planning tips can help it all go smoothly while ensuring all in attendance have a great time.

Here’s a look at some of the most inspiring ideas and the hottest products for back to school:

Theme Parties: Determining the type of atmosphere you want to evoke before you start planning an event will help you achieve the right balance of entertainment and  fun. Having a themed event is easy to coordinate and the ideas are endless.  Throw an 80’s themed party or Olympic themed event or how about a Luau.  Our college event planners can assist you with a specific theme and the right rentals that will work with it.

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Inflatable Obstacles:  Our grown up inflatables deliver on being challenging and fun, perfect for college events.  Our best selling rentals include WipeoutMeltdown, Black oPs , Tidal Wave Zipline and of course out 60 foot Mega Mountain which is one of our largest obstacles. Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 9.17.59 AM

team building activities illinois indianaGiant FUN & GAMES: Games like Speed Racer Oversized Slot Car RacingSpeed Cart 4 Wheel Pedal RacersThe Giant Bulls EyeBouncy Boxing RentalThe Giant Roller BowlerGotta GO Toilet RacersHuman Bumper CarsThe Giant Big Comfy ChairAdult Trike RentalsConnect 4Jumbo JengaKerplunkOperationCheckers, and even Twister will delight guests of all ages with their super-sized fun! It’s the BIG FUN you grew up with…but these are classic games with a twist.  Check out our all NEW Giant Battleship!

AMJ-Spectacular-Events-Mini-DONUT-BarFood for Thought: Your back to school event is not complete without some concessions.  The hottest rentals for colleges right now is our mini donut machine, but everyone loves our popcorn machines and ice cream cart.

Photo Fun: There’s nothing like taking photos to capture memories from family events and AMJ has a large selection. Check out our  Photo Booth , GreenScreen or if you really want to get creative try out our Open Air Photo Studio screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-12-05-46-pm

Be sure to contact us right away to check on availability – Just call us (630-833-4386) or email us (sales@amjse.com) right away.  Imagine having these rentals at your event!  http://collegeeventrentals4u.com

Top Ways to Beat The Heat At Your Event!

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If you’re planning an outdoor summer event in Chicago, you know that some days can be brutally hot. Luckily, there are things you can do to to help guests beat the heat while not giving up details that make the day picture perfect.

Shield Your Guests From The Sun

By renting tents and canopies, you can shield your guests from the hot sun and provide protection from the frequent pop-up storms of summer. Place fans at each enCIMG2368d of a tent to create a flow-through breeze. Place the dance floor near a fan. The instant breeze will keep guests cool without the worry of them passing out while doing the “Cha Cha Slide”.

Have Cool Treats On Hand

Beat the heat with cool treats for your next summer event. Whether you want to serve up frostie’s, Good Humor Ice cream or snow cones these summertime favorites will keep everyone cool while enjoying a tasty treat!Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 7.20.55 AM

Let Your Guests Splash Around

Kids love the chance to explore, climb, slide, jump, and have a healthy, happy, active playtime. They can do all this with inflatable slides, and when attending events that feature these blow up bouncy houses, they won’t want to leave. Adding water to a summer event can also prevent the kids from over-heating or getting fussy and uncomfortable. Water slides and inflatable pools are perfect for a foot soak or a splash.  Just make sure to have some towels handy to dry off.

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Outdoor Games & Activities to Play at Your Backyard Bash or Picnic

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Summertime means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but for those of us in the party business, it means party time. Graduation parties, weddings, showers and family reunions. No matter the theme, no matter the type, we know that if you’re planning a party, you want to save money and throw the biggest, most talked-about bash around. So we’d like to take the time to give you some ideas to help you pull off one spectacular summertime event!

It’s summer! Get outside and play. Throw a themed “backyard bash” party at your place or include them at your picnic for tons of laughs and a great time:

  1. Let There Be Bubbles – Who doesn’t love bubbles right! Rent our bubble machine, for endless fun. A professional bubble machine will leave your little ones laughing for hours as they chase hundreds of bubbles. Adorable.
  2. “Giant”  Games – Looking to add some ginormous fun at your summer party check out our Gaint Jenga, Connect Four, and our all new Battleship Games. Perfect for the backyard!File_005
  3. Lawn Games– Set up  lawn games for your guests to play. These can be anything from croquet, to horseshoes, to volleyball or even badminton. If you have a large number of guests attending, then consider having teams and doing a tournament!
  4. Groovy Dance Contest – Put on some dance music like the “Macarena”, the “Cupid Shuffle” or the “Cha-Cha Slide” and let your guests shake their stuff! Need something more check out our audio equipment rentals.
  5. Dodge Ball & Kickball – Divide your guests up into two teams and play some exciting games of dodge ball or kickball. You can have a mini tournament if you have a large number of guests and give the winning team some small prizes. We even rent Bocce Ball!
  6. Water Fun – We rent a huge selection of inflatable water slides, and dunk tanks to help your guests cool off this summer.  Need something simple try to make a lot of water balloons and play some water balloon games, such as water balloon tag, or have a water balloon tag. Tell guests to bring swimsuits or a change of clothes and have some extra towels ready, as you and your guests are going to get soaked with these games.wild.rapids
  7. Frisbee Golf – Set up a golf course in your backyard or at a nearby park or field. Use various household items to make “hazards” at each “hole”. Also set up a flag or stick at the end of your “hole” numbered 1 through 9. All you have to do is take turns throwing a Frisbee until you hit the numbered flag. Keep track of how many throws you make, and the person with the lowest score at the end wins!
  8. Scavenger Hunt – Make a list of common household items or of outdoor things. Your list can include anything from a rock, to a spoon, a spool of thread or even a leaf from a certain tree. Divide guests into teams of three and send them out into the neighborhood to find the items on the list. The first team back with everything on the list wins! If you are including items where team members will need to ask neighbors, make sure that children have an adult on their team to help them out and keep them safe!

Summertime is wonderful for getting outdoors and having some fun in the sun. Your themed “backyard bash” party is sure to be a hit if you include some of these ideas. Need help planning soemthing more elaborate or for more ideas contact one of our event planners at:

amoonjump4u@gmail.com or 630-833-4386!

Spectacular 4th Of July Celebrations!

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Independence Day is quickly approaching and it’s time to start planning your celebration! You want to have a party that is as effortless as it is entertaining…and here’s how!

All that is needed for a fantastic 4th are three key ingredients:

1. Planning

2. Preparation

3. Activities

1. Planning

The best way to ensure that your Independence Day party is a success is to plan out the details ahead of time so stress is minimized and you can enjoy the festivities along with your guests. Assign jobs to other people and they will be happy to help out so that you can enjoy the day as much as the rest of your family will!

Write down your thoughts, ideas and items to purchase. Some people create a timeline and write down what needs to be done when. Others make a master list of all items to be purchased.

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It doesn’t take much to transform your backyard into a patriotic party zone, but the key is to do as much as you can in advance. Here are some steps to prepare the backyard for your party:

• Set up the yard with extra tables, chairs and even a tent to shade guests from the sun or rain.

• Plan the menu and make a shopping list of what you will need.

• Inspect the grill to make sure it works, check the propane tank! Need an extra grill for a larger party we have plenty for rent.

• Set up any 4th of July decorations you want, such as tiki torches, twinkle lights, American flags and patriotic streamers.

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Whether you choose well-organized games and contests or simply let folks relax, having a few activities around can help keep the party flowing.

Here are a few ideas:

• Outside games such as horseshoes, badminton, volleyball and croquet. Or “Giant Games” like Jenga, Connect Four or Bulls Eye Game!

• Patriotic games such as American history trivia, famous Americans charades or state word scramble.

• Kids love water games such as water balloons, squirt guns or running through the lawn sprinkler. The keep the cool rent one of our inflatbale water slides or patriotic inflatables.

• With adult supervision, have some fireworks fun with sparklers, firecrackers and fountains.

It doesn’t have to be a lot of work to throw a 4th of July party. Staying organized can keep stress levels under control and result in a party that even Uncle Sam would be proud to attend.