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How to Make Your Child’s Birthday Party Special

Child's Birthday PartyWhen you think about it, you’re only a “kid” for about twelve or so birthdays of your entire life. Since you’re just starting out in life, it’s important to really enjoy those birthdays because they help set the tone for the rest of your life. Think back to a particular birthday you celebrated as a kid that was amazingly awesome in every way– what made the party extra special?

Kids generally love balloons, animals, costumed characters, and sugary foods and drinks. These things can enliven a child’s birthday party, for sure. Kids also love feeling recognized by everyone else as the special person of their day, so little things like giving them a birthday shirt, button or crown with their name on it to wear for their party can mean a lot to them. Even something like a “chair of honor” for them to sit in on their birthday makes them feel special.

A particularly fun thing to do at your kid’s birthday party is to have guests hide their presents and then have the birthday kid look for them. This can help make the party quite fun, especially when the guests give clues to the presents’ whereabouts.

Now a kid’s birthday party is best when it includes some things they don’t normally get to experience in their daily lives. With that in mind, Miracle Strip Popcorn helps make parties “the best” by offering cotton candy machines, shaved ice/sno-cone machines (especially good for warm Florida days), and other concession products like candy apples, nachos, caramel corn and funnel cakes.

Miracle Strip Popcorn of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is just a phone call away at 850-864-1139 or you can email sales@mspopcorn.com to ask about the various fun food supplies available to help make your child’s birthday party extra special this year. From equipment to cleaning supplies, Miracle Strip Popcorn can deliver all your party snack bar needs.

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How Concession Rentals Can Help You Raise Money

 

Whether it’s for a school, a charity or an organization, using food to help fundraise your cause can be a hectic endeavor. After all, you need to have the right equipment, and if you don’t have a simplified process, it can be tough to find the manpower needed to continually churn out tasty snacks.

How Concession Rentals Can Help

If you were to rent, you wouldn’t have to worrying about purchasing something like a popcorn machine or cotton candy maker, as renting is always a more economical option. You would save yourself money that would ultimately help turn a greater profit from the from the event. Then after the event is done, you won’t have to deal with finding somewhere to store the items until you need them again.

 

Also, many of the machines come with their supplies included, meaning you aren’t going to have to take extra trips and spend more money for everything you need. In addition, you won’t have to about how the machines will get to and from the fundraiser. Most rental companies offer delivery and pick up, so that is one less thing you’ll need to worry about. This will also make cleanup of the fundraiser easier as you will have less items to clean which means you can spend more time figuring out the results of your event.

 

Miracle Strip Popcorn offers numerous concession machines for rental or retail including popcorn, sno cone and cotton candy machines. We are committed to helping you earn the best possible profits by providing you with the best products for your event. For more information on our products, please contact us today!

 

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Tips for Planning a Child’s Birthday Party

A child’s birthday party is usually a very fun and memorable event. When planning the party, first things first– ask the child what he or she would like at his or her party, within reason. Ideally, agree on some sort of theme, such as princesses or pirates. You can then make or buy decorations that fit the theme, and invite attendees to dress up in costumes.

Next, decide on the date and time of the party, and where you want to have it. Be sure and plan it so other kids can attend without having to compete with some other community or school event taking place that same day and time. Keep in mind sleep schedules and appropriate times for children of a certain age. For instance, you wouldn’t throw a party for a 3-year-old at 8pm at night.

Send out invites to the party. Before the party takes place, plan and get the kind of food and drinks guests will like. Candy always goes over well at children’s birthday parties. In fact, if you want to be the cool parent, rent a popcorn machine, a sno cone machine or a cotton candy machine from Miracle Strip Popcorn, and one or all of those items will be a big hit at the party!

Great parties include interactive games and colorful, fun things to play with, so plan to have the kids participate in physical and mental activities, such as coloring, hide-and-seek, or dancing to upbeat music. It’s also important to consider the length of the party– for some, an hour works, while for others, a party could last three or four hours. Consider both your child’s energy level and your own to decide the time the party starts and the time the party ends.

Meanwhile, don’t forget the cake and candles– always a highlight of a birthday party. And if you want to rent candy and snack making machines, Miracle Strip Popcorn can be contacted at 850-864-1139.

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Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night

During the summer, or whenever the weather is nice, warm, and there’s no threat of rain, an outdoor movie event can be a real crowd pleaser. It’s best to choose a movie that has broad appeal—the kind that’s not overtly violent, sexual, or foul-mouthed so as not to offend guests or neighbors nearby. Indeed, be respectful of neighbors who may not want a lot of noise outside their window late-at-night—it doesn’t hurt to check with them beforehand to see if they’re cool with your plans.

The technology to host your own neighborhood or friends-and-family movie event is readily available and somewhat affordable. You’ll need a screen (or flat white wall/white sheet hung up on a wall) and a projector, along with some sort of movie player and perhaps stereo speakers in order to properly show—and hear—a movie outdoors. If you don’t have those things, ask your friends if they’ll lend you their equipment (and someone to run it!) and/or buy whatever you’ll need to show the movie outside.

Test the equipment before people arrive for movie time, to make sure it’s working. There’s nothing worse than having a bunch of people gathered, ready for a good time, and for some odd reason the picture doesn’t appear, or there’s no sound.

Next, look around the garage or storage rooms for chairs, and if you don’t have many chairs that you don’t mind putting outside for guests to use, ask them to bring their own. An alternative to chairs would be blankets and pillows. And, since the event is outdoors, don’t forget bug spray and/or a light jacket in case it gets chilly.

Finally, what’s the one thing that goes with movies best? It’s popcorn, of course! If you really want to impress your guests, consider renting a popcorn concession. Miracle Strip Popcorn of Fort Walton Beach, FL, can bring the popcorn maker to your house or outdoor venue. The popcorn machine will be the talk of the party, for sure. Miracle Strip Popcorn can also supply outdoor movie nights with other favorites, like cotton candy, sno cones, ice cream, nachos, and candies. Movies and food—especially popcorn—go together well, and any decent outdoor movie night needs snacks to please the people in attendance.

To find out how Miracle Strip Popcorn can bring their popcorn concession to your movie night, making it more fun, please call 850-864-1139.

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The Sweet and Sticky History of Cotton Candy

Pink clouds of sugar wrapped around a cardboard cone; a familiar childhood memory for many who spent time at the beach strolling the boardwalk or enjoying time at the county fair. Cotton candy has been the subject of poems and in the title of books like, Nikki Giovanni’s Cotton candy on a Rainy Day, a metaphor for the yummy things we love, that disappear so quickly. Its’ a simple concoction, an easy recipe, that brings so much joy and smiles to the eyes of kids and adults; yet, it is one of the few food items we rarely, if ever, attempt to make at home. Cotton candy is magic. That is why we love it so much.

Cotton candy, one of the most popular concession stand items, is deliciously flavored spun sugar, called “candy floss” in Europe and the UK. It is best known in the United States and Canada, as cotton candy and its bubble gum colors come from the use of food coloring. Over the years, this sweetest of the sweets, has come in many flavors, from strawberry and watermelon to more recent exotic flavors like mango and pink lemonade. Many times the flavors of cotton candy reflects the culture and environment of those who make it; for example in Canada, maple flavored cotton candy is a very popular flavor.

The making of cotton candy dates back to the 16th century and was considered somewhat of a luxury because of the expensive process it took to make the confection. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s that cotton candy was spun on a machine. This made the process much less labor intensive and cheaper to create, making it a treat that became available to the everyday person. Ironically, it was a dentist by

the name of William Morrison who partnered with confectioner John C. Wharton, who invented machine-spun cotton candy; hence the name, ‘candy floss” or “Fairy Floss”, which it was called at the 1904 World’s Fair.

In more recent times, in 1921, another dentist, Joseph Lascaux, from New Orleans, Louisiana, updated the machine that is now used to make this magical airy treat and officially named it “cotton candy”. In the 70’s this same machine was updated and automated again so that it now creates and also packages the cotton candy product.

In spite of cotton candy’s somewhat complex history, this very simply made, sweet and sticky treat is still creating sparkles in the eyes of every child at birthday parties, carnivals and fairs today; and in more exotic flavors than ever imagined. Cotton candy is still making fans after all these years.