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Games to Arrange at Your Child’s Party

GamesAre you getting anxious about your child’s upcoming birthday party? Are you worried about what types of games you’ll have available to the kids? If so, don’t panic, we’re here to help! First things first– the best way to begin planning games for a child’s party are by keeping two things in mind:

 

  1. What is the age range of the children?

 

Taking into consideration the age and attention span of your child’s friends and family members will help determine which games are most suitable. Generally, younger children they love things silly and messy. This is a great age for crafts, obstacle courses, silly string and water balloons.

 

For older children, physical and challenging activities are great ideas. Obstacle courses that are more in-depth and games that require thinking, reasoning and problem solving will surely be popular.

 

  1. Keeping games simple increases fun for the kids.

 

As the old adage goes, less is more. Provide children with some structure and space, then let their creativity take over.

To help spark your own creativity and get you thinking about party games, here are some favorites:

 

Pin the tail. A party favorite of kids and has been for years.

 

Piñata. Kids will have a blast cracking open the piñata and scooping up the candy.

 

Minute to Win It. Based upon the popular TV show, you can create minute long challenges suitable for every age.

 

Egg drop/balloon toss. Each member gets an egg to toss to a partner as they compete to be the last group standing.

 

Sack races. Another classic, children hop to the finish line in what is always a close race. The game is fun for both children racing and adults watching.

 

In addition to planning exciting games, why not surprise your party guests with a delicious treat of popcorn, cotton candy or snow cone made in any of our quality machines? Contact us for concession rental ideas!

 

 

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The Best Additions to Popcorn

Popcorn Popcorn is great on its own, but for the more adventurous among us, there are several other things popcorn can be mixed with in order to create some interesting– in a good way– flavors.

As a snack, popcorn seems to go well with various little candies, including Skittles, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, Raisinets, Junior Mints, Sour Patch Kids, and other items you’d typically find at a movie theater candy counter. You can buy candy bars like Kit Kats or Hershey’s chocolate bars and combine those with popcorn, too.

Do you have any caramel sauce or marshmallow fluff in your pantry or fridge? If so, try mixing those things with popcorn.

If you want to try eating potato chips and popcorn at the same time, do it! Flavored chips can give your mouth some really amazing sensations. Why not throw in some chocolate chips and see how you like that, too?

For those who like cheese, try adding some parmesan cheese to warm popcorn; it’ll stick better if the popcorn is warm. Garlic powder is also something to sprinkle on top of popcorn if you like the taste of garlic. Fans of lemon can add lemon salt to their popcorn.

Though this may sound odd, it has been said that dill pickles go really well with popcorn, so it’s worth a try– you might like it.

When you want to experiment with popcorn combinations, black pepper and truffle oil has potential, as does dried cranberries and white chocolate. Or you can add olive oil and some lime juice.

What other foods should be “put out” at parties for people to eat, when popcorn is available? Well, pretzels, chips, crackers and Doritos are all good. Just to make things different, consider putting all of those together, mixed in one big bowl. It’ll surely get guests talking– and eating!

Got a party coming up and need popcorn? Call Miracle Strip Popcorn today at 850-864-1139.

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Who Should We Thank for Inventing Sno Cones?

Sno ConesIn the beginning, God created sno cones and saw that they were good. Isn’t that in The Bible? But seriously, folks, sno cones are an amazing invention– a godsend on a hot summer’s day, for sure.

When did the modern day sno cone come into being? Around 100 years ago, in 1919, there was a guy named Samuel Bert. He lived in East Dallas, Texas, which is definitely an area where it gets hot in the summertime. Samuel Bert was his given name, but people knew him better as “King Sammie.” He sold icy treats at the State Fair of Texas. King Sammie came up with the idea to crush ice and add flavored syrup to it. He smartly patented his ice crusher machine and used a wax cone to serve what became known as a sno cone.

Did you know that sno cones took over the world in the 1950s? Ok, maybe not the world, but they certainly were popular back then. For example, King Sammie’s stand at the state fair would easily sell more than a million sno cones per year in the 1950s. That’s a lot of ice and syrup!

People loved–and still love–that crunchy-yet-consistent feel of the cold ice on their lips on a hot summer’s day. Coupled with flavors like cherry or grape, it’s a tasty treat when the temperature rises above 80 degrees.

Besides state fairs, sno cones ended up becoming a popular concession treat at movie theaters and outdoor festivals. Oh, and they’re a hit at beaches, too.

Miracle Strip Popcorn and Concession Supply can hook you up with sno cone machine rentals and supplies. Catering to the Florida Panhandle area, Miracle Strip Popcorn can supply you with cups, spoons, and straws. Flavor-wise, how about strawberry, blue raspberry, cherry, grape or green apple? Sno cones are a big hit at parties and events. Call Miracle Strip Popcorn today at 850-864-1139 to satisfy your sno cone fix.