17.7.18

DJ Birthday Party

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina
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A themed birthday party takes planning and patience to put together. We've always encouraged our kids to be creative, so I encourage them to come up with a theme that says them.

Unfortunately, our boys never pick popular themes. Trust me, if my son wanted a Minion birthday we'd be well prepared. But, so far we've had a Treehouse Birthday, Fishing Birthday, Swamp Birthday and Lego Birthday. (Plus many, many more!)


Image © www.christinarowsell.com
Image © www.christinarowsell.com
Image © www.christinarowsell.com
Image © www.christinarowsell.com

So what kind of birthday party do you have for an 11 year old who loves to make his own music and taught himself how to DJ? A DJ birthday party of course!

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So ask yourself, what do you need for a DJ birthday party? First and foremost is the VIP passes of course with cool lanyards. (Thanks to Cheryl Macdonald from http://www.corppromo.com/ for helping me find these!!) Your guest needs to feel like it's an exclusive dance party with their own personal DJ. Thank goodness, my son is the DJ. He's been making music now since the fall and has fallen in love with DJ mixing as well - great combination! Phew, the entertainment is covered. (www.hudsonsmithdj.com)
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Image © www.hudsonsmithdj.com
Party invites of course come first. This is where it's handy I know how to use Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop to help me out. I also get a little help with templates from GraphicRiver. The great thing about the stuff I print, it gets recycled. Along with the party invites, I also created DJ party posters to match. Including one giant poster for the backdrop! (When I don't have time to make if for myself I use Tracey from WISH BIG on Etsy. She's great with custom orders on invites and posters!)


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The dollar store also has the neon lights to keep up the cool effects! We even found $4 headphones for the goodie bag! Win Win! Plus, I found a strobe light on Amazon.ca that really added to the effect of the DJ experience.

Then there's the cake. That's where I need help! I'm creative, but I can not bake! Which is why I always use Tanya from The Cake Bake Shoppe. I send her a picture of what I want and she always comes through. Honestly, the cakes from The Cake Bake Shoppe are always the star of the show! Best part is, they taste yummy too!!  Tie all that in with a simple BBQ with burgers and hot dogs and you'll have a blast!

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So, if you're thinking of having a themed birthday party, don't wait until the last minute. Give yourself at least two months to plan it out. This way it goes smoothly and your birthday boy (girl) will have a party that they'll always remember.

First and foremost, it's a party for them, not you - so have fun and make it fun!



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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

9.7.18

Lone Star Mercedes-Benz C43 Cabriolet

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina


Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG - Image © Christina Rowsell
As I continue with my new car challenge with Lone Star Mercedes-Benz at the corner of Deerfoot and Glenmore Trail, SE.  I had the chance to test drive the Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Cabriolet.  More like I was the passenger as my husband was super exited to drive this sleek and sexy convertible.

The C43 gets the AMG upgrade, which elevated the performance of the Mercedes-Benz. This is a fast car that punches into the AMG engine - giving the driver confidence on our open roads for extended travel. 

I loved the multilayer top, which operates up or down with one touch. It also keeps the interior noise level down when the top is open, making for a calm conversation on our drive. 

The luxury of the airscarf is integrated into the headrest. It blows warm air on the back of your neck while the top is down, making for a comfortable ride without getting chilled. 

This was certainly a fun test drive, although not sure how I'll fit the kids, two dogs and all the hockey gear. Perhaps a second vehicle should we need a sweet ride.


Video © Christina Rowsell
So this time, obviously we wanted to have a little fun. Clearly the Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Cabriolet wasn't a very practical choice in our search for a new family vehicle, but it was a fun choice with an unforgettable ride.

Out on the open road - heading out to enjoy an anniversary dinner with my husband in Priddis, AB, (out to Azuridge Estate Hotel) we had the top down while on Highway 22x - driving into the sunset of the rocky mountains. 

When the top is down, and you're in sport-plus mode, you can really hear the purr of the AMG engine. Pick it up a notch and you'll hear it growl - and feel like you're in a real race car. 

I'd have to say the AMG upgrade really elevated the performance of the Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Cabriolet, making our night out memorable. Especially the envy of onlookers.

Lone Star Mercedes-Benz really knew how to make our anniversary a special one, going out of their way to set up this wonderful opportunity for a great night out. 

Visit Lone Star Mercedes-Benz, at the corner of Deerfoot and Glenmore Trail, SE in Calgary.


This is a paid endorsement.




Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographerVoice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick