Articles by Melanie Henson

Melanie has been writing professionally for more than 10 years. Her more than 500 published articles to date include beauty and personal care, how-tos, parties and entertainment, health and wellness, wedding themes and more.

A penchant for holiday decorating (including outdoor Halloween setups) led Melanie to Halloweenalliance.com, then to Themeaparty.com and other online resources, where she currently contributes do-it-yourself idea articles.

Prior to officially becoming a freelance writer and editor in 2005, Melanie worked for Rodman Publishing Corp., where she authored monthly articles and magazine departments.

Melanie lives with her husband and two younger children in Southern California.

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Valentine’s Day Party Ideas for Couples

Spread the love! Valentine's Day is a fun and frivolous way to celebrate the person who makes you happy all year long. These fun Valentine's Day party ideas for couples will definitely earn a smile or two this February 14th!

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Party Themes by Holiday

Valentine's Day party heart entrance

Thanksgiving Party Ideas

What will you do to pull together your Thanksgiving gathering this year? Make this year a special celebration with food, games, decorations and good old-fashioned fun. Here are some tips to get the party started.

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Party Themes by Holiday

Thanksgiving party supplies

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Party Ideas

Dia de los Muertos (Spanish for "Day of the Dead") is a two-day holiday that takes place Nov. 1 into Nov. 2 each year. Though it may appear morbid, it's actually a fun, mocking celebration of the Grim Reaper! Learn all about this festival and how to host your own.

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Halloween Party Themes

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Party Ideas

Monster High Halloween & Birthday Party Ideas

Monster High is a hit line of dolls that appeals to girls and teens. Here's some of my favorite ideas on throwing a freaky-fab Monster High birthday party!

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Party Themes for Teens

monster high party kit

Lalaloopsy Party Ideas

Lalaloopsy is a series of pastel rag dolls, each with their own back story. They've really taken off, with their own webisodes, merchandise line, costumes and, of course, party ware. Read on to learn how to plan a button-cute party

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Girls Birthday Ideas

Lalaloopsy Party Ideas

Tiki Luau Party Ideas

Remember tiki luau parties? They're back and bigger than ever, so grab a mai tai and read on how to host an awesome poolside (or garden) summer party filled with tiki torches, decor and tropical drinks!

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Party Themes by Holiday

tiki party supplies

Muppets Birthday Party Ideas

Muppets are such a great idea for a party – they’re colorful, playful, often humorous and, well, kids just love them. Honestly, how can you go wrong with this theme? And planning is easy (though you can get as creative as you wish). Send a Fun Muppets Invitation As always, it starts with an invitation. ... Read More »

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Party Blog

muppets balloon

Princess Merida Brave Party Ideas

Let's hear it for the girls! Especially the brave ones. The new Pixar movie Brave has Princess Merida, skilled at the bow and arrow, flaunting customs and traditions to forge her own epic path. With lush scenery, tartans and Scottish music and food, Brave makes for an epic party! Here are some ideas on how to host your own Brave party.

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Disney Party Ideas

Princess Merida Brave Party Ideas

Donkey Kong Party Ideas

With the ongoing popularity of related games like Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country Returns and more, kids seem to be clamoring for a Donkey Kong birthday party! Feel free to monkey around with our decor, food and game ideas below.

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Kids Birthday Party Themes

Donkey Kong Party Ideas

Mario Kart / Wii Party Ideas

If your child loves video games and Mario Kart, have a birthday theme party around it! Here are some of the most fun and economical ideas we've found to hold an awesome Mario Kart party.

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Kids Birthday Party Themes

Mario Cart Wii Party Ideas