Great Excuse to Throw a Party: Gone with the Wind Turns 70

Gone with the Wind's 70th anniversary is a great excuse to throw a party

I am of the mind currently that hosting and attending parties is a capital way to get through the rest of this upside-down, messy year we call 2009. Parties may be my favorite form of stress relief. When all else fails; when things look like they can't get any worse -  I say - Party! Since this "recession" seems either never ending or, on the other hand, winding down (it depends on which "expert" you follow), I believe there may still be quite a few parties in my future.

 I've already celebrated all relevant birthdays, anniversaries, and engagements up to now, so I rifled through my any-excuse-to-throw-a-party file. Here's a timeless party idea that will be good for the rest of 2009:  A Gone With the Wind's (GWTW) 70th anniversary bash.  (This party celebrates the 1939 film; the book was published in 1936). 

A GWTW party  presents two thematic possibilities.   1) the Old South or, 2) the first Great Depression. Your choice! The Old South theme is the more obvious selection, of course, and also easier to pull together. The second choice - The Great Depression -  is somewhat more esoteric as as a GWTW  party theme - but since this blockbuster book and film were both created during the tough 1930s, this theme also works.  

Here are some more GWTW party suggestions for both themes:

Decorating-wise, for the Old South theme,hook yourself up with some colorful paper flowers you can find at a thrift store. In the event you can't find any, real flowers also will do nicely (but they may cost more unless you grow your own). A reprinted GWTW film poster, prominently displayed, is almost enough to complete your theme (buy it reasonably on the internet). If you're hosting inside, you can run a rented DVD to complete the mood; if you're outside (as I recommend), you will want to skip the film and get straight to the food and drink. Food and Drink should reflect  the Old South tradition. How about Southern Comfort, Mint Juleps and/or Lemonade? Serve fried chicken (bits, if you like), corn bread, and pecan pie. Why not invite friends and neighbors to pot-luck and bring a Southern dish, thereby cutting down on your costs and providing more variety.

Decorating for the Great Depression is simple - no decorations at all, unless you consider black crepe paper appropriate. If so, string it everywhere. As for Food and Drink, I suggest Rum & Coke or any of the Depression-era cocktails I listed elsewhere on Factoidz. Since part of the Depression coincided with Prohibition,  you can serve bathtub gin if you and your bathtub are up to it (jk). Food can  be minimal - crackers and cheese or even little jello molds. Again, you can put together a pot-luck. Let your imagination run wild!

As for music, if you go with the Old South theme, you can play the  GWTW soundtrack, Billie Holiday, Satchmo (look him up) - even some banjo by Eddie Peabody.  For the Great Depression theme, I'd be looking for renditions of  "Brother Can You Spare a Dime"  and "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries" or any other "popular" 1930s songs that fit. The music is where you can really shine creatively -- because no one will expect to hear any of your choices (thank goodness for the internet).

Memorizing a few quotes from the book and/or movie is also a great idea for either party theme.  If someone tell you they do not like your fried chicken or your watered-down bathtub gin, you can always retort, "Frankly, my dear, I do not give a damn."

Summing up:  I firmly believe (underlined) parties are the way to go this year (and maybe next). There's no use in sitting around feeling bummed and down-hearted when you can gather up some friends and/or neighbors and celebrate momentous events, like Eclipses and Moon Landings, or longterm survivors, like Scarlett O'Hara and Gone With the Wind. This Summer and beyond, relieve your stress: Party Hearty.

A few GWTW film notes: Gone With the Wind won 10 Academy Awards. By the end of 1940, 25 million people had seen this film for a ticket price ranging between $.75-$1.00. It is considered by many film critics to be among the top 10 "epic" films of all time.



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Housewarming is an occasion when an individual or a family moves into a new residential address. Conveying housewarming congratulatory messages and best wishes to someone moving into a new home is an excellent way to express your warm and genuine wishes.

Housewarming messages help you to share a note of optimism, in the joyous occasion. Moving into a new home is a very important life event for everybody. To make this time special here is a list of few sample housewarming messages which can help you to convey congratulatory messages for the new home.

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  • May those who visit your home feel the love residing there.
  • May happiness & love move in with you and you create countless memories in your new home.
  • Here's wishing you a new home filled with joy and cheer, bringing you happiness year after year.
  • May your new home be filled with love and laughter, good fortune, sunshine, and happiness. Congratulations!
  • A New Home! Well, I think congratulations are in order - even if nothing else is!
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  • We’re happy and excited for you that your search is finally over and that you have found everything that you wanted in a house.
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  • A new environment, new experiences, new responsibilities, new pleasures, and new life are yours now that you have a new house.
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  • May your troubles be less, And your blessing be more. And nothing but happiness, Come through your door.
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  • May your new home be a foundation for many happy memories

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Whether your friends, relatives or coworkers buy or rent a new home, it is a great feeling to show them how much you care and feel for them. It can be the right thing to do, and it gives everyone a great feeling about moving into a new home.

Housewarming Card Messages: Congratulatory Messages and Wishes for New Home

Housewarming card Messages: Congratulatory Messages and wishes for New Home! At the time you just heard someone has just arrived on his new house, you might want them to congratulate them with their new house. In this article you will find the perfect housewarming card message from the sample of housewarming messages and wishes, which can really help you to convey your congratulatory messages to the new home buyers.

Moving and residing into a brand new house is generally a special event which totally creates lots of pleasure. Express your happiness too by congratulating your friends or relatives on their house purchase. Here is an excellent collection of congratulatory messages for new home which are perfect for you to be able to convey and show your feelings. 

Housewarming messages really help you to share a note of optimism, in the joyous occasion of buying a new house. Read on to choose the perfect housewarming card message from the sample of housewarming messages right here which can really help you to convey your congratulatory messages for new home.

1 Congratulations on your new beautiful house! It is true that a new house brings new special moments, security and happiness. Enjoy your new house and more blessings to come!

2 Congratulations for moving into your new house! I wish that you may only experience all the sweet comforts and happiness as well with your entire family member. May your new house be filled with love and care! All the best wishes in your new house and new life!

3 Wow! Your new house is really incredible! Actually, it’s also one of my dream houses. The interior is really beautiful and your new house is really a comfortable and safe house to live in. Congratulations and may your new house be filled with love, understanding and trust.

4 Moving to a new house will definitely starts you a new life. Leave all your worries behind and embrace the new scent of success in your new house. All the blessings and happiness in your new house! Congratulations!

5 Wishing all the best for your family as you live in your new house. My warmest congratulations for buying a new house. Start a new life and feel the great scent of new ambiance of your new house.

6 Wow! It is incredibly exciting to see you moving in a beautiful new house! Congratulations and your new house is indeed a great place to live in.

7 I’m happy for your family that you will be moving into a new house. I hope that all of you may well be adjusted and get yourself settled there smoothly. Your new house is indeed a blessing from heaven so I think the next move is to definitely have little celebration to give thanks.

8 We would like to extend our heartiest congratulations for having a new beautiful house. We wish you all the best in making your new house a great place in raising a perfect family.

9 I pray to God that as He grant your family a big blessing and that is your new house, may He as well bless each your family member with joy and success. I also pray that may your new house be a place of love, care understanding and trust. God bless!

10 I’m so happy to see you prosper and that you can be able to buy and move into a new house. Congratulations to your new house and may you find more blessings as you live in your new house.

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Christmas and New Years are coming quickly. Need ideas for games for office parties, family gatherings, or other large groups? I first encountered these games in college. They should work just as well with older children and adults of all ages. For that matter, guests will enjoy them year round.

Some people love parties, while other people find them stressful. Parties can be fun for everyone if they include some group activities. Guessing games are wonderful fun, requiring only some simple props and at least two co-conspirators who know the secrets. Little by little, others at the party will figure them out and want to take their turns as co-conspirators.

At some point, usually before a round of the game starts, Co-conspirator 1 will leave the room. Co-conspirator 2 will remain with the other guests and give the clues that will enable Co-conspirator 1 to provide the correct answer, and perhaps provide false clues for everyone else trying to figure out the secret.

Expect some conversation to be about trying to guess the secret, and expect most guesses to be wrong. There are ways for the co-conspirators to take advantage of the errors. Some guests at the party will catch on quicker than others. That is part of the fun. By the end of the game, almost everyone will know the secret and will enjoy watching the rest figure it out. If not everyone does, by all means explain it at the end of the game.

The Magazine Game

Lay out nine magazines in a 3 x 3 rectangle. It looks better if they are all about the same size, but it really doesn't matter. Co-conspirator 1 leaves the room and everyone in the room agrees on one magazine as "it." When Co-conspirator 1 returns, Co-conspirator 2 points to various magazines. Co-conspirator 1 says either "no" or finally "yes," correctly identifying "it."

The secret? Mentally divide each magazine into nine parts, corresponding to the layout of the nine magazines on the floor. Co-conspirator 2 points to the part of "it" corresponding to its place on the floor. That is, if the magazine in the top left corner is "it," Co-conspirator 1 will recognize it because Co-conspirator 2 will point to it by indicating the top left corner of that magazine. The top-left corner of any other magazine will not match its place on the floor, and Co-conspirator 2 will not touch any other magazine in the corresponding place. That is, if top left is "it," be careful to touch the right-center magazine anywhere except its right-center area.

In the example above, it might be a fun red herring for Co-conspirator 2 to point to the top left corner of each of the first few magazines, or point to "it" the third in each of the early rounds. As soon as anyone mentions either possibility, break the pattern immediately.


"Spoons" requires only a handful of spoons and some space in the middle of the floor that everyone can see. Co-conspirator 1 leaves the room. Everyone else designates one person as "it." Co-conspirator 2 carefully lays out the spoons in an elaborate pattern and calls Co-conspirator 1 back into the room. After a few moments, Co-conspirator 1 identifies "it."

The secret? Co-conspirator 2 stands or sits mimicking the posture of "it." (Of course, if everyone chooses co-conspirator 2 as "it," he or she stand or sits in a posture conspicuously different from anyone else's.)

It will probably require five or six rounds before anyone figures it out. After a while, Co-conspirator 2 can quietly signal that the spoons have nothing to do with identifying "it" by laying them out in an arrow pointing to someone else entirely, or even tossing them on the floor in a random jumble.

The Broom Game

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Co-conspirator 1 observes, waits for a while, announces, "The spirit of the broom has spoken" and leaves the room. After a brief pause, Co-conspirator 2 holds the broom over someone's head and calls, "The broom hangs." Co-conspirator 1 responds, "Let it hang." Repeat the same a second time. The third time, Co-conspirator 2 holds the broom over "its" head and calls, "The broom hang heavy." Co-conspirator 1 calls out the person's name.

Once, a particularly talkative guest got nailed three times in a row and started to get a little upset. At that point, one of the co-conspirators announced a hint: "The early bird gets the worm."

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A pantry party is a great way to get items for your new house or apartment without having your guests feel burdened in this difficult economy. Unlike a housewarming party a pantry party is where invited guests bring gifts for your pantry. Ideas include canned goods, frozen foods, soups, stews, boxed meals, canned meats, pastas and sauces. Other items which are always needed when you are moving into a new home are paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, cleaning supplies, and cloths/sponges.

It is much easier for a guest to grab you a loaf of bread or a block of cheese at the grocery store then it is for them to go to a large home goods store and purchase you a set of towels or a can opener. With a lot of people downsizing and moving into small more affordable housing it is very likely that your host will not need many items for his or her home and be in greater need of things to feed their family or items to keep their home running smoothly.

Hosting a pantry party is as easy as calling a friend over for coffee. With the social networking as huge as it is it can be as simple as creating an event and inviting your friends through the internet. If internet invitations are not your cup of tea, traditional invitations work just as well. Purchase a couple packs of party invitations from your local superstore and mail them out. I found that instead of setting a “party time” a drop in time was more appropriate. With every weekend anyone has the time is cherished. Many guests may have prior scheduled events, children’s activities or work and not be available for a set party time. I scheduled mine between eleven and four with a drop in invitation.

With your guests having family they want to spend time with it was also convenient to scheduled it when I knew there would be a football game on so the men could hang out and watch the game and the women could visit and chat without being rushed. I welcomed children into my home, had my daughter set up play stations with toys that she already had. Whether it was the Lite Bright, coloring books, radio with children’s music on, Barbies, or whatever you think your age group will be interested in. There were a few close friends that brought some appetizers and snacks, made a bowl of punch and were ready to go!

Always remember to take pictures for your memory books. Pictures are a great way to see what people brought you and who was at your party. Be sure to have a guest book, which can simply be a tablet and pen for people to write down their address for you. Then you will have no excuse to mail out thank you cards a week or two after your event. Happy partying everyone. I hope the next pantry party you host or attend is fantastic!!

3 of the Best eCard and Online Greeting Card Websites Compared

Ecards and custom card websites may never totally replace mass produced paper cards, but they certainly offer many wonderful and fun alternatives to the traditional store bought greeting card

In the past 15 years as home computers became a part of every household, our methods of communication have adapted with the digital age. eCards (electronic cards) are greeting cards, post cards, and invitations that can be created or ordered on many Internet sites and sent via e-mail.  A digital eCard can be personalized, interactive, include music and video and are environmentally friendly as they use no paper.

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Blue Mountain

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In 1998, when I got my first home computer, I was so impressed when my cousin sent me a “Hello Newbie” eCard from Blue Mountain. It was animated and played a cute tune as I read a personal message of congratulations on my first computer. I sent her a thank you eCard - and it was free! Today, Blue Mountain has a few free eCards but the majority of cards be sent only by purchasing a membership:


Blue Mountain E-card membership prices:

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Blue Mountain memberships are a good value for people who buy a lot of greeting cards. Think about how many cards you mail and give to people every year: Most single cards cost around $3 - $4. If you buy only 10 cards a year, it will cost $35- $40. 

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I am currently disputing THREE payments to Blue Mountain. They charged me $19.99 twice, and $9.99 today. I am disputing this with my bank as they are unresponsive. Complaint Board.

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The Minted “community” is comprised of many different types of people, some professional designers, parents and others with a passion for creativity. Anyone can submit a design; all designs are treated equally and given the same assessment whether they are submitted by a professional artist or a stay at home mom.

Sample Pricing:

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A large collection of unique paper products in variety of designs, everything from shabby chic to modern/hip designed by artists around the world

  • Competitive prices with other online stationery companies
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Minted paper goods are lovely, ethereal, dignified and thoughtful…but you won’t find too many novelty or funny cards on their web site. If you have a wicked sense of humor, you may find these designs a little tame.

American Greetings

American Greetings is the largest eCard provider on the Internet. It was founded in 1906 by a Polish immigrant Joseph Saperstein who sold cards from his horse drawn cart. Still family owned, American Greetings is one of the world’s largest greeting card companies. In addition to selling cards in retail stores, offers eCards, evites (invitations) and cards you can customize and print. 


American Greetings has a limited selection of free eCards, but their inventory of membership cards is amazing. There are cards for every type of personality: sentimental, goofy, romantic, serious. You may purchase and e-mail single eCards for $1.99 or buy a membership after your no obligation Free Trial:

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  • Free Trial requires a credit card to sign up. If you don’t cancel within the 30 days free trial period, your credit card will be charged. The only way to cancel is by calling and staying on hold for a long time. 

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Blue Whimsical and Scallop Boy Shower Invites. A striking baby boy shower invitation. The vintage style blue patterning on the letters is old fashioned and has almost a quilt style to it. The scalloped edges soften the steel gray background and are very complementary to the rounded corners of the cards. 

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Cinnamon Incense Make Your Own Cheap and Easy

Many people enjoy burning incense within their home. Cinnamon is a popular scent to use, since it’s such a pleasant “earthy” tone, but it’s difficult to find.

Many people enjoy burning incense within their home. Cinnamon is a popular scent to use, since it’s such a pleasant “earthy” tone, but it’s difficult to find. Well, if your supplier only has those generic “lilac-ish” scented incense available, there’s good news. It’s easy, and cheap, to simply make your own cinnamon incense at home. All the tools you’ll need are readily-available or easily purchased. This is so easy you’ll likely wonder why you didn’t already think of it.

What you’ll need to make your own Cinnamon incense:

1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon (It’s easy to work with more, but for simplicity of instruction, let’s go with 1 T this first time)

1 teaspoon water

Small bowl/saucer for mixing

Cookie sheet

Approximately ten minutes of free time to mix, plus fifteen minutes baking time.

How you’ll make cinnamon incense easily:

In the bowl/saucer, dump the cinnamon in the center, and mix with the water. Saturated ground cinnamon is similar to dissolving cornstarch in water, or maybe it could be compared to dissolving cocoa. The simplest way to mix it is just to use the thumb and forefinger. You’ll have to keep working it until the cinnamon seems about the consistency of wet beach sand that clumps without crumbling.

Of course, if the consistency is too mushy or runny, add more of the spice. If it’s too crumbly, just add a few drops of water at a time, and keep working it. When it can be balled between the palms of the hands then it’s just about right.

Here’s the easiest part of making your own cinnamon incense

With your hands, or with a mold, shape your cinnamon putty into the desired shape. Most folks who make this just shape it into a pyramid. You can try a cylinder shape, ball, or mold it to any shape you wish. Place your newly crafted incense on the cookie sheet.

Bake the creation at 350 degrees F for about fifteen minutes. Turn the oven off before removing your shapes, and let the oven cool with them inside. Isn’t the smell already great? This allows maximum evaporation of moisture. See? This is easy so far! If someone isn’t willing to use the utilities on something so trivial as making home made cinnamon incense it is acceptable to, just place your incense on wax paper, and let it dry for three days.

Once your cinnamon incense is completely dry, place it in an empty votive for safety. Lighting can be a little difficult, as cinnamon incense needs a good thirty to forty seconds of direct flame applied to ignite enough to “coal up” and smoke. The pleasant burnt cinnamon incense smell is its own reward. Most don’t find this comforting, homey scent as pungent, as many commercially made incense.

How to Plan a Successful Barbecue Party

Barbequing has become a standard tradition, especially for American families. Not only is barbecuing popular due to the delicious flavors involved the event gives a good reason for families to meet together. Some on the happiest family memories happen outdoors and at many get-togethers.

Regardless of the season, holiday, or just another day of the year, chances are it can be a good day for a barbecuing. Barbequing has become a standard tradition, especially for American families. Not only is barbecuing popular due to the delicious flavors involved the event gives a good reason for families to meet together. Some on the happiest family memories happen outdoors and at many get-togethers.

First, to complete a barbeque party, you would be need guests and suitable outdoors weather, although indoor barbecues are also possible with the proper equipment. Plan early, so you can check with your possible guests for the availability of schedules. Set a date and time that is right for everybody or at least the majority which should not be to difficult as long as you give everybody adequate advanced notice. Be sure to check the weather condition for that season of the year. If you live in an area with an unpredictable climate, you may need to have a backup plan just in case the unexpected weather happens. Because of this, it would be better to hold your barbeque around the time of year that will be viable to everyone. Should you insist on a barbecue party in an undesirable weather, opt to do it indoors instead.

Early preparation for a barbecue is important. About 12 to 24 hours prior to your plan on starting out the party, be sure to prepare, thaw, and marinate the meat you will be grilling. Once you have soaked the meat for marinating, then you must begin planning the side dishes you plan to serve. To be safe and to avoid too many leftovers, you may wish to stay with traditional servings. Traditional barbeque side dishes include potato-based dishes, coleslaw, and baked beans. Your condiment bar should have pickles, dips, relish, ketchup, and onions. These types of food are commonly served at barbeques because of the ease of preparation and availability. You may also want to cook other food items, but any regular barbeque is good with just the basic items listed above.

A themed barbeque party may present further opportunities to hold a festive occasion. With a themed event, you may splurge on the ambiance and decor. Coordinated tablecloths, table napkins, and plates can be bought at stores nearly everywhere. You could your décor to the party theme. Be creative and you can some up with endless possibilities.

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Remember to set up the party area before guests arrive. The effort it takes to get everything ready will be worth it once you get the pleased reaction you will see from your arriving guests. It also depends on the situation, regarding the plan to have food already cooking on the grill or if you want everything already ready to eat once the guests arrive. The aroma will certainly be inviting if you start cooking just a few ahead.

Gambling Beliefs for Winning

Gamblers have many beliefs for winning but whether they are true or not it is still better to stay away from gambling because you might end up losing all your money.

Gambling could be fun if you know what you are doing; otherwise you will end up having no money in your pocket. Gamblers often have beliefs that non-gamblers do not have. They are probably the greatest believers in superstitious beliefs. It’s funny but gamblers who are supposed to be tough people have a weak heart when it comes to beliefs. Gamblers love creating their own lucky charms plus the beliefs that go with their gambling activities. They even buy the commercialized lucky charms that they put in their wallets or use as necklace to attract positive energy and help them win.

There are countless gambling beliefs just as there are countless tips that gamblers use to attract positive energy in order for them to win and bring home the money.

Here are some beliefs that gamblers use to help them win:


Gamblers usually associate their dreams to gambling. If they dream of good things and images, they consider this a sign of winning. If they have unpleasant dreams, they associate this with loses. Some examples of good dreams that could bring good luck are fruits being gathered or things being given to you. Green and robust plants are also good signs for winning. Anything that is good signifies winnings in gambling. Some of the bad signs are fruits that are rotting, plants that are wilted or dead, inability to climb a ladder, a tree, a wall or a mountain. Anything that requires too much strength yet there is no sign of progress means loses. Gamblers who believe in dreams do not gamble when they have bad dreams.

Lucky charms

Many gamblers believe in lucky charms that make them win. They sometimes seek the advice of spiritual mediums and spend big money in order for them to be given a lucky charm. Some people make their own lucky charms from objects that they believe have the power to make them lucky in gambling. Others use their birthstone and other objects as lucky charms.


There are gamblers who believe in the power of time. They choose what time to go to the Casino. They believe that time has something to do with luck in gambling. There is one gambler who believes that the early hours in the morning is his lucky time. Another said his luck comes at exactly 4 o’clock in the afternoon and still another said that she is lucky between six late noons until 8 o’clock at night. Each gambler has their own beliefs regarding the best time to gamble and this is according to their observations in their years of experience.


Gambling is a numbers game and many gamblers believe that numbers have to do with how they win. There are gamblers who consult the numerology in order for them to be lucky and win. Each person has numbers assigned to him and these numbers are believed to have a bearing with a person’s flow of luck. Some gamblers count the number of hours or the letters in their name.

Behaviors of people around

There are gamblers who believe that the way people around them treat them that day will determine if they are lucky or not when they gamble. Good greetings from people around them are signs of good luck. They want smiling faces and warm greetings from the people around them. This explains why gamblers often hurt their wives if they nag them before they go gambling because they consider it a bad luck.

Place and position of sitting arrangements

Have you seen gamblers who often change seats and position if they are losing? Some gamblers believe that the way they sit, the position of their chair and their place has something to do with luck in gambling. Some gamblers never sit in the same chair when they gamble. Some stand up once in a while and some stop playing and wait for their instinct to dictate to them if they could start playing.

The phases of the moon

Some gamblers believe that the phases of the moon affect the gambling trends. Some believe that they are luckier if they gamble during the waxing moon rather than the waning moon. According to gambling beliefs the waxing moon brings forth positive energy that brings about winnings. There is a belief that behavioral patterns in people and animals are affected by the phases of the moon and gamblers believe also that the phases of the moon have something to do with gambling winning patterns.


Gamblers often choose the people who go with them. They believe that there are people who give them luck and there are people who cast a negative energy in their gambling activities. There was this man who hates it when a person stands behind and watches as he plays. In that case, he prohibits anyone standing behind him.

Whether these beliefs work or not; it is still better to stay away from gambling activities because if you dream of gambling to win, the more money you are going to lose.


Camp Out Slumber Party and Sleepover Invitations by PurpleTrail

Backyard camp outs make great sleepover party themes for kids of all ages. You can set the tone for your backyard sleepover with personalized sleepover invitations from PurpleTrail. With themes that appeal to both boys and girls, you can find the right slumber party invitations for your backyard camp out.

Summer is the best time of year for sleepovers. The days and nights are warm and long, there's no school to worry about and you can sleep outside if you want! The designers at PurpleTrail have created a slumber party invitations collection that has a little something for everyone. Whether it's a backyard camp out for a girl's or boy's birthday party, or just because, there's a sleepover invite that's just perfect for you to personalize. 

Green Outdoor Adventure Slumber Party Invitation. These outdoor themed camp out sleepover invitations are perfect for inviting guests to a outdoor birthday party.  The evergreen trees against the light wood grain background are rustic and simple and let the party details shine. These cards are designed in a 5x7 size so they would make a great keepsake. 

Brown and Green Wood Grain Camp Out Invitation. Another rustic style camp out sleepover invite, these slumber party invitations are simple and modern. The brackets are a common trend in stationary right now and give them a modern, playful feel. The tent embellishment is a throw back to the tent styles of yesteryear bringing in a retro element. The combination of modern, trendy, and retro elements keeps this design fresh and fun. All the party details are listed on the back of these circle cards. 

Brown and Pink Wood Grain Camp Out Invitation. These sleepover invites are the pink version of the above design. A special nod to the backyard campers who appreciate a little feminine style. They are perfect for the little girl who loves to camp and isn't afraid of bugs and dirt. 

Starry Night Camping Invitation. These backyard camp out invitations have all the quintessential elements a camp out should. A clear night sky, shining stars, a campfire, and a tent. Add in a space for a picture of the host and you've got a sensational backyard sleepover invite! This design is a 6x4 size and can be ordered for as low as $1.40 per card.

Brown Gingham and Marshmallow Skewers Camp Out Sleepover Invitation. These gingham camp out party invitations feature one of the best elements of camping, roasting marshmallows! The simple color scheme maintains a rustic feel with the brown and taupe hues. The circle card shape gives them a unique look too. All the party details can be customized using the PurpleTrail design center. 

Black Chalkboard Camp Out Invitation. These sleepover invitations are a cute way to invite friends to your backyard camp sleepover. The black background was created in the style of a chalkboard and the lettering is designed as if written in chalk. It's a fun spin on the camping theme. 

Take advantage of the summer weather and send your camp out sleepover party invitations to your friends so you can create a fun filled summer memory!