tips + how-tos
SET THE SCENE
Create a a splashy song menu. Use colored cardstock, print out a list of available tunes and put one at each place setting.
Singing Machine SMG-137 (amazon.com) has built-in speakers and video output so you can also hook it up to the TV.
Crank up the color dial! Decorate the table with bright shades of hot pink and orange.
Place toy microphones, kazoos, clappers and maracas on the table for guests to grab during the performances.
Mimic the effect of stage lights by hanging string lanterns around the room.
Converted all your CDs to MP3s? Put the leftover jewel cases to work -- as drink coasters.
NOTES TO SELF
Take a page out of your favorite song book. Cover serving trays with sheet music.
Send your guests home with a smile! Snap photos during the party, and place them in jewel cases along with a CD of songs from the night.