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New Year’s is a great time to host a party for friends and family. The hectic holiday season is over and it is a time for new beginnings, but if you plan on having a party at your home or are hosting an event somewhere else there are a few things to keep in mind in order to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun time. Here are a few tips that can help you plan an event to remember while also keeping your guests and yourself protected! Serve Responsibly If you are planning to serve alcohol at your New Year’s event, and likely you are, be sure you know how to serve responsibly.

Memorial Day Picnic Menu Ideas!

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 by

Memorial Day is usually spent watching the latest blockbuster film, but it is also a great time of year to get outside and celebrate the nice weather. Depending on where you live you may be able to plan a traditional picnic with blanket and basket, or maybe just bring the idea of summer inside, but either way planning a Memorial Day picnic is a great way for you to spend the first long weekend of the season with family and friends. Here are some great and fun menu ideas for your holiday picnic as well as some tips for giving it a Memorial Day theme! Food And Drink! When planning any menu it

Mother’s Day only comes around once a year, and since mom is there for us every day of the year, the least we can do is create a one-of-a-kind day to show her our thanks. Since Mother’s Day is on a Sunday, brunch is a great and simple idea that can really show your mom how much you care. Here are a few simple ideas to create a beautiful and memorable Mother’s Day for your mom. Set The Table Mother’s Day is a great time to celebrate the coming warm weather, and using the colors of spring to create a nice table setting is easy and inexpensive. Try an arrangement of

Independence Day is a great opportunity to get your neighborhood together to celebrate our great nation, and what could be more American than the block party! It is a great and inexpensive way to get to know your neighbors and add a more traditional community feel to your street. Here’s what you need to get the planning started! Talk To Your Neighbors Party planning is fun, but it is always easier when you have help, and since it’s a neighborhood event you’ll need to get everyone involved. Approach a few of your neighbors to ask for help and to get a good idea of what day

Choosing the perfect tree is part of any holiday decorating tradition, but finding the right wreath for your front door can really finish off your holiday look and can be a beautiful and elegant addition to your exterior décor. Choosing the right wreath, however, can be complicated, so here are a few tips to consider for finding a holiday wreath that not only works for your door, but also coordinates with your other holiday decorations and the exterior of your home. Size The size of your wreath is an important consideration in making it look its best on your front door. If you have a large,

Tips For The Perfect Turkey

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 by

Whether it is Thanksgiving or Christmas, a small family gathering or a huge party, cooking the perfect turkey for the holidays is every chef’s goal. Here are a few foolproof tips to cooking the perfect turkey! Get The Right Equipment The first step to the perfect bird is having all the right tools. You will need: Heavy duty roasting pan Rack to keep turkey from resting on the bottom of the pan Foil to cover turkey Basting brush to brush turkey with melted butter Baster for basting with pan juices Fine sieve for straining the pan juices for gravy Wire whisk for making lump-free gravy

Mother’s Day is the perfect time for your children to show their love and appreciation for everything Mom does by preparing her a simple but delicious meal she will really appreciate. Kids of any age can help out on Mother’s Day morning to make a meal that will make Mom feel special. For Young Chefs If your children are under five, you will want to keep things as simple as possible. Start with a bowl of hot oatmeal-instant is easiest for little ones. They can help pour out the oatmeal and add the water, and you can handle heating it. Then let them use dried cranberries or

Partying until midnight may not be in the cards for you come New Year’s Eve if you have small children. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time ringing in the New Year! Kids can get in on the fun, too; you will just have to make your plans for earlier in the evening and modify them a bit for a young audience. A Geography Lesson Wherever you live, choose a location that celebrates New Year’s Eve earlier than you. For people on the West Coast, this can simply mean celebrating along with those on the East Coast. But if you are in New York and can’t

Halloween is the time of year when you can dress up as just about anything you want to be. While store-bought costumes certainly offer convenience, a costume made at home is more fun, often more affordable, and can look just as good if not better. You probably have the components of a great costume in your house right now-take a look at these simple ideas for great homemade costumes. Fairy Tale Princess Every little girl wants to be a princess, and it’s one of the easiest costumes to put together at home. Remember that bridesmaid dress that you had to buy but never want to wear

Preparing large holiday meals for a crowd is time consuming and a lot of work, too. If you prepare some parts of your meal ahead of time, you will find that pulling it all together becomes a lot faster and easier. Don’t spend the day of the big holiday gathering slaving in the kitchen-smart cooks prepare ahead of time! Your Freezer Is Your Friend By preparing side dishes that freeze well ahead of time and stashing them in the freezer, you can break up the cooking over a number of days. Potatoes, vegetables, and other side dishes are freezer friendly, and all you will have to do is