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Party Planning 101: Budget, Guest Count, Date & Venue

Everyone loves a good party and every hostess aspires to be the hostess with the mostest.  But before the first guests arrive there is much work to be done in order to make each event memorable. That calls for Party Planning 101! Whether you're planning for your dream wedding, a friend's baby shower, your child's first birthday, an office Christmas party, or even just a backyard barbecue, the key to a successful event is planning! Planning in my world means making lists and lots of ...

Themed Party Invitations Set the Stage

So you're planning a party!  FUN!  Our family loves to throw parties.  The more elaborate the better!  We like to celebrate every occasion we can think of with a party, and planning is half the fun; well usually. Of course we first have to get the serious stuff out of the way, budget, guest list, and venue, before the fun part starts.  Once that's settled we move on to our favorite part; deciding on the party theme! I've been planning themed parties for years, back when my kids were ...

Beef Afritada Recipe!!!

Beef afritada is a variation of the popular Chicken Afritada which is a basic Filipino tomato based chicken stew. Instead of chicken, you use beef. Basic ingredients include potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes. Unlike Chicken Afritada the only drawback about using beef is the time it takes to prepare.  Basically it takes longer for beef to become tender than chicken or pork.  So most of the time is spent continuously cooking the beef in medium heat until it becomes tender. I highly recommend ...

DIY Banner Cake Toppers

If you're a Pinner on Pinterest like we are you'll have noticed how popular Banner Cake Toppers are these days.  If you're not sure what they are they're the string of miniature flags strung together on posts and stuck into cakes.  I love the idea!  It's more fun than writing "Happy Birthday" on the cake itself. You can buy these Banner Cake Toppers at most party stores and online. They start at about $8 for a basic kit.  But what you can buy are the generic types that say "Happy Birthday" ...

Cute & Easy Teacup Floral Centerpieces

We recently threw a first birthday party for my twin grandchildren, the theme was a take off on the children's classic "Alice in Wonderland".  We called it "Harper & Sadi's Onederland". It was a good size party with almost 100 guests in attendance.  The tables were arranged in 3 long rows of 6' tables, 5 tables to a row. We needed centerpieces for them and decided we'd do I guess what you'd call "tablescapes" along each row; to accomplish this we made groupings of 3 theme related ...

5 Keys to Planning Successful Events; Weddings, Birthdays, and More

Recently my family and I attended the wedding of one of our relatives.  I've attended many weddings, anniversaries, and other milestone events and I have to say this last wedding has gone on record, at least in our family, as the worst wedding ever; or to quote my 7 year old grandson, the ring bearer, the event was an "epic fail". Just about everything that could go wrong did.  Starting with natural (lightning strike) and domestic (busted pipes) disasters at the couple's home days before ...

Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

Courtesy of Card Store It's almost time to bring entertaining outside.  Warm weather is on it's way, or so I've been told; along with it comes backyard barbecues and garden parties. You don't need a special event or holiday to host a barbecue, we host one for friends and family every Sunday.  It doesn't take much effort to make a backyard barbecue special,  just some creativity. Take advantage of the up coming warm weather and take your party outdoors.  Here are a ...

Choosing a Venue – Asking the Right Questions

Chuck E. Cheese Birthday Party   One of the first things you must decide on when you've decided to host an event is venue.  Whether you're planning a kid's party, a wedding, or a family reunion, you need to know WHERE you're holding this affair. When planning all our events, including 2 weddings, choosing the right venue proved to be the most difficult  decision we had to make.  The venue had to fit our date, guest count, budget, and most importantly our ...

Be The Perfect Guest: Appropriate Behavior and DIY Hostess Gifts

  It's sad but I've hosted many events where there is someone who behaves so poorly that I make a note never to invite them back.  I still have some folks whom I don't speak to due to their rudeness at my son's wedding, and that was over 3 years ago!  During the upcoming holiday season many of us will find ourselves guests at various holiday functions.  Whether it be Thanksgiving dinner with family, an office Christmas party, or a friend's New Year's Eve bash it is important to ...