Fun and Festive Drinks for New Years Eve

Fun and Festive Drinks for New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve is hands down the biggest party of the year. While it’s great to pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly as the ball drops, there’s plenty of time before that to enjoy an exquisite cocktail or two.

These tasty drink recipes are perfect for ringing in the new year.  From champagne cocktails and stylish martinis to fun punches. (more…)

What to do with ALL your Thanksgiving leftovers

What to do with ALL your Thanksgiving leftovers

We spend hours preparing a lavish meal, so why let a single bite go to waste? Really?  Spruce up your Thanksgiving leftovers with these delicious recipes for leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes and more. From eggs Benedict and waffles to skillets and casseroles, continue the Thanksgiving celebration with these fresh takes on Thanksgiving leftover recipes. Yumm! (more…)

Halloween Parties aren’t just for Kids!

Halloween Parties aren’t just for Kids!

Well, it’s finally here. October has rolled around and we seriously can’t hold our excitement in any longer. Bring out the pumpkins and candy corn because Halloween is 2 days away! The season for dressing up and eating copious amounts of sugar is here and that means Halloween parties are popping up all over our calendars! If you’re one of the few who has taken on the task of hosting a Halloween party, we thought you’d enjoy this crazy awesome list of cool adult Halloween party ideas!  Who says Halloween is just for the kiddos? Well, they were wrong. This list is a great example of how you can easily do Halloween — adult version. (more…)

Party Etiquette Dos and Don’ts

Party Etiquette Dos and Don’ts

With the holidays just around the corner, party season will be in full swing before you know it. Whether you enjoy partaking in big bashes or prefer the comforts and joys of smaller home gatherings, it’s always a good idea to brush up on etiquette before attending or hosting the next get-together. Below are some party etiquette dos and don’ts for hosts and guests at celebrations large and small. (more…)

Not Your Traditional Easter Egg Hunt!

Not Your Traditional Easter Egg Hunt!

Traditional Easter egg hunts with candy and treats, while fun, leave little to the imagination. If the Easter Bunny (aka, you) wants to get creative this year, consider a scavenger hunt! If you’re tired of your Easter Egg Hunt looking like Willy Wonka, fill some of the eggs with coins (money), coupons to trade in for toys. Make sure you fill at least one of the eggs with the “Golden Ticket” Once found, they can turn it in for a special prize. Who knows, you might just start a new family tradition this Easter Sunday. (more…)

Tips on Planning the Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner

Tips on Planning the Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner

Stores and malls have started to get decked out in all their holiday lights and decorations. Halloween candy has been replaced with Christmas treats and candy canes. Yep, holiday season has officially begun!

We’ve gathered some great tips for selecting the perfect bird, planning the most delicious of menus, and prepping in the days beforehand so you can blow your guests away with your culinary genius and epic party planning skills come Turkey Day.

1. Pick Your Turkey
Make sure you select a turkey big enough to feed all of your guests. Have it thawing out in the refrigerator and ready to rock and roll by Turkey Day.

Not sure what size of turkey to order? There are several resources online, www.delish.com has a nice guide.

2. Plan Your Menu
Now, for the fun part! Whether you have holiday favorites your clan eats every year or you want to experiment with new recipes, start to brainstorm what you’ll make. For most groups, serve 2-3 appetizers, 3-4 sides, 1-2 mains (including the turkey), and 2-3 desserts, so that there’s definitely something for everyone. Because when you get that many people together, it’s tough to please everyone! Remember that some of your guests might need to heat things up; prep your menu and heating times accordingly. Food & Wine has everything from appetizers to desserts and even left over recipes https://www.foodandwine.com/ultimate-thanksgiving

3. Do the Prep Work
Trust us when we say prepping before hand is a huge time saver! You’ll be more relaxed, and everyone around you will be too! Make sure your shopping is done well in advance. Make as much as you can ahead of time, appetizers, desserts and even some of the sides. Get the table set. Dishes out. Platters ready.

Step 4. The Big Day
First things first, get that turkey cooking! It is the star of the show, after all! Preheat your oven, grab your recipe, and double & triple check the cooking time, and remove the turkey from your fridge at least an hour before roasting so it can come to room temperature.

Once your turkey is done cooking, let it rest. Pop in your side dishes and get them nice and hot. Your microwave can become the hero of the hour if you run out of oven space—dishes like mashed potatoes and green beans can always be reheated for a couple of minutes in the microwave. And don’t forget your stove! You can reheat a variety of dishes in pots and pans if the oven is occupied. Be creative!

Once everything is ready,  rally the troops and get everyone seated. If you need to heat up any desserts, now is your time, as the oven is free as a bird ! And be sure to pour yourself a big glass of bubbly—you’ve earned it!