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Make Mardi Gras Fun At Home!

Make Mardi Gras Fun At Home!

Can’t get down to New Orleans? No worries, host a party at home with these easy ideas straight from the ‘Big Easy’! February 12th is Fat Tuesday, the culmination and last day of the Mardi Gras celebration. Just because you can’t make it down to New Orleans, doesn’t mean you can’t party Mardi Gras style. You can easily turn a regular weeknight into a special one! Here are a few ways to celebrate what is […]

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Super Bowl Party On A Budget!

Super Bowl Party On A Budget!

Take it to a new level this year with these tips for throwing the Ultimate Bowl Bash On A Budget. Football doesn’t have to mean hot dogs and beer all the time, and with the NFL gaining more female fans each year, your Superbowl party has to be tasty AND tasteful this year. Try these 4 super easy tips for saving time, money and stress -  and be a guest at your own party!  The […]

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Easy Recipe for Mardi Gras King Cake!

Easy Recipe for Mardi Gras King Cake!

Mardis Gras 2013 is Tuesday, February 12th, so plan some fun for family and friends!  Below is a little history and a simple way to make your own Kings Cakes – they’re a special way to share in the celebration. King Cakes are a tradition that have  been enjoyed in New Orleans since the 1870s. As part of the celebration of Mardi Gras, it is traditional to bake an oval cake in honor of the […]

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A Valentine’s Day Party For Two

A Valentine's Day Party For Two

This Valentine’s Day host a party for two. Try out our ‘Fire & Ice‘ inspired celebration and surprise your loved one with a romantic escape right in your own home. Follow our tips and you’re sure to turn up the heat while sending chills down your flame’s spine. Setting the stage is easy – serve a simple tasting menu and add few special touches.  Wait till the kids are in bed if they are still […]

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Celebrate Chinese New Year at Home with P.F. Chang’s!

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Home with P.F. Chang's!

  Make some magic this Monday and ignite the night with a Chinese New Year dinner for the family. It’s hard to like Monday, but this coming Monday, we all have an opportunity for some fun!  It’s the Chinese New Year and that’s a good reason to celebrate.  Here’s a simple and special dinner idea, I just tried out for you, thanks to my friends at P.F. Chang’s.  This year, stay home and save money […]

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HOT Ideas For Serving Chocolate On Valentine’s Day!

We are thinking out of the box this Valentine’s Day and wanted to share these 2 HOT chocolate ideas with you!   We are in love with these Chocolate Fondue Pots! They are perfect for Valentine’s Day when it’s just two. Fondue is a fun and romantic way to eat, plus these are really simple to use. The stoneware pots warm quickly and easily in the microwave, then hold the heat for up to 45 […]

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Chocolate Soiree For Valentine’s Day! – Good Day NY Segment

Chocolate Soiree For Valentine's Day! - Good Day NY Segment

Our Good Day NY segment… New York News | New York Breaking News | NYC Headlines We have been listening and we hear you loud and clear. You’re passionate about Valentine’s Day – some of you love it and some of you don’t! If you are one of those who feel it’s too commercial, too expensive or there is too much focus on romance, try our tips and give V-Day a “take-two”! We came up […]

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Two Wonderful Ways to Celebrate “Wear Red Day”!

Two Wonderful Ways to Celebrate "Wear Red Day"!

Wear Red Day is February 4th! Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s nationwide campaign to wipe out heart disease, the #1 killer of women. One in three women dies from cardiovascular disease—and that number is simply too high. The good news? There’s something we can do about it. It’s time to take charge and give your heart the love it deserves! Two Ways to be Heart Smart 1. Check out the recipes […]

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Luxe For Less Oscar® Night Party! – Red Carpet Viewing Party!

Luxe For Less Oscar® Night Party! - Red Carpet Viewing Party!

Photo Credit Flickr by Dave_B_ On Sunday, March 7th at 8PM EST on ABC, Hollywood rolls out the red carpet, presenting all its stars in their finest.  While Hollywood is preparing for their 82nd Annual Awards Event, plan a viewing party for friends and/or family.  Who doesn’t like to tune in to see what the stars are wearing, whom they’re with and who wins?  It’s even more fun when you have company! While Hollywood pulls […]

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Host A Super “Super Bowl” or Playoff Party For Lots Less!

Take it to a new level this year with these tips for throwing the Ultimate Bowl Bash On A Budget. Football doesn’t have to mean hot dogs and beer all the time, and with the NFL gaining more female fans each year, your Superbowl party has to be tasty AND tasteful this year. Try these 4 super easy tips for saving time, money and stress – and be a guest at your own party! The […]

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A Simple Winter Dinner Party

A Simple Winter Dinner Party

Looking to shake the winter blues?  Try inviting some friends over for a winter dinner party.  Keep it simple, by going with rustic food and a bistro look on your table and put the focus on sharing time together. When guests arrive put out a cheese plate. Let everyone relax, unwind and catch up with each other after the holidays.  For dinner I recommend serving a dish like Rosemary – Baked Chicken and Potatoes. Let me […]

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3 Must-Haves For Your New Year’s Eve Party

3 Must-Haves For Your New Year's Eve Party

Here are my 3 must-haves picks for a New Year’s Eve celebration.  I love the back to basics feel of each and they are a great way to start out the New Year in a simple and special way. 1. Pop the Prosecco Keep the cork on the champagne and pop the Prosecco this year. Prosecco is an Italian wine – generally a dry sparkling wine – made from a variety of white grapes of the […]

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Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Plan!

Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Plan!

To kick off the holidays and banish any inner grinch you may be feeling this year, Elizabeth and I have come up with a perfect party plan.  It’s our Holiday wish to inspire you to entertain and celebrate this joyous season with all your friends and family.  Below we have included a link to a 17 page eguide to show you exactly how to make it happen without the stress, mess and expense.  See what […]

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Pancake Tuesday!

National Pancake Day February 24, 2009 Yes, I know what your thinking- this is some made up holiday by IHOP to promote and sell pancakes. Actually, this is not the case. Pancake Tuesday is a holiday that has been celebrated for several centuries, it’s more commonly referred to as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardis Gras. Regardless of the name you call this holiday feast, it is celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, on […]

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Celebrate the Oscars at Home

It’s that time of year again! Oscar Night is fast approaching as the 81st Annual Academy Awards is set for Sunday, February 22nd at 8PM EST on ABC. To keep on top of breaking news, see the list of nominees and take a look back at retro red carpet looks go to Oscar.com Whether you’re hosting a group this year or just hanging out with the family take a look at our tips for an […]

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6 Simple Ways To Celebrate Chinese New Year

This Chinese New Year, the year of the Ox, falls on Monday, January 26th. If you are looking to do a little more than just order in Chinese Food this year, we have a few ideas, links and recipes that will add a festive spirit to your day or night. 1. Decorate with Chinese Paper Lanterns. Dim the lights and string up these to create the perfect setting for your Chinese New Year’s dinner. You’ll […]

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The Happy Birthday Tree

Turning a party faux-pas into party fun! O.K. it’s been a whirlwind since January 1st so I haven’t gotten our Christmas Tree down yet. My son’s birthday is today January 10th and Christmas should have left our house days ago and made way for his birthday decorations. Tonight we are hosting a sleepover for 6 kids and tomorrow will be our family party (24 in all) with lunch and sleigh riding. Definitely in over my […]

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My Three Wishes for New Year’s Eve

1. Prosecco instead of Champagne Prosecco is an Italian wine – generally a dry sparkling wine[1] – made from a variety of white grape of the same name. The name is derived from the northern Italian village of Prosecco, where the grape is believed to have originated.[2] The wine is also known under the name of ghera, glera, grappolo spargolo, prosecco balbi, prosecco bianco, prosecco tondo, proseko, sciorina or serprina. 2. Sweet Treats Serve your […]

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Two Great Ways to Entertain for the Holidays!

Here two very different ways to entertain over the next two weeks. (To find out where to purchase the featured items click on the collage). Think about what kind of mood you are in and who will make up your guest list. Are you heading back in from sleighing with lots of kids? Then go for a comfort food menu that will warm bellies and souls! Don’t forget about these childhood favorites when you entertain […]

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