Post by Madison Leigh
Converse are cute and comfy, and they come in so many different colors. You can wear them with sweatpants or even casual dresses and skirts, making them a best buy shoe for the season. They’re perfect for back-to-school because and are a classic so they never go out of style!
VERA BRADLEY BOOK BAGS:
Vera Bradley offers several book bags in creative patterns. They’re durable and eye-catching book are make the perfect choice to go back-to-school in style!
Roxy hoodies are a hot trend for teens. When the weather begins to get cold at the end of September, these hoodies are the perfect piece for layering or a light sweatshirt. Whether you are going shopping downtown or heading to a Friday night football game with your friends, they look great!
Madison Leigh loves family, the beach. and running. She has an special eye for Teen Trends and we are proud to present her REAL GIRL picks here on The Party Bluprints Blog.
What will your life be like in the future? We all wish we knew and that is why IKEA, the famous furniture brand, performed an in-store experiment with some actors and Justin Tranz, a world-renowned hypnotist. You can watch what happens in the video below when Sofi and Adam, a young couple are put in a deep trance and told they would be faced with potential life-changing events. Follow them on their journey as Tranz shows the couple their future in which different life scenarios play out for them – including meeting their imaginary daughter on her 6th birthday.
Although the video is obviously make-believe its message is not. My life experience proves that.
Johan Wickham, the Global Catalogue Manager of IKEA said it best, “The everyday is exciting! It’s on those seemingly ordinary days life happens and changes. And when it does, so does our home,” he continued, “In the new IKEA catalogue you can find solutions for every episode in life.”
I couldn’t agree more. IKEA has been there for my husband and me through some of the biggest changes in our lives. We furnished our first apartment at IKEA, headed back when we bought our first home, and then back again when our boys were born. Just last year, again IKEA came to the rescue! I wish we could have foreseen Hurricane Sandy and been more prepared, but of course it took us all by surprise. After losing everything, and I do mean everything, IKEA provided a one-stop shopping solution for us to rebuild, refurnish and refill our home at the beach. We purchased most of what we needed at IKEA, including: dressers, chairs, shelves, a couch and even cups and plates, all for a great price; plus they look fabulous and are made well.
So here’s to the past, present, and future with IKEA!
Above is the damage done by Hurricane Sandy to the Jersey Shore and to our home. Below is the way our home looks now, great finds at IKEA made it home again!
Recipe by David Chang; Serves 4
Nappa Cabbage Kimchi
Makes 1 to 1 1/2 Quarts
Prep 30 minutes – Bake 40 minutes – Cool 2 hours – Chill 2 hours
Makes 10 servings
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We love these two cocktails for Thanksgiving and Holiday entertaining.
Maple White Russian – For the Adults
a special recipe from Target
what you need
Shirley Temple In Stripes – For The Kids (big and small)
A special recipe from Target
what you need
Make sure you have ample glassware. For each adult guest, make sure to have a water glass, wine glass, cocktail glass and coffee cup. (Inside tip: we stock up on stemless wine glasses because of their versatility – they can double as cocktail and water glasses at the table and bar.) Target carries a great selection of glassware, ranging from Riedel to Libbey, so there’s a price that’s right for everyone. Click on the image below to see all products available.
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Taken September 11th, 2013.
Want to incorporate the fun of a photo booth without the constraints and expense of a traditional photo booth?
Here’s our answer and it’s so easy to do: A DIY Outdoor Photo Booth! It’s easy to create party fun and memories that will last forever.
How To Instructions:
1. Search your basement, your mom’s basement or local tag sale for two frames. Hunt for two differently shaped or styled frames – consider large mirrors, framed photo collage frames, large framed prints, etc.
2. Once you think you have two good options, place the frames face down, remove backing and everything in the frame. Have someone hold the frame in front them so you can confirm it’s a good fit. If you want to change the color of the frame(s), simply spray paint the frame(s). Spray paint is available in a variety of fun colors and metallics at your local craft or hardware store.
3. We used a 19” x 27” oval mirror with a gilded frame (we removed the mirror) and a 16” x 20” photo collage frame (we removed the mat and the glass and then spray painted the green and gold frame with silver spray paint.) Love that we salvaged them from my mom’s basement and recycled them.
4. Locate a tree in your yard with a sturdy branch. Using fishing line, hang the frames at different heights to give your “photo booth” scene interest. We hung the larger oval frame sideways so two people could fit in the frame and then hung the silver rectangular frame slightly higher for a single portrait (my brother and his family were in charge of the hanging and they got it just right!)
Note: Be sure to have someone test the height while you are hanging the frames to make sure they aren’t hung too high. You can always bend down to put your face in the frame, but if it’s too high you’re going to have a problem.
5. Place a basket of photo booth props/dress up items for guests to choose from before stepping into the photo booth.
6. The majority of our guests had smartphones on them, so there was always someone around to snap a picture and then share it.
Note: we set up our photo booth off to the side of the yard – it provided an unexpected area of interest that most were drawn to at their leisure throughout the party.
Dishing with Padma was like discovering a kindred spirit. She, like us, truly believes the most important quality in a host is the mood they set, not the food on their table. Although, the food and wine enhance a party, it’s the host that give it life and energy. We had Padma’s undivided attention, during our private 30 minute interview, and by the end, we were simply three hosts who love entertaining in their homes swapping tips and recipes. Padma’s going to try our secret trick for preparing Risotto ahead of time from “Plan to Party”, we are going to make her Carrots & Cilantro Salad. So you can give it a try too, we’re sharing the recipe below.
CARROT AND CILANTRO SALAD
Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet, by Padma Lakshmi (Weinstein Books 2007)
Orange oil gives this salad a luxurious taste and the aroma of a thousand tangerines. A great alternative to cole slaw, it is delicious summer or winter. Serve 4 – 6
* Orange oil, a by-product of orange juice production, is an essential oil from the rind of an orange.
*Za’atar an aromatic mix of herbs and spices used in the Middle East to flavor meats, salads, and vegetables – you can buy it online at Penzeys.
Here’s some of our interview
PB: What is your favorite type of party to host – brunch, cocktail party, holiday dinner, intimate dinner party, spontaneous gathering?
Padma: “A buffet dinner party culminating in late night dancing”
PB: What’s your most popular, most requested dish you make for your guests?
Padma: Coconut-based curry – most of my guests are American so they love coming to my house for this dish.
PB: What’s your personal favorite dish you make?
Padma: One time I made a seafood and chicken paella for 70 on the beach.
PB: Can’t wait to try your carrot & cilantro salad – what is zatar powder and where can you buy it.
Padma: Zatar powder is a combination of toasted sesame seeds, thyme, and dried sumac, you can buy it online at Penzeys.
PB: What is your favorite wine pairing?
Padma: Not the traditional pairings. (Padma explained she enjoys a red wine paired with spicy seasoned seafood or a cold chardonnay with a Mexican dish)
3 TOP Hosting Tips from Padma:
Here is a fresh and fun way serve fruit to the kids at your party - Fresh Fruit Lollipops. These fresh fruit lollipops are simple to make, yet they make such an impact on your table – a bold, beautiful splash of color! However, the best thing about these good-for-you lollipops is that they put BIG smiles on the kids faces (and that’s contagious!) Just watch how fast they disappear, and how much fun everyone has eating them.
There is one simple thing you can do that you won’t be able to do in a few weeks. Plant Amaryllis and/or Paperwhite bulbs and in 4-6 weeks you’ll be enjoying the spectacular beauty that only these fresh blooms radiate.
Pick up a few bulbs at your local nursery, home garden center, or supermarket. Follow the directions on the package and when things are crazy closer to the holidays, you’ll have your own little present tucked away and when you least expect it you’ll get a burst of holiday cheer from this small package! Tip: Plant a few extra bulbs and you’ll have hostess gifts come December.
We especially love the idea of this DIY gift this holiday season. So many lost so much in the New York Metropolitan area, but they will rebuild because of their resiliency and strength of the human spirit. May this be a symbol of rebirth.
We have fun tips for spooktacular alternatives to sugary treats and we want to hear your ideas too! To get started check out StopZombieMouth.com, the ADA’s MouthHealthy.com and connect on Plant vs. Zombies Facebook Fan page here>
With our party tips, a PopCap Prize Pack and a gift card, you’ll be able to host your own Halloween Bash! Check out all the Halloween fun at StopZombieMouth.com!
The Emmy-nominated show has great energy and each afternoon the hottest topics of the day are covered with humor and grace, depending on the subject matter. For me, here on the East Coast, it’s the last hour before the kids get home from school and I love taking a 1 hour time-out from work, putting by feet up and having some fun! Some days I tweet along. I’ve found the hosts to be engaging online as well as on air.
PRIZE PACK includes:
1. Leave a comment below telling us why you tune into The TALK.
and for a second entry and chance to WIN
2. Tweet @TheTalk_CBS with the #TweetTheTalk hashtag and post below. Need an idea? Try tweeting this…
I’m tuning into @TheTalk_CBS this week for Sara Leibowitz’s showcase of
the hottest new kitchen gadgets! #TweetTheTalk
Winner must be 18 or older and a US resident.
CBS’s Daytime Emmy-nominated talk show THE TALK (airs Weekdays 2:00–3:00 PM, ET; 1:00–2:00 PM, PT) features a panel of well-known news and entertainment personalities discussing current events, pop culture, contemporary issues, family, celebrity and the trending topics of the day. The daily one-hour series is co-hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler. The hosts swap stories, challenge each other on issues and engage the studio audience and viewers at home about events in the headlines and their own homes. Show segments include guest interviews with entertainers and newsmakers, musical performances, appearances from extraordinary people with stories that engage and inform as well as how-to demos and real-world advice and tips from the leading experts in fitness, diet, health, home, relationships, finance and fashion. The show was developed by Gilbert, who also serves as executive producer.
Here’s my go-to Cocktail Ring. It was a present from Elizabeth and I LOVE wearing it – daisies are my favorite!
This past week, I was honored to attend RBaby Foundation’s Food and Wine Gala at the Plaza in NYC. Although the reason we were gathered in a beautiful venue, with the best food and wine in the city, was because of the heartbreaking loss of a precious baby girl, named Rebecca, the event was a celebration. A celebration of 5 years of saving babies’ lives, in baby Rebecca’s name! The event was brought to life by an amazing group of people. Two of them, Julia Beck and Rebecca Levey, are women I know and respect greatly. Julia Beck was honored at the Gala with the RBaby Champion Award for her dedication and work with the Foundation over the years. Rebecca Levey, one of the chairpersons for the event, organized the social media effort in promoting the gala through the blogger community. I feel honored to know both these amazing women.
This weekend, Mother’s Day, I thought long and hard about what I could write that would convey to you how deeply I was moved by this organization and its founders. In the end, I did find the words, but they were not mine. Instead, I would like to share the words of Phyllis and Andrew Rabinowitz, baby Rebecca’s parents and RBaby founders. Please take a moment to read their letter and enjoy a recap of the evening in pictures below.
Please take a few minutes to watch the R Baby Foundation PSA and share it with your friends on facebook and twitter. With a few clicks you can help SAVE BABIES LIVES! It’s really that simple to make a big difference.
What else you can do:
Emergency Pediatric Care Needs Our Help
FACT: Children make up 27% of all emergency department (ED) visits, but only 6% of EDs in the U.S. have the necessary supplies for pediatric emergencies.
FACT: Many drugs and medical devices have not been adequately tested on, or dosed properly for, children – including babies.
FACT: Although pediatric skills deteriorate quickly without practice, continuing education in pediatric care is not required or is extremely limited for many pre-hospital emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
FACT: Emergency medical services and emergency departments are not well equipped to handle pediatric care. Most children receive emergency care in general (not children’s) hospitals, which are less likely to have pediatric expertise, equipment, and policies in place for the care of children.
Please join us now in support of the RBaby Foundation mission to education parents, implement standards so all Emergency Departments (EDs) will have to be able to adequately treat, or stabilize and move a young child to a properly equipped ED, train ED doctors and EMTs to treat infants and small children, equip EDs with the right size tools and make our EDs safe and prepared for even the youngest patients.
So here are my answers to Jessica’s question…
1. My childhood nickname(s) was Wiki, my girlfriends called me this, think it had something to do with a night out and the song “Jam On It” – it stuck. They still refer to me this way even today, some 30 years later!
2. If you want to spoil me rotten, bring me to a beach and give me a stack of fashion magazines, come back the next day.
3. The television character I most identify with is Debra from Everybody Loves Raymond, my BIL actually calls me this sometimes! My husband calls me the General.
4. If I had a whole day to go shopping and money to spend, I would go to Neiman Marcus because I love the clothes, shoes and bags and have never really been able to shop there on our budget.
5. The most wild and crazy thing I have ever done (that I can admit to publicly) is jump over the wall at Giant Stadium during a Grateful Dead Concert and make my way to the front of the stage – danced my heart out and lost one of my shoes.
6. The one thing on my bucket list that I am most eager to do is travel, some of the places on my list are the Pyramids of Giza, Aurora Borealis, The Louvre, Parthenon, Amazon Rain Forest, Great Barrier Reef and Bali.
7. My family will always be loyal to each other and the game of hockey.
8. If I could spend a day with a celebrity I would choose Ellen. I think I would have a great day and make a new friend, plus anyone who is known by only their first name is worth meeting.
9. In my opinion, the best invention in the history of the world is wheel, I live in the car and can’t imagine carrying 3 hockey bags around on my back!
10. When life hands me lemons, I slice them up and enjoy them with shot of Patron Tequila!
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Here’s a fabulous Leap Year find for grown-ups - say cheers and toast to an extra day in the year! We can all use some extra time, so this is a reason to celebrate. The cocktail is an adaptation of a Leap Year Cocktail, invented at the Savoy Hotel in London on February 29, 1928 from Absolutdrinks.com. The Leap Year cocktail was said to have spurred many a marriage proposal. Looking for love? Might want to give it a try.
How to mix this cocktail
The New York Giants and The New England Patriots are meeting this Feburary 5th for the ultimate rematch. It’s been brewing for fours years, so to celebrate this awesome event, Belvedere Vodka is sharing 4 cocktails befitting the Bowl!
Belvedere’s global brand ambassador and master mixologist, Claire Smith has whipped up a few game day cocktails that will push your Super Bowl festivities straight to the end zone.
Build over cubed ice. Garnish with a lemon and lime wedge.
Shake and strain into an ice filled highball glass and top with Fever Tree Soda
*Black Pepper simple syrup: crush 3 teaspoons of black pepper and pour into a saucepan of boiling water. To the water, add super fine sugar and stir until the water becomes syrup like in consistency. Strain and chill. Will keep for one week if refrigerated.
Stir over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a black olive
Dash bitters Dash simple Add all ingredients to a jug and stir. Garnish with orange slices and lemons.
Belvedere Vodka has launched a Facebook contest that you will want to enter. Belvedere’s taking one lucky Facebook fan and three of their friends to an MLB or NBA regular season home game. An additional fan will win a 52″ 3D TV to catch their favorite sport’s action. All you have to do is “Like” Belvedere Vodka on Facebook and fill out the form here. Enter the Play of the Day Sweeps now for the chance to win! Contest Closes: 12 am EST on March 31st, 2012.
Wow, 2011 was a huge year for Party Bluprints Inc. Dawn and I continued to grow our business. As our fellow entrepreneurs know, it’s not easy, there is a tremendous amount of hard work and sacrifice, but looking back, we are so proud of what we’ve built (we’re not done!) We are continually grateful for the opportunity to work on many exciting projects and meet so many interesting, intelligent and good people (virtually and IRL). I was actually jotting down some highlights and notes from 2011 and was surprised how good it felt to see this snapshot:
Thanks to all of you who visited our online home, The Party Bluprints Blog, we reached over 1/2 million unique visitors in 2011!
After hosting all types of parties and events for clients (both online and IRL), Dawn and I collectively hosted 10 parties during the “Party Season” (Thanksgiving – New Year’s) for our loved ones – we found time to be guests at a few parties too! Now, the Party Bluprints Girls are all ready for a New Year of entertaining. But before moving forward, I wanted to share a few thoughts I had on my recent entertaining experiences as a whole.
My reflection on hosting family and friends in our home is one of extreme gratitude. I am so thankful to those who took time out of their busy schedules to come spend some time with us and make some memories. On those occasions when our whole family hosted, my children got so much enjoyment out of the experience and will have those special memories of times we shared with our friends and family for a lifetime.
This reflection led me to this realization: a day in the life of a family is a lot of hard work. So wouldn’t you rather channel your hard work on occasion into creating and sharing an experience with family and/or friends?
Work hard – routine
Work hard – special and memorable times
In 2012, we’re not suggesting anyone work harder (we’re all working hard enough); we simply want to help you work smarter. We’re talking bigger bang for the effort.
So if there is one resolution you make in 2012, try opening your heart and home to family and friends, it is one of the most personal and special gifts you can give (and receive). It is our hope that you’ll get your calendar out and pick a date to be a host in 2012. That’s the first step! We’re here to help you the rest of the way.
Cheers to a new year of entertaining!
Photos Courtesy of Momtrends
We were excited to be among 40 New York city area bloggers attending this special day of ‘giving and receiving’. We were treated to manicures, back massages, and hair styling all while getting an exclusive taste of International Delight’s NEW Iced Coffee. The event featured the vanilla flavored Iced Coffee, however 2 other flavors will be available in January – Mocha and Original. All are made with 100% premium Arabica coffee and will cost just $3.99 for a 1/2 gallon. This is really a delicious, easy (just pour over ice) and inexpensive way to treat yourself and others when you entertain!
“It’s the season of giving, so it’s only natural that for our final event of 2011 we planned an afternoon around this theme,” said Feliciano. “We worked with International Delight to dream up an afternoon of giving back to our community. We started with sharing a new prepared iced coffee from International Delight with more than three dozen mom bloggers. The product hits grocery stores in mid-January, but we were able to treat our moms to a delicious preview and a cool ice luge to serve up the drinks.”
In addition to the beauty treatments and iced coffee the moms enjoyed professional gift wrapping lessons. And in the spirit of the season, the attendees also brought toys for Toys for Tots and the United States Marines dropped by to pick up the collection.
“We were thrilled to be able to send off these precious gifts to families truly in need,” Feliecino said. “It was the perfect reminder of what this season is really all about.”
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I am a coffee addict! I can’t start my day without it and hit the pot again mid-day for more. It’s so nice to have an alternative in the afternoon, for warmer weather and for parties. I just loved the ice luge, pictured above. It’s really a fabulous idea for large events and weddings. Can you imagine how cool the PTO coffee could be?
International Delights Iced Drink is almost here!
all credit BettyCrocker.com
I’m constantly finding new, simple and special recipes at BettyCrocker.com. Here’s one I love, because it’s perfect when I’m short on time, but need a delicious homemade dish. I’m planning to make these nachos next weekend, because I need to hit the mall and do my Christmas shopping all day. That leaves no time for cooking and no extra cash for expensive pre-packaged appetizers. With this recipe, I can set up my slow cooker, turn it on and leave all day. When I get home, all I need to do is jump in the shower, get the kids ready and I have appetizer I’m proud to bring to the Holiday Party. Thanks Betty! For more wonderful Slow Cooker Holiday Appetizer Recipes visit BettyCrocker.com here>
Makes 24 servings (1/4 cup topping and 7 chips each) , Prep Time 15 Minutes - Total Time 3:00 Hrs
Please be sure to check each post from these amazing Entertaining Experts. Then join us for a Twitter Chat on Thursday, December 8th at 8 pm at #HolidayHQ.
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Halloween is around the corner, but do not fear we are here with a Twitter Party that will help you get prepared and excited to celebrate this haunted holiday. We have budget friendly tips on decorating the house using Kmart’s Totally Ghoul line of products, see what we did here>! We also have recipes for simple yet spooktacular treats for the kids. Plus our friends at Collective Bias will be giving away prizes, yes four fabulous prizes ( 2 $50 gift cards and 2 $100 gift cards to Kmart)!
WHAT: #KmartHalloween Twitter Party
WHEN: Thursday, October 28th, 8:30-9:30 EST
FUN: Halloween decoration, recipes and Halloween party tips from Dawn and Elizabeth
PRIZES: 4 lucky participants will WIN (2) $50 gift cards and (2) $100 gift card to Kmart during the party.
TO be eligible to WIN: Follow @DawnSandomeno, @partybluprints, @KmartDealsnNews and @JerraNalley, RSVP below and participate in the twitter party. Winners will be randomly picked from RSVP list and participation in chat will be verified during the party. Winners will be announced during the party. Everyone is welcome!
How do I participate in the Kmart Halloween Twitter Party?
1) Login to your Twitter account.
2) Use the search section on Twitter to search for all tweets that contain the following hashtag (also known as a keyword): #KmartHalloween (Note: it does not matter if the letters are lowercase or uppercase)
3) Alternatively, you can use the Kmart Halloween Twitter widget at MyKmart.com here>.
4) Join the conversation and party!
Additional Resource: Confused? Here is a comprehensive guide on how to participate in a Twitter chat.
It’s packed with great articles from fabulous women, just for YOU! This issue has everything you need for Fall, including back to school advice from Moms who know, plus travel, beauty and entertaining tips from the experts. Please check out our “Halloween On A Budget’ spread with tricks for decorating and treats for your celebration!
Be sure to check out Amy Lupoid Bair’s feature Mama-vation story and Beth Feldman’s article ‘High Five’ that takes us along on her experience at the premier of the much anticipated Lifetime movie – FIVE. You can view the entire magazine online here with just a click. Enjoy and Happy Fall!
“BULLYING: WORDS CAN KILL,” TO BE BROADCAST ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT)
Watch the preview…
From the CBS press release: As a new school year begins across the country, more than 160,000 children will stay home every day because they are afraid of being bullied. That is just one of the startling facts in the CBS News/48 HOURS presentation “Bullying: Words Can Kill.” Reported by correspondent Tracy Smith, the program airing Friday, Sept. 16 (8:00 PM, ET/PT) reveals how the explosion in technology is only making bullying worse, as victims cannot find relief from their tormentors in a 24/7 digital world. The report, with links to the CBS News website, will have important new information for parents, educators and legislators about how bullying affects children and how to address it. Plus, viewers can join the conversation online on Facebook and Twitter.
For six months, producers and camera crews were allowed in-depth access to the classrooms, cafeteria and gym at a Rhode Island middle school that is one of the few in the United States that has openly acknowledged it has a bullying problem and has taken action to address it. The 48 HOURS special documents the real lives of students at that particular school, and has the powerful stories of other young people and their families from around the country who have felt the impact of bullying firsthand.
One constantly harassed 13-year-old told Smith, “They got inside my head. They did it because they knew it would hurt.” His mother said dropping him off at school was like “sending him off to war.” Tragically, more than 150 children have taken their own lives in recent years because they were victims of harassment in school and online.
The CBS News/48 Hours presentation“Bullying:Words Can Kill”, with links to the CBS News website, will have important new information for parents, educators and legislators about how bullying affects children and how to address it. Viewers can also join the conversation online on Facebook and Twitter.
We take this weekend to remember all the Real Heroes and Angels of September 11th. Our Hero, Joseph A. Mascali, a firefighter with Rescue 5 of the New York City Fire Department, did not come home September 11th, 2001, but because of his bravery many other men and women did that day. Pay Tribute to Joseph A. Mascali and all the Heroes of September 11th by being a “Real Hero” to those in your community.
The last known picture of the Heroes of FDNY Rescue 5 on their way to the towers. Can you imagine the bravery it took for these men to put the lives of others above their own?
CheapSally.com is announcing the “Cheap Sally Bring Home the Bacon” contest, where one lucky winner will win a $100,000 job for 2012. Yes, it’s true and it could be YOU – if you have a social media presence, tenacity and a talent for saving money! Earn a $100,000 paycheck for blogging and that does not mean you have to quit your day job or relocate. All you need to do is interact and blog with Sally each week. It truly is Extreme Couponing and it’s for real, we have met the crew at Cheap Sally and even planned their kick off party at BlogHer’11, where they made the first official announcement.
In a world that is currently upside down, this is right and it’s life changing. I hope one of you will win. Please comment and let us know what you think, if you need support or just have a question or two. We are happy to help.
Here’s how it works…
We’ve been planning, we’ve been preparing –and it was finally, time to party.Friday night, August 5, we joined our co-hosts CheapSally.com and Collective Bias, sponsors and guests on the red carpet and up on the rooftop of Stingaree Nightclub to celebrate bloggers at the Cheap Sally Dance Party.
By the time guests reached the rooftop, they had been offered a signature cocktail, a Sally Sauzarita (based on the Party Bluprints California Margarita), followed by a variety of dinner offerings. They then rose to the rooftop to mingle with other guests and sponsors. As the sun was getting ready to set, Brian Malarkey, celebrity chef, stood in the center of the rooftop beckoning everyone to gather round. He welcomed all our guests, getting them all pumped up for the evening’s big announcement from CheapSally.com, a new couponing site. After warming up the crowd, James Brennan, owner of Stingaree Nightclub and co-owner of CheapSally.com said a few words, followed by Dylan Whitman, Director of Strategy CheapSally.com who took the stage to announce the official kick-off of the $100,000 “Bring Home the Bacon” with Cheap Sally contest – for more juicy details on how to win $100,000.
It was a fabulous night full of dining, dishing and dancing. A great amount of good spirit was generated atop that San Diego rooftop and floated off into the night as we all left with a smile on our face and skip in our step.
Top 2 photos by Sandy Jenny.
Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. Outdoor entertaining will be in full swing again so this year try to be green when you host those outdoor parties and BBQs.
We found these Eco-Friendly Bamboolamine Plates from The Savvy Host Market. We love them because they are a fun and affordable way to be kind to Mother Nature without forgoing style. The plates are a BPA free melamine product made from 45-percent bamboo and are certified DVP (degradable vegetation product). Most patterns are available in 8″ salad plates, 10″ dinner plates, bowls and 14″ platters . They come in the cool colors and patterns shown above and mixing and matching makes it all the more fun!
Check out The Savvy Host for more brilliance in entertaining and follow the tweets at @SavvyHost on twitter.