Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day!   Have you ever celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day? On the 3rd Thursday of every November, France celebrates – Beaujolais Nouveau Day.  At 12:01am (by law!), the year’s vintage is released and the French celebrate with fireworks and parties. In 2014, Beaujolais Day is Thursday November 20.   I love the idea of this event, which celebrates the harvest and abundance. Beaujolais is a region of France known for growing the Gamay grape (from which Beaujolais is made). Gamay is like a cousin of Pinot Noir.  There are many rules about how the grapes are grown, when they are harvested.  Because it is the first wine of the harvest and made quickly (6-8 weeks as opposed to a traditional 6 - 24 months for other wines), Beaujolais Nouveau is lighter, fruitier and a … [Read more...]

13 Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween is right around the corner and my kids are so excited! They see the decorations in the stores and around our neighborhood and keep asking if its time yet. I love taking them out trick or treating! It's also such a good time and they come back with bags loaded full of goodies. Its fun to get candy, but I always appreciate the person who puts the practical treat in the kid's bags. While I take the kids out door to door, my husband stays home and hands out our goodies, that aren't candy! Here are our top Halloween candy alternatives! The kids may not appreciate a toothbrush in their treat bags but, a gentle subliminal message won't hurt. And they get a fun pair of fangs, too! Bouncy Balls Whistles Raisins With a roll of white electrical tape and some sticky googly … [Read more...]

Easy Halloween Party Treats

Are you throwing a Halloween party and looking for some fun themed treats to serve?  These are some favorites that wowed the crowd at a recent party. Don’t be “scared”, they are all easy to make. Monster Mouths You’ll need apples and some slivered almonds.  Pending the size of your apples, cut in half or quarters.  Next, you’ll cut out a wedge from the outside of the apple to mimic an open mouth.  Be careful not to cut all the way through. Next just press the almond slivers into the open “mouth” like they are teeth.  That’s it!  Monster Mouths not only look great, but they are a healthy snack too. Tortilla Tombstones Cut flour tortillas into tombstones shapes.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees until starting to brown.  They make a nice impact stuck in … [Read more...]

Best Hostess Tips

With the holidays coming up, there are going to be more and more social events to attend.  And if your kids are in school or sports, there are even more!  There is a lot to think about if you are attending an event.  What can we bring?  What time does it start?  What is the address?  Now imagine that you are the hostess!  All those questions are multiplied and you have a bunch more work to do. I asked my Facebook fans to share their best hostess tips in hopes that they will help you!  (And me!)  I got a lot of really great answers!  I rounded them up and gave each person credit and shared what state they are from.  I hope you enjoy the best hostess tips! When your guests offer to bring something, take them up on the offer! Bottle of wine, bread, or dessert....people like to … [Read more...]

DIY Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

Have you ever been invited to a Holiday party and felt like you should bring a gift to the hostess? Whether you're thinking small scale or spendy, a hostess gift is a kind gesture to let her know you appreciate her invitation and hard work in preparing for the event. You could take a bottle of wine, a candle or a home baked basket of goodies. No matter what gift you choose, it will be special to the recipient. {Not many people give hostess gifts these days.} What if you saved yourself the time and travel to the store and made a hostess gift? The money would be less spent. Most importantly, DIY gifts are often times the very most special...and rarely forgotten. Today I've gathered 9 of my favorite hostess gift ideas that you can use throughout the holidays. /1/ Homemade Body Scrub - … [Read more...]

12 Cool FROZEN Party Ideas

"Do you want to build a snowman?" Something tells me you've heard that movie line approximately 85,457 times in the last few months. If you have children, especially little girls, you've had the song Let it Go on repeat for weeks. You can quote Olaf's famous line, "Hi. I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs." Why? Because Disney's Frozen is the HOTTEST movie for kids of all ages right now! As a matter of fact, Frozen took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Frozen will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 18. Why not host a viewing party and invite a bunch of friends over to enjoy it with you? Food, friends, family, fun AND Frozen!! Today I've gathered a bunch of great ideas to help spark your imagination for the best party ever. /1/ Frozen Party Snack Table - Every party needs … [Read more...]