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4th of July Barbecue Ideas

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

4th of July Barbecue Ideas

My husband loves any excuse to barbecue and 4th of July is no exception.

Ribs is one of our all-time grilling favorites. These Apple-Glazed Baby Back Ribs are to-die-for!  Serve them with corn, coleslaw, Wild Harvest Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and salsa and you’ve got a great holiday menu.

For dessert, I love the look and taste of the Patriotic Parfaits. Easy to make ahead and no trouble to serve so you can lay back and get ready for the fireworks.

And don’t forget to send fun invitations to your guests!

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Golf Themed Party Invitations

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Golf themed party invitations are perfect for company golf outings, golf themed birthday parties, retirement parties or any occasion for a golf enthusiast as the guest of honor. You can use the wording we have shown or change it up to fit your own occasion.

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4th of July Poprocks Firecracker Cookies

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

4th of July Poprocks Firecracker CookiesWhether it’s for Memorial Day or the 4th of July, we seem to be on a mission to find the coolest red, white and blue, items and ideas to celebrate America.

I have to say, the Pop Rocks Firecracker Cookies are a hit with kids of all ages!

Not sure what Pop Rocks are? Ask any kid and they’ll tell you all about them, in great detail.

These might look like pretty cookies decorated with cute little sprinkles, but wait until you bite into one!

The unsuspecting guest that mindlessly pops one these babies in their mouth is a sight to behold.

The ensuing Pop Rocks explosion deserves a spot on candid camera.

Decorate your favorite cookie recipe with a touch of frosting and sprinkle with red and blue Pop Rocks.  (Strawberry and Watermelon flavors are red sprinkles.)

 

TIPS:

  • The moisture in the frosting will make the Pop Rocks start popping, so either put less frosting on or wait until you are about to serve them to frost and add the Pop Rocks.  My cookies could be heard across the room popping away right after I frosted them.
  • If you want to keep it a secret that you’re using Pop Rocks, put them in a container or plastic bag if you’re adding them to your cookies later or away from home.
  • If you live where it’s humid, your Pop Rocks might all be popped out before you can serve them.  By the next day, the Pop Rocks added flavor to the cookies, but sadly, no popping.

 

 

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Talk Derby to Me: The Hats

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

When you think of the Derby, big hats and mint juleps come to mind. Both are are a longstanding tradition at the Kentucky Derby.

You can find spectacular hats custom designed and costing hundreds of dollars as well as hats glue gunned and bedazzled and created at home.

On your Kentucky Derby Invitations, it’s fun to require both men and women to come in their finest Derby attire.

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You can award prizes for the most stylish, the most creative and the most bizarre.

Who knows, wearing a fabulous derby hat to the party may increase your odds at picking a winner come post time.

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What do you need for a Kentucky Derby Party?

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Often referred to as the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” the Kentucky Derby is run on the first Saturday of May every year at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

One year for my birthday, my husband and I went to the Derby (the year Barbero won the race).  My derby hat (below) made it onto the derby track on the head of a sports photographer.

My Kentucky Derby Hat on the Track

You don’t have to live in Kentucky or attend the race to celebrate this event. So what do you need for a fabulous Kentucky Derby party?

  • Terrific invitations to get your guests excited about your event
  • A big screen TV to watch all the pre-race events and the actual race.
  • Fun decorations associated with the Kentucky Derby
  • Traditional Southern food and drink – mint juleps, non-alcholic mint juleps or infield punch
  • Fun friends
  • Derby hats for both women and men should be required

Memorize the past ten winners before your guests arrive or astound guests with your knowledge of the Kentucky Derby winners all the way back to 1875 with our complete list of all the winners up to last year.

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Mardi Gras Party Invitations

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Jazz up your party with fabulous, unique Mardi Gras Invitations. No matter what you’re celebrating, we have the perfect original invitations for Fat Tuesday invitations, Bourbon Street invitations, Cajun Cooking Invitations, French Quarter Invitations, Masquerade Invitations or Mardi Gras Extravaganza invitations. Our collection of party invitations are sure to spice up any Mardi Gras Party.

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Halloween Costume Contest Categories

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Halloween costume contests inspire guests to get into the spirit of the evening. Add the phrase “Halloween Costume Contest Prizes” to your Halloween party invitations and get ready to have a blast.

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Vote by secret ballot, have the hosts only vote, or create a runway for guests to strut their stuff for votes.

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Fun Cheeseburger Party Invitations

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

One of the best parties is a simple party with food fresh off the barbecue grill. The Make Mine a Cheeseburger BBQ Party Invitations are a fun way to get the gang together for a birthday party celebration, a retirement party, a pool party or just because.

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Easy Margarita Recipe for your Cinco de Mayo Party

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

To many of us in the United States, Cinco de Mayo – the celebration of the Mexican Army’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 – means enjoying Margaritas and fabulous Mexican food on May 5th with a Cinco de Mayo party at home or with friends at a local restaurant.

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If you’re throwing your own Cinco de Mayo fiesta, you’ll find you can make an entire pitcher of margaritas for less than the cost of one restaurant version.

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The secret to a fabulous margarita is fresh lime juice. Not in the mood to squeeze all those limes? Try Simply Limeade (available in grocery stores) and save time when making your own version of  a killer margaritas.

Easy frozen margaritas:

  • 1 (6-ounce) can limeade, frozen
  • Gold tequila (or any good-quality tequila)
  • Triple sec
  • Ice
  1. In a blender, add frozen limeade.
  2. Then using the empty limeade can as a measuring device, add one can tequila and ½ can triple sec.
  3. Fill blender with ice and blend until frozen.
  4. Add more ice as it blends down. The blender should be full when finished.
  5. Pour into glasses and garnish with lime.

Servings » 6

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Frozen Margarita on Cinco de Mayo

An interesting margarita that grabbed my attention is a specialty of a 5- star hotel in Southern California – the Avocado Margarita.

I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try it yet – I’ll think I’ll stick to eating avocados in my guacamole.

Want to get creative? Here’s a great website with over 50 margarita recipes: Margarita Texas.

 


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Traditions of the Belmont Stakes

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Belmont Park in Elmont, New York is the site of the Belmont Stakes. First run in 1867, it is the oldest of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, predating the Preakness by six years and the Kentucky Derby by eight years.

The Belmont Stakes

Photo: Michael Heiman/Getty

Known as “The Test of Champions”, the Belmont Stakes is the final race of the Triple Crown and is run in early June, five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and two weeks after the Preakness Stakes.  The winner of this race is draped with a blanket of white carnations.

The White Carnation is also the name of what was the traditional drink of the Belmont until 1997 when it was replaced with the Belmont Breeze.

 

In 1997, the traditional theme song “Sidewalks of New York” but was changed to “New York, New York” to appeal to a younger crowd.

In 1997, another new Belmont tradition began of painting the colors of the winner’s silks on a four foot tall cast iron horse and jockey on the fence around the paddock. If the winner is also a Triple Crown winner, the cast iron statute is moved to a permanent position with the other Triple Crown winners on the fence.

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