I would love to have this carved watermelon as a centerpiece at a summer party. It’s too pretty to eat!
Summer Party Watermelon Art
Having an “End of Summer Party” or a Labor Day barbeque, we just love this invitation. Beautiful golden summer sunset over water with palm trees – the Tropical Sunset on Water Party Invitation is perfect for any summer invitation.
How about adding your own scary food concoction to the party? Fill a plastic brain mold with a pretty pink shrimp dip for the ultimate gross-out grub on Halloween. This “smart food” will serve 100 guests (if you can get anyone to eat it!)
1 cup(s) mayo plus 1 tablespoon
1 can (10 ¾-oz.) cream of mushroom soup
1 package (8 oz.) of cream cheese, softened
1 envelope of Knox unflavored gelatin, dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup minced scallions
1-1/2 lbs cooked bay shrimp
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch salt
Use 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise to grease a 6-cup brain mold or a bunch of mini brain molds; set aside.
Pour contents of soup can in a medium saucepan and heat over medium until warm.
Stir in cream cheese until melted.
Stir in dissolved gelatin with water until blended.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Remove from heat and pour into brain mold.
Chill until firm.
Unmold on to a platter, top with cocktail sauce and serve with crackers.
Last weekend my sister and I were trying to come up with an afternoon cocktail recipe that felt like summer. I love mai tais and anything with rum, but rarely have the fruit juices on hand to make them. After looking through what I did have in the house, I remembered a recipe I hadn’t made in a long time – “Hard Lemonade” and thankfully, the only thing hard about it is the name.
1 can frozen lemonade made with 3 cans of water – not the 4 1/3 cans called for
1 bottle of beer makes 2 drinks
Vodka or lemon flavored vodka
To make individual drinks:
Fill glass half full of ice
Fill half full with lemonade
Add one shot of vodka (more to your tastes)
Fill full with beer
Stir and enjoy!
For a low calorie/low sugar version substitute:
Crystal light lemonade – use about a third less water to retain a lemonade flavor when the beer is added
One of the new 55-64 calorie beers
And yes, the beer is great in the lemonade, it makes it really smooth!
It’s never too late to start a birthday tradition with your child. Do you remember something fun from birthdays when you were a child? Why not start a tradition you and your child can look forward to year after year.
Fantasy Cake Kids Birthday Invitation
Let them pick out their birthday party invitations, decorations and food to be served, even if it’s just a party with family as the guests.
Let them help make or decorate their birthday cake or cupcakes the night before their birthday.
Wake them up by singing “Happy Birthday” and throw in some hugs and tickles to start off their special day.
Fill their room with their favorite color balloons (make sure they are old enough for the balloons not to be a hazard.)
Create a treasure hunt for little birthday goodies you’ve hidden around the house or in their room.
Let them choose their favorite breakfast. If they choose something besides cereal, put candles in it if possible.
Let them choose their favorite restaurant or dinner for the whole family to enjoy together that night.
Put a special note or birthday card in their school lunch.
Give them a few “love coupons” that entitle them to something they love – popcorn and an extra half hour of TV before bed; pancakes on a Saturday morning; extended play date at their favorite little gym or the park.
Plant a tree or a plant.
Create a time capsule. Ask your child several questions, video tape their answers and then store the tapes away in a special box to be opened later, maybe at their 21st birthday. (You might want to transfer to DVD to survive the years.)
Make a scrap book of birthday cards they receive every year.
Do you have a favorite birthday tradition? We’d love to hear from you.
Magic invitations are a popular theme for kid’s birthday invitations. You can find an entertainer for your birthday bunch through the internet, referrals from friends or local newspapers specializing in children or parenting. We had a magician for my son’s second birthday party and he was totally enthralled through the whole show as were all the guests.
This YouTube video of James Galea at The 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala for Oxfam Australia, will have you saying, “How did he do that?” Enjoy!
We l-o-v-e our new princess birthday invitations. Every girl wants to feel like a princess on their birthday whether it’s their first birthday or their sweet sixteen birthday. (Of course, as we get older, we get promoted to “Queen”.)