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Throw the perfect party for the man in your life

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As we enter into September, Father’s Day seems a million miles away for those who miss being pampered. Nowadays, we can’t turn a corner without being reminded of how to spoil the kids, whether it’s a children’s party or the latest toy, but when it comes to spoiling adults, it seems a lot of us – especially the men – often lose out.

Help is at hand however. Whether it’s a birthday, retirement, or just an excuse to have a few drinks without the kids, there is one kind of party you can throw that definitely won’t appeal to a younger audience – a casino themed party. Here are a few tips on how you can have the perfect gambling themed evening.

Serve up a killer cocktail.


For a true evening of class, think James Bond in Casino Royale. How would James Bond have his cocktail? A vodka martini, shaken not stirred, of course – although you can learn how to make your own right here. Make your man feel like his very own secret agent by throwing a few cocktails together – you’ll be surprised just what you can make by combining the bottles gathering dust at the back of your liquor cabinet.

Pick games to suit your budget.  

We can all dream of decking out our houses from top to bottom with gaming tables, slot machines and more. Unfortunately however, this comes at a price. If you still want to create the casino experience without having to hire expensive croupier entertainers, implement simple games like blackjack into the theme. It’s not hard to learn how to play blackjack – you can pick it up online if you’re not sure, and all you’ll need is a deck of cards. For those who are a little shy to play the extra skilled game of poker, a blackjack theme is a brilliant way to start off.

Add the finishing touches.


Creating the casino atmosphere with games and cocktails is one thing, but it’s another to really push the boat out and perfect the theme. This is your chance to get really adventurous – play with casino night invitation ideas, design your own chips and consider even making your own casino themed cakes. If it’s a birthday celebration, nothing will delight your man more than a classic black and red, card game inspired treat. 

Above all, make sure the evening is as authentic as possible – book a babysitter, call around his friends in advance and get ready to have an unforgettable evening! 

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Back to School Lunchbox & Snacks

| Fun Food

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS

back to school lunch ideas

Summer is almost over, but another school year has started in our home. The girls are ecstatic to go to 3rd grade and 2nd grade. Time sure flies! It is bittersweet for me to see them go and become a little more independent each year that goes by!


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National Tequila Day

| Beverage Ideas, Roundup

national tequila day 2014

Did you know today is National Tequila Day?  If you have been following for a while, you know I’m a huge Tequila fan.  My favorite is Patron Tequila.  I prefer to drink straight shots with lime and salt, however there are those days when I go to happy hour and margaritas are just as good!

Here’s my 10 top favorite recipes:

  1. Refreshing Classic Margarita
  2. Tequila Cherry Limeade
  3. Fresh Cherry Margarita
  4. Blackberry Margarita
  5. Tequila Sunrise Pops
  6. Pink Lemonade Margarita
  7. Your Sageness Tequila Drink
  8. Raspberry Palomas
  9. Electric Blue Margarita
  10. Peach Skinny Margarita


So are you going to celebrate all weekend?  I know I will at least Friday and Saturday :-)

Are you looking for some beautiful margarita glasses?  Check out One Kings Lane. Love their stuff!



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How to Host a Party on a Budget

| All Parties, Party Planning

Tips to host party on a budget

Are you wondering how to host a birthday party for your child and keep it all under a budget?  Well…..I’m here to share my tips with you!  There are tons of other tips out there and I will keep bringing you more fun ideas every Thursday.  We can call it “Party Tips on Thursdays!”…..sounds cool right?  Here’s the top 20 and they are sooooooo easy!

Birthday Express

  1. Send an evite to your guests. Don’t print or mail invites 
  2. Keep your guest list under 10 kids
  3. Host the party in your backyard or at the park
  4. Choose a time for the party that isn’t lunch or dinner time
  5. Schedule the party for no more than 2 hours
  6. Serve light snacks, fruit and veggies with dips is always a great option
  7. Offer two things to drink- always water and kool-aid or home-made punch
  8. Bake a cake or cupcakes not both 
  9. If you’d like your cake or cupcakes to look custom made- add sprinkles, lollipops and/or candy. Target and Walmart are great at adding whatever you want on your cake and it’s not expensive
  10. Set up your desserts and candy on a 6ft table or a rectangular piece of furniture covered with a plastic tablecloth
  11. Make jello for the kids in colors to match your party. Kids love it and it’s inexpensive!
  12. Recycle 3-4 glass jars for the candy
  13. Candy can be gumballs, tootsie rolls, sixlets and gummy bears
  14. Dress up your jars with scrapbook paper, ribbon, washi tape, rhinestones and more
  15. Buy party supplies, plates, cups, napkins, etc from your local .99 cents store or Dollar Tree
  16. Make party hats with scrapbook paper
  17. Blow up balloons everywhere and let the kids take some home
  18. Play classic games with the kids such as musical chairs, bean bag toss, pin the tail on the donkey, bingo, etc
  19. Oriental Trading is my favorite store to buy favors and prizes
  20. Have your child hand write thank you notes on scrapbook paper instead of buying thank you cards.

Happy party planning my friends!  Do you have any other tips to share?  I’d love to hear!!!

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