Archive for December, 2010

Presidential Occasion

When I was young, the fifth grade class at our school used to put together a “wax museum.” Each student would select a historical figure and write a summary about their life. Part of the assignment was to get a costume. The fifth grade teacher made makeshift buttons out of cardboard and the parents would come at different times, “push” the button and the student would recite his or her speech. It was such a great way to learn about important people in U.S. history.

Now, I know many of you have little ones today that will soon be celebrating President’s Day (note: this can also work for any 4th of July event). Some school assignments can get pretty pricey if the teachers require costumes (that is, if you’re thinking rentals). A friend of mine helped her younger brother put together a powdered wig for his president costume last year and it turned out great! Read the rest of this entry »

Heart Shaped Vanilla Cookies

Whether it’s a card from your niece or sibling, a box of conversation hearts or a fluffy teddy bear, any nice gesture makes a person’s day…especially on Valentine’s Day. Yeah, yeah, so it’s an over commercialized holiday. So what? You don’t have to empty your wallet to make someone feel special.

My mother loves baking cookies and pastries for the elderly people in our neighborhood. She chooses a different flavor each year and has the little ones decorate them with sugar, frosting and colorful sprinkles. The presentation is a huge part of the deal. She either uses hot pink cellophane to cover a Valentine Themed Plate or she arranges them nicely in a themed cookie box. Read the rest of this entry »

Ring in the New Year!

The end of the year is fast approaching. It is difficult to believe this is the end of this decade. I still remember New Years 2000 when everyone was freaking out about Y2K. Look at us now…we really do practically have chips built into our ears (e.g. Bluetooth, I swear some people never take theirs off!)

This year has definitely been an eventful one, in both positive and negative aspects:

1.    a massive earthquake struck both Haiti and Chile and brought millions of people together for humane causes

2.    South Africa became the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup

3.    Apple unveiled the iPad and sent nerds on a tech inspired frenzy

4.    the world was never more interested in golf than when the Tiger Woods scandal made headlines

5.    the TSA installed full body scanners

6.    the first full face transplant was completed

7.    Obama signed health care into law

Take a minute to begin putting together your resolutions for the New Year and really reflect upon the major events in your life for 2010. Chaotic natural disasters that destroyed peoples’ lives and families this year should definitely put into perspective how blessed we truly are.

Let’s keep the current party-at-home trend going and surround ourselves with our friends and family in order to welcome the new year together. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday than the way we would like things to be throughout the year.

Pull out your Sunday’s best, white Linens (or Linen-Like), the wine glasses, and festive New Years Tableware for a memorable evening.

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