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Ghoulist Halloween Cocktail Recipe Roundup!

Halloween is Sunday this year, so make the most of the weekend with a Halloween Toast on Saturday night. Need some ideas: Here is roundup of the Ghoulist Halloween Cocktail Ideas from around the Web. Cheers and Happy Halloween!

"Blood Drip" Vampire Martini Recipe - HostessWithTheMostess.com…


Added by Dawn on October 26, 2010 at 5:14am — No Comments

Polenta Is Perfect Party Food For Just Pennies A Serving!

Polenta is known as the pasta of the Northern Italy. It's amazingly versatile, inexpensive and perfect parties! You can make it in 5 minutes with water, or add broth or milk for more flavor or creaminess. You can bake it, fry it, grill it or serve it from the pot like a thick soup. At just pennies a serving you can use polenta as a side dish, an appetizer, dessert or even a base for pizza when you are hosting a crowd on a tight budget. I love it…


Added by Dawn on October 16, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Halloween Pumpkin Soup - crockpot recipe so you can be out all day!

October is the time of year I dusk off my crock pot and get it going again - and what better way to kick off cock pot season than with Pumpkin Soup. This recipe comes from a Crock Cook and it looks fantastic. It may be just the ticket for Halloween. Slice and dice your ingredients and turn your crock pot on in the…


Added by Dawn on October 7, 2010 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

A Movie Where Mom is Hero - My review of Secretariat

From the makers of Invincible, Miracle and The Rookie a remarkable story where Housewife is Hero!

Based on the remarkable true story, “Secretariat” chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Against all odds, housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane)—with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)—navigates the male-dominated horse-racing business,…


Added by Dawn on September 27, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Back-To-School Sandwiches Ideas!

When you’re getting the kids ready for school in the morning, do you ever feel like that guy from the old Dunkin‘ Donuts‘ commercial? “Time to pack the lunches” Deciding what to pack everyday can be a real dilemma, especially when you want to include food that 1.) the kids will eat 2.) is healthy and 3.) is simple to make. Well, celebrity chef Bobby Flay and actress/mom Lori Loughlin have teamed up with Hellmann’s® Mayonaise and have some… Continue

Added by Dawn on September 22, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Transition Your Table For Fall

It's that time of year again. September is truly a transitional month, when we're thinking fall but feeling summer. When it comes to your table, summer decor is really out and it's definitely too early to pull out the pine cones and pumpkins! However it is time to switch your color palate from light and bright to neutral. A great tip is to look out your window and use the colors you see outside, browns, greens and maybe a splash of…


Added by Dawn on September 1, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

2 Ways To Enjoy Tomato and Zucchini Summer Pasta - Light and Luxe Versions!

The image above is the Cooking Light version (recipe link below) .

Light and Luxe Versions!

It's zucchini and tomato season, so make the most of this fresh fare while you can. I'm a pasta lover and this summer recipe is a delicious way to feature both. My best advice is to make sure not to overcook the vegetables. You want the zucchini soft but still firm and the tomatoes…


Added by Dawn on August 28, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Summer “No-Cook” Dinner Party!

Look what I found! A No-Cook Dinner Party Menu from Taste.com Australia. This is a sensational summer menu that doesn’t involve your stove! You can make these easy no-cook recipes and host a sit down dinner for 6 friends that’s simple yet special. I love the light fare for a hot summer night and since you won’t be in a hot kitchen all day cooking, make sure to set your table under the stars outdoors. Note: You will need to replace some of the…


Added by Dawn on August 12, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

The Perfect Summer Snack Mix For On-The-Go !

Snack mix is not only perfect for parties, it’s perfect for summer fun and is a travel ready treat when you hit the road this summer! Mix up a large batch and take it to the beach or park, or bring it along in the car when you travel to your vacation destination. It’s much more economical than the pre-made snack mixes you buy in the store, my 3 boys can eat of box of that in 5 minutes! To keep the snack mix crisp,…


Added by Dawn on August 4, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Chelsea Clinton’s Pick for “Simple and Special” Favors!

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Image above is my pick for a great wedding favor tote bag (between $2 and $5 depending on order)! To Have and To Hold Tote by Melangerie NYC >

The locals called it “The Wedding of the Century” yet Chelsea Clinton’s “down on the farm” style…

Added by Dawn on August 2, 2010 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Pour Wine With A Purpose This Year - Jacob’s Creek Share Initiative to End Hunger!

Join Jacob’s Creek and Share Our Strength and share a glass of wine to end hunger! I can not think of a more pleasurable way to support this amazing campaign than to enjoy the quality wines from Jacob’s Creek. It’s easy to participate, just buy a bottle of Jacob’s Creek at your favorite wine shop, order a glass when dining out or share a…


Added by Dawn on July 14, 2010 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Top Tips For Outdoor Entertaining


It's as easy as ABC to entertain guests outdoors, when you follow these simple tips!

• Keep Your Guests Comfortable & Clean:

A. Banish the bugs – 1 hour before guests arrive, light bug bomb and citronella candles. Set out individual bug spray wipes and/or spray for guests' convenient… Continue

Added by Dawn on July 6, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Cool Treat For The 4th of July!

I love this simple and special dessert idea for the Fourth of July. You will need some freezer space so make sure to allow for that ahead of time. Nothing beats ice cream on a hot day and this is a really cool way to serve it up in patriotic style. For more great recipes check out the Breyer’s Site>

Breyer’s Ice Cream Flag… Continue

Added by Dawn on June 28, 2010 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

The Best Present For Father’s Day is a Simple Pleasure!

Dads do so much these days and really deserve a day to be celebrated. One of the best ways I can think of to give Dad his due is to pamper him and give him a day of Rest and Relaxation! Start off with breakfast in bed, this should not just be reserved for Mother’s Day. No alarm clock ringing, no schedule to keep up with and no stress. As an afternoon treat set Dad up with an Arnold Palmer (virgin or spike, his preference) and a hammock… Continue

Added by Dawn on June 17, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

How to Entertain When Your Short on Time and Money

Party snacks are stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight when it comes to menus for entertaining. Like fashion filters down from the designers on the runway to main street shops; entertaining trends filter down from chefs in top restaurants to the tables in our homes. One such trend, I am taking note of was spotted in a recent research study by Mintel Menu… Continue

Added by Dawn on June 9, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

4 Fabulous Ideas For High Party Impact on a Low Budget!

Feeling the pinch on your party because of a tight budget, but still want the look and feel created by party planners like Colin Cowie and Amy Atlas? Well here is one of the best ways I know to create high party impact on a low party budget. I call it Mass Appeal. Anything, and I do mean almost anything, in a monochromatic mass can take the mundane and make it WOW with glamour, drama or fun. See…


Added by Dawn on June 2, 2010 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

“Make Ahead” Memorial Day Menu!

Here at the Partybluprints Blog, we have done some polling of friends and family online and off and have discovered that a large majority of you participate in activities ( parades, fairs, races…) on Memorial Day and then head home or to a family member or friend’s house to celebrate. With that in mind, we have come up with a Marvelous “Make-Ahead” Menu that will be perfect for your party! This one can pretty much be done…


Added by Dawn on May 23, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Memorial Day Party Activities with Meaning!

Below we have listed a few Memorial Day party activities for the kids that are fun and meaningful. Without the sacrifice of our brave soldiers, we would not have an opportunity to celebrate this holiday as freely as we wish. With that in mind try out these fun idea and let your red, white and blue spirit shine...

How happy are you when you arrive at a party and there’s an activity all set up and ready for the kids to dive into? Depending on… Continue

Added by Dawn on May 17, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

The New "IT" Comfort Food - Mom's Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

An American Mom Classic and in my book one of the greatest comfort food pairings of all time, tomato soup and grilled cheese is now being featured on the menus of high-end restaurants across the country. It's stealing the spotlight as the trendy comfort food of choice; toppling the very played-out gourmet versions of mac and cheese we have seen over the past few years. So, take your cue from the culinary world and serve some up at your next…


Added by Dawn on May 10, 2010 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Hot Ideas For Serving Up Cool Drinks At Your BBQ Bash!

BBQ season is upon us, our cover came off the grill last weekend and we attended our first BBQ party last night! It’s got me thinking and I wanted to share some bright ideas for your next BBQ bash, so here is one I love…

Use mason or jelly jars to serve cool drinks to your guests. The idea has been hot for weddings for a while now, but I think it’s also perfect for home entertaining. There is something very nostalgic and down home…


Added by Dawn on May 4, 2010 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

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