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Since love is around the corner! We would like to share some cute ideas for you to prepare for Valentines Day. Choose a nice tablecloth for your table such as a pretty lace tablecloth or your finest table linen for this special day. You can also pick a table cloth with romantic colors like red or pink to set the tone. It all really depends on who you are preparing for-a fun party or a romantic dinner.

Here is a great idea for Champagne Party Favors. If you are having children around you can always substitute another beverage for the champagne.

http://www.celebrations.com/c/read/champagne-with-love-party-favor

DIY Champane Decoration

The “Tree of Love” centerpiece is a pretty and inexpensive way to decorate your table. It is a day like Valentines Day that we should step back and reflect what is really important in life. Fill up a flower pot with red candy and stick in a branch. Now add your very own “flowers” and attach with clothespins.

LOVEly Family Tree

These love bugs are adorable and fun to put together. All you need are some marshmallows, toothpicks, and some little candies to decorate.

Valentines Love Bugs

I love this sweet tooth idea. If you are trying to avoid the excess candy and trying to stick to healthier valentines ideas, or if you’d like to give some gentle reminders when the day is done this one’s for you!

Sweet Tooth

Lastly create a personal touch with a personalized card. Decorate with your favorite shaped pasta for a neat and professional looking card. We have a great opportunity for showing that someone how dear they are to us. Let’s utilize the day and make the most of it!

pasta valentines cards

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Is your table solid and sturdy but worn out from old age? Is it stained from too many spills, scratched, or full of markers? Did you children’s artwork extend way out of the paper meant for drawing? Would you like to cover up the table imperfections but would still like to make good use of the table? A fitted round vinyl tablecloth will give your table an affordable and instant makeover!

Sand Vinyl Tablecloth

The fitted round vinyl tablecloths are to make fit the exact table diameter so the table will have a neat snug fit. There are an abundance of colors and you are sure to find one that will match your décor.  Choose a bright yellow or red to brighten you kitchen area or a natural tone to blend in with your kitchen, living room colors. Pick a color that will match your bright area rug and bring the room to life! Match the tablecloth to the table color and you got a new table!

Ruby Red Vinyl Tablecloth

It’s amazing how a small change can make a big difference in the appearance of the room. In the winter months when we tend to be indoors more often, a nice new table cloth can not only redecorate your home but pick up your mood as well. On a hot summer’s day, while serving friends and family you will be happy to know that your house looks presentable with just a few neat little tricks!

Burnt Orange Vinyl Tablecloth

These vinyl tablecloths are not only for the home-schools, colleges, churches, cafeterias and restaurants etc. can take advantage of creating an ideal solution for a budget friendly makeover. Let us know which colors are your favorite ones and which rooms you redecorated.

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Here is a great recipe which I thought would be a great addition to a new year’s dinner. With all the little appetizers and salads that we would like to make, here is an easy and hearty holiday treat that you’ll be sure to love!

potato pudding

Overnight Potato Pudding

5lbs potatoes peeled

1 large onion

8 large eggs

1 cup oil

½ cup boiling water

1 ½ TBSP salt

1/8 tsp pepper

overnight potato pudding

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grate potatoes and onion in food processor. Mix in eggs, oil, and boiling water. Season with salt and pepper
  3. Transfer to a 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 2 hrs uncovered. After 2 hrs cover tightly with 3 layers of aluminum foil. Place another pan halfway filled with cold water on lower rack directly underneath potato pudding pan. Lower oven temperature to 220F and bake 8hrs or overnight. Serves 8-10.

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Celebrating Christmas around the World

People from all over the world have their own customs and traditions, and as we increasingly live in a socially mobile world we begin to share festivities between ourselves and pick up new customs from others. In fact, people around the world from a variety of religions – not just Christians – come together to celebrate Christmas with friends and family.

Unlike in the USA and the UK,  Christmas celebrations in Poland tend not to start until on Christmas Eve (after the first star has been spotted) but they then go on to celebrate longer, generally until February 2nd. As Poland is primarily a Catholic country they tend to abstain from frivolity such as singing and dancing during Advent in the lead up to Christmas. Instead they like to party in the weeks afterwards. They make an exception for St Nicholas Day on December 6th when the children receive presents.

Holly Glow Tablecloth

The decoration of house and table is taken very seriously in Poland. Traditionally the table is spread with straw to represent the manger. This is then followed by a snow white tablecloth that represents Mary’s veil and Jesus’ swaddling cloth. You can recreate Poland’s traditions yourself by laying fresh spruce on a plate of your finest china, and placing the plate on a white tablecloth or white cloth napkin. The Snowman  Family a white tablecloth and is particularly cute and ideal for a family get together. Holly Glow Tablecloth is a sophisticated way to dress up the table. The table should then be decorated using lights, candles, flowers, apples, nuts, candies or home blown glass or crystal so that everything sparkles and shines.

Similar traditions exist throughout Eastern Europe. Color and warmth and good food and drink are what are required for a spectacular feast. The combination of food varies quite dramatically however. The Czech people eat fried carp and potato salad, and bake a splendid array of Christmas biscuits. Their houses must smell heavenly!

Christmas Cookies

There is nothing to prevent you from offering your own feast on a richly seasonal tablecloth to match the flavor of the foods you’re serving. For example, if you were partaking in a Caribbean feast where they serve Sorrel punch, you might not want a white tablecloth at all. Sorrel punch is made from hibiscus flowers mixed with cloves and cinnamon and is steeped overnight in water, resulting in a bright red liquid that is delicious served with rum. But not something you want to spill on your best tablecloth!

Solid Color Elegant table cloths may prove useful as an under cloth for your Christmas table display. Choose something in Holiday colors such as red or burgundy. Christmas tablecloths don’t have to be white after all. Alternatively place a Christmas table topper on top of the table cloth fro a dazzling effect. Try Christmas Glisten table runners to dress up the table.

Glisten Christmas Table Runners

A glamorous under tablecloth and Christmas topper combination is perfect for anyone celebrating with a huge feast, the likes of which you can experience in France, Italy and Finland. In France Christmas is celebrated with a long dinner known as a réveillon (from réveil meaning waking because you have to stay awake a long time!). The French serve umpteen dishes including goose, turkey, foie gras, oysters, smoked salmon, duck and lobster. In some parts of France, 13 desserts are also served to represent Jesus and his disciples.

In Finland, celebrants are offered a Christmas food board that will include Christmas ham served with fresh bread and mustard, fish (usually gravlax), casseroles, potatoes and vegetables. In Italy, traditional Christmas fare will include the offer of seven fish dishes. The dishes vary according to what is available and personal preference but can include eels, clams, salt cod and of course calamari.

Whether you will be incorporating some new Holiday recipes this Christmas, or keeping with your traditional ones, a Christmas tablecloth will delight you and fulfill your needs. Remember that Christmas traditions are always evolving and so a Christmas feast should relate only to you and your loved ones. Serve up your favorite foods and the finest drink you can afford and enjoy your holiday.

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When you sit down for your Christmas day lunch, do you congratulate yourself on how well you have retained the Christmas traditions handed down by your forefathers and mothers? Do you always go for the turkey or beef because that is what your family has always done? Well, if you do, you may be surprised to learn that Christmas dishes have been, and probably always will be changing.

Snowman Rectangle Tablecloth

All over the world, groups of family and friends sit down together, just as you will this year, to celebrate Christmas. The best Christmas tablecloth is ceremoniously removed from the cupboard, freshly pressed and then a feast fit for emperors is laid out on the table.

If you are looking for inspiration to make your Christmas extra special this year there are so many different styles of Christmas tablecloths, Christmas napkins, table runners and table toppers to choose from. For a traditional look, the Biltmore table cloth come in many rich colors and you can top it with a pretty white Glisten table topper or Holly Glow. For something a little more family oriented, the Snowman Tablecloth has an adorable snowman family design that will bring cheer to all who see it. The decor on the table not only brightens the room and brings holiday cheer, it also makes the food (which we worked hard to prepare) that much more appetizing and appealing.

Certain menus are rolled out year in and year out, and for as long as you may remember you have tucked into turkey and all the trimmings – but turkey is actually not traditional in a historical sense because what we consume for Christmas dinner has changed over the centuries.

Turkey has been a Christmas staple for many years, research however suggests that it first started to gain popularity in the United Kingdom in 1527, and even then it would only have been one dish among many at an enormous feast. For the wealthy, peacock and swan roasts were a particular preference for the main meat dish and the feast would last for days.

Holidaze

Celebrating Christmas over just one or two days is in fact a fairly new-fangled idea. During Medieval times in Europe, the well-off held a twelve day feast to celebrate Christmas, the most popular dish of which was a Christmas Pie where three birds were deboned and roasted inside each other. This dish is now making a comeback to the Christmas table. That was all well and good for the wealthy of course; poor people had to make do with bread and ale.

Mine pies containing meat and suet were introduced to Christmas in the fourteenth century and at this time a boar’s head was also a very popular meat feast dish, as was gingerbread made from breadcrumbs rather than flour. By the sixteenth century, there was a more widespread use of sugar, marzipan and molded foods such as jelly and blancmanges. In the 1570s there is mention of plum porridge (also known as pottage) which went on to develop into the Christmas pudding we know and love today.

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Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, game birds and geese were popular for the Christmas table, but by the nineteenth and early twentieth century turkey was finally becoming more popular as the Christmas dish of choice. This was thanks in no small part to the writer Charles Dickens, who had toured the USA to give readings of his books, popularizing the dish in A Christmas Carol. Remember this delightful scene?

‘It’s Christmas Day!’ said Scrooge to himself. ‘I haven’t missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can. Hallo, my fine fellow!’

‘Hallo!’ returned the boy.

‘Do you know the Poulterer’s, in the next street but one, at the corner?’ Scrooge inquired.

‘I should hope I did,’ replied the lad.

‘An intelligent boy!’ said Scrooge. ‘A remarkable boy! Do you know whether they’ve sold the prize Turkey that was hanging up there? — Not the little prize Turkey: the big one?’

‘What, the one as big as me?’ returned the boy.

‘What a delightful boy!’ said Scrooge. ‘It’s a pleasure to talk to him. Yes, my buck!’ ‘It’s hanging there now,’ replied the boy. ‘Is it?’ said Scrooge. ‘Go and buy it.’

So it was down to the Victorians that Christmas tradition was standardized in the way that we now recognize it. We can also thank the Victorians for Christmas cards, mince pies made with fruit, trees and Christmas carols. The Victorians reused old words but created new tunes and the first noteworthy collection of carols was published in 1833 for everyone to appreciate.

Make your Christmas table is a memorable one whatever Holiday food you choose to prepare. Happy Christmas from us all!

 

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For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.

Labor unions themselves celebrated the first labor days in the United States, although there’s some speculation as to exactly who came up with the idea. Most historians credit Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, with the original idea of a day for workers to show their solidarity. Others credit Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J.

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The first Labor Day parade occurred Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The workers’ unions chose the first Monday in September because it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. The idea spread across the country, and some states designated Labor Day as a holiday before the federal holiday was created.

Now that we know the history, why not celebrate? Making a party doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some cute ideas to celebrate the day in addition to the July 4th Ideas that can be enjoyed on Labor Day as well (see below post)

labor day crafts

Getting together with family and friends? Lets barbecue! I love the corn on the cob party favor with the slab of butter-it’s too cute! Here is the link so you can make it yourself.

http://www2.fiskars.com/Crafting/Projects/Entertaining-Parties/Decorations/Labor-Day-BBQ#.UiCbxjYtqTU

Red White and Blue

Here is another neat idea-Take a red and white dishtowel and some pretty blue hydrangeas, arrange and wow-the results are amazing! Enjoy and Best wishes for a Great Labor Day weekend.

 

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July 4th is a day to celebrate our freedom with family and friends. Here are some great July Fourth ideas for you to enjoy.

Decorate your table with the classic red white and blue. Spread out a red or white tablecloth and then add accents to your taste. Add something blue such as a blue napkin, place mats or a table runner.  Place red white and blue ribbons to the flower vase, or tie a ribbon around your cloth napkins as a napkin ring.

ribbon decorations

 

After you have finished your dinner its time to bring out the desserts. These July Fourth Flag cake pops looks irresistible. You can also create this flag by scooping out sorbet or ice cream scoops for a refreshing dessert. Here is the link for the recipe:

http://www.bettycrocker.com/menus-holidays-parties/all-holidays/4th-of-july/cake-ball-flag-cake

 

July Fourth cake pops

 

Cupcakes have been quite the rage for the last few years, and now Push-Up Cakes are taking the cupcake world by storm. These are a huge hit with any crowd and are deceptively easy to make. Here is the link for recipe:

http://www.bettycrocker.com/menus-holidays-parties/all-holidays/4th-of-july/fireworks-push-up-cakes

 

July Fourth push up cakes

You can always add something healthy to your cupcake dessert by adding some fresh fruit  that are plentiful this time of year. A fresh fruit platter with strawberries, cherries, raspberries, and blueberries make a healthy presentation and refreshing after a big meal.

July 4th cupcakes

 

 

 

 

Last but now least have a game or an activity prepared for the children (or adults!) to do. It can be something simple as bringing some crayons along for them to create a picture or this cool twist on the classic hopscotch game. It makes a get together much more memorable and a great ice breaker when an activity is done together as a family.  Wishing you all a happy July 4th and a great weekend.

hopscotch

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