Oscars® Viewing Party: Party Recap (with Menu Details and Pictures!)

The Oscars party went off without a hitch! I think everyone really enjoyed themselves, especially the food and drink, since there was definitely not much to pack away by the time the party was over and the guests were all gone by 12:30 am. The menu contained a nice mix of homemade and store-bought stuff to make things easy. I prepped a lot of the homemade items in advance for quick and effective cooking or set-up by the time the guests came for the party. Without further ado, though, here's the ... Read More

Valentine’s Day Eats: Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Whisky Cocktails & More

I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day Weekend! Also known as the day of year that is obligatory with chocolate, frilly pink and red decorations, flowers, and -- of course -- love. My day was more like snowy and cold rather than frilly and pink, since we continue to get more snow and below-freezing temperatures here in the Northeast (thankful not to be in Boston, though, where they have upwards of six feet of snow right now!), but it was certainly filled with the latter few things, including ... Read More

Saturday 9: All Dressed in Love

Writing prompt via Saturday 9 1) In this song, Jennifer sings, "I look good in love..." What about you? When you're happy, or sad, does it show? Or do you keep an even demeanor, no matter what? It really depends on the situation and who I am around. 2) This song played over the closing credits of a hit movie, Sex and the City. When you go to the movies, do you visit the concession stand for popcorn, or a soft drink, or candy? Of course! Popcorn and a Diet Coke are a must for movie-watching ... Read More

Oscars® Viewing Party: Gold and Black and Stars All Over

With less than two weeks away from the party, the preparation is coming along very well. The decorations, activities, and room set-up decisions have been made, and I have plenty of ideas for snacks and drinks that I am still working to narrow down. I already know that I will definitely focus on pitcher cocktails (so nobody -- i.e., me -- has to play bartender all night) and small bites/appetizers, with maybe a simple dessert thrown in at the end. Going back to the decorations for a minute, I ... Read More

Oscars® Viewing Party: Deciding on Decorations and Activities

In preparing for my upcoming Oscars® viewing party at the end of this month, I thought it would be a good idea to get some of the fundamental and easier things out of the way: deciding on how to set up the rooms, how to decorate them, and what activities we will have (after all, someone's acceptance speech is bound to run too long and I wouldn't want everyone to get bored...) The Room Setup The dining room in our house isn't very big at all, but the kitchen and living room areas are relatively ... Read More