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Staycation Beach Party

Get ready to limbo. Leave your sunscreen and passports packed away because we’re bringing the beach to you. Grab this ticket to paradise and throw your own easy, fun and super-sunny Staycation Party.

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How to throw this party:

1) We covered the table with an ocean-printed roll of paper from Michael’s Craft Store.

2) At the dollar store, we stocked up on sand, shells, flamingo plastic cups, paper umbrellas and Barbie-style beach cabana and windsurfing sets.

3) Place cards were created using dollar store goggles and black stickers.

4) Show Beach Blanket Bingo or Elvis in Hawaii movies on TV.

5) Deliver invitations written on coconuts and have a “no shirts, no shoes, no problem” sign on your door.

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An Anti-Resolutions Theme Party

Had enough with your resolutions? Same with us…..time to throw a party! An anti-resolutions party!

Save money! Lose weight! Stop Drinking! Tired of making New Year’s resolutions you’ll forget in weeks? We sure are and that’s why we resolve to have NO resolutions this year. Yes, that means debauchery and good times all around, especially with this easy and super fun Anti-Resolutions theme party!

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How to throw this party:

1) We lined the table with shiny pink pieces of scrapbook paper and used leopard print scrapbook paper as placemats.

2) At the dollar store, we stocked up on snacks, fake money, ashtrays and martini glasses.

3) Fake cigars and cigarettes were bought at Party City.

4) Take advantage of what you have in your liquor cabinet to decorate for this party – line the table with bottles of booze.

5) Have ‘Animal House’ playing on the TV.

New Years Eve Party: 2 Ways

This year, there are two different parties you can throw for New Years- an X-rated party, filled with 50 Shades of Grey (just in time for the movie to come out) or a family friendly version, for those of all ages. No matter what, don’t forget the champagne! Happy 2015!

FAMILY FRIENDLY: A Time Flies New Years Eve Party

Tick Tock!!! We can’t think of a better way to ring in 2014 than with this fun, chic and super affordable New Year’s Eve Bash.

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How to throw this party:

1) In keeping with the time theme (time has come, time goes by, having a rare old time), collect clocks from your house for easy decoration.

2) Scatter numbers (we used stickers from Home Depot) all over the table.

3) To add to the almost-no-cost decor, get clocks from the dollar store – we used them as chargers under clear dollar store plastic plates, as additional table props and as name cards at each place setting.

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X-RATED: 50 Shades of Grey Party

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How to throw this party:

1) Create a Steele(y)-grey table by wrapping it in inexpensive grey suiting fabric.

2) Hit the hardware store for Shades of Grey paint chips.

3) We used wooden numbers painted in different shades of grey – 365 for our New Years Party.

4) The dollar store is a great place to stock up on plastic handcuffs, masks, black feathers, plastic chains and paper money.

5) Bunch “Red Room” roses in vases filled with shades of grey m&M candies, creating an ombre effect.

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Cheers! Top 10 Bite Me More Shots

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Be the star of the party when you shake up these delicious shots for your guests. Ring in the New Year, celebrate Saint Nick, toast your friends birthday or liven up your weekend when you shake up these classic desserts into a delicious shooter.

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Brunch is all about bacon, eggs and booze – shake up these French Toast Shots for a breakfast of champions!

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Want to have your cake and drink it too? You can with this sinfully delicious Chocolate Cake Shot Recipe.

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We’re nutty for Nutella and that love is what inspired us to shake up these scrumptious Hazelnuts Shots.

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Only thing better than your Crispy Crunch is someone else’s, especially if it’s a shot of it – this one’s for you, Canada (sorry, USA, gotta head North for this flaky chocolate and peanut butter bar)! Try this  Crispy Crunch Shot, a mix of coffee and hazelnut liqueur, creme de cacao and brandy.

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What’s up, Doc? We’re drinking our dessert with this tastes-like-the-real-thing Carrot Cake Shot.

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Craving a cookie? No need to bake – all you have to do is shake, shake up this Oatmeal Cookie Shot!

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How does the cookie crumble? Scrumptiously, as evidenced in this creamy, dreamy Oreo Cookie Shot.

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Looking for a drink that’s as easy as apple pie? You’ve found it with, yup, this terrifically tasty Apple Pie Shot.

og-inline-1904566586Looking for some extra cheer this holiday season? This Christmas Shooter will help you decking the halls!

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Ditch the fork and knife and shake up this delicious Banana Cream Pie Shot.

A New Years Eve Menu

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Cheers to the New Year with these Flaming Shots!

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Macaroni and Cheese Bites

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Easy Focaccia Bread with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Dip

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Creamy Caesar Salad

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Horseradish-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Herb Gremolata

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Parmesan-Crusted Asparagus

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The Best Double Stuffed Baked Potatoes

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Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Black Tie Martini

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5 Tasty Ways to Make Your Hanukkah Happy

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This week begins the 8 days of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights (and donuts and chocolate and fried potatoes), food and fun. Check out these food and drink recipes, that are sure to transform Oy-to-Joy!

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Every Jewish family has its own version of this classic feel-better soup. I might be biased, but I think Lisa’s simple and superb recipe is the best one yet. This Traditional Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls is a real miracle, it can even finally convince your Mother-in-law that you’re good enough for her son.

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This dairy delight, this sweet, old-fashioned Noodle Pudding dotted with caramelized apples, is the best, the greatest, the one-and-only version that will kick all others’ kugel to the curb. Egg noodles are tossed with cottage cheese, sour cream and cream cheese and topped with a crumbly graham cracker topping.

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Like so many American favorites, the simple bagel and lox sandwich is rooted in a hardscrabble immigration story. We’ve taken this classic combination out of the 1930’s and modernized it in true Bite Me style with this this super easy Bagel & Smoked Salmon Strata.

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Who needs Chocolate Gelt (chocolate coins covered in gold and silver foil) when you can have double the chocolate fix with these Gooey Double Chocolate Cookies?

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Tired of wearing jelly powdered doughnuts on your face, fingers and pants? No longer. We’ve taken the taste of the perfect jelly doughnut, the ultimate Hanukkah dessert, and transformed it into this creamy Jelly Doughnut Milkshake. Grab a straw and ditch the dozen powdery doughnuts and the dry cleaner!

CHIC HANNUKAH PARTY

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Throw a chic, cool and inexpensive Hanukkah party, complete with a DIY menorah and a creative joy-to-oy touch! Don’t forget your chocolate money and jelly donuts!

How to throw this party:

1) Want to make a DIY menorah? Empty glass Perrier bottles (both large & small), soak in warm water to get the label off then spray paint glossy white. Take different colored candles and wrap the bases of the candles with white and silver ribbon.

2) At the dollar store, we bought packages of gelt, mini blue and silver presents, dreidels, blue and clear crystal pieces and the mirrored signs at each place.

3) Place cards were bags stuffed with blue or silver sizzle and an oversized dreidel.

 

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas is right around the corner! We know how overwhelming it can be to host everyone for dinner, so we’ve made your life easier with a easy-to-do Christmas party.

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How to throw this party:

1) To get in the candy cane spirit, we created a red and white runner out of wrapping paper.

2) The dollar store was instrumental in this party – we stocked up on red and white bows, ornaments, candy, reindeer, paper lanterns and gems.

3) The Santa Beards on Sticks (at each place standing up in the mugs) from Paper Source are a special addition to the party and a great idea for fun photo ops.

4) Have “Elf,” “Scrooged” or “A Christmas Story” playing on the TV.

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Black Friday Party

A fun and easy Black Friday party that won’t leave a hole in your wallet!
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How to throw this party:

1) Cover the table in sale flyers to get everyone in the shopping spirit.

2) Have ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ playing on the TV.

3) Loot your kids toys for some extra decorating ideas, such as toy cash registers and Monopoly money.

4) We coated brightly colored mini plastic shopping carts in metallic silver spray paint.

5) Hit the dollar store for play money, receipt pads, placemats and boxes (for shopping carts).

6) Create an invitation to look like a credit card.

Baby on board!
Braving the crowds.
Receipt pads from the dollar store were used as place cards.
Best bargain in town.
No money down.
From dawn ’til dusk.