Group Friendly Restaurants

Dining Out in a Big Group There are a lot of reasons you show up at a restaurant with a larger than average size group. Perhaps your family is visiting and rather than spending time working on a meal while missing out on the fun, you decide it’ll be better to eat out. Maybe a […]

When the Party Won’t Plan Itself.

A guide for reluctant party planners Not everyone is a born party planner.  Some people would much rather get an invite than make one.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a shindig your friends will talk about for years. When it comes to a casual affair sometimes the best laid plans are not necessarily […]

Weather… or Not

Planning any kind of summer outdoor event in the Lake Superior Region has its share of challenges somewhat different than other areas of the country. One switch of the wind can play ridiculous games with the weather for everyone within a reasonable distance of Lake Superior. Even seasoned local meteorologists and be left scratching their […]

Surprise! Planning a party that will leave them shook

The first thing you need for a stellar surprise part is an unassuming guest of honor. Most people throw surprise parties for milestone birthdays, but other special occasions can fit the bill too – a surprise engagement party for a couple, a surprise show for an expectant mom, etcetera. Once the guest of honor is […]

5 Hostess Gifts Under $10 that Make a Big Impression

By Rachel Hart, www.apronelegance.com  I’m the first to appreciate a good bottle of wine, but when the hostess receives twenty bottles of wine as a hostess gift, it seems impersonal. The next time you plan on attending a party, take some time to think ahead and prepare a more personalized gift. The following hostess gift […]

Building Event Excitement with Social Media

You’ve set the date, made the plans and put out the word for your event. Whether it’s a fundraiser, business event, outdoor event like a 5K, or a personal event (think reunion or grad party), building guest excitement is always a good idea. Social media offers an easy and free platform for promoting your event, […]

Trends in Wedding Showers

by Shana Vesel Gone are the days of church basement bridal showers hosted by the bride’s aunties. No more sandwich loaf, pasta salads and sherbet punch. No more bridal corsage, paper plate ribbon bouquets and word scrambles. Gone are the boring crepe paper and balloon decorations. Today’s wedding showers promise a fun party for everyone. […]

Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

By Devyn Tostenson Party cocktail, part hangover cure, and all canvas for culinary creativity, the Bloody Mary is a must for any early daytime event. The simple cocktail is notorious for becoming a meal with the addition of garnishes. Having a Bloody Mary Bar at your event lets guests get creative with all their favorites. […]

Cilantro Dill Dip

1 c. mayonnaise 1 c. sour cream or plain greek yogurt 1 tbsp dried minced onion 1 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp celery salt 1/2 tsp celery seed 2 tsp sugar 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro Mix all ingredients together and chill for at least 1 hour. Serve with vegetables, […]