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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, […]

Super Simple BLT Pasta Salad

8 oz Box Rotini Pasta, cooked 6 oz Bacon cooked to crispy, crumbled 1/2 head of lettuce, washed & dried, chopped 4 oz cheese diced (swiss or cheddar) 1 medium tomato diced 3/4 cup ranch dressing In a large bowl mix cooked pasta, crumbled bacon, cheese, tomato and ranch dressing. Refrigerate. Before serving mix in […]

Create Your Own Outdoor Movie Theatre

A new trend for this upcoming summer is to create your own outdoor movie theater in your backyard.Everyone wants to have this party on their bucket list! There are a ton of different ways you can do this. First you need a guest list, after that comes everything else. What you will need: Projector You […]

Mesmerize with a Magician

Who doesn’t love magic? Local magician, ventriloquist, and escape artist Kelvin Saline has been amusing and delighting crowds for 44 years. As an 8 year old Cub Scout, Kelvin was introduced to magic when his mother, the den leader, made a coin disappear using Kelvin as her “secret accomplice.” He said that the reaction from […]

Tune into Local Musicians for Your Next Event

Gina Lee Duluth is known for its eclectic array of musicians, and Gina Lee is certainly one of them. She started singing when she was a little girl, and has been singing and performing professionally since 1979. Lee has become a well-established musician/entertainer/songwriter. Gina was born in Arizona, raised on the West Coast and made […]

Featured Grad Party

FOOD: My family and I decided to stick with the tradition of having Famous Dave’s cater my grad party. Both of my brothers had Famous Dave’s cater theirs as well. We have found that choosing to have a company cater is much easier than preparing the food for the grad party by yourselves. When you […]