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Bar Mitzvah

Mazel Tov: Bar Mitzvah Planning

As your son's 13th birthday approaches, it's normal to feel a little apprehensive about his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. His coming of age is important to celebrate, but the many logistics of planning the massive party that has become customary can appear daunting at first. Fortunately, as with anything, Bar Mitzvah planning is entirely manageable if you simply take the time to consider what should be done, how, and when. With the help of these tips, planning your son's Bar Mitzvah will be as nearly stress-free as possible, leaving you to enjoy the celebration....(more)

Holiday Parties

How to Plan a Valentine's Day Fondue Party

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to celebrate with friends with a delicious, delectable Fondue Dessert Party. Who doesn't love dipping sweet things into even more delicious toppings? It's the ultimate sweet dessert party experience, because everyone seems to LOVE a chocolate party!...(more)

How to be a Respectful New Year's Eve Party Guest

Invited to a New Year's Eve party? Accepting a party invitation isn't just about showing up! It means showing up on time, mingling with the other guests, making others feel comfortable through thoughtful conversation, and enjoying the cuisine that the hosts prepared....(more)

How to Host a Stress-Free New Year's Eve Party

Hosting a New Year's Eve dinner party is a way to spend quality time with friends. It can happen with little stress if you are organized and you invite friends who are willing to pitch in and contribute to the meal. The music and ambience simply helps set the mood to create fun memories for all....(more)


Food for a Fiesta: Recipes for Your Mexican-Themed Party

You want your Mexican party to be a fiesta, not a siesta, right? Then you need great Mexican food to spice up your get together. These crowd-pleasing recipes are easy and quick to make. The flavors and aromas are the perfect authentic touches to bring your Mexican-themed party to life....(more)

Unique Appetizer Ideas for Pool Parties

Serve appetizers at your pool parties this summer. These recipes create scrumptious finger food and tasty bites. The best appetizers for your pool parties offer fresh, light summer flavors....(more)

Fiesta at Its Finest: Creating a Traditional Mexican Party Menu

For your next fiesta - whether it's an informal celebration at your home or a party in your Spanish class - try some of these recipes to create a Mexican party menu. These recipes bring together authentic flavors from all over Mexico, going beyond the canned refried beans and dry taco mix that you might find in the ethnic food aisle of your grocery store....(more)

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Sandy Coughlin

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Sandy Coughlin is an author, blogger, wife and mom to three children. She lives in a fixer-upper in Oregon with 14 raised garden beds and a beautiful and imperfect side patio where she loves to host dinner parties. Sandy has blazed a new trail in back-to-basics entertaining, which includes not... Read More

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