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Create a Playful Springtime Menu

When springtime finally bursts forth, it releases the playful side of young and old. Formal dinners give way to more casual dining, heavy menus turn light. Go with the attitude of the season by serving this playful spring menu to your guests.

Other Fun Ideas for Spring
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Host an Easter Egg Decorating Party

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Photo by Donna Pilato

Are you looking for a little pre-Easter fun? Or, maybe you're being hosted for Easter dinner at someone else's home, but would still like to have a little Easter party of your own. Then plan an Easter egg decorating party to enjoy the spirit of the holiday at your place.

Photo Donna Pilato

Get Ready for Weekend Houseguests with this Cleaning Checklist

Monday April 14, 2014

It's Easter next Sunday and I'm sure many people will have guests visiting over the weekend for the holiday like we will. While most guests don't come armed with white gloves, we still want our homes to be clean and comfortable for their arrival. Here's a handy cleaning checklist to take you through the areas you might want to think about cleaning. If you can, begin today to tackle it in order of the most important areas for your home, and then you can relax once your guests arrive, knowing they won't be spotting dust bunnies next to the chocolate Easter bunnies.

Can You Tell a Host about Your Specific Food Needs?

Friday April 11, 2014

Last week we discussed what a host should do if he learns that a guest has specific food preferences, for whatever reason. This week we address the flip side of that issue. What if you've been invited to a dinner party and you're concerned that there won't be anything for you to eat because of dietary restrictions for health, religion or other reasons. Should you tell your host about this potential problem and what should you expect the host to do? Read about the potential approaches you have for telling your host about your specific food needs.

Host a Stock the Pantry Bridal Shower

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Woman at bridal shower.
Bridal showers can serve many purposes. First, they're a fun way to celebrate the upcoming wedding with the bride and share stories and advice. The second purpose is to help the bride and groom stock their future home with all of the homekeeping necessities. But, many couples have already been living in their own home, either together or separately, and no longer need a toaster, blender or set of steak knives. That's why some showers now have creative themes that have nothing to do with kitchen appliances, but are stocking up on other necessities. For example, a Stock the Pantry theme bridal shower will help with items for which you can never have too much. Especially with the rising price of groceries.

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