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30 Brilliant Recipe Ideas For Unforgettable Parties

30 Brilliant Recipe Ideas For Unforgettable Parties

1. Double Decker Taco Cupcakes

Double Decker Taco Cupcakes

    Try your hand at making some of these delicious taco cupcakes. Bite-sized and universally loved, this is a great healthy choice instead of tacos.

    2. Pepperoni Cheese Stick Roll Ups

    Pepperoni Cheese Stick Roll Ups

      This party snack is great for anyone who loves pizza—so, most people! Filled with delicious cheese and pepperoni, this party recipe is an awesome way to make mini pizza bites.

      3. Crock Pot Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs

      Crock Pot Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs

        This dish comes with three ingredients and five minutes prep time—perfect to save you feeling any pre-party stress. Use lean ground beef for your meatballs as a healthy alternative.

        4. Bacon Wrapped Smokies

        Bacon Wrapped Smokies

          This dish is a tasty treat for any bacon lover. With a simple recipe, this is an easy and fun way to treat your guests.

          5. Parmesan Tortellini Bites

          Parmesan Tortillini Bites

            These crisp, crunchy, cheesy bites are so tasty, you may want to make a bowl for yourself as well as your party.

            6. Crack Bread
            Crack Bread

              Filled with butter, bacon, cheese and ranch seasoning, this tasty recipe idea is ideal for casual events.

              7. Caramel Topped Shortbread Bites

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              Caramel Topped Shortbread Bites

                These salty sweet snacks are unique and creative, so try them out at your next party.

                8. Sweet And Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps

                Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps

                  This easy-to-make finger-food recipe is great for meat lovers.

                  9. Caramel Apple Nachos

                  Caramel Apple Nachos

                    This is another party stress saver—easy and quick for you to make! This recipe is also kind to your body, counting towards one of your five a day.

                    10. DIY Easy Antipasto

                    DIY Easy Antipasto

                      This easy-to-make and tasty appetizer is as simple as opening up packets and cans—no cooking! Filled with protein and vegetables, this recipe makes a healthy party snack.

                      11. Mexican Corn Dip

                      Mexican Corn Dip

                        This dip is so good it can be eaten without anything else! This recipe idea takes only a few minutes to make, and the corn is filled with vitamin A—great for your body.

                        12. Liquor Lollipop Bouquet

                        Liquor Lollipop Bouquet

                          If you are attending a party and you don’t know what kind of alcohol to bring, try making these unique lollipops. You can use whichever spirit you like, and don’t worry—they are more sweet than strong!

                          13. Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip

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                          Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip

                            This recipe idea combines the flavor of gingerbread and the rich creaminess of cheesecake—delicious. This dip is easy to make, and every taste will remind you of the cold months.

                            14. Fire Crackerz

                            Fire Crackerz

                              This is another simple and easy-to-make recipe. Make the crackers as spicy as you’d like!

                              15. Shrimp Scampi Dip

                              Shrimp Scampi Dip

                                This creamy, cheesy dip is a great party recipe idea. Just make sure you have enough bread for dipping!

                                16. Melted Rainbow Cake

                                Melted Rainbow Cake

                                  If you want to try a more challenging recipe, try your hand at making your own stunning rainbow cake.

                                  17. Dried Beef Pickle Roll Ups

                                  Dried Beef Pickle Roll Ups

                                    This pickle recipe tastes great, only uses three ingredients and doesn’t take long to make, so it is perfect for people who love pickles, but not cooking. Try this for any last minute gatherings and parties.

                                    17. Crab and Artichoke Dip

                                    Crab and Artichoke Dip

                                      This crowd-pleasing dish is cheesy, filling and delicious—a perfect crab dip.

                                      18. Teriyaki Meatballs

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                                      Teriyaki Meatballs

                                        This recipe idea is great for the whole family. If you’re looking to serve more than snacks at your party, try adding a bed of rice to make a tasty meal.

                                        19. Crab Rangoon

                                        Crab Rangoons on white paper

                                          Crab Rangoon is a great party recipe idea if you like finger foods that don’t create mess! This recipe is crunchy and full of flavor.

                                          20. Brownie Bowl Sundaes

                                          Brownie Bowl Sundaes

                                            If you love brownies, try making this delicious crowd-pleaser. Perfect for children’s parties—or adults if you feel like it!

                                            21. Pumpkin Pie Dip

                                            Pumpkin Pie Dip

                                              This delicious pumpkin dip recipe idea is perfect for fall. Try dipping in apple slices for a great flavor combination.

                                              22. Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Onion

                                              Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion

                                                This dish is simply a fried and seasoned onion—unbelievably tasty and simple to make. Works with almost all dips, and onion is good for your body, filled with vitamins, potassium and iron!

                                                23. Kale and Artichoke Dip

                                                Kale and Artichoke Dip

                                                  Enjoy this healthy, cheesy, tasty kale and artichoke dip all year round. Kale and artichoke are both filled with vitamins and minerals; a great party snack that benefits your body.

                                                  24. Jingle Jangle Punch

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                                                  Jingle Jangle Punch

                                                    This fruity punch is delicious, summery and beautiful, Impress your guests by whipping up a refreshing batch!

                                                    25. Parmesan Garlic Zucchini Chips

                                                    Paramesan Garlic Zucchini Chips

                                                      This recipe idea is a great alternative to normal chips; but with a cheesy garlic coating you can guarantee they will still be a huge success!

                                                      26. Rainbow Pasta

                                                      Rainbow Pasta

                                                        Rainbow pasta is a fun recipe idea for a child’s party. Simple and easy to make, but sure to impress the kids!

                                                        27. Tortellini Salad

                                                        Tortellini Salad

                                                          This yummy tortellini recipe idea is filled with tomatoes, salami and olives—a great source of vitamin E. Delicious and one of your five a day!

                                                          28. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts

                                                          Chocolare Covered Strawberry Hearts

                                                            These sweet treats are both tasty and beautiful. If you want to make to make your guests feel loved, this is an extra special way to do it.

                                                            29. Ocean Water

                                                            Ocean Water

                                                              Ocean water is great fun for a child’s party, and it only takes a minute to make. Add ice cubes to impress the children!

                                                              30. Hummus Cups

                                                              Hummus Cups

                                                                These healthy hummus cups look and taste great, count as one of your five a day, and take under half an hour to make. Chickpeas are known for lowering cholesterol, so hummus cups are an awesome and tasty healthy option to serve at your party.

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                                                                Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                                                                The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                                The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                                It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                                                If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                                                One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                                                Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                                                In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                                                Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                                                The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                                                Stress

                                                                If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                                                Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                                                We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                                                While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                                                Eating close to bedtime

                                                                Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                                                Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                                                Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                                                Medical conditions

                                                                In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                                                The vicious sleep cycle

                                                                The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                                                Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                                                You get a bad night’s sleep
                                                                –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                                                –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                                                –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                                                  You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                                                  How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                                                  To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                                                  1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                                                  What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                                                  Here are a few suggestions:

                                                                  • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                                                  • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                                                  • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                                                  • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                                                  • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                                                  2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                                                  What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                                                  • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                                                  • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                                                  • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                                                  • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                                                  3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                                                  Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                                                  Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                                                  Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                                                  Sleep better form now on

                                                                  Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                                                  I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                                                  As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                                                  Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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