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A Guide to Hosting Summer Parties

A Guide to Hosting Summer Parties
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Whether it’s intimate dinner with friends or a casual backyard barbecue with the family, hosting summer parties is always fun and exciting. The preparation, however, can be stressful and challenging. Below is a hosting guide and a sample menu to help you plan for your next summer bash.

Use Colorful Tableware

    It’s the perfect season to play around with colors, so start with your tableware. Use brightly colored plates to add an eclectic feel to the table. Don’t worry if they don’t match—mismatched dinnerware makes the affair appear more laidback. Scour flea markets or yard sales for inexpensive but attractive china that you can mix and match.

    Decorate with Seasonal Flowers

      You don’t need a full blown floral centerpiece to make your décor interesting. Just grab two to three empty jars and stick in a few stems or sprigs of seasonal flowers in each one. Wild flowers also work well for a rustic table setting.

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      Incorporate Food into the Décor

        To make things even easier, make food part of your décor and take advantage of seasonal produce to brighten up the table. An appetizer platter or a bowl of mixed berries can even double as your centerpiece.

        Go for Mood Lighting

          Mood lighting is key to setting your party’s atmosphere.  Turn off overhead lights and use lamps or candles. If the party is outside, hang paper lanterns together with string lights over the table or trees for a cozy ambiance. Don’t forget to light up pathways and steps to avoid accidents.

          Set Up a Beverage Station

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            A dedicated drinks station is a great way to encourage people to start conversations with others. If it’s a large party, set up multiple stations so that your guests don’t have to line up for refills.

            Stick to Easy Recipes

              To make your hosting duties as stress-free as possible, create a menu that’s easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time. Leave last-minute grilling a few hours before the party starts and set the table the day before. Here’s a sample menu to get you started.

              Appetizer: Summer Appetizer Plate with Honey

                Remember that your appetizers should be light and not too filling. This sampler platter features a variety of yummy starters drizzled with locally sourced honey. Get the recipe here.

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                Salad: Freekeh Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette

                  Freekeh is green wheat that’s harvested at an early stage, then piled, sundried, and roasted. If you can’t find any in your local farmer’s market, you can use wheat berries as substitute. Try the recipe here.

                  Main course: Neely’s Wet BBQ Ribs

                    This St. Louis-style pork ribs is perfect if you like sticky ribs and don’t mind getting your hands dirty. Go here for the recipe.

                    Dessert: Coconut and Berries Popsicles

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                      Berries are abundant this season and making popsicles out of them is a nice way to cool down after a hearty meal. Check out the recipe here.

                      Drinks: Raspberry Lemonade

                      Raspberry_Lemonade

                        Nothing says summer like an ice-cold glass of homemade lemonade. Turn this into a cocktail by adding a splash of vodka or rum. Grab the recipe from here.

                        Extra Tips

                        • Don’t be shy to ask for help. Delegate tasks like manning the grill or setting the table so you can focus on other things.
                        • If your guests offer to bring something, say yes! Appetizers or dessert can be that one thing off your mind.
                        • Make sure you’re well stocked on drinks and ice to minimize supply runs.
                        • Avoid repeating flavors. If you use strawberries for appetizers, think of something else for dessert.

                        A summer gathering is all about casual entertaining. Keep things simple and don’t worry too much about imperfections. Instead of slaving away at the kitchen all day, relax and enjoy the company of friends and loved ones.

                        Featured photo credit: Table Dressing/Chris Ford via flickr.com

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                        100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                        100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                        Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                        By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                        Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                        83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                          84 write random letter

                            85 use a rubberband

                              86 dorm smell bad

                                87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                  89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                    90 take a picture of the name card

                                      91 iron inside out

                                        92 old newspaper

                                          93 tumble try shoes

                                            keep a card like this

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                                                94 soap bar

                                                  95 make a hole

                                                    96 drop the battery

                                                      97 use a coozie

                                                        98 when taking a picture

                                                          use a clean dust pan

                                                            try a pants hanger

                                                              use your cellphone light

                                                                use a spring from an old pen

                                                                  quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                    user binder clips

                                                                      wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                        put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                          clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                            use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                              doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                  use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                    freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                      use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                        almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                          sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                            unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                              cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                  turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                    for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                      how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                        tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                          place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                            ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                              use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                  how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                    put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                      How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                        user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                          good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                            turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                              50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                  add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                                                    38

                                                                                                                                      hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                        stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                          the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                            how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                              the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                  to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                    user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                      a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                        rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                          use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                            50

                                                                                                                                                              51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                  rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                    kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                      use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                        58

                                                                                                                                                                          59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                            60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                              hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                  hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                    use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                      if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                        keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                          If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                            drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                              use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                  do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                    when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                      dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                        put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                          75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                            use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                              pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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