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Leprechaun Popcorn

With St. Patrick’s Day just about 2 weeks away, I saw this fun popcorn recipe. I love that you can use microwave popcorn. It makes it so easy. I am looking forward to making it this weekend. I wish I had all the ingredients or I would have made it tonight it looks soo good!!!

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Ingredients

  • 1 bag of microwave popcorn light or regular butter (full-sized, not snack)
  • 1 cup green chocolate candy melts*
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate candy melts*
  • St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles
  • Green Mint M&Ms

Instructions

  • Pop the popcorn and remove the unpopped kernels.
  • Place the candy melts in small bowls or glass measuring cups, one for each color.
  • Microwave the green candy for 40 seconds then stir, repeat in 20 second intervals until melted and smooth. (takes 1-2 minutes dependent on melt brand and your microwave).
  • Drizzle the melted green chocolate candy over the bowl of popcorn and toss to coat (use a silicone spatula to ensure you get it all out.) Toss the popcorn with your hands until nicely coated. Then spread out onto a large serving platter (or baking sheet, if you are going to bag the popcorn up after). Optional* Add some green sugar sprinkles at this point.
  • Melt the white candy melts and drizzle over the platter of popcorn, immediately top generously with St. Patrick’s themed candy sprinkles. They will adhere to the melted white chocolate candy.
  • Finally, toss on the M&Ms. Allow the Leprechaun Popcorn to cool a few minutes before serving.

Statement Jewelry For Less

I received so many requests for really eye catching larger pieces of jewelry with out a larger price tag. I recently partnered with Ross Simons and looked through their current Big Jewelry Event where all pieces are offered at really special pricing (most statement jewelry under $200). If you have been waiting to get a special piece for the price of something costume, now is really the time!!! Here are some of my favorite looks. I am loving green earrings, aquamarine rings and anything snake right now!!!

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Green Waterfall Earrings/Jade Asian Earrings/Pearl Ring/ Long Diamond Drop Earrings/White Dome Ring/Blue Square Ring/Long Blue Drop Earrings/Snake Ring/Aqua Marine Ring/ Lariat Necklace/Rose Quartz Ring/

Let’s Throw A Virtual Party…

Social distancing due to COVID-19 has had an adverse impact on just about all areas of our lives. In the past, we would be able to get together with the people who matter the most to us to celebrate special events and travel. Now, most of our social interactions must take place virtually. What are a few examples of parties that used to take place in-person that are now taking place virtually? How can you turn these parties into a success? There are several virtual party tips that you should keep in mind to ensure the event is a success and everyone has a blast.

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The Virtual Birthday Party

First, a lot of people have had to move their birthday parties to the virtual world. The days of having someone take the birthday boy or girl out to his or her favorite restaurant have been put on hold for a little while. For example, a lot of people are using Zoom to bring loved ones together to celebrate this special occasion.

When planning a virtual birthday party, it is important to think about what type of theme is going to be used. For example, there are lots of banners that people can deploy in the background of a video chat to make sure the birthday feels as special as possible. Then, it might even be possible to get a cake delivered to the birthday boy or girl! This is a way to bring the entire birthday party together. While it does take some pre-planning, it’s a surprise that is certainly worth it.

Pulling Off a Virtual Bachelor Party

Finally, there are lots of people who have had to change their wedding plans because of the pandemic. This includes bachelor parties. If you are looking for a way to pull off a bachelor party virtually, there are a few tips that you need to remember. First, make sure that you find a date and time that works for everyone. There are plenty of websites that can help you secure a date and time that works for all attendees.

Then, you can start planning the entertainment and details that you are going to include. For example, make sure you have a menu put together that everyone can follow. This might include booze, steaks, and party favors. Consider getting the attendees set up with food delivery, or even alcohol delivery the day-of. You might even want to bring in a virtual stripper to bring the entire party together! There are plenty of ways to pull off the perfect bachelor party even if it has to be virtual. Don’t let the lack of in-person interaction stop you from experiencing some of the best bachelor party entertainment available.¬†

Think About Pulling Off a Virtual Party

When you think creatively, you’ll find there are many ways to host a fun and exciting virtual party that is far more than just sitting on a video chat. Even though this is not something that is going to last forever, the pandemic is still going to be with us for the near future. Therefore, everyone has to think about how they can still make a virtual party feel special. With the right platform, the right guests, and the right party staples, it is possible to make every virtual party a success. With this in mind, get a little creative and let the imagination run wild!

Book Club Monday

This week’s Book Club choice is so AWESOME!!!! Born To Party, Forced To Work by Bronson VanWyck. You probably have seen at some point one of Bronson’s parties on Instagram. He is known as the “Wizard of Oz” of NY party planning, the Rolls Royce of party planners. After a year of living in a covid fueled world, we really need this book…..

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The internationally acclaimed event producer shows his ideas and inspiration for ultimate and intimate celebrations

What defines a truly great party? Most of all: generosity of spirit. In his first book, Bronson van Wyck, the man Vogue called ‘The Wizard of Oz of New York party planning,’ distills the essential pillars of the art of celebration into one volume, with examples drawn from his many successes – and, admittedly, a few entertaining failures. Lusciously illustrated with images from van Wyck’s most spectacular events, this is the perfect primer on throwing parties that are as much fun to give as they are to attend. – Amazon.com

For more information or to order this book, click HERE.

Here is a sneak peek:

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Super Bowl Buffalo Chicken Dip

Tonight my husband was given a gift to do an online cooking class with Guy Fieri. During the class, there were other celebrity chef speakers and sport’s commentators talking about their all time favorite Super Bowl dishes. This Buffalo Chicken Dip came up as the winner, unanimously. I started writing down the recipe ferociously. Since I just was given this tonight, I have not had a chance to make it but my son and I are going to try over the weekend. If you do too, will you write in and let me know!!! Bon Appetit!

4 cups shredded cooked chicken

2 bricks cream cheese

1 cup ranch dressing

2 packages shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

3/4 cup hot sauce (less if you do not like too hot and more if you do!!!)

Combine the chicken, cream cheese, dressing, shredded cheese (set aside about 1/4 of the bag), and hot sauce in the crockpot

Let cook on high for 1-2 hours or until all of the cream cheese melts. Right before serving sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and put the lid back on just long enough so the cheese topping melts.

They recommend serving this dip with a bunch of vegetables of your choice and tortilla chips!

New Year, New Closet

Every New Year, I decide to really do a good closet cleanout. I take the time to go through all the clothes that do not fit well or have not worn in a while. It’s so much easier for me to do it over a few weeks than all at once. I also keep a bag in my closet for donations. When I try something on and it’s just not right, in the bag it goes. When I have a pretty good accumulation, I contact Pick Up Please. It is so convenient. You go online and pick your date and then leave your donations outside on the morning of the pickup. I also send many things to the Real Real. I find it to be such a great resource for selling things with designer labels in good condition. I am so impressed with how fast things sell on the Real Real. Once I started getting rid of and organizing things in my closet, I start dreaming of what my perfect closet would look like. Here are some of my favorite closet/clothing storage ideas:

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