Thanksgiving Cocktails: Apple Flavored Drinks, and Alcoholic Beverages

Thanksgiving cocktails give you a great reason to get together with everyone you know and love for a social gathering before or after the Thanksgiving feast. Apple flavored alcoholic beverages for Thanksgiving, fall, or anytime give us opportunity to sip delicious mixed drinks while sharing casual conversation. Fall cocktails can be great fun at the bar, but why not mix up some apple themed Thanksgiving drinks at home?

If you want to have a very memorable and special day on Thanksgiving with family and friends, try some different Thanksgiving cocktail recipes with flavors of apple, pumpkin, pear, or cranberry. This feature focuses on apple flavored Thanksgiving or fall cocktail recipes.

Apple Flavored Cocktails

Apple themed drinks like apple cider and desserts like apple pie can be popular treats for the fall season. Check out these yummy apple themed cocktail recipes for your Thanksgiving cocktail party.

Spiced Caramel Apple Martini
You can order a Spiced Caramel Apple Martini at the Meritage Steakhouse at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in north Phoenix, or you can try to make this Thanksgiving drink for yourself at home.

Ingredients:

1/2 ounce    Crown Royal
1/2 ounce    Skyy vodka
1/2 ounce    Concentrated apple juice
Pinch    Ground cinnamon
Splash    Apple Pucker schnapps
Splash    Cranberry juice
1 slice    Caramel-coated apple

Instructions:

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with a sugared rim and the caramel-coated apple.

– Recipe courtesy from From Meritage Steakhouse, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, www.jwdesertridgeresort.com, 480-293-5000

Bohemia Apple Lime Cider
Bohemia Apple Lime Cider Bohemia beer, lime juice, and apple cider mixed to perfection….  Served with a lime wedge. This recipe can make two drinks.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon each: coarse salt, sugar
1 cup fresh, unfiltered apple cider
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 bottle (12 ounces) Bohemia
Fresh lime wedges

Instructions:

1. Mix salt and sugar on a small plate.

2. Use a lime wedge to moisten the rim of two beer glass.

3. Dip the rims into the salt mixture.

4. Mix cider and lime juice in small pitcher.

5. Divide among two beer glasses.

6. Top with Bohemia.

7. Serve with a lime wedge.

– Recipe courtesy of Bohemia Apple Lime Cider Bohemia beer

All-American Chilled Apple Pie
All-American Chilled Apple Pie tastes best when it is shaken well. Served it chilled and enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz Blue Ice Vodka
¾ oz Tuaca Liqueur
½ oz Sweet & Sour

Instructions:

1. Combine ingredients to create Chilled Apple Cider.

2. Pour over ice in a 12 oz glass, garnish with a lemon slice, a long cinnamon stick, and a straw.

– recipe courtesy of Blue Ice Vodka

Hot Apple Pie and More Apple Themed Cocktails…


Fall and Thanksgiving Punch Recipes

Punch is a very popular beverage to serve at any holiday parties or special events like bridal showers and baby showers. Fall and Thanksgiving themed punch drinks are a great way to spruce up your festive occasions. You can make alcoholic punch recipes (or “spiked punch”) for your Thanksgiving dinner or other holiday party, or you can even make non-alcoholic punch for the kids to enjoy! Consider these recipe suggestions for fun fall punch recipes and Thanksgiving punch ideas.

Try these fall punch ideas for Thanksgiving or anytime:

 

Flor de Copia Punch
Looking for different punch to serve at Thanksgiving? You can try a Flor de Copia punch that is very refreshing, offering fruity bliss with all its natural ingredients freshly squeezed from fruits.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Flor De Caña 7-year Grand Reserve
4 sugar cubes
3 oz. club soda
2 whole cloves
1 pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
1 oz. lemon juice
2 oz. Fuji apple juice
2 dashes of Peychaud bitters

Instructions:

1.  Dissolve the sugar cubes in 1 oz. of club soda (this generally involves muddling to help the process).

2.  Muddle the cloves with the sugar cubes.

3.  After the sugar cubes and cloves are muddled/dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and stir as added.

4.  Add ice once all of the ingredients have been added and stirred.

5.  Stir the punch until it is chilled.

6.  Strain the punch into a glass or punch bowl, depending on the size of the portion, top with 2oz. club soda and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

– Recipe courtesy of Flor De Caña rum

Cinnamon Toast Pumpkin Punch
This is a unique fall punch drink featuring real pumpkin. You will love the cloves and cinnamon that gives a great flavor to this fall drink.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 can evaporated milk
2 eggs
1 can pumpkin
14 oz. ginger beer, chilled
Splash of cinnamon schnapps

Instructions:

1. Blend the sugar, cinnamon, milk, eggs, and pumpkin and let it chill.

2. Before serving add in the ginger beer and cinnamon schnapps.

3. Serve them up in copper colored cups with crushed ice and pumpkin seed brittle for garnish.

–    Recipe courtesy of Los Angeles and New York-based event designer, author (Party Like a Rockstar) and party planner extraordinaire, Jes Gordon

The Fall Punch
A very beautiful orange color punch surely adds sparks to your Thanksgiving party or other fall event.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Highland Park 12 year
2 oz. Apple Cider
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
1 oz. Part Cinnamon Syrup (Boil water, sugar and cinnamon sticks till you get a really nice and strong tasting syrup – similar to a simple syrup)

Instructions:

Mix ingredients together in a large container and pour over a full glass of ice.

–    Recipe courtesy of Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky

 

Non-alcoholic Punch Recipe

For a delicious punch recipe even the kids can enjoy (great for any time of year), consider making sherbet punch. This punch recipe involves Hawaiian punch, sprite, and rainbow sherbet. Combine juice and sode and mix to taste. Add in scoops of rainbow sherbet as often as you like. Enjoy!

Easy International Cooking at Home

Are your mealtimes taking a turn for the worst due to the hectic schedule you are forced to keep with seemingly endless lists of errands to run, places to go, and things to do? Maybe it is time to offer your taste buds a trip along international borders with a bit of zest and exciting new meal ideas for eating on the run or quick-and-easy menus. After all, isn’t life meant to be full of new and interesting experiences?

So, if you have ever been stuck for an answer to that question “What’s for dinner?” that almost every family member invariably asks when they arrive home after a long day of school or work, take the time to browse through the following suggestions to add a bit of zest to your dinner table tonight!

Tandoor Chef: Good Enough for Vegetarians
Experimenting with Indian cuisine is so easy with Tandoor Chef’s new Naan Pizza. I have to admit to being a tad bit skeptical at first, but I seriously mean it when I say, “This is one terrific pizza!” Forget that it is frozen. Forget that it is designed for a quick meal. All you need to know is that Tandoor Chef’s new Naan Pizza deserves to be raved about.

In fact, I recently learned that Cooking Light ran its first “Taste Test Awards” this past fall and Tandoor Chef’s new Margherita Naan Pizza earned the title of “Grand Prize Winner in the Pizza Category.” I can certainly see why. I found all four of their vegetarian Naan pizzas (Cilantro Pesto, Spinach & Paneer Cheese, Roasted Eggplant, and Margherita) flavorful while also having the perfect texture from the dough to the cheese.

Tandoor Chef’s new Naan Pizzas are hand-stretched, all natural, and baked in a Tandoor oven. Plus, they use no preservatives, have no trans fat, and use buffalo-milk mozzarella. They are also suitable for vegetarians. If you try just one, you will find yourself looking for more. At least, I think you will.

Lawry’s ® Marinades
Lawry’s ® Marinades, made from real fruit juice, offer a chance to give your food a bold new flavor whether you are grilling, baking, or broiling. Lawry’s Marinades are quick to use, allowing you to break out of boring food routines easily. Helping to tenderize your meat whether you are using chicken, beef, or pork, Lawry’s marinades seal in the juices each time leading to the perfect flavor for your meals. Plus, you can easily add a touch of “heat” or the perfect blend of herbs with Lawry’s Marinades.

Sold in 12 fluid ounce bottles, Lawry’s Marinades are available in many delicious varieties including the two newest flavors that I sampled – Sweet and Sour BBQ and Tuscan Sun-Dried Tomato with minced garlic and olive oil. Both varieties offer a full, rich flavor that accents your dish with superb taste.

Remember to always discard any remaining marinade to avoid food contamination. For recipes and additional information, please visit www.lawrys.com. Lawry’s marinades sell for approximately $2.79 in most supermarkets and discount stores such as WalMart and Kmart. I received one bottle of each variety for the purposes of this review. Without a doubt, my family preferred the taste of Lawry’s Sweet and Sour BBQ marinade.

Tasty Bite
If you like international flavor but don’t have the time to cook from scratch or recreate one of your favorite international dishes, why not try a few of these delicious international microwaveable meals? Not only are these meals terrific for moms on the go, but they are perfect for college students, dads trapped at the office through the dinner hour, and latchkey children who need a healthy snack to tide them over until mom gets home. Tasty Bites’ international microwaveable meals can be eaten as a quick, tasty, stand-alone snack or they can be incorporated into a full meal.

Tasty Bite offers an entire bevy of quick microwaveable meals including Tandoori Rice, Thai Lime Rice, Punjab Eggplant, and Channa Masala. For an added touch of flavorful protein, try Tasty Bite’s Chunky Chickpeas or Zesty Lentils & Peas. You can add these to salads, soups, rice, and casseroles for a touch of aromatic, international flavor.

If you want to enjoy the blended taste of peanuts, coconut, and lemongrass, you should try Tasty Bite’s Satay Partay simmer sauce as a marinade, grilling sauce, or flavorful dip. For cooking with fish, you can try Tasty Bite’s blended taste of peanuts, onions, tamarind, and chilies in their Pad Thai simmer sauce. Visit www.tastybite.com for exciting tips, recipes, and more!

Thai Kitchen Food and Recipes…


Christmas Cookie Kitchen Tools and Accessories

Baking Christmas cookies or holiday cookies is a tradition in many households and just as many circles of friends. A holiday baking party is a great way to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, sharing traditions and sipping wine as you make your favorite kinds of Christmas cookies. To have even more fun making holiday cookies this year, consider adding some new Christmas cookie gear and accessories to your kitchen’s baking arsenal.

A variety of cookie tools and accessories can make baking more fun for the whole family and especially in groups of friends. Consider these cool cookie gadgets and other baking items to make your holiday baking even more enjoyable this year.

Cookie Press / Cookie Gun
The cookie press, also known as cookie gun, is a timeless cookie baking accessory to add to your kitchen and cherish forever. You can make dozens and dozens of uniformly shaped and sized cookies for the holidays or anytime at all with a cookie gun. Press cookies are a fun Christmas cookie to make with the kids, as they are usually amazed with the mechanics of the cookie press gun and the large volume of cookies it produces.

Depending on your preferences, you can find anything from cheap cookie presses with plastic construction to luxury cookie guns made entirely of stainless steel. A cookie gun also makes a great gift for the woman who loves to bake cookies. A few examples of highly rated cookie guns include: Kuhn Rikon Clear Cookie Press, Norpro 3301 Cookie Press, Norpro 3301 Deluxe Cookie Press, and Kaiser Bakeware Patisserie Stainless Steel Cookie Press Set.

You can have a lot of fun making press cookies with a cookie gun this holiday season. You can try a few tips like dying the cookie dough festive colors for the holiday or sprinkling your favorite Christmas sprinkles and jimmies on top. Cookie guns are a great way to make tons of Christmas cookies to give out to your friends and family for the holidays!

Cookie Molds
Cookie molds are a creative alternative to your standard cookie cutters. You can create three dimensional cookies with great detail using holiday cookie molds like the Gingerbread Boy cookie mold, the holiday cookie mold set (with stocking, Christmas tree, and boy), and especially the Gingerbread House cookie mold. Baking with cookie molds is decidedly difficult if you speak to experienced bakers and amateurs alike, but like many great skills, with practice, better results become possible. Cookie molds may be a bit new to you. If so, you can think of them like candy molds, much like the Wilton Jolly Fun Cookie Candy Mold, which can be used for making candy and cookies.

For old-fashioned molded cookies, you might consider the sturdy Chicago Metallic 12 Days of Christmas Cookie, Candy, Shortbread, and Springerle Mold. Made of cast aluminum, this non-stick decorative mold tray features 12 squares with an image relating to the 12 Days of Christmas. Reviewers have stated that this particular mold pan works best as a chocolate mold or for artistic home décor.

If you are new to making cookies using cookie molds, consider checking out the paperback Baking with Cookie Molds: Secrets and Recipes for Making Amazing Handcrafted Cookies for Your Christmas, Holiday, Wedding, Party, Swap, Exchange, or Everyday Treat by Anne L. Watson. This book received five stars on Amazon and explores various techniques in using cookie molds as well as many recipes for both old-fashioned and more modern cookie recipes, like speculaas, springerle, and shortbread, for use with cookie molds.

Cookie Scoops
If you want to give out gorgeous Christmas cookies that are consistent in shape and size every time, you will benefit from using a cookie scoop. Cookie scoops can look like old-time ice cream scoopers with a mechanical handle or like a very rounded spoon with a flexible silicone center. Cookie scoopers work well when baking holiday treats is a family affair with little hands ready for cookie making. You can find different sizes of cookie scoops to suit your needs.

Folks who have used cookie scoops like the Oxo Good Grips Cookie Scoop (available in small, medium, and large) report that the uniform shape and size of the cookies results in better baking overall, with fewer burnt or underdone cookies in the end. Users of the cookie scoops also note that they save time and create delicious cookies. This is one cookie baking tool that can be used for multiple purposes as well, such as scooping ice cream, making scones, dishing out guacamole, and scooping waffle batter, among other uses.

Rolling Pin & Spatula
Cookie baking wouldn’t be complete without a rolling pin and a set of trusty spatulas! You can choose from marble rolling pinswooden rolling pins, French rolling pins, and even non-stick / silicone rolling pins. You might need to try a few different rolling pin styles to find the one that works best for you, or you may find that certain recipes work better with different rolling pins. Anytime you want to make cutout Christmas cookies, a good rolling pin is essential!

Spatulas allow you to mix ingredients and scrape the sides of your mixing bowl to gather as much cookie dough as possible. A good spatula set should last you a long time and give you great experiences in baking cookies by leaving little dough to waste. The Wilton 570-1121 Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set is a pretty ice blue and crystal colored set of baking spatulas that received a four star rating on Amazon. Reviewers appreciated the quality and the price as well as their heat resistance and flexibility.

Cookie Shovel / Large Cookie Spatula / Cake & Cookie Lifter
Sometimes a regular flipper or cookie turner doesn’t seem to lift as many cookies off the baking sheets as we would like. A large cookie spatula or cookie shovel may be the answer to this ongoing baking dilemma. With a larger cookie turner, the cookie making process can become even quicker yet. Consider products like the 15-inch stainless steel Fox Run Large Cookie Spatula,  the heavy-duty Wilton Cake and Cookie Lifter (11.6 x 9.4 x 1.4 inches), or the 6.5 x 6.5-inch stainless steel Norpro Jumbo Cookie Shovel, all rated very favorably on Amazon.

These larger sized flippers, turners, and scrapers can easily move several cookies at a time from the cookie sheet to the cooling rack. You can get done your baking quicker by using helpful cookie baking accessories throughout your baking party. Best of all, these cookie shovels and spatulas can be used for other foods like cakes, pancakes, eggs, and so much more.

Cookie Containers & Cookie Cutters


Spa Getaways for Women

Spa getaways for women can be some of the most exciting escapades to get out with your girlfriends and just relax. The spa enables us to recover and reduce stress that we experienced during the weekdays. The spa not only relieves us from tension but it’s one of the best therapies for enjoying yourself and recharging your batteries.

Going to the spa can help you to be more positive. Spa treatments offer a lot of  benefits that increase the body’s energy flow, detoxify your body, reduce the effects of aging, ease depression, and create a good aura. Spa getaways can be more meaningful if you make a special appointment at the most exotic spas in the world.

If you would like to plan a spa getaway with your girlfriends, these are some of the exotic spa getaway locations that you might want to consider:

•    The Bahamas — the ideal Caribbean destination
Located in the island of Nassau, the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort  offers a fabulous Girlfriend Getaway package to suit alI your needs such as full ocean view room, welcome drinks, daily breakfast, and many more. A spa at a beach resort can be the best relaxing weekend escape; you will not only enjoy the therapy of the spa but the beauty of the sea and the nature around you.

•    The Hershey’s Chocolate Spa
Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania, one of the largest  of chocolate factories in the world, features the Chocolate Spa. Chocolates can be a great therapy for stress and disappointment. Why not try this sweet chocolate, which lavishly spreads all over your body. They offer different famous sweet spa treatments such as Chocolate Bean Polish, Whipped Cocoa Bath, and a Chocolate Fondue Wrap that soothes your body and entices your senses. Visit Hershey – known as “the sweetest place on Earth.”

•    Snakes that Relieve Tension
Located in the sacred place of Israel, you might get more than you bargain for with this spa offering. Are you and your ladies brave enough to try it? You will never expect this exotic therapy, which offers a very unique spa treatment – a Snake Massage  that uses six non-venomous California and Florida king snakes that slither up and down your back to help you ease tension. Ida Barak is  the owner  of this exotic spa. She prefers to use snakes because of  the  calming effect that alleviates joint  and muscle pain. This might be a great adventurous spa getaway for the girls if you are brave enough! These treatments will truly test your courage when you feel the snakes around your body. Even if it’s safe and practiced ofte, this exotic spa experience is not for everyone.

•    Cactus Massage
Cactus heals and helps to regrow your hair naturally. Cactus has one of the best anti-oxidants properties that nourish your hair and scalp. Cactus Massage has a lot of benefits, especially being used to remove toxins and re-hydrate your skin, leaving you with the feeling of rejuvenation. If you like to to experice the natural spa treatment, a cactus massage is worth a try because of its uniqueness and its holistic benefits.

So, forget the traditional spa that you have known for a long time. Why not try something new and indulge yourself with a one-of-a-kind exotic spa treatment with your friends – the kind of spa experience that you will never forget for the rest of your life. Feel the extreme getaway to the spa with your girlfriend s and enjoy the feeling of being pampered.

Imagine how exciting it will be to book a girls’ spa getaway over the weekend so you will have more time to spend relaxing together. After all, you have to treat yourself from the highly stressful environment that you encounter in day-to-day activities. Give yourself a break and spend more time with your family and friends. Experience the exotic spa treatment – quite possibly the best gift that you can give to yourself.

Thanksgiving Getaways and Travel Ideas

While it’s not for everyone, Thanksgiving getaways are a popular type of travel for many people. The extra day or two off from work for the holiday add to the vacation time when you travel for Thanksgiving. Whether you want to spend the Thanksgiving weekend getaway with family or with friends or simply your significant other, you can find the perfect long weekend trip to celebrate the holiday.

Lots of people enjoy spending Thanksgiving with family. If your family is local, you might not want to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. If your family lives far away, you can make your Thanksgiving getaway into a trip to spend the holiday together with your family. You might also consider some of these other suggestions for Thanksgiving weekend getaways.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Weekend Getaways
Consider these suggestions for Thanksgiving weekend getaways to enjoy with your significant other, your friends, or your entire family.

•    A Cruise
•    Bed & Breakfast Escape
•    Family Visit
•    Football Experience
•    Mountain Retreat
•    Ranch Vacation
•    Resort Hideaway
•    Southern Adventure
•    Tropical Getaway
•    Wine Country

If a family meal is not mandatory, you can plan a very special Thanksgiving vacation with your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife. Discuss your ideas about where you would like to go and put your plans in place. A cruise can be a good option since most of the details will already be built into your planning.

Traveling for Thanksgiving weekend can be tricky since lots of people do it. You should be prepared for more congested airports and heavier volume at the other forms of public transportation such as buses, trains, and the subway. If you can plan your trip outside of the top travel days (typically the Wednesday of Thanksgiving week), you should spend less time waiting in line and on your commute. Give some advance thought to your travel plans for Thanksgiving and you should be in good shape!

 

Top Vacation Destinations for the Month of November

November is a great time to plan a vacation getaway with your sweetheart, your friends, or your family. In many places the weather is getting colder, so escaping from the approaching winter is a great excuse for November travel. A Thanksgiving getaway is another option for you, with a built-in vacation day or two. Whether you are planning a destination wedding, honeymoon, family trip, or other vacation in November, you can find a variety of wonderful places to visit where you’ll enjoy better weather and a much-needed break from reality.

You can choose a long weekend getaway or a longer November vacation to enjoy. Consider these ideas for the top vacation destinations to visit in the month of November.

Top 13 November Travel Destinations
Check out these travel destinations for November as recommended by Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP, wedding designer and president of Events of Distinction.

1.    Aruba
2.    Australia
3.    Bahamas
4.    Belize
5.    Central & South Africa
6.    Curacao
7.    Florida
8.    Hawaii
9.    Las Vegas
10.    Mauritius
11.    Mexico
12.    Seychelles
13.    Thailand

* Destinations suggested by Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP, wedding designer and president of Events of Distinction

A tropical vacation makes a wonderful November getaway for you and your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife. Think of the warm weather and luxurious resorts as opposed to the chilly weather and driving to work! You can also enjoy a wild Las Vegas getaway with your closest friends for a gambling weekend or Bachelor / Bachelorette weekend. Mexico is another great place to visit during the days of November if you want a more affordable late fall vacation. Meanwhile, Florida would be a great vacation with the kids, or even with your parents or in-laws.

Remember, these are just a dozen or so suggestions for where you can travel during the month of November with friends, family, or your significant other. You can consider these vacation suggestions for your fall travel plans or come up with your own special vacation itinerary. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your planning, your activities, and your destinations.

 

Football Shaped Food

Football shaped food is a fun way to jazz up your football gatherings, no matter where you are. Football season is in full swing and football parties are happening every week. Tailgating never goes out of style, so you can really have a great time showing off your cooking and baking skills with football shaped food. Even if you aren’t an especially experienced cook, you can still have a pretty good time making foot shaped like footballs.

From appetizers to main courses and even desserts, you can create a nice spread of football shaped food. Consider these ideas to create your own football food!

Football Shaped Food: Appetizers and Entrees
When you have a football party or even if your family just loves the sport of American football, it’s a nice touch to carry the football theme through your menu, especially on Sundays. Consider these football shaped food ideas to impress your family and your guests:

•    Football shaped burgers
•    Football shaped cheese ball
•    Football shaped meatloaf
•    Football shaped pancakes (great for Sunday breakfast or brunch with your kids!)
•    Football shaped French toast
•    Football shaped sandwich
•    Football shaped pizza

Football Shaped Food: Desserts
No meal is complete without dessert! Consider these football shaped dessert ideas for your family or any football loving guests.

•    Football cake
•    Football cookies
•    Football rice krispie treats
•    Football Jello Jigglers
•    Football shaped Carvel ice cream cake

 

If you had some other kind of food in mind for your football party or gathering, you can still bake or cook whatever you originally planned. Simply look for fun and festive football platters, football bowls, and other football themed serving ware. You can dress up any tailgate or football party with football shaped containers and serving trays. Now all that’s left is decorating with your favorite team’s colors!

 

Candy Themed Centerpieces

Try a unicorn pop and Whirly Swirl Lollipop centerpiece for a real eye-catching display!Candy themed centerpieces can be fun for just about any occasion. You can create your own fun candy themed centerpiece for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, Halloween parties, birthday parties, and even anniversary parties. Choose your favorite candy or a color coordinated candy to go with the rest of your party décor. Check out these ideas for centerpieces made of candy.

Your candy centerpieces can be for display only, for snacking, or for your guests to take home with them. As you plan your centerpiece decorations, think about all the different kinds of candy you like and consider which ones would look best as part of a candy themed centerpiece. Here are a few suggestions for cute and fun candy centerpieces.

RefletCandy Themed Centerpieces for Holidays
The holiday season is a special time for parties and special events, family gatherings, and corporate celebrations. To create a stylish candy centerpiece for your holiday party, consider these ideas for Christmas candy centerpieces and other holiday party candy themed centerpieces.

•    Glass or crystal bowls or vases filled with Peppermint Starlight Mints or holiday hard candy
•    Glass or crystal bowls or vases filled with red and green candy
•    Decorative glass bowl or vase overflowing with blue and silver wrapped chocolates
•    Candy gift boxes like those offered by Oo La La Candy
•    Glass or crystal tiers featuring decadent fudge or other confections

Sweet Stuff Gift Boxes from Oo La La Candy are a nice way to send each of your guests home with a favor at your next holiday event. You can set up a creative and fun candy centerpiece by placing decorative candy gift boxes inside a basket or other attractive container. Oo La La Candy then recommends tying some balloons around the boxes and placing them in the center of the table. You might also consider Nuts, Gifts, Sweets & More from NutsOnline.

Candy Centerpieces for Showers
Baby showers and bridal showers are two great parties where edible centerpieces are especially handy. You can have individual cakes or cupcake tiers on each table at the shower, but you might also consider baby shower or bridal shower candy centerpieces. Here are a few ideas for fun candy themed centerpieces for showers.

Baby Shower Candy Centerpieces

Baby Shapes Candy Ideas for Baby ShowersHere are a few ideas for baby shower candy themed centerpieces:

•    Baby Bottle Candies – Fill plastic clear glass or plastic baby bottles with tiny candies like the adorable baby themed candies  Sugar Layon-Deluxe Baby Assorted: 144 Count. You can probably find baby themed candy or use jelly beans for added color in your baby shower centerpiece.

•    Color Coordinated Candy – Whether the mom-to-be is having a boy, a girl, or a surprise, you can color coordinate your candy for the occasion. Simply fill a bowl or vase with colored candy like  Jordan Almonds (Pastel) or M&Ms for a fun and colorful candy centerpiece. Personalized Chocolates On Sale

Bridal Shower Candy Centerpieces
For a fun bridal shower candy centerpiece, consider these suggestions:

•    Candy Cupcakes – Talk about elegant! Candy Cupcakes, like those you can get from Oo La La Candy, are a fun and festive must-have for cool candy centerpieces. Make sure you get enough candy cupcakes so each guest can take one home. Then set them up nicely on a tiered table tray or cupcake stand for the perfect bridal shower candy themed centerpiece. Oo La La Candy recommends adding a single flower vase if you would like an added dimension to this particular candy centerpiece style. While they are a great option for showers, you can consider candy cupcakes for other centerpiece needs as well.

•    Decorative Vase of Dinner Mints – The pale pastel colors of  After Dinner Butter Mints can blend nicely with a wedding theme or bridal shower theme. Consider different shapes and sizes of glass or crystal vases for decoration.

You can also find lots of adorable, edible wedding themed treats like chocolate covered apples, bridal themed fortune cookies, brownie favors and more at MyWeddingFavors.com. For a special discount – Enter coupon code TAKE25 to receive $25 off orders over $200.

Candy Themed Centerpieces for Any Party or Event…

 


Fashionable Travel Accessories for the Woman on the Go: Scentsy Travel Tins, Scent Genie, Skintimate®, Schick® Intuition Plus®, Schick® Quattro, Mini Kittour, and E-Z Eye Roller Ball Eye Shadow

Traveling anytime soon? If you are, then you are probably already thinking about what you need to pack, how you can make your trip easier, and how you can keep your suitcase light enough to meet airline restrictions if you are traveling by air. Since that task isn’t always an easy one, you might want to pick up a few tips by reading about the following products that travel well without weighing much.  Of course, there’s also the need to keep your trip as pleasant and enjoyable as possible, so a few items are mentioned here to help accomplish that too!

Scentsy Travel Tins and More
How many of us enjoy the invigorating fragrance of scented candles in a room? Perhaps quite a few if the number of candles being sold across the country are any indication. Well, for a safe, wickless alternative to candles, Scentsy has designed a full line of products including ceramic warmers, travel tins (from the Scentsy Fragrances on the Go Collection), and huggable Scentsy items.

Since I happened to want a few items that might come in handy while taking a short trip, I received a free gift of three delightfully scented travel tins to review. The three travel tins I received featured the following scents:  Beach, Clean Breeze, and Sweet Pea & Vanilla. I really liked these partly because they smell so good and partly because they are so easy to travel with and use. Just open the lid and voila, the car or room is instantly filled with the freshness and delicate aroma contained in the Scentsy tin. The more frequently I opened the tin, the stronger the scent became. 

Available in 25 different scents, travel tins are perfect for quite a few uses: freshening up a closet, giving a musty room a fresh “scent over,” bringing the fresh scent of natural products or the scent of your home into the car, and freshening up travel trailers and cabins. Scentsy products are available through home parties or online at www.scentsy.com. Scentsy Travel Tins give a whole new meaning to taking your fragrance on the go!

Scent Genie
Crafted from 98% recyclable materials, the Scent Genie is an eco-friendly as well as lightweight refillable atomizer spray bottle. It is perfect for carrying favorite fragrances without the need to tote around several large, breakable bottles of colognes or perfumes. The Scent Genie is small in size and has an attractive appearance, giving it two good reasons for women to carry it in handbags, designer purses, or overnight travel cases. It also gives women a chance to enjoy their favorite scents/perfumes while away from home.

The Scent Genie uses a simple repeat pump action to fill it with your favorite fragrance. Available in five spectacular colors including Perfect Pink, Bold Gold, Brilliant Red, Sleek Silver, and Black, the Scent Genie is attractive to look at and crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum. Plus, its conveniently small size makes it easy to toss this cool beauty tool in tiny clutches or pockets! Sold at CVS, Walmart, Dillards, Hudson Indulgence Shops, Duty Free Americas Travel Sops, and Bed, Bath & Beyond, the Scent Genie is readily accessible to women who want to purchase it for their next trip. It can also be found online at FragranceX.com.

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Great Gift Ideas for a 30th Birthday for Husband, Wife, Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Son, Daughter, or Friend

Turning 30 is a big milestone that many of us dread until it finally gets here. Then it’s time to live it up and celebrate like we’re 21 again! Whether it’s your husband or wife, or boyfriend or girlfriend, son or daughter, or even your best friend turning 30, be sure you have a fun day and a special present in store for the birthday girl or birthday boy. To help you find the perfect present for your friends entering their thirties, consider these gift ideas for a thirtieth birthday.

Turning 30 is one final great birthday to celebrate before we may not really want to share our age as much. It is the last in a series of great birthdays – sweet 16, turning 18, and of course, the famed 21st birthday. Be sure to celebrate the big 3-0 in style with fun 30th birthday party ideas and creative presents for the person turning 30.

Great Gifts for a Husband or Boyfriend Turning 30
When the man you love is about to celebrate his 30th birthday, a special gift is surely in order. Depending on the guy and his interests (and your budget), you can find a wide variety of cool 30th birthday gift ideas to suit your sweetheart. Consider these suggestions for your husband’s or boyfriend’s 30th birthday present:

•    An amazing vacation
•    Cigars, cigar case, humidor, or other cigar accessories
•    Electronics – new iPod, phone, laptop, tablet pc, etc.
•    Jewelry – chain, bracelet, pinky ring, cuff links
•    Season tickets (or a game plan) to his favorite sports team
•    Something for a hobby of his – musical instrument, hiking or camping gear, etc.
•    Sports jersey – all the better if it is top of the line or signed
•    Watch – consider a major label if you want a luxury item

These are just a few suggestions of gifts you can get your husband or boyfriend for his thirtieth. See what else you can come up with, and please share in our comments!

30th Birthday Gifts for Wife or Girlfriend
If your wife or girlfriend is about to turn 30, be sure you have selected a very special present to mark the occasion. The 30th birthday is a huge milestone and a special time to celebrate with the woman you love. Consider these ideas for a great 30th birthday gift for your wife or girlfriend:

•    An amazing vacation
•    Big ticket hobby item
•    Day trip to a fun or exciting destination
•    Designer purse or accessories
•    Electronics – a new camera, laptop, or cool cell phone or data device
•    Jewelry – necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings
•    Scrapbook of memories together
•    Shopping excursion
•    Wine or wine excursion

The type of gift you choose for your wife’s or girlfriend’s 30th birthday really should depend on her personality, likes, and interests. See if she gives you any clues to what she wants or needs and select her 30th birthday gift accordingly.

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Paper Gift Ideas for First Wedding Anniversary

Consider these ideas for gifts for the paper anniversary / first wedding anniversary.Celebrating your first wedding anniversary with your husband or wife should be a memorable and very special occasion. If you want to ensure a flawless exchange of first anniversary gifts, start thinking about your gift options for your husband or wife a few months ahead of time just to be safe. By brainstorming on first wedding anniversary gift ideas early on, you give yourself time to shop around for the best price and also to opt for customization or personalization options if available.

The first wedding anniversary is the paper anniversary, or clocks for modern anniversary gift giving. For the sake of tradition, this article will give you a number of ideas you can try for a great paper anniversary gift for your husband or wife. Consider these suggestions for paper anniversary gifts.

Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas
Here are just a few paper gift ideas for the first wedding anniversary.

•    Airline Tickets
•    Artwork
•    Board Games
•    Books (songbooks or sheet music for musicians, journals or sketchbooks for creative types, etc.)
•    Coupon Booklet (for massage, candlelit dinner, etc.)
•    Customized Playing Cards
•    Gift Certificates
•    Handmade Scrapbook
•    Handwritten Love Letter
•    Handwritten Poem
•    Keepsake Box
•    Message in a Bottle
•    Origami Creations
•    Personalized Jigsaw Puzzle
•    Photos, Prints, or Portraits
•    Silhouettes

These are just a few suggestions if you want to find the perfect paper anniversary gift for your spouse. Don’t forget – if none of these ideas feels quite right, you can also make your own gift by hand. You can also brainstorm for other paper anniversary gifts you could buy, but most importantly of all, don’t forget your anniversary card. You can probably even find a first wedding anniversary card for this very special occasion at a local card shop or other retailer. When all else fails, if you can’t find a paper gift that is suitable, you can always count the greeting card as the paper part of the anniversary gift!