Like many parents, I celebrate my kid's birthday every year. I stress out about each and every single one of them, the food, the decor, the details, EVERYTHING. I've come to realize that no matter what it looks like, my kids are happy with the simple fact that they are the center of attention for … Continue reading Entertaining: Party Planning For the Everyday Busy Person
Throwing a baby shower shouldn't be expensive. A couple of weeks ago, me and my mom decided to throw a baby shower for my cousin, but both of us had a very tight budget. For one, I'm a grad student and finally, my mom is not the decorating type. To her, food and family should … Continue reading Entertaining: An Inexpensive Baby Shower
For Valentine's Day we decided to smoke a brisket. In fact, we had two separate, very informal, Valentine's Day--brisket smoking--soirées. (Hmm I wonder if you pluralize "soirée.") For starters, I preplanned my menu in advance. I also made the desserts and some of the appetizers the night before. I set the table and … Continue reading Entertaining: Valentine’s Day Brisket
Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. I have a few questions regarding dealing with children during gatherings. Certainly, this isn't about one's own children, but children visiting. How do you deal with kids during parties? My questions is, how does one prepare for such company? Should one be strict? Should normal house rules (such … Continue reading Entertaining: Party Etiquette-Children
Chocolate bark is so delicious and, best of all, incredibly easy. Step 1: Boil water in a sauce pan and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. Step 2: Pour the chocolate, of your choice, into a bowl. For the dark chocolate, I used a half bag of milk chocolate and a half bag … Continue reading Recipe: Chocolate Bark
I love how great cheese platters paired with nuts--such as these spicy peanuts--fruit, olives, pickles, mozzarella sticks and crackers simply make life easier. How do you entertain your guests while they wait for the main entree? I hope you've had a great day.