celebrations blogHow to plan your 2014 celebrations!

Three cheers
You packed up the Christmas tree, all the Santa decorations, the china and the green tablecloths. The season of holidays is over! But not really. We live by celebrations and holidays–public ones and personal ones. We live by birthdays and anniversaries, milestones like weddings and graduations, confirmations and bat mitzvahs. We live by the calendar of big sporting tournaments, public holidays and community events.

So what’s up next? Super Bowl on Feb. 2. It’s a winter excuse to throw a party, eat and drink hearty and have fun with friends while watching the big game, the over-the-top halftime show and the commercials in between. Feb. 2 is also Groundhog Day in case you are looking for another reason to celebrate!

Following closely on Super Bowl’s heels is the holiday of romance, hearts and flowers–St. Valentine’s Day–shortened to Valentine’s. It can mean everything from handmade valentines handed out in a classroom, to bouquets for mom, luscious romantic plans or a lovely dinner for two. It’s also one of the biggest days for winter weddings.

Here’s a quick checklist for planning your celebrates:
• Gather recipe ideas for party themes, food and drinks. Pinterest is a great place to surf and store your ideas.
• Create a budget. Really important to stick to this!
• Write your guest list. Will it just be family and roommates or a crowd?
• Will you send handwritten invites on pretty cards or e-vites? Or just make calls.
• Will you buy paper party theme decorations for the table?
• Will it be cooked by you, potluck or catered?
• Calendar your to-dos: When will you shop, cook, set up? How much can you do online? Put it on your calendar.
• If you want to look like the host with the most, don’t forget to plan your personal to-do–clothes, hair, and nails?

There! That was easy. Have fun! And let us know what you are planning…
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