The very first post I wrote for this blog is an important one that I've cited a few times - The Party Killers. If you've read it, you know that I am vehemently opposed to having the TV on during a party, unless you're getting together to watch a program or movie. There was a question asked in the comments of that post, and I'd like to elaborate on it...
What do you suggest doing with the tv if it's a main part of the room's decor? There's always one guy who will want to turn it on!
Yes, Hannah we all know that guy. Your place (and you) are decorated to the nines, you have lovely appetizers, delicious cocktails, conversation is flowing....and he shows up and wants to know if he can turn on the tube or worse, goes and does it without permission. Le sigh.
Let's analyze this at various levels of boorishness:
They ask if they can turn on the TV. You say "I'd really rather not. If we turn it on, pretty soon everyone is just staring at it and not talking to each other." If they want to check the score of The Big Game (and they can't on their phone), take a minute to go to your computer and look it up for them.
Unplug it before the party starts. When they exclaim "Hey, what's wrong with your TV?" you can smile and say "I unplugged it!"
Unplug it AND hide remotes AND disconnect the cable/satellite hookup. Use the same response as above.
If you get to this level, suggest he watch it in a separate room. Be vigilant, though. There's a good chance other people will find him and then you'll have several guests mouth-breathing whilst staring blankly at a flickering screen. If that happens, it's your job to herd them back to the party. Once your rogue guest's program is done, make sure he rejoins the group. You can do this by popping into that room "to get something" and if he's done watching The Big Game but is now into something else, say something like "Aww...and here I thought you came to my party to see me!" or "that girl you were talking to earlier is asking where you went" or something that lets them know hey, this is not ok. If that doesn't work, you can let him stay in there, or put your foot down and make him socialize, darnit. Either way, chances are you won't see them anytime soon...probably of your own choosing.
I have yet to meet someone who doesn't like watermelon. I'm sure they're out there, but they're definitely in the minority when it comes to this popular summer fruit. Of course it's fabulous plain, but if you're looking for something different, try one of these recipes.
1 - Goat Cheese and Watermelon salad. Simply combine equal parts watermelon with goat cheese (or feta) and add some micro greens, basil, or mint. Drizzle with a bit of balsamic vinegar. You can plate it as pictured here and serve as a first course, or cut small round slices of watermelon, top with cheese, and offer it as a refreshing canapé. (photo credit)
2 - Grilled Watermelon via Food Blogga. Watermelon carmelizes wonderfully on the grill.
4 - Watermelon Juice by Foodie Goodie. The first time I had this was poolside at the Bellagio in Vegas...so perfect on a hot day!
5 - Watermelon Hornijto (tequilla mojito) via She Knows Parties
6 - Watermelon Bombe, Two Ways (beginner and expert) - via YumSugar. If this doesn't impress your guests - get new friends!
7 - Watermelon Gelatins by Martha Stewart
8 - Fruit Cocktail & Watermelon Cupcake by Flour Arrangements
9 - Watermelon Cookies by The Decorated Cookie. It doesn't taste like watermelon, but isn't it cute anyway?
#10 is reserved for you. How do you like your watermelon?
When I saw this on eCelebrating's blog, I nearly squeeled. The cuteness! The color-coordinating opportunities! The sense of why didn't I think of that?
Get thee to a store that sells a good variety of sprinkles, jimmies, and dragees (Try Sur la Table or Cakewalk Chicago), and you'll find that the possibilities are endless! eCelebrating gives some good tips on alternatives to ice-cream, if you'd like to go for a healthier option.
When the lovely ladies at GirlfriendCelebrations.com asked for my input on doing a bachelorette bash on a budget, I couldn't resist! This is traditionally an expensive night for the ladies, but it's absolutely possible to have fun without breaking the bank. Click below to read the article:
They're also running a contest! You could win a copy of The Daughter in Law Rules, a set of wine charms, and a bottle of WineOut stain remover - perfect for a pre-bridal bash! Deadline is June 5th!
GirlfriendCelebrations.com is written by Chicagoans Dawn Williams Bertuca and Tina VanZant Bishop