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Super Bowl Party

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February 7th is the date, Miami is the place.  Doesn’t ring a bell?  Then you are not one of the millions of football fans waiting for Super Bowl Sunday!  You may not be sitting in a stadium with thousands of other screaming fans, but going to an at-home Super Bowl party can be just as memorable.  These annual football frenzies have taken on a life of their own. Whether watching on a large flat screen television or a projector and a sheet tacked up to a garage door, the last and largest game of the regular season is a gridiron fan’s dream. If being at all honest, most attendees would have to admit that the game itself is usually not the main drawing point for these events.  While you may not remember who won, the odds are good that you will remember at least one of the thirty second 2.6 million dollar commercials, or who it was that sang at half time.

Superbowl party decorations
Windy City Novelties Football Fan Gear

Food is usually the most valuable player at these parties.   The criteria is hot, spicy, fattening and in vast quantities. If you’re a ‘football widow’ on Super Bowl Sunday plan ahead, prepare everything and then relax.  Crock pots full of miniature smoked sausages and a little barbeque sauce, beverages in ice chests around the room, pretzels, and an easy buffet of chips, dips, appetizers and sandwiches will give you some free time to enjoy yourself. Try to place the food close to the action so your guests don’t have to decide between eating and watching the game.

Football Pool Game from Windy City Novelties

There are betting pools and party games that can add to your fun. If your guests will be rooting for different teams, work from an imaginary line or draw one with masking tape down the center of the room. Decorate to your heart’s content with anything from banners, balloons and special table settings. Use the colors of the team you’re rooting for and wear all of your favorite team paraphernalia. If there are children who plan on attending, set up a kids’ room in another part of the house stocked with treats, games and a television with dvds.

A smart idea is to set up a taxi service or designated drivers, just in case.

Irish Baptism Traditions

Your child’s baptism is a time to celebrate your beliefs and family traditions. If your family is of Irish origin, you may want to include some Celtic or Irish baptism traditions in your ceremony or reception.

Irish Christening Gowns
Irish linen christening gown

Traditionally, Irish infants wear baptismal gowns made of Irish linen. These lovely gowns are made of flax linen from Ireland. The cost is prohibitive for some, but the gowns are lovely and passed down generation to generation.

The baptism ceremony is arranged with your church in advance. During the ceremony, the baby is welcomed to the church and the parents and god parents make promises to raise the baby within the faith. Holy water from the font is used during the ceremony. In many places in Ireland, this water was taken directly from many of Ireland’s holy wells before the baptismal font was added within the church.

After the ceremony, most families hold a reception allowing the family and friends who have come together to enjoy some time socializing. These are often held at home, with family members contributing to the meal. They may also be a formal meal at an alternate location.

To add some Irish or Celtic touches to your ceremony consider some of these Irish gifts, momentos, and reception ideas.

Begin with an Irish baptism invitation like those sold by Naptime Productions. Simple, elegant, with a touch of Ireland.

Plan a meal to include some traditional Irish foods, and using an Irish theme to your table decor and favors. This traditional Irish proverb would be lovely added to your decorations; “A New born babe, brings light to the cottage, warmth to the hearth, and joy to the soul, for wealth is family – family is wealth.”

Irish Counting BookIrish theme gifts for the baby may include a book of Irish legends or toys with an Irish theme. An Irish folk tale could even be read to the children attending the reception.

You may also be interested in the origin of some Irish baby names.

Pink and Orange – Still Hot!

Pink and orange look great together. But the dominant color really decides the look. More pink than orange and you have a hip little girl’s room, or a sweet wedding color scheme. More orange than pink, and you have a tropical bedroom or a happening prom dress.

bridal shower invitations

Wedding Invitations

You can vary the shades from baby pink to fushia, from melon to burnt orange to tweak your theme. A baby shower in blush and clementine would be sweet and modern. A bridal shower in deep pink and tangerine would be exciting and feminine. The pink and orange bridal shower invitation would feel very different from the pink and orange baby shower invitation, just because of the difference in intensity.

Gerbera Daisy Invitation

The pink and orange wedding has moved from a tropical destination wedding trend to a popular nation-wide trend.

Is orange going to be the new pink? It doesn’t have to be. Pink and orange wedding invitations usually give the bride a place to use more pink or orange, i.e. in the ink, ribbon or paper choice. There are many options in the celebration to tone down or jazz up the pink and orange vibe until the combination excites your bridesmaids, without scaring your grandmother.

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