8 Simple Valentine’s Day Dinner Classics


Take the hassle out of your Valentine's Day by spending a romantic evening at home making and eating one of these classic, simple Valentine's Day dinners! 8 Simple Valentine's Day Dinner Classics ~ Tipsaholic.com #simple #easy #valentines #dinner

 

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Valentine’s Day can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth when it comes to finding a good restaurant. Everything is crowded, noisy, and wait times can be lengthy! Take a break from the mayhem this V-day and instead spend a romantic evening at home preparing and eating one of these eight classic but simple Valentine’s Day dinners. Each one has less than ten ingredients (give or take a spice), all of them easy to find in your local grocery store. And with short cook times, you’ll have plenty of your evening left for more romantic endeavors!

 

Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta

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Seafood always makes for a classy dinner, and this creamy pasta recipe will hit the spot for any pasta-lover. The recipe uses refrigerated linguine, but a dry pasta of your choice works too – just cook it as directed and add your shrimp to the pot in the last 3-4 minutes.

 

Oven-Baked Chicken Parmesan

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Using shortcuts like Italian seasoning and a store-bought sauce make this special dish quick and easy without sacrificing taste. A crispy artisan bread and a roasted vegetable or two will round things out nicely.

 

Maple Glazed Salmon

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This simple salmon is perfect for a meal that fills you up without leaving you feeling bloated the rest of the evening – because there’s nothing that kills romance quite so quick!. You can choose to make the pickled vegetables or leave them out, but they do make a nice addition to this dinner!

 

Seared Steak with Onions and Gorgonzola

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A steak can make for an especially decadent meal, especially with additions like caramelized onions and gorgonzola! Follow this simple guide to get the perfect steak at your desired “doneness.”

 

Oven-Baked Fajitas

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If you enjoy Latin flavors there’s nothing better than the sizzle of a fajita! This recipe makes it easy to get your fajitas on the table by baking your meat and vegetables. You can stick with chicken or get even fancier by using steak! Serve it up with corn or flour tortillas and a little salsa and sour cream.

 

Chicken Cordon Bleu

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A crisp layer on the outside and a melty cheese center make chicken cordon bleu a go-to romantic dinner. Keep things easy using boxed bread crumbs and cutting chicken breasts in half before pounding them thin.

 

Pork Tenderloin

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A special cut of meat makes any dish more fantastic, and a seasoned rub will ensure yours is packed with flavor. Serve it with vegetables and a baked or mashed potato and gravy for a full plate.

 

Vegetarian Lasagna

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For the vegetarian couple (or a couple looking to be more health conscious), this vegetarian lasagna is a great Valentine’s dinner. Mushrooms, zucchini, and spinach add textures and flavors even a meat-lover could appreciate.

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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Top 10 Tips for Planning and Organizing Thanksgiving Dinner

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10 Essentials for planning Thanksgiving Dinner

If you have plans to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, you’re probably wondering where to begin. The amount of “to-dos” on your list can be overwhelming and you certainly don’t want to leave anything out! Start here with our list of ten things you need to do to plan and organize the best Thanksgiving dinner ever.

 

1. Make a guest list and get a head count

Invitations need to be extended early if you want certain friends and family to make an appearance. Make a list and start making phone calls and sending emails as soon as possible, and make sure you ask guests to RSVP by a certain date so you can get a final head count.

 

2. Plan your meal and make assignments

Once you know how many guests you’ll have, you can start planning your meal. If you’re planning a potluck be sure to contact your guests and ask what they’ll be bringing, or give them an assignment so you’re sure to cover all the Thanksgiving classics. You’ll want to let everyone know how many people will be coming so dishes can be prepared accordingly.

 

3. Make a grocery list and plan your shopping

Gather the recipes you’ll be using and make a grocery list from them. Plan to buy as many items as you can in advance to be sure that you won’t be hunting for something at the last minute. Some items may need to be purchased closer to Thanksgiving day, so make note of these for a final shopping trip.

 

4. Plan your table and décor

You may want to plan something special for your supper table and holiday decorating, or you may need a few more place settings for the amount of guests you’ll have. If you’re not sure where to start, these simple Thanksgiving tablescapes are sure to inspire you! Add any decorations, dinnerware, and other special items to your shopping lists.

 

5. Make a cleaning and decorating schedule

A cleaning and decorating schedule will be your best friend in the weeks leading up to the big meal. You’ll want to make room in your freezer, arrange for guests who will be staying with you, and complete any DIY decorating projects in advance. Plan to have fresh linens, fully-stocked bathrooms, and plenty of room for all the food!

 

6. Complete your shopping

Make your shopping trips as simple as possible. Have your lists at the ready and take some helpers if needed. You may want to delegate the shopping to a trusted family member if you need to complete other tasks. Make sure your freezer, refrigerator, and pantry are clean and ready for the abundance of Thanksgiving items.

 

7. Plan “busy activities” for kids and adults

The last thing you want is boredom at your fabulous Thanksgiving bash! Come up with some simple crafts, games, or other activities for any children you’ve invited, and make sure there are a few things for the adults to do too, just in case. If you feel out of your element in the entertainment department, you may want to ask a friend or family member to take over this task. Check out Pinterest and other websites for ideas.

 

8. Make a D-day schedule

This may be the most important part of your Thanksgiving organization! When it comes to final preparations, you’ll need a master list for things like what to defrost and when, what to cook and when, what needs to be set up, what needs to be cleaned last-minute, and when guests will be arriving. Ask for help if needed, especially when it comes to the most important tasks like cooking the turkey, making the gravy, and setting the table. You may also want to set out an appetizer or start guests off with something to drink while you finalize everything.

 

9. List last-minute preparations

You can make these things a part of your D-day schedule by placing them at the end. This part of your list should include things like carving the turkey, setting out the gravy, pouring drinks, lighting candles, turning off the oven, reheating pre-made side dishes, adding dressings to salads, and more. Once you’ve got those things under control, be sure to take a breath and enjoy the meal with your guests – you’ve earned it!

 

10. Take it easy after dinner!

Hopefully the stress you may have felt leading up to the meal has abated and you can look forward to dessert. You may need to do a few more things like slice pies or whip a cream topping. Chances are you’ll have many willing hands to help clean up once the food has been eaten. Be sure to wrap up leftovers as soon as possible (within two hours is best). More than anything, take time to sit and enjoy friends, family, and your time together on this wonderful Thanksgiving day!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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14 Easy Thanksgiving Tablescapes

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Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to join together around a table and share in the color, tastes, and textures of some of our seasonal favorites. All of those things can be enhanced with a classy Thanksgiving dinner tablescape, but after all that cooking, what host has time to come up with fancy table decorations? You do! Take a look at these inspiring, beautiful ideas for easy Thanksgiving tablescapes and put one together for your holiday meal.

 

 

1. Natural Wood

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If you have access to some natural wood, this may be the tablescape for you. The simple cuts taken from 2-3 sizes of stump provide the perfect rustic base for the entire table. They can be used for holding place cards, candles, dishes, and even some of your Thanksgiving foods. A simple pinstriped fabric is used as a table runner and looks great beneath the colored pumpkins.

 

 

2. Natural Pieces with Bronze and Copper

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A mix of natural and metallic elements can be the perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving table. Here, bronze and copper rest on straw and twig-type mats. The copper vase in the center also holds natural branches. Pears and a nice pop of color on the classic white dishes pull the whole look together!

 

 

3. Golden Thanksgiving

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Dip or spray paint the natural decorations of autumn to get this metallic look. A simple strip of burlap down the center of your table can be topped with golden pumpkins, gourds, pinecones, and branches, dotted with candles to really set the mood.

 

 

4. Fall Flowers and Rich Brown

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Rich, chocolatey browns in the napkins and table runner bring the true feel of autumn to this table. Use live flowers in fall colors, tall candleholders filled with gourds, and mood-setting candles as your centerpieces.

 

 

5. Black and White

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Although this tablescape was put together for Halloween, black and white can be a great look for your Turkey Day table too! Mix the bold contrast with a simple combination of gourds, pumpkins, raffia, and pinecones to bring things down a notch. Striped napkins and plain tags as name cards are a great addition.

 

6. Wheat and Acorns

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Dried wheat bunches make fabulous centerpieces, and this table’s focal point is boosted by the wicker place mats under the plain white dinner plates. Burlap and artificial acorns (or real, if you live where they’re available!) add more natural elements. Use candlesticks of various heights to create dimension.

 

7. Metallics and Berries

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Metallics really are a fabulous place to start when it comes to your Thanksgiving tablescape, and as you can see, there are many ways to use them. In this design, gold chargers and faux berry sprigs brighten the room, complemented by gold-trimmed napkins, tapered candles, and a platter of gourds.

 

8. Decorate While You Wait

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Don’t forget the kids’ table! This one is covered in kraft paper and features seasonal fruit and crayons for decorating the “tablecloth.” Personalize each child’s plate with a name card just like the adults. They’re bound to love it!

 

9. Backyard Centerpieces

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Take a walk in your own back yard if you need some last-minute centerpieces like these! Cut a few branches with colorful leaves for vases and gather pinecones to place at each plate setting. Natural colors like creams, browns, and leafy yellows make a great combination.

 

10. All Fall

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There are many little treats to uncover with this tablescape. Start with an autumn plaid tablecloth and follow the directions on Celebrations.com for the creative leaf table runner. Candleholders in various shapes and sizes can be filled with acorns and topped with fall flowers, and pear place settings are once again a winning feature.

 

11. A Throw “Tablecloth” and Nature

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Sweet Something Design calls it a “Charlie Brown” tablescape, but we call it simply fabulous! A plaid throw is used as a tablecloth and natural décor like twigs, pinecones, wicker, and acorns are all that is needed to dress things up. Play with colors and patterns in your dinnerware and napkins to make your settings pop.

 

12. Simple Elegance

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This design uses things you might already have in your kitchen! Overturned pie plates are covered with autumn leaves to hold up candles anchored in miniature pumpkins. Tartlet molds become holders for place cards with the help of small magnets. Keep the rest of the table simple with plain tablecloths, dishes, and napkins for a simple, classic elegance.

 

13. Plank Tablerunner

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A plank serves as a unique kind of table runner on this table. A couple of burlap strips and a centered basket of pinecones and greens top things off and the same greenery is a perfect way to tie up place cards. Give guests something to do while waiting for the meal with a paper on which to write statements of gratitude.

 

14. Crossed Burlap and Feathers

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We’re making a return to metallics here, but with some great additions. A cable-knit throw makes a clever tablecloth and is criss-crossed with strips of burlap. Napkins are printed with gold feathers to match the feathers used as part of the centerpiece arrangement. Make your silverware settings unique by tying them up with twigs and sprigs of rosemary or other greens.

 

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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5 Tips for Starting Dinnertime Conversation with Kids

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After seeing all of the research showing the benefits of eating together as a family, you think it is a good idea to do this with your family. You make a meal and gather everyone to sit at the table. That part goes okay. Next, as everyone is eating, you try to start a conversation with your kids, and it goes something like this….

“What did you do today?”

“Nothing.”

“Did you learn anything new in school?”

“No.”

“What did you play during recess?”

“I don’t remember.”

Sound familiar? Over the years, I often encountered this situation. The constant prodding and cajole just to get the kids to open up during dinner time got old real fast. So I discovered some tricks to get the kids to look up from the food on their plate and start talking.

The Good and the Bad Game

This is always a sure winner in our house. The kids have to say one thing that was good about their day, and one thing that didn’t go exactly right. It’s an easy way to figure out more of their worries like if another kid is being mean to them or if they are struggling with a subject in school. Plus, I always love hearing about what they thought was the best part of their day. It is not always the answer I thought they would give!

Talk About Your Day (Then Let Them Share)

This is an easy one. While I might think my life can be boring, it always surprises me that the kids can use a fun story from my work to relate to something in their lives. Plus, if I am going to make them share, it is a good example for me to talk about my day also.

Word of the Day

I once heard of someone giving their kid a word they had to use sometime during the next day. Then, at dinner time they would have to report back about how they used the word in a conversation. It’s a way to get the kids to talk at dinnertime, and improve their vocabulary…win!

Talk About Their Interests

This one could require a little bit of advanced planning. If your children are in to a certain sport, find out a trivia tidbit about the game to share during dinner. Or if they love visiting a certain place, get them talking about planning their next trip. Discussing things that kids already want to talk about can make the conversation much easier.

Bribery

And if all else fails…Threatening no dessert if the kids do not start joining into the conversation, works every time!

 

I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

 

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Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads

Top 30 Scrumptious Summer Salads

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Don't like cooking in summertime?  No worries!  You don't have to turn on the oven to make these delicious dinners!  Here's 30 scrumptious summer salads - one for each day of the month!

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Ah, summer!  Sunshine!  Beach trips!  Pools!  And heat… oh the summer heat!  If the idea of turning your oven on in the summertime heat makes you want to jump in the car for a night out, this gallery is for you!  There’s no better summer dinner than a salad, and nothing better to take along to a summertime party or BBQ.  But let’s face it, there’s only so many ways you can dress up a head of lettuce… or are there?  Are you looking for healthy summer grub?  A unique take on the veggie classic?  A way to kick your BBQ side dishes up a notch?  Here we’ve rounded up the best, most delicious salads from around the web.  Before you eat out instead of in, try one of these top 30 scrumptious summer salads.

Veggie-based Salads:

Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

Asparagus, Feta and Couscous Salad

Brussel Sprout Salad

Summer Corn Salad

Cucumber Sunomono

Summer Squash and Red Quinoa Salad

Thai Cucumber Salad

Cucumber and Zucchini Carpaccio Salad

Perfect Picnic Salads:

Red Bean Salad with Feta and Peppers

Fresh Broccoli Salad

Estrellita Salad

Fresh Taco Salad

Cilantro Lime Slaw

Tortellini Picnic Salad

Fruit-based Salads:

Spinach and Mango Salad

Tropical Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette

Blackberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Summer Watermelon Salad

Avocado Pineapple Salad

Main Dish Salads:

Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocados

Spinach and Orzo Salad

Salmon Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Summer Salad with Citrus Lavender Dressing

Summer Shrimp Salad

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad Knockoff

Tangled Thai Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

Thai Tuna Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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3 Savory & Easy Sweet Potato Recipes

Try one this week, try another next week!  These sweet potato recipes are so delicious and flavorful no one has to know how easy they are.

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Baked Sweet Potato Con Huevo

Preheat Oven to 425°. Poke a few holes in your sweet potato(es) (I use a fork) and bake in the microwave (typically takes about 8-10 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave). Scoop about 1/2-2/3 of your sweet potato out and set aside. Crack an egg inside the remaining potato(es) and bake in the oven until the egg is cooked to your desired consistency. Add spices (I used salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon) and serve with remaining sweet potatoes. Done!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranates

Preheat Oven to 375°. Peel and cube your sweet potatoes.  Toss in olive oil (just enough to coat) and sprinkle salt, pepper and curry powder. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes or until tender (stir occasionally so they don’t burn). Toss with pomegranate seeds and either chopped parsley or chopped cilantro – whichever you prefer! Done!

Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Boil water in a pot and cook your peeled, cubed sweet potatoes in it.  Once they are fully cooked remove from stove and drain.  Add a banana and cinnamon and mash with a masher or mix with a mixer. Done!

Do you have a favorite sweet potato recipe?

 

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

7 Fast and Easy Meals in a Tortilla

7 Fast and Easy Meals in a Tortilla

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The flour tortilla can be a versatile friend when it comes to needing a meal in a hurry. It keeps well on a shelf or in the freezer, and it will definitely keep well inside hungry tummies when you try a few of these fast and easy meals in a tortilla.

 

1. Tortilla crepes (picture: slide 1)
Crepes are great for breakfast, but you can cut your prep-time significantly by using a humble flour tortilla in place of mixing and frying a homemade crepe. Fill it with cream cheese and fruit, drizzle it with syrup, and eat up!

 

2. Quesadillas (picture: slide 2)
The obvious fast favorite is plain cheese, but if you plan ahead just a little, you can easily add chopped peppers and your favorite meats. Even canned chicken and a little salsa can be a great addition to your basic quesadilla.

 

3. Mediterranean turkey wraps (picture: slide 3)
Go above and beyond your typical wrap with this healthy and flavorful Mediterranean version. Switch things up by using different flavors of hummus and varying your vegetables.

 

4. Breakfast burritos (picture: slide 4)
You can’t often top a classic, and the breakfast burrito is certainly a classic. If plain eggs and cheese aren’t your style, take a few extra minutes to fry up some bacon or ground sausage to keep in the fridge and toss in the mix throughout the week. And who’s to say it’s just for breakfast?

 

5. Fast fish tacos (picture: slide 5)
Use ready-to-bake, battered fish fillets (or even fish sticks) and pre-packaged coleslaw mix for the fastest fish taco ever! Add your favorite dressings or salsa and you’ll forget just how simple it was.

 

6. Mini pizzas (picture: slide 6)
Use a circular cookie cutter (or the rim of a cup) to cut small circles from a tortilla and arrange them in a muffin pan. Drop a dollop of tomato sauce, a bit of cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings into the center. Pop them in the oven for a few minutes and out comes a tasty, no-forks-required pizza bite.

 

7. Crisp bean burritos (picture: slide 7)
In homage to Taco Time, this copycat recipe will have your mouth watering with just five simple ingredients and some salsa to dip them in. Twenty minutes to a great family favorite – I think yes.

 

It’s easy to see that a few ingredients and a simple tortilla can satisfy more than just your cravings for Tex-Mex. And if you’re interested in trying your hand at homemade tortillas, check out this recipe from Food Network. Grab a tortilla and get creative in the kitchen today!

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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7 Ways to Make Your Dinner Party Memorable

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1. Be thoughtful when creating your guest list. Invite people you think will mesh well, who will enjoy each other and bring a pleasant atmosphere to your dinner party. Balance out a reserved friend with one who is particularly good at making new friends, or simply invite people who you feel will have a lot in common and naturally converse.

2. Keep the menu simple. Now is probably not the time to try out foods you haven’t made before. Avoid foods that require complex preparation so that you are more likely to be ready on time and enjoy a stress-free evening. It’s a good idea to serve things that are crowd-pleasing and basic. A variety of tried-and-true favorites at the table ensures that every guest will find at least one dish to enjoy.

3. Set the mood with music, lighting, and comfortable, cozy spaces. A personalized playlist vibrating softly in the background gives people permission to use their voices rather than keep a thoughtful silence. Low light and candles tend to make people more comfortable too. Cozy groupings of chairs and cushions ensure that your guests aren’t too far apart to start socializing.

4. Provide a fun appetizer and a drink. Rather than leaving your guests to entertain themselves while you finish up with the meal preparation, give them something to put in their mouth and get them talking. For some great ideas, try one or two of these fun finger foods from Chocolate, Chocolate and More.

5. Set the table. You are the host/hostess, and it’s your job to choose the theme and the formality. Paper plates and plastic utensils can be great for casual gatherings and barbecues, but if you’re looking for something a bit more organized, take a look at these 5 tips for a great tablescape at Remodelaholic.  A classy centerpiece can also add to the conversation and mood of the party. Candles and a bit of greenery are all you need to get started, but you can take it to the next level with these super-simple ideas for centerpieces.

6. Enjoy your own party. Nothing can dampen the spirit of a party like having the host or hostess running to and fro throughout the night and never stopping to socialize. Remember, you invited them, and as much as your guests may seem to be enjoying each other’s company, they came to see you. Besides, after all your hard work, you deserve to put your feet up and enjoy the food and the friendship.

7. Send your guests home with something. A simple party favor puts the finishing touches on your evening together. A ceramic dip bowl with a recipe for your favorite dip attached, a mini-dessert to enjoy the next day, or a small piece of jewelry for female friends is a great way to send them off. Go here for more great ideas!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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