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    Entertaining Guests

Entertaining guests should be relaxing, preparing your favorite meals for friends and family.  Letting everyone see your tranquil gardens. How you rearranged and remodeled your home . Showing off your trendy outfits.




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 Here are some of the websites that will help you with entertaining family and friends.                                             




There are several Themed Parties you can have at your home. You can entertain inside your home or outside by your garden or somewhere you feel comfortable with your family and friends.

Example: 80's Theme Party, Sweet Sixteen Party, Masquerade Party, Graduation Party, Pirate Party, Fraternity Party, Football Party, 1920's Party, Valentines Day Party, Baby Shower , Bridal Shower and Birthday. You can have a party for about anything would like.

 Maybe your Daughter, Son, Aunt, Uncle,Sister, Brother, Grandmother, Grandfather, Cousin or your very best friend just needs some cheering up. It's GREAT to get together and have some memories together. Remember to take a lot of pictures of everyone together.

If you would like to have a party in your backyard to entertain your family and friends.

Remember to:

1. You would like to have your yard manicured, make sure all of the grass is free of children toys, tools, and any branches that might be in the path of walking. You wouldn't want any of your guests hurt.

2. The inside of your house needs to be clean also, like the entryway, bathrooms and kitchen. Your guests would need to use your restroom.

3. Choose music that is fitting for the occasion. Make sure your music is not loud or is not overwhelming to others. 

4. You can also have the natural elements come inside your home or you can have the natural elements outside also. Like fresh cuttings from rose bushes or have some elephant ears in large pottery.

5. Have plenty of seating for everyone, some of your guests may have a bad back or their legs may get tired after standing thirty minuents. If your short of chairs spread large blankets on the fresh cut grass.

6. Make sure your guests doesn't have any food allergies.(Ask when your preparing your invitations).

7. Have at least two large garbage cans, so the guests can throw away their trash when finished eating their meals. This will make it easier on you, after everyone is gone for the night.

8. Prepare your foods ahead of time. Have extra ice in freezer or coolers. You need to keep beverages cold. Finger foods, Bar-B-Que, Fried Chicken, there are endless of meals to have for your guests and beverages also. The web sites I listed above are great to preview ahead of time. Allow two weeks before the party for planning. Don't forget the desserts. That's the best part of the meal.

9. You can also have lights surrounding the area of the party. Be creative with candles, mixing up the sizes and shapes.

10. Make sure your grill is ready. Clean your your grill ahead of time. Have extra charcoal or gas. 

11. A meat thermometer is great to have, so you can check if your guests would like their steak or hamburgers med. rare or well done.

12. You can have your plates, knives, forks, spoons, napkins set up on the tables before the guests arrive. The beverages will be already cold in the refrigerator or the coolers. If you have a extra large refrigerator you can pre chill your glasses or mugs.

13. Having vegetables on the grill is great and corn on cob with a stick is good also good.

14. Mosquitos and bugs can be a bother, so have mosquito repellent ready or lightly decoratvie cintonella candles. Ahead of time: six or eight small clay pots. Six or eight small candles. Put candles inside the clay pots. Set candles around the party area. This will keep the bugs away also.

15. Now that the atmosphere is ready for your guests to arrive. The food is on the tables, the beverages, the desserts, the music and don't forget the games. Example: Horse Shoes or Darts. If you have some king size pillow cases, dozen or so. You can races across the yard.

16. The children: Two dozen of doughnuts with sprinkles. Put a string through the doughnuts.Tie a long piece of string between two trees. Now the children can have a race to see, who can eat two doughnuts in five minuets.

17. Have a wonderful time with your family and friends. The togetherness and memories will last a life time.

18. The guests loved the meal that was served.

19. Catching up on everyone lives, just remembering how someone laugh out loud at someone jokes. Was priceless.

20. Remember to take lots of pictures or have your video camera ready. You have to get that moment when Uncle George made a FUNNY FACE.

21. Remember tell everyone that you were glad that they came to the  Bar-B-Que. 

22. If your guest had to much alcohol. Let that person stay a little longer, give them coffee or aspirin if they have a headache. Don't let them drive their car or truck until they are feeling better. If need be, they may need to stay the night.

23. So lets plan for another party very soon.

There is a lot of music and  games to have have at your party. If you like you can also have a DJ or a Band for your entertainment. What ever you choose would be great for your family and friends.


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