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"Make It a Party!"

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Always be prepared for an unexpected celebration.

Chef Nikki Shaw: Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm constantly in search of great food, fun, & adventure! I live for a crazy night on the town. My motto in life is "make it a party"! It doesn't matter, the occasion or the location ... just "make it a party"! My 7-year-old daughter is just as bad as I am. Honestly, these apples didn't fall far from the tree -- my own mom is the "Old-School Original Party Girl." She keeps a boom box & an emergency bottle of champagne in her trunk at all times (just kidding, Mom).


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On the other hand, my husband is a homebody. You can always find him "in his office," which means lying on the sofa, half asleep, watching ESPN with a bag of sunflower seeds.

Needless to say, I've been forced to become a self-proclaimed "In-Home Entertainment Specialist." Sure, at first I was kickin' & screamin' -- then I finally realized that this is the only way to keep us both happy.

"NIK TIP": Always be prepared for an unexpected celebration. Keep a hidden supply of snacks & drinks stashed away in the cabinet. Our family favorite is warm tortilla chips & chunky salsa. Throw in a cold pitcher of fresh fruit sangria (a nice bottle of red wine mixed with orange, lime, & mango slices) & nonalcoholic sparkling apple cider sangria for the kids!

In this bitter economy, I'll show you how to make life sweet right at home.


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6 comments so far | Post a comment now
nataly May 14, 2009, 6:10 PM

FAST EASY IS MY KIND OF LIFE STYL…
SO IF YOU HAVE SOME IN YOUR “SLIVE” TO SHEAR… WILL LOVE TO KNOW:))

MONI LOVE May 14, 2009, 7:11 PM

I’M ALL ABOUT FAST AND EASY! I DON’T LIKE BEING IN THE KITCHEN MORE THAN 45 MINUTES. HURRY UP AND GIVE ME SOME TIPS.

LOVE TO EAT!!!!

Shaundra May 15, 2009, 1:33 AM

Great ideas, I like to have things hidden for drop in guests, trying to always being prepared for a last minute celebration.

Thank you for your articles, I’ll keep reading and tuning in!

Anonymous May 15, 2009, 10:58 AM

Your tips for quick meals, being prepared for unexpected guests, and delicious drink options, especially the fun and easy tips on how to decorate martini glasses are amazing and have helped me to make my parties
a success!

~CoCo

Christina  May 27, 2009, 4:07 PM

Great ideas! Can we have more?
Christina

Phyllis M. Wherry-Carey May 29, 2009, 11:55 AM

Hey, I’m waiting for your next tid bit….
Great Ideas, fun and exciting, keep um coming pleazzzzzzzz……


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