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Lip Sync Battle Videos

These 3 Lip Sync Battle Videos Explain Why It’s the Best Party of the Year

Imagine 15 mini surprise parties of hearty laughter and unadultered hollering. An evening of, willfully and gleefully, having no idea what to expect next… that’s Lip Sync. On an open air rooftop of Santo Domingo this past Friday night, the wind was howling and the sky was cloudy. If we were pirates on the high seas, I’d be worried. But the performers of our 4th Lip Sync Battle Party were on fire… if fire was doused with gasoline and then an explosive was thrown in....

celebrating our anniversary bike riding in new york city

One Key For a Happy Marriage: Nothing Gets Old

On every visit home to New Jersey, Husband and I try to get into NYC at least a couple of times. Sometimes we take the train in, sometimes we drive in. Sometimes we take the kids, sometimes we go alone. We’ve explored and been to the city in so many ways we could write a Dr. Seuss book: I like New York on foot. I like New York by train. I like New York in sun, or snow, or rain. I...

repurposed drink station ideas

Repurposed Drink Station Ideas for Backyard Entertaining

That time of the year when everything moves outdoors is, once again, upon us and with the first rays of warm sunlight we move our parties to the backyard. But, do you have everything you actually need for creating a remarkable outdoor party? Weddings, BBQs, birthdays, lazy Sundays, you name it… for a fun backyard party, a drink station is all you need! The good thing is that you do not need to spend a large amount of money to create...

Lip Sync Battle Party

6 Reasons Why a Lip Sync Battle Party is the Most Fun You’ll Ever Have

This year’s Lip Sync Battle Party was the best yet. It seems that every year, the performances get better. It always steps up a level, the competition is always changing but one things remains the same: a Lip Sync Battle Party is the most fun you’ll ever have. Whether you are a performer or in the audience, you are guaranteed to laugh so hard that you might pee your pants. I did… about 6 times. Why is a Lip Sync Battle...

Gatsby

How to Throw a Great Gatsby Themed Party Like Gatsby Himself

A while back, a friend and I talked about what our 1920’s names would be if we had been born in that decade. I’m sure it was a wine or beer infused conversation but I went to sleep that night as “Rubygail” and woke up knowing I couldn’t just leave it at that. I began mind-planning. I was going to  throw a Great Gatsby themed party – a roaring 20’s bash of time – and live out my inner flapper girl, Rubygail. As my 36th...

Bike Pub Crawl in Santo Domingo

Husband’s Bike Pub Crawl Birthday (with video)

Parties are my thang. If I had a superpower it would be all things party. I love going to parties, I love planning parties, and I love throwing parties. When Husband was boyfriend, he got the brunt of that superpower… and then we had kids. Correction – we had Santiago whose birthday falls two weeks before Beloved’s so for the last 2 years, Husband’s birthday has been crickets. I have planned nothing. This year, I vowed to change that; this year I would get back on the birthday roll… a birthday bike...

Under the Sea Birthday Girl

SnapShots: Under the Sea Birthday Party

What better way to celebrate an island girl’s 4-year-old birthday party than an Under the Sea theme? It doesn’t hurt that the She-Babe LOVES The Little Mermaid. Since, it can be hard to find exactly what you need on an island you have to either be A. organized enough to preorder decorations and supplies or B. willing to get creative. This time I went latter. Another good rule of thumb is to make the theme a bit less specific to avoid hitting...

Halloween Costumes for Functional Drinking

Halloween Costumes for Wine Drinkers

I must admit that I love dressing up (see exhibits A, B, and C below) and Halloween is the grand celebration of all things dress up. My favorite part of a costume though are the accessories for – and ask yourself these existential questions – what is a fairy without a wand and wings? What is a sexy cheerleader without her pompoms? Who is Edward, but a regular man, without his Scissorhands? Accessories make the costume. But I am also a...