How To Entertain A Crowd

Have you volunteered to host a large crow over the holidays? This either has you excited or paralyzed with stress. If you’re a novice host, follow these recommendations from the experts and your event will go off without a hitch. Take a deep breath and let the planning begin.  The key to success is advance planning. This will allow you to enjoy your guests as the function and be as relaxed as possible. Let’s get to it!

The simplest way to entertain a crowd for dinner is by serving buffet style. Generally the dining room table is best suited for the buffet. Assemble a centerpiece using fresh greenery from the garden. This can truly be a showstopper. Enlist a friend if you’re not confident. Stack dinner plates at opposite ends of the buffet to allow guests to serve themselves from either side. Roll silverware in napkins and have available next to the plates.

Decide on your menu. As guest will possibly be juggling a plate and possibly a drink, avoid foods with heavy sauces. Avoid experimenting on new dishes for the event unless you’re an accomplished cook. The easier the food preparation the better. Try to make dishes that can be prepared as far in advance as possible. Identify serving dishes and have ready in the kitchen. Set up a drink station or bar in an area away from the main buffet to accommodate the flow of your guests.

Finally, take the time to get yourself ready for the event. Take advantage of the awesome savings offered by Groupon coupons and make an appointment for eyelash extensions. Select an outfit and allow yourself ample time to relax and get dressed. Remember, the most important item to wear to the event is a genuine smile and quiet self-confidence. You’ve got this!

Tips For Entertaining A Crowd

Have you offered to host a large party over the holidays? You’re either paralyzed with fear or are actually looking forward to it. Either way, follow these suggestions from the experts to ensure a fun, memorable evening for both you and your guests. Entertaining a large crowd doesn’t have to be intimidating, just plan to plan!

After you have the headcount for your event you can decide if a sit down dinner is in order or if a buffet will be a better choice for the size of the crowd.  If a buffet is most appropriate, designate the dining table for your buffet table.  Take advantage of the savings offered by Groupon coupons and head to Kmart for a huge selection of table linens and serving pieces. Stack dining plates at either end of the buffet to allow guests to serve themselves from both sides. Roll silverware in napkins and have at either end of the buffet with the plates. Nothing like waiting in line for food to dampen a festive atmosphere!

Plan your menu well in advance. The simpler the items are to prepare the better. Avoid experimenting with new recipes on the day of your event.  Some guests will be juggling drink glasses and plates, so avoid soupy and saucy items. Often a lasagna, salad and bread are sufficient to feed a hungry crowd. Keep it simple and you’ll enjoy your evening as much as your guests.

Consider a separate table for drinks and non-alcoholic beverages. This will keep the guests flowing around the buffet table and will allow them to find a spot for dining and return for drinks. Most of all, relax and enjoy your evening with your holiday guests. The most important thing you can wear is a genuine smile and a relaxed self-confidence.

Random Thoughts and Realizations: Friendship

Over the years, I have had my share of friendships. I’ve had friends whom I thought will last but left sooner than I expected. There were people whom I became friends and eventually left for no reasons. The saying that says we have 3 kinds of friends that will come in our lives, the friends for a reason, the friends for a season, and those friends for a lifetime. Because I am a very friendly person and I get along with people so easily, I get to experience having these friends for a season. There were friends whom I thought were going to be lifetime friends but they appear to be another friends for a season. Certainly I have experienced these friends for a reason, used me but eventually taught me a lesson.

In this time of my life, I have realized that it is less important to have more friends and that it’s more important to have REAL ones. My circle has  become smaller as the years progressed. There were friends whom I thought were for me and with me…but wrong! I felt like I was left behind the moment they deemed me not fitting into their standards (whatever standards those are). Oh well! I cannot waste my energy crying over people who obviously doesn’t care about my feelings with their “judgmental” attitude.

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I am glad though that I still have this friend whom I can completely express myself, my crazy thoughts, the silly things I did and still doing, with all confidence and without worrying that I will be judged and eventually will put me in the “unfriended” zoned. I thank God for you my dear friend for allowing me to be just myself, for hearing my silly stories without judging me, for understanding me, for the words of wisdom, for the acceptance of the changes in me but never fails to point out my lapses and weaknesses when needed with so much love and understanding. To the kind of friends out there who are supportive, understanding. not judgmental. and most of all the kind of friend who love unconditionally, I salute you all! May God continue to shower you with much love, blessings, and more friends.

Learn Music Right from the Start: Tips for Beginners

Learning music can seem extremely challenging for somebody with no experience. Whether you’ve just gotten an instrument for a pre-teen birthday, or you’re retired and looking for a new hobby, learning music can be pretty exciting.

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The fact is that learning can be a little bit difficult if you don’t do it the right way though. No matter what instrument you want to learn or why you want to learn it, figuring out the basics first will make a big difference.

Use this guide to learn music the right way from the start. Doing that will help you tomorrow and as you advance as a player and musician.

Buy a Quality Instrument

When you’re learning to play an instrument it can be easy to buy something cheap. After all, you may not even end up dedicating that much time to the instrument you’re buying. It sounds like sound logic, but in most cases, it is not.

What you need to do is buy a quality instrument that’s in good shape. Otherwise you’ll have difficulty learning and process will be much more frustrating. Buy used or new, but whatever you buy, make sure your instrument is functioning properly.

Learn to Read Music

Learning to read music may not seem particularly rewarding for many new players. However, as you get deeper into your instrument, you’ll find that reading music can help you play pieces you love a whole lot easier.

Being able to read music will also increase your ability to play with others and create your own compositions. No matter why you want to play music, the ability to read music can be very helpful.

Consider Paid Lessons

While you can teach yourself music, trying to do everything yourself isn’t always the wisest idea. Even if you can’t continue to pay for years of lessons – or that’s just not how you want to learn – getting a few lessons at first can make a huge difference.

When it comes to learning the fundamentals of music or playing an instrument, trying to learn everything on your own is often much slower. You may also develop habits that impede your progress down the road.

When you have a teacher, even if it’s just for a few months, you’ll learn the basics so you can take it from there.

You Do You

How many of you are actually holding back, afraid to do things freely, and just be yourself because friends, family, and the rest of the world is watching? How many of you puts on restrictions on their facebook statuses and timeline because you are worried some might judge you for it, or somebody might be offended by it, or disapprove your posts and will probably merit you a “call & audit” from these people who supposedly care for you. Well, I have been there, I mean not to the point of putting on restrictions on my facebook but I’ve been to that phase where I get to worry what would people think if I do this and that, post this and that! Definitely not the best feeling in the world!

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I have been confronted by some friends, probably even judged me. They said I have changed a lot. Then, I was told to watch what I post on Social Media, careful with how I do things, and even my decisions in life were at some point questioned, and all that. I truly appreciate the concern, really I do. I know the real friends and the real people who cares for me meant well. What irks me is when I am told this “What will people think?”. Really? Do I really have to worry what people will think of me? Do I have to stop what I do which by the inspires a lot of women, just because some people finds it offensive and “inappropriate”. I actually gave it a thought, re-examined myself, revisited by decisions, reviewed my social media postings and realized that they’re all okay to me. None of it harmed anyone, directly or indirectly. Not even my kids! So I said to myself, screw the judgemental people, I don’t really care. People can keep their opinions on me to themselves, it won’t bother me.

Like what it says below, people will always have anything to say regardless of what you will do! There are people who always finds fault in whatever you do, these fault-finders will never be pleased! So don’t live your life in fear of their judgements. The ones who truly care for you will encourage you and will support you. YOU DO YOU because at the end of the day, it will be between you and what you did. Your life is your responsibility, your happiness is your own choice. Don’t let anyone dictate you! Don’t let anyone be that barrier and take away your freedom to be YOUR TRUE SELF. I say this with the reminder as well to be RESPONSIBLE with your actions, Do not hurt people, be bold but at the same time be responsible. As for me, I know to whom I am answerable to, and definitely to none of you.

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-xoxo-

Em