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Giving a party requires a great deal of work. If you have been fortunate enough to be included in a festive soiree, it is nice to arrive with a gift for the hostess. The typical present will cost anywhere from $15-$100. What you spend will be determined by your relationship and the type of event. Is it a formal dinner? A backyard BBQ? Also, when possible, know the likes and dislikes of your hostess. If she is allergic to flowers, you probably will not arrive with a bouquet in hand.

1. Choose the table. Will you use a round that seats four or a rectangle that seats twelve? This decision will determine your centerpiece.

Warmer weather will be arriving soon, and I am seeing more of our four-legged members making an appearance in the dog parks and on walking trails. With pets taking more prominent roles in our lives, I thought it would be good to brush up on basic dog etiquette and ownership responsibilities.

Meeting friends for dinner after work, grabbing coffee with your girlfriend or just ordering pizza on a Friday night with neighbors. We all have a deep desire to be connected in a world that often forgets the importance of relationships. Many of us have the desire to entertain, but we let our circumstances keep us from extending hospitality. Often it revolves around our lack of confidence in our ability to host events. I get this!

A toast may be offered in any setting and made to an individual or a group. Increase your confidence at your next social gathering by learning the ins and outs of this ancient tradition.

A perfect entertaining year for me would be hosting a different themed party each month! Will I do that? No. Will I dream about it? Yes! If I cannot have a party every 4 weeks, I can at least help my Lisa Lou family with ideas so hopefully a few of you can carry the torch of hospitality for the rest of us.

Remember as children, during holidays, we would spend what seemed like hours creating homemade craft projects for our parents? It might be a paper Christmas snowflake sprinkled with glitter or a cutout heart for Valentine’s Day. We would address it: To: Mom or To: Dad. We would sign our name, and this became the gift we gave our parents. The act of giving is how we should view all letters, especially a thank you note. We may not be cutting out cute hearts, but when we take time to put pen to paper and share a little of ourselves with someone else, we are giving a part of our heart to another person.

A successful hostess remembers one of the most important factors to make her guests feel welcome: engage all 5 senses! When entertaining, ask yourself, “How have I embraced taste, smell, sight, sound and feel?” It is easy to do and your friends and family will be left saying to themselves, “I don’t know what is was, but that was a fabulous party!”

As your holiday social calendar is no doubt filling up, you may be looking for a family friendly party idea to get into the spirit! A Christmas Cookie Swap is wonderful for large groups and something the entire family will enjoy! I would recommend inviting at least six families so there are enough cookies for the exchange. This party idea is budget friendly for young families, the ingredients for the cookies are generally inexpensive, and your party décor is already in place with festive decorating.

  • Writer's pictureAlina Gersib

Sage Chicken Meatballs

A tasty take on a traditional meatball recipe, sage brings a whole new depth of flavor to this dish. When paired with parmesan sage orzo and some roasted vegetables you have a delicious and nourishing meal. Please enjoy and take my advice, make some extra for leftovers! These meatballs also freeze incredibly well, up to 3 months, for an easy dinner in the future.

Sage Chicken Meatballs
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Makes 6 servings

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes


*1 teaspoon ghee

*1 shallot, minced

*2 pounds ground chicken

*2 eggs, beaten

*1 tablespoon olive oil

*1 cup panko breadcrumbs

*3/4 cup grated parmesan

*1 teaspoons dried oregano

*1 teaspoon sage powder

*2 teaspoons salt

*1/2 teaspoon pepper


*Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon liner.

*In a large bowl combine the chicken, egg, olive oil, breadcrumbs, parmesan, oregano, onion powder, sage powder, salt, and pepper. Stir until just mixed.

*Form the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.

*Bake for 20-25 minutes until fully cooked.

*Serve with parmesan sage orzo for a delicious meal.

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