{Tiffany’s Tips} Chocolate: It’s Not Just for Dessert!

Happy Tuesday Peeps!

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of July!  But, in the illustrious words of Steve Urkel, “Don’t sweat, my pet” because the end of the month marks some delicious days on the calendar—like today, which is National Milk Chocolate Day or Thursday, July 30th, which is National Cheesecake Day.

Who says a national day to celebrate chocolate must only be reserved for Valentine’s Day?!  What’s really great is that it doesn’t have to be confined to the dessert menu only.  So, if you’re trying to come up with last minute ideas to celebrate the day, try creating a delicious combination menu of sweet and savory nuanced with the flavor of chocolate from start to finish.

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For example, you could create a menu that starts with an appetizer of eggplant caponata, continues with a delicious dish of chicken mole, spanish rice and refried beans, and concludes with a decadent chocolate dessert.  If this is not to your liking, there are several recipes available from which you can make your selections.  So hop to it, and in no time you’ll be creating a fabulous meal that will satisfy the chocolate lover in you.

Best!

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{Tiffany’s Tuesday Tips} It’s Almost That Time of Year!

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Like all good things, summer is quickly coming to an end and many parents will soon be singing, ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year!’—and they’re not singing about Christmas.   As August approaches (next week—yikes!) it will be back to school time for many of the kids here in the U.S.   Plus, the last holiday of the season, which is Labor Day will be just around the corner.  This makes for a very busy month as families prepare to head back to their normal school year routine, AND try to celebrate what is traditionally known as the end of summer over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

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A combination Labor Day/Back To School celebration would definitely alleviate the post-summer, pre-school year activity burnout that so many parents fall into before mid-September.  Use this as a way to have fun while getting the kids excited about school.  It could be at the beach or in your backyard.  To take the fun to another level, make sure to invite family and friends with young, school-aged kids and have them make drawings about the upcoming school year prior to coming to the party.  You can use the drawings as part of the decor.  Want to party with a cause?  Have your guests pick up school supplies from your neighborhood dollar stores and collect them to donate to families who may need help purchasing these items.

This time of year can be quite hectic as families try to enjoy the last days of summer and prepare to go back to school as the same time.   So, no matter what you do to celebrate, make sure it’s fun, and as labor-free as possible!

Best,

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{Tiffany’s Tips} Take A Midsummer’s Reflection!

Happy Tuesday Peeps!

Hope all is well and life is treating you good.   Speaking of life, today’s tip is a little more inspirational than instructional.

It’s hard to believe, but we are already passed the first half of 2015.  When your busy living, time surely flies.  As an event designer, I am always looking in the future—my job requires it.  Therefore, I am constantly aware of the date on the calendar.  As such, I realize that this would be a good time for many of us to take stock in where we are, both personally and professionally.

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If you are in between summer vacations or if you are planning on an extended ‘staycation,’ use the time to re-evaluate your goals for 2015.  Are you able to check some items off as completed?  Or, did you burn out after April?  Now is a great time to dust yourself off and get inspired to finish your year strong.  One way to do this is to embark upon a pre/post-season inventory project.  Just take a note from retailers, as most are already stocking their floors with pre-Fall clothing.  July is a good month to start sifting through closets and preparing for the next season since many kids are heading back to school next month.

Does your business need an inventory check-up?  Start reviewing receipts and other paperwork that may need to be shredded or filed away.  Maybe you need to review your relationship with your vendors, or consider over-hauling your company’s brand/image?  Finally, you can’t forget the most important item of all—you.   Many of us may have given up on our New Year’s resolutions to get fit even before the month of January ended.  However, the summer is a great time to get a workout routine started (again) and to take advantage of the fruits and veggies that are in season.

Remember, the only one you are competing against is you.  So, take some time this month to reflect and repurpose 2015!

Best,

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