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10 Easy Steps to Throwing the Best New Year’s Eve Dinner Party

Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Dining, More | Comments Off on 10 Easy Steps to Throwing the Best New Year’s Eve Dinner Party

10 Easy Steps to Throwing the Best New Year’s Eve Dinner Party

Regardless of the occasion or holiday, I’ve noticed that a lot of people tend to shy away from dinner parties and opt for the easy cocktail party these days. But what is holding you back from having your closest friends over for dinner? Below are my tips on hosting a dinner party for New Year’s Eve without all the preconceived stress and hassle. Stick to your BUDGET: Create a budget by thinking of all the components you want at your party before diving in and making impulse purchases. A budget does not just mean a set dollar amount but rather that number broken up into the specific categories (food, beverages, décor, flowers, etc). Remember that during the planning process, you can certainly shift money around into other categories if you’ve been able to find some great deals or even changed your mind about specifics. Organization: “I’m OVERWHELMED!” – Create a spreadsheet to keep everything together. Helpful categories, such as Budget, Timeline, Purchases, Recipes (if cooking), and Notes, can assist in putting all your thoughts logically on paper. Use a large box to keep things together so you aren’t scrambling around the day of your party trying to locate everything. Alcohol: “You expect me to cook AND fully stock a bar?” – Well if you can that is impressive, but not necessary. Instead of having a fully stocked bar, provide an assortment of wine, beer, and offer a signature cocktail like Lavender Champagne. If you already know what your guests prefer to drink then that helps, but ask your local liquor store for suggestions. The Meal: “I’m expected to cook an entire meal for twelve people? I’m not Betty Crocker!” – If you are a whiz in the kitchen, I’m jealous. Cooking is half the battle of throwing a dinner party if cooking is not your forte. Instead of trying to make an entire meal and dessert from scratch, use your local caterer or gourmet grocery store to supply the dinner. Personally, I love Graul’s and Wegmans if I forego a caterer. As a happy medium, make the hors d’oeuvres and desserts homemade but rely on an outside source for the dinner. You’ll be able to spend time with guests rather than slave away in the kitchen. Décor: “Décor is so expensive when I have to buy everything.” – This is where you can customize your party to you and your style! Don’t be afraid to step out of the box! Go through your house and use what you have or even borrow from friends, take a trip to grandma’s attic, antique shops, or thrift stores to stick to your theme. New Year’s Eve color schemes are black & silver, so try spicing it up by adding gold or even add an accent color like deep purple or blue. Invites: “How do I get the word out?” – If you are going through the trouble of hosting a semi-formal dinner party, go the extra mile to send invitations through the mail. Tangible invites are more personal and meaningful to your guests. If you are environmentally friendly, there are recycled paper invites available instead of the typical “E-vite”. Fashion: “BUT WHAT DO I WEAR?” – Get dressed up! It’s a great excuse to throw on your favorite LBD (Little Black Dress)...

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B Woman Magazine is Seeking Guest Bloggers!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Beauty, Dining, Fashion, Giving, Home, Local, More, updates, Weddings, Wellness | Comments Off on B Woman Magazine is Seeking Guest Bloggers!

B Woman Magazine is Seeking Guest Bloggers!

What exactly isguest blogging? In a nutshell, guest blogging is writing blog posts for other people’s blogs or websites. In return, you get a link back to your website andsome online promotion of your brand. Why guestblog? Tremendous way to build awareness of your brand Network online Develop professional relationships Your brand will reach an audience that has not been exposed to it before We’ll not only expose you on your website, but also on our social media sites! Guest Blogger Guidelines Anyone is welcome to be a guest blogger on B Woman Magazine, but must meet the following requirements to be considered. Relevance –Please propose a topic that is important to our women readers. Content should fall into one of the following categories: fashion, beauty, dining, wellness, interiors, giving, weddings and local things about Baltimore.  All other categories will be taken in to consideration, just ask. Content –Guest contributions must be reasonably well-written. They may be edited for clarity. Posts should not be a promotional marketing tool for your business, product or service. You will be able to submit a two sentence bio that promotes yourself and business, if applicable. Brevity –Ideal length is 250-400 words. Longer posts may be considered. Links– You may include hyperlinks to other sites in your article, with a maximum of three per post. This should not be used as a promotional tool, but to be helpful to women readers. Ease of posting –Once your post is accepted for publication, please provide a version in Microsoft Word (no fancy formatting, please, because it won’t carry over) or HTML, so it can be easily posted in the desired format. Author’s credentials –Explain why you are qualified to write on this topic. This does not mean you have to have a college degree in the topic you are writing about. We want to hear from people that are passionate about their writing andwant to share experiences, advice, and tips to other women. We look forward to hearing from you! If you have any questions or are ready to submit a post, please contact us at info@BWomanMagazine.com After Your Work Is Published After your post is published, I’d love if you could spread the word via social media. If you tweet it with a reference to @BWomanMagazine, I’ll be sure to do the same for your post and re-tweet....

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Happy Hour – Baltimore Style

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Dining, Local | Comments Off on Happy Hour – Baltimore Style

Happy Hour – Baltimore Style

Whether you are a newcomer to Baltimore or a long-time patron, scouring the city in search for the best happy hour is much like investing in a new pair of shoes; the goal is to find the perfect fit. Though this can be quite a daunting experience, the target is to be daring and keep an open mind. Just like a beloved pair of pumps, the perfect happy hour is one that meets all expectations and is a true match to your personality. Baltimore offers a limitless variety of happy hours, from upscale restaurants to back-alley pubs, it’s the variety that best complements Baltimore’s diverse culture. If a social gathering is in the works, the ideal happy hour is located in Harbor East, just minutes from Fells Point. Coined as a Nuevo Latin Bistro, Talara brings the chic socialite status of famed South Beach to Baltimore City. Donned in the classic art deco of South Beach décor, Talara boasts a lively atmosphere with tropical cuisine and cocktails. Guests are welcomed by vivid colors, fanciful Cuban art and the captivating beats of salsa music. This ceviche bar offers happy hour Monday through Friday 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Happy Hour includes a set menu of modern South American cuisine, from 15 fresh sushi-quality seafood selection to small plates with intense Latin flavor. Pair bold plates with colorful mojitos, rum cocktails and wines of South American and Spanish decent. Signature house drinks include their traditional classic mojito and fan-favorite mango mojito. For those with an itch for a culinary adventure, look no further than the happy hour offered at Of Love & Regret cushioned between Canton and Brewers Hill. Through a culinary commingle of renowned gypsy brewer, Brian Strumke, and inventive chef Ted Stelzenmuller, Of Love & Regrets combines the love of cocktails with cuisine. This traditional Baltimore row house pub offers a cozy and relaxed atmosphere. Dubbed as a gastro pub in Baltimore, Of Love & Regret is a prime spot for adventure-seekers who are interested in appeasing their palettes with culinary ingenuity. With a selection of over 20 artisanal brews, imports and local beers, this tucked away gem offers happy hour from 4pm-close on Monday evenings. Happy hour features $5 saison tap beers, alongside a $5 rotating seafood menu, with the most popular signature drink, the Stateside Saison by Stillwater. Nestled in posh Mount Vernon, City Café presents the epitome of happy hour with trendiness in mind. Offering an intimate space with breathtaking views of the city skyline, City Café invites guests into their big city style lounge with designer cocktails in hand. With polished modern indoor and outdoor lounge areas, City Café caters to those who adore the livelihood of the bustling city. Unlike many local pubs and restaurants, happy hour is offered seven days a week from 4-6:30 p.m., including $5 featured wines, $4 mixed drinks of selected vodkas, rum, whiskey and gin; and $4 draughts. This fashionable happy hour radiates sophistication, and the trendiness of the famed HBO hit series “Sex and the City”, which one of their designer cocktails are branded. If the goal is to impress, whether it be a work meeting or date night, the ultimate happy hour that dons elegance and style is Wit & Wisdom...

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