Planning a party for Cinco de Mayo? What a better place to get your party supplies! No matter what type of party you’re planning, we got the goods for you! Wine glasses, margarita glasses, plates, servers…we got it all, and probably stuff you didn’t think you needed.
I’m not a “big” party planner, meaning I like small, intimate affairs, but summer parties (yes, early May is considered summer in South Florida) tend to get bigger, because we’ve got the pool, and the sun, and outdoor grills going, so Cinco de Mayo is usually the first big party of the year for us.
This Cinco will be no different. If I could invite you all, I would, but I can show you what I’ll be using at the party and it’ll be just like you were there!
Today, ReStockIt turns 9, and in true ReStockIt fashion, we lived it up! We celebrated with a masquerade theme of “Dress to the Nines” and had food catered by Carraba’s. MMMMMmmmm, good! We had a fun and fabulous “Guess Who” game with baby pictures of the staff (I won!) and a great costume contest (I came in 2nd!). Food, fun, and fabulousness, that’s the ReStockIt way! Enjoy!
It’s party time! I’ve always looked upon New Years as not only the dawning of a new calendar year, but as a time to let loose after the stressful holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, everyone is run ragged and some of us are hitting our heads against a wall now that the credit card bills are starting to roll in.
New Years is the perfect time to dance, have fun, play games, and count down to the beginning of a new year full of promise. And what better way to do that than to throw a party and invite friends to join you? All it takes is some decorations, plastic champagne flutes, plastic cups, plates, and food and drinks!
We play raffle-type games at some of our parties, where you can give away silly things like kisses at midnight, or babysitting services just to keep things lively. Kids chase balloons around, and adults that aren’t dancing play cards or gather to talk. It’s chaotic and noisy, but so much darn fun! It’s a warming feeling to be surrounded by those you love when the new year begins.
If you don’t have a party planned, or a party to go to, there is still time! Order some trays from the deli, pick up the necessary supplies, a little champagne or sparkling grape juice, some drink umbrellas to add a festive flair, and send out the invites! Bring in the new year with good cheer, loud music, friends, family, and food. And don’t forget your midnight kiss ;-)
We are a fun office. I mean that sincerely. This has got to be one of the most fun places I’ve ever worked for. We laugh, and go out, and have parties, and celebrate milestones together. We take care of our own.
Once a month, we gather together and celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. We have food (mostly healthy.Mostly.) and drink (not that kind of drink) and we crack jokes and embarrass the birthday person, all in good fun. We talk football, movies, TV shows, basketballs, college anything, kids, houses…whatever! We play games and laugh at each other. And we enjoy it. We enjoy being with each other.
Some department heads take their individual employees out to lunch for their birthday, and our Customer Service department gets together outside of work every other month or so for a night out. We have holiday parties and gatherings, give atta-boys at our weekly meetings, and generally foster a sense of camaraderie.
When one of us gets sick, we all team together to take care of their duties until they get back. If one of us ends up in the hospital, we visit and send cards and flowers. We make sure they’re taken care of because when one of us is down, it affects us all.
It helps to love where you work. It’s awesome to have a company that is more family than employer and it’s fantastic to have co-workers whom you honestly like! How can you make your office more like family? What can you do to make your work space lively?
I did a blog not too long ago about the last hurrah before the kids go back to school. Picnics and barbeques, pool parties and last-day-at-the-lake kind of stuff. I didn’t really talk about what you eat though…and a barbeque or cookout is prime eating time! I have some tips and some recipes for your Labor Day weekend revelry, from the basic to the sinfully delectable. I hope you enjoy and please be safe over the holiday weekend!
¼ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
¼ cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1 Lb ground beef (your choice of lean percentage)
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp ground pepper
- Preheat your grill to medium-high
- Combine the cheeses in a small bowl
- Mix the beef, Worcestershire, paprika, and pepper in a large bowl. Shape into 8 thin, 4” wide patties. Mound 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture on each of four patties, leaving about a ½” border. Cover with the remaining patties, crimping the edges closed.
- Grill the patties about four minutes on each side for medium –well. Don’t press down or the cheese will ooze out.
4 ears of corn
Butter (we use a lot and I don’t measure. Typically one stick per 4 ears)
¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro
1cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Carefully peel the husk down, keeping it intact, and clean out the silk. Gently pull the husk back up, and soak the ears in water for about 15 minutes. Shake off excess water and drain. Do not pat dry
- While they are soaking, preheat the grill to medium.
- Cut butter into pats, cutting enough for two per ear. Insert the pats and distribute the cilantro and cheese evenly between the ears, dropping them into the husks. Tighten the husks to hold in the ingredients and place on grill. Grill until slightly charred.
Grilled Veggie Kabobs
5 Cups vegetables (I use squash, onions, eggplant, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms)
¼ cup Balsamic vinegar
¼ cup Olive oil
2 TBS maple syrup
2 TBS chopped fresh herbs (I used cilantro and thyme)
1 TBS lemon juice
4 cloves minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat grill to medium heat. Cut vegetables into chunks, slightly larger than bit size (I keep tomatoes whole). Place them in a large bowl.
- Whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the veggies, stirring well to coat.
- Thread onto skewers (presoak if they are wood) and grill for about 8-10 minutes, with one turn half way through.
We always have a fire in our firepit, so S’mores are easy for us. For those of you with a gas grill, you can still enjoy them!
Chocolate bar or chunks (I also substitute chocolate bars with Nutella)
Marshmallows (the big ones)
You want a 12×8” piece of foil for each S’more. Place a graham cracker on the center of the foil. Top with chocolate and marshmallow and wrap up in the foil, but not tight. Grill on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Grill Tips –
Do not press down on your burgers! That presses out the juices and makes for a VERY dry burger. Which is fine if you like a dry burger. I don’t.
Constantly turning your burgers causes them to dry out as well. Flip once. That’s it. You know it’s time to flip when the brown color is halfway up the patty.
It always helps to oil your grill. Easy way to do that is to oil a paper towel, hold it with tongs, and rub over the rack.
Soak bamboo or wood skewers for at least 30 minutes, or else they will catch fire. Should be self-explanatory, but its not.
Invitations are sent out (via letter, email, text, Twitter, or Facebook), food is purchased, adult and not-so-adult beverages are bought, music playlists are created, and the grill is primed and ready. It’s the last big party of the summer, and you are prepared. Or not.
The doubts creep in…is the pool clean? Did we spray for ants? Did we clean up after the last party (very important question!)? All in all though, this should be a great party.
We usually go on vacation right before summer ends, and typically we rent a condo or a cabin, depending on where we go. We always have a get together a day or two before we leave, because we usually vacation near family and friends. And those family and friends live by major tourist areas, so it’s an exercise in precise planning to make sure we can get everything we need without fists flying at the local Wal-Mart Supercenter.
Things can get dangerous if two people are lunging for the last pack of hamburger meat or the last three decent tomatoes. When people are stocking up on paper plates, cups, citronella, accessories and everything else that goes along with a party, things get serious!
Here’s a question to ponder. Why is it, when we know the holiday is coming up, do we wait until the LAST MINUTE to go to the store to buy what we knew two weeks ago that we needed? We’re getting close to Labor Day, I should conceivably be picking things up here and there for our BBQ that we’re having but have I? Nope.
Buns can be purchased and frozen, meat ditto, drinks bought, chips bought (with very strict instructions to the house denizens NOT to touch), etc, but I haven’t done any of that. Gee…I never realized what a procrastinator I was!
Whatever the case may be, enjoy the party, lift a drink in a heartfelt toast, don’t get too drenched by all the watery cannonballs being executed, and eat way too much!
As a recent song and video have shown us, the iconic red Solo cup is our choice for our drinks. Whether it be at an office party, or our back yard barbeque, the red Solo cup has gone the distance to prove its worthy status as a primary beverage repository.
Though it IS available in other colors, the red color is the most popular, and the one this author always uses. And let’s face it, it’s just really handy. It can be written on, it has a textured grip, it doesn’t break very easily, and frankly they just look awesome:
A classic red Solo cup is hefty, it has weight, and can easily survive a whole night of beer or soda refills!
We use them as impromptu water guns. No, you can’t fashion them into a gun (they aren’t THAT amazing), but using them to scoop water into and then tossing on your target works fabulously!
I once had one Solo cup last through 15 refills in the pool before the first crack appeared and THAT, my friend, is impressive.
There’s a reason that song was created, and it wasn’t because of a bet. Poems have been written extolling its virtue’s…okay well, maybe one or two, including the ones below:
Oh red Solo cup
Your color is maple leaves
Ripening in fall
You light up the room
No matter what you contain
Red Solo cup flame
I didn’t say they were good poems, just that they were about a red Solo cup.
People feel very strongly about their red Solo cups. They have loyalty to the brand, and Solo knows that it has a good thing going. The cup hasn’t changed much in all the years that I’ve been using it, except for the really nice grip area, and most people are like me, using it year after year for everything they can think of to use it for.
Let’s touch on some uses and virtues. In addition to various liquids that can be consumed from a red Solo cup, they can be used as a mold, to hold up ice cream cones for filling, they can be used as a centerpiece (well…that’s debatable), as everyday glass ware (guilty), and as a means of making your animals mad.
Truly, these cups are the perfect receptacle!