Friday, March 23, 2012

How to Host the Perfect Neighborhood Party

How to Host the Perfect Neighborhood Party by guest blogger Robert Lobitz

Have you noticed that a lot of the ‘old fashioned’ practices are coming back? Today’s economy demands that we find less expensive ways of entertaining ourselves. We think that we are being ‘innovative’, but we are really doing what our parents and grandparents did – with a slightly different slant.

One of the practices that I see coming back is the neighborhood or block party. These types of parties are very popular for several reasons; no baby sitters needed, GREAT food, no fear of DWI, a chance to really know your neighbors, and it’s cheap!

To have a really good and memorable neighborhood party that everyone wants to repeat requires more than just setting out your BBQ and inviting people. Follow the upcoming tips to ensure a great party that will have everyone begging for more!

Enlist three or four of your closest neighbors to help coordinate the party. This will lighten the load on you, and bring some new ideas. There are five areas to concentrate on:

The first step is obvious – every one should bring a side dish that will feed 4 to 6 people. Have a list made up of the different types of side dish needed so each neighbor can decide what he or she wants to bring. (You don’t want 20 potato salads, or 20 deserts!) Make sure your list includes potato chips and dips.

Have everyone bring his or her own meat.

Have at least 3 buckets or coolers filled with ice for soft drinks and water. Make a couple of gallons of Kool-aid.

Have each neighbor chip in 3 to 5 dollars and get one keg or two ½ kegs of beer. Two ½ kegs will let you have 2 different types of beer, and also keep people from waiting in line to get a glass of beer. Make sure that you have quality beer taps for the kegs. (Nothing is worse at a party than having faulty beer taps). Check with the proprietor to make sure that they supply top-of-the-line beer taps with their kegs.

Have all neighbors bring their own chairs; they can also bring tables if they have them.

Plastic Silverware, paper plates, plastic cups and napkins, and BBQ grills. (Make sure you have at least 4 grills available for a party of this size).

Clean Up:
This is actually the easy part! Have at least four 32-gallon trash cans lined with plastic garbage bags set around the area. When full, remove the garbage bag and replace with a new one!

Arrange for music and your set for a great night of partying and entertainment!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Signing Reception with Richard Silver‏


YellowKorner invites you to look at the world in a whole new way, through the lens of Richard Silver :
Richard Silver uses a photographic technique known as Tilt Shift. This practice has taken off over the last few years in the fields of photography and advertising. It consists of giving the impression of looking at a model or a miniature. However, the spectator is looking at a real and full-size subject.

Come to the Gallery if you want to know more about Tilt Shift, or simply enjoy the new Photographs with a "Tartine" (delicious toasted open-faced sandwich) and a glass of wine.

When: March 22, from 6pm to 9pm
Where: YellowKorner Gallery, 100 Wooster street, Soho

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sip, Shop and Swap at the Paper Doll Boutique & Beauty Bar

Paper Doll Boutique & Beauty Bar invites you to Sip, Shop and Swap… and Mani’s!!

Sip a little of yummy mimosas and cupcakes. Shop a lot of contemporary SS12 pieces or vintage items. 

Or Swap even more of your lightly loved and laundered Clothes, Shoes and Accessories.

All while being treated to complimentary Mani’s in the Beauty Bar.

Please RSVP to There is a $5.00 fee for all that are swapping.

Sunday, March 18, 2012
1:00PM – 6:00PM
921 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11238

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Visual Artists issue at the Phaidon Store

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

International Restaurant Show of New York

International Restaurant Show of New York: fun, tasty and busy as always. Interesting new products were presented with numerous bakeries, coffee companies and Japan to lead the show. Take a peek below:

Fries with Umami on top!
Dried Veggies
A chocolate masterpiece!


Saturday, March 03, 2012

New York Coffee and Tea Festival

I admittedly focused on coffee and the pictures tell the story.....