Special DIY post: Girls' Night In!

(a huge thanks to our summer intern, Sarah, for creating this blog post!)

For the summer, it is always fun to go out and have some frozen drinks with some friends, chat over your day and just maybe have a nice girls night out. Unfortunately, sometimes it is not always conducive to everyone's budget. There is a simple solution to this (that most of the time turns out to be more fun): Have a “Girls' Night In” instead.

There are some simple things that you can do to make it special, and that will impress all of your friends:

Finding some fun place settings for cheap, or even making your own, add an even more intimate touch to the whole evening. Simple things like napkin holders— take old paper towel rolls, cut into sections, and wrap them in decorative papers or fabrics. Add old buttons or other embellishments to make a cute little accent to your paper or cloth napkins.

Painting your own margarita glasses will make the night more personal, and let your friends feel special because they have their own glass, that is one of a kind.

Margarita glasses can come in all forms and prices, in both plastic and glass, depending on your budget. Simple acrylic paint from stores like Michaels or Joann's would work fine on either surface. You might even have some kind of paint around the house to use (make sure it is not toxic since your friends mouths are going on the glasses). A good place to look for margarita glasses would be a party supply store, they would carry quite an array of different styles of glasses.

For the summer, fun floral patterns would be cute on the glasses, maybe a different flower for each friend. You could even put your friend's name on the glass so they know which one is theirs.

Of course you will need something to put in said Margarita glasses. There are tons of recipes for things like daiquiris and margaritas. One of my favorites is the skinny girl margarita, its delicious and low (enough) on calories! Here's the recipe:

2 oz of clear premium tequila

.5oz of orange liquor

juice of one fresh lime

add ice, just mix and enjoy!

As for food: light, fresh foods are the best on a warm summers night. Summer salads and light finger foods would be perfect for a casual, night between friends. Pick foods with a lot of color!

Other things that would be important for a perfect night, are mood lighting and other decorations. The more random the better, it gives an eclectic homey feel to the night. Candles, Tiki torches, rope lights—deck out, well... your deck or patio in the lights. Also find the prettiest garden in the neighborhood and ask your neighbor for some flowers, or purchase a wild flower bouquet to add to the table. Wild flowers tend to be more casual but beautiful, and perfect for a night such as this. Have your food on large serving dishes, or bowls, those will help fill the table up with more color!

This page has a ton of fun, light summer recipes that are nutritious and fun for outside eating. All are simple to prepare and sound delicious. AND they have a lot of color to add some pop to your table. Here's to a great Girls' Night In!


For Father's Day: Book signing and Paper Airplanes

Looking for a great Father's Day gift?

Go tomorrow, Saturday, June 19th, from 2-4 pm to the Greetings & Readings in Hunt Valley, MD. Larry Lichtenauer will be signing copies of his book, 101 Tips to Help Improve the Youth Sports Coaching Experience (cover and layout design by CurlyRed, cover illustration by Peggy Fussell). This book is a quick, fun read, with many helpful pointers for any man or woman coaching a youth sports team. You can also buy it online here. Support local writers, artists and find a great gift!

OR visit Scraggly Beggars' Esty shop for another really unique gift idea: paper airplanes. Two very creative kids we know created these planes and even did testing to make sure these planes will fly high over and over again. Perfect for summertime and making memories with our dads.

Happy Father's Day to all the great fathers (and fathers-to-be) in our lives!


Social Media & In-Bound Marketing Workshop

Here's an event you should attend, put on by my friends at Blue Ocean Ideas:

Things are changing drastically in technology and culture. The marketing implications are huge.

You don't need to feel lost.

In this all-day workshop, Blue Ocean Ideas will cover what's changing and why it's changing. We'll look at the tools and platforms that you can be (and should be) engaged with right now to reach your audience effectively.

You will leave with a firm grasp of all this "stuff" that seems to be making the world so complex and fast paced. We will present the information using easy to understand examples so you leave with knowledge you can use.

Session 1
We will look at the core of web 2.0 - what that means, where it came from, and why it matters in business. We'll talk about content publishing, content management systems, search engine optimization, online video, and more.

Session 2
This will be an in-depth analysis of social media. Everyone's talking about it. Not everyone knows what to do about it. There are no formulas - and that is exactly the point. We'll look at why social media is so powerful and what questions you should be asking to determine your social media engagement strategy. We'll also teach on the most popular and most effective tools available to you (for free!) today.

Session 3
This will be an overview of the future of mobile device usage. Things like smartphones (iPhones, Droids) and tablet devices (iPad, Kindle) are changing how we learn, how we live, and, as you will see, they are changing the very way our brains work. Your business needs to know what the future holds for mobile devices.

Session 4
This will be an insightful look at the role of in-bound marketing for your organization. Given all of the changes happening in the world, it is essential that you know how to be found whenever someone is looking for whatever it is that you do.

There will be plenty of opportunities for Q&A.

Happy Hour to follow for all participants.
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