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St. Patrick’s Day Sweets

By Gatherings Gal March 13, 2014

Summon the taste o’ the Irish with these delicious St. Patrick’s Day sweets. These desserts are so good you’ll want to dance a jig!

St. Patrick’s Day Macaroons

Macaroons are a light, baked confection that are light as air and are often described as meringue-like cookies. This recipe features green food coloring so that you can channel the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

Lucky Leprechaun Fluff

There are only four ingredients in this recipe and let me tell you – they pack a lot of flavor. The pistachio flavor coupled with the pineapple chunks and Cool-Whip are to-die-for. Your little leprechauns will love it!

Chocolate Mint Dessert Brownies

These Chocolate Mint Brownies consist of a dense and fudgy brownie that is topped with a mint-flavored butter frosting and a layer of chocolate. Mmmmhhh!

Sound off: Does your family have any St. Patrick’s Day traditions? 


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New Year’s Eve party planning

By Gatherings Gal December 26, 2013

2014 is sneaking up on us, so if you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve bash, start planning now!

Invite a few close friends to ring in the New Year with an easy, intimate party at home.

Get supplies.

Although they’re silly, people love the traditional New Year’s Eve party items like hats, boas and noisemakers. Make them available to your guests by putting them on a platter or in a large festive bowl and letting people grab them as they wish.

Prepare food.

There’s no need for an elaborate menu. Serve these delicious treats for your gathering:

Play games.

Organize some simple games and activities for your guests.

  • Who am I?Prepare cards with a string attached, to be worn aroud the neck (one card per guest). Write the name of a famous person or character on each card. As guests arrive, hang a card on each guest's back so that the other guests can see it but the person who is wearing the card cannot. The guests then circulate around the party trying to find out who they are by asking questions.
  • How well do you know me? Try this game of true or false! Gather everyone in a circle and have each person say three things that happened in the past year – with one of the things being false and the other two being true. Then the others guess which are true and which is false. You can have fun with this and make the items as normal or outrageous as you want.

Play music.

It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without some music and dancing. Here are 10 of our favorite songs to ring in the New Year:

  • "Funky New Year," Eagles
  • “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve," Ella Fitzgerald
  • "Maybe Baby (New Year’s Day),” Sugarland
  • "It Had to Be You," Harry Connick Jr.
  • "Mas Que Nada," Sergio Mendes, featuring the Black Eyed Peas
  • "Put Your Records On," Corinne Bailey Rae
  • "Rock Steady," Aretha Franklin
  • "Save the Last Dance for Me," Michael Buble
  • "The Best Is Yet to Come," Tony Bennett
  • “Auld Lang Syne (The New Year’s Anthem)”

Sound off: What are your New Year’s Eve plans?

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