Dinner Parties


10 Ways to Simplify Christmas Parties and Gift Giving

An hour ago on his radio show, Steven Quinn talked about how stressful Christmas has become. With these best tips for simplifying Christmas dinners, parties, and gift giving, your holidays won’t be something to dread. These ideas will help you simplify the holiday season and make Christmas easy. One of my favorite Christmas gift tips […]

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17 Party Appetizer Ideas and Recipes – From Cheese Penguins to Devils

I rounded up these 17 ideas for appetizers and recipes for party snacks because I’m throwing two parties soon and don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute! Plus, November is Party Month on Quips and Tips 🙂 The recipe for the Cream Cheese Penguins is at the bottom of this article – it’s […]


Invited to a Thanksgiving Potluck? Ideas for What to Bring

It’s not just about what you bring when you’re invited to a potluck on Thanksgiving – it’s how you can help! These Thanksgiving tips will help you show your gratitude and make your hostess’ job much easier. The first tip for when you’re invited to a Thanksgiving potluck is to remember how BIG a job it […]


Delicious Ways to Cut Calories at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Diet Tips – Easy, Delicious Ways to Cut Calories

Cutting calories at Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be complicated, boring, or stressful! These Thanksgiving diet tips range from the 80/20 rule (delicious ways to cut calories) to pedometers (easy ways to burn calories). “With men, there’s a preference toward comfort food that’s a little more healthy, like meat, pasta and potatoes,” says food psychologist and […]


Heart Healthy Diet Tips for Thanksgiving Dinner

These heart healthy diet tips for Thanksgiving dinner will help you enjoy a heart smart holiday season! Eating healthy can be delicious if you follow the right diet tips…… Before the tips, a quip: “With men, there’s a preference toward comfort food that’s a little more healthy, like meat, pasta and potatoes,” says food psychologist and […]


Going to a Potluck on Turkey Day? Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

These Thanksgiving dinner ideas are perfect if you’re invited to a potluck on turkey day and don’t know what to bring. Also included are tips on choosing the right wines for Thanksgiving dinner. Before the Thanksgiving potluck tips, a quip: “The funny thing about Thanksgiving, or any huge meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for […]


7 Easy Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Want to save money on groceries? These money saving tips for the kitchen will cut your restaurant and grocery stores costs in half…and you may even drop a few pounds while you’re at it. Before the tips, a quip: “I don’t like money, actually, but it quiets my nerves.” ~ Joe Louis. Cooking with wine isn’t a […]


What to Do Before Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’re wondering what to do before cooking Thanksgiving Day dinner, here are six decisions to make. These holiday tips will make your holiday meal easy and delicious, reduce your stress level, and help you get organized for Thanksgiving! Before the tips, a quip: “What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of […]


How to Reduce Stress at Christmas for Kids

These tips for reducing stress at Christmas for kids will help ensure a positive experience for the whole family. Stressed children at Christmas can not only ruin the holidays for them – it can affect the whole family. Plus, the after effects of holiday stress can for weeks after after all the gifts are unwrapped and the […]