We have all been there. We have decided to throw a dinner party at the last minute , only to be stressed out , feeling as if nothing is going to go right. Well I’m here to give you the tips to make sure that you never feel that way again.

The biggest solution to not feeling stressed during a dinner party is preparation and planning. Procrastination is what brings on the stress. image.jpeg

Best tips for throwing a stress free dinner party

  • Always cook with the freshest ingredients possible. This will make everything taste better and is the more healthier option overall. 
  • Always prepare your meal plan ahead of time or your menu. This takes time away from the planning process. It will be so much less stressful when heading to the store. The last thing you want to do is sit in the store wondering what to make. I would make the menu out from everything from appetizers to dessert. If you know you are having guest that prefer gluten free or vegetarian dishes, try to opt for one or two to accommodate them. There are amazing dishes on Pinterest
  • Don’t stress about having everything perfect. Being stress free will give you time to entertain your guests and have fun. 
  • Play some background music when entertaining. This will break the stiffness up and makes everything flow so much more better. A great Pandora station is sister Nancy. It’s an ecclectic reggae. 
  • Make sure you have plenty of drinks and wine flowing at all times. I know all of my girlfriends favorite wines, so I make sure to have plenty of it on hand. I would advise to add in some cute little wine tags for all the glasses. The last thing you want is someone looking around for their wine glass. 
  • Dont skimp on the appetizers. Have plenty to choose from for when guests arrive. A great baguette with truffle oil and a variety of cheeses never hurt anyone. 
  • Have some great ambiance around the house. I have all my lights on dimmers and it helps to drop the lighting or raise the lighting when needed. image.jpeg

These tips are perfect for throwing that amazing party. You will go on being stress free about the little things going forward. Enjoy

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Hi ladies! 

I have the perfect dessert for this fall season. I love a mixture of fruit in pie. It’s so delicious and is a hit with my family. I had to share it with you so that you can see what you’ve been missing. 

-2 cups organic blueberries

-2 cups fresh organic strawberries cut

-3/4 cup sugar 

-1/4 cup cornstarch

The zest of an orange

-2tbsp butter

-1 organic free range egg 

-1 tablespoon water

-1 unbaked organic pie crust. 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Stir together your blueberries, strawberries, sugar, cornstarch and zest . Pour in unbaked 9 inch pie crust . Beat together your egg and water. Lightly brush mixture into top of pie crust. Bake 50-55 min. You will love it! 

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Hi ladies! 

I have to share with you one of my all time favorite drinks. I’m a huge wine drinker, but I absolutely love watermelon. If I can have a delicious cocktail with watermelon, I’m definitely going to. 

Watermelon has a huge water content , which makes this drink so delicious. If you are one that is getting bored with a certain cocktail, you may want to try this. This is refreshing as well as delicious. 

This is making 1 drink.

-1/2 cup chopped seedless watermelon

-1/4 cup club soda

-1 shot of vodka 

-ice to blend

Place the watermelon and club soda and ice in your blender. Blend it well and then once it’s blended, add your vodka. Yummy! Add a garnishment such as mint or a cucumber. 

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Hi Ladies! 

We hear the word relaxation, and I’m sure a lot of you laugh when you hear that word. Many people seem to not get any ” me” time due to the hectic lifestyles we live. It’s not going to be given to us, so it’s very important that we make it. 

I know your thinking there is no way you can make it, but I promise you can. It can be simply of taking 10 minutes to take a hot bath, or 30 minutes to take a short walk. I love playing tennis on the weekends, and I maintain that every weekend. A wine night out with the girls never hurt either. Statistics show that stress over load or what they call burn out will wreak havoc on our bodies and health. It’s apparative we make ” me ” time. 

Stress is such a huge factor in what causes many diseases and ailments. Meditation is a wonderful way to take 10 minutes of “me” time. I have many amazing meditation podcasts that I love. Stress overload can cause high blood pressure, obesity , and heart problems among other things. Take time for yourself. I can’t stress the importance. My favorite way to unwind is watching a great movie with my family and having a good glass of Pinot. We weren’t put on this earth to never take time for ourselves. We have to take care of ourselves before we can take care of everyone else. When we enjoy what we are doing, everything is balanced. Who said Laughter didn’t help stress levels. Laugh every chance you can get. Your heart and health will appreciate it. 

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Hi Dolls.

Are you one that says to yourself every day, “only if there was 24 more hours? I know I am, and the reason? Its constant going. Life is quick, and the days seem short anymore. It’s easy to get caught up in the needs of your family, and not taking time for yourself., then before you know it , you are feeling completely burnt out. Well here are some great ways to avoid burn out. One thing that you need to understand is that every time you get something taken off you TO-DO list, there is another thing that takes it spot. Life will not slow down.

REPLACE COFFEE WITH TEA

There are many benefits to caffeine. ( Did you happen to see my recent post on it?)If you are one that feels during the day , you crash in the mid afternoon, then you may want to try to replace your caffeine fix with something more calming, such as chamomile or mint tea. They have more relaxing benefits for the body, and will not leave you feeling like you need to take a mid day nap.pexels-photo (1)

MEDITATE OR TRY SOME YOGA

These both are some of my favorites. If you are one that is a bit intimidated by yoga, then just try some yoga poses in your own home, or if you are one that really doesn’t know how to meditate, I’m here to tell you that there is no special way. The best way to start is to find a quiet place in your home or office, and sit and think about something that makes you happy. It is very important to focus on your breath, and inhale through your nose, and out your mouth. Playing some relaxing music also helps. If you are still now confident with trying it on your own, find a meditation podcast. Those are wonderful. My favorite is Mary Meckley podcasts. Shes wonderful.

SPEND TIME IN NATURE

Spending time in nature with friends is always a great way to relax. Grab a friend and go for a walk, or take your kids to a local park. Its just nice to sit out , and get out of your element.

GO EASY ON THE ALCOHOL

Having a glass of red wine with dinner is surely ok, but drinking more than that before bed , will disrupt sleep, and wake you , making you dehydrated, which in turn will not give you a full nights rest. This is very important. Too much alcohol will also make you crash, and leave you feeling tired the next day.

There are many ways to find relaxation. My favorite is working out daily. The minute my body has been worked, I feel on top of my game, and I do feel more relaxed. When I have went a few days without working out, that is when I feel at my worse. It makes my mind clouded. Its all about what makes you feel grounded and relaxed. That’s what works!

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