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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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You know what I love? Food. Friends. Family. The combination of all three. This year, we have made a pact in our house to entertain more. I don’t mean inviting people over and throwing a some deli meat and store bought rolls on the counter with a roll of paper towels. (Although, ahem, that has completely happened before. And it was wonderful.) Rather, we want to focus on the details. We want to put the love into the affair and make it something intentional and worthwhile and amazing. A key ingredient? The right tools.

Core Bamboo is a company that makes me want to throw a party every day of the year. From bamboo bowls to cutting trays, Core Bamboo brings organic to the table and all of their products have been created ethically and with social responsibility in mind. My kitchen is screaming for this Astor Bamboo Bowl and the X-large Bamboo Pro-Baker’s Measuring Board. But I’ll be honest. I would be hard pressed to find any item in this shop that I couldn’t find a use for. Yes, I most definitely “Heart  It.”

Core Bamboo is giving away two Bamboo Square Cheese and Entertainment Sets to two lucky winners (one each)! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, February 13th.Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Core Bamboo and tell us your best advice for throwing a great party.
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, February 18th, to see if you’ve won!

 

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  1. 1
    Katherine says:

    I’ve learned to just relax about the mess until everyone is gone! Nothing stops a party like merging it with a counter-wiping, dish-washing session. I think guests feel more at home and welcome when you just let it be and focus on the people!

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    echo says:

    I like to keep it small, inviting folks I can’t wait to see, and a ready supply of fresh, simple snacks and classic drinks. Cozy spots to sit and talk, or play games

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    Gali says:

    Know your crowd! There is no point in going all out with fancy dishes when it’s just your close buddies and a BOYB (bring your own booze) event is ok. No point in stressing for small get togethers! 

  4. 4
    Juliet Farmer says:

    i find that as long as i keep the cocktails flowing, it’s all good! 

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    rachel says:

    Have plenty of snacks, a delicious drink and a few rowdy friends :)

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    Tiffany says:

    Wow what wonderful products! And they’d actually help with my best piece of advice. I’ve learned to keep it simple and/or prep as much as possible before the party. You don’t want to be working in the kitchen while your guests are socializing and laughing. You want to be WITH them!

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    Susan F says:

    We entertain often for both family and friends,  My best advice is to chose a menu that allows me to mingle with my guests so I  can enjoy my time with them and am not in the kitchen all night, or often times my husband and I will take turns getting the food ready and chatting with guests.  Another VERY important thing is to clean as I cook so I don’t have a sink full of pots and pans waiting for me along with the dinner dishes.  By the way, I LOVE the cheese board and Cheese is always one of the best appetizers to serve, easy and so many great varieties.  My new favorite is goat cheese rolled in Blueberry’s ( Trade Joes)

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    Aleta says:

    I guess my best advice is to do as much prep before hand as possible so you can enjoy the party with your guests. I even have backup platters ready to go in my fridge so that when food gets low I can just swap out platters and don’t get stuck in the kitchen scrambling around… there’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a wonderful gathering of friends and family and getting stuck in the kitchen!

  9. 9

    A great menu, with healthy and filling snacks! You must have fruit and veggies too or else everyone will feel yucky by the end of the night. You also need pretty bowls and plates to display everything in!

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    Wendy Blue says:

    What a great contest! My advice is prepare everything ahead of time, open bar (wine, beer, a signature cocktail and choices for non-alcohol drinkers), laid back tunes, and seating for everyone. I live in Canada, hope I can still participate :)

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    amy jordan says:

    my advice would be keep it simple, especially if you’re a novice like me. serve your regular foods, but maybe throw in something new! serve your food in decorative or festive bowls or containers. also try to prepare most of it ahead of time, so you can enjoy your party with friends and family instead of being stuck in the kitchen! just try not to overdo it! less is best!

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    Brittany K says:

    Have backups of everything, use “fancy” paper plates, clean up right after everyone leaves – you won’t want to in the morning!

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    Emily B says:

    I think the best advice about throwing a great party is to just do it. I can worry too much about food and decorations and whether everyone will get along and whether my house is spotless, when, really, people are just thrilled to be invited and to chat and eat and get to know one another. I have to stop letting that stuff get in the way of the beauty of friends and family communing together over food and conversation. my family and I are up and moving to the middle of nowhere oklahoma for a military assignment and I’m trying to pump myself up to get to know people and invite people over and throw parties galore. I want to make the best of our time there, however short or long it may be, and come away with a bundle of friends and memories.

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    Natalie says:

    I like to follow Coco Chanel’s advice when it comes to entertaining, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

  15. 15
    Andrea says:

    Relax and enjoy your guests.  :)

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    Jaclyn says:

    Getting as much prepared ahead of time as possible. Thanks for the chance!

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    ren says:

    while i am all for the relax and enjoy advice, i also say, make sure if you are offering food and drink, you have plenty. nothing is worse than a host doling out a single cocktail weenie per guest. you don’t have to offer a lot of expensive stuff, or a lot of variety, a giant bucket of popcorn and a case of beer goes pretty far, just make sure there’s a bowlful of popcorn and a few drinks per guest and you will be fine.

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    holly says:

    to stop and enjoy the moment. so many times we’re behind the scenes, cooking, cleaning, preparing, decorating, and we forget to stop and savor the priceless times sharing moments with friends and family.

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    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    Well, Tiffany already said (almost word for word) what I was…..Keep it simple so you can enjoy the gathering & ~keep smilin’~

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    Courtney J says:

    My best advice is to always have music playing in the background; it keeps the atmosphere lively, gives guests something to talk about (if they run out of ideas), and if there’s that lull during conversation where everything is “quiet”, there will be music playing. You should of course change the genre of music from time to time…such as fast-paced at the beginning, but slower and more jazz towards the end of the evening.

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    Lizzy says:

    For me if I feel like I have the house clean and I am prepped for the dinner then I am calm and in turn I can enjoy my guests and things just flow better.

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    Laurie says:

    Don’t sweat the small stuff! Your house does not have to be perfect to have a lovely party.
    Lot’s and lots of food! Enjoy the party instead of rushing around trying to be the hostess with the most.

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    jane says:

    yep i think it’s important to be calm, relaxed and prepared beforehand food-wise. but i think great parties are made up of great conversations and only when you’re truly interested in the people coming to the party then will there be great conversations. and that will subsequently place less attention on the food and setting :)

  24. 24
    julia says:

    Preparation, setting the mood with lighting and decorations, simple (but beautiful) food and drinks, and a relaxed host/hostess!
     

  25. 25

    I have pretty limited experience, but I think it’s best to do as much prep ahead of time and then throw up your feet and have fun when your guests arrive. Also, inviting fun people helps a lot.

  26. 26
    Lucy says:

    Both food and friends (now, old, or both) are essential to an enjoyable party!

  27. 27
    Eden says:

    Have fresh flowers.
    Don’t serve cheese puffs.
    Play music.
    Serve wine.
    Have fun :)

  28. 28
    syd says:

    Working a wedding planner for a year, this question was asked of me a lot. My advice would be simple:  wine is lovely and courage-worthy, drink it; music is tasteful, listen on low; nooks and crannies provide ambiance, choose a great space; flowers are pretty, include them; friends are amazing, enjoy them.

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    Heather N. says:

    Nothing gets a party going like good wine, good cheese, and a good game of Cranium.

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    Sonia says:

    Bake breakfast bars before the party and send your guests home with them at the end of the night so that they have a healthy and delicious treat for the morning after!

  31. 31
    Kyle says:

    The best way to throw the best party is to invite your best friends. It doesn’t matter where you are, what you have, if you don’t have good friends. Without your friends, life is boring.

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    Emma says:

    Think about your guests. It might sound silly but a little goes a long way. Of course, your party is YOUR party, but at the same time, your guests are YOUR guests. Thus, you dictate what they encounter at your party. Would you yourself like to go to a party where you can’t eat anything because everything is meat-based (and you are a vegetarian) and you feel constantly sick because there are over-perfumed candles everywhere (and you have allergies)? Thinking about your guests in your space, at the party, before the party actually happens is the best way to making sure that your party is fun for everyone and a success. Even if you are only serving three types of snacks, make sure that everyone can eat at least one. Nothing is worse than leaving a party hungry.

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    Jessica says:

    Plan a party that your guests would enjoy. It’s so easy to approach entertaining by thinking about what looks best, or what I as the host would like best without thinking about what would make guests feel more comfortable. If you serve a great wine to a beer only crowd, it doesn’t matter how good your wine paring was – no one will like it.

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    Noma says:

    Play fantastic music that makes shuffling and cha-cha-ing inevitable. Also, prepare fancy hor d’oeuvres that titillate the taste buds to explosive and unexplored beyonds. That’s a great party.

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    Kate B says:

    The most important thing to me and my husband is to provide tasty food. We think pretty hard about the menu when we’re having gatherings at our place and try to tailor it to the atmosphere we’re going for. We love to create delicious things for our friends (and love even more when it’s a pot-luck get together and everyone can be surprised by tasty dishes), nothing gives us greater joy. We like a mix of tried-and-true dishes and one or two things that is new, even though that’s a little scary!

    (That cheese board is so beautiful, I would love to gift it to my friend!)

  36. 36
    Theresa says:

    If it is a small party, don’t forget to be choosy with the guest lost. I don’t mean YOUR most favorite people, I mean people who will get along best with each other.

    For large parties? When it comes to food and booze, leftovers are better the. Running out.

  37. 37
    Lindsay G. says:

    The most important element in any epic party, the one that should be planned out most carefully and with the greatest eye for detail, is the people! 

    The right people will automatically create a fun atmosphere and lots of memories, and they’ll be happy with everything else, just because you spent time on it!

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    Erin says:

    My best advice for a good party is to cultivate an atmosphere of relaxation and comfort! Anything TOO rigidly planned gives the impression of inflexibility and makes people anxious that they’re going to “do something wrong.” It’s important to go with the flow!

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    Dana J. says:

    Best advice for a good party – surround yourself with AWESOME people!

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    Katie B says:

    I’m married to a Swiss, and his best party advice is cheese, lots and lots of cheese!

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    Amaranta says:

    A good playlist, lots of food (with healthy and vegetarian options), drinks and pretending you are also a guest. Having fun with your friends instead of obsessing over details.

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    Jenni says:

    Plan as much as you can before the event. The food, the music, the clean house, etc… but when the guests arrive just let it all go! A good party always includes a hostess that is having fun with all of her guests. If you are in the kitchen or fussing over details, your guests will want to help out rather than enjoy themselves.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    Best party advice? Tons of food! Have way more than you think you’ll need for a few reasons: a) even if the social aspect of the party is lacking at least everyone can go home with a full belly and be happy and b) the next day leftovers will be much appreciated as you clean up the disaster area that is your living room…especially if you are hungover.