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Last minute Superbowl party!

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Clockwise from top: Beer Candied Bacon, Tide and Thyme; Meatballs Collection, William Sonoma; Tailgate beer bucket, Celebrations.com; Chips and French Onion Dip, My Baking Addiction; Bloody Marys, Garden & Gun; Potato Bar, Real Simple

Okay gang, I have grandiose visions of being a great entertainer with wonderful coordinated menus and elegant presentation…. however, when the music in my head screeches to a halt- I get real.

Reality, for me at least, is that my husband and I like to host, however, it is almost always spur of the moment. Being bay area residents, we started having impromptu parties as soon as the 49ers got into the playoffs. (Admittedly, I’m not actually a 49ers fan. I grew up in Chicago… Go Bears!). Fan or no fan, the local team going all the way is certainly a good excuse for a party, so each game we have maxed out our 700 square foot apartment and huddled around the TV. Now it is Superbowl time and we have yet again decided (three days in advance and while I’m out of town on business) to host a party.

So, it’s planning time! Quick, easy and low-stress is my mantra.

Our guests will be mostly fellas, so frills are out and function is in…

Drinks: Lets stick with the B’s…. Beer (because the boys like it) and Bloody Mary’s (because I like it). I’m thinking to put the beers in a big galvanized metal bucket close to the TV. Bloody Mary’s will be in mason jars.

Main course: Lets face it, this is the Superbowl, it is mostly about the snacks. LOTS of snacks. So I’m planning to keep the main course simple and easy to eat. This weekend meatballs are going to be my meal of choice. The slowcooker is my party time savior… throw ’em in, turn it on, walk away. I’ll use an easy recipe such as this one for Cocktail Meatballs.

Snacks n Sides: I definitely want to morph Real Simple’s Potato bar concept into a potato skin bar. I’m envisioning that a bit of sour cream piped onto each potato skin will make them look just like a football. (Okay, I admit, I’m veering from my prior stated “no-frills” approach. I know the men will NOT appreciate this, but I gotta throw something in for my own amusement!) For my husband, I think I am required to try the Beer Candied Bacon recipe that I found on Tide & Thyme. To round out the the snack-centric gluttony I am going to lean on store bought chips, dip and pretzels.

Serving ware: I have two words for you… Store bought. I’ll put the meatballs, snacks, and sides out in real dishes but some good old Chinet should save me the joy of being up late on a Sunday washing dishes.

Happy Superbowl everyone!

2013 Calendars and Planners (Guaranteed not to beep, vibrate or bark!)

Poketo Agenda Planner

Poketo Agenda Planner

I faintly remember a time when I loved going to the bookstore during the first week of January and sifting through all the new calendars. I would get entranced by the big splashy graphics of the wall calendars and lose track of time trying to pick out which one I would take home with me. Then I would hit the personal planner section and flip through all the neat crisp pages with their charts and conversions and pockets and holiday listings. This tradition emphasized the sense of new beginnings and fresh starts while simultaneously giving me a decently good excuse to go shopping.

So what happened?
Google Calendar…. iPhone…. Micrsoft Outlook…. Need I say more?

I am syncing so much that I couldn’t miss an appointment if I tried! Our family Google Calendar syncs with my husband’s work laptop, his cell phone and my iPhone. My Outlook work calendar syncs to my iPhone and back to my Google Calendar. My birthday app (yes there’s an app for that) syncs with Facebook to keep track of everyone’s birthdays, which syncs with my Red Stamp app which allows me to send out semi personal digital or paper cards directly from my cell phone. Oh, and I almost forgot: my iCloud to-do list is syncing with both my Google Calendar and my iPhone GPS so that every time I leave the office my phone quacks like a duck and reminds me to bring home my Tupperware and sew a button on my co-workers jacket.

I’m in real deep…
I’m fully digital. As a matter of fact, I’m so far gone that I can barely remember life before digital. I’m not sure I’d know what to do if my calendar didn’t beep, quack, or ring at me. And yet, it seems so wrong…. Sometimes I dream about the days when I used to scribble and sketch in brightly colored agendas, and recently, I’ve seen so many beautiful ones that I started to wonder if I shouldn’t give it another chance. Perhaps at this stage in my life I am too far gone for a physical planner. But when did the large graphic wall calendar ever do me wrong?

So I’ve gathered together some of the most tempting planners, agendas, and calendars of 2013. After all, it may be too late for me, but there’s still hope for you…

Snow & Graham 2013 Desk Calendar

Snow & Graham 2013 Desk Calendar

Poketo Perfect Mini Planner III

Poketo Perfect Mini Planner III

Linda & Harriett Letterpress Perpetual Calendar

Linda & Harriett Letterpress Perpetual Calendar on Luxe Paperie

2013 Letterpress Art Desk Calendar & Wood Stump Holder on Luxe Paperie

2013 Letterpress Art Desk Calendar & Wood Stump Holder on Luxe Paperie

Graphic Image 2013 Metallic Leather Pocket Datebook

Graphic Image 2013 Metallic Leather Pocket Datebook

2013 Linnea Design Calendar

2013 Linnea Design Calendar

Old School Stationers 2013 Spiral Bound Wall Calendar

Old School Stationers 2013 Spiral Bound Wall Calendar

Voyage Eco Travel Journal

Poketo Voyage Eco Travel Journal

Voyage Eco Travel Journal

Poketo Voyage Eco Travel Journal