Posts Tagged ‘ Birthday Party ’

Got a Food Question? Ask Chef Britt Kurent!

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Britt Kurent

True story: The other night I was on the phone with a friend at 11 p.m. when she had to put me on hold to answer the door. Her late night visitor? A deliveryman dropping off cookies for a bake sale at her child’s school the next day.

My friend is a busy working mom and didn’t have time to bake something herself (and is lucky enough to live in a city that delivers any type of food at any time of day). But what if there was no magical late-night deliveryman? What could she have whipped up with little effort in such a short period of time?

It’s a perfect question for Chef Britt Kurent. Trained at The Institute of Culinary Education, Kurent is founder and owner of Kurent Events, a catering company in New York City. She and her team cater everything from backyard BBQs to sophisticated weddings. Kurent was even a contestant on the hit Bravo show, Rocco’s Dinner Party.

And now she’s ready to help you! Kurent wants to answer your questions about food, cooking, and party planning. Hosting a party for kids and adults and clueless on what to serve to make everyone happy? Dying to learn how to stop burning every batch of cookies you make? Got an upcoming bake sale? Kurent has tips and suggestions for all of these questions and more.

Leave a question for Kurent in the comments section!

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Win Tickets to See Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Is your child obsessed with a group of funky, neon-colored friends named Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Toodee, and Plex? If the answer is “Yes!,” we know where you can score tickets to see Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE in a city near you. 

Starting at 12 pm on Friday, September 9, you’re invited to attend an virtual birthday celebration with Memorex and Yo Gabba Gabba!  The 20-minute party will be streaming live on Ustream at

During the party, kids and parents can chat live with Yo Gabba Gabba! characters and their friend Leslie Hall, dance and sing along to favorite songs, watch clips of the LIVE! tour, and win prizes including free tickets to see Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE.  Just watch the 20-minute party on Ustream for more information on how to win tickets.

Don’t forget to help your favorite Yo Gabba Gabba! characters make a wish when they blow out the candles on their virtual cake!

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Happy Birthday Elmo

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Elmo turned 3 ½-years-old today. Wait, didn’t he turn 3 ½-years-old last year, too?  Guess our favorite Sesame Street character will always be young at heart! The lovable Elmo tweeted this morning, “Elmo wants to thank everyone for all the birthday wishes! But Elmo only has 140 spaces? How does Elmo get everyone’s name in?”

Since Elmo just celebrated his birthday, why not start thinking about your little one’s celebration? The main attraction of any party is the cake. Watch our step-by-step instructional video to baking incredible cakes. From princesses to space cadets, every tot loves a theme party.

With all the fun games, delicious food, and great company, we’re sure your little one won’t forget this celebration anytime soon. Also, don’t get overwhelmed with all the planning. Make sure to check out our party planning tips.

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Twine Arts

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010



Baker’s twine has become an irreplaceble craft supply for me. When in doubt, I say use the red and white string. I love that companies are breaking out with other colors, like these great ones from Divine Twine.

But what can you do with Divine Twine besides wrapping gift boxes? Make greeting cards! These precious designs were made by Suzonne from Urban Comfort. Check out her blog…it’s full of great crafts and yummy recipes!

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The Color of Love

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010


Valentine’s Day is one of my very favorite excuses to craft, and if you’re looking for a non-sugary, inexpensive gift, look no further. The Long Thread posted this adorable heart crayon, made by melting crayon scraps, but she took it one step further by mounting it on this sweet card! And she’s that nice that you can dowload two different heart cards from her blog for free.

Now that’s true love!

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Group Gifting Made Easy

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

2332323845_7da04fefc2 As summer approaches, it’s time for Moms to start thinking about end-of-school-year gifts for the teachers, coaches, and day care providers who’ve played such pivotal roles in their kids’ lives. In this economy, the most sensible option for most families is to go in together on a group gift—but who wants to be the one stuck chasing down other Moms at the playground to get them to pay their share?

Well, thanks to a new website,, no one has to take on that thankless task. eDivvy allows an organizer to quickly set up a gift event by selecting a gift on the site (choose from thousands of great items from top retailers like Macy’s, the Apple Store, Sur La Table and more) and then inviting others to pitch in by adding in their email addresses. Invitees can then choose the amount they want to contribute, then safely and securely charge that to a credit card. (The organizer can also check in throughout the process and send gentle reminders if need be.) Once the gift total is reached, it’s sent directly to the recipient—along with a virtual gift card signed by all the contributors. Easy—and no fronting the bill required!

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The Cupcake Craze Continues

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009


It seems Goodyblog has been rather quiet lately about our eternal love for the cupcake. Have no doubt, they are still our pastry of choice. I came across this great how-to set today on Oh Joy!. The Cupcake Kit,
By Elinor Klivans, comes complete with everything you need to make scrumptious cupcakes:
14 recipes, 250 decorative cup liners in two sizes, a
pastry bag, and an assortment of piping tips for creating one-of-a-kind

It's almost worth it just for those precious liners. Available at

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ABCs You Can Eat

Thursday, January 15th, 2009


This cake pan (which is customizable to form any letter or number) definitely wins the why-didn't-I-think-of-that award. It's $40 well-spent: You'll use this baby year after year. Or at least until your kids refuse another number or initial cake.

Found via craftzine.

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