Hawaiian Luau Party Decorations

A Hawaiian Luau party (also popularly known as a Bali Hai party, Tiki party, or Island party) is great for an interactive and festive party that offers a multitude of easy and cheap luau decorations. The main aim here is to utilize the luau party decorations to create a casual atmosphere that will not only entertain your guests, but also make them feel relaxed. Hibiscus flowers, palm trees, tiki huts, surfboards, coconuts and other tropical decorations form the core of a Hawaiian Luau party.

Hawaiian Luau Party Decorations
Hawaiian Luau Party Decorations

Hawaiian Party Decorating Basics

In order to achieve a delicate balance of a fun and engaging party atmosphere that will also convey taste and sophistication, proper placement of Hawaiian party decorations. Below are some simple tips on luau decorating ideas that will ensure that your party is a hit!

Planned placement of decorations

  • For placement of decorations, choose locations that guests are most likely to visit.
  • Arrange accents where guests are likely to “stumble upon” them.
  • Plan decorations in such a way that they are meant to be discovered over the duration of the party, and will thus help to keep your party interesting.

The key strategic position for the placement of Hawaiian party decorations are as follows:

(i) The Entrance

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(ii) The Drinks Stand

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(iii) The Restroom

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(iv) Party Area and Lighting

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That’s pretty much everything that you need to keep in mind when it comes to Hawaiian luau decorations. Remember, Hawaiian Luau parties are meant to be colorful and lively, and one that includes a variety of tropical elements.

Unique Wedding Bands For Men And Women

The wedding band symbolizes eternal love, and on your big day, you will need a bold and unique wedding band that shines as bright as your love; that you’ll wear day in, day out. The true challenge lies in finding a style that will look stunning stacked with your engagement ring—and just as chic all alone. Picking out a worthy wedding band is pretty serious business, and below are some of the most unique wedding bands I have come across that are sure to please you.

Unique Wedding Bands

Tungsten Carbide Hammer Finish Wedding Band

Tungsten Carbide Hammer Unique Wedding Band
Tungsten Carbide Hammer Finish Wedding Band

Price On Amazon: $99.99      -      -      -     

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name: Titanium Kay

Material: Tungsten Carbide

Width: 8 millimeters

My Rating: 4.5/5

A perfect, unique wedding band for men has a tungsten carbide hammer finish that symbolizes the strength of the wedding bond and has a classic bold look. This unique wedding band has a beveled appearance, and grooves next to the hammered finish – a unique design that would perfectly match a masculine, confident man. Heavy, classy, hammered, unique,  and elegant, this tungsten carbide wedding band has excellent durability, and is available at a great price.

Stunning Stripes Wedding Tungsten Band

Stunning Stripes Wedding Tungsten Band
Stunning Stripes Wedding Tungsten Band

Price On Amazon: $29.90      -      -      -     

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name: R&B Jewelry

Material: Tungsten

Width: 9 millimeters

My Rating: 4.7/5

Featuring exquisite stripes design on shiny, gold tungsten, this beautiful wedding band is sure to turn some heads on the big day. And did I mention it is available at a great price of just 30$ ? Looking at the price, you might think that this wedding band may be made of low-quality materials, but let me assure you that this stunning wedding band is extremely durable, with a mirror finish that will last a lifetime. This particular band arrives with an elegant complimentary gift box.

Orazio Stunning Two Tone Wedding Band

Orazio Stunning Two Tone Wedding Band
Orazio Stunning Two Tone Wedding Band

Price On Amazon: $313.82      -      -      -     

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name: Alain Raphael

Material: 10K Yellow Solid Gold & .925 Sterling Silver

Width: Customisable

My Rating: 5/5

There are a lot of beautiful and unique wedding bands available nowadays, but a wedding band as beautiful and exquisite as this is something no human can resist.  One of the most popular wedding bands around, this gorgeous piece of jewelry is a class apart from other wedding bands. It has a classic two-tone design that will suit both men and women perfectly. This unique wedding band has a delicately detailed floral inlay that is mesmerizing.

 

Two Tone Solid Gold Design Carved Wedding Band

Two Tone Solid Gold Design Carved Wedding Band
Two Tone Solid Gold Design Carved Wedding Band

Price On Amazon: $229.99      -      -      -     

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name: JDBands

Material: White and Yellow Gold

Width: 4.50 millimeters

My Rating: 4.9/5

Handcrafted by highly skilled artisan jewelers, this classic, modern and unique wedding ring from JDBands is made specifically for women. Due to its low width, it may not be suitable for men. Because of the satin finish, the yellow gold may look softer in indoor lighting than showed in the above picture. If you are a fan of milgrain (a thousand grains) engraving, then this unique wedding band is sure to please you. Made of yellow gold, it comes at a very competitive price, and is no doubt, a head-turner!

Exquisite Victorian Style Wedding Band

Exquisite Victorian Style Wedding Band
Exquisite Victorian Style Wedding Band

Price On Amazon: $52.00      £40.74      -      -     

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name: Eve’s Addiction

Material: Sterling Silver

Width: 8 millimeters

My Rating: 4.7/5

Now this is a really unique wedding band that has that “WOW” factor we all seek, at a very affordable price! For the fans of the Regency and Victorian eras, this is as good as it can get. Even though it is truly exquisite and quite durable for its price, the rough texture can make it sometimes uncomfortable to wear. Oh, and did I mention that this wedding band has milgrain engraving?

Vintage Floral Wedding Band in 14K White Gold

Vintage Floral Wedding Band
Vintage Floral Wedding Band

Price On Amazon: $665.00      -      -      -     

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name: Apples of Gold

Material: White Gold

Width: 3 millimeters

My Rating: 4.9/5

What really stands out in this unique wedding band is its softly woven floral pattern in 14K solid white gold, a reminiscent of the vintage era. A comfort fit wedding band with the width of just 3 millimeters, it may be more suitable for women. Subtle but beautiful, this dainty wedding band is not overly shiny and has excellent durability.

White and Yellow Gold Victorian Style Tapered Wedding Band

Victorian-Style-Gold-Tapered-Wedding-Band
Victorian Style Gold Tapered Wedding Band

Price On Amazon: $680.99      -      -      -     

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name: GemAffair

Material: White and Yellow Gold

Width: 8 millimeters

My Rating: 5/5

A thick and beautiful Victorian style wedding band crafted in White and Yellow Gold, it has a higher price tag than the other wedding bands listed here. If the price doesn’t bother you, this wedding band is truly one of its kind, with a classic two tone design and intricate engravings. The love of your life deserves the best; give it with this exquisite unisex marital band.

10K Gold Round Diamond Wedding Band

10K Gold Diamond Wedding Band
10K Gold Diamond Wedding Band

Price On Amazon: -      -      CDN$ 487.80      -     

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name: DazzlingRock Collection

Material: Rose Gold, White Gold or Yellow Gold

Width: 2.50 millimeters

My Rating: 5/5

The crème de la crème of all unique wedding bands for women,  it features 0.20 ct white diamonds in prong setting. Featuring glittering white gold with sparkling diamonds, one can not simply resist this beautiful wedding band. Already in love with it?

White Gold Single Twisted Rope Wedding Band

White Gold Twisted Rope Wedding Band
White Gold Twisted Rope Wedding Band

Price On Amazon: $129.00      -      -      -     

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name: e-Weddingbands

Material: Yellow gold

Width: 2 millimeters

My Rating: 4.7/5

This is a very beautiful wedding band for women, and is just 2 millimeters wide. Two of these gorgeous bands can be placed on either side of your engagement ring and thus complement it. The single twisted rope design is a very popular nowadays. This unique wedding band is designed to stack, and will look really nice next to a diamond engagement ring. The rope design represents intertwined lives and love.

Carbon Fiber Inlay Tungsten Carbide Wedding Band

Carbon Fiber Tungsten Carbide Wedding Band
Carbon Fiber Tungsten Carbide Wedding Band

Price On Amazon: $39.95      -      -      -     

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name: e-Weddingbands

Material: Yellow gold

Width: 8 millimeters

My Rating: 4.7/5

Featuring a checkerboard type of look and vivid red carbon fiber, this comfort fit wedding band looks absolutely gorgeous. Being a tungsten wedding band, there is no doubt that it is very durable. This specific band uses nickel as a binding agent unlike most wedding rings which use cobalt.

How to Make Spinach Pie – A Unique Recipe

Spinach pie is a deliciously healthy and light meal that is sure to please both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. So let us learn how to make spinach pie.

Delicious Spinach Pie Recipe

SERVES 6
TAKES 1 hour 20 minutes

What You Will Need

      • 500 g Puff Pastry (Ready Made)
      • 500 g Fresh Spinach
      • 400 g Feta Cheese
      • 3 Large Eggs
      • Freshly Grated Nutmeg
      • Salt & Pepper to taste
      • 2 Large Tomatoes (Optional)
How To Make Spinach Pie Recipe
Making Delicious Spinach Pie

Procedure For Making Spinach Pie

  1. Roll out the pastry & use it to line the greased baking dish.
  2. Cover & place in the fridge to cool.
  3. Wash, drain & cook the spinach.
  4. Leave it in a sieve to drain & cool.
  5. In a large bowl crumble the feta cheese.
  6. Roughly chop the cooled spinach & add to the feta.
  7. Add the beaten eggs & mix well.
  8. Grate about 1 tsp of nutmeg into the mixture.
  9. Season to taste (Careful with the salt as feta can be quite salty).
  10. Pile into the pastry lined baking dish.
  11. Spread evenly & bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  12. While it’s baking slice the tomatoes.
  13. After 30 minutes remove the pie from the oven & spread the tomato slices on top.
  14. Return it to the oven & bake for a further 30 minutes.
  15. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Why You Shouldn’t Use Frozen Spinach

I like to use fresh spinach because I find frozen spinach a bit soggy. If you can’t get fresh or prefer to use frozen spinach, here are some suggestions:

  1. Use about 30% more because a lot of the weight is just water.
  2. Defrost it thoroughly in a sieve before using to avoid excess water in your pie.
  3. After defrosting squeeze as much water out as you can & leave to drain in a sieve.
  4. Don’t bother to chop it, it will already be squishy enough.

  • Once cooled it’s easy to transport & is great served cold with potato salad & mixed vegetable salad.
  • The one pictured below is best for serving at home. It was baked in a 23 cm x 30 cm serving dish.
  • When I take my spinach pie out of the house I make it in a wider flatter dish (Approx 33 cm x 30 cm) so that it sets a bit firmer & is easy to slice up & eat as finger food.

So this is how to make spinach pie! Hope you liked this recipe for spinach pie, and feel free to voice your suggestions in the comments section below.
How To Make Spinach Pie Recipe
The Final Look

 

Most Expensive Chocolates For The Chocoholics

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The list of the most expensive chocolates that you can buy right away!

Chocolates! Who doesn’t like chocolates?! Right from the time chocolates evolved in 1900 BC, they have been bringing smiles on every face on this planet, young and adults alike. And if you are one of those elite chocoholics like me, it is time that you treat yourself to a truly world-class experience with the world’s most expensive chocolates!

While the world’s most expensive chocolate that may cost quarter a million dollars is not for everyone, the expensive chocolates I list here are no doubt an affordable luxury from the expensive chocolate brands from all over the world!

On a side note, almost all of these fine, high end chocolates chocolates are available on Amazon.com . Also, there may be examples of the most expensive chocolates that sell for more,but these examples refer more to chocolate in praline form or with the addition of pure gold (or some precious gems) to the packaging.

The Most Expensive Chocolates

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Amedei

Limited Edition Porcelana Bar

Amedei Porcelana, a dark chocolate made by the Amedei chocolatier of Tuscany, is often quoted the most expensive chocolate in the world. Priced at 90$ a pound, this chocolate gets its name from the rare white cocoa beans, Porcelana Cocoa from which it is made.This certainly is an affordable luxury, and a must try for all chocoholics!

Most Expensive Chocolate From Amedei
Most Expensive Chocolate From Amedei

Price On Amazon: $21.55      £10.26      -      -     

Delicious, Rich, Luxury Easter Eggs

 

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Crafted from the finest chocolate and presented beautifully, treat yourself and your loved ones to one of these luxury Easter eggs for an unforgettable Easter experience!

Luxury Easter Eggs

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Lindt Lindor Gold Bunny Luxury Egg – 260g

As lovely as it looks, Lindt Lindor’s Gold Bunny Luxury Egg is as delicious as it can get.  These Easter eggs are specially imported from the United Kingdom.  Two Lindt Gold bunnies and a delicious milk chocolate egg makes this this luxurious treat a great treat to share with your loved ones. One of the finest luxury Easter eggs on Amazon, I must say!

Luxury Easter Eggs From Lindt Lindor
Lindt Lindor Gold Bunny Luxury Egg – 260g

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5 Birthday Party Planning Tips For Busy Mums

Children love parties and it is important that you organize a nice birthday for your children to enjoy. Planning a party is never easy and it takes a bit time to get it all done. To make it all a little bit easier for you here are five really helpful tips to keep in mind.

Birthday Party Planning Tips For Busy Mums

These birthday party planning tips can make birthday party planning a lot quicker for busy mums.

1. Have A Theme For The Party

You’re going to have much more fun planning the party if you select a theme. It makes planning a lot simpler and adds something to focus on. There are many different party themes for children’s parties.

Naturally, you should also ask for some ideas from the big birthday hero.

Children often have some ideas for their own birthdays and it is a good idea to listen to them to guarantee they have a nice party.

2. Set A Timetable

Timetable and a budget are essential for a good party. It is a good idea to take some pen and paper and start jotting down all the things you need to get done before the party. Divide all the things between different days and make sure you use your calendar to see when you are free.

Stick to the timetable. If you need to get something done on a specific day then make sure you get it done. If you start removing and rescheduling the things you need to do you’ll quickly notice that you are doing it all on the final week of the party.

3. Organize It Somewhere Else

You might also want to consider organizing the party somewhere else. It isn’t necessary to have the party at your home and you can find some budget-friendly locations for a children’s birthday party.

Look around and think about different options. Organizing the party away from home will save you the time from having to clean and decorate the house. If the party is during summer then organizing it outside is a lovely idea as well.

4. Don’t Try To Do It All Alone

You also don’t need to try to be a super mum and do it all on your own. For instance, cooking and baking all the foods for the party is going to take a lot of time. So to make it easier for you purchase some of it ready-made.

You can also save plenty of time if you purchase the items online. For example, buy some party foods from the online shops that different supermarkets have. You can even get birthday cakes online these days.

5. Get Children To Craft Decorations

You can also save a lot of time and money by asking your children to help with the decorations. This is something they can do while you are preparing food and you can get the project started well before the actual birthday, for example.

You can find a lot of lovely decoration ideas from the Crafty Cow website. There are plenty of fun things to do with children and it gives a nice, unique look for your party.

About The Author

Amanda Taylor has three little boys and she is so keen on planning and organizing parties. She loves to have children running around the house. When she wants to take some time for herself she loves to go for a proper manicure.

Vegan Korean – Style Super Bowl Wings

As one of the biggest sports events in the United States approaches, it’s about time to start planning your Super Bowl party spread! Though it’s typically a very meat-filled occasion, there are plenty of ways to make your party friendly to your vegan and vegetarian friends and neighbors. These Korean-style “wings” are tangy, spicy, and perfect for washing down with a pint of beer.

Vegan Korean-style Super Bowl Wings

MAKES 12 WINGS

What You Will Need

  • 1 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce plus 3 tablespoons
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp gochujang, or Korean red pepper paste
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • toasted sesame seeds

Procedure For Making Vegan Korean-style Super Bowl Wings

  1. Start by putting a large pot of water (about 8 cups) on a high flame to boil.
  2. In the meantime, mix the wheat gluten, ginger powder, and garlic powder together in a bowl. In another bowl, mix ½ cup soy sauce with the vegetable broth and 1 tbsp sesame oil, then pour and mix into the dry mixture. Knead together until it forms a dough ball.
  3. Use kitchen shears to divide the dough ball into small pieces, about ½” long. (The pieces will get bigger when you boll them.) Gradually add the dough pieces into the boiling water, then lower the heat to a simmer. Leave the dough to boil for an hour, uncovered.
  4. While the “wings” boil, make the sauce. Mix the remaining sesame oil with gochujang, minced ginger, minced garlic, and sake in a large bowl.
  5. When the wings are done, let them cool for 20 minutes. When chilled, toss them in a mixture of flour, salt, and pepper to coat, then fry in hot oil until crispy.
  6. Finally, toss the fried “wings” in your sauce and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds!

Hope you liked the recipe for Vegan Korean-Style Super Bowl Wings!

How To Make Your Birthday A Memorable Event

Hosting a birthday party can be an extremely stressful event and can potentially take the gloss of a supposedly enjoyable event. I personally enjoy hosting parties and host as many as I possibly can but that’s because I live alone and have a lot of time on my hands. In a normal situation, a party is a stressful, messy and expensive event and if it isn’t a landmark birthday then you are unlikely to make the cost back up in presents either (it’s what we all think).

Anyway, less of the negativity, this article will focus on three simple ways to ensure that your birthday party is a memorable event. A party is like anything, confidence is needed otherwise the success will be limited. You have got to be willing to advertise your party as the best event of the year and promise a wide array of food and intoxicants.

We live in a world in which competition is high socially and thus your party must be able to compete with any other party you have recently attended, if not then you will be left with a ruined flat and an further ruined reputation.

Supplies

There is nothing worse than attending a party in which there aren’t enough supplies. By supplies I mean food and drink, if you are going to host a party, please please please provide enough stuff to go around.

We live in a world that is highly competitive and taking the plunge and throwing a party is a brilliant way to improve your social standing and if it is a birthday then the pressure is even higher.

My simple advice is, if you aren’t going to supply the goods then don’t bother hosting an event. There are so many supermarkets and wholesalers out there that can provide you with all the food you need at an affordable price. Obviously the current economic situation is not the best for throwing a lavish event but there are ways around it and it is essential that you don’t sell your guests short.

Three Simple Ways To Ensure That Your Birthday Party Is A Memorable Event
Three Simple Ways To Ensure That Your Birthday Party Is A Memorable Event

 

Fireworks

Fireworks are a brilliant and cheap way to impress your guests. If you are throwing a party and you are looking to make the event sparkle then look no further. There are so many fantastic selection boxes online that are cheap yet high quality and with a little research you can bag yourself a bargain.

Like anything nowadays, research is paramount and there will be all the information you need online. You don’t want to be spending a fortune on fireworks that aren’t very good so ask around and make sure you read your share of customer reviews online.

Investment

Just be willing to spend a little bit of cash. I am not saying spend all of your savings on your party but spend enough so as that you can have a good time and all of the guests have a good time too. Make sure there is enough food and good music and entertainment, everything after that is down to the guests.

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About The Author

Tom Barkley is a writer with party planning experience and a love for writing. His articles tend to be centred on event planning as this is the area he has the most knowledge.

How To Make Grilled Cheese And Soup

Grilled Cheese And Soup

Everyone wants to know how to make grilled cheese and soup. This dish is really great to serve while at a party, and people just love this recipe, especially kids. For sure it is delicious, and adults just can’t have enough of the taste of grilled cheese and soup. There are also dozens of varieties of cheese to choose from so you will basically never run out of options.

What You Will Need

  • 400 grams of bread
  • 50 ml of melted butter
  • Some paprika
  • 2 onions
  • 350 grams of corn
Grilled Cheese And Soup
Grilled Cheese And Soup

Procedure For Making Grilled Cheese And Soup

  1. Start by drizzling melted butter on both sides of the bread slice, place it on a grill. On one side of the bread you are going to put one slice of mozzarella piece while on the other side you are going to put a piece of cheddar.
  2. Once the cheese starts to melt a little bit you are going to turn them into a sandwich, grill both sides and then when it is done I like to cut it into equal size triangles.
  3. If you want to serve this dish with another flavor you might want to try and make bacon grilled cheese and spicy corn chowder.
  4. I am going to do a smoky cheddar  grilled cheese with bacon paired with a spicy corn chowder. I love this flavor combination because you have got the same smokiness of the bacon and then you have the creamy sweetness of the corn.
  5. You are going to start with some sour dough bread, you are going to brush each side with a little bit of melted butter. To that you are going to add cheddar cheese on each side, a little bit of crumbled bacon and then some smoked paprika.
  6. Smoked paprika and regular paprika are not the same thing so make sure you get smoked paprika, it is going to give you a really nice smokiness. You are going to grill both sides until they are golden brown and once they are done, I like to cut these into smaller portions just because for an average party you may want everybody to taste all the sandwiches.
  7. It is now time to prepare the soup. The first thing that you need to do is to sauté some white onions with one tablespoon of butter.
  8. You need to make sure that the onion is very fragrant and soft. Then you are going to add one bag of frozen corn. I really love this recipe because the frozen corn is so easy and simple to prepare. If you want to use fresh corn you could but the frozen corn is going to taste just as good.
  9. You will now want to add one boiled potato. The potato is going to add some creaminess to the soup so you will not have to add a lot of heavy cream.
  10. Then you are going to put two to three cups of vegetable stock, you could use chicken stock but I prefer to use this stock. Let that soup simmer to medium low heat just until the potatoes are fork tender, when that is done you just want to puree the soup in batches.
  11. You would really want to do that because the soup will turn out the be a lot creamier and finer. Make sure to have the soup cool a little bit before you put it in the blender. Once the soup is pureed you want to take it and drop it into the pot, season it with a little salt and pepper and a quarter cup of whole milk.

Nutritional Information

  1. 400 grams of bread ………………………….……………………… 550 Calories
  2. 50 ml of melted butter………………………………………………… 60 Calories
  3. 2 onions ……………………………………………………………… 70 Calories
  4. 350 grams of corn ……………………………………………………. 450 Calories

So this is how you make grilled cheese and soup! Hope you liked this recipe from Chef Linda.

About The Author

Chef Linda Rosario is a food blogger from Chef Needs, one of the trusted suppliers of Glass Door Freezersand Undercounter Freezers. She also loves to paint and dreams of having her own art gallery. Aside from painting and drawing, Linda has a heart for cooking and food.