Here are 10 things to do in Pajamas. What would you add to the list?
1, Write a Blog Post
5. Watch Seinfeld reruns
6. Work all day
7. Go on a date...a pajama date
8. Take The SAT
+1 Open presents on Christmas Morning
+2 Pose for Christmas Picture in Matching Family Pajamas
If you’re like many women today, you have a core group of long-time friends that help you make it through the day. Away from husbands, children, jobs and the everyday chores of life, these friends sustain you, entertain you and keep you sane.
You’d like to show these women how much they have enriched your life. Hubby is out of town and Grandma’s willing to watch the kids. Why not treat your friends to a pajama sleepover?
Make it unique with stylized invitations, an unusual focal centerpiece with games and gifts galore! Grab some flannel from the yardage store and cut out cute little pajama pants. Draft your invite on the computer, cut and glue it to the flannel and you have a custom-made invitation that can be delivered or mailed.
Make your decorations unique and fun. We know it's summer but if you have an aluminum Christmas tree sitting down in the basement, haul it upstairs and decorate it for your sleepover. You can use toothbrushes, samples of shampoo, conditioner and soap, disposable razors, and mini-sized stuffed animals to decorate the tree. Use the biggest pair of slippers you can find as a tree topper. If you choose to put lights on the tree, choose a blue soothing color that can be used as a giant nightlight.
If Christmas in June is just a little too "out there," you can create a party theme around a single item like a teddy bear. Spread them around the room, use them as a centerpiece and have one ready for each of your guests to take home.
If you want an unusual activity, plan a game personalized for your guests. Play a game called Who Know Who Best? Make up a whole bunch of questions about your friends. The possibilities are endless.
What was the name of their secret crush?
Who had the first date?
If they were going to be an animal, what would they be?
Who was in labor the longest with their first child?
Divide the women into two teams, give them a piece of paper and a pen and grace the winning team with a prize. It’s a guaranteed crowd pleasersand one that brings back fond memories and lots of laughter.
Or you can plan a scrapbooking activity. Take pictures of everyone in their pajamas, add some old photos, make copies and let your friends go to town with mini-albums, loads of colorful trims and paper and everyone can create a special memento of the night.
If you would rather create an old time slumber party, have lots of drinks ready to serve along with popcorn and chick flicks. You can always play charades, the blindfolded makeup challenge or tell ghost stories before lights out.
Party gifts can range from a new set of pajamas to a fun-filled goodie basket of bath soaps and lotions. Personal items like manicure sets, vanity mirrors and mini-massagers are great as party favors too.
Whatever your plan, have a breakfast set up for your guests in the morning before they head out the door. It’s a pajama party that will go down in the annals of your friendship as one of the best nights ever!
Just a little Friday afternoon "Happy Hour" trivia. Here according to radio station wbli.com are the top 10 most popular bar drinks for women and the top 10 most popular bar drinks for men. So put your pajamas on and settle in for a festive Friday.
The 10 Most Popular Drinks For Women1- Cosmopolitan
The 10 Most Popular Bar Drinks For Men
2- Gin And Tonic
3- Whiskey And Coke
4- Rum And Coke
5- White Russian
6- Long Island Iced Tea
7- Vodka And Tonic
9- Vodka And Cranberry
10- Good Scotch
The good news for those of us who love coffee is that coffee actually has health benefits. We know how nice it is to wrap cold hands around a warm mug and take in the aroma. Coffee makes mornings bearable and gives that much needed afternoon boost but it can also fight free radicals in the body. We know how important antioxidants are to our health and well being. According to Nestle Research Centre in Switzerland, coffee has 4x the number of antioxidants as compared to green tea. It also ranks above herbal teas, cocoa, and red wine. We love coffee for many reasons:
1. Coffee brings people together: Coffee is social. How many people have fallen in love over a cup of coffee? Laughed, cried, talked together with friends? Received the best advice for life's toughest problems over a cup of coffee. Brainstormed that best and brightest idea?
2. Coffee is soothing. Coffee is relaxing. Yes, it's social but it's also soothing and relaxing all on it's own. Just you and your warm steamy mug. The warmth of the mug can warm you inside and out. Coffee can soothe the senses and the mere act of sitting down with a fresh cup is a chance to take a few deep breaths and regroup, even for a moment.
3. Coffee is your morning wake up call. Coffee starts your day. That first cup of coffee is sometimes the only bright moment in the early morning rush. That first cup jump starts the senses and helps focus for the tasks ahead. Coffee sharpens our cognitive abilities and our concentration. Some studies have actually shown a link to drinking coffee and the prevention of Alzheimer's
4. Coffee is exotic. Coffee is sophisticated. Coffee is old fashioned, is trendy, is frantic, is lingering, is just your style. Whether your favorite cup is sitting in your favorite booth at your favorite diner in an old fashioned cup and saucer (with a little sloshed onto the saucer) or a complicated trendy cup filled with "nonfat this" and "soy that" or a simply perfect little itty bitty cup of espresso. Coffee creates a feeling, makes a moment. For me...when I close my eyes and think coffee. I want to be a few different places. One is sitting at a French Cafe people watching over a large cappuccino and when it is finished, simply ordering another and lingering for the afternoon. Another place I want to be is plopped on my couch or sitting at my desk in pajamas with a wonderful steamy mug of aromatic wonderful coffee. We all have our coffee moments, just our style.
I'm off to pour myself another cup.
Time to take a break from holiday shopping, cards, decorating, work and just think Cookies! Doing a google search for "Christmas Cookies" took me straight to www.joyofbaking.com where the most beautiful, inviting cookies pop off the page in vivid Christmas colors. We love the traditional sugar cookies in wonderful shapes and colors. Most families make cookie baking part of their holiday celebrations. Cookies just spread happiness. Here is the recipe for this beauty.
Sugar Cookie Ingredients
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure extract
In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 to 4 minutes). Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough. Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about one hour or until firm enough to roll. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in center of oven.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove one half of the chilled dough from the refrigerator and, on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Cut out cookies using a lightly floured tree cookie cutter and transfer cookies to the prepared baking sheet.
Place the baking sheets with the unbaked cookies in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to chill the dough which prevents the cookies from spreading and losing their shape while baking. Bake cookies for about 10 minutes or until they begin to brown around the edges. Remove them from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Frost with icing. Makes about 20 cookies.
Royal Icing Using Egg Whites
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
Beat the egg whites with the lemon juice. Add the sifted powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined and smooth. The icing needs to be used immediately or transferred to an airtight container as royal icing hardens when exposed to air.
2 cups confectioners sugar (icing or powdered sugar), sifted
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/3 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
Cream the butter until smooth and well blended. Add the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beater. Add the milk and beat on high speed until frosting is nice and smooth.
What are your cookie traditions?
Halloween is the perfect time for a spooky sleepover. With decorations available everywhere it's easy to go all out inside and out. Put pumpkins outside your door and fake spider webs inside with all the creepy decorations you love. Be sure to add the spooky sound effects with a Halloween CD or download. Halloween party food ideas are easy to find all over the internet. We love the Ghoulish Halloween recipes found here, including chicken "fingers", "night eyes", "eyeball assortment", "bat wings" and "mad scientists". Make your party complete with some perfect games. Here are a few ideas:
When everyone is settled in comfy pajamas choose one of these spooky movie classics keeping in mind what is best for the age group.
Tell us which horror classic films we missed and any other recommendations for a perfect kids sleepover.