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Putting the ART in your PARTY, Issue #004 A feast for your belly
April 01, 2005

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Here is what’s happening this month…..


2)WHERE DOVES FLY - This month I'm actually going to confess the worst dove releases we have ever done!
5) OUT OF THE IN-TRAY - The jokes or pearls of wisdom that have landed in my email inbox.

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IT'S MY PARTY by Arleen M. Kaptur

Parties range from quick get-togethers to very elegant, formal affairs. If you are the host/hostess, the bulk of the responsibility lies on your shoulders. So make an impression that will knock the socks off of all your guests. You are not a professional caterer - you don’t have to be. A few simple tricks or tips and you are an entertainment specialist.

Mix crisp pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled, with your buttery string beans or use the bacon as a garnish on top of egg salad, deviled eggs, tomato slices, or potato salad.

Serving steaks or roast beef? Whip butter with your favorite herb (such as garlic, scallions, basil, etc.) in a mixer. Using a small scoop, serve a “ball” of this seasoned butter with your meat entree. You can even use your little treasures on top of hot vegetables. Elegant, indeed!

Serving just plain ole’ potato chips? Try using melted grated cheese (cheddar is great or even pepperjack for a bit more bite), or buy the salt-free and add a seasoned salt. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised.

Serving soup? Try tiny cream cheese balls that you have rolled in parsley or chopped chives. Place a few in the steaming bowl of soup and you have soup par excellence!

When using place cards for your dinner guests, try a very considerate approach. If not everyone at your party knows each other, print the guest’s name on both sides of the standing place card. This way the guests across the way can become acquainted with everyone at your table and not just to the few people around them. Very considerate!

Looking for a vegetable idea:

Choose tender, young carrots in full length (peeled, but not sliced). Cook until soft, but far from mushy. Using the green tops of scallions, take three beautiful and colorful carrots and tie them together with the top of the scallion. You can use two or three tops and you have a very pretty vegetable bundle to set on the side of the main meat or fish entree.

Serving hot rolls? Take your prepared hot roll mix and make a figure- eight, or tie a knot, or even shape a letter. Be creative, a basket of different shapes also adds an added appeal to your table.

Using just a few decorative touches to your meal and Viola! you are a very good host/hostess and people will beg to come to your parties. When you use special touches, your guests will feel “catered” to.


©Arleen M. Kaptur About the Author Arleen has written a novel, e-cookbooks,and numerous articles. Her website is RusticLiving and


We have taken doves to hundreds of events in the past few years, and most of the time everything runs smoothly. But now and then we have bad days too. I feel the need to tell you all about the dove releases that just didn’t go according to plan. It’s for my own therapy!

The most obvious thing that can go wrong with birds - the droppings on the brides dress. In 8 years it has happened twice. Luckily the brides in both cases were too happy enjoying their day to get upset.

Actually I was watching a show on TV tonight called "Stupid Behaviour Caught on Tape". It showed newlyweds standing next to a 6 tier wedding cake. Two white doves came out of the top tier of the cake. One of the doves perched at the edge of the cake and pooped onto the lower cake tiers. I am very proud of the fact that none of our birds have ever been on TV shows like this(I would insist that their faces be blurred out if they were!)

The worst wedding we ever attended, in my opinion, was one where the photographer had some kind of fear or loathing of birds (I’m not sure) but he refused to cooperate with us at all or take any photos of the birds. I think he was a friend of the bride and groom. It would have been very disappointing for the couple not to have any nice photos of the doves at their wedding.

The event that inspired me to confess our bloopers happened only a few weeks ago. It was the first and hopefully the last time that it will ever happen.
We attended a waterfront wedding at a beautiful location on Sydney Harbour. We set up our heart-shaped display cage near the archway where the bridal party would stand. The guests were starting to arrive, so we put two doves in the cage, to be taken out at the end of the ceremony for the couple to hold and release.

About 10 minutes before the bride arrived, a huge gust of wind blew across the harbour causing the archway to topple over. Next thing we knew, our table holding the doves also came crashing down. The lid flipped off the heart-shaped box and the doves took off. By the time the bride arrived the doves were probably almost home! Luckily we also had some fantails to put in the cage, but because they don’t fly too far it didn’t quite have the same effect.

All these stuff-ups have taught us many lessons. We now always bring extra birds in case some get away. We always have a supply of baby wipes - it gets bird poo off anything. But nasty photographers, well, we can’t do much about that!


March 31 - April Fool’s Eve
The day that all April Fool’s Day pranks are organised. Ha ha ha ha.

April 1 - April Fool’s Day
Need some ideas to fool your friends? Check out These are the 100 best April Fool’s Day pranks of all time.

April 5 - Ching Ming Festival (Hong Kong, China, Taiwan)
I know, it sounds suspicious being so close to April Fool’s Day, but this day is also known as the Grave-Sweeping festival.
People go to visit their ancestors graves to burn incense, give food offerings and, yes, clean the graves. They also burn paper money and let off fireworks (often starting cemetery fires).
Ching, in Chinese, means pure or clean and Ming means brightness. Legend has it that unhappy spirits wander the earth on Ching Ming day. It's considered bad luck to do important business or have an operation on April 5th. Stick to hanging out in the cemetery and offering your ancestors food and fake money…

April 6 - Chakri Day (Thailand)
On this day, Thai people honor the kings of the Chakri dynasty of their royal family - Rama I to Rama IX.

April 7 - World Health Day
Organised by the World Health Organisation, the theme of this years World Health Day is “Make Every Mother and Child Count” to highlight the fact that women and children’s health is a very low priority for many governments.

April 9 - Hari Raya Nyepi (Indonesia) Bataan Day (Philippines)
Hari Raya Nyepi is the Hindu Day of Silence.
Bataan Day is a commemoration of those Philipino and American soldiers who died defending the penisnsula of Bataan from the Japanese during World War 2. Especially those who subsequently died on the “Bataan Death March” after being captured by the Japanese.

April 11- Serbian Independence Day

April 13-15- Songkran and Family Day (Thailand)
Thailand’s New Year Festival.

April 16 -National Day (Denmark)

April 21 - Birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Malaysia and Indonesia)
The holiday is called Mawlid al-Nabi. This is an important day in the Islamic calendar because it was Muhummad that established Islam as a religion.

April 24 - Jewish Passover (Pesach)
The name "Pesach" comes from the Hebrew word meaning to pass through, to pass over, to exempt or to spare. It refers to the fact that God"passed over" the houses of the Jews when he was slaying the firstborn of Egypt. In English, the holiday is known as Passover. "Pesach" is also the name of the sacrificial offering (a lamb) that was made in the Temple on this holiday.

April 25 - ANZAC Day (Australia and New Zealand), Liberation Day (Italy)
ANZAC day stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It is a day to remember and respect all Aussie’s and Kiwi’s who have fought and died in wars throughout history. Most cities have a dawn service where wreaths are laid. Later in the day a parade is held for returned servicemen.
Liberation Day or La Liberazione celebrates Italy’s liberation at the end of World War 2.

April 27 - Freedom Day (South Africa), Sierra Leone National Day
Last month, South Africa celebrated Human Rights Day. Freedom day commemorates the beginning of democratic elections (11 years ago) where the first non-white president was elected as well as the abolition of apartheid.

April 29 - Orthodox Good Friday (Greece), Greenery Day (Japan)
The Greeks celebrate Easter a couple of weeks after everyone else…
Greenery Day was originally the birthday of Japan’s emperor. But these days they have a different emperor, so “the birthday of the emperor” day was changed to greenery day. Now Japanese people spend their public holiday communing with nature.

April 30 - Dutch Festival Day
In the Netherlands it’s called “Koninginnedag”


Unlike most of the other nonfoolish holidays, the history of April Fool's Day, sometimes called All Fool's Day, is not totally clear. There really wasn't a "first April Fool's Day" that can be pinpointed on the calendar. Some believe it sort of evolved simultaneously in several cultures at the same time, from celebrations involving the first day of spring.

The closest point in time that can be identified as the beginning of this tradition was in 1582, in France. Prior to that year, the new year was celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25. The celebration culminated on April 1. With the reform of the calendar under Charles IX, the Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved to January 1.

However, communications being what they were in the days when news traveled by foot, many people did not receive the news for several years. Others, the more obstinate crowd, refused to accept the new calendar and continued to celebrate the new year on April 1. These backward folk were labeled as "fools" by the general populace.

They were subject to some ridicule, and were often sent on "fools errands" or were made the butt of other practical jokes.
This harassment evolved, over time, into a tradition of prank-playing on the first day of April. The tradition eventually spread to England and Scotland in the eighteenth century. It was later introduced to the American colonies of both the English and French. April Fool's Day thus developed into an international fun fest, so to speak, with different nationalities specializing in their own brand of humor at the expense of their friends and families.

In Scotland, for example, April Fool's Day is actually celebrated for two days. The second day is devoted to pranks involving the posterior region of the body. It is called Taily Day. The origin of the "kick me" sign can be traced to this observance. Mexico's counterpart of April Fool's Day is actually observed on December 28.

Originally, the day was a sad remembrance of the slaughter of the innocent children by King Herod. It eventually evolved into a lighter commemoration involving pranks and trickery.

Pranks performed on April Fool's Day range from the simple, (such as saying, "Your shoe's untied!), to the elaborate. Setting a roommate's alarm clock back an hour is a common gag. Whatever the prank, the trickster usually ends it by yelling to his victim, "April Fool!"

Practical jokes are a common practice on April Fool's Day. Sometimes, elaborate practical jokes are played on friends or relatives that last the entire day. The news media even gets involved. For instance, a British short film once shown on April Fool's Day was a fairly detailed documentary about "spaghetti farmers" and how they harvest their crop from the spaghetti trees.

April Fool's Day is a "for-fun-only" observance. Nobody is expected to buy gifts or to take their "significant other" out to eat in a fancy restaurant. Nobody gets off work or school. It's simply a fun little holiday, but a holiday on which one must remain forever vigilant, for he may be the next April Fool!

Copyright © 2000, 2001 by Jerry Wilson.


When things in your life seem almost to much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar........and the beer. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. "Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things--your family, your children, your health,your friends, your favorite passions--things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

"The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else--the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand." One of the students raised her hand & inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."

Have a great month and keep on partying!


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Published By Tamara Baker from Heavenly Doves
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