Princess Edamame\’s Parties

You CAN have a great party – just learn from my mistakes!

Annual Fourth of July Party is On its Way!!

This year, I am really excited about our annual 4th of July Extavaganza.  And here is one of the reasons:  I found these great invitations at  They look and feel just like concert tickets, and you can fully customize them.  They are also less expensive than most other pre-printed invitations.  And when you work full-time, are mommy to a toddler, and send out over 60 invitations, handwritten isn’t an option.  I was extremely happy with their service.

I’m also excited about the menu.  I’m not going to spoil it for those guests who read here, but we are really going back to BBQ basics.  And no, guys, we aren’t having mini-burgers again…


June 14, 2008 Posted by | 4th of July, barbeque, BBQ, entertaining, holidays | 6 Comments

Holiday Party Update

I’ll admit it – this isn’t a late-night post.  I missed yesterday.  Sometimes the real people in your life simply have to take first place in your plans.

I wanted to give you an update on my personal holiday party procrastination – I have now ordered my invitations through a website called Tiny Prints (  I’ll let you know how my experience with them turns out.  I really liked their selection – they had some very nice eclectic designs.

My theme has also been chosen – it will be a candycane-tini wonderland!

November 8, 2007 Posted by | Christmas, entertaining, holidays, planning | , , , , | Leave a comment

Shake That Turkey!

I have been asked by fellow blogger Mrs. Metaphor (see Blogroll) to share tips on shaking up a Thanksgiving feast.

I have thought about this a great deal since receiving this request, and must confess, it’s a stumper.

The thing that came to mind most often was serving non-traditional food – flavoring Tom Turkey with Moroccan spices, for example.  Or serving a meat other than turkey.  If your family is adventurous, I’d say go for it.  Make exotic side dishes.  Skip the ambrosia salad.  But in my personal experience, changing up the food doesn’t always make for a memorable gathering, at least, not necessarily in a good way. 

Every time I thought about sexing up Thanksgiving, I came back to the fundamental part of the holiday – giving thanks.  I’m not sure that this is something that needs sexing up.  I really feel that Thanksgiving is the kick off of a season which features appreciating others at its core. 

 So perhaps the best thing that one can do to “shake it up” is to begin cementing traditions.  Have everyone write on a cut-put paper leaf what they are thankful for, and put them in a bowl.  Everyone can pull one leaf from the bowl, read it aloud, and guess who is thankful for that item.

 Have your traditional turkey carver carve the turkey together with a younger family member.  It’s a great photo op, and a great way to pass the knowledge of turkey carvery.

And perhaps the best tradition I can think to start?  Turn off the Game!  Enjoy the company of your loved ones – even the dysfunctional ones!

November 7, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll, entertaining, Family Parties, food, holidays | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments


I’m currently suffering from a severe bout of procrastination planning this year’s holiday party.  I’ll tell you about it, and how to try to overcome it, tomorrow.

November 5, 2007 Posted by | Christmas, holidays | , , , , | Leave a comment