Archive for the ‘Entertaining Fridays’ Category

Need some ideas for your Super Bowl party?  Here’s your starting point.  Whether you want cocktails, dessert or everything in between these 26 sources should have you covered.

All Recipes
Game Day Recipes plus tips & advice

Better Homes & Gardens – Slow Cooker Meals for Game Day
17 appetizers for all your guests

Super Bowl Snack

The Cooking Channel
Big Game Cook Off with Football Party Food

Cooking Light
Five Super Bowl Makeovers

Charleston Magazine
Lowcountry  Boil Sliders

Game Day Snacks

Super Bowl Feast – includes party planner

The Food Network
Game Day Bash – includes sweets, menus and how-to videos

Food and Wine
Game day drinks, dips and snacks

Gourmet Online
12 Super Bowl Favorites

The Huffington Post
Football friendly finger food, dips, snacks and sides

Homemade Grits
Bison Chili

50 Recipes for Sports Fans

The LA Times
Getting Ready for the Super Bowl

Martha Stewart – Game Day Recipes
Snacks, Tailgating, Main Dishes and Dessert

The New York Times
Recipes for party dips and appetizers

8 new takes on bar food for the big game

Papa John’s
Call early

The Pioneer Woman
Super Bowl Grub

Rachael Ray
Super Bowl Party Meals

Real Simple – Super Bowl Party HQ
22-Crowd pleasing dips, 12 Heartwarming Chili Recipes, 6 Frosty, Refreshing Beers and 6 Fun Super Bowl Party Finds

Southern Living
Recipes for the whole crowd including 7 dips

The Today Show
Gridiron munchies for your party

Whole Foods
Green Pea Guacamole

Yahoo’s Shine
The 10 Rules of Making Super Bowl Nachos

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Of course, we all know wedding blogs that we follow and love.  But do you have any blogs about corporate events that you love?  I’d really like to hear about them.  Please feel free to leave any suggestions in the comments box or email me at alesya (at) alesyabags (dot) com.  Thank you!

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Last night I went to the Charleston Comedy Festival and saw headliner Nate Bargatze.  Check out the video of him (above).  He was even funnier last night and had the crowd rolling.  As a Southern (Nate is from Tennessee) he was extremely relatable.

The Village Theater - Alesya Bags

The Village Theater - Alesya Bags

The first act on stage was The Village Theater – four smart and funny dudes making up a very entertaining improv troupe.  (Two of the member above are pretending to ride in a chariot.)  The crown was thrilled when they not only opened the night but also appeared between the second act and Nate Bargatze.  The other two gentlemen in the group are pictured below.  If you see any of them this weekend, make sure to ask for their Micky Mouse impersonation.

The Village Theatre - Alesya Bags

The Village Theatre - Alesya Bags

The second group of the night was the Shock T’s – a trio (pictured below) who lend their considerable musical talents to the world of comedy.  My favorite song of the night had to be their redition of Aqua’s Barbie Girl, which sadly, I recongized with the first line.  Head over to their site to hear some of their original songs to get your weekend off to a funny (good funny, not weird funny) start.

Shock T's - Alesya Bags

Shock T's - Alesya Bags

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Clementines - Alesya Bags

During the colder winter months, I just love seeing a happy box of clementines sitting on the counter.  After I found a recipe from Real Simple combining them with brandy and sugar it made me even happier!

Peeling Clementines - Alesya Bags

Boozy Clementines with Pound Cake

Ingredients (I cut the recipes by two-thirds because I was only serving four people.)

  • 24 clementines
  • 4 1/2 cups brandy
  • 2 1/4 cups honey
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 3 store-bought pound cakes, thickly sliced

Clementines in Brandy - Alesya Bags


1. Using a knife, remove the peels and pith from the clementines.

2. In a large pan, bring the brandy, honey, and 4 1/2 cups water to a boil. Add the clementines, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool. Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 1/2 hours and up to 3 days

3. Serve at room temperature with 3 thickly sliced store-bought pound cakes.

Boozy Poundcake - Alesya Bags

Fair WARNING:  This IS a boozy drink.  It tastes like it, smells like it, looks like it.  If  you don’t like alcohol you won’t like this!

That being said, its a great party dessert.  Make it ahead of time and it could be the start of a beautiful evening.

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