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  • How To Throw A Percy Jackson Party

    How To Throw A Percy Jackson Party
    Every year, we host a big backyard party, in honor of both of our boys' birthdays which are four days apart.  I smile when I think back on all of our "themes".  The "Fabulous Fair" featured a cotton candy machine, a small petting zoo and booths of games.  When we were really into Harry Potter, a bird specialist brought hawks, falcons and owls to fly around and delight the crowd...completely awesome.  This year, we weren't really sure what to do...but, after much discussion, we decided to make the fiesta a finale to our summer of reading the Percy Jackson series.  We transformed our house into a cross between Camp Half-Blood and Poseidon's sea world.  We're pretty happy with the end result....it was a blast...and kids left our house saying, "I can't wait to read those books!"  So, having a crazy party that actually inspires excitement about reading is pretty cool.
  • Reminders of Sandy: Fairfield's Beach Pavilion Still Closed

    Reminders of Sandy: Fairfield's Beach Pavilion Still Closed
    When the boys were both born, we were the proud owners of a small, yellow Cape on a quiet road near Fairfield University.  We bought the house when we got engaged...choosing this large yet welcoming town because I was working in Hartford, my husband in...

    Couple's reception at 1681 home keeps budget at historic lows

    Couple's reception at 1681 home keeps budget at historic lows
    Some days come down to this: the perfect mixture of autumnal sunlight and crispness, the throaty renditions of a jazz quartet, the elegance of dining under a tent - and the backdrop of a red house brimming with historical significance. For Joan Thorne...

    Bride's Guide to Gratuity: Whom? How much? When to do it? Here's a cheat sheet to make tipping a painless process

    Bride's Guide to Gratuity: Whom? How much? When to do it? Here's a cheat sheet to make tipping a painless process
    Tipping vendors and wedding service providers can be tricky. Here’s guide to whom to tip, how much, and when during the wedding day to do so. Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist How Much: 15 to 25 percent; 30 percent if work done on-site When: Time of...

    What is the best way for me to organize all the different aspects of planning for my big day?

    In one word: binder.  It does not have to be fancy, pretty or designer. It does have to be sturdy and high capacity! You can find pre-made planners, but they are generic and you'll end up changing things around anyway to suit your specific needs. So...