Monthly Archives: September 2015

11 Ways to Celebrate Your Next Girls’ Night

things to do on girls nightHey ladies, has it been a while since you’ve gotten together with your best girls?

If the answer is yes, it’s time for Girls’ night!

Girls’ night is all about having fun with your favorite females: friends, sisters, mothers, daughters, cousins, aunts, or nieces.

Girls’ night doesn’t have to be complicated, fancy, or expensive. The whole point is to relax, unwind, and make memories that will put a smile on your face until your next girls’ night.

Here are some great ways to spend girls’ night.

GOING OUT? 

Come See Us at Dressler’s–Why not have someone else do the cooking for a change? Let us serve you an unforgettable lunch or dinner, along with some of our famous cocktails. It is truly our pleasure and goal to make the time you spend with us simply wonderful.

Go Dancing–You don’t have to possess any advanced dancing skills to have fun with your friends out on the dance floor–just a love for great music and the exhilaration that comes from moving around to it. Hottest Dance Clubs in Charlotte and Charlotte Loves to Dance

Book a Group Spa Treatment–This is a great way for stressed and overworked women to unwind and have fun together, while giving their bodies some much-needed TLC: hair, nails, facials, and massages. Best Day Spas in Charlotte

Take a Cooking Class–Spend time with your girls, sample new cuisine, and learn valuable cooking skills in the process. At Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen at Atherton Market, you can buy your supplies at the market, then learn to cook “using local, healthy and sustainable ingredients.” Some of the class examples include: Thai, Italian, Basic Meals Boot Camp, Vegetarian, Tex-Mex and Basic Knife Skills. What’s Cookin’ Charlotte?

Get Moving–Rev up your heart rates with a yoga or Zumba class. Exercising together is the perfect way to stay fit and stay in touch at the same time. For more information, check out Charlotte’s 42 Yoga Studios and Best Zumba in Charlotte.

STAYING IN?

Wine and Cheese Party–Invite guests to your home to enjoy your favorite wines paired with a delicious cheese platter. Have each guest bring their favorite wine to sample.

Fondue Party–Serve bite-sized baguettes, meats, and vegetables with cheese fondue. Serve an assortment of fruit, pretzels, pound cake, and angel food cake with chocolate fondue. Don’t forget your favorite adult beverages.

Cocktail Night at Home–Everyone has a favorite cocktail–find out what your guests like to drink. Then get the recipes and stock your kitchen with all the necessary ingredients. Make them together once the party starts (making them is almost as fun as drinking them). Serve alongside a variety of finger foods. Check out these 35 Simple, 3-Ingredient Drinks to Make at Home.

Appetizer Exchange–Ask each of your friends to bring their favorite appetizer, along with the recipe to share. You may want to consider pairing the appetizers with their favorite cocktails. Host an Appetizer Swap Party

Pamper Yourselves–Host a spa night at your home. Have your guests dress in comfy clothing and give each other facials, manicures, and pedicures–all while sipping your favorite beverages and listening to music or watching a movie. How to Host a Spa Night at Home

Hold a Swap Night–Have your friends bring clothes, scarves, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and books that they don’t want anymore but that are still in great condition. Serve wine and simple appetizers to make the shopping experience even better. How to Host a Swap Party

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Important Kitchen Safety Tips To Start Using Today

safe kitchen practicesThe kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in your home. And it’s no surprise why. Filled with intoxicating aromas, irresistible food/beverages, and engaging conversations, it’s the perfect gathering place for family and friends.

Since so many activities occur in the kitchen, it’s also a place where accidents–like cuts, burns, and falls–may occur. 24 Ways to Stay Safe in the Kitchen

Here are some simple but effective safety practices that will help make your kitchen a safe and welcoming space for everyone.

BURNS–Keep children and pets away from hot ovens and stoves. Supervise young chefs during cooking lessons. Use the back burners as much as possible when cooking. Keep handles turned inward. Use potholders when handling hot pots, pans, and dishes (remember that wet hot pads will transfer heat very quickly). Take care to keep children and pets from underfoot when pouring hot liquids into the sink. After removing hot items from the oven, keep out of reach of small (as well as hungry and curious) children.

CUTS–Practice knife safety by keeping knives toward the back of the counter. Do not leave knives on the counter when small children are present. Use care when operating appliances with blades. Make sure they are unplugged when not in use and keep away from the counter’s edge. Remove knives from the sink/dishwasher once they are clean so they are not grabbed by children. Keep knives sharp. They will be easier and safer to use because they require less pressure. How to Sharpen Your Knife

SLIPS AND FALLS–Immediately wipe spills from the floor. Try to keep small children and pets away from the stove and sink when you are cooking so you don’t trip on them. Use slip-proof rugs and mats.

FOOD POISONING–Wash your hands before and after preparing food. Use separate cutting boards for meat and fruits/veggies. Do not allow children to touch countertops until they have been sanitized. Thoroughly cook meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. Store leftover food in the refrigerator or freezer immediately after a meal.

FIRES–Make fire safety a daily habit. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to properly use it. Do not wear shirts with long, loose sleeves when cooking, as they could catch fire or become caught on a pot or pan. It’s also a good idea to pull long hair back into a ponytail (this also keeps hair out of your food). Don’t use appliances with frayed electrical cords. 10 Ways to Avoid a KitchenFire-American Red Cross