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Anniversary Ideas on a Budget

Your bank account may not be large but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun, whimsical, and romantic evening with your love to celebrate your life together. Anniversaries let you show the person you whom you have decided to spend the rest of your life with just how much you love them. The following ideas prove that you don’t need a lot of money to celebrate the day with the love of your life.

Look Within your Community
Far too often, we are under the misconception that the exciting things to do take place outside our own towns and cities. This couldn’t be further from the truth and most areas, even small towns, have something fun that you can do during your anniversary celebration. If your city has a local theater, for example, consider comparing their schedule to your anniversary. Local theater is generally more affordable, and the more people that support their local theater the better it is for the community.

Grab a Bite to Eat
One of the most common ways to celebrate an anniversary is dining out. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend half your weekly paycheck on a pretentious and snooty restaurant. There are several others options, such as seafood restaurants in Allen TX, that provide delicious food in a fun and more relaxed atmosphere. For an even more affordable option, consider fixing your love their favorite food in the comfort of your own home. You can make it more romantic by diming the lights, turn on some soft music, and lighting candles.

Consider an Experience instead of Gifts
Instead of spending money on materialistic items, why not take what each of you would spend on one another and use that for an experience. Taking a painting or ceramic class together, going ice skating, touring a local historical site, or wine tasting are all experiences that will create lasting memories for you and your partner.

Think Outside the Box
Just because there are certain actions associated with anniversary celebrations, such as expensive gifts and long weekends away, doesn’t mean that’s what you have to do. Do something that others are not. Instead of dinner, take your love to a sundae bar to enjoy a sweet treat with your sweet.

The important thing to consider is that it really doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are with your love and having fun together.

Simple spaghetti recipe for my boy’s 18th birthday

I cooked spaghetti for K’s 18th birthday today. I used the spaghetti noodles and sweet sauce package from UFC.

The other ingredients include:

1/2 kilogram ground pork, 1 can mushroom (chopped), shredded carrots, minced red bell pepper, garlic, white or yellow onion, salt and pepper, cup of water, grated cheese.

Procedure is so simple.

In a large pot, boil 5 or more cups of water. Add a pinch of salt and little cooking oil prior to boiling. Add the spaghetti noodles and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Occasionally stir. Drain and rinse in running water for a couple of minutes.

For the sauce. Saute garlic and onion, add ground pork. Add salt and pepper. Let it simmer until the ground pork turns a little brown. Add water and simmer for a few minutes. You can now add the chopped mushroom, shredded carrots and minced red bell pepper. Simmer. Add the sweet spaghetti sauce and grated cheese. Simmer. And serve.

We were planning to have a double celebration on August 4 – K’s birthday and his big sister’s graduation day. 🙂

Tips in Finding the Right Catering Company for Your Wedding

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Congratulations! You are getting married and like all brides, you want to make your wedding as perfect as you possibly can. How successful your wedding is going to be will depend on the choices that you make. From your guests, entourage, wedding gown and services that you need for your wedding, you need to make the right decisions.

This can be hard especially if you are handling the preparation of the wedding on your own. Planning everything on your own is fine as long as you have ample time to do it. If not, then you will surely have a harder time to come up with a wedding you will remember fondly for your whole lifetime.

The caterer that you can hire for your wedding can actually make or break your event. Can you imagine if the caterer you hire will be late in serving the food that you need? This can make your guests annoyed. It will make you angry too because you know that your guests are not having a good time. Even if the rest of your wedding do not turn out the way that it should be, good food can always save the wedding in the view of your guests.

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If you take a look at the different caterers that offer wedding catering services, you may become confused in the beginning because they all seem to offer the same things. The prices though may be very different.

In choosing from a wide array of wedding catering companies, here are some tips that can help you out:

  • Search for a wedding caterer that is responsive – If you contact the wedding caterer, make sure that they are always available to answer your inquiries. This means that they would like to serve you. If you communicate more with the caterer you can also check if the caterer takes note of your needs. If not, then there are others that are worth checking out.
  • Know if the catering company specializes in weddings – There are some caterers that can only handle birthday parties based on the food that they serve. There are also some that can only offer their services to small events. Find one that is well known for giving their food services to weddings. It will help you narrow down your search.
  • See their menu options – The food that you are going to serve in your wedding should reflect what you love and what you think your guests would love. If the menu of the caterer is very limited then check out the menu list of others.
  • Find a caterer that gives food tasting services – You do not want to just trust your caterer and assume that the food is going to be good. You have to taste the food first to be sure. All caterers should give this because it will make you sure and confident about your caterer choice.

The catering services of the company you want to hire should be reviewed positively by past customers. The more positive reviews available, the more chances that you will be satisfied with the services they can provide on your actual wedding day.