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Preloading with Jim Beam

Jim Beam Party Box

Wait, there’s not a bottle of Jim Beam in this Jim Beam Party Box? Pbbt! That’s a party I’ll skip. Or rather, since it is filled with a barbecue sauce, a steak sauce and a marinade, I’ll just be stopping by. At least I know I’ll be able to drive after this eat and run.

September 3, 2009   1 Comment

Chilling with the hors d’oeuvres

Prodyne Appetizers on Ice with Lids

It is no accident that revelers at a party tend to congregate in either the kitchen or at the table spread. The kitchen is where the refrigerator is (holding all the beer) and the spread, wherever it may be set up, houses all the food. Clearly, these are the two best locations at any party. As the festivities reach into the night, inevitably, the beer is removed from the fridge, and the hors d’oeuvres are happily consumed. Usually.

If you find that your guests tend to flock into the kitchen, yet stay away from the food, you may need to reconsider your approach. Perhaps it’s not what your serving, but rather how you’re serving it. The Prodyne Appetizers on Ice with Lids serving tray keeps food fresh and chilled even as your guests warm up. The appetizers rest above a bed of crushed or cubed ice, and feature three double compartment upper food trays so as to maximize variety. There’s even a dip tray included at the center of the serving platter. To assure your guests do gather ‘round and keep the kitchen at least somewhat clear, the tray revolves, making it the perfect spinning accompaniment you want to have at your party.

August 21, 2009   No Comments

Refrigerator light gnomes expand operations

Cooler Light from Taylor Gifts

Does the light really shut off when you close the ice chest door? Wait, there is no light inside the ice chest. That is, unless you have this Cooler Light from Taylor Gifts. Other than providing minutes of entertainment as the mystery of the cooler light is explored by opening and shutting the ice chest, the cooler light provides much needed illumination for when the party heads into the night. There’s nothing worse than grabbing a Coke when what you really wanted was a PBR. Now that all-too-common mix-up can finally be avoided. As for the cooler light? Yes, it does shut off automatically twenty seconds after you close the lid. But to see the light gnomes in action, you’ll have to buy one and see for yourself.

August 14, 2009   No Comments

Crab Dip Bowl not just for crab dip

Crab Dip Bowl Set

I find something slightly unnerving about serving platters made to look like animals. Considering the fact that most crabs would likely not approve of crab dip, it’s no wonder that this particular giant crab is holding a lighthouse hostage. If you can get past the steely glare offered by this hand painted Crab Dip Bowl Set, the lighthouse serves as a convenient 5-inch spreader. The crab itself holds 8-ounces, and in view of the size of those claws on the thing, you just may want to serve a simple cheese spread instead.

July 31, 2009   1 Comment

Party on the patio well into the night

LED Patio Umbrella Light

Cooking up a feast in the backyard is a great way to spend an afternoon. So great in fact, that more often than not, grilling sessions extend beyond sundown. Luckily, we live in a modern society where a minor inconvenience such as the sun going down doesn’t have to stop the party in its tracks, However, you will need some illumination to overcome Mother Nature’s early bedtime.

The LED Patio Umbrella Light may be a rather unworldly looking light, but it is designed to keep us firmly planted in our backyards. The 4.25-inch diameter saucer slides easily on to standard umbrella poles. Powered by four AAA batteries, the umbrella light may have enough juice to keep the party going, but as far as any sudden fast directional changes are concerned, that’s entirely up to you.

July 23, 2009   No Comments

Ceramic avocado for serving up guacamole


Forget the cookie jar; point me to the Guacamole Bowl. The perfectly ripe ceramic avocado holds guacamole or other avocado-inspired dips. (For salsas, check out the Salsa Bowl.) The three piece hand-painted set made from Progressive International not only mimics the texture of the avocado, but the 7-inch long serving ladle is made to look like an avocado stem. The only question that remains: with a 1.5-cup capacity, what are you going to eat? This one is mine.

July 20, 2009   No Comments