Member spotlight

Here at House Party, we know a thing or two about throwing a party. So we thought, who better to share some insights into hosting, than some of the very hosts who are House Party members. In this new ongoing series, we’ll be interviewing some current House Party hosts and members for their take on being …(more)

The ’70/30 Rule’ for parenting

Since our kids don’t come with a handbook, I’ve always taken it upon myself to try to learn more about different parenting techniques by reading books, blogs, articles and even attending lectures by authorities whose teachings I’ve grown to respect. Some might argue that parenting is instinctual and that you don’t need to be taught …(more)

Major league soccer season kick-off

Typically when spring rolls around, most Americans are waiting with baited breath for baseball season. But believe it or not, there’s another sport that gets going right about the same time and it’s actually becoming pretty popular. I’m referring to Major League Soccer. Now, many people in this country become soccer fans every four years when the …(more)

Lighter meals for spring

Believe it or not, after the long and torturously cold winter we’ve had — at least here in the Northeast — spring is almost upon us! (cue happy dance!) And with the arrival of spring comes a shift from warm and heavy meals to much lighter fare. So, we’ve got some yummy, light recipes that …(more)

6 themed happy hour ideas

At House Party, we have a monthly “Thirsty Thursday” Happy Hour where each department takes turns organizing the festivities: drinks, decorations, etc. (Rest assured, we’re all 21+). It’s a fun way to let employees get creative while providing an outlet for friendly, informal competition and fun. Here are some we’ve done over the past year:   …(more)

March Madness bracketology begins NOW!

That time of the year is back again. We’ve slogged all the way through a long winter and we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Spring? No, though many of us up in the Northeast are certainly looking forward to that. However, for the time being, the light at the end of …(more)

Five natural beauty alternatives

What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. Mainstream bath and beauty products can often contain chemicals that may be harsh on both you and the environment, so why not try a few of these easy, natural swaps. Here are five natural beauty alternatives: Henna hair dye You may …(more)

How to get the best online shopping bargains

I pretty much think of shopping every day and night. It’s always on my mind. I’m always looking for the next fabulous handbag or the next amazing shoe. I like to keep up with fashion through all the seasons — but on a strict budget, of course. You may be asking yourself, “How does she …(more)

Pack your bags: The Florida Keys

It’s nicknamed the “Conch Republic” after the beautifully unique mollusk shells that adorn its beaches and waterways. Once you reach it’s shimmering shores, you can certainly tell that the Florida Keys in many ways views itself apart from the rest of the contiguous U.S. Simply put, there’s a different pace and way of life here, …(more)

Our favorite podcasts

Podcasts have been around for over 10 years, but they’ve recently had a surge of new found popularity (a combination of some really great content and the fact that they became profitable as of last year). A podcast is a program (music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet. …(more)

Eating clean: the Paleo lifestyle

As many of you know from being frequent readers of this blog, I’m kind of into CrossFit. And many CrossFitters adapt a Paleo lifestyle. What does this mean? Well, it’s short for Paleolithic and essentially believes we should eat like our cave people ancestors. Now, don’t worry, you won’t have to go kill a woolly mammoth …(more)

3 crowd-pleasing desserts to serve tonight!

I’m not known for my culinary skills, but when asked to bring food to any event, it’s known that I’m the go-to-girl for crowd-pleasing desserts! After all, who doesn’t love the accolades that come with friends and family happily ooh-ing and aah-ing over your sumptuous dessert creation? Better yet, how about those compliments over a delicious dessert that’s easy to …(more)

Happy Presidents’ Day!

Happy Presidents’ Day! This day is more than just a day off of work, but a day to take a few moments to appreciate the great history of our country and the people who have served as commander-in-chief, both past and present. Traditionally celebrated on George Washington’s day of birth, February 22, the holiday became …(more)

Celebrate Mardi Gras no matter where you are!

If there’s one thing we all know about Mardi Gras it’s that across language and cultural boundaries, those two words mean: fun, raucous times. After all, the saying, “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” (translation: “Let the good times roll”) gives pretty clear instructions, right? With this in mind, we figured that we’d gather-up a few ways to …(more)

It’s “National Chocolate Month” – thank you, February!

Recently we discovered that February is “National Chocolate Lovers Month”. Why the shortest month was selected to pay homage to the greatest confection in the world is anyone’s guess, but we’re totally on board with celebrating the brilliance of cacao. So. On. Board. So, like any good host, we decided to invite our office to bring …(more)

Valentine’s Day gifts, date ideas and more!

Valentine’s Day is this Saturday. Are you ready? If not, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered! If you’ve been with us for a while, you know we’ve posted a thing or two about this special day. We gave you great date and gift ideas last year, shared our thoughts on how to celebrate if you’re single …(more)

Groundhog Day: the forecast you’ve been waiting for

February 2. Groundhog Day. The day the entire nation (and Canada) gathers around their TV to watch a rodent predict the forecast. If it wasn’t a real thing, no one would believe it. But alas, from Punxatawney Phil to  Buckeye Chuck to Shubenacadie Sam to a host of other groundhogs, we’re all waiting to see if there will be …(more)