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9 April
2014
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Baseball season is back!
 

Baseball season is back!

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare our the window and wait for spring.”

- Rogers Hornsby

Baseball season is officially here (even though for some diehards baseball season never truly ends) and for this baseball enthusiast it’s the best time of the year.

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Family and Kids IconFamily & kids
23 December
2013
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Saying thank you for service
 

Saying thank you for service

Service – the action of helping or doing work for someone – comes in all shapes and sizes. Growing up, I always associated “service” with community service: working at food shelters, fundraisers to help local charities, volunteer work at Habitat for Humanity and the list goes on. But when I met my husband, I began to ask…what does it mean to “serve” our country?

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Inside House Party IconInside House Party
13 December
2013
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Giving back the House Party way

As part of House Party’s efforts to give back to our community this holiday season and highlight ways that you can do the same (you can read more on this here and here), our team recently spent the day volunteering at the nearby Food Bank for Westchester.

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Inside House Party IconInside House Party
20 November
2013
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The 4-1-1 on Joe Epner
 

The 4-1-1 on Joe Epner

In each installment of The 4-1-1, we’ll interview a different member of the House Party community, asking the big questions that are on everyone’s minds.

In this one, we’re chatting with Joe Epner, one of our Senior Directors of Sales. Joe joined House Party almost two years ago but we can’t imagine life without him! He’s not only always looking for next “big” sale, but you can always hear him helping out his other team members. Jane, one of our Campaign Strategy Directors, has worked with Joe on several campaigns so she’s heard some of his stories, but she – and us right along with her – wanted to know more.

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Inside House Party IconInside House Party
7 November
2013
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How to: Take great photos
 

How to: Take great photos

Snapping a quick smartphone photo during good times with family and friends is almost instinctual for many of us in this day and age. As you well know, we here at House Party strongly encourage our party hosts to indulge in this impulse during their parties. You may wonder why we put an emphasis on taking photos, so let’s tackle that now.

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Entertaining Tips IconEntertaining tips
16 August
2013
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Four tips on hosting a family reunion
 

Four tips on hosting a family reunion

This year, when we decided to have a family reunion for the first time in 12 years, we wanted to make sure everyone could participate in the daily activities and that the host (my aunt) could actually enjoy herself. My Aunt Sally is luckily not only a great party planner, but also a great delegator. Here are the four things that allowed us to have one of the best Stebbins get-togethers of all time, and I’d like to think, put us down for one of the top ten family reunions that took place this summer. Got one better? We’d like to hear what made it great.

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Family and Kids IconFamily & kids
17 July
2013
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Create your own family traditions
 

Create your own family traditions

Traditions: those little rituals passed down from generation to generation, that help shape your family by creating a sense of unity, warmth and closeness. But what if you want to update those traditions and create some of your own?

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Foods IconFood
10 July
2013
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Family Food Traditions
 

Family Food Traditions

I’ve always been someone who loves traditions. That’s why when I had a family of my own I made a point to continue many of the traditions that were dear to me from my childhood. Celebrating birthday “week” vs. birthday “day”, family football games at Thanksgiving and one of my favorites, Eggs Benedict on the first Sunday of every month.

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3 June
2013
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Living out your childhood dreams
 

Living out your childhood dreams

David Grange was the kid in my neighborhood who had a trampoline. He was the resident rock star. Everyone wanted to hang out at his house all the time. I can still smell the scent of his mom cooking dinner as we jumped happily in the backyard.

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31 May
2013
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Memo from the CEO: summer is finally here!
 

Memo from the CEO: summer is finally here!

I hope this post finds you well. Here at House Party our team is looking forward to the arrival of summer.  The change of seasons —from winter to spring to summer — always seems to recharge the batteries. And even more so now considering some of the difficult events of the past year — Hurricane Sandy, the Newtown, CT school shootings, The Boston Marathon bombing and the recent tornado in Oklahoma. Hopefully summer will bring better weather and happier times for all of us.

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