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Here comes fall: Apple picking

Got some!

Ah, September. If you live in a climate like we have in the Northeast, you’re likely getting some cooler and milder temperatures right about now. And after the summer we had, can I get an “Amen!”? One of our favorite things about fall, besides the cooler temps, changing leaves and good hair days, is apple picking. There’s about a one-month window where all the orchards here have rows upon rows of Golden Delicious, Empire, Cortland, Granny Smith and more. It’s not only fun to do with kids, it’s a great way to support your local farms, get outside and of course, an excuse to bake apple pie. So Brian and I want to give you our take on this awesome fall pastime.

BrianBrian is House Party’s Community & Social Media Director, working with both our consumers and our clients to develop more valuable ways to build digital communities. Brian lives in Harlem with his wife, Kimberly, and Madison, an unbelievably cute and sleepy black kitten. When Brian isn’t skydiving or mountain biking he loves to travel, woodwork and peruse an old favorite, Calvin and Hobbes. Brian’s number one party tip is to fire up the grill – no matter what the occasion or the temperature outside, it’s just not a party without some sizzle! (That, and to ensure the makings for a good Manhattan are near.)
 

The House Party Office Olympics

It was a lovely day for some outdoor games — not too hot and rain free — as House Party employees gathered on a scenic park in Irvington, NY for some Olympic festivities.

LizLiz is the Consumer Marketing Manager at House Party. Although an avid traveler, Liz is a Jersey girl who lives in a lakeside log cabin with her hubby, Chris and pup, Willow. Liz enjoys playing tennis, beach outings and entertaining. Her party specialties include cooking tasty and mostly healthy party treats for her guests and using her years of bartending experience to whip up delicious cocktails of all varieties.
 

DIY crafts: coasters

One thing that I’ve always loved to do is make DIY crafts. Often, instead of buying something, I immediately start to think about how I can make it myself instead. As I was perusing Pinterest the other day, I came upon a blog post about making homemade coasters and instantly knew my next project!

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Big spring gathering

It’s that glorious time of year when people are coming out of hibernation for various spring festivities. I’ve had some large gatherings over the years and would like to share a few valuable tips to maximize space, stretch your dollar and make sure everyone has a great time! So whether you are having people over for the holidays, or just simply to get together, these should help you plan with aplomb!

MelodyMelody is a Program Manager at House Party. She lives close to NYC and is usually out and about exploring the city. In her free time, she plays on a fun field hockey league and also likes to craft happy things like jewelry and personalized cards for friends and family. People have given her a slew of nicknames over the years, mostly “Mel,” but some other silly ones include Melbatoast, Melbee, and Hells Mel. Melody’s party tip: It’s the little details that make everything more special!
 

Celebrating Black History Month

During Black History Month, New York City offers countless opportunities to celebrate the contributions and achievements of black Americans throughout history with exhibits, performing arts, fine art, and neighborhood events. If you can’t hit a Harlem jazz club or visit one of the city’s many African American Namesake Parks, don’t worry. To honor Black History Month, we’ve compiled a few resources to help you find events near you.

SarahSarah is a friend of House Party. Sarah held a few roles during her three years with the company, most recently as our Community Manager. This is a fancy way of saying that she made sure that you were heard, helped and having fun. She also tweeted as one half of the contributors to our @HousePartyFun Twitter handle with Jared. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, but has since moved to the northern corner of New York City, where she lives with her boyfriend and their sassy chinchilla, Rufus. Audiophiles at heart, they’ve crammed-in five guitars and way more speakers and gigabytes of music than a little apartment should hold. Her party tip: no matter the size or type of party, put on music just loud enough to cover up the sound of chewing (ew!), but not chatting.
 

Keeping kids busy (and parents sane) during winter break

It’s that time of year when most schools across the country close for a week. Here in the Northeast, we call it “winter break.” For working parents, this means you either take an expensive vacation knowing that this is airline blackout time, or you have to find care for your kids. A lot of organizations do mini-camps which offer trips and other fun activities so you can still go to work and know your kids are occupied and having fun all day.

DanielleDanielle is a Copywriter in the House Party creative department. Chances are if you read the words on our site or emails, she’s responsible. Danielle is single and a mom to an awesome, sports-obsessed, 8 year-old boy. She lives in Forest Hills, NY, is an avid tennis player, CrossFit junkie, NY Giant fan, trivia nut and budding oenophile. Her life dream is to be on Jeopardy. She is currently accepting applications from eligible male suitors. Danielle's party tip: Wine, wine and more wine. 'Nuff said.
 

Dealing with the deals

Happy Friday! Not sure what to do this weekend? Try pulling up your favorite daily deal website. These have gotten so popular, there’s even news that many use daily deals as an alternative or supplement to their health insurance. The availability and variety of these have grown so much in the past few years, navigating the sea of deals can be intimidating!

SarahSarah is a friend of House Party. Sarah held a few roles during her three years with the company, most recently as our Community Manager. This is a fancy way of saying that she made sure that you were heard, helped and having fun. She also tweeted as one half of the contributors to our @HousePartyFun Twitter handle with Jared. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, but has since moved to the northern corner of New York City, where she lives with her boyfriend and their sassy chinchilla, Rufus. Audiophiles at heart, they’ve crammed-in five guitars and way more speakers and gigabytes of music than a little apartment should hold. Her party tip: no matter the size or type of party, put on music just loud enough to cover up the sound of chewing (ew!), but not chatting.
 

Family Ski Weekend

“I want to snowboard!” “When are we going to ski?” These are the constant calls from our 8 and 11 year-old children in the hopes that this winter will finally be the winter for our first family ski experience. My wife and I are skiers and we’re excited to finally take the kids down the slopes, but for me, the planning was a mountain I didn’t want to tackle.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day, whether un or deux

Valentine’s Day. It’s one of those holidays which you likely love or hate solely based on your current relationship status. If you’re in a relationship, pretty much every day is Valentine’s Day. And if you’re not in a relationship, you may not want to be reminded of this fact by seeing red roses everywhere, endless supplies of Russell Stover candy displays and Zales’ commercials. So here’s a list of things to do on Valentine’s Day, no matter what your Facebook relationship status says.

DanielleDanielle is a Copywriter in the House Party creative department. Chances are if you read the words on our site or emails, she’s responsible. Danielle is single and a mom to an awesome, sports-obsessed, 8 year-old boy. She lives in Forest Hills, NY, is an avid tennis player, CrossFit junkie, NY Giant fan, trivia nut and budding oenophile. Her life dream is to be on Jeopardy. She is currently accepting applications from eligible male suitors. Danielle's party tip: Wine, wine and more wine. 'Nuff said.
 

Throw a GRAMMY Viewing Party

The 54th GRAMMY Awards will air Sunday, February 12 at 8/7c on CBS and with a name like Melody, a GRAMMY viewing party is music to my ears! To get started, I recommend scheduling your party for about 1 hour before show time and send the invites out 2 weeks before your party. Evites are fine and even come themed with musical designs. Plan to set the tone with music, food, drinks, décor and a pre-show activity. Here are some ideas to get you started.

MelodyMelody is a Program Manager at House Party. She lives close to NYC and is usually out and about exploring the city. In her free time, she plays on a fun field hockey league and also likes to craft happy things like jewelry and personalized cards for friends and family. People have given her a slew of nicknames over the years, mostly “Mel,” but some other silly ones include Melbatoast, Melbee, and Hells Mel. Melody’s party tip: It’s the little details that make everything more special!