Looking for a place to start your summer? Come and breathe the summer air at Mardi Gras Universal Studios Orlando! It’s an unlimited party, joyful parades, carnival fiesta, music nights, hot spots and free good times packed in one extraordinary park. With 13 artistic floats from New Orleans, lavish costumes, delightful Cajun food and live jazz music, you’ll feel like you are in the French Quarter. The fantastic parades are produced by Krewes, a private social group. They have 10 to 40 floats carrying Krewe members that throw beads, doubloons, small toys, and candies. However, the throws are limited to standard size beads and doubloons. If you wish for big long beautiful beads, you can purchase them at several gift shops throughout the park. T-shirts, jester hats, masks, large yard glasses and feather boas are also available for purchase as your Mardi Gras memorabilia. The parade includes local high school marching bands, dance groups, and costumed characters as well. In New Orleans, each parade has a theme that is usually borrowed from history, mythology or Hollywood. For example are the big parades Bacchus, Orpheus, and Rex. The famous Krewe of Dionysus Parade rolls around 8:00pm or 9:00pm depending upon the date and weather. The traditional Mardi Gras floats, coming directly from New Orleans, are the King & Queen float, the Riverboat, the King Gator, the Jester, the Boeuf Gras (the BIG beef), the Universal float, and the title float which gives you the Krewe’s name and the parade’s theme. The new music float, food float, and New Orleans float will still be brought. People all over the world are always hooked to join the locals for the fun and wild carnival celebration. It is a wild yet family friendly event held annually in Orlando, Florida, particularly at Disney. Even though there’s still a lot of drinking going on at Universal, it is controlled very well that you will never feel unsafe. The centre of the celebration is The French Quarter Courtyard located in the New York area of Universal Studios, near the Mummy and Twister attractions. Here, you will find food delicacies, high spirits, and talented musicians from New Orleans. Don’t miss some of the local New Orleans style cuisine including jambalaya, shrimp gumb, red beans & rice, and andouille sausage po-boys (Po-boys are subs or hoagies or sandwiches to the rest of the country). The floats are real awesome. But still, the main event and highlight for many is the concert at the end of the night in the new Music Plaza, which starts immediately after the parade. But this area of the park gets very crowded quickly, so you should not wait until after the parade before you choose your desired location. Universal brings the best bands for these concerts. If you still feel partying even after the night, head over to Universal’s CityWalk and continue your Mardi Gras celebration at Pat O’Brien’s—a replica of the original Pat O’Brien’s located in New Orleans. Here, you can enjoy singing along in the Piano Bar or have fun at a hurricane (a New Orleans tradition) on the veranda. Mardi Gras celebration is amazingly free! You can join the festivities as long as you have admission to Universal Studios. Go! You’ll have a wonderful time that you won’t surely forget.
When it comes to throwing a party what you have on the scene is almost as important as the actual guests! The whole purpose of having a party is to create an environment where people will not only have a great time but they will also look forward to the memories they created that night. Miami is the land of partying so allow miamipartyrentalsupply.com help you create the event to remember! A guaranteed way to get the party crackin’ is to rent a mechanical bull. Now keep in mind this bad boy isn’t the smallest party accessory as the space requirements are 20×20 feet. But if you have the space this goody will guarantee a night of laughs and a good time with all of your friends. Just make sure you have your phone or a camera close by so you can record your guests as they try to hold on for dear life! What power a camera, a mechanical bull, and a Facebook status update tends to give a person! If you’re throwing a party for the kids water slides and bounce houses are available as well. Nothing screams fun more to a kid than a good bout with some water. The water slide is sized at 15×25 feet and the space requirement is 18×30 feet so make sure you have enough space in your backyard and you’ll be set. For the bounce houses, there are an array of options you can choose from. From castle themes to sport themes and even toddler zones you will definitely brighten up any child’s day with the bounce house. For those oh-so-hot Miami days there are tents available to shade your guests and food be it at a wedding or a party. Nothing screams get me out of here faster than a heat stroke on the horizon. The event tents are available in a frame tent, a pinnacle tent and a pinnacle tent with sidewalls. There are also lights, portable AC, pedestal fans and misting fans all at your disposal. Remember, a cool guest is a happy guest! Of course a party wouldn’t be a party without a place for your guest to eat and socialize so of course tables and chairs are for rent too. The options for chairs are the Chiavari chair, bar stools, and folding chairs. There are also several table options which are the half moon table, serpentine table, cocktail/pub table, round tables and rectangular tables. The options are unlimited at Miami Party Rental Supply! As far as heaters, several are made available to keep your guest warm. The patio heater warms a ten feet circular area and it comes with a 20 pound propane tank that will last up to six hours. If you have a pool, pool heaters are available for rent to keep the water warm regardless of the temperature outside. Just allow 6 hours before your party begins to heat the pool 82-85 degrees. As you can see Miami Party Rental Supply has left no stone unturned when it comes to the need to host a great party. Be sure to visit miamipartyrental.com to get a look at some of the necessities you may need for your next party or event. Remember a party is only as good as you make it, allow Miami Party Rental Supply to make it a memorable one!
What Are Your Plans?
Long after your spirit vacates your body, will you be resting comfortably six feet under? Adorning the family mantel in an urn full of ashes? Or perhaps your cadaver will still be working, giving back to science?
After your soul has “left the building,” the body you now inhabit can help to
improve the lives of those left behind.
Before you say “yuck,” take a closer look at the process of donating your body to science. Then decide for yourself if it’s right for you.
The Harlequin Presents line was created in the early 1980s as an addition to the successful Mills and Boon line. Harlequin Romances had younger, more innocent heroines , whereas Harlequin Presents featured strong women who weren’t necessarily virgins. Even if they were virgins, they might not wait for their wedding night for sex. There is less of a difference between the two lines now, but Harlequin Presents tend to be more erotic than the Romance line.
I have a problem with some of the Harlequin Presents, some of the men can be pretty brutal. But some of the titles are very good and I will be reviewing them at this site. I have transferred titles from Vintage Romance Reviews which will now be dedicated to only Harlequin Romances.
22 THE HAWK AND THE DOVE BY ANNE HAMPSON
When Janis married Perry Caton, after a very short acquaintance, she was in no doubt as to what she was doing. It was a marriage of convenience. If he did not marry by a certain date, Perry would lose his inheritance and the family home he loved above everything else; Janis was alone in the world and penniless—so what, really, had she to lose? In any case, Perry had made it clear that in due course they would “do the obvious thing” about the situation—and Janis understood what he meant by that. As time went on she began to feel that it would be no hardship to put her marriage on a normal footing—until it began to dawn on her that perhaps that was not what Perry meant at all.
Janis has a minor leg injury that turns serious and she takes a long time recovering. She thinks the marriage hasn’t been consummated because she is not strong enough. There is an evil cousin who tries to keep them apart, he wanted the estate.
Janis is walking along the side of the road and is grazed by a car who grabs her and puts her in his car. It is Perry and he takes her to the hospital, leaving her suitcase behind. She wasn’t looking where she was going because she was upset. She has no family and had been dismissed that day from her post as nanny. We find out later she was dismissed because a member of the household fell in love with her. She has no money because until recently she had been giving all her money to the relatives who took her in when she was a child. They have left the country so she is now all alone. So Perry takes her home, he isn’t very nice about it but he does.
Perry had recently been engaged and he was in love with his fiancÃ©e, Glenda. But Glenda, was really his cousin’s , Richard, fiancÃ©e. They were tricking Perry. Perry has to marry by his birthday to inherit. They planned to have the wedding just before his birthday. Then Glenda would jilt him and he would lose his inheritance. And all of it would go to Richard, who would marry Glenda. But Richard and Glenda were indiscreet and Perry found out a month before his birthday. Richard is not ashamed, in fact, he came to look at Perry’s house . If Perry doesn’t get his inheritance he will have to sell the family home. This engages Perry so much that he proposes to Janis.
There is some miscommunications between Janis and Perry. She thinks this is her home, that she has some place where she belongs. She gets along with the servants and is very happy. But Perry doesn’t understand that , he thinks once she is well, he will send her away somewhere. He will support her, but he doesn’t really see her as his family. These crossed wires, in the context of the story, is believable. I was rooting for Janis, she at last had a home and was happy. But Perry just thought he was letting her stay until she was well. These is some deception on Janis’s part about when she is well, she keeps the doctor’s report to herself. Just so she has more time and she hopes Perry will come to love her. But Perry finds out and is very mad. This is a good story. Richard is a complete villain and not that believable. But I was rooting for Janis the whole time and Perry finally realizes he loves his wife.
I first learned about Access-A-Ride — para-transit transportation — in 2004. Someone my sister knew used it. The woman informed my sister she paid only $2.00 each way, and it’s door to door service. I was stunned, and thought, Yo, I need that. “Can you get the number for me please?” I asked my sister.
“Thanks.” I can not inform you about the rest of our conversation, because all I kept thinking was, I’m going to be able to go places …. I won’t be stuck in this apartment …. I can visit people …. I can shop for anything …. Oh, yeah, I can go to my doctor’s office now.
I know it sounds pitiful, but to me at that moment it was a heavenly visual I was seeing in my mind’s eyes. It was my heaven on earth. I would have gotten up to dance in celebration, but I did not want to pass out. My health’s not too cool. Plus, I was still speaking to my sister. So, that would have been rude.
Years before, when I was informed I could no longer work for health reasons, I actually cried. My father tried to console me, but it did not help. I kept thinking about all the overtime I would no longer be able to do. So his words, “It will be okay.” was not going down well. My father hated my working over time. He thought as a young single woman with no children I did not need to work so hard. My answer would always be, “Momma needs a new pair of shoes Dad.”
“Not funny kid.”
I never ever thought I would be without a job due to illness, which is crazy, because my lungs collapsed on me when I was a baby …. I really should not have had most of the jobs I had to be honest, but working was all I knew and I loved it.
Without a job there is no more over time. I became depressed. I guess momma could no longer get a new pair of shoes ….
As the years progressed I became worse health wise. I also realized that fixed incomes are just that fixed. Going to the doctor’s office cost money just to get there, and I had to return home. I just could not afford $6.00 each way. Once I was inside the doctor’s office I had to make a co-payment. It cost $10.00 for my primary care doctor, and $20.00 for a specialist. I was ashamed I could not afford things that was no big deal to me when I worked. I would not even need over time for those tiny fees
My younger brother found out about my transportation dilemma from our mother, and he decided to call me and offer to take me to any appointments I had if I were to leave early in the morning before he went to work at the Barber shop he owned in Harlem, NY.
He took me to three doctor appointments. I was grateful, but uncomfortable with the situation. He had his own life, and I just thought it was wrong. Still, I knew my brother would not stop coming around to pick me up so I began pretending I was fine, and I did not need to see the doctor for anything other than a yearly physical. After I agreed to call him as soon as I needed him he stopped worrying.
Yeah, I am terrible, but I was not use to being helped out so much. It sucked. So after I learned of the Access-A-Ride transportation service I applied. When I qualified I was ecstatic.
My maiden trip was to my nephew’s — Zuri’s — middle school graduation. It was a warm sunny afternoon when I boarded the five passenger — white with blue stripe and letterings — bus. I could not see the driver — through the tinted glass — until he opened the doors. He greeted me with a warm smile as he asked my name. After I gave it I Slowly I boarded the bus with my cane.
I gave him my carfare of $2.00, and went to one of five available seats. After the driver confirmed with me that I was buckled into my seat we were off to Brooklyn.
I really do not remember much of our conversation. I just remember that he was pleasant, and I was just happy to be able to travel on my own.
I arrived at my sister’s apartment in about an hours time. That to me was great timing. After a brief stay in my sister’s apartment. All nine of us took two taxi car services to Brooklyn college. As we drove around to find the entrance I kept thinking, I could have met them here. Next time I will find out the address, and cross streets, and just meet up.
Before we walked into the courtyard of the school we were stopped by some outdoor merchants trying to sell some of the timely graduation gifts. The three adults — myself included — in our large group bought something for my nephew. My nephew had already went through the gates, because he had to go inside with the rest of his graduating class. So he did not witness our purchases.
As we walked past the gates of the court yard I thought how lovely it looked inside. My legs began hurting so I started looking for a place to sit. My gaze came across some benches, and I informed my sister. We all went straight to the benches. All nine of us took up three benches.
We sat and talked for some time before the court yard became crowded. Suddenly, through the crowd I saw my younger brother and his wife walking towards us. Our eyes met and we smiled.
What’s more fun than throwing a party? Throwing a party that is 60s-themed! The 1960s was a transitional decade, full of changes and excitement. From hippies to modmen and everything in between, the 1960s saw a lot of bold, various styles of fashion and music emerge from the shadows of the ’50s.
Check out these ideas for a 1960s themed party, including ideas for decorations, food, costumes, and more! Whether you’re going for a hippie style or mod style 60s party, you’ll find some great ideas here.
60s Themed Decorations
If you’re going for a hippie-style 60s theme party, finding decorations and supplies for your party is going to be a cinch. Think tie-dye, peace signs, and bright whacky colors and you’ll be in that groovy mindset! Did you live through the 60s? Use your memories as inspiration for your 60s party décor. If you didn’t live through the 60s or can’t quite remember (as is the case for many of you who lived through this decade), here are some quick and easy ideas where you can start:
For a Hippie 60s Themed Party:
tie-dye wall decals and tablecloths
peace sign plates, cups, napkins, and utensils
photos or posters of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Beatles, and other famous 60s musicians/bands
big yellow smiley-faces, peace signs, trippy looking decorations
VW Econoline Hippie Van stand-up or centerpieces for the tables
replace your light bulbs with groovy colored bulbs
give love beads and flowers to all of your guests to wear
For a Mod 60s Themed Party:
multicolored balloons (yellow, red, blue, and orange as in the picture above)
simple mod-style party decorations (you can even go vintage if you have the money to spend and the time to collect!)
crystal or sparkly chandeliers
champagne flutes (if you don’t want to do champagne, don’t forget the punch bowl and matching cups)
pop art posters on the walls
you could even go space age with moons, rockets, and stars
If all else fails, watch Austin Powers and get inspired! Yeah, baby!
Retro 60s or 70s Background – 30″H x 30″W – Peel and Stick Wall Decal by Wallmonkeys
Retro 60s or 70s Background – 30″H x 30″W – Peel and Stick Wall Decal by Wallmonkeys
How to Throw a 1950s Theme Party
So why not throw a 1950s theme party for yourself or a loved one? Use the 1950s theme for a birthday party, anniversary party, graduation party, Halloween party, or just for the heck of it. Check this article out for hip tips on 1950s theme party dec
How to Throw a 1940s Themed Party
If you’re throwing a 1940s themed party for a birthday, anniversary, etc., you’ve come to the right place. Let’s talk about decorations, costumes, and food for a rockin’ 1940s party.
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Strawberry Parfait Ring
Strawberry Parfait Ring | Source
60s Themed Food and Drinks
For your 60s themed party, food and drinks is an absolute must. Depending on which specific 60s theme you’re going with, your choice of food and drinks can revolve around that.
For instance, if you’re going with a hippie theme 60s party, you could make brownies and call them “magical brownies”. Hippies also usually love greens, so various salads will be perfect party food and you could include a large fruit bowl and fruit punch. Get creative and put peace signs on cupcakes, smiley faces on potatoes, etc.
If you’re going with a more mod 60s themed party, food and drinks can be a little bit classier. Skim through recipes from the 60s online, or borrow some vintage cookbooks from your local library or grandma! Create a beautifully mod buffet with 60s finger foods and cocktails. Some of your finger foods could include: cheese and fruit on toothpicks, nuts of various kinds, tomatoes, radishes, olives, lunch meats, cocktail sausages, shrimp cocktail, and quiche lorraine. As for the cocktails, go with basic beer and wine but you can also include cognac, martinis, etc.
60s Desserts Ideas:
Strawberry parfait ring
Angel food cake
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