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Make Mother’s Day Magnificent (and Budget-Friendly)

U.S. Mother’s Day is in May, on the second Sunday of the month.

You can make mom feel appreciatedand give her a marvelous day without breaking the bank or draining your wallet with these Mother’s Day ideas that any and every mother would love:

Make Mother’s Day Special - Treat mom to a special Mother’s Day without breaking the bank. The Shopping Queen, Fatima Mehdikarimi gives ideas on flowers, dining, luxury and a top tech idea to make Mother’s Day special.

Outside the Box Mother’s Day Gifts - Mother’s Day with a twist. Not-so-typical gift ideas that can also be budget-friendly. Six Minute Style’s Susan Doherty presents five fabulous outside-the-gift-box ideas for mom. She’s gonna love this.

DIY Mother’s Day Spinners - An easy, bright and cheerful DIY project for young children to make. Perfect for Mother’s Day and will continue to delight mom all Summer long from Crayola Creative Workshop.

Duck Tape Roses for Mom - Make a Mother’s Day bouquet of flowers out of duct tape! Easy, fun and pretty DIY from Duck Brand duct tape for mom! Simple tutorial shows how. Make it useful by using a pen for the stem!

DIY Paper Photo Wallet - Every mom loves sharing pictures of her family. This easy DIY papercrafted tri-fold wallet will display all her favorite pics in style. Crafter and author of Christmas Papercrafts, Corinne Bradd, shows how to create a brag book using paper and a series of simple creases.

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7 Sensational Recipes to Celebrate Passover (That Won’t Cinch Your Wallet)

Like so many holiday celebrations, the Passover celebration is centered around the dining table. Stories of long ago are shared while tasting foods that symbolize the meaning of this holiday. This is a time to appreciate a delicious and creative meal together with family and friends. But a holiday feast for all does not have to be a budget stretch. Here are delicious, affordable spins on traditional recipes taken from all around the world that would make any Passover feast (or any feast at all) a memorable one.

Moroccan Charoset Truffles - Recipe for a Passover traditional food, Charoset, usually prepared with apples & walnuts, takes on a Moroccan spin with dates, raisins, and walnuts, served up as little truffles. Easy recipe from Zabar’s Chef, and author of Fistful of Lentils, Jennifer Abadi

4 Passover Recipes with a Mediterranean Spin  - Culinary anthropologist Tori Avey (aka: The Shiksa in the Kitchen) shares the history of  ancient food traditions and gives three recipes that are fresh and healthier and have a twist on the traditional: Cucumber Salad with Pickle & Mint, Mushroom Quinoa Risotto, Seared Salmon with Creamy Dill, and an Apple Pecan Pie.

Honey Chicken Recipe – Cookbook author and founder of  kosher.com, Jamie Geller, shares an easy, affordable Honey Chicken recipe that is perfect for holidays or an elegant dinner party.

Potato Kugel RecipeQuick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes Cookbook author Jamie Geller shows how to make Potato Kugel. A savory and budget friendly vegetarian addition to any meal, any time of day, and perfect for Passover.

Noodle Kugel - Food TV’s “Good Deal” host and cookbook author Dave Lieberman shares his grandmother’s quick, easy, and budget friendly recipe for noodle kugel, a creamy and crispy sweet baked dessert.

Passover Fruit Cobbler - Fruit cobbler recipe is a refreshing alternative to Passover’s usual desserts. This clip is part of “Sweet Dreams” show on the TV Food Network hosted by cook book author Gale Gand.

Passover Coconut Macaroons- TV Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa” Chef Ina Garten shares her recipe for coconut macaroons, a traditional Passover sweet dessert cookie.

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Awesome Super Bowl Party (on a Budget) Tips

Super Bowl… it’s all about the game… er… party… er… food… er… budget...

Whatever the Super Bowl is for you, you won’t want to miss catching these videos with recipes and entertaining tips that score well for your wallet’s team while you serve your guests a winning time.

Football Fiesta – Andrea Correale, founder of Elegant Affairs catering gives affordable football-themed  ideas for food, buffet settings & party favors.

10 Super Bowl Party Savings Tips – Josh Elledge, SavingsAngel founder’s tips to save on a range of Super Bowl Party expenses like babysitting, party supplies, decorations, food & more.

Super Bowl Buffalo Chicken Wings & Vegan Snacks –  Traditional Wings, Asian Peanut Sauce & 2 vegan dishes, all for under $15 from the Working Class Foodies.

Super Bowl, Serve 8 Under $35 - Tim Love, Owner of The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in Forth Worth, Texas shares recipes for a Super Bowl menu on a budget: 3-course meal to serve 8 people for less than $35.

Hosting a Party? Play it Safe with Liability Insurance -  Experts say it’s important for party hosts to carry liability insurance for your parties, not only to cover a potential accident or an incident due to intoxication – but also for things like food poisoning, even if the event is catered you may be held responsible.

More ideas from our friends:

  • Super Bowl party ideas, recipes, drinks and games… Celebrations.com
  • Super Bowl Menu: how to keep it frugal… BargainBabe.com
  • More Recipes including Beer Cocktails… DiningInTheRound.com

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Halloween (on a Budget) Party Ideas

BOO!

It’s easy to make Halloween a Haunted Spectacular event! We’ve got all the goo, ghosts, goblins and more you’ll need to create a budget-friendly Halloween party, including costumes, Halloween decorations, Halloween party food, drink ideas, recipes, and more.  Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween!

Want to put together a quick Halloween party without a lot of fuss and expense? No problem:

Halloween Food and Party Ideas – Halloween doesn’t have to cost a fortune to be fun!  ”Garage Sale America” author Bruce Littlefield gives budget friendly food, party decoration and yard transformation ideas.

Halloween Party in an Instant! - How to create a quick, creative and affordable Halloween party with pointers from  Christopher Hughes, Co-Founder of One Hour Parties.

Halloween Finger Food - A new twist for Spooky Halloween Finger food, Breadstick Witch Fingers. This simple recipe idea from Arlene of CookingWithSugar.com, is fun to make, quick and easy.

Three easy Halloween decorating ideas from HDTV’s Jennifer Perkins:

Halloween Glow In The Dark Bat Tree - Glow-in-the-dark bats make a fun, but not-too-scary, party accent.

Halloween Outdoor Decor - Spook up your yard for Halloween in just a few short hours with these easy decorating tips.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Tips - It’s easier than you think! Here’s an introduction to pumpkin carving, featuring tools of the trade and tips on pumpkin Jack-O-Lantern preservation.

Crafter Karen Weisman gives tips to turn your tabletop into an almost instant Halloween scene:

Halloween Spiders? Easy to Make! - Spiders are a classic Halloween decoration!  See how easy it is to make spiders out of nothing more than pipe cleaners.

Table Pumpkin Patch? Easy! - Easy-to-make pumpkin patch for a children’s (or anyone else’s!) Halloween or fall party decorations.

An Easy lightning-quick idea –  just the thing for any last minute Halloween costume:

DIY Statue of Liberty CrownHow to Make a Statue of Liberty Crown for July 4th or Halloween, a fabulous must-have for any costumed celebration!

And… not-to-be-missed: our previous Halloween post:

Wallet-Happy Halloween - 12 EASY tips to make your Halloween holiday a haunted hit while keeping your budget happy.

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Seasonal Crafts From the Kitchen & Yard

Setting a festive mood or bringing excitement into your home to enjoy some seasonal cheer doesn’t require a big wallet or bank account.

Sometimes the mementos everyone appreciates the most are the ones that came right from home, handmade from the little things found right in your backyard or kitchen. Here are some fun, eco-friendly and budget-friendly do-it-yourself craft projects that use and re-use simple materials you may already have on hand so you can bring the outdoors in to appreciate all season long.

How to Make Shrunken-Head Apples - Perfect for Halloween! A festive and seasonal DIY decor idea, that’s fun and easy to create: shrunken heads from apples. Float them in a bowl of punch, mount on sticks or make a garland and display by the front door. The video instructions say to leave them in the sun for several days to dry, but you can also leave them in a 225 – 250-degree oven for 6 – 8 hours or till dried.

How to Make a Corn Husk Doll - Candace from NaturallyEducational.com shows how to make DIY dolls from corn husks in this clip. A charming activity for kids to do. Decorate a wreath with them or string together and drape across a holiday dinner table top or spruce up a doorway.

Squash & Gourd Luminaries, DIY - Candace Give the Season a warm glow with these unique DIY luminaries from nature. How-to in this video from the Holiday Crafts show in the DIY Network hosted by Michele Beschen.

Wax Leaves for Decoration, DIY - Amanda Warford presents a crafty idea to bring the outdoors in.  This clip shows how a simple dipping in wax will preserve leaves to enjoy all winter long. Use them to create mobiles, collages, garlands or wreaths.

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July 4th (Frugal) Fun

 

The Fourth of July in the U.S. is a time for celebration, and most folks will be enjoying the warm long summer’s day off with picnic treats, grilling on the barbecue, outdoor and backyard fun, and fireworks. Here are  videos with ideas to add more festive fun to your day, party or event: Celebrate with budget-friendly craft activities to keep the kids happy, delicious recipes for tasty treats, and patriotic decorations for the table, (and yourselves). Have a fun and safe July 4th!

Tasting & Table Setting

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers – This recipe for juicy grilled portobello mushroom burgers from Vegetarian Times Magazine Editor, Mary Margaret Chappell is one that everyone will love! Put your favorite burger toppings on and enjoy!

Grilled Fresh Tomatoes – Paula Deen shows her easy recipe for grilled fresh tomatoes with garlic, parmesan cheese, thyme, and olive oil… ummm!

White Chocolate Dipping - Make your fourth of July party festive & delicious with white chocolate dipping! Kendra Arch of Cake ‘n Crumbs shows easy budget friendly ideas everyone will enjoy!

July 4th Centerpieces or Party Favors - Simple flower arrangements make perfect centerpieces or party favors for any budget. Floral Designer & Stylist Nico De Swert shows a festive idea suing a Pottery Barn item, but using supplies you may already have on hand would work well, too.

Design with Paper to Spruce Up Your July 4th Party - Inexpensive ideas to dress up your 4th of July setting, including centerpieces, table coverings, gift bags, food serving, hostess gifts & more, from Director, Creative Services at Kate’s Paperie, Alton DuLaney.

July 4th Crafts:

DIY Statue of Liberty Crown - How to Make a Statue of Liberty Crown for July 4th, a fabulous must-have for any Fourth of July celebration!

July 4th DIY Flags – Easy, inexpensive, fun DIY craft even the very youngest can do from the  Educational Art Institute.

DIY Pinwheels and Poppers – Crafty Creations from the Abilene Public Library show easy steps to create July 4th fun.

And finally:

The Sparkler- A July 4th party isn’t complete without a sparkler! Here’s a slow-motion, up-close look at the beauty of a single sparkler – a safe way to celebrate and enjoy!

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How to Host a Golden Globe Awards Party on a Budget

Yes, you can enjoy entertaining with Hollywood and Broadway style, right in your own home.  Here are 5 videos from entertaining and trend-spotting experts giving ideas on food, fashion and decorating so you can host a fabulous party that won’t leave your wallet empty.

Party Great on a Budget - Make your special event the best! You can host a great party, and on a budget, too! The Party Goddess, Marley Majcher, shows how easy it can be.

Red Carpet Look-A-Likes, Golden Globes ’10 - You can look like a Hollywood star and do it on a budget. Nextpert.com’s fashion trend expert, Katlean de Monchy, shows two celebrity dresses, a casual outfit, shoes and even sunglasses… and how you can have the glam looks for.

Red Carpet Look-A-Likes, Golden Globes ’07 - With smart shopping and these fashion-find tips, you get the dresses and outfits to look like a Hollywood star on an extra’s budget when Nextpert.com’s Katlean De Monchy shows how to get Golden Globe runway fashion trends for less.

Award Night Party Decor - Martha Stewart demonstrates how you can easily re-create the glitz and glam of Awards Night in your own home and on a budget.

Golden Globe 5-Star Snacks - Jill Sharpe from TheLakeKitchen.com, shows budget-friendly make-ahead “golden” recipes perfect for your Golden Globe party, so you can enjoy visiting with guests and watching the award show without being chained to the kitchen.

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12 Gifts Under $30

Giving a gift that lets someone you care about know you are thinking of them does not have to cost a fortune or break your budget. Here are 12 unique gift ideas all for less than $30, that would suit anyone, anytime, from kids to great-grandparents – while suiting your bank balance as well.

Give the gift of warmth and comfort with a cozy throw. These welcomed cozy down-alternative throw is available in an array of colors and patterns to suit any personality and every decor. From JC Penney. Machine washable. $19.99 – $25.

Carafe and Cup set: This elegant glass and pitcher duo is made entirely out of recycled glass bottles, giving it a unique pale green color and a sculptural aesthetic. The textured bands of glass allow it to be grasped firmly, preventing accidental slips and spills. Beautiful on nightstands, dressers, and desks, and tables, even when it’s not bearing water. Handmade by fair trade artisans in Bolivia. $29.99

Chill the party with this festive red  party cooler that’s ultra-hot! This Metal Party Tub offers a great way to ice drinks and snacks in the back yard, park, or stadium parking lot. Made from a durable and rust-resistant alloy with a bright finish, this reinforced Metal Party Tub comes with steel carrying handles and is built to last. Available is several colors at Party City, $19.99.

This versatile serving platter set is made of gleaming white durable porcelain with a clean sleek design. Dishwasher, microwave, and conventional oven-safe. Made in China. 5-piece set includes: four small platters; one large platter. From CB2. The set: $22.75.
The Fozzils Solo Flat Pack Dinerware Set is great for your outdoorsy friend or adventure traveler.  Made of durable polypropylene and is leak-proof and easy to clean. Just throw the flat sheets in your backpack and later fold into cup, bowl, and plate and spoon in seconds. The Fozzils Pack Set comes in a reusable packing sleeve that can also be used as a prep tray or cutting board. $15.95 a set.
Bring memories home with this darling Sandy Feet Casting Kit. You can use it for either footprints or handprints. Simply make a foot or hand print in dense, moist sand. Collect beach water in the cup provided; mix in the special powder to it, then pour the mixture into the print impression. You can even personalize your print with the included stylus, and use the cord to make your footprint ready-to-hang. Allow 20 minutes for it to harden, then gently scoop the print out. Use the special keepsake pail to tote your creation home! The kit can make two children’s feet (up to size 2) or one adult foot. Parental supervision required. Contents made in the USA; tin made in China. Sand not included. From UncommonGoods. $15.

Charge your cell phones in style with the Garden Charging Station. Keep your counters looking neat and tidy and add a little decor with this “grass” filled decorative container.Easily hide all your charging cords by placing them under the grass and run 1 extension cord to the Charging Station. Available in black or white. 10.5″ L x 6″ W x 3.5″ H. Extension cord not included. At Convenient Gadgets & Gifts. $27.95

Guitar Pick Punch – Create your own recycled guitar picks quickly and easily with the Pick Punch. Turn expired credit cards, old gift cards, hotel key cards, and other thin plastic into perfectly-shaped guitar picks. The heavy-duty Pick Punch features a steel head that can cut through materials up to 1mm thick. Good idea for DIY earrings or necklace pendants too! From UncommonGoods. $25.

HABA/TC Timber Master Builder Series. This large block set allows children to use and learn the same engineering principles the Romans followed. In true Romanesque style, this 54 pc set of solid wooden blocks is sure to entertain young and old architects alike. Note: This set does not come with building instructions. From Maukilo.com.$29.99

The Hess Toy Truck – We just can’t help it – we love this gift! (yes, it was on last year’s list, too) Since 1964 Hess has released a new model toy truck in November each year; and kids (no matter what age) never tire of collecting them and playing with them. They often are actually two vehicles and feature high quality realistic fun with extras like flashing lights, sirens, lifts or ramps. Available at participating Hess Gas Stations, starting November 11, 2011, and they sell out fast! Batteries included, $26.99.

Tabletopics. Played with family, friends or during a candlelit dinner for two, each card in a Tabletopics sets asks a different thought-provoking, conversation-starting question. Choose from four different sets – Couple’s Edition, Family Edition, Original Edition, and Dinner Party Edition. All four sets are guaranteed to keep the fun and conversation flowing. (we can personally attest to that!) The set of 135 cards are housed in acrylic 4 x 4″ square cube. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. From RedEnvelope. $29.95

This leather and stainless steel  heart token manages to be both rugged and refined. The versatile leather necklace is expandable up to 35 inches and is available in four colors. The necklace is available in Black (pictured), Brown, Red or Pink. Specify necklace color and up to six letters for custom engraving. Not suitable for children under 12 years of age. From Enchanted Memories $25.99

This cheeky money clip serves its purpose, even if you’re light on cash. The engraving, rich in humor, says it all (and then some):  “The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.” – Kin Hubbard. Made of aluminum and made in the USA, from UncommonGoods. $18.

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Father’s Day Fabulous (and frugal)

U.S. Father’s Day falls in June, on the third Sunday of the month.

Create a fantastic Father’s Day! Here are tips on affordable & eco-friendly gifts, preparing a top notch meal,  DIY crafts for gifts that both kids and adults can create, and pointers on how to be a fantastic host for Father’s Day. We give you everything you need to create a fabulous day for Dad while keeping your budget balanced and your wallet full!

Grilled Sausage 3-Course Under $35 - Budget friendly gourmet 3-Course meal under $35  - Father and son chefs, Joe Isidori, Executive Chef of NYC’s Harbor Restaurant, and Arthur Isidori, Saucier Chef at Admiral’s Cove in Juniper, Florida, together show their recipes for Tomato Salad,  Tomato Basil Pasta,  Sweet & Spicy Grilled Sausage… UMMM!

Top 5 Eco Gifts for Father’s Day - Save money, the earth, and bring a smile to Dad with these 5 top budget and eco friendly pics for Father’s Day gifts from EcoBold.com founder, Steffany Boldrini.

Gifts for Dad that Kids Can Create - Emily Hover from PioneerPartyandGift.com gives 7 easy, fun & budget friendly DIY ideas that kids can create for Father’s Day gifts for Dad.

Make a Paper Wallet in Under 2-Minutes - How To Make a paper wallet – Easy DIY using only paper that anyone can do and Dad will love. Great for business cards or photos, too!

6 Steps to Hosting a Great Father’s Day - Sometimes just a little undivided attention is all that Dad needs to make his Father’s Day celebration truly special. Here are 6 tips to being the perfect host of a perfect day for Dad.

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Valentine’s Day on a Budget

It’s easy to treat all the loves in your life to affectionate surprises with these amore-filled Valentine’s Day ideas that your wallet will adore, too!

Rich Romantic Times for Less – Pointers to set the stage for unforgettable romantic dates that won’t over-burden your wallet, in this SpendLessTV.com Original clip from Sean Stephenson, Relationship expert, therapist, speaker, and author.

Chocolate Recipes for Valentine’s Day – Prepare a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner?Easy! Food historian, Francine Segan, shows two beautiful, affordable, and simple recipes using – what else?  Chocolate!

How To Have a Happy Valentine’s Day on a Budget - 7 Easy how-to steps you can use to warm someone’s heart on Valentine’s Day without spending a lot of money.. ah… doesn’t that sound nice?

Valentine’s Day Savings - Kelli Grant, SmartMoney.com Senior Consumer Reporter, gives Valentine’s Day tips on how to keep spending on budget and save money when buying gifts for your loved one.

Chinese Inspired Budget Valentines Gifts – Budget friendly Chinese inspired gift ideas: Everything you need to create a romantic thoughtful afternoon and evening for your Valentine.

Valentine Treats for Kids - Kit Bennett from AmazingMoms.com shows how you can easily make Valentine’s Day special for your kids with fun-to-eat heart shaped treats & snacks throughout the day.

Make a Rose from a Paper Napkin – How to make a DIY easy, fast, romantic rose from a paper napkin… Doesn’t get much more budget-friendly than that!

More in our post: 20 Big Time (& Budget) Valentine Day Ideas.Yep! 20! We give you more wallet-friendly and love-filled ideas for gifts, decorations, kids crafts, recipes, fashion, champagne, date ideas, and yes – even weddings!~

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