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Father’s Day: Fantastic and Wallet-Friendly

We know you care, and your Dad will too!

You can show Dad you have real heart for him, and also hold onto your real savings at the same time with these videos loaded with easy budget-friendly or even free do-it-yourself gifts, gift baskets, recipes, entertaining and activity ideas Dad will love!

Father’s Day the Home Shopping Way – Every father deserves the best, and what better way than with Home Shopping? What dad wouldn’t appreciate a little comedy with his socks and BBQ?  Catch this Karen Alloy comedy.

Meetballs 3-course, feed 4, under $35 – Chef Bill Poirier from Boston’s restaurant, Sonsie, whips up a 3-course-meal for 4 people, for under $35 budget. Spinach salad, turkey meatballs, & chocolate ricotta!

Summer Grilling , Serve 8 for $10 Each – Cook up a 3-course meal for 8 people and for under $10 each with recipes from David Joachim and Andrew Schloss, Authors of  Mastering The Grill.

Cupcake Father’s Day Gifts – Everyone loves cupcakes and the author of   Hey There, Cupcake! shows how to decorate dessert for a special Father’s Day.

DIY Coin and Key Keeper – Give Dad a hand for pocket change & car keys with this one-of-a-kind do-it-yourself tray that any child can make!  Easy DIY from Crayola Creative Workshop.

DYI Photo Frame from a CD Case – An easy DYI gift project from Crayola Creative Workshop: turn an old CD case into a bright and bold picture frame that can hold a special message.

Origami Necktie and Shirt Card – So Easy to do! A DYI origami necktie and shirt card that’s sure to bring a smile to every dad.

Men’s Spa at Home – Men like to indulge too. Check out these at home men’s grooming products and gifts to pamper the man in your life from Lenny LaCour.

For more gift ideas, that are sure to please, check out these blog posts:

These previous posts mention  great resources for nice discounts and even free fun local activities you may want to make part of your Father’s Day plan :

Father’s Day FACT:  Did you know:

Scholars claim the tradition of Father’s Day can be traced in the ruins of Babylon where a young boy called Elmesu carved a Father’s Day message on a card made out of clay nearly 4,000 years ago. Elmesu wished his father good health and a long life. The idea of a Father’s Day celebration in the U.S.A. originated in 1909 in Spokane, Washington, when Ms. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd was listening to Mother’s Day sermon.  Sonora pondered if there is a day to honor mother then why not for father and she began a rigorous campaign to celebrate Father’s Day in the U.S.  It wasn’t until  1972 that a permanent national observance of Father’s Day  was established by President Richard Nixon. More Father’s Day facts

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Instant (& Budget Happy) Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!


We love a celebration… especially when there is delicious Mexican food, drinks, and music to indulge our festive selves in; and we’ve given you everything you need to have a super Cinco de Mayo Fiesta while keeping your wallet happy, too… Olé!


Kumbia Kings, “No Tengo Dinero” Live & Rocks!

Obus, “Dinero Dinero” Metal Rock en Espanol, Live

Santana, “Shake Your Money Maker” live, Germany


Mex Dinner: 4 for Under $35 – Executive Chef from restaurant, Sol Toro Tequila Grill shows easy recipes.

Healthy Gourmet Mex. Dinner for 4 at $8.75 Per Person! – Video from Diane Henderiks shows recipes. Diane is the author of Dietitian in the Kitchen.

Chicken and Chile Verde – Host of’s Central Cooks, Kim Berto shows recipe for Chicken and Chile Verde, a one-pot meal with a Mexican flavor.

Guacamole – Here celebrity chef Rick Bayless shows his spin on the traditional recipe for that delicious Mexican favorite avocado dip, Guacamole. It’s easy, bright, and makes any party – especially a Cinco de Mayo Celebration – an instant hit.

Tres Leche Cake – Cake soaked in sweetened milk is a sweet and delicious way to satisfy your guests. Stephanie Gallagher from shows how to make this delicious desert.


Cinco de Mayo Decorations – Easy tissue paper flowers and a mini sombrero table decorations from Crayola Crafty Creations.

How to Make a Pinata – SO SIMPLE!  Video shows how to make any party a real fiesta!

More entertaining and party money saving tips in SLTV channels:

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10 New Year’s Eve Bash on a Budget Ideas

It’s time to ring in a new year, and these bash-on-a-budget New Year’s Eve Party ideas give you everything you need to celebrate with easy style and affordable fun – that are great for any year!  Best wishes for a bright and happy new year!

New Year’s Eve Quick Party Set Up – Quick inexpensive touches  to warm up & decorate your home, welcome guests, set up a bar and prepare your dining table from designer, Stephen Saint-Onge.

New Year’s Eve Affordable Fun – The Creative Juice show’s Cathie Filian,  shares easy fashionable & affordable ways to kick off a New Year’s Eve party with tips on hats, clocks, decor, signs, kids activities & more.

New Year’s Eve Bash on a Budget – Create a successful elegant New Year’s Eve event: set a beautiful buffet & dinner table using repurposed items, easy DIY tips, & appetizer ideas from Senior Editor, All You Magazine, Amy Goodman

New Year’s Eve Decor, DIY – 2010, 2011, or whatever year, here are tried-and-true celebration DIY ideas from for decor, streamers, noise makers, count-down clocks, food, drink & fun to bring in whatever year it is!

Appetizers Under $1 Each –  Celebrate with easy & affordable ideas from’s Holley Johnson. She shows how to create delectable New Year’s Eve appetizers for less than $1 each, perfect for every budget!

Quick No-Cook Party Foods –   Perfect for a New Year’s party; inexpensive no-cook appetizers, party favors, and a cocktail idea to keep your guests happy and keep you on budget from Author of “The Comfort Table” Katie Lee.

Bubbly Quick Tips – Add some sparkle to your party. food & wine blogger Heather Johnston, presents a two minute crash course in picking the perfect sparkling wine or champagne for your budget.

Budget Bubbly – Kim Haasarud, author of 101 Martinis, stirs up a holiday cocktail & recommends champagnes, sparkling wines & non-alcohol festive drinks for any budget.

New Year’s Eve Party Activities – Ideas to celebrate  New Year’s Eve with fun party games that friends & family can enjoy from

Spruce Up New Year’s Eve With Costumes – Dress Up is a fun New Year’s Eve tradition. Include a wardrobe station for an inexpensive festive way to decorate, entertain your guests and spice up your party.’s Allana Baroni shows how.

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A Free New Year’s Eve


Happy New Year!

A New Year’s Eve blue moon may only happen every 10 years or so, but you can create a free New Year’s Eve Celebration every year! (or every day if you really like!)

Here are a couple of finds that you may enjoy:

Take note,  history is free! To usher in t2010, not only will a full moon light up the evening, but a blue moon will help ring in the new year for those in the Western hemisphere.  So don’t forget to take a break to look up at the night sky.   You may not actually see the moon in the color blue.  The moon may sometimes appear to be blue, but the term “blue moon” refers to the second full moon in a month which occurs just once every 2.7 years.  The last blue moon to glow on New Year’s Eve was 19 years ago, in 1990.

Watch free ~ LIVE ~ Streaming Videos of New Year’s Celebrations from cities All Over the World: Earth Cam

Of course, in one of the world’s most popular New Year’s Celebration hubs, New York City,  it wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without the  traditional free Times Square Crystal Ball Celebration! But there’s more than that. Check out this link to NYC activities, many of which are free:, New Year’s Eve in New York City. (and with many hotel rooms running from  $350 to well into the thousands per night on New Year’s Eve, these may come in real handy!)

In Los Angeles, Calif., Universal City Walk has a free huge outdoor New Year’s Eve Countdown Bash open to the public.

There are so many more free events in cities and communities around the world.  We found a ton of free offers on everything from midnight runs, to free cab and train rides, to e-greeting cards, by doing one simple google search.

To find activities in your city, try an online search using terms like:

-your city- free new year’s eve

And enjoy your night!

Wishing all our readers and viewers a healthy, prosperous, secure, and happy year.

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Celebrate the New Year in Style and On a Budget

SLTV blog post: Start the New Year In Style and On Budget

The year’s last festive hurrah’s (Party! Yea! And on a budget!)

New Year’s resolutions, reflections, and gearing up for the annual taking-over-of-the-dining-room-table-in-preparation-for- meeting-the-tax deadline-on-time-this-year, isn’t far off, but for now we’re focusing on enjoying the year’s one last festive hurrah! New Year’s Eve celebrations can be a blast, and it’s possible to do it on a shoestring, too! Hosting a great party doesn’t have to be a huge expensive event. One way to spread the joy and save a few pennies is to ask guests to contribute. Friends love participating and having a hand in welcoming in the new year right. We’re not hosting an event this year, but we were invited to share New Year’s Eve with friends who asked for guests to contribute something to eat or drink, or bring a party game, or a great story to share. It can be a simple as that. But there’s more than one way to have a New Year’s bash without breaking the bank! These videos offer tons of different ways to ring in the new year  in style and on budget.

Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

How to Host a Budget New Year’s Eve Party – Everything you need to host a smashing successful budget New Year’s Eve Party with these money saving tips

How to Make New Year’s Party Glasses –  Make New Year’s party eye glasses for your celebration this year! It’s a fun easy DIY craft project for kids and adults that will festive up & brighten up your night!

Limo’s – How to Get the Best Deal – Special event? Tips to find the best deal on limos, so you can arrive in style.

New Year’s Eve Ideas – Kick off your New Year’s Eve party with fashionable & affordable ideas for any budget. From party hats to hangover kits with Cathie from DIY Network’s Creative Juice show, on iVillage.

New Year’s Eve Menu – Fun, fast & fabulous foods in this New Year’s Eve menu from Six Minute Style host Susan Doherty, that’s time-saving & money saving and perfect for your budget.

New Year’s Eve Party Makeup Tutorial – How to sparkle & look glamourous for the new year. This Michelle Phan makeup tutorial is also great for other lavish parties or clubbing.

More additional budget party tips in our previous blog entry:

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