Month: February 2018

valentine's day, cake, dinner party
If you’re anything like me and your middle name should be Procrastination, then you’ve come to the right place! Hence, this guide being posted on the day of Valentine’s Day! For the past three years, I would normally attend a Galentine’s Day brunch with girlfriends at a lovely restaurant. Absolutely minimal work…I just showed up, ate, chit-chatted, paid, and left. But, this year work was a complete GD-blocker! Sadly I wasn’t able to attend the annual Galentine’s Day Brunch so at the last minute I decided to host Valentine’s Day dinner. 
 
 
Valentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate love and friendships after a hectic Christmas season and long AF January! And hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner can be extra special and inexpensive. Here’s is how to pull off a successful Valentine’s Day dinner (on a budget)!
valentine's day menu, salmon, ravioli

* Create a simple menu. Since we’re all coming straight from work I didn’t want to be in the kitchen forever to cook a meal or have them waiting too long. I love Italian cuisine! It can be simple, filling, but most importantly fast and delicious Make sure your dinner is partially premade and partially homemade. So I purchased lobster ravioli from Trader Joe’s. I’m making semi-homemade tomato sauce and tomato Feta soup. I purchased a baguette and salmon to make a simple smoked salmon Crostini.

* Ask your guests to bring wine or dessert. Not only is it going to save you time from having to get everything, it’s going to save you money. Don’t worry it’s not déclassé. Your friends truly won’t mind. Besides, you’re cooking them a lovely meal and entertaining them.

* Create a beautiful tablescape. Don’t get caught up in expensive red roses. Get flowers in soft hues with a whimsical touch from your local grocery store or a street market vendor. Seriously, everyone is selling flowers today…even the gas stations! I have classic white dinner plates and actually found my gold trim dessert plates at Goodwill! My vases were a gift, but if you don’t have any go to the Dollar Store and quickly grab one.

* Create a color scheme and stick to it. My color scheme is white, gold, and pink. Make it easy on yourself! Get colored napkins. White is seriously your best friend for dinnerware.

* Create a balance playlist. Your playlist should be whatever you and your guests enjoy listening to. Mix up the genres. I’m making my playlist on the metro ride into work. I’m mixing the genres with an upbeat theme of love and friendship.

Just because you procrastinated, that doesn’t mean this should be stressful! Make it simple and fun! If you feel like you’re becoming overwhelmed, order an amazing pizza and eat it with candles lit, music flowing, and have a glass of wine. I, personally, just love to entertain and set the atmosphere so I do extra work that my friends don’t necessarily care about but they appreciate it which makes me love doing it more. Enjoy Valentine’s Day whether you’re single or you have a significant other!

 

Besitos,

Melizza

 

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We’ve all had weeks where we think to ourselves “WTF…can I just stop being an adult?” And if you haven’t please do tell me your secret! Lol well, last week was one of those stressful weeks that I wanted to crawl into bed and say, “F*** it!” But, I was so busy I would legitimately have to schedule in crying session (which never happened). So when my friend said she was doing a staycation I didn’t think twice and packed my bags. We stayed in a hotel in the Financial district, explored new restaurants, watched girly shows on TLC, and danced the night away. Our staycation only lasted 24 hours but we felt like we were away in another city for an entire week.

Here are my top 5 reasons to do a staycation:

  1.   It’s less expensive than an actual vacation.  Staycations help you save on expensive airfare, car rentals, accommodations etc. I took the train to our hotel and allocated that fare to something else I wanted. We found an amazing deal on our accommodations. Using Airbnb is another one of my favorite options for accommodations.
  2.  You’ll see your city in a different light. We explored new restaurants, shops, and venues in a neighborhood that we’ve never lived in. I legitimately felt like a tourist in another city. New York has a million new things to see and do. I’d just advise you to make a list and plan out where you want to do and what you want to see. The best part is you can’t really get lost.
  3.  You’ll connect more with yourself and loved ones.  I spent this staycation with my former roomie (turned friend) and we got to know each other more and we bonded over super girly things!
  4.  You can COMPLETELY unplug. I didn’t answer any emails or phone calls while I was relaxing. I wasn’t out of the country, so my family had no need to panic when my cell went straight to voicemail. I was liberating not being chained to my electronics.
  5.  You’ll feel completely refreshed. Our staycation only lasted 24 hours, but it felt like I was gone for an entire week. I went to work the next day feeling as if I could wrestle a lion with my bare hands (which I would never do in real life even if I could).

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So start planning your staycation! You deserve a little R&R. A little bit of research and planning can help you learn new things about your city and maybe even help remind you why you have stayed and haven’t relocated.

Besitos,

Melizza

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