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It’s a funny thing how things shift after the first month of the year. Plans are made on New Year’s Day and for a while things are just great.

You make it to the gym every day. You don’t have those extra sweets. You read like you promised yourself you would.

But then, life happens.

For me, the plan to maintain three blogs was just a bit much.

And so, we’re taking another break.

Follow us on The Write Side of My Brain.

We’ll be back again after we regroup.

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irishcoffee

True, you don’t have to wait until January 25 to celebrate and enjoy Irish Coffee.

The origins of Irish Coffee go like this. In 1942 some weary travelers visited a pub operated by Joseph Sheridan in a southwest Ireland airport. To warm them up he served them Irish Coffee topped with whipped cream. There’s a lot of speculation on how the drink got to the United States, but it was introduced in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Cafe in 1952.

The original recipe as described by Joseph Sheridan went like this:

“Cream as rich as an Irish brogue; coffee as strong as a friendly hand; sugar sweet as the tongue of a rogue; and whiskey smooth as the wit of the land.”

There are plenty of Irish Coffee recipes out there on the Internet. Have one of your own? Share it in the comments.

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oscars

The 89th Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC on February 26th.

If you can’t make it to the red carpet, consider hosting a viewing party of your own. Here are some ideas:

1. Make it a party! Invite lots of friends. The more the merrier. And don’t forget to have designated sitters to hold your friend’s seat when they get up to go to the bathroom.

2. Encourage folks to dress up. No, you don’t need a $10,000 designer gown or tux, but asks your guests to come dressed for the festive atmostphere. You can even have a prize for the Best Dressed.

3. Have your own red carpet ceremony. All you need is the entry way and your phone for this one.

4. Make it a guessing game. When the nominations come out print up your own Oscar ballot and have guests fill them out as they arrive.

5. Make it a pot luck occasion. The food is always better that way and you don’t go broke in the process. You can even have awards for best food items if you’d like. But just ask your friend to bring their favorite party foods.

7. Decorate. If you’ve got some vintage movie posters, use them. Otherwise balloons and streamers along with a few gold stars provide all the atmosphere that you need. You can even consider taping down Hollywood stars for each of your friends as they enter your home. Just make sure they’re secured enough to be walked out without tripping anyone.

And of course,

8. Watch the Oscars Live!

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brownies

Today is National Blonde Brownie Day. We’ll take it. It gives us an excuse to point to give blogs with great brownie recipes.

My Baking Addiction
Jamie has a whole page dedicated to delicious brownie recipes. We’d like to try the Peppermint Cocoa Brownie Cups right about now.

Browneyed Baker
Check out the Chocolate Frosted Brownies with a delcious chocolate buttercream frosting.

Susan Branch
Susan shares her Mom’s homemade brownie recipe for chewy brownies filled with walnuts and love.

Sally’s Backing Addiction
Fudgy, chewy, homemade brownies.

Shari’s Berries
You know all about the delicious treats you can get from Shari’s Berries, but check out their post of the 50 Best Brownie Recipes…Ever.

Have a favorite brownie recipe? Share it in the comments.

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winterparty

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

– William Blake

Instead of complaining about the cold weather, how about celebrating it?

Sure, if you want a winter-themed party you can go to the party store and buy all the Frozen movie products. That may be appropriate if your party is for a young, or young-at-heart, young lady.

But consider some of these ideas for hosting your own, more grownup, version of a winter party and host your own winter wonderland.

1. Choose white for your linens and decorations. White flowers, white china, and even white desserts like a lovely white cake (that doesn’t have to look like a wedding cake unless this is a winter wedding).
2. Don’t be afraid to add touches of sparking blue and silver to highlight your decor.
3. Add some white lights for extra sparkle, either on some trees or topiaries around the room or strung across the ceiling.
4. Go for a classy look by making your decor all black and white. Start with the look of piano keys and go from there. Black and white stripes, polka dots, and more can give your event an elegant look.
5. Don’t want to focus on the cold and snow? Go tropical and hold a luau complete with flamingos and flower leis for the guests.
6. For winter food consider traditional things like soups and chilis. Serve your regular cocktails, but offer things like hot chocolate and hot buttered rum.

The possibilities are endless, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make these work.

These are just a few ideas to get your creative thoughts flowing.

Let us know how it turns out.

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National Popcorn Day

popcorn

The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves.

– W. C. Fields

We can’t verify the source or the origin, but apparently today is National Popcorn Day. We’re not going to object.

Whether going to the movies or staying home to watch the big game, popcorn is a favorite treat.

Better yet, if you can cut back on the butter and salt, popcorn is a rather healthy snack.

Go ahead. Treat yourself.

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banquet

You don’t have to have an event planning degree or be a Certified Meeting Planner to be a successful meeting and event planner. But it helps.

If you’re still in school there are lots of event planning degrees out there. Check them out. But if you’re already in the industry, already have an event planning career underway, there’s no better time than the present to start working toward your certified Meeting Professional Certification.

First go to the Convention Industry Council (CIC) page to learn about the designation and the steps you’ll need to follow.

From the CIC page:

The CMP exam was developed and is maintained by meeting professionals from all over the world who volunteer their time to ensure that the program reflects the best practices in the meeting management field. More than 10,000 meeting professionals in 55 countries around the globe hold the CMP designation. This unique community represents every sector of the industry—from corporations and associations to government and institutional organizations.

Everything you need to know is there at the CIC site. But here are some things to keep in mind as you make your plans to become a CMP.

To become certified you’ll have to meet certain eligibility requirements and pass an exam. You can use the information on the CIC site to determine where you are in that process. And don’t be afraid to seek out a CMP study group.

Basically you need three years of experience and recent employment in the meetings industry, or you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in a related field plus two years of experience. After that you’ll need a 200-hour internship or completion of 25 hours of continuing education within the past five years.

It’s best to figure out just exactly what you need before embarking on the application process.

Successfully passing the exam will take a lot of study. The handbooks and texts you need are listed at the CIC site. The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Meeting Planners International offer online and book study options. And be sure to take advantage of the practice exam offered by the CIC.

Once you’re certified you must re-certify every five years as well as maintain employment in the industry.

Best of luck.

Already have your CMP? Share some tips and encouragement in the comments.

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