Graduation gifts or graduation party food, – which is tougher to figure out? I’m going to a graduation party in 10 days so I’ve been thinking of ideas for both.
The way I see it, graduation gifts should be gifts that last. They should be gifts of quality either by their usefulness or sentiment so that they are kept for a long time to mark the grand accomplishment. On the other hand, graduation party foods must be high quality enough to thrill the guests so that the food disappears fast from the party table. No host wants a lot of mediocre food left-over.
So what gift to bring? What dish to pass? Keep reading for my graduation gift ideas and recommendations for fun party food.
Father’s Day gifts can be a challenge. What gift to get dad that he’ll really like? Are there any Father’s Day gift ideas out there that we all haven’t already thought of? Can there be an usual or unique Father’s Day gift? Or are we and dad all jaded in June?
My own dad is visiting this weekend, and with Father’s Day two weeks away I decided to ask the big kahuna himself what Father’s Day gift would actually please him? What gift would tickle his fancy and make him smile a genuine smile of thanks?
So I put it to Dad this way, “Dad, tell me the truth, as a dad, what do you think are the best Father’s Day gifts?”
“NOT TIES,” he answered emphatically. “But few men wear ties anymore anyway, so that’s probably not the overly-common gift it was,” he added.
“I agree,” I said, “No ties. But what do dads want?”
Dad got reflective, as if pondering one of our world’s more-complicated problems. He recognized that this pseudo-social, cultural holiday has historically caused angst in offspring with living fathers. Is there a solution? Keep reading for my dad’s thoughts. (Who knows, you might get some good gift ideas.)
How to find comfort when the Arizona Cardinals bump the Green Bay Packers out of the play-offs: gather with good friends to eat fine food. That’s what we who are Wisconsinmade.com did last evening at the home of Linda Remeschatis, founder of our 10-year-old Internet company. The party was a celebration of the hard work we all did to get gourmet Wisconsin foods, books, art, music, crafts, and Wisconsin clothing to people across the country who value the high-quality products created by Wisconsin artisans.
Even though initially planned as a post-holiday season, company party, the party fell on a Packer Sunday, so in true Wisconsin-fashion when we entered the house Sunday afternoon, we took our seats in front of the TV. Ready to recreate with beer, wine and pickled herring rollmops, we fixed our eyes on our team. Not all of us were true Packers fans, however. An Illinois-transplant was present; he’s the spouse of one of our newest, prized Wisconsinmade.com co-workers. He’s a die-hard Bears fan and initially stood uncommitted to either Packers or Cardinals. But our pro-Packers exuberance rubbed off on him so that at the game’s final heart-breaking fumble, he too felt our pain.
I’ll tell you now, it’s a good thing we had all that great, gourmet, Wisconsin food to eat. It was prepared by the Wisconsin artisans with whom we partner. The smoked pheasant, duck, and salmon raised our spirits despite the Cardinals’ repeated scoring. We savored the Wisconsin, artisanal cheeses, summer sausages, creamed herring, and cranberry chutney delivered to our tongues on Potter’s amazing organic crackers. We dined on salads, party meatballs, and shrimp. With such a scrumptious spread, nobody could get too down about the fate of our Green Bay Packers. Yes, it was the great food and fine company which kept our spirits high during that roller-coaster of a football game.