Detroit!!

Everyone loves their hometown, right? The beating heart of us all…. Our sports teams, mascots, clubs, restaurants, museums, architecture and beauty. Here are just a few things that I love about Detroit…

The East Ferry Avenue Historic District is a historic residential district in MidtownDetroit, Michigan. The nationally designated historic district stretches two blocks from Woodward Avenue east to Brush Street; the locally designated historic district includes a third block between Brush and Beaubien. The district includes the separately designated Col. Frank J. Hecker House and the Charles Lang Freer House. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1976[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]il_fullxfull.1076710063_6k67.jpginn3.jpgThe Inn on Ferry Street is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.[3]Next on our stop… you guessed it… Hey, Hey, Hockeytown!!th-1.jpeg

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We cannot forget the Lions and Tigers, OH My!

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Campus Martius Park is a re-established park in DowntownDetroit, Michigan. After the fire of 1805, Campus Martius (from the Latin for Field of Mars, where Roman heroes walked) was the focal point of Judge Augustus Woodward‘s plans to rebuild the city.

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The new Campus Martius Park was dedicated November 19, 2004 and includes two performance stages, sculptures, public spaces and a seasonal ice skating rink. At 1.2 acres (4,900 m2), the park is smaller than its predecessor, as a full restoration of the original would have required the demolition of several buildings. However, the city increased the amount of park space in the area by constructing the new Cadillac Square Park, which opened in summer 2007, immediately to the east of Campus Martius. The park’s skating rink is designed to resemble the Rockefeller Center rink in New York City but is larger in size. Since its opening the rink has been operated by Magic Ice USA, Inc. Campus Martius Park is the home of the annual Motown Winter Blast, an event that has drawn more than 450,000 people to the downtown area every year and it has become the site of the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting celebration, held the Monday before Thanksgiving. Thousands come to hear Christmas music and countdown to the lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree and other decorations to mark the start of the holiday season.

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The Michigan Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is a Civil War monument located in DowntownDetroit, Michigan. This example of civic sculpture stands in a prominent location on the southeast tip of Campus Martius Park, where five principal thoroughfares—Michigan Avenue, Monroe Street, Cadillac Square, Fort Street, and Woodward Avenue—convene on the reconstructed traffic circle in front of One Campus Martius Building. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]1024px-Detroit_December_2015_24_(Campus_Martius_Park).jpg

A Few more to mention… the Zoo, the DIA and the science museum…detroitzoo.jpgdetroit-institute-arts-facade.jpg515eeb8731797.preview-620.jpg

We couldn’t possibly list all the things we love about Detroit… The nightlife, the restaurants, the casinos, Belle Isle, the conservatory, aquarium, our hometown products, food and gardens. There is a never ending list of amazing things to see and do. Wonderful shopping, fabulous dining, entertainment galore and the vast history we hold……everyone must come and try for themselves.

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Adult Summer Fun

It is time to dive right into an adult pool party! Nothing says summer like staying cool at the pool. We a few ideas to help you throw a successful  adult pool party:

Using  hand-written invitations will keep your guest list down.

Offer your guests  ice-cold cocktails  upon their arrival. This will help put your guests at ease.

Set up candles around the entire outdoor area. Hang strings of lights to create a summer feel. Make sure to place lotions, bottles of sunscreen and towels in the bathroom. That way, your guests can freshen up. Don’t forget the bug spray !

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Don’t forget  the summer float for the pool! How about floating boom box  for your music?

Set up several mini serving stations so high traffic areas won’t get congested . This will make it easier for your guests to mingle and have fun.  Think fun, bright, creative foods and drinks for your guests. Provide alcoholic beverages  as well as non- alcoholice ones.

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Set up a comfortable  lounge area for your non-swimmers .

Use colorful plastic tableware. That way there will be less dishes to clean  and guests will be safe. No one  wants to see a glass break around a pool.

Try filling up a floating device with ice cold beverages on ice. Let it float.. so guests can grab a drink without  having to get out of the pool.

Dive in to some creative fun with your party!

 

Get Your Drink On…..

One of the trickiest parts of planning a party is knowing how much glassware to have on hand. First, consider simplifying your drinks menu. If the only wine you’re offering is champagne, the only wine glasses you need are flutes. A highball glass, in a pinch, can hold beer or water. You should offer wine glasses for wines, juice and water; straight-sided highballs for tall drinks; tumblers for spirits and juices; and martini glasses. In terms of quantity, be ready with approximately twice as many glasses as you’ll have guests. A cocktail party usually requires 3 glasses per person.

Don’t worry if all your glasses don’t match. Older glassware with some character to it is a great conversation starter. Keep an eye out on ebay and at thrift stores for good deals on vintage glassware.

 

Liquor

Another challenge in party planning is figuring out how much alcohol to have on hand. Choosing a cocktail menu can help. You can print up a menu of a few signature drinks in advance, and buy your alcohol  according to what you need for each drink.

As for the number of bottles you’ll need to buy, the general rule of thumb is to expect each guest to consume 1 or 2 drinks per hour. So multiply the number of guests by the number of hours your party will last, and then multiply that by 2, just to be safe. If you’re having 20 guests for two hours, you’ll need 80 drinks. Keep in mind, this number includes cocktails as well as wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages.

A standard bottle of wine or liquor holds 750 milliliters, or a little over 25 ounces. If you’re pre-batching a pitcher (or carafe or bottle) of margaritas that uses 8.5 oz. of tequila, you’ll get almost 3 pitchers of margaritas from one bottle of tequila.

 

Essential Liquor and Mixers

Even if you’re serving one or two cocktails that you’ve mixed up in advance, you should plan on having these spirits on hand:

  • Whiskey
  • Gin
  • Vodka
  • Tequila
  • Rum
  • Brandy

Guests  come to the  party with varying tastes: some will be in love with your cocktails, whereas others will prefer scotch on the rocks or a gin and tonic. Be prepared by stocking the following mixers:

  • Tonic water
  • Seltzer or club soda
  • Cola
  • Lemonade or lemon-lime soda
  • Ginger ale or ginger beer

Be sure to have lots of lemons and limes on hand!

Ice

Bagged ice is perfect for keeping a bunch of bottles and cans of beverages chilled in a cooler or tub. Send someone out the morning of your party to buy ice—a bag or two per cooler or tub. If you have ample freezer space to store extra bags, then go ahead and have a few extras on hand.

Break up the ice a bit and pour it into the cooler or tub. Fill with water and add your bottles. Beverages chill faster and colder in ice water than they do in ice alone, but you’ll have to replenish the ice as it melts so the drinks don’t warm up too much.

Cubed Ice

Consider investing in silicon ice-cube trays for easy removal,  Large, heavy cubes of ice melt more slowly in rocks drinks than smaller cubes do, and they look more festive in a glass. If you have enough freezer space, you can start freezing ice several days in advance and store it until the day of the party.

Molded Ice
 Is great for chilling bowls of punch, molded ice also gives you a canvas for a bit of creativity.
Here’s what you do:

Fill a large bowl, or several small bowls, with a mix of water and fruit juice. If you’re making a punch recipe that calls for pineapple or lime juice, for example, you can add pineapple or lime juice to the ice. Add slices of lime or chunks of pineapple to the bowl as well and freeze, at least overnight.

As the ice melts, it will “water” your punch down with juicy flavor instead of just water. You can even add edible flowers (or other edible garnishes) to the ice, if they’re in season. When you’re ready to serve the punch, simply dip the ice bowl in warm water until the ice loosens from the bowl.