Archive for the ‘Celebrate! Recipes and Party Ideas’ Category

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011

May your day be merry and bright…

and may all your Christmases be green.

Keep the light in Christmas from

With best wishes for this season and a wonderful New Year from Kate Holmes

web host of / Turn your Cluttered Closets into Cash / Too Good to be Threw, The Premiere Site for Professional Resalers
and / The Resale Shopkeeper’s Blog

Show them some love… quick as Santa sliding down the chimney!

December 22, 2011

Family feeling neglected, ’cause you’re busy with holiday tasks? Here’s a warm cuddly dessert that they’ll think you spent hours on! This recipe practically makes itself using a mixture of fresh and dried fruits (no peeling, less chopping) and Read the rest of this entry »

Punch up your holidays beyond just “the holidays”

December 16, 2011

More uses for that punch bowl you found at the resale store:

Punch Bowl Cake during strawberry season

This recipe’s a favorite year ’round. So easy and so good!

Of course, you don’t have to put just punch, or dessert, in a punch bowl.

A festive punch bowl decoration is a natural.

Ducks? Why not?

A punch bowl as liner for a ice basket of summer beverages

And finally… you could always donate, sell, or reconsign your punch bowl to your favorite shop after the holidays.


Punch up your parties… and your decor

December 15, 2011

The absolute, bar-none (I’ll get to the pun in a moment) recycled holiday purchase you can make is a punch bowl. A punch bowl with cups is even better.Punch bowls hold eggnog... and much more!One of the best reasons to shop first in local consignment, resale, and thrift shops is to save money, and resources, on possessions that are used so seldom, it simply doesn’t make sense to pay full price. And most folks drag out their punch bowl sets only a few times a year.

And punch, or eggnog, or grog, or any colorful flavorful concoction, is perfect for the holiday entertaining season. No messing around with a full bar, no pre-guessing how many bottles of this or that you’ll need… and an opportunity to do some beautiful beverage decorating!

Here’s my favorite recipes for holiday punch, all of which do equally well with or without alcohol.

PS: To keep a punch cool, freeze some of it (perhaps with the appropriate fruit garnish) in a Bundt pan*. As the ice melts, the punch doesn’t get diluted, so the last cup’s as tasty as the first.

* And there’s another thing that’s perfect to buy secondhand: a Bundt pan!

The LAST thing you need to do…

December 14, 2011

The last thing you need to do during the holidays is fuss over a festive ending to a holiday meal.

Well, here’s an elegant dessert with no fuss!

And you can use your pretty champagne flutes, too, or your vintage parfait glasses, even those glass tea cups you couldn’t resist at the resale shop!

Layer crumbled ladyfingers, fresh berries, and vanilla-enhanced whipped cream. Top with a mint leaf or two and a fresh raspberry for pretty.

Yup. That’s it. Told you it was no-fuss. And elegant.

May your boot be filled with Lebenkuchen, not potatoes.

December 6, 2011

St. Nicholas Day is December 6, and is celebrated by modest gifts, often tucked into a boot, much like we Read the rest of this entry »

The Perfect Hostess Gift this Holiday Season

December 3, 2011

Whether or not you do the hostess-gift thing throughout the year (and if you’re coming to my house, why yes thank you), the holidays just seem to call for a little something.

Here’s how to make a little something into a bigger one:

Bring something yummie to eat on a dish picked out especially for your hostess.

First, choose one (or more) of the recipes from The Picker Who Perished, a TGtbT Consignment Shop Mystery. The recipes are here.

Use a recycled plate for those hostess goodiesThen, with all the time you’ve saved by using one of Wendy Sam’s simple recipes, hustle over to your favorite consignment, resale, or thrift shop, and pick up a serving plate. It might be holiday-themed, or it might complement your hostess’s decor, or it might be a giggle (“Razorbacks” plate, anyone?)

That way, once the goodies have all been nibbled, the hostess gets to keep… or re-gift… the platter.

The Arkansas plate was one of Style Gallery’s offerings on Etsy.

Non-cook on your gift list? Everyone eats…

November 28, 2011

Just add water… the sweetest words any non-cook could hear. When you have some non-cooks on your gift list, how about something that will be truly welcome in their kitchen.

Home-concocted food mixes range from Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Thanksgiving.

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from

How to keep kids happy while the turkey’s in the oven

November 23, 2011

Kids can be poets tooIt’s a fact of life that kids get bored… especially on Thanksgiving, when they’re thrown Read the rest of this entry »