How To Wrap Adorable Baby Shower Gifts

Are you going to a baby shower?  Gifts for babies are always so cute – here are some ideas to create gift wrapping that is just as adorable as the gift you are giving.

If you know the baby is expected to be a boy or a girl, sometimes it is fun to wrap a gift in “baby boy blue” or “baby girl pink” – but remember we have many other colors in the rainbow to choose from!  Here are some other options to get your creative juices flowing.


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Going to a shower and the mother is not sure if the baby is going to be a boy or a girl?  Wrap the baby gift in white paper and tie the gift with two ribbons instead of one – use one pink and one blue.  Tie the blue and pink ribbons together and tape to the back of the package.  Then have the ribbon form a bow on the front of the package from the two colors of ribbon.

Want to add a cute topping to any baby shower package?  Add a rattle, teething ring, baby mittens, hairbow, small picture frame, Christmas ornament or a small stuffed animal.  All of these items can be fastened with the ribbon you tie the gift with – and these items can also be used by the baby.

Love teddy bears?  Do a teddy bear gift wrap!  Use gift wrap paper that has teddy bears on it, or a soft cocoa colored gift wrap paper.  But a small teddy bear on the top of your package and tie with a brown or a white bow.  You can often find teddy bear rattles or teething rings that have teddy bears on them.

For a pretty look for a spring baby shower consider a very floral look.  Wrap a gift with floral or plain but colored paper.  Use a green or purple ribbon and tie it in a bow.  Top the package with some fresh spring flowers.  Cut the stems of the flowers very short.  Add the flowers the morning of the baby shower for best presentation.

Does the baby have an older sibling?  Consider giving a small gift to this sibling.  A new baby is often a hectic time and seeing their new brother or sister get so many gifts can sometimes be overwhelming, and leave many children feeling a little forgotten.  Consider getting an older sibling a storybook or a stuffed animal as a special big brother/big sister gift.


American Day-Themed Parties: Tips For Cooking a Mouth-Watering Steak

It’s a trite, but often repeated saying: The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So why, when a special occasion comes around, do we buy endless ties and “message” T shirts? Is the way to his heart through his clothes? Not likely. It’s the stomach, people, and that means good food. For many men and women alike good food comes in the form of a great steak.

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So what if you’re not a steak eater, or you eat it only in restaurants and the thought of purchasing a raw slab scares you to death? Fear not. It’s not that complicated, really. Even a caveman can handle this job. You can definitely throw a good old American themed party with good old steak and barbeque.

It’s important to know your cuts of meat before planning the menu. You don’t want to cook your guests a tasteless, tough piece of leather. You might not notice the difference, but let’s face it – they will. Since you’ll likely be grilling, it’s important to know the best cuts of meat for the grill.

You want to choose the most tender portions of meat for grilling. Experts generally consider these cuts of beef to be the best for grilling:

 – Rib Eye

 – T-Bone

 – Porterhouse

 – Strip steak (like New York steak)

If there is the word “loin” on the package, you’re in good shape, though most grill experts agree the T-bone is the most superior cut of beef for grilling. It stays tender and juicy, and is thick enough to withstand a fair amount of time on the grill without overcooking. Stay away from top round or anything with “round” or “chuck” in the name. These will not cook well on the grill. Flank steak and London broil can also be tough.

Next, it’s important to know how to choose a steak. Don’t just grab the first package that looks good to you. Look for some good marbling in the steak. Yes, this is another word for fat. But we’re not cooking for the dieter in the family on this special day, we’re trying to give dad a good steak, remember? Those little bits of fat scattered about the steak will essentially melt while the meat is cooking, giving the meat a rich and more tender flavor.

In that same vein, don’t trim the fat from your steak before cooking. It might be the diet book author in you coming out, but that thick layer of fat around your steak is what will give the steak a wonderful juicy quality and rich flavor. You can cook the steak, and then trim the fat, but cook the steak while it’s still dressed in its fat clothes. It’s worth it.

Do you need to buy a “name brand” steak? Experts say it’s not necessary, even though branded meat is a new commodity and becoming more widely available. Nor is it necessary to choose a steak from a butcher shop or from behind the glass window in the meat department at your local grocery store. Usually the pre-packaged steaks are the same you would get from behind the glass, and since the butcher is a dying breed, you could certainly go that route if you have a neighborhood butcher, but if not, a good quality grocery store will provide what you need.

Finally, it’s important to know your grades of steak.

 – Prime is the top grade, and it features the most marbling and is the most tender, but most of us don’t have access to this grade in mainstream grocery stores. This is often what you get in a restaurant.

 – Choice is the best grade most of us can get in the grocery store. But choice does not guarantee high quality as this grade encompasses meat that can be almost as good as prime, or almost as bad as select, our next grade.

 – Select beef is the leanest and least expensive beef and is the grade of beef most commonly found in your grocery store meat case. Since this is Father’s Day, try to find choice and splurge a little.

If you are unsure about your ability to pick up a good steak locally, consider ordering online and having fresh, high-quality steaks delivered to your door.