Have a Memorable Fourth of July

Have a blast this July 4th using the following recipes, backyard décor ideas, and fun outdoor activities.  

 Fourth of July Recipes 

  • These delicious July 4th picnic recipes will result in an all-star gathering.    
  • Stir this Provencal pesto into a bowl of boiled potatoes or pasta salad with shredded chicken.  
  • Mix a refreshing pear vinaigrette with this grilled vegetable and mozzarella ensalada. 
  • These open-face pesto-chicken mozzarella melts will be a huge hit at any gathering. Serve these grilled chicken burgers on a slice of ciabatta bread with a few fresh basil leaves for one incredible meal.  
  • Serve flavor-packed black bean chipotle burgers that will make everyone’s tastebuds dance with joy.  
  • Easy to grab, delicious to eat, these hamburger sliders with cranberry chutney are perfect for any backyard gathering.  
  • Bake one white and one red velvet cake. After they have cooled, cut each cake into about 1-inch slices and stack them alternating each layer, so it looks like the stripes on the American flag. Add blue food coloring to icing before spreading it on top, and then for the final touch, add white star sprinkles.  
  • End the day with a fresh and berry-topped, berry delicious flag cake 
  • Bake an Independence Day cookie pizza! Press and flatten cookie dough into a 14-inch pizza pan and bake it until golden. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, and then scatter mini marshmallows across the top. Then sprinkle the top with red and blue candy-coated chocolates. Easy and delicious.  
  • This patriotic berry flag tart is just as tasty as it looks.  
  • Make American flag pretzel sticks by dipping a pretzel into melted white chocolate about 5 inches. After it has cooled, dip the same end of the pretzel into melted blue chocolate about 1 inch and place white start sprinkles on the blue portion before it dries. Fill a piping bag with red icing and drizzle it back and forth across the white chocolate to create the stripes.  

  • Get your patriotic party on with incredible 4th of July drinks 
  • Enjoy these refreshing summer cocktails that are exactly what your guests will enjoy at the end of a hot day.  

Backyard Preparation and July 4th Décor 

Outdoor Activities for the 4th of July 

  • Get your game on and discover some family fun with fourth of July games for kids.  
  • Make a photo booth in your backyard! Use construction paper to cut out patriotic themed props such as red hats and blue bowties. Take silly photos and share them with loved ones.   
  • Discover endless entertainment with these games you’ll be playing all summer long 
  • Build a rocket out of cardboard boxes so the young ones can fly high. Take a large cardboard box, cut out ½ of one side, and place it upright so the opening serves as a window. Cut out two wings and tape one to each side. For the top of the rocket, cut out a triangle and attach it to the top. If you want to take it another level, you can paint the outside or wrap it in fun wrapping paper. Glue painted bottle caps on to look like buttons and use a paper plate as a wheel. Blast off!  

  • These fun outdoor yard games are great family entertainment and will be a hit at parties.  
  • Set up a kid’s craft table. Use toilet paper or paper towel tubes to make little rockets! You and the kids can paint the cardboard red, white, and blue and then glue ribbons or tassels onto one end. Paint little stars on the outside to give it a boost! For the top of the rocket, make a cone shape out of paper to glue it to the top. 

This post was originally published on BHGRE Life.  https://www.bhgre.com/bhgrelife/have-a-memorable-fourth-of-july/

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Halloween Party Games

Halloween-themed games are a fun way to get party guests into the spirit of the holiday and break the ice.

There are plenty of games to play that are perfect for every age. From bingo and word searches to pumpkin tosses and guessing games, entertainment is easy to find this Halloween.

Here are some of our favorite Halloween party games:

Halloween Pumpkin Patch Hunt

Set up a pumpkin patch indoors or outdoors with real or plastic pumpkins. Hide toys, candy and money inside them. Let guests search for treasures and tally each person’s findings if you want to name a winner.

Wrap the Mummy

Use crepe or toilet paper to wrap one guest as a mummy. Teams should decide if they want to play to create the most artistic, scariest or fastest mummy. When it’s time to unwrap them, make a game out of seeing who can pick up the trash the fastest.

Pin the Face on the Jack-o-Lantern

Just like Pin the Tail on the Donkey, your party guests will pin the face on a giant jack-o-lantern. Make this game out of construction paper or felt. Create funny and scary features to pin on a bare pumpkin.

How Many Candies in the Jar?

Before guests arrive, fill a jar with Halloween candies and make sure you count how many pieces you’ve placed inside. As guests enter your home, invite them to guess how many candies are in it. At a designated time, reveal the total and award a prize to the person who guessed the closest without going over.

What’s in the Box?

This game can be as fun or “icky” as you want to keep in line with the theme of your Halloween party. To play, place a variety of objects inside a box with a hole cut into the side or top. Have guests reach into the box and touch what’s inside. They’ll guess what they’re feeling and name up to five objects. After everyone has had a turn, reveal the contents and see who guessed the most items correctly.

Halloween Word Search

This party game is great for those who want to sit and relax while playing. Before your party, make your own Halloween-themed word search or download one from the internet. There doesn’t have to be a winner.

Halloween Bingo

Who doesn’t love bingo? There are plenty of Halloween bingo games online for guests to play, but you might like customizing boards with pictures and markers. Get creative. Use candies to mark spots and use Halloween words or pictures in the squares.

Pumpkin Toss

Set a real or fake empty pumpkin on the floor inside your home or outside in the yard. Have party guests toss ping pong balls, bean bags, candy, coins or whatever you like into the pumpkin. Each partygoer gets five tosses.

Name That Spooky Movie

Set up a video screen or computer to run clips of scary movies for five seconds each. Let guests call out the name of the movie as soon as they recognize. You can play for prizes or fun.

Scary Halloween Story

Start this Halloween game by sitting around a fire or in a circle. Have one guest start a story by saying a spooky sentence. The guest to their left will continue the story with another sentence, with each person taking a turn telling part of the Halloween tale. Set a time to end the lore or finish when everyone seems ready to move on.

Whispered Ghost Stories

Another Halloween story game, this one is played like “Telephone.” One guest will whisper a very short story into the ear of the person sitting to their left. That person will then whisper it to the next guest, and so on. When the story gets back to the original partygoer, it will likely have taken on a life of its own.

These are just some of the Halloween party games you can play to keep guests entertained and make your event memorable. You can even set up a Halloween craft table for kids.

Source:  www.bhgre.com/bhgrelife

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As Summer Ends, What's Next?

As summer comes to an end and the leaves start changing, we look ahead to the crisp Fall air, picking apples, hiking and Fall Festivals.

Mt. Sunapee Resort will host their 10th Annual Fall Foliage Pig Roast and Barbeque on October 6 and 7.  Aerial skyrides will be running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Family games played from noon to 3 p.m., live music and much more!  For more information go to www.mtsunapee.com

The 71st Warner Fall Foliage Festival will be held in Warner, NH October 5-7.  Concerts, parades, food, amusement rides, woodsmen's contests are all a part of this rural life and vibrant festival.  Visit www.wfff.org for details.

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Enjoy Music?

The Lake Sunapee Region is coming alive for the summer and soon families and friends will be flocking to the Harbors and Town Commons to hear local musicians entertain.  Dust off your lawn chairs and wash your blankets and enjoy the music!  To view upcoming events, visit https://lake-sunapee-living.com/dartmouth-lake-sunapee-region/lake-sunapee-entertainment/

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Mt. Sunapee Spring Skiing

Did you know you can get unlimited spring skiing for the rest of the season at Mount Sunapee for $129?  Another foot of snow has just fallen, so don't miss out on the beautiful conditions!

The We Are Sunapee Pass includes unlimited skiing and riding from March 1st through the end of the season for only $129. One price fits all! Discover how awesome Mount Sunapee is with great spring skiing and riding!

How to Purchase

The We Are Sunapee Pass is available for purchase at Spruce Lodge Guest Services or online right now.  Once you have it, you're ready to start skiing and riding for the rest of this season!  This card is direct-to-lift and once you receive it from Guest Services, you can go right to the lift every time you come to Mount Sunapee (with the We Are Sunapee Pass in your pocket). Buy online here.

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Like the Smooth Sound of Jazz?

Check out JOSA - Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon in Grantham, NH.  During the winter, amazing jazz musicians are performing from 4-7pm at The Center at Eastman, 6 Clubhouse Lane in Grantham.  Purchase a beverage and culinary delights from Bistro Nouveau while enjoying the music.  Adult tickets are $20; seniors and students are $18.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 603-763-8732 or bill.wightman@comcast.net.  They can also be purchased the day of the show at the venue after 2pm or by calling 603-863-8000.  To see the schedule of upcoming shows visit www.josajazz.com

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Come Out and Support Our Heros!

Come out for a night of fun and patriotic comraderie at the 19th Wheelchair Basketball held at the Sunapee Jr. and Sr. High School gym on North Road in Sunapee, Tuesday, January 23rd.  It will be the Sunapee Fire Department vs. the Disabled American Veterans and admission is free.  There will be a 50/50 raffle and the fun will start at 7pm!

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Gobble, Gobble!

Don't let all that food on Thanksgiving widen your waist!  Sign up for the Sunapee 5K Turkey Trot in Sunapee Harbor Thanksgiving day.  Register on Wednesday, November 22, 5-8pm at the Harbor House Livery.  Bibs and pins can be picked up on race day, 7-8am or at pre-registration.  Race starts at 9am.  The 1K Chicken Run for kids begins at 8:15am.  For more information, visit www.sunapeeturkeytrot.com

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Need New/Used Ski Equipment?

Don't miss Mt. Sunapee's annual ski swap held in the Sunapee Lodge November 18 from 9-noon.  New and used skis, boots, snowboards, poles, skates, cross country, clothing and more!  Local shops will also have equipment at great prices as well.  This is the largest ski swap in the region and is organized and run by the Mt. Sunapee Area Ski Club.

If you have an item you would like to sell, you can drop them off in the Spruce Lodge at the mountain on Friday, November 17 between 12pm-7pm. They will accept equipment in good condition, skis with approved bindings, skates, snowboards, clean winter clothing, etc. No straight skis.

If you would like to expedite your drop-off of equipment to be sold, you can download, print, and fill-out the Sale Item Sheet beforehand and bring it with you when you drop off your items.

If your item is sold, you will receive 75% of the sale.  The other 25% of the sale is donated to the Mount Sunapee Area Ski Club's Junior Programs.  You can pick-up your unsold equipment and any sale money between 2:00pm - 3:00pm the Saturday of the swap.  Any unclaimed money or equipment will be donated to local programs.  www.mtsunapee.com

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Waiting for the Craftsmen Fair?

It's almost here - The League of NH Craftsmen Fair, August 5-13, 2017 from 10am to 5pm daily at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH.

It's the oldest, continually running fine craft fair in America. You'll enjoy educational and fun events every day including some fantastic surprises. See new work from your favorite craftspeople and meet recently juried members. Get a head start on your holiday shopping and make sure to select a handcrafted piece for yourself.

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