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Time for a Valentine’s-President’s Day Party!

Date: February 7, 2017      Publication: Bottom Line's Household Magic      Source:  Joan Wilen & Lydia Wilen      Print:

It’s been more than a month since holiday celebrations, so why not rekindle the holiday spirit and throw a Valentine’s–President’s Day party this weekend (or next)? There are plenty of fun ways to combine these two popular February themes…

  • Fancy drinks: Surprise your guests with pretty and tasty ice cubes in their drinks. Before you fill your ice-cube trays with water, put a single maraschino or fresh cherry (commemorating our Founding Father who could not tell a lie)…or a few edible flower petals—such as violet or rose (for the loves in your life)—in each cube compartment.
  • Theme appetizers: Focus on red fare, such as shrimp cocktail, bacon-wrapped anything, cherry tomatoes or strawberries with dip, or something fun like this heart-shaped appetizer.
  • Presidential entrée: If you’re really ambitious, you can make Abraham Lincoln’s favorite food, which, according to A Treasury of White House Cooking, was Chicken Fricassee. Or any kind of party-size pizza, whether homemade (heart-shaped!) or take-out, will easily fill out your menu.
  • Sweets for your sweethearts: Dessert can be anything covered in chocolate…cherry pie…or these tasty cookies based on a classic combination.

(Thanks, Martha!)

Thanks to Food.com, FoodTimeline.org and MarthaStewart.com for help with this tip.

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Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are folk-remedy experts and home tipsters based in New York City. They have spent decades collecting "cures from the cupboard” and are authors of several books, including Bottom Line's Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and Bottom Line's Household Magic. BottomLineStore.com