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Labor Day Is Just Around The Corner

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015


Not only is Labor Day another holiday where one can relax from the typical stress of a work day, it also gives you an excuse to have a cookout with your family and friends. We all know cookout = great food.

We handpicked some of our favorite dishes to save you from having to play “pick a card any card” with your recipe box this weekend.

Here are our two favorites:

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad (aka the Greatest Potato Salad Ever), Courtesy of The Recipe Critic



– 2 pounds potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
– 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
– 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
– 1¼ cups cooked bacon, crumbled
– 1½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
– 2 bunches green onions, thinly sliced


1. Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat add the potatoes and reduce the heat to medium high and boil for 12-15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.
2. In a small bowl whisk together the sour cream and ranch packet until blended.
3. In a large bowl, add potatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese and green onions.
4. Stir in the sour cream ranch mixture until blended and coated well.
5. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.


 Southern Creamed Corn, Courtesy of Patrick and Gina Neely (so you already know it’s good)



-8 ears corn, husked
-2 tablespoons sugar
-1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-Salt and freshly ground black pepper
-1 cup heavy cream
-1/2 cup cold water
-2 tablespoons bacon grease
-1 tablespoons butter


1. In a large bowl, cut the tip off cob. Cut the kernels from cob with a small paring knife. Using the back of the blade, scrape against the cob to press out the milky liquid.
2. Whisk together sugar, flour, and salt and pepper, to taste. Combine with corn. Add the heavy cream and water. Mix.
3. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat bacon grease. Add corn mixture and turn heat down to medium-low, stirring until it becomes creamy, about 30 minutes.
4. Add the butter right before serving.


Both recipes take no more than an hour to cook, which means more time for you to relax. You can also check out our Pinterest board for more quick and delicious recipes.

Since Labor Day is a day of rest, let us here at TalkLocal take care of things for you. Need to clean your house before your cookout? We can find you a maid service while you kick back and relax.

Enjoy your holiday!

3 Ways to Show Your Gratitude This Memorial Day

Thursday, May 21st, 2015


This Monday is our chance to say thank you to the men and women who paid the ultimate price defending our country. Traditions of how to observe Memorial Day vary widely; some people go to the beach while others go to church. No matter what your plans are for the 25th, here are three ways to pay your respects to our fallen heroes.

Fly the Flag

Raising up Old Glory is a great way to show your respect for our lost soldiers – provided that your flag is maintained properly. As with all aspects of the American flag, there are rules for cleaning, storage, and presentation. If your flag is especially old or valuable (a family heirloom, for example), you may want to consider taking it to a cleaner for the best possible care.

Wear Flowers, Or Leave Some

The association of red poppies with Memorial Day comes from a 100-year-old poem, “In Flanders Fields.” There are two popular rituals involving flowers for the holiday. Some people wear a poppy, while others leave some on the grave of a loved one who served in the military. If you were not close to any deceased soldiers, you can still pay your respects at a military cemetery. Either way, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a florist.

Host a Community Gathering

One way to show your gratitude is to spend the day appreciating the communities that our soldiers gave their lives defending. Now that summer weather has arrived, a neighborhood cookout or block party is a promising idea. If you plan to observe Memorial Day this way, you may want to contact caterers, tenters, or other event-planning professionals for help.

As you can see, there are a multitude of ways to thank our servicemen and women who didn’t make it home. Many of these traditions are made easier with a call to a local service professional. To get in touch with cleaners, florists, and event planners near you for this memorial day, try TalkLocal.

Last Minute Halloween Treats

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Written by Krystal Moore

Alright, everyone. It’s here. You’ve put up all the decorations. You took advantage of the candy sales that will rot the neighborhood children’s teeth. You’ve bought your little monsters the costume they’ve been wanting since last year. It’s twenty minutes until the party you’re hosting that you know will be to die for…except you don’t have those classic fun Halloween treats! You don’t want to serve just anything; it needs to be Halloween worthy (and we know that a handful of candy doesn’t cut it for the adults…usually.) Well, we’ve got just what you need for some fun, fast and last minute Halloween treats:

DSCF1710Jello Brain: Eating someone’s frontal lobe is disgusting. That’s why you should serve brain shaped jello instead. These jello molds can be found at a number of locations and websites, including Walmart and Amazon. Add variety with vampire brains (red), swamp monster (green), or classic human (pink). (For added effect: parents, have your kid dress up like a zombie, begging for the jelly brain. The crowd will go wild.)

DSCF1715Oreo Ogres: It’s easy to turn one of those orange Nabisco cookies into a cute little ogre. Just grab some candy corn, icing eyeball candy and a tiny piece of black licorice. (Note: You can also use the leftover cookie parts by crushing them up and sprinkling them around the perimeter of the cookie plate. Add some green sprinkles as well and they’ll have popped up out of their own swamp.)

DSCF1719Sandwich Monsters: Next up, you want to give them a treat that’s just a tiny bit healthier than a bunch of candy and cookies so make a cute little sandwich monster. Take some slices of bread and cut them into the perfect shape you want, though ghosts and little pumpkins are really easy. (For added effect: we suggest making them any type of sandwich that will be oozing with goodness.)

DSCF1709Salad Monster: You’ve probably set a salad plate but it seems so blah compared to the rest of your creations. How do you spice it up? Here’s an idea: you take the lettuce and give it crazy hair, make some hard boiled eggs for eyes, dressing cup for a nose, add some baby carrots for the mouth and voila! You’ve got a salad so crazy that it’s begging to be eaten!

DSCF1716Haunted Halloween Punch: Your guests will need something to drink after eating all your delicious treats. We suggest making your usual big bowl of punch (but putting it in a cauldron adds a nice touch) then make sure it’s completely red. Put in some creepy looking eyeball ping pong balls to float around in the punch (or let them sit at the bottom and wait for people to fish them out) but remember to inform your guests that they are NOT edible. They just make things look cool.

We hope you can have fun with these last minute Halloween treat preparations and we hope your Halloween is especially spooky.

Easy Party Tips for July 4th

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Written by Marianne Zhao

It’s almost that time of year for a day filled with the smells of barbecue, ice cream, sunscreen, and bonfires and the sounds of fireworks echoing into the night. That’s right, July 4th!! This holiday not only celebrates the independence of the United States of America but also encompasses the relaxation and fun that comes with summer and family. If you want to do something a little different this 4th of July, here are some quick and easy party ideas you can try:

Decorations: It’s all about Red, White, and Blue

– You can’t go wrong with colored tissue paper streamers: they look great both inside and outside the home!

– Paint your flower pots red, white, and blue for a nice festive theme in your backyard.

– Decorate your grass with white stars: cut a star shape into cardboard for a stencil. Lay the stencil on your lawn and spray the grass with water. Then use a flour sifter to fill the shape with flour.

– Use blue or red glassware (pitchers, cups, glass bottles).

– Many dollar stores sell various sized flags. These can be placed anywhere you like for a 4th of July feel!

Food: Get creative

Easy Party Tips for July 4th - Seva Call

– Watermelon is great in the summer and, to make it even more festive, you can carve your festive designs or words onto the watermelon, just like a jack-o-lantern (try: July 4th or stars).

– Sticking with the fruit theme: a fruit bowl consisting of blueberries, strawberries/raspberries, and bananas/apples. You can take a white rectangular plate and create the American flag with the different fruits.

– Serve fruit punch (red) or Gatorade (blue); you can have these in clear bowls or clear dispensers.

– You can never go wrong with a USA-themed cake or party platter!

Enjoy your holiday!

With these ideas in mind, we hope you have a perfect 4th of July! (Don’t forget the fireworks!)  And remember that if you are swamped with a busy schedule or just want some help planning your party, TalkLocal has the best party planners for you. Check us out here.

Simple Drinks for New Years

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Simple Drinks for New Years - Party Planners

Whether you’re thinking about throwing a party for New Year’s Eve or just having a small family reunion, it’s always good to plan things ahead. Drinks are an important aspect when it comes to planning the night between years, so if you’re not exactly sure what to serve your guests, here are some simple drinks for New Years that you can’t go wrong with.

These drinks are easy to make, go well at a festive moment like this, and most importantly, they’re fun to try as they allow you to experiment and surprise your guests.

While some will prefer straight Champagne, you can entice your friends or family with some irresistible Champagne cocktails that are ideal for this annual celebration. The recipes are pretty simple, and you will definitely win over your guests with the resulting drink. How do you prepare your simple drinks for New Years? Here are some ideas.


Ruby port (3/4 ounces)

Orange juice (3/4 ounces)

Brandy (1/4 ounces)

Champagne (4 ounces)


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add the port, orange juice, and brandy. Shake it well, and pour into a Champagne flute, then top with bubbly Champagne. It’s so simple, in less than three minutes, you’ll have a delightful drink to enchant your guests’ palates.

There are plenty of Champagne Punch recipes, and the following is one of the simplest. The fruity taste is its dominant characteristic, which makes it a light and zesty drink. By following the preparation instructions below you’ll have a whole Champagne punch bowl in no more than ten minutes.


Fruit punch, frozen and thawed, but only partially (12 ounces)

Frozen strawberries (10 ounces)

Orange juice (2/3 cup)

Lemon juice (2 table spoons)

Ginger ale (24 ounces)

Water (3 cups)


Take an ice ring and place it in a punch bowl, then add the strawberries and fruit punch, pouring the water, lemon juice, and orange juice over them. Now, stir the mix to dissolve it. Finally, add ginger ale and Champagne, and your New Year’s Eve punch is ready.

These are just two of the simplest Champagne drinks that you could try for New Year’s. Feel free to experiment and try other ingredients with these basic recipes. Experimentation is fun, and you might get some surprisingly delicious results!

Looking for Party Planners?

If you’re throwing a bigger party for New Year’s or any other occasion, and need help planning it, TalkLocal can give you a hand by connecting you with local professionals who can assist you. Help is only a few clicks away, and it’s free.

How to Find Cheap Catering Services

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

How to Find Cheap Catering Services - Party Planners

Are you planning a party or celebration, but don’t want to get bogged down in running the show? Let a catering service plan and manage the event for you, so you can enjoy it too! Finding cheap catering services is not that difficult. Here are some good places to look>

1) Non-Profit Caterers

These caterers typically offer catering services as way to train aspiring caterers. They offer catering services for free because they are training would-be professionals in catering. Finding cheap catering services is typically easy this way.

2) Culinary Programs

Some colleges and universities have catering programs that offer cheap catering services as training grounds for students, offering catered meals at reasonable prices. They can offer you reasonably priced meals for your different party events. Plus, as an added bonus, you can sample different culinary delights that the students make at the culinary schools.

3) Meals-to-go Companies

These companies sell fresh or frozen meals that come in boxes that you only need to microwave. These meals often have excellent quality and are very palatable. They are usually fully prepared along with entrees, desserts, side dishes, and soups. These are excellent alternatives to fully catered meals and are very good in quality.

4) Specialty Stores and Grocery Chains

These stores often have prepared meals and are similar to meals-to-go companies. Often, they also have excellent food that is prepared ahead of time. You can call ahead so that they can prepare large batches of food for you that you can then sample. They can prepare salad, soup, entrees, and desserts for you. You can also hire waitresses and waiters to serve the food for you at your party event. This should be part of your party planning checklist.

5) Restaurants

Restaurants will often be willing to cater your events for a minimal fee. Reasonably priced restaurants will offer reasonably priced food as well. They can offer to sample your food ahead of time so you can pick from their menu your choice of items. These restaurants will be happy to accommodate you.

If You Need Help…

TalkLocal will gladly connect you with up to three professional catering services in your area in just minutes, so you can compare prices and find the one that’s right for you.

Why Use a Catering Service?

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Why Use a Catering Service? - Party Planners


You may be asking yourself, “why use a catering service?” Well, there are many advantages to using a catering service. First and foremost, planning a corporate event or party means that there is almost always food involved. Whether you are planning for 50 or 100 people, cooking for that many people involves having a huge kitchen, something you, in all likelihood, won’t have.

Secondly, you probably won’t have the serving capabilities that you need. These serving capabilities include the serving dishes that the food will come in, the plates, the utensils,  and the napkins. Third is the tables and chairs that you need to accommodate a large event. Lastly, you need waiters and waitresses to serve the food for you. By this time, it is pretty obvious that you need catering services for your party.


The answer to – and benefits of – why use a catering service are pretty straightforward. You get to relax while waiters and waitresses serve your guests the food and drinks they need. You don’t need to worry about your food staying warm at the buffet table, if you opt for a buffet style. If you opt for a sit-down dinner, you don’t need to worry about your food being served. All in all, you can relax at your party without worrying about your food.

Additionally, you can be sure that you won’t run out of food and that your food will taste great, because you have sampled the menu beforehand. You can also be sure that you won’t run out of drinks if you have opted for a mobile bar, so you can be sure that your guests will enjoy themselves thoroughly. There are numerous benefits to catering services, and these are just a few of them. You can even have vegetarian dishes for discerning guests!

Need to Find a Caterer?

Here at TalkLocal, we are dedicated to helping you find a caterer that will suit your needs. Give us a call today!

Different Party Planning Events

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Different Party Planning Events - Party Planners

To the ordinary party goer, there might not seem to be a lot of science that goes into planning the occasion. But, if you have ever tried to organize a party or event, you likely think otherwise.

Parties and events require A LOT of planning in order to go off without a hitch. If you have attended a poorly planned party, you probably noticed it. Maybe there was not enough food or accommodations for all the guests.

This is why party planners are so important. The following are some different party planning events that may require professional help.

Birthday Parties: While you won’t have to call in professional party planners to plan an informal, at-home birthday party for your child, there are some more lavished parties that do require careful planning. These can include Sweet 16 parties, a Bat Mitzvah or Quinceanera. These occasions must accommodate larger lists of guests and are generally held at banquet halls or reception facilities. Many of them are catered.

Since these parties are so complex, it takes an organized party planner to coordinate every aspect of them.

Weddings and Receptions: While most prospective brides and grooms turn to wedding planners, a party planner can usually get the job done — especially when it comes to the reception. Coordinating food, drink, music, dancing, events, invitations, seating arrangements — these occasions can be a blur and something that brides, grooms, and their families do not want to mess with on the big day.

Corporate Events: Many companies hold banquets, dinners, and galas for a whole host of reasons. Many of these events are in effort to market the company to the general public. This is why everything needs to be perfect. Most company officials are so busy tending to the day-to-day operations of their businesses that they do not have time to plan these events.

Finding Party Planning Help In Your Area

All these different party planning events have specific demands and should be approached differently. Professional party planners have party and event planning down to a science, which can save you chaos on the big day.

Finding a party planner in your local area is ultra simply thanks to TalkLocal. All you have to do is submit an inquiry, and we will go to work finding you the right help. Just sit back, and wait for them to call you.

Planning A Party Checklist

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Planning A Party Checklist - Party Planners

For many, organizing a party can seem overwhelming. Your main objective is for everyone to have a good time, so the stress of ensuring everything is just right can prevent some people from even attempting it.

One crucial step is planning a party checklist. Being able to mark off items to visually see that everything is accounted for can greatly reduce a host’s stress level. Here are a few categories you’ll want to include to make sure that everything is covered:

RSVPs: Do you know how many people expect to attend the party? Prior to starting your checklist, you will need to know how much of everything you will need.

Decorations: Have you appropriately decorated for your party? Generally, decorations are done to taste, but guests often appreciate when a host has gone above and beyond expectations.

Food: This one is big. Check your RSVPs — who has special eating needs? For someone with a gluten intolerance or peanut allergy, having foods he or she can safely eat available will show a great deal of care on your part. Also, add to your list specifically the exact foods you need so that you can check them off as you complete them. If you are doing a potluck, add who will be bringing what dish.

Music: Will you be providing the music with a radio or will you be hiring a DJ? Do you have specific music that you want to play? Add these items to your list as well.

Housework: If your party will be at your home, what needs to be done prior to guests’ arrival? Add a cleaning list or home repair items to your list.

Ask For Help!

If your event is simply too overwhelming and you don’t think simply planning a party checklist will get you through, ask an expert. TalkLocal can find local party planners who are more than qualified to handle your event. The best part is that our service is absolutely free.

5 Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

5 Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Kids Party Planners

Thanksgiving is such a fun time of year for adults and children alike, and if you plan on throwing a party for thanksgiving it is important to provide children with entertaining activities to take part in. Here are a few examples of festive and fun Thanksgiving activities for kids.

The Turkey Trot is a simple activity for young children. To do the turkey trot, find an open area to play in like your yard. Instruct the children to form their arms into wings and imitate turkeys. This is a silly activity that will have everyone giggling and the best part is it involves imagination. The kids can be fancy turkeys, scary turkeys, baby turkeys, or whatever they can imagine!

Free the Fowl is a festive version of Kick the Can. One player is chosen as “it” and a can or football is placed in an open space. “It” will count to a predetermined number while the other children hide and when “it” is finished counting, he or she will try to tag the others. If a player is tagged, he or she must freeze. Any unfrozen player can kick the can. If it’s kicked, the frozen players are freed. If all the players are frozen, “it” wins.

Wall Football is a variation of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. To prepare for this game, design a large field goal on a wall using paper and tape. Cut out football shapes using brown paper with a tape roll on the back and have kids write their name on their football. Spin blindfolded kids around three times and have them stick their football on the wall. Getting the ball inside the field goal boundary is worth three points. After several rounds, the child with the most points wins.

Teaspoon Pass will keep little hands busy. Place five shelled peanuts on a plate. The object of the game is for children to pass the nuts along using their spoons without dropping any nuts.

Hand Turkey – a time-tested favorite activity is tracing your hand and decorating it like a turkey! Children can use glue, yarn, glitter, markers, and crayons. Hanging the festive art on your walls will give the children a sense of pride.

If you’re occupied with cooking, no worries! Simply call TalkLocal to be connected with professionals. They’ll help you find a party planner who can give you a hand and make the day seamless, fun, and stress-free. Happy Thanksgiving!