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Birthday Party Field Trip Ideas

As the years go on, the idea of throwing yet another birthday party at your house gets less and less appealing. The planning, the invitations, the cooking, the cleanup, it can take a lot out of you! It might be time to look for somewhere different to celebrate your little tyke's big day. 

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Fruity Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Fruity Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 6 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

Cost per Serving: $3.00

Ingredients

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup olive oil

1 small clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 mangoes, peeled, cut into

1-inch cubes

1 pineapple, peeled, cored, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 4 cups)

Salt and pepper

Preparation

1. Mix lime juice, olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper in a bowl. Add shrimp, mangoes and pineapple. Toss well and season with salt and pepper.

2. Prepare a charcoal fire and let burn to a gray ash (or preheat a gas grill to medium). Drain shrimp, mango and pineapple and pat dry, reserving liquid. Thread on metal skewers, alternating shrimp and fruit. Brush with reserved liquid and season with salt and pepper.

3. Grill until shrimp is cooked through and pineapple is lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Serve warm.

DIY: Cork Name Card Holders

Why not throw a wine party for close family and friends? Let's just not make this any old wine party; let's put some excitement into this one! 

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Cava Sangria

Cava Sangria

YIELD: Makes 4 1/4 cups

PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES

Ingredients

8 large mint leaves

1 (750-milliter) bottle Cava sparkling wine, chilled*

3/4 cup white grape juice, chilled

1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries

1/4 cup orange liqueur Garnish: fresh sugar cane sticks

Preparation

Press mint leaves against sides of a large pitcher with back of a wooden spoon to release flavors. Stir in sparkling wine and next 3 ingredients. Serve immediately over ice. Garnish, if desired. *Other sparkling wine or Champagne may be substituted. Serve in a beautiful Smarty Had A Party Clear with Gold Ornament Rim Tumbler.

Saffron-Marinated Chicken Skewers (Kesari Malai Tikka)

Perfect Sunday meal. Saffron is one of the more expensive spices, but because of its strong, pungent flavor, a little goes a long way. Heating and steeping the milk and saffron allows the herb's exotic flavor to blossom. You can purchase almond meal in specialty stores, or grind the little you need for this recipe in a coffee grinder. 

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