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Lovely outdoor venues: memorable weddings, receptions or rehearsal dinners

Fabulous events call for fabulous venues. Whether your celebratory occasion is a wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner or a sophisticated festive jubilee, these four outdoor spaces have you covered. Chicago Botanic Garden When Steve and Amy Tucker got married, they, along with their children, needed an …

Let the music play

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Think back to the some events you attended. Where were they? Did you enjoy yourself? What were the guests doings? Although venue and aesthetics help create overall ambience, the success of a social event is often dictated by the entertainment. Music is vital when dancing …

For Mom witih love - A special gift for her 

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On Mother’s Day, we pause to give moms the credit they are due. Here are gift ideas for all the irreplaceable women in your life. The Overworked Mom: For the selfless mom, whose day knows no end, treat her to a gift card for some …

Create a memorable Easter Sunday with these unforgettable desserts and display tips

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Attention Easter hosts: Step away from the Peeps and the candy eggs. This year, instead of buying premade sweets for your family and friends to indulge in, impress them with these memorable Easter and spring recipes that everyone will enjoy.

Cheers to the season: Holiday brews and blends

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Give your gathering the right spike. Impress your family and friends with the best simple beverage and brew ideas. These seasonal thirst quenchers can leave you cheering while keeping you cozy all season long. SHAKE UP THE SEASON Try these simple and exciting seasonal beverage …

Not your average mother; not your average gift

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Flowers, perfume and jewelry are fine for some moms, but not yours. Your mom is exceptional — brilliant even — and she deserves a gift that reflects your adulation for her and something that she wants most of all: time spent with you. Here are …

Let them eat cake

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As your child tacks on another year, it can be increasingly difficult to come up with fresh birthday celebration ideas. Let your kid be the star of the show at his next party as he bounces, climbs, engages in pretend play, paints or zooms down …

How green is your green?   Tips to color food for St. Pat’s

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You can go through a lot of green food coloring on St. Patrick’s Day. How much do you really need? McCormick Kitchens offers a guideline for how to color everything from beer to cupcakes for that rich, green hue that will just scream, “Kiss me, …

Guinness flavors traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner

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Guinness stout is traditionally the drink of choice on St. Patrick’s Day. But you don’t necessarily need to sip your Guinness to celebrate Irish style. The following recipe for Guinness marinade Corned Beef from Guinness Storehouse and executive chef Justin O’Connor uses the world-famous beer as a flavoring agent.

Enjoy March Madness with Buffalo Chicken Dip

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If you are having friends over to watch the March Madness games, they may be able to keep you from eating the entire bowl of Buffalo Chicken Dip yourself. This recipe is one of the most popular this week at AlllRecipes.com BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP 2 …

Make soda bread at home

Although soda bread can be easily purchased at a bakery or supermarket, it’s more traditional to try to bake it at home. Here is a recipe for “Irish Soda Bread With Raisins,” courtesy of Epicurious.com.

Green Velvet Cupcakes a sweet way to celebrate

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For a green twist on classic red velvet cupcakes, stir green food color into basic cake mix and add pure vanilla extract, sour cream and cocoa powder. Whip up minty green cream cheese frosting and decorate with green sprinkles or colored sugar to make them fun for kids of all ages.

Keep your pet happy on Howl-O-Ween

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Halloween isn't just for kids. Pets are joining the festivities by dressing up in fabulous costumes. In addition to picking out a costume, pet parents should keep their pet's safety in mind as well. Here are some safety tips and costume ideas to help ensure …

It’s a family tradition: These three magical locations fill the holidays with lights and wonder

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Make sweet wintertime memories and spend quality time with family and friends by visiting one of these spectacular places. Morton Arboretum Located in Lisle, the Morton Arboretum is going out on a proverbial limb by hosting Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum for the …

Wrap it up

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Make sure your gift stands out amid the sea of presents. Create festive artwork that will leave the recipient fantasizing about what lies beneath. “When gift wrapping, we recommend first dividing items by design, pattern or color to ensure that all packaging coordinates,” said Emily …

Highwood through Lake Bluff

HIGHWOOD SATURDAY, SEPT. 20 — SUNDAY, SEPT. 21 Highwood Starving Artist Fair 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave. What you need to know: Enjoy this outdoor festival, full of affordable art, food, music and fun for the whole family. Visit www.amdurproductions.com …

Vernon Hills through Zion

VERNON HILLS SATURDAYS, THROUGH SEPT. 27 The French Market of Vernon Hills 8 a.m. — 1 p.m. Metra Parking Lot, 75 E. Rte. 45 What you need to know: Pick up regional sourced cheeses, bread, pottery and wood carvings as well as imported olive oils …

Lake Forest through Mundelein

LAKE FOREST SUNDAY, AUG. 31 — MONDAY, SEPT. 1 60th Annual Art Fair on the Square 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Market Square, 724 N. Western Ave. What you need to know: View exhibits and art from selected artists in the open-air fair. A children’s …

Winnetka through Evanston

WINNETKA FRIDAY, SEPT. 5 Teen Back to School Beach Bash 5 — 7 p.m. Tower Road Beach What you need to know: Teens in Middle School are invited to visit the beach for a life DJ, food and games, supervised by the Winnetka Park District …

Antioch through Highland Park

ANTIOCH SUNDAY, AUG. 31 Ladies Attire of the Civil War Revisited 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. The Meeting House, 977 Main St. What you need to know: The Lakes Region Historical Society will host an exhibit featuring Civil War gowns and accessories. Visit www.lakesregionhistory.org for …

Deerfield through Glencoe

DEERFIELD SATURDAY, SEPT. 20 11th Annual Healthy Lifestyle Expo 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm Street What you need to know: What you need to know: This is an event for all ages, featuring flu shots, health screens, healthy eating and …