EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Ten newly minted graduates clustered around a table in a hallway on a recent Thursday night at Memorial High School.
It was relatively quiet, as all-night graduation...
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Mardi Gras season kicks off with king cake, revelry
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As the rest of America winds down from the parties, overeating and merriment of Christmas and New Year's, New Orleans keeps the party going. Mardi Gras season officially kicks off Sunday. Jan. 6 is often referred to as Epiphany, Twelfth Night or Three Kings' Day and commemorates the day the Bible says the three wise men reached the baby Jesus. For weeks, the city is taken over by elaborate parades and people stuffing their faces with sugary king cake. The party culminates on Fat Tuesday, which this year falls on March 5.
Melania Trump’s red topiary trees a hit at Christmas parties
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump's cranberry topiary trees may have left some of her critics seeing red, but they turned out to be a Christmas hit — one of several new ideas the Trumps introduced this holiday season.
In a four-week stretch of 21 holiday parties, the president also did fewer official photo ops and largely froze out the media. But in time-honored tradition, though, politicos still used the celebrations to squeeze in last-minute deal-making.
Beyonce! Hillary! India revels in a very big wedding
NEW DELHI (AP) — In a season of big Indian weddings, the Wednesday marriage of the scions of two billionaire families might be the biggest of them all.
The bride, Isha Ambani, is the Ivy League-educated daughter of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, thought to be India's richest man. Forbes estimates his net worth at over $43 billion.
The groom, Anand Piramal, is the relative pauper. His father, industrialist Ajay Piramal, is thought to be worth $10 billion.
Cutting them off: Owners ponder limits on alcohol at parties
NEW YORK (AP) — The alcohol will flow less freely, and sometimes not at all, at some small business parties this holiday season.
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Philadelphia makes it easier to host block parties
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia residents can return to an easier format of submitting applications online to host a block party after a summer rule change made it more difficult.
RI mansion sells for $4.4 million
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island mansion once owned by socialite and ardent Republican supporter Eileen Gillespie Slocum has sold for $4.4 million.
The Newport Daily News reports the Harold Brown Villa in Newport sold Friday to undisclosed buyers looking to turn it into a family home.
Officials hope registration will calm wild student parties
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials hope that asking organizers to register party plans in advance will keep student parties from getting out of hand.
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We’re in the midst of graduation party planning at my house. My older son graduates from high school in just more than six weeks, so apparently it’s time to start planning.
Of course, some of my peers would say it’s beyond time to start planning. Case in point: Last summer I ran into a woman who’d already booked the food truck for her daughter’s 2018 graduation.
“You have to plan ahead or all the trucks are booked!” she said.
I didn’t even know renting food trucks for graduation was a thing.
(BPT) - The nation’s high school graduation rate continues to rise. With more than 84 percent of students graduating on time in 2016, it is at a record high, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education.
I came out of work on Friday, and the temperature in my car read 84 degrees. 84!!! The weatherman said we have not felt these temps in six and a half months. So I cruised home from work in style in my convertible, feeling the sun on my face and the wind in my hair. I then got to thinking about cookouts and backyard parties. Including pets, of course. So my column today is devoted to hosting a pet party. It can be a birthday party, a gathering to celebrate a new addition, or simply a get together...
DeKALB – As a means of embracing the cultural diversity of DeKalb District 428 students, Superintendent Jamie Craven has introduced several recommendations for consideration regarding holiday parties.
"Our students are fortunate to be in a community with such great diversity and we should be celebrating and taking advantage of that," Craven said during Tuesday's school board meeting.
Twin Cities charities ditch black-tie dress code for more informal fundraising parties
The attire was “construction couture” at the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s annual gala, so guests accessorized suits and gowns with tool belts and hard hats. Longtime Habitat supporter Jon Slock fashioned a jacket and tie out of duct tape — plus a pocket square made of a piece of yellow “Caution!” tape.
“It feels like a party with friends,” said Slock, a self-described Habitat superfan. “Fortunately, my money is going somewhere good.”
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DEAR MISS MANNERS: When it comes to parties, networking events and other “mingling” situations, are there etiquette rules for how to divide your attention among fellow guests?
Admittedly, I’m not the most patient person in the world, but I find it highly annoying when I have something specific to ask someone and am left standing by, while they chat on and on with someone else for 10 minutes or more.
Paying tribute to pioneering Cleveland DJ Rob Sherwood with an all-out disco party
Paying tribute to pioneering Cleveland DJ Rob Sherwood with an all-out disco party
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Memorials are usually reserved for those who knew and were close to the deceased. It's about friends coming together to commiserate and share stories about their lost friend.
But Rob Sherwood was a friend to many – and to so many people who didn't even know him.
OK, so we need to talk about the birthday parties. What is going on? Or more to the point, what was going on nine months ago several years back? Apparently, every child we know was born round about now. We have never been to so many birthday parties.
“What are we doing this weekend, Mom?” my kids ask.
I can’t answer because I am wrapping 20 gifts at once, hopefully getting the ages and names right.
Restaurants have go-to recipes — ones the cook enjoys making and the guests order over and over again. At home, I turn to one-pot soups, stews and slow-cooker meals for the same reasons.
I like to prepare a couple of fish soup bases to make dinner parties easier. When the guests arrive, I can simply reheat the base, add some fresh fish and serve with great bread and a tossed salad.
Four — count them — four weeks until spring!
I'm really in the mood for green grass and flowering trees. Although, a few weeks ago, I did get a little taste of what's coming.
Fellow gardener and my buddy Mary Thomson, of Kankakee, and I attended the Porter County Master Gardeners Show in Valparaiso. We're both ready to dig in the dirt. After a day of exploring the newest gadgets for the garden, attending a seminar and walking around the fairgrounds, we were ready for some nourishment.
Parents protest school district Valentine’s Day party ban
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon school board had to call off its meeting after more than 100 angry parents stormed the district office and yelled at board members.
The reason for Monday's outrage: No more school parties for Valentine's Day.
Parents in the Bethel School District are outraged.
Their reason? No more school parties for Valentine’s Day.
The Bethel School Board will be holding a special board meeting Thursday evening after it was forced to call off a meeting Monday where more than 100 angry parents stormed the district office and refused to wait their turn to speak.
Ridicule of leaders, samba, skimpy garb at Brazil Carnival
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's top samba schools danced and sang hard Monday as millions of other Brazilians did the same during nationwide Carnival celebrations that ridiculed local and world leaders, called for tolerance and pushed the boundaries of just about everything.
Brazilians dancing away troubles of 2017 at Carnival parties
SAO PAULO (AP) — Amid a lackluster economy, a massive corruption investigation and increasing political polarization, Brazilians let off steam Saturday during the first full day of Carnival, a holiday long considered a safety valve for social and political tensions.
Rio Carnival evolves into low-cost street party extravaganza
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Once a party of luxury and glamour, Brazil's most famous Carnival is increasingly being dominated by thrifty tourists more interested in free street parties than the pricy samba school parades.
The Eagles won the Super Bowl on Sunday, but not without home-grown support from fans, who held parties across the city to watch the historic game with friends, family members and other football enthusiasts.
West Philadelphia’s Overbrook Educational Center at 67th and Lansdowne Avenue kicked off with a pre-game pep rally where young students waved banners, sang the Eagles’ anthem and cheered on the team before the game.
When Christopher Webb moved to Detroit from England just shy of 18 years ago, he probably didn't know his job would morph into premiere event planner.
Webb was actually recruited by General Motors to work in the color and trim department. Before leaving England, he studied textiles at Brighton University (where he graduated with honors), was a freelance womenswear designer and a makeup artist. He also did a short stint in the GM advanced design studio in Birmingham, England.
The Super Bowl party in the North Loop had all the makings of a hopping pregame bash: pounding live music, piles of food and a setup of chairs made for mingling and anticipating kickoff.
Yet a key ingredient in Super Bowl parties around the nation alcohol was nowhere to be found. And that was the whole point.
The party volume around Super Bowl mania cranked up to 11 on Thursday night all around the Twin Cities metro area.
Over in St. Paul, Sting performed for NFL team owners. Down in Chanhassen, Justin Timberlake hosted a listening party for American Express cardholders. Out in Prior Lake, Top 40 dance-pop producers the Chainsmokers played a casino gig. And in Minneapolis Warehouse District, hip-hop stars with names like Cardi B and Gucci Mane took over clubs with names like Priv and Muse.
Minneapolis’ newly revamped Armory ready to rock as Super Bowl concert venue
After housing tanks, artillery and other weapons of war off and on for five decades, the Armory in downtown Minneapolis offered a friendlier kind of explosion just before noon Tuesday.
Theres the pyro now, Jack Murphy, president of Nomadic Entertainment, said as his crew set off fireworks on stage inside the high-arched, 83-year-old building.
For some parents, a child's birthday party is a chance to transform their home into a themed-out wonderland, with DIY decorations displayed around a homemade cake's Pinterest-inspired princess and pirate toppers.
For others, the annual celebration instills panic, dread and procrastination.
Some Houston companies offer innovative birthday parties that reduce stress for both camps, by rolling up to a party site, parking and inviting children inside for activities.
Super Bowl party workers in short supply with low unemployment in Minneapolis
Upward of 150 private events and parties are set to kick off on Super Bowl week, and organizers are facing a battle with an unexpected foe: the estimated 2.4 percent unemployment rate in Minneapolis.
Event organizers looking for cooks, dishwashers, servers, bartenders and security personnel are having a difficult time filling open positions.
Is entertaining at home dead? Maile Carpenter, editor in chief of Food Network Magazine, answers with a resounding “no.”
Q: It seems like 20 years ago, more of our friends were entertaining at home. Now it seems people are booking large tables at restaurants and splitting the bill. Why did the dinner party die or did it?
The calls first came three years ago, even before Minneapolis was confirmed as the host city for Super Bowl LII. Many of Minneapolis best-known music and performance venues were being asked to black out their calendars the week of the game, to save room for private parties for the NFL and its many partners.
Two weeks before the game, however, a lot of these renowned spaces are still waiting to fill in their open dates, including First Avenue, the Guthrie Theater and the Dakota Jazz Club.
With major venues booked up for Super Bowl events, planners got creative
A historic mansion outside downtown Minneapolis could make the perfect venue for a Super Bowl soiree as long as event planners dont mind that it normally functions as a funeral home.
Two weeks after igniting an old-school dance party, Lady Lark returns to First Ave
It wasnt looking good for Lady Lark at First Avenue two weekends ago.
Playing the last slot of the seven-act Best New Bands showcase on an especially icy night, the throwback RB singer and her six-piece group faced a crowd that had visibly dwindled in size and energy.
We kind of expected it, the Lady in charge, Taylor Harris, noted after the fact. So we just focused on the people who were there, making sure they had a good time.
What’s more Minnesotan than throwing a Super Bowl party on a frozen lake?
Let Minneapolis have its fancy Super Bowl parties with Jimmy Fallon, Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake.
Superstar Jamie Foxx soon will jet into the Twin Cities to host one of the Super Bowls most exclusive, star-studded parties in Edina, of course.
Foxx will host the Big Game Big Give party on Feb. 3 at the Edina home of Novu CEO and philanthropist Tom Wicka and his wife, Angie. Party proceeds will go to a dozen Minnesota charities and a national fund designed to promote philanthropy.
Big names line up for high-buck Super Bowl parties, including $21K for Snoop Dogg
Two weeks out from the big game, the Super Bowl party scene in Minneapolis is really getting interesting. And a lot more expensive.
Want to kick back with Snoop Dogg and some Playboy Playmates? Itll cost you $500 to $21,000, depending how high-end you go.
Want to dance under a super dome with the hottest costumed DJ of the day, Marshmello? Those tickets start at $750 and go up to $21,000, too.
There were lessons to be learned from the recent holiday parties and events I attended, keeping in mind it would be soon be my turn to host after my daughter convinced me to have a little get-together during her school break.
My friends always make entertaining look effortless. Maybe it's because they truly enjoy the process. In truth, they never stop moving because it takes a lot of work to make something seem easy.
Our View: Better to be safe than very, very sorry in the new year
There are many ways to usher in the new year. Some prefer to stay put and welcome 2018 quietly from the comfort of home. However, staying awake until midnight is not a sure thing. Mr. Sandman tends to sneak in once these happy homebodies are parked on the sofa with a movie, tucked under a cozy couch blanket. It’s a popular plan, with good reason.
Our family has a lot in common with Jesus whose birthday is celebrated Dec. 25. My grandfather, Earl Mann, was born on the 26th, his sister Mattie Mann Cone on the 28th and his first wife who died when my mother was 11, Maude Goza Mann, was born on the 30th — all in close proximity of years.
Memo warns against Santa Claus, Hanukkah symbol decorations
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota has come under criticism after its agricultural college handed out a memo warning some students and staff to avoid using decorations, music and food "specific to any one religion" at campus holiday parties, including Christmas trees, menorahs and images of Santa Claus.