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“How do you host an exciting party for children?” is something that I’m asked about quite often. If you’re going to hold a birthday party or any other type of party for kids at your own home, it is possible to decorate nicely without spending a fortune at a party supply store. I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that most disposable party supplies are cheaply made and overpriced.
The Jared the Doll napkin fold is a great way to decorate the table at a kids’ party while adding a touch of elegance that both the children and their parents will appreciate. Instead of offering plastic spoons and forks and paper napkins, tuck a traditional spoon and fork into a specially folded cloth napkin to create Jared the Doll. You can use a variety of napkins in different colors and prints, and even label them with each child’s name. What a great way to decorate the table and create something special!
Not having a kids’ party any time soon but still like the idea? You can incorporate my Jared the Doll napkin fold into any other meal or festivities where children will be present. They will love it!
Selecting the right flatware, tablecloths, and table decorations is an important task for any host or hostess. After all, inviting someone into your home for a meal can say a lot about you! Despite the significance placed on dressing the table properly, many people overlook the importance of choosing the right napkins. That is why I’d like to help you out and provide my expert Napkin Wizard insight on this topic.
Types of Napkins
When choosing a napkin, paper napkins might seem convenient and inexpensive, but they are not very environmentally friendly. They are also not nearly as classy as cloth napkins, which easily give off an air of sophistication. Those are just two of the many reasons I recommend cloth napkins—after all, I am the Napkin Wizard for a reason!
Here are a few alternatives to paper napkins, and when I suggest using them:
1. Linen napkins are great to use for formal dinners because they provide a superior look.
2. Cotton napkins are perfect for everyday home use. They are softer than linen napkins.
3. Polyester napkins work well for busy families and casual meals. They are also iron-free.
Have you ever noticed that napkins come in different sizes? It may seem confusing at first, but don’t worry. The Napkin Wizard is here to help! I prefer the following sizes for the following meals:
1. Dinner- 22 inch napkins
2. Lunch- 20 inch napkins
3. Breakfast- 18 or 20 inch napkins
If you don’t have a ruler handy and you aren’t quite sure what size your napkins are, a rule of thumb is to always remember that napkins will be placed on your lap. A napkin that is too small to cover your lap can possibly lead to spills and stains, and no one wants their guests to drop food on their clothing during a meal at their house! I recently read that entertainer extraordinaire Martha Stewart uses dish towels or antique linen hand towels as large napkins. She refers to them “lapkins.”
A Tip about Napkin Folding
Many people struggle with the question of how much starch to use on their napkins. I always suggest using medium starch. Why? The more starch you use, the harder the napkins will be on your guests’ mouths. If you’re new to the art of napkin folding and prefer to use more starch to fold your napkins, try ironing them for the crease instead!
I love to cook at home for my family. Since I don’t really have much time, I like to find something quick and easy. I am very fortunate to have worked with many talented chefs in my career, and it’s a blessing to have learned from the best. Here is a simple recipe for Short Ribs.
2 ½ lb of Short Rib and have the butcher cut it to about 2 inches.
Lightly Coat the ribs with flour
Pour 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil into a pot
Tossed in the meat and let it brown on both sides. Add 2 cloves of garlic ( minced )
This will be done after a few minutes or when you can smell the garlic.
Add a can of tomato juice.
Add a cup of red wine.
Add 1 tablespoon dried thyme, 2 beef bouillons, & salt and pepper to taste.
After the pot boils, lower the heat to medium low. Cook for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours
Served it with wild rice and string beans with sautéed almond.
“Jerk” is a popular style of cooking that is native to the island nation of Jamaica. Meats are either dry-rubbed or wet-marinated with a hot spice mixture known as Jamaican jerk spice, or Jamaican jerk seasoning. It’s traditionally used to cook chicken or pork, but many creative chefs enjoy using Jamaican jerk spices with seafood, beef, and sausage!
Until I tried the dish myself, I had always heard people rave about Jamaican jerk chicken and how tasty it is. Now that I understand what all the fuss is about, I make Jamaican jerk chicken quite regularly. If you’d like to try out it for yourself, this recipe comes highly recommended by the Napkin Wizard!
1 red pepper
4 tablespoons Jamaican jerk seasoning (I use Grace brand seasoning)
1 tablespoon corn starch
3 tablespoons oil
2 cups chicken broth
1. Cut up chicken.
2. Rub the jerk seasoning all over the chicken and leave it sit for about 20 minutes to marinade.
3. Chop the onion and red pepper while the chicken marinates, and add corn starch to the chicken after about 20 minutes.
4. Heat oil in a pan on the stove and sauté the onion and pepper.
5. Add chicken and sauté until golden brown.
6. Add chicken broth and cook for about 1 ½ hours, or until the chicken is tender.
7. Add salt and pepper as needed, and enjoy!
Here’s a reggae music from UB40 with Ali Campbell and Chrissie Hynde ” I got you babe” I love this song .