Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Safety Tips!

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Parent’s will soon be hitting the pavement with their kids for some trick-or-treating fun! Don’t get too caught up that you forget about some simple safety ideas that could keep everyone out of trouble!

Below are some common sense tips provided by
  • As bad as it sounds, this is just a fact of life now. Get on the internet and check your local state website for sex offenders. Almost every state has one, just do a search for your state sex offender site. Look up your zip code and it should have a list of registered offenders in your area that includes street addresses. Make sure that your kids stay away from these houses!
  • Know the route your kids will be taking if you aren't going with them. Let them know that they are to check in with you every hour, by phone or by stopping back at home. Make sure that they know not to deviate from the planned route so that you always know where they will be.
  • Trick or treating isn't what it used to be. In most cities it's not safe to let kids walk the streets by themselves. Your best bet is to make sure that an adult is going with them. If you can't take them yourself, see if another parent or two can.
  • Help your young child pick out or make a costume that will be safe. Make sure that it's fire proof or treated with fire retardant. If they are wearing a mask of any kind,  make sure that the eye holes are large enough for good peripheral vision.
  • Know what other activities a child may be attending, such as parties, school or mall functions. If they are going to be at a friends home, get the phone number and make sure that you've met the parents.
  • Make sure you set a time that your kids should be home by. Make sure they know how important it is for them to be home on time or to call immediately if something happens and they are going to be delayed.
  • Kids will be kids. Explain to kids of all ages the difference between tricks and vandalism. Throwing eggs at a house may seem funny but they need to know the other side of the coin as well, that clean up and damages can ruin Halloween for everyone. If they are caught vandalizing, make them clean up the mess they've made.
  • Some sick people find Halloween a great night to hurt cats. Explain to your kids that animal cruelty of any kind is not acceptable. Kids may already know this on their own but stress the point that it's not acceptable behavior. Make sure that they know that harming animals is not only morally wrong  but punishable by law and will not be tolerated.
kids trick or treating
  • Serve your kids a filling meal before trick or treating and they won't be as tempted to eat any candy before they bring it home for you to check. Check your local grocery store or craft store for Halloween cook books full of tasty treats on a horror theme for both kids and adults.
  • Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or a pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Make sure that costumes won't get in the way when they are walking, which could cause them to trip.
  • Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or talking to strangers, no matter what the person says to them. Explain to them as simply as you can that some adults are bad and want to hurt children, that they should never go into a house that they don't know, get into a car or go anywhere with a stranger. Also, tell them what to do should this happen, to scream as loud as they can to draw attention and to run away as fast as they can to someplace safe.
  • Be sure to show your children know how to cross a street properly. They should always look both ways before crossing the street and should only cross at corners or crosswalks. Make sure that if you have more than one child, they know to take the hand of the younger child when they cross a street.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Costume Party at AURA with $2,000 in Cash and Prizes for Best Costumes!

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Saturday, October 29th, join Long Island’s greatest Halloween Costume Party at AURA in East Meadow.  
Get all your friends together and head down to AURA, where the best costume will receive $2,000 in cash and prizes! 

Stuck on a costume idea? Click HERE for a list of this year’s most popular and creative Halloween costumes. 

Dress up individually, as a couple or with a group of friends. Pick a theme for your group like comic book superheroes, Heaven and Hell or Vampires and Werewolves. Popular couple ideas for 2011 are celebrity couples like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries and Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, to name a few. 

AURA’s Halloween Costume Party will take place on Saturday, October 29th in the East Meadow Shopping Center. Dress up and come down for your chance to win $2,000 in cash and prizes!  

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween's Most Popular Costume Ideas for 2011

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With Halloween just a few days away, costume ideas must be on your mind! This year seems to be all about celebrities – including the most popular Halloween Costume, Charlie Sheen. Here are some of the most popular Halloween costume ideas for 2011. 
Other popular celebrity costume ideas include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Snooki from Jersey Shore, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj and Kate Middleton. Other celebrity trending ideas are dressing up as dead celebrities including Michael Jackson and Amy Whinehouse.

Recently, comic book characters have become big screen stars. Consequently, Superheroes are a popular costume idea for 2011 amongst both children and adults. Cat Woman, Thor, Spiderman, Batman, Iron Man, Black Widow, Green Lantern and Captain America are some of the fastest selling costumes.

Almost always, themes like the 1920’s, 1950’s, 1970’s and 1980’s are common and appreciated at costume party’s. This year, the 1980’s costumes seem to be taking the lead. Dressing for a time period is generally inexpensive and you can get really creative with it!

For kids, the big costume is Angry Birds costumes from the popular Mobile Phone Application as well as Disney characters.

Are you hosting a Halloween Party? Maybe attending one with friends? Pick a theme for everyone to stick to like heaven and hell; vicars and tarts; vampires and werewolves; Wild West; roaring ‘20s or Hollywood celebrity couples. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Personalize Your Wedding in Unique Ways!

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Weddings are all about personalization. Each and every detail should be personalized to you and your grooms personalities, likes and desires. It’s easy to add a monogram or wedding date to things. Take the extra step by personalizing other aspects of your wedding. 

Here are 10 unique ideas to personalize your wedding, provided by (originally
  1. Get Creative with: Your Look- Your bridal look should be just as individual as you are. Even if you want to keep it traditional, add personal touches with gloves or colorful shoes, or spicing up your veil. Grooms should do the same. You could wear a hat, converse sneakers or sunglasses. Whatever it is that screams “you” incorporate into your look for your special day. 
  2. Get Creative with: Your Bouquet- Your bouquet will appear in tons of photos, so make sure you love the way it looks! Mix in ribbons, feathers and rhinestones or go another route by tying a cameo, rosary or other keepsake to the stems.
  3. Get Creative with: Your Rings- Step up the personalization factor on your rings by having them engraved with your favorite song lyric or even an excerpt from a poem. Use your initials and wedding date, or the date you met, if you can’t fit a long verse. 
  4. Get Creative with: Your Cocktails- Signature cocktails are a must for your special event. They can complement your color palette and help set the tone for the evening. Keep yours personal by using a creative garnish, or by naming each one after someone in the bridal party. For example, if your best man’s signature drink is a jack and coke, rename it for him, “Dan and Coke”, etc. 
  5. Get Creative with: Your Entertainment- Give your guests plenty to do during the cocktail hour. Lawn games like croquet, bocce ball, beanbag toss and horseshoes are simple to set up and easy for kids and adults to learn and enjoy. Other entertainments like photo booths and caricatures are another fun way to keep guests smiling. 
  6. Get Creative with: Your Table Numbers- Numbering your tables for practical purposes is just fine – but you can also go that extra step to make yours really stand out. Add in a couple of photos from places you’ve visited together, or have the number displayed with something meaningful, like other family names, your favorite bands or even classic board games. 
  7. Get Creative with: Your Guest Book-Is there anything more personal than a fingerprint? An emerging trend is to ask guest to “sign” your guest book tree print with their fingerprints as leaves and their signatures nearby. It’s a unique twist to a traditional guest book. 
  8. Get Creative with: Your Menu- Work with your caterer to create a dinner that’s totally you. Whether that means making a tasty vegetarian or vegan meal, or including a dessert that’s your grandmothers’specialty, you can let your guests know why you picked what you did with a small note on the menu. 
  9. Get Creative with: Your Cake-If wedding cake just isn’t your thing, don’t serve wedding cake at your wedding! After all, it is YOUR wedding. A light alternative for a summer wedding could include angel food cake with fruits and whipped cream, ice cream sandwiches or small pies. Fall weddings could serve pumpkin pies, carrot cake or mini crème Brule to each guest.   Whichever season you choose to tie the knot, don’t be afraid to change up the traditional wedding cake for something more you.
  10. Get Creative with: Your Favors- Gift your guests something fun, like colorful plastic sunglasses or themed props to use on the dance floor. Another growing trend is leaving them with something edible, like homemade wine, jams or baked goods. Be creative!
 For more information on party planning tips, "Like" the Zacharys & Aura Facebook page linked here.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Zacharys & Aura: State-Of-The-Art Venues with Superior Catering Abilities!

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Are you looking for a state-of-the-art venue with superior catering abilities? Look no further than East Meadow, New York at Zacharys and Aura Catering.

At Zacharys & Aura, we remove the confusion of party planning so the meaning of your affair is not lost in the overwhelming detail and expense of menu planning, service conformity and entertainment coordination.

Zacharys & Aura has a room and party plan to suit your every need and special occasion. At Zacharys, you will immediately feel the warmth and energy created by the unique angling and dazzling décor of the stunning disco room with state of the art sound and lighting. The centrally located sunken dance floor is the heartbeat of your party.

Aura is a brand new, private events venue with NYC style. The charismatic venue can host special events and parties including Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16’s, Engagement Parties, Quinceaneras, Anniversary Parties, Corporate Luncheons, Dinner Banquettes and other private events.

Bob B. wrote a review after attending an event at Zacharys. Here’s what he had to say.

Bob. B writes: My daughter attended an affair here and it was spectacular! From the tuxedo clad attendant opening the velvet ropes to the polished brass and velvet art deco-like decor, the room was beautiful. Delicious and imaginative appetizers and drinks were served and there was dancing . The party atmosphere was festive with favors and games. Cake was served, and adults relaxed on the velvet banquettes with coffee.It was a very nicely done affair.

Jason R. recently attended Aura, and boasted how “Zacharys & Aura Venues are the complete party place with a great ambiance and terrific food. I am definitely scheduling my next event here!

Zacharys and Aura Catering will be sure to meet you every want and need to make your special event perfect. For more information, visit Zacharys & Aura’s Facebook page linked here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween Trick Recipes Your Guests and Kids Will Love!

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Halloween is only a week and a half away! Are you making any trick foods for your guests? Kids, especially, love fun foods that are festive! Here are 3 recipes for Halloween Trick Foods provided by the Food Network

1 pound spaghetti
1 jar thick and chunky salsa
  • Boil a large pot of water and cook spaghetti for 12 minutes
  • Drain the spaghetti and put in a large bowl 
  • Add salsa and toss to coat spaghetti 
  • Bring to room temperature and then refrigerate until cold

big plump grapes
olive oil
  • Peel the grapes and put them in a bowl 
  • Pour in olive oil to coat the grapes and toss

1 can Vienna sausages
dried pumpkin seeds
Geoff’s piping gel
olive oil
  • Cut the pumpkin seeds in half 
  • Make a small slit at 1 end of each sausage 
  • Stick a pumpkin seed into each slit so that it will feel like a fingernail 
  • Arrange severed fingers in a bowl 
  • Spoon some slimy, gooey piping gel over the fingers 
  • Pour on a healthy dash of olive oil 
  • Use your fingers to coat the sausages in the oil and the gel so it feels like they’re floating
Have fun and enjoy!