Planning Party Food On A Budget

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Submitted by: Dave Matthews

When it comes to organising a party, you may find that it is fun yet surprisingly expensive. One of the most important things you can do when planning a party is to budget carefully what you intend to spend on food. If you are an experienced party host then you will know how easy it can be to overspend on food. You don’t have to hire in an expensive caterer in order to ensure that the food is first rate. All it takes is a little bit of effort and imagination on your part in order to make your party an inexpensive success.

If your party is likely to be more of an informal affair then a sensible option would be to provide a finger buffet consisting of foods such as sandwiches, crisps, sausage rolls, dips, vegetables and fruit. Alternatively, you may request that each of your guests bring food with them. Obviously this is unrealistic for larger, more formal parties however it can be a nice creative idea for smaller gatherings. The added benefit of asking guests to provide food is that you will be guaranteed to have food at the party that everyone will enjoy. In order to avoid people bringing the same food you may wish to make suggestions to your various guests as to what they may wish to bring. Don’t forget that it is equally important to have drinks as well as food present at your party.

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If you are organising a party or gathering revolving around a televised sprots event then pizza is always a safe option. People both young and old love pizza and there are of course a wide selection of flavours to choose from. Everyone should be happy and you wont have had to spend too much money.

If you are looking to save money then you would be perhaps unwise to service alcohol. Not only are parties where alcohol is present more out of control, but guests will also have to worry about designated drivers. if you decided not to serve alcohol then you wont have to worry about any of these issues, and there will be no need for you to make arrangements if people wish to stay overnight.

If you are likely to have a large number of people attending your party then try to buy your food in from a wholesale warehouse. If you purchase items in bulk then this will help you to save money and such shops are likely to have catering goods for sale that you may not find available down your local supermarket. If you decide to shop from a supermarket then keep your eyes open for discounts or offers such as two for one deals. These are especially likely to be available for bottles of drink.

It will of course help if you plan in advance how many people you wish to attend. If you have a good idea of how many guests are coming then this will help you to set a budget which you must then stick to. Poor planning is always the enemy of the perfect party!

About the Author: Dave Matthews is writing on behalf of American Soda, a leading UK supplier of drinks and

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Real Estate January 21st 2017

Titanic actress Gloria Stuart dies at age 100

Titanic actress Gloria Stuart dies at age 100
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Monday, September 27, 2010

Gloria Stuart, US Academy Award nominated film actress, has died at the age of 100. Stuart died at her home in West Los Angeles, and her death was announced by her daughter, Sylvia Thompson. Stuart had been suffering from lung cancer for five years before her death.

She appeared in films such as The Invisible Man (1933) Here Comes the Navy (1934), and Titanic (1997).

Stuart started her career in the 1930s as one of Hollywood’s leading ladies. Between 1932 and 1939, Stuart appeared in 42 films. During the prime of her career, Stuart appeared with actresses such as Shirley Temple, Warner Baxter, and Dick Powell. She officially retired in 1946, after only making four films during the 1940s.

Despite her retirement, Stuart appeared in James Cameron’s 1997 adaptation of Titanic, where she was cast as Old Rose, a survivor of the disaster and narrator of the film. Stuart was then nominated for an Academy Award, becoming the oldest ever person to be nominated, at the age of 87.

After her appearance she found new fame, being given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000, and People Magazine listed her as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

Uncategorized January 21st 2017

Former Scottish Conservatives leader Annabel Goldie to stand down as MSP

Former Scottish Conservatives leader Annabel Goldie to stand down as MSP
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Annabel Goldie, Scottish Conservative Party leader from 2005 to 2011, has announced she will stand down as an MSP at the next elections in 2016. Goldie, who has been an MSP for the West Scotland (previously West of Scotland) electoral region since the Scottish Parliament’s formation in 1999, said she intends to focus on her role in the House of Lords, where she has been a peer since 2013.

In a statement today, Goldie said leading the party was an “enormous honour” for her. She also said: “It has afforded me both satisfaction and pleasure to serve my constituents and to serve the parliament and I will look back with great happiness at my time as an MSP. I am grateful to friends and colleagues from all parties for their support. Sometimes we found common ground, sometimes we disagreed but never I hope with rancour nor disrespect. Politics is a rough trade but we have built a strong parliament in Scotland of which we can all be rightly proud.” She said because of Ruth Davidson, her successor as Scottish Conservative leader, the party is now “in fine fettle and stands a great chance of making real progress in the years ahead,” concluding by saying: “I look forward to continuing to work as part of that effort in the House of Lords in the years to come.”

Davidson responded to the news by calling Goldie an “unstoppable force”, adding: “She has been an inspiration to a whole generation of Scottish Conservatives, and she has been a tremendous mentor, support and friend to me. In Holyrood, she has fostered both affection and respect from all members – regardless of their political affiliation – and her retirement from the Scottish Parliament will leave an Annabel-sized hole which won’t ever quite be filled. She is unique.” Meanwhile, David Cameron, UK Conservative leader and UK Prime Minister, said: “Annabel is one of those rare breeds in Scottish politics, somebody known by her first name alone. When she was Scottish Conservative leader, I valued her sage advice. She has been a towering strength to our party in Scotland, a doughty debater in the TV studios and Scottish Parliament and has one of the sharpest wits around. I wish her a long and happy retirement after 17 years unstinting service at Holyrood – but look forward to seeing her on the red benches of the Lords for years to come.”

In Holyrood, she has fostered both affection and respect from all members – regardless of their political affiliation – and her retirement from the Scottish Parliament will leave an Annabel-sized hole which won’t ever quite be filled. She is unique.

Goldie, the Scottish Conservatives’ first ever female leader, was elected unopposed. She took up the role in the aftermath of David McLetchie’s resignation from the role in an expenses usage controversy and subsequent resignation of Brian Monteith from his Conservative whip role in the Scottish Parliament for briefing the media against him. Meanwhile, as Scottish Conservatives won 18 seats in the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and 2003, the party had been less successful in UK general elections in Scotland; Conservatives went up from zero out of a possible 72 UK MPs in Scotland in 1997 to one in 2001. This led to Goldie remarking in her inaugural speech in 2005 that: “The wheels are back on the wagon – and I’m the nag hitched up to tow it.” She also said: “The party is still way ahead of where it was in 1997. And my first task is to take it forward to 2007.” However, under Goldie’s leadership, the number of seats the Scottish Conservatives won in the Scottish Parliament slightly decreased from 18 in 2003 to 17 in 2007 and to 15 in 2011. At the same time, the number of Conservative MPs stood at one out of a possible 59 after the 2010 UK general election.

In the aforementioned 2005 speech, she also said the party could be trusted with devolution in Scotland, adding: “making devolution work better means real devolution: not the lumbering and cripplingly expensive array of government departments, government advisers, consultants, quangos, quasi-quangos and agencies with all their expensive appendages, but devolving down to people and their communities, their right to make their own decisions about their lives, how for example they procure healthcare and how they educate their children.” Goldie would go on to sit on the advisory board for the Smith Commission, which was set up to examine which further political powers should be devolved to Scotland following the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. More recently, Goldie supported a reduction in the voting age for Scottish Parliament elections from 18 to 16 in a vote earlier this month, commenting: “I think it is an opportunity for them to continue their high level of engagement in topical affairs that we saw with the independence referendum.”

Goldie, a member of the Salvation Army’s West of Scotland Advisory Board and a Church of Scotland elder, is not the only Scottish Conservative MSP intending to stand down in 2016. Mary Scanlon, Gavin Brown, Alex Fergusson and Nanette Milne all reportedly intend to leave the Scottish Parliament next year.

Uncategorized January 21st 2017

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Uncategorized January 21st 2017

Xyron Personal Cutting System Electronic Die Cutting Machine Review

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By Jeff McRitchie

*The Xyron Personal cutting system is a computerized die cutting machine that is designed for cutting out shapes and letters for use in scrapbooking, crafting and for design applications.

*The system uses font books and shape books that allow you to quickly and easily choose the shapes that you want to cut out using the machine.

*This system allows you to quickly and easily cut out letters and shapes using your own decorative paper. It is simple to use and is even portable so that you can take it to scrapbooking parties.

Strengths / Features:

*The Xyron Personal cutting system makes die cutting easier than ever. It uses extremely simple controls that allow you to choose a shape from your design book and then to choose the size of the shape that you want to cut.

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*There are a huge number of design books available for the Xyron Personal Cutting system. The machine comes with one alphabet font book and one book of basic shapes. These two books provide over 500 cutting options. With additional cutting books, there are literally tens of thousands of possibilities offered by the Personal Cutting System.

*The Xyron personal cutting system allows you to cut out shapes that are as large as 4″ x 4″ in size. Every shape in the design book can be cut in one of three different sizes (small, medium or large).

*Using the system you can cut through virtually any paper stock. You simply put the paper in the cutting drawer, choose the shape you want to cut and let the machine do the rest.

Weaknesses / Limitations:

*Although the Xyron Personal cutting system offers literally thousands of possibilities for shapes and sizes, it requires the purchase of font books and design books to expand its capabilities. Design books for the system cost around $50. That can add up if you want to collect a lot of shape books.

*The Personal cutting system uses a special blade to cut the shapes out of your paper. These blades need to be replaced over time especially if you are cutting through thick or fibrous papers. It also uses a special cutting mat to hold the paper in place during the cutting process. This mat will also need to be replaced over time.

*With the personal cutting system you are limited to the shapes and letters that are in the design books that you purchase. If you want completely custom die cuts including welded words you might want to consider purchasing the Xyron Wishblade which allows you to cut any shape or font that you have on your computer.


*The Xyron Personal cutting system is a great portable die cutting solution. You can take it with you to scrapbooking parties or use at home for crafting projects.

*The Personal Cutting System comes out of the box with everything that you need to do your own die cutting. However, by purchasing additional design books you can greatly expand the capabilities of the machine.

*This makes it a great solution for users who want to be able to make their own die cuts at home and want an easy to use die cutting solution

About the Author: For more information or to purchase the

Xyron Personal Cutting System Electronic Die Cutting Machine


Jeff McRitchie is the director of marketing for He writes extensively on topics related to Binding Covers,Binding Supplies,Binding Machines, Binders, Index Tabs, Laminators,and more.


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Financial Services December 25th 2016

Bolivian troops told to seize natural gas fields

Bolivian troops told to seize natural gas fields
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Monday, May 1, 2006

Bolivian President Evo Morales has ordered that all foreign-owned natural gas fields be turned over to the national government of Bolivia.

President Morales signed a decree that orders troops to seize the fields “immediately” to ensure gas production. The decree also says that companies have 180 days to sign over their fields or leave the country.

The fields are owned by such companies as the United States‘ Exxon-Mobil Corporation, Brazil‘s Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Spanish-Argentine Repsol YPF SA, and Great Britain‘s BG Group PLC and BP PLC.

“The looting by the foreign companies has ended. We are not a government of mere promises, we follow through on what we propose and what the people demand. We want to ask (the Armed Forces) that starting now, they occupy all the energy fields in Bolivia along with battalions of engineers,” said Mr Morales after signing the decree.

“The time has come, the awaited day, a historic day in which Bolivia retakes absolute control of our natural resources,” added President Morales.

One of Morales’ vows in his presidential campaign was to “recover” the country’s natural resources by renationalizing them. President Morales explained, on a visit to Brazil in January, that renationalising the industry would not mean expelling foreign companies or expropriating foreign property. “Foreign companies have every right to recover investments and make profits, but profits should be balanced”.

Bolivia has the second largest supply of natural gas in South America after Venezuela.

Uncategorized December 25th 2016

Wikinews interviews Rocky De La Fuente, U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate

Wikinews interviews Rocky De La Fuente, U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Businessman Rocky De La Fuente took some time to speak with Wikinews about his campaign for the U.S. Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

The 61-year-old De La Fuente resides in San Diego, California, grew up in Tijuana, and owns multiple businesses and properties throughout the world. Since getting his start in the automobile industry, De La Fuente has branched out into the banking and real estate markets. Despite not having held or sought political office previously, he has been involved in politics, serving as the first-ever Hispanic superdelegate to the 1992 Democratic National Convention.

De La Fuente entered the 2016 presidential race last October largely due to his dissatisfaction with Republican front-runner Donald Trump. He argues he is a more accomplished businessman than Trump, and attacks Trump as “a clown,” “a joke,” “dangerous,” and “in the same category as Hitler.” Nevertheless, De La Fuente’s business background begets comparisons with Trump. The Alaskan Midnight Sun blog described him as the Democrats’ “own Donald Trump.”

While receiving only minimal media coverage, he has campaigned actively, and according to the latest Federal Election Commission filing, loaned almost US$ 4 million of his own money to the campaign. He has qualified for 48 primary and caucus ballots, but has not yet obtained any delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Thus far, according to the count at The Green Papers, De La Fuente has received 35,406 votes, or 0.23% of the total votes cast. He leads among the many lesser-known candidates but trails both Senator Bernie Sanders who has received nearly 6.5 million votes and front-runner Hillary Clinton who has just shy of 9 million votes.

With Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn?, De La Fuente discusses his personal background, his positions on political issues, his current campaign for president, and his political future.


  • 1 Interview
    • 1.1 Background
    • 1.2 Campaign
    • 1.3 Issues
    • 1.4 Future
  • 2 Related news
  • 3 Sources
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Uncategorized December 25th 2016

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green Party candidate Russell Korus, Vaughan

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green Party candidate Russell Korus, Vaughan
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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Russell Korus is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Vaughan riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

Uncategorized December 25th 2016

How To Make Your Own Play Dough

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Submitted by: Donna Rivera-Loudon

In this article are two recipes you can use to make play dough for your kids. Play dough is so much fun and relatively inexpensive if you make it yourself. Once you get the hang of you, you might even be able to teach your children how to make it.

Recipe Number One

This recipe is made in the microwave, which means you can make it quickly for those occasions when you need to keep a houseful of kids occupied fast.

Microwave Play Dough

2 cups flour 1 cup salt 4 Tbs oil 2 cups water 4 tsp cream of tartar Food coloring

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Mix all ingredients in Rock N Server Large Deep.

This is a Tupperware container. If you don t have it, use a microwave containers that is deep.

Microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring every minute. Cook until mixture gets so thick it can t be stirred. Let mixture cool. Divide and knead in food color. Store in an airtight container.

Now I am a Tupperware consultant, so naturally I believe that Tupperware is the best type of container to store your play dough in, but you are the ultimate judge of that.

Now, if you would prefer not to use your microwave, here is a recipe for making playdough on your stove.

Stovetop Playdough Recipe

1 cup flour cup salt 1 cup water 3 dessert spoons of cooking oil 2 tsp cream of tartar Food coloring

Mix all ingredients together. Add a few drops of food coloring. Keep mixing ingredients until all lumps have been blended. Put the mix in a saucepan and cook it very slowly over medium heat.

Keep stirring. When the dough start to come away from the side of the pan, remove it from the heat.

You can add scents to the playdough by using vanilla or peppermint essence.

Buying playdough at the store can be expensive. Why not try making your own using one of both of the above recipes. You can have fun making and your kids can have some fun playing with it.

About the Author: Donna has an MBA in information technology and is currently a Tupperware Director, a webmaster, and a college professor. Visit

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Uncategorized October 22nd 2015

Tamil Nadu Elections: DMK, AIADMK promise freebies

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 

Both the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) parties have announce “freebies” as part of their election manifestos in the lead-up to the vote in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Freebies have been a success from the 2006 Tamil Nadu elections when DMK lured voters by announcing free colour televisions to households. That triumph led the major opposition AIADMK to announce similar freebies in their manifesto published Thursday.

DMK has announced free laptops to college students, kitchen appliances and modern networks to rural regions. The AIADMK, publishing their manifesto later, expanded on each of the promises of the DMK, plus offering 4g gold mangalsutra for the poor, monetary help for rural households and fishermen, free rice, and more.

AIADMK manifesto addresses larger issues, such as taking on the near-monopoly of the cable industry television industry, starting new Power generation plants to address power shortages in recent years.

Uncategorized October 22nd 2015