Celebrating the Olympics


As the Brazilian actress Regina Casé, who warmed up the tens of thousands of fans at Maracana stadium, put it: “Here in Brazil, we like to party.”

Well, here at the Donehue household, we also like to party! We enjoyed the 2016 opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics with an “around the world” party.

We kicked things off with an Olympic soundtrack, some songs included:

• “We Are The Champions” by Queen
• “World’s Greatest” by R. Kelly
• “Olympic Fanfare” by John Williams
• “All I do is Win” by DJ Kahled
• “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N Roses
• “London Bridge” by Fergie
• “Lose Yourself” by Eminem
• “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
• “Bugler’s Dream” by Leo Arnaud
• “Sandstorm” by Darude
• “The Olympic Spirit” by John Williams

Each couple was asked to bring a signature beverage from a different country, creating a colorful, fully stocked bar with selections from around the globe.

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To me the Olympics are about uniting all the different countries together. For this party we really wanted to bring an element of global unity to the decor. I hung garland of various flags on the popcorn bar, olympic rings on the big screen, and an olympic tissue paper torch served as a centerpiece for the drink table.






Well Appointed Guest Room


As published in Palmetto Magazine Spring/Summer 2016

They flew. They drove. They have arrived. Are you ready?

It is an honor to have guests in your home. Ensure rested friends and pleasant memories with a well-appointed guest room. Consider stocking the following amenities:

  •      Freshly laundered bedding and several pillows

A cozy bed is number one on the guest list!  Opt for white sheets, blankets and quilts. They can be washed and bleached and they look crisp and new.

  •      A place to put clothing and suitcases

Ensure there is an empty drawer and extra set of hangers waiting in your guest room closet.

  •      Towels and washcloths

Having clean towels ready for guests in their room saves them from rooting around the bathroom or having to ask you. Again, I suggest white, as they are easy to launder.

  •      Refreshments

A carafe or bottle of water and glass is a welcome addition to the nightstand.

  •      Alarm Clock

Many of us rely on cell phone alarms, but a clock on the nightstand can be helpful.

  •      Reading Material

Set out an assortment of interesting fiction and nonfiction books, as well as a local paper or pamphlet to highlight nearby activities and attractions.

  •      Fresh Flowers

Snip fresh flowers or greenery from the yard. That little bit of effort will make guests feel wanted.

Get that guest room ready; you never know when guests might be knocking at your front door!



Proper Pasta

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Spaghetti is among the difficult foods to handle gracefully. The subject is source of international debate. Research the topic and you will find a vast number of “authorities” offering varying views on the proper etiquette. Most agree that cutting the pasta is a huge no-no. But what about the spoon debate?  I’m referring to the practice of employing a large spoon along with fork as a means of transporting spaghetti from the plate to the mouth. Do you use a spoon or don’t you?

I guess this custom can vary depending on what country you are in. Emily Post herself wrote that, ”most restaurants (and hostesses) that feature pasta provide guests with a large spoon as well as the knife and fork. The fork is used to spear a few strands of spaghetti, the tips are placed against the spoon, which is held on its side, in the left havnd, and the fork is twirled, wrapping the spaghetti around itself as it turns. If no spoon is provided, the tips of the fork may be rested against the curve of the plate.” ‘– The New Emily Post’s Etiquette, Elizabeth L. Post, 1975

I might suggest that if you are at a restaurant or someones home, only use a spoon if one is served on the plate with the spaghetti; don’t ask for one. If you’re given a spoon to use, it is perfectly fine for you to use it. Otherwise, pasta should be twirled on the fork against the bottom of the plate.

All that being said, it can be stated unequivocally that Italians, in Italy, do not use a spoon.