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LOVE… is in the air

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b22e34ea-2d85-4c80-b248-f3a817217203What is it that you definitively LOVE? Is it traveling, shopping, cooking, your mate, FOOTBALL? If it’s football, today is definitely your day, since the NFL Draft kicks off this evening.
Speaking of football…while I was quickly shuffling from one plane to the next over the weekend, I saw a gentleman with this shirt on. Now, while I have my fair share of football knowledge and for the 5th straight year, Scarlet will be providing the Detroit Lions Rookies multi day etiquette training, I do not attest to being a football fanatic. So my first reaction to this shirt was an eye roll (in my mind).
Of course, I was walking alongside my husband who thought that the shirt was the absolutely best thing he had seen this year.
We are a household who listens to sports talk radio pretty much every day, even when the sport of choice (football) isn’t in season. So as you can imagine, we’re almost always on sports overload during every season of the year.
Now, let’s be clear. I knew EXACTLY what I was signing up for when marrying a sports aficionado a few years ago, so I keep most of my griping to myself. More importantly, when an eye roll starts to try to make an appearance, I remind myself that my husband isn’t the only one who has some borderline obsessive behavior, as it relates to thing things he enjoys doing. My love for cheese, deep house music and all things etiquette can sometimes border on obsessive as well. Despite this, I can say that there is a continual purposeful attempt to not over expose (or annoy) each other with our own individual likes, loves and obsessions. (READ MORE)...

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So, How’d You Do?

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Photo Courtesy of: Sports Grid

Photo Courtesy of: Sports Grid

Now that one of the biggest sports weekends of the year is over, it’s time to rate yourself! How did you do? Were you in compliance? Well, Scarlet has to throw in her draft pick choices! We’re not talking about the player choices… we’ll leave that up to you! Let’s talk about the draft party pick choices. As you prepare to have people over later this year, or even engage in conversation about who you think will go to which team, consider these few things:

  • Having People Over? : Where will your guests sit? The NFL draft is a lengthy process. Think through where people will sit. Now, this doesn’t have to be a fancy affair where you rent out fancy chivari chairs and such. Some bean bags and folding chairs will likely do.
  • Engaging In Debate: Debates are fine. I mean, who doesn’t get rowled up about a great player coming to their home team?! But, don’t let your passion for the game result in ruining a friendship or two. Debate…in moderation please.
  • Food. Drink. BYOB. : If you’re inviting a few folks over, plan to at least have a few snacks for them to nibble on. Don’t feel indebted to laying out a four course meal, but remember that for many, the draft starts during peak dinner time. You might even consider having guests bring a dish or beverage to keep the party going.
  • Are You An Internet Thug?: Avoid being that human that uses the internet to post, say, share and communicate things that you know you wouldn’t say in real life. Some friendly back and forth banter and maybe even some good old fashioned smack talk is OK, but when you seek to cross the offensive line or make personal jabs about someone, you’ve probably gone too far.
  • Bring Something: If you are lucky enough to be invited over to an NFL Draft Party, bring something…anything. There are always the safe go to’s for this kind of shin dig like: wine, beer, chips, pretzels, dip, salsa, etc! If you know the host(s) well, do go out on a limb and bring something that you know they’d like. Whatever you do, just don’t go empty handed.

Enjoy your many other sports weekends this year!

I’ll see you again soon!

SC

– Scarlet


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Your 2015 Super Bowl Etiquette Guide

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Did someone say party? OH YES! Hosting and attending a good shindig is right up my alley! This weekend is THE weekend of one of the most anticipated weekends for a good old-fashioned gathering in celebration of Super Bowl XLIX! If you’re hosting or accepting an invitation to a Super Bowl Party, please go, eat, drink, root, cheer and most importantly, ensure that you’ll be invited to the next party by following Scarlet’s 5 simple rules.

  1. Bring something – Just bring SOMETHING! You have such a variety of something options – chips, wine, beer, cupcakes, a cigar, napkins, cups,etc. Listen…don’t say that Scarlet never told you that it is essential that you bring something to a house party. Sometimes the host might even say, “don’t worry about bringing anything”, but trust me, you’ll get some extra points (that you might need one day) if you bring a little something special. It may not even be something that would be used that day. Your gift is a simple way of saying, “thank you for hosting this party, buying all these food and drinks, putting up with all these loud and sometimes obnoxious people and for cleaning up this mess when we’ve all left. If you’re really struggling with what to bring, just ask the host or even ask us! Leave a comment and we’ll be happy to help you out, but whatever you do, don’t come empty-handed!
  2. Don’t be obnoxious – I’ll be the first person to say that I am competitive and I love a good match of pretty much anything – cards, playground games, board games, family games (especially Taboo) and any other game you can think of. But, there must be limits to the competitive spirit. Refrain from hollering, rooting or being overly loud for the entire game. Trust me. You might feel cool, but these actions are slowing inching you out of future invitations.
  3. It’s a party, so PARTY! – We all have bad days, weeks months and even years, but if you accept an invitation to a PARTY, leave the “ba humbug” at the door. This is even your opportunity to make yourself feel better! Whatever is going on in your life is probably still going to be going on after the party is over, so give yourself permission to enjoy the party, take a break from the stress and enjoy the company of those around you.
  4. Eat (and drink)…in moderation Eating – I encourage you to get full, but if food is falling off the sides of the plate, because you’ve stacked it high like Mt. Everest in one visit to the food table, you should reassess. Let me let you in on a little secret, you can go back for more later. Save yourself the embarrassment of picking up dropped food on the floor or avoidable spills. Make a plate for what you can safely carry and go back for more later. Drinking As far as the drinking, know your limits when it comes to alcohol. This is a Super Bowl party, not a slumber party and no one wants to baby sit or make a pallet for you to stay the night because you drank too much. Keep it classy. Don’t take the drinking too far! It’s a definite way to say, “please don’t invite me back again”.
  5. Mess it up? Clean it up! – Remember that the host is there to make you more comfortable. You have not hired them to be your maid. If you use cups, plate or napkins, when you’re done, throw them out. If you mistakenly spill something, help clean it up. If you really want some extra points and will be around near the end of the event, ask if the host needs some help. It shouldn’t be an expectation that you’ll turn into the maid as a result of accepting the party invitation, but do what you can to ensure that you’ve shown your gratitude for the invite!

Scarlet Says… have a great, safe, competitive and magical time at this weekend’s Super Bowl gatherings.

Until next time,

Scarlet

SC


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Scarlet’s NFL Draft Picks

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NFL DRAFT

Photo Credit: turnonthejets.com

You can almost smell it in the air! The first sign of the return of the NFL season is only a few days away. On Thursday, May 8th, the first round of the NFL Draft begins. Are you planning to make an evening of it? Well, Scarlet has to throw in her draft pick choices! We’re not talking about the player choices… we’ll leave that up to you! Let’s talk about the draft party pick choices. As you prepare to have people over, or even engage in conversation about who you think will go to which team, consider these few things:

  • Having People Over? : Where will your guests sit? The NFL draft is a lengthy process. Think through where people will sit. Now, this doesn’t have to be a fancy affair where you rent out fancy chivari chairs and such. Some bean bags and folding chairs will likely do.
  • Engaging In Debate: Debates are fine. I mean, who doesn’t get rowled up about a great player coming to their home team?! But, don’t let your passion for the game result in ruining a friendship or two. Debate…in moderation please.
  • Food. Drink. BYOB. : If you’re inviting a few folks over, plan to at least have a few snacks for them to nibble on. Don’t feel indebted to laying out a four course meal, but remember that for many, the draft starts during peak dinner time. You might even consider having guests bring a dish or beverage to keep the party going.
  • Are You An Internet Thug?: Avoid being that human that uses the internet to post, say, share and communicate things that you know you wouldn’t say in real life. Some friendly back and forth banter and maybe even some good old fashioned smack talk is OK, but when you seek to cross the offensive line or make personal jabs about someone, you’ve probably gone too far.
  • Bring Something: If you are lucky enough to be invited over to an NFL Draft Party, bring something…anything. There are always the safe go to’s for this kind of shin dig like: wine, beer, chips, pretzels, dip, salsa, etc! If you know the host(s) well, do go out on a limb and bring something that you know they’d like. Whatever you do, just don’t go empty handed.

Enjoy your draft party experiences this week!

I’ll see you again soon!

– Scarlet


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