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Jul 17th, 2011

Crop Over Festival Calendar 2011

Crop Over is the liveliest time of the year in Barbados as people let go of all inhibitions and enjoy themselves to the maximum.  With a variety of events surrounding the festival ranging from culinary contests to art exhibitions, calypso competitions to literary nights, parties and open air concerts, the atmosphere is extremely charged with excitement.

Take a look at some of the events during the last 2 weeks of the festival so you can plan your outings strategically:-

Fri, Jul 22 7:00 p.m. Pic-O-De Crop Semi-finals Garfield Sobers Gymnasium
Sat, Jul 23 9:00 a.m. Junior Kadooment National Stadium
Sat, Jul 23 7:00 p.m. Scotiabank Jr. Calypso Monarch Finals Garfield Sobers Gymnasium
Sun, Jul 24 1:00 p.m. Soca Royale
(Sweet Soca Monarch and Party Monarch Finals)
Bushy Park
Tue, Jul 26 8:00 p.m. Folk  Heritage Concert Charles Fort, Hilton Barbados
Fri, Jul 29 6:00 p.m. Bridgetown Market Spring Garden
Fri, Jul 29 8:00 p.m. Pic-O-De Crop Finals Kensington Oval
Sat, Jul 30 2:00 a.m. Foreday Morning Jam Carlisle Car Park
Sat, Jul 30 9:00 a.m. Bridgetown Market Spring Garden
Sun, Jul 31 8:00 p.m. Cohobblopot Kensington Oval
Mon, Aug 1 8:00 a.m. Grand Kadooment and Emancipation Day Warrens to Spring Garden
Fri, Aug 5 Crop Over Visual Arts Exhibition ends
Jul 17th, 2011

Rihanna gets LOUD in Barbados

Rihanna will perform in front of her home crowd in a massive event to be staged on August 5, 2011. Held at the Kensington Oval, this performance is expected to be the concert of the year locally, as Rihanna will give it her all.

Coming on the heels of the island’s Crop Over Festival, Rihanna’s concert will attract visitors from far and wide.  Many have adjusted their schedules to ensure that they are here for what will be an unforgettable event.

It is expected that tickets will be sold out soon but get them while stocks last at several of the box offices island wide.  They are available at US$62.50 (grounds), US$32.50 (Hall & Griffith Stand, Hewitt & Inniss Stand, 3Ws Stand), US$150 (VIP), US$250 (Luxury VIP)

Apr 3rd, 2010

Graduation Scrapbook: Ideas for Secondary School Memories

Is your child graduating this year? The time seems to go by so fast. It often seems like only yesterday that our graduates started kindergarten. Now they are graduating secondary school and will be off to college by fall. It’s important to preserve and document those special final moments of secondary school in a graduation scrapbook.

You may already have a school scrapbooking album for your child, but secondary school graduation memories can fill an entire scrapbook. Dedicate one album for this special occasion. It doesn’t need to be a large album, but one that can accommodate professional portraits might be important if you plan to include the sittings for senior pictures.

Senior pictures are usually taken the summer before a student’s senior year. Still, they deserve a page in a graduation album. Use your favorite pose or the one used in the high school yearbook for your graduation scrapbook’s title page.

There’s so much to include in a graduation scrapbook. Reserve one copy of your child’s graduation announcement and showcase it on a page. Following that page, include cards and letters from family and friends, especially ones with graduation advice. You might even include a letter from you with a personal message to the graduate. Write your hopes and dreams for their future along with advice you wish you would have been given on graduation day.

If your child is receiving a special award or honor at the graduation ceremony, be sure to design a page to highlight this accomplishment. Once the graduation is over, either include the original certificate in the album or make a copy.

Is your child giving a speech at the graduation ceremony? Take some pictures of your child preparing and practicing for the speech. Save his notes, including drafts, and use them on a page layout.

Newspapers often cover graduations. Clip articles from your local paper for a graduation scrapbook page. If you or another family member have placed a congratulations newspaper ad for your graduate, make a photocopy of it to preserve it in the album. Newspaper articles tend to fade over time, and copies will last longer.

Graduation is full of photo opportunities. Think about the photos you want in your child’s graduation scrapbook, and make a list before the celebration starts. Pictures of the ceremony are important, but so are photos of your child with his friends, family and teachers.

Mementos of secondary school graduates should include the program from the graduation ceremony. Try to preserve more than one copy to use on a graduation scrapbook page to show both the cover and the inside as much as possible.

Take lots of candid shots during graduation parties. You may not be attending some of these parties. So be sure to send along a camera with your graduate and plan to exchange photos with his friends too. You’ll have a lot more photos to choose from if you share them.

You may want to include a copy of your graduate’s final report card or grade transcripts. A nice complement to this would be a copy of the acceptance letter to the university he plans to attend.

As a final closing page to a graduation scrapbook, design a page around a photo of him leaving for university. You might also choose to close the scrapbook with two photos that show how he has grown. Place a picture of his first day of kindergarten next to a graduation picture.

A graduation scrapbook will become a family heirloom. You don’t need to make it complicated. The most important part of a graduation scrapbook is to preserve and document your graduate’s special day.

AUTHOR: Christine Perry

Mar 24th, 2010

Types of Baby Showers

Surprise Baby Showers – If you are thinking of hosting a surprise baby shower, you must have the help of those close to the Mommy-to-Be to determine her needs and wants for the baby. The guest list will also need to be planned very carefully, checking it with a close relative or friend to ensure you haven’t left anyone out close to the Mommy-to-Be. Although the surprise baby shower is not traditional, sometimes it is nice for a second baby shower (if the Mommy-to-Be is going to have a second) to throw a surprise baby shower.

Keep in mind that surprise baby showers can be stressful for the Mommy-to-Be as well as the planners, since you need to en sure you invite the right people without asking, and pick an available time when the Mommy-to-Be and family will be around. Usually surprise baby shower is not the first baby shower, but if there are going to be multiple showers then this can be fun! No matter whether the baby shower is a surprise or not, keep in mind that it is for the mom!

A non-surprise baby shower is a safer bet, since it gives you a chance to review the guest list with the Mommy-to-Be and also allows the Mommy-to-Be to register for gifts and let the host know if there is anything particular needed for the baby. Regardless of whether the baby shower is a surprise or not, remember it is for the Mommy-to-Be! Make sure she has a comfy chair to sit in, someone to hand her gifts, her favorite food and plenty of help getting the gifts to her car and into her home. It’s her special day!

Couples Baby Shower – Baby showers have always tended to be for women, with women and about women, but times are changing. Fathers are now taking a more active role in planning for the new baby and might feel left out in the baby shower party celebrations. If you are considering a Couples Baby Shower Invitations the big consideration is to make the men feel welcome and comfortable.

You should limit the cutesy baby shower decorations for the couples baby shower, and the food shouldn’t be all dainty either. You might consider a BBQ, giant sub sandwiches, pizza or a deli style buffet. Since you are all there to have a good time, structure is much less important. You will want to have name tags with the relationship to the parents-to-be if you are mixing people who know each other with those who don’t, and make sure you have a large, special name tag for the Mommy-to-Be.

There are also appropriate gifts for the Daddy-to-Be like a “coach” t-shirt, so don’t forget about him. Baby Shower favors can be given, but give something that would be appreciated by the couple, like candles and food items which are always a good choice. Other ideas are to make cookies with baby themed cookie cutters, then frost them with the baby’s name (if known) or a question mark and the couple’s last name. You could wrap the cookies in cellophane and put them next to a cute baking favor like the baby shower rolling pin recipe cardholder. You could even put a recipe for the cookies behind the card that’s included with the favor! (What man does not love cookies!)

Couples baby shower games should be funny and easy for all guests. You can take the couples first names and determine how many baby names can be derived from the letters. A prize can be given for the funniest name and the most names devised. Always a great game is to fill baby bottles with a favorite beverage and see who can empty the bottle first. Have all of the couple baby shower guests bring their baby pictures, number them and see who can guess the most correctly.

The couples baby shower prizes should be something silly, like Nerf basketball sets or Frisbees. Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures and put someone in charge of videotaping so that the pictures and video tapes can be given to the new parents. Couples baby showers can be a great way to combine a baby shower celebration and an evening out with friends. When sending the couples baby shower invitations, be sure and indicate that it is a baby shower for couples.

Baby Showers for the second . . . or More child – Although baby showers have traditionally been for first time parents, it is becoming more common for family, friends or co-workers to have a baby shower for the second child, third child or beyond. It’s wonderful to hold babyshowers for second and third babies, since they deserve special recognition too! Parents will appreciate new clothes for the baby, particularly if they are having a different gender child from their other children.

Baby shower gifts of time are also very welcome! New moms will appreciate your assistance with household chores, a gift of babysitting or some home-cooked meals brought to her house. It’s also a great idea to give something to the parents for themselves, like tickets to a movie, a gift certificate for dinner at a restaurant or items mom can use to pamper herself, like body lotion, candles, pretty soaps or maybe even a good book of short stories. When planning these type baby showers, the safest route to take is to ask the expectant parents what items they have and what they need. When sending the Baby Shower Invitations be sure and indicate that it is a second, third, fourth child baby shower.

Baby Showers for Single Moms – Baby Showers for single moms are perfectly acceptable and always a good idea. Single moms will need extra support, and a baby shower will allow her family friends to show their support. Here, gifts of your time and energy will be ideal and appreciated.

Welcome Home Baby Shower – A welcome home baby shower is an “after the fact” baby shower of the little one being born! This baby shower is not your traditional party or baby shower, but a great way for people who could not attend the baby shower to join in the fun. The biggest drawback to a welcome home baby shower is that the new parents are usually overwhelmed with the new baby and usually want some time alone.

The welcome home baby showers are mostly held a month or two after the baby is born to give the parents time to adjust. The nice thing about welcome home baby showers is that the Mommy-to-Be can tell her host and guests what she still needs for the baby, so it is a great way for her to get all the essentials she still does not have for the new baby. When you send custom welcome home baby shower invitations, be sure to indicate that it is a welcome home baby shower. And don’t forget your matching welcome home baby shower thank you cards with the same theme as your welcome home baby shower cards.

You can view lot of printable Baby Shower Announcements, popular Baby Shower Invitations and printed Baby Shower Cards, add your personal message, along with your favorite fonts, ink color and then Preview your personalized baby card. This process allows you to see your baby card before you buy!

AUTHOR: Sarah Porter

Mar 19th, 2010

Barbados’ Top Five Must-Do Activities

Of all the Caribbean islands, Barbados boasts the most repeat visitors. If you’re one of them then you know why: exquisite beauty, friendly people, mind-blowing beaches.

Other activities to help you fall in love with Barbados are these:

1. Swim with the turtles. These gentle giants swim effortlessly through the clear blue sea and aren’t shy about coming up and welcoming visitors to their island. To be guaranteed you’ll find them, take a catamaran day cruise. Companies such as Tiami and Stiletto take you out around 10 a.m. and show you the most beautiful snorkeling spots along the west coast of the island (they’ll have you back at your accommodation by 3). The staff on board the cats are friendly and helpful and feed you a fabulous Bajan lunch, too. But the highlight of the trip is, hands-down, swimming with the giant turtles.

2. Eat out! Dining out is an activity unto itself in Barbados. Try the new seaside restaurant Tapas in Hastings along the south coast or the venerable and romantic Josef’s in St Lawrence Gap. From casual Mexican (Cafe Sol in St Lawrence Gap) to the pricey fine-dining offered by the Cliff (on the west coast), there’s something for everyone (and everyone’s budget).

3. Scuba and snorkel. Roger’s will get you set up with Scuba gear and take you out on their boats to find the best spots. For snorkeling, you can do it when you’re on a catamaran cruise — or just buy a snorkel and mask and head out to a west- or south-coast beach. The water’s as clear as a glass of water and there are plenty of friendly fish and coral to see. (We don’t have sharks in Barbados.)

4. Surf. Check out the local surf shops for lessons; it’s a blast to try at least once in your life. Warning: The east coast of the island is for expert surfers only; the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the shore here — it’s not safe to go into the water along the east coast. There’s plenty of safe, fun surfing along the south and west costs of the island.

5. Drive. Rent a Moke (an open-air jeep) and explore. The island is safe and fun and, if you get lost (and on our winding roads you probably will), locals are happy to provide directions. Drive up to the north of the island — the cliffs along the parish of St Lucy are dramatic — then down the east coast to Bathsheba where you’ll witness the force of nature in the Atlantic Ocean. Stop for a libation at Round House overlooking the dare-devil surfers. Breathe in the fresh sea air and enjoy life in Barbados.

AUTHOR: Jane Shattuck

Mar 15th, 2010

Finding a Good DJ? What to Ask when Interviewing DJ’s!

Putting together a party, especially for large group affairs, can be a hassle. Sometimes, you get flustered and think that you’ll never get everything you need ready in time for the social event. You have catering to deal with, reserving a location, invitations, and most importantly, the DJ. How do you know what DJ to choose?

First of all, you need to know what questions to ask, besides how much the DJ charges. That is only one aspect of determining who to hire. The first and foremost question should be if the DJ is insured and can provide proof of liability. You don’t want to be responsible if something goes wrong with his equipment. Secondly, you should ask if the DJ is going to be using professional equipment. Though this doesn’t mean that he will be talented, it does guarantee that the sound system will be of professional quality and not embarrassing. If using professional equipment, then failure is rare, but the DJ should have back up equipment available at the facility in case of a malfunction.

The next considerations are regarding the music in general. You should be able to discuss the musical selection with the DJ prior to the party, making sure that he or she can provide the song list that you require. Also find out if the DJ is prepared to take requests or not this is something that is greatly appreciated at any event. Also, make sure that the DJ is aware of the type of party you are planning and that he is familiar with the proper procedures and etiquette for this type of party. Most DJ’s also MC the event in question, so you’ll want to be sure that the DJ you hire has experience with whatever type of event you are holding.

Make sure that the DJ is allowing the proper amount of set up time required. In most cases, the DJ should be completely set up with all equipment ready to function and music waiting when the first guest arrives. Typically, this takes at least an hour. Review the proper attire for the event and be certain that the DJ is prepared to dress appropriately. Whether the party requires formal wear, is themed, or is even a costume party, the DJ should blend in.

Be sure to set up a written contract. You don’t want anyone backing out on a “word of mouth” deal. Everything should be documented, including price, services provided, and requested services. Also, note that prices can vary widely from DJ to DJ. Keep in mind that the cost will cover not only the event but all of the planning involved, which can add up to 20 or 30 hours of the DJ’s time.

If you adhere to these questions, chances are that you’ll choose a great DJ who will provide the appropriate entertainment for your event and please your guests. So don’t be overly stressed about the matter; relax and enjoy yourself!

Author: Timothy Rea

Mar 15th, 2010

Bachelorette Party Games

Bachelorette Party Games

Bachelorette party games have begun to grow in popularity over the last 50 years as women began having more wild and outrageous bachelorette parties – similar to the celebrations that men have. Party games for bachelorette parties are a lot like bridal shower party games since they test how well the attendees know the bride-to-be. The main difference is that while bridal shower games are fun in their own right, bachelorette party games usually add some debauchery and mischief into the mix.

Balloon Pop

Balloon Pop is a perfect way to involve several kinds of games. The objective of the basic balloon pop game is for the attendees to pop balloons to try to get to the strip of paper that is found inside. The winner of this bachelorette party game is the person who pops the balloon that reveals the paper with the bachelorette’s name.

Balloon pop games for a bachelorette party can easily be spiced up by having dares written on the strips of paper, such as “dance with a stranger” if your party plans on painting the town that night. Another funny option might be to have everyone write something down on the strips of paper, then blow the balloons up and have people pick one to pop and read, beginning the sentences with “On the honeymoon night…” This is a great bachelorette party idea that can be changed to fit the bachelorette’s preferences.

Who Knows the Bachelorette Best

This bachelorette party game will reveal once and for all which guest at the bachelorette party knows the bride-to-be best.

  1. All attendees will be asked to answer a list of questions about the bride to be.
  2. The bachelorette will first fill out the questionnaire, and then leave the room while the guests answer all the bachelorette party game questions on the list.
  3. The bachelorette returns and the questions and correct answers are read out loud.
  4. The winner of the game is the woman with the most correct answers.

The list of questions can be as clean or dirty as you’d like. If you want to make it very interesting and maybe embarrass the bachelorette a bit, tailor the questions so they ask personal, mischievous questions about the bride to be and her groom. The bachelorette party game questions will certainly get the party started, and you might learn something about your friend that you never knew!

“I Never”

A must- have staple at bachelorette parties around the globe is “I Never,” by far the most interesting of bachelorette games.

  1. The bride-to-be and guests sit in a circle.
  2. Each person either has something to drink or tokens of some kind (think candy or pretzels) in hand.
  3. The first person starts with an “I Never” statement like “I never shoplifted.” Anyone who has shoplifted before has to take a drink of their drink, or put one of their tokens into the center.
  4. Then the next person comes up with a different statement, and it continues around the circle as each person comes up with a creative and sometimes funny “I Never” statement.
  5. When someone runs out of a drink or their tokens, they’re out of the game, and the last person in the circle is the winner.

Better hope that you have been a good girl, and have “never” done anything naughty!

Guess What’s in the Bag

A game that can lead to rather risqué answers is the Guess What’s in the Bag bachelorette game.

  1. The hostess should begin with a brown paper bag.
  2. The first step is to secretly place an object into the brown paper bag. This can be any object the hostess desires- either clean or somewhat naughty.
  3. The bachelorette then puts her hand inside the bag for ten to thirty seconds. As the bachelorette feels what the item inside is, she is also describing it to the guests.
  4. The guests guess what the object is, and whatever guest correctly guesses what the item is gets to keep it as their prize.

Feel free to put any item in the bag, personal or otherwise. Don’t forget to use things of funky shapes and sizes to throw off the bachelorette and the guests! And hostesses, don’t put something in the brown bag that you aren’t ready to part ways with!

Party Prizes

As with any other party, bachelorette party prizes should fit the theme of the party. If the hostess decides to throw an elegant and clean bachelorette dinner party, the favors should be of the same elegant taste. These prizes don’t have to break the bank, but should show that some thought and time went into preparing them.

Some excellent ideas for bachelorette party gifts for any type party are bath soaps, a somewhat naughty gift bag, nicely scented sachets for between the sheets or in a clothing drawer, a fun girl’s night out picture frame, or perhaps a calming candle that can be a romantic mood setter or a decorative piece.

Make sure you get all the girls together by sending out evites for the party! This is an easy way to get the word out and track RSVPs.

Author: Jaime Smith

Mar 12th, 2010

How to Prepare for a Family Reunion

To organize a family reunion you have to keep certain things in mind. To plan a family reunion it takes time, commitment, and planning. Make a list of the following items like the date, invitations, location, travel and lodging, facilities, food, mailing list, program and format, finances, local transportation, communications etc.

First step in family reunion is to decide whom are you inviting in the family. Decide whether you are inviting only close relatives or direct line relatives or even your cousins, second cousins etc. Second step is to collect email addresses of those people who have them. Just contact at least one person from each branch of the family so that you can collect information for each person. Try to form a reunion committee. Choose five persons from your family so that they can take some responsibility. Tell them to take charge of location, social events, budget, record-keeping etc. why you take responsibility of everything when people are there to help you.

Try to choose a date that is comfortable to everyone. One thing you need to remember is if people come from a far off place then the reunion should last for a longer period. Remember that you won’t be able to accommodate everyone. Try to choose a place which is easily accessible and affordable to people who want to attend. Budget will determine the food expenses, decorations, accommodations and other activities. One more that can interest people to attend a reunion is create a theme. It makes things more fun when you are imaginative with food, games, activities etc. when the guests have arrived, you may think what to do with them. You should make arrangements for tents, chairs, programs, t-shirts; parking decorations etc. when the family members attend the reunion just hire a professional photographer who will take photos or videos.

Once most of your work is over, it’s time to invite guests by mail, or phone. This should be done well in advance so that the guests get enough time to plan their reunion. If you are charging any admission fees, just mention that in your invitation and set a deadline by which at least a percentage of the ticket price is received. Create ways of raising money include selling family hats, t-shirts, books or reunion videos. Once the location, guest list and other important work is completed, and then better send all the family members a schedule of reunion events so that they can arrive on time. You can send this message through email or reunion website in advance. The big day is almost going to arrive and you want that it does smoothly. Create easy to ready signs to point arriving guests to registration, parking and important locations such as bathrooms. Keep a guest book so that you will know who has come and collect their address for future reference. Designate a volunteer who will send out a post union newsletter with stories, photos and news items from the reunion. Family reunions are never forgotten by family members.

Author: Ron Victor