'Tis the Season to be SOCIAL!

Fifi's Restaurant
Holiday Luncheon & Fashion Show
featuring Elegant Rags Boutique
Thursday, December 10th
11:30 Social Hour
12:30 Fashion Show & Luncheon
$23/ person
Reservations 419-866-6777

Toledo Opera Guild Holiday House
"Walk the Hills"
Thursday, December 10th
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Starting location: Wildwood Metropark's Ward Pavilion, 4830 Central Ave.
Tickets: $18.00 before December 10th @ Kroger Stores
or Toledo Opera Guild Office
$30.00 at the Ward Pavilion

The Toledo Club's
Holiday Christmas Trees
Public Viewing December 7th & 8th, 15th & 16th
Contact: Nancy LaFountaine
Catering & Banquet Manager


Toledo Botanical Garden's
Heralding the Holidays 
The garden in winter, an array of locally made gifts to choose from, spiced cider, hot chocolate and a visit from St. Nick!
Resident artists’ groups will demonstrate techniques and sell their work.
5-9 p.m. Dec. 4th
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5th
and noon-5 Dec. 6th
Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr.
(419) 536-5566 or http://www.toledogarden.org/.

Fire & Ice
Firenation Holiday Party
Saturday, December 12th
7 - 10 p.m.
7166 Front Street, Holland, Ohio
(419) 866-6288

Tours de Noel
Old West End Historic Home Tours
Five Old West End homes, decorated for the holidays, will be open for lookie-lous and idea-seekers; plus, a gift boutique at Park Lane Luxury Apartments (142 23rd St.) will be open, Cafe at the Park will serve meals and entertainment will permeate the day.
Dec. 6th
Historic Old West End, Collingwood Boulevard and Bancroft and Monroe streets.

Holidays in the Manor House
Area groups and individuals decorate for the season in “one of Toledo’s grandest homes.”
 Dec. 6th - 13th 
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave.
(419) 535-3056.

Wood County Historical Center
Holiday Melting Pot Christmas Tour & Tea
Enjoy the sights and sounds of holidays gone by with a special menu of
International Teas and goodies.
Dec. 10 and 17
2 p.m.
13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green.

Toledo Zoo's
Lights Before Christmas
So many lights, you’ll think it’s daytime. Or dusk, at least.
Illuminated animal images, an 85-foot tree more incandescent than the one at Rockefeller, ice-carving demonstrations, carolers, model trains, “dancing lights” and the Man in Red™ make this event a Toledo tradition.
5-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 5-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays
through Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 24-25),
2700 Broadway
(419) 385-4040 or toledozoo.org



Whether you need a cocktail to get through the stress of making dinner
or the craziness of hosting dinner,
here are a few delish savers!

Pumpkin Pie

- 1 oz. Malibu Rum
- 3/4 oz. canned pumpkin pie filling
- 1/2 oz. Kahlua
- 2 oz. with cold milk
Garnish: sprinkle of cinnamon
Mix ingredients in blender with ice and blend thoroughly;
Pour into graham cracker-rimmed highball glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Pumpkin French 75

- 1 oz. Plymouth Gin
- 1 oz. Pumpkin Puree
- 1 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon juice
- 1 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
- Champagne
Shake all ingredients (except Champagne) in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Strain the mixture into a Champagne flute.
Top with chilled Champagne and serve.

Cranberry Punch

- 2 cups red wine
- 1 cup vodka
- 1/4 cup spiced rum
- 1/2 cup Ocean Spray Ruby Tangerine Grapefruit Juice Drink, chilled
- 2 cups Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry Raspberry Cranberry Juice Drink, chilled
- 1/2 cup green or red grapes, sliced in half
- 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 apple, sliced
- 1 cup sparkling water or club soda
Combine wine, vodka, spiced rum and juices in a punch bowl.
Add fruit and chill. Add sparking water just before serving.
Makes approximately 10 5-ounce servings.


In the hustle and bustle of planning your Thanksgiving menu and table decor, don't forget about the infamous "kiddie table". In order to ensure a pleasurable meal with the "adults" at your Thanksgiving feast, be sure to create a table that is sure to hold their attention and interest. Make the table crafty, and add crafts and activities along with it.

Here are some of my favorite ideas:
- No linens needed. Drape the table in large craft paper and add crayons to their tablesettings.
- Or if you are on the go for Thanksgiving, bring some coloring book-style place matts so they can add their own style to their meal.
- While you're cooking, have the kids make crafty place settings and napkin rings. See some of my favorites above. Some of the best are made with items around the house or yard like TP rolls and pine cones.
- Make turkey-leg party hats with paper bags or tall pilgrim hats with craft paper.
- Save the China for the adults. Pottery Barn Kids and other homestores have charming plates to enhance the atmosphere at the table.

Whether your kids are 2 or 99, it will surely be a hit!