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Tea Time

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“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing. Except they pronounce it 'ting'. You don't need a ting.

Well, she says then, I was going to get myself some anyway, so it would be no trouble.

Ah, you say, well, if you were going to get yourself some, I wouldn't mind a spot of tea, at that, so long as it's no trouble and I can give you a hand in the kitchen. Then you go through the whole thing all over again until you both end up in the kitchen drinking tea and chatting.

In America, someone asks you if you want a cup of tea, you say no, and then you don't get any damned tea.

I liked the Irish way better.”

― C.E. Murphy, Urban Shaman





















A "Tent"-ion to Details-Party Tent Rental

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Now that the snow has melted and party season is coming quickly, you may be looking forward to spring (I know we are) and considering having a backyard bash. 

Celebrating outdoors with family & friends can be a wonderful way to welcome spring-but as with any type of outdoor event, its a good idea to plan for the unexpected, such as weather.

If you have a large home that can easily accommodate your guests, then weather may not be an issue, however for those who may have a smaller dwelling, keep in mind that a tent can be a viable option for your event. 
Party tents come in all styles & sizes - to fit 20-200 people, and can be simple or decorated with chandeliers; with or without a bar or dance floor, depending on your event and your budget. 
Generally speaking, there are 2 (basic) tent types:

Self-supporting: This metal frame tent is usually about 40 feet in length and are recommended for hard, level surfaces, such as patios. This type works best for smaller events & parties.

Pol…

The Power of the Peacock: Why a Peacock?

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We have had some recent questions as to what made us decide to use a Peacock as our mascot, rather than a maid, vacuum cleaner or mop, and what do we mean when we say, "The Power of the Peacock"
We made a short video on this topic, but wanted to also summarize in our own words.





The decision to use the Peacock was not random! 

When I started my original company (20 years ago) I wanted it to be as unique as the clients I served, and to be able to leave a lasting impression on everyone I worked with. Over time, Eclectic Domestics has developed into something very close to what I imagined. The Peacock with its stunning plumage and distinctly unique call, reminds me to keep striving towards offering the customized services my clients ask for.

As far as other Peacock symbolism:


Greek Mythology: the Goddess Hera is said to have given the Peacock "many eyes"- (representing our eye for detail.)Chinese Legend: the perfect blending of plumage colors represents harmony. (We maint…

Boursin Cheese Spread

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When we are asked to help plan spring & summer ‪‎picnics‬ and other family ‪‎gatherings‬, One of our most requested appetizers is our Boursin ‪Cheese‬ Spread. This delicious treat is not for those of you watching your cholesterol, so the trick is to not over-indulge, and just eat a small amount of it. Its a perfect compliment to ham or prosciutto, and delicious served on a toasted baguette, pita chips or crackers. You and your guests will love it! This Recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups, and takes 2-3 days of 'aging' for the flavors to blend. 8 oz cream cheese softened,
1/2 cup butter softened,
1 TBS lemon juice or white wine,
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce,
1/2 tsp dry or dijon mustard,
1 TBS parsley, finely minced,
1 TBS fresh chives, minced,
1/2 tsp dried tarragon,
1 garlic clove finely minced,
1/4 tsp dill weed,
Dash of freshly ground black pepper. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mash together with a fork until blended.  Then, stir with a spoon until well mixed.  Place in refrige…

Moscato Lemonade (For Grownups!)

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This "Lemonade for Grownups" not only looks pretty, but is so refreshing! 

Now all we need is for someone to have a brunch, a shower or just throw a party so my Bartenders can make a pitcher or two of these! 
Who wants to book a party?


What would you serve with this refreshing cocktail?
(Put your answers in the comments!)


Aloha Spring!

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The Luau has to be the most requested theme party in our archives! I don't know a single person who does not have some fascination with tiki-bars, tropical flowers, hula dancers and other things Hawaiian.

Interestingly enough, the Luau of today is much different from when they began.

In ancient times, Hawaiian men and women ate their meals separately, as it was forbidden according to religious rites. In addition, commoners and women were forbidden from eating certain types of food delicacies.

Then, sometime around 1819, this practice was ended (thank goodness!) by King Kamehameha II.

At that time, a symbolic feast was organized, where the king ate a meal with the women of the island, The luau was born, named after the main dish that was served, a favorite of islanders. (Young, tender taro leaves combined with chicken baked in coconut milk-and called luau. Find a modern version of this recipe here: Chicken Luau, )

If you are thinking of throwing a luau for a special birthday or graduate…

Quick Guide: How to Safely Clean your Screens

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Electronics are a part of our lives. With constant use, dust, dirt and fingerprints are bound to build up on those screens. But you can't just grab a bottle of Glass Cleaner and spray away. Removing dust and dirt from electronic screens requires the right tools as well as the right touch. 

Whether you’re trying to keep the dust particles off of your computer monitor, or the fingerprints off of your iPad, when you clean them incorrectly it could damage them permanently. There are many sites on the internest giving incorrect information on this! Here is our quick guide to safely cleaning your screens.
Cleaning screens correctly will extend its life and keep it from malfunctioning. Dust is one thing, but grease, dirt and oils from your (or your kid's) fingers, is another story. So here are the top two things you DON'T want to do: DON'T spray glass cleaner or any other fluid, (especially  alcohol or ammonia-based) directly onto the screen. Modern flat screen monitors are made…

What are Craft Cocktails?

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What exactly are Craft Cocktails? You may or may not have heard this term, but many do not recognize the distinction between a classic cocktail and a craft cocktail.

Craft Cocktail is one where every element is tailored, by hand, specifically to the drink. This might include special glassware, custom syrups or ice cubes, unexpected flavor combinations, and always includes high end ingredients.

It takes care and skill to mix craft cocktails, so if you are looking to serve specialty or signature cocktails at your next event, be sure to ask questions and inquire if your bartender has experience in this area before you hire him or her.


To learn more, please visit the links below:

Elements of Craft Cocktails

Signs of a Fake Craft Cocktail Bar

Craft Cocktails are his Superpower


To hire our serve staff or one of our professional bartenders for your next event, please contact us!


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Kid's Party Menu Planning for Food Sensitivities

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If you are planning a child's party, one of the things to keep at the front of your mind, is that statistically speaking, your child probably knows at least 1 or 2 classmates or friends with food allergies. This may affect how you will need to plan for your child's birthday menu.

The key here is to offer an allergy-free option or two and include the children with allergies, without drawing further attention to their dietary needs.

The best advice I can offer is to just ask. Ask if there are any dietary restrictions, (for example, with a peanut allergy, you would be sure to look at menu items and ingredients carefully. If you are planning a candy or dessert buffet, you would be sure that the candy did not contain nor was made in a plant that processes peanuts. ) and if there is something you can offer instead.

Below are some great articles addressing birthdays and food sensitivities. I encourage you to share this post with anyone in your immediate whom you think might find this he…

Party Planning Basics: Plan Ahead

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Party and event coordination entails so many skills and tasks that I never imagined I would need, but if asked which one skill I have utilized the most, I would have to say it would be planning & visionary skills. 

I have always been one to plan ahead. Even with my children, they have always known that the last minute "By the way, I was invited to go to [name event] after school tonight at 6" and its now a Friday at 3, will send me into my stressful place-which is a place that is bad for everybody around me. So I have taught them from a young age to plan ahead - as far ahead as possible.

This morning as I was doing a supply inventory, I had the pleasure of receiving a phone call from to a lovely, enthusiastic bridesmaid who was inquiring about some services for a Bridal luncheon in mid-July. 

As she we talked about the details, she suddenly asked me if I thought she was silly calling around & planning this far (4 months) in advance. (She had no idea that I LOVE people w…

Ode to Crudité

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"Oh kitchen, if crudité comes, can dinner be far behind?"

(With apologies to Percy Blythe Shelly)

Crudité-simple definition: vegetables in the raw.

The expanded definition would include that these fresh, mouth watering foods, bursting with color are arranged around and dipped in olive oil, vinaigrette, hummus or another dressing, and served as part of an appetizer course or as an addition to a cheese board.

The Crudité is of French origin and are considered a quite healthy menu choice.  The word crudité literally translated means: "uncooked food" (Originally from the Latin "crudus" meaning "raw" and later "cruditas", meaning "undigested food" and eventually French, crudité .)

Crudités are simple to prepare (wash, dry and slice vegetables of your choice into bit size pieces) and arrange on a dish, platter, basket or other container. Crudités can include any variety of vegetable colors, textures and tastes, and therefore offer littl…

Where Hospitality and Entertainment Meet!

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They say that hospitality begins at home, and I definitely agree.

Most of my fond memories from childhood center somehow around a meal. 

I can remember the aroma of (tomato) gravy & braciole floating out to my grandmother's front porch as we went through her front door for Sunday dinner.

Grandmom would be in her apron, bare feet, welcoming us, grabbing our faces with her garlic-scented hands, and giving us rapid-fire kisses that made our ears ring. 

Pepe, her maltese poodle, would be barking and running back and forth, and Pop-Pop would be getting up from his recliner, gesturing and yelling "stai zitto!" (put a cork in it) to the dog. (Apparently Pepe understood Italian!)

Then came the food. Lots of it. I mean, if a bus broke down in front of the house, the passengers could all have a full meal, and there would be leftovers! Delicious, home grown, home cooked meals, all carefully prepared and served - thoroughly seasoned with love.

When it was our turn to entertain family …

You Say Sangria....She says "Non-Gria"

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We recently had a request to put together a menu, including sweet buffet and beverages for a baby shower. We added this "Non-Gria" non-alcoholic Mocktail to the menu as there were several ladies who were pregnant and not consuming alcohol.

The recipe is below, and is one I developed from a combination of several recipes I found. This combination has gotten rave reviews from family, friends and clients. It makes quite a bit, so be sure to have plenty of space in your refrigerator! The longer it chills, (at least overnight) the more intense the flavor. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have!



Non-Gria: (makes about 3 gallons)

1 Standard size bottle Cran-Raspberry Juice
1 Standard size bottle White Grape Juice
1 Standard size bottle apple juice
Juice of 2 whole lemons OR 2 cups lemonade (from a mix)
2 lemons sliced- with peel2 limes sliced-with peel
2 naval oranges halved and sliced-with peel
1 sweet apple-cored and sliced-skin on
1 tart apple cored and sliced-skin on
2 peaches pitted and…

Out & About This Weekend: Jan. 29

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Has the snow given you Cabin Fever? 

There's LOTS to do this weekend 
in Bucks County PA!   Take a look:


Visit Bucks County (Event Calendar)

Philly Fun Guide (Fun Savers Offers)

Bucks County Alive (Things to Do)

Bucks Happening (Upcoming Events)

Trip Advisor (Activities-Bucks County)

Visit Philly (Bucks County Attractions)


Do you know of or are you hosting an event in Bucks or Montgomery Counties this weekend or in the future? Please let us know in the comments area below.

Have a great weekend everyone!

~Barbara





Snow Removal Tips to Save Your Back

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So now that we (in Southeastern PA) have our first significant snowstorm under our belts, I thought I would post a few tips for those of us who will be completing the massive snow removal task by hand, using old-fashioned shovels.

Please be careful! Be sure to use good body mechanics (bending at the knees, not lifting too much snow at a time, etc) when shoveling. Dressing properly, using the right tools, staying hydrated and taking frequent breaks will help the task go more smoothly.

In general, you’ve got two choices:

Shovel after every few inches of snow that falls or wait until the storm ends and remove the snow in layers.     In either case, only remove as much snow as you’re comfortable lifting. We chose the latter, to remove in layers. Jay has been out there for several hours by himself, because one shovel has broken, and the other is on its way out! 
Packed snow is definitely much harder to clear, so try not to walk on, drive on or other wise pack it down before shoveling. 
If …

Happy New Year-2016 Promo Video

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Happy New Year Everyone!
Our 2016  Promo video  is ready:















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