The first bloody mary was mixed at the St. Regis in NYC. Mojitos were invented by Cuban sailors. And apparently Mai Tais were first enjoyed in the tropical paradise of Oakland, CA. Unfortunately, some cities aren't lucky enough to have a hometown drink. To help fill this need, we've concocted some cocktails for several identity-starved cities. After all, it's holiday party season, and every city deserves a reason to say cheers. Whether you hail from these cities or not, you can celebrate by toasting with these unique traditions-to-be.
You work so hard all year and just when it's almost time to check out for a much anticipated holiday vacation, you are tasked with the toughest job in 2011-- finding a gift perfect for the entire team. Let's face it. Some of the previous company gifts have been epic fails- the embarrassing umbrella with the company logo, the creepily life-like wooden duck sculpture, the tin of unidentifiable cookies.
We've all been there. December 26: The carpet beneath the unlit tree is bare (except for those fallen, dried-out pine needles), the last of the holiday feast is confined to tinfoil in the fridge, and you're stuck with an over-sized sweater, tube socks, and a pre-packaged Christmas cookie gift box wondering if you should have just asked for cash. If you're saving up for something special, have a store you'd love to shop from, or just know that your friends and family don't really get your taste, the answer is yes. It's okay to ask for cash, or gift certificates, as long as you do it with class and follow a few etiquette guidelines...
Kayla: I was so excited when Kim told me that we would playing the recorder for Gift Lab. In the fourth grade I had a recorder and even though I have no recent practice at all, I thought it would be a fun experience to live out childhood memories from a long time ago. Kim: This could potentially be an epic failure, because I have no recollection of how to do this. I do, however, think it will be hilarious.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! We've got gift-giving covered, but we're leaving the party planning to other experts. Take a look at some ideas we're building on and borrowing from in order to host the perfect holiday get-together.