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Get Cool By The Pool This Summer

There are many things in life that just go hand in hand like spiced cherry pie on the Fourth of July, iced tea and prickly pear lemonade, and MOST importantly pool parties and a vast display of lip-smacking food! Here at Creative Hands Cuisine we always try to take a traditional event and make it totally original. Pool parties don’t have to be the same! So let us inspire your next summer get together! TableScaping You’ve heard of landscaping but have you heard of tablescaping? It can be fun to create elements of height and create an artistic display of what you’re offering to guests. Highlight your favorite foods for your next get together by setting your display table with different wooden crates, swings, lanterns, or ladders! Wine Pops! Pair this mixture of Mosato, Raspberry and Peach with your delectable spread and you’ll have everyone talking about your pool party for months to come! Why not add tequila lime skewers to enhance the freedom of summer! Keep people wanting more without all the fuss of plates (and clean up later) this will keep the party flowing and will encourage people to eat in between water log matches 😉 Cool Pool Fact: An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking. So, burn a few more and invite friends and family who will keep you...

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The Art of Proposing- Kay and Jay

Did you enjoy Rochelle and Luke’s story? We are so excited for them! NOW, our next proposal story is a little unique….as it happened 26 years ago! Once we heard of Kay and Jay’s engagement story, we just had to share. Their story is one that girls these days should really take to heart- if you just wait and don’t rush things, your happy ending will happen! And, it may begin in a more explosive way than you think! Here is their story: KAY- Jay and I met in college at NAU in Flagstaff. We officially met at the end of May my sophmore year in, at a President’s BBQ, and then re-connected in August of 1983. At that point, however, he was determined to not be ‘tied down’ his last year on campus. Well, that didn’t last long as we were inseperable until he left for his internships. We dated long distance while I finished school, split for a while, and reconnected in 1987 with the intention to be married. Jay had his own plan on how to propose, and I was anxiously waiting to begin planning. JAY – I knew Kay was the one for me and wanted to make my proposal special. I think San Francisco is an incredibly romantic city and initially thought I’d do it there. I planned to ask her to accompany me to a conference in the City by the Bay. The only trouble was there wasn’t a conference so I’d have to make up some details to fool her into believing it was the real deal. I was going to tell her I was going to skip the morning session and take her to Muir Woods and pop the question. Then I thought she’ll never believe me skipping out of the conference so I had to hatch a new plan. Then like a bolt from the blue it hit me…..I put my new plan into action by making a few simple deductions and three phone calls. After the 3rd call I sent a check for $125 and the deal was done. KAY – So we decided to spend the 1988 (yes, that’s SIX years after we met!) 4th of July holiday weekend in Prescott, as we had done for several years. Only this year, his parents wouldn’t be there so we invited some friends to join us. In all honesty, I was a little perturbed that a proposal hadn’t been forthcoming by this point as I knew part of our ‘plan’ was to marry in Spring of 1989, and I knew how long planning I needed, and this was cutting into my time. I called my best friend Paige and lamented/whined...

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The Art of Proposing

THE ART OF PROPOSING As many of you know, proposing sure isn’t what it used to be. These days, the more wow-factor involved, the better! So, since we here at CHC specialize in the art of creativity, why not feature some amazing creative proposals!  Our first featured bride to be happens to be our fantastic intern, Rochelle. Her fiancé proposed just 8 days ago, and did so in way that was more intimate for the two of them. So, their story proves creativity is custom made for each couple. We are so excited for Rochelle and Luke and their future adventures together! Here is Rochelle and Luke’s Story: How We Met We met in an unlikely place. We met at bar, The Sandbar. Although it may not sound classy it is a love story that led us to an incredible engagement! I saw Luke with his friends at the bar. Luke, may kill me, but he was and is an impressive dancer. Anyway, I saw him and I knew right away that I needed to talk to him. As he passed me to hit the dance floor, I stepped next to him and said “Hi, you’re a really good dancer” and that was the moment we met. I gave him my phone number and he gave me his. A couple of weeks went by and I finally heard from him! So, there was a time I thought we’d never speak again but he reached out and we met for drinks on a Wednesday and that Friday we were in San Diego on our first trip for the weekend! I don’t know why I jumped in a car with a complete stranger but I never felt that Luke was a stranger. He was someone I was immediately attracted to and always felt safe around. It ended up being a great weekend and we were inseparable after that then we fell in love, adopted a cat named Carlos, and now we’re engaged. <3 Our Engagement  Our engagement story is more of the classic one compared to most that happen nowadays. It was private not a lot of frill or worry (on my end anyway). Luke and I have had our fair share of staycations in Phoenix. He travels a lot for work and when time allows us, we like to getaway in the city and discover something new together. Adventures and private getaways are definitely our thing. The day started off like any other day. The only thing different was that where we were staying was a secret. I had no idea we were going to stay at The Phoenician and he did his best to keep it that way. We took...

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