This post is co-written by: Jackie Brigante
Red roses, box of chocolate and expensive jewelries are the images that pop into my head when I hear people talking about Valentine’s Day.
Of course the holiday for love is a lot more than just mere material things, it’s a chance that comes once a year for admirers to confess their love to the admired, it’s a chance for a young couple to celebrate their new found love for one another and it’s also a chance for a husband to rekindle his love to his wife and relive the younger days when their love was still new and full of unknown excitements. Continue reading
2011 is the Year of the Rabbit.
Chinese New Years are named after a cycle of twelve animals that go in the order of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. This coming year is the year of the Rabbit and it officially begins on February 3, 2011.
The legend of the Chinese New Year includes a story on why the Cat never made the zodiac list.
The 12 Chinese Zodiac Cycle
Once upon a time, the Jade Emperor thought it would be better to assign an animal to each year so people could more easily remember the Zodiac cycle. He decided to hold a meeting with all the animals so that he could choose twelve of them to be the Zodiac animals. At that time, Cat and Rat were close friends. They were very excited about the meeting and decided to go early; however, Cat was a sleepyhead. He hardly ever woke up before noon. On the night before the meeting, he asked Rat to wake him early the next morning. When morning came, Rat got up early and quietly left for the meeting alone. When Cat finally awoke in the afternoon, he knew it was too late. Feeling betrayed, he vowed that henceforth Rat would be his enemy. This is probably the main reason Cats are always chasing after Rats.
Congratulations to everyone who got engaged over this holiday season! I have been planning weddings at the Inn for the past 10 years and have some tips that may be helpful in the beginning of your wedding planning journey.
What is the first thing that every bride wants to do once engaged? Tell everyone she knows! While your parents and immediate family should be the first to know, telling them in person is the best way to share your news. Once your family knows your good news it is time to share with everyone else. There are numerous ways to get the news out quickly. Making phone calls is definitely one way to start, but you can also consider noting your engagement on Facebook and sending an e-mail to everyone you want to share with. There is also the traditional route in throwing an engagement party and posting your engagement in your local newspaper.
After the excitement of getting engaged starts to wear off it is time to officially start planning your wedding and reception. The first thing that every couple should determine is your budget and how much will be allotted to each segment of your wedding which can include the church, reception, flowers, entertainment, photography, favors, honeymoon, etc…
Prince William Ballroom at the Nassau Inn.
Your next step is picking your wedding date by seeing what dates your ceremony and reception venues are both available. Be open when considering dates especially if on a tight budget as most venues will offer a discount for a Friday evening or Sunday wedding. When looking at reception venues it is best to research all that you are interested in and then narrowing down your list to 3 – 5 and making appointments to check the ones that you are really interested in. Keep in mind that you will love and not love something about every venue you look at and should make your decision on what is most important to you. Continue reading
Although losing weight and getting healthy may be a cliché of a New Year’s Resolution, the New Year is a great time to kick start a new diet plan. As an avid nutrition and exercise planner, I love when my friends and family get in the spirit of getting healthy when the New Year rolls around.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are a vital part of eating healthy.
Healthy eating can be boring and hard; and I am one to attest this. The staples of my diet consist of cottage cheese and lettuce: this doesn’t mean it has to be monotonous!
The Yankee Doodle Tap Room offers a variety of healthy and light choices for those who love to eat out and still remain healthy. Kick-starting your day with a healthy and hearty breakfast is the most important diet tip to remember. While most people forget about breakfast, I opt for the Tap Room’s Egg White Omelet: served with broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and feta cheese. Order a big glass of ice cold OJ to really get your day going! Continue reading
What's on your resolution list?
The time between the holidays and New Years is a time filled with family and friends for those of us so fortunate. A time where each person in their own way and in their own time reflect a bit more, open their hearts a bit more and are generally more compassionate.
It is the perfect combination of feelings being drudged up from the year passed as well as all of the hope filled thoughts of the year to come. It is the perfect combination for the introspective self assessment that leads about 45 percent of people to embark upon an age old ritual dating back to Babylonian times, 4,000 years ago…it is the proclamation of a New Years resolution. Most of us chose to lose some of that holiday weight plus a couple of lbs, some of us set off to devote more time to family, or quit smoking, drinking etc, etc…
It is a decision that should not be taken lightly however. Out of the 45 percent of Americans that chose to cling to a New Years resolution only 3 percent of them follow through with it. This is a failure of epic proportions by any standard. If we are to reverse this tragic wave of fickle promise and create a more concrete resolution we must dedicate more time and thought to more attainable goals. We must try to remember that the year is long and that life will inevitably get in the way. We must outline a plan of action, consider all obstacles, clear a path for the righteous resolution, granting it the greatest opportunity of success. Continue reading
Shopping on the Square
Palmer Square – A picture perfect place for shopping, dining and enjoying the holiday season. Fresh garland, red velvet ribbons, twinkling white lights. Sound like a winter wonderland? Well, that is certainly what we have in mind when it comes to decorating the Square for the season to create the perfect backdrop for shopping, dining and gift finding! From apparel, accessories, and home goods to specialty foods, toys and wine, the unique collection of stores on the Square makes it easy to find something for everyone on your list. Shopping can build up an appetite, so don’t forget, we have great places to dine too! Store Promotions Designer trunk shows, sales, discounts, donations to charities…our stores do a little of everything. Here’s a sampling of the many exciting promotions happening around the Square this month http://palmersquare.com/promotions.asp.
Santa Claus at the Square
Holiday Entertainment – While our Tree Lighting and Menorah Lighting ceremonies have past, things are festive every weekend on the Square. Musicians, carolers and Santa can be found strolling on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout December. Carriage Rides are also available on the weekends from 12-4pm and depart from the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon Streets.
Free parking This is our gift to you this season. It’s simple: Enter our Chambers Street or Hulfish Street garage after 4:30pm; visit a store on the Square and request a red validation ticket; present the ticket upon exiting the garage and your parking will be free. Valid through December 31. Extended Holiday Hours We want to accommodate your busy schedule during this time of year, so Palmer Square will have extended shopping hours December 13-23, from 10am-8:30pm. So whether you’re coming to shop with us, dine with us or just coming to enjoy time in downtown Princeton, we look forward to seeing you. Happy Holidays!
Guest Author – Anita Fresolone, Marketing Director for Palmer Square Management