The Art of the Holiday Party + More Cuba, Yes Please!

Are you hosting a Memorial Day party this weekend? Here are some quick tips to get you ready to celebrate! 

1. Make it a Potluck! Lighten your load and invite your guests to bring a side to share. Maybe you should make a short list of ideas though so you don't end up with nine kinds of potato salad. 
2. Create a Signature Cocktail. You know I love Moscow Mules, Kentucky Mules, any kind of Mules... if you just have beer and one signature cocktail it's easy to shop for the party and easy to serve too. 
3. Spruce up your Powder Room and Kitchen with beautiful fresh cut flowers, new soap, a hand-blocked tablecloth or cotton kitchen towels. 
4. Games! Even if it's an adults only party, outdoor games are a great way to get everyone involved and enjoy the warm weather. A Bean Bag Toss, Horseshoes, Water Balloons... these will work off at least three kinds of potato salad. 

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And if you're going to a party, don't forget to be a good guest and bring a host/hostess gift. At Domain we have 228 Grant St Candles, Handmade Wood Wine Stoppers, Mt Royal Soaps, fair trade cotton table linens and you know they'll love our SugarFina candies. 

Last week we told you about how to get to Cuba and now here's what to do once you get there! We traveled under the "In Support of the Cuban People" license which meant we had to have a written itinerary for our entire trip to prove that we were interacting with the Cuban people each day. Hop over to the blog to see what we did and the tour companies we loved. 

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Classic Car & Walking Tour of Old Havana
Tour Company: Cuba Outings Tour Company
https://www.cubaoutings.com/en/2017/08/31/havana-day-tour-booking/
Description: Enjoy a walking tour in the old Havana, declared world heritage site by UNESCO in 1982. Drive along the sea wall avenue (malecón), check out at the Revolution Square, the Capitol Building, Jose Marti Central Park and the Great Theater of Havana. 

Viñales Valley Day Trip (3 hours from Havana)
Tour Company: Havana Journeys
https://havanajourneys.com/vinales/
Description: Discover the Valley of Viñales, as well as the beautiful and colorful city, with a ride through this region in a 1950's convertible and visit an authentic tobacco farm where you can learn all about the traditional methods of growing tobacco. We also went horseback-riding and visited natural caves on our tour.

Cultural, walking food tour of Old Havana
Tour Company: Have Kiddos Will Travel
https://havekiddoswilltravel.net/cuba-tours
Description: Walk along the streets of Havana, sample popular Cuban snacks and fresh fruit and experience local food, customs, culture, history and everyday life on the island under the guidance of a local guide/food enthusiast.

Day trip to Varadero beach (2 hours from Havana)
Tour Company: Have Kiddos Will Travel
https://havekiddoswilltravel.net/cuba-tours
Description: Enjoy Puente de Bacunayagua with swimming/snorkeling in the majestic Saturno Cave, tour the Xanadu Mansion which was built in 1930 as a mansion for the Dupont family and now serves as a beach front golf course and club house, then relax and enjoy the soft white sand and crystal-clear water. 

That's our itinerary and we loved every minute of it! 

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Don't forget to sign up for our popular Paper Marbleing Workshop at DOMAIN this Saturday!

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MARBLED PAPER STATIONERY WORKSHOP WITH ODETTE PRESS

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join Kelly Laughlin of Odette Press as you explore the creative and meditative process of suminagashi-style paper marbling. Use colorful inks to paint on the surface of water as you create unique, marbled paper cards and envelopes. You’ll walk away with a set of 10 marbled cards and envelopes along with the knowledge of how to continue this process at home.

The paper marbling process is perfect for all makers and learners, especially those just beginning to explore creative practices. All materials provided. Click here to purchase tickets!

See you soon!

Laura, Tim and Maddie  xxx