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Month: September 2016

Host a “Stock your Bar” Shower

This is a perfect co-ed shower. 

Invite your closest pals-guys and gals.


Ideas to put on your registry:

  • Red Wine Glasses
  • White Wine Glasses
  • Pilsner Glasses
  • Martini Glasses
  • Rocks Glasses
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Corkscrew/Wine Opener
  • Coasters
  • Fun Cocktail Napkins
  • Ice Bucket
  • Cheese board
  • Cheese Plane
  • Small Tongs
  • Cute crystal or pottery bowls for nuts, olive, garnishes, etc.
  • Beverage Dispenser
  • Crystal pitcher
  • Wine Rack
  • Bottle Opener


Etsy Ideas: 


 Food Ideas:

  • Cheese presentation, salami, crackers
  • BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
  • Sweet & Sour Meatballs
  • Salsa Bar (5 types of Salsa, blue corn chips and tradition chips)




 Party Ideas:

  • Wine Tasting-have guests vote on their favorite red and favorite white wine…then have these at your reception
  • Have your guests sign a cork with a fine tip sharpie at the party (on end of cork), after the party, hot glue the corks onto a wooden or metal initial letter of your new last name. When gluing corks be sure to position them so guests’ names show.


Décor Ideas:

  • Corks, corks and more corks
  • Fill vase with corks, add rice lights with battery pack to the vase
  • Spray paint empty wine bottles, fill with baby’s breath or dry tall twists for centerpieces
  • Fill rose bowl with corks and then nestle an LED candle in center of corks


Fun Twist:

  • Consider monogramming your gift of glassware for the couple with their last name initial
  • The couple could preview their signature drinks for their reception to the shower attendees
  • Ask each attendee to bring their favorite liquor, wine or mixer to build the couple’s bar
  • To make it a little more interesting…assign each attendee a letter…they have to bring something that begins with that letter.  They can find a brand or a type that starts with their assigned letter.  What makes it fun is that they have to get very creative on some of the letters. 


Ideas by Letter:

  • A=Absolute, Amaretto, Apple Jack
  • B=Buckeye Vodka, Belle of Dayton, Bacardi, Beefeaters, Bookers, Bombay, Bourbon
  • C=Chardonnay, Chianti, Chambord, Captain Morgan
  • D=Dos Equis
  • E=Everclear
  • F=Fireball
  • G=Gin, Godiva Liquor, Grey Goose
  • H=Hennessy
  • I=Irish Mist, Irish Whiskey
  • J=Jim Bean, Jack Daniels, Jagemeister, Jose Cuervo, Johnnie Walker, Jameson
  • K=Kahlua, Kinky
  • L=Long Island Ice Tea, Laxardo
  • M=Malibu, Midori, Maker’s Mark, Moscato, Mudslide
  • N=Nolet’s Gin
  • O=Ouzo, Old Grand dad, Ole Smokey
  • P=Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Peach Moscato
  • Q=Q Tonic, Quincy
  • R=Rum, Riesling
  • S=Seltzer, Smirnoff, Seagrams, Skyy
  • T=Triple Sec, Tequila, Tonic Water, Tullamore Dew
  • U=UV Peach, UV Blue
  • V=Vodka, Vermuth, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Vox, Viniq
  • W=Wild Turkey, Woodbridge
  • X=X-rated
  • Y=Yuengling
  • Z=Zinfandel

2 Fall Sangria Recipes

Here are 2 yummy Fall Sangria Recipes.


Bourbon Apple Sangria

Yield: Makes 4 to 5 drinks

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes


1 large red delicious apple, sliced thinly

1 large granny smith apple, sliced thinly

1 large yellow apple, sliced thinly

1 cup apple juice

1/4 cup bourbon

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2-12 oz. bottles of hard cider beer



Directions: Place apples, apple juice, bourbon, and lemon juice into a pitcher. Stir. Sangria always tastes better when mixed and placed in the fridge 30 minutes to several hours before serving. Add hard cider beer into pitcher just before serving. Pour sangria into ice filled glasses.


Fall Sangria Recipe:

6 Gala Apples (sliced)

3 Pears (sliced)

750 ml Cinnamon Whiskey

1 bottle Pinot Grigio

64 oz. bottled apple cider

1 liter club soda

Cinnamon sticks


This works well in a large self-serve beverage dispenser. Mix all together, and place in fridge at least 1 hour before serving.

Throw A Mexican Fiesta!

Décor Ideas:

  • Fun, Bright Colors:  Yellow, Lime Green, Raspberry, Royal Blue, & Orange.
  • Mexican blankets make a great table runner.
  • Piñatas make an easy, wonderful centerpiece.  For a twist, spray paint them a solid color.  Gold looks great!
  • Oversized margarita glasses, fill with lemons/limes (real or fake), add a straw.
  • Sombreros make a very easy centerpiece!
  • Local Fiesta Décor can be found at Special Occasion Party Supply on Stroop Road. Check out their website for coupons:


Fiesta Menu Idea from Brock Masterson’s Catering & Events:

Build-your-Own Taco Bar:

  • Soft shells & hard shells
  • Oven Roasted Turkey
  • Smoked Pulled Beef Brisket
  • Grilled Peppers & Onions



  • shredded lettuce
  • shredded sharp cheddar
  • diced onions
  • diced olives
  • sour cream
  • Chef Rick’s Guacamole
  • Salsa Verde
  • Medium Salsa
  • Mango Salsa
  • Homemade Turkey Enchiladas
  • Cilantro & Lime Yellow Rice
  • Savory Black Beans


Drink Recipe:

Brock’s Easy Margarita on the Rocks Recipe:

(Used at Mike & Melanie’s Wedding Reception at The Boonshoft Museum)

  • 6 oz. limeade concentrate
  • 4 oz. tequila
  • 2 ounce triple sec
  • 2 ounces water
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge
  • Margarita salt for rim of cup


  1. Rub rim of cup with lime so salt will stick
  2. Combine limeade, tequila, triple sec and water into shaker, shake
  3. Pour over ice
  4. Serve with lime wedge

Anniversary Gift Ideas (items you can find in/and around the Dayton, Ohio Area!)

1st Year:  Paper

  • Paper Tickets to a Dayton Dragon’s Game, a show at the Schuster Center/ Victoria Theater, or to a Movie, personalized stationary, subscription to favorite magazine


2nd Year:  Cotton

  • Egyptian Cotton Sheets (high thread count), Cotton Candy Machine, Hammock


3rd Year:  Leather

  • Belt, Wallet, Purse, ice skates, shoes


4th Year:  Fruit/Flowers

  • Fruit Bouquet (try Edible Arrangements in Kettering), shirt or scarf with floral pattern, floral brooch, Laura’s cookies (from Dorothy Lane Market) shaped like flowers


5th Year:  Wood

  • Custom Cutting board or wooden coasters with your last name or last name initial, Ohio shaped cutting board (SussmanWoodworking on Etsy), Wooden necklaces (SheWearsTruth on Etsy)


6th Year:  Candy/Sugar

  • Delicious Candy from Esther Price or Winans Chocolates, Get a bag of  Custom Color M-n-M’s from Special Occasion Party Supply in Kettering (guys:  hint, pick your wedding colors)
  • Custom Color butter glaze popcorn from What’s Popping in Kettering (special order colors have to be ordered 1 week in advance and must be ordered in 10 lb. bags)


7th Year:  Copper

  • Wind chime, bird bath, lawn sculpture


8th Year:  Bronze/Brass

  • wine stopper, cufflinks, necklaces, bracelets with custom maps (DaisyMaeDesignsShop on Etsy) “Made in Ohio”, Ohio Pride, “Coordinates of where you Met” bracelets (SixOneFourDesign on Etsy)


9th Year:  Willow/Pottery


10th Year:  Tin

  • Movie “Tin Cup”, plus golfing gear, gift certificate for day of golf
  • Movie “Pushing Tin”, plus 2 airline tickets to your favorite destination
  • Camping trip:  don’t forget your tin plate/cup with your camping gear


11th Year:  Steel

  • Handcuffs…hmmm 


12th Year:  Silk

  • Silk scarf, necktie, bowtie, robe


13th Year:  Lace


14th Year:  “Animal”

  • Animal print nightie (grrr), Trip to the Cincinnati, Columbus or Toledo Zoo, Trip to the Newport Aquarium, tickets to the Bengals


15th Year:  Crystal

  • 2 crystal champagne flutes & a bottle of Cristal


20th Year:  China


25th Year:  Silver


30th Year:  Pearl


35th Year:  Coral


40th Year:  Ruby


45th Year:  Sapphire


50th Year:  Gold


60th Year:  Diamond

  • You made it…now she needs a big diamond ring!

Host a “Mean Girls” Themed Party

It’s time for a “Mean Girls” Movie Themed Bridal Shower (or Girls’ Night In):



Ideally October 3rd.

Aaron Samuels asks Cady What day it was, and she replied, “It’s October 3rd.”

Making October 3rd, the unofficial, official Mean Girls Movie Day.



Because you love the movie and are obsessed with it



“We wear Pinktinis”

1 Bottled of Pink Moscato

6 cups of Pink Lemonade

1/4 cup Strawberry Vodka

Lemon Slices


  1. Mix, this serves well from a drink dispenser.
  2. Don’t forget the Martini Glasses rimmed in pink sugar.
  3. To rim the glass:  Use lemon wedge and wipe around rim, dip down onto pink sugar crystal on a paper plate.
  4. Have glasses ready and lined up on table next to beverage dispenser so guests can serve themselves.


Dress Code?

I’m thinking you’ve got to go with pink!

or you could have guests come dressed as their fav character


Army pants and flip flops anyone?

Purple bra, white tank top?


Prize for best costume!


Favors for guests/Prizes for Best Costume?

  • Santa Hats (seasonal item-so you have to plan ahead for these, available at the Dollar Tree for $1.00 each)
  • Peppermint Foot Cream
  • Tiaras (you can order from Oriental Trading)
  • Their own copy of the movie
  • Taco Bell gift cards
  • Check out these adorable buttons, inexpensive, so cute. They are shipping from Texas, so allow enough time for her to make them and ship them.


My Favorite is…


Movie & Snacks?

Of course you have to do a screening of the movie.

Don’t forget popcorn & candy.

  • Have a candy buffet with all pink candies and treats.
  • From the Dayton area: Call over to What’s Popping at Towne & Country Shopping Center and order butter glazed popcorn in pink.  Give them 5 days notice and you have to order at least the 10 lb. bag for a custom order color. 937-535-2676
  • Go see my friends over at Special Occasions Party 937-293-3300 on Stroop Road in Kettering
  • They have  pink plates & pink napkins. You can also purchase the individual colors of M-n-M’s and Jelly Belly jellybeans in of course PINK! Check out their website for coupons!


Maybe a “Make your Own Cheese Fries” Station:

French Fries with toppings:

  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • shredded swiss cheese
  • melty queso
  • bacon crumbles
  • chilli
  • diced onions
  • red pepper flakes
  • Sriracha Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard


Caesar Salad anyone?  A cake filled with rainbows?



  • Pink linens
  • Pink Napkins
  • Centerpiece Idea:  Framed Photo/Quote from the movie, Tiara
  • OhHeyStickerCo on Etsy. Adorable stickers with quotes for the movie.
  • Spray paint a pumpkin pink, add stickers or add “animal ear headband” or make ears and add to
  • “jack-o-lantern…mouse, cat, etc.
    • Why a pumpkin?  It’s October, it’s fall, they are readily available, there was a Halloween scene in the movie, plus you can turn them into the sexy Halloween animals (make one a sexy black kitty, one a sexy gray mouse, one a sexy white bunny) 



You always need at least 1 game at a shower.

Fill the Blanks with these Mean Girls Quotes:

1.  “Gretchen, stop trying to make _______ happen.”

2.  “Everyone in Africa can read ___________.”

3.  “There’s a 30% chance it’s already __________.”

4.  “Is _________ a carb?”

5.  “Don’t have sex, because you will get pregnant and __________.”

6.  “I’m not a regular mom.   I’m a _____________ mom.”

7.  “I saw Cady Heron wearing ___________ pants and flip flops.”

8.  “Your face smells like _______________.”

9.  “I wish I could bake a ___________ filled with ___________ and smiles.”

10.  “On Wednesday we wear __________.”

11.  “That’s why her _________is so big, it’s full of secrets.”

12.  “Your mom’s ___________ hair.”

13.  “We should just stab _______.”

14.  “I mean that’s just like the rules of _________________.”

15.  “Oh my God, ___________ _____________ I love your work.”

16.  “My father, the ______________ of toaster streudel…”

17.  “You can’t ____________ with us.”

18.  “I don’t hate you because you’re __________, you’re ___________ because I hate you.”

19.  “I’m a ___________, duh.”

20.  “Yeah, moderately priced _________ are my calling.”

21.  “I was half a _________ when I met him.”

22.  “The ___________does not exist.”

23.  “I really want to lose ________ pounds.”

24.  “You could try _________________.”

25.  “You go , __________ ______________.”

Bonus:  What the new word Cady accidentally created when she was nervous and talking with Aaron? _____________

It’s time to register for… The Kitchen–Part One

You might be asking yourself…who is Traci and why does she know anything about what to put on my registry.  Bridal & Registry was my life for what seemed like a million years, about a million years ago. I was the Bridal Director for all 70 Elder-Beerman Department Stores, so of course I had to give them a shout out!

So knowing all of this and training the home teams and consultants in each store was a huge part of my job…loved it.  And they say…write about what you know, so here goes.



You might say…”But I don’t think I am going to bake.”  Well, even if you are just going to heat up pizza rolls, you need some bakeware.


Items to Consider:

  • 2 cookie sheets (more if you like to make cookies…hint, Break-n-Bake cookies count!)
    • Hint:  Line cookie sheet with tin foil if baking something greasy like pizza rolls or heating up a piece of pizza
  • 12 cup muffin tin…”what, I have to make cupcakes?” 
    • No, but this is perfect for individual breakfast casseroles, muffins, and more.
    • Maybe you whip up your grandma’s zucchini bread recipe…bake it as muffins instead of a loaf of bread.
    • Maybe you grab a packet from the baking aisle of lemon poppy seed muffin mix…you see where I am heading with this, trust me you need a muffin tin.
      • Hint #1:  If you ever plan to make more than 12 cupcakes someday…you need 2.
      • Hint #2:  Spray with Pam or use liners for easier clean up and don’t overfill
  • Cake Pan…”seriously, I am never going to bake a cake!”-got it ok, leave this off the list but check out the Pyrex list below.
  • Jelly Roll Pan…”my head is going to explode, what is a jelly roll?” Ok calm down, this looks like a cookie sheet but has shallow sides. I am going to give you my mom’s Texas Sheet Cake Recipe…you will need this pan for that. It is also great for anything you might place on a cookie sheet that might spread or get ooey-gooey.


Janet’s Texas Sheet Cake Recipe:

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

Shift together, set aside

1 stick margarine

4 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

1 cup water

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup buttermilk

Bring to a boil, keep stirring, turn down heat and then add dry ingredients and stir.

Take off the heat, add 2 eggs and 1 Tablespoon of vanilla. 

Stir, pour into jelly roll pan, Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

For the frosting:

1 stick of margarine

1/3 cup milk


  1. 4 Tablespoons for Cocoa Powder
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  4. Stir and remove from heat.


When you take the sheet cake out of the oven, use a wooden spoon handle and poke holes all over the top of the cake, while the cake is warm and the frosting is warm, pour the frosting all over the top of the cake.  You want the frosting all over the top and to seep down into the holes.  The frosting will harden up, then when you bite into a piece you will have frosting goodness inside and on top!  Delicious.


Yep, this recipe is necessary…so add a jelly roll pan to your list.


  • Cooling Rack…multi use, of course to cool cookies, other baked goods, but in a pinch place in the jelly roll pan to elevate meat while baking so it doesn’t sit in the fat or get soggy on the bottom (ie: Chicken Cordon Blue, or other meat items with bread crumbs around the whole outside-you’ve seen them in the freezer section or even a roast.)
  • Utensils: Check out Oxo Good Grips.  Love them so much.  Own almost everything they make.
  • Need to Have: Tongs, rubber spatulas for scraping bowls, large spoons, slotted spoon, whisk, ladle, turner (flipper), chip clips, pizza cutter, ice cream scoop/spade, colander/strainer, hand held can opener, kitchen shears, measuring spoons, measuring cups, vegetable peeler, corkscrew, mixing bowl(s), plenty of large sized dish towels (cotton), tea kettle, salt & pepper set
  • Nice to Have: Pasta Scoop, strawberry huller, garlic press, jar opener, rolling pin, turkey baster, cheese grater, egg slicer
  • Pyrex:  glass
    • large measuring cup, mixing bowl set, 9″x12″ rectangular baking dish (perfect for lasagna or brownies), 8″x8″ square baking dish, Pyrex Portables (rectangular baking dish with carrier with hot/cold pack). This is the Check back for details on registering for small electrics, cookware, china/crystal/silver and how to set the table properly!


Keep calm and register on:

Places to register in and around Dayton, Ohio:

  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Elder-Beerman
  • JC Penney
  • Kohl’s
  • Macy’s
  • Target


I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a fantastic local registry option. 

The Little Exchange, located in Oakwood.

Call to make an appointment (937-299-1561), select your registry items. 

Guests can shop in the store or on-line.


Be prepared to spend time in the store, they pack a ton in and there is SO much cuteness! The best part, all proceeds benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Fun Date Days & Nights

Canoe Rental

Bellbrook Canoe & Kayak Rental

Need to know:

  • seasonal
  • all trips leave promptly at the top of the hour
  • please be in the office checking in at least 20 minutes before the top of the hour
  • 5.2 miles
  • takes about 2-3 hours
  • last trip leaves at 4 p.m.
  • boats must be back by 7 p.m.
  • download rental agreement from their website
  • $$



Fraze Pavilion in Kettering

Need to know:

  • outdoor concerts
  • seasonal
  • $2 Tuesdays
  • $-$$


Cooking Classes

Dorothy Lane Market at Washington Square location in Centerville

Need to know:

  • Classes are at the DLM Culinary Center next to the Washington Square store
  • they have classes specific to couples (or other themes)
  • new classes are posted seasonally
  • classes book up quickly
  • classes start right on time, get there a few minutes early
  • seating is on a first come basis
  • $$$$-$$$$$


Cosmic Bowling

Need to know:

  • Many bowling alleys around Dayton have cosmic or glow bowling
  • Don’t forget to wear socks
  • Bowling alleys have snack bars and alcohol
  • Check the website of the alley you are going to visit to see if they have specials or coupons
  • $$-$$$


Dayton Art Institute

Need to know:

  • Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Opened later on Thursday evenings
  • On Site Bistro for lunch or dinner on Thursday
  • Suggested entry price $8.00 per adult, $5.00 seniors/active military
  • If you are unable to pay full price, donation of what you can pay accepted
  • Special exhibits are an additional charge
  • $$



  • there are many great festivals all over the Dayton region
  • seasonal (April-November)
  • most are free to enter (just a few have entry fees or parking fees)
  • most provide shuttles if parking is a challenge
  • check out the festival websites for complete details
  • Some of our Favs:  Sugar Maple Festival in Bellbrook (April), Yellow Springs Street Fair (June & October), Pow Wow at Sunwatch Indian Village (June), Celtic Festival (July),  Holiday at Home in Kettering (Labor Day Weekend), Concors Festival at Carillon Park (September), Oktoberfest @ Dayton Art Institute (September).
  • Free to $, food and crafts extra


Hike & Ice Cream

Hike at John Bryan State Park then head to Young’s Dairy for ice cream

Need to know:

  • wear sturdy shoes
  • rocks are slippery
  • stairs are steep leading down to the path by water
  • Hike is free, ice cream $


Ice Skating

Downtown at Riverscape-Seasonal

Need to know:

  • End of November thru February
  • Snack Bar on site
  • Skating rink under covered shelter
  • Heated area
  • Skate Rental available or bring your own ice skates
  • Don’t forget heavy socks so you don’t get blisters
  • Don’t forget gloves
  • $-$$


Miniature Golf

Indian Trails in Kettering

Need to know:

  • you have to start the game 1 hour before closing
  • they have a snack bar
  • reduced price for both courses during same visit
  • sign up on their website for coupon/emails
  • $$


Movie Night

Need to know:

  • Danbarry Dollar Saver behind the Dayton Mall $3.00 movies, $1.75 on Tuesdays!
  • Cash only for tickets (there is a bank machine in the lobby)
  • Snacks can be purchased with credit card
  • Cinemark Cinemas at The Greene ($5.50 Wednesdays) 
  • Cool Films at Victoria Theatre (summer)
    • classic movies
    • free popcorn and soda before movie in the lobby (can not be taken into theater)
    • 10 ticket passbook can be purchased for reduced ticket prices
  • $ to $$ (depends on theater, day, and # of snacks)


Nature Hike

Cox Arboretum

Need to know:

  • no pets
  • park closes at dusk
  • lots of walking trails and gardens
  • koi fish in the pond
  • look for turtles in the pond
  • bridge makes a great photo spot
  • climb the Tree Tower
  • Butterfly House (seasonal)
  • restrooms are in the larger Education Center and in the smaller Education Building
  • drink vending machine in Education Center
  • porch swings
  • picnic tables
  • Please be respectful of meetings, wedding ceremonies and receptions occurring on property
  • Free



Cincinnati Zoo

Need to know:

  • park on the street and walk in or pay for parking
  • if you are going to go to the zoo twice in the same year, a membership may be the way to go
  • save by buying tickets on-line, coupon savings thru Kroger stores or AAA membership
  • feed the giraffe
  • Festival of Lights (seasonal November-December 30th)
  • Check the website to see the events, animal encounters and shows available that day
  • $$$


Free=Free per couple

$=Under $10 per couple

$$=Under $20 per couple

$$$=Under $40 per couple

$$$$=Under $80 per couple

$$$$$=Under $150 per couple

Welcome and Thank-you Baskets

Welcome & Thank-you baskets are a nice touch for brides and grooms to put in hotel rooms for out of town guests or to give to the host of your bridal shower.


I am excited to feature a Dayton-based Ohio Welcome & Thank-you Basket idea.


The first step is to round up all of the great products that are made in and around Dayton, Ohio.

The best items for the out of town guests are items they can actually snack on in their hotel room.


Bag of Mike Sells Potato Chips (available at grocery stores)

Mike Sell’s was founded in 1910 by Mr. & Mrs. D.W. Mikesell in Dayton, Ohio.


Esther Price Chocolates (available at 4 Esther Price Locations in Dayton, 3 in Cincinnati)

They have 4 pieces custom favor boxes, candy bars, caramels and much more.  You can also

purchase a larger box and split it up into smaller bags to split to the different baskets.

Made in Dayton for over 90 years.


Winans Chocolates 

Maybe choose some Buckeyes (an Ohio staple) and this adorably sweet Ohio shaped chocolate sucker.


Brock’s Dust -locally made spices that can be sprinkled or rubbed onto meats, potatoes and vegetables.  Locally made in Oakwood, Ohio by Brock Masterson’s Catering.  Available at Dorothy Lane Market, Dots Market and Arrow Wine.


Jump’s Gourmet Peanuts  These “almonized” peanuts are crisp and crunchy, with a flavor you

won’t believe.  Available at Dorothy Lane Market.


Boston Stoker Coffee  In business since 1973, there are 10 stores around the area where you can select bags of various flavors of coffee beans-whole beans or ground on site.


Laura’s Cookies  Made at Dorothy Lane Market, available in small and large in many different shapes.  You can special order specific shapes (wedding themed or maybe an airplane shape to honor the Wright Brothers).  Pre-order specifics shapes 3 days in advance.


Caesar Creek Vineyards Bottle of Wine located in Xenia, a 200+ acre farm with 4,500 vines. 


Warped Wing make great local beers-purchase a 6 packs of several types and split between the baskets.


Other local ideas:

(Note: glass jars are perfect for shower hostess, maybe not for

out of town guests that flew in for the wedding)


Pine Club Salad Dressing (“One of the Greatest Steak Houses in the country” was founded in 1947)


Mama DiSalvo’s Spaghetti Sauce  They opened their restaurant in 1979 in Kettering, Ohio


Graeter’s Ice Cream gift card (started in Cincinnati in 1868)


Skyline Chili gift card (started in Cincinnati in 1949)  (some location give you a small to go box to hold the gift card along with, 1 packet of Skyline hot sauce and a small bag of their oyster crackers)


Rothschild Farms dips, salsas and mustards, started in 1970 in Urbana.


Buckeye Vodka & Belle of Dayton Gin or Vodka


Space Food  Maurice Krug was the inventor of space food. The first space food eaten was applesauce, squeezed out of a tube, such as what you use for toothpaste. Visit the Dayton Air Force Museum gift shop or Boonshoft Museum gift shop to purchase Space food


Let us customize a menu for your party or event! 937.298.1234