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Los Angeles native Adeline Ashley is founder and president of a new website With over 15 years experience in the gourmet foods, corporate gifts, catering and event planning industries, she has become an expert in providing creative gifts and event planning ideas. Special artistic care goes into creating extraordinary celebrations and fabulous gifts to deliver that extra “WOW” factor—hence, she has a long list of celebrity and corporate clients from Oprah to Aerosmith and Boeing to Warner Bros.

Adeline’s business background along with a passion for entertaining was a natural transition for her to create Clever Parties. Through recent planning of party events, both personally and professionally, she saw an opportunity to develop a unique online resource for planning, sharing, and creating clever parties and events. She wanted to build a site that was cool, fun and easy to use with helpful tools and social networking capabilities.

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Baby Boomer Barbie Turned 50 This Year

Baby Boomer Barbie Turned 50 This Year

Baby Boomer Barbie turned 50 this year and she is looking pretty hot.

Mattel rolled out the the pink carpet to celebrate at a Barbie human sized "Malibu Dream House" in Malibu designed by Jonathan Adler.

Try this cocktail recipe in honor of Barbie's 50th

The Barbie Doll


2 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Sprite
1 oz. Malibu Rum
1 oz. Raspberry Sourpuss

How are you celebrating your 50th? Prefer low key?

Have a Wine (not whine) and Cheese Party


When cheese and wine is perfectly matched the experience is wonderful. Both the cheese and wine flavors will be enhanced almost jumping out at you. There are so many choices and combinations for cheese and wine pairings. However, below are 4 popular wines and general descriptions for cheese selections from Artisanal Premium Cheese.

Pairing Cheese with Cabernet Sauvignon - The Cabernet Sauvignon grape generally favors cow's milk cheeses and generally works well with washed rind variety of cow's milk cheeses, from young to well-aged. Cabernets also tolerate many milder blues. The prominent cedar, lead pencil, and tobacco flavors associated with this varietal often clash with the acids that are typical of most goat's milk cheeses. When paired with sheep milk cheeses the grape blends fairly well at the start but the finish is usually less rewarding.

Pairing Cheese with Pinot Noir - Pinot Noirs with their red berry flavors and floral aromas meld well with natural rinded cow's milk cheeses, and many of the sheep milk cheeses, including the Iberian thistle-renneted cheeses. Pinots are rarely successful with blue cheeses, washed rind cheeses, or goat milk cheeses. The acids in these cheese types can ruin a fine Pinot Noir. One exception to the rule is with mixed milk cheeses that have goat's milk, these have the potential to pair well with Pinot Noir.

Pairing Cheese with Chardonnay - Chardonnays work well with washed rind cow's milk cheeses as well as many cow's milk blues. The apple, pear and citrus flavors of the grape generally meld with the acids found in goat's milk cheeses as well. Even the super-aged cow or goat's milk cheeses can dissolve well into this varietal. 100% sheep's milk cheeses are usually much less successful, especially the Iberian thistle-renneted cheeses.

Pairing Cheese with Champagne - The success Champagnes enjoy with cheese can be largely attributed to their effervescence - the bubbles have a wonderful "lift" and help break down the acids and butterfats. Champagnes also have a degree of acidity and sweetness that gives them special affinities

Shopping Tip: Rule of thumb is one-half bottle of wine and 4 ounces o cheese person.

Serving Tips: Serve the cheeses at room temperature. Offer a minimum of 6 cheese from soft, semi-hard to hard. Present the cheese in blocks or wedges and have a cheese plane, slicer or cheese knives handy so guests can cut their own. Offer thinly sliced or cubed baguettes and plain crackers in a basket.



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