Strega Nona Entertaining: Conjuring Creative Fun

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I just finished my spring break last week. That doesn't mean I am not still in a spring break frame of mind. You don't have to travel to sunnier locales to get there. Nor do you have to be going back to school, like myself. You can pitch a SPRING BREAK EQUINOX PARTY! Why not revisit your crazy college days and let loose? We will be experiencing the triple whammy of a solar eclipse, (new) Supermoon, and the equinox tomorrow. So we may as well go all out.

First, invite everyone you know. Heck, even invite some people you'd like to know. Let them be aware that no one gets in without donning some beach wear. Bermuda shorts, bathing suits, floppy hats, flip-flops, sunglasses, the works. Next, stock up on your surf music. If you want to keep the tunes flowing all night, mix in some ska, which always has a cheery upbeat party vibe. 

For deco, head on down to your local party supply store. Invest in a bunch of cheap inflatable beach balls to toss around. Add goofy cut-out palm trees and hula girl party lights. Don't forget an economy pack of glow sticks that can be fashioned into bracelets and necklaces, along with some black lights. Make everyone feel like they're really in a college dorm or a cheesy nightclub in Florida.

At the grocery store, look at easy finger foods. Pineapples on toothpicks, a variety of chips and dips. A few easy Hawaiian frozen pizzas will be an appreciated option. For drinks, concoct a simple but tasty non-alcoholic fruit punch: Combine two bottles of R.W. Knudsen's Simply Nutritious® Morning Blend juice with a bottle of Reed's Original Ginger Brew (more to taste). Yummy!

For the wild party animals, you should definitely have some pitchers on hand of a signature drink. A great old standby – The Bahama Mama. Here's a fun variation from

1/4 oz coffee liquer

1/2 oz dark rum

1/2 oz coconut liquer

1/4 oz 151 proof rum 

juice of 1/2 lemons

4 oz pineapple juice 

Combine all ingredients and pour over cracked ice in a collins glass. Decorate with a strawberry or cherry and serve.

Sidenote: there are other nifty resources to explore at this website, such as a bartender guide, and a list of drinking games. Speaking of which – have a couple of bottles of RumChata on hand for shots, too. 

Whip up your drinks ahead of time, set out the easy snacks, crank the tunes and get this party started. Since we're going with this theme, let's be smart too. Invite people to crash on your futon if they need to, and/or arrange for a Lyft. Just because someone might get a little stupid doesn't mean they need to make stupid choices. Now get your woo-hoo on!


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Colleen DuVall has written articles, plays, short films, and a novel. Most recently, her work has been featured in her new blog, Off The Beaten Path for the Shepherd Express online (, and the Wisconsin Life radio show for WPR. She recently adopted a little grey and white cat named Tessa, after beloved 22-year-old Bootise passed on.


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