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About Playtime & Party and Our Merrymaker Friends

about playtime and party and our merrymakers

Our goal is to inspire you to put more play in every day to create happy memories, the Good Times Glue for a close-knit family and crew of friends.

Our Mission

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We believe in living intentionally, with purpose by:

  • putting more play in our day to relive stress, create memories with family & friends, get exercise the fun way
  • adding Good Times Glue to our relationships
  • sharing tips from pros who know
  • creating signature recipes
  • embracing seasonality
  • living sustainably
  • a local focus
  • helping the less fortunate

Our goal is to make it easy for you to live with this joy & purpose too.

We believe playtime is important for everyone – all ages – every day.

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Here’s what play does for you:

  • adds joy to your day – instead of filling in time
  • can give you a little exercise the fun way after a time of inaction
  • when you play with others it boosts both your spirits
  • helps you de-stress after a meeting or time of focused work
  • turns what you’re looking forward to doing into a mini-celebration
  • helps you experience memorable fun while waiting
  • adds Good Times Glue that cements close-knit family & friends
  • creates happy memories that last a lifetime
  • makes life an adventure when you’re prepared for impromptu play
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We know that time, energy and resources fluctuate so we offer alternatives.

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  • {fast & easy} for times when you aren’t as energetic or have too much on your to-do list
  • {cheap} when you’re on a tight budget
  • {DIY} when you’re feeling creative and want to be hands-on
  • {go big} for times when you want the ultimate celebration or create a signature recipe

Our ideas & tutorials make it oh-so-easy to add play to every day.

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We make it easy to add a few moments of fun, a spurt of exercise, a daily holiday or mini-celebration every day.

We share ideas for themed food, a signature beverage, 3D invitations, and themed decorations, costumes and entertainment for a mini-party or big celebration.

We offer step-by-step instructions for all skill levels: {keep-it-simple}, {DIY-joy} and {buy-it-ready-made}.

We give you several choices so you can create a playtime, full-on party or a signature dish that reflects your taste and style. For example: we offer several different peanut butter cookie recipes so you can bake the kind you prefer, and our meatloaf recipe includes a dozen ways to make and serve meatloaf – with tips to make it perfectly your first try.

We share information & inspiration from pros who know.

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Whether it’s a recipe, a seasonal chore or a craft, we help you do it right the first time by sharing tips from the pros who know. That can be a celebrity chef or a pitmaster, a florist or a contractor.

In his book Micromastery, Robert Twigger explains that a pro who has mastered his field knows the “secret” foundational skill or perspective for success.

Twigger calls this an entry trick, “the piece of insider information that elevates your initial attempt above that of the average first-timer” which speeds up our learning and increases our chances of sticking with it.

At Playtime & Party we look for pros to share their entry trick with us to help you improve your skills exponentially, and allow you to do it right on the first try. This way you can wow your crowd without years of training.

After an initial success, you can continue practicing & learning to make something your own – a signature recipe or special flair in what you do. We have suggestions for that, too.

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Want more?
  • see our recipes from the pros who know – we are fortunate to offer recipes from professional chefs, pitmasters, food bloggers and test kitchens as well as our own

We believe cooking should be fun.

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We don’t just give you the list of ingredients & directions, our recipes include:

  • step-by-step instructions for all skill levels
  • fast & easy or DIY-joy choice available for many recipes
  • information & inspiration from the pros who know like celebrity chefs & pitmasters
  • tips on how to make it perfect the first try
  • tips on how to add your own special touch to create a signature dish
  • holiday & special event recipe ideas
  • seasonal recipes
Want more?

Embracing Seasonality

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Seasonal Living is embracing the rhythms of life, the changes in nature, and the holiday calendar. Instead of resisting nature’s seasonal inconveniences, we welcome the variety that adds the “extra” for an extraordinary life.

Seasonal living goes deeper, flowing with the rhythm of each cycle to add purpose to everything we do.

  • we eat seasonally for fresher, more flavorful food and variety in our menus
  • we embrace the distinct differences in weather & discover ways to enjoy them
  • we gather our family & friends together in different ways each season to have variety in our Good Times Glue
  • we freshen our homes with decorations that reflect the changes outdoors or calendar holidays
  • we celebrate traditions that add meaning to life with calendar holidays
  • we build happy memories that last a lifetime by creating mini-party moments around the events of the season

About our Printables

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Here at Playtime & Party you will find single printables and printable packages to help celebrate daily holidays, for specific party themes and to decorate your baking.

We also offer PDF guides, a booklet on topics or a small collection of recipes.

Some are FREE, others are a nominal fee to cover our costs, and larger endeavors are a reasonable fee that is higher.

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  • Are you the one with the big ideas? “Let’s do this” or “Let’s go there”.
  • Are you the instigator that everyone follows to the next fun thing?
  • Are you the creative type who adds flair to everything you do?
  • Do you believe in celebrating life?

You sound like a Merrymaker!

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