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By Hoffmaster Host on 12/20/2011 1:42 PM

The Irish have observed St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, as a religious holiday for over a thousand years!

Not all holidays draw the type of business to a restaurant or bar that St. Patrick’s Day can. Many restaurants choose to take advantage of this holiday by putting up themed decorations, dying the beer green, offering specialty cocktails and putting “Irish” menu items on special. On this day, restaurants can look forward to a little extra business from regulars, convivial folk out for a green beer, and maybe the customers looking for any excuse to enjoy another night out at their favorite watering hole. According to recent research from the National Restaurant Association, 28 percent of Americans are planning to go to a bar or restaurant this St. Patrick’s Day!

By Hoffmaster Host on 12/20/2011 1:27 PM

According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year! (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.)

Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women. In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.

By Hoffmaster Host on 12/20/2011 1:18 PM

The legend of Groundhog Day is based on an old Scottish couplet: "If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year."

Every February 2, people gather at Gobbler's Knob, a wooded knoll just outside of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Residents contend that the groundhog has never been wrong.
The ceremony in Punxsutawney was held in secret until 1966, and only Phil's prediction was revealed to the public. Since then, Phil's fearless forecast has been a national media event. The groundhog comes out of his electrically heated burrow, looks for his shadow and utters his prediction to a Groundhog Club representative in "groundhogese." The representative then translates the prediction for the general public.
By Hoffmaster Host on 12/20/2011 12:52 PM

Parties are great and I love to entertain and have people over to my house. I have been known to host parties for a handful of friends or family as well as large events with anywhere from 30 to 100 people at one time. When you have that many people in your home a hand towel in the bathroom just won’t cut it.  The bathroom is the last room you want to plan for when planning a large gathering, right?

I tried putting out multiple hand towels and have tried hanging decorative guest towels on the towel racks for guests to use. They either don’t feel comfortable using the “good” towels or they end up on the counter or worse yet on the floor. That certainly isn’t the way you want your guest to see your bathroom and it sure isn’t a very sanitary way to encourage guests to wash and dry their hands. I kept forgetting to go put out new towels as the party went on because I had way too many other things to tend to making sure my guests were well taken care of.

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