How to Throw a Baby Shower on a Budget

Written by Jill Manty

So, you want to host a great party, but you have limited funds. Can it be done? The answer is ABSOLUTELY!!!

There are numerous ways that you can cut costs when planning a shower. Perhapsrepparttar easiest way is to splitrepparttar 147419 hostess duties among several friends. Homemade food, favors, and invitations are another way to make things less expensive. The time of day you haverepparttar 147420 shower may also influencerepparttar 147421 cost. A mid-afternoon party with cake, punch, and light snacks is much less expensive than a dinner or a spa afternoon. Havingrepparttar 147422 party at a restaurant may be less expensive ifrepparttar 147423 guests all know each other and are willing to pay for their own meals. This may be somewhat awkward, though, so it definitely is a plan that will only fit certain situations.

Handmade invitations are a very easy way to cut corners. With a computer, a printer, and cardstock or specialty paper, you can make invitations that will look practically professional. Or you can choose to make a crafty invitation that perfectly complements your theme. Another option for invitations is to email invitations. Sites like sendomatic allow you to send invitations and maps, track responses, and even send weather reports forrepparttar 147424 big day for less than $15 dollars for 100 invitations. Sending email invitations saves onrepparttar 147425 purchase of invitations, as well asrepparttar 147426 postage.

Food for a shower can be very simple. If you have an early afternoon party that falls after lunch but before dinner, you can serve cake, punch, mints, nuts, and perhaps a fruit tray very inexpensively. The presentation is often more important thanrepparttar 147427 actual food that is served. Use nice bowls and silver for a formal atmosphere. If you do not have crystal or silver, you can usually get plastic that looks like crystal and silver and will still look nice. Finger sandwiches also add an elegant touch and are inexpensive and easy to prepare. If you want a more casual feel torepparttar 147428 shower, a vegetable platter and chips and dips are always welcome. Or get everyone in onrepparttar 147429 act and ask each person attending to bring a snack. You might want to have a sign up sheet, though, so that you don't end up with 5 bags of chips.


Written by Robert Bruce Baird


Academics will freely admit that this man was a troubadour. But what is a Troubadour? They were important torepparttar genesis ofrepparttar 147375 Cathar mystique for a certainty andrepparttar 147376 Princeton people I will shortly quote will say that Chrétien was one ofrepparttar 147377 first Troubadours in this region. Surely they do not think it would be one ofrepparttar 147378 first involved in these arts. In point of fact they are very very ancient arts inrepparttar 147379 training of a Druid, who would become a minstrel and jester before taking uprepparttar 147380 involved study to be a Bard or Baird. Druids, Bairds and Ovates arerepparttar 147381 best known appellations for those who completed these long and arduous studies which were already suffering and shortening byrepparttar 147382 time of Pythagoras who was part ofrepparttar 147383 last known Dean of Studies inrepparttar 147384 Mediterranean region. Abaris (Rabbi)repparttar 147385 Druid was that Dean and his name gives us a clue as to one ofrepparttar 147386 branches or systems which took over some of their training.

The Cathars were very Gnostic and open torepparttar 147387 Pharisaic Rabbinical message. In Caesar’s Journals we are toldrepparttar 147388 period of study was 20 years but it was 25 a millennium earlier and there were still other specialties one could study throughout their lives. One of those might lead to being called a Peryllat or ‘alchemist’. Many members ofrepparttar 147389 family of Jesus were alchemists and it is quite likely that Yeshua bar Joseph studied with Comarius who also tutored Cleopatra. Apollonius of Tyana is part ofrepparttar 147390 Jesus amalgam andrepparttar 147391 Cathars kept most ofrepparttar 147392 Gaedhil/Gnostic learning alive. One ofrepparttar 147393 charges thatrepparttar 147394 Inquisition leveled againstrepparttar 147395 Cathars had to do with Dianistic or Tantric sexual practices and I believerepparttar 147396 sexual or Bhakti ‘union’ (Yoga) was part of their training and system which highly valued women including giving them high priestly functions and leadership roles including Esclarmonde de Foix who is reminiscent of Hypatia of Alexandria, who both should be studied as a great heroine for all time.

The Bairdic Educational system had included a seven year specialty in developing languages for their far flung colonies inrepparttar 147397 second millennium BCE and they developed such codes and Gematria as you see in Hebrew andrepparttar 147398 Aymará of Peru. I have delved into these Oghamic studies in many other books including one withrepparttar 147399 title From OM to Ogham. Plato observed that knowledge was declining due torepparttar 147400 written word afterrepparttar 147401 Phoenicians gave them their refined alphabet. Some scholars think a few ofrepparttar 147402 poems attributed to Orpheus (a lesser Bard or Troubadour) are in factrepparttar 147403 writing of Pythagoras. The Grail myths are rich repositories ofrepparttar 147404 pre-Christian traditions.

“Little concerningrepparttar 147405 person we call "Chrétien de Troyes" (fl. ca. 1160-1191) can be affirmed with certainty. What we know must largely be inferred fromrepparttar 147406 writings attributed to him. These include five romance narratives written in rhyming octosyllabic couplets duringrepparttar 147407 final third ofrepparttar 147408 12th century (Érec et Énide [ca. 1165], Cligés [ca. 1176], Le Chevalier de la Charrette (Lancelot), Le Chevalier au Lion (Yvain) [ca. 1177? 1179-80?], and Le Conte du Graal (Perceval) [ca. 1190]); a sixth narrative, Guillaume d'Angleterre, has been attributed to him by some, although many scholars find this doubtful. At least two surviving lyric songs are said to have been composed by him (if so, he isrepparttar 147409 oldest known trouvère with work closely related to that ofrepparttar 147410 Old Provençal troubadours). {The region is also known as Langue d’Oc or Languedoc. Occamy is ‘alchemy’ in one translation so we can seerepparttar 147411 importance ofrepparttar 147412 Troubadour to Bairdic or Peryllat spiritual quest isrepparttar 147413 tongue or language and codes of alchemy.}

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