Friendship Week: The Lakeside Collection Rewind

It’s National Friendship Week – it’s not a major holiday, but it’s a week worth recognizing to honor the people who have supported and celebrated us over the years. This week, we’re turning back the clock ten years and looking at what we might have gotten our best friends from The Lakeside Collection if it were 2004.

Lizzie-McGuire-dollThe Lizzie McGuire Doll Lizzie may be a clumsy middle schooler and a mediocre student, but she’s a great athlete and an even better friend. As a gift to your besty, the Lizzie McGuire doll says what you’re thinking: We’ll always be best friends, even in high school. This doll is a stuffed ‘04 trendsetter in her hot pink tank top and platform sandals but she’s also equipped to handle all your secrets – she comes with a purple notebook just like Lizzie’s to keep track of the confidential memos you only share with your best friend.

Spy-ToysUnderwater Spy Toys If you don’t want to leave a paper trail with your Lizzie McGuire journal, you can tell your deepest, darkest secrets to your best friend under water with these Water Talkies! All you do is take a deep breath, put your mouth on the talkie, dip into the deep end and reveal your classified information. With the Water Talkies, your secrets will only be between you, your best friend and all the fish within 15 feet of your conversation.

Friends-GameFriends Trivia Game Ten years after the pilot episode, the  Friends-ship has sailed, but not for you and your friends with the Friends Trivia Game! Test each other on how well you know all of Phoebe’s foibles, Monica’s management issues, Ross and Rachel’s rows, Chandler’s wisecracks, and Joey’s sandwiches. This game comes with 1,000 trivia questions covering 1994-2004 at Central Perk; it even comes with the signature over-sized coffee mugs just so you can feel like a true friend.

Cat-SweatshirtHoliday Fleece For the animal loving friend, nothing’s more fashionable than a stylish sweatshirt with cats adorned in holiday hats! And not a moment too soon – the weather is about to turn chilly and this cozy, one-size-fits-most shirt will give your best friend the cushy comfort a cat can’t.

Pooh-SweatshirtPooh Sweatshirts If your besty isn’t a friend of felines, there are other stylish sweatshirt options for friends – and who’s a better friend than Winnie the Pooh? Probably no one, but Tigger and Eyeore have certainly gotten Pooh out of enough jams to earn top spots on the Best Friends Billboard, if there were such a billboard.

Tiny-InstrumentsMusical Instrument Replicas The besty with a musical flair will love these tiny instruments! At a little more than 6”, these little musical gizmos are built like the real ones! The violin has real strings and a bow while the trumpet has three valves and a flared bell! They even come in velvet-lined cases. They’re not meant to be played or to be played with, but for the friend who loves music, they’re perfect miniature musical collectibles.

Ten years older and ten years wiser, our friends still deserve recognition. Even though these items are no longer available at The Lakeside Collection, your friends are. Think of them this week and have a party, send a gift or give them a nice note to show them your appreciation.

The Case for Febgiving

Dinner-partyAs we enter the latter half of winter, it can be kind of discouraging to know that there’s not much holiday-wise to look forward to. All of the big ones have already passed, and the “fun factor” of Valentine’s Day isn’t quite as universal as we’d like to believe. Thus, it may be good for our collective mental health to consider a new holiday that’s been catching on: Febgiving!

At its core, Febgiving is a holiday for gathering up your friends and family to have a day of warmth and celebration despite the bitter cold. Consider it as a sort of pre-party for the end of winter and a surefire way to combat the season’s blues. Modeled on the luxurious feast that defines Thanksgiving, Febgiving, like most good holidays, is simply an excuse to eat and drink well in the presence of people you care about.

Not sold yet? Though the benefits to Febgiving are literally unending, here are a few choice reasons for you to jump on the bandwagon.

You don’t have to deal with tradition
Am I alone in my hostility toward whole roast turkey? It’s one of my least favorite dishes, but having a Thanksgiving dinner without it would invite endless scoldings and complaints from people who are devoted to it for the sake of tradition. That’s why Febgiving is so great: there aren’t centuries of tradition to deal with, so you can do it up however you want! Cook up a nice porchetta, some brisket, or quiche as your main dish instead — it’s all up to you!

You don’t have to invite everyone
One drawback to the major winter holidays is the feeling that hanging out with not-so-nice family members is mandatory. It’s sort of the price you pay for eating all of that good food. Since no one’s heard of Febgiving, you’re freer to decide who gets to come over and celebrate with you. You can make it a friends-only affair, or dine with a few close cousins instead of the whole clan.

Traveling is easier in February
Anyone who’s flown or driven to relatives’ homes during the winter holidays knows that it can often balloon into a huge expense. You have to budget for inflated airfare, airport snacks to eat during the inevitable delays, and extra gas for bumper-to-bumper traffic. The good thing about February is that it’s one of the slower times for interstate travel: you’ll get where you’re going faster and cheaper than in November.

It makes February a little less lonely
Though Valentine’s Day can be a lot of fun for couples, the flipside of it is that it tends to leave unpartnered people in the lurch. And since Valentine’s is really the only holiday in February, it can make the whole month feel like kind of a bummer. With Febgiving, you can extend the spirit of love to everyone in your social group, regardless of whether they’re coupled or not. Everyone wants to feel loved; especially in February.

Leftovers!
Do I even need to explain this one?

Soleil is a former chef, with an encyclopedia of recipes floating around in her head. Nowadays, she applies her culinary expertise to the wonderful world of fancy picnic baskets.