Give yourself and your girlfriends a meaningful visual treat by hosting a movie night about empowered women on Women’s Equality Day on August 26

Women’s Equality Day may be a celebration of when women were allowed to vote in America, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate women empowerment in other ways. Get your girlfriends together to celebrate girl power by having a women-themed movie night. Treetopia identifies the women of strength and character in these film selections you may want to screen at your viewing party:

Women of Strength and Integrity

With the rise of independent women in this century, it’s not hard to attest to the strength of women. However, in a world of oppression, will there still be women who will remain vigilant in their respect for life and moral beliefs? This is what Katniss Everdeen proves in the film, The Hunger Games. Watch how she defines and remains true to herself despite the odds (and look good while she’s at it!). May the odds be ever in your favor.

Women of the Work Force 

Are you a true, present-day empowered working woman or have been raised by one? Made in Dagenham depicts a time when women went home with a significantly lower amount of money in their pockets despite working just as much as their male counterparts. Witness the true story of how a group of women, who worked at the Ford Motor Company of Dagenham, England, paved the way for the Equal Pay Act for women in 1968.

Women of Color 

If you and your friends refuse to be classified into society’s narrow categories or go against what you deem unfair, then add The Help to your list of movies for your viewing party. Watch how different women from distinct backgrounds react to and challenge the prevailing system and tell their story.

Woman of Beauty and Suffering 

It is always said that the only person who can truly hinder you from succeeding is yourself. The amazing biopic of Frida, played by Salma Hayek, shows how renowned painter, Frida Kahlo, lived through chronic pain after being pierced with an iron handrail in a bus accident in 1925. While much of the film revolves around her and her relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera, Frida proved that you may break her bones but you cannot crush her spirit.

Gather the girls and celebrate the strength of women in spite of difficult trials that befall them, and remember: when women band together, anything can happen.

What other films can you add to this list? Post your suggestions below!


Get a kick out of these tips and tricks for hosting an April Fool’s Day Party

Now is the chance to call out your inner child and host an all-out April Fool’s Day party for you and your prankster friends. Check out some of the things you could do to prepare for the ultimate fun and funny party this year!


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Whether you love Mardis Gras or simply enjoy colorful parties, Treetopia will show you how to plan a FUN-tastic Carnival party

You may have missed the festivities during this year’s Mardis Gras Parade but that doesn’t mean you have to wait another year to experience the glorious festive atmosphere that comes with it. Read on below for tips on how to organize your very own Mardis Gras, whether you’re planning for next year or you just want to host a carnival-themed party any time of the year.


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Food, Glorious Food!

Mardis Gras is not the English translation of “Fat Tuesday” for nothing. Since this day of celebration is held before Lent and fasting begin, it’s only natural to gorge on glorious food. So if you really want a carnival-inspired celebration, it is a must for your party to be filled (if not overflowing) with food. You can start off with a simple appetizer like this scrumptious shrimp canapé recipe from Leslie Styles’ blog. Caryn Ross also shares a couple of easy-to-make Mardis Gras recipes on her blog, Cooking with Caryn. Follow it up with three or four types of main dish until your guests reach the delicious moon pie dessert or traditional king cake. You don’t have to worry because there’s always room for dessert.


moon pie photo by steevithak via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0 (left) and king cake photo by syvwlch via flickr. CC BY 2.0 (right)

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Bring out those shakers and blenders because it’s time for some delightful recipes for National Margarita Day


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It’s National Margarita Day this Friday and what better way to celebrate than mixing up a glass or two (or several) of this favorite concoction. Treetopia has gathered a few recipes you and your friends can try out, so gather everyone for a margarita-tasting party!

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Forget pity parties and anti-Valentine’s Day sentiments. Call up your best single girl friends for a Valentine’s Day party they will surely remember

If you’ve been single for a while and are about to do your best rendition of “All by Myself” a la Bridget Jones, stop, take a deep breath, and think about doing something more enjoyable and productive this Valentine’s Day. Since you’ve already decorated your home to reflect a romantic Valentine’s atmosphere, take it to the next level by hosting a terrific party for your fellow single friends. (If you haven’t decorated for Valentines yet, check out The Single’s Guide to Decorating for Valentine’s.)

 

The Venue: Your Home

When it comes to choosing a venue, it’s better to host intimate parties in familiar places. What other place would be more familiar than your own home? If you have a nice garden shielded from the cool winter breeze, you can host an outdoor party. If not, you can settle for a cozy party indoors. Glam up your home with lovely centerpieces and table decorations. We found this 11 unique table decoration ideas from the Inspiration for Home blog.

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Do you know why you do the Christmas traditions you grew up with? Read on and find out!

Now that we have stuffed ourselves with a delightful Thanksgiving feast sprinkled with love, we can direct our attention to the next big feast—Christmas. Christmas is certainly one of the holidays with a treasure trove of traditions, but do you know why and how exactly these traditions came about?

Oh Christmas Tree

The most popular Christmas icon, especially for children, is the Christmas tree. We’ve all been though the phase of counting how many beautifully wrapped gifts nestled under the tree have our name on it. But did you know that the tradition of decorating trees came long before Christmas itself? It is believed that ancient pagan societies that practiced animism brought and decorated trees indoors to please the spirits and ensure a good harvest. Trees only became linked to Christmas when Christianity started to spread across Germany. The popularization of the modern Christmas tree came about when Prince Albert, originally from Germany, introduced the Christmas tree to England after he married Queen Victoria in 1840.

Christmas Stockings

The tradition of hanging Christmas stockings by the chimney is linked with the origin of Santa Claus’ story. It is believed that St. Nicholas threw three bags of gold coins down the chimney of a poor family whose father could not marry off his daughters because he had no money for dowries. It so happened that the daughters hung their stockings by the fireplace to dry and they caught the bags of gold coins that were dropped.

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Entertaining unexpected visitors can be somewhat troublesome. Many hosts aim to impress with complicated dishes, but this often leaves too little time to actually enjoy their guests’ company. At the same time, guests could be craving more than the usual popcorn and soda. Hopefully, with our Sensational Snacks from Around the World, you’ll be able to find some simple snack ideas that are guaranteed to please.

Moroccan Hard-boiled Eggs

This twist on the old-fashioned hard-boiled egg is easy – just slice the egg open and sprinkle with cumin. It’s a Middle Eastern favorite that is sure to please even the most jaded of appetites, and the cumin helps with your digestion too!

German Sandwiches

This European take on the traditional open-faced sandwich is made of a slice of bread, a dollop of cream cheese, and thinly sliced cucumbers. Run a rolling pin over the bread or use soda crackers for extra thinness. It’s a snack that can also double as a cocktail canape.


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Hawaiian Musubi

Because Hawaii is a melting pot of food cultures, nothing shouts “Aloha!” louder than this Americanized version of sushi. All you need is a block of sticky rice, some pan-fried Spam, and Japanese dried seaweed to wrap it all in. Your guests will find themselves asking, “Why didn’t I think of this before?”

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