A tea party for girls and dolls
What little girl wouldn't love to have a party at the Carroll Mansion at Museum Row for her friends and their favorite dolls? "A Doll's Tea Party" is a two-hour event that includes food appropriate for a 19th-century tea; creating a tea for their dolls and making tussie-mussies (nosegays); and a talk on proper manners for a tea party.
The cost is $100 for up to 10 guests and $10 for each additional child. The suggested age is 5 to 11. For information and reservations, call (410) 396-3279.
Winning at winter
It isn't even officially winter yet, and we've already had more than our share of bad weather. You know more snow is on its way; it's just a matter of time. Here's a checklist to help you fend off the elements, courtesy of Hechinger:
* Vigoro: A new snow removal product that's environmentally friendly -- safer for your lawn, carpet and pets' paws than rock salt.
* Snow shovels: Remember to shovel intermittently during a snowstorm to prevent backaches from shoveling packed-down snow.
* Windshield-wiper fluid: Keep an extra bottle on hand.
* Ice scrapers: Keep at least one in your car.
* Sandbags: Place several in your trunk to weigh it down and help create traction.
* Air-conditioner cover: Place it over an outside air-conditioning unit to prevent wear and tear.
* Artificial logs and fire starters: You didn't want to go out in that storm anyway!
Golfing at home
America's 25 million golfers can be subtle in their homage to the game by decorating the house with Lexington's Palmer Home Collection (as in Arnold Palmer). It has few golf motifs; it's mostly comfortable, traditional pieces. Or they can go wild with Clubhouse Design's new golf-themed furniture. These are tables, lamps and chairs with a '50s look -- made of golf clubs. (The table pictured retails for $199.)
Clubhouse Design's creations can be found in the current Sharper Image Catalog this holiday season or can be ordered directly from Clubhouse Design by calling (213) 293-2359.