Most backyards brim with chairs or bird feeders, with nary a feudal fortress in sight. But thanks to FunWorks, backyards can now host inflatable castles, as well as bounce houses and slides. The kid-centric business transports inflatables to homes, daycare centers, and events for afternoons of interactive jumping, sliding, and royal-court hearings. And to make a party extra memorable, characters such as Dora the Explorer and Spider-Man can also visit the festivities.
As barbecue season ignites the lawns of America, even un-aproned cooks can grill more than their suspicious enemies with hearty options from Super Suppers such as blue-cheese bacon burgers or grilled Indian chicken. Super Suppers pairs a no-nonsense, rotating menu with no-nonsense pricing. Regular-sized entrees ($14) are intended for 3–4 diners, and full-size entrees ($28) feed six or more. Start a new tradition in the kitchen with mom's marvelous meatloaf, composed of lean ground beef with savory bell peppers, onions, breadcrumbs, and a boldly spiced tomato sauce. Though known for its featured entrees, Super Suppers also carries sides, appetizers, and desserts that can fill out an otherwise-exposed dinner table.
Cathy Wood's custom-designed photo booth merges goofy modeling opportunities with top-notch photography equipment. A Canon DSLR camera with an optical lens clearly captures smiles and partygoers’ attempts to lip-synch the alphabet, and an internal touchscreen allows guests to immediately upload their photos to Facebook. A green-screen background makes it possible for any image to be swapped in as a new background, and for further customization, Phancy Photo Booth's technicians can embellish photo strips with one-of-a-kind graphics.
When Abner White opened Abner's Famous Chicken Tenders of Cordova, he had one goal in mind: "we take one thing and try to do it very well." More than twenty years later, his chicken tenders are still igniting cravings, made using the same recipe that he started out with. In addition to serving up individual plates at the store, Abner's takes on all sizes of orders to cater events ranging from graduations and birthdays to get-togethers to watch sports. The tenders are marinated and battered in Abner's homemade batter and served with dipping sauces made from scratch. Try them fried or grilled, served in a salad or wrap, or on their own with garlic bread and slaw.
The consortium of professional instructors at DanceSmiths Ballroom Dance Studio shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
The chefs at family-owned Ziparo’s Catering bake authentic Italian-fusion cuisine and concoct their own sauces for convenient carryout. The eatery’s Grab & Go menu abounds with hot and frozen entrees, salads, sides, and jars of homemade sauce. Take home a ready-to-eat portabella chicken ($15 for a small order that serves four) or befuddle taste buds with the sweet and spicy punch of The San Antonio, honey-glazed chicken and chipotle-parmesan cream sauce delicately perched atop bow-tie pasta ($15 for a small order). Frozen white lasagna bubbles with rich alfredo sauce after a quick jaunt in the oven ($16 for a small order), and a 16-ounce jar of Ziparo’s red sauce ($10 for a small) makes a delectable complement to a friend’s spaghetti or a rival’s new white carpet.