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Thanksgiving Party Ideas!

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If your social media is flooded with red Starbucks cups and your senses are overwhelmed with minty evergreen and cinnamon scents, don’t be alarmed, it means the holidays are officially here! Hosting Thanksgiving this year? Here are a few fun game ideas, so you can share the memories at the next family gathering!  

  1. Shake your tailfeather!

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You may also know this game as the tissue box game, but we added a Thanksgiving flare. Empty a tissue box for each player and replace the tissues with craft feathers. Tape a pair of pantyhose or thick ribbon onto each box so the box is in the middle of the pantyhose. To play, give each player a box tied with pantyhose and have them tie the pantyhose around their waist so the tissue box is on their backside. Players must move around and shake, shake, shake until all of the feathers fall out of their tissue box. First person to empty out all the feathers wins!

  1. Feast or Football

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Give each player mini footballs and line up a bunch of large pots and pans, on the other side of the room, all at varying lengths. Dishes toward the back of the room are worth 7 points, dishes in the middle are worth 3, and dishes closest to the players are worth 1 point. Players have one minute to throw the footballs into the dishes, scoring as many points as possible . Or have teams play simultaneously by using different colored footballs, and see who can get to 21 points first. 

  1. Thanksgiving dinner

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This is great game which tests your memory and requires very little physical activity, perfect for the post-meal recovery! Everyone gets together and sits in a circle. The first person starts off by saying “At Thanksgiving I like to eat turkey.” Then the next person says the same thing but adds another dish. This continues all the way around the circle with each person reciting the dishes in the exact order they have been given and then adding a new one. If a player makes a mistake they slide out of the circle and the game continues. The person left who can perfectly recite the Thanksgiving menu wins.

We hope these games spice up your Thanksgiving party! Stay tuned for next week’s blog 🙂 

New Jersey Hot Spots!

Being on a tight budget does not have to limit your summer fun! There are many great places to visit and activities to do right here in good ol’ Jersey.

1. Mountain Creek

This is not your average water park, with many dynamic and thrilling attractions this will surely be the summer trip memory that will last a lifetime!

2. Hoboken

From walking on the pier gazing at the city skyline to free movie nights under the stars, Hoboken is a fun-filled city any time of day!

3. Delaware River Tubing

All your water adventures can be found right here! With tubing, kayaking, canoeing and rafting all available, it’s a great trip opportunity for family and friends.

4. Grounds for Sculpture

Walk through breathtaking scenic routes with more than 200 modern art sculptures. Get your camera ready!

Make the most out of summer 2016 by visiting local hot spots. Cheers!

Where to Watch the Fireworks!

Happy 4th of July Weekend! If you’re still planning your Fourth of July celebration, here are three major hotspots to catch an amazing fireworks display!

  1. Freedom and Fireworks Festival (Jersey City, NJ)

Enjoy an all-day event with carnival rides, games, food and free pre-fireworks concert! Catch a picturesque fireworks show at night with the State of Liberty in the backdrop!

 

  1. Atlantic City Fireworks (Atlantic City, New Jersey)

AC is known to host one of the top five fireworks shows in the country, don’t miss out on a great fireworks display across the ocean.

 

  1. 26th Annual Oceanfest (Long Branch, New Jersey)

Long branch hosts its July 4th festival from 10 am -1 0 pm. Enjoy family-friendly festivities by day and the Oceanfest finale by night!

 

We hope you all have a fun and safe weekend! Happy Independence Day!

The Ultimate Summer Vehicle!

The ultimate summer vehicle is waiting for you! The 2016 Toyota Highlander has the space, functionality, and comfort you need this summer to cross off the next thing on your bucket list.

Highlights of the 2016 Highlander:

  1. Third Row seating!

You don’t need to pack in your family and friends like sardines in the Highlander. Everyone can sit comfortably, enjoying the ride to your destination.

  1. Cargo Space!

Don’t sacrifice what beach items to bring for the sake of space. The third row folds flat to make your Highlander as accommodating as you need.

  1. Advanced Technology!

Don’t waste time getting lost and finding connection. With available Entune premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, you can easily pick the most popular burger joint while jamming to your favorite throwback.

The 2016 Highlander is now available in a Hybrid edition, giving you more miles to the gallon.

Feature Summer Accessories:

  1. Tow Hitch:

The Highlander has up to 5,000 lb. capacity, helping you fully prepare for your camping trips!

  1. Cross Bars:

If riding a bike by the beach to catch up to the ice cream truck doesn’t scream summer, I don’t know what does. Cross bars help you get ready for all your adventures.

 

Summer 2016 is right around the corner, let’s make it count!

Memorial Day Weekend!

Memorial weekend is finally here! If you’re hosting a party or traveling – a delicious meal is coming your way!

Here are a few of our favorite and easy recipes (for all the last minute people out there) you will love!

Appetizer: Corn Chip Chili Cheese Dip

What’s better than some chili cheese goodness?! Check out the recipe here: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/corn-chip-chili-cheese-dip

 

Main Course: All-American Cheeseburger

What’s Memorial weekend without a classic burger off the grill?Check out the recipe here:http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/all-american-hamburgers

Dessert: Oreo Truffles

Make sure to leave room for dessert! Oreo truffles are an easy dessert everyone will be impressed with! Click here for the recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/127491/easy-oreo-truffles/

We hope you all have a fun and safe Memorial Weekend! On behalf of Crystal Auto Mall, we thank all those families who have members that proudly served our country and protected our nation! We salute all our soldiers!

Did you know? Leprechaun Edition!

It’s the luckiest week of the year! Since St. Patrick’s Day was this week, many people and cities celebrated with their green outfits, temporary four-leaf clover tattoos, and a beverage…or two.

One of the most famous figures associated with St. Patrick’s Day is the Leprechaun! For mythical creatures, there is a lot to learn about them and their little world! Hopefully knowing more about them will help us get closer to a pot of gold or the chance to make three wishes!

They are always dressed to the nine!

They are always wearing suits, a hat, and maybe even smoking a cigar with their fancy attire. But they may not always be wearing green, sometimes you can catch them wearing red!

They live in a large network of caves!

It’s a leprechaun’s nightmare to be captured by a human! Often the entrances to their caves are disguised as rabbit holes or tree hollows…be careful not to damage them or that’s a lifetime of bad luck!

They love music!    

Leprechauns know how to have a good time! They play various instruments like tin whistles, fiddles and the Irish harp. They have a few dance moves up their sleeves too.

So, if you come across a pot of gold, just remember that sharing is caring! Hope you all had a fun St. Patty’s Day!

Supporting a Great Cause!

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Last Sunday, on June 7th Crystal Auto Mall was one of the  sponsors at the American Diabetes Association Tour De Cure, a national biking event hosted in cities across the US, to raise money for continued research to find a cure, prevent, and help educate about diabetes.  Individual riders and teams biked up to 100 miles, raising as much money as possible for their family and friends that are diagnosed.

I volunteered to be a SAG (Support and Gear) vehicle driver. Tony, another volunteer, was partnered with me as we drove through Basking Ridge, helping to transport weary drivers and broken bikes.

Crystal donated the use of a certified pre-owned 4- door Tacoma, which was the perfect vehicle because we were able to easily pack equipment and multiple bikes in the bed, while the riders comfortably sat in the back seats.

This Tacoma comes with a back-up camera and touch display screen. Considering the number of k-turns I had to do that day, navigating unfamiliar roads, you can best believe that the back-up camera came in super handy.

I was thankful the truck came with a USB port to keep my phone charged to ensure it had enough battery life to take plenty of pictures. We also hooked up our dispatch radio in the power outlet, so we could coordinate with the staff  which locations to pick up riders from.

Many of the inside roads we traveled on in Basking Ridge had many potholes, but they were not match for the Tacoma’s 16 inch styled wheels.

The Tour De Cure was a huge success; it rose over a quarter of a million dollars! Over 500 riders with their family and friends attended. I had a great time meeting some of them and hearing the inspirational stories of people who are currently fighting diabetes.  And with free Chipotle for lunch, we all had a very fulfilling day.

Our prizes were a huge hit with riders and their supporters. We were happy to give away a complimentary pair of tickets to Dinner with the Boys, an Off-Broadway show in New York and a $50 gas gift card.

We are honored to have been part of such a great cause, helping make a difference in people’s lives and supporting our local community.

We look forward to continue supporting the ADA and their future events!

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