How to Have a New Yorker Bagel Party Even When You’re Not in New York!

This post has been sponsored by New Yorker Bagels, but all opinions are entirely my own.

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It’s no secret, my friends, that I’m from New Jersey. Born and raised for 27 years!

And by circumstance, I’ve always felt like a New Yorker – or at least like I have a kinship with them. After all, my mom is a true New Yorker. When I was growing up, New York was my city. And those were my bagels, my pizza, and my pickles. The same way other places have their gifts – like Jersey tomatoes and fresh citrus fruits in Florida and cheesesteak (or even cheesecake) in Philly. When it’s from there, it tastes like it’s from there – and like nothing else on earth. I seek that out.

It was only hard to leave the only home I ever knew, because of missing the people, and of being afraid to lose sight of all the things that made it so wonderful. Like the variety of people and cultures and foods and languages. For me when I was growing up, everything was about the bagels. My grandmother lived in Bergen County, NJ and would go into the city to get special bagels. She’d never come to our house empty-handed. Rather, she’d have a large brown paper bag full of the most delicious smelling delights EVER. It wasn’t until recently that I smelled that wonderful smell again – right on our doorstep!

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

When I found out about New Yorker Bagels, I’m not kidding when I say I could have cried. It’s the BEST way to have the bagels I’ve grown to love, but in my home in Massachusetts. And now I have the best holiday gift idea ever. Time to meet the world’s best bagels, my friends! New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery, and they bake more than HALF of all bagels enjoyed in New York City every day. They bake for leading brands, hotels, cafes and restaurants, and lucky people like us! They have for almost 40 years. Think about how you must have had them in your life!

And here is where it gets exciting. You can have them in so many fun ways!

They recently started offering their highest-quality, hand-rolled bagels online – so that all of us in the United States can sample and enjoy. I love that New Yorker Bagels is obsessed with quality so they ship all orders overnight at their own expense. Now that’s fresh! There are 22 bagel varieties currently available online. They have traditional favorites like Everything, Egg, Whole Wheat, etc. and also avant garde options like French Toast, Kalamata Olive, and Jalapeño Pepper. There are healthful options too, like Quinoa Multigrain (we have this!), Cranberry Energy, and four Whole Wheat options.

And all of their products are vegan and certified kosher.

Now let’s talk about the ways to use New York bagels in your life. There are many! For me, it’s throwing a New York City Bagel Party at home! First of all, it’s so easy to order the bagels, and I’m going to run that one down with you. Once you get your bagels, invite your bagel-loving friends over. Order or make a deli tray! Believe it or not, I make my own. I have my own ideas about what cheeses, meats and pickles should be there. And always make sure to put out forks, mayo and mustard, and always have butter & cream cheese for the bagel purists. Like Des! Toasted everything with butter is his jam.

Also, onions, capers, and lox if you really want to go New York City all the way!

Now we really need to talk all things bagel love. And I’m going to list it out for you spectacularly:

Holiday bagel love!

  • Visit their homepage and discover the awesomeness here.

  • Learn how to build a box of 12! This is SUCH fun for the variety. Check it out here.

  • Love bagels enough for a Bagel of the Month Subscription? Yeah, me too. And they make PERFECT holiday gifts here.

  • There are 2-3-month Bagel of the Month Gifts! Here’s the info.

  • And I have a promo code for you: TamaraCamera. That’s for the Bagel of the Month subscription. This code will give you $7 off your first 3 subscription orders (a $21 value) OR if you purchase a 3 month subscription as a gift, you’ll get $7 off the cost, as this is pre-paid up front. So remember that’s: TamaraCamera. And the promo code works for subscriptions only.

  • Lastly, everything on NewYorkerBagels.com is currently on sale for the holidays. Yay to that!

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So are you in bagel heaven yet? I am. I know I said this before but it needs to be repeated – New Yorker Bagels provides FREE OVERNIGHT SHIPPING because they love freshness that much, and they think you deserve it. And I know I deserve it and that you do too. Seriously. New York bagels. Hand-rolled bagels. FRESH, hand-rolled bagels. FRESH, hand-rolled bagels you can use for holiday gifts, or you can join a Bagel-of-the-Month Club or gift that! There are also healthful options, because New Yorker Bagels is obsessed with good health and freshness. This IS the food craze of the century.

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

Don’t forget my awesome promo code: TamaraCamera. That’s for the Bagel of the Month subscription. This code will give you $7 off your first 3 subscription orders (a $21 value) OR if you purchase a 3 month subscription as a gift, you’ll get $7 off the cost, as this is pre-paid up front. So remember that’s: TamaraCamera. And the promo code works for subscriptions only.

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

What’s your favorite kind of bagel?

New Yorker Bagels is the world’s largest fresh bagel bakery. They ship fresh and make great gifts! Try it! #ad #NewYorkerBagels #bagels #food #brunch #yummy

How to Throw a Back to School Party

This post is sponsored by I Love Ice Cream Cakes. All thoughts, photos and ice cream cake love are my own.

We decided to throw a back to school party to celebrate all of the fun changes. See the 3 fun things we did to make this a success! #ad #IceCreamCakeBreak

As you know, back to school is a big deal around here.

We had a bit of a rocky first week of school. For one, school never starts before Labor Day for the northeast, but it started on August 30th this year! For another thing, Scarlet wound up with a high fever after one day of school and missed the second day of school, and essay writing assessment that day. She LOVES writing. I know she will be able to make it up this week on the first “real week of school” but I was sad for her. As for Des, he is rocking first grade so far. Life is pretty great when your best bud is in your class, your great preschool friend is now in your class, and your awesome next door neighbor is no longer the librarian – she’s now your teacher. All in all, we think we have a lot to celebrate with this new school year.

That’s why we decided to throw a back to school party to celebrate the new year with a few close friends. Here are the simple elements…

our favorite ice cream cakes

1 – First, food. We’ll get to dessert in a bit because that’s obviously the most important thing, but I thought it would be so much fun to recreate a “best of school lunch” meal. I even put them on plates with trays, like cafeteria trays! For us, we did grilled cheese on wheat bread, pineapple chunks, and potato tots. Couldn’t you absolutely see it on a school lunch menu?

How cute is that?

We decided to throw a back to school party to celebrate all of the fun changes. See the 3 fun things we did to make this a success! #ad #IceCreamCakeBreak

2 – Second, the activity. We made summer memory jars! They were such fun. We took a fun apple-themed mason jar and then wrote out our favorite summer memories to place in the jar. They could be very specific or just two words. Anything goes for this. Then at the end of the party, we took out all the pieces of paper from the jar and read them aloud.

We decided to throw a back to school party to celebrate all of the fun changes. See the 3 fun things we did to make this a success! #ad #IceCreamCakeBreak

Making Summer Memory Jars

Making Summer Memory Jars

Making Summer Memory Jars

3 – And most importantly, the CAKE! My mom raised me right in that a party needs ice cream and cake, so when you have ice cream cake? That’s perfection! Our back to school party was on the bigger side, so we picked up TWO yummy ice cream cakes from I Love Ice Cream Cakes on my weekly grocery store run. I wanted to find I Love Ice Cream Cakes products near me so I used this product locator. It was as simple as that to plan and pick up!

What we got!

What a hit! I honestly think this made for such a special party. The kids were in heaven! I love that I Love Ice Cream Cakes offers a variety of delicious cakes, and they’re sold in grocery stores nationwide. They are super family friendly, and everyone finds a flavor to love. Des picked out a Carvel® Ice Cream Cookie Cake, and Scarlet chose the OREO® Ice Cream Cake for her friends. You can find such great ice cream cakes, that include nostalgic cakes from Carvel along with delicious and seasonal treats like the OREO one, and even a college football cake! Many wonderful finds in our grocery store freezer.

We got our ice cream cakes at BigY grocery store in the frozen aisle.

I Love Ice Cream Cakes showcases delicious frozen ice cream cakes for all occasions, in many different styles and sizes, conveniently available in grocery stores nationwide in the bakery or freezer section.

I Love Ice Cream Cakes showcases delicious frozen ice cream cakes for all occasions, in many different styles and sizes, conveniently available in grocery stores nationwide in the bakery or freezer section.

I Love Ice Cream Cakes showcases delicious frozen ice cream cakes for all occasions, in many different styles and sizes, conveniently available in grocery stores nationwide in the bakery or freezer section.

So, I Love Ice Cream Cakes have delicious frozen ice cream cakes for all occasions, and they come in many different styles and sizes. You can conveniently find them in grocery stores nationwide – in the bakery or freezer section. Tasty, ready-to-serve ice cream cake treats that are easily picked up on weekly grocery store runs? Total simplicity! We love to use ice cream cakes for many celebrations and gatherings – like football parties, birthdays, graduations, or even just cheering each other up. I think the back to school party will become a new tradition for us every year. It gives us all a big thing to look forward to at the end of the summer.

Fun info for your back to school party:

The OREO Premium Ice Cream Cake is a dessert to start a party! It has vanilla-flavored ice cream blended with OREO cookie pieces plus whipped icing topped with a large OREO cookie wafer and OREO cookie pieces. It serves up to 12 guests! As for the Carvel Ice Cream Cookie Cake, it has vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two giant chocolate chip cookies and then rolled in famous Carvel crunchies. Bonus that it can be easily personalized for any occasion. Make sure you join the Crunchie Club, where you’ll get product news, coupons, and other info! Join here with this link (and get a $5 coupon just for signing up). And check out all of these tasty desserts here.

We decided to throw a back to school party to celebrate all of the fun changes. See the 3 fun things we did to make this a success! #ad #IceCreamCakeBreak

What’s your favorite kind of ice cream cake?

We decided to throw a back to school party to celebrate all of the fun changes. See the 3 fun things we did to make this a success! #ad #IceCreamCakeBreak