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The Sweetest Occasion’s Holiday Wine Guide (Under $25)

The Sweetest Occasion’s Holiday Wine Guide (Under $25)

I’m so excited today to share this fun little holiday wine guide that my sister Ash and I put together for you! Make no mistake, neither of us claims to be a sommelier, but we are both avid wine enthusiasts and enjoy finding and exploring new favorites. Because we know wine can be a little daunting for some people, we thought it would be a fun idea to put together a really great wine guide that will get you through …

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange

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Baking cookies around the holidays has a long, sweet history in my family. I remember gathering as a kid with my mom, grandmother and aunts to mix, roll, cut and bake cookies for an entire weekend every year. To this day my mom and I still confer at some point in early December to divvy up the cookie baking list if …

Our Housewarming Party Menu

Our Housewarming Party Menu

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When we were planning our recent housewarming party, I was determined to come up with a couple of really killer appetizers to accompany the Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza that was the star of our menu. With Virtuoso’s thin, crispy crust and fresh, flavorful toppings as my muse, I decided we’d serve up a big selection of pizzas paired with antipasto skewers and …

Our Cozy Fall Housewarming Party

Our Cozy Fall Housewarming Party

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Approximately a million years after closing on our house (or, you know, five months), we finally had a chance recently to host a sweet little housewarming party for a handful of good friends. We were thrilled to be able to team up with my good pals at Dr. Oetker Virtuoso (formerly Dr. Oetker Ristorante) to invite some of our best buds over for an …

5 Festive Fall Parties

5 Festive Fall Parties

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Yesterday morning I started the day on the phone with my dad discussing Thanksgiving. Bob and I are hosting this year because, frankly, we couldn’t hear of any other options with it being our first holiday season in our new home. With my huge family and his family combined, we will be serving up dinner for nearly 30 parents, siblings, nieces and nephews so two months out the preparations begin. Should we have a ham in addition to turkey? (Answer: …

A Make Your Own Sub Bar

A Make Your Own Sub Bar

Bob’s birthday was yesterday so over the weekend we decided to host an impromptu gathering. I love hosting a birthday party, but we’ve been so busy lately that I hadn’t had a ton of time to organize anything too far in advance so a last minute party it was! On the menu? A make your own sub bar! Honestly, when it comes to last minute entertaining I find a menu featuring a main dish that is interactive in some way …

How to Host a Sweet and Simple Spring Brunch

How to Host a Sweet and Simple Spring Brunch

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There are few things that say “spring” to me quite like brunch! After long months hidden inside, getting together with friends for brunch feels like such a joy. Today I am teaming up with Simply Orange as part of their nature-to-New York campaign to bring you my tips for hosting a sweet and simple farm to table inspired spring brunch! The star of the show? …

Hosting An Impromptu Snow Day Board Game Party

Hosting An Impromptu Snow Day Board Game Party

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This time of year is right around the time where I start getting a little antsy for spring. The glimmer of the holidays has long since faded, but warm weather still feels so far off. If the last few weeks have been any indication, we still have more than our fair share of big winter storms to get through …

An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station

An Easy Holiday Party Dip Station

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With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, it’s officially time to chat about holiday parties! In particular, quick and easy holiday party appetizer ideas that will make your guests really really happy without making you go crazy in the process. Are you feeling me? You know you are! By now you’re well aware that beautiful, yet casual entertaining is …

Home is Where the WiFi Is Printable

Home is Where the WiFi Is Printable

As promised earlier when we were chatting about how to make your guests feel at home for the holidays, I wanted to create this cute Home is Where the WiFi Is sign so it was available to you to download! (Yes, for the record, I find myself pretty clever for thinking this one up. I quite literally chuckle out loud every time I read it!) Just click here to download, then print and either stick it in a frame you have hanging …

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays

How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays

Now that we’re closing in on Thanksgiving, the prime holiday traveling season is right around the corner. Yes, I also feel like it was just Memorial Day yesterday, but that’s how these things go I suppose, right? When I’m traveling and staying over with friends or family, I know I always love it when they go out of their way to make me feel really at home, which is something I definitely try to do when we have overnight guests, too. …

Holiday Baking Pantry Essentials

Holiday Baking Pantry Essentials

Ready or not, friends, the holiday season is quickly approaching! Before I go full out with all the holiday goodness up in here, I thought we’d start by talking about stocking the pantry. Today marks three weeks until Thanksgiving, which is, yes, utterly mind boggling. That said, it’s also the perfect time to start thinking about your upcoming holiday baking! I personally love to bake during the holidays so right about now is when I start to grab extra flour and sugar …