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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 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. …

Thanksgiving Countdown: 2 Days to Go

Thanksgiving Countdown: 2 Days to Go

With a pretty serious winter storm on the horizon for those of us here in the Northeast, I have to admit that this week is feeling a bit more like Christmas than it feels like Thanksgiving. (Minus the fact that we’re still a few days out from getting our Christmas tree, that is!) We have all kinds of snow and ice in the forecast and I can’t think of a better way to spend the next few days than bundled …

Thanksgiving Countdown: 6 Days to Go

Thanksgiving Countdown: 6 Days to Go

We’re one day closer to Thanksgiving and I’m telling you right now, I’m already excited. We’re actually eating at my mom’s house this year, which in and of itself is pretty awesome, because that lady is one heck of a cook. Also, she always makes vegetarian-friendly versions of all the Thanksgiving favorites for me so she earns extra awesome points for that, too. Which is not to say we’re free from the cooking entirely – B and I have been …

Thanksgiving Countdown: 1 Week to Go

Thanksgiving Countdown: 1 Week to Go

With one week to go until Thanksgiving, I’m kicking off the Thanksgiving countdown! Today and every day up until the big feast, I’ll be sharing a quick tip or two to help make your Thanksgiving celebration go off without a hitch.

With seven days to go, today is the day to buy the turkey! Keep in mind that if you’re buying a frozen turkey you’re going to need ample time for it to thaw. A general rule of …

Sweet Eats: Thanksgiving Desserts

Sweet Eats: Thanksgiving Desserts

I can’t believe how quickly Thanksgiving is approaching and, like every year at this time, I’ve got a mind for desserts this week. While I love a classic pumpkin or apple pie as much as the next girl, I also love switching it up and making something unexpected that still plays on seasonal flavors. I’m the resident Thanksgiving dessert girl in my family so cataloging delicious dessert recipes is kind of my thing. Here are just a few that have …

Five Tips for Hosting a Pint Size Party

Five Tips for Hosting a Pint Size Party

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Today we’re breaking it down with five tips for hosting a pint size party, brought to you in partnership with Apartment Guide! If you’re like me, you love to entertain, but a huge budget to pull together a fancy spread to wow your friends just isn’t feasible. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love hosting great parties. So with that in mind, today’s tips are all about how you can host a pint size party for $150 or less! The …

Target Gift Card Giveaway with Apartment Guide

Target Gift Card Giveaway with Apartment Guide

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Update: The winner has been announced! Check out this post to see if you won!

Today I am so excited to announce a giveaway in partnership with Apartment Guide! I’ve teamed up with Apartment Guide to bring you my favorite tips for hosting a pint-sized party. Think at-home entertaining on a tiny budget with loads of style, regardless of the size of your living space or your budget. In turn, Apartment Guide is giving one lucky reader a $50 Target gift …