Holiday + Seasonal Party Ideas

The Ultimate Chocolate Martini Bar

The Ultimate Chocolate Martini Bar

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One of my favorite ways to host a party that’s easy and fuss-free is to pre-mix a big pitcher of a signature cocktail or to set up a self-serve bar for guests. It makes it easy for friends to grab a drink without requiring you to mix drinks all evening. Win-win! During the holidays, I like …

Three Valentine’s Day Things

Three Valentine’s Day Things

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I’m gearing up to bring you a handful of fun new Valentine’s Day ideas starting next week, but I thought I’d jump start things a bit today with three of my favorites from last year! I’m definitely the type who prefers small, sweet gestures on Valentine’s Day, so something sweet and handmade followed up by a fizzy champagne cocktail loaded with heart-shaped ice is just my speed. Of course, I’ve been pinning Valentine’s Day crafts and gift ideas like a …

A Festive Holiday Brunch Menu

A Festive Holiday Brunch Menu

Have I mentioned how much I love brunch? It’s kind of the most perfect meal in the whole entire universe if you ask me. There’s something about waking up late, lounging over coffee and then chowing down on delicious food. Add in a gaggle of friends and an abundance of good conversation and you’ve got an awesome day made with just one meal. And the holiday season? It practically begs for hosting brunch. Whether it be for house guests the …

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 …

10 Best DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

10 Best DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

In case it has completely snuck up on you (like it has for me) consider this your friendly reminder – Thanksgiving is just a week away! Yeah, I know. That happened really fast, didn’t it? Which means the timing is perfect to start thinking about jazzing up your feast with a few festive little touches. Today we’re talking Thanksgiving place cards, specifically. Of the DIY variety because that’s how we roll. Why do I love place cards so much? Because …

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Confetti Pop

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Confetti Pop

With Thanksgiving just over a week away, the timing of today’s Thanksgiving celebration with the amazing ladies of Confetti Pop could not be better! Featuring gorgeous florals and a fun, modern vibe that I just adore, every little detail of this Thanksgiving spread is on point. My favorite part may just be the saturated orange and rust color palette. Paired with loads of gold touches (hello, awesome polka dot table runner, I’m looking at you) and a few festive DIY …

Recently Pinning: Elegant Thanksgiving Decor

Recently Pinning: Elegant Thanksgiving Decor

So it turns out that something pretty cool happened this week. Namely, Pinterest gave me an awesome little shout-out in their newsletter as a Pinner to follow for Thanksgiving ideas and inspiration! With a few thousand new Pinterest followers, a big ol’ grin on my face and turkey on the brain (even though I don’t eat meat), you can guess what we’re talking about today. Yep. Thanksgiving. In all of its pie-loving glory. This year I’m finding myself really into …

Recently Pinning: Spooky + Glam Halloween Decorations

Recently Pinning: Spooky + Glam Halloween Decorations

You’ve probably caught on by now that I’m really excited for Halloween this year. Well, in truth, I get really excited for Halloween every year. For the last couple of years I’ve been really drawn to dark, spooky and moody Halloween decorations. That spooky vibe is just so eerily festive, especially when it’s amped up with a touch of glam. Think touches of metallic, loads of candlelight and the occasional frilly embellishment. So if you haven’t figured it out by …

Summer Essentials: A Lobster Boil

Summer Essentials: A Lobster Boil

Following yesterday’s ode to the classic summer lobster boil, it only seemed fitting that we talk about hosting our own seafood boil or clam bake before the season is over! While it may seem a daunting exercise in hosting, it’s really not all that tricky. You just need to load up on seafood, set some big pots to steaming, boil up a huge pot of salt potatoes, melt lots of butter and asks friends to show up with a salad …

Loving A Lobster Boil

Loving A Lobster Boil

Lobster boils, clam bakes, seafood boils – I’m obsessed! (I’ve mentioned this before, I know I know.) Lately though, I’m really hurting for a classic Maine lobster boil. I want the bib, the salt potatoes dripping in butter, the blueberry cobbler to finish it all off. I will tell you that lobster is my favorite food in the entire world other than ice cream. Give me the two of them together in one meal? Holy cannoli. That’s my kind of …