Holiday + Seasonal Party Ideas

The Sweetest Christmas Playlist

The Sweetest Christmas Playlist

I know a lot of people love Christmas music, but today I’m going to make a really big claim. I am going to come right out and tell you. I love Christmas music more than most people who love Christmas music. As a kid we would go caroling at local nursing homes with my aunts and cousins, wearing Santa hats and singing in four part harmony. In high school I was in a show choir where we’d start practicing our …

12 Beautiful Modern Thanksgiving Decorations

12 Beautiful Modern Thanksgiving Decorations

Admittedly, I tend to be a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving decorations. Not so much of the pilgrims and cornucopia variety, but more in the pumpkins, leaves and autumnal colors kind of way. Ok and even more honestly, we’re usually so busy cooking and baking and popping bottles of bubbly that crafting the perfect Thanksgiving tablescape is never really top of mind for me. That said, I can really get behind a seriously beautiful and modern Thanksgiving …

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 …

12 Must-Try St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

12 Must-Try St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

I’m pretty sure we just stopped crafting Christmas ornaments and somehow, we’re creeping up on St. Patrick’s Day. Is anyone else feeling that way? Luckily, I love St. Patrick’s Day if for no other reason than it means that spring is near. Also, Irish coffee. No complaints there. I’ve gotten a few requests already for a round-up of St. Patrick’s day recipes and cocktails, which tells me that we’re all starting to think about our annual Guinness binge fest. Ask …

Glad to Give Holiday Party

Glad to Give Holiday Party

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Over the last few years, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about ways to give back as a family during the holidays, but this year we really wanted to take it up a notch. I’m not sure exactly why, but for some reason knowing that we’d have a new little baby joining us just in time for the holiday season …

Three Ways to Dress Up Champagne

Three Ways to Dress Up Champagne

As I’m spending time with our new little one, some of my best blogging buds are covering for me.
Today please welcome our old friend Chelsea from Lovely Indeed!

Hey party animals! Chelsea here from Lovely Indeed, so happy to be helping out while our girl Cyd is getting used to life with a new little nugget. There are so many reasons to celebrate right now, not the least of which is the holiday season! If you find yourself entertaining a few guests here and …

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 …

An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet

An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet

Sometimes it makes good sense to start the day with something super pretty. When it’s the week before Thanksgiving and that something happens to be in the form of a gorgeous Thanksgiving table and the yummiest looking dessert buffet you ever did see, well, then it’s even more appropriate. Today we’re talking about this beautiful Thanksgiving table styled by the ladies of Cacao Sweets & Treats. This elegant Thanksgiving spread was inspired by their amazing desserts, featuring a long organza table …

An Easy New Year’s Cocktail Station

An Easy New Year’s Cocktail Station

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Hi, friends! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas for those of you who celebrate and an awesome weekend in general for those of you who do not. I’m going to be continuing to take a little bit of time off now through January 5, but I’ll be popping in here and there all week. So let’s get …

A Festive Last Minute Gift Wrapping Party

A Festive Last Minute Gift Wrapping Party

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Last week I hosted an impromptu gift wrapping party and invited a couple of my best friends to spend an afternoon with me wrapping gifts, sipping wine and stuffing ourselves with Christmas cookies. It was, in a word, amazing. I swear there is nothing like hanging out with some of your favorite people in the universe while wrapping …

Delicious + Easy Holiday Dinner Appetizers

Delicious + Easy Holiday Dinner Appetizers

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Some of you may remember that last year we hosted nearly thirty people for Christmas dinner. While we’re not going all out in quite that fashion this year, we are hosting family and friends at our home on Christmas evening. Which is why today I’m sharing a few delicious and easy holiday dinner appetizers with you! …

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 …