Holiday + Seasonal Party Ideas

DIY Glow in the Dark Trick or Treat Bags

DIY Glow in the Dark Trick or Treat Bags

by Stephanie Gerber

Halloween is quickly approaching! (Believe it or not.) Have you started thinking about your costume? Your kids’ costumes? I’m lobbying my kids to go as WordGirl and Captain Huggy Face but I have a feeling we’ll wind up as a princess and a super hero – again. Since no one will let me get creative with their costume, I’ve resorted to getting crafty on tote bags. These trick or treat bags glow in the dark! It’s the coolest …

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 …

Summer Essentials: A Camping Trip

Summer Essentials: A Camping Trip

I make no secret of the fact that by the time summer comes along I have about zero interest in being kept inside. Once the sun is shining and the days grow long, I’m all about getting outside and enjoying every minute. Give me sunscreen and bug spray and send me out into the woods or to linger along the lake, and I’m about as happy a camper as any you’ll ever find. With at least one, hopefully two, summer …

DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting

DIY Watercolor Stripe Bunting

by Kelly Lanza

I’m not too sure how it got to be the middle of June already, but you know what that means… the Fourth of July is right around the corner! I wanted to make some decor that was patriotic but didn’t scream it (if you know what I mean), and I thought this watercolor stripe bunting was the perfect solution! Not only does it work for a July 4th BBQ (strung on tables or overhead), but it could be …

Recipe Favorites: Cinco de Mayo

Recipe Favorites: Cinco de Mayo

A tasty collection of Cinco de Mayo recipes perfect for your next fiesta!

Cinco de Mayo: The Best of Fiestas

Cinco de Mayo: The Best of Fiestas

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As we count on down to Cinco de Mayo this week it only seems fitting to celebrate my love for all things papel picado, guacamole and piñatas! It’s not too late to whip together a little party for you and your favorite pals this weekend so I dug through the archives to bring your three of my favorite fiestas. If you want to get in on the fun, don your favorite sombrero, whip up a pitcher of sangria and party …

Favorites: St. Patrick’s Day Recipes + Crafts

Favorites: St. Patrick’s Day Recipes + Crafts

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While I can’t really figure out where the weeks are going, turns out St. Patrick’s Day is this week! (You know, in case you’re like me and the flurry of green all over Pinterest didn’t tip you off a little sooner.) I haven’t had the time myself to host any St. Patrick’s Day festivities in recent years, but who doesn’t love a good excuse to sip on a Guinness and listen to Irish music? So usually I just throw on …

Pink + Glittery New Years Eve Inspiration

Pink + Glittery New Years Eve Inspiration

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With New Year’s Eve just a few days away, I couldn’t resist loading you up with a bit of pink and glittery inspiration. Because, let’s face it. We all love glitter this time of year, don’t we? This shoot was dreamed up by the dynamic Italian team of Bon Bon Studio and features some of the prettiest details I’ve ever seen. This look would be perfect for any New Year’s Eve party, but it’d be especially perfect for an evening …

Kaylee + Bobby: A Newlywed Christmas

Kaylee + Bobby: A Newlywed Christmas

Do you guys remember this amazing Christmas shoot that the crazy talented Haley Sheffield shared last year? You guys went crazy for it (as did I) and soon enough it was a huge internet sensation. Not a day goes by that I don’t see those photos popping up all over Pinterest and the free world at large. Well, buckle your seatbelts and prepare for something absolutely stunning. Ruffled recently featured this year’s edition of Kaylee and Bobby’s Christmas love affair and it’s …

A Cozy Midcentury Woodland Christmas Fete

A Cozy Midcentury Woodland Christmas Fete

A beautiful and cozy midcentury woodland inspired Christmas party by Anne Sage on The Sweetest Occasion

A Golden Holiday Party for the Ladies

A Golden Holiday Party for the Ladies

Year after year, I love seeing the glittery holiday parties the amazingly talented Kate Martin of Beautiful Days has up her sleeve. Showcasing her beautifully styled celebrations has become a bit of a tradition! (See what I’m talking about by checking out just a few of my past favorites here, here, here, here and here.) This year, Kate hosted her fifth annual ladies-only holiday party, full of gold, sparkle and loads of holiday cheer. Throw a room full of giggling gals, photos from Brea McDonald, a …