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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 …

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 …

5 Party Pins from the Week

5 Party Pins from the Week

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Last week I asked you guys to chime in by taking the holiday reader survey and your responses have been so helpful as I’m planning away for the next couple of months! (By the way, you can still take the survey for a chance to win a $50 J.Crew gift card!) Not surprisingly, a whole bunch of you cited Pinterest as one of your favorite ways to scout out holiday ideas and recipes, so I thought I’d make sure all of …

Host a Ladies Night Dinner Party

Host a Ladies Night Dinner Party

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Back in March when I was in New York at the Skinnygirl® Cocktails Influencer Summit along with a bunch of other awesome ladies, we had the opportunity to take a really fun cooking class and enjoy lunch together at My Cooking Party. The chefs at My Cooking Party had created the most amazing menu, all inspired by and using various Skinnygirl® Cocktails wines and …

Host a Summer Pizza Party + Giveaway

Host a Summer Pizza Party + Giveaway

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Hosting a casual pizza party is one of my favorite ways to entertain. It helps that we love pizza, or really, that everyone loves pizza. It also helps that it’s one of the easiest ways to throw a dinner party on the fly. Today I’m sharing a few tips for hosting a fuss-free elegant summer pizza party and my friends …

Summer Picnic Essentials

Summer Picnic Essentials

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It’s no big secret that I am a big fan of a summer picnic. I’ve made that pretty clear over the years. Sometimes though, picnics can feel like a lot of work! Preparing food, packing everything up, lugging it to the park or the beach. There are definitely times when they almost feel like more effort than it’s worth. (The operative word …

10 Festive DIY Pineapple Party Ideas

10 Festive DIY Pineapple Party Ideas

I’m pretty excited to see that the pineapple craze that swept the nation (or Pinterest anyway) last year is still going strong. As we head into summer, I am loving tropical-inspired pineapple motifs and party wares for everything from a casual pool party to kids parties, baby showers and luaus. So today, as is my way, I’ve rounded up what basically amounts to some of the coolest pineapple themed party ideas going.

Daydreaming about planning the first big bash of summer? …

10 Best Graduation Party Ideas

10 Best Graduation Party Ideas

My oldest niece is graduating from high school in just a few weeks, and I’m so excited that my parents and I will be flying down to Florida to help her celebrate. Let me just say, the fact that she’s no longer a wide-eyed toddler kind of blows my mind! Now an easy five inches taller than I am, she’s off to college this fall, which makes me feel really old. (For the record, I first became an aunt very …

Pretty Pastel Easter Brunch Ideas

Pretty Pastel Easter Brunch Ideas

I feel like St. Patrick’s Day was literally three seconds ago (which I suppose it kind of was) and already it’s time to shift gears and start thinking about Easter. You know what, though? I’m totally ok with that because nothing says spring like Easter! And after the winter so many of us have had, spring is going to be so welcome. I actually really love and look forward to Easter brunch every year, which is why I’m love this …

4 Easy Tips for Hosting a Halloween Party

4 Easy Tips for Hosting a Halloween Party

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We’re just a few weeks out from Halloween so today it only seems right that we talk about Halloween parties! Specifically, tips for hosting an easy fuss-free party that will have your guests feeling super special without making you crazy over the prep work. Halloween is on a Friday this year so I love the idea of …

Spooky Glam Halloween Party Ideas

Spooky Glam Halloween Party Ideas

Ok! So it’s October. Let’s get this party started and talk Halloween, shall we? No doubt, spooky glam is definitely my go-to Halloween vibe. Loads of black and white, a few metallic touches and a hint of something creepy and you’ve got the job done! I’ve rounded up a bunch of my favorite tabletop picks for just such a Halloween bash. What I love most is that many of these pieces, when styled differently with a different mix of colors …

Dandelion Wine Dinner Party

Dandelion Wine Dinner Party

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Every once in a while I think it’s fun to dig deep into the nearly six years of archives and share an oldie but goodie from the 1000s of posts I’ve written and shared since 2008. Today’s post takes us back four summers ago to this gorgeous dandelion themed dinner party, designed around a love for a vintage copy of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. With a neutral color palette, vintage book pages adorning the wall and an amazing dandelion centerpiece, I …