Party Ideas + Decor

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 …

Loving Flamingos

Loving Flamingos

I’m not typically huge on themed parties, but right now I’m officially making an exception for everything even remotely flamingo themed. Flamingos feel unabashedly fun to me and it being summer and all, I’m pretty sure we all should indulge in some unabashed fun as often as possible. Both of my siblings live in South Florida in the land where sipping cocktails outdoors at tiki bars and decorating your lawn with flamingoes is, I’m pretty sure, the norm. (Ok, actually, …

10 Best Red, White + Blue 4th of July Party Ideas

10 Best Red, White + Blue 4th of July Party Ideas

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Have I ever told you guys how much I love July 4th? It seems pretty ridiculous if I haven’t, because after Christmas it’s absolutely my favorite day of the year. There’s just really nothing like fireworks, ice cream cones and loads of red, white and blue to make this lady happy. Really absurdly happy. With the big day coming up tomorrow, it’s time to talk about 4th of July party ideas! Specifically some of the best red, white and blue …