Party Ideas + Decor

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 …

Easy Spooky Halloween Party Decor

Easy Spooky Halloween Party Decor

If you’re hosting a Halloween party and need some quick, easy last minute ideas for your requisite Halloween decor, look no further! When I shared my homemade Halloween bark recipe earlier in the week, I mentioned that I was sharing a handful of tips on pulling together your Halloween party decorations on the Maurices blog. Today I wanted to share a few more photos of the world’s simplest Halloween vignette. If you’re not the type who goes all out and …

Our Housewarming Party Menu

Our Housewarming Party Menu

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When we were planning our recent housewarming party, I was determined to come up with a couple of really killer appetizers to accompany the Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza that was the star of our menu. With Virtuoso’s thin, crispy crust and fresh, flavorful toppings as my muse, I decided we’d serve up a big selection of pizzas paired with antipasto skewers and …

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 …