Party Ideas + Decor

Party Shopping: Host a Pie Party

Party Shopping: Host a Pie Party

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Completely inspired by Lisa’s mini pumpkin cheesecake pecan pies this morning, I so want to host a pie party! A few besties spending time in the kitchen, sipping on wine and whipping up loads of delicious pies. My claim to fame in the pie department is definitely my homemade apple pie with a flaky homemade crust that’s pretty much irresistible. (Um, even if I do say so myself.) This year I’d love to try experimenting a bit more, loading up …

Spooky Halloween Party Inspiration

Spooky Halloween Party Inspiration

Is it too early to talk Halloween? Maybe so, but let’s face it, October is already knocking on the door and here in Syracuse today it’s a whopping 55 degrees so it’s feeling decidedly like fall out there! Last week while visiting Erika, the latest issue of Country Living made an appearance on her doorstep. Let’s just say, I fell totally in love with their Halloween spread. I love this inspiration for a Halloween party! Think old apothecary bottles, vintage …

Party Shopping: Ice Cream Social

Party Shopping: Ice Cream Social

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On my dream cross-country road trip (which I hope happens sooner rather than later), one of my must-visit destinations is Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio. From the perfect packaging to the drool-worthy flavor combinations and the finest ingredients going, I feel like Jeni’s is popping up everywhere these days and with good reason! Of course, we all already know that ice cream is my favorite food ever (followed closely by lobster) so hitting up Jeni’s as I cruise …

Loving Pretty Place Settings

Loving Pretty Place Settings

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I have always loved a pretty table. Whether elegant and traditional, rustic or modern, the table is such a fabulous opportunity to add color, texture and personality to a celebration. Lately I have found myself pinning some of the loveliest ideas and I couldn’t resist sharing a handful of favorites. Right now I am definitely loving pretty place settings…

{Photos, from top: Erik Ekroth Photography via Hatch Creative Studio / Jose Villa via Once Wed /Arielle Doneson Photography via Style Me …

Pretty Little Things That I Love vol. 15

Pretty Little Things That I Love vol. 15

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My general rule of thumb when setting a table for either a small gathering at home or a big celebration is to use pretty white dinnerware mixed and matched with color and pattern by way of linens, glassware and serving pieces. Lately I’ve been stumbling upon the prettiest things and I couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favorites to help inspire your next party. From pretty pastels to polka dots and bold herringbone patterns, these pieces are the perfect …

Loving Spring Dinner Parties

Loving Spring Dinner Parties

Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. For some reason over the last few weeks I’ve had an itch to throw a dinner party that I just can’t seem to shake. Maybe it’s time to invite a crew over for a little gathering? I love the ease of spring entertaining. It doesn’t take much more than a warm breeze and some fresh flowers to set the stage for the perfect little party.

{Photo credits, from top left: Dining …

Spotlight: Shop Sweet Lulu

Spotlight: Shop Sweet Lulu

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I love pretty party decor and packaging. Actually, love might be an understatement. It’s the little extra details and that pop of color that make a celebration really shine for me. Today I’m so excited to introduce our beloved sponsor, Shop Sweet Lulu! I’ve been a huge fan of Shop Sweet Lulu for a long time and I personally shop there regularly for my favorite party accessory – striped straws! But the goodies don’t stop there. From bright and happy …

Party Shopping: Board Game Night

Party Shopping: Board Game Night

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There’s nothing I love more than small at-home gatherings with the best of friends, laughter and good times. So while winter makes it’s final push, I’m feeling like a board game night with my best people. My idea for the perfect way to do a board game night? Keep it cozy with floor cushions, fluffy throws, a punch bowl or pitcher boasting a tasty signature cocktail and a fix-your-own homemade pizza station. Oh and my favorite game of the moment, …

What to Wear: Going Bowling

What to Wear: Going Bowling

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This afternoon I’m taking a couple of my favorite kiddos out for a little bowling date while they’re on school break, so I basically have good old fashioned bowling fun on the brain. Don’t you remember how awesome bowling parties were as a kid? I won’t lie to you – I love rockin’ out in those Velcro-tabbed rental shoes with the classic red and blue stripes that bowling alleys are famed for loving. What’s not to love, right? Of course, …

Confetti Love

Confetti Love

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There’s something so simply and delightfully happy about confetti, don’t you think? I love these pretty confetti garlands from tokketok so much it kind of makes me want to string my own garland for around the house this holiday season. Do we think this is actually going to happen? Probably not so much, but in my dreamworld I like to pretend I have time to make long strands of pretty confetti to swag all over.

{Photos from tokketok.}

Holiday Entertaining Idea: A Cheese Platter

Holiday Entertaining Idea: A Cheese Platter

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I am loving this idea for simple and easy holiday entertaining – a super delicious cheese platter! I have a special love for cheese plates in restaurants so in my world this is sure to be a crowd favorite. Lay out parchment paper on a large cheese or cutting board, set out lumps of your favorite cheeses and tasty nibbles, and label everything with a marker and your best penmanship. (My mom recently canned up pickled green tomatoes that we’re …

Super Chic Halloween Inspiration

Super Chic Halloween Inspiration

Good morning, friends! I hope everyone had a fun Halloweekend and is looking forward to trick or treating this evening. This morning I’m loving this beautiful Halloween tablescape designed by Alli of Hooray last year. If you’re looking for last minute Halloween inspiration, this is perfect! Super simple with a color palette of all neutrals, a touch of sparkle and a few choice seasonal elements like mini pie pumpkins and gourds and you can easily transform your tablescape into an …