Real Winter Parties

A New Year’s Day Bloody Mary Bar

A New Year’s Day Bloody Mary Bar

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In our town going out for Bloody Marys is a longstanding New Year’s Day tradition to the point where some folks skip New Year’s Eve festivities entirely in order to better partake in the Bloody Marys. Inspired by that tradition, today I’ve teamed up with my friends at Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza (formerly Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza) to create this epic Bloody …

A Spike Your Own Hot Cocoa Station for the Holidays

A Spike Your Own Hot Cocoa Station for the Holidays

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When I think about entertaining during the holidays, I like things to feel really fun and special for friends and family, but not at the expense of my sanity. We have a huge family and a lot of obligations this time of year, so time can be limited and throwing extravagant parties just doesn’t make the cut on my list …

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 …

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 …

Glad to Give Holiday Party

Glad to Give Holiday Party

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Over the last few years, we’ve spent a lot of time talking about ways to give back as a family during the holidays, but this year we really wanted to take it up a notch. I’m not sure exactly why, but for some reason knowing that we’d have a new little baby joining us just in time for the holiday season …

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 …

A Backyard Winter Skating Party

A Backyard Winter Skating Party

Today we’re giving up on fighting winter and embracing all of her cold, snowy wonder by revisiting this real party feature from way back in 2010. This backyard ice skating party is one of the most popular parties I’ve ever featured! Created by event planner Kate of Beautiful Days, it’s all the things I love about winter. A big frozen pond, a roaring bonfire, a few twinkle lights strung across the backyard, mugs full of hot cooca with homemade marshmallows, ice skating …

A Glam Galentine’s Day Dinner Party

A Glam Galentine’s Day Dinner Party

I was so excited to see this gorgeous Valentine’s Day dinner party from Nicole D Photography hit my inbox, because it’s a whole lot of things I love. Drawing inspiration from the now ubiquitous Park & Rec Galentine’s Day party episode, Nicole went totally glam and girly when pulling this celebration together. It’s all about your best friends, champagne, an excuse to wear a pretty dress and getting crafty making DIY floral crowns. How stinkin’ fun does that sound? The details here are …

A Colorful + Festive New Year’s Eve Party

A Colorful + Festive New Year’s Eve Party

We’re ushering in the New Year with a look back at this colorful and festive New Year’s Eve party that Mindy Kaisner of Modern Mindy planned last year for a group of girlfriends. Mindy is an interior designer turned event planner, and with this party she was all about bringing the sparkle with a fun at-home party that’s a testament to working with your home décor and adding a few special touches to throw a killer party. Some fabulous tassel garland looped along …

A Festive Last Minute Gift Wrapping Party

A Festive Last Minute Gift Wrapping Party

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Last week I hosted an impromptu gift wrapping party and invited a couple of my best friends to spend an afternoon with me wrapping gifts, sipping wine and stuffing ourselves with Christmas cookies. It was, in a word, amazing. I swear there is nothing like hanging out with some of your favorite people in the universe while wrapping …

A Valentine’s Day Girl’s Night

A Valentine’s Day Girl’s Night

I make no secret of the fact that I love putting a non-romantic spin on Valentine’s Day. Remember how in elementary school Valentine’s Day was all about passing out little notes and candy to your friends? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. After sharing my take on a girlfriend-friendly Valentine’s Day with pretty DIY mini bouquets last week, today I’m construction paper heart happy to share this Valentine’s Day girl’s night from our awesome friends Andrea, Samantha and Jade and Matthew. (With the amazing talents of Dollface …

A Mid Winter Brunch with Friends

A Mid Winter Brunch with Friends

I am so thrilled to share this pretty little brunch with you today. Reason being, this gathering from Jess and Mandy of Plate & Paper is a perfect example my favorite way to entertain! With just six people, loads of delicious food, and serving pieces and decor pulled from what they already own, this kind of party is easy to pull off but still really special. They mixed navy, white and gold, layering pattern and texture in a really simple …