HAM & PARMESAN CANAPES

ham and parmesan appetizers

Everyone has their go-to list of party appetizers.  The ones you know will be a hit every time, they take little effort to prepare, and you can serve them for any type of gathering.  These ham and Parmesan canapes are one of mine. I served these at our Christmas cocktail party in which I prepared the […]

9 IDEAS TO ADD RED & WHITE TO YOUR CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES

9 ideas for a red and white christmas

This year I’ve been decorating with gold and silver in my own home yet I find myself still drawn to classic red and white.  It’s such a pretty combination and easy to incorporate into food and decor.  For everyone who loves this look as much as I do, I’ve rounded up 9 ways you can […]

WINTER WONDERLAND HOLIDAY PARTY IDEAS

winter wonderland tablescape

If you love the idea of a classic Winter Wonderland themed holiday table you’ll want to check out my latest styling project for SheKnows.com.  I created a tablescape using silver and white, sequins and fuzzy fabric, and glitter and bling.  The ideas are easy to follow and have high impact.  There are also menu suggestions, […]

EASY PECAN PIE BARS WITH SUGAR COOKIE CRUST

easy pecan pie bars with sugar cookie crust

Last weekend started the holiday season with a bang with our ladies night gift exchange on Friday and our neighborhood Toys for Tots collection party on Saturday.  The TFT party was held at a church close by, and it was ‘open house’ style from 5-7.  Volunteers brought cookies and other baked goods to share, and […]

HOLIDAY DECOR INSPIRATION

Holiday Design Inspiration from Olioboard

I never get tired of looking at Christmas decorating inspiration.  There are just so many possibilities and styles!  If you love it too you should check out the Olioboard Fabulously Festive design contest, in partnership with Homes.com.  Olioboard is a design platform where you can create rooms and decorate without spending a dime.  Of course […]

NEW YEARS EVE :: GOLDEN GLAM DINNER PARTY

New years Eve dinner party

I’m on such a gold and glam kick this season, I just can’t get enough of it! I decided to create this inspiration shoot for a modern and glamorous New Years Eve dinner party that’s filled with gold sequins, black and white graphic prints, and a few festive details. New Years Eve is the perfect […]

10 DO’S & DON’TS FOR HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING + SALMON-POTATO BITES RECIPE

holiday entertaining-wine pairings

I have exactly one week and one day to prepare for our annual Christmas Cocktail Party…I have the house partially decorated as you know, and I do have my menu planned out. Now I just need to do all the shopping and prepping that goes into “show time!”  To be honest, after putting this event […]

GROWN UP “COOKIES & MILK” :: Kahlúa BALLS & WINTER WHITE COCKTAIL

grown up cookies and milk

Do you love to make and bake gifts to give for the Holidays?  Think about those people you want to give something to, but they’re not really on your  ”gift giving list.”  Neighbors, hostesses, teachers, can all benefit from a couple of hours you spend in the kitchen on a weekend afternoon.  In fact next […]

HOST A HOLIDAY GIRLS NIGHT IN

0sauza girls night in party

This weekend will be the start of holiday parties everywhere.  On our list this month is a ladies night white elephant gift exchange, a Toys for Tots drive, our annual Christmas cocktail party, an ugly sweater Christmas party, and of course a NYE party.  Phew!  I can’t wait! You know how I love a monthly […]

CURRIED PUMPKIN SOUP + STUFFING BALLS {AND A GIVEAWAY}

curry pumpkin soup and stuffing balls

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. This year for Thanksgiving I made something new – curried pumpkin soup.  I actually made it early in the week and when our travel plans were cancelled due to the winter storm, we were able […]