Our Last Minute Summer Cookout + Recipes

summer cookout

Over the years I’ve hosted a lot of parties – casual, formal, themed – and they usually take weeks or months to pull together. The thing I’ve noticed though, is that some of the most fun parties have been the ones we pulled together at the last minute with a few close friends. Everyone has […]

Chris’ Summer Potato Salad

summer-potato-salad

Last week I mentioned that we hosted a last minute Memorial day cookout for a few close friends. It was literally Saturday evening and we made plans for Sunday evening – 24 hours to pull it all together. I ran to the grocery store and picked up what I needed to make everything, including this […]

A Gold Party With Martha Stewart Celebrations

gold party

I have a fun project today that I worked on for the new Martha Stewart Celebrations line at JCPenney. They asked me to use one of the new collections to style a party and make it personal. I was thrilled to receive the gold party in a box because it’s so celebratory and would be […]

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

stuffed cherry tomatoes

Over the years I’ve experimented with a LOT of party recipes. Some were winners and some…not so much. I remember making these stuffed cherry tomatoes for the first time for one of our annual cocktail parties. I’m almost surprised at how popular they were! I think its the ease of eating ‘crudite’ without having to […]

Coffee & Doughnuts Bar With FREE Printables

coffee and doughnuts with FREE printable tags

I’m pretty sure one of the oldest forms of hospitality & entertaining that I was exposed to was coffee & doughnuts at Church on Sunday mornings. It was for the grown ups but if we were lucky, we kids might get a pinch of a doughnut before heading off to Sunday school. There’s something very […]

Gourmet Italian Pizza & Sriracha Bloody Mary

gourmet italian pizza

I’ve been shopping at World Market forEVER, so when they invited me to be part of their Trendsetters group my answer was a resounding “YES!” I have to admit working with companies and brands I already love and use is a wonderful perk of being a blogger. For this project I was given the opportunity […]

Ideas For Throwing A Garden Party For Kids

kids garden party ideas

I was going back and forth today about which party to share with you guys – our last minute Memorial day party we hosted, or this kids garden party shoot I created for Celebrations.com. I decided on this one because it’s been a while since I’ve shared a kids theme, plus I’m going to be […]