Blue Cheese & Balsamic Topped Kettle Chips

blue cheese & balsamic kettle chips

I was just telling someone the other day that I’m not a junk food junkie… but I AM a chip junkie! While other party planners are focused on the sweets tables & desserts, I’m over here thinking about the savory items & appetizers, and there’s no better savory, salty item than chips. My husband and […]

How To Make A Ribbon & Trim “Cake” Centerpiece

make this shabby chic "cake" centerpiece

You know, as a creative blogger it’s pretty hard to come up with something new and original. Of course you can take an old idea and make it your own by tweaking it a bit, but to make something that people haven’t seen before is a challenge. And to make something that other people will […]

Bourbon Infused Recipes – Meatballs & Dessert Balls

bourbon infused recipes

One of the absolute must-have items on the menu for any cocktail party I’ve ever hosted is cocktail meatballs. It’s as classic as a crudites platter or a cheese plate, and it appeals to men, women, and children. Not only is it economical but it’s also a great time saver since it feeds a crowd […]

Fun Ideas For Setting Up A Bourbon Tasting Bar

ideas for a bourbon bar

Saturday is the Kentucky Derby which kicks off the race for the triple crown. Although I’ve never been to the derby, I have been to a few steeple chases here in Virginia and in North Carolina, and I certainly love watching that iconic 2 minute race on the tv screen. With that in mind, what […]

Favorite Mexican Layer Dip Recipe

Mexican layer dip recipe

Time for a little Mexican flavor to get you in the mood for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. I’ve been making this Mexican layer dip since my college days. I got the recipe while I was working a summer office job up in Northern Virginia. One of the gals in the office used to make […]

How To Host A Stylish Cinco De Mayo Party

cinco de mayo party ideas

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Mexican food & drink, and celebrating cinco de mayo. It’s also the perfect time to host a ladies night gathering with a few girl friends, mix up some margaritas, and serve up the chips and salsa/dips. I had the pleasure of working with Sauza blue tequila to come […]

Party Appetizer – Bacon & Blue Cheese Dates

bacon and blue cheese dates2

Here’s the perfect appetizer to serve during your shabby chic bridal shower or ANY casual gathering – bacon wrapped blue cheese dates. During a ladies night at my house a few months ago, one of the gals brought these over to share and I was hooked! You can’t eat just one. The combination of salty […]