DIY: Chalkboard Painted Glasses

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When it comes to DIY’s, I usually like to take an idea that’s either being sold in a store, or been done in another way, and assume I can do it my self for less money. Such is the case with these chalkboard painted stemmed glasses. I stumbled across a shop that sells chalkboard painted […]

Hot Chicken Salad Recipe

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We recently had a couple of friends over for a casual dinner and I served one of my favorite “Southern” recipes, hot chicken salad. I chose to make this as part of the Hellmann’s Chicken Change Up campaign to share a new twist on an old classic (cold chicken salad). This dish is easy to […]

Entertaining Series – Graduation Party Ideas

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For anyone looking for Graduation party ideas, I created a theme for college or high school grads.   The “Keys to Success” theme combines “key” advice for moving forward in life, with an Anthropologie-inspired design aesthetic.  With concepts for a seated table, a dessert table, party decor & guest table, plus a recipe for “diploma” rolls, you […]

Chocolate Filled Pastry Rolls Recipe

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I made these chocolate pastry rolls for my graduation dessert table, and they were so yummy I thought I’d share the recipe. They’re super simple with only 3 ingredients, but addictive to eat! Tie them up with ribbon or cording so they look like graduation “diplomas” or serve them for any occasion as is. Chocolate […]

“Keys To Success” Graduation Party Decor

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Our final table display for the Anthropologie-inspired graduation party is totally “themed-out” and reinforces our idea more than any. I set up a “Keys to Success” guest table where they could write notes to the graduate, and pick up party favors. It all comes together with the addition of a Key display that’s framed and […]

“Keys To Success” Dessert Table

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Here’s part 2 of my Anthropologie-inspired “Keys to Success” graduation party, and it’s everyone’s favorite – the dessert table! As with most of my dessert tables, it’s filled with homemade sweets, a few special garnishes, and a sprinkling of store-bought items to round out the selection. The styling was actually a lot of fun to do […]

Graduation Party Ideas – “Keys To Success” Theme

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When my friend, Bird, invited me to contribute to her Spring/Summer issue of Bird’s Party magazine, I was certainly up for it but had no ideas in mind at the time.  Being the great organizer & editor she is, and knowing my design style, she offered up the suggestion of an Anthropologie-inspired graduation party, and […]