My Latest Articles + A Personal Note

Today I’m sharing some of my most recent contributions, some news for 2013, and a personal note at the end. I hardly ever get personal here, but have been wondering lately if that’s such a good decision. Read my ramblings and let me know what you think.

Pie-PartyHost a PIE PARTY with these tips and ideas I’ve shared on HomeMade Simple. Any time of year is a good time for a pie party. Just serve the flavors of the season, and gather together some friends for an afternoon of delicious fun.

Text-Wall-DecalOne of my other loves is home decorating. I’ve written an article with inspiration for text wall decals that will have you personalizing all those walls, doorways, and more with quotes and sayings. The new year is a good time for updating decor!

retro kitchen themed bridal showerI’m very excited about my newest party design for Celebrations. I created bridal shower ideas with a retro vibe complete with mini foods, and a bit of a kitchen theme. This RECIPE FOR LOVE theme is a great one for the novice cook, or a seasoned chef.

I write foe Homes.comFinally, I’m excited to announce a new partnership for 2013. I’ve signed on to be a blogger/ambassador with After working with them in the Fall on Tailgating ideas, I’m looking forward to working with them even more. I’ll be creating original content for their site, geared towards the home entertainer!

A Personal Note: I’ve been wanting to write this post for a week now but haven’t had the time to sit down and think it through. I’m also not great at opening up until I’ve know someone a while so it’s a little uncomfortable – seeing as how this blog is now 4 years old, I guess I know you by now(?)!

I’ve definitely changed the course of CAH. I started out as a party planner with a blog where I could pull ideas from around the web together in 1 place….I ended up being a “party sharing” site for a while, rarely showing anything of my own…..and finally I made the decision about a year ago to make this blog what I always wanted it to be in the first place – my own original content based on real recipes I use, real projects I would do {not overly time consuming or crafty}, and real design inspiration in my own style. I know – it’s all about me, me, me! But I’m pretty sure there are LOTS of women {even a man or two} who also love to party/entertain in style without going insane.

This past year has been one of great transition, both professionally and emotionally. While I’ve continued to see growth in the blog, and I’ve worked on some fantastic projects and opportunities, I struggle EVERY. DAY. with the fact that the human connections I made in the earlier years of blogging don’t seem to ‘BE’ any more.  It’s very disheartening.  I get frustrated when I see 50+ comments on some of my favorite blogs {mostly home/nesting blogs}, and I can barely rally up 1-2 comments, pins, shares on what I thought was a great idea, design, or recipe. As I was discussing this with another blogger friend, she opened my eyes to the fact that party/entertaining blogs are geared more for “searchers” who have a specific party or theme they want to execute. That’s a hard pill to swallow. After all, I want to INSPIRE you to celebrate EACH occasion or weekend, not just offer up a 1 time idea.

I’ve felt a little like a newbie blogger as I’ve made my transition, too. Most of my support group {party bloggers from the early days} have moved on and are not even blogging anymore. I have to somehow let a new set of bloggers and readers know that, “Hey, I’ve created some original ideas here that you might find interesting!”, and let’s just say I SUCK at self promotion.

I’m trying to move into 2013 with a sense of calm. I’m tired of chasing numbers and comparing my self to so-and-so who got a book deal, or so-and-so who’s got a gig with XYZ company, or so-and-so who’s doing this, that, and the other. I have my own projects which I love, and the truth is I’m probably matched up better with anyway.

This year I’m going to focus on creating great content for my partners, and continue with designs, projects, and recipes here.  I hope to continue working with brands which I think are relevant to our niche, and I’m ALWAYS open to new opportunities. I may even bring in some new twists that incorporate home decor or even fashion for entertaining {my other 2 loves}. I want to be your friend who encourages you to celebrate LIFE with style, not just birthdays….and hey, if a book deal comes along in the mean time!….*wink*


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  1. says

    Thank you for all the beauiful things you share Chris! I first fell in love with your site shortly before starting my own, and you were one of the ladies who really encouraged me by sharing my work, or offering a kind comment. It meant the world to me! I love your site even more with the more personal ideas and touches. I love seeing original content and certainly appreciate the work that goes into creating, photographing and sharing your own work. Thank you for all you’ve added to the blogging community! Here’s hoping 2013 is your best year yet!

  2. says

    You go girlfriend! And as one of your “old” friends…. I will vouch to all of your new readers that you are DA BOMB! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for you this year!

  3. says

    I 100% hear you! I struggled last year with my blog and it was specifically because it was only party based and although I love that, it wasn’t really a true reflection of me and my interests. I’ve started to evolve mine as well and yes, I hope that it’s helpful to the blog itself but mostly i want to continue enjoy blogging in general :) Best wishes and I look forward to continue following you!

    This Nest is Best

  4. Allyson says

    Hi Chris, I have followed you blog for years now, but also am an infrequent commenter. It is one of the top blogs on my reader, because I have followed for so long! I have deleted many over the years, but never yours, because I feel like you come from a real place. You have never put on airs, talked down to us, or try to sell us something. I appreciate that. I have seen others blow up on the internet, but at what cost? Your blog is one of the ones that I never mark all read without actually reading it. Your blog is also not the only party blog I follow, but definitely one of the best! You have a dedicated follower here and I hope you continue to remain true to yourself as you have all this time.

  5. says

    Chris, your posts are one of the few that I get on my personal email because I DONT WANT TO MISS ANY! And life gets us so busy that although they go in a “I have to read this one later” pile, for me it does get done because believe me…I do want that pile of emails or articles to be smaller. So today I’m working on my “I have to read this one later pile” and came across your article/feed for this one. I saved it because it was important to me. Because your blog inspires me, and because somehow I was a little bit (just a bit) dissapointed to hear that there might not be as many emails or posts from you but I’m happy to hear that you are defining your wants and your needs and what works for you. I can’t wait to continue reading your articles full of quality inspiration, as I appreciate your style! Happy 2013!!

  6. Cara says

    Late in commenting, but thank you for sharing! I wish you all good luck and happiness in business and, epecially, life!

  7. says

    Thanks for being so honest! As a former party planner myself/now-food blogger/freelancer, I get disheartened when I don’t get lots of comments, etc, BUT, I also forget to stop and leave thanks on favorite blogs when I’m quickly “searching” for inspiration. Well, I am officially starting now! I love ‘Celebrations at Home’ and always look forward to your fresh, beautiful content! Keep it up!

    Nealey @ Dixie Caviar (HUGE FAN!)