Category: Celebrate

An Easy Valentine Snack Table!

January 16
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A Valentine snack table is always a fun way to celebrate the season and it doesn’t need to be crazy elaborate to produce a smile or two from the ones you love!  This is a great thing…because this year it already seems like the time is flying by and I don’t want to miss out on any of the Valentine fun!  Whether you’re serving a treat to your kids, dishing out some sugar to guests, or having a few girls in for ladies night fun, it can be super simple to create something festive!  I’d love to share some of my favorite “tricks” for styling a simple Valentine display with easy goodies and budget friendly decorations to go with them!  All you need is a small table, a beverage cart, tray, or a clear space on your kitchen counter to display the goods!  You can keep some basic items in your pantry and whip up a wonderful treat in a pinch…so let’s let love fill the air and get started!

melt hearts with an easy valentine snack!

Winter Treats

January 8
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Winter treats are the perfect way to beat the winter blues!  Now that the holiday festivities are over it seems everyone is ready to freshen up, organize spaces, get moving, and cut back on the sugary desserts…at least for a while!  I’m right there with the majority trying to accomplish these January goals…but I just can’t completely forgo the goodies!  Because I’m generally an everything-in-moderation kind of gal, I’m still going to occasionally serve up the sweets for my family and friends to indulge on while we brave the winter!  And since it seems that almost the entire nation has been in a deep freeze for most of the holiday break, I decided to serve some January goodies that would reflect this current weather situation!  To keep our spirits up while we were hunkered down indoors I whipped up some sweet, winter fun by setting up a simple dessert table that would even satisfy Jack Frost!  So if you need some party inspiration or just want to celebrate a snow day…check out the fun!

baby it’s cold outside…so stay inside for winter treats!

Easy Ideas for a New Year’s Eve Celebration!

December 28
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A New Year’s Eve celebration is one of the most festive ways to embrace new beginnings!  Whether it’s an all out bash or a quieter version with family, it is one of my favorite ways to end the holiday season but with such hope and expectation for all the exciting adventures to come!  I’m so thrilled to have partnered with Grand Rapids Popcorn Company and Amalfi Decor to bring you some really simple but no less festive ways to set up a glamorous snack table that will fit right in to any party…big OR small!  Get ready to pop, clink, fizz and nibble your way into 2018!  The New Year is just around the corner…make it a memorable one with those you love!

pop, fizz, clink…crunch!

Holiday Cookie Swap!

December 4

Cookies and Christmas go hand in hand…and now that the holidays are upon us it’s time to let the celebrations begin!  I don’t know about you but it wouldn’t seem like Christmas without a cookie swap!  It’s the perfect reason for hosting a party and offers guests a platter full of sugary goodness to take home for their own festivities!  I love having cookies ready all month long…not just for parties but for those unexpected situations when friends pop in!  Today I’m so excited to share some merry fun with plenty of ideas on how to host your own cookie swap party and I’ve partnered with several amazing businesses to bring you this sweet fun!  From the cookie station, to holiday sips, and treats & favors for the guests, this party is packed with the makings for wonderful memories!  Let’s get ready to ring in the season with favorite traditions, celebrations…AND cookies!

Christmas cheer with a cookie swap!

How to Create a Cozy Hot Cocoa Bar

November 27

The moment cool temperatures set in…it’s time for hot cocoa!  Even on a chilly summer evening my family has indulged on the toasty drink to warm our bones!  But now hot cocoa season is in full swing and it can be so easy to serve this sweet, warm treat to family and friends on a blustery day!  I often keep a tray filled with the fixins’ for the chocolatey sip in my kitchen at all times during the fall and winter, making it easy to serve up a quick cup…and it looks festive too!  Today I’d like to share some fun ways to create a pretty cocoa station with the help of my friends at Oriental Trading!  The holiday season and hot cocoa go hand in hand…you can have so much fun adding some festivity to a simple cup of cheer to make spirits bright!  So get ready for some easy DIY projects from the craft room and the kitchen to create a winter treat that won’t disappoint! Get warm & cozy…

toast the season with a hot cocoa bar!

A Moroccan Soiree!

November 20

There are two things I love to do when having a dinner party…dining outdoors and serving up some Moroccan delights!  My husband lived in Morocco as a child while his father worked for the government.  They were fortunate to have a cook during their time there and learned to love the native cuisine!  When we got married, one of our most cherished gifts from his parents was a Moroccan cookbook, but written inside on many of the pages were the original recipes of the talented lady who taught them to love the food there!  We’ve been making those recipes ever since…in fact, I’m not sure we’ve actually ever tried one of the recipes from the actual book!  My boys have grown up like my husband, loving the flavors and the tradition of dining Moroccan!  I’m so thrilled to share with you today another party I styled for Black Twine…a Moroccan soiree!  You can grab the blueprint for the party with all the time-saving tips, links to get the goodies and even get some of my family’s favorite recipes…straight from well used pages of our cherished book!  Come share the fun…

dine in the outdoors…Moroccan style!

Whimsical & Colorful Thanksgiving Table

November 16

Adding some whimsical touches to any celebration is one of my favorite things to do!  Not only can it bring some extra fun to the festivity, it lightens the mood and can make your event comfortably casual without losing the “wow” factor!  Now that the holiday roller coaster has taken off…I’m always looking for ways to simplify my gatherings so that I can fully enjoy family and friends AND not get stressed about the next party on the calendar!  Last week I shared some colorful displays in my dining room and those bright colors & DIY projects were the inspiration for my table this year!  The best part?  Most of the tabletop is disposable!  After we’ve stuffed ourselves with the feast I can collect the paper products and fill up the trashcan rather than my sink…that alone is worth celebrating!  See some of the whimsical fun I had with paper plates, containers, tags…and the unexpected elements that helped make the table shine!

whimsical, colorful, joyful…

How to Create a Charcuterie Buffet

November 9

With Thanksgiving right around the corner I’m sure most of us have food on the brain!  Holiday menus dance in our heads like sugarplums and we dream of all the turkey legs, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie that will be piled high on our plates soon!  But equally as fun as the huge, holiday meal are the nibbles to graze on while we await the main event!  Charcuterie boards are so on-trend and are a casually elegant way to serve up nibbles at any event, party or holiday celebration!  Not only are they easy to prepare…they look so beautiful without much effort and they can satisfy the tastes of all your guests!  Today I’m thrilled to have collaborated with my friends at Amalfi Decor to bring you some festive ideas for how to set up a charcuterie buffet…a fun way to take the concept of the charcuterie board and give it a twist! If you’re planning to have guests in for the holidays, a charcuterie buffet might be just right for you!

Charcuterie for the holidays!

Fall Fun with a Tailgate!

November 2

Tailgate parties and fall seem to go hand-in-hand!  Whether it’s to celebrate a big game or just a fun way to serve up some goodies, tailgate festivities can be some of the most memorable ways to enjoy the season!  And aside from having some tailgate fun, my family also loves to indulge on the fruits of the season…apples!  Each year we load up the car with family and sometimes friends and head to the local orchard in search of our favorite pickings to make my grandma’s apple pie!  When we get home we peel and cook those beauties into a dozen containers full of pie filling to keep in the freezer all year long!  So this year I thought what fun it would be to combine our favorites…tailgating AND apple pie!  I’m teaming up today with one of my favorite companies to bring you some fun-filled ideas to host an apple pie party…tailgate style!  fun to eat fruit will put any edible logo or message onto fruit so that you can add something special to your event or gathering!  I LOVE the darling detail the fall inspired apples brought to my party…let me share with you the fun!

tailgate, apples, pie…oh my!

Quick & Easy Halloween Treats!

October 30

Quick Halloween treats are perfect when Halloween is just around the corner…and can you believe that those ghosts and goblins will be upon our doorsteps tomorrow!?  If you’re in need of some easy, fun and tasty treats for your Halloween festivities, not to worry!  I’ve got some super simple treats that are as easy as they are yummy…and perfect for after school snacks, classroom parties, or Hallow’s Eve desserts!  When you’re in a pinch for time, semi-homemade goodies are such a life saver!  You can add festive decorations to make your purchases look amazing…or bake something from a box and have some holiday fun!  Let me share with you some of my favorite quick tricks that will create very sweet treats!

whooooo’s ready for some Halloween “boos”?  quick Halloween treats just for you…