Category: Celebrate

Eat Cake for Breakfast!

May 25
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Yesterday I co-hosted the final Breakfast Club gathering for the school year.  My sweet friend helped me to dish up some morning goodies to some of the ladies who make up this really fun and wonderful group!  I have to sing praises for this group which began several years ago when many of our littlest kiddos went to school full time.  It was such a wonderful way to stay connected to moms who no longer had little ones to take to playgroups anymore.  The only new “rule”…all grownup time!  I miss those playgroup days but I do have to admit that it’s so wonderful to have uninterrupted conversations with old and new friends…the group is open to all newcomers as long as they don’t have kids in tow!  And once in a while, a new mom with kids at home might actually have a second without her littles and pop in for a cup of joe and a “mommies only” moment!  I just love the way this group offers the opportunity to meet women we might not cross paths with due to the different stages of our kids or working schedules!  So since this is one of my favorite things and being the last gathering until fall comes around, I wanted to do something a little special on my buffet…without going crazy–this is supposed to be easy fun after all!  But with a little recycling, I could make a pretty food station with simple treats to celebrate friendships!

breakfast club season finale!

A Taste of New Orleans!

May 15
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During our Christmas break my family traveled to New Orleans for the first time!  You may remember me sharing some of the fun from that wonderful vacation in a city that was so much more than we ever expected!  We were so taken back by the wonderful citizens who dwell in that colorful town, the music was amazingly incredible, and equally wonderful…the food!  We were so fortunate to have some of our friends tell us all their favorite places to sample the flavors of Nola…so as a little “thank you” we decided to treat them to a meal, New Orleans style!  Our original intent was to replicate the  muffuletta sandwiches from Central Grocery…a most favored little store that made these delicious and ginormous sandwiches in the back of the shop!  But when we began to research how to make a sandwich that was as similar as possible…we discovered that we could actually have the real deal shipped directly to our doorstep!  Needless to say, we decided to throw out the idea of making them ourselves and treat our friends to an authentic taste of the city!  If you’ve not heard of Goldbely, you really should check them out!  They can bring to your door some of the most wonderful eats and sweets from all across the country!  From steaks to cupcakes, deli sandwiches to cookies & ice cream…if you have a favorite from somewhere you’ve visited check to see if they’ve got you covered!  And if not, I can guarantee you’ll see something that looks delicious!  So over the weekend we enjoyed good company and good food…made simple!  And even though I really didn’t prepare anything myself, I’d still like to share how I set up some simple munchies for our “thank you” meal!

nibble, munch, and celebrate NOLA!

Mother’s Day Brunch

May 8
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Mother’s Day is coming soon…and that means it’s time for special breakfasts, brunches, or dinners to celebrate mom!  Today I’d like to share an almost effortless way to dress up your table no matter what you might serve up!  I love the idea of a simple breakfast dished out on a pretty tabletop…but that doesn’t mean it requires a lot of work to make it look festive.  Let me share these easy ideas with you…

set a springtime table…

Cinco De Mayo Snack Cart!

April 27
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Cinco De Mayo is just over a week away!  It’s such a fun and festive holiday to celebrate with friends or family…and it never needs to be overwhelming!  The best part about a fiesta is that anything goes, the food can be so simple and yet so tasty, and you REALLY can find whimsical ways to pull off a party-time snack table on a dime!  Let me share with you some ways I recycled my Cinco De Mayo supplies from our family fiesta to create a snack cart for hungry kids…or anyone who wants to have a little May 5 fun!  I’m also including more super simple DIY projects…so come on, let’s get ready to fiesta!

easy, affordable, fiesta fun!

Cinco De Mayo Sneak Peek…

April 20
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Easter is now behind us and I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!  But just because all the bunny inspired decorations and activities are over doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of springtime festivities ahead!  I’m referring to the colorful celebrations of Cinco De Mayo…but spring is filled with plenty of opportunities to have some extra fun!  We’ve all been so ready to ditch the snow shovels and fling open the windows that we need nothing more than the sweet signs of warm weather to throw an “everyday” party to rejoice in the new season!  So while I’m sharing some sneak views of what I’ve got planned for the 5th of May, these fun & simple ideas can help you decorate and celebrate for any occasion!  The next couple weeks will be filled with fiesta-style inspiration…spring & summer are the perfect seasons for colorful festivities & decor!  See what’s coming…

time for a fiesta!

Shortcakes and Springtime

March 27
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Hello!  I’m so glad you’ve stopped by on your way through this Springtime Holiday Hop!  If you just visited Twinkle Twinkle Little Party I’m sure you got plenty of inspiration for throwing a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration!  If you’re just joining in on the blog hoppin’ fun you can pop over to Mirabelle Creations where you can start at the beginning!  You’ll find another link to the next creative stop at the end of this post…and I know you won’t want to miss the springtime bridal inspiration from Brenda’s Wedding Blog!  These are some of the amazing bloggers, party planners, and business owners who have come together to share all the seasonal festivity…

spring blog hop

I don’t know about you but I’m so thrilled Spring has finally arrived!  I really enjoy all the seasons but the roller coaster of temperatures this year has teased us with springtime one too many times and I’m just ready for it to stick around a while!  This new season give us so many reason to celebrate too…not just the arrival of blossoms and warm breezes but several holidays which often times brings us together with those we hold dear!  I’m always inspired by the new colors of this springtime…the soft pastels of Easter, bright and cheerful blooms, and the endless shades of green bursting from the trees and popping from the ground!  This was my inspiration for a fun twist on a springtime dessert buffet…and I had so much fun collaborating with some fantastic creatives to bring these ideas to you today!  Let’s celebrate the season with a simple treat…

set up a shortcake station!

FAN-tastic!

March 23
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Today I’d love to share with you a favorite party time go-to that can double as a favorite holiday decoration!  If there’s one thing I love about decorating for the holidays it’s that you have permission to be as elegant, funky, dainty, neutral, colorful, or as whimsical as you want!  I guess what I’m saying is that just like parties, holidays leave decorating options WIDE open!  You might not want your living spaces to be so festive all the time…but every now and again it can be so fun to get outside your standard home decor zone and display your whimsical side!  So what is this favorite item you might ask?  Well, it’s paper party fans!  You already know how much I love using tissue poms…and paper fan varieties are equally as wonderful!  Let me share how I used some of my leftover party supplies to create a simple but festive Easter display on my buffet!  It never was so easy to welcome the arrival of Peter Cottontail with the help from…

paper poms, paper globes, and paper fan-tastic!

Taste the Carrot Patch!

March 20
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Today is the first day of Spring!  I’m so thrilled that a new season is finally here…and I hope that Mother Nature gets the memo soon!  I love all the fresh hues of springtime but I have to admit that I’m currently enamored with the color orange this season!  I’ve already shared some fun carrot inspired DIY projects and I’m continuing the festivities today with a little bit more!  If you saw the DIY post you caught a glimpse at some of the bright and festive goodies I found at Target!  I’m still having fun coming up with multiple craft, decorating, and party ideas with all these goodies…and today I’m sharing some Easter fun in a sweet-treat table setup that’s ready to help you ring in the new season!  So have your friends hop on over…

for a carrot patch snack!

Academy Award Time!

February 23
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I can’t believe how fast the time is flying…February is almost over already and the Academy Awards will be presented this Sunday night! It seems like yesterday I was taking down Christmas decor and counting the hours until the Valentine decorations could go up!   But here we are approaching the eve of the Oscars and I’m so excited to pull together a little fun for the festive evening!  I don’t normally have an Academy Award “party” but a fun find prompted me to go ahead this year and create a treat table for my family and maybe a friend or two!  It’s not too late to think about hosting a little soiree…there’s still plenty of time to grab some easy goodies for a special night!  I’d like to share with you some simple steps to create an award winning treat table…

and the Oscar goes to…

Dreaming of Spring

February 6
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It’s only February, and I really do enjoy the winter months snuggled up by the fire in a fuzzy throw, but I also have to admit that I’ve been doing a bit of spring dreaming these days!  Maybe it’s because we’ve been teased with some warmer temperatures every now and again, or it could be I’ve been thinking ahead for springtime crafts and projects…but no matter the reason I’m getting a bit anxious for the signs of a new season to come!  I’ve also been fortunate to have some projects on my horizon that have springtime written all over them…so my desk & craft table are beginning to look a lot like the season is already here!  I’m so excited to be working on these new ventures which also brings me to announce that I will be changing up my blogging schedule starting this week.  Usually I wait until school is out to change to my summertime post schedule but I’m switching it up early this year to make room for these new & exciting adventures!  Beginning today I will publish regularly on Mondays and Thursdays.  You may still see an occasional “Friday Favorite Things” or a “Friday DIY Day” popping up here and there, but my new consistent days will be moved around a bit!   I’ve also been dragging my feet on reopening my Esty shop but it’s time to get that baby up and running too!  Since I handcraft all the Giggle goodies from mostly found items, managing an additional Esty inventory separate from Alice-Louise Press was daunting to me.  But with lots of encouragement I’m getting geared up to work out the kinks of overseeing both and FINALLY reopen this spring!  So, I have springtime on the brain for several reasons!  And today I’d like to share a sneak peek at one of the projects you’ll see next month…the fresh look of a new season with the added fun of some inspiring collaborations!  I’m really excited to share it all…but for now you’ll have to settle for a little tease!

springtime soiree in the making…