Easy Colorful Thanksgiving Place Cards

Happy November, friends!  It's Cathy from Party HarDIY here with a fun new project just in time for the holidays! With only a few more weeks until Thanksgiving, we are getting B-U-S-Y with all the preparations. Since this holiday is all about the food, it's important to get your table setting just right. You want your place cards to be as affordable as possible. Oh, and easy too! That's why I've created 3 adorable ways to transform your ho-hum placecards into something you're … [Read more...]

Halloween Safety Tips for Tweens

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love planning Halloween parties like my Mad Scientist Ice Cream Lab, or our spooky Murder Mystery dinner party and I love creating one of a kind costumes for my kids, like my famous DIY Octopus costume. Halloween is an exciting night full of fun and candy, who doesn't love that! But, it can also be a scary night if you aren't prepared.  I've teamed up with my friends at Verizon to share 5 simple Halloween Safety Tips for Tweens that … [Read more...]

Easy Football Party Crafts

Get ready guys… it’s almost football season! While some people are excited about the sports, I’m excited about having people over to eat, chat, and hang out. My fiancé is a “less is more” type of person, whereas I’m the type to bring out all the party supplies, [force him to] make all the snacks possible, and turn a small gathering to watch football into a Super Bowl Sunday style party. I figured the best method was to meet somewhere in the middle, so I created some last-minute projects for an … [Read more...]

Summer Seafood Boil Party

Summer may be almost over, but I just had to share one of my favorite summer party ideas that I recently hosted and shared on the Oriental Trading blog.  Here in the south our summer isn't complete until we've hosted or attended a Summer Seafood Boil.  This is one of my all-time favorite ways to entertain because it is simple and fun. If you aren’t familiar with a southern seafood boil let me give you a quick run down. It involves eating pounds and pounds of crawfish, shrimp, … [Read more...]

Pesto Grilled Veggies with Penne Pasta

During the summer meal planning tends to slip through the cracks.  With all the traveling, late afternoons at the pool and hot summer days I find myself not wanting to spend much time in the kitchen cooking.  But, with school right around the corner it's time to start planning meals and getting back into the dinner routine.  This Pesto Grilled Veggies with Penne Pasta dish is definitely going to become a meal-time favorite at our house. This dish is the perfect back to school … [Read more...]

Table Talk Conversation Cards and Summer Flavors at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Let's talk. I mean seriously, let's really talk. You know how hectic life gets. And even though summertime means the kids are around more and logically you should be able to get in more quality family time, you sometimes find that instead of having real conversations your verbal interactions are often characterized by imperative sentences. You know..."Close the door." "Pick up your toys." "Don't talk to your sister like that. "Quite whining." Instead of talking WITH your family, you end up … [Read more...]

Asparagus Tart with Honey Lemon Sauce

Easter is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking about Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Brunch and delicious springtime recipes.  I love brunch, it's the perfect combination of breakfast and lunch and includes some of my favorite foods.  From french toast and ham to fruit salad and pastries, brunch is the perfect way to entertain your guest this Easter. This year, impress your friends and family with this sweet and savory Asparagus Tart with Honey Lemon Sauce. Asparagus is known … [Read more...]

I Love You Because Jar

Does your family have any special Valentine's Day traditions?  Do you make special heart shaped cinnamon rolls for breakfast?  Or do you enjoy a special treat, like our Cupid Floats or Conversation Heart Parfaits, after school? To me, Valentine's Day seems like the perfect holiday to create special family traditions and focus on showing love and gratitude to one another.  Handmade gifts from the heart, like this “I Love You Because …” jar, are sure to be cherished treasure for many years to … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Cupid Floats and Love Notes

My kids love any excuse to celebrate, especially when it comes to holidays.  Around here we like to find fun, creative and silly ways to make these simple celebrations extraordinary.  I have learned over the years that it truly doesn't have to to be elaborate to be memorable. Celebrate Valentine's Day with your little sweethearts and make these fun and tasty Valentine's Day Cupid Floats and Love Notes. I love entertaining and throwing parties, but nothing beats celebrating life's little … [Read more...]

Cupid’s Cafe Valentine’s Day Dinner

If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day with your kids then you are in the right place.  Today I am going to share one of my favorite childhood traditions with a Valentine's Day twist.  Pull up a chair and join the party, today we are celebrating with Cupid's Cafe Valentine's Day Dinner. My mom always had the best ideas.  She was always creating fun scavenger hunts or hosting silly dinners for our family and friends.  One of my favorite ideas was the silly dinners. … [Read more...]