Game Day Popcorn and Pretzel Bar

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on the behalf of Cost Plus World Market.  The opinions, text and photos are all my own. Growing up in Texas, football is a way of life. So when it comes to tailgating and game day parties I know how to entertain and wow a crowd! When you get to combine two things you love, football and entertaining, you know it's going to be a good day.  I'm gearing up for the Big Game with a fun football themed snack station that is guaranteed to get the party … [Read more...]

My Favorite Things Giveaway for the Hostess and Entertainer

I am thrilled to join 29 creative bloggers for the 5th annual Favorite Things Giveaway. Not only do we get to gift 30 people amazing prizes, but we also hope to give you ideas for your holiday shopping! Scroll below to see all the prizes, and hop to each site to enter their giveaway for a chance to win! Here are MY favorite things, perfect for the hostess and entertainer, that I'm giving away to one lucky winner: Now, here is a sneak peek of what my fellow bloggers are loving right now. … [Read more...]

DIY Retro Summer Drink Cooler

My kids are officially on summer break, which means our days will soon be filled with trips to the pool.  My kids are like little fish when it comes to swimming, and could spend all day out at the pool.  Which means I need to be super prepared with all of our pool essentials before we even leave the house.  A few days ago I shared my new custom DIY Pineapple Pool Bag and today I'm going to show you how to make a DIY Retro Summer Drink Cooler to keep your beverages and snacks cold … [Read more...]

Easter Traditions with Tex-Mex Twist

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on the behalf of World Market.  The opinions, text and photos are all all my own. One of the joys of living in several different places is discovering new cultural traditions that you can tweak to make your own. After moving to south Texas, our family was quick to adopt many Hispanic customs and foods into our own holiday celebrations. Some of the colorful, festive traditions surrounding Easter have become my favorites.  I am excited to partner … [Read more...]

Winter Solstice Party

The holidays can be a merry time filled with laughter and fun, but they can also be stressful. In the midst of the darker winter days, combined with the added stress and craziness from the holiday season, this time of year can feel overwhelming. I know because it's exactly how I've been feeling lately.  With looming deadlines, holiday shopping, and holiday celebrations I started to lose sight of what this time of year is all about.  I decided to fix that and celebrate the light of my life, my … [Read more...]

DIY Floral Skull Centerpiece

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on the behalf of World Market.  The opinions, text and photos are all all my own. It might seem a bit early to star planning for Halloween parties, but to be honest I've been holding off as long as I could!  I love Halloween and I especially love entertaining during this spooktacular time of year.  Last year we hosted a Murder Mystery Dinner Party and it was a suspense filled evening of laughter and fun. It will be hard to top last year's party, … [Read more...]

Top 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Picnic

Picnics are one of my favorite things about summertime. It doesn't matter if it's the spur-of-the-moment sandwiches on the lawn, or the meticulously-planned feasts that you pack and take with you to an event. Seriously, what’s not to love about sitting out in nature, enjoying great company and a plate full of delicious food?  Today I am hanging out with my friends from World Market sharing my Top 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Picnic. With summer quickly approaching it's the perfect time to plan a … [Read more...]

Easy New Year’s Eve Party Appetizers

Are you staying in to ring in the New Year? Even if you don't have big party plans this New Year's Eve you can make the evening extraordinary and get your 2016 celebration off to a rocking start with our easy southern inspired New Year's Eve Party Appetizers. These memorable appetizers will have guest partying past midnight and you are going to love how easy they are to prepare with just a few off our favorite New Year's Eve party essentials.  This year we are hosting a small get together to … [Read more...]

Mini Pecan Brie Bites

Can you believe it's time to ring in a new year?  We think 2015 was an incredible year full of exciting opportunities and lots and lots of extraordinary memories. We can't wait to see what 2016 has in store, but one thing is certain we plan to start it off on a sweet note with these delicious Mini Pecan Brie Bites! We are planning to stay in this year for New Year's Eve, but that doesn't mean we won't be celebrating in style.  And we all know the key to a great celebration is fabulous food! … [Read more...]

Mini Shrimp and Grits Tasting Spoons

Do you have plans for New Year's Eve yet?  Are you getting all dressed up and hitting the town or do you plan to have a low key evening at home?  This year we are ringing in the new year at home, but that's not going to stop me for embracing our southern roots and making some easy New Year's Eve party appetizers to help us celebrate.  Topping the list will be a tried and true southern favorite with a twist, Mini Shrimp and Grits Tasting Spoons. If you are from the south nothing says comfort … [Read more...]