Hot Dog Bar for Easy Summer Entertaining

This is a sponsored conversation written by me of behalf of Ball Park® brand. The opinions and text are all mine. Summer entertaining bring together some of my favorite things - sunshine, laughter, ice cold refreshing drinks and of course the delicious food.  Everything tastes better when it's cooked on a grill, wouldn't you agree?! Hot dogs are a classic summer staple and an easy way to feed a crowd.  So gather up your friends, fire up the grill and follow these tips for creating your very own … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Party

This post is promoted by ConAgra RO*TEL. We entertain a lot, so it should be no surprise that we are gathering our friends and throwing a Cinco de Mayo party.  Any party that involves Mexican food, guacamole, refreshing beverages and friends is a win to me! I'm sharing a few simple ideas and tasty recipes like our Rockin' Guac Appetizers to help you turn an ordinary day in May into an Extraordinary Cinco de Mayo celebration!  Like most of our parties this is a low key soiree that focuses on … [Read more...]

Pineapple Cheese Ball

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Albertsons. All opinions are 100% mine. I've mentioned it before, but I think my love of entertaining started early as a child.  I have lots of fond memories of our house always being filled with friends or family and lots of yummy food!  Around the holidays you could guarantee that my mom would make and serve her famous Pineapple Cheese Ball at least once. I thought I'd bring back a family favorite for our Thanksgiving festivities and my … [Read more...]

Holiday Cranberry Punch

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SOLO® Brand Products. All opinions are 100% mine. The holidays are upon us and I absolutely love that it gives me an extra excuse to entertain with friends and family.  From Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Gingerbread Decorating Parties, Christmas, New Year's Eve and everything in between there are lots of reason to celebrate!  And if you are looking for the perfect drink to serve this holiday then you will absolutely love this Holiday Cranberry … [Read more...]

How to Build the Perfect Cheese Board

The season for entertaining, parties and gathering with family and friends is finally here!  If you are hosting a get together this holiday season don’t let the menu stress you out.  I’ve partnered with Albertson’s to show you how to build the perfect cheese board, one of my favorite party appetizers. I love setting out a cheese board with a variety of different cheeses and meats, not only because its easy to throw together, but it's always a crowd favorite!  This holiday set out a cheese … [Read more...]

Holiday Entertaining Tips for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I love that we have a day set aside just for celebrating the things we are thankful for and spending time gathered around the table with loved ones.  And while we should count our blessings daily, there is just something so heartwarming about families gathered around the table together to celebrate their blessings.  Plus, I’ve always believed that the best conversations happen when family and friends are gathered together around the … [Read more...]

Carved Pumpkin Flower Vase

Fall is my favorite time of year, I love the colors, the smells, the cool air and the chance for change.  And who can resist the flavors of fall, it's the perfect time for baked pies, warm soups and crusty homemade bread.  All of these are a great excuse for gathering together with friends to enjoy the changing season.  Which is why I chose to create a Fall Dinner table with a DIY Carved Pumpkin Flower Vase for this months Michaels Makers Challenge. After wandering around the aisle at … [Read more...]

Garden Party with the Girls

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. Summer is in full swing.  Around here the days are hot and long and the nights are a cool reprieve from the sticky heat.  Our summer days have been packed with activities lately and while I’m loving all this quality time doing fun things with my kiddos our schedule has made it hard to catch up with friends. You may recall me talking about how important hanging out with my girlfriends is … [Read more...]

Bird’s Party Magazine Feature

I was thrilled to be a part of the winter issue of Bird's Party Magazine.  This magazine is always full of creative ideas and inspiration from incredibly talented party planners, stylist and design experts. So imagine my surprise when I saw MY party featured on the cover of the magazine! (so.flippin'.excited.)  You can see my entire feature on pages 9-12.Make sure you head over to Bird's Party Magazine to see all of the beautiful holiday parties, crafts and recipes to help you get inspired for … [Read more...]

Citrus Dinner Party

My mom recently asked me to help her with a dinner party for her co-workers.  They are school teachers and the end of the year has been a bit hectic and a few staff changes prompted them to get together for a relaxing evening surrounded by friends.  I used the beautiful backyard with a stunning Koi pond as my inspiration and decided on a simple, yet elegant citrus theme for this outdoor citrus dinner party. The dessert table was simple and featured orange creamsicle cupcakes, orange … [Read more...]