Wickedly Awesome Halloween Parties

Halloween is drawing near- do you have any plans?  It is on a Saturday this year and I am so excited about that!  It gives us the opportunity to do something the night before Halloween and then we still have ALL day Saturday to prepare for the evening festivities!  If you're thinking of throwing a party, you should check out these wickedly awesome Halloween parties that I just love!  Some of them are spooky and dark, and others are bright and fun.  You can get inspired by so many of these … [Read more...]

Murder Mystery Dinner Party

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.  Growing up my mom always made a big deal about Halloween and I can remember her hosting lots of fun themed parties to celebrate.  Over the years I have planned lots of fun kid-friendly Halloween parties, like our Mummy and Me Halloween Soiree or the Mad Scientist Halloween Party, but I've always wanted to host a haunted evening of fun just for the adults. So this year I decided to host a mysterious and suspense filled evening … [Read more...]

Roasted Orange Glazed Rainbow Carrots

It's been one month since we started back to school and it looks like we've all finally settled into our school routine. My kids love their teachers and have been busy making new friends.  But, back to school also means busier schedules, homework, and long days.  Part of the challenge as a parent is finding the perfect balance for everything, all while helping your kids thrive throughout the school year.  Honestly, most days I wonder if I'm getting any of it right. One thing I can make sure I am … [Read more...]

Entertaining: Make Your Own Bruschetta Bar

We are ready to celebrate Fall and can't wait for cooler weather, football and comfort food! When it comes to comfort food and entertaining I think the Italians have it down pat, which is why we are planning a soul-soothing soiree with our festive and fun Bruschetta Bar. I love entertaining friends and family and I can't think of a better way to spend the weekend.  I'm also a big fan of fuss-free entertaining, which is why I love any type of "bar" style party. This summer I hosted lots of get … [Read more...]

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...]