Mrs. Claus Bakery Kit

Let the Christmas countdown begin!  Today is December 1st and I am looking forward to all things Christmas.  When I think about special Christmas memories and traditions I have, baking cookies is right up there at the top of my list of favorites.  Every year my mom would spend hours in the kitchen baking cookies, letting us lick the spoon and packaging up and delivering treats to neighbors and friends.  This year I want to give the gift of memories and quality time together, … [Read more...]

CarnEVIL Trunk or Treat

Tonight we participated in one of my favorite Halloween traditions, the annual Trunk or Treat at the church.  I look forward to coming up with a fun new theme for our trunk each year. Previous themes include a Double, Double Toil & Trouble, Black Hat Bake Shoppe and Gypsy Caravan.  But, this year's CarnEVIL Trunk or Treat theme is officially my favorite!  Come one, come all and let's take a look at my favorite Halloween tradition. When it comes to Trunk or Treating I … [Read more...]

Dead and Breakfast Inn Halloween Front Porch

Guests will be dying to get a reservation at this haunting Dead & Breakfast Inn! But, trick-or-treaters beware, you won't be able to get much R&R at this Halloween themed inn. Come on in, and I'll give you a tour of our Dead and Breakfast Halloween Front Porch. In the past our front porch as been decorated as a haunted mansion, but this year I teamed up with Oriental Trading to give our front porch a spooky makeover and I am so excited to show you how we turned our yard into a … [Read more...]

Halloween CarnEVIL Rotten Candy Stand

Step right up, and get ready to celebrate Halloween with thrills, horrors and lots of freaky fun!  Come one, come all, the CarnEVIL is in town..get ready for ghoulish games and spooky snacks at the deadliest show in town!  We all know the best part of going to the carnival is the treats, so today I'm sharing this spooktacular Halloween CarnEVIL Rotten Candy Stand.   Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to plan parties for, and when it comes to ideas I have lots of them! … [Read more...]

College Football Kick-off Party

Football season is finally here and we are celebrating with a College Football Kick-off Party.  My husband grew up in Atlanta, and is a die hard Georgia Bulldogs fan.  In fact, in our home, there are only two sports, SEC College Football, and hockey.  Each year we talk about hosting a season opener watch party, and there always seems to be a reason why we can't, but not this year!   I ordered all of my party supplies from Oriental Trading Company.  (They have loads of products for … [Read more...]

Back to School Jitter Juice

Are your kids excited or nervous about starting a new school year?  My kids are excited about heading back to school, meeting their new teachers and seeing their friends.  While my kids are excited, starting a new school year can be scary and overwhelming for some.  If your little ones are nervous about the first day of school whip up a batch of this bubbly Jitter Juice to help ease those first day of school nerves. I've been making Jitter Juice for my kids every years since my … [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...]

Father’s Day Grilling Caddy Gift

Father's Day is just around the corner and that means the official arrival of summer isn't far behind.  Today I'm sharing a Father's Day gift idea that dad can put to good use all summer long.  I teamed up with my friends at Oriental Trading to create a Father's Day Grilling Caddy Gift stuffed with lots of BBQ tools, handmade gifts and free Printable Father's Day Grillin' Tags. When it comes to celebrating Father's Day, I love to get the kids involved with making special handmade … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Tool Kit Gift

Father’s Day is June 18th and will be here before you know it.  It's time to start thinking about what to get dad for his special day, and I've teamed up with Oriental Trading to share a DIY Father's Day Tool Kit Gift you and the kids can put together to show dad how extra special he is! Around here our dad is known as "Mr. Fix It." If something is broken you take it to dad.  If it won't turn on or work, take it to dad. And if you need to make something for a school project, dad is … [Read more...]

DIY Patriotic Serving Tray

I am so excited about this weekend I can hardly stand it.  We have lots of plans for Memorial Day weekend, and I'm looking forward to spending lots of quality time with our friends and family.  But, what I'm most excited about is the unofficial start of summer and my favorite season for entertaining! There will be backyard BBQs, pool parties, lots of porch sitting, and of course plenty of refreshing beverages.  So I  whipped up this sweet and simple DIY Patriotic Serving Tray … [Read more...]