Creative Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas & Techniques

You've picked out the perfect presents for everyone on your list and now it's time to put them under the tree. I have partnered with Tuesday Morning to share creative Christmas gift wrapping ideas and techniques to help you wrap your gifts with a little extra holiday cheer and impress everyone on your Christmas list this year. I believe that a beautifully wrapped gift can show the special people in your life just how much you really care. I personally love receiving beautifully wrapped … [Read more...]

Halloween Haunted Mansion Front Porch

Do you go all out with your Halloween decor or do you prefer to keep it simple?  I personally love decorating for Halloween. It's one of the few holidays that I go all out and decorate not only the inside of my home, but the outside too. This year we are celebrating in a big way with a spooky Halloween Haunted Mansion Front Porch makeover that will spook and delight friends, neighbors and trick-or-treaters. I have been collecting spooky Halloween decorations for a few years, and this year I … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Fabulous Front Porch Makeover

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of World Market. All opinions are 100% mine. One of my favorite things about our new house is the front porch.  I've always loved the idea of having a front porch; it reminds me of simpler times where neighbors visited with each other, communities came together and life moved at a slightly slower pace.  And I absolutely love having a space that instantly greets people when they arrive, it's our home's welcome center.  Today I'm showing you some … [Read more...]

Oscar Party Ideas

And the award goes to...The Best Hostess in Town!  At least that is what everyone will be saying after the awards on Sunday night.  With my Oscar Party ideas you'll have everything you need to host a winning Oscar party.  From recipes, signature drinks, Oscar ballots, and Best Dressed score cards you'll have everything you need to throw the most sought-after Oscar viewing party. I started with a glamorous black and white color palette with pops of gold and red to bring this stylish affair to … [Read more...]

Pretty as a Peacock: Party Inspiration Board

It's no surprise that the beautiful purple, turquoise and green hues of the popular peacock theme are still going strong.  After my daughter's Peacock Princess Party last year I've gotten lots of inquires about this theme and today in honor of my daughter's birthday I thought I would share some fresh and new Pretty as  a Peacock party inspiration.  Credit from top left to bottom right: Fancy Peacock Cups, Peacock Pom Poms, Peacock Cupcake, Peacock Cake, Peacock Beverage Napkins, Striped … [Read more...]

Brown Paper Bags & Party Styling Tips

While planning my Red, White and Pie party I wanted to display fresh fruit and needed a creative and inexpensive way to do it.  I decided to use brown paper bags to keep with the simple and nostalgic vibe I was using throughout the party.First, cut the paper bag to 5 1/2 inchesI used one of my favorite punches from Martha and created a detailed edge around the top.Next, I tore strips of scrapbook paper and using double stick tape wrapped it around the sides.I tied red and white twine around the … [Read more...]