Winter Wedding Reception Drink and Food

Snowflakes, twinkle lights, lace, and evergreen garland all come to mind when I begin to think of a winter wedding. But more importantly what comes to mind are the flavors that accompany the winter season. Thoughts of mint, cocoa, butterscotch, pumpkin, and sugared cranberries are whirling through my mind at this very minute. Embrace these flavors at your wedding and add a few personal touches to keep your guests oohing and ahhing all night long. Welcome As your guests arrive, welcome them in from the cold with a Hot Chocolate Bar. Hot Chocolate can be made alcoholic by adding vanilla vodka or crème de la mint or as a traditional non-alcoholic drink. Offer add- ins such as marshmallows, whipped cream, and mint stir sticks displayed in beautiful glass jars. Some Great Homemade Hot … [Read more...]

Fall Inspired Home Decor

I love the natural aspects that are so apparent in Fall Decor.  Coffee bean, fall leaves, popcorn kernels, burlap, twine, warm colors, and soft lighting... OH MY OH MY. Excuse me while I go fix myself a nice hot cup of spiced cider and  lounge back fireside... Well, maybe it's not quite time for a fireside cider, but while I wait I can at least get the setting just right with fall inspired home decor. I don't know about you, but my home doesn't start when you walk in the front door.  Out door living areas are just as important.  And with all these great ideas, you'll be looking for more spaces to decorate. If you live in a cooler climate, the weather is a great preservative for a stack of big, fat, orange, pumpkins.  However, if you live in a warmer climate; a faux carvable pumpkin from … [Read more...]

15 Genius Organizing Tips

I don't know about you but I am always looking for new organizing tips. With School starting back, after school activities, birthday parties, meetings, work, and church activities... (I'm exhausted already), organizing isn't an option, it's what keeps me sane!  These genius organizing tips will have your house neat and tidy in no time! Back to School Basics: During School Mornings seem to be the craziest time of the day.  No matter how much I try to plan ahead inevitably something is going to blow up.  Keep the explosions to a minimal with these genius organizing tips for back to school! Get rid of the last minute morning rush by keeping those backpacks, lunch boxes, shoes, and school papers at arms reach. This beautiful and functional entryway locker will take care of … [Read more...]

How to Host a Halloween Party for Adults

The name of the game for this year’s Halloween Party is Ghoulish Glamour. That’s right glitter, crystal, and glistening jewels with a touch of creepiness can make for a very sophisticated and frightfully fantastic Halloween Party. When choosing materials, decorations, invites, and food for your Halloween Party constantly think over the top! Go for those rhinestone covered goblets, and get out your nice crystal! I love this simple solution for an invitation envelope; of course, a few more glittered pumpkins or substituting a damask patterned envelope can take it to the next level. Don’t go out and buy all new decorations, simply re-work what you already have. High Gloss spray paint, a little glue and some glitter, or rhinestones can take old decorations or garage sale finds … [Read more...]

How to Host a Halloween Party for Kids

Halloween is here and that means it is time to Par-Tay!!  Gather the kids, get started  right away, and have the Halloween time of your life! 1. Invitations: I know I have said this before, but invitations really do set the tone. As a parent with young kids we have more than once arrived at a party and had to turn around a leave while pulling the kids off of us, due to extreme creepiness that our kids weren’t ready to handle. Be courteous and set the tone of your event with the invite. If you are having a party for young children and younger elementary, use a happy pumpkin, cartoon bat, or candy corn shaped invites. 2. Decorations: Decorations are key to a Halloween party. It’s all about atmosphere. Set up a friendly scarecrow to greet your guests at the door. So easy, just … [Read more...]

Party Foods for Kids to Create

Looking for some fun crafts for your next party or playgroup? Why not let the kids get their creative brains working, and get their hands in the kitchen at the same time? These fun party foods will have each of your guests smiling and busy making a creation of their own.  (They are fun for after school snacks too!) Apple Smiles Sliced apples Creamy peanut butter Mini marshmallows Candy corn Each child will need two apple slices, peanut butter, and 4-6 candy corn or marshmallows Spread a thick layer of peanut butter on one side of each apple slice Firmly press a line of candy/marshmallows along the peel side of one apple slice; to make the teeth. Place remaining apple, peanut butter side down, on to the candy, to make the upper lip. Sit back and enjoy a great … [Read more...]