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easy 4th of july recipes

The Best Easy 4th of July Recipes to Make for a Crowd

The 4th of July is almost here and that means it’s time to plan the perfect 4th of July menu! Whether you are attending family gatherings or a neighborhood block party good food is always the best part of any Independence Day party!  I decided to put together all of my best fourth of July … Read more

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Mexican Fiesta Themed Party Centerpiece Ideas

It’s no secret that I love tacos and guacamole and fiestas and mariachi bands…you get the idea. 😉 For Andy and Victoria’s wedding celebration I HAD to do a fiesta theme. The bright colors, the food, the music…it was just too perfect. The challenge for me with this party was to make sure that I … Read more

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casual dinner party menu ideas

Casual Dinner Party Menu Ideas for Stress-Free Entertaining

Last weekend we had the chance to celebrate Andy and Victoria’s wedding with friends and family in OC. We were SO lucky and it was a gorgeous Southern California evening. I had been thinking about the best way to celebrate since it would be a few weeks after their actual wedding. I wanted it to … Read more

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How to Make a Beautiful Breakfast Charcuterie Board

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a charcuterie board. I would be happy to eat one for every meal. Charcuterie boards are easy to make, usually please even the pickiest of eaters, and look beautiful. We have some different groups of guests coming in the next few months for weddings and graduations and … Read more

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Ultimate 7 Layer Dip Recipe

Seven layer dip has been around forever and is seriously one of the best and most delicious appetizers you can make. It’s always a hit at every party. You can always buy your 7 layer dip at Costco or your local grocery store, but this Cinco de Mayo rather than buying it at the store, … Read more

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How to Make Candy Kabobs

I was at the store yesterday and saw these cute Easter candy kabobs and was tempted to buy them for Easter baskets, but I knew that my kids didn’t like most of the candy included on them. So although they were cute, I knew the candy kabobs would go to waste. I decided to peruse … Read more

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Easy Nutter Butter Acorn Cookies

Cute food has my heart. If it looks like it belongs at a party, I want to make it…and eat it. 😉 These adorable and SUPER easy Nutter Butter acorn cookies are definitely on the list of cute foods. They are the perfect treat for fall and, if you’re looking for a treat that the … Read more

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How to Host a Cute and Easy Super Bowl Party

I was watching the NCAA National Championship football game the other night and it hit me that we are almost to Super Bowl time! It’s kind of wild for me to think about because last year we had a fun family over last minute to watch the big game, and that was the last time … Read more

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No Chill Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe

So, I had an idea. 😉 With quarantine not looking like it’s ending any time soon, I am working on something fun that I hope will help everyone keep kids busy and families having fun. I would rather have this time of uncertainty be a time making memories with our loved ones that time spent … Read more

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How to Make a Charcuterie Board

Several years ago I walked into a restaurant (maybe I should say I walked into a bar because this is starting to sound like a bad joke 😉 ) and saw this word staring at me from the menu…CHARCUTERIE. Huh? What is that? The description read something along the lines of “Chef’s Choice of Meats, … Read more

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Awesome Spooky Halloween Party Food Idea – Sweets Charcuterie

Take me just about anywhere for dinner these days and I’ll be browsing the cheese and charcuterie board options on the menu.  I LOVE the pretty boards full of delicacies styled to the nines.  Creamy cheeses, nuts, dried fruits, olives, chutney, bread and crackers, spicy meats…so many good things!  And let’s face it.  There is … Read more

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Pink pirate party ideas

Pirate Party Ideas : Trick ARRR Treat Pirate Halloween Party

Guys, can I just tell you how much fun I am having working with Oriental Trading these days?  When they emailed a few months ago and said hey…it’s Friday the 13th in September….let’s get our skeletons out of the closet and party, I couldn’t help but jump on board.  They are introducing a bunch of … Read more

Pink pirate party ideas
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Under the Sea Party Ideas : The Narwhal Party

This past week I had the pleasure of celebrating the birthday of a very special girl.  As went about planning this party, I wrestled with the idea of whether or not to share it here.  You know I love to share all the things I am up to, in hopes that I can inspire some … Read more

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How to Make Tie Dye Cake Mix and Cupcakes

I’m sure you’ve seen them all over the place.  Those super cool tie dye cakes and cupcakes.  You know the ones where you cut into the cake and it is all swirly and colorful inside?  Well, Ash has been wondering how to make tie dye cake mix for some time now, so we thought we … Read more

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Awesome fiesta party ideas

Taco Party Ideas : Taco Bout A Party

If you know me, you know I never turn down a chance to party…especially if there are tacos involved!  I love the colorful vibe of a fiesta…everything goes!  Heading into summer there is no better way to celebrate all season long than with taco night, cold drinks and colorful decor!  I whipped up a little … Read more

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How to Make Fruit Decorations : An Easy Strawberry Topiary

Spring and summer are all about Strawberries.  Strawberry Jam, Strawberry pie, a great strawberry shortcake recipe …I can’t get enough of them!  I am always looking for pretty party centerpieces and these strawberry topiaries are always a hit at any gathering…baby shower, bridal showers, Mother’s Day brunches..you name it.  If you are wondering how to … Read more

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Ice cream sundae party ideas

Ice Cream Sundae Party Ideas : Ice Cream Party Food

An ice cream party is a timeless classic perfect for any occasion. I remember back when I was in elementary school they used to have an ice cream sundae party every year at open house. I can’t remember all of the details, (because I’m old! lol!) but I’m sure it was a fundraiser designed to … Read more

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17 awesome winter party ideas

17 Awesome Winter Party Ideas: Ski Party Themes

Baby it’s cold outside!  As I write this I am sitting in front of the fireplace, staring at about 3 feet of snow outside my window.  While I wish that spring was on it’s way, reality is that I am going to be cold for awhile still…so why not embrace it and celebrate with some … Read more

17 awesome winter party ideas
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Frozen Birthday Party Decorations : Frozen Party Ideas

My kids anticipate the holidays almost as much for the new kids movies that are coming out as the food and presents! Over the summer I took my kids to the movies. During the previews, they had the cutest digital short from Pixar. It was about a slightly funny looking, but adorable snowman. A few … Read more

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Ugly sweater party food ideas

Tacky Christmas Party Ideas : Ugly Sweater Party

It’s no secret that I love any excuse to party…we’re even known to have what has affectionately become known as “fake parties” here in our house just so I can have an excuse to set up something cute. HA! When Ashley mentioned getting a few girls from school together I immediately thought “PARTY!” but coming … Read more

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Halloween movie night ideas

Cute DIY Halloween Movie Night Party Ideas

It’s always fun to get a few friends together and celebrate the holidays, and in our house we love to do that with movie nights.  Putting something together that is cute doesn’t take a ton of effort, and for the kids, getting to invite some friends over for treats and a movie makes them feel … Read more

Halloween movie night ideas
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Colorful Halloween Party Candy Buffet Ideas

When you think of Halloween colors, black and orange are usually the first to come to mind, but Halloween party ideas don’t always have to revolve around those colors.  Having a girly-girl has definitely taught me that non-traditional colors and Halloween party ideas make for equally fun and pretty parties.  I put together these colorful … Read more

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Traditional Halloween Activity and Games Ideas

Halloween is just around the corner and if you are anything like me, you are looking for fun traditional Halloween activity and games ideas to keep the kiddos entertained.  While it has been a few years, I used to throw a big Halloween carnival for our neighborhood every Halloween, so I built up a pretty … Read more

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Spooky Hospital Themed Party for Halloween

Halloween is one of my absolute favorite holidays.  Every few years I throw a Halloween party for 50 of my closest friends.  A chance to come up with a fun theme, create party food and decorations to work with that theme, and dress up?  That is right up my alley.   I usually start my party … Read more

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Pink Baby Shower Ideas

I had the pleasure of collaborating with Shutterfly again this week, designing and styling a some pretty pink baby shower ideas.  I love the creativity that working with Shutterfly affords me.  There are so many fun pink baby shower invitations to choose from, creating an entire party based around one is just a dream.   This … Read more

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Cute Batman Party Ideas and Batman Food Ideas

There are some birthday party themes that will never go out of style, and for little boys, a Batman party will always be a hit.  I put this party together awhile ago for a kit I made for the Pink Peppermint Prints Etsy shop so I wanted to share it in case you are looking … Read more

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Mint Green Baby Shower and Party Ideas

This stunning mint green party celebrating a guest of honor with the first initial of G was created by the amazing team of Renee and Nina at Confetti and Crumbs.  I am in love with the versatility of this party.  The colors scheme is gorgeous and the idea of using shapes and monograms as your … Read more

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Mickey Mouse Party Ideas for One Year Old

Growing up in Southern California, I think it’s a rule that you have to be a Disney fan. But really, who isn’t a Mickey Mouse fan, am I right?  I feel like as soon as you have a baby you start looking for Mickey Mouse party ideas for one year old babies. Mickey Mouse party ideas … Read more

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Best Summer Dinner Party Menu Idea

We’ve seen glimpses of what summer will look like around here with a few warm nights.  The minute the weather heats up we are outside enjoying every minute, which for us means lots of dining al fresco and simple meals.  When the heat of the summer comes, it’s prime entertaining time…but it’s also the least … Read more

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Beach Theme Cookies : DIY Clam Cookies

Living by the beach, we are always looking for fun beach party dessert ideas and cute beach party table decorations either for parties or our weekly trips with friends to hang out at the beach.  I saw some cute beach theme cookies while searching for beach themed party ideas a bit ago and I thought … Read more

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Patriotic party decorating ideas

Patriotic Party Decorating Ideas : Red, White and Blue Party

One of my favorite things about summer is getting the chance to put up the patriotic decor, and leave it up all summer long. Kicking things off with Memorial Day in May and rounding out the summer with Labor Day at the end, is a perfect excuse to change up the decor and let it … Read more

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Hosting a Brunch Party : Creative Brunch Ideas for a Crowd

Brunch is my favorite meal of the day.  I love finding new great restaurants that serve brunch near me or great brunch recipes.  Hosting a brunch party when the weather is nice is even more fun.  With Mother’s Day next weekend and the fun baby showers and bridal showers that spring and summer bring, I … Read more

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Graduation party ideas

Graduation Party Ideas : Follow Your Dreams

Graduation is such an exciting milestone in life.  Celebrate with these cute DIY Graduation party ideas that are perfect whether you are celebrating a high school graduation or university graduation.  You can find free downloads at the bottom of this post to create many of these DIY graduation party ideas yourself. This post contains affiliate … Read more

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Mermaid party ideas

Mermaid Party Ideas : Mermaid Pool Party

Sometimes I feel like what I do doesn’t really hold any significance, but this party was different.  Kelsey’s mom, a sweet friend of mine has been battling stage 4 Breast Cancer.  I was overwhelmed trying to think of a way to help.  One day it hit me that Kelsey was going to have a birthday … Read more

Mermaid party ideas
Galentines day brunch ideas

Galentine’s Valentine’s Day Brunch Party

I love Valentine’s Day for all the cheesy, cutesy ways to show those you love just how much they mean to you.  I also love any excuse to party and celebrate with my girlfriends…so, when Kelly from A Green Spring Home asked if I’d like to be a part of the Valentine’s Day at Home … Read more

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Awesome kids valentine party ideas

11 Valentine Party Themes for Kids: Valentine Card Party

I am so excited to be teaming up with 11 of my favorite blogging friends to share fun Valentine party themes for kids!  Sweet Summer, from She Leaves A Little Sparkle invited us to create a cute and fun Valentine party themes to share.  And, it is easier than you might think!  If you’re joining me … Read more

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New years eve party ideas

Pop Clink Fizz New Year’s Eve Party

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and it is time to party hard!  I always see so many fun party supplies that have a Pop Clink Fizz theme, I decided to do a party based on that…but with a bit of a twist this year.  We have a family New Year’s Eve party, … Read more

New years eve party ideas
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Easy Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes : Halloween Blondies

I don’t know about you guys, but we are on sugar overload at our house.  Each week I try and bake homemade goodies for the kids to have in their lunches at school throughout the week and this time of year I find myself wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy.  Do you have … Read more

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Nighttime Outdoor Party Ideas : Host an Outdoor Movie Night Party

There is nothing quite like a summer night.  The hot daytime temps create perfectly warm nights.  All your usual indoor activities move outdoors so you can celebrate the season.  If you’re looking for fun nighttime outdoor party ideas…look no further.  An outdoor movie night party is the perfect way to enjoy those warm evenings with … Read more

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Easter Desserts : Cute and Easy Bunny Ear Cupcakes

Are you hosting Easter dinner this year? Or maybe you’re in charge of Easter desserts? Either way, we’ve got you covered with these cute and easy bunny ear cupcakes. The best part? You don’t even have to make them…unless you want too of course. 😉 I picked these delicious cupcakes up at Bristol Farms in … Read more

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Wedding Ideas: A Beautiful Outdoor Wedding

I’ve been doing some behind the scenes blog clean up lately, and when I was looking through old posts it came to my attention that I had never shared this beautiful outdoor garden wedding here on this blog.  Wedding season is upon us and I love so many of these wedding ideas I wanted to … Read more

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Holiday Wreath Workshop with Posey Pop

Where has this month gone?  I feel like I was just styling this wreath workshop and now it was already three weeks ago!  When December 1st rolled around I knew this month was going to go SO fast, but man!  Time really does fly sometimes.  Marianne is such a talent, I was thrilled when she … Read more

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Fall Dinner Party Under the Stars

October nights in Southern California are the perfect time for eating al fresco. The heat of September finally starts to wear off, and crisp mornings give hints of cooler weather and fall holidays on the horizon. This October night was warm and wonderful as our family celebrated a weekend together at the Homestead at Bridle … Read more

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Christmas Party Ideas : Girls Night In

The Christmas season is SUCH a fun and busy time of year. Something about decking the halls makes us want to gather our friends and family and celebrate with good food, Christmas party games, Christmas cookies and hot cocoa.  I always like to get a chance to gather my girlfriends together and do something fun, … Read more

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Elf Movie Night Party – Christmas Traditions

Christmas time calls for the Elf movie to be on a continuous loop in our house.  It is just too funny and really brings the holiday spirit.  We like to kick off the holidays with an Elf movie night party.  (and we may or may not kick off the Christmas movie watching in October…eek!)  I … Read more

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Fall Entertaining: 5 Tips for Hosting a Party

I can’t believe it’s already November!  Before we know it 2017 will be here and fall will be a distant memory.  Spice up your calendar this season and host a fall party with these 5 tips for easy fall entertaining. (affiliate links are provided for your convenience) Take the party outside: When you move the … Read more

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Modern Spider Themed Halloween Party

Halloween is just around the corner and next to Christmas, the Halloween decoration take up the second most space in the garage at our house.  We LOVE this spooky fun holiday, and a party at our house is practically a must every year.  One of my favorite parts of throwing a Halloween party is picking … Read more

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Indoor Smores : Rocky Road Ice Cream Smores

Nothing screams summer like smores and ice cream, so I decided to pair the two together for this amazing indoor smores recipe that is sure to be your new favorite smores dessert.  It has all the elements of a classic smores : chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows, with a little bit of a twist.  These … Read more

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Summer Party Ideas : 5 Tips for Easy Summer Entertaining

This post brought to you by Chobani. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Pink Peppermint Design. Long warm nights and summer holidays are here and that means it’s time to entertain!  Successful parties don’t require long hours spent in the kitchen- just simple food, good company, and a pretty setting.  This weekend … Read more

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Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe : Perfect for Summer

Strawberries are in season and nothing says summer like a sweet strawberry shortcake.  It doesn’t get any easier than this strawberry shortcake recipe.  I am a fan of homemade whipped cream, so I did use that for this shortcake recipe, but if you are afraid of making cream from scratch or running short on time, … Read more

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13 Perfectly Patriotic Party Ideas : Red White and Blue Party Ideas

It’s time to start planning all of your upcoming patriotic parties.  Memorial Day , Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and this year we even get an extra patriotic party with Election night in November! If you’re shopping for the best 4th of July deals and sales, find them all here. Red, white and … Read more

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Easy Blue Cheese and Honey Appetizer Perfect for Entertaining

I am always on the hunt for fast and delicious appetizers.  Little bites that I can pop in the oven and have made in minutes for guests.  These Blue Cheese and Honey appetizers are about as easy as it gets and are always a hit (for people who like Blue Cheese ;))  You can make … Read more

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How to Make Yummy Thin Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches

These easy to make thin mint ice cream sandwiches are sure to lure all the little leprechauns in your neighborhood.  I mean, who doesn’t love a great mint and chocolate combination?  I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE to buy Thin Mints from the cute little Girl Scouts in my neighborhood and then … Read more

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DIY Oscar Party Ideas

The most glamorous night of the year is upon us and I can’t wait!  Funny enough, I actually don’t watch most of the movies that are nominated, I just love watching for an excuse to party and to check out all the dresses.  I kind of think the red carpet pre-show is more fun than … Read more

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Cute ideas for a DIY Valentine Carnival Party

I was browsing through old pictures the other day and couldn’t believe that I haven’t shared this party here yet!  It is being featured in Mingle Magazine this month, and was SUCH a fun one to do.  You already know I love all things Valentine’s day…the cheesier the better, and this party is no exception. … Read more

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Make these Easy Red Valentine Heart Pancakes

Looking for the perfect, easy Valentine’s Day breakfast that will only take a few minutes to make and will make the kiddos squeal with delight?  Well, look no further!  These red valentine heart pancakes with a powdered sugar heart are the perfect treat and SO easy! Simply make your favorite pancake recipe.  When you are … Read more

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8 Great Super Bowl Party Ideas

Sunday is the day we have all been waiting for…a little friendly competition, funny commercials, great halftime entertainment, food, friends and fun.  What are you doing for the Big Game?  Here are 8 Great Super Bowl party ideas that are easy to put together and adorable.  Even if you haven’t planned anything official yet…don’t worry! … Read more

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DIY Football Party Food and Favor Bags

Here’s another quick and easy DIY for you for all of those upcoming football parties.  These little party bags are so cute and SO easy.  There are two ways to make them…either with paper or with tape.  I found my little kraft lunch sacks at Michaels, they are available at most craft stores and you … Read more

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Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeno Recipe

I have already admitted to being a huge football fan, but in all honesty I think I get more excited for football season because of the food!  From tailgating to parties for the big game, the appetizers and finger foods that abound are something to get excited about even if your team doesn’t win!  These … Read more

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Football Party Ideas : Great Ideas for The Big Game

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameDayGlory #CollectiveBias Are you getting as excited for The Big Game at your house as we are at ours?  After watching exciting games this weekend, the excitement has definitely built to a frenzy!  I love a party and any … Read more

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Recipe for Easy and Delicious Taco Salad with a Twist

With The Big Game on the horizon it’s time to think parties!  Mexican food is always a favorite and this hearty and delicious crowd pleaser will make hosting a breeze.    I’m always on the lookout for ways to simplify life and spend less time in the kitchen while still enjoying great food.  When I … Read more

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DIY Halloween Glitter Spiderweb Party Drink Bottles–Video Tutorial

Halloween is almost here!!  My second most favorite time of the year! (hey, I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it!…sorry…I couldn’t resist!) 😉 I always have so much fun creating new projects each year to share with you all.  Actually, sometimes it’s a bit nerve wracking to be honest.  I REALLY want to bring … Read more

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Lemonade Stand for Charity Ideas : The Wounded Warrior Project

The kids (particularly Ash) has been begging all summer for a lemonade stand and bake sale.  Like any good mom, I have been dragging my feet and keep putting it off.  It sounded like a lot of work for me, only to earn them money to buy a bunch of junk…you know…all those little trinkets … Read more

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Birthday Party Ideas : The Patisserie Party with Society Sweets

Each year after the Christmas craziness, we launch into birthday season in our house.  Usually I have tons of ideas and have a hard time figuring out which option to choose, but this year was a different story.  Coming up with birthday party ideas for the kids is usually so fun for me, but this … Read more

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Easy Entertaining: Movie Night Party

As my kids have gotten older, it’s been a little sad for me to watch as my son has lost interest in having big parties.  Totally a normal teenage boy thing I know, but sad for this party loving mama.  I have had to find ways to create something that still seems fun and cute … Read more

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Best Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

I’m not typically a pie girl, but this recipe has been in my family for years, and it is my absolute favorite Dutch apple pie.  Something about the crumb topping makes it just irresistible!  With the 4th of July right around the corner…what is more American than Apple Pie, right?  Bring this to your BBQ … Read more

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Parties: Anchors Away : A Nautical Themed Party

I have the pleasure of working with the young women ages 12-18 at our church.  Each year a new yearly theme is introduced to the youth and there is a night to celebrate, introduce the new theme, and welcome those that will be turning 12 during the year to the program.  This year’s theme is … Read more

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Easy Entertaining for Mother’s Day

If you’re looking for an idea for easy entertaining for Mother’s Day…here’s one to throw together that will make it seem like you planned for days. 🙂 The grocery store bakery and Trader Joe’s are my secret weapons whenever I’m throwing together a little party.  Whatever your grocery options in your area, grab an assortment … Read more

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Cute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and Delicious Whipped Frosting Recipe

As the weather heats up, so does entertaining season.  With fun days ahead celebrating Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduations, guests are on their way!  If you’re anything like me, you are always on the hunt for new recipes and ideas for spring entertaining so that your guests always have something new to look forward … Read more

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Ready for Take-off: Airplane Themed Party

Cute Jane from Lendingham Paper and Party Supplies submitted this darling Red, White and Blue Airplane themed party.  I am in love with the bold colors and you know I love the travel theme!  So many cute details…here’s a look at Jane’s beautiful styling:   Isn’t that adorable?  Thanks Jane for sharing your talents with us!  … Read more

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Sweets: Nutella Cinnamon Palmiers

Palmiers are a sweet little french treat you can make at home! Start with defrosted puff pastry (found in most grocery store freezer sections), Nutella and cinnamon sugar. Spread the Nutella across the pastry with a rubber spatula or butter knife. Next, sprinkle generously with the cinnamon sugar mixture and begin to roll one side … Read more

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Make these in Minutes: A Cute Little Easter Chick Dessert

I’m back this week with a simple idea to dress up your Easter dessert table! It’s a completely edible treat, including wafer paper grass from World Market! Simply make your favorite frosted cupcakes (or grab some from your local bakery) and surround them with edible grass. Top with your favorite foil-wrapped holiday chocolate. Imagine how … Read more

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Sweets: Easter Bunny Cookies, Two Ways

From St. Patrick’s Day treats to Easter treats… it’s a quick turn around between holidays, so let’s get you ready to dazzle, create and amaze this spring! We’re talking easter bunny cookies, two ways. You could say level 1 difficulty and level 2; we’re going to focus on level 1 today, but here’s a quick … Read more

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Sweets: Rainbow Cake, a Second Way!

Remember last week we made a gloriously tall rainbow cake for St. Patrick’s Day? Well why not kill two rainbows with one stone? If you’re going to all the trouble of coloring your cake batter six ways, let’s use that leftover goodness to make a whole new treat! It’s simple as can be. Fill cupcake … Read more

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Easy to Make Magically Delicious Rainbow Cake

I’m just an Irish girl at heart, and with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to celebrate by making the magically delicious rainbow cake. Turn up the volume on your celebration this year! Add simple chocolate coin candy detail for that extra festive sparkle! Next, it’s time to play with food coloring. … Read more

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Sweets: The Ever-So-Easy Shortcake (that isn’t really shortcake!)

I’ll just call this what it is… a dessert hack. It’s my take on strawberry shortcake, and it’s so simple and delicious! Take puff pastry from freezer section of the store. Thaw and cut pastry with your favorite biscuit cutter (or a drinking glass works well, too!) Brush the top with an egg wash (1 … Read more

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Great Guacamole Recipe

  Are you ready for some football?  How many of you are hosting a Super Bowl party this weekend?  The best part about any football party is the food.  It can range from down home to gourmet and it’s ALWAYS good!  A must have at any football party in our house is some killer guacamole.  … Read more

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Sweets: Cake Pan Preparation

How many cake pans do you own that have been turned dark and sticky from cooking spray? I’ve owned a million. I thought cooking spray was the best way to go for years and years. Once I started baking professionally, I decided it was time to get serious, get new pans and figure out a … Read more

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Super Bowl Party Food: Rice Krispy Footballs

Well, the teams are set and the Super Bowl is on in just over a week.  You know I love any excuse to party, so we are starting the party prep around here early this year. 😉  Are we really excited about football, or are we most excited about the food that comes with it? … Read more

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Confetti Cake DIY: Make this Amazing Dessert and Surprise Your Guests

I’m always on the hunt for new and fun cake ideas, and I’m obsessed with anything that resembles confetti, glitter or sprinkles, so this cake is pretty much perfection in my eyes.  This simple confetti cake trick will leave a lasting impression on your guests, and it makes the perfect centerpiece for any dessert table! … Read more

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DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

I have been seeing some SUPER cute hot chocolate bars lately.  Have you noticed them all over pinterest?  They are just darling and very stylized…like a party in themselves!  While you all know how much I love a party, and I love tons of details, I also love simplicity and EASY!!  I have guests coming … Read more

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Sparkling Cider Pound Cake with Cider Glaze

Who says sparkling cider is just for drinking and toasting? Why not for dessert too? This sparkling cider pound cake recipe with cider glaze is the perfect recipe for your New Year’s Eve celebrations. The pound cake is moist and delicious and the glaze…well, let’s just say be sure to make extra because you will … Read more

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Delicious Peppermint Bark Recipe

Peppermint bark is one of the reasons I get up in the morning during the gloomy days of winter! Creamy white and milk chocolate topped with crisp and cool peppermint is a dreamy, delicious way to spread holiday cheer! This Peppermint Bark recipe is so simple to make, you don’t even need those tricky little … Read more

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Christmas Girl’s Night Party Ideas

Christmas is the season of celebrations and I’m always looking for a good excuse to get together and Christmas girl’s night party to celebrate with friends.  If you’re looking for some Christmas girls night ideas, here’s one for you…grab some pretty wrapping paper, great appetizers and some fun girlfriends, and turn what can otherwise feel like a … Read more

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DIY Kid’s Christmas Party Ideas

In case you haven’t noticed, I love these little bottles.  They are SO cute, the perfect size for drinks, super sturdy plastic (so you can wash and re-use if you want, but also don’t feel guilty throwing them away if you don’t want to wash them) that makes them great for kid’s party drinks…and my … Read more

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DIY Thanksgiving Table Idea and Free Printable

If you’ve been following the blog for awhile now, you’ve probably noticed that I LOVE pretty things and I love to entertain…but I also love to find the easiest ways to make things pretty so that I’m not a huge stress case before and during the event.  I want to enjoy it too, you know! … Read more

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Nancy Drew Party Ideas

A few weeks ago my hubby and son were out for the week at a Scout Camp in the Sierras.  Ash, who is totally in love with her big brother, was absolutely devastated that she was going to be separated from her best friend for a whole week.  They have NEVER been apart for any … Read more

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Eat: Spooky Halloween Menu

What are you having for dinner tonight?  Every Halloween I do a traditional dinner for the kids and it’s become a favorite that they look forward to each year.  I know that Halloween is a super hectic day, so this is purposely easy to put together.  As a matter of fact, it can all be store … Read more

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Entertain: ‘Til Death– A Sophisticated Halloween Inspired Wedding

When Shana of Society Sweets contacted me early in September with an idea to style a shoot to feature some of her amazing Halloween desserts, I was so excited!  I typically throw a big Halloween party of some sort…either a big carnival for my neighborhood, or an adult Halloween bash…but this year I didn’t have … Read more

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Sweets: Foolproof Caramel Apples

Have you ever made homemade caramel apples, only to have the delicious caramel slide off the apple? There are different ways to make sure that doesn’t happen, but I’ve got a secret for you that will make your life so much easier! Sandpaper. Yes, I said sandpaper. Simply run the sandpaper over the entire surface … Read more

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Sweets: DIY Halloween Meringue Ghosts

As Halloween quickly approaches there’s just one question you need to ask yourself. Who doesn’t love a friendly little ghost? These little darlings are easy to make, delicious on their own, and also double as the perfect topper for a cake or cupcakes.   These little cuties are spooky, sweet and delicious! Enjoy! To see … Read more

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DIY: Spooky Halloween Spider Ice Cubes and Black Sugar Rimmed Glasses

Here’s a quick and easy way to spookify your Halloween meal.  Spider Ice Cubes!  It’s SO simple, you can’t help but make them. All you need…an ice cube tray, water and some plastic spiders. 🙂  Fill the ice cube tray, add spiders and freeze.  Serve in your favorite beverage…I liked the idea of 7up or … Read more

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Sweets: Two Ways to Dress Up Your Fall Desserts

You don’t have to be an experienced baker to add a little style to your fall desserts! All it takes are a few extra ingredients from the store, and you’re in business! I’ve made a pumpkin spice cake with maple frosting, but a boxed cake and frosting would work beautifully here as well. After completely … Read more

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Mix and Match Note Card Box Sets by Shutterfly

I don’t now about you, but I still love good old fashioned snail mail.  I’m sure it has something to do with my love of paper.  Whatever the reason, I still get a little excited each day when I hear the familiar sound of the mail truck, as the anticipation of what might be waiting … Read more

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Shutterfly Baby: My Latest Project

It’s always such a pleasure to work with Shutterfly, and I’m so excited for my newest project.  I know it’s not necessarily typical, but my favorite part of working with their amazing products is the opportunity that it gives me to design my own line of products.  It’s a total dream.  Here’s a sneak peek … Read more

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The Hearth Magazine Gathering

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a #hearthgathering that was held here in Orange County.  I was excited that it was being held at one of my favorite design studios/furniture stores RJ Imports.  If you are in the area and need some design inspiration, head down to San Juan Capistrano and take a … Read more

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Trail Mix Bar DIY : Perfect for Weddings and Parties

Are you looking for a fun and different party food idea?  One of the biggest hits at the Farmer’s Market Wedding was a “make your own trail mix bar.”  Guests loved being able to create their own custom mix of trail mix.  I created custom bags with labels that matched the rest of the wedding. … Read more

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Farmer’s Market Wedding at Parker Ranch

I can’t believe I haven’t shared this here yet!  The newest edition of Mingle Magazine is hitting store shelves as we speak, and this wedding is a feature in the issue!  It was such a fun day with so many special touches. The Farmer’s Market theme allowed for arts and crafts, a super laid back … Read more

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As American as Apple Pie Free Patriotic Printables

I LOVE the 4th of July!  Fireworks, Red White and Blue, a warm summer night, great food and patriotism…how could I NOT love it?  Do you have a favorite Apple pie recipe?  You often hear the saying “as American as Apple pie,” and really, what is more American than apple pie?  It is the perfect … Read more

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Wild Dinosaur Birthday Party

This Dinosaur party by Sam of Sugarlicious Parties is SO cute!  I love all the wild, very “boy” props and the super cute and clever names for the dinosaur themed foods.  Here’s a little bit about the party from Sam… “When my little man decided he wanted a Dinosaur Party for his 3rd Birthday, my mind … Read more

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Welcome Summer Party with Oh Joy for Target Collection

Hooray for Summer!! I don’t know about you, but I would rather have my kids home all the time and no schedule than them gone all day and have a strict schedule. (probably why I’m a homeschooler! 😉 ) Maybe I’m funny like that…but I LOVE the freedom of summer!! 🙂 We’ve been enjoying summer … Read more

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Entertain: Pink, Gold and Mint Baptism Party

Pink and Mint Green. That color combo always makes me laugh. When I was 9 years old I started in the party planning business. My parents were going to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary not long after my birthday…(hello honeymoon baby!) and I talked my grandma into helping to throw them a surprise anniversary party. … Read more

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Carnival Themed Engagement Party with Shutterfly

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are looking forward to a wonderful week! 🙂 I was totally excited when Shutterfly asked me if I’d like to team up again on a new project.   I had so much fun creating the Graduation party for them last month that when they gave me the opportunity to … Read more

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Mother’s Day Table Ideas for a Garden Party

Ashley from Sugar and Soirees is showing us how to put together a cute and budget friendly Mother’s Day table today. Celebrating the everyday is a must and it doesn’t have to break the bank! Today I’m thrilled to share with you a budget friendly (and still crazy beautiful) DIY Mother’s Day Table setting. I love … Read more

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Girl Parties: Fashion Camp Birthday Party

  I’m so excited to share this fun and totally girly party with you!  It was too much fun to make all the individual parts, and putting it all together and seeing it come to life is always so rewarding!  I feel so fortunate to have Fashion Camp close to home and I love the … Read more

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Host a Garden Party

Spring has finally sprung!  Hopefully those of you in cold climates will soon begin to thaw out and the sight of flowers blooming and sound of birds chirping will warm your soul. 🙂  We’ve been enjoying unusually warm temperatures all winter long, which has been great…minus the severe drought conditions! 😉  We may not be able … Read more

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Holiday Parties: Cute St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas

Growing up St. Patrick’s Day was NOT a big holiday in our house. It was more or less a day that we just made sure that we wore something green so we didn’t get pinched. Well, fast forward to today and things have changed a little in our house. 😉 Now St. Patrick’s Day is … Read more

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Gone Fishing Party by Lauren Haddox Designs

Are you ready to reel in some fun??!! I had a blast working on my boys’ birthday party this year. I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed it so much is because I teamed up with Angela of Angela Marie Events to collaborate on the styling. She brought so many creative ideas to … Read more

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Holiday Party Ideas: Valentine Party for Kids

I love valentine’s day.  All the cute, corny cards and stuff that the kids make are just too fun!  I put together a little valentine party shoot with some fun things I gathered from the @target last year.  Most of these things are from the dollar spot, and the melamine heart plates were over in … Read more

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Colorful Candy Crush Party

I’m not much of a gamer, but thanks to my kids I am now a HUGE fan of Candy Crush.  When I first saw this awesome Candy Crush themed party by Mona of Lush Parties, I knew I had to share it here! 🙂  The colors and fabulous details on all of the sweets are … Read more

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed Birthday Party

The theme of this party was based off of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but we changed it to Breakfast at Lola’s (the birthday girls name). Instead of going with the traditional accent color of silver we did everything in GOLD. – The children’s tables were set up as a Kings Table on little mini 6 fts and … Read more

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Retro Donut Shop Themed Party

I was so excited when one of my best girlfriends told me her three-year-old requested a donut theme for his birthday party. Donuts… who doesn’t love donuts! We decided on Lane’s donut shop with a vintage flair. As guests arrived Saturday morning, everyone received their own apron and personalized donut hat. Lane served up lots … Read more

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DIY Party Food: How to Make Turkey Cookies

These DIY Turkey cookies are always a hit for Thanksgiving. My kids love to get a couple of friends together and make them. They turn out so cute too. Each one has it’s own personality. 🙂 Here’s what you’ll need: mini reeses peanut butter cups oreos…double stuff are the best whoppers candy corn (5 or … Read more

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Animal Themed Parties: The Puppy Party

I was sifting through old posts today and I reaized that I never posted this party!! I can’t believe it! It was SUCH a fun one to put together. When little G’s momma hired me to put something together for his first birthday, there was one requirement…that it had to do with puppies!! Little G … Read more

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Halloween Parties: DIY Party Decorations: The Halloween Wall Paper

I LOVE Halloween.  This year I’ve been a little bit of a slacker so far as far as decorating goes, but last year…I had some fun! 🙂  I threw a little shin-dig (more about that later 😉 ) and I wanted to do something really special…a show stopping feature.  I decided on a Haunted Hospital theme … Read more

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BOY PARTIES: MONSTER PARTIES: Adorable Monster Mash Party by RV Events

I ran across this darling Monster Mash party and had to share!  The colors are so bright and fun, and with it being October, the Monster theme is extra fun! 🙂  Rachel and Victoria are so talented.  Be sure to check out their blog for more fabulous ideas! 🙂   enjoy! tammy      

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Halloween Party for Pottery Barn: Bone Appetit Drink Station

On a recent trip to South Coast Plaza, I couldn’t help but linger at the windows of Pottery Barn with their beautiful displays, showing off the gorgeous offerings from their towering two story shop.  I LOVE to walk in and browse for design and decorating ideas, and feel like, even if just for a moment, that I am living … Read more

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Arts and Crafts Parties: Summer Craft Camp

This summer has been so much fun.  While I’m sad that the kids are getting older and I’m missing those little baby stages, it’s also fun to have kids that are getting old enough to participate in fun things like art camp! 🙂  A cute friend of mine who also has a little girl that … Read more

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The Ultimate Beach Party: Disney Teen Beach Movie Party

We are HUGE Disney fans at our house.  I’m sure living minutes away from the Happiest Place on Earth doesn’t hurt, but with the amount of time that my kids spend watching The Disney Channel, I’m sure they would be huge fans anyways!   I am always looking for a reason to throw a party, … Read more

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Girl Parties: Eloise Party Ideas

This is a little party I threw for my Eloise crazed daughter a bit ago.  Looking back at the pictures reminded me of what a crazy week we had at our house that week with pipes busting, contractors, plumbers etc running through the house, pouring rain all week, and trying to put the finishing touched on the … Read more

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BABY SHOWERS: GIRL PARTIES: The Butterfly Baby Shower

One of my favorite client parties was a baby shower I put together for little Sloane.  I love it when clients trust me enough to give me simple direction…in this case…minimal pink and not too frilly…and then give me the rights to let my imagination run wild and create something fun for them. Here’s what … Read more

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Ice Cream Party Ideas

I’m so excited to share our next party in out Get the Look series!  I hope these ideas are making it easy for you to create your own beautiful and budget friendly parties at home! 🙂 Introducing “Ice Cream Shoppe” This is such a fun and girly party!  Lime green, sky blue, bright pink, and … Read more

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Vintage Train Party

In my never ending hunt for amazing parties, I stumbled across Kelly.  I’m always excited when I find photographers that love to party…because I know they are all about the pictures just like me! 🙂  She is SO talented!!!  I had to ask her if I could share a number of her parties because I couldn’t … Read more

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GIRL/BOY PARTIES: THE MOVIE PARTY by Sweet Style

The simplicity and clean lines of this party by Leanne of Sweet Style in Australia, really caught my eye.  I love that it is a party idea that can be used for boys or girls.  These pictures obviously show a girl version with the pink, but you could easily mix in a blue with the red in … Read more

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GIRL PARTIES: Vintage Sewing Party by Pure Joy Events

Ashley has just recently taken a liking to sewing.  She loves to get out her sewing machine and try out different stitches and create.  When I was trying to figure out what to do for her birthday I found this adorable party by Pure Joy Events and emailed Christine to see if she would let … Read more

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Get the Look: The Happy Birthday Celebrate Party

Birthdays are so fun!  I have spent many years planning birthday parties for friends, family and clients.  Most are usually very “theme-y” (yes, that’s a word 😉 ) which is fun, but sometimes you don’t want or need a theme.  That’s why I decded to create this generic “celebrate” party.  It is SO versatile!  You … Read more

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Easy DIY Party Food: Donut Holes on a stick

I am always on the hunt for cute and easy DIY party food ideas, and these semi-homemade DIY Donut Holes on stick certainly fit that description.  Everything is cuter on a stick, and donut holes are no exception!   Andy’s class was having a Valentine party at school past week, and I was assigned to … Read more

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Pink Beach Party Ideas – DIY Gingerbread Sandcastle

Looking for a fun DIY Beach Party decoration? Look no further! Ashley’s pink beach birthday party would not have been complete without a sandcastle. The trick was finding a way to create one with no sand. 😉 When I was dreaming up ideas for this party and the activities I would have the kids do, … Read more

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GIRL PARTIES: BEACH PARTIES: The Pink and Aqua Aloha Luau Decorations

Welcome back to Beach Party Week!! 🙂 When it comes to decorating for a party, I am an equal opportunity shopper. 🙂 I look EVERYWHERE. The internet for sure, but also party city, big lots, stein mart, homegoods (of course), cost plus, pier one, marshalls, Tai Pan, Hobby Lobby, Kohl’s, Michaels, JoAnns, Walmart, Target, antique … Read more