Have you ever had an old friend come to town and want to meet up with you and friends she hasn't seen in a year or two or ten? You're happy to make all the arrangements. Lunch at a great restaurant is a good option.  It seems so much easier, but, there's the noise of the other diners, the interruptions of the servers, and who knows what else. Why not go all old-style and host a small gathering or luncheon at your home?     So much more is in your control and the peace and comfort of your home tops everything the restaurant has to offer.  You don't have to worry about staying … [Read more...]

  Be inspired today with these fun and creative patriotic holiday decorating ideas... Holidays give me a great reason to have people over. We love spending time with friends in an informal way. There's something about a holiday that puts everyone in a more celebratory mood. Plus... it gives me a theme for table decor and more.     With that in mind... Memorial Day is almost here and it's the perfect reason to open the cupboards and drawers and pull out all things red, white, and blue. Since Memorial Day is about remembrance and appreciation, it's a great teaching … [Read more...]

  Tell me I'm not alone... the BEST part of a Super Bowl party is the FOOD!  Yes? Maybe you're a fan of the commercials? Now that we get a preview of the crazy expensive commercials via social media ahead of the big game, well, that sort of takes away from the fun.  But the food... seriously... it hardly matters who wins or loses (Haha! This year I don't even know who's playing!! I know!!) if you're in the company of good fans / friends and amazing food. That's why I'm excited for this week's features from Project Inspire{d}.  There are some truly crazy good recipe ideas you'll want to check out and … [Read more...]

  The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun!   Have you already started shopping for your holiday pantry staples?  With Thanksgiving less than a month away and Christmas nipping at TG's heels we all need to get prepared.  This week's Project Inspire{d} link party has some fabulous recipes, decor, and crafts to inspire your Thanksgiving celebration. If you are a list-maker wannabe and like to have a plan for everything... than you'll love the detailed printable planner Megan from NEPA Mom has put together for you!  I always make sure that I plan my table way in advance... that way it always looks … [Read more...]

  Raise your hand if you like quick, easy, and inexpensive party ideas. Me too!  That's why I just had to share with you this super simple and inexpensive... yet extraordinary 4th of July dessert idea.  Plus a few extra tips to make your Fourth spectacular! Whether you just entertain a few friends or the whole neighborhood... you are going to LOVE this!   Here's how it all came down. I just made a quick trip into Walmart to pick up glitter, jars, and Mod Podge for this amazing 4th of July mason jar post I am cooking up for the blog.  As I was running from one end of the store to the … [Read more...]

  It's nearly Valentine's Day and you need some ideas. Quick!  No need to fear. I've assembled 40 quick and easy last minute Valentine's Day printables... perfect for kids of all ages.  You'll have a hard time choosing from all the creative cards, fun activity sheets, treat ideas, toppers, tags, and more.  There are some amazing low-cost ideas too.  Get ready.... because it's time to be inspired!!     40 Last Minute Valentine's Day Printables   You are So Loved - Printable :: Bombshell Bling Have a Heart - Printable :: Bloom Designs Valentine Envelopes Free … [Read more...]

Valentine's Day will be here in a blink! Check out these deliciously sweet ideas for your Valentine's Day celebration. Celebrate with these Deliciously Delightful Valentine's Day Ideas   Happy Camper Valentine's Card Box from Suzy's Sitcom Copy Cat Lofthouse Cookies from Two Twenty One Easy Valentine Chocolate Heart Pops by Pink When Heart Sugar Cubes by Bloom Designs Online Sweetheart Surprise Valentines Day Cake from Virtually Yours Sweetheart Cheesecakes Wafers by Totally the Bomb Origami Heart Bouquet by Ruffles and Rainboots at Growing Up Gabel Valentine's Day Cupcakes by Flavours and … [Read more...]

What's your favorite way to enjoy a little chocolate treat? My first choice is always a cup of oh-so-rich homemade cocoa. These delicious chocolate recipes just might break your New Year's resolution. Get Your Fix with These Delicious Chocolate Recipes   Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Simply Designing Mini Cups of Cocoa Cheer from Hoopla Palooza Skinny Homemade Hot Chocolate from Cooking in Stilettos Strawberry Chocolate Truffles from Sweet and Savory by Shinee Mocha Fudge from Premeditated Leftovers Chocolate Crazy Cake from Totally the Bomb Snickers Rocky Road Brownies from I Go … [Read more...]

  My favorite way to ring in the New Year is by hosting a party at home. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen that often.  Usually after an incredibly busy Christmas season I have run out of steam and my party is just a dream by New Year's Eve. This year I had fun putting together a few ideas to ring in the New Year. They aren't New Year's Eve specific.  If you host friends or family for a New Year's brunch to watch the Rose Parade (Some day I'm going to see those floats up-close and personal and even behind the scenes!) or a lovely sit down dinner, you'll love creating special memory book favors or … [Read more...]

I love quick and effortless ways to make New Year's gatherings spectacular. And what's easier than the addition of a little gold and sparkle?     If you're entertaining this year, you'll want to make New Year's Eve spectacular with golden memories favors for your guests. My printable and tutorial will make it a 5 minute gift which can't be beat.  Whether you've put out the welcome mat for New Year's Eve or you're accepting an invitation out, you'll love to share a plate of No-bake Classy Gold-beaded Treats. And there's more! My friend Jennifer of Celebrating Everyday Life invited me … [Read more...]

There's so much anticipation for Christmas.  It always seems a long way off and then in a blink... it was yesterday!  How can that be?  I hope you had a wonderful holiday creating many special memories with those you love and celebrating the Indescribable Gift we've been given.  And now... we're on to New Years! If you're feeling like you you have trouble catching the New Year's "train," you'll love these Fun and Fizzy New Year's Eve Ideas shared this week at Project Inspire{d} link party. They will surely get you ready to ring in the New Year! So... get your "pinning finger" ready... Fun and Fizzy … [Read more...]

  I LOVE to entertain and host dinners and parties. I also LOVE to give nice gifts hostess gifts when visiting. With those two thoughts in mind, I put together a... Holiday Hostess Gift Guide *this post contains affiliate links* Entertaining during the Christmas season is one of my favorite things. As I put together this Holiday Hostess Gift Guide, I did it from the perspective of  how I entertain. Picture  me, opening my front door to you.  There are candles burning brightly in the entryway, and I'm wearing a pretty hostess apron.   Red Metal and Glass Lantern, Set of … [Read more...]

  This year, will you be missing the comforts from home at the holidays?   Most of us want to be home at the holidays... but it isn't always possible.  We rarely made it home for Thanksgiving or Christmas when we lived in New York, but the 4th of July, you betcha we were there! Living far from home, we developed a strategy for the holidays...     Tips for Celebrating the Holidays Away from Family Invite friends and acquaintances to join you for the holiday. It's amazing how many people are away from home or alone for the holidays. Don't do everything yourself. Ask … [Read more...]

That four letter word that begins with 's' is in the forecast.   I confess that I really thought that the white stuff would come much later because this has been the best fall I can ever remember.  We'll see how correct the meteorologists are... 6-10 inches.  Ugh!! Now on to a warmer note.... You're going to love all these fabulous ideas to make your Thanksgiving extra special. Get your "pinning finger" ready for these all Great Ideas... Lovely Details to Make Your Thanksgiving Extra Special   Fall Centerpiece by The Painted Red Cottage Be Thankful Window Decor by Giggles … [Read more...]

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DonVictorHoney #CollectiveBias Hospitality is my thing. There isn't anything I enjoy more than having people over for a meal. And hosting weekend guests... that's even more special for me.     It's so fun preparing for them, making sure their room is cozy, planning out all the meals for their stay, and making the table look inviting. Probably my favorite meal to plan is breakfast. Especially as most of us hurry out the door in the morning with something like a slice of toast … [Read more...]

Can you believe it?!  Thanksgiving is just 26 days away! I've already shared a wreath that you can create for Thanksgiving and I have two more fun posts on the way for you very soon, including a beautiful Thanksgiving table and centerpiece for you on Monday. This weekend's Project Inspire{d} features are designed to help you get ready for the holiday now.  I think you're going to LOVE these fabulously creative printables! Get your "pinning finger" ready for these all Great Ideas... Fabulous Free Thanksgiving Printables to Make the Day Amazing   Free Watercolor Thanksgiving Printable by I … [Read more...]

  Wouldn't you like to have a wreath that could transition from late fall through Thanksgiving to Christmas and into New Year's?  Me too! Whether you have space issues, time issues, or just want to be efficient in your use of resources, I think you'll love this stunning transitional wreath for Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond! It has the earthiness of fall with the burlap colored ribbon and the sparkle of the holidays with the gold polka-dots.     My goal is always to make a big impact without spending oodles of time and money on a project, so I'm always keeping my eyes … [Read more...]