How to Host a Salad Jar Party

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Clorox Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Recently my friend started talking about salad jars.  This isn't a new concept, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized this would be such a great thing for me to incorporate in my life.  Salad jars are when you make a salad, put all the ingredients in a jar in a specific order to ensure maximum freshness time, and then … [Read more...]

Backyard Balloon Party

I have the best neighbors.  Really.  That is the best blessing of our new house, all the wonderful people who live around us.  We became friends quickly and now we do everything together.  Last fall, tragedy struck our little circle when our friend Trisha lost her little baby boy at two months.  We were all devastated but we became even closer as friends.  Last week would have been his first birthday and we wanted to do something fun and special … [Read more...]

Our Fall Craft Party and a Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. It's no secret that I love Halloween parties.  I love everything about the fall, actually.  This year, instead of throwing a Halloween party like I usually do (well, it might still happen) I decided to kick things off early with a fun Fall Craft Party.  I live in a new neighborhood and everyone is very gung-ho to mean new friends and … [Read more...]

How to Have a Fall Dinner Party

It's that time of year--guests come to town a bit more frequently, everyone moves indoors for gatherings.  You might be thinking of even inviting a few people over...but what to do?  And how to not get overwhelmed?  It's easier than you think. Remember that old adage--K.I.S.S.  Keep it simple, stupid.  For me, that means a low-key menu:  soup, salad, rolls, and a garnish dish.  That's enough food and variety for everyone and most of it can be … [Read more...]

Summer Taco Party

This post was sponsored by Target, all opinions are my own. This weekend we had a whole bunch of family in town so we offered to host a big dinner.  I've been really into gourmet tacos lately, so I thought it would be fun to throw a 'taco party' and have a giant taco bar. The first thing I did was head to Target to find the perfect entertaining dinnerware and decor.  They have such a fun and colorful line of items, I couldn't wait to … [Read more...]

Spring Favorite Things Party

Happy first day of spring!  We are thrilled that it's finally here, although it's been deceiving with March's super frigid winds.  We just moved into a new neighborhood a few months ago, and I was really excited to start making friends with all my new neighbors.  The advantage to moving into a new development is that everyone else is new and eager to be friends too!  I seriously have never had such an easy time making friends, a wonderful change … [Read more...]

Disney Side Cars Party

I got to host a Disney Side Cars party last month for my four-year-old and some of his friends and it was so cute and fun.  I was sent a huge box of party supplies (and for the life of me I can't find that pic) but it was chock-full of awesome stuff.  Everything Cars related and Mickey Mouse and just swag, baby. Disney Side parties are easy to host.  The kits come with invitations, decorations, games, party favors.  Everything but the … [Read more...]

DIY Rustic Winter Wedding

My sister got married at the end of December last year.  She had a pretty short engagement--only two months.  And as the go-to crafty person in my family (and with my parents living in Boston) she kind of hired me as her wedding planner.  And since she was so ambivalent about what she wanted, I took charge.  We planned a beautiful rustic winter wedding after her and her fiance's laid-back semi-granola style.  They both enjoy the outdoors and are … [Read more...]