Our Downton Abbey Tea Party & Giveaway

downton abbey tea party

We had ourselves a little tea party last week.  And it was so much fun!  We were inspired by World Market's new line of Downton Abbey tea party stuff which is so cute, and since World Market threw a virtual tea party last Sunday, we decided it would be fun to do our own! My sister-in-law and I put this together.  She is kind of an herbal tea aficionado, since we don't drink 'real' tea in our religion. But we do enjoy peppermint and … [Read more...]

Downton Abbey Black Friday


Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about Downton Abbey.  And I admit, I'm a fan as well.  Honestly, I haven't agreed with all the decisions the writers have made, but what show is perfect, right?  That being said--I adore the entire period it takes place in.  I love their huge mansion, the fashions, how they are trying to hold on to the past traditions in the evolving world.  I love how it shows the entire story of the servants' … [Read more...]

HERSHEY’S® Dessert Waffles

chocolate spread dessert waffles

I used Hershey's™ Spreads as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars, all opinions are my own. #SpreadPossibilities #hersheysheroes Whew--raise your hand if you find yourself a wee bit overwhelmed at this time of year!  I am raising both hands right now after the day I just had.  So you have a To-Do list a mile long and holiday entertaining is the last thing you want to do.  What if I shared a recipe with you that would not only be super easy … [Read more...]

An Easy Tiered Planter and Other Plans

tiered planter

This post was sponsored and written on behalf of The Home Depot; all opinions are my own. If you've been following along for the last couple of weeks, you've seen my large Flower Tower and my mini Flower Tower.  You've seen my backyard plans, and my shopping trip to gather supplies.  I still have a very long way to go, but I wanted to share with you another project I made which was inspired by these other outdoor projects. Isn't this … [Read more...]

Cookies and Milk Party

cookies and milk party

Are you looking to throw a fun Christmas party?  I really wanted to do one this year so I threw together a little party "mockup" plan using these fabulous Cookies & Milk printables from Hostess With the Mostess.  Check it out... Cute, right? I'm really proud of myself for my Photoshop skills at working these images together. But I think we're all in agreement that the printables really make the party. They are just those extra details that … [Read more...]

Last Minute Entertaining Tips

place setting

What do you do when your husband calls you up on his way home from work, "Honey--I invited Bob and Judy over for dinner!  We'll all be there in about an hour!"  Um, thanks for the advance warning!  Well don't stress too much because throwing an impromptu dinner party is actually really easy! And here are some helpful last minute entertaining tips: 1. The Setup: There are two things that will impress your guests the most, and if either one … [Read more...]

Halloween Party 2012

kurt and f halloween

I already posted the Halloween party preview, but I wanted to follow up and show the actual party pictures.  They aren't quite as pretty because I was rushed (guests were arriving as I took these!) and the lighting was terrible so I had the flash on.  I hate using the flash and try to avoid it at all costs! You saw this table before but now it has food! Here's the other table with utensils, napkins, plates and the hot food.  Which didn't … [Read more...]

Americana Dinner Party


This Memorial Day, I had a dinner party to watch the world compete in London this summer.  I had a couple gift cards to Cost Plus World Market so I headed there to gather some items for the party.  It was my first time going there and I just have to say wow.  Have you been there?  If you haven't you need to go.  It's like a Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn in one but way cheaper.  I wish I had like five thousand dollars to spend there because … [Read more...]