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...]

Cozy Fall Living Room Update

This post is sponsored by Target. No more saying "Fall is on it's way"-it's here!  The leaves are changing, it's nearly October, there's the nip in the air.  So it's perfectly safe to pull out your fall decor-no one can accuse you of being too anxious.  However, mine has been out since the end of August...but I wanted to add some extra cozy touches, especially since all the fall TV premieres are coming and we will be spending more time … [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...]

20 Must Have New Year’s Eve Recipes

Happy End of 2014! I have been away from the computer a lot these last two weeks since I moved to my new house, had Christmas, AND threw my sister a wedding. It was exhausting and insane. But it's all over now, just in time to celebrate New Year's Eve with all my family who is in town. Are you having a party? Have you planned out your recipes? If not, here's a list of 20 New Year's Eve Recipes that will be sure to be a hit! Happy New Year! 1. … [Read more...]

Our Downton Abbey Tea Party & Giveaway

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...]