Our Downton Abbey Tea Party & Giveaway

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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

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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...]

Kids Halloween Party Ideas

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Last week I threw a Halloween party for some neighborhood kids.  (That's the life of a blogger--do everything way earlier than normal.)  It was a blast--despite a little hiccup from the weather. Early Halloween parties always work out well for me because I get a much higher attendance when I don't have to compete for other Halloween activities.  And aren't your kids already so excited for Halloween??  So get ready for some fun kids … [Read more...]

Water Themed Birthday Party

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So my boys' birthdays are in April.  But every year, without fail, April is my busiest month.  And this year was probably the busiest it's ever been.  I told my kids they could have a birthday party, but they'd have to wait until things settled down.  Turns out that things didn't settle down until school ended and it was summer!  This worked out better anyway because now we could have a fun water themed birthday party. To be honest, I … [Read more...]

Lightened Avocado Layer Dip

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Avocados from Mexico for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Well folks the Super Bowl is tomorrow and that can only mean one thing...food!  Okay, I guess it also means watching football for some people but definitely not me.  Sorry to disappoint but I could not be anything further from a football fan.  The only team I care about is my Alma Mater BYU and even then...meh.  But I really … [Read more...]

Cookies and Milk Party

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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

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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

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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...]