• Holidays,  Party

    How to Host a Friendsgiving Your BFFs Won’t Forget

    When it comes to entertaining for Thanksgiving, I’m either one extreme or the other – it’s either Chinet paper plates and plastic tablecloths, or a full-on beautiful fall tablescape with formal place settings. When I’m helping my grandma host, we typically go for the former (because we’re usually feeding 30+!) But when I’m able to host a smaller gathering of family or friends, I am all about gorgeous table settings and beautiful centerpieces. Fall is such a fun time to doll-up your home decorations and truly wow your guests! This holiday season, Friendsgiving is great opportunity to try out new styles and make entertaining more fun and personal. One decor…

  • Party

    Nerf War Birthday Parties

    This year our boys both opted for a Nerf War themed birthday party. With birthdays two days apart, we are always in the back-to-back birthday camp. This year was no different, although picking the same theme made turning the party so much easier (and cheaper)! If you know me, you know that an over-the-top party is my thing. It’s hard to explain the rush I get from seeing all the planning and work turn into the party of my kids’ dreams. Y’all, I know I’m a bit crazy, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s who I am… so now I just embrace the crazy! Watch out!!…

  • Party

    A Pirate Halloween Party

    Parties are my thing. I love thinking them up, I love planning out all the details, but most of all I love the joy that they bring to others. Last year, my middle son Beckett asked if we could have a Halloween party. At the time, I had just been diagnosed with cancer, but the thought of throwing him a party the next year,  when I was to be mostly done with my treatments and hopefully feeling like myself again, was a nice goal to set. And so last night, my little guy’s wish for a Halloween party came true. We had the best time and it was magic for…

  • Crafts,  Food,  Party

    A Nursery Rhyme Baby Shower

    I love throwing a party. Like, love it. I get giddy over flower arrangements. I squeal when I see the vision I have in my head for a theme come to life. My co-hosts typically think I’m nuts. I am – I embrace it. So my latest soiree was a baby shower with a nursery rhyme theme. I hosted this shower with a few of my colleagues to honor our co-worker who’s expecting a baby girl this fall. Here’s how the nursery rhyme party went down: We had all the guests sign a Mother Goose nursery rhyme book as a keepsake for the mommy-to-be. We decorated with framed nursery rhyme…

  • Party

    Little Pumpkin Baby Shower

    So I must point out that my blog tagline is “A blog about cooking, kids and trying to find the time to be crafty.” Well, it’s been 4 months of blogging, and I have yet to find the time to be crafty… until this baby shower. Hopefully more to come in the crafty department. This past weekend I had the honor of co-hosting a baby shower for my dear friend and neighbor, Chantelle.  We decided to throw her a Little Pumpkin themed shower, but took it in a sophisticated direction. We focused on a fall color palette: gold, burnt orange, bronze, robin’s egg blue and burgundy.  We used really fun…