Strawberries: A Farmer’s Market Brunch

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Summer Strawberries My typical Sunday routine involves shopping the farmers market, which is conveniently walking distance from my apartment. I buy just about anything that catches my eye and then try out a new recipe with the ingredients purchased. Apparently I went on an empty stomach and ended up with pounds (yes, pounds!) of freshly picked strawberries. Living on a tight budget and a small … { read more }

Dinner in “Tuscany” and Almond Biscotti!

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Tuscan Dinner Party

Dinner in “Tuscany” and Almond Biscotti! After a spring trip to Florence and a fabulous Tuscan cooking class, I was inspired to re-create this unique Tuscan theme for a recent dinner party. I just loved incorporating the rich gold and greens, reminiscent of the beautiful Italian countryside! The yellow daisies are a super-easy and inexpensive way to create fun napkin rings (just tuck the stem … { read more }

Berries & Bellinis Birthday Party!

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Berries & Bellinis Favorite is a strong word, I know, but this is (hands down!) my favorite party (that I have designed so far!). It was an absolute blast - from one of my best friends helping me finish last minute touches the night before it was filmed for our local NBC affiliate to first coming up with the idea while brainstorming with the birthday girl in the Vanderbilt bookstore. Joy … { read more }

Watermelon Party Table

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Watermelon Recipes
Watermelon Table

Summer is here so get outside and enjoy watermelon season! Recycle old baskets into unique decorations or centerpieces for your table. This easy-to-make basket is perfect for a fun centerpiece! Already have a centerpiece? Fill this basket with favors and have it by the door as your guests depart! Fabric Basket Centerpiece Here's What You Need: * 1 yard of fabric * Straw basket (7 to 9 … { read more }

July 4th Party Ideas!

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Red, White, and Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries Dessert
July 4th Party Ideas

All-American Strawberries I adore these red, white, and blue strawberries from Grin & Bake It! Brilliant! Check our her how-to and the rest of her amazing recipes - you won't be disappointed! July 4th Party Ideas We hope you enjoyed our previous post about July 4th Parties! We wanted to share some more fun ideas with you.  A great July 4th gift for your favorite hostess? The … { read more }

Wine & Cheese Dinner Party

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Having friends over for dinner? Host a wine and cheese dinner party! Grab your favorite bottles of wine, and find out the best cheese to pair with them! We typed up our pairings and framed it in a simple, silver frame!  If you're a regular reader, you know we mention height all-the-time - so no surprise we placed our cheese and crackers on a tall cake stand! And elephants aren't just for baby … { read more }

Bell Pepper Baskets

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Bell Pepper Black Bean Salad Basket
Anniversary Dinner Table

Bell Pepper Baskets We LOVE making these bell pepper baskets for an anniversary or engagement dinner.  They would even make a great addition to the upcoming Memorial Day weekend!  They are quite simple to make and you can fill with your favorite vegetable salad! Adding pops of color to your table with these bell pepper baskets will have your guests WOW'ing all night! To make the bell pepper … { read more }

Memorial Day Cookout

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Memorial Day Cookout We're gearing up for lots of fun patriotic party ideas.  Kicking off the season for red, white, and blue is Memorial Day!  For this table, we filled a Radio Flyer wheelbarrow with chocolate chip cookies to use as a centerpiece. You can find the how-to for these fun bottle aprons from our previous post here. They are a fun way to jazz up your drinks.  Then grab your … { read more }

Beach Table: Fun in the Sun

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Beach Fun in the Sun Table
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Beach Table: Fun in the Sun! Excursions are always exciting. So find a spot on the beach to stretch out and wiggle your toes in the sand. Smell the salt water and feel the sunshine on your face because it's that time of the year. Don't forget that double wide beach towels in vibrant summer colors work well as table toppers too. Shrimp Casserole 3 pounds of shrimp, peeled, deveined, and … { read more }

Doggie Birthday Party!

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Dog Bone Birthday Table
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As you learned yesterday, I adore birthdays - I celebrate them big time! Dogs and cats should not be left out. I have celebrated many special dogs in my life!  Make a doggie delicacy or kitty cuisine for your sweet pet! Let the party start with a long walk in the park, a few squirrel chasing runs, then home for a nice meal and a little Animal Planet. Dog Bones 2½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour ½ cup … { read more }