DIY Grilled Cheese Bar!

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Seeing lots of friends but avoiding lots of cooking? Not the easiest combo, unless you make your guests make their own meal. We invited a big crew over for dinner, set up a deluxe serve-yourself grilled cheese buffet, and let people get to it.

Planning the Big Day: Our Engagement Party

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Planning the Big Day: Our Engagement Party As much fun as planning a wedding can be, another fun event I was really looking forward to was our engagement party : ) We were sorta hoping someone would offer to throw one for us (I mean you can’t exactly plan your own!) and finally my delightful bridesmaid Tina decided to organize it for us-and I could not have

Green Outdoor Dinner Party + Stuffed Artichoke Recipe

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Green Outdoor Dinner Party No real surprise I love GREEN! I also happen to have a huge design crush on the quatrefoil shape seen above so when I discovered this fun fabric months ago – I snagged it up for a party design! Hosting dinner parties is one of my favorite ways to celebrate so I designed a green outdoor dinner party with this fabric

St. Valentine’s Day Dinner Party & DIY Sugar Heart Boxes

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St. Valentine’s Day Dinner Party Did you know that the oldest paper valentine believed to exist is in the British Museum?  It was written in 1415. St. Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to have a dinner party where you might even ask your guests to come dressed as a famous lover!  Make heart-shaped sugar containers and fill with chocolate candy as favors.  These charming

Valentine’s Dinner Party

Valentine's Day Dinner Party

Valentine’s Dinner Party Photography by Kate Whitmore Pizzazzerie launched on March 16th of last year (our 1 year birthday is coming up!). I hosted a Valentine’s Dinner Party last February so I’m just now sharing it. I look back now and would have made lots of changes but I still think there are lots of cute ideas you might find for hosting your own Valentine’s

Joyeux Noel Holiday Desserts: Part 2

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Joyeux Noel Holiday Desserts: Part 2 If you missed Part 1 of this Joyeux Noel Holiday Dinner Party then click here because you in for a TREAT! Paula of Frog Prince Paperie is one stylish designer who set up this gorgeous holiday table for her family. It was so gorgeous, in fact, that we had to split it up! Here, we are showcasing the holiday

Joyeux Noel Holiday Dinner Party: Part 1

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Winner of the Bailey Bea Clairebella has been announced! Head here to see the winner and a surprise! Joyeux Noel Holiday Dinner Party: Part 1 If you have not already, meet the fabulous Paula of Frog Prince Paperie. She helped design a darling birthday banner for a party I was helping with, and I have loved following her every since. She shared with me this

Jungle Monkey Dinner Party

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Jungle Monkey Dinner Party Inspired by this monkey found in a consignment store in New York, this dinner party is set around the fun children’s party theme – jungle animals! Don’t be afraid to design a fun dinner party for adults around a whimsical children’s party theme. More and more designers are showcasing how to turn a youthful party theme into a ladies’ luncheon or

Dinner in “Tuscany” and Almond Biscotti!

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