Rustic Fall Tablescape

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Rustic Fall Tablescape Aleah and Nick, the husband and wife team behind Valley & Co., shared with us this cozy fall tablescape.  Aleah told us, "we were inspired to create this warm and whimsical dinner party shoot by cozy fall nights spent with family and friends visiting and warming up with spiked apple cider." One of my favorite parts is that guests were given cinnamon sticks wrapped in … { read more }

Thanksgiving Lunch: Cheddar Cheese Soup

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thanksgiving tablescape and recipes

We Give Thanks! Cooler days and crisp nights mean autumn is here.  Invite a special friend or surprise your loved ones with a big bowl of home-cooked soup and serve it on the porch or in the garden room.  Life just doesn’t get much better than this ... especially if you serve buttermilk cornbread sticks to go with the soup. Autumn hues is what this table setting is all about.  Giving thanks … { read more }

Autumn Cocktails

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Autumn Cocktails by Crista Scibelli One of my favorite things about the Fall is the chance to try some new fun cocktail creations! Whether you’re throwing a little party or just cozying up on a Sunday, these creative Autumn-inspired drinks will really put you in the season's spirit! “Wine Warm-Up” I must start off by saying, I am usually not a red wine drinker but this spiced up … { read more }

Football Tailgate Party Tips

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Football Tailgating Tips With the cooler weather finally starting to arrive, I know it's time for football season - my favorite time of year! There is nothing I love more than enjoying a fabulous football game with friends. Tailgating is done a bit differently from school to school and team to team, but here are some tips I hope you can use for your own tailgate! Table Covering - I thought … { read more }

Wacky Ghosts Dinner Party

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Wacky Ghosts

Wacky Ghosts Dinner Party Candles flickering by the moonlight give this ghoulish table setting a touch of mystery.  Park your broomstick and witches' hat at the back door and come on over for some brew. Start off the spooky season with a fun and whimsical wacky ghosts party! Find a fun polka dotted tablecloth or fabric to cover your table! Use simple black and white dinnerware or find fun … { read more }

Flamingo Party

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Pink Strawberry Souffles Makes 16 4 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar 5 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin 3 cups heavy cream Candied Strawberry Chips Read more at Marthastewartweddings.com: Frozen Strawberry Souffles Recipe & Image: MarthaStewart Flamingo Party Good times with dear friends make the best … { read more }

Lemon/Orange Citrus Table

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Lemon/Orange Citrus Table Celebrate citrus! Citrus tastes delicious in recipes and make refreshing centerpieces.    Creating these centerpieces is as easy as filling a bowl or vase with lemons. Why not serve your favorite chicken or pasta salad and this Tangy Mandarin Orange Salad?  This recipe has always been one of my favorites and is perfect for this table setting. Tangy Mandarin Orange … { read more }

Garden Bridal Shower

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Garden Bridal Shower When Karina Plotko of KP Interiors set out to design a garden bridal shower, she knew she wanted to create "the unexpected". She decided on fuchsia because it contrasted beautifully against the lush green backyard and would complement the modern elements of silver that she added. The only direction she had from the bride was "pink" so her twist with the fuchsia was perfect … { 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 }

Doggie Birthday Party!

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Dog Bone Birthday Table
Dog Bone Cupcakes

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 }