Summer Entertaining | outdoor poolside party #pier1outdoorparty

Summer Entertaining | outdoor poolside party #pier1outdoorparty

Summer Entertaining - outdoor poolside party #pier1outdoorparty | I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pier 1 Imports. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. We love to entertain year-round - though the summer season is simply our favorite. Considering most of our summer entertaining is spontaneously thrown together - it seems as if the last minute planning comes together so easy and effortless. The gorgeous weather combined with the beautiful scenery Continue reading

Healthy Summer Snacks with Taste of Nature | backyard play & craft #realtastesgood

Healthy Summer Snacks with Taste of Nature | backyard play & craft #realtastesgood

Healthy Summer Snacks with Taste of Nature | backyard play & craft #realtastesgood The days of unstructured outdoor play have finally returned and we have been soaking in every second of the warm weather, fresh air and much needed Vitamin D. When the sun is shining and our minds are focused on having "fun" - quick and satisfying healthy snacks are the key to a perfect day outdoors. To maximize my own time spent outdoors, before we head out for the day, I like to plan and put together an Outdoor Snack Cart or snack tray. Healthy Continue reading

Setting Up a Mimosa Bar | with free party printables

Setting Up a Mimosa Bar | with free party printables

This post brought to you by Bed Bath & Beyond. All opinions are 100% mine. Setting up a mimosa bar | There are many reasons to love the concept of a 'build your own' drink bar, especially when entertaining during the holidays. Having the opportunity assemble and customize your own drink creations makes for a fun party atmosphere and guest experience. For the host, it's an easy, time-saving option - presenting a casual, yet creative, way to set up the drink display. 'Build your own' drink bars are not only visually appealing, but are a Continue reading

Tailgate Ice Cream Party | neighborhood social & giveaway

Tailgate Ice Cream Party | neighborhood social & giveaway

This post brought to you by Unilever Ice Cream. All opinions are 100% mine. Sunday we hosted a Tailgate Ice Cream Party in honor of National Ice Cream Day. With the entire month of July dedicated to this tasty summer treat - it's an official holiday that many actually celebrate all year long. I mean how can you not go wrong with family, friends and one of America's favorite summertime desserts. As much I love the planning and hosting huge parties, I enjoy simple, impromptu gatherings just as much - especially during the warmer months of the Continue reading

Coffee Tasting Cookie Bar Party

Coffee Tasting Cookie Bar Party

To officially welcome summer, I gathered a few friends last week for a coffee tasting cookie bar party. I'm a big sucker for attaching a party theme to any occasion - even if it's just a casual get together - and this one was a fun combination of cookies and coffee just for the girls. Summer means keeping things simple - and I stayed true to that philosophy by grabbing everything needed for this coffee tasting cookie bar party with one quick trip to the grocery store. First stop - Safeway's bakery for some pre-made cookies. Freshly Continue reading

Crab Feast Party | Father’s Day Crab Boil with World Market

Crab Feast Party | Father’s Day Crab Boil with World Market

This post brought to you by World Market. All opinions are 100% mine. Growing up, a classic crab feast was always the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family and soak in the summertime. Steamed crabs, or crab boils, along with all of the traditional trimmings - are still, just a way of the 'summertime' life around here. Since Father's Day is five days before the official start of summer - I thought we would take it back to the basics this year and celebrate Dad with a good, old fashion crab feast. I began with a visit to my Continue reading

Ideas to Host Your Own Pasta Bar – Buffet Party Menu

Ideas to Host Your Own Pasta Bar – Buffet Party Menu

Hello friends! This Pasta Bar post is a little overdue and I am hoping that it answers a majority of the questions I have received in regards to the Pasta Bar Party I posted about a couple weeks ago. We love to entertain frequently and my husband will be the first one to say I sometimes have a tendency to over-think parties and make things a little harder than they actually need to be. I kind of enjoy that part of the planning (in a weird sort-of way), however, I let most of that go as we quickly put together this impromptu playoff game Continue reading

Game Day Party Table | Italian Pasta Bar, Buffet Style

Game Day Party Table | Italian Pasta Bar, Buffet Style

It's game time and as many of you know I love to entertain. Any reason to gather friends and family and put together a party table makes me smile..big time. For this years Game Day Party table I decided on a pasta bar. It's something a little different and unique for a football game, but a simple idea to execute without a lot of fuss. My little two little secrets for creating this easy-to-put-together table - mini tasting serving dishes and pre-packaged gourmet food - thanks to some help from World Market.  World Market is one Continue reading

Holiday Gingerbread House & Cookie Decorating Party for the Kids + a giveaway

Holiday Gingerbread House & Cookie Decorating Party for the Kids + a giveaway

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine. Hello my friends. The past couple of days I have shared some quick and easy decor projects I put together last week for a small get together for my little guy and a few of his cousins. This past weekend the highly anticipated party arrived and the four little ones gathered for two fun-filled days of decorating 'gingerbread' houses, wafer cone trees and baking lots of cookies. I was graciously given the opportunity to partner with my local Dollar General to take Continue reading

Super Easy Treats for My Simple Halloween Dessert Table – My Tuesday {ten} No.20

Super Easy Treats for My Simple Halloween Dessert Table – My Tuesday {ten} No.20

For this week's Tuesday {ten} I thought I would share some super simple ideas I used to put together this Halloween dessert table a couple of weeks ago. Since my little guy has been taken off of food it really has been a struggle for me to even think of any kind of tasty treat. The thrill I used to have putting together parties isn't quite the same, though food is such a social part of society, it is kind of hard hosting a gathering without incorporating it some how. So despite what it may seem, this table was incredibly easy to put together Continue reading