Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? I’m not. We’re headed to my MIL’s and a fabulous restaurant. It’s completely non-traditional for us, but comfortable for her, and she’s earned it. So I am totally off the hook, although I’m seriously considering making a pumpkin pie just for me. Don’t tell. I won’t share. If you […]
Most of my parties feature at least one sweet treat from Sparkling Sweets Boutique. Autumn creates stunning cake pops and lots of other party goodies. (Check out my two most recent Halloween parties here and here that feature her cake pops.) So as her boys were getting ready to turn 6 and 8, she planned […]
The hubs says I have not purchased enough candy. $35 and 350 pieces of candy later, I guess I’m headed back to WalMart. Otherwise, we’ll need one of these “we’re out of candy” signs for Halloween.
Did you have a favorite Halloween costume as a child? Mine was a witch costume, sewn by my mom. One of my twin girls feels the same way, and has dressed up as a witch for Halloween three times. (I have no sewing skills, but I can shop with the best of them.)
One of the big jumping off points for my Witch’s Tea Party was this black and white striped ribbon. I just loved how clean and crisp the pattern is, and wanted to be sure to incorporate lots of bows made from the ribbon. But there is a trick to getting your bows just right. I’ll […]
Of the desserts at our Witch’s Tea Party, I think the girls were most excited about the Witch’s Stockings. I make variations on this dessert all the time because it’s so quick and easy and goooood. (It honestly deserves the extra o’s.) If you’ve ever made Martha Stewart’s Icebox Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, you know […]
When I styled my Vintage Tea Party, one of my absolute favorite elements was the floral teapot centerpiece. I decided to recreate the look for my Witch’s Tea Party (featured on Love the Day!) — but to figure out the DIY version. Enter: the styrofoam ball and a whole bunch of black silk roses. (I […]
I think it’s fair to say that my love of Charlie Brown has continued unabated since childhood. I got to thinking about poor Charlie Brown on Halloween, his pitiful ghost costume with way too many holes, and how “All I got was a rock.” Without a doubt, the round-headed kid needed a party!
My family and I are entering what is my insanely busy season at work. I have to say: I truly, deeply dread this season every year. I know that one day, not too far in the future, I’ll be in tears, convinced that I won’t be able to pull it all off.
Where will you start when it’s time to host your next birthday party? You probably start with a hint of idea, and then turn to Google or a favorite party blog. Pretty soon, you’re pinning ideas to your birthday party board on Pinterest. About 100 pins later, overwhelm sets in. Now what? Which ideas do […]
Just like your body has a skeleton, a stunning dessert table backdrop needs some support. So today in Part 4 of The Party Teacher’s 101 series: How to Style a Dessert Table, we’re talking about adding a backdrop — and the support system and tools you need to do it right. (Backdrop crashing down on […]
Half the fun of the dessert table is dressing it up. Once you choose your menu, serving pieces and arrangement, you can have fun with tablecloths, runners, banners and buntings. We talked about adding non-food items to your dessert table in Step 2: Arrange Your Treats, because extras like a framed party invitation can help […]
Our back to school will be here in about a week. We’ve done the clothes shopping, but still have backpacks and school supplies to go. And, I am hoping to squeeze in a first day of school mini party. I’m thinking my chalkboard wall in the basement playroom will be the perfect backdrop. We have […]
There are TWO dessert tables: the one in your mind, and the one in reality. They don’t always match. And there’s a really good reason for that: the way you arranged your treats just isn’t working. Maybe everything is too spaced out. Or maybe the arrangement lacks balance. Or, maybe you’ve over-styled and now it’s […]
Full disclosure: I freaking LOVE the Sharknado series. It is so exquisitely dumb. You don’t have to be interested in sharks or tornadoes, because the movie revels in its dumbness. One of my girls loves sharks and one loves tornados, and I loved Beverly Hills 90210 back in the day, so we’ve watched from the […]