Add These 5 Things to Your Wedding Plan Checklist

This wedding plan checklist has been sponsored by Zola.  All opinions are my own. I just found out recently that my niece is getting married next year.  And she is on the ball when it comes to her wedding plan checklist.  She already knows that they want an outdoor wedding and how many guests they want to invite.  They have already discussed a tentative menu and other little details that make a wedding YOUR special day.  I don't think I was that organized about wedding planning when I got married and I'm impressed! If you will be planning … [Read more...]

Great Hostess Gift Ideas and Gift Giving Etiquette

With the holidays fast approaching, have you started looking for great hostess gift ideas?  You want to stock up and be prepared for those last minute party invites!  I thought I would share a few ideas that I found for inspiration for you hostess gift shopping! Before I get to the cool gift ideas I came up with, how about we discuss a bit of hostess gift etiquette first! And buying hostess gifts early is just one way to prepare for holiday parties.  Check out my post on how to get ready for Christmas for more ideas! Hostess Gift … [Read more...]

How To Choose The Right Music For Your Party

This post about how to choose the right music for your party has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. A few years ago, my husband and I had an Oktoberfest party.  We served German food and put together a nice collection of German music to liven up the atmosphere.  It was quite a nice event and he has been saying lately that he wants to do it again soon. It's always nice to have friends over for food and fun, even if I don't always like cleaning up afterwards!  And if you are an audiophile planning the perfect party playlist, consider … [Read more...]

Simple Patriotic Party Ideas to Celebrate the Red, White and Blue!

This post about patriotic party ideas has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. Whether you are celebrating the 4th of July, Memorial, Labor Day, Veteran's Day or any other patriotic holiday, having a party is always a fun way to enjoy it.  If you are looking for patriotic party ideas, they don't have to be complicated or expensive.  A dash of red, white and blue along with some food and a few crafts for the kids is all you really need. Sure, amazing fireworks and giant flags are nice but you don't really need them to get the point … [Read more...]

Basic Bar Essentials for Your Next Party Hosting Experience

With the holidays fast approaching, many people are planning on a bit of entertaining in the coming months.  The family will be visiting, friends want to celebrate the season, and everyone loves a good wine and cheese event, right? If you are planning on party hosting and serving a cocktail or two, there are a few basic bar essentials that you may want to invest in.  Sure, you can drink wine out of your kid's plastic juice glass but it takes something away from the ambiance of the evening!  My husband and I have been slowly stocking our bar … [Read more...]

Simple Holiday Party Ideas to Help You Celebrate in Style

Have you started planning your holiday entertaining already?  Are you stressing out about plans that seem way too complicated?  It shouldn't be that hard, right? Well, I am going to share a few simple holiday party ideas that might help. That means you can focus on what's REALLY important: relaxing!  Having friends and family over for a holiday get together is a great way to remember the truly important things in your life.  You don't have to be a celebrity decorator or waste your entire holiday budget to throw a great party! This post … [Read more...]

Cheap Halloween Ideas for Loads of Frugal Fun

Halloween is coming up soon and WOW, is it not a cheap holiday!  Have you seen the price of some of the costumes?  Not to mention the cost of that Halloween candy!  A mom could seriously go broke trying to give her kids a fun Halloween.  If you are working on a budget and looking for cheap Halloween ideas, I thought I would put together a few that may help.  Some of these you will have to implement this year to save on NEXT YEAR's Halloween fun.  But, over the long term, these Halloween ideas will help save you money on an evening of spooky fun … [Read more...]

Easy Cake Decorating Tips for Beautiful Homemade Cakes Every Time!

A cake is a perfect dessert for just about every celebration.  From birthdays and weddings to baby showers and office parties, serving cake brings people together over a delicious dessert!  Homemade cakes give your dessert a personal touch and these easy cake decorating tips will make your dessert spectacular!  These tips are being shared from Janice Murfitt, a highly qualified cake decorator, cookery writer and editor, food journalist, and home economist who specializes in cake making and decorating. If you are interested in making homemade … [Read more...]

Pairing Music and Wine is a Feast for the Senses

This post about pairing music and wine was sponsored by Cambria Winery as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own. My husband and I are passionate about music. Our house is filled with instruments, stereo systems, and a speedy internet connection for buying concert tickets to local shows.  Our tastes in music differ widely but we have learned to take turns controlling the radio dial on long car rides!  There is just something about music that speaks to us on a deeper level.  When I … [Read more...]

Simple Tips for Hosting a Wine and Cheese Party

These tips for hosting a wine and cheese party have been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. My husband is always suggesting that we have company over but the idea of entertaining often stresses me out so much that it is no longer fun.  Why?  Because I plan things that are way too complicated!  Fancy cocktails and lots of appetizers sound delicious but they are very time-consuming for the hostess to whip up!  I have been giving some thought to hosting a wine and cheese party to help simplify our entertaining.  If the idea … [Read more...]