How Much Money to Spend on a Birthday Gift

Once you get that “{Your child’s name} has been invited to {friend’s name} birthday party!}”  – the big question looms – “How Much to Spend on the Birthday Gift” for said friend? I often wonder how much of a ‘friend’ this person is to my child too. Are the besties? Does this child even say […]

How to Host a Kentucky Derby Party

Most folks don’t think of having a Kentucky Derby Party. However, it is a fun theme that also kicks off spring! It is also unique enough that you probably won’t have to compete with another event. The Kentucky Derby is always held on the first Saturday in May. So here is how to celebrate the […]

A Marvelous Mocktail Mint Julep Recipe

I always think Mint Juleps are so classy. Perfect for late spring and early summer cocktails. There are a lot of Mint Julep recipes out there. (This site has my favorite, including a Mint Tulip option.) However, if you want a Mint Julep without alcohol, then here is a simple Mocktail Mint Julep recipe to […]

Most Popular Halloween Candy by State

Halloween is here and so are the sweet treats we hand out on Halloween night. (In my case, unfortunately nibble on before, during and after too.) A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the best candy to give out at Halloween. Jet.com had a poll where it asked its visitors about what candy they […]

Host a Festive Fiesta!

This year I decided to host a Christmas Eve celebration for the family. Since it is crazy during the holidays, and leading up to it, I just did not have it in me to do all the shopping, menu planning and prep it requires. My kiddos are enough work! Since we received a complimentary Qdoba […]

Mushroom Blue Cheese Appetizer

With some key entertaining holidays coming up, I thought I would share a unique appetizer recipe that is great for kids and adults, and is easy to make – which is why it is perfect for Charlene Chronicles’ weekly #makeitmonday post! Crispy Mushroom Blue Cheese Appetizer Serves 2-4 people so up the amounts for more guests […]

Slumber Party Ideas: 5 Products You Need

If your daughter is begging for a sleepover party, and you don’t even know where to begin, consider these five products from Alex Brands that takes the work load off your plate and loads up their plates with lots of things to do (when they are probably not sleeping.) Consider using one (or all) for […]

Ultimate Boy Party Must Haves

One of the questions I get the most is for ideas for a DIY, at-home Birthday party. You can see one of my Disney posts here, but what if you want to do something other than Disney? One boy party idea is to have a craft party. And yes, you can have a craft party […]

Inspired Bites Cookbook by TJ Girard and Bob Spiegel

Despite a life online, I still admire and enjoy hardcover books, and that admiration extends to my beloved cookbooks. A new one I discovered, and subsequently enjoyed a complimentary copy, is called Inspired Bite: Unexpected Idea for Entertaining, from Pinch Food Design and published by Abrams Books. The authors of the Inspired Bites Cookbook are […]

Four Elegant Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

If you are going to a dinner party, holiday party or a feast this holiday season, it is classy and elegant to bring a gift for the hostess. While I’m focusing on gift ideas, it is also important to present it with the same thought that you put into the actual item. So have on […]

Simple Tips for Classy Holiday Entertaining

As we were shopping for hot holiday toys at BJ’s Wholesale Club recently, we were also picking up soda and snacks for our holiday entertaining. As we strolled the aisles, we also saw the most yummy treats like gourmet brownie trays, pumpkin cream cheese bakery rolls, Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake, and amazing appetizers. With all of […]