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Bring on Brunch

Brunch.  Just the word excites me and probably does the same for you, right?  Brunch, when mentioned doesn’t mean cold cereal for breakfast and a ham sandwich for lunch.  Brunch is so much more including: the food selection, location of where the meal will be, the drink that will accompany the selection of foods, the time to have this entire meal ready by, and then who will be lucky enough to share this meal. According to a recent study by Statistic Brain Research Institute, 93% of the people asked believe in the importance of breakfast, however only 40% eat ...

Holiday Favorites Gift Basket Giveaway

Excited to share a giveaway opportunity with you.  Myself along with a handful of amazing bloggers from Windy City Bloggers Collective have teamed up to offer 3 unique baskets of our Holiday favorites.  There are 3 baskets in total to WIN:  Social Butterfly, Holiday Hostess, and Glam Girl. No surprise, my contribution helps to assist for a party with invites, a game to play, and cool 90's music to listen to.  All of these items along with below items can be found in the Social Butterfly basket ($250 value).                             ...

10 Kitchen Gifts for the Foodie/Home Entertainer

I put together a collection of kitchen items that the Foodie/Home Entertainer in your life would appreciate.  Many choices out there; how to choose the right gift for the Foodie/Home Entertainer?  Easy; choose from the below list to ease the stress in deciding..                                                                                       Kitchen Tablet Stand - because some recipes might be stored on a tablet these days. Enrich the gift with a tablet! b...

8 Ideas to Spice up your FALL Party

Pumpkins, pumpkins, and yes more pumpkins.  A variety of sizes, shapes, and colors either displayed on the edge of a walkway up to the door or around the door or just inside the foyer to set the theme for your fall party. Mums.  Nothing says fall is around the corner when seeing mums out in stores.  Mums are great for indoors or outdoors.  Mums are beautiful in all the variety of colors they come in.  Mums in the large size can be a main focus in a planting bed or in a large pot on the floor or as a small accent displayed throughout interior of home. Candles and ...

My 10 Favorite Hostess Gifts for Summer

Oil & vinegar; cookies & milk; champagne & orange juice; just like SUMMER & PARTIES  all of these go hand in hand.  Maybe you might get an invite to a roof top for cocktails, a front porch for brunch, a classic BBQ with a smell that lingers thru the whole neigborhood.  Whatever kind of party it is you get invited to, you should not attend without a hostess gift.   With so many parties held during the summer I suggest stocking up on a hostess gift or two that can be ordered online, saved, and then available at a later date.  Therefore, eliminate the ...

Let’s PEDAL, then PARTY

May is National Bike month, spring is here, and summer is fast approaching.  How does pedaling a bike relate to parties, you may be asking?  Easy, invite local friends &/or neighbors over to join you for a BIKE PARTY! Invite party guests to ride their bike over to your home for a gas free transport.  Once all the guests have arrive, but prior to the group ride, pass out prefilled water bottles to each guest that could also second as the party favor for each guest to take home with them. Also, besides planning the meal and getting your home ready for the party, I ...

Pinterest inspires me because…

Do you like pretty pictures?  Do you like to be inspired?  Well so do I, which is why I joined Pinterest.  I am grateful you can look without joining, just click the link below and browse my boards.  Boards are categories that the Pinner sets up and names (most of my boards deal with party topics of course).  The boards then help the Pinner organize items (place items on their specific boards).  It is that easy and then you have your own library of inspiration.  Nice feature to note: secret boards, so you can pin stuff there without anyone else knowing (great for ...

Fall 2013

Who cares if they show/RSVP or not?  I do! I would not have sent you an invite if I didn’t want to you show, so yes I care.  I’m not sure if I’m in a minority or majority on this issue, but a guest list is a thought out process and sometimes a cost issue as well.As a receiver of an invite & the expectation from the sender for an RSVP from me (the term ‘R.S.V.P.’ is a French phrase that stands for “répondez, s’il vous plaît,” which means “please reply”), I believe we have a responsibility to reply accordingly and it is a responsibility not to ...

Summer 2013

Summertime; what is there not to like? Ok maybe the mosquitoes and Japanese beetles, but not much else brings my summer mood down.
Summertime is a great time to get together and party with others. However, I have a few ideas to inspire you to help make your guests feel welcome and cool. •    Even if you have an air conditioner running, still run several fans to help circulate the air. •    If the ice is melting in coolers & keeping drinks cold is an issue, partially freeze some drinks in plastic containers before placing in coolers. •    If ...

Winter 2012

The most festive party season of all year has to be in December.  The pressure is on from all angles: shopping, hosting, and attending parties.  As our country has had to deal with some recent tragedies, the economy is still tough on most, lets all remember that less is sometimes more. I recently attended a party, that over the past years has had lots of food, people, noise, etc.  However, this year circumstances have made it more intimate with less of everything and all I can say is it was a wonderful party!  I didn’t over-eat or drink and I had the opportunity ...