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May 29, 2014

Summer Party Idea: Ice Cream Floats & Sandwiches

I can’t believe it’s that time already, but the weather is begging for us to plan those outdoor parties. If you’re planning a backyard barbecue party or any party for the season, I have a fun little dessert table for your summer party ideas, just for you.

 
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April 29, 2014

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

I love this time of year. There are so many opportunities for parties and get-togethers from Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day to graduations. This week I’m focusing on one of my favorite party ideas for spring – a Derby Day party! Although I’ve never been to the Kentucky Derby, I hope to get there one day and immerse myself into the festivities. Being the Southern girl that I am I can appreciate the food, the bourbon, and the fashion. Oh yeah, and there’s a 2 minute race to watch too! Here are some tips and recipes to help you host a fabulously traditional derby viewing party. The menu you’ll want to serve is classic and iconic. I don’t know [...]

 
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February 19, 2014

Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew Recipe

This has been one heck of a winter, right! All this snow and ice has me using my slow cooker a lot this year, because there’s nothing quite like a warm bowl of soup or stew that’s’ been simmering all day, to warm you up. I’ve “officially” added a slow cooker meal to our weekly menu board which has me testing out some new recipes. One of the tastiest recipes I’ve adapted was this chicken Brunswick Stew. The most traditional recipes use a combination of meats like chicken, pork, and even small game, but I love the streamlined approach to this one using only chicken.

Put this on in the morning and serve it up for a family dinner or for [...]

 
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February 12, 2014

Valentine’s Day Dinner

If you’re taking time to romance your significant other for Valentine’s Day this year, you may want to think about doing something special for the kids, too. In fact, my suggestion is to do something sweet for the children right after school or an early supper, so you can have quiet time with your honey. Here’s a cute way to set a table for the kids so they don’t feel left out. The main thing to do is use items you already have and arrange them creatively. The nice thing about using red and white is that you may already have things from Christmas that can be pulled out for Valentine’s Day, too. For instance, I used red Christmas tin trays as chargers [...]

 
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January 31, 2014

Quick Dip for Game Day

Everyone needs a good hearty dip for game day, and I have one that’s incredibly easy to make. This is one of those dips that was shared at a church potluck and then the recipe got passed around to everyone who tasted it. The basic recipe is only 2 ingredients, so I decided to add a little extra something.

Chili Cheese Dip 1 ½ cans (15 oz) Hormel Turkey Chili with Beans 1 block (8 oz) light cream cheese, softened 2 Tablespoons chopped green chilies 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend Chips for dipping

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes or until heated through. Serve with tortilla [...]
 
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January 14, 2014

Creating an Entertaining Space In Your Home

Nothing deters people from entertaining quite like the feeling that they don’t have the space for it. Don’t let a lack of square footage keep you from enjoying time with friends or family at home. Incorporate these ideas for creating an entertaining space that you may not even know you have!

Use a console table

Most people have a large piece of furniture like a console or chest of drawers that they can turn into a serving area for casual get-togethers. Here, I’ve turned our long TV console (it’s actually 2 placed side by side) into a surface for refreshments while watching the big game. Just clear away your everyday decor and use the surface for food [...]

 
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December 31, 2013

Ring In The New Year With Confetti!

If there’s one thing that makes a New Years Eve party over-the-top-festive, it’s confetti! If you’re looking for last minute ideas to celebrate the new year, these 6 suggestions using confetti should do the trick. You only need a few simple items to create some fabulously festive decorations.

DIY Confetti Wands

Make one of these for each guest to use at the stroke of midnight, or as a sweet favor to remember the night. Get the directions from The Hunted Interior

Confetti Cones

These cones are super simple to make using rolled paper. These are via Ruffled Blog

DIY Poppers

Put those push pop containers to use in a new way by making these confetti [...]

 
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December 20, 2013

8 Quick and Easy Ideas for Holiday Tabletop Decor

If you’re in need of some last minute tabletop decorating ideas for the holiday, I’ve rounded up 8 ideas for holiday tabletop decor that are simple and easy to pull together in a flash. What makes these so great is that they all start with things you probably already have, like silver trays and bowls, glass vases and cloches, candles, pinecones, and of course, Christmas ornaments. These looks will make terrific centerpieces for dining tables, or as a focal point for side and coffee tables. And you can customize any idea using your own color scheme.

Add a bit of Nature

If you enjoy adding natural elements to your holiday decor, these looks are for you! It takes [...]

 
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December 19, 2013

Feather Charger Tutorial

The holiday season is the perfect time to create in your home. Try this DIY project by Chris from Celebrations at Home to add a little holiday spirit to your home! Here’s a festive and easy project you can do in order to dress up and customize your holiday table. Make your own feather chargers to sit underneath dinner plates. These can be done in any color palette to match the decor of your home. Each charger takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, but if you store them away carefully you can use them over and over again!

Supplies 1 craft foam sheet per charger – cut to 11-inch circle 1 felt rectangle per charger – cut to 9 1/4-inch circle 1 small bag of craft [...]
 
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November 27, 2013

Sheet Music Christmas Tree Tutorial

The holiday season is the perfect time to create in your home. Try this DIY project by Chris from Celebrations at Home to add a little holiday spirit to your home! These tabletop sheet music Christmas trees are perfect for a dining table centerpiece, an accent on a buffet table, or decoration on a book shelf. I used sheet music because music is such a big part of the holidays, and it can be incorporated into almost any decorating style.

You can use a couple in different heights or create a whole forest to line down the center of the table.

Supplies: Foam craft cones Vintage sheet music or scrapbook paper. Scissors Straight pins Small ball ornaments – remove the [...]
 
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October 29, 2013

Candy Corn Treats

I can’t believe it’s almost Halloween. Where did the month go?! There’s still time to make some seasonal treats though, using everyone’s favorite fall candy – candy corn! These tasty vanilla flavored snacks lend themselves to a variety of recipes, as well as candy corn “inspired” delights. Here are some favorites I’ve recently found. For recipes and tips, follow the links to each treat below.

Make some chocolate dipped candy corn pretzels for an after school snack for the kids (and you!).

You’ll find a hidden treat inside these candy corn chocolate molds. Who would ever know there’s an Oreo [...]

 
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October 1, 2013

Sweet And Spicy Corn Dip Recipe

It’s time to share one more recipe for the fall season, and this one is great for tailgating or could even be incorporated into a Halloween party if you give it a fun {ghoulish} name. This sweet and spicy corn dip is inspired by a recipe I found on Pinterest that could be categorized as “retro.” It’s an interesting combination of ingredients {hello Doritos!} that is positively addictive! The sweetness comes from the corn, and the spicy comes from the spicy cheese Doritos flavor. Get the recipe below.

Sweet and Spicy Corn Dip

Ingredients

2 – 110z cans yellow niblet corn, drained 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated {grate your own, do not use pre [...]
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