Entertaining Ideas

A Birthday Party and a Cake Experiment

This family birthday dinner featured whimsical mixed china, a spring container garden, and a syrup-infused orange rum cake.

The Centerpiece that the Squirrel Planted

A thoughtful squirrel help me fashion a simple centerpiece, and I found a fun new way to hang string lights for garden parties.

Summer’s Last Dinner Party

When we planned this late-summer patio party, we didn’t stop to think about how early it gets dark in September, or how cold it gets after the sun goes down.  We found some quick solutions so our party could still go on.

Small Table Solutions for Holiday Dinners

Dining room tables and family celebrations come in all sizes – even small.  This post shares a few tips for decorating a small table without sacrificing precious space.


A Simple DIY Patio Tablecloth

Want to change the look of your round patio table fast, and on budget?  Check out this easy and practical idea.


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2016 Summer Style Boards

Getting your garden ready for entertaining?  Check out these summer style boards for fresh ideas for your outdoor living space.

2016 Summer Style Boards

A Pretty Birthday Brunch

Using vintage linens, whimsical china, and good old grocery store carnations, I had fun setting the table for my mom’s birthday brunch.

A Pretty Birthday Brunch

Three Ways to Simplify Party Hosting

Hosting a party doesn’t have to be stressful.  With a little advance planning, you can relax and enjoy your party.  To access the post, click on the photo.

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Three Ways to Simplify Party Hosting

Six Tips for a Memorable Tablescape

It’s fun designing a tablescape, and so easy with these six tips.

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Six Tips for a Memorable Tablescape

Entertaining on a Shoestring

When planning a memorable event for your guests, it’s more important to have a little creativity than a lot of money.  Check out my three ideas for entertaining on a budget.

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Three Budget Friendly Party Decorating Ideas

Saying Goodbye in Style

Another time creativity comes in handy is when we lose a loved one and are faced with planning a fitting farewell.  A cookie cutter memorial was out of the question when we planned a Goodbye to a Special Lady.

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Celebration of Life Party: Saying Goodbye to a Special Lady

 An Elegant, Casual Dinner Party

And in this post, my mother, Erika, plans a fun and casual fall dinner party.

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Elegant Fall Dinner Party

English Manor House Rules

Mom also gives us a few pointers on setting a formal table – and also some amusing stories from her days working in an English manor house in the 1950s.

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Table Settings: Lessons from a real English manor house

A Pest-Free Patio Party

Pests ruining your outdoor parties?  Check out these tips.

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A bug-free patio party

Entertain in Style with Your Own Custom-Made Tray

Can’t find a serving tray you like?  Make your own from an old cookie sheet.

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A Tropical Makeover for an Old Cookie Sheet

A DIY Holiday Cake Stand

Elevating food at varying heights really adds elegance and interest to a party’s food table.  I had fun making this easy DIY cake stand, and finished it in time for my holiday party.

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A DIY Holiday Cake Stand