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How to Get Better at Hosting

    It’s all about the plan. There’s a myth out there that you are either born with some type of Martha Stewart crafty-cooking-hostess gene, or you’re out of luck! At nearly every dinner or event we host, people often confide in me that, “They could never do this,” ‘this’ meaning cook for a crowd or host a big event. Well, I have… Read More »How to Get Better at Hosting

    Fall-afel Fest 2022

      An autumn celebration. Inventing holidays is one of my favorite party tricks. There is always an excuse to get together, and “fall-afel” the first week of autumn is as good as any! The beauty of inventing a holiday is that you own it. There is no script to follow, and people don’t know what to expect—which means carte blanche to… Read More »Fall-afel Fest 2022

      Non-Candy Treats for a Piñata

        Piñatas are three-in-one fun: wild excitement for the kids, entertainment for the adults who are watching, and a package for party favors.  The only negative is all that candy! Here are some non-candy filler ideas. Non-candy treats for a piñata  Retro toys such as trolls Pens, pencils, and pencil sharpeners Balls, such as super bounce balls Tattoos Small toys such… Read More »Non-Candy Treats for a Piñata


          Want to get better at baking? Start with scones. Scones are my recommendation to anyone who wants to get into baking. Here are 5 reasons why, and 5 recipes to try.  Convinced? Good. Now, one thing you need to know is that not all scones are created equal. No worries, though, because I have sifted through (pun intended!) many a… Read More »Scones

          A Back-to-School Party

            It’s that time of year when the smell of No. 2 Pencils is in the air, and down the hall you hear the squeak of new sneakers. Back-to-school season is a great milestone to commemorate both for parents and kids. It’s also one of those transitions that can be really rough! Did you know that anxiety and excitement are elements… Read More »A Back-to-School Party

            Spectacular Salads for Any Party

              Five salads that can sit, but still stand out. One of my favorite parts of party-planning is actually after the party. It’s fun to hear the chatter after an event. The things people found funny or the things people appreciated most. I also love the requests for recipes. It’s a feedback loop after all! You know which recipes I am… Read More »Spectacular Salads for Any Party

              How to Fool-Proof Your Party Plan

                I don’t know who needs to hear this, but no event is perfect. And perfection is NOT the goal.  When it comes to dinner parties or any at-home event, there are certainly ways to plan for success, and as a good project manager would do, to mitigate risk. Because there’s always something!  You made everything in advance, you gave yourself… Read More »How to Fool-Proof Your Party Plan