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Essential Tips For Hosting The Perfect Dinner Party

Image by Element5 Digital from Pixabay Hosting a dinner party can be a huge source of anxiety. Although the experience is exciting, every decision, from the menu to the guest list, will induce stress. Whatever style of dinner party you plan, the secrets of a successful event are the same. As a host of the night, you must approach the task well prepared and with a sense of determination. All home chefs want the achievement of a successful dinner party, but earning this reward won’t come easy. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be so difficult either. With that in mind, …

Holiday Wine & Cheese Tasting Flight

Holiday Wine & Cheese Tasting Flight

Thank you Castello Cheese for sponsoring this post. Castello Cheese makes entertaining easy with its range of flavors. Hanging out with your family during the holidays can be filled with warmth, laughter, and fun. It can also be filled with awkward moments of silence and utter boredom. After the initial excitement and hurried catching up that takes place, there can definitely be lulls in the hoopla. Let’s face it, you might not have a lot in common with most of your family members. But there are two universal forces that never fail to please… cheese and wine! So, in preparation …

Fruity PEBBLES™ Raspberry Cream Tart

Fruity PEBBLES™ Raspberry Cream Tart

Thank you PEBBLES™ Cereal for sponsoring this post. PEBBLES™ Cereal is gluten-free and a great inclusive option for your family! We all have that friend who has to stick to a gluten-free diet for medical reasons. I happen to be that friend in my group of gal pals. And let me tell you, it can be quite the challenge when it comes to celebrating special events. Party planning can often hit snags. Picking a restaurant, visiting a brewery, or even baking a cake can prove quite difficult if the birthday girl is gluten-free. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many …

Mulled Gingerbread White Wine

Mulled Gingerbread White Wine

This post is sponsored by McCormick® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. The holidays are upon us! That means friends and family will be gathering for good food, good conversation, and good drinks. Why not add a bit of wow-factor to your holiday drinks with my twist on the traditional mulled wine? With the help of a delicious selection of McCormick® products at H-E-B, I have created a fabulous libation to elevate your seasonal gatherings. Inspired by the flavors and spices of the holiday’s most famous cookie, here’s my recipe for Mulled Gingerbread White Wine… Mulled …

Hot Cocoa Dessert Hummus + Blue Diamond Nut-Thins

Hot Cocoa Dessert Hummus + Blue Diamond Nut-Thins

I’ve partnered with Blue Diamond® as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Do you get holiday recipe burn-out? You know, that blank spot in your head when you need to write up a dinner menu. Not only do you need to come up wth an entree, sides, and dessert, you also have to think of appetizers and light bites. I will admit, I occasionally find myself staring vacantly down a grocery aisle with no idea where to start. That’s where today’s recipe pairing comes to the rescue! I am pairing Blue Diamond …

Holiday Multitasking & Unique Gifts with Office Depot

Holiday Multitasking & Unique Gifts with Office Depot Pack & Ship

Office Depot sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own. As a small business owner and mom to a preschooler, the holiday season is nothing short of a master class in multitasking. From finalizing client orders for the year’s end to shipping gifts to out-of-state relatives, I make a game of finding the fastest and most efficient way of getting everything checked off my list. So you can imagine my excitement to find out that my favorite business hub, Office Depot, not only carries everything I need to run my small business, they also have a pack & ship …

Pumpkin Tombstones + Heluva Good! Dip

Pumpkin Tombstones + Heluva Good! Dip

Thank you Heluva Good! for sponsoring this post. Heluva Good! Dips are the perfect way to add flavor to any occasion. If you have not noticed already, I am a Halloween fanatic. I have been my whole life! And since I had a little one running around the last few years, I have had to tone down the scary. But now that my daughter is in preschool, she’s starting to appreciate the holiday a bit more. So it’s time to whip out the spooky! To make our upcoming Halloween party extra eery, I have created the perfect seasonal dippers to …

A Celebration of All Things Autumn

A Celebration of All Things Autumn

Guest Contributor: Judith Soule of Fresh Look Photography As we welcome cooler temperatures, anyone looking to create a cozy atmosphere at their fall weddings will be inspired by this beautiful shoot! Nestled in a quiet suburban neighborhood in Virginia Beach, Church Point Manor may be the definition of “hidden gem”. The venue has a cozy yet sophisticated feel that provided the perfect setting for this boho inspired fall shoot. Coordinated by Hitch & Gather Event Specialists and captured on film by Fresh Look Photography, the rich fall color palette conveys a feeling of leaves falling and temperatures dropping. Beautiful teal …