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Quick Guide to Cocktail Party Hosting

Image by bridgesward from Pixabay  Hosting a cocktail party is a popular choice for a social gathering, and has been for a number of years. It is something that is a little more low-key and relaxed compared to hosting a meal, with a little less to plan. It can have a much more relaxed vibe compared to a dinner party, but can still be just as enjoyable as any other kind of social gathering (especially if you get the cocktails just right). However, there are still a few tips and tricks that will help you to make sure that your cocktail party goes …

Cranberry Ham & Goat Cheese Pies

Cranberry Ham & Goat Cheese Pies

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Smithfield®. The opinions and text are all mine. There are two types of holiday guests… turkey people and ham people. And if you’re hosting this year’s holiday meal like I am, then you know what a pain this can be. Seriously, who wants to prepare both a full turkey and massive holiday ham for a single dinner?! But fret not, friends, for I have a solution! Thanks to my favorite new find, Smithfield® Anytime Favorites™ Cubed Ham at H-E-B, your discerning guests can have their ham and eat it …

Quick Tip: The Dresser Buffet

Quick Tip: The Dresser Buffet

If there’s anything I am good at, it’s repurposing everyday things as entertaining gold. So for today’s Home & Design Quick Tip, I offer you the dresser buffet! This amazing group of vendors in Stettler, Canada show us how to repurpose a beautiful shabby chic dresser as a buffet for entertaining guests. Flowers in the drawers, sweets on top, and awe amongst your party guests… Reception Venue: Village of Big Valley//Other: Village of Big Valley//Apparel: Mr. Prettys Skirt//Floral Designer:Panda Flowers//Bakery: Cute and Classy Cakes//Event Planner: Wanderlust Events Inc.//Photographer: Sweetlight Photography// Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum

Surprise Dinner Party at Long Beach Island Historical Museum

Guest Contributors: Bogoth Wedding & Events and Melanie Cassie Photography Rick and Sharon wanted to plan a unique surprise dinner party at the Long Beach Island Historical Museum in historic Beach Haven, NJ. The cause for celebration drilled down to the core of everything so many people love about celebrating love and family down the shore; childhood memories of spending time with family, weeks and month spent in anticipation of the annual week “down the shore,”  spending time with family and friends. So, when Rick and Sharon contacted Bogath Weddings and Events, to say they wanted to plan a surprise …

Paradise Beach Wedding

Entertaining: Last Wisps of Paradise

Guest Contributor: Christine Gagnon of Eisley Images This styled shoot is the mastermind of Jenny from Wedding Boston. Capturing 2019 wedding color palette trends with a clean, crisp, and tropical beach feel. With bright blossoms, bold colors and gold accents, we stray from the soft delicate colors as of late to speak to the summer obsessed couples looking for life and vibrancy.  Model: Maggie Inc. Agency//Floral Designer: Cross Street Flower Farm//Floral Designer: DV Flora//Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu//Model:Brian Loud//Model: Katie Dye//Apparel: Get Knots//Hair Stylist: Verde Weddings//Reception Venue:Lake Pearl Lucianos//Dress Designer: BHLDN//Floral Designer: Whitemoss & Twigs//Floral Designer: Whitemoss & Twigs//Event …

Italian Entertaining

Rustic Italian Entertaining… at it’s finest!

Guest Contributor: Jewels Gray Jewels is the talented eye behind Jewels Photography in Denver, Colorado. Follow along as she show’s us a proper Italian feast. There’s a venue here in Denver that reminds me of the home my grand-parents built in Northern California… tan stucco arches and dark brown tiled floors, it’s not something you typically see here in Colorado. The lighting is always so beautiful here and as a Photographer, that’s something I notice while shooting weddings. If this venue were around back when I got married, I definitely would have had my own wedding there, without a doubt. …

Colonial-Style Summer Celebration

Colonial-Style Summer Celebration

Guest Contributer: Becca Jones Becca is the head photographer for B. Jones Photography. Check out her site here. Vibrant Firs is a new wedding venue in Auburn, WA. It has a charming Colonial structure right by the lake, dock access, barn, gazebo, and 50 acres of land. Its exterior paint and front door design left a great impression on our first visit. As soon as we pull in the roundabout driveway, at the end of the brick path is the tiffany blue and white painted, column entrance. Along with the lake view, we immediately decide that we will be setting …

Spring Soirée in Emerald Isle North Carolina

Spring Soirée in Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Guest Contributor: Allie Miller The photographic talent behind Allie Miller Photography gives us an exclusive look at this gorgeous Soirée! On Saturday April 14th, we had the greatest time capturing, following are some images showing all the colors and decor which welcomed the 2018 spring season at The Islander Hotel & Resort in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. The resort was the location for Emerald Isle Realty’s “Spring Soirée” – which is held to celebrate the busy season ahead and to recognize their team’s great efforts to make every summer a wonderful season for guests who frequent the area. Professional Planner, …