Engagement Party Ideas

He’s popped the question… you’ve said YES!  Or… your best friend is recently engaged, and you’d like to help her celebrate? Now what?  We’ve collected some resources to help with the planning of an engagement party!

First, from Martha Stewart, a great article about the “Etiquette of an Engagement Party“.  Who plans it?  Who is invited?  All your questions answered!

Wondering how to create a registry?  Check out the video and accompanying article from Darcy Miller, the Editorial Director of “Martha Stewart Weddings” magazine:

Click on over to punchbowl for a great list of “how-to’s” and helpful hints on planning an engagement party.

Do you work best with a list?  Check out the Engagement Party checklist from Real Simple

What are YOUR best tips for planning an engagement party?  We’d love to hear about them!  Leave a comment or send us an email!



Party Planning Printables

I am a “list” girl.. I can’t help it.  I need paper and pens and pencils and lists and check marks to survive!  If you are like me, I have some fun printables for you today… party planning printables!

From Whitney English, a lovely and detailed one-sheet printable to help plan your next party or event:

From Perideau Designs – a lovely Printable Birthday Party Checklist:

And from Catch My Party, another free printable kids’ birthday party checklist:

Super Bowl Party Planning

My husband doesn’t watch a ton of sports overall, but he IS a huge football fan.  And this year, his team (go Broncos!) clinched the division title and are the top seeded team in the playoffs, which means… well, I have no idea what it means EXACTLY, but I do know it made my husband happy, and this put his team just that much closer to the elusive Super Bowl game.  (First they have to get through the play-off games.. this much I DO know, because he just told me so today).

So, in the expectation.. hope.. possibility of his team making it to the BIG game, I started making some plans for a Super Bowl party food (because to be a great party it has to have great food!!

First, from Make Merry, check out this awesome tutorial for making football whoopie pies.  And here’s a whoopie pie recipe from Bobby Flay with the wonderful marshmallow creme filling!

Rust and Sunshine has some GREAT ideas for throwing a super bowl party… I especially like the simple touch with the diy silverware caddies.  SO easy, and a great addition to the table or buffet.  Her football cupcakes look easy to duplicate and she even has some super bowl party games for kids.

For a yummy goodie for kids.. and BIG kids alike.. check out the football rice krispies from snackpicks.com:

Check out the fun super bowl spread put together by Shelbi Rene:

And finally.. we LOVE nachos in our house, and so when I saw these nacho CUPCAKES by Sweet Simple Stuff… I knew I’d have to make them for the big day!  She provides a step-by-step photo tutorial. You just know these are going to be a hit!

Even More Halloween Party Planning!

We’ve already talked about Halloween Party Planning HERE… and HERE… but there are just SO MANY great ideas out there, we are talking about it again!  Are you ready for some fabulous inspiration?  Here we go!

From Better Homes and Gardens, a BUNCH of great Halloween cake ideas.  All easy to do, and fun for all ages! Make sure you scroll through ALL 18 Halloween cake pictures!

If there weren’t enough cake decorating ideas in the last post, check out this one from the Cooking Channel…. a detailed how to make a SPIDER cake!

Looking for a wreath for your front door?  Check out this one from all things simple.  Her original DIY post is for a red wreath, but you can easily use orange to make it, and add the spider, as shown below. Her tutorial is “How to make a Halloween Wreath 101”:)

And for some ADORABLE party favor/treats, visit How Does She for a tutorial on making these Halloween Cookie Pops:  She gives step-by-step instructions on how to make oreo cookie sucker pops that I’m sure you’ll use again and again depending on the holiday or event.

HGTV.com has a post with 21 different favor and Halloween game ideas for your next Halloween party.  Here is one of my favorites:

And finally, from Cookies and Cups, check out this DIY tutorial for making Witches Broom Cupcakes.  Wait til you see how the broom is made – *genius*!

We may have ONE more Halloween post coming next week… Until then… BOO!

More Halloween Party Planning

We had SO much fun with the last Halloween Party Planning post, we decided to do one (or two) more posts with Halloween ideas!  Here is our next installment of Halloween Party Planning!

For a super cute favor or party snack, check out these Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats, from the High Heeled Hostess:

Remember the Dracula teeth from the last post?  Here is another tutorial for an even SCARIER mouthy Halloween snack, from the Food Network:

Need a wreath for the front door?  Check out this SO fun tutorial for making Animal Eyes Halloween Wreath, from Crafts Unleashed.  Super simple, but OH SO effective with the “Boo” effect.

And what about a party game or two?  Get FREE Printable Halloween Bingo card sets from Makoodle – SO fun!

My boys are OBSESSED with Mummies, and you can bet I will be serving these Halloween Mummies from Our Best Bites this year!  Perfect party food!  (Be sure to click through and see a few MORE great ideas for Halloween Party Food too!)

And one more idea for the decoration category… lawn ghosts!  Save On Crafts offers a super easy tutorial, with just a few items… for a VERY spooky effect!

Be sure to check back again soon… as we will have at least one more Halloween Party Planning post before Halloween!  If you have any great ideas, or posts we can feature, we’d love to hear from you!

Halloween Party Planning

It’s that time of year!  The weather begins to cool, the children go back to school… and the Halloween party planning begins!  My kids are talking their costumes and are thinking about witches and ghouls and zombies… and I’m thinking butterflies and action heroes.  We may have some heated discussions before we are through!

Anyway! I have some great Halloween party ideas for you today, and I will follow up next week with some more.  Ready??  Here we go!

First, from the Hostess blog, a STUNNING Black Cat Ball – such a beautiful, glamorous FUN way to celebrate a kids or adult Halloween party.  As always, scroll through the amazing photos, get inspired by the styling, and check out the credits and details at the end for tips on how to do something similar.

From Anders Ruff, an incredibly GLAM Halloween party collection – all downloadable/printable – makes party planning EASY!  These are not free Halloween printables, but they are inexpensive and I thought they were worth sharing!

How about some specific tutorials for Halloween party food?  From The Girl Who Ate Everything, some incredibly fun (and easy) DRACULA DENTURES.  My boys LOVE this idea!

From our favorite cookie maker, Sugar Belle, comes a unique idea… Pumpkin Pops, made SUPER easy with suckers and icing!

Better Homes and Gardens has a series of great Halloween party games for kids but I think some are great for adults too.  I think this “Guess How Many Candy Corn” may be my favorite one, just for ease of putting together and ease of “playing the game”.

And Martha’s Stewart’s “Pop The Balloon” Game is sweet perfection – easy to set up, and FUN for the kiddos!

There are SO many, many ideas out there, I may just have to write a second (or third) post about Halloween party planning!  Are YOU getting ready for a Halloween event?  We’d love to hear about it!

FREE Goodies for the Holidays!

This post is for all the “last minute” chefs and entertainers out there… several free recipe e-books and holiday recipes and planning guides that just might come in handy over the next couple of weeks!

First up, a “Gifts In a Jar” e-book from Heavenly Homemakers.

Click HERE to download this free E-Book filled with “gift ideas such as pudding mix, bath salts, diaper rash ointment, cookie mix, seasoning mixes, chai mix, soup mixes, facials, hot fudge and much more”.


If you are looking for free holiday recipes, you might be interested in this FREE Christmas Recipes E-Book, from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures:

You need to subscribe to the blog to receive the book for free, but that’s a very SMALL “price” to pay for 54 pages of recipes!


A must-have for the Holidays, is Paula Deen’s Holiday Hosting Guide.  This free E-book is packed with Paula Deen’s recipes, ideas and tips and recipes for the Holidays.

Click HERE to download Paula’s Hosting Guide.


Have you made a Gingerbread House yet this year?  If not, here is a FREE E-Book with 23 different Gingerbread House ideas!  Recipes, templates, ideas… SUCH a great resource!

Click HERE to get your copy of the Gingerbread House E-Book.


And one last resource for those of you who may be on the hunt for gluten-free recipes, a free Gluten Free Holiday Baking E-Book, from the Baking Beauties:

Click the image above to get the free Gluten-Free Holiday Baking E-book!


Have YOU found any free resources this season?  We’d love to hear about them!