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Party Planning Tips for a 5th Birthday Party At Home

My son turned 5 last week. After considering different options, we opted for a home party with only 7 of his friends. I never shy away from hosting a party at home. A few parents told me I was courageous to receive 7 kids ages 4 to 7 – some who never have been at our house before – without parents. But, it went very well! Like my husband said, the mess in the playroom is the same whether you have two kids or 8 in it. Continue Reading

ENTERTAINING OUTDOOR entertaining

Bar Carts for Serious Summer Entertaining at Pottery Barn

wagon party bucket

If your home or your cabin by the lake is the party central for you and your friends, you need great beverage station options. The latest summer collection at Pottery Barn gave you something to think about. See how you could do it.

Wagon Party Buckets

Having a wagon is awesome to keep the cart close to the action. The removable galvanized bucket and tray provides convenience. If you are driving a car with a large trunk, you could easily bring this bar on wheel to a large picnic at the park or the beach. Continue Reading

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY decorations

Daff’s Easter Bunny are Better than Ever

daff felt easter bunny

I introduced the felt Easter bunny by Daff back in 2009. They are nicely made in 100% merino felt. They now sell them in two sizes and more colors. Since then, Daff upgraded them by reinforcing it with cardboard.

Unfortunately for us, they still only ship in Germany. So, you still have to make your own if you want them on your Easter table. Don’t worry, we did our DIY version. Although cardboard reinforcing and sewing technique requires more work than our foam board and glueing method, the end result looks sharper.

Don’t miss my other Easter ideas.

ENTERTAINING OUTDOOR entertaining

For Casual Before-Dinner Parties: the Napkin Cup and the French Decanter by Royal VKB

napkin cup by royal vkb

Although 25 centimeters (10 inches) of snow felt on my city this week, summer entertaining will be soon around the corner. I found at Royal VKB two products that will make it easy to invite friends for an informal gathering.

By combining a napkin holder with a cocktail stick holder, it liberates one hand. Plus, your guests won’t have to search where they are when they reach for tapas or finger food. Since the napkin cup is make of plastic, I won’t be afraid to bring it for a picnic. Continue Reading

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Happy Valentine’s Day!

valentine's day flowers

Valentine’s Day has a special twist this year in my home. It is the first time that we made valentines for my son’s daycare classroom.

Since Zack is still too young to enjoy yet mass producing cards, we ordered classroom Valentine’s cards last month from Tiny Prints. We selected the Truckloads of Fun because Zack is really into transportation vehicles these days. We used his official daycare picture, in his uniform, for the photo. The picture was taken last October. When I look at him now, I can’t believe how much he transformed from a baby face to a little boy face. Continue Reading

CAKES + desserts FOOD + DRINK

Cream Cheese Frosting: Not Too Sweet

cream cheese frosting

Earlier this week, I was looking for a cream cheese frosting recipe that was not too sweet. Thanks to Martha, I found the perfect balance. I cut her recipe since I needed only one cup. The ratio of 4 onces of cream cheese, 4 ounces of unsalted butter and half a cup of sifted confectioners’ sugar works for me. Then, add half of teaspoon of the best vanilla extract for the ultimate taste.

For the right texture, don’t use bar cream cheese at room temperature. Continue Reading

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Get These If You Plan to Propose on Valentine’s Day

my phone is off for you

Valentine’s Day is one night where many guys decide to pop the question. If this is what you have in mind, guys, here are three uncommon things — besides your caring attention, true love and good look — that will set the right mood.

First of all, tell her that she has your undivided attention with this handkerchief. And you mean it since wrapping your phone inside this hanky blocks any calls and texts. Continue Reading

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

A Black and White Tabletop for a New Year Dinner

tabletop ideas for new year eve

If you prefer a clean look to glitters for your New Year celebrations, this modern black and white tabletop concept is for you. Assemble a bouquet and pick a stylish, festive tablecloth to polish the look. You could replace the flowers with four numbers on a stick that read 2013.

1. Small drop vase at CB2

2. Iittala Artik Cutlery Serving Set at Greener Grass Design

3. Contemporary Ice Bucket at William Ashley

4. Tasting plate at Uncommon Goods

5. Champagne Glass and Top Hat Silver Centerpiece at Partycheap.com

6. Nero tableware collection at Arabia Finland

I hope this mood board gives you ideas on how to set up your New Year’s table. Have fun tonight! But first, don’t forget to check out my bubbly cocktail suggestions here and there.

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

DIY Photobooth Ideas for New Year’s Eve

diy photobooth for new year

Nothing commemorate the passing to the New Year as a photobooth. You will see that it is not complicate to set up your own photobooth. Basically, you need to create a festive, photo-friendly backdrop and to supply your guests with a nice prop selection.

As a start, I suggest that you explore these three successfully executed photobooths. Take the time to read the articles/posts since they will supply you with all the tips you need to make your own photobooth for New Year’s Eve. Head first to HGTV. They produced a comprehensive DIY photobooth set up guide (top picture).

For years,  Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day! shared her photobooth projects. I really like her latest idea which uses a fringe garland as the backdrop.

big fringe garland photobooth
photo credits: Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids Photography for Oh Happy Day

Lastly, the quality of your photos depends on the quality of your photographer and how comfortable your guests feels  in front of the camera.

new year's eve photobooth ideas
photo credits: studiOsnap