Fourth of July DIY Paper Party Cups

Great idea for updating basic white paper party wear for holidays and events.

I love the on-going relationship we have with many of our Snap Conference sponsors. Today I am sharing a fun Fourth of July DIY paper party cup idea using products from American Crafts and We R Memory Keepers, who always have a fun presence at the event. This is not a paid post, but it features the We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile prominently. This is one of my favorite crafting tools. It can punch through nearly anything - from paper to thick chipboard, wood veneer and metal. It also works as an eyelet setter. If you don't have a Crop-A-Dile yet, I'd recommend purchasing one. Speaking of … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Thank You Tags [Free Printable]

Fourth of July Gift shimmer

Toward the end of the year as we draw closer the some of the more "traditional" holidays, my feed is flooded with sweet little hostess gifts and party gifts. However, we actually tend to attend more events with friends in the summer. Often summer parties are far more casual, but that doesn't always mean the host doesn't put in a lot of time preparing...I always like to take a thank you. Today I am over at The Idea Room sharing a quick tutorial on this fun Fourth of July hostess gift as a part of her summer series. Pop over to check out the details. In the meantime, I thought I'd share the … [Read more...]

10 Delicious Drinks for Summer

10 delicious family-friendly drink recipes perfect for summer.

Each week I co-host a fun link party with a few of my friends called Show + Tell. We invite our readers to share their latest and greatest projects. It's a treasure trove of great ideas. Over the years, I've learned that checking out Show + Tell when I am a big hungry is a HUGE mistake. There are always so many great recipes. This week, there were a lot of great drink recipes and today I am sharing 10 delicious drinks for summer. Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie via Homemaking Hacks Pineapple Mint Smoothie via Upstate Ramblings Cucumber Basil Infused Water via Krystal's Kitsch Three Suns … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Maker Giveaway!


Remember earlier this week when I shared these fun ice cream cone paper boxes? Well, we're finishing out the week with a super-fun ice cream themed giveaway! We have the best summertime giveaway for you today! We have teamed up with some amazing blogs this week to kick off the Mother Hen's Summer Survival Guide on The Crafting Chicks. They are also joining us for this fun givaway Ice Cream Maker! And 4 packages of polka-dot ice cream bowls from Bake it Pretty! You can kick your summer off right with a fun ice cream party at home! Giveaway brought to you … [Read more...]

World Market Outdoor Living Update

World Market Riviera 11

This outdoor living update is brought to you via a collaboration with World Market, who provided product and financial compensation. All opinions are my own. Unless we're closely related (and by closely related, I mean unless you're my Mom), you're not likely to have seen some of my earliest blog posts. I'd link you, but really, all you'd see is a few poorly photographed projects squished in between chatter about my favorite HGTV shows and personalities. Needless to say, I was pretty excited when I learned World Market had teamed up with HGTV Designer Sabrina Soto to provide tips for … [Read more...]

14 Chinese New Year Recipes

baked coconut sticky rice cake

Yesterday we shared festive Chinese New Year crafts you can do with your kids to celebrate Chinese New Year on February 19th. Today we bring you some of our favorite Chinese New Year recipes. . 14 Chinese New Year Recipes . Baked coconut sticky rice cake from Jeanette's Healthy Living . Marbled red vinasse eggs from Pig Pig's Corner . Almond thins from Kitchen Chaos . Hong Kong egg cakes from Ginger and Scotch . Fried laughing balls from Madam Kwong . Jiaozi (Chinese dumplings) from Closet Cooking . Homemade fortune cookies from Snap . Chinese spare ribs … [Read more...]

Bean and Corn Salsa


Is your family getting excited for the football playoffs and the Super Bowl? We've had a lot of family in town recently and it seems like the conversations have been all football, all the time.  My Hubby is already planning to have people over for the big game.  (I'm sure his desire to host a big party is all about the love of football and has nothing to do with the new TV that now has a permanent home on our back patio...) While I'm happy for him to have people over for the game, there are a few things about hosting a party that I'm not so crazy about.  Like the hours of intense … [Read more...]

Fan-Friendly Super Bowl Recipes

cheesy bacon oven chips

Yesterday we shared some super fun Super Bowl party ideas, but a Super Bowl party isn't complete without a tasty spread. We've rounded up some delicious Super Bowl recipes sure to please friends, family and fans alike. . . 12 Fan-Friendly Super Bowl Recipes . Baked brown sugar chicken wings with roasted red pepper cream sauce from Damn Delicious . Bacon mac & cheese egg rolls from Miss in the Kitchen . Ice cream football sandwiches from The Celebration Shoppe . Cheesy bacon oven chips with chipotle ranch dipping sauce from The Comfort of Cooking . Buffalo chicken … [Read more...]

10 Super Bowl Party Ideas to Help You Get Your Game on

football team coasters

Can you believe it's already 2015 and we're already planning Super Bowl parties? I swear I just hung to stockings above the fireplace and place the outdoor lights on my home. Of course, I'm not complaining because Super Bowl means super fun parties with great food and good friends. Here are our favorite Super Bowl party ideas from around the web. . . 10 Super Fun Super Bowl Party Ideas . DIY football field table cover from Hello My Sweet . Super Bowl commercial bingo from Style Me Pretty . "Punny" football party from Michelle Paige . Customized TV trays from My Sister's … [Read more...]

Party-Worthy New Year’s Eve Appetizers

pear and plum puff pastry tart

What better follow-up to our New Year's Eve party ideas than a post featuring our favorite party-worthy New Year's Eve appetizers? We've rounded up some of the most scrumptious and celebratory appetizers for ringing in the new year. . . 12 Party-Worthy New Year's Eve Appetizers . Blue Cheese guacamole stuffed mushrooms with buffalo sauce from Half Baked Harvest . Soft pretzel bites from Handle the Heat . Jalapeno quinoa corn dip from Pinch of Yum . Pear and plum puff pastry tart with blue cheese from Foodie Crush . Crab rangoon dip from Damn … [Read more...]