Feeling lucky?! It’s time to celebrate the Irish way!

This time of year is my favorite, always has been! ¬†It’s when the smell of spring is in the air, the weather starts to warm up and of course….. St’ Patty’s Day celebrations are here! Now this celebration is extra special for me because my main squeeze’s birthday happens to fall in the month of March so it gives me every reason in the book to throw a St. Patty’s Day themed party (with or without his consent!)

Holidays are the best excuse to host an event and add a birthday to the mix and you are good as gold… get it? Gold?ūüôā

Here are some fun ideas for a festive¬†St. Patty’s Day Shindig!

Now if you have read any of my blog posts or know me personally you know that decor is my main priority and is the first thing on my checklist!  Once you have that down the rest of the party details fall into place.

Here are some fun ideas from some of my favorite Etsy shops!

Luck of the Irish banner – an essential for decorating any mantle and also easy to hang on the wall! Found at the fun and festive shop One Tiny Heart


Personalized pub sign РA great gift for a birthday party! Found at the shop BenchMarksSignsGifts 


Table¬†decor – these mason jars are perfect and can be filled with any lucky charm you want! ¬†Found at the shop¬†Kelly’s Creative Outlet¬†


Mini sparkle hats to scatter on the tables- Found at the shop Fourth Wish Vintage


The Second most important detail is of course food and drinks! I know I know, it is the staple of the party but hey, a girl has her priorities!

Have fun with the food! Finger foods and small desserts are always a hit  so try some of these out!  They will definitely get your guests in the spirit of the Irish!

Fruit and chocolate platter Рso easy and such a nice touch! 


Cucumber rolls Рalready festive as is! 


Mini reuben sandwiches 


Dessert anyone?! 

These surprise cupcakes are like finding a mini pot of gold!


Add any of these mini shooters and your guests will definitely be feeling lucky! 


Now my¬†favorite touch to any party is showing my guests my appreciation and the best way to do that is….. favors!

I personally like to have fun wearable favors throughout the party and when the guests leave something useful they can take home as a momento!

Here are some great finds!

These fun props help create great memories for your guests!

These ones can be found at the shop Pure Simple Things


For your guests to take with them and enjoy long after the celebration has ended try these personalized coasters!

Found at the shop Happy Table 

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Now go get lucky and happy St. Patricks Day!

When life gives you glitter and gold…..make something fabulous!

Alright lovelies!  So I know I haven’t been on here in well, let’s just say a while, I am back and with a fun post for everyone to enjoy (literally you can get these items and enjoy them!)

While I have been crafting for my house mainly I just recently went through my jewelry and accessories and realized “Hey, I want more!” so instead of going out and buying jewelry I thought why the heck not give it a shot myself?

So I got my hands on some material, cleared the dining room table, gave my puppy a kong for distraction and got to work! Here are a few items I picked up at good ol Michaels:

Polymer clay – assorted colors (which is amazing if you like to mold and bake!)

Martha Stewart leaf and fine glitter

Jewelry wire

Tools such as jewelry pliers, sculpting tools and paint brushes

And all of the jewelry essentials – Gold plated necklace chains, lobster claws and loop rings (All available at any craft store)

I followed some fun tutorials on Pinterest and this is what I came up with! 

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These items are on sale at my Etsy store and I will be creating many more!  They are all customizable so if you see something you like but want a different shape, color or size just let me know!


New Year, New Celebrations!

As January slowly fades away and we enter into February, March and the beautiful spring time along comes fun new events to celebrate! ¬†One that I am sure everyone is feeling is…. the wedding fever!

Whether your co-worker, best friend or sister is starting her wedding celebrations be ready to plan something special with this simple yet gorgeous idea for a bridal shower or bachelorette party!

I was lucky enough to be in my best friend’s wedding last september and being a bridesmaid means you also get the privilege of helping set up the fun events leading up to the big day.

This is what I did to decorate and plan her bachelorette party, a beautiful and fun-filled weekend in Sonoma County.

It was filled with best friends, lots of wine and fantastic decorations to help her shine!

First of all, we rented a gorgeous home for all of us girls to share so my back drop and canvas was perfect!  Next all I had to do was come up with a theme, color scheme and then start shopping!

My go to tends to be feminine, modern and romantic so I went with gold and pink…with lots of sparkle!

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These are just a few ideas of the color palette you could use to incorporate different and contrasting hues into the decorations.

Next I made a list of items I would need and went shopping!  I would say hands down the best place to find decor, accessories and all things bridal is Etsy.  Check out a few of my faves below:

For unique garland and wall decor I used Poms Mania and southernscrappn

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for fun table decor I used gold and pink heart confetti from signsationalsayings


I also did some of my own DIY with Mason Jars for the flower arrangements!  I took mason jars, gold spray paint paint and went to town! My best friend actually ended up keeping them and using them at the wedding!

The best spray paint for this kind of task is Krylon Glitter spray 

The final touch was all of the fun bachelorette accessories for both the bride and bridesmaids!

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Pins for all of the bridesmaids at goldenbuddesigns


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And since it was a wine tasting weekend a fabulous veil for her wine glass from Pipbowtique  il_570xN.574713336_7600

There were so many more details that I found on Etsy and Pinterest that made the weekend a huge success!

Here is an overall shot of how the table was set up for her big weekend!


With an idea of the brides personality, your own creative vibe and some fun decorations you are sure to throw an amazing bridal bash!


Grilled Spiked Lemonade Anyone?!

It’s hump day and we are all counting down the hours until the weekend! ¬†Some of us will be relaxing, some entertaining and some going out to dance and drink the week of worries away!

I personally plan on staying in, cooking an amazing meal and enjoying some homemade libationsūüôā

My new favorite recipe for an at home cocktail?  Grilled Spiked Lemonade! And yes it is as delicious as it sounds!

Now I use a spiked lemonade recipe and then I spice it up….. by grilling¬†it!ūüôā I have¬†the luxury of going into my back yard and pulling fresh lemons but lemons from the store work great too!


Items you will need:

  • Spiked lemonade recipe – I use this one Bourbon Spiked Lemonade
  • Grill – preferably charcoal (we use our smoker for that smoky taste!)

Now before you start the lemonade recipe you are going to want to get grilling РLemons that is!  See below for instructions:

1. Build a two-zone fire in a charcoal grill by situating the coals on only one side of the grill, leaving the other side empty.  Pre heat the grill to 400 degrees.

2. Cut your lemons in half, dip them in sugar and place them face first on the grill. Grill until sugar caramelizes, 2 to 4 minutes.

3.  When the lemons are cool to touch, squeeze the juice from the lemons into a pitcher.

4.  Then get going on the recipe and in no time you will have a refreshing, tasty treat!



When in doubt paint it blue!

Since moving into a new home I have had a lot of space to fill with decor, furniture and personal touches.  I have found the most entertaining and fun way to do this is to DIY.  Now bear with me I am just starting out on my creative adventure so I have done some small pieces and will graduate to larger ones as my confidence builds!

Recently I was gifted the most gorgeous kitchenaid in my dream color – sea glass blue.


Now it looked amazing in my kitchen all on its own but I thought why not spice things up!  with a few fun finds at the thrift store and some great paint I was able to add these touches!


Pretty funky right?  All it really takes is some great thrift store buys and some imagination!

I found the wood and metal hearts in the Target dollar bins (no joke!) All I had to do was paint the wood heart and voila!


The horse shoe hook I found about a year ago at an antique store and hadn’t had a place to put it….until now.

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And the washboard was an antique handed down from my future mother in law.

I ran as fast I could to Michael’s and bought paint to match my blender.

Martha Stewart’s Sea Glass was a¬†perfect match!

I painted two layers, let them dry and hung them in my own creative way.

DIY is all about what you like, how you feel and what you want to portray in your personal space so get crafting!

A few changes coming your way!

Well hello there!

It has been entirely too long since I posted, lets just say life got in the way (new house, new puppy, work, etc!) So I am very excited to get back at it!

After sitting back and re-evaluating my blog and what I love to write about I decided that I not only love party planning but I love all things entertaining which in my world includes, DIY projects, cooking, baking and fashion! ¬†So I have decided I want to write about all of them – It’s my blog and I’ll write what I want right?!ūüôā

So you will get fun posts on all of these fabulous subjects and much more!

Hope you enjoy!


House Warming party – Halloween edition!

If you love throwing a great party like I do then you will jump at any chance to do so!

Next on my list is an oldie but a goody Рa house warming party! 

Whether you just moved into a new humble abode or you are showing off some new renovations, inviting friends and family over for a comfy and cozy celebration is always a great idea! 

I personally just moved into a new home outfitted with a fantastic backyard, oodles of extra space and a sweet puppy to seal the deal!  And to pay tribute to the upcoming holiday I am planning a fantastic Halloween inspired house warming party.

 Since I am more into the traditional look of fall decor rather than the over the top Halloween adornments I have gathered some terrific ideas sure to make any fall party a hit! 

A successful shindig starts with a well dressed hostess so whether you are having a costume themed party or going all out traditional, below are some gorgeous ideas on how to dress the part! 

Go with a fabulous sweater dress and if you are feeling a little festive add a subtle Halloween accessory!

Check out these adorable cat ears at Etsy store Fairy Rings Shop

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Pair that Halloween flare with this gorgeous Stella and Dot Pegasus Necklace 


Now on to my favorite part of any party РDecor! There are so many options for a Halloween party that I had to narrow it down to the style I am going with Рone part country, one party spooky! 

Try creating your own pumpkin clad front porch

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Amazing DIY centerpiece Рcheck it out here! 

Photo courtesy of Yesterday's Sweetheart

Now on to the last detail of any fantastic party – food and drinks!

See below for some tasty Halloween treats! 

Blue cheese ricotta dip 

Pistachio Chocolate apples 

caramel apples on a platter

Pumpkin drink cooler! 

Carve your own pumpkin ice bucket

Trick or treat! 

Moving? Throw a packing party!

Moving is no small job no matter how you look at it, but with a few friends, drinks and food you can turn a dreaded night into a party for all! Invite your girlfriends, break out the spirits and delicious food and get busy! 

To prepare your guests for the night send out a festive evite with details.  This way they are sure to join in on the action!   Check out a few of the sites below for customizable evites:



Or if you are feeling more traditional check out Etsy shop pixelstopaper for printable invites

Going Away or Bon Voyage Party Invitation DEPOSIT

Food and drinks are always the best motivation so guarantee your guests are well fed and hydrated with these easy and delish recipes!

Homemade Pizza  

Skinny Sangria (the guilt free cocktail!) 

skinny strawberry sangria

A little something sweet! РWhite chocolate Raspberry cookies 


Now you will most likely be in your most comfortable outfit so no fashion tips this time but parties are never without style!  Show your guests how thankful you are for all of their help with some unique gifts.  See below for some great ideas!

Stella and Dot Mini Joy Candle

Mini Joy Candle by Stella & Dot

Stella and Dot Mini Passion Candle 

Mini Passion Candle by Stella & Dot

Now get packing! 



Are we ready for some football?!

It’s that time of the year again.¬†

The smell of pumpkin spice lattes, falling leaves and yep you guessed it, men in tight uniforms fighting for an odd-shaped ball and touchdowns galore! Now if you are like me and enjoy the social aspect of football more than the actual game itself then here are some great ideas to throw a Sunday football bash!

1. Style – Let’s get to the most important part of being a hostess, what you wear! Depending on whether you are watching the San Francisco 49ers or your favorite college football team (University of Nevada, Reno for me) you need to dress the part!¬†A little team pride and accessories will do the trick!¬† Check out my Sunday football style below!

UNR Blue! 

Blue stripes with Stella & Dot Nora Pendant 

Blue stripe shirt

San Francisco 49ers

Red stripes with Stella & Dot Gold Sutton Necklace 


2.  You are going to need food, lots of it.  Chances are you will have a large amount of hungry men drinking adult beverages so you need to make sure they are not only fed but so are their significant others.  

Here are a few of my favorite game day snacks!

Cheese Stuffed Apple Chicken Meatballs (Slow Cooker)


Mini Brownie Football Pies

Mini Brownie Football Pies | crazyforcrust.com | Perfect for game day!

Delish healthy¬†Spinach Dip!¬†(Shhh.. if you don’t tell them they wont know it’s healthy!)¬†

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Last but not least – decor, decor, decor! My first and most times only stop for decorations is the one and only Etsy.¬† They have hands down the most unique, creative decorations around.¬† Plus, don’t we always want to try to support small business?!

Hello My Sweet – one of many fabulous Etsy shops

Football Goal Posts - Party Table Decorations

 Ready, set, hike!