March 9, 2018


Steps to Planning You Best Party

Party planning.  Those two words can cause feelings of stress in some and energize others.  I think you know which camp I'm in.  Energized of course! 😉  We're going to dive into the steps to planning your best party.  We're talking mini girlfriends party here because as you know, that's what I do best. 

The biggest step or advice I can give is don't stress.  Your guests will sense it and see it all over you as soon as they arrive.  The hosts demeanor has a big affect on whether your guests will enjoy the party or not.  Be sure to get your What Not to Stress About Guide. 

The beauty of the mini girlfriend party is how easy it is.  You don't have to go all out and spend a lot of money and it shouldn't be overwhelming. 

Four to Six weeks before your party 

Theme- Here's the beauty of the mini party. You don't have to have a theme.  If coming up with one seems like a lot of work or is hard for you, skip it.  This is your girlfriends you're having over.  They don't care if there's no theme.  If you're like me though and can't imagine not having a theme go for it! But keep it small.  You don't need to decorate the whole house, do a big backdrop, balloon garland etc. You can find lots of inspiration here on my blog or Pinterest boards.  

Guest List- I like to keep it to 6-8 of my friends.  That way I can chat with everyone and I'm not rushing around hoping  I talk to everyone for at least a few minutes before they leave.  

Location- Your house of course.  Why rent a place for a mini party.  This saves you money and time.  You don't have to pack up all your party décor and arrive at the place early to set up and stay late to take down.

No entertainment needs to be ordered and you don't have to plan activities.

Three weeks before your party  

Invitations- I like to us evite but you can also send the details in an email.  I don't like to text the invitation because people can too easily forget or it gets buried in other text that come in.  

One week before your party 

RSVP-  Your guests should be RSVP'ing. Sadly, people are getting super lazy and not RSVPing even though it's easier than ever these days.  You might have to hunt your guests down like I do and say, "Are you coming or not?"  Yes, I have seriously said this to my guests before. 

Food- Purchase any food you'll be serving.  Oh, and  if you're guests ask what can they bring when you ask them if they're coming or not, tell them what food dish to bring. 😉

Day before the party 

Food- prepare what food you can ahead of time.  I like to serve brunch because I can make a lot of it ahead of time and heat it up the morning of the party. 

Décor- Set up as much the night before as you can.  Don't be like me and get up at 5:00 a.m. the day of the party and do most of the set up.  I do this because I've been throwing parties for years, I'm up at that time anyway because my man leaves for work then and I have lots of energy so set up is quick for me. 

Tidy up- There's no need to stress yourself by trying to cook, set up and deep clean the house. You'll be up late and tired the day of your party.  The kitchen and bathroom should get a good cleaning but the rest of the main rooms where guests will be just need tidying up. 

Party Day!!! 

Heat up any food that needs to be warmed up. 
Put the finishing touches on the décor. 
Welcome your guests. 
Enjoy the party! 

March 5, 2018


St. Paddy's Day Brunch

I don't know what it is about St. Paddy's Day that makes me like to add a twist to it.  One of my fav's was my Irish Elk party.   This year I added succulents to the mix.  I also went a lot more casual for the table set up than I usually do.  Why? Because it's more fun to be in the moment with your friends than stressing about everything having to be perfect.

This year I'm shifting my focus a little and diving deeper with my posts to help you throw more mini parties at your house.  Giving tips, ways to keep the stress down, and becoming your top destination for strengthening the bonds with your friends through mini parties.

I have gotten SO much use out of that gold sequin table linen.  It's fabric from Joann's.  I absolutely love fabric but can not sew.  Sewing machines have it out for me.  I could have bought an actual  sequin table linen but it was less expensive to buy the fabric at Joann's on a  coupon.  So if you see some fabric you love, especially at Joann's, wait for a coupon and buy it then.

Ok, let's break this table down.  Is it picture perfect? Oh heck no.  Is it real and authentic? 100% yes.  To make this table picture perfect I would have to place the food in matching serving pieces and snapped all the photo's before the guests came over.  By then, the food would have been cold and I'd have to re-heat it. No biggie right?  Sure, except it adds a layer of stress trying to time it just right. No one likes a stressed host.   All the serving utensils should be out of the photo too.  But this picture is real life.

Mylar balloons.  I'm loving the mylar balloons because you don't have to take them to the store to get helium in them. One less trip to make. Unless you want them to float, then you'll need to go to the store.  But if you're going to use them for a backdrop or attach them to a table, wall etc you can just blow them up with the little stick they come with.  You might have noticed that the U is a little flat looking.  I think it had a small hole because it was full and plump until about 10 minutes before the guests arrived. Than it started going a little flat. I did not have time to run to the store and get new balloons before my guests arrived just so the U wouldn't look a little deflated. Do you think the guests even noticed?  Nope. So if this happens at your party don't even stress about it. And certainly don't point it out to your guests. You want your guests to focus on the fun, not the flaws.

You'll also notice the red wall behind the backdrop.  Here's the thing, unless I want to move my couch to the middle of the living room during the party, we don't have a white wall like you see on all the party sites.  We love color.  My point is, work with what you have. Your house doesn't have to be picture perfect to host a party.

These scones are delicious!  I serve them at a lot of my brunches because they are delicious and I never have left-overs.  The recipe is from Baker by Nature but I of course tweak it.  I add WAY more berries than the recipe calls for.  It makes the scones moist and you get a berry in every bite. One of my guests wanted the recipe and she made it for a birthday party and added a whole carton. She said everyone loved them.  If you make these scones leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

I had asked Sprinklemade to create some succulents on macarons for me and they turned out so cute! Strawberry filled to match the strawberry scones.  Instead of filling the pots with gold I filled them with succulents from my yard. Party tip- Use storage boxes to add height to your party table.  These boxes are frequently on sale at craft stores and they come in a variety of colors, patterns and glitter.  I have several and fill them with craft supplies.

I hope you enjoyed delving into the party a little deeper.  I'd love to hear your thoughts. Your comments help me make improvements. :)

February 12, 2018


Valentine's Breakfast

Valentine's Breakfast
Cinnamon Roll Hearts 

I'm sure you've seen the cinnamon roll hearts on Pinterest.  While at the grocery store I saw a can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls on sale so I decided to give it a try.  

Cinnamon Roll Hearts for Valentine's breakfast

Now I've read that you need to get the flaky cinnamon rolls or the hearts don't turn out as well. The ones I picked up were not the flaky ones but I wanted to give it a try anyway. I mean, at a $1.29 I couldn't not try it.  They would look fun on the Galentine's brunch table. 

I can see why you'd want to pick up the flaky cinnamon rolls.  The regular ones don't roll out like the flaky ones do. As you can see I couldn't get some of them to roll out.  And the ones I did get to roll out I could only sort of make into heart shapes. 

Making cinnamon rolls hearts for Valentine's Day

Cinnamon roll hearts ready for the oven. 

Cinnamon roll hearts ready to bake for Valentine's breakfast

Aaaand, here's the finished cinnamon roll hearts.  Food blogger I am not. No flawless food pic's here.  Just real authentic food pics. The heart's didn't turn out too bad.  You know I had to add Valentine's sprinkles.  The sprinkles make them pretty. 

Cinnamon Roll hearts for Valentine's breakfast with sprinkles

The one in front doesn't quite look like a heart and I bet if I used the flaky kind I could have achieved more of a heart shape. 

Heart shaped cinnamon rolls for Valentine's breakfast

Perfect heart shape? no. But I'm still going to enjoy it for Valentine's breakfast.  I'm guessing your girlfriends would still eat them too if you served them up at your Galentine's party. 

Cinnamon roll heart close up for Valentine's breakfast

Have you tried to make cinnamon roll hearts?