Let’s “Fall” in Love

I truly enjoy summer – but there is just something about fall.  I love it when the air starts to turn crisp; boots are back in style; the colors turn rich and warm (just like my favorite pumpkin latte).  It isn’t just the fashion I love – but the home decor as well.  It is so…

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Stone Mountain Fried Chicken

I was born in Brooklyn, New York (this makes me a “Yankee”) but spent my formidable years in the south (Georgia and coastal Carolina). During my southern tenure – I picked up a few souvenirs – specifically: a lingering accent and the ability to say “y’all” like a native; a love for Friday night football…

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Set the Perfect Table for Easter

Table top design is one of my favorite parts of hosting an event (whether private or for my own family).  A great table top is all about layering different textures to create a unique and one of a kind look. When I am designing a table top scheme – I use the following tips and tricks.…

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A Bright & Blooming Easter

As a Christ Follower, Easter is my favorite holiday of the year (Thanksgiving being a close second).  As a Chicago resident, after months of frigid cold tundra, Easter not only represents the celebration of my God’s ultimate sacrifice, but also the end of sub-zero temperatures, puffy coats and salt encrusted vehicles. This year for Easter,…

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Unicorn Makeover Party

Unicorns are very trendy right now.  I mean, unicorns are always trendy to 8 year old girls, but unicorn parties are super desirable.  For this event, a discerning birthday princess declared that she wanted a “Magical Unicorn Makeover Party.”  Our team got hard to work designing the perfect event. I am proud to have collaborated with…

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Donuts for Sale

Not all children’s events have to occur on a special occasion like a birthday.  Sometimes it is fun to plan a child’s party “just because.”  When we host playdates at our home – we like to plan something outside of the box. At the playdate featured below – we set up a real life Donut…

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Children’s Events & Parties

Children’s events are my favorite to plan.  An event for a child is always pure joy.  The smiles – the giggles – the wonder when we bring a child’s fantasy to life! As a mother of three beautiful kids, I have spent the past decade planning beautiful and unique events for my family.  When I…

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Ice Cream Social

Nothing is more precious for a little girl’s birthday party than an ice cream social!  I was so excited to host an event at Kimmer’s Ice Cream in Saint Charles, Illinois for one special birthday princess.  The party hats and vases were custom made.  For giveaways, we did vintage ice cream dishes from Crate &…

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If we took a Holiday – some Time to Celebrate.

The holidays are a magical time to gather with family and friends to celebrate and give thanks and praise.  Large events are lovely to attend – but small gatherings at home; with lovingly prepared meals; and thoughtfully arranged tablescapes – will always be my favorite kind of celebration. All of the idea boards below are…

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Shorty’s Short Ribs

When the temps in Chicagoland are sub-zero, it is time to snuggle up inside with a glass of red wine and a hearty meal.  I love making short ribs in the winter.  First, short ribs are easy to prepare.  Second, once all of the ingredients are in the “pot” – there is very little work…

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