Holiday Party Ideas

Celebrate Galentine's Day with a Good Old-Fashioned Slumber Party

If you celebrate Valentine’s Day at all than you’d probably agree that the holiday is about more than just the love of your partner, it’s also the perfect opportunity to celebrate your best friends, sisters, pets, parents, and anyone you care about. It’s a fun opportunity to spoil those people you love with something a little extra sweet. This is exactly what we had in mind when we put together a Galentine’s Sleepover - except until like when we were ten - this version is filled with bubbly!

As always, AC Photography captured every detail so beautifully.

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Details are important with any party but the best thing about hosting a girls night in is that your friends are going to love anything you have planned. After all, that’s why your best friends to begin with - right?! We kept it simple with a selection of Rom-Coms (although truth be told - we ended up watching true crime documentaries instead!), popcorn, and a Nail Polish station.

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Chantel at Glass City Cupcakes whipped up the most adorable assortment of sugar cookies that were perfect for our sleepover theme this Valentine’s Day. Some resemble glasses of bubbly while others featured a fun play on the Netflix logo by using Chick Flicks in it’s place.


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As you can see, our miniature Goldendoodle Brody gets to enjoy all of the perks of any party we’re hosting at our house.

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to break the rules with a little dessert before dinner but it’s always a nice gesture to offer your guests something a little more substantial. Charcuterie boards were pre-set on the tables and paired with Red Wine Mules.

We styled our eat-in kitchen area with an assortment of balloons and a tablescape featuring florals from Hafner Florist.

Most of the items pictured below were picked up from our local Homegoods store. If pink plates and champagne coupes aren’t something you’d use often in your home - be sure to hit up the After Valentine’s Day Sales this year so you’ll have them stocked up ahead of next season. With the low prices you’re sure to get, you won’t have to feel bad if you end up only pulling them out to use once or twice a year.


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Cyndi wasn’t lying when she said Girls Just Want To Have Fun. Whether it’s Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or any other holiday or not - having a girls night in was fun when we were younger and it can be just as fun now. Drinking champagne in your jammies and vegging out while you relax with your girlfriends is just got for the soul. I hope you enjoyed all of the details from this good old-fashioned slumber party.

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A Charming Fourth of July Party

A Charming Fourth of July Party

As Seen On Black Twine and Featured in the Summer Edition of MINGLE Magazine.

Maybe we don’t always put too much thought into it, but The Fourth of July is truly a unique holiday. All in one, we give thanks for our independence, we honor those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom and we celebrate a future in which our children can grow up, freely follow their hearts and boldly chase their dreams. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow represented all at once. With that as my inspiration, I set out to plan a party that captures the timelessness and charm of the holiday. What better place to start than my own backyard!

Now, having a backyard celebration doesn’t mean you’re beholden to hot dogs and paper plates. For this party design, my goal was to combine feminine elegance with vintage Americana to create a timeless sophisticated look that can easily be recreated by any host or hostess. 

Chicas De Mayo - Inspiration for the Perfect Fiesta Bridal Shower or Soiree!

Chicas De Mayo - Inspiration for the Perfect Fiesta Bridal Shower or Soiree!

There are few things I love more than a dining al fresco and enjoying a few cocktails with your besties. Here in the Midwest, Cinco De Mayo seems to always signal the break of wintery weather, and believe me, it’s cause for celebration! 

Colorful florals and a beautiful tablescape helped to create a bridal shower that was both festive and elegant.  Traditional Mexican Talavera Tiles served as the main source of inspiration for the design of this party and similar prints  were incorporated throughout the stationary suite, photo booth and drool worthy dessert display.

A backyard Fourth of July party!

A backyard Fourth of July party!

Hey friends! I'm always a fan of getting loved ones together to celebrate life & America and I can't believe the Fourth of July is only one month away. I thought I'd share our backyard celebration from last year which included a variety of last minute DIY ideas. If you're like me and this holiday sneaks up on you, I hope you'll find some ideas from this post that you can include this year if you're hosting a get together.