french baby shower | a couple of amateurs

bébé shower

Exciting news, guys! We’ve added a new member to our party planning team! And by “we” I mean Chelsea and Anthony, who welcomed their daughter to this world last month. She is so tiny and sweet and beautiful, and now that she’s a few weeks old I figured I’d better

keepin' it classy | grown up slumber party new year's eve

grown-up slumber party

For the past few years, we have hosted New Year’s Eve parties for our group of friends. They have ranged from small gatherings to huge fundraisers for our Kiwanis Club. Since it’s sort of become a tradition, we start brainstorming well in advance for possible themes. For our 2016 New Year’s

chai tea in a jar | a couple of amateurs

the gift of chai

Toward the end of summer, I lent a mason jar to my friend Liz so that she could take home some leftover sangria. We do not let good sangria go to waste, guys. When the jar was returned to me, it had an adorable handwritten recipe for chai tea, plus almost

christmas cookie party and hot chocolate bar | a couple of amateurs

holiday cookie party

The holidays are here! The most wonderful time of the year. I seriously cannot get enough Christmas in my life, which is why I was very excited that my turn to host book club fell in December. Annie and I have been in the same book club for over five

cocktail: spiced cider martini

Happy Saturday, guys! Chels and I just got done Jazzercising – paying our dues from Thanksgiving week I suppose. But still thinking back on the holiday fondly. Let’s reminisce, shall we? I had requested a signature Thanksgiving cocktail from Chris, and this is what he came up with. He knew

happy thanksgiving

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We certainly did. Family, friends, food, drink, babies, and more food. Thanksgiving is my mom’s favorite holiday, and Christmas has always been my fave. But now I think I’m starting to see where Diane is coming from. I’ve heard we turn into our mothers, so

apple party

Looking to plan a creative, seasonally-themed event that appeals to guests of various ages, genders, and interests? Our Kiwanis Young Professionals club has monthly social events, and that was exactly what I was looking to do last month. We hosted a very autumnal gathering, but I think this concept could be

cocktail: scratch margaritas

Remember the margarita mix you bought in the supermarket when you were in college? You know, that sweet and syrupy stuff. Sometimes it was an unnatural color of green that should have been disturbing, but you let that slide because it made margarita-making so darn easy. My husband won’t allow

cocktail: sunday in the park

If you’re making our tomato tarte tatin for a Sunday brunch, perhaps you should prepare this cocktail to accompany it. When Chris saw me adding fresh thyme to the tarte, he must have gotten inspired. This drink features fresh thyme and lemon juice, and those herbal and citrus notes compliment

how to host a beer pairing dinner

Wine pairing for meals is a pretty popular concept. So why not beer? For some reason, when we drink beer with food, we aren’t as likely to stop and taste and think about the flavors that the beer and food bring out in each other. You can open your friends’