circus tent | vintage carnival baby shower | a couple of amateurs

carnival baby shower

Annie and I were thrilled to be able to host this vintage carnival baby shower for our friend, Taylor. The menu included all her favorite things: popcorn, peanuts, pretzels, sweet treats and more. A carnival theme is perfect for either gender baby. This shower was for a baby girl, so

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

gin tasting

We’re totally getting into the Christmas season around here. The weekend after Thanksgiving, we started playing music, got out the decorations, put up the lights, and by Sunday I was very eager to set up our Christmas tree. So, for a double dose of holiday cheer, we decided to go gin-cutting

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

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’

nautical baby shower

Annie and I are pretty used to hosting parties together, but sometimes its fun to work with different people to gain new knowledge and insight to different party planning techniques. This was a fun opportunity to host a baby shower for our friend, Katie, with a new friend of ours,

thirtieth birthday s’mores bar

I turned 30 last month. Leading up to the big day, I had let my husband (with much help from Annie) plan a surprise birthday party for me. It was really hard to not be in control of the situation. In fact, it was so painful, that I had to

amazing food: to go

To celebrate Chelsea’s 30th birthday, her husband organized a surprise overnight sailing trip with a small group of her friends. I was in charge of food for the group – lunch, dinner, and a breakfast the next morning. Although essential for that whole “surprise” element, it was strange to plan

the very hungry baby shower

One of the reasons we love to host parties is that we want to make the people we love feel special. We had so much fun planning a baby shower for Kim, one of our best friends. Kim had the idea for a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme, and of course we