How To: Host a Secret Santa Party

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, but if the white runs out I’ll drink the red”

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I am very uncharacteristically excited for Christmas & the Holidays this year. Like it is almost out of control. Normally, at this point in the month of November I would still very much be in mourning over the loss of the amazingness that is Halloween. However my consumption of various eggnog flavoured confections & horrifyingly cheesy Christmas movies up to this point has proven otherwise… & is honestly quite concerning. I’m convinced that shacking up with Andrei has something to do with it – I feel like having our own space to decorate to my taste & getting to share the holiday months with him this year is totally at the root of this newfound obsession. Like I seriously want to celebrate ALWAYS, & I’ve been racking my BRAIN trying to think of ANY excuse to have anyone over to celebrate in some way, shape or form… & I think I’ve settled on throwing a Secret Santa Party! (more…)


Rustic Cottage Dinner Party

“The last time I cooked, hardly anyone got sick!”

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If you happen to be a regular follower of this blog, I’m sure it’s quite obvious that I have an unhealthy penchant for all things Halloween; an obsession which I believe likley falls somewhere in the realm of “fetish”. Yep… it’s literally THAT intense. Each year, I host a Halloween Dinner Party that relies heavily on blood, gore & guts as its primary tablescape elements, so assembling today’s quaint & rustic cottage dinner setting was just a tad outside of my comfort zone to say the least! I mean, the two could NOT be further apart on the decor & dinner party spectrum. Nevertheless, I was totally up for the challenge & I HAVE to say that I completely nailed this one folks!  (more…)


Bachelorette Guide: New Orleans

“There’s certain things in life that I love. One is architecture. And music, culture, food, people. New Orleans has all of that.”

Lenny Kravitz

Ditch the kale smoothies & perhaps a small portion of your dignity (mandatory for Bachelorette’s & double mandatory for Bourbon Street; but like… in a postive way), because I’m talking Big Easy Bachelorette vibes on the blog today!!! If you do plan on venturing down to our friends in the South anytime soon – Side Note: MAJOR emphasis on friendly, you’ll meet some of THE nicest people there – you NEED to read my tips & tricks on visiting the Jazz Capital of the good ol’ U S of A! Enjoy! (more…)


How To: Throw A Budget Friendly Halloween Party

“When witches go riding, & black cats are seen, the moon laughs & whispers… it’s near Halloween”

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GAH – this past weekend, I celebrated my second annual Halloween Dinner Party up North & I could NOT be happier with how it all turned out – like I am one million percent over the moon ecstatic with the end result. This years’ theme was “Creepy Carnival“, & I wanted to share just how easy it can be to throw a totally inexpensive, themed Halloween bash utilizing primarily recyclable materials & [somewhat] healthy treats!! Side Note: talk about bad timing with the grotesque overabundance of creepy clown sightings… whoops… but I promise I planned this theme & décor a YEAR in advance!!!!   (more…)


Activities For The Wellness Minded Bachelorette Party

“Girls just wanna have fun”

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In case the plethora of cliched “toursity” photos uploaded to Instagram over the weekend didn’t tip you off… I was in Nashville celebrating my cousin’s Bachelorette party!!! To be completely honest I kind of strongly dislike country music, so I was a little skeptical about the whole trip, however despite my uncertainties Nashville completely blew me AWAY! Friends – IT. WAS. AMAZING. Like amaaaaaaaaazing. So I am more than excited to be outlining a few different activities that are perfect for the wellness minded Bachelorette party!  (more…)