Holiday Entertaining Ideas: Wine and Cheese Tasting party…part 1 of 5 series.

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I read this article and I like how one of the commenters said that he doesn’t always make time for his friends when his schedule allows. He said he sometimes just stops by if he’s in the area of their work or home. Sometimes he only stays for 10 mins but he puts forth the effort. I think that is important. Not dropping by unannounced but making time….any time to see people you love. Though many people have families and a busy schedule to maintain, it’s important you also maintain those relationships outside of social media. So I’m all for having fun ways to get together with friends or cousins etc. It may be a once a month like having a monthly “happy hour” at home or it could be a weekly gathering.

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It doesn’t always have be on the weekends, as I think it’s even better to sometimes let loose and have a bit of fun during the week. Who doesn’t want to recharge on hump day and have something really fun to look forward to on Mondays? So this will be the first of a 5 part series where I give you a few fun party ideas to have with friends (or family).

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There are so many wonderful ways to display a cheese and meat spread and looking at these insanely gorgeous pics makes me want to do one soon. I like this idea of a cake stand stacked to create a tower…

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Toothpicks and mini labels for the toothpick flags telling guests the kind of cheeses served…

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Use chalkboard platters or paper…

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Make sure you have a variety of crackers, olives and grapes…

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Give height to items further back by placing platters on phone books or sturdy boxes…

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Figs, blackberries and nuts round out the platters…

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Labeling is key on case someone is allergic to certain types of nuts. Wine glasses or apothecary jars filled with bottle corks are a nice touch…

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Continue reading for more inspiration and a listing of what wines pair with what…

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My Packers Party Decor….

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Remember when I introduced you to Big Dot of Happiness? Well here is the custom party decor I used to decorate a small Packers Party gathering last weekend….

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So the plates, napkins, cups, banners, confetti and table top decor all came from Big Dot of Happiness from their football themed collection and you can pick the colors to fit your favorite team’s colors.

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Anytime you have a football party, you have to have cupcakes that reps your team!

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Happy Thanksgiving! My tablescape with Sparkle & Dine…

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Hello. I hope you all are enjoying the aromas and good food in the comfort of your families and friends. Today I share some decorating that is a collaboration with Sparkle and Dine, a company that creates themed parties in a box. I used items I had on hand and added Sparkle and Dine’s faux croc table runner, mercury glass candle holders and napkin rings (which I used to hold votive candles)…

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I wanted to create a glam centerpiece idea along the length of the runner. I added candleholders at different heights, layered different textures with a tall vase full of branches and feathers for drama.

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I wanted a color scheme that had the bright orange you see in the fall but with muted tones like gray and black and a little sparkle with silvers….

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QOTD: Do you dress up for the holidays?

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I think this time of year is great for fashion. No other time can you get away with wearing sequins in the day and extra sparkle. Double statement necklaces? Why not. A tulle skirt? Rock it. However a lot of festivities are casual. For all of the house hopping I do, the atmosphere is comfortable…always but I wish I had a real reason to get super dressed up in a gown or some thing that called for “after 5″ attire.

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Imagine having a calendar filled of parties to attend, friendsgiving, turkey day dinners, Christmas parties and knowing you had to come dressed the part. I think that would make this season even more magical. In the mean time, I’ll add some sparkle, dramatic smokey eyes, sequins and velvet to the mix…

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Making Life’s Occasions Fun with Big Dot of Happiness…

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That is the tagline for a new-to-me party supplier called Big Dot of Happiness. I am swamped with a lot of junk in my inbox but this was a pleasant find. Not only are they also Wisconsin based (whoo hoo) but they have a huge selection of party themes that will probably make you stop going to local party stores. I’m talking comic book themes, dog party themes (more on that) and more.

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Not only are the themes cute but they are affordable and delivered quickly.

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I love this Woodland Creatures theme for a birthday party or baby shower…

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The banners are already cut, you just have to attach it to the ribbon….

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They have all sorts of ways to personalize favor bags and containers…

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Now for the pampered pooches : they have several themes to celebrate your furry friends. Still waiting on one for cats but dog lovers are covered…

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Now that winter is around the corner (and present for you Buffalo New Yorkers), there are really cute themes to jazz up your shindigs.

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And guess what….yours truly had a package of goodies delivered and I will soon be showing you a fun themed party. It will include one of my state’s sporting teams. So stayed tuned.

{fox theme shower, dashing reindeer, thanksgiving}

Tuesday’s Tips: eliminate stress by having a hostess storage cabinet or drawer

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I think the best thing you can do is have a hostess drawer, china cabinet, or closet that contains everything you will need to host an event. You would include itema like patterned straws, tablecloths and linen, napkins, napkin rings, table runners, unscented candles, gold or fancy flatware, cupcake holders and cake stands, wine glasses, basically all of the things you could use to help create a tablescape on a whim.

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Think of it as a junk drawer but a neatly curated area  of all of the things you need for impromptu dinner parties.

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4 year blogversary….

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I logged in wordpress and realized today marks year 4 that I’ve been blogging. I didn’t realize it but gosh time flies. I wanted to take a moment to give thanks to those who continue to read in this little corner of the web world, those who email and leave comments like my girl Style Fragment. I appreciate the pins and likes and all of the support. Thank you.

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Sundays…..in November…

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I can’t believe how fast the year is flying by. Already stores are airing holiday commercials and shoving Christmas down our throats. Can we please just gear up for Thanksgiving? It’s one of the best things about November. Actually, I can’t really make a list of other great things about this month because up here it gets so cold that the only thing I want to do is hibernate, read, watch nba and dvr’d shows and sleep.

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I guess dressing in layers, cozy fireplaces, hot chocolate beverages and scents of cinnamon are good things about November…

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And plaid. I need to buy some plaid. ..

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I also like harvest decor. It’s rustic and festive. Stuff like burlap, branches,  pumpkins and candles make all the difference in a tablescape….

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Entertaining family and friends and  reflecting on your blessings and being present in the moment are other good things about November. You can’t help but think of all the good food, eating and baking you will do. I am a great cook but I don’t bake. However I’ve been itching to do more baking this fall. I witnessed how easy it is to make an apple pie and want to try my version of it. I already made an apple crisp which was delicious under a scoop of ice cream. I also want to make a peach cobbler as I haven’t made one in years. Baking and cooking allows you to share meals made with love with people who appreciate it. That’s a good thing to look forward to this month.

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I guess there are great things about November. Hopefully this month is better than last which had quite a bit of negatives including an uncle and great aunt passing within two weeks of each other. After the funeral this week, I hope more joys and highs are in store this month for me and my family. For now, it’s Sunday….indulge in what makes your happy. I know I will. :-)

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