Called to Birthday Duty

If you’re a Mom, you know the sinking feeling in your heart when your child drops the bomb about the birthday party they are planning in their heads.  I mean, you want to make them nothing but happy, but where are you supposed to find a Spiderman stand-in or a flying pink unicorn?  If they Continue Reading…

Have Yourself a Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras is coming up this Tuesday and even if you’re not in New Orleans, it’s certainly a reason to celebrate. This time of year can be a little dull, so don’t let the fact that the holidays are long over get you down when the biggest party of the year is about to begin! I’m not Continue Reading…

Haute Halloween Tablescapes

Okay, so I lied a little bit in my post title.  These tablescapes are not really haute in the true sense of the word.  But, they are frightfully fantastic if I do say so myself! I have always had to worry about a budget when it comes to holiday parties, because I’m a real person Continue Reading…

Homemade Halloween Invites

The air is getting colder, the evenings darker, and the leaves are beginning to fly.  For many, the time of fall is the most magical of all the seasons, especially when it comes to the mystical and marvelous Hallow’s eve. The reasons people love Halloween are many, but perhaps most poignant is the thrill of Continue Reading…

A Bodacious Birthday Bash

My sweet Luke turned seven this year and I’m painfully reminded of the shortage of years left to give him  birthday celebrations that little boys dreams are made of.  So, I went all out and he had a blast. I’m so proud of Luke.  He’s one of those spirits that was born with endless passion, Continue Reading…

Low Country Boil

Chad and I have always talked about going to the east coast, finding a little fish house on the water, and ordering up a big old bucket of seafood and all the fixins.  We aren’t even big on seafood, but somehow the experience of rolling up your sleeves, tying on a bib, and  eating off Continue Reading…

French Bistro Night

Every month, my best girl friends and I get together with our husbands to play Bunco.  Is it Bunco or Bunko?  I can never remember.  Anyway, we take turns hosting each month and when it’s your turn, you are in charge of making dinner.  We’ve pretty much been around the world as far as cuisine Continue Reading…

Gingerbread Memories

Every year my sister-in-law Sara has a Christmas brunch at her house for the family and afterward we all build gingerbread houses.  It has become a beloved family tradition and I had to dedicate a blog post to this fun event. She holds the party around the second week of December and we have a Continue Reading…

A Table of Thanks

When I was in my 20’s I discovered Sandra Lee, a celebrity chef and founder of Semi-Homemade, a concept and virtual empire which outlined the premise that anyone can entertain and decorate within their own budget of both time and money.  “Tablescapes” as Sandra refers to them, or beautiful themed table settings, are one of Continue Reading…

Hosting a Halloween Party-Part Two

I don’t remember exactly what year I started to host The Havey’s Annual Black Cat Bash, but it’s been close to ten years now and I know there’d be some unhappy people in the fam, if I ever decided to stop. I think one of the reasons the party is so popular with the kids Continue Reading…