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To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time. — Leonard Bernstein

Whether hosting your little princess’s first toddler party or an adult milestone birthday bash, the secret to a great party is all in the planning. On-theme invitations, cakes, and favors (like how to make Harry Potter wands and butterbeer cake) make my heart flutter! I’m sharing trip and tricks to help you plan your next soiree.

Great happy hour entertainment

Great happy hour entertainment

That time when we saw an ah-mazing magician on TV and on a whim, asked him to help us with a happy hour during a national sales kick-off meeting… yeah, that happened. What makes a great sales meeting happy hour? Guuuyssss…. I’ve been to plenty of company happy hours,...

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World Cup Soccer Party Ideas

World Cup Soccer Party Ideas

The Women’s World Cup is underway, and what better way to cheer the team on  than hosting a soccer party? If you’re a fan of soccer, or you have daughters or nieces that are counting down the days until the US team matches, here are some great ideas for a World Cup...

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50th Birthday Party Planning

50th Birthday Party Planning

Post sponsored by Jason’s Deli. All opinions are my own. I keep having this conversation with other married friends, about how the universe matches us with someone who can be so opposite to us in so many ways. I love my husband but we are very different in many...

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Easy outdoor party lanterns

Easy outdoor party lanterns

I am a brand ambassador for Oriental Trading and partnered with them for this post. They supplied the lanterns, all opinions are my own. You’d be hard pressed NOT to find a selection of lanterns in your local home design store these days. Versatile and easy to modify,...

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Planning an Antoine’s Party in New Orleans

Ever try crafting on a plane? It’s not the easiest. But it’s what I do – especially on the way to a big trade show and the night before your cutter decides to act a little crazy. You take it with you and pray that there’s no turbulence. A couple of weeks ago, we had a...

Dallas Crawfish Boil 2017

One of the really fun things that I get to do as my job for Global Data Vault, is to plan the company events. Events happen all year long but the biggest is the annual Crawfish Boil. It's a big party to celebrate how long we've been in business and to give back to...

Party-ready Wine Glasses

I’m really into glass these days. Glass gifts, that is. A couple of years ago, I made these lighted glass blocks as our “gift” for the year. They went over really well but there’s only so many glass bricks you can give before people are tired of hauling them up to...

Ideas for an easy black cat Halloween party

I think there's a cat problem in our neighborhood. Oh whoops. My bad. That's just my Girl Scout troop having our October meeting - with a black cat theme. I can't help myself - when it comes to a meeting at my house, I go into party mode and have to have a theme. I...
Upgrade your tailgate party

Upgrade your tailgate party

It is football season – finally – and no one does tailgating better than schools in the south, am I right? I mean really, it must have been a Southerner who declared National Tailgating Day the first Saturday in September. Even if you missed a proper celebration this...

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A Harry Potter Birthday Party

A Harry Potter Birthday Party

My girl LOVES Harry Potter, sooooo when she started planning for her 8th birthday party (2 months before her 7th birthday party), naturally she was all in on a Hogwarts-themed fete. And having been to a number of Harry Potter-themed events at area libraries and...

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How to make Harry Potter wands

How to make Harry Potter wands

No Harry Potter costume is complete without a wand – so when we were planning for the Cupcake’s Harry Potter party, we knew we needed so set up an offering from Ollivander himself. These are super easy, fun and inexpensive to make. You’ll want to make these a couple...

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Easy broomstick party favors

Easy broomstick party favors

Ready for a super easy broomstick craft? How cute are these?! I made these as a party favor for the Cupcake’s recent Harry Potter party but they would work for a Halloween party, Wicked, or even a fall festival! Super simple to make, you might even have everything you...

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Harry Potter Party Invitations

Harry Potter Party Invitations

The Cupcake’s Harry Potter party was off to a flying start with these Owl Post invitations! I’d like to take credit for the genius that they are, but I only built upon what I could find on our beloved inter webs. There's so much available, you'll easily be able to put...

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How to throw a Louisiana-style Crawfish Boil

How to throw a Louisiana-style Crawfish Boil

If you’ve ever lived in Louisiana – and then somewhere else – there are a few unique experiences that you will miss deeply after you’ve left the state. No matter how hard you try to recreate them elsewhere, they will pale in comparison to the real thing in the real...

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Harry Potter Birthday “Butterbeer” Cake

Harry Potter Birthday “Butterbeer” Cake

Harry Potter is a pretty big deal around our house, so when the Cupcake was turning 8, this mom knew exactly what cake to conjure up for a magical Harry Potter birthday theme. I found a butterscotch cake on the Pinterwebs and despite my hesitation to try a new recipe...

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Soccer-styled organic juice drinks

Soccer-styled organic juice drinks

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kraft Foods. All opinions are 100% mine. My kid is soccer-obsessed. Not “sit in front of the TV and watch it” kind of obsessed. Or “sit around and play soccer video games” obsessed. The “push the back door open and...

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Party favorite: Cajun seafood dip recipe

Party favorite: Cajun seafood dip recipe

Make this delicious Cajun seafood dip in a slow cooker ahead of the party! I created this recipe for a Cajun Christmas party and it completely disappeared (with rave reviews) -- so I made it again for Christmas dinner as an appetizer and you guessed it, it was...

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