Entertaining
This charming and traditional Halloween party was inspired by the original Halloween decorations created by a company named Beistle. In the 1920’s, Beistle created a line of Halloween decorations that helped popularize Halloween
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A Charming & Traditional Halloween Party
Eats & Drinks
Are you all ready for the most incredible Fondue spread ever?! We had a blast creating the ultimate fall fondue party that’s perfect for entertaining! Fondue has been one of my all time
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The Ultimate Fall Fondue Party
Entertaining
I’m not one to follow strict, traditional rules, but there is an art to being a good entertainer and host. So to help you become the best hostess or host you can be, I
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10 Entertaining Tips to Live By
Living
Zan and I often get stuck in a rut when it comes to daily life and dates. We’ll go to the same restaurants or do familiar activities when we have an evening to
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10 Charming Fall Date Ideas
Entertaining
We thought this was a fun and unique location to feature in our latest When Entertaining In series. Our nieces came to visit us from London, so I rented the Malibu Dream Airstream for a
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When Entertaining in an Airstream in Malibu
Entertaining
We’re so happy to present our very charming and modern table setting guide! We’ve seen one too many outdated and traditional table setting guides, so we created a charming printable (or pinable if
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Charming & Modern Table Setting Guide
Entertaining
We teamed up with Etsy to create a charming ice cream bar for summer parties! Etsy has always been an amazing resource for crafts and supplies for us, I could spend hours browsing!
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How to Create a Charming Ice Cream Bar
Eats & Drinks
This bar idea is one of my favorite entertaining ideas yet and a great way to kick off a party! We created a Mix & Match Garden Cocktail Bar that gives your guests
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Mix & Match Garden Cocktail Bar
Entertaining
I wanted to combine my love for entertaining and family with travel, and with sites like Home Away and Airbnb being so popular, we’re starting a brand new series called When Entertaining in
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When Entertaining in Los Olivos
Eats & Drinks
Are you ready for a super easy, charming and fun appetizer?! We created mini banana splits with Chobani Flip Nutty for ‘Nana! Of course you can just eat a Flip yogurt right out
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Nutty for Nana Splits!
Eats & Drinks
You don’t have to be a mixologist to follow our Mix & Match cocktail guide!  You can follow the proportions on our guide and choose a simple syrup, a sprit and a citrus
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Printable Mix & Match Cocktail Guide
Entertaining
We brought the carnival to our backyard and created a colorful and festive carnival dinner party! Personally, I’m the one begging my kid to go to the carnival and fighting my way to the
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A Colorful Carnival Dinner Party
Eats & Drinks
Making the perfect cocktail consists of having good bar tools on hand, so we came up with our 10 must have bar tools! The tools I’m constantly breaking out when making a delicious
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10 Must Have Bar Tools
Eats & Drinks
At Sugar and Charm, we’re all about easy entertaining – I can promise you that this is the easiest brunch idea ever and will take you about 15 minutes to set up! This
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The Easiest Brunch Ever
Entertaining
It’s no coincidence that Mother’s Day is celebrated during spring, right?! When the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and the days are getting longer. It’s the perfect season to celebrate mom,
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A Charming Mother’s Day Picnic
Entertaining
1. Modern Polished Noir 2. Fortessa Arezzo Black  3. Forged 4. Copper Top  5. Couture Rose Gold 6. LEKOCH white and gold 7. Atelier Flatware 8. Harper Rose Gold 9. Allegra Soft Copper  Not surprisingly, I’m totally addicted to flatware!
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Charming Flatware Sets
Entertaining
Last week, event planner extraordinaire, Angel from Love & Splendor shared 10 tips for saving money on your wedding and now we’re excited to continue on the wedding topic with etiquette expert Diane Gottsman sharing
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How to Politely Decline a Wedding Invitation
Entertaining
Hey everyone!  I’m Angel of Love & Splendor and I’ve had the joy of planning weddings for nearly 12 years, designing alongside wonderful couples in locales around the world.  Though I’ve worked with budgets of
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10 Tips for Saving Money on Your Wedding
Entertaining
Back by popular demand, our charming 2017 Oscar Ballot Printable is ready for you! The Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel will air Sunday, February 26th and we’re so excited to fill out these
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2017 Oscar Ballot Printable
Holidays
So excited to finally share an Easter brunch we styled and shot for the February 2017 Crate and Barrel catalog! Gasp!! In all honesty, I was pretty ecstatic to see my work in
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An Easter Brunch with Crate and Barrel
Entertaining
We’ve been using La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals for many years. They are the preeminent linen design house and their stunning linens have played an integral part in the design of our favorite
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How to Care for Table Linens
Entertaining
Flowers are one of life's incredible gifts that everyone can enjoy. They're a staple piece at any party we throw and a must-have for a charming home! We thought it
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10 Floral Arranging Tips from a Pro
Entertaining
Since New Years Eve is all about partying until midnight and beyond, we set up an after midnight sangria bar with Frontera’s After Dark wines! The grapes are harvested after midnight, when the
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A Festive New Year’s Eve Sangria Bar
Holidays
We were so excited that Evine.com asked us to collaborate with them to create a beautiful, simple and effortless holiday dessert spread!! I immediately knew I wanted to make something festive, using a
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A Charming Holiday Dessert Bar
Holidays
I absolutely love crafting around the holidays! From creating adorable gingerbread houses (okay let’s be honest, they always turn out a little messy!), to hosting a charming wreath making party… anything where I
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Host a Charming Wreath Making Party
Holidays
 If there’s one thing I look forward to every morning, it’s my homemade latté using illy espresso! We drink them religiously in our house! I’ve been using the ground espresso in the silver
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A Charming Holiday Espresso Bar!
Entertaining
This post was sponsored by Benihana. All opinions expressed are my own. If there’s one place I absolutely love going  for dinner, it’s Benihana. Not only because the food is delicious, but also because
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Be the Chef Training Program with Benihana
Entertaining
If you’re in need of some effortless charm to add to your Thanksgiving table, we created these charming printable Thanksgiving tags to place at each table setting! Just a little positive wisdom about
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Charming Printable Thanksgiving Tags!
Entertaining
 I had so much fun putting together my modern fall baby shower, I wanted to share a shopping guide with a few of my favorite fall decor items! I kept it pretty simple in regards
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Modern Fall Baby Shower Shopping Guide
Entertaining
It’s all about entertaining this time of year! Hosting holiday parties while gathering with family and friends is one of my favorite things to do come November and December! A few years ago,
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Host a Charming Pie Party!
Entertaining
We were thrilled to team up with Freschetta® to host a charming, yet simple gluten-free birthday party! For this event, it was important to create a perfect gluten free menu that addressed the guest of honor’s
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How to Host a Gluten Free Birthday Party!
Entertaining
One of my favorite magazines for years has been Sunset! It’s consistently full of new and adventurous content from travel to home and it’s always a great source of inspiration. So when they invited us to
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Camp Sunset with Sunset Magazine!
Entertaining
To celebrate our 2nd sweet baby boy, we happily hosted a charming, modern, fall-themed baby shower with Munchkin! It was such a joy to team up with Munchkin, an adorable brand we’ve used
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A Modern, Fall Themed Baby Shower!
Eats & Drinks
Here's another easy and fun entertaining idea for you all! Since our floral ice buckets were so popular, we thought it would be "cool" (pun intended!) to make a mini version of ice shot glasses!!
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How to Make Charming Ice Shot Glasses!
Entertaining
Hellooooooo CANDY CART! We wanted to create the perfect Halloween candy cart that’s super charming for a Halloween party! Something a little more sophisticated and enjoyable for the “older kids” (aka adults) was our motivation
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The Perfect Halloween Candy Cart!
Entertaining
I always try to incorporate some charm in everything I do. Halloween is no exception, so we put together a charming Halloween movie night. I love Halloween! Mostly for the fact that it kicks off
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A Charming Halloween Movie Night
Entertaining
We’re teaming up with our friends at Munchkin to throw a baby shower for our second little boy! I debated having a shower since it’s my second, but I also love any excuse to throw
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10 Charming and Chic Baby Showers
Entertaining
Entertaining doesn’t have to be a multi-course, home-cooked or catered meal! We would never discount the hard work and flavors of a made-from-scratch meal, but sometimes busy lives call for effortless entertaining! A
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How to Host a Fall Charcuterie Party
Eats & Drinks
We’re so ready for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to start! This year, Hershey’s is an official sponsor of Team USA so we’re celebrating with a homemade S’mores station while rooting on our
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Indoor S’mores and Marbled Marshmallow Recipe!
DIY
Who doesn’t love a good baby shower game and free printable! This baby shower trait game was one of my favorite games from my own baby shower a few years ago! I like
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Oh baby! A Charming Baby Shower Trait Game Printable!
Entertaining
I love to entertain, but it's all fun and games until someone has to clean up! AND that's the part I'm not too keen on, thus my LOVE and full admiration for disposable
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Must-Have Disposable Dinnerware for your Parties!
Holidays
To keep the adult guests cool at our 4th of July party this year, we’re creating a fun, boozy snow cone station! It’s a little nostalgic twist on the classic snow cones we
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Cool Down with a Boozy 4th of July Snow Cone Bar!
Eats & Drinks
I have always been fascinated with taking care of my skin, trying the best products and enjoying fun, DIY pampering sessions at home in between my spa facials! There is nothing better than
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At Home Spa Day with Yogurt Bowls!
Entertaining
I’ve been a big fan of OPI since I was first allowed to wear nail polish, so I was super excited to team up with them and SkeKnows to create a charming Alice in Wonderland
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Mad Hatter Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
Entertaining
Who’s ready for some pool parties?! We’re celebrating summer solstice with a festive summer party! Summer solstice is a day of the year with the longest amount of daylight, which means more time to
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Tips for Planning the Perfect Pool Party!
Entertaining
 Summer is here and I know many of you will be hosting fabulous summer parties! We asked Diane Gottsman to share some useful tips for summer entertaining with us! Diane is an etiquette expert in
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10 Useful Summer Entertaining Etiquette Tips
Holidays
Oh the 4th!! Good ole’ American BBQs, fireworks, parades and endless celebrations! The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, although Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas will always be my absolute faves,
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4th of July Party Inspiration with Crate and Barrel!
Entertaining
Is there a baby boom happening right now?! I feel like I know SO many people who are expecting this year. Both my sister and my sweet friend are just a few
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Charming Baby Gift Ideas!
Eats & Drinks
 Oh how we love watermelon in this house!! To get through those hot, summer days that are right around the corner... juicy, fruity watermelon is a must! There are so many ways and tricks
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How to Cut Watermelon Sticks
Eats & Drinks
 We’ve been buying these frozen banana treats in the store for so long, we decided to make them ourselves. Chocolate covered frozen bananas are easy, make-ahead desserts that you can have ready in
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Easy Entertaining: Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas
Entertaining
Doing something special for mom on Mother’s Day is the best way to celebrate all of the love, support, guidance and care that a mother puts into raising her child. And after becoming
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A Simple Surprise Mother’s Day Brunch
Entertaining
Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays to entertain for, so we teamed up with Martha Stewart to throw a charming Cinco de Mayo party! We’re all about throwing a party that features margarita
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A Charming Cinco de Mayo Party!
Eats & Drinks
Tablespoon and to create a charming DIY taco bar for Cinco de Mayo! Instead of taco shells we used Old El Paso taco boats! They’re perfect to layer delicious toppings in and all of
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Charming DIY Taco Bar
Holidays
Is there anything sweeter than adorable kids, gathering for an afternoon of crafts and treats?! I thoroughly enjoy hosting intimate parties for my son, family and friends, so this year I put together
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Easter Egg Decorating Party
Holidays
Spring has sprung and we teamed up with our friends at Pottery Barn to create a very colorful and charming Easter brunch to celebrate!! We wanted to create something a little different than the traditional
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A Colorful and Charming Easter Brunch
Holidays
This is such a fun and easy entertaining idea for Easter! We used these calligraphy Easter eggs as "name cards" for our Easter brunch with Pottery Barn... more from that later this week!
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Easy Entertaining: Calligraphy Easter Eggs
Eats & Drinks
These floral frosting cupcakes are the perfect way to welcome spring! We had a grand ol’ time experimenting with frosting tips and buttercream to turn cupcakes into flowers! Who doesn’t love cupcakes and
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Floral Frosting Cupcakes
Entertaining
If you haven't infused butter with herbs and seasonings, you MUST try it!! It's one of those easy entertaining ideas that leaves a big impact on your tastebuds and guests! You can
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Easy Entertaining: 3 Recipes for Infused Butter
Entertaining
If you’re entertaining for a festive at-home Oscar party this year, this party is for you! We teamed up with Food Should Taste Good to create delicious Oscar appetizers, which you can see here, easy cocktails
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Oscar Party Entertaining Ideas
Eats & Drinks
I absolutely love entertaining for the Oscars! It’s a night to gather in your living room with friends and family for some good at-home entertaining, centered around the movies we loved throughout the
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3 Charming Oscar Party Appetizers
Charming Friday Links
It's almost time to entertain for Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th! I know most of us are probably not screaming, diehard fans, but I am a fan of football food, commercials and getting
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Charming Friday Links: Super Bowl Sunday
Entertaining
The 2016 Academy Awards will be airing February 28th and we have the perfect 2016 Oscar ballot printable for you! You can download and print the ballots using the link below. We're
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2016 Oscar Ballot Printable
Entertaining
How charming are these chocolate-dipped spoons?! And they’re beyond easy to make, in just a few steps, which is why they’re easy entertaining at its best! Chocolate-dipped spoons are great for after dinner
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Easy Entertaining: Chocolate-Dipped Spoons
Charming Friday Links
With National Pie Day right around the corner, on January 23rd, we've rounded up some charming Friday links all about... well, PIE!! There's something so nostalgic about pie and I love that you can
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Charming Friday Links: Pie Day!
Eats & Drinks
This Funfetti Trifle is an easy, yummy and super charming way to ring in the New Year! Check out the fun video we made for our friends at Tablespoon! Layers of colorful Funfetti
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Funfetti Trifle
Entertaining
Ring in New Years with a charming table setting! We’re “ringing” it in by using gold rings, hanging over the table, as a pretty display. We used Rose Quartz in our color palette, since
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Ringing in the New Year with a Charming Table Setting!
DIY
It’s always greatly appreciated to receive a handwritten note or thank you card from someone, especially ones that have a little humor that bring a smile and laugh to someone’s day. I’ll be honest,
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Put Together a Card Box
Holidays
If you're not familiar with Panettone, it's a traditional Italian bread that's a staple around the holidays. It's a sweet bread with fruit and citrus zest. Catie (who works with us, here at
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Homemade Panettone in a Can
Holidays
             Creating a charming holiday table setting for Christmas has been a passion of mine since I was a kid! My mother would go nutty as
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A Charming Holiday Table Setting
Entertaining
Why I have never thought to camp (or glamp) on Thanksgiving is a mystery to me! Thanksgiving camping is a wonderful way to slow down, spend time with friends and family, with nature as
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Thanksgiving Camping
Entertaining
We were so honored, along with Poppy Talk, Studio DIY and Jenny Cookies to throw the Ultimate Halloween Party on Pinterest, hosted by Savers Thrift Shop!! So.Much.Inspiration!!   Savers is a great place to find unique looks for Halloween costumes and decor! AND all
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The Ultimate Halloween Bar on a Budget
Entertaining
If you're totally confused about the title of this post and don't know who Amy Sedaris is, she's a hilarious (and sometimes often crass) comedian, actor and bestselling author of two books, I Like You: Hospitality Under
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How to Host an Amy Sedaris Party for Halloween!
Entertaining
I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t cook extensive meals during the week… I just can’t do it after a long day of working and cleaning up after testing recipes! And then,
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Host an Easy and Charming Date Night
Entertaining
We teamed up with Pottery Barn to share some our 6 tips for creating a charming Halloween bar for your home parties! This was a pretty exciting collaboration because we love Pottery Barn and
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6 Tips for Creating a Charming Halloween Bar
Travel
I'm so excited to share my sister's wedding today!! Bethany and Andrew got married this past summer and it truly was one charming Astoria, Oregon wedding! They chose a location that only hosts
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A Charming Astoria Oregon Wedding
Eats & Drinks
Football season has started and what better way to kick it off (pun intended!!) than some easy bacon and cheese pretzels?! The perfect game day finger food! This might not be the
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Easy Bacon and Cheese Pretzels
Entertaining
Most of us have partaken in wine tastings and learned tips for doing it properly, but has anyone ever tried an olive oil tasting? We've done this a few times in Paso
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How to Host an Olive Oil Tasting
Eats & Drinks
Do you know how excited we are that it’s September?! My favorite season is here and we’re celebrating by showing you how to make apple and pear chips! This easy entertaining idea can
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How to Make Apple and Pear Chips!
Entertaining
When presenting a gift to a hostess, teachers, friends or family, I love creating a charming box full of delicious goodies, and of course a bouquet of flowers!! There's something special about a gift box that
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Tips for Creating The Perfect Gift Box!
Entertaining
Last week, we hosted a pineapple garden party since we couldn’t let summer pass without one last hurrah! We kept it easy with a few appetizers, drinks and desserts. Everything was perfectly pineapple,
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Pineapple Garden Party
Eats & Drinks
We're kicking off pineapple week with a super easy entertaining idea!! Pineapple flower cupcake toppers are a festive way to add a little pineapple charm to cupcakes!  After they're baked and dried
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Pineapple Flower Cupcake Toppers
Entertaining
I had to fly halfway around the world to discover the amazing ice bag! I'm sure many of you have already made this discovery (where have I been?!), but when we dined
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Easy Entertaining: Ice Bag and Floral Ice Cubes!
Holidays
We've been using Pinterest now more than ever and the amount of gorgeous photos and inspiring ideas have made us Pinterest addicts! I'm always intrigued by our most popular pins every month and
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July’s Most Popular Pins!
Eats & Drinks
No host wants to play bartender! Instead, create a DIY cocktail station so each guest can be their own mixologist! Start with having 2 different mixtures of gin + tonic water and vodka +
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DIY Cocktail Station!
Entertaining
For your next party dessert try creating a version of our mini pop bar! Fill a tray with popsicles, chocolate and toppings for your guests to create their own fun variations! We’re over
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A Mini Popsicle Bar!
Entertaining
A few weeks ago, we teamed up with InDelight to throw a fun mixer at The Fig House in Los Angeles. The
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Inspiring Food Ideas by roomforty
Entertaining
Soooo, truth be told, crab feasts are my fave! We enjoyed a generous amount of crab growing up in a small fishing town and having a commercial fisherman for a grandfather! We would throw
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How to Host a Crab Feast
Entertaining
Last week I had the pleasure of hosting an incredible event for International Delight, held at the stunning Fig House in Los Angeles. I invited friends and influencers to join us for an
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Recharge Party with InDelight!
DIY
How amazing is this DIY Fabric Marbling technique? Fabric marbling is such a unique method and an awesome way to create a cool pattern you can somewhat control and transfer to other surfaces. We
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DIY Fabric Marbling
DIY
Keeping Champagne and wine chilled has never look better with these charming DIY floral ice buckets! They’re colorful, festive and can be fully customized. Imagine kiwis, apples and flowers! They look beautiful sitting on a
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Charming DIY Floral Ice Bucket
Entertaining
We adore these genius, hand-crafted parties in a box! Anything that makes entertaining easier, and even more charming, is always on our list! Seedling has created the perfect, themed party boxes that are
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Pirate Party in a Box!
Holidays
Zabaglione is a traditional, light Italian dessert that's great for summer entertaining. It uses 3 main ingredients (eggs, sugar, sherry, but shh we added a little vanilla to ours too) and is fairly
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Italian Zabaglione Recipe
Entertaining
I always start with a theme for a party and then ideas blossom from there. For this charming baby shower we wanted the theme to work with both genders. Many of my
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A Bunnyful Baby Shower
Eats & Drinks
We teamed up with Tablespoon to throw a charming brunch with some easy recipes and fun decor! The gin and jam cocktail and super easy beignets are a must! Watch the video and
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A Charming Brunch with Easy Beignets
DIY
Our Wine Charm Tassels were so popular, we figured we'd give you all another charming DIY for creating wine charms! Using some charms and nail polish, you can create this cool enamel look
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Enamel Painted Wine Charms
Home
After cooking and prepping for a party, the house is usually a mess! I leave myself about 20 minutes to straighten up, do a quick cleaning, light a fragrant candle and prepare for
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10 Quick Tips for Cleaning Before a Party!
Entertaining
A few months ago, we teamed up with Tablespoon to shoot 3 fun party videos!! We’re excited to share our first mini-episode, a fabulous Cookies and Cocktail Party with 3 delicious recipes! I
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Cookies and Cocktail Party!
Entertaining
We hosted a flamingo themed pool party and it was an absolute blast! We were inspired by the darling, one footed stance birds because of their vibrant colors and just all around awesomeness!
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Flamingo Themed Pool Party!
DIY
It's incredibly simple to make your own modern and chic DIY coasters! It's also a great way to customize a coaster to go with your decor or party theme. We found this awesome gold-patterned
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Simple and Chic DIY Coasters
Home
I've been a fan of Mark and Graham since they opened their charming monogram shop several years ago! They have the perfect gifts, from home goods to jewelry, and it can all
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MY Favorite Mark and Graham Items
DIY
Add a little a charm to your wine glasses! These DIY tassel wine charms are easy entertaining at its best! We picked up these little tassels and loops at Michaels and just looped
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DIY Tassel Wine Charms
DIY
For any of you who have children, you know it’s imperative to have last minute summer activities on hand! We happily teamed up with Munchkin to share 3 of our favorite outdoor activities
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3 DIY Outdoor Activities for Kids with Munchkin!
Eats & Drinks
We’re all about smoothies for breakfast at our house and usually not a day goes by without the sound of the blender mixing up some delicious smoothie creation. My hubby has a “slight”
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Create Your Own Smoothie with Silk
DIY
We're thrilled to announce our new series with The Design Network! We filmed 5 fun DIY and entertaining videos all inspired by travel! They will be released over the next few months
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DIY Leis on The Design Network
Eats & Drinks
Anjanee from Fig & Honey here! Growing up in England, I had my fair share of deliciously airy chocolatey eclairs. Though the English have a well known hatred of all things French, it
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Parmesan Eclair Sandwiches
Entertaining
Happy Earth Day! First celebrated in 1970, this day was created to bring awareness of our world and its issues at hand! Since we're an entertaining site, focusing on charming ideas, we're keeping it
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Eco-Friendly Entertaining Products
Be Inspired
There are so many fun ways to entertain for friends and family, and picnics are one of my favorites! Gone are the days of throwing some  bologna sandwiches in an old basket! Picnics have
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Charming Friday Links: Spring Picnic
Entertaining
We're starting a new series over here called Easy Entertaining, where we share clever and fun ideas that are so easy they can be done in 3 steps or less! We personally
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Easy Entertaining: Floral Lemonade Popsicles
Holidays
If you're hosting an Easter brunch this Sunday or giving out some Easter treats, our charming printable Bon Appétit eggs make a sweet addition to a table setting! They're bright, colorful and
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Bon Appetit! Egg Brunch Printable
Entertaining
Tulips are spring's most coveted flower. Unlike other flowers, tulips continue to grow after being cut! They come in the most beautiful colors and look gorgeous alone in bud vases or even in
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How to Care for Cut Tulips
Holidays
Inspired by the classic baseball game snack boxes, we created an old-fashioned Easter Candy box filled with beautiful Easter candy. It's perfect to use outside while the kids are on the hunt for
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Old-Fashioned Easter Candy Box
Eats & Drinks
Honey Toast with Earl Grey Ice Cream. Hello. Talk about a statement dessert! Can you imagine bringing a few of these out at your party for guests to dive into?! Honey Toast is
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Honey Toast with Earl Grey Ice Cream
Entertaining
When we were thinking what we should do to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day here on Sugar and Charm, we decided
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Tips for Setting a Saint Patrick’s Day Bar Cart
Entertaining
Single or not, inviting a few girlfriends over for a Vday “Galentine’s” party is always a good idea! We don’t really need an excuse to get together, but holidays provide an instant
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Valentine’s Day Girlfriend Get-together
Entertaining
Delivering a perfect toast can be a huge burden on many who are asked to speak at a special event. Most people are terrified of public speaking and try to avoid it at
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10 Quick Tips for Giving the Perfect Toast
DIY
On February 22nd stars and starlets will get together for Hollywood's biggest night and we'll all be tuning in to watch some of our favorite movies and actors! So whether you're just
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2015 Oscar Ballot Printable
Entertaining
We're totally charmin' over Canadian photographer Angus Fergusson! The colors, styling and just overall aesthetic of his photos are stunning. AND when Sugar and Charm has a studio it would probably look
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Inspired by Angus Fergusson
Holidays
My son started preschool this year so this was my first time buying Christmas presents and sending a little token of appreciation to his teachers! I think it's important to "spoil" our
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Teacher Appreciation Gift Box
Holidays
Tis’ the season for holiday gatherings and fun-filled festivities! It’s always special to have a little activity for guests to do during a party, so we created this festive DIY gingerbread house station!
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Tips for Creating a DIY Gingerbread House Station
Holidays
We’re big fans of Munchkin in our household. From sippy cups and snack catchers to bath toys and training items, we use it all! I was so thrilled recently to have the
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A Fun Winter Toddler Table with Munchkin
Holidays
It’s not a big surprise that Christmas is my favorite holiday! For children, Christmas morning is pure magic and now that I have my own family I find so much joy in creating these
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A Charming Christmas Brunch
Eats & Drinks
In our house, we watch the most movies around the holiday season. We light a fire, cuddle up and watch Christmas movies starting Thanksgiving night. We have a list of
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3 Best Nut Recipes for Movie Night with Planters
Holidays
I was thrilled to participate in Home Depot's Holiday Style Challenge this year! The challenge is to take a box of unexpected items and design an area they give you. My area was outside,
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A Charming Hot Cocoa Stand
Entertaining
We're all happily getting ready for Thanksgiving next week! I wanted to share a few of my favorite 12 Sugar and Charm Thanksgiving ideas we've created over the years! Hopefully you'll find some
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12 Sugar and Charm Thanksgiving Ideas!
Entertaining
I'm getting pretty excited for Thanksgiving Day! If you're cooking or hosting Thanksgiving this year, I'm sure you've already been planning your menu. What I love about Turkey Day so much is that you
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Thanksgiving Kitchen Essentials
Entertaining
I can literally remember my mother pulling out an extra table for the kids for Thanksgiving dinner. We loved being able to sit with our cousins, laugh, play and eat while
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Tips For Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Kids’ Table
Entertaining
This year we were inspired by Dia de Los Muertos, aka Day of the Dead and created 3 original charming ideas using sugar skulls as the theme. But with all of the
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13 Festive Ideas for Dia de Los Muertos
Entertaining
We teamed up with Erin from White Fig Designs to create this adorable and easy Halloween centerpiece using a pre-decorated styrofoam skull and succulents! It's so simple to make and lasts the entire month
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Easy Halloween Skull Centerpiece
Entertaining
Today is all about playing catch up over here! Planning projects, finishing projects, shopping, errands, oh and taking care of the fam... you all get it! It's been a busy week and with
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Florals + Catch-up!
Entertaining
I stumbled upon Lulie's (of Lulie and Wallace) adorable and very charming paintings of table escapes from Look Linger Love and I was smitten! Not surprised to find out she lives in Charleston... talk
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Charming Table Escape Paintings
DIY
Last year we did a fun video on dying a table runner using turmeric for Thanksgiving. The dye job turned out so cool that I wanted to dye some napkins again and also test out how
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Naturally Dyed Linens using Berries and Herbs
Entertaining
This year I'm feeling mustard yellow for fall, one pot meals, coffee and of course rustic charm. I've pulled some of my favorite fall items for entertaining this year. As I get older,
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Fall Favorites for Entertaining
Entertaining
To celebrate one last time before the end of summer, last week I hosted a beach bonfire for Zan and two of our friends. Honestly, it was such a great experience we’re all wanting to
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How to Host a Beach Bonfire
Eats & Drinks
A few weeks ago I teamed up with Evite and Food Should Taste Good to create and style some fun party appetizers to go with a few of their delicious chips! These are easy
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9 Charming Party Appetizers!
Entertaining
I wanted to share 10 charming table settings to inspire your next dinner party or event. Table settings are one of my favorite things about entertaining, but I know they can be
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10 Charming Table Settings for Your Next Party!
Eats & Drinks
An appetizer that's sophisticated, incredibly tasty and extremely EASY to throw together is one for the books! If you haven't had Marcona almonds, they're different from the regular ones we're used to. Marcona
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Lavender, Rosemary & Sea Salt Marcona Almonds
Entertaining
I can't believe it's already July 7th! Since we're in full swing of outdoor summer gatherings, I wanted to share a few of my favorite summer entertaining products that are each under $30!!
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Summer Entertaining Products under $30
DIY
Here's a fun and easy party detail for all those summer parties you're planning! We drink from canning jars on a daily basis and since they’re pretty affordable to buy at the store
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Fun Party Detail – Festive Canning Jars
Entertaining
If you’ve thrown a few dinner parties where you cooked and did all of the work you know it’s not a breeze! I try to follow my rule of focusing on either dinner
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Fun Ways to Serve Ice Cream Bars
Holidays
It's almost America's birthday week! We celebrate birthday "weeks" in our house, so I guess we'll do the same for our good ol' USA! She's good to us, so we'll be good to
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Easy Entertaining Ideas for the 4th of July
Holidays
In honor of wedding season and 4th of July next week, I'm sharing beautiful Americana wedding inspiration from a Santa Barbara wedding. It was designed by one of my favorite event designers, Lisa
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Americana Wedding Inspiration
Entertaining
I was excited when Chinet asked me to contribute a page all about setting the bar for their site. Umm, hello... that's my specialty! I gladly jumped on board and had a blast
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Setting the Bar with Chinet
Entertaining
Super excited to have my dear friend and expert wedding planner, Angel of Love and Splendor sharing her top 5 tips to help you plan a charming wedding! Angel has been planning weddings for
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5 Tips to Help You Plan a Charming Wedding
Entertaining
We're really looking forward to our long Memorial Day weekend. Can you believe Memorial Day is almost here already?! If any of you are preparing for some backyard BBQ fun and need a
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Sugar and Charm Memorial Day Recipes
Entertaining
On Saturday we celebrated Romeo's 2nd birthday with his friends and family. I asked Romeo what he wanted at his party and he said "Balloons, BIG balloons, bubbles, balls, cake." Easy
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Romeo’s 2nd Birthday & Milk + Bookies
Entertaining
Everyone has their favorite "must-have" pantry products. The ones that make your everyday food taste a little better -- the secret seasonings and the quick mixes for effortless entertaining. Today I'm sharing my
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7 Pantry Essentials
Eats & Drinks
Using fresh flowers is one of the easiest ways to decorate a dessert or garnish a cocktail. With backyard parties, summer drinks and Mother's Day just around the corner, we created a charming
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Sugar and Charm’s Edible Flower Chart
Entertaining
In honor of Motherʼs Day I wanted to invite a few of my fellow mom friends over for a relaxing backyard tea party. Just a few hours without our beautiful children to chat,
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Mother’s Day Backyard Tea Party
Eats & Drinks
We created this handy 15 wines 90 points or more and under $15 chart out of my love for affordable wine! During the week, I rarely open a bottle of wine that's over
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15 Wines 90 points + Under $15
Eats & Drinks
Growing up in California, Mexican cuisine is my absolute favorite. I know, not surprising! I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime in between! When cooking Mexican, I lean more toward
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Bean and Cheese Crispy Corn Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce
Be Inspired
Sometimes I stumble upon a product and instantly fall in love with the concept, packaging and overall design. That's exactly what happened when I saw this Cake In A Can from The Food
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Cake In A Can by The Food Ministry
Entertaining
Before we moved into our home, I never used my vintage bud vase Zan bought me years ago. When I bought flowers from the store, it was to make an arrangement, not
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The Best Bud Vases
Eats & Drinks
Honestly, do you like drinking water or do you have to force yourself to drink it throughout the day? I'm in the middle. I like it, but I enjoy it when it's lightly flavored
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3 Charming Ways to Serve Water
DIY
For those of you hosting an Oscars party this Sunday, you'll love these simple entertaining ideas we put together, including our very own 2014 Oscar Ballot printable pdf! Every year we play a
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2014 Oscar Ballot Printable & Inspiration
Eats & Drinks
I know things are a bit messy in Sochi at the 2014 Olympics, but the Winter Olympics have been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. Regardless of the negativity I'll
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Winter Olympics: World Cookies & White Russians
Charming Friday Links
Alright you crazy football fans ; ) It's time to start preparing for the big game! Neither of our teams are in the Super Bowl this year (although Zan is a big
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Charming Friday Links: Game Day
Eats & Drinks
You guys are going to love these ginger cocktail recipes and homemade ginger syrup! It's incredibly easy to make the syrup and extremely versatile when it comes to mixing hand-crafted ginger cocktails. It
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Homemade Ginger Syrup & Ginger Cocktail Recipes
Entertaining
There's really no reason to spend thousands of dollars on wedding flowers! With the help of friends, you can create beautiful DIY wedding arrangements by using seasonal flowers and choosing elegant, yet simple
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7 Tips for Creating DIY Wedding Flowers on a Budget
Entertaining
In our next new series for 2014, I thought it would be fun to combine fashion with entertaining. Fashion week sets the trends for the following season in fashion, but I've noticed it
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Runway to Table: Alberta Ferretti Florals
Entertaining
Happy 2014! Pantone announced Radiant Orchid as the color for this year. I wanted to create a board of items that would inspire Radiant Orchid entertaining. I fell in love with their definition
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Radiant Orchid Entertaining
Holidays
Our first Christmas in our home called for a Sugar and Charm holiday party and toy drive benefitting one of my favorite Los Angeles non-profits, Baby2Baby. I'm happy to report the party and drive
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Cookies and Cocktail Holiday Party & Toy Drive
Entertaining
I love quizzes, well the fun ones at least, and HomeGoods has a great design quiz online called Stylescope. You choose five pictures that you relate to and then they reveal your home
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$100 HomeGoods Giveaway!
Entertaining
This gift guide was created with two things in mind... American made and Hostess with the Mostess. It's a collection of holiday gift ideas for the person closest in your life who loves
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American Made Gift Guide for the Hostess in your Life
Entertaining
Happy December! We had a lovely time hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year! It was a little chaotic of course, but a great experience and I'd do it again in a
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Snippets of our Thanksgiving
Holidays
Wow, what a crazy holiday weekend we had! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed getting as stuffed as the turkeys you ate. Before my family left Los Angeles,
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Christmas Entertaining
Charming Friday Links
Thanksgiving is almost here! This weekend I'll be prepping the house for my family, doing some early shopping and trying to sort out the rest of the menu. We're installing permanent market lights
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Thanksgiving Edition of Charming Friday Links
Entertaining
15 days until Thanksgiving! I've brought out all the books and magazines and have been working on planning my Thanksgiving menu and table decor. This year is going to be extra special
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Thanksgiving Entertaining Inspiration
Entertaining
I've been looking for a set of vintage-inspired flatware. I didn't necessarily want an actual vintage set, just something with a vintage feel. I was thrilled when I walked into Sur La
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Vintage Flatware
Entertaining
Tis the season to add a little black into your life, or in my case a lot! I love black accents so I've gathered together a few of my favorite things in black
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Back In Black – Entertaining Products
Entertaining
Who's ready for the Project Runway Season finale?! We're a little excited over here! We've shared two previous videos on what to serve and what to wear and today it's all about the par-tay!!! Anytime we
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Video: Project Runway Finale Party
Entertaining
Something about this time of year brings out my love for all things copper! Last year we did this baking board with copper on my mind and now I'm sharing a few very
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My Copper Obsession
Eats & Drinks
I've gathered 10 of my favorite Halloween ideas from Sugar and Charm. Over the years we've made several Halloween cocktails, sweets and craft projects and I wanted to combine my 10 favorite
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10 Charming Halloween Ideas
Entertaining
This was the first actual party I've hosted for Romeo and his friends. I'm so happy we got to team up with the incredible Tiny Prints to kick off some good ol' Halloween
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Kids Halloween Party Ideas
Eats & Drinks
I was excited when Better Homes and Gardens invited me to try  the new line of dishware they sell at Walmart. Since I have a set of round white dishes, I chose some modern,
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Sweet Mornings – The Best Frittata Recipe Ever!
Entertaining
Happy Monday Charmers! Two weeks ago I gave some ideas on what to serve when hosting a night of fashion and fun for the Project Runway finale! In this video Jen and I
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Video: Yoplait and Project Runway Party
Entertaining
[slideshow_deploy id='4139']Is it just me or are the standard, plug-in coffee makers our mothers used totally out of style?! These days it's all about controlling the brewing process, the art of coffee and
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6 Delicious Ways to Brew Coffee
Entertaining
Alright Charmers, time to start planning a fabulous Project Runway season finale party! In this video for Lifetime Moms, sponsored by Yoplait Frozen Yogurt, we’re hosting a “sooooo good” moms’ night to celebrate
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Video: Yoplait and Project Runway Party
DIY
We're so lucky to live close to the 126, which is a road here in LA with a stretch of farmland, nurseries and fruit stands. Zan and I drive it often when
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DIY Succulent Centerpiece
DIY
Inspired by our worker’s holiday this coming Monday, we came up with the idea to create some darn sturdy dinner napkins, made from the one and only…denim. Companies such as Levi’s have made
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DIY Denim Napkins
Entertaining
Our love affair with all things French continues this week. From a few easy ways to spruce up disposable tableware to fashion inspiration and a recipe from the best selling cookbook in
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French Inspired Outdoor Movie Night
Entertaining
We're proud to present Sugar and Charm's party buying guide! It's an excellent resource for buying party essentials like drinks and snacks for entertaining up to 24 guests! If you ever need to
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Party Buying Guide
Entertaining
You guys! I have the perfect party treat that's amazing for kids or adults. I've actually made these and featured them on the blog before, but I wanted to create a little how-to
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Video: Cupcake Top Sundaes!
Entertaining
[slideshow_deploy id='3648']There are a few items that I find myself constantly using when entertaining. From classic Weck jars to an instant popsicle maker that allows you to take custom orders from your guests!
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Favorite Items for Entertaining
Entertaining
[slideshow_deploy id='3604'] Here are a few of my favorite books for the hostess and entertaining. From flowers to hostess how-to's, these books are full of tips, recipes, projects and beautiful inspiration to become
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Best Books for the Hostess
Entertaining
We spent a lot of time in our backyard this weekend, enjoying the outdoors and conjuring up ideas to renovate it. We're going DIY style, so I think I'll document the process! Anyway,
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Bee’s Knees Entertaining and Honey Ice Cubes
Entertaining
In this video we made for Lifetime Moms, I'm sharing a few of my favorite tips for creating an ultimate cheese plate that not only tastes amazing, but creates an experience for your
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Video: Creating The Ultimate Cheese Plate
Entertaining
[slideshow_deploy id='3470'] The world we live in never ceases to amaze me. I'm constantly inspired by the ineffable beauty of the hidden gems around us. There are millions... and many that are still undiscovered.
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5 Naturally Colorful Dream Locations for Entertaining
Entertaining
I'm a big proponent of playing games while entertaining with friends and family. In my family, a little friendly competition causes chaos and lots of laughter when we get together, which I
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Four Outdoor Summer Games for Entertaining
Entertaining
In celebration of this week's 4th of July festives, Sarah from Smitten Studio is sharing her 4th of July beach BBQ style with us! The most charming item on this board is the
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Entertaining Style with Sarah from Smitten Studio
Holidays
Happy 4th of July week! I'm excited to share with you the most amazing 4th of July florals, created by the talented Samantha of Primary Petals. We call them Firecracker Flowers because
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Firecracker Florals
Entertaining
I was honored to be a part of Pottery Barn’s summer design challenge. They chose 5 bloggers to participate in creating an outdoor design based off of two signature cocktails and a few
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Pottery Barn Design Challenge
Entertaining
We've gone girly with retro party inspiration today and we're loving it! What better person to ask, "What would wear to a retro birthday party?" than the queen of charming birthdays, Jessie! She's
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Entertaining Style with Jessie from Shop Sweet Lulu
Entertaining
Adding flowers to a candelabra is an elegant and beautiful way to add color and texture to a centerpiece. Samantha created this dazzling arrangement with vibrant flowers and a wooden candelabra from an
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Adding Flowers to Your Candelabra
Entertaining
I know blue can be daring and can go very wrong if not done properly. But when Kelly and I were discussing beauty inspiration to share on Sugar and Charm, I wanted her to create something
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Easy Make-up Look for Summer
DIY
The photos don't even do this hanging succulent lamp justice! I wish I could send each one of my readers one so you could see it in person... it brought a huge smile
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The Hanging Succulent Lamp
Entertaining
Chelsea's blog Frolic! has been a favorite of mine for years. I fell in love with her simple, classic style, diy projects and the beautiful inspiration she posts. After I read her blog,
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Entertaining Style with Chelsea Fuss from the blog Frolic!
Entertaining
I'm really excited about bringing easy, inspiring beauty tips to Sugar and Charm. I wanted to create content that was more inspirational rather than step-by-step and features the best products, whether from
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The Naked Palette
Entertaining
  Growing up in California and living in Los Angeles for 10 years,  I've  always loved good, authentic Mexican food. It may be my favorite!  I can seriously eat chips, guacamole, salsa and tacos
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Cinco De Mayo Inspiration
Entertaining
The Kentucky Derby is May 4th and it's always been a dream of mine to experience the "real" derby! But since most of us will be entertaining at home (mint juleps, southern desserts
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Entertaining Style with Jenny
Entertaining
Spring is here and we're enjoying sunny days, trips to the park and getting ready for some outdoor entertaining. Spring is my favorite season for a beautiful picnic surrounded by blooming flowers and
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Entertaining Style with Melissa of The Faux Martha
Entertaining
After having this on my table for the past few days,  I've decided it's going to be my new way of giving flowers. This dazzling floral garden can be created in a short
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How to make a Floral Garden
Entertaining
Now that spring is here, I realize I need to buy some new and fresh entertaining items. I've had my eye on a few of the items above for their spring colors, girly
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sweet spring entertaining
Entertaining
I'm always inspired by florals, especially around this time of year when everything is blooming. Flowers make any room brighter by bringing color and nature into the space. I had tulips in my
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floral inspiration
Holidays
Shop this board, here! 1/2/3/4/5/6/7   We have another new and exciting series on the blog! It's part of the new site, which will make its debut in a few weeks... finally! But I wanted to
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entertaining style with m loves m
Holidays
Easter is only a few weeks away and if you're hosting a fabulous brunch you must start planning your menu soon! Easter is actually one of my favorite holidays so I've been Easter-pinning-crazy
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inspiration for an easter brunch
Entertaining
Shop this board here!    I wanted to create a board of the items I use most for entertaining. Basic, white items that will go with any theme or decor. They're things that have versatile
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my favorite party basics
Entertaining
Want to learn three easy ways you can spruce up the naked mini cupcake? Click here and enjoy our video on Lifetime Moms!  
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video: easy ways to spruce up the naked cupcake
Eats & Drinks
I'm obsessed and have gone Teavana crazy! No really, I'm drinking tea like I used to drink Starbucks' lattes. I've always loved their teas, but these tea blossoms are just way too charming.
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floral tea time and party favors
Entertaining
Whoo hooo! Happy 2013! I had the best night hosting a little New Year's party with our close friend Todd. We served mini apple martinis, wine and champagne. Todd cooked the most amazing
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happy new year!
Holidays
A beautiful setting from Caitlin of Sacramento Street. Adore her blog and great style. More pics here.   In love with this gorgeous, simple table setting from Sarah of Honey of a Thousand Flowers via one of
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Beautiful Table Settings for Christmas
Holidays
This is a gathering I would have loved to be at... this perfect, snowy Montana setting was complete with a centerpiece wreath chandelier that took center stage, a giant fire to stand around
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DIY Wreath Chandelier and a Simple Winter Wonderland Gathering
Entertaining
I put together some Thanksgiving Day table inspiration for you all! I wanted to create something that's achievable and affordable for everyone. Of course there are millions of gorgeous settings, but often they're
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An Earthy Thanksgiving Table
Entertaining
How many of you went apple picking this year (aside from getting an iphone ; ))? I went when we were in Ohio and had such a great time! I came home and
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apple picking social inspiration
Entertaining
It's the last weekend to throw a pumpkin carving social! Gather a few friends, buy (or make!) some pumpkin cupcakes and pumpkin beer and create your favorite pumpkin carving designs! I put together
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pumpkin carving social
Entertaining
I'm excited to premiere Sugar and Charm's first video! I love breaking out a "spooky" family-friendly Halloween movie for a special night with family and friends, so I wanted to share a few
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Halloween Movie Night Video
Entertaining
I'm thrilled fall is right around the corner! I started browsing the web for my favorite fall entertaining items and I noticed a pattern... gray! I love the color gray, so I let
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Falling for Gray
Entertaining
I've been dreaming about a lake house. Probably because we usually go to Big Bear a few times every summer and we didn't go this year. I absolutely adore the atmosphere of lake
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lake house entertaining
Entertaining
I was inspired by these elegant and charming floral arrangements. We usually leave these type of arrangements for weddings or "special" events, but I think they're perfect for even the smallest dinner party.
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floral inspiration for dinner parties
Entertaining
My favorite party idea this summer is a pie social. It's the perfect theme for a backyard get together and such a sweet way to gather friends, play yard games and eat some
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How to Throw a Pie Social
Entertaining
My little brother, Dustin, recently graduated from the UC Davis Enology program, where he studied the science of wine making. How amazing is that?! He traveled to France's wine region and studied their wine making
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wine and dessert pairings
Entertaining
Last year I swooned over this Mother's Day brunch design for HGTV by Sara Westbrook and Brittany Egbert. Isn't it beautiful? The details, colors and gorgeous flower arrangements are absolutely stunning. It's charming inspiration for
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mother’s day brunch inspiration
Entertaining
I first spotted this charming Australian company called Sunnylife in a showroom in downtown LA. I fell in love with the simplistic, modern style, patterns and laid back living. They have some of the most
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sunny life entertaining
Entertaining
 I fell in love with these heart shaped eating utensils that are biodegradable and reusable! Each heart snaps in half and becomes a utensil with a fork, a serrated edge to cut with and a flat
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iHeart these
Holidays
No one ever said Easter baskets are just for kids! If I could fill my own Easter basket, the candy below would be my top picks! Gourmet chocolate bars, amazing toffee from See's,
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Easter Candy for Adults!
Entertaining
I created this 'party on a budget' tips board for a General Mills post and I wanted to share it with you all! I'm always looking for the best prices on staple items when throwing
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party on a budget
Entertaining
I know fondue isn't exactly part of an Irish meal, but I thought it would be a cute and fun idea for a Saint Patrick's Day dinner. There are a variety of delicious
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Pot o’ Fondue
Entertaining
I'm finally posting pictures of one of my closest friends, Mara's wedding! She became a very dear friend during the planning stage after we realized we have so much in common. I did the flowers
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a charming garden wedding
Eats & Drinks
Whether you're throwing a small Oscar party or just cozying up on the couch with your family to watch  the Awards this Sunday, below are two SUPER easy ideas to help make the
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and the award goes to… edible mini gold stars!
Eats & Drinks
I created this truffle bar last January for Style At Home and realized I never posted the photos on Sugar and Charm! Since Valentine's Day is coming up in two weeks I thought I would
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How to Set Up a Truffle Bar
Eats & Drinks
Happy, happy Friday! I must be dreaming about a giant margarita or something because I started gathering bar items that I thought were cool and came up with a few of my new
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my new favorite products for the bar
Entertaining
Yesterday, I saw this stunning engagement party on Style Me Pretty and completely fell in love with it. It's not that often I come across an event that I think is amazing and has all
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a stunning engagement party
Entertaining
Happy Wednesday! It's been about 80 degrees in Los Angeles the past few days and it's not getting any cooler! I even went on a walk yesterday and it was too hot to
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unique ways to serve ice cream
Entertaining
I want to say thank you to everyone for the very sweet comments about our sweet little baby. I was overjoyed when reading them all! I posted my fall dinner in Paso at
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paso dinner, thanksgiving inspiration
Entertaining
When setting your Thanksgiving table this year, let all of your family and friends know why you are thankful for them. When they sit down at their seat, they will have a sweet
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a thanksgiving note
Entertaining
Yesterday I shared the exciting news that my Kentucky Derby-inspired shoot was featured in Southern Weddings! Today I wanted to post the rest of the photos and details ; ) I shopped vintage stores
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southern wedding details
Entertaining
I was so excited to receive my issue of the New Zealand parenting magazine, Littlies, this weekend because my Monster Bash party (that I created for One Charming Party) was featured in it! This
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monster bash featured in littlies magazine
Entertaining
Below are a few of my party planning tips for hosting a dinner or cocktail gathering at your home! 1. Prepare: I don’t mean prepare day of... prepare weeks before. Make sure all of
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Hosting School
Entertaining
Since summer is coming to an end and we only have one more big weekend before fall officially starts (crazy how fast it went by!), I wanted to post pictures of a summer
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Summer Table Setting for Simply the Sweet Life Magazine
Entertaining
I'm going to start something new! I thought it would be a fun idea to create entertaining inspiration boards for different cities and holidays. I wanted to start it off with Palm Springs.
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palm springs entertaining
Entertaining
What a perfect way to entertain your friends and family this summer! The very talented Heather Bullard styled and photographed this lovely outside dinner party. All of the details are simply gorgeous and that lavender
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summer entertaining
Entertaining
I was wandering around Joann's Fabrics the other day and I saw this ice mold. I thought it was pretty cool and even cooler (haha) to serve ice shots to your guests on a
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cold as ice – ice shot glasses
Entertaining
If you got the August issue of Better Homes and Gardens you probably saw this amazing ice cream social! I was smitten when I first saw this and wanted to share the inspiration. The party
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pass some ice cream to me please!
Entertaining
I'm a fan of super cute napkin folds and this one takes the cake!! After seeing this on Martha, I had to create one of my own! It can be a bow tie or
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Bow Tie Napkin Fold
Entertaining
When I saw this party in my Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine, I was instantly in love. I absolutely adore Darcy Miller, of Martha Stewart Weddings, who hosted this gorgeous candy bash for Dylan Lauren
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dylan’s amazing candy bash
Eats & Drinks
I have my favorite photographers and Elizabeth Messina is definitely one of them! She shot these photos, for Rue Magazine, of the ADORABLE Sweet Lucie's antique ice-cream cart! I fell in love with the photos when I first
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romance and ice cream
Entertaining
Last weekend I was at the beautiful Sara Westbrook's house (of One Charming Party) assisting her and the equally beautiful Brittany on some fabulous photo shoots! It was a great day and I learned
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hostess tip… packaging leftovers
Entertaining
I bought this vanilla lemon cake from Trader Joe's yesterday, because I wanted to show you all how you can easily change the look of this cake in about 10 minutes! If you're
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transform and decorate a supermarket cake
Entertaining
Flowers are a typical, but nice hostess gift. Sometimes the store-bought flowers, that come in boring plastic wrap, need a little revamping! I bought a bouquet at Trader Joe's for $5 and arranged
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sprucing up store-bought flowers
Entertaining
For me, tulips can be difficult to arrange and gain full control over to make gorgeous centerpieces. I find myself fighting with the droopy flowers trying to get them to stand up straight!
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tulip "arranging"
Entertaining
I saw this graphic over at a blog I like to read called Little White Whale and I was so inspired by it!! I've done a few etiquette posts in the past, here and here, but this is
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etiquette school: pretty table setting
Entertaining
Happy April 1st! I'm excited that Spring is finally here and Easter is just around the corner ;) I saw this idea on One Charming Party last week and I thought they were
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bunny ears and cabbage centerpiece
Holidays
The bunny fold is an easy and charming way to dress up your Easter table this year! It's so cute, you think it might hop right off your plate : ) Better Homes
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It’s the… Bunny Fold!
Entertaining
Yesterday I featured these inspiration photos for a St. Patrick's Day table setting on Style At Home. I  love the way everything turned out, so I couldn't help but share them today! I
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st. patrick’s day entertaining
Entertaining
Antiquaria is a new online store that sells gorgeous dinnerware, china, vintage Pyrex, unique drinking glasses and much more! I was extremely excited when I browsed through the online shop, which is bursting
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antiquaria… a vintage dinnerware shop
Entertaining
Sorry I've been a little laggin' on the bloggin'! I've been on the East Coast visiting with family and planning a 60th birthday party for my father-in-law! We had delicious food catered and
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60th birthday party
Entertaining
I came across these two savvy tips for serving cake and ice cream on the Real Simple site and they are so unique! Ice cream can be so messy to scoop and serve,
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unique tips for serving cake and ice cream
Entertaining
I'm usually against "boxed cake" because I love the taste of homemade desserts so much. If you're hosting a large party you might be overwhelmed with the thought of baking from scratch, on
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The Boxed Cake
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I paid a little visit to one of my fave hangouts, the Cheese Cave in Claremont, to learn a few tips from the experts on creating a very special cheese platter for your guests! Marnie
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Cheese Platter from the Experts
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Today... is hosting day! I'm going to give a few tips for being a better host next time you have guests over! And I accompanied it with this cool retro photo because I'm
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hosting school
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I wanted to share some more pictures of the fall dinner we had in Paso Robles last month! The dinner is featured onStyle At Home's website and I couldn't be more thrilled! We spent
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Fall Vineyard Dinner – Paso Robles Style
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So I covered table-setting and now I am going to introduce you to the fabulous world of napkin folding and displaying. There are several classy and traditional ways to fold a napkin for
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Etiquette School 101: Napkin Folding and Displaying
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This post might be considered a little boring (and sort of long) to some people, but I happen to believe table setting is VERY important to know, haha! It will also help to
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Etiquette School… Table Setting 101
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I found a major discovery this past weekend on our drive home from Vegas... like maaajor. I can't believe I never knew this existed or that no one ever mentioned it to me...
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A Williams… what?!
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Never serve a drink at an event without a drink stick! Okay... so maybe I'm the only drink stick-addict that lives by that rule! However, I strongly believe that the little details are
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Drink Sticks
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I have a crazy obsession with cake stands... maybe it's that they add so much life to a classic cake and give a table setting a festive look. Or maybe it's because I
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Cake Stand Heaven

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