Holiday Entertaining

Tips for Hosting Your First Thanksgiving

Tips for Hosting Your First Thanksgiving

Today, we are talking Thanksgiving–specifically hosting your first Thanksgiving. I’ve cooked and hosted my family’s Thanksgiving dinner for the past few years and have picked up a thing or two along the way. I previously shared my general entertaining tips on the blog and try to answer […]

A Fall Trader Joe’s Cheese Board

A Fall Trader Joe’s Cheese Board

Y’all know I love to play hostess with the mostest any ol’ time but especially during the holiday season…which is now. I went into Trader Joe’s for wine a little over a week ago then just started grabbing things (I blame Katey McFarlan for piquing […]

Red, White & Blue Cheese Board

Red, White & Blue Cheese Board

The 4th of July holiday weekend is upon us and, whether or not you celebrate, most everyone enjoys a color coordinated spread. No matter if you’re cooking out, pool-hopping, or wine-ding down with friends and family, I think a cheese board should be part of […]

Hibiscus French 75 Cocktail + 3 Ways to Elevate a Glass of Champagne

Hibiscus French 75 Cocktail + 3 Ways to Elevate a Glass of Champagne

A simple twist on an old classic cocktail + 3 ways to step up your next champagne toast

Buttery Chai Popcorn

Buttery Chai Popcorn

A simple yet flavorful, 10-minute snack perfect for anything from a Netflix and chill session to random snacking.

Jazzmine’s Christmas Party

Jazzmine’s Christmas Party

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted my first Christmas party and it was a blast! My guests and I spent the night playing with our food, listening to music, taking pictures, and getting into the Christmas spirit. Check out all the details below, including […]

Make Your Own S’Mores Bar

Make Your Own S’Mores Bar

S’mores are a campfire classic that have made their way into many different settings in the form of desserts, drinks, and more. There’s something about the original melty marshmallow, chocolate bar, and graham cracker combo, though. For this reason, I wanted to incorporate real s’mores […]

Peppermint Cocoa Dip

Peppermint Cocoa Dip

A festive, five-minute appetizer perfect for the holidays

6 Easy Bottle Gift Ideas for Your Host

6 Easy Bottle Gift Ideas for Your Host

Elevate your next host or hostess gift with affordable product recommendations and relevant recipe inspiration.

How To Tackle Thanksgiving Menu Planning

How To Tackle Thanksgiving Menu Planning

This post was sponsored by AT-A-GLANCE as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I’ve made Thanksgiving dinner for my family for the past few years now but this year marks the first since […]

50+ Sweet Potato Recipes for Thanksgiving and Beyond

50+ Sweet Potato Recipes for Thanksgiving and Beyond

The sweet potato is one of the hallmarks of modern Thanksgiving meals. Pie is what automatically comes to mind (like Grandbaby Cakes’ Sweet Potato Chess Pie, pictured above and linked below) but there’s more you can do with this versatile root. Here is a roundup […]

Easy Snacks for Last-Minute Guests

Easy Snacks for Last-Minute Guests

Ideas for creating a quick and delicious spread of easy snacks for last-minute guests in your home. It’s not a secret that I love to entertain. If you give me the tiniest bit of notice that you’re stopping by the house, I’ll have a mini […]

Citrus Champagne Sparklers

Citrus Champagne Sparklers

Refreshingly bright and simple champagne cocktails made with just a few ingredients and perfect for New Year’s Eve!

Perfect Party Appetizers & Cocktails

Perfect Party Appetizers & Cocktails

Christmas is just over a week away and New Year’s Eve is right after that so I thought I’d share some recipes that have become my go-tos when entertaining. These are easy appetizers and cocktails I’ve shared on the blog before, rounded up into one […]

Everyday Entertaining Tips + Christmas Playlist

Everyday Entertaining Tips + Christmas Playlist

Pick a Theme This gives both you and your guests a point of focus for everything from food to decorations to attire. A simple theme makes it easier to make decisions and prioritize expenses, menu items, and timing of your gathering. Is this a costume […]

Festive Fruit Centerpiece

Festive Fruit Centerpiece

Edible Arrangements has nothing on this girl here, y’all. I have been making and gifting fruit bouquets and centerpieces for a few years now and it is such a special way to dress up an event or make someone feel appreciated. People always love them! […]

Budget Holiday Table Styling

Budget Holiday Table Styling

My mom has taught me a lot of things about making a home festive and welcoming for the holidays. One of the most important lessons is that it can be done on a budget! Y’all have probably already heard me mention my frugal ways in previous […]

Dinner Party-Perfect Makeup

Dinner Party-Perfect Makeup

What girl doesn’t enjoy playing in makeup on some level? I definitely do! And, thanks to YouTube gurus, I’ve gotten pretty good at beating my own face over the years. One thing I know to be challenging for a lot of us is sustaining a look for the duration of […]

Holiday Help with La Madeleine

Holiday Help with La Madeleine

Y’all know that I am all about home cooking and DIY solutions, but sometimes you might want to give yourself or someone else a break. I recently discovered that La Madeleine has lots of great options for the holiday season and thought it would be helpful information to share. […]

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

A sparkling, festive way to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year

Praline Brie Dip

Praline Brie Dip

The ultimate in sweet meets savory: warm praline sauce poured over baked brie cheese.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

How to make your own homemade hot cocoa mix to have instant hot chocolate any time with just four ingredients and no unnecessary stuff–also great for gifting! I’ve mentioned here before that although I am not a coffee drinker, I still love a good, warm […]

How to Build a Cheese Board for Beginners

How to Build a Cheese Board for Beginners

A few lessons from the French on how to build a cheese board whether you’re making a snack or throwing a party, start with this beginner’s cheese board. The holiday season is nearly here. Although, if you enjoy entertaining like I do, the subject of […]

Sweet Tea Pound Cake

Sweet Tea Pound Cake

Did you know that pound cakes are called such because the recipe traditionally calls for a pound each of butter, sugar, flour, and eggs? If you didn’t, you’re welcome for that history lesson. If you did, let that be its own reward. 🙂 I haven’t […]

The Ultimate Red Velvet Cake

The Ultimate Red Velvet Cake

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought I would share some dishes befitting of a romantic dinner for two. I am starting with dessert because, well, it’s my favorite part. 🙂 This dessert combines two classic sweets that are often associated with the holiday. […]