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6 Tricks for Easy Outdoor Parties

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‘Tis the season of backyard celebrations, and that’s a very good thing, because we love to entertain. Creating outdoor parties, and bringing nature into our gatherings and styled shoots, is one of my favorite ways to bring ideas to life.

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We also have a relatively small living space, so when friends come over for dinner, barbecues, play-dates, and parties, there’s not a whole lot of room indoors once the guest list starts to grow. That’s why in the summer, we love to take our entertaining outdoors.

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Plus, hubby got himself a grill a few months back, and he’s just been itching to show off his skills. Lucky for us, that’s the only itching we’ll do, because one of our tried and true tricks for easy outdoor parties, is ensuring mosquitoes don’t interfere with all of our fun summer plans.

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Just in time for summer, I’m sharing our 6 Tricks for Easy Outdoor Parties; a.k.a., how to have the best summer parties …

Happy gathering!

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|1| Timing is everything.

To avoid melting on super hot days, plan your outdoor parties for either the morning, or early evening. The hottest part of the day is typically right in the middle of the afternoon.

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|2| Think chilled.

Serve fresh fruit and cold drinks, and keep ’em coming.

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|3| Fans work wonders.

If you can set up near an outlet, or use an extension cord, putting a fan or two outside goes a long way. It’s amazing what a little wind can do to combat heat. It’s the still, hot air that really feels stifling, so if you set up a fan or two, everyone is sure to feel cooler on the hottest of days.

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|4| Keep the menu simple.

The beauty of a summer menu is that it can be less fuss. If you plan on grilling, let that be the star of the show. Make a cold potato salad or grill corn too. Serve easy desserts and plenty of fruit. A signature cocktail or drink is always a good idea for your outdoor parties.

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|5| Kick mosquitoes to the curb.

Get your yard treated for mosquitoes because nobody likes swatting off bugs while they’re trying to enjoy themselves. It’s shaping up to be a sweltering summer, which means, mosquitos will be everywhere. We recently had our yard treated for mosquitoes by Orkin and I was amazed at the results. We spent a good two hours setting up our outdoor party and then shooting these pictures, and not a single mosquito got in my way. That’s a huge relief for us right now, especially because I’m pregnant and there have been so many concerns about Zika virus both in the news and at the hospital where my husband works. It’s an inexpensive fix, and it really will work wonders for your outdoor parties this summer. A few other simple things you can do to keep mosquitoes away: clean up and avoid standing water where mosquitoes can breed (i.e., remove standing water from gutters, buckets, toys and other containers), and change water weekly in bird baths, fountains, potted plants and any containers that hold standing water. When you plan to spend the day outside, use EPA-registered mosquito repellents. Around your home, eliminate mosquito entry points.

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|6| Relax and enjoy the sunshine!

Before you know it, fall winds will be rolling in, and time outdoors will be limited. Soak it all in.

We have big plans to kick back outside, with a cool drink in hand and plenty of watermelon, while Scarlett runs back and forth through the sprinklers.

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How to Make a Real Flower Crown

Ohhhh, today’s post is a good one! I like flowers, guys. A lot.

You may remember that I teamed up with a fabulous florist, Marsha of MEWS Designs, and my amazing photographer, Annie of Annie Watts Photography, to create a couple of fun DIY flower projects to share with you all! (You might recall this easy peasy tutorial for creating your own Spring arrangement?) Well, we have a pretty awesome DIY post to share with today: how to make a real flower crown.

How to Make a Real Flower Crown

Flower crowns are everywhere. They’re beautiful and whimsical and make everyone look ten times prettier. After we made these flower crowns, Scarlett and I wore ours around the house all night long. Princess status.

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I’ve made faux flower crowns before (you can get that DIY here), but I loved the idea of creating a handmade real flower crown with fresh flowers, and Marsha was happy to play teacher. There’s something about a real flower crown that looks so delicate and festival-ready. And maybe it’s fun to pretend you’re a fairy or a princess or a garden sprite. Whatever the occasion, after you see these pictures, you’ll definitely want to make your own real floral crown.

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MAKE YOUR OWN REAL FLORAL CROWN

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Floral Tape
Shears/Clippers
Scissors
Floral Wire (try to choose one that is thick and flexible)
Floral Adhesive such as Oasis Floral Glue (optional)

Flowers Used: Miniature Gardenia leaves, Lambs Ear, Eucalyptus, Ivy, Winter Daphne Blooms

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DIRECTIONS (with pictures)

Begin by measuring the rough circumference of your head with the wire and create a “hook” on each end of the wire. (These will hook together at the end to keep and hold your crown in place on top of your head.)

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Pick up and bunch together a small group of flowers and greenery and place against the wire just before one of the “hooks.”

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Using floral stretch tape, wrap the tape around the stems while tugging slightly to stretch the tape and secure your small bunch of flowers to the wire.

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Continue to place a small bunch next to the previous one, wrap with tape to secure, until you have completed the length of the wire.

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You’ll be surprised how quickly and simply this process goes!

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At this point you may go back and glue in larger flowers with floral glue; just a small dab on both the flower and where you plan to place it will do.

Florists Trick: Blow on the glue in both places for a few seconds before placing the flower on the crown. This will help them adhere to one another.

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Once completed you can tie ribbons to the back (at the end of each “hook”) if desired.

Though I’ll admit, I loved the simpler flower crowns best of all.

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It really is that un-complicated! And has such a pretty impact.

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And you know I had to throw in a few adorable photos of Scarlett in a mini real flower crown, who was the best floral assistant ever. (You can catch her behind-the-scenes in our flower arranging post too!)

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If you make your own beautiful real flower crown, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun events!

Love this post? You can learn how to make your own flower arrangement right here. (Psst … it’s way simpler than you’d think!)

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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How to Make a Beautiful Spring Floral Arrangement

I am incredibly excited about today’s post. Several weeks back I teamed up with Marsha of MEWS Designs and my amazing photographer, Annie of Annie Watts Photography, to create a couple of fun DIY flower projects to share with you all! And first up, we’re showing you how to make a simple DIY Spring floral arrangement or centerpiece; a step-by-step guide, including exactly what you’ll need and all of the pretty details.

Marsha is SO talented and can make magic out of everyday flowers. Though I’m pretty sure she has a knack for picking the most perfect Trader Joe’s stems and it doesn’t hurt that her backyard is bursting with her own home-grown beauties as well. And as evidenced ALL over my blog, Annie is the most unbelievably talented photographer who turns everything into magic. Magic, I tell you.

Okay, okay, enough of the gushy stuff; let’s talk flower centerpieces and spring floral arrangement. Most seasons and holidays, if you remember to grab a bunch of flowers at the grocery store or local farmer’s market, you’re chopping off the ends, plunging them into a vase, throwing the arrangement on your table, and calling it a day. That’s pretty much been my go-to; that is, until Marsha showed us just how easy it really is to create your own simple Spring floral arrangement using those same store-bought flowers.

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The trick is to always have a square or two of Oasis Foam on hand. You can get it at any Michaels or craft store, or on Amazon. (Amazon Prime, I love you.)

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Then start collecting low/wide vases, baskets, and other containers that would work well to hold your simple centerpieces. The adorable metal tin you see in these pictures – Marsha found them at the Dollar Store! I kid you not. (Loving this vintage-inspired option as well!)

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For this Spring floral arrangement,  we used (from left to right) Dahlia, Nandina, Stock, English Ivy, Tulip, Mini Gardenia, Alstromeria, and Helebores.

Marsha’s suggestion is to head into your favorite grocery store – Trader Joe’s, Fresh market, and Whole Foods typically have nice flowers, and local farmers markets are even better – and try to pick flowers that fit in a color scheme or have complimentary colors that work well together. Don’t forget a pack of greenery, like nandina, eucalyptus, english ivy, etc. You can also forage a bit in your neighborhood for any wild flowers.

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HOW TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL SPRING FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Spring Flowers
Greenery
Shears or Scissors
Oasis Foam
Vase*
Bird’s Nest (optional)

*If you’re looking for something similar to the tin vase we used, I love this vintage-inspired option on Amazon.

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HOW TO:

Wet your oasis foam brick and cut to fit vase.

Begin by placing/inserting greenery (with the goal of eventually covering the Oasis foam). Marsha taught us to make the greenery and florals higher on one side, to add dimension and interest.

You’ll then follow the same pattern, placing/inserting one flower stem at a time, following the same line as the greenery. Fill in your flowers until the centerpiece looks full and lush.

If you want this to have the full Spring-time effect, you can carefully nestle in a faux bird’s nest.

NOTE: If you use tulips, be sure to cut the stems very short, and expect them to hang over a bit after a day or two on display. Tulips actually continue to grow even after cut.

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We break it down in photos below …

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Gather everything you’ll need.

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Starting with a base of greenery with some hanging over the edges is the key to getting the lush effect. We worked from high to low, layering higher on the left side and lower on the right for added dimension. (Details in the instructions below.)

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Next you trim and add your flower stems. Scarlett loved this part. She was very particular about where she placed her flowers.

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You can also bunch two or three flowers at a time and tuck them in as bunches to add some volume and color.

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Remember to keep it higher on one side if you want to get that beautiful flowing look.

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And if you want to add in a bit of whimsy, you can gently nestle in a faux bird’s nest towards the top of your arrangement.

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And there you have it, your very own simple Spring floral arrangement for your table!

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If you make your own beautiful Spring flower arrangement, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun events!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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How to Throw a Valentine’s Day Inspired Dessert Party this Galentine’s Day

I am WAY too excited about today’s Valentine’s Day inspired dessert party; a.k.a., an excuse to celebrate Galentine’s Day! And yes, I am way too excited about all parties because I like throwing them. I also really like cake, and the two seem to go hand-in-hand.

Now sometimes in this crazy blogging world you meet someone who just clicks with you. That’s how it was when I met Amy of Coffee Beans & Bobby Pins. If you don’t already stalk her on Instagram, you will now. Anyhoo, we’ve become fast blogging friends, and we’ve wanted to collaborate on something for months now. I’m pretty obsessed with Valentine’s Day … and, well, ALL holidays; but Valentine’s Day is full of pink and hearts and cookies and marbled graham cracker toffee bark (trrrrrust me on this one), so really, what’s not to love here?

The lightbulb just sort of went on for us, and we knew we wanted to throw the ultimate, yet still low-key, Galentine’s Day dessert party. Because who doesn’t love dessert? Amy and I worked with our local Anthropologie to dream up the prettiest little Valentine’s Day inspired dessert party. If you’re anything like me, walking into an Anthropologie is liking walking into a candy shop (we did that too!) on an empty stomach. Gimme, gimme.

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I was super inspired by all of the Moroccan elements throughout the store, so we decided to take our shoot in that direction. Styling this party was so much fun, and a lot simpler to put together than you might imagine.

But what exactly is Galentine’s Day?

The girl-focused holiday got it’s namesake from one of my favorite shows ever: Parks and Recreation. (Seriously, if you’ve never watched it, it’s time. Binge-watch it right now.) Basically, Galentine’s Day is a holiday Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, created that occurs every year on February 13th – the day before Valentine’s Day.

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Per Leslie, the genius behind the ladies celebration:

“Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Yeah, it’s awesome; and basically an excuse to celebrate in true feminine style.

But if you want to go ahead and throw yourself a dessert party for your special someone instead, that’s cool too, because: CAKE. (For the record: cake > frittata.)

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Now onto the Valentine’s Day Inspired Dessert Party …

We pulled floor cushions and Moroccan pillows (I have THE biggest crush on this pink tufted pillow … it has a heavy gold zipper that takes it over the top!), gorgeous Moroccan inspired wedding blankets (I’m having a hard time not convincing myself that I need both the cream Aldalora throw and the pink Open Market throw!), and so many beautiful dishes in pinks, golds, and rose golds.

The floor seating kept the vibe fun and low-key as well. Plus, there’s no “right” way to style pillows and blankets on the floor. Just lay a few blankets down, plop a few pillows and cushions loosely around the perimeter of your coffee table, and stack your dishes, flatware, and cups within reach. You’ll add tabletop style by using all of that pretty tableware and of course, flowers.

HINT: adding in low candles and tea lights would also look really romantic for an evening setup.

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We also pulled in as much color (especially in the pinks and purples) as we could.

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We bought all of the flowers at the grocery store to keep things simple and bright.

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And we had a whole lot of fun coming up with desserts to serve …

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Can we talk about these rose gold bowls for a minute? Because I plan to put stacks everywhere from here on out.

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The ice cream really popped in these gorgeous pink-lined bowls; the matching dessert plates and mugs were equally swoon-worthy.

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There’s a great candy shop just a few stores down from our local Anthropologie, so we came up with the idea of an ice cream bar with pink toppings. Pink cotton candy, pop rocks, sprinkles, and sour cherries worked perfectly as toppings.

We had cake and petit fours too, because what’s a dessert party without cake?

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The prettiest pink and purple glass cake stands from Anthro.

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And that cake … Whole Foods. I know; right?

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Adding these metallic gold lace plates to my dinnerware collection … I LOVE dishes; what can I say?

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And let’s not forget about the coffee, of course. The bronzed french press was such a stand-out piece and would work well at so many parties and get-togethers.

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Flowers, flowers everywhere.

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I’m pretty sure treating ourselves to a glamorous little Galentine’s Day party the day before Valentine’s Day each year will have to become an annual event.

Are you doing anything fun for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day this year?

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If you throw your own Galentine’s Day soirée, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun parties and desserts!

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Psst … if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day inspiration, why not try marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack), the perfect sugar cookies for decorating (we used pink rock candy … I’m obsessed), throw together a last-minute date night (from the comfort of your sofa!), DIY the cutest mess-free craft with your little ones, make strawberry cheesecake macarons, big and fluffy homemade raspberry marshmallowsOreo macaronsnutella-chocolate covered strawberries, or the best ever red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, or any one of these 14 favorite valentine’s day desserts?

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Ugly Sweater Holiday Party + An Easy 7-Layer Dip

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Believe it or not, in all of my party-throwing years, I have never – not once – thrown an ugly sweater holiday party! Seriously. It’s a party theme devoted to tacky sweaters, and somehow, I’ve missed the party bus for all of these years. Well just in time for the holiday season we’ve rectified that situation and I am now a devoted ugly holiday sweater lover. Gimme ALL of the ugly sweaters. And more importantly, has anyone spotted an ugly holiday CARDIGAN? I want it.

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Now onto the party … it’s a tacky holiday extravaganza and the perfect excuse to gather your friends to celebrate just because; ’tis the season. For this super casual holiday party we broke out the holiday cheer plus plenty of simple snacks and sips; we’re talking Tostitos, Bud Light, Stella Artois, a bunch of sweets, and the world’s easiest seven-layer dip using Tostitos Salsa. We also put out a few decadent sweets for dessert including Nut Harvest Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee Bites, Indulgences by Smartfood Popcorn-Raspberry & Dark Chocolate, chocolate-covered peanuts, and Lay’s Wavy Dipped in Dark Chocolate.

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The snacks are always a huge hit. Dark Chocolate Covered Lay’s Wavy chips – you must try them. Salty and sweet and totally perfect.

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We kept the drinks casual too: soda, Bud Light, and Stella Artois.

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I love how easy and fun this party turned out to be. The holidays are about gathering, being together, and having a great time, and this party checked off all of those boxes.

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And that easy 7-layer dip: I’ve never had leftovers. Ever.

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EASY 7-LAYER DIP

INGREDIENTS

1 Jar of Tostitos Salsa
1 Container of Sour Cream
1 Can of Refried Beans
1 Bag of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Guacamole (either homemade or store-bought)
Cilantro (optional)

Taco Seasoning Packet (optional)
Tostitos XXL (for scooping!)

DIRECTIONS

Layer your ingredients into a clear bowl. (I love this trifle serving bowl because it’s sturdy, clear, and just the right size. We use it all of the time! The lid makes it extra convenient.) For our 7-layer dip, using a spoon, I spread and layered the refried beans*, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese, and then topped with a little fresh cilantro to brighten it up.

*If you want to add a little kick to your refried beans, you can mix in one packet of taco seasoning into the beans, and then spread them in your serving bowl.

Serve with Tostitos – we love the scoops for maximum dip power.

Voilà! It really is that easy.

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FUN FACT: We shot this party in October (#bloglife) and played holiday tunes the whole time!

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See more tips and tricks for your holiday parties at www.pinterest.com/fritolay.

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Farmhouse Style Winter Wonderland Holiday Party

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I’m a huge fan of the Holidays. I think it has to do with the fact that I love throwing parties, and from October through the new year, I get to throw plenty. This holiday season, I really wanted to create a holiday dinner party that felt easy and fun. I’ve been crushing pretty hard on farmhouse style décor, so I knew that I wanted to capture that and bring it to life in a merry little mingle dinner party. My take on the trend: a farmhouse style winter wonderland holiday party.

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I wanted the feel to be lighthearted, casual and relaxed. I made an easy southern style charcuterie board with cheese, nuts, olives and pickled beets, plus plenty of fun sips and snacks like Stacy’s Pita Chips, Nut Harvest Dark Choc Almond Toffee Bites, Indulgences by Smartfood Popcorn in Raspberry & Dark Chocolate, Lay’s Wavy Dipped in Dark Chocolate, Pure Leaf Unsweetened tea, Bud Light, and Stella Artois with sugared cranberries.

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The cheese board is such a fun spot to gather a crowd, and really is the perfect party uniter. You’d be amazed at how simple it is to throw a charcuterie together. Choose cheeses and/or meats, nuts, candied nuts, fresh fruit and dried fruit, olives, etc., and arrange everything in little handfuls. Have things like crusty bread or Stacy’s pita chips so your guests can take slices and scoops of the cheese.

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Tell me that’s not making you hungry?

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I laid down my favorite macrame table runner along the center of the table and then just stuffed fresh eucalyptus (you can buy it in inexpensive bunches at your local grocery store or Trader Joe’s), plus some leftover silver garland I had from last year’s holiday party, and a few loose pinecones here and there. Then I set out a few candles, and voila: a simple, but beautiful table centerpiece.

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As for snacks, there were plenty.

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The pita chips worked so well with the Southern charcuterie.

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I am officially a raspberry and dark chocolate popcorn convert and both the popcorn and dark chocolate covered wavy Lay’s chips were crowd favorites.

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We had plenty to drink between the Pure Leaf Unsweetened tea, Bud Light, and Stella Artois with sugared cranberries.

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Mason jars give everything that farmhouse feel, don’t ya think?

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I love setting a table, but I also like to keep things simple. No confusing fork placement in this house!

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I use this gold flatware for everything, these are just our everyday white dishes that work for basically any occasion, we used mason quilted jelly jars as glasses, and I found these great farmhouse style napkins on Amazon! We also set up this galvanized napkin holder at the bar where all the snacks were. Snacking is a messy business.

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The feed sack style stripe on the napkins makes me so happy.

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I think I’m in love with sugared cranberries. I want to sprinkle them on everything.

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When in doubt, decorate with eucalyptus and pinecones. It feels organic and warm, and will last through the holidays. (Eucalyptus actually dries really well.)

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I hope you loved our farmhouse style winter wonderland holiday dinner party!

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