Parties

5 Ways to Slow Down and Savor this Thanksgiving

(This post is sponsored by Crate & Barrel. All opinions are my own. All products featured are linked below!) I hosted my first Thanksgiving at the age of 27. We had just moved into our first home and I was eager to get down to the nitty gritty of home ownership—hosting included. That morning I lovingly kicked Aaron out of the house and sat down with my handwritten grid that I had constructed a couple of days prior. It laid out exactly what time I should start prepping and cooking each dish to ensure that everything had time in the oven …

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Fall Brunch: The Simplest Way to Host Friends and Family

It’s safe to say I hosted more before having kids. Within three months of moving into our first home in LA, we hosted a full-blown Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas dinner party, and a New Year’s Eve dance party that will forever be one of my favorite NYE memories. It’s something that I’ve really missed lately. One of the easiest ways I have found to host friends now that we have kids is by hosting brunch. Especially as we near the busy holiday season, a casual weekend brunch sounds even more enticing. Want to know …

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Three Easy Holiday Menus for Entertaining this Winter

Whether you’ve already sent out the invitations or are just dreaming of hosting your own soiree, keep reading for three easy holiday menus for any kind of gathering! One of the most enjoyable part of this busy holiday season, is the welcome excuse to gather with friends and family. Whether it’s a low-key afternoon cookie exchange, a family dinner or an adults-only couples party that you’re considering, don’t wait another day to invite people into your home and deepen those relationships. One of the biggest barriers to …

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Why a Wine and Cheese Party is the only Friendsgiving to host this Year…

(This Friendsgiving post is sponsored by Bed, Bath & Beyond. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) In August, when it was over a hundred degrees out, I began looking ahead at our holiday calendar and thinking through the types of content we wanted to create this holiday season… as one does in August. Two themes kept coming up. The first, simplicity. I knew I wanted to remove every possible barrier for people to get together and connect during the holidays. Secondly, I want to focus on substance over surface, on putting the …

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