BBQ Gender Reveal

My daughter, Emily, and her husband, Jared, recently announced they are having a baby. After my incredible, over the moon excitement, my next thought was the theme of the gender reveal and baby shower. I guess once a party planner, always a party planner! First thing is first, of course, so we began with the […]

Baby Sprinkle

My daughter, Laura, is pregnant with her second child. Actually, as I type this I am sitting in a hospital waiting room as our grandson’s birth is imminent! When Laura’s first child was born – Lila – we threw a huge shower. But, tradition holds that a shower for subsequent babies isn’t necessarily appropriate. Then I […]

Under Construction Party

We recently threw a luncheon at our church to honor all the volunteers who work so hard each week. We chose the theme “Under Construction” since this is true of all of us. We are always a “work in progress” and, hopefully, we are always striving to become better and better in all areas of […]

April Magic of the Month – 10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is very bittersweet for me since my mom is no longer with us. In fact, the ten year anniversary of her death is just a few days before Mother’s Day. But I have two beautiful daughters, one granddaughter, and a grandson on the way. So there is plenty to celebrate! We’ve selected some adorable gift […]

Easter Treats and Goodies

Enjoy a variety of great ideas and suggestions to celebrate Easter. Second to Christmas, Easter is one of the favorite holidays kids love to celebrate. The following yummy recipes will make them love it even more. Easter Bunny cupcakes will always be a hit with the kids. These baby chick cupcakes are too cute! Reese’s bunny […]

March Magic of the Month – Easter Tablescapes

There are many advantages to living in a state with four seasons. As I’ve mentioned before, autumn is by far my favorite season. I also like winter – I am one of those strange people who actually gets excited when a heavy snowfall is predicted. But just when I think I can’t handle the cold […]

Happy Halloween!

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t care for some of the darker elements of Halloween. The celebration of gore, blood and death doesn’t appeal to me at all. But I can have lots of fun with spiders, ghosts (the fun kind) and the more lighthearted side of the holiday. Ever since I was a little […]

Fourth of July

BARBECUE PORK SANDWICHES This barbecue was fantastic – so tender and flavorful. The recipe is from Dawn’s good friend, Greg Thornton, from Cincinnati, Ohio. He generously agreed to share his famous recipe with us! 1 pork shoulder/butt roast 1/2 cup garlic 2 tablespoons pepper 1 tablespoon salt 1/2 green pepper, sliced 1/2 red pepper, sliced 1/2 yellow […]

Fourth of July at the Den

As we approach Fourth of July, we thought we’d revisit last year’s party to give you some decorating ideas!  Check out the recipes on Taste the Fairytale. Our guest table decorations were very simple. We used red and blue bandanas as table runners, spray painted tin cans to look like a flag, filled them with flowers […]

Mother’s Day Table

Mother’s Day is an occasion to honor the women who hold a special place in our lives. They don’t have to be our moms and grandmothers only, they can be close friends as well. Our table is a garden hat and hydrangea (Mama Bear’s favorite flower) theme.  Deep purple  and vibrant green make up the […]