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How to Host a Chili Dog Night

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Isn’t this the time of year for coziness, soups, and stews?  And also chili!  There are always so many chili cook-offs this time of year and there isn’t anything nicer on a chilly day than a warm bowl of chili.  Recently I hosted a little chili night at my house.

I made a big pot of chili with tons of toppings, fixings, and additions then invited the neighbors over and had a great evening.  I used this chili recipe, it’s my new go to.  The flavor is so deep and rich, plus while it’s simmering you have plenty of time to get everything else ready.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Be sure to have plenty of signs so people knew how to assemble and make the night their own.  I apologize for my dimly lit photos, but it happens when you’re too busy enjoying your chili night and not working on taking perfect blog photos.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!I included plenty of options for a base to the chili like Fritos, cornbread, and hot dogs.  But so many other things could work too like pasta, rice, or even garlic bread.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Be sure to put chili or anything else that needs to stay warm in a crockpot or chaffing dish.  I’d also recommend putting hot dogs out for grabs last because it’s kind of difficult to keep them warm unless you don’t assemble them ahead of time.  In that case just keep the hot dogs in a chaffing dish and make the buns easily accessible.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Toppings for chili are a must!  I don’t care how much you stand behind your chili recipe, it’s always better with fresh ingredients on top.  I used a vegetable tray to display all of our topping options.  We had cheese, onions, crackers, tomato, and sour cream.  Other great ideas are avocado, olives, or salsa.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!To scoop up all the delicious chili, chili dogs, and cornbread I rolled flatware in napkins and tied it off with red and white baker’s twine.  I think baker’s twine is a must when it comes to party planning.  There are so many ways to use it, and the red and white color of it coordinated with my black, white, and red themed chili night.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!You have to have a great beverage station to wash down your chili, especially if it’s spicy!  At my chili night I offered a Moscow mule, hot apple cider and a spiked version of hot apple cider.  I always feel like Moscow mules are a fall drink, but mostly because of the copper mugs.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!Our friends brought some pumpkin flavored rum that was so delicious in the spiked apple cider.  It really gave it an extra fall flavor.  I also added some cut up apples and oranges to our apple cider and threw in some cinnamon sticks.  All those flavors blended together in the crockpot and made the drink so delicious.

Click here to learn how to host a Chili Dog night complete with hot apple cider and smores!It was a great evening with friends casually hanging out eating delicious chili and drinking fall flavors.  It was so nice to have just a few people over and really get to enjoy our time and conversations with them.  I highly recommend hosting a chili night at your house.

It’s a great option for a neighborhood party, a Sunday evening dinner with family, or after your kids soccer game.  So much fun and so delicious!

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Wedding Recap: Roaring 20’s & Gatsby Themed Wedding

As promised during last week’s Tablescape Tuesday, I’m here this week to fully recap one of the weddings we recently attended.  My husband and I had the pleasure of being a guest at two weddings in one weekend!  The second wedding we went to was a 20’s/Gatsby themed wedding, and it was a blast.  I was amazed at how all of the guest’s really got into the theme and dressed the part.  There were sequenced flapper dresses, boas, and three-piece suits everywhere.  It really got the guests’ involved with the wedding too.

Pinterest Graphic-Gatsby Themed WeddingHere’s my full recap!  First was the amazing location.  How does getting married at a mansion sound?  The Grant-Humphrey’s Mansion was built in 1902, but it fit the theme of the wedding so well.

20's Themed WeddingThe couple was married outside on the steps.  The view for all the guests was great because the couple was elevated.  Not much decor is needed because the mansion makes a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony.  It was a great ceremony with friends and family of the couple standing next to them, even dancing and posing as they came in.  The officiant was a close friend of the couple and did a great job of making the ceremony about them and about love with plenty of humor thrown in.

After the ceremony there was a cocktail hour on one of the mansion’s patios.  I loved the signage throughout the wedding, but this one at the bar was particularly funny.

20's Themed WeddingThe theme was carried through to the personalized cocktail napkins.

20's Themed WeddingAfter the cocktail hour, we made our way into the mansion for the reception.  How amazing are the chandeliers and woodwork in the mansion?  The reception space was decorated beautifully with large tables for all of the guests.  Each table had an amazing gold and black color scheme and either gold tipped greenery, feathers, or flower centerpieces.  I especially loved the gold flatware and gold rimmed glasses.

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20's Themed Wedding

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20's Themed WeddingDinner was delicious, I particularly remember the mashed potatoes being amazing!  After dinner, the couple cut the cake.  If there was one thing at this wedding that screamed Gatsby, it was the cake!  Art deco and Gatsby at is finest!

20's Themed Wedding CakeHow amazing is the cake?  Almost too pretty to eat, but we did, and it was delicious as well!  The cake table again had some great signage and decor.

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20's Themed WeddingAfter the cake cutting, there was a champagne tower that was so fun! If you know me or have read this blog at all you know that I love champagne.  There really isn’t a more fun way to serve it than to pour multiple bottles on top of precariously stacked glasses and watch it all run down the tower and fill up the glasses!

20's Themed WeddingAfter the champagne tower and toasts we headed to the lower level of the mansion for dancing.  I didn’t take many pictures here because I was too busy having fun and sipping my champagne.  There was also a photo booth adjacent to the dance floor that had some great props.  These photos were a great little momento from the wedding.

Gatsby Themed WeddingBe sure to check out all of these amazing vendors that helped create a fun, themed, love filled wedding!  If you’re in the Denver area be sure to use them if you are planning any events in the future.

Vendors

Wedding & Event Planner- Jewell Event Design

Catering- Greens Point Catering

Photography- Photo Elements Studio

Cake- Gateaux Bakery

Florals- Amore Fiori Flowers

Venue- Grant Humphreys Mansion

Entertainment- Complete Music/Lighting/Photo Booth

Entertainment- Black Tie Piano

Transportation- Rolls Royce Rentals Denver

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Hosting a Direct Sales Party and Growing a Business

Do you have friends that are in Direct Sales?  I’m sure you do.  These days it seems everyone is trying to earn a little more, reach goals, and build an empire.  Once I started in direct sales, I had a new appreciation for anyone else that is in direct sales.  I recently hosted a party for a jewelry company. A friend I met through attending one of these parties is working her business to pay off medical bills from her son’s numerous trips to the hospital.

That’s the thing with direct sales.  Your friend that is selling is probably trying to pay for something really important, or contribute to the family so there can be more family time.  That’s been my biggest realization with Rodan and Fields, we’re all just people trying to do what’s best and we believe in what we’re selling.  It’s not about trying to get all of our friend’s money, it’s about sharing products we love and helping our families.

Jewelry DisplaySo, as I was saying, the jewelry party.  I met the jeweler through another friend and really liked how versatile the jewelry is.  You can wear things long, short, flip them around for a different color/look, it’s like getting three pieces in one!  Here’s how I recommend hosting a jewelry party, or any direct sales party for that matter.

1. Invite a Lot of People

Be sure to invite more people than you think will come.  Typically for this type of party, there is a 4 to 1 ratio.  So if you invite four people, it’s likely that only one of them is going to show up.  With that in mind, be sure to invite everyone.  Coworkers, neighbors, friends, church members, and encourage your guests to bring a friend.  It also helps to send several reminders leading up to your party.  Get them excited about the party with information on the products.

2. Communicate with the Seller

Confirm with the seller what the party will entail.  Will there be a formal presentation?  Do they need table space? Do they need any audio/visual equipment?  How long will the party or presentation be?  Typically most sellers will give you all of this information right up front, but as you’re planning your party make sure you are prepared for what they need and to make it the best possible party for them and your guests.  All we needed for my jewelry party was some table space and a short informal presentation of the jewelry.  The jeweler brought everything with her and set it all up.

Jewelry DisplayOne thing to take into account is lighting.  After the sun went down, my living room got a lot darker than I realized so I had to bring in another lamp to make sure we could see everything well.

3. Food/Snacks/Drinks

It always helps when hosting these parties to include some sort of snacks and drinks.  My jewelry party was hosted after dinner so I provided some snacks, sweets, and drinks.  I made a specialty pink cocktail since this was a girly type of party.

Drink StationFun straws are always a must!

I offered a variety of cheeses, my Perfect Little Appetizers, and some sweets.  One thing I did notice was that everyone seemed to gravitate towards the sweets.  I think maybe because my party was after dinner, people were already full and didn’t need as many snacks.  So be sure to take into account the time of your party and gear your snacks towards that.  In hindsight, having just a variety of desserts may have been better.

Cheese PlateThis fruit dip was a big success!  Everyone seemed to love it, and I could probably just eat it with a spoon!

The recipe I linked is pretty close to the one I used, except mine had two cups of powdered sugar instead of one.  Basically, it’s all sugar, but delicious!

Sweet TreatsThree easy steps to hosting a jewelry party, or any direct sales party is all it takes.  Initially you may think it’s a pain to host a direct sales party, but it’s actually a pretty fun night, and you’re helping someone grow their business.  What’s better than that?

Help share the love, if you or someone you know is in direct sales post a link to their website or products in the comments below!  A follow up post with all of their information may be in the future!  I hope your week is off to a great start!

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Real Life Party: Daniel Tiger Themed Birthday

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We were busy celebrating the birthday girl!  The best part is I’ve got all the party details for you today.

Pinterest Graphic-Daniel Tiger BirthdayI never thought I’d be the mom throwing a cartoon themed birthday party, but our girl loves Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood pretty much more than anything.  Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a show on PBS that’s has a modern take on Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, but in cartoon form.   She won the battle, and I actually had fun coming up with ways to make the party decor not so cartoonish.  Take a look and let me know what you think.

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayThis is what guests saw on their way into the party.  Love doing this fake chalkboard method.

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Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayOnce inside, we had some red, blue, and yellow themed decor.  The trolley photo booth was a big hit.  It was pretty easy to make using a red tri-fold cardboard poster.  I just added some yellow construction paper “seats” and black wheels, after cutting out the “windows.”  I made the paper chain decor from a few pieces of scrapbook paper, then stapled them together to form the chain.

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Daniel Tiger Kids Birthday

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayThe kiddos attending the party got some yummy goodies and fun things in personalized bags.

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayMy favorite part of the party was our dessert station.  The dessert station was a major focal point, the color scheme turned out great.  I may never hang anything on this wall in the dining room so I can keep using it as a backdrop at parties.  I used wrapping paper as a runner.  Blue pinwheels and red polka dot cups were purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdaySo. many. desserts!  We had to give so much away because I didn’t want that much in my house for me to eat the leftovers.  I made the cake and chocolate covered “Tiger Tail” pretzels, and purchased the cupcakes from our local grocery store.  Another cute idea was drawing tiger faces on little oranges.   Surprisingly, finding little oranges was rather difficult because apparently they aren’t in season right now.

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayThe cake banner is a straw with red and white twine tied to it and washi tape banners.  Just fold the washi tape over the string then cut out the little notches.

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Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayI had a couple Daniel Tiger faces left over from invitations so I put them to use as cupcake toppers.

Daniel Tiger Kids Birthday I was pleasantly surprised at how good the cake turned out since I’m not a huge baker.  I just used a boxed cake mix, but I tried to make the inside look like tiger stripes.  It didn’t work out that well because the chocolate part of the cake ran into the orange part of the cake.  Either way it still tasted good.

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayThat’s a wrap on our Daniel Tiger themed birthday.  Thanks for stopping by neighbor (I just had to throw in some Daniel Tiger language!).  I wish you all could have been here to celebrate with us and eat some of that dessert!

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Bridal Shower Roundup

This week is all about weddings!  I will be traveling to be the maid of honor at my best friend’s wedding next week, so I’ve got weddings on the brain.  Today’s post is a quick round up of some awesome bridal shower themes.  If you’re looking for something a little different, look no further than these five great ideas from fellow bloggers.

There are some classic bridal shower themes like a bridal shower brunch, that never really go out of style.  Then there are some very on trend ideas that are all the rage right now, I’m talking about you Kate Spade themed bridal shower.  But sometimes, doing something a little different is refreshing and might be a better fit for the bride’s personality and interests.  Here are five great options!

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A Stock The Kitchen Bridal Shower

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I love the bright and happy vibe that this stock the kitchen themed bridal shower has.  The colors are great and used throughout the entire party.  Placing flower arrangements in kitchen appliances is pure genius!  I also loved having the guests provide the bride with a recipe to start her collection.  This is a great theme for the bride that loves to cook or even maybe just needs some help in the kitchen.

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Mermaid Themed Bridal Shower

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This theme is definitely for the more whimsical bride.  Who doesn’t love the idea of some seaside inspiration and mythical sea creatures to celebrate your nuptials?  I love the color scheme, dessert table, and the way that the host worked in the mermaid theme without being too over the top.  Using ocean themed vases, platters, and cookies is a great way to bring the sea and it’s mermaids inside.

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Parisian Bridal Shower

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This bridal shower is just so pretty.  Complete with a tower of macaroons, champagne, and candelabras it screams french.  This is a great option if your bride loves all things french or if the couple plan to honeymoon in Paris.  I especially love the balloon photo backdrop.  What a great, inexpensive way to make a big impact and have a place to take awesome pictures!

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A Fashion and Accessories Swap Bridal Shower

fashion-swap-party-1What a great idea for the bride that loves fashion and shopping.  Set up your own little boutique bridal shower.  Ask guests to bring clothing and accessories they no longer have a need for and then provide bags so everyone can shop and swap!  How fun?!  Be sure to display all the items so the guests can easily pick up and try things on.  You’ll also want to set up several mirrors and maybe a changing station.

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Donuts and Diamonds Bridal Shower

I think this could be such a fun early morning bridal shower idea.  I couldn’t find any real parties that used this theme, but there are a ton of ways to make it happen.  Obviously, you’ll need a lot of donuts, and I love the idea of using these cupcake toppers in the donuts to tie into the theme.  So many donut shops are now doing really off the wall flavor combinations which would be fun to incorporate into the donut menu.  You could also provide other types of donuts like churros, malasadas, and cronuts.  To round out the menu, you don’t just want to eat donuts, or maybe you do, try having some lighter options as well like fruit, a yogurt parfait station, and quiche.  Mimosas make the perfect beverage for this bridal shower.

To get your guests involved with the theme purchase large fake diamond rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets to have the guests adorn themselves with when they arrive.  Carry the theme throughout the party with glittery gold and silver decor with pops of bight colors, like donut sprinkles.  It could be such a fun idea, and now I want to throw this party!  Or do I just want donuts?

There are so many fun ways to really tailor a bridal shower to the brides tastes and even more fun ways to incorporate the theme.  Which of these five bridal showers is your favorite?  Do you want to eat a lot of donuts now?  I do!  Stay tuned this week for more wedding related posts!

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