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Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at the Crane Estate

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This past weekend we went to the Roaring Twenties Lawn Party at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. The party was organized by Boston Swing Central. We went with friends and brought along our own picnic. If you haven't been to the Crane Estate yet, GO! Castle Hill on the 2,100 acre Crane Estate is located on Boston's North Shore in Ipswich, MA. The undulating, perfect hills, "Grande Allée", leading out to water are my favorite part. (Perhaps because that's where my husband proposed!) I've Read more ...

Top 9: End of Summer BBQ Accessories

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As summer is winding down to an end (and since we have deck renovations on our brains) it's time to start thinking about squeezing in as many summer BBQs as possible before it's time to make apple pie and eat Halloween candy!  We love to host parties, and when you can add in a little summertime weather and food on the grill - well, that's just perfection. Here are my Top 9 accessories for that End of Summer BBQ! 1. These Heat Resistant Corn Holders are colorful and fun! We have some golf ball Read more ...

Dinner Menu for a Lumberjack Party

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If there is any "rule" in my book to hosting a dinner party, it's don't make it too complicated! What's the point of preparing and hosting a get-together if you're going to miss it all? For our Lumberjack Party I knew I wanted a hearty menu to live up to the ruggedness of the theme. What's a universal man meal? Meat and potatoes. Lumberjack Menu: All Recipes/Links in this Post Turkey Chili White Chicken Chili Baked Potatoes Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Maple Bacon Cupcakes Maple Flapjacks Read more ...

A New Year’s Eve Game Tradition

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We started a new New Year's Eve tradition last year. I write down six questions. Questions about what we are proud of in the year that is ending and what we look forward to in the year to come. Then I fold them up and write a random time on it - spreading them out within the hours. Then I put them somewhere we will see them - last year I taped them on the wall, this year they are nestled into our tree. We keep an eye on the clock and when the time arrives, we open up the question and all give Read more ...

A Vegetable Garden Baby Shower

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A few weekends ago my lovely friend Eva, who blogs at La Vie Urbane, and I threw our friend Johanna a baby shower. Our friend, the mom-to-be, just finished getting her Nutrition degree and is a vegetarian/mostly vegan, and cooks the most delicious and unique dishes! The vegetable theme started as a joke... and it stuck! We decided to use a yellow and green color scheme to keeps things springy (with the added advantage that I own a lot of yellow and green items already). We also added some blues Read more ...

Party Ideas for a Swanky Magazine Swap

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via In my humble opinion, the state of a town's library says a lot about the town community. I love the library. Love-it-wearing-my-nerd-glasses-with-masking-tape-on-the-bridge love it. I have been fortunate enough to live within walking distance to a library since I was in high school. Plus, they are free! I'm still "getting to know" my new town library and sometimes I really miss my old, quaint, stone library two doors down from our old apartment. One new feature of my new library is a magazine Read more ...

Top 9: Farewell Party to Summer

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I am protesting the end of summer. While grocery shopping this week the stockboys were putting out Halloween candy. HALLOWEEN candy. Then, I get home and start going through my (shamelessly overstocked) Google Reader. Bloggers are already blogging about fall projects. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, it's been far too long since I've done a Top 9. Today my Top 9 is based on a theme for a Goodbye Summer party. :( Wahh. The theme is sunset-based, because summer should be an eternal sunset. Read more ...

Top 9: Derby Day Play

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Today was the Kentucky Derby. A big congratulations to Animal Kingdom, this year's winner! Q: Animal Kingdom, how do you feel about your horse name? A: Nayyyy. Isn't it a Disney Safari theme park? Unfortunately I don't get much of a sayyyy in these things. Q: So, are you tired? A: Are you crazy? *The above conversation never actually happened. Did you think you'd had your fill of weird hats for the year? Well, you were wrong. Royal weddings aren't the only time we crazy Americans get to bring Read more ...

DIY Project: Cupcake Flags

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Maybe you haven't heard, but cupcakes are the new black. You must be living under a rock if you haven't experienced the cupcake fad explosion over the last few years. There are now whole stores devotes to selling cupcakes (Read about some tasty cupcakes I got for my birthday here) and The Food Network even has a new show, Cupcake Wars, devoted to the trend. However, it's "trend" status is morphing into "tried and true staple". Many have questioned when the cupcake fad would end, but lately I've Read more ...

A (Grown Up) Princess Birthday Party

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One of my best friends, Abs, celebrated her Princess Birthday recently (Princess birthday = turning the number of years as the day you were born, ex: 24 years old on the 24th.) Neither of us believe you're ever too old for birthday parties, so we celebrated. 1. "Tiara" cake - Funfetti with caramel frosting 2. Royal Jewels candy 3. "Scepter" wands - Chocolate Covered Marshmallows 4. Polka Dot Dessert plates (from my Mom, Dot) 5. "Fairy Cocoamother" 6. "Who's the fairest one of all?" 7. Read more ...