Category Archives: Party Planning

Beets and Cauliflower for Dinner

I had my friend Carol over for dinner and since she will actually eat beets, I was excited to make a new beet recipe I found. It was easy, attractive, delicious, and filling. A definite keeper! Beet Tower Salad – … Continue reading

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USA Potato Vegetable Salad Lunch

I made this potato and vegetable themed potato salad for myself to celebrate 4th of July on this blog. Yes, my flag stripes are a little bit wonky but I am guessing that this meal will end up being one … Continue reading

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Fresh Honeydew Melon Cake

My 19 year old niece and I made this gorgeous fresh honeydew melon cake. I knew I wanted to try another melon cake since this one was so much fun and delicious. For our honeydew melon cake I was inspired … Continue reading

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Roses for Dinner

My 19 year old niece and I made this beautiful and delicious dinner. My family likes to say that I don’t make the same thing twice, but I am guessing that I will make this meal again. Of course it … Continue reading

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Onion Ring Day

Happy Onion Ring Day! I love my Dad’s onion rings. I call them my Dad’s but I think that my Mom often makes the batter. We had them as part of a meal at their Lake House.

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Crepe Dinner and Dessert

My niece and I made and enjoyed a crepe dinner. She also took photos while I made the crepes with my electric crepe maker – see below. I was excited to make and eat mini individual crepe cakes for dessert. … Continue reading

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Groot Themed Dinner

I had my friend Renae and her family over for a Groot themed meal. They brought over their baby Groot to use as a centerpiece. This theme was something I talked about for awhile and we finally did it. I … Continue reading

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Welcome Spring Dinner

A week ago, I invited my friend Carol over for dinner and Scrabble. I am bad at Scrabble but enjoy playing it as long as my opponent does not mind that I am not tough competition. Carol offered to bring … Continue reading

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Stuffed Eggplant Dinner

I made this for my friend Carol. I enjoy having her over for dinner since she eats a wide variety of food and the conversation flows.  It was a memorable meal – delicious! I served the dessert from the refrigerator … Continue reading

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Cinderella Themed Dinner

Over a week ago, my friend Carol and I went to see the Rochester City Ballet perform Cinderella at Nazareth College. The ballet was amazing, it was my favorite ballet experience. The performance had humor, special effects, visual interest, and … Continue reading

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Trees in the Snowy Woods Dinner

A few days before Christmas, I hosted this easy meal for my friend, her husband, her two daughters (12 & 9), my parents, and myself. It was a fun evening! I put Reese’s White Chocolate Trees at each place. Menu … Continue reading

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Space Themed Pizza Lunches

I am interested in space and have a reasonably sized space themed cookie cutter collection. When viewing my collection I decided to make several space themed pizza lunches. My nephews helped me out by eating these meals. This is my … Continue reading

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3D Gingerbread Table Decorations

A few weeks ago, my garden club was involved in a holiday house tour. Garden clubs each decorated a house for Thanksgiving or Christmas and members of the community paid to tour the houses. Since making arrangements is not my … Continue reading

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Cat Birthday Party

I was thrilled to help my friend create cute food for her daughters 11th birthday party. We made cat themed ice cream sandwiches, cat shaped cinnamon tortilla chips with fruit salsa, giant cat cookies and decorated paper plates to look … Continue reading

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Graduation Themed Food

When I make themed food for an occasion the food becomes part of the memories of that event. I am thrilled when I have new occasions to plan for and create cute food. My niece graduated from high school and … Continue reading

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Fresh Watermelon Birthday Cake

Two of my nephews, my niece and I made this fresh fruit cake to serve with dinner on their Mom’s birthday. My sister-in-law is a fan of fruit so it seemed like the perfect time to make this cake (it … Continue reading

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Easy Yoda Ice Cream

As part of our 50 things to do this summer, my nephew and I made this ice cream treat. It is supposed to be Yoda but maybe it looks like a strange monster. Last year we tried to make Yoda … Continue reading

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50 Summer Activities

Last year my nephews and I completed 100 Summer Activities. This year it was requested that we only do 50. I was surprised but it might end up being easier for me. Some of these activities are repeats from last … Continue reading

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Christmas Cookies 2015

I actually made 6 different types of Christmas cookies this year!  I am calling this year “The Year of the Frosted Cookie” because my husband requested 3 frosted cookies! But I am glad that he was able to come up … Continue reading

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Baptism Food

My youngest niece was baptized in the Catholic church on Sunday. I took the opportunity to make some Christian themed food. I focused on the cross, dove, and church. It was fun to make something different and the party guests … Continue reading

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Lego Day

On our list of 100 summer activities, we had many Lego activities. My 11 year old nephew is a huge Lego fan so we decided to have a Lego day on his birthday. On Lego day of course I made … Continue reading

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Constellation Dinner

My niece and some nephews joined me for a constellation themed dinner. This dinner featured Strawberry & Kiwi Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips, Star Salad, Big Dipper Baked Pasta, and Orion Brownies. I also taught each of them their zodiac sign … Continue reading

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100 Summer Activities for Tween and Teen Boys

Update: See the end of this post for an update on the changes we made to the list. We completed 100 activities but we did make many changes along the way. This summer I will have my nearly 11 year … Continue reading

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Gardening Trivia Game

I created this Garden Themed Trivia game similar to my Tea Party Trivia Game. You can  print (cut and glue or tape) these and use them at a party. There are 59 cards in this set. The photo on the … Continue reading

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Ultimate Tea Party

For the second year in a row I hosted a tea party for my garden club (I am their president). I was pleased to receive so many kind comments. I took advantage of freezer recipes and my large chest freezer … Continue reading

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Shark Watermelon

I made this shark watermelon for my nephews 6th birthday party. I followed the directions from watermelon.org for this shark. I only made a few changes. I did not cut the watermelon pieces into triangles and I put blueberries at … Continue reading

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How to Train Your Dragon Dinner and a Movie

I love the idea of a themed homemade dinner and a movie. A few weeks ago I asked my niece and nephews for movie ideas and they said, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”. We worked together to plan this … Continue reading

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Garden Club Tea Party

Last week I hosted a tea for my garden club. It was my first time hosting this event. In addition to eating a variety of attractive food we also played my Tea Party Trivia Game. A member of my club … Continue reading

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Paris Themed Birthday Party

My niece had a Paris themed birthday party for her 15th birthday party with family. The party colors were purple and white with some black accents. The birthday girl’s favorite color is purple. 25 family members attended the party and … Continue reading

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Celebrate the Harvest Vegetarian Dinner

Recently in my area I have seen advertisements for community Celebrate the Harvest dinners. They all feature meat as the main part of the meal. When I think of harvest I think of fruit and vegetables. I decided to have … Continue reading

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Tanabata Party

Tanabata is a Japanese star festival. According to a folktale, Hikoboshi (star Altair) and Orihime (star Vega) were lovers and separated by the Milky Way to only meet once a year. Typically people celebrate on July 7. Since I was … Continue reading

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Nest Themed Dinner

My 16 year old nephew and 14 year old niece came over for a nest themed dinner. It was enjoyable to have them help me cook and the food was delicious. Menu Salad with bird crouton. I mostly followed this … Continue reading

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Around the World Birthday Party

I hosted an Around the World birthday party for my husband’s birthday. I invited his family and friends. My husband picked the countries based on the food he wanted to eat. Our countries were: Mexico, Italy, and Thailand. Decorations: I … Continue reading

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Hinamatsuri Dinner Party

I had some young relatives and a neighbor over for a Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) themed dinner. Click here to find out more about this Japanese holiday. I made a vegetarian meal tailored for American kids to eat. Music: I played … Continue reading

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Small Plates Appetizer Dinner

I am finally getting around to posting this amazing meal. For Christmas Eve dinner my family enjoyed a small plates appetizer dinner. My Mom and I decided on the recipes and coordinated the plates/shooters/bowls we wanted to use. Yes we … Continue reading

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Dumplings Around the World

On Christmas day my family feasted on dumplings from around the world. I came up with this idea because I wanted something fun and unusual for 5 adults celebrating Christmas day together. Each course was served 1 to 2 hours … Continue reading

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Christmas Appetizer Party

I helped my parents host a Christmas themed party for their neighbors. We served hot and cold appetizers. Our guests brought desserts. It was a fun party to host. Special Touches: Candy Cane vase with flowers (My Mom was inspired … Continue reading

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Jack O’ Lantern Themed Dinner

My family and I prepared and enjoyed a jack o’ lantern themed meal. Each course had a jack o’ lantern face and all but one course had pumpkin. Appetizer: Pumpkin cheese ball with crackers, carrots, and sugar snap peas I … Continue reading

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Japanese Themed Birthday Party

My niece had a Japanese themed birthday party for her 14th birthday party with family. The focus of the theme was nature (crane, maple leaf, cherry blossom, and bamboo). We planned an Americanized version of Japanese food because many of … Continue reading

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Dance Themed Slumber Party

I enjoyed helping with a dance themed slumber party for a 13th birthday. Invitations The birthday girl knew she wanted a star shaped handcrafted invitation that folded up. I designed a prototype and once approved, we worked together to make … Continue reading

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Wild West – Gold Rush Party

Two of my nephews (in one family) have birthdays a few days apart so they have a combined birthday party with family. The theme this year for their 8th and 12th birthdays was Wild West / Gold Rush. My niece … Continue reading

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Transportation Birthday Party

My sister-in-law held her son’s 4th birthday at her parent’s farm. The invitation for this party mentioned trains, cars, tractors, and trucks. This was a family party with about half adults and half young cousins in attendance. My contributions to … Continue reading

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Card Games Birthday

I helped my sister-in-law with my nephews 10th birthday party. They have family birthday parties with a mix of adults (Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents) and children (siblings and cousins).  My nephew enjoys playing card games so this was the perfect theme. … Continue reading

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Santa Claus Themed Dinner

I enjoy planning and implementing themed meals. This year I decided to create a Santa Claus themed meal a few days before Christmas. The dinner party was for 5 adults. Menu Individual Santa Bread: I found this image and tried … Continue reading

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Creepy Crawly Party

A few years ago I gave my husband a small creepy crawly themed birthday party. We had a child style theme since young niece and nephews outnumbered the adults. I researched and found a few cakes in various themes. He … Continue reading

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Craft – Sheep Party

The kids made an ornament at my Sheep themed party. I followed this tutorial and created craft kits for each child. I added a name tag (cut strip and punched hole in card stock) since many siblings were at the … Continue reading

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Stamped Wooden Disc Tutorial

Disc for Sheep Scavenger Hunt I wanted an outdoor activity for my Sheep Themed party. I thought it would be fun to use my sheep stamp on wooden discs. We carved the stamp several years ago. I thought we should … Continue reading

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Place settings – Sheep Party

My vision for the table was sheep in a pasture. The colors were white and green. Place card – I used the directions from this and this. I ended up doing a combination of the two. I made these in … Continue reading

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Favor Bags – Sheep Party

I decided to embroider my typical sheep drawing on bags to hold the kids favors. Originally I had thought about sewing the bags but I found some at Michaels Craft Store (Creatology Canvas).  I invited 3 nieces and 7 nephews … Continue reading

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Menu – Sheep Party

Mini Bagels – I made plain, cinnamon sugar, a few poppy and salt. I found this recipe a few years ago. It is very popular with my guests. The kids at the party loved the mini bagels. Lamb butter – … Continue reading

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