Shepherd’s Night

Shepherd's Night

Another favorite Christmas tradition at our house is Shepherd’s Night.  We usually do this the Monday before Christmas. On Shepherd’s Night we eat “shepherd” like food, eat dinner under the stars (the Christmas tree lights) and think about what it must have been like for those shepherds on that very special night. Please excuse the poor photos but I took these under my  kitchen lights as we were getting ready to eat.  No staged food for you this time!  This is real life. Our meal consists of a variety of [Continue Reading...]

Tea Party Bridal Shower

tea party bridal shower

Last week I hosted a tea party bridal shower for Charlotte.  Charlotte is a friend of my daughter Tessa’s, I was her Young Women’s adviser in church and she was also on the same study abroad program  in London that Tessa was.  Since she had just returned from London I decided a tea party bridal shower would be very fitting. I had recently made this cute polka dot tablecloth following the directions over at Oh Happy Day and I had been looking for an excuse to use it.  I decided [Continue Reading...]

Chalkboard Party Backdrop


For this week’s linky party go here: It’s time for another fun, monthly blog hop–featuring 10 of our favorite creative bloggers! This month’s theme is all things CHALKBOARD, and we just know you’ll have a blast with these projects. We’d love for you to pin our collage below, check out  my Chalkboard Party Backdrop I made below and then go see all the other fabulous projects created by some of our friends! To see each fantastic Chalkboard Project up close, join the Blog Hop! 1 • Lolly Jane sharing a [Continue Reading...]

Ice Cream Tasting Party and Giveaway

ice cream party

{Giveaway Closed} Congratulations to #13 Paige “I am craving anything waffley right now! So the chocotacos or the waffle cone with chocolate chips!” who is the winner of the giveaway! This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Unilever Ice Cream. All opinions are 100% mine. If you are looking for a fun and easy party idea for this summer I’ve got one for you today. This would be a great idea for a kid’s birthday, a family reunion or a neighborhood get together or block party. [Continue Reading...]

Valentines Day Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot Chocolate Bar

This week I had my Activity Day girls over for our twice a month activity.  Activity Day girls are the girls aged 8-12 at church and I am lucky enough to get to play with them twice a month as my church job!  Best job in the whole church. I’ll share more about our book review and book mark making activity this weekend but I also put together a Valentines Day Hot Chocolate Bar.  How fun is that! I have shared the idea with you before but had only done [Continue Reading...]

Favorite Things 60th Birthday Party

Vingelen Party

This last weekend we were invited to a Favorite Things 60th birthday party/retirement party for a dear friend.  We have been friends for over twenty years.  We met when she was Logan’s first grade teacher.  Every parent should be so blessed to have their child have such an amazing teacher.  We were twice blessed because she was also Clark’s first grade teacher.                   Then we moved and the girls didn’t have the opportunity but we have remained friends over the years and [Continue Reading...]

Fourth of July and Ice Cream Soda Bar


I hope you all enjoyed a fun and safe Fourth of July. Our day started out with a 5K around a local neighborhood and then we helped cook sausage for a free pancake breakfast our church put on for the local neighborhood.  I think we fed about 300! I headed home and went to work in the kitchen fixing all kinds of yummy things for our neighborhood BBQ later in the day.  I”ll be sharing several of them over the next week. The afternoon started off with some water games [Continue Reading...]

Host a Virtual Celebration

virtual celebration 2

We love to throw a good party here at Your Homebased Mom. The last few weeks we have had some fun party ideas. There have been lots of graduation ideas and some bridal shower ideas too.  I shared some of my top party planning tips and had a grilled cheese party too. One of the problems with a party is that often there are people you want to invite, who you’d love to have share the fun with you, but they leave too far away.  They may be in another [Continue Reading...]