Halloweenie Roast 2013

Halloweenie Party

Last night was our annual Halloweenie Roast. It is a fun Halloween party we host for our neighbors each year. We build a fire in the back yard and roast hot dogs and have all kinds of other fun treats. Everyone brings something to share which is always fun. This year I used this print from Caravan Shoppe as the backdrop for my table. I had it printed at Staples as an Blueprint so it was pretty inexpensive, about $6.00 or so I think.  I just glued a yardstick at [Continue Reading...]

What Will It Bee Baby Shower

Baby Shower

I hosted a baby shower with two other ladies from church this week for a first time mom to be!  I love hosting baby showers.  I really just love parties and a new baby is one of the best reasons to have a party. This mom to be does not know the sex of her baby.  I am a huge fan of not knowing.  I didn’t know with any of my children.  My husband knew with the last one, but I didn’t.  I am of the opinion that there are [Continue Reading...]

Neighborhood Going Away Party

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If you’ve read my blog for any period of time you know how much we love our neighbors.  We are very blessed to have wonderful neighbors, many of whom have been our neighbors for 19 years!  We all built our homes and moved in about the same time. One of our next door neighbors is moving.  Their family is heading off on a very exciting adventure to live in China for two years – the bad part is they are leaving us all behind!  We are going to miss them [Continue Reading...]

70th Birthday Celebration

Bev's 70th Birthday party

Note: Jim, Cali, Tessa and I are on an adventure for the next two weeks.  Tessa is doing a study abroad in London and the rest of us decided to tag along for a little bit!  If you’d like to follow along our travel adventures the next two weeks be sure and follow me on Instagram! Today is my friend Bev’s birthday.  She is turning 70 years young! I met Bev 20 years ago when she attended a photo organizing class I was teaching at the local community center. I [Continue Reading...]

Bridal Shower

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I told you it was going to be Party Central here on the blog this week.  But today we are switching gears.  We are moving from graduation party ideas to a bridal shower. No, that is not the bride but one of our cute little party guests! The bride is one of my daughter’s high school friends.  It seems just like yesterday she was in high school and I was teaching her in Young Women’s at church.  It probably seems like that because  it really  was – just a few [Continue Reading...]

Graduation Party Ideas

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Last year was our big year for graduation parties when our baby graduated from high school.  With four kids graduated from high school I have done my share of graduation parties.  In fact we had two different parties for Tessa last year (I’ll explain later.) Today I am sharing with you some of my best graduation party ideas. I think my best tip is to combine your party with one of your children’s good friends.  One party – two people.  Not only does it make the work load easier but [Continue Reading...]

How to Plan a Party Party

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I’m having a party. I love planning a party.  This party is a little different though – it’s a party about how to plan a party.   And ten of you are invited. On Tuesday, May 8th,7:00 p.m. I’ll be hosting a “How to Plan a Party Party” at my home.  We will talk about all things party.  How to pick a party theme, invitations, decor, food and activities.  Everything that goes into planning a party. I’ll walk you step by step through  how I put a party together.   You can [Continue Reading...]

Back to School Breakfast

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Today is the first day of school for kids here in Portland.  Except there isn’t anyone at my house starting school today.    My college kids started last week and my law school kid started two weeks ago. So I borrowed some kids to celebrate the first day of school around here.  Monday morning Jim and I hosted a back to school breakfast for some of our neighbor kids. I made a quick trip to the Dollar Store for some decoration items and then combined them with things I had around [Continue Reading...]