A Couples Wedding Shower


Joyful hosting

It was our pleasure to host a couples wedding shower in honor of our nephew Brandon and his bride-to-be, Lauren. Our nephew grew up and graduated high school in MN but has since moved out-of-state. Lauren had never come to MN with Brandon to see where he spent his childhood, nor had she met some of his family and […]

July 12, 2015

A Couple’s Wedding Shower: A Make-Ahead, Crowd-Pleasing Brunch


Joyful hosting

One of they keys to hosting a stress-free brunch is to make as much of the food the day before as possible. With the early start time, make-ahead recipes earn their value in precious sleep for the host. Do the work the day before and be well rested and at your best the day of the event.

July 5, 2015

A Multi-Purpose Solution: Quick DIY Two-Color Painted Storage Crate


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So I had these two problems that seemed unrelated… Problem One: We’ve been having a bit of a storage problem in our house. I bought this cloth basket with the intent of using it for either library books or blankets. I’ve tried using it for many things, and have stuffed many-a-library book into it. Unfortunately, […]

May 20, 2015

‘You Are My Sunshine’ Birthday – Simple Food So You Can Relax!


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One of the most difficult decisions for me when hosting is picking the food. In March, we celebrated our daughter’s second birthday. I’ve already shared how the house was decorated with a few strings of bird and sunshine garland, and a ‘You Are My Sunshine’ photo birthday banner, strung using patterned paper covered clothes pins. Like most families, ours has a […]

April 29, 2015

Dinosaur Birthday Party Brunch & Dessert that will Please Both Kids and Parents


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Our son turned 4 on Halloween and we celebrated the occasion with a dinosaur birthday party. Brunch is a great option for a kids birthday party. We invited 3 to 6 year old kids and their families, which included many younger siblings. Brunch allowed us to start at 10 am, and be done at 1 pm, […]

December 10, 2014