Best In Show ~ Dog Themed Party

Best in Show Birthday Party

My daughter has yet to meet a dog without some redeemable quality.  Every dog regardless of pedigree, grooming, or personality is either the cutest, sweetest, or smartest dog on earth.  And if they’re not, well, it’s not their fault and they deserve an extra dose of love and affection. … [Read more...]

Recycled Bottles Patriotic Centerpiece

Patriotic Recycled Bottle Centerpiece

It's time for another Take Five: Five Minute Craft! One of the most frugal and fun ways to decorate your table for the summer holidays is using recycled bottles! The options are endless with the myriad of paint colors and craft supplies available. I chose a classic patriotic “red, white and blue” color scheme for my recycled bottle … [Read more...]

Chronicles of Narnia Birthday Party

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At some point over the past year, my son fell in love with Chronicles of Narnia. One day he’ll claim to be Peter Pevensie, the next he begs to officially change his name to Caspian.  I am forever cast as the White Witch and his two sisters willingly play along as Susan & Lucy. When deciding on a theme for his 5th birthday, Narnia was the … [Read more...]

Holiday bar cart ideas and a Home Goods giveaway!

How to style a bar cart for the holidays

I'm often asked how I would "define my style."  I've always had a hard time putting my style into words.  I love a little glitz and glamour combined with some fun pops of color all against a white background. Think deer antlers….gilded in gold.   a disco ball propped up against a mirrored tree stand.  A family heirloom made over in … [Read more...]

Hosting a Detective Birthday Party Picnic

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One of my favorite things about having an 8 year old is how her interests and tastes have begun to influence mine.  She’s reading cool classic Nancy Drew books (which I never read as a kid), introducing me to music that I totally love, and her favorite colors inspired a room re-do in our house. She has also developed a pretty clear vision for … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Birthday Party and Being 6…

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Do you remember being 6 years old? Do you remember having a vivid imagination and talking to your stuffed animals and just hearing them "talk" back to you? Do you remember rotating out who got to sleep next to you each night because you didn't want anyone to feel left out? Do you remember being 6 in the summertime? Running through the sprinklers … [Read more...]

Last Minute 4th of July Decor & Recipes!

Last Minute 4th of July Decor and Recipes atthepicketfence.com

Don't you just love it when kids are singing "My Country Tis of Thee" and they say "sweet land of 'liver'ty"? Or when they are saying the Pledge of Allegiance and instead of indivisible they say invisible? There is nothing quite like watching a child develop a sense of patriotism and pride in their nation and no time is that more true than on the … [Read more...]

Recycled Patriotic Party Ideas for the 4th of July

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How often do we find ourselves wanting to host a fun summer party, but we are intimidated by the cost and the preparation?!  I love to gather friends and family together on warm summer afternoons and evenings, but I don't like the  idea of spending all day preparing food and drinks and a lot of money on decorating. Summer gatherings do NOT … [Read more...]

A Tea Party Birthday

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I've been feeling very sentimental lately. Maybe it's because my son turned 10 (sniff...sniff) on Tuesday. Or maybe it's because this is the last week of the school year. Or maybe it's because my youngest has her Kindergarten graduation Thursday night and these next months will pass all to quickly and soon I won't have my little afternoon buddy … [Read more...]

How to Make an 8 Layer Surprise Cake

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Thank you so much for all of your kind words yesterday about my daughter's Super Science Party! I promised I'd be back today to show you just how I managed to make her 8 Layer Surprise Cake and I never go back on a promise. When dreaming up a birthday cake for my daughter’s science party, I stumbled upon a photo of a wedding cake that looked … [Read more...]