Lady Gang Girl Power

If you don’t already have a girl gang, run out & find out.  I’ve found mine & I am beyond grateful for GRLPWRPGH.  This group is exactly what it sounds like….a bunch of boss babes in the Pittsburgh area who network, collab, get inspired & share stories.  In today’s fast paced, media run, #metoo world, it is so important to have women that have your back.  I joined the group already knowing a few familiar faces but with each event I get the opportunity to connect with women who continue to surprise and inspire me.

Earlier this week we had our VIP Membership Dinner at the cutest outdoor venue in Pittsburgh called Bay41.  As the sun set over the candle lit dinner table, women from all walks of life sat down to break bread, share stories & cheers to the future.

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What’s an event without a great theme & some fantastic photo ops?  The night’s theme was boho-chic so I wore this embroidered shift dress from Old Navy with my faux leather ponte jacket by Kut from the Kloth (Stitch Fix) and my peep toe booties also from Stitch Fix.

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As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  Can you believe it’s 2018 already?!  This year, like the last few, we celebrated at home with friends & family.  Now that we have little man it’s so much easier to have people over than to worry about hiring a babysitter & going out. Plus, I love to host so it’s a win-win!

In the years past we’ve hosed a fondue party, but since little and his friends were joining in on the fun I thought a big spread of homemade apps & finger foods would be best.  While the adults enjoyed chocolate martinis & mixed drinks, the kiddos sipped on Shirley Temples with bendy straws & cherry garnishes. I set up a photo backdrop in the basement with props and we even did an early ball drop at 9 PM for the kids.

For my outfit, I decided to wear a lace romper that I had picked up at Target for only $27.99 and statement earrings from Walmart for $3.  Side note, I’ve never been one to shop jewelry at Walmart but I couldn’t pass up $3 earrings that were super cute!  The cut-out back & lightweight sleeves on the romper made hosting a breeze.  I was cool & comfortable while cooking in the kitchen, refilling drinks & chasing the kids around.

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As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

How to host a successful party!

I love any excuse to get out my serving trays & wine glasses.  Whether it’s a dinner party, Labor Day BBQ, game night or ladies night in, getting friends & family together is always a blast!  For me, the key to hosting a successful party is being prepared and organized.  I start my planning process by answering the following questions…

  • Where will I be entertaining i.e. kitchen, dining room, living room, outside deck/patio?
  • What food can I serve that’s appropriate for where we’ll be gathering i.e. full meal, hors devours, chips & dip?
  • What kind of beverages will go with the food I’m serving i.e. wine & cheese, beer & burgers?

Last night I had the opportunity to host a Ladies Night In!  My girlfriend sells Thirty-One Gifts so it was a great reason to get everyone together.  Before I got myself ready for the evening I set the stage by arranging the serving trays, making sure there was enough seating and lighting a yummy pumpkin spice candle.  I have learned that it’s less stressful if I can prepare as much as possible before guests arrive.  I hate when people are arriving & I’m still getting organized.

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Once I was dressed & ready for the evening I poured myself a glass of red wine and put the white wine on ice.  It’s important to have variety of beverages on hand.  I suggest having a dry & a sweet wine as well as non-alcoholic options for those that don’t drink.  Last night I offered my guests Cabernet (dry red), Chardonnay (dry white), Riesling & Prosecco (both sweeter whites) as well as soda and bottled water.

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I invited my guests to arrive at 7 PM.  By inviting them post-dinner I was able to prepare lighter fare and avoid preparing a big meal.  I offered cheese & meat trays, fresh fruit, bread with dipping oils and blondie brownie bites.  My go-to for hosting any get together is a big cheese tray!  It’s so easy to prepare and I get the chance to use my favorite cheese board.

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The most important thing to remember when you’re hosting a party is to have fun!  As the hostess you set the tone for the party, so relax & enjoy yourself.

For some great cheese tray ideas & wine pairing options visit the below links.

http://positivemed.com/2013/03/05/pairing-wine-and-food/

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/holidays/guide-to-wine-and-cheese/building-cheese-plate