Adult Halloween Party Ideas!

I wanted to share some thoughts for those

of you who are thinking of throwing an adult Halloween party this year.

I hope these inspire you!


Draping furniture with white sheets is a cheap way to instantly

create the right atmosphere for the perfect party.


If you are throwing a dinner party for adults use empty glass bottles.


I am not a big fan of serving food that I can not look at so

I suggest beautiful meats, cheeses, breads and figs for tasty appetizers & fun cocktails!  Place trays in different areas encouraging guests to mingle.


If you are looking for something different, stir up some Sleepy Hollow Cocktails.

Click here for the link!

Be sure to prepare ahead of time.  If you are planning to serve a multi-course meal,

I suggest hiring someone to help serve.

I am a big believer in having too much food.  You want your guests to be full when they walk away from the table.


Create a menu that includes hearty fall foods.

A favorite in my recipe collection is a beautiful tenderloin.


Finish the night off with fun treats for your guests.  I absolutely LOVE these Zombie fingers by Scrumpalicious.

You can purchase these ghoulish treats for $9.00 a box.

Stay tuned to my next post on how to throw a ghoulish Halloween party for those little goblins!

Sweet Smiles!



May parties are abundant!

May certainly has a number of reasons to celebrate…

Derby, Mother’s Day, & Graduations are just to name a few.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of creating a wonderful day for a graduating 5th grade young lady.


The focal point for this party was the desert table.  It was packed full of sweet treats. 

Everything from flavored popcorn to gumball necklaces.


I love using unique party favors, so we displayed necklaces for the girls made of

shiny gumballs & clips! 

As you can imagine…they were the hit of the party!


Small boxes are perfect for filling with treats.  Don’t forget to provide cute containers for guests to fill up!


  The desert table was filled with sixlets,

Hershey kisses that were adorned with “Congrats” labels, Swizzle sticks tied with ribbon &


Pink candy coated popcorn all kept with our over the top theme!


This gorgeous cake was created by Martine’s.  Her work is amazing & never disappoints!



Macaron’s & cookies gave something for everyone to enjoy! 

Ok, so maybe the macaron’s were more for the adults! 


And of course the photo booth!  This is an easy way for your guests to have fun & get goofy! 


Spray paint wooden frames from Hobby Lobby or Michael’s for adorable photo frames. 



Until next time…..



The Kentucky Derby

You may not be from Kentucky but most likely know what happens in Louisville on the first Saturday of May.  Some say it’s “The most exciting two minutes in sports” but to true Kentuckians The Kentucky Derby is so much more.


In 1872, Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark. traveled to England, visiting the Derby, a famous race that had been running annually since 1780.  After returning home to Kentucky, he organized the Louisville Jockey Club for the purpose of raising money to build a racing facility.  That track would become Churchill Downs, named for John and Henry Churchill, who provided the land for the track.


The Derby is thick with southern tradition from the famous Mint Julep to hats of all shapes & sizes.  Kentuckians love to throw a good party & the Derby is no exception.  Horse farms throughout the bluegrass state throw elegant soiree’s in honor of well dressed thoroughbreds & their riders.

In honor of My Old Kentucky Home, I share with you some Kentucky inspired Derby treats…enjoy!




Woodford Reserve Classic Mint Julep

2 oz. Woodford Reserve®
1 oz. water
1 t. sugar
4 sprigs fresh mint

Muddle three sprigs of mint, sugar, and water in the bottom of a julep cup or highball glass. Fill glass with crushed ice. Add Woodford Reserve and stir. Dust fourth mint sprig with powdered sugar for garnish.


Flowers by Jessica Jones


The hat is the center of Derby outfits for most women


The Kentucky Hot Brown & Kentucky Burgoo

The Legendary Hot Brown

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 14 oz. sliced roasted turkey breast, slice thick
  • 4 slices of Texas toast (crusts trimmed)
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Paprika
  • Parsley

In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined to form a thick paste or roux. Continue to cook roux for 2 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk heavy cream into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about 2-3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in Pecorino-Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.

For each Hot Brown, place one slice of toast in an oven safe dish and cover with 7 oz. turkey. Take the two halves of Roma tomato and two toast points and set them alongside the base of turkey and toast. Pour half of the sauce over the dish, completely covering it. Sprinkle with additional cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble. Remove and cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley and serve immediately.

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Country Ham & Biscuits & Benedictine Finger Sandwiches

Benedictine Spread

by Chef Mark Williams for Brown-Forman Corporation

This spread can be used as a dip or a sandwich & canapé ingredient. It was made popular at Louisville’s Benedict’s restaurant earlier in this century.

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Pinch of cayenne or tabasco dash
  • Green food coloring (optional)
  1. Pare, grate, and drain cucumber.
  2. Combine with remaining ingredients in food processor.
  3. Serve as is or as a sandwich or canapé spread.
  4. Thin with sour cream to make a dip for vegetables.


Kentucky Derby Pie

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Famous Ruth Hunt Bourbon Balls & Kentucky Pull Candy

Get outside of the lines!

Recently, while researching fresh Derby party ideas, I came across these beautiful creations by artist Shannon Kirsten and had to put Derby on hold so I could share…

Derby isn’t for another couple of weeks anyway!


I LOVE all things outside the lines!  When I got married, the first time around, there was a system…pick your dress, choose a cake, and select a “catalog” invite.  There was nothing special; actually, it was very UNspecial.  Nothing about any part of that wedding defined me or my style.


Shannon Kirsten is a Florida based illustrator and photographer. She is inspired by bright colors, patterns, quirky design, vintage, and the seaside town she calls home. 


Her designs are far outside the lines from the “catalog” wedding invitations. 

These invitations are so incredible that I would plan a wedding around them!  I love her technique, design & their uniqueness. 


Her wedding design packages begin at $425.00 & includes a set of 50 formal invitations and 50 RSVP cards with white standard envelopes.  She also offers additional inserts, table numbers, envelope liners, place cards, escort cards, signage, etc.


You can check out her designs at….


photo credits: Best Photography

She turned 20 today!

If you think about it….life is funny! 

When we are young time stands still; Christmas & birthday’s seem light years away.  Our elders tell us not to wish them away but we are constantly chasing those milestones….13, 16, 18, 21 & then it happens!  Time starts picking up & is never to be slowed.


It seems like yesterday when I first saw her.  I remember it so clearly…her tiny head was lightly covered with brown hair, her eyes would no doubt be hazel & her olive complexion was one I knew she did not receive from me.  Her long body would eventually be the structure of a tall, legged beauty.


Twenty years ago today she came into my life with a bang and I’ve never recovered.  I knew right away that she was opposite her older brother.  While he would not “ripple the waters” she almost seemed to enjoy throwing boulders & stepping back to watch.  She is independent, strong willed, incredibly talented & under that shield of armor, she is one of the most loving people I know. 


She was five the first time she asked to purchase paints.  I think we all knew early on that art was simply a part of who she is….she confirmed that the day she told me she needed art to breathe.  At first, I thought it was funny & cute, I now realize how much truth was behind that beautiful statement. 


High school was challenging for Emily in the sense that I am not sure she ever felt part of any particular group. Art classes were where things felt right and it was when she had a paint brush in hand or a camera that she felt whole.  She put together photo shoots, wrote blogs & finally allowed us to host her first art showing although she was always the first to criticize her work.  Her first art show ended with every piece on display being sold. 


So, she is now away; away where she deserves and needs to be…SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design).  It’s funny, she calls almost every day and has a new story to tell…. 


A professor who was one of the last photographers to photograph James Dean, a sighting of a former Vogue Editor, & even a museum full of Oscar de la Renta’s beautiful gowns.  I have never been so proud, she is turning into an amazing woman, and I look forward to hearing so many more stories. 


You are beautiful & such an incredibly talented young woman and I can not wait to see where this journey takes you.  I love you to the moon & back!

With love,


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Macarons for Easter?…yes please

When I met Sylviana, owner of La Petite Delicat, in Lexington Kentucky there was no question that her beautiful petite macarons were the perfect gift for any occasion.


A little about Sylviana & La Petite Delicat……

“In July 2012, I was searching for an unique dessert for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party and came across colorful petite macarons. I searched for a great recipe and read a lot of blogs about making them, but learned that they were difficult to make. After countless trials, I successfully made a perfectly round macaron with beautiful ruffle! They were a big hit at the party and macarons become our family’s favorite dessert. I have been making macarons ever since and La Petite Sucré was born in February 2013. In January 2015, we changed our business name to La Petite Délicat.

I love baking macarons, but decorating them gives me a new level of excitement! In August 2013, I started making macarons with custom designs and it becomes the highlight of my business.”



“At La Petite Délicat, we use only the best ingredients and bake from scratch! every detail is handcrafted with love and you can taste the effort.

I am looking forward to creating unique macarons for your event, or you can simply order our gift box for friends and family. Believe me, these sweet confections will bring conversation to your event!”



Order by March 30th – 5pm
Orders will be shipped on March 31 with USPS PRIORITY MAIL to be delivered between April 2 and 3 unless specified otherwise. If you need them shipped earlier, Please let us know!

Lexington Kentucky Local pick up is available at 153 TRADE STREET, SUITE 130, LEXINGTON, KY. We have limited pick-up hours. If you would like to pick up your order, please contact us.

Five flavors are available for 5 pcs box macaron: Raspberry, Lemon, Pistachio, Vanilla and Salted Caramel

Ten flavors are available for 10 pcs box macarons: Raspberry, Blackberry, Lemon, Pistachio, Vanilla Buttercream, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Buttercream, Peach Buttercream, Earl Grey and Chocolate Coconut.


Easter macaron gift boxes will be packaged in a clear box with yellow ribbon to showcase the beautiful Easter colored macaron.  You can contact Sylviana at 859.338.1338 or for orders or more information.

Be sure to follow Sylviana and her sweet petite macarons……


Until next time…make your event Something Sweet!



Scavenger Hunt a success!

The Scavenger hunt is over & what a HUGE success!  I was blown away by this groups response.  I spent a whole lot of hours and time on this event but boy did it pay off.  My thirteen year old was skeptical about whether or not this would be too “baby” for her and her friends but we naied it!


Each team had a chaperone that was responsible for handing out clues & once their team guessed it the task was assigned.  I expected the game to last about a hour and 20 minutes but they were so excited & completed it in about 45 minutes.  Several asked if I could plan another…”This is the best party I’ve ever been too!”


One of the tasks was to test out a lipstick at Sephora.  To add a little extra fun, we gave bonus points for the teams that had the guys test one too…and they had to capture it!  As you can imagine, the girls went crazy & the guys were certainly troopers!


The night went on & boy did they get into the game!  Everyone participated & had a good time…Jackson, that color sure looks good on you!



They even found a strange guy wearing a bear jacket to incorporate into a photo.  And of course, we had to have a little UK involved since it is March Madness…GO CATS!


Once the points were counted the troops were taken to The Cheesecake Factory for desert & hang out time.  I must admit that I was worried about rolling in on a Friday night expecting to have a table for 22 but the manager was UNBELIEVABLE!  If you visit Cheesecake Factory in Lexington, Ky. be sure to say hello to Bobbie Jo; she did everything to make Madeline’s night special.  A huge thank you to her and her staff!  Nick was the best waiter…imagine waiting on a table of 17 teens!


The winning team girls received a bag full of goodies that included candy, nail polish, lip gloss & a beautiful locket from Katherine Walcott @ Oragami Owl.  The guys received a UK t-shirt & candy because you can really never have enough candy!


If you are interested in having us create a scavenger hunt for your next event, contact us.  This is great for birthdays, team building, or even just for fun!  Be sure to follow us on facebook, & instagram!

Sweet Smiles!