Hollis Holiday Party 2015

Every year Dave and I host the Hollis Holiday Party, and every year it’s one of my favorite things of all. Last year I shared our pictures when our theme was Hipster Coffee Shop and I thought y’all might want to see this year’s photos. Our theme was… Apres Ski. Apres Ski is French for… Read more »

Book Exchange Party

When Wal-Mart reached out and asked if I would help them throw an “untraditional” holiday gathering I knew immediately what I wanted to do… a book exchange party!! I recently heard about this idea from one of our readers. She told me instead of an ornament exchange or a cookie exchange she and her friends… Read more »

Clothing Swap Party

There are a lot of ladies who work at Chic HQ. In fact, there are eight of us here at the office and though each of us has a different style we all have one thing in common… a constant desire to clean out our closets. Seriously, I can’t count the number of times we’ve… Read more »

Casual Dinner Party

Over the last several months I’ve been hard at work writing my first cookbook (which comes out next year, YAY!). My hope for this book is that it encourages more people to entertain in their homes. Over the last twenty years lifestyle experts and bloggers have shown us a beautifully styled life, which is awesome! I love… Read more »

Pretty Ice Cubes

Summer is almost here and that means I’ll be serving lots of ice cold drinks in the near future. To add an extra special touch I love to make pretty ice cubes like these and store them in the freezer for when my friends come over. Check out how I do it! You can absolutely make… Read more »

Calendar Wrapping Paper

I say it every time I write a new gift wrap post. I love a well wrapped present! Even more than that I love a cleverly wrapped present! I’ve wrapped gifts in vintage maps and embroidery thread and this time around my Calendar Wrapping Paper is simple but so cute!  All you need is a… Read more »

Hollis Holiday Party

Every year Dave and I throw the annual Hollis Holiday Party and this year’s turned out so beautifully I wanted to share some of the detail shots with y’all. Our theme was “Hipster Coffee Shop” which sounds kind of crazy until you walked in and then it totally made sense. Leather lounges and seating areas… Read more »

Cookie Exchange

Where I come from a Cookie Exchange is a pretty big deal. All the ladies get together to sip wassail and try each others best holiday cookie recipe. We exchange recipes and old stories and everyone leaves with a to-go bag filled with all the different cookies and a whole lot of holiday cheer! A… Read more »

Clothespin Garland

If you have any birthday, housewarming or holiday parties on the books this clothespin garland is a sweet way to display photos, cards or notes. You only need a few supplies, none of which are expensive, and you’re ready to entertain in style! You can create your garland on a bulletin board so the cute… Read more »

Birthday Party Trick

I’m pretty old school when it comes to birthday party desserts. I don’t want cupcakes or parfaits or even a make-your-own-sundae bar… I want classic Birthday Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream. When it comes to serving this, the only issue is that it’s a total pain to scoop out the ice cream and cut the… Read more »