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 »

How To Set Up A S’mores Station

A S’mores Station is just the thing to take your summer party or wedding to the next level! Watch this Hurried Hostess episode to see the simple steps for setting one up, then read the post below to get inspired by the absolute BEST S’more to make at your S’mores Station! ~Rachel One of my… Read more »

Best Food to Bring to a Party

It’s a question I get a lot… what is the best food to bring to a party? This is particularly tough if you’re not very confident in the kitchen to begin with. In this Hurried Hostess video I’m sharing my best ideas for taking pre-packaged food from the grocery store and displaying it in the… Read more »

Anniversary Party Sign

This week Dave and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and the weekend after that we’re hosting a big party. I’ve got all kinds of fun ideas dreamed up for our party… you could say I have anniversary on the brain. Since some of you might be planning an anniversary party too I wanted… Read more »

Balloon Mason Jars

The Chic Site might just be a living advertisement for mason jars! We use them for everything from serving food to holding cocktails to bathroom decor and apparently they really are the most versatile thing ever because we’ve come up with yet another option… Balloon Mason Jars! Which is my fancy way of saying, give… Read more »

How To Make a Pocket Fold Napkin

The pocket fold napkin is my go-to for dinner party place settings, and something I used for years and years when I was a wedding planner. I just love that you can tuck something in: a menu, a place card, a flower, or even a party favor… the options are endless! For those of you… Read more »

Use a Colander as an Ice Bucket

  The first time I saw someone do this I had a small heart attack… I mean, it’s just SO genius how did we not think of this ages ago? I tend to set up self-serve bars at my parties and I always had a cute little bucket or glass for the ice but after… Read more »

Hanging Napkin Place Setting

This was a napkin fold I “invented” the very first time I hosted Christmas dinner at our house. I was a newlywed and realized moments into setting my holiday table that I didn’t actually know how to fold linens as well as I thought. After breaking down in tears I tried a simple long fold… Read more »

About The Chic

Back in 2004 when I was looking to name my events company, I stumbled across the word 'Chic' in an old dictionary. The definition was: “a fashionable lifestyle, ideology, or pursuit”. I fell in love with the word and the idea that chic is the pursuit of something better, prettier, or cooler than you are today. Chic isn’t a state of being or even a destination, chic is the journey you take on the way to something greater. ~Rachel

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Question: From RJ in Los Angeles Hi Rachel! We had a gathering last night where quite a few kids (mostly toddlers) showed up with their parents. My husband and I are childless, but love kids and aren’t afraid of messes/things breaking, etc. But, one of the mothers made a comment about “another friend of hers… Read more »

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