Dinner Parties

  • Tips On Living The Chic Life From Molly Sims New Book ‘Everyday Chic’

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    Molly Sims is back with a brand new book, ‘Everyday Chic‘ and in it she shares her secrets and tips that will help all of us live the chic life.

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    I love a good lifestyle book. Especially one that’s gonna help me in more than one that’s practical and easy for me to use myself. A couple examples of this are one thing in/one thing out for organizing closets and desk drawers. I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for a place to neatly store something when in fact I should be looking to store it in the garbage or in the donation bin. There’s also ways to step your house party game up from themes to decor and food.

    And that’s not all, Everyday Chic is also gonna to teach you:

    • Family-friendly meal hacks and time-saving techniques.
    • Party planning like a professional, so you can party like there’s no tomorrow.
    • Strategies for creating a zen-like space and kicking clutter to the curb.
    • The accessory rule for your house—always remove one piece from any room you’re decorating.
    • Prioritizing the positive without getting hung up on the perfect. Perfection is a unicorn!
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    This is the perfect gift between girlfriends. And I’d also recommend Molly’s first book The Everyday Supermodel: My Beauty, Fashion, and Wellness Secrets Made Simple.
    Organization is like weight loss. Go lean.” – Molly Sims (click to tweet)

    *This event was hosted by The Moms Network and they were kind enough to gift me with a copy of Molly’s book. Thoughts and opinions are my own.


    Anytime there’s going to be a gathering of family and friends I’m always one to say, what can I make? Or what can I bring? Enter Pinterest. With a simple search you can find ideas on just about anything and July 4th recipe ideas are no exception. With these great patriotic recipes there’s no reason for you or me to not find something delicious and festive to prepare.

    Grilled Blackberry Strawberry Basil and Brie Pizza Crisps

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    Beef Burgers/Sliders

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    Fourth of July Punch or Sangria

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    Mini Patrotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

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    Pizza Pasta Salad

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    Sausage On A Bun With Pickle Pepper Relish

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    Red White & Blueberry Lemonade

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    Flag Cake

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    Grilled Chicken With Fresh Herbs

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    Root Beer Baked Beans

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    Red White & Blue Shots

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    Star-Spangled Apple Pie

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    What are some of your favorite July 4th recipes that you like to prepare?

    If you need more ideas visit my July 4th Recipe board on Pinterest.

  • What Are Mommy Only Potluck Parties? And How to Host Your Own

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    The origins of the mommy only potluck parties started when my friends and I realized it would be cheaper and funner (yes, I said funner), to cook and eat at each others house than go out. You see, we used to meet up at restaurants but we found ourselves guilty of being a disturbance to other patrons. We would loudly and unabashedly talk about sex, men, and life. This would cause us to annoy other diners and linger way past closing, to the point where a restaurant turned off the lights around us.

    But in the midst’s of being hilariously obnoxious and crass the potlucks were needed as a way to get the time we desperately needed to reconnect with one another. And it’s not that we don’t see each other over the course of the year, we do, it’s just that sometimes we’re not all available to hang out at the same time. The potluck forces us to pump the breaks on whatever is happening in our lives in order to make time for ourselves and the women we love in our lives.

    The potlucks also serve as a way for us to tap into our creative culinary and decorating sides. We come up with party theme ideas and research all the recipes. This takes weeks of preparation. So why do we go all out? Uhhh, isn’t it obvious? Because we deserve it.

    So now that you know what mommy only potlucks are and why my friends and I have them here are the tips we use to host your own:

    Pick a date that works for everyone

    Getting a group of moms together always seems like a hard thing to pull off but when you’re determined to make the event happen I you’ll make it happen. Also, don’t worry if the date is two months away. That’s okay cause remember to point is to make sure that everyone can attend.

    Pick a location

    Usually, we just rotate the houses but sometimes someone volunteers because maybe one person’s house isn’t company ready yet or doesn’t have enough space. You can pick whatever works best for your group.

    Choose a theme

    You don’t have to have a theme, but it adds to the fun. You can visit Amazon for some great decoration and theme ideas. Previous themes we’ve had were Hawaiian, #Ibeendrakin #Watermelon, and Healthy Eating. The best thing about themes is that you can make it whatever you want it to be.

    Discuss menu

    Once you know what your theme is going to be its time to talk about what everyone is gonna make. Because there is a small number of us it’s easy for each person to prepare one thing from each of the food groups, plus bring a bottle of alcohol or juice. It is a golden rule that every one supplies one dish and one drink. Store brought is okay but the goal of the event is to cook from the heart.

    Decide on a per person budget

    Usually, the budget for us is $30 or less each person. When everyone sticks to it no one person can feel as though they’ve paid more when others have paid less. It also keeps the preparer from having to make so much food for such a small group of people. There will be enough to eat and for everyone to take a plate home.

    No men or kids allowed

    The mommy only potluck parties are supposed to be man and kid free. If the dinner is taking place at your home, of course, partners and kids can pop in to say hello but remember this dinner isn’t for them. This is YOUR bonding time.

    Choose a designated driver

    This is the most important step. Our parties usually involve a shit ton of alcohol which means someone has to stay sober in order to drive everyone home. If that’s not an option call an uber or just sleep over where the potluck is taking place.

    I hope my tips to help you host your own potluck party. We’ve been living by them for the last 5 years and they’ve all been a hot mess success. Happy planning and hosting your mommy only potluck parties!