Baptism BBQ

We recently celebrated king Henry’s baptism.  It was a special day for our little guy, but I wanted to keep it casual.  After the baptism ceremony our family came back to our house for a BBQ.


The theme was simple white and baby blue, inspired by the invitations we chose from Minted (sample below).

Sleek Baptism & Christening Announcements

I didn’t do much in terms of decorating since the party was outside.  Simple baby blue tablecloths, a blue hydrangea and white hyacinth centerpiece and a blue and white styled dessert table brought the theme to life.

For the menu, I kept it to the standard BBQ menu.  This is a tried and true menu for a summer BBQ.


Avocado and corn salad served with tortilla and pita chips



Hot dogs

Steak tips

Chicken cutlets


Orzo caprese salad

Potato salad

Spinach & strawberry salad


Fruit salad

Assortment of cookies

Rice Krispie treats

Oreo truffles


Oh Henry! chocolate bars (my favorite touch to the party)


I will be sharing a few recipes from the menu over the next few weeks. The party was a success and of course we were left with so many left overs!


Christmas Tablescape

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I always love a perfectly decorated table for the holidays and I always have a lot of fun coming up with the design.  As you know, this was our first official Christmas in our new house and we had a house full of family.  I didn’t want to post the tablescape prior to Christmas day just so it could be a surprise to our guests and afterwards I was too busy enjoying the holidays to get around to posting.  So, here it is…I’m finally sharing my tablescape for Christmas dinner this year.

The design started with the plaid tablecloth.  I originally saw a William Sonoma Tartan tablecloth online that sparked my idea, but it cost around $100 and there was no way I was spending that much on a tablecloth.   I found this one at Home Goods for just $14.99.  From there, I decided I wanted to do a rustic country Christmas tablescape and it turned out perfect!

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Christmas - LiveDineParty Christmas - LiveDinePartyThe mini Christmas trees wrapped in burlap are from Michaels.  I just updated the ribbon to match the ribbon I used on the boxes. And no dinner table is complete without some candles :).

At each place setting, I placed a box filled three different flavors of homemade bark (White Chocolate with Oreo, Milk Chocolate with Oreo, and Peppermint) for everyone to take home with them.  I even broke out our fine China for the first time!

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Christmas Menu

This year we will be hosting our very first Christmas in our new home!  We are so excited to have a house full of family.  Below is the menu we finally decided on.  Although, I’m sure something will change between now and when it actually gets put on the table.


Charcuterie and Cheese Platter

Stuffed Mushrooms

First Course

Butternut Squash Ravioli with a Sage Butter Sauce

(already made and in the freezer 🙂 )


Main Course

Beef Tenderloin

Roasted Potatoes

Sautéed Spinach



Christmas Cookies

What will you be cooking for Christmas dinner this year???