Category: Entertaining

Simple Valentines

Simple Valentines

For Valentine’s this year, I wanted to do something simple for our team members in Ireland. It wouldn’t be a proper Valentine without sweets, and I had a few miniature takeaway containers (purchased from Michael’s) in my craft armoire.  So…

Lula Kebabs

Lula Kebabs

Photography by Rebekah Burder. We have a staff meeting every week that is a bit atypical. Instead of in a stinky conference room, we meet in our homes, alternating each week. Sometimes we cook together, sometimes we order out, and…

Host a cider tasting at your next fall party | Honeysuckle Life

Apple Cider Tasting

I have a cider habit. It started after moving to Ireland, and has only grown over the past year. I’m not alone in this obsession, cider is a way of life here in Europe. So, in an effort to spread…

Dippe Candles Tutorial

DIY Dipped Candles

Consider this project redemption for the failing grade I received on my 7th grade American History craft project. The instructions said dipped candles, I used a mold. Hence, the failing grade. But, the consolation is that this is a project…

Celebrating the End of Summer

Celebrating the End of Summer

Blackberry season is coming to an end, so why not throw an end-of-summer luncheon for your co-workers with the last harvest. Use this gorgeous party featured on Style Me Pretty Living as inspiration. Doesn’t the salad look divine? Photography by…

A Simple Centerpiece

A Simple Centerpiece

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Flower supplies in Kilkenny can be hit and miss. Stop by the florists or grocer before they receive their weekly delivery, and you’ll find wilted roses and lilies. This week, I was unable to find anything…

Edible Centerpieces

Edible Centerpieces

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Throwing a dinner party but don’t want to spend a fortune on flowers for a centerpiece? Clip off bunches of basil, chives, or cilantro for an easy, cheap, and fragrant centerpiece. Guest can even use them…

Entertaining on a Budget

Entertaining on a Budget

Photo by Rebekah Burder. One of the thing that stymied me when I moved out was how to build a collection of dishes and serveware that was cohesive and minimalistic. To be honest, I still struggle with it. I have…

Upscale Takeout

Upscale Takeout

Photography by Rebekah Burder. There is a difference between a hostess and a cook. I’m a great cook, but a hostess? Eh. I’m more apt to worry about the menu than the table setting or after dinner entertainment. It’s why…

Summer Centerpiece

Summer Centerpiece

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Do you ever get frustrated while viewing a pretty centerpiece online because you don’t know the name of every flower they’ve included? Or they’ve used exotic plants that you have no hope of finding easily? Maybe…

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Dining

  Outdoor dinner parties are a signature of the warm weather seasons. It’s the feel of an outdoor cafe patio without leaving your home. I have yet to attend an outdoor party that I hated. There’s something about the fresh…

Simple Garden Party

Simple Garden Party

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Last week, I had a few friends over for a simple garden party. I was inspired by this meet-up hosted by friends in Birmingham, and it was the perfect time to do something similar here in…

How Does Your Garden Grow

How Does Your Garden Grow

Photography by Kelly Cummings of Spindle Photography. A few weeks ago, a group of friends in Birmingham came together to learn a bit more about flower arrangements and styling. Katie of Cloth of Gold hosted the party at her lovely house in…

A Southern Style BBQ Menu

Southern Style Dinner Party

Photography by Rebekah Burder. I put together this dinner for a few friends, and thought I would share the menu and my process. Sometimes I would love to entertain, if only someone would tell me what to cook and what…

A Garden of Peonies

A Garden of Peonies

Photography by Lisa Hubbard for NY Times. Peonies are in bloom here in Ireland! I’ve so enjoyed finding them in flower stalls and markets, and in celebration, I’ve created a virtual garden for you to celebrate this amazingly fragrant and…

A Simple Dinner Party in Detroit

A Simple Dinner Party in Detroit

Photography by Mike & Megan Gilger for The Fresh Exchange. I’ve featured photos and projects from The Fresh Exchange before. It’s one of my favorite blogs, and nothing beats the Simple Evening series she’s created and run over the last…

Irish Lifestyle Bloggers Meetup

Irish Lifestyle Bloggers Meetup

Photography by Nathalie Marquez Courtney. A few weeks ago, I had a chance to attend a blogging meetup, hosted by Emily of From China Village, at the new Avoca store at Malahide Castle. Yep, that’s my life folks. Meeting bloggers at castles. Anywho. Avoca…

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Festival of Colors

Photography by Benj Haisch via Green Wedding Shoes. Participating in the Festival of Colors is on my bucket list. It’s a celebration of the changing of seasons, as winter gives way to spring. Also known as Holi, the celebration centers…

Washi Tape Table

Washi Tape Table

Photography by Rebekah Burder for Honeysuckle Life. My tableware is pretty boring. Consisting mostly of white plates and clear glass. I’ve debated adding color to the table, but I find myself incapable of committing to any specific pattern or style. The most…

A Natural Table Setting

A Natural Table Setting

Photography by Rebekah Burder for Honeysuckle Life. We’re a casual couple, rarely getting out of jeans and t-shirts, and most of our friends are the same. While I appreciate all the lovely table settings you find on Pinterest, they’re just…

Lucky Clover

Lucky Clover

Photography by Rebecca Hansen. Ah, St. Patrick’s Day. The holiday where cheesy behavior is completely acceptable. Every year I despair at the glittery headbands and curly wigs that no self-respecting person over 10 would normally wear out in public. I propose that…

Roses Are Pink

Roses Are Pink

Photography by Kendra Smoot for A Cup of Jo. When I saw this DIY Flowers post on A Cup of Jo, I had to share! It’s such an easy way to arrange flowers, and it was a “Dur, why didn’t…

Love, Provence Style

Love, Provence Style

Photography by Tec Petaja. Engaged and love to travel? Let this Provence destination wedding, featured in Once Wed Magazine, let you dream. I’m a bit of a realist, but weddings always make me a bit misty. And this  Provence destination wedding,…

Black Tie Party

Black Tie Party

  The team at Elizabeth Anne Designs sent out a newsletter with ideas for an Oscar themed party, and I knew I had to share. It was full of so many cute details! Here are my favorites… Oscars Party Program…

Love in Pig Form

Love in Pig Form

This is completely random but I thought I would share. Every February, as a child, I would see conversation hearts pop up on a random day on my mom’s vanity or counter. It wasn’t until I was about 15 that…

Intimate Surprise Wedding

Intimate Surprise Wedding

Photography by Tara McMullan Photography. When I saw this wedding on Style Me Pretty, I went a little bananas. First, the photography is stunning, as is the bride. Second, it’s intimate, less than 20 people attended. Third, it was a surprise….

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Stargazing Date

On a clear night, you can see countless stars in the sky over Ireland. Sometimes we drive down our street to the quiet spot without any visible lights and stand with our necks craned to look for Orion’s Belt. It’s…

A Fireside Picnic

A Fireside Picnic

Photography by Rebekah Burder for Honeysuckle Life. Looking for a cheap date idea for Valentine’s Day? A fireside picnic for two makes a perfect romantic night at home! Layer a few rugs, pillows, and rugs in front of a fire….

Vow Renewal Picnic

Vow Renewal Picnic

Photography by Jaclyn Simpson Photography and Jennifer Kathryn Photography. Would you renew your vows? There’s something in me that says, yes, and then another part of that says, it’s a little vain, right? Maybe that’s the introvert, the one that shudders at being…

A Modern Malibu Elopement

A Modern Malibu Elopement

It’s February! The love month. Cheesy, I know, but when have I ever been the type to shy away from cheese? Never! Anywho, I’ll be featuring a little bit of my favorite types of love personified. From weddings to relationship…

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