Category: Entertaining

Coffee-Dyed Sashiko Embroidered Napkin

Coffee-Dyed Sashiko Embroidered Napkin

Are you looking for a way to upgrade those boring white cloth napkins? Bob’s your uncle with this simple project that is a combination of techniques-dying fabric with coffee and sashiko embroidery. Both are easy and perfect for a beginner…

Sashiko Embroidered Book Page

Sashiko Embroidered Book Page

Sewing paper makes a really interesting and simple craft. I typically use this technique for temporary projects, like these book pages that will be discarded at the end of a dinner party or event. Something that I’ll enjoy creating, but…

Easy Sashiko Projects for Fall Entertaining

Easy Sashiko Projects for Fall Entertaining

Do you get obsessed with ideas or skills? Every few weeks or months I focus obsessively on something–a TV show, hobby, or topic–and spend a lot of my free time researching the topic until my curiosity has been satisfied. My hubby…

A Simple Greek Inspired Dinner Menu

A Simple Greek Inspired Dinner Menu

Over the past year I realized I was repeating dinners over and over because I sometimes I find it difficult to pair recipes together. I have so many I want to try, but deciding what starter would pair with an…

A Simple Registry Wedding in Dublin

A Simple Registry Wedding in Dublin

A year or so ago, I attended a blogger meetup in Dublin. I’m one to avoid networking simply because the anxiety of being in a room of people I don’t know and feel responsible to meet is a bit overwhelming….

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…

holi wedding ideas

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…

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