Free Floral Printables for Volunteer or Teacher Appreciation

Volunteer/teacher appreciation gift idea and printable | 11 Magnolia Lane

Spring is the time when we recognize those who go above and beyond--Volunteer Appreciation Month is in April, and  Teacher Appreciation Week is in May.  As an Army spouse, we love our volunteers--they work so hard--and most units will plan a volunteer appreciation event in April.  Because I'm also … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Martini

Red Velvet Martini

Seriously. This drink is so good it should be illegal. It is a dessert style drink--but it is OK to have it before dinner. After all it's February, in honor of Valentine's Day, it's OK to indulge, I promise it's worth it.     I am seriously in love with Red Velvet right now, though … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve Ideas for Entertaining

Ideas for Easy New Years Entertaining

As 2014 draws to a close {I can't even believe I am writing that, seriously-- time does fly!} I am running around getting ready for our very small New Year's Eve party so I thought I would share some inspiration just in case you are doing the same thing. I admit I love New Years Eve. In the past … [Read more...]

Effortless Holiday Entertaining

Effortless holiday entertaining | 11 Magnolia Lane

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SOLO® Brand Products for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. It's getting to be THAT time of year--and I love it!   Friends drop by spontaneously "just to say hi," and then stick around for dinner.  Or (and this happens a lot when you live in … [Read more...]

How to Be a Great Host or Hostess: 101

How to Be a Great Host or Hostess | 11 Magnolia Lane

If you're hosting family and friends this Thanksgiving, then you're probably in the middle of some last-minute preparations that involve cooking and cleaning.  Me, too! We host LOTS of house guests and it seems like we always have. We seem to be a bit busier when we are living somewhere fun--like … [Read more...]

Salted Caramel Apple Martini {& Halloween Drinks}

Salted Caramel Apple Martini {SO GOOD!}

We've been dying to present this new drink, in light of the "Salted Caramel" everything trend and the total deliciousness of our Whipped Apple Cider Martini...{below}       {Whipped Apple Cider Martini--click for recipe} And with its perfectly coordinated coloring, I … [Read more...]

How to DIY a Backyard Fire Pit {Easy Weekend Project}

How to DIY a backyard Fire Pit--under 4 hours and under $400.

  Today I am sharing our latest project--a backyard Fire Pit! My husband has been talking, scheming, researching and planning a Fire Pit for the backyard in our new house.  We made good use of the built-in Fire Pit in our last rental house, so he was pretty intent on recreating one … [Read more...]

Professional Tips for Hosting a Budget Savvy DIY Wedding

Photo's Courtesy of Kristen Gardner

I have been writing and re-writing this post inside my head for over a month now because I am beyond excited to finally share my thoughts on how to host a budget friendly do-it-yourself (DIY) event.  DIY weddings are all over the internet these days; many of those tips may be DIY, but they are not … [Read more...]

It’s 5 o’clock at Magnolia Lane {Beach Martini}

Beach Martini--perfect for sipping on the beach or at the pool this summer

Are you lucky enough to be heading to the beach for a vacation this summer? Even if you are just celebrating summer at home I have a perfect cocktail for you.   Last week Terry was throwing a 'girls' night out' at her house and asked if we could create a cocktail for her to serve. We went … [Read more...]

Easy Entertaining: Taco Salad Bar

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Today I'm just posting a quick (and somewhat obvious) idea for your next lunch or dinner event.  I made taco salad for last week's dinner meeting, and it worked really well.  It was easy for me (the hostess) and customizable for my guests.  I put each ingredient in a separate bowl so they could make … [Read more...]

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