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: Girls’ Night Out Bunco Party and a Bunco Giveaway

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Last week, a friend and I co-hosted a bunco party for the ladies in our battalion.  To say that we had fun planning it would be an understatement--with great ideas all over Pinterest, it was easy, too.  If you want to take a look at the Bunco board I started, just click {here}.  Most (if not all) of … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Printables for Entertaining–Great for Buffets!

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Did you see last week's post {here}, when I used small (2" x 3") frames from the dollar section at Michael's to make chalkboard labels/ tags for my next buffet-style dinner?  They turned out great: Then I started to think that you all might like me to do the heavy-lifting for you, and create a … [Read more...]

A Must for Entertaining~Easy DIY Chalkboard Buffet Markers

DIY chalkboard label printables

One of the reasons I haven't shown you too much of my home lately is because it's a mess--I'm working on several upcoming events and there just isn't time to do it all.  But, I've been hard at work on getting things ready so I can be the hostess with the mostest, and I wanted to share this EASY idea … [Read more...]

A “Sweet” Heart Martini just in time for Valentine’s Day

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I am sharing this drink since it's almost Valentine's Day.  I am also sharing it because if you are at the point where I am this winter, you too deserve a drink! Between the bitter cold, the foot of snow that hit the ground overnight and the fact that my children are out of school for their … [Read more...]

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