Chic Cookie Exchange Party Inspiration

cookie exchange party for girls nightI haven’t been to a cookie exchange party in a really long time.  I think they are such a nice way to hang out with some girl friends, get to try out some new recipes AND have cookies to share with your family after the party.  I’ve only hosted one cookie exchange before.  It was before I had children and not only did my best gals come bearing delicious cookies, but we also played several rounds of poker.  Super fun.  If I get a chance to host another cookie exchange this one would be much more chic.  It would involve dressing up, sipping some bubbles and listening to good tunes with my girls.  And cookies.  Of course cookies.

champagne tray . chocolate chip cookies . chocolate truffles . dancing girls . pistachio cookies . champagne goggles . cookie decorating . cookies in Weck jar

Chicks and Salsa Mexican Themed Girl’s Night In

*This post was sponsored by Chinet.  They sent me product and compensation to share a fun way to bring people together through entertaining.

Girl's Night OutWho doesn’t love a girl’s night, am I right?  It is the perfect time to reconnect with those gals that you can say anything to and laugh at everything with.  I’ve been dying to host a “Chicks and Salsa” party forever.  When I would visit my sister, who went away for college, we would go to this little bar that had a Chicks and Salsa night.  The name has stuck with me and I think it makes a perfect theme for a girl’s night in complete with Mexican inspired food and bright colors.

chair-placecards-with-chinet-cupsWhile it isn’t exactly a formal affair, I decided to hang place cards on the back of the chairs.  My dining room is so plain (except for the rug – but we STILL haven’t hung any artwork) I figured the extra color would help make it a little bit more festive.

Chinet-Ole-Cup-SignI made this quick little sign for the occasion to add more ambiance.  I love all the marquee signs with lights that you can DIY but am totally afraid of power tools.  So I decided to mimic the look with cups that I painted and a little hot glue.

pouring-ginger-beerAs you may remember I am in love with the Moscow Mule cocktail.  But while I was in Mexico I started dreaming of a Mexican Mule – which is the same drink just using Tequila instead of the Vodka.  I’ll share the recipe later in the week!  Any good girl’s night starts off with cocktails.

appetizer for girl's nightFor an appetizer, a trio of salsas will surely please your guests.  I have never met a chip or salsa that I didn’t like.

easy-centerpiece-of-aloe-vera-and-bougenvillaThe point of this post is to share that your entertaining doesn’t have to be crazy complicated to have a nice little party and a great time.  I wanted to add some color to the table but not spend a lot of money or time on the decorating.  I picked up two aloe vera plants from Trader Joe’s (you can never have enough aloe vera in my opinion so these will live on long past the party!) and added in some bougainnvillea that I got from my neighbor’s yard (I asked first!!!). [Read more...]

Designer Clothing Swap for Orange County

Clothing Swap 4x6Hey Orange County!  Nicole of The Wardrobe Code is putting on a really cool event on March 27th in Newport Beach.  You MUST bring 5 pieces of clothing to swap.  But then you get to leave with 5 new to you pieces.  They are focusing on nicer brands so you might end up with designers you have been coveting for years!  It is going to be a really fun event.  Will I see you there?  Grab your girlfriends and buy your tickets here!!

Guest Post – What to Wear on a Night Out

I have a guest post up over on The Sweetest Occasion!  Need some fashion ideas for date night or hanging out with your gals?  I have some cute choices for you.  Go check it out!