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Don’t let my serious demeanor fool you - I’m very much a party girl at heart! No, no, this doesn’t mean I dance on tabletops or have a propensity to wear lamp shades on my head. It simply means that I’m fascinated with all the fine details that must be tended to turn everyday occasions into special events. Here, in my blog’s party file, you’ll find full-fledged shindigs for every season, with every little trapping carefully laid out. Enjoy!

An Affair of the Heart
Photo by Julia M. Usher


September 20, 2010

Back-to-School Bonanza

OK, I admit it, I was and always will be a nerd. While other kids were cajoling their parents into taking them to Bob’s Surplus, where...

Parties | FallContinue

June 11, 2010

Hello, Summer

Normally I’m not one to relish the unexpected house guest, but when summer descended on my little island home-away-from-home of...

Parties | SummerContinue

March 28, 2010

Bring in Spring

Around about mid-March last year, I caught a serious case of spring fever. No surprise really, considering the season’s painfully long...

Parties | SpringContinue

January 30, 2010

An Affair of the Heart

We all have that certain someone for whom a box of chocolates doesn’t seem quite enough . . . that person who’s been there, done...

Parties | WinterContinue

January 25, 2010

Bling in the New Year

Tick tock. Tick tock. Before you know it, this year will be a distant point in history. If you’re spinning your wheels on New Year’s...

Parties | WinterContinue

January 24, 2010

Dreaming of a Green Christmas

If the flurry of malls and mass consumerism overwhelms you during the Christmas season, then do as I do and avoid the excess by...

Parties | WinterContinue

January 21, 2010

Tricks & Treats

Come the first of October, bakers everywhere crank up the heat on their ovens, and a riotous waving of spatulas ensues! All in...

Parties | FallContinue

January 20, 2010

Potluck Picnic

Whether you’re still lounging around the pool sipping piña coladas or beginning to corral the kids for the start of the school year,...

Parties | SummerContinue

January 18, 2010

Bridal Shower Breakthrough

Turning a bridal shower into a cookie swap is a sure winner. Trust me; in my seven years as a bakery owner, I saw thousands of...

Parties | Spring | SummerContinue

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