If you love to entertain family and friends in your home, you’ve come to the right place! You’ll find simple ideas to make a memorable experience, from beautiful table settings to great do-ahead recipes! You can even go that extra mile and make your own home-made napkin rings to add that special and unique touch! So go ahead and start planning your own special occasion! You can’t miss!

Chicken Salad with Grapes and Mint

Serves 4 – 6

1 heart of romaine, coarsely chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 medium seedless cucumber, peeled and cut into 1/2” pieces
1 small red onion, cut into 1/4” pieces
1 cup corn kernels
1 cup diced cooked chicken
1/2 cup halved green grapes
3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)

1.         Mix all ingredients in bowl.  Add dressing and mix well.

Dressing – this will make more than you need:
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped mint
2 tablespoons finely chopped basil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper

    1. Place all ingredients in a glass jar and shake.


Bridal Shower Luncheon

I hosted a bridal shower recently!

I made banners to hang over the tables. . .


I filled a jewelry box with oasis and set roses for the dessert table centerpiece. . .???????????????????????????????

I decorated an aluminum tub to hold the drinks . . .Drinks

Using lots of tulle, I decorated the area where the bride-to-be opened gifts. . .???????????????????????????????

Paper was cut with scalloped scissors. . .

Napkin 2

Table centerpieces. . .

I served a hearty salad along with a variety of breads, and desserts!  (See Chicken Salad with Grapes and Mint under Salad section)

Pepperoni Cheese Roll

1 loaf frozen bread dough
1/2 pound pepperoni, thinly sliced
1/2 pound Provolone cheese, thinly sliced
Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten (reserve 1 tablespoon)  

  1. Defrost and let dough rise in greased bowl until double in size.
  2. Roll out on floured surface until as thin as possible. 
  3. Cover with pepperoni, sprinkle with Parmesan and spread with Provolone.
  4. Hand sprinkle with beaten egg and roll up using toothpicks to hold.
  5. Place roll on greased cookie sheet and shape into crescent.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Lower heat to 300 degrees and bake another 20 minutes.
  7. Cut into 1” slices.  Serve warm.