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Have you ever seen someone walk into a party that looked scared to death, unsure of themselves, and then watched them slink off to an obscure corner? Their body language screaming, “I wish I was anywhere but here!” Entering a room full of people that you do not know can be intimidating. I get that. Yet, your entrance is important in displaying overall confidence and portraying a strong image.

When attending a party, there are certain expectations we have of our hostess. We will enjoy and appreciate everything she has done, but we do assume there will be food and drinks. We would also like a clean bathroom and a home that does not smell like the local pet store. What some people forget is there are also expectations of the guest.

Giving a party, of any type, requires a great deal of work. If you have been fortunate enough to be included in a festive soiree, it is nice to arrive with a gift for the hostess. The typical present will cost between $15-$30, but there are less expensive things you can find at the local discount store.

Attire: Shabby Chic; Razzle Dazzle; Cowboy Couture


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Word to hostesses: when listing the attire on the invitation for your party, make it clear. Do not let your creative thoughts have you writing a description that requires an interpreter.  We do not want to force our guests to solve a riddle to understand what is expected of them. There is a phrase I like to quote, “To be unclear is to be unkind.”

There is something special we feel when we receive an invitation. It is the anticipation of a celebration, the excitement of choosing what to wear, but more importantly, it is the affirmation that tells us, “I was chosen!” We know a hostess has responsibilities to ensure her party is a success, but did you know there are expectations of the guests? And your first job begins when you receive an invitation that says RSVP.

Do you believe there is a creator behind this painting, or did it create itself? I believe if I polled 1,000 people, 100% would say, “Of course, there is a creator. That’s common sense.” Do you believe there is a Creator behind this picture? If I polled 1,000 people with the same question, stats show I would not receive 100% agreement that there was a Creator behind this picture.

People are returning to work, which means many of us will be navigating changes that would otherwise seem mundane. Elevator etiquette? Did you know there was such a thing? Below are 9 basic reminders when riding the lift. I have thrown in a few exceptions while we live in a COVID world. 

Throughout history we have seen God place people in power that made us say, “What is He thinking?” Yet God clearly reminds us in Isaiah that the way He thinks is far beyond what we can sometimes understand. In a child’s eyes, a parent giving her yucky medicine when she already feels poorly can seem cruel. “Why would Mommy make me take this?” The child lives in her “here and now” moment of life, yet the parent sees the big picture. The mother knows what is best for the child, even when the child does not understand. 

Our 4-part series on living as Christians in a political world was written in response to questions I have been receiving on knowing how to separate truth from lies, when to engage in our political system, and the most effective way to stay informed. In Part 1 we learned the biblical formula for seeking truth. In Part 2 we discussed the importance of knowing your foundation. In this post, Part 3, I will provide you with 7 practical tips I use to find truth in our news driven world. 

We are living in a time where many do not know who or what to believe. It seems our national 24-hour news media seeks ratings more than they seek truth (regardless of which way their bias leans). Many journalists receive bonuses based on how many clicks their story receives, and companies earn more advertising revenue if they can show a high click-through rate on articles. It has become too common to read endless bait-and-switch headlines.

“How do I know what is real? How do I know truth when I see it? I want to stay informed, but where do I turn when I feel every news source is somehow deceiving me?”


Giving you tips on hosting a Halloween party during COVID is sure easier than tackling subjects on news, politics, and finding truth. Yet these are the questions filling my inbox. 

Does this blog seem early? Did you know we only have 10 weeks before we move into December? It is time to start planning!
1. Decide how much you can spend. If you have a $500 budget and 10 people you need to give gifts, then you can only spend $50 a person.

Halloween in 2020 will be different than past years, but there are still ways to enjoy this festive start to the holiday season. This blog may seem early, but October 31st is only 7 weeks away! It is time to start planning. Below are my top 10 ideas for a jovial and happy start to your fall celebrations.

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July Independence Day Party Ideas

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Decor Ideas:

1. The type of food you serve will partially serve as your décor. If you have hot dogs and hamburgers, along with corn on the cob, these foods bring back feelings that remind us of summer days. This is also the purpose of party decorations. They liven up a space and help the guests feel whatever theme you are trying to create. So, there is nothing wrong with letting your food serve do the talking.


2. For a sit-down dinner centerpiece or a buffet table, I would have bouquets of red, white, and blue flowers in baskets. Buying floral plants from a garden store is often easier than cut flowers.


3. Insert some small American flags in the bouquets.


4. Use red and white linens.


5. Around the table you can spread out parchment paper copies of the Declaration of independence. Or print out famous quotes from our founding fathers, cut them out and scatter them around. Throw some confetti on the table in the shape of stars, and your festive table is complete.


6. Party Favors: Pocket copy of the Constitution.


Spotify Playlist for July 4th Outdoor Party

Spotify Playlist for July 4th Seated Dinner


Menu Ideas:

All recipes come courtesy of Penny and Eleazar Martinez.

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Taste Tests for the menu ideas come out every Friday, so if you do not see the one you're looking for now, be sure to keep checking back here or on our Instagram.


July 4th Outdoor Party Recipes

Perfect for a more casual get together with friends.

July 4th Outdoor Party Recipes
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Big Texas Hotdog Taste Test


BBQ Chicken Taste Test


Grilled Vegetable Platter Taste Test


Baked Beans Taste Test


Spiced Deviled Eggs Taste Test


S'mores with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows Taste Test


July 4th Seated Dinner

An elevated menu perfect for a fancier dinner party.

July 4th Seated Dinner
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White Bean and Mushroom Soup Taste Test


Rosemary Crusted Filet of Beef and Asparagus Taste Test


Lemon and Basil Crème Brulee Tart Taste Test


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