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Party Plan: Thanksgiving

If it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving, we’ve got some ways – both classic and new – for you to make it extra special and delicious!

Q&A: Turkey Brining

Is this the first year you plan on brining your Thanksgiving turkey? Or have you tried it before and wondered if there was a secret you missed out on? Maybe you’re just wondering if the extra effort really makes a difference.

Holiday Leftover Hand Pies

Now that all the guests are gone, whip up these easy hand pies using leftovers to make the most of your meal!

Mango Cranberry Sauce

Add a refreshing, unique flavor to your Thanksgiving cranberry sauce with mangos. An excellent alternative to the original!

Simple DIY Eucalyptus Wreath

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

I like to go all out with my holiday cooking and keep my decorations on the simple side. This DIY Eucalyptus Wreath uses only a few supplies and takes just a few minutes to make. When hung on the front door, it’s a nice way to welcome guests. It could even be used as part of a cool table centerpiece. One bunch of greenery will make several wreaths. Consider sending smaller versions home with your guests!

Leaf Balloon Pop Game

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

All holidays need an extra “pop” of excitement and balloons filled with a bit of confetti or candy are just the thing. Play this pop-tastic game with friends and family, young and old. It might get a little rowdy, but it’s full of fun.


DIY Rustic Wood Flower Centerpiece

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

The Thanksgiving season means festive feasts with family and friends. Make the table even more inviting with a homemade, rustic floral centerpiece. Repurpose sticks from the backyard to create something of beauty that can be enjoyed for years. Because this centerpiece is made to fit over an existing flowerpot, it can be used over and over again. Just change the flowers out for a whole new look.

Thanksgiving Thankful Jar

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

‘Tis the season for enjoying moments with family and friends, sharing traditional foods together and – of course – giving thanks. This Thanksgiving, make the feast even more special by writing down the things you’re grateful for and then sharing them with each other around the holiday table.

Cranberry Citrus Punch

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Cranberries have always been a key part of Thanksgiving and now you can incorporate them into kid-friendly punch that’s easy to make right before the big feast. The cranberry juice cocktail, orange juice and lemon-lime soda make this non-alcoholic drink perfect for guests of all ages.

Pumpkin Lush Bars

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

This Thanksgiving, swap the pumpkin pie for Pumpkin Lush Bars! Pumpkin pudding plus a thick cream cheese layer on top of a buttery crust and your taste buds will be doing flips.

Spiked Vegan Eggnog

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Eggnog is an incredibly flavorful and delicious beverage to share with friends and family around the holidays, but it’s rich in fat and sugar (no wonder it tastes so great)! While my family has been making the authentic version of eggnog ever since I was a small child, I began making a healthier version of the classic drink 3 years ago and have never gone back.

Cinnamon-Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Bacon

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Fresh, seasonal, vegetable-centric sides are a favorite in my family, as we’re all big on vegetables, and these types of dishes add color and flavor to the feast. This cinnamon-maple glazed Brussels sprouts and acorn squash dish is made simple on the stove top. While there are a few steps to preparing the dish, the basic premise behind the recipe is simple: use one skillet for all of the cooking.

Cinnamon Sugar Diced Sweet Potatoes

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Skip the traditional sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving this year and try these cinnamon sugar diced sweet potatoes instead. They’re caramelized with coconut oil, sautéed with cinnamon and salt, then topped with a little cinnamon sugar and butter for the perfect sweet side dish.

Fall Roasted Brussels Sprouts Medley

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

This Thanksgiving, treat your family with a bright and colorful dish that delights the taste buds. With the combination of Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, pecans and dried cranberries, a Fall Roasted Brussels Sprouts Medley will quickly become a family favorite.

Party Plan: Friendsgiving

Gather your closest pals for a feast of great food and fun! Whether you’re hosting or just bringing a dish to share, we’ve got some delicious ideas.

Mango Bellini

Treat your guests to a sweet and tangy drink to wash the winter blues away.

10 Tips to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

When it comes to entertaining, there are a few tricks I have up my sleeve. They’re simple but clever tips to remember to help you host with ease. You can easily adapt these to any entertaining situation. So read them, memorize them, and use them to make sure you host your best Friendsgiving dinner yet!

Pumpkin Ice Bucket

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

The holiday season is upon us, which means we’ll be hosting our family and friends often. Make your table extra festive with a Pumpkin Ice Bucket! It’s fast to make and adds such a fun touch to your bar area. Although I’m showing my ice bucket holding white wine, you can easily use it for soda, sparkling cider or champagne.

Friendsgiving Fringe and Watercolor Invitation DIY

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

We all know that Friendsgiving is all about spending time with loved ones, and of course, delicious food. So this usually has us focusing on recipes, shopping trips and coordinating dates and times to get everyone there. But how about taking a few minutes to pick up a few supplies from the grocery store, and inviting your guests in style (instead of a text message)? Follow this simple DIY to make fringe and watercolor invitations that will wow your guests.

Sparkling Cranberry-Lime Seltzer

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

There is something about a festive punch or a fancy glass filled with a colorful, fruity drink at a Thanksgiving get-together that sets the tone for the entire gathering. This easy-to-prepare non-alcoholic sparkling drink is a fun new way to feature cranberries at the holiday table, and one that everybody - young and old - can enjoy.

Paper Chain Photo Booth Backdrop

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

What’s the best part of the holidays besides the food? Taking photos! Photos with family, photos with friends, photos with everyone! Give your pictures a special pop with a paper chain backdrop. Paper chains are a cinch to make, use simple materials and can made in any color you want.

Vegan Roasted Vegetable Thanksgiving Bowls

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

In order to ensure your vegan and vegetarian friends don’t leave Friendsgiving hungry, make these healthful and flavorful Thanksgiving Bowls. They’re vegan, gluten-free and are packed with all sorts of flavors and textures – including Thanksgiving favorites like wild rice, roasted sweet potato, green beans, candied pecans and even cranberry sauce. It makes for a festive entrée and ensures those who don’t eat meat aren’t left out of the celebration. I like the idea of adding garbanzo beans for a plant-based protein source, roasting them with spices to spruce them up.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Onion

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Start a new side dish tradition this holiday season and serve these tasty roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and onion. They are quick and easy to make, which will free up time to spend with family and friends. The secret to this delicious side dish lies in tossing the Brussels sprouts in bacon grease before cooking, delivering a perfectly seasoned, crisp-tender vegetable that will delight everyone at the table.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

These easy pumpkin cupcakes are super moist and make a perfect fall dessert. The pumpkin pie spice brings all my favorite seasonal spices to the cupcakes and they are absolutely delicious! White chocolate “pumpkin seeds” take only a few minutes to make and are a fun Halloween candy all on their own. Put it all together and you have a festive fall treat!

Candy Corn Dip

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Inspired by a favorite fall time candy, this triple layer Candy Corn Dip is sure to be a big hit at this year’s Halloween or harvest party. Simply serve with fresh apple slices, pretzels or graham crackers, and watch it disappear!

Pumpkin Delight

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Pumpkin Delight is the perfect fall version of striped delight. It starts with the same graham cracker layer, then changes things up with a layer of cream cheese and pumpkin pudding before finishing off with creamy whipped topping. It’s a little bit of fall in every single bite, and is one of those desserts everyone will love.

How to Pair Mums in Your Fall Arrangements

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

Mums! They’re a fall staple for any household looking to create a seasonal arrangement. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, making them a versatile addition to your table decor. Here’s a trick for creating cohesive arrangements that stick to a monochromatic color scheme.

Eyeball Lychee Martinis

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

These spooky eyeball martinis are the perfect cocktail for your Halloween celebrations. Lychees stuffed with blueberries make up the “eyeballs,” while vodka, triple sec, lychee syrup and lemon juice make up the base of the drink. Each martini is topped off with a little bubbly, and they’re ready for the party!

Spooky Fruit Parfaits with Coconut Whipped Cream for Halloween

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

These spooky parfaits are the easiest thing to put together. Simply pick up your favorite fruit from the store (Halloween colors preferred!), chop it up, put it in fancy glasses and top with homemade whipped cream. For these parfaits, I used red plums, black grapes and blackberries. You can also use blood oranges, cherries, strawberries, blueberries or black plums.

Vampire’s Brew Sparkling Water

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

One of my favorite ways to stay hydrated is flavored sparkling water. This is also the perfect alternative to cocktails at a holiday bash, and something the whole family can enjoy. Since Halloween is on the way, here is way to turn it into a drink worthy of your celebrations. You can set up an entire bar of flavors for your guests to choose from!

Black Magic Margaritas

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

With a few extra steps and ingredients, you can turn all of your favorite cocktail recipes into “spooky” versions for your upcoming Halloween parties. Margaritas are our go-to drinks for get-togethers. And since I didn’t want to stray too far from our favorite recipe, I just changed up the color to make it festive and just the right amount of creepy for the holiday.

3 Easy Halloween Party Game Ideas

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

The weather has turned mild, the leaves have started to change color, and Halloween is in the air! Whether you’re throwing a Halloween class party or having some friends over for games before trick or treating, these Halloween-inspired games are sure to be a hit. Not only are they fun for kids of all ages, but they’re easy to set up and play, using supplies that you probably have around the house already.

Cookie Pizza

Created by: Erin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Use some of that Halloween candy to make a cookie pizza for the whole family. The base is a delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe that’s frosted and then decorated with candy. You can make it your own by using whatever you have on hand, or just picking up some of your favorites at the store.

Ghoulish Floral Display for Halloween

Arrangements or pots of mums are almost expected in autumn, since they're available in such abundance. Give your potted flowers a ghoulish look for Halloween by painting a plant pot to look like your favorite classic movie monster. As an added spooky surprise, the monster face glows in the dark.  

Popcorn Balls

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

As a child, my neighbor made these delicious popcorn balls for Halloween treats!

7 Layer Buffalo Chicken Dip

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Classic 7 layer dip meets everyone’s favorite football season obsession – buffalo chicken. This dip can easily be prepared ahead of time, making it perfect for tailgating season. Spicy, creamy, cheesy and perfectly dip-worthy!

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Sun-dried tomato dip is perfect for healthy snacking, but still delicious. You can eat it with chips, crackers or with veggies, your choice. Plus it’s super easy to make! It’s great to bring to a last-minute get together or to have in your fridge ready to serve. And an added bonus? It’s Paleo!

Mini Berry Tartlets

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Looking for a delicious finger food that will satisfy your sweet tooth at your next football tailgating party? Look no further than these mini berry tartlets....perfect for tailgating, picnics, barbecues and more.

Apple Manhattan

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Fall is the perfect time to gather with friends for football. For grown up fans, treat them to the fruit of the season - the apple. With a bit of apple juice and a slice of apple garnish, a classy drink becomes dressed for fall...perfect for tailgating.

Slow Cooker Party Mix

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Tailgating season is quickly approaching! Gathering with friends to watch your favorite team play is always a great time. Whether you’re tailgating or hosting a Sunday game day at home, this slow cooker party mix is perfect for a large crowd.

Roasted Vegetable Stacked Enchiladas

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

These roasted vegetable stacked enchiladas are the whole nine yards when it comes to football food. They feed eight people (or more if you’re serving side dishes), they’re very pleasing to the palate, and they’re hearty enough that you don’t even miss the meat.

Lightened Up Potato Skins

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Baked potatoes, topped with bacon, cheese and sour cream, make for a hearty meal but can be high in carbs. These potato skins, lightened a smidge by removing the center of the cooked potatoes, make for a delicious alternative.

Italian Meatballs

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

With fall quickly approaching, everyone is looking for great recipes that can be used both as a quick weeknight meal and as something they can bring as a football party appetizer. Meatballs are perfect because they work for both.

Homegate Cleanup Tips

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

Fall at our house means football season, and football season means tailgating. There’s nothing better than tailgating or homegating with friends and family before you cheer on your favorite team together. After the big game is over, there’s nothing you’re going to want to do less than clean up. Use these six quick tips to make homegate cleanup a breeze.

Slow Cooker Ranch Potatoes

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Use your crock pot to make crispy-tender potatoes flavored with ranch. These potatoes are great with just about anything: roast chicken, pork chops, steak, fish…you name it! And just think of all the ways you could change up the flavor to enjoy them over and over again.

Slow Cooker Banh Mi Sandwiches

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

This easy version of a classic Vietnamese sandwich uses a slow cooker to gently tenderize rich pork shoulder, seasoned with all the classic flavors that go along with a banh mi – soy sauce, fish sauce, rice vinegar, ginger and garlic. Delicious!

Pumpkin Fudge

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

These days you can find pumpkin spice lattes, donuts, cake and even milkshakes. If you’re looking for one more dessert to satisfy your pumpkin spice craving then you’ll want to try this pumpkin fudge. It’s fairly easy to make if you put in just a little work.

Cinnamon Stick Candle Decor

Created by: Jamie Bare, The Crafting Chicks

Need a fun idea for a fall gift or fall décor? Grab some yummy-smelling cinnamon sticks and candles and make this pretty DIY candle. Try making a bunch and displaying them as a centerpiece this fall. Or make several for friend or neighbor gifts.

Party Plan: Weeknight Wins with National Family Meal Month

Fall comes and you’re back at it – school, a schedule and busy nights! Dinner needs to fit in somewhere, and we’ve got a great selection of recipes for your whole family to try together. Whether you’re looking for new inspiration, time-saving meals or just a way to mix things up, check out these sure ways to win on weeknights.

Southwestern Chili

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

Chili…rarely do you find such a comforting, filling meal that’s not only really good for you (depending, of course, on how you make it and the toppings you choose), but so versatile in terms of how different it can taste based on the recipe you choose. This one is delicious!

5-Cheese Pizza with Arugula Salad

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

A pizza dinner is a great way to get kids involved, especially during National Family Meal Month. From shredding the cheese to dressing the simple salad, your kids can take control of putting this meal together. It’s cheesy and flavorful, and the peppery Arugula salad becomes the perfect topping and side dish in one!

Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Pizza

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

This breakfast pizza combines two favorite breakfast foods – scrambled eggs and bacon – with pizza crust and cheese. The result is absolutely delicious and the perfect way to get everyone around the table for National Family Meal Month.

Chana Saag

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

In celebration of National Family Meal Month, this classic vegetarian Indian dish can be made easily in 30 minutes or less. Plus, when you have help from family members in the kitchen, the cooking process is a breeze.

Creamy Turkey Enchiladas

Created by: Ana Frias, Muy Delish

These turkey enchiladas are the perfect recipe to make traditional Mexican food while keeping it healthy. Keep frozen turkey stocked in your freezer for your healthy meal inspirations!

DIY Pasta Bar

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

While my siblings and I all have very different personalities and hobbies, we always agreed on what we loved to eat for dinner: pasta. When celebrating National Family Meal Month, a DIY pasta bar is the perfect way to get the whole family together for an easy evening of delicious eats and great company.

Family Pasta Bake Three Ways

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Whip up a flavorful and cheesy pasta dish that every member of the family can agree on and love, with this impressive and easy-to-make Family Pasta Bake Three Ways. Layers of rigatoni smothered in marinara sauce are sandwiched between chicken Alfredo and a creamy basil cheese layer in this family-pleasing pasta bake.

Garlic Bruschetta

Go meatless tonight with a dinner full of fresh, bright flavors! Your family will savor every moment together over delicious bruschetta and a satisfying pasta meal made with crisp red peppers, herbs, and creamy alfredo.

Italian Meatballs

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

With fall quickly approaching, everyone is looking for great recipes that can be used both as a quick weeknight meal and as something they can bring as a football party appetizer. Meatballs are perfect because they work for both.

One-Pot Beef Stroganoff

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Busy weeknights call for quick and easy dinners. This one-pot beef stroganoff is a quick and easy version of the classic, so you can have it on your busiest night. Plus it’s more budget friendly than the original because you use ground beef to make it come together.

Oven Roasted Turkey Sandwich with Tomato Soup

Serve up a classic lunchtime pairing that’s also perfect for dinnertime! Wholesome turkey and hearty bread team up with rich tomato soup to bring a homey, cozy meal to your family’s table.

Repurposed Tin Can Vase Centerpiece

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Whether you’re preparing for a get-together with friends or simply setting the table for a weeknight family dinner during National Family Meal Month, a colorful centerpiece – especially a repurposed vase made by the kids – will set an inviting atmosphere.

Shredded Chicken Mini Tacos

Make your family meal a celebration of authentic flavor! Everyone can customize their own fiesta-ready taco to build a tasty, well rounded taco that’s easy to fill and fun to eat!

Swirl Baked French Toast

Switch things up and watch them smile! Have the most important meal of the day at the end of the day—packed with delicious breakfast-time favorites and finished with rich maple syrup.

Teaching Kids How to Set the Table

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

My mom taught me how to set the table when I was young, and now as an adult, I still like to make sure the silverware is on the right side of the plate! Family mealtime is so important, and I believe the more nights per week when we can sit down and eat a meal together, the better.

Party Plan: Send Off to Summer

You can feel it in the air…fall is just around the corner! As we wind down the summer season, here are a few recipes to squeeze a little more flavor out of your day.

30-Minute Vegetarian Red Curry

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

I’m almost embarrassed to admit how frequently I eat curry. Home-cooked curry-in-a-hurry makes its way onto the menu in my household every single week. You’d think I’d tire of the dish, but there’s no stopping the salivation when you start talking aromatic spices, coconut milk and fresh seasonal vegetables.

Bruschetta Cheese Ball

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

I love using seasonal fruits and vegetables because I know I’m getting fresh produce. Since we are right in the thick of summer, tomatoes are everywhere, and what better way to use them up than in a Bruschetta Cheese Ball!

Watermelon Granita

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

This makes a great dessert for a warm evening!

Easy Turkey Salad Croissants

Created by: Laura Petersen, Pink Cake Plate

I love a good sandwich and if it is on a fancy croissant then it's even better. This Turkey Salad Croissant is loaded with delicious turkey, sweet cranberries and crunchy almonds. It sounds really fancy but it's really simple to whip up.

Margarita Popsicles

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

It’s a hot summer day and you have absolutely nothing on the agenda expect soaking up a little sun. I can’t think of anything more fitting as a snack for these types of days than a fresh batch of margarita popsicles in the freezer. Make and store for weekend lounging, or prepare the night before a backyard party!

Sesame Noodles With Shredded Chicken

Created by: The Crafting Chicks

When the summer heat has me straying away from the oven, this Sesame Noodle is my go-to. It’s a family favorite and comes together quickly, without turning on the oven! It is served cold and is enjoyed equally on the back patio or on a picnic.

Blueberry and Rosemary Jam

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Just four simple ingredients are all you need to perfect homemade jam. In this version, blueberries, lemon juice, plenty of sugar, and rosemary are simmered together until the berries are broken down, the sugar has melted, and the mixture is super thick.

Italian Inspired Pinwheels

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

As summer comes to an end and we prepare for busier routines with school back in session, lunch options can be a little repetitive. To switch things up from your average sandwich try these Italian inspired pinwheels. Made with a spinach wrap this makes a great lighter meal option and can be made ahead of time.

30-Minute Chicken Tikka Masala

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Chicken Tikka Masala is the first item I order whenever I try out a new Indian restaurant. While I’m a huge fan of Indian food in general and wholeheartedly embrace every last meal on the menu, the masala dishes are my all-time favorite. I tend to gauge the goodness of a restaurant based on the flavor of its masala.

Mason Jar Cobb Salad

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Preparing meals ahead of time can make mealtime easier, quicker and help you stay on track with a balanced diet. Mason jars are perfect for storing soups, salads and trail mix to eat when on the go. Avoid buying fast food on busy days with this mason jar Cobb salad.

Mexican Quinoa Salad On the Go

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

This Mexican quinoa salad is on my menu every single week. It’s simple to prepare with the quinoa being the longest step in the process and just a little chopping in advance, and it has a ton of flavor while still including healthy veggies and fats.

PB&J Trail Mix

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

School will be back in session soon, and that means the return of long days filled with homework, after school practices, and studying. Keep the kids fueled all day long with this easy to make and kid approved PB&J Trail Mix.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken with Vegetables

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

For me, back-to-school means the end of summer with busy hot days ahead. Between teacher meet-and-greets, the start of soccer season and back-to-school shopping, I go from relaxed to frazzled in just a week’s time. During this extremely busy (and hot) time of year, I rely heavily on my slow cooker.

Back-to-School Photo Booth

Created by: The Crafting Chicks

Capturing Back-to-School photos is a tradition I look forward to every year. There's something about capturing the excitement of a new grade and all the possibilities of a new year. I also love to compare and see how much each child has grown from the year before and how their personal style changes and evolves over the years.

Create a Hub for Back to School Organizing

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

If you are like me, sending the kids back to school is bitter sweet. After spending all summer with them, I miss when they aren’t with me all day, every day. However, I certainly do look forward to those kid-free hours in the middle of the school day. It means I have time to focus on the things that I love again and to get things back in order after a summer full of vacations and activities.

Orange Scented Vinegar

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

As summer comes to an end and we prepare for the busy routines of back to school schedules, I like to take the time to catch up on some much needed cleaning and organization. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your home for the end of school and new school year.

Simple Zippered Tablet or Laptop Cover

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

From laptops to tablets, music players to digital cameras, we love our electronics. Unfortunately, we don’t always do the best job protecting our trinkets. With a few pieces of fabric and a zipper (plus notions!), you can create a zippered cover to fit any device you need.

Baby Shower Oreo Pops

Created by: Erin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Baby showers are a time of celebration for that new bundle of joy that is about to enter the world. Baby will be getting plenty of attention soon enough, so I personally think the shower is a great way to pamper mom.

Berry Blue Parfait

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

One of the easiest themes for a baby shower is to pick a color and plan your menu and decorations based on a specific color. Try a tickled pink shower for a baby girl, full of pink foods and pink decorations.

Salmon Sliders with Baby Pea Pesto

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

These salmon sliders with baby pea pesto are the perfect handheld bite for a baby shower! The miniature slider is made with freshly ground salmon and packed with plenty of garlic, mustard and crispy panko breadcrumbs for an updated take on a classic salmon cake.

3-Ingredient Grilled Mango

Springtime is here, and that means there are a lot of delicious and fresh veggies to go around. Try switching up your traditional green salad with pasta this season – you'll be surprised at what a little fusilli can do.

5 Unique S'more Ideas

Although the mix of sticky-sweet marshmallow, crunchy graham cracker and creamy chocolate conjures up childhood memories of camping, s’mores can get old if you never break from tradition.

All-American Ice Cream Float

Scorching summer days call for decadent indulgences like this All-American Ice Cream Float. It's a versatile beverage that doubles as a dessert or a delightful adult cocktail.

7 Ideas for a Quick and Easy Party Cleanup

As a host, throwing parties is infinitely more enjoyable when cleanup is simple, but there's plenty you can do before your guests arrive to lighten the load. With a little preparation, you can minimize the time and effort it takes to tidy up, so you can relax and enjoy your party all the more. 

American Flag Mason Jars

Napping in hammocks, movie nights with the kids and patriotic celebrations all hold a special place in our summer schedules. Fill the quieter moments with creative crafts like these American flag Mason jars.

Brazilian Grilled Pineapple

Choose any color pineapple that has healthy green leaves and feels firm to the touch. It may be too ripe for the grill if it’s too soft or pulpy. The heat brings out the sweetness, tempers the acidity and leaves the all-important char marks. Enjoy it on its own or with a scoop of ice cream.

Breakfast Baked Apples

Breakfast apples baked in the glowing embers of a campfire are a sweet but hardy morning treat. Pack them with sausage and oats to fuel the day’s activities. 

Caribbean Jerk Pork Kebabs

Give a spicy Caribbean twist to Greek souvlaki with a marinade that balances hot pepper flavors with aromatic herbs. 

Grilled Shrimp and Vegetables

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

Celebrate summer on the grill with this colorful grilled platter bursting with flavor.

Grilled Summer Veggie Orecchiette Pasta

Grilling brings out the natural flavor of seasonal produce, while toasted orecchiette adds enough richness for this salad to work just as well as a main course as a side.

Grilling with the Kids: Keeping it Safe

Grilling is a traditional pastime for dads, but your kids may want to help you too, just like they help mom in the kitchen. Grilling is a little different than cooking in the kitchen, though. While the kids can pitch in on preparation, you need to set some ground rules to keep them safe.

Maple and Sesame-Glazed Pork Ribs

These sweet and tangy baby back pork ribs will have your guests licking their fingers and counting down the days to your next summer barbecue.

Marinated Flank Steak

A flank steak is easy on your budget and one of the most flavorful cuts of beef you can buy. Add a marinade to add depth of flavor and tenderize the meat, and you have a recipe for a successful barbecue.

Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Zucchini

A little crispy, a little crunchy – a mix of garlic and Parmesan take grilled zucchini to the next level for a crowd-pleasing summer dish with tons of cheesy goodness.

Patriotic Layered Sorbet

Keep the red, white and blue theme going this summer with this flag-inspired summer sweet that layers a variety of fruit sorbets.

Patriotic Party Cones

Looking for a craft to keep the kids busy during the big summer barbecue? Let their creative juices flow with this patriotic (and practical) activity. After they’ve decorated their party cone with stars and stripes, the kids can fill their holders with sweet treats – a delicious reward for their efforts.

Pesto Caprese Pizza

Pesto caprese pizza substitutes ripe Roma tomatoes for the standard sauce, pairing them with fresh mozzarella and basil leaves, just like in the classic caprese salad.   

Simple Barbecued Chicken

Salt, pepper and olive oil make the flavor of chicken shine. When you add smoky aromas and a bit of charring on the grill, your chicken will taste even better. 

Smoked Paprika Lemon Salmon

With a lemon-wine marinade and a gently-spiced, sweet citrus paste, these salmon fillets come out tender, juicy and perfect for the summer season.

Spiked Watermelon Lemonade

Create a signature drink for your adult guests with fresh watermelon and tangy lemonade at your next summer get-together. 

Sweet Star-Spangled Biscuits

A star-shaped cookie cutter turns biscuit dough into the base for a patriotic dessert! You can make these treats with minimal effort, packaged biscuit dough (sold in tubes in the refrigerated section of your store) along with prepared cream cheese frosting. But if you prefer a homemade touch, feel free to use your own pastry recipe.

Party Plan: Great Graduation Party!

Throw a graduation party to celebrate your grad’s achievement in style! We’ve got everything you need to throw a great graduation bash, from recipes to decorations and more.

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

Looking for something this spring that will make graduation parties – or any summer get-togethers – easy and delicious? You can do most of the work for these potato skins ahead of time, so right before the party, all you have to do is layer them up, pop them in the oven and serve a hot and delicious treat.

Black Forest Trifle

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

This Black Forest Trifle combines rich, fudge chocolate brownies with tart ruby red cherry pie filling for the ultimate chocolate cherry dessert. Whipped topping provides a light creamy finish to the entire treat.

DIY Graduation Money Balloons

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

What’s more festive than balloons on graduation day? Balloons with money attached to them! Here’s a crafty and simple idea – gift your grads these Graduation Money Balloons. This is definitely a great way to congratulate them for all the hard work they’ve done!

DIY Graduation Globe Guestbook

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

Want a clever idea for a guestbook at your graduation party? Here’s a crafty and easy one – pull out all the stops at your party with this Graduation Globe Guestbook! Wish your grads success and well wishes on this globe, which will be a perfect keepsake throughout their new adventures.

Fizzy Blueberry Basil Punch

Fresh, versatile and fun…this fruit-based beverage is the perfect bubbly addition to your next summer party!

Party Plan for a Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

Sometimes referred to as the “unofficial” start of summer, Memorial Day Weekend is a great time for friends and family to come together. This year, how about trying a few new recipes at your gathering?

Memorial Day Taco Bites

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Bite-size tacos? Count me in. With warmer temps and summer upon us, that means poolside barbecues, games of cornhole and taco bites for the win. This perfect snack for your weekend shindig has all the taco-meets-seven-layer-dip goodness in one little bite.

Party Plan: Mother’s Day

A day dedicated to Mom and all she does…it’s your chance to show your appreciation. While words can express your love, actions can be just as meaningful, and more fun and delicious!

Croque Madame Crepes

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Black Forest ham and nutty Gruyere cheese are nestled into freshly made crepes, and then slathered in a homemade Gruyere cheese sauce. A perfectly runny sunny-side-up egg tops off each package, making these the perfect breakfast to start the day.

Rosemary Lemon Salt Scrub

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Okay, so I have to admit I haven’t tried many salt scrubs and was excited to make one of my own after reading how easy they are. I'm one for a simple DIY project, and this couldn’t have been any easier and quicker to make.

Party Plan: Earth Day Party

This Earth Day, invite your friends and family over to celebrate brighter days, blooming buds and taking care of the Earth!

Dietitian’s Corner: What Makes Produce “Clean?” Understanding Pesticide Use and Safety

Created by: By: Allison Kuhn, MS, RDN, LD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with The Little Clinic (inside select stores)

There’s no shortage of hot topics for food and nutrition today. One that comes up often is pesticide use on fruits and vegetables. Most people know that we need to eat more fruits and veggies for our health, but are the pesticides used to raise our produce safe?

Beer-Cider Slam

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

By itself, beer right out of the bottle is a perfect, self-contained beverage. Its naturally bitter and sweet taste, effervescence (who doesn't appreciate bubbles?) and lower alcohol content are all a plus. So why mess with a good thing?

DIY Basketball Hoop Serving Trays

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

Want a sporty way to serve snacks for basketball season? These DIY basketball hoop serving trays are a clever and easy way to pull out all the stops on your table display for the game. They’re made out of paper plates and will definitely be a slam dunk at your party!

Rhubarb Pie

Created by: Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Products

While rhubarb is actually a tart vegetable, it’s most often used with fruits in pies, cobblers, and crisps. Here, it shines on its own—unless you want to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Upcycled Bird Feeder

Created by: Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Products

Add some homemade beauty for your flying friends this spring out of an empty plastic bottle to make an upcycled bird feeder. If you use a plain container, try painting it or wrapping it in vinyl adhesive paper.

Homemade Hummus

Created by: The Simple Truth Blog

Hummus only takes a few ingredients to make—many of which you may have on hand! Enjoy with pita chips or fresh veggies like carrots or bell peppers.

Lavender Collins Cocktail

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

There’s something refreshing about a cocktail with a mix of floral and citrus flavors. This Lavender Collins Cocktail is the perfect mix of sweet (from a lavender-infused syrup) and tart (from lemon juice). The club soda topping gives it a nice sparkling twist.

Fusilli & Arugula Salad

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Springtime is here, and that means there are a lot of delicious and fresh veggies to go around. Try switching up your traditional green salad with pasta this season – you'll be surprised at what a little fusilli can do.

8 Ways to Welcome Spring

I love making small changes to my home to welcome the coming seasons. Spring is one of my favorite seasons because it reminds me of flowers, fruit and sunshine. Below are some of my favorite ways to ring in the spring season.

Breakfast Enchiladas

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Who doesn’t love enchiladas? The melted cheese mixed with the flavors of the sauce and meat are delicious. Combine this with breakfast, the best meal of the day, and you’ve got the perfect idea!

Coconut Overload Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

Cupcakes are not just for children (grownups love them too!), especially when they're soft, sweet and full of flavor. While cake mix versions are convenient, adults are often looking for something with a little more complexity, originality, substance and charm. However, I will say even the older crowd loves a really good frosting. 

A Healthier Easter for Your Kids

Created by: By: Molly Hembree, RDN, LD - Dietitian

Make this Easter both entertaining and health conscious for you and your family by following some of these helpful tips.

Party Plan: Love & Food

Share some fantastic food with someone special – the perfect combination for Valentine’s Day!

Vegan Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

One of the hardest things about being vegan or lactose intolerant is missing out on delicious desserts when you eat out or you're at a party. Every year on Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I stay home and cook together in our pajamas, but we usually don’t make a dessert.

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

Every year for Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I make dinner at home. We always try a new recipe, and it becomes such a fun experience – cooking together in the kitchen, lighting some candles for ambiance and getting to eat in our pajamas.

Football-Shaped Rice Krispies Treats

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

We love football season! However, I have to admit I might be in it more for the food than the football. That's okay, right? Although there are a lot of die-hard female football fans, I enjoy cooking for the game a little more than just sitting and watching it. I bet I'm not in the minority on this one.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria

Created by: Emily Buys, The Clever Housewife

Every party or celebration needs a beverage that sparks conversation. When I'm getting ready for the big game, I start prepping and planning for a drink that will wow the crowd, and this sangria mocktail does the trick. It’s kid-friendly and – even better – it tastes superb.

Dietitian’s Tips: Enjoy the Game without the Gorge

Created by: By: Allison Kuhn, MS, RD, LD
Kroger Corporate Dietitian

Fall and winter may be famous for their traditional holidays, but let’s not forget about football season, a definite highlight of this time of year!

Alpine Mint Hot Chocolate

One sip of this decadent hot chocolate will transport you to a cozy ski lodge in the Alps. Patterned sweater optional.Sweet and delicious, with just a hint of mint, this hot chocolate is a favorite for family members of every age.

Carrot & Dill Soup

This cozy combination is big on flavor, for a soup that will deliciously chase the chills away.

Cheesy Bacon Pull Aparts

Shake up your normal breakfast routine with this delicious combination of cheese, bacon and biscuits.

Chili con Cremini

Step up your chili game with mushrooms and a host of other flavorful ingredients, for a cold-weather meal that’s sure to become a favorite.

Coconut Lentil Soup

Lentils and coconut combine perfectly for a soup that’s brimming with flavor.

Coffee Vienna

For a decadent morning coffee, or for a warm treat any time of day, try this tasty beverage!

Fire-Roasted Tomato Chili

This rich, flavorful, crowd-pleasing chili is a recipe that will keep you warm down to the tips of your toes! Serve alongside chips and dip, chicken wings and a vegetable tray.

Old School Beef Stew

This classic combination of hearty beef, potatoes, carrots, onion and celery makes for a crowd-pleasing dinner that’s just as delicious as leftovers the next day!


Warm up this winter with a batch of snickerdoodle cookies! A little bit of cinnamon gives these cookies their classic taste…perfect for enjoying warm and fresh, just a few minutes out of the oven.

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