The Yummy Labor Day Food We've Made So Far...

by Jillian Leslie on

Earlier this week, I posted the recipes I wanted to try over Labor Day and tonight my husband, David, and I got cooking. Here's what we made...

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad with Balsamic-Basil Vinaigrette

We purchased these tomatoes at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market so it would be hard to go wrong with this dish. Clean and fresh flavors, with a little bit of sweetness from the balsamic and the tomatoes. This was the dish I kept eating.


Grilled Corn with Basil Butter-Oil

Basil on corn is actually a flavorful combination and the butter-oil with the infused basil was delicate and not too overpowering. But next time I will chop up the basil even more so it doesn't look like seaweed. :)



Grilled Chicken with a Homemade Rub

David wasn't in the mood for steak, so instead I purchased these air-chilled chicken thighs and with a blend of homemade spices we grilled them. Because of the fat under the skin, the grill kept igniting, hence the burnt skin, but these were delicious!! David couldn't stop eating these.


Tomorrow I'll bring you the S’mores Bars my neighbor, Paula, volunteered to make. They're setting in her fridge right now (my mouth is watering while I write this). I'll post photos tomorrow.

I'd love to know what you ate this Labor Day. Hope it's delicious!


by Jillian Leslie on

This week's party photo (or party photo collage) comes from Catherine J's Eloise at the Plaza Birthday. This is one of those "blow you away" parties and how perfect (and adorable) is her six-year-old daughter dressed as Eloise.


My daughter would die to have a party like this. If you haven't seen all the photos, you must!!   Wait until you get a look at the dessert table!

FREE Grandparents Day Party Circles from Amy Mattes Designs

by Jillian Leslie on

Did you know that Grandparents Day is right around the corner? It's Sunday, Sept. 11th, definitely a day of remembrance for our country, but also a day to celebrate all the wonderful grandparents in our lives.

We're giving away these FREE Grandparents Day party circles designed by Amy of Amy Mattes Designs to help you make your celebrations even more special. Thank you, Amy!


Hope you enjoy Grandparents Day, and please add your celebrations to our site.  I’d love to show off what you do.

DIY: Donut Hole Apple Pops

by Jillian Leslie on

I'm always looking for new variations on cake pops, so when I saw these donut hole apple pops at Christina S's Back to School Dinner, I needed to know how she made them.

Turns out they're quite quick to make (a nice alternative when you're in a rush), and look how much they add to a back to school celebration like Christina's.

To see the whole tutorial, check out this post on Christina's blog Inspiration for Celebration. Thank you Christina, for this great idea!

If you make some please send photos, I'd love to show them off.



Labor Day BBQ Food Ideas...

by Jillian Leslie on

I love trying out new recipes, especially during holiday weekends when my husband and I have a little more time to cook and... taste.:)

Here are some of the things I'm planning to make this Labor Day weekend. (Click on the photo or link to go to the recipe.) What are you thinking of making?

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad with Balsamic-Basil Vinaigrette


Grilled Corn with Basil Butter-Oil


Grilled Steak Salad with Grilled Vegetables


Watermelon Ginger Punch


S'mores Bars

I'd love to hear what on your menu so please post, and if you have recipes or photos, even better (just email me at jillian(at) :)

FREE Labor Day BBQ Printables from Clickable Party

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Who's throwing a Labor Day BBQ? And who likes cool retro styling? If you said yes to both questions, you're going to love the FREE Labor Day BBQ printables Krysten at Clickable Party designed for us to give away. Thank you, Krysten!

This collection includes: an 8x10 "Happy Labor Day" sign, tons of fabulous party circles, and tented cards you can personalize yourself. I hope this collection inspires you to get creative and have some retro fun decorating!!


8x10 frameable sign

Labor Day food and drink party circles

Labor Day party circles


Tented cards you can click on and personalize

What a retro cool collection!

Thank you, Krysten, for this amazing collection!

To learn more about Krysten, please visit her blog, Clickable Party and also check out her shop where you can buy more of her fabulous printables.

DIY: Festive Pedestal Name Display Centerpiece

by Jillian Leslie on

As you may know from reading my blog, I'm a huge fan of personalized anything at parties.

So when I saw these personalized pedestal letters spelling out "Tyler" in the middle of the dessert table at T's Summer Stripes Sprayground Birthday Bash, I had to know how Zoila made them.


Here is her easy tutorial, so take it away Zoila!

Festive Pedestal Name Display Centerpiece: (Or as I like to call it: Finally Getting Use Out of Those IKEA Frames in the Back of the Closet)

Materials Needed:

  • Wooden or cardboard letters suitable for painting – approximately 5” high (we found ours at Michael’s)
  • Craft paint
  • Coordinating patterned or solid / textured cardstock
  • ZOTS™ 3D clear adhesive dots
  • IKEA® TOLSBY double-sided pedestal frames – only $0.99 each
  • Paper trimmer or scissors
  • Paint brushes
Step 1: Plan which color you will use and which cardstock pattern / solid you will use as a backing for each letter. (Much easier to sort everything out before you are putting them together.)

Step 2: If you haven’t already done so, setup your frames by attaching the pedestal and peeling the protective cover off BOTH sides of each of the clear plastic protectors.

Step 3: Prep and paint your letters (front, sides, and nooks and crannies) in coordinating colors for your party theme. No need to paint the backs of the letters. Depending on how light or dark your letters are going to be, you may need a white base coat or several coats of paint. (We did about 4 coats per letter using a basic all-purpose, water-based paint.)

Step 4: Trim your cardstock to fit the frame at 4.125” x 6.125”. Each frame will use two pieces of cardstock, front and back.

Step 5: Insert the front and back pieces of cardstock on the outside of the plastic protectors. In other words, the two photo protectors will be sandwiched in between the two pieces of cardstock. Make sure the cardstock faces outward. The letters will be adhered to the cardstock, not the frame itself.

Step 6: Once your letters are dry and ready to adhere, place a 3D glue dot at the top and bottom of the letter.

Step 7: Press onto the cardstock that is to be the front of the frame. (Be mindful of where you are positioning the letter as these glue dots are a bit hard to reposition.) The letter should float a bit in front of the frame and if the letter is wide enough, will be layered over the frame. Repeat for each of the letters.

Step 8: Enjoy the oohs and ahs when people admire your craftiness.

Thank you Zoila for this easy tutorial! To learn more about Zoila and see her beautiful printable designs, check out Squared Party Printables.

If you haven't seen the rest of T's Summer Stripes Sprayground Birthday Bash check it out.  What a fabulous summer dessert table, love all the vibrant colors.


by Jillian Leslie on

This week's party photo come from Nicole W's The Secret Garden Baby Shower. Nicole made the incredibly gorgeous white paper flower backdrop by hand. And how lovely is the little rustic garden swing to add that sweet touch to the dessert table? I'm swooning.

If you haven't seen this party, you must. It will seriously take your breath away.

GIVEAWAY: Free Brochure Printing from Worth $55

by Jillian Leslie on

I've never done a giveaway like this before, but because so many of our readers own their own businesses and need promotional materials, I'm really excited to offer this giveaway from UPrinting.

UPrinting is a leader in socially responsible online printing and will be giving away free brochure printing worth $55 to one of our lucky readers!

I've used UPrinting to print my business cards and I've been super impressed. In fact, I found them because the graphic designer who designed my cards wouldn't let me get them printed anywhere else.

Here's what you win:

  • 50 printed brochures
  • 8.5" x 11"
  • 100lb Paper Gloss
  • With Folding (Half Fold, Trifold/Letterfold, Z-Fold, Roll Fold, Accordion Fold)
  • Outside and Inside Printing
  • 2 Business Days Turnaround
  • Free shipping
Take a look at some of the beautiful brochures they've done...

To enter the giveaway, just “like” on Facebook, then leave a comment saying you did just that. Easy!

We’ll pick the winner at random on Thursday, September 1st at 10:00PM (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry.  We will use to generate our winner and will notify you by email. This giveaway is limited to US residents 18 years and older.

Disclaimer:  This giveaway is a paid post sponsored by UPrinting.

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