Tips for Spooktacular TableScapes & A Halloween Inspired BOOfett

Tips for Spooktacular TableScapes & a Halloween Inspired BOOfett!

Don’t have time to plan a Halloween party this year? We have the perfect potion instead! An easy and fun Halloween Treat Buffett!

  • Table decor can be easy and affordable! Check out these Halloween inspired Ideas to set your Spooktacular table in 15 minutes or less!
  • Keep it Simple! The wonderful thing about Halloween is the more imperfect it is…the more fun! A Donut Buffett and Popcorn Bar are easy and crowd favorites!
  • Spooktacular takeaways! Give your little goblins a Halloween take-home treat! These are easy and something you can pick up at the dollar bin!

Pinterest Inspired Tailgate

Tips for Hosting A Pinterest Inspired Tailgate!

It’s football season and tailgating itself has become a sport! It’s easy to get inspired. Pull together the ultimate tailgating experience to cheer on your favorite team with family and friends!

  • Use indoor decor to inspire a tailgate theme. Rustic casual decor you already have is the perfect way to bring a fun and current vibe to your tailgate.
  • Use an easy app like HobNob to send out the word! This app is free and so easy in helping you create a tailgate theme and get the word out on details like when and where!
  • Drink Station, Dessert Station, candy station and more! Food that is easy and for sure will please your tailgate crowd!

The Ultimate College Care Package

Having a child go off to college is a huge adjustment for both them and you as their parent! No matter how close or far they go sending a care package a week or two after they get settled in their dorm is the perfect way to remind them of home! Let’s face it, It’s also good therapy for mom and dad!

  • Make A Plan – Plan ahead for mailing care packages based on holidays and college schedule. If your kiddo is at college over Labor Day weekend this will be the perfect time to get a care package there! Mark your calendar and send the next one by Halloween, Thanksgiving, and a finals survival care package in December!
  • Favorite Things – Next time you’re at the grocery store grab their favorite snacks to include in the care package! Also, by now they have figured out what they might be needing and don’t have for college. Grab an extra one or two of the specific things and Include them in the care package!
  • Make it personal- Including gift cards is always a good idea and something they will most definitely use at college! Include a picture of the family dog or pet and an upbeat note from you and or siblings!

Ultimate Summer Cookout

July is the perfect time to have friends and family over for a Summer BBQ!! Mommy Magic has some easy, no mess, fun tips for throwing the Ultimate Summer Cookout!

  1. Keep it cool! Trends on coolers and icing down your favorite beverage
  2. No Mess Placesettings – Easy family and summer inspired ways to set an outside table for a summer cookout!
  3. Family Style BBQ Bar – Keep it simple with easy family style choices for a delicious summer meal!

Patriotic Table Setting


Like you, we love celebrating the Fourth of July with friends and family! Setting a table can be simple and still reflect the 4th!

A table runner in red, white and blue mix and match plates (mixing and matching plastic dinnerware is great and makes for easy cleanup) and some fresh cut garden flowers make a festive and welcoming table to celebrate the 4th of July!

My reason for writing, “The Journey”

The Why
Many of my fondest childhood memories involve my grandmother, Mary Louise Parker. She was petite Southern woman – born and raised in a little town in South Carolina. A lady in all respects and made baking and cooking look effortless. I still remember the aroma coming from her tiny kitchen and how she “made do” with a large mixing bowl and a wooden spoon. The smells…a mixture of cinnamon, coffee and a summer breeze blowing through her kitchen sink window makes me want to travel back in time. She was Southern in every way except she no longer lived in the South. She fell in love with my grandfather, a Midwesterner, who was what her Daddy called, a “Yankee.” She left her family farm, her mother and father and all nine of her siblings to marry my grandfather and start a family in the Midwest. She went “back home” every summer and many times I went with her – a trip I looked forward to all year long.
The older I become the more I realize the courage it took for her to leave home as a young woman. I often think that her cooking and baking must have reminded her of “back home.” Her cookie jar lives in my kitchen now. My mother gave it to me when I had my first daughter. It’s one of the things that means the most to me in my home. It reminds me of her and I wonder if she knew as she was placing warm homemade chocolate chip cookies in it, if someday, her great-granddaughters would be baking from her recipes and placing cookies in her very jar.
My mom and I talk often about the courage she showed to start a new life based on love. Like her, we both have had to dig deep many times in my own lives to find a new path like many of us do. Like others, I have experienced the loss of loved ones, been devastated by the serious illness of a child, had crushing disappointments with work and with personal relationships. Each time I have had to find my way “back home” and start new. It is apart of life – the courage to honor the past, live the present and push forward and find the courage to embrace the future.
The Journey is about just that…the journey along the way that defines us and brings us full circle. In sorts, it is a roadmap for my own three girls to serve as a reminder that courage and hope live within us. That love and forgiveness shape us and our lives and that “back home” can be as simple as standing in your kitchen and baking from your great-grandmothers recipe.
I invite you to experience a little bit of the South this summer by slowing down just a bit and sipping on a sweet tea, feeling the summer breeze and meeting Savanah and her family in The Journey.
Mary Susan

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