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My Bridal Shower!

I am still floating on a happy cloud of pink candy, ocean views, and strawberries fizzing in champagne. This past Sunday was my bridal shower and the women who planned it absolutely killed the game. I wanted to share some photos with you guys, as well as some of my favorite highlights. 

Moving Into A New Kitchen? Here's What You'll Need!

How the heck do you stock a new kitchen? What are the essentials, the non-negotiable, the things that can wait. Where do you buy this stuff and where can you find some great deals? Be Like Family is at your service with a handy-dandy checklist for the things you need when moving. Please keep in mind this list is aimed at a beginner cook (no sous-vides tools here) who is either living alone or as a couple. 

5 Tips For Hosting A Large Dinner Party

As many of you know, I'm from a big family, so a dinner party with 14 people feels more or less regular. Spectacularly loud and fun, but still, common in my life. Now I'm getting married to Brandon, who is 1 of 5 siblings! So.... two big families and what do you get? A lot of coordinating when it comes to going out or staying in all together. While it can be difficult to just turn your mind off when a big group is buzzing in your home, with just a few hints, it's something you too can do. Here are my suggestions for a smoother hosting process

10 Things to Do 100 Days Before Your Wedding

I've been thinking a lot about what's left to get done in these last 100 days, and decided that a checklist would be helpful for all the brides out there. This list will vary depending on many factors, including how long of an engagement you have, but generally, keep these in mind at the 3-month-mark. Happy planning!

Parisian Dinner Party Decor (Amazon Prime It!)

By the time I decided to throw a French dinner party for Mother's Day, I had about 5 days to prepare everything. I didn't want to spend an exorbitant amount of money, and I was tight on time to run around. Enter: Amazon Prime. I ordered a few items that really added a Parisian pizazz to my party, simply, affordably and efficiently. 

Parisian Dinner Party: Chicken a la Moutarde

I chose chicken with mustard sauce for my Parisian dinner because I love the complexity of the thick mustard sauce, and the subtle tartness that crème fraîche provides. When planning parties, I limit the time-consuming dishes to one or two, max. I want the evening to feel special, but I don't want to be so exhausted by the time people come over that I'm ready for bed. And while this chicken require a few extra steps, you will be repaid handsomely for your efforts.

Parisian Dinner Party: Charcuterie, Cheese & Vegan "Boards"

When thinking about the guests at my party, I recognized that it was a diverse bunch. My brother's friend Jakob was coming, who is a vegan. My mom is a cheese-lover, and my father adores salami. So I figured this was the perfect chance to create a trio of "boards" if you will. I love setting these up on my living room coffee table so that as guests come in, they can nibble. It also buys you (the host) some time to put together finishing touches. 

How to Save Money on Wedding Flowers

Are you a flower lover like me? Do you imagine walking down the aisle surrounded by hundreds of rose petals? Or are you a lady who doesn't particularly care about flowers? Would you be just as happy to say "I do" under a lush leaf altar? The most important thing that you should learn when planning a wedding is to figure out how to prioritize. You need to be able to break down each part of the day, and figure out what will make you happiest. And more specifically, learn to think this way about every facet of the planning process.