Strawberry Mango Salsa

Sometimes I feel like I have it all – the family AND the career.  Other times I just feel torn between work and the moments I miss with the kids.  Thanks to two amazing caregivers the kids have had an amazing summer – swimming and trips to the park almost daily!  Today they are taking…

Blackened Chicken Greek Salad

I’ve mentioned I love to make a recipe my own by playing with measurements and adding a twist.  When going out to eat, one of my favorite meals is a Greek Salad.  I have to credit one of my lifelong besties for inspiring my love of Greek Salad.  Not only because she is Greek, but also…

Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Sweet and salty is one of my favorite flavor collaborations.  I usually get my fix through salted caramel, chocolate covered peanuts or the always delicious French fry dunked in a malt (don’t knock it until you have tried it, at which point I’ll be shocked if you still knock it).  I recently saw a recipe for…

Mickey Mouse Cake

I’ll start this by saying, I am NOT a baker.  I’m not even close.  I love to cook, but I just haven’t mastered baking.  Perhaps it is because exact measurements are not needed in cooking.  Often I make a recipe my own by playing with the measurements and sometimes I add an ingredient or two…

Mickey Mouse Table Setting

As I discussed over margaritas, I’ve been working on material.  My son, Noah, is turning 3!  Although I’m astounded at how much of a little man he has become, part of me questions how this little firecracker can only be 3 – he has given me significantly more years worth of memories and laughter!  He is great.

Margaritas

Call off the search parties – I’m here.  I know it’s been a bit since my last post.  I’ve been basking in the Summer sun working on material.  Seriously.  We have been entertaining up a storm this Summer and I’ve been loving every minute.  Coincidentally the weather has been outstanding, which means we have been doing…

{4th of July Grilling FAVORITE} BBQ Bacon Cheddar

To me the word Summer is synonymous with grilling!  Well, that statement is somewhat misleading as we grill year round in my house.  Summer just means we can grill 5+ days a week, which is no exaggeration.  Heading into Fourth of July weekend, I thought I would share some of my favorite easy grilling recipes.  I…

Breaking Up the Bad Luck Blues

In 1961 the Shirelles were really onto something when they sang, “Mama said there’ll be days like this.”  The song’s immediate skyrocket up the Billboard charts clearly showed people could relate to the lyrics.  The one thing Mama failed to mention is sometimes days like this are consecutively strung together for weeks on end.  Yep,…

Vow Renewal

In his 2015 edition, Webster defines a friend as, “a person you like and enjoy being with.”  I can’t say he’s wrong.  I like and enjoy being with all my friends.  But when I truly reflect on the friendships I am lucky enough to have, I feel as though he only provided a partial definition.  He left…

Baseball Birthday Party

As I’ve mentioned, my son is a sports nut.  His birthday is in July, so it coincides nicely with baseball season and 4th of July, which made a baseball/Americana themed 2nd birthday a no-brainer.  I started with some simple table settings.  For the tablecloths I used solid red that I popped with a red and white picnic…

About Me

Hi, I’m Heidi Melissa.  The founder of the pARTy planning – The Art in Party Planning.  I use the word ‘founder’ loosely as I really haven’t founded anything.  I started a blog.  Why?  I don’t know.  It’s something I thought about for awhile and then just went for it.  As one friend perfect put it, ‘live…

2015 Packers Family Night

I married a Packer lover!  As a native of Wisconsin I’ve always rooted for the Packers – for as much rooting as I did.  Sure, I wanted them to win, but my interest in the Packers centered around the party and the socialization.  It was an added bonus when they won, but I didn’t really care…