FATHER’S DAY

FATHER'S DAYIt’s almost dad’s turn to be celebrated. Here’s your Father’s Day party roadmap, which should really be celebrated outside by the pool.

EAT: If your dad is like mine, steak is his meal of choice. If your dad is really like mine, he’ll want to grill it himself.

DRINK: Cold beers displayed neatly.

BAKE: Bourbon pecan pie with chocolate and let’s add some ice cream for good measure.

MAKE: Buckets of candles (citronella preferred) so you can party into the night.

WEAR: A comfy but adorable dress.

MOTHER’S DAY

This is how you party for Mother's Day. Mommy’s day is coming. Have you sent her a card? I’ll wait while you run to the mailbox. Then let’s get the family together to celebrate. Here’s your Mother’s Day dinner party roadmap (but be sure to personalize it to your mama’s favorites).

EAT: Spicy parmesan shrimp pasta equals all the things my mother truly loves in life (minus me).

DRINK: White wine sangria because why not?

BAKE: Nutella is my mom’s favorite and this salted Nutella buttercream cake looks amazing.

MAKE: Pop some typography mom toppers on said cake.

WEAR: Love these floral print pants which could be dressed up or down.

REASON TO PARTY // NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY

February 22 is National Margarita Day!Who’d have thought National Margarita Day was in February? I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised and happy to have a reason to break out the pitchers, salt and limes.

Since it’s a national holiday it’s basically a required celebration. Grab the tequila. Here’s your National Margarita Day party roadmap.

EAT: Tacos are a pretty perfect match for National Margarita Day and this is one of my favorite recipes.

DRINK: Margaritas are a given but mix things up with a few varieties like this classic, this spicy take, this colorful option or maybe even this sorbet.

MAKE: This bar cart would showcase the margarita selections nicely.

BAKE: Spiced flourless chocolate crinkle cookies keep things on message.

WEAR: Blazer and a tee for the win.

REASON TO PARTY // GIRLS

Reason to Party: GIRLS

Girls is back on Sunday and that deserves a party. Grab your lady friends for desserts and cocktails while enjoying the season three premiere. I love you, Adam Driver.

EAT: Jazz up popcorn, the official movie/TV viewing snack.

DRINK: This quick and easy rosemary gin fizz seems like a good balance to the sweets. Also a lot of wine.

BAKE: I’m going to suggest making a few types of treats including salted carmel molten chocolate cakes.

MAKE: Add Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna to cocktail stirrers.

WEAR: You need something cozy but a little chic too. Or maybe just got with a mesh tank.

REASON TO PARTY // PUMPKIN CARVING

Reason to Party: Pumpkin Carving

I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years but that’s exactly what I’ll be doing this weekend. This is an easy way to get together with friends before Halloween. Invite guests to bring their own pumpkins and drinks to share while you provide the foods and carving supplies. Here’s what to eat, drink, make, bake and wear to your pumpkin carving soiree.

EAT: This chorizo fondue served in a pumpkin bowl looks incredible. Serve with seasoned pretzels, roasted pumpkin seeds and a hearty soup.

DRINK: I know it’s tempting to serve pumpkin ale (which would be fine) but since you have a lot pumpkiny things happening, try some local beers or your favorite wine.

BAKE: Again I’d resist the pumpkin temptation and bake something that reminds us all how much we miss trick or treating.

MAKE: Create a pumpkin carving score sheet or download mine here.

WEAR: The carving will likely need to be done outside so a cute jacket is necessary. Just make sure not to get pumpkin goop on your pretty things.

Now I need to figure out how to carve Miley Cyrus’ face on a pumpkin.

REASON TO PARTY // COLLEGE FOOTBALL

You don’t need a reason to party, but from time to time I’m going to give you a good one. Then I’m going to suggest the essentials: what to eat, drink, bake, make and wear.

Reason to party: College Football!If the first college football Saturday of the season isn’t a reason to party, I don’t know what is. Get the gang together for a  tailgate at home. Send out a schedule for the day, including what games will be featured. If possible, set up a few viewing areas so guests can catch various games. Ask everyone to bring a dip while you provide the main course, drinks and dessert.

EAT: Wings are an essential part of the game day experience. Pizza is delicious. Why not combine the two for a wingless buffalo chicken pizza?

DRINK: No need to get fancy. The people want beer while watching college football and the people shall have it.

BAKE: Beer ice cream chocolate chip sandwiches. There isn’t much else to say.

MAKE: Make favors with the faces of your guests’ favorite mascots.

WEAR: Swap your typical college tee for a dress in your team’s colors. It seems like an appropriate way to usher in a new season. Plus it’s August and hot outside.

So what will you be doing on August 31st? More importantly, who will you be routing for?