Latest articles by Tasha Standridge for Plum Deluxe

Tasha Standridge

Overhead view of a garden tea party.

How to Throw a Springtime Garden Tea Party

It’s that time of year: the days are longer, the temps are warmer, but it’s still cooling off at night. The birds are singing their songs in the blossom-filled trees. It’s the perfect season to have a garden tea party. Work With Nature You’ll run into a few (manageable) challenges with an outside meal. Three […]

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overhead view of an evening tea party table with turkey chili, cornbread, salad, crackers, and tea.

An Effortless Evening Tea Party

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We typically think of hosting our tea gatherings in the morning or afternoon, but sometimes the best fit for our schedule is right after work, in the evening. You can host an effortless evening tea party with these simple but heartful menu and entertainment suggestions. Stress-Free Food Commit to just an hour or so for […]

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overhead view of a tea party tablescape with place settings with pink floral tablecloth, tea cups, tea sandwiches, cake, cookies, pink flowers, and Laura Childs' book Plum Tea Crazy

How To Throw a Mystery Book Club Tea Party

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It’s no mystery why we love our mystery novels: it’s the thrills and suspense, the adventures that let us escape from everyday routines. We get to mingle with the good and bad guys, and hunt for clues as the plot unfolds. If you’re a super fan of the mystery novel, then check out how to […]

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table setting for a Paris tea party with cake, tea, and party favors

La Ville Lumiere: How to Host a Paris Tea Party

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Paris’ most famous nickname is “La Ville-Lumière” — literally, “The Light City,” though most often translated as “The City of Light,” a name it owes to its fame as a center of education and ideas. These gray winter days are enough to make one dream about and long for the beautiful, bright lights of Paris […]

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When you’re planning your cold-weather parties with friends and family, turn to this warming winter foods list for easy and creative small menus.

Warming Winter Foods List for Easy Entertaining

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When you’re planning your cold-weather parties with friends and family, turn to this warming winter foods list for easy and creative small menus. Menu duos offer simplicity to your planning when hosting a party, and they highlight for your guests memorable tastes to truly savor. Gluten Free: Chicken and Dumplings & Rice Salad This hearty […]

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Throw a joyous celebration for your friends and family with the following Kwanzaa recipes and party ideas.

Kwanzaa Recipes for a Joyous Celebration

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Kwanzaa, observed from December 26th to January 1st, is a relatively young holiday. It celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2016. The seven-day celebration highlights seven principals: unity, self-determination, responsibility, community, purpose, creativity, and faith. Throw a joyous Kwanzaa celebration for your friends and family with the following Kwanzaa recipes and party ideas. Seasonal Colors The […]

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Invest in the future of your community – and spread kindness – with these ten more ways to pay it forward.

10 More Pay It Forward Ideas

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. — Unknown When the world feels chaotic and I’m overwhelmed by the magnitude of need, I have to believe in the ripple effect. Whatever I can do to pay it forward within my own community can make an impact here and now, and ripple its way to the rest […]

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Diwali Party Ideas

Bright and Cheery Diwali Party Ideas

You may have seen the beautiful colors of India in pictures of the biggest Hindu festival called Diwali. Occurring in October or November of each year, it’s a party that lasts five days, celebrating the victory of light over the forces of darkness. You can host your own colorful and light-filled Diwali-inspired gathering with these […]

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How to Do a Murder Mystery Party

How to Do a Murder Mystery Party

Filled with mystery and intrigue, and dramatic character acting, what could be more fun than a rousing game of who-dun-it? Here’s how to do a murder mystery party of your own. The Party Kit For your first murder mystery party, look for a game that isn’t too complicated. Before you select a game, read the […]

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Diner Themed Party Ideas

3 Ideas for a Diner Themed Party

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Diners are known for their friendly charm and down-home hospitality offered in nostalgic, retro style. Serving American food such as hamburgers, French fries, sandwiches, and soups, they offer hearty fare at a reasonable price. You can host a friendly diner themed party with these three easy ideas. Checkers and a Jukebox Anything checkered is reminiscent of a diner setting; […]

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Deluxe Date Night In

4 Ways to Make a Deluxe Date Night In

Trying to come up with some fresh ideas for your date night at home? Try these four ways to have a deluxe date night in. If you’re feeling friendly, you can easily add more seats to include your favorite couple for a double-date night. To the Floor In Darling Dates for Two, I was smitten […]

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Picnic Themed Party Ideas

Three Ways to Have a Picnic-Themed Party

It’s a welcome adventure to grab a friend or two, pack up some goodies, and head to an outdoor location to share some relaxing time together. However, as the summer season comes to a close, you may get your fair share of extreme heat, or just the opposite, an unexpected downpour of rain. Here are […]

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tea party centerpiece ideas

5 Unique Tea Party Centerpiece Ideas

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When you’re having a sit-down get-together, it’s fun to decorate the table with a beautiful centerpiece. And while there are many gorgeous ones for sale in floral boutiques, they can often be quite spendy. A homemade centerpiece is unique and special; think of it simply as a collection of things you arrange together, like a […]

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Tea Party Games for Adults

Six Tea Party Games for Adults

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Tea and cookies are more than reason enough to gather friends together for an afternoon. But, why not add the element of good old-fashioned fun to your event with these six tea party games for adults? Door Prize Having a door prize is a super simple way to get your guests involved, even those who […]

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english tea party ideas

Modern English Tea Party Ideas for Two

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Earl Grey is one of the most popular tea flavors, and the perfect choice for any English tea party ideas. As Andy has reminded us, it was made famous by Star Trek’s Captain Picard. “Earl Grey. Hot!” To celebrate this bergamot-flavored black tea, I chose four must-do recipes to serve at this modern English tea […]

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trivia tea party

How to Host a Trivia Tea Party

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I have France on my mind. I’m taking a trip to France in May for a two-week vacation (squeal!). I can’t contain my excitement. Of course, this means I’ve been non-stop Googling info and reading my travel books on all things France. This made me think, what could be more fun than sharing an afternoon […]

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group birthday party

How to Host a Very Merry Group Un-Birthday Party

Remember when you were a kid, those friends with summer birthdays? They might have missed out on some birthday celebration because they didn’t get it announced in class, and their friends were away on summer vacation. (Was this you?) Well, now that we’re all grown up, we get this fabulous thing called “choice.” We can […]

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letter writing tea party

How to Host a Tea & Letter Writing Party

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There’s nothing quite like receiving a hand-written letter in the mail. It has an old-fashioned sentimental feel in these days of speedy communication. You can host your own fun and inspiring Tea and Letter-Writing Party with these simple suggestions. Supplies To get this party started, you’ll want to provide an assortment of notecards and writing […]

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tea ice cream social

Host a Positivi-Tea and Ice Cream Social

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We can never be filled too full with words of encouragement and affirmations from those near and dear to us. Invite your own posse over for an afternoon of affirmation — and maybe share the love with some new friends, too — by hosting a Positivi-Tea & Ice Cream Social. Gathering friends together for hot […]

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4 Ways to Date Yourself

Making time for you is an important practice. Often, we fit everyone else into our crazy schedules, but forget to set aside time for Numero Uno. Allowing yourself to be the priority, and creating space for self-care, re-energizes your mind, body, and spirit. One way to show yourself some love is to have a selfie-date. […]

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group baking party ideas

Stop. Collaborate, and Bake! How to Host a Group Baking Soiree

Now, here’s a recipe for fun! Take a handful of good friends and one cozy kitchen, combine with a few delightfully sweet recipes, the intoxicating smells of baked treats, and quality time spent together. The result of this group baking party will be a memorable day with piles of goodies to share with everyone. Different […]

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camping themed party ideas

Campfire Couture: Outdoor-Themed Party Ideas

A smoky backyard campfire may not drum up images of “couture,” but with a bit of creative decorating we can take elements of the classic campfire gathering and make a dreamy setting for your next party. Your guests will get the essence of the cookout but be lounging around comfortably inside with glittering lights and […]

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South France Tea Party

Seaside Tea Party in the South of France

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I left my heart in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Where? Why, it’s in the South of France! This gorgeous little seaside village sits between Nice and Monaco, attracting beach-goers to its sunny and relaxed locale. Homes are painted delightful shades of orange, red, and yellow and their reflections shimmer off an azure-blue sea. The pedestrian-only streets are old, […]

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Tuscan Tea Party

Tuscan Countryside Afternoon Tea Party

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There’s a region of Italy that feels like it was stolen straight out of a storybook: Tuscany. In person, it feels like you’ve stepped into the pages of the story, its towns built of ancient stone dotting the rolling green hilltops, tall cypress trees spiking up into the bright blue sky, miles of well-tamed vineyards […]

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