Easy Grazing Table Ideas for the Holidays

There’s a chill in the air, and it’s beginning to feel a lot like the holiday season! One of my favorite things about this time of year is getting together with friends and family. Good food, delicious beverages, and the best company — what could be better, right? Well, maybe. Hosting a big dinner party can be stressful and expensive, especially if you only do it sometimes or never have, for that matter. Everything from selecting the right recipes to timing the completion of each dish can be a challenge! Enter the grazing table ideas to keep things simple and guests snacking all party long.

Grazing Table Ideas

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.

While I have a few hosted meals under my belt, I wanted to share a hit that’s been a part of nearly any event I’ve ever hosted – a grazing table! It is perfect whether you’re serving the full meal deal or want to host a “board” party allowing guests to snack throughout! I love making grazing tables and boards because even the pickiest eater is sure to find something they like. 

Plus, if you are hard at work in the kitchen, grazing boards keep guests occupied and out of your way. The first time I hosted Christmas Brunch for our families at our new-to-us home, nearly every time I turned around, someone was popping their head into the kitchen. While it was nice they wanted to help; I find it incredibly stressful and distracting! When I started putting out a grazing board when guests began to arrive, this phenomenon suddenly vanished. Guess they were hoping for a snack!

With your sanity in mind, read on for my tips and tricks for easy holiday grazing board ideas!

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15 Things to Do During a Weekend Road Trip to the Columbia River Gorge

Everyone’s heard of “The Gorge” (at George) in Washington State, but are you familiar with the Columbia River Gorge on the border of Washington and Oregon? I recently had the opportunity to borrow a 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime and take it on a road trip to the area and was amazed 1. that I knew nothing about the area previously, and 2. I hadn’t been there before or heard anyone in the Seattle area talking about it! What a beautiful, scenic place with so much to offer visitors and residents alike.

What to Do in Columbia River Gorge

Toyota covered our expenses for this trip, and I was provided a vehicle loan. All opinions are my own!

The wide range of activities prompted me to pick this location. I tend to prefer city and shopping trips, while Dave enjoys golf and culture. We both love a good food adventure, and with all the beautiful weather we have been having, outdoor activities and scenic views sounded appealing to us both, too! 

Fortunately, the Columbia River Gorge has a bit of everything, including water sports, plenty of hiking options, golfing, farms, delicious food, wineries, breweries, and so much more. Read on for my recommendations for a weekend trip to the Columbia River Gorge area!

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The BEST Beach Reads for Summer 2022 (And Where to Read Them in Seattle)

The summer weather in Seattle may have gotten off to a slow start, but it’s here and there is no better time to dig into the perfect beach read! I’m excited to partner with HTP Books to share four of the perfect summer books from bestselling authors and where you can read them around the greater Seattle area. After all, there’s nothing like the perfect relaxing spot to cozy up with a good book and our weather this season just cannot be beat!

This post is sponsored by HTP Books

Whether you’re looking for a lively beach location, serene lakeside spot, cozy coffee shop, or an unusual park view, read on to see my four summer fiction novel picks and where to read them!

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Pack These Summer Beauty Essentials For Your Next Weekend Trip

When it comes to summer, there is nothing like getting out and exploring! We are so lucky to have the most beautiful summers here in the Pacific Northwest, so I rarely want to leave come summertime. That’s why I love taking weekend trips to locations just a short drive away! We recently adventured to the Columbia River Gorge to take in the beautiful scenery and explore the area. Prior to departing, a little beauty prep with all of the summer beauty essentials I’ve recently discovered was definitely in order!

Summer Beauty Must Haves

Are you heading somewhere new this summer? In partnership with Babbleboxx, I’m excited to share six summer beauty products for your prep routine and a packing list for your next summer adventure, whether you’re jet-setting or keeping things local!

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Where to See the BEST Flowers this Spring Near Seattle

Spring is finally here in Seattle! After a long, cold, and hard winter full of snowy days and freezing temperatures, I’m sure I’m not the only one craving the sunny days and colorful spring flowers. Seattle has a beautiful selection of places to see the flowers, and the Pacific Northwest, in general, has so many beautiful flower fields and gardens worth a visit.

Woman wearing a purple dress running in a tulip field

Today, I will be highlighting five of my favorite spring flower varieties and my top picks on where to see them, whether you’re okay with crowds or would prefer to avoid crowds altogether. I’ll be posting summer flowers later in the season, so stay tuned for even more places to see flowers near Seattle!

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