On the cover:  Balloons!  100 balloons with glue dots & tape to create an arch $13.98 on Amazon.  Electric balloon blower pump, priceless.  Just kidding, it was $16.99 on Amazon and worth its weight in gold. The entire thing went together in an hour, with two people.

The cover story this month is about celebrating.  From weddings to birthday parties, when the time calls for hosting a larger event, we’ve got you covered.  Personally, I LOVE having people over.  Whether we planned it ahead of time and the house is clean, food is out & flowers arranged or it’s impromptu and friends come over last minute.  Either way, I love to have people over, give them a drink in a pretty glass, feed them and just hang out.  Over the years, I’ve learned how easy it is to be prepared for the last minute parties.  I always, always have some sort of cheese, a box of nice crackers or nuts ready for any friends that stop by.  We don’t have small children at our house, so inviting people over for a last minute drink is pretty doable most days.  (No babysitters or homework anymore, woo!)  I think people love when you show an effort to make them feel comfortable and what’s better than making someone feel happy and welcome?  A really great party doesn’t have to cost a lot.  A simple get together when you have a good attitude will go far.  So have fun, invite some people over this weekend.  Or, make some invitations and throw a big party!  Whatever it is, whatever your budget, you can do this.  Go hang out with your friends and laugh, talk, hug, smile, share and don’t forget snacks.  People love snacks.

This month we also visit with Thom Bly of Triviosity.  You might recognize him from Grove Roots, but he can also DJ your next big event.  We eat at Gaskins Barbecue & Lobster, if you haven’t been yet, you’re missing out!  The food is incredible and the family is even sweeter.  I was invited to the Bok Tower Gardens “Fire & Ice” Farm-to-Table dinner by Chef Amy Freeze.  Thank you Amy, for having me out!  I took lots of pics to share with you all.  It was a fun night!

My husband Chris & I started the Winter Haven Farmers Market in January.  We wanted to recreate the markets we were used to going to in Michigan.  We added tables and chairs hoping to make this market a gathering place on Saturday mornings.  With food trucks offering ready to eat food or even just a cup of coffee, we invite you to stay awhile and enjoy the morning.  We’re across from Grove Roots in the BB&T Bank lot every Saturday morning from 9am-1pm until May.  Find out who will be at the market each week on our Facebook page @winterhavenfarmersmarket

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Thanks for picking us up!

Amy Sexson




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