it was a hoedown

Good morning Monday!

Well……i am happy to say that our little idea of a hoe down…..

which in turn ended up being a bigger idea….

then vamped itself into a full blown actual ranch setting in my back yard.

I only have but a few photos to show you all….

because i had my friend Maggie..who’s a real photographer… shoot the details for me.

So…when i get those back in a week or two…i’ll do a full blown post of the party for you.

I am a details girl.

Always have been….always will be.

It kills bryan sometimes….that i have this need for perfection…..

my friend calls it a gift……bryan calls it crazy.

I really just LOVE putting together a party…i really do.

Bryan even dressed up for the occasion….and i think he looked like a handsome cowboy.

We invited 32 of our bestest friends……

and the dress code was glamorized  country.

The night was really cool…as in low 50’s….

so we had to borrow a few fire pit’s…and rented a stationary heater…

but it all came together when i threw some extra hay bales around.

The hot cider with a little {or a lot…depending on who was drinking} rum..

helped take the chill off.


We dined on fried chicken…..potato salad….buttermilk biscuits….corn salad….

and honey butter.

Have you ever had honey butter?

I whipped up softened salted butter with honey to spread on the biscuits.

I love butter.

I love honey butter.

I might have eaten it by the spoon full.

Then the dance instructor showed up….and taught us all how to line dance.

It was a blast.

I promise there was no pole dancing going on….just line dancing.

Oh….and you’ll have to wait to see what dress i chose….i’m hoping Maggie got some

photos of us doing a little hoedown throwdown.



  1. glad it went perfectly!!
    everything looks so cute

  2. shoot…forgot to switch out my alterego

  3. I can’t wait to see the pictures and hear all about the party:) Looks like a great time was had by all!

  4. Wish we were there. Looks like a fun time! What did you do for music?

  5. Wow, I’d say you were a details girl! This should have been a photo shoot for a magazine…really incredible!

  6. We had a blast! Ring me for clean up help……

  7. yeehaw!! you did it up good girl. looks like a blast.

  8. I love the way you put things together, such an eye you have. Your decoration style and photos have been such an inspiration for my own parties. I just love it! Can’t wait to see the rest.

  9. looks like a good time!!!
    soo looking forward to the bIg post!!!

  10. Looks amazing!!


  11. How fun! Looks like you did a superb job…I am a details girl too and most of the time I feel like I probably am only doing it for me since not everyone notices those small little things…but I do…can’t help it….it makes me happy and that’s who I am . Can’t wait to see the details photos!

    PS…was this for a special occasion or just for fun?

  12. I can’t wait to have a real house with a real backyard to throw hoedown in! Looks like a blast! P.S…try honey butter with sourdough rolls…the BEST thing EVER!

  13. It looks like you did a fabulous job with all the details…what a fun party it must have been!!! Looking forward to more photos! xxoo 🙂

  14. I cant wait to see more!!!! Looks like so much fun!

  15. Looks like a wonderful time! I love how you just decided to do this and did it. I love all the details. And is it okay if I say that your husband is a hottie? He looks darn good dressed up as a cowboy. Can’t wait to see your outfit!

  16. Looks like a good ol’ country blast! What a great idea and your attention
    to detail really paid off. Everything looks perfect!!!

  17. It looks like the hoedown was a big hit! Everything looks amazing {I’m a detail girl, too; my hubby calls it being a perfectionist}…and honey butter…yum:)

  18. Can’t wait to see more pictures! Looks like a great time.


  19. Love your hoedown! I found your blog yesterday and was laughing so hard at your “winner of the best hair post”. You’re a very funny and gutsy girl. Keep on blogging!

  20. Looks like so much fun! Awesome details!

  21. Very cool!!! ;)Rachel

  22. What a fun and fabulous idea! I love how everyone dressed up and it looks like you all had a great time! I want to do one!


  23. Honored to be invited, sad that I wasn’t able to make it. Have I ever told you how happy I am to know someone like you? You are so talented.

  24. Oh, my word! I want to throw a hoedown party like…today!!! I grew up in Texas, and now live in Minnesota…that would be the perfect way to bring all of my northern friends into “my” world! =) You did SUCH a fabulous job on the decor! My wheels are turning now to see what I can come up with! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  25. Beautiful blog!

  26. Kasey you are unbelievably amazing…and yes you have a natural talent…everything was just gorgeous and looks amazing!!!…love, love all the details…but can’t wait to see the pics…and would love to know what dress you picked:)

  27. Lisa Fairbanks says:

    OK! I have refrained from writting a post almost everyday for about a month. I want to move to Illinois and be #33 of your closest friends. Make it 34 including my husband! Your my favorite go to every morning. So fun!! Our youngest boys look similar and would for sure be partners in crime! Blondies with a lot of SPUNK.

  28. Love the table settings…and am dying to know what you ended up wearing!

    Still checking the post for my silhouette book…snail mail!

  29. looks like fun! i loved the grey dress!! hope all is well! susan

  30. and where was my invite?

  31. Shannon Hermann says:

    It was a MAGICAL evening!!!!

  32. Looks like fun! 🙂 Can’t wait to see which dress you wore! 🙂

  33. Fun post! Loving editing your photos 😉

  34. Styling looks great!!

  35. Looks so gorgeous! Love the stage and the peanuts over the table hehe

  36. love your plates!!

  37. it looks sensational! whose music did you listen to? xx

  38. Love the hoedown idea…..We are going to have a birthday party for my daughter and what a great idea a hoedown, hope she likes it as much as me…..I am running with it……Thanks for the great idea….have a great day.

  39. Oh my goodness! It looks like it was such an amazing party! We did our baby girl’s first birthday party this year, as the biggest party I’ve ever thrown, and it was nowhere near the grandiose-ness of your party, but I was POOPED by the time it was all over! I love all the wonderful details in the photos. How fun to plan a theme party like this!

  40. I just love HOW you blog. You are so funny and random and creative and interesting. I was just reading your post from September 9. It’s great. Looks like your party was great too. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of it!

  41. so. much. fun! it looks like you guys had a blast!

    we live far away from our friends- they all live in Madison, and we live like 25-50 minutes away from them. well, that’s considered “far” around here…these people haven’t been to chicago. 😉

    anyway, my point is that in order to get our friends out here, we feel like we need to lure them in somehow. so we’ve been coming up with themed party ideas. i have to say that a ho-down had not crossed my mind, but i may need to steal it for next summer!

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