Party like it’s 1988

I’m not ashamed to tell you all that I’m proudly going to the NYOTB, Paula Abdul, and Boys II Men concert tonight with my lifelong girlfriends. :)

When I heard the NKOTB was coming to concert, I texted my friends and said “I don’t care that I’m turning 43. It’s my birthday and we’re going to this concert and dance like it’s 1988!” So here we are…29 years later…going to the NKOTB concert AGAIN. Yep. We went to the NYOTB concert together back in 1988 when they performed at the Puyallup Fair.

Tonight we will be reminiscing about old memories, as well as making new ones. So in honor of birthdays…I’ve created my Party Playlist. One song from each year I’ve been on this earth (with a bonus song from the year of my birth.) Some of the years the picks were easy, and some were hard (especially the mid-80’s.) So many songs. So many memories.

So download Spotify, and follow KT’s Party Playlist! Get ready to get your dance on!

1974 – The Steve Miller Band, The Joker

1975 – Captain & Tennille, Love Will Keep Us Together

1976 – Boston, More Than a Feeling

1977 – The Commodores, Brick House

1978 – The Cars, My Best Friend’s Girl

1979 – Michael Jackson, Rock With You

1980 – Kool and the Gang, Celebration

1981 – Human League, Don’t You Want Me

1982 – Madness, Our House

1983 – Human League, (Keep Feeling) Fascination

1984 – Kenny Loggins, Footloose

1985 – Madonna, Into the Groove

1986 – Beastie Boys, Brass Monkey

1987 – Def Leppard, Hysteria

1988 – New Kids on the Block, You Got It (The Right Stuff)

1989 – Young MC, Bust A Move

1990 – Bel Biv Devoe, Poison

1991 – Arrested Development, Tennessee

1992 – Beastie Boys, So What’Cha Want

1993 – Pearl Jam, Daughter

1994 – Warren G (featuring Nate Dogg), Regulate

1995 – New Edition, Hit Me Off

1996 – Blackstreet, No Diggity

1997 – Notorious B.I.G, Mo Money Mo Problems

1998 – Britney Spears, Baby One More Time

1999 – Montell Jordan, Get It On Tonite

2000 – U2, Beautiful Day

2001 – Janet Jackson, All For You

2002 – Craig David, 7 Days

2003 – Black Eyed Peas, Let’s Get It Started

2004 – Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris, Yeah!

2005 – Missy Elliot (feat. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop), Lose Control

2006 – Justin Timberlake, Sexyback

2007 – Chris Brown, Kiss Kiss

2008 – Beyoncé, Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)

2009 – The Black Eyed Peas, I Gotta Feeling

2010 – Usher (feat., OMG

2011 – Katy Perry, Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)

2012 – Macklamore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Wanz), Thrift Shop

2013 – Pharrell Williams, Happy

2014 – Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars), Uptown Funk

2015 – Drake, Hotline Bling

2016 – Justin Timberlake, Can’t Stop the Feeling

2017 – Bruno Mars, 24K Magic


BTW…my favorite New Kid was Jordan. :)

Wine box drink stand

For our second holiday craft, Cathie (from tinsel + trim) and I decided to do a more generalized DIY that could be used for many holidays…an up-cycled wooden wine box drink stand.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Seattle area, just to the east of us is the city of Woodinville. It’s the premier stop for wine-tasting in the Seattle area. As I grow older (and wiser) I have learned to appreciate this attraction. :) We are so lucky to have such amazing wineries in our backyard.

Many wine lovers join a wine club to receive limited edition varietals, or access to special wine tasting events. Personally I am not a member of any wine clubs, however I know which ones I would join if I did. :) My good friend is a member of Mark Ryan Winery, and I was lucky enough to get a few of her extra wine club boxes she had stashed away. I knew right away I could make something out of these boxes, especially for all the holiday parties coming up this month.

I don’t have a wood shop, nor all the tools to create what I was envisioning…but my brother-in-law does. He is always up for a good craft, and this time was no exception. So one Saturday we made a stop at the hardware store, and within a few hours we had a new accessory for my next party. :)



Approximately 1 hour to complete one box


  • 1 large rectangular wine box with sliding lid
  • Pencil
  • 3.75″ wide hole saw attachment
  • Drill
  • Medium and fine sandpaper
  • .25″ drill bit
  • 2 wide-mouthed pint sized mason jars
  • 4 small bun feet with screws attached
  • 4 nuts
  • 4 washers
  • Drink dispenser



Step 1:

Measure where you want the two jars to inset. I chose one on each side of the box so I could put my drink pitcher in the middle. This wine box is tricky because it has permanent slats inside the box. You have to measure carefully to make sure you get the jar in just the right spot.

Measure the distance away from the edge and mark it with a pencil. Using the circle drill attachment on your cordless drill, carefully drill the holes out of the top of the box. Make sure you secure your lid firmly while you drill to avoid slipage.



Step 2:

Once you have your holes drilled, use the medium sandpaper to remove any large splinters. Then use the fine to smooth out the edges.

Step 3:

Flip over the bottom part of the box and mark where you want the feet to be placed in each corner. Using your .25″ drill bit, drill a hole on your marks.


Step 4:

Screw on each of the bun feet, and secure inside the box with a washer and nut.




Step 5:

Insert the lid back into the box, and inset your two mason jars into the holes.




Step 6:

Now you are ready to use your drink stand. :) Mix up your favorite holiday punch and use the jars for holding paper straws, lemon wedges, cherries or drink stirrers. You now have a one-stop shop for your drink makings!




Here is a few holiday punch recipes you can choose from: