About Me

Hi! I’m Alli and I’m a southern girl.  All I have to do is open my mouth and you know I’m southern to the core.  I always wished for a British accent when I was growing up.  Never happened, y’all!

How did I come up with An Alli Event?  It’s an inside joke, but I’ll let you in on the secret.  In the past, every time I engaged in the first steps of planning a party, my daughters would sigh, roll their eyes and jokingly say, “Oh gosh, another Alli Event.”  But who constantly calls me for party, menu and recipe advice?  Who’s rolling their eyes now?  It’s me!


When I was in the early design stages of this blog, I asked my 20-something and 30-something-year-old daughters to help me come up with that one fabulous line that would define and set me apart from all other blogs.  Daughter #1 said (and I quote), “From the window to the wall . . . I make a great cheese ball.”  They were no help at all!

See the chubby-cheeked expression on my face in my first-grade picture?  That’s the same look I gave daughter #1! What’s up with the uneven bangs?


My passions are writing, cooking, and throwing a mean party (that’s a good thing).  You’ll find me sharing party planning tips as well as some of my favorite stories about my life and the lives of others.  Hang around long enough and I’ll be writing about you.  Just kidding.  Maybe.

All of my parties have to be fun, frugal and fabulous!  My décor is always simple, yet stunning.  My food is scrumptious and satisfying.  Stick around and I’ll show you how to take my ideas and make them your own.

Random Facts About Me

    1. I have five children, four grandsons, and one husband.
    2. My favorite color is orange OR blue. It’s hard to pick a fave!
    3. I love to travel and the beach, any beach, is my favorite place to be.
    4. I can’t sing.  At all.  But I love to make a joyful noise. You can read more about the time I stole the show here!
    5. Reading is a passion.  When I’m reading, I’m there.  Just ask my kids.
    6. I couldn’t live without my KitchenAid mixer or my dutch oven.  Those are two must haves for me.  (Of course, I didn’t have them for years and got along just fine.)
    7. Helping others always gives me a really good feeling in the pit of my tummy.
    8. I have a type A personality.  There.  I admit it.  And I’m always on time, OK, early for everything.  I inherited it from my parents and just can’t help it.
    9. Spray paint and a tape measure are two of my best friends.
    10. Spending time with my grandsons is da bomb!
    11. I’m a lefty just like 3 of the last 4 presidents.  Just sayin’
    12. I love, love, love Duke basketball!  (Go, Duke!)
    13. My husband and I pastor the best church in the world!
    14. I’m a budget shopper who loves the thrill of the hunt for a good deal.  Find my shopping steals and deals by clicking here!
    15. Shoes are my weakness.
    16. I hate glitter and glitter hates me.  Why does that one speck of glitter always stick to my face?  Why do you need a jackhammer to remove it?
    17. I think that fennel tastes like black licorice.  I don’t like black licorice.
    18. When someone tells me I look too young to be a grandmother, I always tell them it’s my good genes from my mom and the fact that I eat turnip greens.  Yep, that’s it.
    19. When I was growing up I wanted to live in NYC.  It was my number one dream besides speaking with a British accent.
    20. I don’t live in NYC. I live in South Carolina!  And I don’t speak with a British accent.  I’m southern to the bone. And that’s the way I like it.
    21. I miss my mom every single day! I just wish I could call her one more time. But one day I’ll see her again in heaven.

Here’s the Family!

Smith Family (6)resize


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  1. Rebekah Price says:

    Sometimes I’m scared you’re going to spray paint my kids. lol

  2. Hi! I am your newest follower, @scggirl. I love planning events as well and your site has such fabulous ideas

  3. Hi Alli! Stopping in from Let’s Get Social Sunday to say hello and looking forward to getting to know you. Will be following you via email. Have a great week!

  4. Oh!!! Super excited. A party planner after my own heart! So glad I clicked on your pretty picture at Let’s get social sundays. 🙂 Following through facebook! 🙂

  5. What a fun family. I have 7 grandchildren and know what you mean about heaven 🙂 We are all about travel.
    New follower, thank you for joining us at Let’s Get Social Sunday.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
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    • I’m so glad I found Let’s Get Social! I’ve “met” some really cool people! I love to travel, too! Leaving next Sunday to spend three weeks in St. Maarten. Gonna miss the grandkids, but we will be facetiming a lot! Thanks for stopping by. I’m so looking forward to all of your posts!

  6. Stopping by from Let’s Get Social Sunday! Followed you on bloglovin and FB! I’ve already loved looking around your blog! Thanks for linking up and hope to get to know and see you linking up in the future!
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  7. Thanks for linking up to Sunday Social at Call Me PMc

  8. Will be sharing your blog on my Facebook page this afternoon as one of our featured blogs from Lets Get Social Sunday!!!

    Hugs, my new Friend!
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  9. Hi Alli! Stopping by from the #tribedare I’ve been following for awhile but I wanted to say hi!

  10. You have such a cute family! I love your random things about me. I’ll be checking out your budget shopping. My husband and I are always trying to find ways to save money!
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  11. Great fam pics, will be following via bloglovin 🙂
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  12. I found you in a round about way through the Southern Girl Blog Community list for SC and after reading your “About Me” page, I knew I wanted to become a new follower. Anyone who thinks of spray paint as a best friend, is always early and lists reading as a passion is pretty awesome in my book. I’m looking forward to following along with your blog.
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