September 5th, 2009 |

Labor Day….what to do, what to do?!

Labor DayImages via delikatissen.com

August 12th, 2009 |

Fall Entertaining: Glorious Fall Hues

fall entertaining

Now that I am decorating a new house (and have so much more room to throw parties!), I have been looking all over the web for new ideas for Fall entertaining.  One of the must-have trends  is the use of rich hues, such as olive, plum, and peacock blues.

I found some great items – these flamboyant pillows from Crate & Barrel with a modern pop-up texture are so fun and the color combination makes a great color inspiration for a party!  If you do decide to host a party using this color palette, check out the colorful vases from Crate & Barrel as well.  Grouped together, they would make a striking centerpiece for your dinner table.  I am in love with these adorable napkin rings from Jonathan Adler – they come in four different animals would be a fun accent to any table setting.

Fall is just starting to hit stores now….but this sneak peak already has me excited!

July 28th, 2009 |

Add an Unexpected Element to your Centerpiece

Fish Centerpiece

Think about adding an unexpected element to your centerpieces for your next party.  I L-O-V-E this idea….beautiful flowers, paired with playful fish…charming, colorful, and totally fun!

Images via Details Details

July 27th, 2009 |

Dinner Table with Style

table with style (small)

If you are like me, you are always looking for ways to spice up your table setting.  I like to change it up – even if it’s just dinner for 2!  I love the bold colors and modern lines of the images above.  There are a couple ideas that are great for everyday entertaining and are oh, so simple to do:

Silverware Pockets

These can be made out of all different materials!  Fabric, oil cloth (pictured above), even patterned paper.

Zinnia Placecards

Find a colorful bloom, snip the stem off, and stick a placecard in between the petals.  Simple and perfect for everyday!

Signature Drink

Serve a signature drink for every party (or week-night dinner, for that matter!).  I came across this cucumber gimlet recipe from Epicurious that looks tasty and refreshing for a hot, summer day.

Dishes

Use different shaped white dishes, but pop your place setting with one bold colored dish, such as a red bowl, a bright yellow salad plate, or a turquoise blue napkin.

Images: silverware pocket (matthewmeadstyle.com), table, zinnia placecards, dessert place (inmagine.com), cucumber gimlet (epicurious.com)

July 22nd, 2009 |

Update Your Accessories

Hurricanes 2

I don’t know about you, but I love changing out the accessories in my home each season….who am I kidding, multiple times per season!  I’m constantly moving things around and performing what’s known in the home good stores as a “floor flip”!  I just like to change things up and try out different looks.  One of the best things we registered for when we got married are glass hurricanes.  We have the ones pictured above (on the left) from Crate & Barrel.  Although they mostly reside on the mantel of our fireplace, I can change the look of them in an instant….perfect to use as a centerpiece for a party!

I love the minimalist look above….the large floating flower, the banana leaf wrapped on the inside of the hurricane.  Simple, elegant, perfect for everyday or a party!

Hurricanes 1

You can fill them with flowers, fruit, beans, wine corks, moss, rocks…..the sky is the limit!  I love this image – it’s a perfect example of how you can quickly change the look of them for a party.

Hurricanes 3

I’m already trying to figure out how I am going to update my hurricanes for Fall.  What are your ideas?!  How are you going to update your home for the Fall season?

Images: hurricanes with banana leaves (crateandbarrel.com), pink floating flower centerpiece (brides.com), hurricanes with fall fruit (potterybarn.com), colored candles with beans (flickr.com), pumpkin hurricanes (goodhousekeeping.com)

July 6th, 2009 |

Weekend Party at the Lake House

Weekend Party at the Lake House

It’s Monday morning – after a week of posts full of red, white and blue, and patriotic fun, I am a little burned out on color!  I am totally “that girl” that pulls a head-to-toe black outfit out of her closet when I just can’t figure out what to wear!

Some might say black and white is a boring color palette.   I love the striking combination when it comes to clothing, my home and party decorations!  I have summer, lake houses and family gatherings on the brain lately….so today’s inspiration is for a family gathering at the lake.

When you are hosting a bunch of people for a whole weekend, it’s best to have a few tricks up your sleeve!  Make sure your home is guest-ready.  Clean sheets, towels, and well-defined areas for people to gather.  I love the pictures above with the wide, cushioned benches, the chaise lounge chairs, and umbrellas to provide a little shade.  Black and white can be boring….but not when it’s popped with bold striped throw pillows and beach towels!  Make your space evening-friendly by placing lanterns around the area to provide a little light once the sun goes down.  Provide your guests with a bucket full of flip flops to wear by the pool….it’s a thoughtful gesture and a fun party favor to take home to remember the weekend.

Your weekend will be full of meals, so make your life simple and choose one accent color to use throughout the whole weekend.  I love the black, white and yellow combination!  Line the center of your table with bud vases and fill with single blooms of sunflowers.  There are great melamine dishes out there that are outdoor friendly.  Don’t forget serving trays – these yellow ones would be perfect for carrying food and drinks out to the dock!

Images: dock images (ralphlaurenhome.com), daisy cupcake (sugarbloomcupcakes.com), sunflowers (theknot.com),flipflops (instyleweddings.com), drinks (brides.com), polka dot dress (jcrew.com)

July 2nd, 2009 |

Rainy Day Topiaries

Umbrella Topiary

These bright and cheery topiaries are perfect for a rainy day brunch or a summer bridal shower!  All you need are two styrofoam topiary forms (overall height 18 inches with 6-inch-diameter globes) and a box of paper umbrellas.

A couple of tips:

  • Insert the umbrellas in a partially open position to make the finished piece look textured and 3-dimensional.
  • Inserted all of the orange, pink, and yellow parasols first and then “cover up” the areas between them (where the globe shows through) with green parasols.
  • To add a finished look to the stem of the topiary, wrap it with a length of ribbon, pinning it into the styrofoam at the top and the bottom.

These topiaries look bright, cheery, and very summery! Unlike real topiaries, these will only cost $10 to make the two.


Umbrella Topiary How Tovia Craft Stylish

July 1st, 2009 |

Creative Centerpiece with Patriotic Style

Patriotic StyleLooking for a quick, inexpensive centerpiece for your 4th of July party?  Try this idea from Woman’s Day….

Supplies

Red sand
White sand
Blue sand
Glass vases – different sizes and shapes
Red, white or blue daisies
Small, decorative American flags

Directions

1) Layer red, white and blue sand in the glass vase (varying colors and patterns as you desire)
Hint: Pour in a layer of color, then shake gently to level.
2) Add flowers or flags for a festive finish

June 18th, 2009 |

Decorate with Lemons

Decorate with Lemons (small)

Give your party a fresh look this summer by using lemons in your decorations and centerpieces.  Bright, colorful, affordable, and easy to find – lemons are the perfect addition to any party.  Beautiful when paired with flowers, festive when combined with other citrus fruits, or boldly stunning when used by themselves – see what you can create!

Images: lemon and orchid arrangement, lemon placecard (theknot.com), candlesticks (themomsbuzz.com), chandelier, table settings (stylemepretty.com), lemon archway (tapestry.com), bowl of lemons (inmagine.com)

June 18th, 2009 |

Setting a Summer Table

Setting Summer Table

Summertime table settings should be as relaxed and carefree as the season itself. The summer invites  alfresco meals—from breakfasts on the porch to poolside cocktails and patio dinners. These great tips from Williams Sonoma will help you create stylish table settings for the entire season.

Tableware

To simplify planning your settings, include pieces in your tableware collection that can serve more than one function. Earthenware pasta bowls are wonderful for pasta, risotto and polenta as well as for salads and gazpacho. Dipping bowls are another summertime staple for presenting fine olive oils, vinegars and condiments or savory nibbles like nuts and olives. In addition to holding beverages, wine and margarita glasses can double as serving vessels for fresh fruit salads, frosty sorbets and chilled seafood cocktails.

Linens

Table linens help set the mood for summer dining. Options can be as understated as a crisp, white cotton tablecloth and napkins or as exuberant as a colorful paisley, geometric or floral print. To create visual contrast, mix solids and patterns or combine linens of different textures, such as a quilted cotton tablecloth with wicker place mats.

Centerpieces

Summer’s bountiful gardens inspire colorful table decorations. Floral arrangements are often casual and spontaneous, showcasing whatever is in bloom. Display a bouquet of just-picked flowers in a rustic earthenware pitcher, or use bud vases or tumblers to hold individual blossoms or newly cut herbs at each place setting.

Lighting

For dining after sundown, illuminate table settings with candles in varying shapes and sizes—from tiny tea lights and votives to dramatic pillar and taper candles. To create a natural look, place candles in bowls of sand, seashells or river pebbles. Nautical-style table lanterns bring the feel of the seaside to your gatherings yet won’t extinguish in the breeze. For ambient outdoor lighting, group patio torches around your dining area.

Images: table setting (williams-sonoma.com), colorful glasses (surlatable.com)

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