Sneak Peek of Ravello

DSC_0267Back to reality….we arrived home late last night from our Italian adventure.

I want to gather my photos and thoughts into useful posts, which will include tips and helpful information for anyone contemplating a trip to the Amalfi Coast. In the meantime, here are a few things that caught my eye in Ravello.DSC_0272DSC_0271DSC_0283DSC_0286DSC_0318I’ll be back with much more!!

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Simple Summer Entertaining Tips

DSC_0352Simple summer entertaining…is that a misnomer? I don’t think so. The first thing that comes to mind for summer is being outside. In the Northeast, winter seems like a season that lasts half a year, so on any decent day, you’ll find me outside in the backyard.

The other thing that comes to mind is…use what you have. Finding a favorite “go to” color is an easy way to always have things on hand that can be used for an impromptu gathering. Obviously, mine is pink, but yours could be navy, citron or persimmon. Don’t be afraid to use basic pantry items, too….you can elevate them by how you present them. Presentation is everything!

This is a simple set up that I pulled together to welcome my mom to New York. Isn’t that reason enough for a celebration? The base is my potting table, which is meant for growing herbs. When I’m not growing herbs in it, I put the top on and use it as a “bar cart” and serving station. It’s the perfect height and I love the look of the weathered wood.DSC_0344 DSC_0355 DSC_0345Next, I needed to dress it up a bit, so I used a garland that I saved from a birthday celebration. It says “party”! Additionally, I use the “good stuff”. That means ditching the plastic for crystal and silver. I’m not setting an entire table, so it’s as easy as loading up a silver tray and bringing it outside. Don’t have a wine or champagne cooler? No problem. Use a basic glass vase and cut some hosta leaves out of the garden to dress it up.DSC_0349 DSC_0356DSC_0346Some people like salty. Some like sweet. I’m the former, but I always love to have a little dessert for those who love them. Store bought cupcakes are dressed up with one of my favorite sprinkle mixes by Amy Sedaris for Fishes Eddy. The little white candies say “I Like You”.DSC_0341 DSC_0342DSC_0340 DSC_0343The key to simple entertaining in summer, or any season for that matter, is to have an arsenal of entertaining basics on hand and to find a formula that works for you. Happy Summer!!

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Sources: Drink More Champagne napkins (Shop Lettermade), Hot Pink monogrammed napkins (Emily McCarthy), Silver bowl & similar (Watson Kennedy), Rosé All Day pillow (Nest Inspired Home), Garland (BlushBazaar)

Find more Simple Summer Entertaining Tips from these lovely bloggers: ShabbyFuFu, Megan Pflug Designs, Classic Casual Home, Hello Lovely, Rough Luxe Lifestyle

Almost Summer Garden

IMG_3078It’s almost summer! That means hydrangeas…or at least it usually does. Last year, like many of you, mine just didn’t bloom. So, I am thrilled to see so many blossoms this year. Here’s an early peek, as they are not at their peak!DSC_0358IMG_3077DSC_0362DSC_0364DSC_0359DSC_0365As my birthday is on the first day of summer, June 21st, I’m going to be away this week. There will be a post on Thursday, as I’m joining other lifestyle bloggers talking “simple summer entertaining tips”, so don’t be thrown by the unusual schedule.

Next week, I’ll be back on my M/W/F with photos of the where I am! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll get a preview.

Happy Summer!

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