Goodbye, Summer

DSC_0289-685x1024Wow…this summer really flew by! I’m sure for you, too.

As I look back on some of my favorite moments and places of the past 3 months, I am reminded of how much I love the summer season. The hydrangeas that finally came through. A trip of a lifetime to the Amalfi Coast. Small gatherings with friends. Lots and lots of time in the garden. A delightful visit to Newport. New Italian dishes and pottery. And a glass (or two) of champagne. Here’s a look back at the summer of 2017.DSC_0346-685x1024 DSC_0352-1024x685 DSC_0362-685x1024 DSC_0381-1024x686 DSC_0400-685x1024 DSC_0410-1024x685 DSC_0421-e1501791621124-686x1024 DSC_0426-701x1024 DSC_0461-738x1024 DSC_02721-748x1024 DSC_02751-1024x726DSC_03661-1024x685DSC_04991-882x1024 IMG_3543-768x1024 IMG_3581-768x1024 IMG_3628-e1499804690777-768x1024 IMG_3729-e1499804538998-768x1024IMG_4034-768x1024 IMG_4038-1024x768I’m going to take this last week to savor the final moments of summer and get my sons ready for school. I hope that your summer was filled with beautiful memories, too! Good thing there’s a lot to look forward to for Fall!

See you in September!

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Pizzazzerie – Entertain in Style

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I love a good party. I love dreaming about ideas for parties. I love all the little details that make a party special. So, I was thrilled to flip through Courtney Whitmore’s new book, Pizzazzerie – Entertain in Style. The cover drew me in immediately…and the photographs throughout are bright, happy and capture the concepts beautifully!

The ideas and recipes in Courtney’s latest book are fresh and fun. Mix and match or do them start-to-finish. Perfect for the daughter or friend who is just starting out or for a more seasoned hostess who is always looking toward the next soiree.

If you’re lucky enough to be in one of the towns where she’s holding a book signing (her first was at Nashville’s Draper James!), then take your gift list and have her sign books for all your friends!pizzazzerie-book-signing-11 signingsgraphicWho couldn’t use a little more pizzazz in their life?!!!

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Summer Dinner Party

IMG_4041Summer entertaining should be easy and breezy, not overly stressful. Yet, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a little dressed up.

Since setting the table happens before any party, you can take your time and embellish up to a day or two ahead. For a recent dinner, I started with matching hot pink chargers from Marie Daage with my wedding china, Wedgewood Crown Sapphire. It’s one of those patterns that I loved, then tired of and having spent years in the drawer as I rotated a number of other patterns, finally seemed new again. Pulling in the hot pink napkins and glasses gave a little punch to each table setting.

As I have mentioned before, it has been a banner year for the hydrangeas, so I was thrilled to just use what was in the garden for my centerpieces. Using a mix of containers…some gifts, some recycled, some simple water glasses, I was able to create a landscape of high and low down the center of the table.

Perhaps my favorite touch was using hydrangea leaves for placecards.IMG_4038 IMG_4034 IMG_4055 (1) IMG_4046 IMG_4033IMG_4036Using what you have and have accumlated over time, mixing it together and sharing it with friends…that makes entertaining easy and breezy.

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