Tailgating Tips

7b6763ff7f902b721286ef1f78b3f8baTailgating season is officially here! Whether you’re cheering for your favorite pro team (we are Cowboys, Chiefs fans), your college team, your child’s high school team or are simply taking a fall foilage break, a well designed tailgate can really elevate the experience.

Tips for making the most of your tailgate:

  • Spread an old blanket or tablecloth on the open tailgate
  • Make a backdrop with mums or other storebought plants in orchard baskets that you can take home and continue to enjoy
  • Serve sandwiches, mason jar salads, chips, caprese skewers, cookies or brownies…keep it simple
  • Use heavy plastic or tin plates
  • Use real cutlery instead of plastic & cloth napkins – they just hold up better
  • Use picnic baskets, woven trays, vintage coolers and team coordinated banners for useful styling. Think varying heights.
  • Always have more ice, beer, wine and bottled water than you think you need. Don’t forget the openers!
  • Take your own trash bag, paper towels and towelettes for quick and easy cleanup.
  • Share with tailgaters near you!

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images: Danielle Rollins/Waiting on Martha, HonestlyYUM, Celebration at Home

Fall Entertaining

An intimate dinner party this weekend was an opportunity to test drive some Thanksgiving ideas. I always pull out my Spode Woodland this time of year, as the color and style reflect what’s happening outside our windows. I love that it is gracious without being stuffy. I also love pulling out my antler steak knives….my husband makes an amazing tenderloin!

For the flowers, I was drawn to the texture and colors of the kale, artichokes, orchids, berries and roses. I worked with a local florist to pull my choices together and have them delivered the day before the dinner. That way, I can have all the table elements out of the way before I focus on the cooking.img_0693 img_0704 img_0706 img_0699 img_0700 img_0703 img_0705I may not repeat this exactly for Thanksgiving….but I feel a little more prepared.

What are you planning for your Thanksgiving table?


New Month, New Start

160829_goop_0584-1Continuing with the idea of September being a new start for many (new school year, renewed focus, jumpstart the coming year), I thought it would be fun to share some simple, yet clever ideas to make the most of this month.

  1. Jazz up your morning breakfast with these healthy “breakfast bowl” ideas – get recipes here

enhanced-13864-1463508892-5bn-ps027_journa_j_201609061125362. Have you heard of “bullet journaling”? My husband turned me onto this relatively new method of planning/organizing/journaling after seeing an article in the WSJ. And, I must admit to being intrigued. I have gone back and forth between paper and digital and have a few tools I try to use each day, so this simplified version is something I am considering. You can learn more about it here!le-catch-luncheon-1-1024x6833. Plan a Fall gathering before the crush of the holidays is upon us. Take inspiration from this gorgeous, outdoor fete created by designer,  Jenni Kayne, Le Catch and Jessica De Ruiter. Recipes and addtional photos here!

Just as students are beginning a new year and learning new things….perhaps we can, too!


images: goop, bullet journal, rip + tan (photography by katrina dickson)