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

This & That

Cheers….it’s Friday!! The winding down of the work week and the anticipation of leisure. 

Today, I have a little bit of this and that for your weekend reading. First, I wanted to announce the winner of the Angela’s Garden gardening glove give away. Congratulations to my talented friend and fellow Westchester blogger, Patricia of pve design!!! Let me know what size and color of the classic glove you would like and we’ll get those sent right over!!

Next, with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduations soon upon us, it always helps to have fresh gift ideas. You will find them in spades in this new guide, to&from, curated by stylish bloggers, many of whom you probably know.

Finally, I am honored to have my home featured as an “inspired home” on the always colorful and visually delicious blog, The French Tangerine. Many of the photos you may have seen, but I have to admit it’s fun to see someone else’s take on things. Honestly, I think Jan makes my home look better than I do. Hop over to take a look and I know you’ll find tons of inspiration from many of her other featured homes.

What’s inspiring you this weekend? 

images: terrain, to&from, ppt

Home Sweet Home

Good Monday morning, everyone!! How was your weekend? Ours was great…that perfect combination of family time and seeing friends. Flag football games and work around the house. Dinner in the city and a fundraiser in the “burbs”. Exercise and relaxation. Balance in all areas.
Today, I am thrilled to be sharing more about our home for a special blogger series hosted by my friend, Tina, of the fabulously inspiring blog,  The Enchanted Home!! Come on over and see what’s new. The family room is currently undergoing some changes….even a color change that might surprise you!! You’ll get a glimpse into the new playroom…not yet completed. And, hear what I’d do to the house if money was no object!

No, things are not blooming in this area yet….except the daffodils, but these are my favorite exterior photos of the house. I keep telling myself….soon, things will bloom, soon!

So, what’s your favorite spot in your home? Where would I find you on any given day? Come on….we’re friends, you can share!