Entertaining on the 4th

Whether you are thinking of a small gathering or an elaborate party for the 4th of July, it always helps to have some inspiration!

 

The fourth is a great time for eating outdoors in a casual setting.  This paper table cloth with hand drawn table settings is the perfect option.  The cloth napkins are a nice touch, but you could do yourself a favor and use a patriotic paper napkin to make life simple.  The potted plants make a lovely centerpiece for the table.

 

 

This tablecloth has just the right amount of red + blue and could be used all Summer long.  These disposable wooden utensils are also so fun for any party.

 

 

I’m convinced that a good portion of how anything tastes can be attributed to it’s presentation.  You can dress up simple recipes and have your guests coming back for seconds.  It’s all in the little details!

 

 

These fresh fruit cones would be so easy and are so, so pretty.

 

 

For my husband’s 30th a few years back, we individually wrapped the sandwiches in parchment paper and tied them up with twine.  It was a little bit time consuming, but completely worth it in the end.

 

I loved the idea of displaying some sparklers for guests to use after dark and it could also be used as a centerpiece.

 

 

Doesn’t this ice cream bar look delightful?  Or this amazing Blueberry Ice Cream Pie with a brown sugar-almond crust?  YUM!  Both would be a fun addition to any dinner.

 

 

Here’s to a great 4th!

 

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Cute as a Button Baby Shower!

I’ve been dying to share the baby shower my friends and Sister threw for Baby Boy here in Dallas!  It was simply fabulous!  So many of the dearest people in my life made the party so very special and did not leave out one single detail.

 

Theme: Cute as a Button
Colors: Orange and Aqua
Venue: My dear friend, (and client) Jackie’s home

Menu:
TAPAS!
Hummus, olives and pita bread
Sausage stars
Mozzarella, basil and tomato skewers
Assorted cheeses
Strawberry and goat cheese Bruschetta
Fig and honey flatbreads

Beautiful cake and cake pops by April’s Cakes.

Did you notice the cake stand is made out of spray painted flower pots?  My Sis is pretty genius, isn’t she?  She never ceases to amaze me!

Cute as a Button paper garland and button hats!

A set of photo blocks of me as a little girl to the right of the hats; such a sweet little touch.

My sweet Sis and Mom.

Does this living room look familiar?

Another set of photo blocks of my husband as a baby, as well as button candies to snack on.

There was no end to the button cuteness!  A button “S” for Baby Sander.

The sweetest yarn wreath with felt flowers greeted guests at the door.

Party favors for guests in chevron bags, no less!

I can’t thank all of the lovely ladies who hosted this incredible shower enough! Love y’all!

Photos courtesy of Lindsey Brewer and Dani Dillard

Bb is for Baby Boy Shower!

My family and friends hosted a baby shower for me in Colorado a few weeks ago.  I spent much of my growing up years in Colorado, so it was nice to catch up with old friends.  The theme of the shower was “Bb is for Baby Boy”, with much of the inspiration found from this cute shower.  The color theme was navy, orange, and aqua with lots of stripes and bowties!

 

The food was unreal!  Our family friend, Karen, did such an amazing job with the menu and everything was to die for!  I promise, it tasted just as incredible as it looks!

 

The “Bb is for” Menu:

Baby Caprese Bites
Blissful Southwest Cheesecake
Bitty Mexican Quiche
Black Bean & Corn Salsa
Bite-size Empanadas
Bitty Orange Rolls
RainBOW Fruit Kabobs
BBQ Chicken Salad

 

with Baby Berry Bellinis to drink and Bitty Bundt Cakes for dessert!

 

There were so many details that made everything so special.  The paper garlands, embellished onesies, and the bow-tied drinks to name a few.

 

I also loved having friends and family fill out these sweet Wishes for Baby cards from Me Oh My.  So many lovely wishes for our baby boy.  A favorite was “I hope you love…Tim Tebow.”  You can definitely tell I was in Denver Broncos country!

 

Also, LOVED these delicious Bitty Bundt Cakes.  The flavors were Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Icing and Chocolate with Creamcheese Frosting.  Yum!

 

As party favors, they made these darling Bowtie Sugar Cookies wrapped in tiny cellophane bags with labels that said, “Bb is for Blessings.  Thank You for coming.” for each guest to take home.

 

It was such a special day celebrating our Baby Boy.  He is already loved by so many!

 

A Very Merry Christmas

I know, I know, it is almost the middle of January and I am still talking about Christmas.  We had such a merry one this year that I just couldn’t help myself!  It was a busy December, but we enjoyed it thoroughly.  The busy feeling could have also had something  to do with the baby boy we are expecting in March!

Each year we start December off with our Annual Holiday Party in our home.  The amazing sweets were catered by my Mom and for those who are still asking for her delicious recipes, be sure to check out her site here.  The invites and signs were done by the lovely Palm Papers.  It was such a wonderful evening and something we look forward to every holiday.


New art piece by Kerry Vander Meer.

Sis and I

As for the rest of our holiday season, I mostly loved on this little one above, my newest nephew, Graham.  We traveled and spent time with lots and lots…and lots of family!  Aren’t the best holidays always spent that way?