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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To & From.

Just consider your holiday shopping finished!  You should be able to check off gifts for all of your favorite people after looking through this beautiful holiday gift guideTo & From magazine was created by my amazing friend, Katie Anderson, of Modern Eve and Meg Biram.  They curated this ultimate gift guide, along with some incredible bloggers, just in time for you to find some deals online today!  Happy shopping!

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?