Sip It :: Summertime Sangria

Sip Sip Hooray | Sangria Bar

I don’t know if you’re like me, but summertime somehow stresses me out. In my head it’s full of days lounging on the beach, picnics with the kids and drinks with umbrellas — but reality? It’s still the daily grind but with the added longing to be outside soaking up the sun. In an effort to take a moment to pause and just ENJOY the moment, I invited a few of my closest girls over for a much needed cocktail hour. Sangria and chatting were our only two agenda items. Pure. Summer. Bliss.

Peach and Plum color pallet

I didn’t fuss much over setting up an extravagant table since the whole point was to relax and unwind. I planned to serve only one cocktail (Yellow Tail Sangria) so I drew from the sangria for color inspiration. Peach and plum flowers accompanied by actual fresh peaches and plums added the perfect summer touch to my backyard patio table.

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Luxe Lobster Boil

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Who says you cannot have a lobster boil in a landlocked state? When event planner Morgan Wetherington (from Nashville, TN) reached out to share this Luxe Lobster Bash I was day dreaming of my own seafood soiree. My favorite elements are the lovely lobster water color paper items and the use of nautical rope. Take a look at the amazing photos:

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From Morgan:

Barbeque is the typical southern fare, but we opted for lobster for this upscale dinner party. For this New England inspired lobster boil, we used a color palate of cherry red, navy, and shades of cream. The La Tavola red rope linen was the perfect choice to include the theme. We incorporated nautical rope, starfish, and of course lobster. The client’s home provided an ideal outdoor space for the venue. We wanted to create a guest experience, everyone loved cracking lobster and flowing conversation.

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Summer Evening Entertaining

Summer Evening Entertaining with Pier 1


The evenings here have been just perfect, not too hot or chilly and just right for a little outdoor entertaining. We’ve been gathering a few new pieces for the patio and finally got together with a few friends for a salads and sips early evening gathering.

Summer Evening Entertaining with Pier 1I love keeping things super simple when entertaining, especially in the summertime and keeping the menu light and simple makes party prep extremely low key.

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12 Picnic Recipes

picnic recipesPicnics might be one of my favorite things. I love the simplicity of it — gather a few goodies in a basket, grab a blanket, find a shady spot and just enjoy. This past weekend the family and I discovered a new local picnic spot. Best part? We showed up and they provided everything we needed! The basket, blanket, and delicious lunch inside. It was a great afternoon!

I had forgotten how much pleasure a simple picnic could bring and after realizing it’s National Picnic Month I vowed to have many more of them in the near future. I recently had this surprise backyard picnic and that was a treat as well (there are definitely more to come!).

I’m collecting new picnic spots and new picnic recipes! Check out these recipes I’ve gathered on Foodie.com.

Check out Let's Pack a Picnic

by Tori Tait at Foodie.com


This post was done in collaboration with Foodie.com. All thoughts are my own.

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Serve It :: Bruschetta Hot Dogs

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Hot dogs are such a summer staple. Fire up the grill, toss on a pack of Hebrew Nationals (a favorite in our household), and get ready for a great meal. There are many summer evenings when we gather around on the patio and cook up something delicious while simply enjoying each other and the weather. My favorite summer recipes are those that are simple to make and incorporate fresh ingredients from the season. For this recipe, we turned to our backyard garden for menu inspiration!

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Progress :: Redecorating My Home Office

Have you ever really wanted to redecorate but just can’t get inspired because your space (bedroom, living room, office) requires a lot of TLC and decision making? That’s sort of where I’ve been  the past year — in a mid-redecorating-limbo. I desperately wanted to redo my home office space because I spend about 75% of my time here and it isn’t a very exciting environment. I did get started last year (yes I am currently in a year long limbo) but the project stalled because I got overwhelmed with options.

Progress :: Redecortaing My Home OfficeAbove :: Ikea Chair, Ikea desk, World Market Rug, West Elm desk lamp

Well, it’s time to pick things back up. I have some major decisions to make; like paint (my walls are stark white) and more functional furniture (I’m so over the old stuff I’ve had forever). But that’s a little much for me right now — so I’ve decided to start small. I’m rethinking a small gallery wall and adding a few more decorative touches to the space.

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