Here is Southern California, it’s basically summer (I mean it was 95 degrees last weekend). So, whether I’m ready or not (my pale skin says, not), it’s time to start thinking about bikinis, beach days, and fun summer activities. During the summer, we like to plan several long weekend trips that are within an hour or two drive. This makes us feel like we are constantly going on vacation! We’ll camp (we have many nearby state parks), definitely head to Palm Springs (my favorite place to mini vaca), and do as many beach trips as we can fit it. Our summer itinerary will also include more mellow things like lazy pool days and backyard dinner parties (with a summer dinner party play list of course). I like the laid back vibe that comes along with summer entertaining.
I do a little pre-summer shopping around this time of year because retailers have all of their new summer accessories and clothes out now and if I wait until we really need it, everything will be gone. Have you ever tried to buy a new bathing suit or cover up in July? Impossible I tell you. I pick up a few things for my daughters and also for myself. This year I am loving all things super bright and also loving the colorful pom poms and tassels that I am seeing on just about everything. The bright colors work so great for summer and can easily go from beach to resort, to a vibrant backyard fiesta. Here’s a few summer essentials that I’m snagging up this week!
I’m not sure what screams “SUMMER” more, bright colors or tassels. I’m thinking this wooden beaded tassel necklaces would look adorable for a summer night out paired with a white or chambray sun dress or shirt. And I’m pretty sure these tassel bracelets will be on my wrist all summer. I love wearing fun bracelets with my bathing suits when I’m hanging out by the pool. I never really could pull of the big earring/bathing suit thing so my go-to are fun bracelets. (more…)
It’s almost May which means it’s almost time to fiesta! I recently got together with Sauza® Tequila to plan this simple Cinco de Mayo backyard celebration for a few of my friends. If you’ve read my past entertaining posts, you know I am a huge fan of keeping things SIMPLE–and that’s just what I did for this party. I’m sharing all the Cinco de Mayo party food, drinks, and easy fiesta-inspired decor ideas with you. You’ll want to pin these simple ideas to your “Fiesta” Pinterest board for later!
The setting was simply my back patio. How easy is that? I pulled my patio table over to a nice shady spot in the yard and it was the perfect spot to set up our fiesta dinner.
I’m a huge fan of incorporating fresh flowers into every tablescape but I never put the pressure on myself to make perfectly arranged centerpieces (simple is key, remember). I picked up some colorful flowers from my local grocery store, trimmed off the stems, and just grouped them together in the center of the table. SO EASY. I mixed in a couple fresh oranges and limes to bring in that citrusy-fiesta vibe.
An easy way to add to a basic table is to layer on textures. I used a burlap runner, wicker chargers, and linen placemats. Not everything matched either–I just used what I had already and ended up with an eclectic, yet festive look. (more…)
Looking for something to make mom? These DIY Mother’s Day gifts are perfect to tuck into a gift basket for that special woman in your life. They are all pretty simple to make and would even be great to give a special sister, friend, or grandma. Make them now and you’ll be ready come May!
DIY Rose Water FaceMist
One thing every mom has in common is that we could all use our own “time out” now and again. That’s exactly why I came up with this DIY. Something as simple as taking a deep breath, and misting your face with a heavenly scented rose water face mist can do wonders for the mind (at least in my experience!). I snagged all of the supplies for this one online and you can even print out my free labels if you want. I think it adds a nice “gift factor” to the bottles. See how to make them, here.
DIY Lip Scrub I love the idea of making a bunch of these diy lip scrubs to have on hand for small Mother’s Day’s gifts. I made these using lavender essential oils but you can swap out your favorite scent. I think orange would be great to use in the morning. Not only were these easy to make, they did not cost a lot of money. You could even get the kids involved in this DIY. See how to make them, here.
DIY Marbled Clay Ring Dish I made these marbled clay ring dishes a couple years ago to give as Mother’s Day gifts and everyone just loved them. I had so much fin making them (they look more complicated than they really are, promise) and love how each one turned out unique from the others. All you really need is some clay from the local craft store. Gifts that are useful and beautiful get extra points in my book. See how to make them, here.
What do you think? Are one of these ideas something she would like? Let me know which DIY Mother’s Day Gifts you’ll be making in a comment below!
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I recently shared part one of my oldest daughter’s sweet sixteen succulent party theme and I’m back to share more of the pretty details! This party really reflected her personal style which is laid back and outdoorsy. This boho themed party incorporated her love of sunset colors and succulents. I especially love how all the desserts turned out! I worked with some seriously talented dessert pros and they nailed it.
This was the dessert table that I set up in our outdoor tent area. Here’s what it looked like from the outside.
The color palette was a play off of Taylor’s love for desert sunsets. Personally, I feel like the colors really brought this boho dessert table together.
The handmade sign above the table read “oh how sweet sixteen.”
Let’s start with this cake. Because, WOW. It was a “semi-naked” cake because she loved the look of a naked cake but also really enjoys eating the icing. :) I can’t blame her! The color was a sunset-y peach color and it was adorned with real succulents.
The topper was laser cut from wood and added such a nice finishing touch to the cake. (The flavor was snickerdoodle and it was delicious!).
The cake was really a show stopper.
The cupcakes were topped with the most creative fondant toppers. They looked just like mini succulents! There were also some flat toppers with boho-inspired patterns on them. No one could believe they were edible. (You might remember the cute toppers we had at my London’s 5th birthday breakfast party? Same talented source, more on that below.) (more…)
If you’re looking for the simplest idea for healthy game day snacks, this is it folks. It’s really simple and will please a crowd. If you’re not planning to make an entire snack stadium tray, this is a similar idea but in individual form.
I love serving appetizers that are easy for guests to grab and eat easily (especially if they’re huddled around the TV watching a game). You can make these dip cups ahead of time by putting your dip into a short plastic cup. I’m loving Heluva Good! Dips because they have a wide variety of flavors that taste amazing. Check them out in the dairy aisle of the supermarket. They are made with real sour cream and lots of flavorful spices. For this recipe I used the Bacon Horseradish flavor which went to well with the veggies. I really liked how it felt like a great dip, with a flavorful upgrade.
Place the dip cups on a platter with a variety of cut veggies. That way guests can choose which they want to dip. I offered celery, carrots, bell peppers, and sugar snap peas. (more…)
Super Bowl is around the corner and it’s always a great time to gather with friends and family and have a little fun. Whether you’re into the game or, like me, just in it for the half time show, you know you also get excited for the snacks. I mean, how could one not get excited for the food?
I’ve always been intimidated to make a snack stadium tray in the past, but let me tell you, it does NOT have to be so hard.
A snack stadium is really the ultimate game day party food. It covers all the basis because it’s delicious and doubles as party decor. It’s a game day win-win in my book. The key to creating a snack stadium is choosing a really good dip and building your dip-able snacks around it. (Dip-able is a word, right?)
I love to make it easy with Heluva Good! Dips. They have so many unique flavors (I’ll be sharing some of mine next week with more Super Bowl snack ideas!). You can find Heluva Good! Dips in the dairy aisle of the supermarket. They are made with real sour cream and flavorful spices. Keeping it simple it my style. Really you open up one of these dips and you’re ready to go.
Isn’t this cute? And really, you don’t have to be scared to give it a try. If like me, you’ve seen some of those snack stadiums that look like architectural food palaces that seem to defy gravity, and have been totally intimated, this easy snack stadium tray is for you! Start with a great dip, build your snacks around, add a few simple details and you’re ready for kick-off! (more…)