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.

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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

gourmet hot dog recipes

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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Make :: Simple Pineapple Centerpiece

pineapple centerpieceThis pineapple centerpiece makes me all-sorts-of-happy. On the heels of sharing my DIY 4th of July centerpiece idea, I bring you this simple summer centerpiece idea using a pineapple as a vase.

DIY pineapple centerpieceEverything for this project can be found on your next quick trip to the market. Pick up a pineapple in the produce section and grab your favorite bright bouquet from the floral department.

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DIY Fourth of July Centerpiece

4th of july party ideasThe 4th of July is almost here and if you’re looking for DIY party ideas, you’ll love this simple red, white, and blue centerpiece!

Fourth of July FlowersI’m a little obsessed with always having fresh flowers around and having fresh blooms for special occasions is a non-negotiable in my book. So when I learned about Blooms By The Box and their wholesale flower delivery I was really eager to try out their services. They promised fresh flowers at affordable prices and boy did they deliver! Their DIY 4th of July Backyard Party Pack arrived and was gorgeous!

My box arrived meticulously packaged (and cool!) full of  White Cushion Mums, Red Fancy Carnations, and the most stunning Dark Blue Delphiniums. I decided to put together a couple centerpieces — one for a little party decor and the other to give as a hostess gift.

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