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25 Jun

This 4th of July I will be throwing a very non-red, white & blue rustic rehearsal day BBQ for my bride in upstate New York. However, if I were home to celebrate Independence day I would be doing so in a very non-traditional way. The 4th of July is definitely one of those holidays that can be tacky and overdone, but here are a few items to help create a classy, yet understated July 4th.

4th of July

Blue & white stripped tablecloth via Style Me Pretty

Nautical napkin rings via Martha Stewart Living

Gold star paper straws via Etsy

Lemon tabletop decor via Marie Claire

Golden Stripe highball glasses via C. Wonder

18 Jun

Recently I’ve been inspired not by a fabulous vase seen in a magazine, but rather by items I already have in my home. I own so many beautiful things, why not put them to good use? This tablescape in particular is definitely one of my favorites. I used three frames from my gallery wall as the centerpiece of this repurposed shabby chic inspired table.

Repurposed shabby chic tableThe largest frame acts as an anchor for the smaller gold ones. By framing a pink scarf I’m able to bring in a pop of color on my ivory canvas. Tall clear glass candleholders add height and ambience while mismatched plates set the shabby chic tone.

Frame tablescape 1I utilized my large bracelet collection by using them as unique napkin rings. I was able to bring in some turquoise with the bracelets to play off those quintessential pink and turquoise shabby chic colors.

Frame Tablescape 2

I cannot wait to use this idea for a large-scale event someday. By reusing three picture frames, an old scarf and some sparkly bracelets I was able to transform some old products into something new.

Votive Inspired

6 Jun

With all the events and weddings that come with the Summer season, I’ve been thinking a lot about votives. The simple clear glass votives used at most events are just fine, but in my opinion, not dressing up your votives is a missed opportunity. These small vessels of light not only provide your table with ambience, but can be a great way to add something  unique to your tablescape. Here are some votives that inspire me. Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 10.13.54 PM{Etsy Birch Votives}

DIYCandles5 {Sugar & Charm’s DIY Terracotta Votives}

Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 10.13.17 PM {The Olive Tree’s Pink Neon Votives}

concrete-votives1 {Monsterscirus DIY Concrete Votives}

Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 10.13.41 PM{BHLDN’s Strawberry Nectar Votives}

Cheese Platter Essentials

31 May

cheese plateAny display that includes bread and cheese is delicious, but when a cheese plate is done well, oh my is it good! Here are my essentials for the perfect cheese plate.

1. Cheese: Depending on the size of your party always provide 3-4 cheeses for your guests to assure that there is something that everyone will like. You’ll have your bases covered if you go with a smooth cheese (a goat or mozzarella), a buttery cheese (brie) and a hard cheese (manchego,  gruyere or parmesan) . I know not everyone enjoys blue cheese, but I happen to love a crumbly cheese with a nice bite so I think it’s nice to throw a gorgonzola or stilton into the mix.

2. Carbs are obviously an essential so I typically go with some french bread toasted that I toast in the oven with  some olive oil and an assortment of crackers.

3. Fruits like grapes, apples and dried apricots are perfect pairings for your cheese. I love a big chunk of brie spread on top of a green apple slice. Berries are also a great choice. Check out my blackberry brie crostinis here.

4. Nowadays you can’t go into a supermarket without seeing some sort of fig jam and it’s the perfect condiment for a cheese plate. A  savory jam, like a roasted garlic and onion is also delicious.

5. I always put some sort of trail mix or assortment of nuts out in order to provide my guests with some protein and some crunch.

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28 May

IMG_5663Bagels are by far one of my favorite foods and when you live in a city that produces some of the best bagels in the world, why not dedicate a whole bar to these delicious doughy treats? Seeing as the vintage look is in trend right now, I began by using my turquoise dresser as the bar utilizing its drawers as additional counter space.Bagel Bar toppingsMy vintage mirrored tray is the perfect accessory and displays all my bagel toppings. Silverware and polka-dotted napkins are held together by some simple twine while mason jars are filled with gorgeous wildflowers.Bagel bar acessoriesIMG_5631Building my bagels up adds height to my tablescape and my gold framed chalkboard is the perfect way to finish off this vintage themed bagel bar.


23 May

DIY Silverware BagSilverware Pouch

1. Begin with an 8 1/2 by 8 1/2 inch piece of card stock.

2. Measure 5 inches from the right side and fold over.

3. Fold the access card stock over the bottom layer and make a crease. Fold the bottom end up about 1/2 inch and make a crease.

4. Measure 4 inches from the bottom of your bag and draw a line. Cut off everything from the 4 inch line up so you have a place for your silverware to peak out.

5. Use hot glue (or a stapler) so your folds stay put.


I used Martha Stewart stencils to monogram and personalize my silverware bags. Even though my card stock had some great prints on one side, I used some old sheet music to copy one of my favorite songs on the other.

IMG_5588Please note that I measured my bag for plastic silverware and the measurements might be slightly different for real silverware.IMG_5580

Doggie Style

16 May

This party has not gone to the dogs, but rather celebrates our furry little friends in an upscaled and quirky way. Inspired by my  Banana Peanut Butter Dog Treats, I put together a simple and, of course, budget friendly, dog themed tablescape.IMG_5390Using some plastic dog figurines that I purchased from the toy section of my local convenient store I created a great set of place card holders. All I needed was some primer, gold spray paint and an X-acto knife to transform a little piece of plastic into a classy, but unusual conversation starter. 

Dog Party 1A hot dog seemed like the logical choice for this doggie inspired party, but I upscaled the classic dish  by creating a Banh Mi dog. I put a Vietnamese twist on the hot dog by using pork dogs on a baguette with pickled carrots, cucumber and cilantro. All of this is topped off with some spicy sriracha mayo. Not only do I love the colors on this dish, but the flavors are out of this world. 

Dog Party 2

I put my old school brown paper lunch bags to use by creating “Doggie Bags” for my guests. Using my patterned scissors I cut my brown paper bag in half, adorned it with a paw print stamp and filled it with some delicious sweet potato waffle fries.

Dog Party 3

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