We are in that in-between spot where I want to hang onto the sunny New England summer days as long as possible, but I also feel excited for my favorite parts of fall: cooler days, back to school supplies, and all of the cozy fun that comes with the changing seasons. My friends at Christmas Tree Shops and That! recently invited me into their store to check out some of the fall trends that are rolling out now, and I found so many affordable, stylish pieces that sparked some ideas for bridging the gap between the seasons. Warm rusty oranges, deep jewel-toned purples, and all of the bold textures and rustic elements that I found at Christmas Tree Shops and That! gave me the inspiration for this colorful, fall-inspired end of summer picnic! read more

I am feeling so grateful that we’ve been able to have some small summer gatherings lately. There’s nothing I love more than a night full of friends, family, and a good excuse to make a festive grazing board! My friends at Christmas Tree Shops and That! asked me to share some of my best tips for crafting a wow-worthy summer charcuterie board and I had lots of fun putting this one together with all of the special pieces I found in their stores! read more

I’m giving my garden table a little facelift with the help of Serena and Lily and their gorgeous outdoor entertaining pieces! Their rattan wrapped serveware, patterned linens and paper goods, and bold wooden bowls and boards are some of my go-to pieces for outdoor summer entertaining. I’m rounding up some of my timeless, versatile favorites below:  read more

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My top summer bucket list item, year after year, is always to entertain and eat outside as much as possible. The season is fleeting in New England, and I do my part to make the most of it while the weather cooperates! A recent visit to Christmas Tree Shops AndThat! filled me with inspiration for my summer table – I left with a treasure trove of festive, stylish (and affordable!) al fresco entertaining pieces. As I zig-zagged up and down the aisles, some really fun outdoor lawn and tabletop games caught my eye and gave me the idea to have family game night in the garden. read more

Spring is in the air and Easter is right around the corner! I rounded up 25 of my favorite Easter recipes — from cocktails to desserts, appetizers to entrees — and lots of table setting inspiration and family-friendly celebration ideas from the archives. Get inspired with the full list below:  read more

I’m sitting at my desk and staring out the window — looking at the blanket of snow covering our yard — and the idea of springtime seems quite distant. My friends at Christmas Tree Shops andThat! invited me into their stores last week to preview all of the festive new items for spring and Easter, and it got me so excited for that snow to melt, for the flowers to bloom and to celebrate in the season ahead! read more

I’ve got an easy little hack to make a double-duty Valentine’s Day treat for all of your sweethearts! Since we’ll likely all be spending Valentine’s Day hunkered down together, I took my favorite boxed brownie mix (Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownies, omg) and made a kid friendly batch to celebrate with Jane, and a grown-up version to serve for a special “date-night” with my husband.
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When I think about all that has changed over the past year, I admittedly think there are a few things that have worked out for the better. One of the perks: curbside pick-up and local delivery have been game changers. Any mom of a toddler knows the exhausting struggle of getting a kid in and out of the car seat for a quick errand – the in and out of the car can take longer than the errand itself! Of course, there is lots I miss too, big gatherings and entertaining family and friends are at the top of that list. read more

New Year’s has always been a big holiday at our house. I have always loved the fresh start, clean-slate feelings that the new year brings, and we always host a big party to celebrate. Over the years the party has evolved – from a big, boozy, countdown bash on New Year’s Eve to an open-house style, kid-friendly New Year’s Day brunch. This year we won’t have our big party in person (but I’m trying to go virtual with a zoom countdown with friends!), but I still plan to give the holiday a festive treatment at home – a small but mighty ringing in of the new year. Especially since on a recent trip to my favorite Christmas Tree Shops andThat! I found a sparkly selection of disco balls that gave me some major New Year’s inspiration for a festive bar cart! read more

What’s your holiday decoration timeline policy? I usually wait until after Thanksgiving to start *really* decorating, but this year I’m feeling a yearn for festiveness and have started to replace my Halloween pumpkins with a few items that hint at the holiday season ahead. The first things I always bring out for the holidays is my collection of bottle brush trees, and at a recent trip to my favorite Christmas Tree Shops andThat! I found tons of new sizes and styles that sparked some holiday décor inspiration! read more