Things are looking spooky around here as I gather some new ideas for Halloween! I had the opportunity to work on this fun project with Family Circle Magazine and Sugar In The Raw and share a few fun ways to make the holiday both scary and sweet as you plan for Halloween parties. There are lots of ideas — like dying Sugar In The Raw with gel food coloring to make a crystal rimmed punch glass, or sprinkling puff pastry squares with Sugar In The Raw to make spider-egg-appetizers — featured in this month’s issue of Family Circle Magazine. Scroll down for some more inspiration, and see all the tips in the October issue on stands now!  read more

This past weekend we celebrated my little sister’s bachelorette with a festive getaway to Rhinebeck, NY. It was the most fun I have had in a long time, thanks to a very lovely group of girls and a bride who requested a weekend of “relaxation, yoga pants and eating” (we were all on board with her plans!). We hit all of those items and more during our stay upstate — starting at a gorgeous Airbnb country farmhouse — and I had to share a few of my favorite details from the weekend!
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My love for grazing boards is boundless, and they’re one of my very favorite entertaining tricks to wow guests! They also happen to be one of my favorite tricks for getting my picky toddler to eat well. I probably get asked for “snacks” about 40 times a day by Jane — one of our biggest food challenges is that she would much rather eat snacks than meals. Instead of having this ongoing battle over snacks, I have embraced it and made a kid-friendly snack spread that rivals some of my best grown-up grazing boards, with the help of a few of my favorite Cascadian Farm ingredients. read more

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I know some people love to hang onto summer forever, but fall is my absolute favorite New England season. I’m feeling all of the cooler weather, leaves changing, sweater-wearing kind of days ahead. So when my friends at Christmas Tree Shops andThat! invited me to see all that’s new in their stores for fall I was super excited! The shelves were stocked with tons of new items, as always, and got me really inspired for the season ahead. read more

If you guys have been following around here for a while, you know that I love my grazing boards. I started a whole #DomestikateGrazingBoards hashtag with all of my snack-feast creations on instagram, and keep a big grazing board inspiration collection on my Pinterest page too! My last summery snack board was one of my favorites, and I’ve been itching to make another warm-weather twist on these fun food displays. This time around, I took my board and I made it into a box — a picnic box to be exact! A perfect little traveling container for an al fresco feast. read more

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I have been checking items off my summer bucket list – lots of beach days, working on my garden, eating al fresco and perfecting my margarita recipe! One big item on my bucket list was to have an outdoor movie night with Jane, and maybe make some tasty s’mores to go along with our viewing party. read more

I am just so excited about the 4th of July holiday coming up this week because we have lovely, low-key plans. Fingers crossed for some sunshine so we can make it a beach day, followed by a little grilling at home and hopefully making it back to the beach for the local fireworks. We plan to spend the weekend catching up with a few friends, so casual entertaining is top of mind for me! I put together a festive berry-inspired tablescape to celebrate the holiday, full of my favorite red, white and blue hues. Scroll down for all of the linked resources, and Happy Independence Day!  read more

If there’s one thing you probably know about me, it’s that I love a grazing board. Putting together these themed boards has become one of my favorite seasonal entertaining ideas, I love tweaking them to fit different events and holidays. With the 4th of July coming up this week, summer entertaining is top of mind; I wanted to create a summer grazing board that was fit for warm-weather hosting!  read more

I am SO excited to share pictures from the bridal shower that I hosted for my sister this weekend along with my mom and her bridesmaids. My sister is my best friend, closest confidante, and just about one of the most stylish people I know — so when I started brainstorming this party with my mom and the bridesmaids, we all knew it had to be something really special. We are alike in a lot of ways, but perhaps the way my sister and I are most alike is in our love of being very involved in the details of planning. I wanted her to be surprised with all of the details though, so I asked her if she had any input or request up front, and then swore everything else would be a surprise! She had two requests: 1) a spiked Arnold Palmer signature cocktail and 2) she loved the floral patterns and colors in Rifle Paper Co’s party goods and fabrics. We rolled with those ideas and hosted a colorful, floral-inspired bridal shower with lots of nods to the bride and groom-to-be’s love of food! read more

I was recently digging through my good ol’ fashioned magazine clipping pile that I use for pulling inspiration for content, and I came across an old Country Living summer entertaining spread that featured the most darling vintage nautical flags. I love the colors and graphic design of the flags, and of course their nod to seaside life. They sparked an idea in me to pull together a tablescape design with a few simple DIY tricks that make for a lively, yet inexpensive maritime-inspired display. To start, I used a few primary colored acrylic paints and gave simple bamboo cutlery a little facelift; painting graphic stripes that I borrowed from the flag design (bonus: they’re compostable!). read more