In true New Englander fashion, as soon as the temperatures start to graze the mid-50s, I eagerly start planning for all the outdoor activities I missed over the winter. My number one warm-weather activity is, of course, dining and entertaining al fresco! I worked with my friends at Christmas Tree Shops to put together this cheerful table citrus-inspired table that just beams of the season ahead. read more

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I’m all about easy entertaining ideas, and with warm weather and al fresco dining on the horizon, a family-friendly DIY burger bar fits the bill! I’m excited to be partnering with BUBBA burger this summer on a tasty burger recipe series, and we’re kicking things off with the classic, juicy cheeseburgers with all of the traditional toppings that guests can assemble to make their favorite combinations! read more

We go big for St. Patrick’s Day around here – between school celebrations and our town’s local St. Patrick’s Day parade – there are lots of reasons to get festive about our Irish heritage. I’m always looking for creative ways to celebrate and was excited to see all the cookie varieties that my friends at Fancypants Baking Co are baking this season for perfectly themed holiday sweets. I made a festive St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Board with all the tasty treats! read more

I love visiting Christmas Tree Shops for seasonal inspiration because they tend to have decorations and holiday goods on their shelves a few weeks earlier than other stores, which is always helpful for planning content for the blog. But I also love visiting there for seasonal inspiration because there is so much variety to choose from, and the prices are incredibly affordable. There is usually one item that jumps out at me and kicks off my vision for a table design and on this visit, it was a set of green wire baskets that got my wheels turning for a festive tablescape. read more

Over the weekend we celebrated Jane’s 5th birthday with a little party and a few close friends. For months she has been asking us to visit Paris to “try the famous bread and have a Paris picnic under the Eiffel Tower.” We would love to have made that dream come true (really, who doesn’t want to snack on baguettes and croissants in Paris?!), but ya know, pandemic life. So I decided to bring the Parisian picnic-theme to our playroom to celebrate her birthday! Sharing all of the details and sources for our cozy little mid-January Paris Picnic fete below!
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Let’s get into the holiday spirits! I have a soft spot in my heart for a festive bar cart, and setting mine for the holiday season is favorite pastime.  A few tips to bring your bar up to Santa’s standards: 1) Bring in the decorations. I like to add garlands, bottle brush trees, and some seasonal greenery to my display so that it looks holiday-ready! 2) Add in some cocktail flair. Put some themed stirrers or paper straws, tie ribbons around the base of stemmed glassware, and put out a pretty bottle opener. 3) Go big with your garnishes. I love to use fresh rosemary sprigs, fragrant citrus slices, sugar cubes, and candied cranberries this time of year to really make the cocktails feel special! 4) Pick a signature drink. I’ve got a few of my favorite crowd-pleasing winter cocktail recipes below to get you started on your holiday sprits menu – cheers! read more

My friends at Christmas Tree Shops  recently invited me into their store to check out some of their holiday new arrivals, and it got me SO excited for the season of holiday entertaining ahead.  I found so many great entertaining staples – from chargers to glassware – that I got inspired to style a seasonal table that can transition across the holidays. The basics of the table design remain the same, but a few festive accents and changes to the centerpiece make it a versatile, multi-celebration setting. read more

Thanksgiving is *right* up there with my favorite holidays because I mean, FOOD! Amiright? Last year we stayed home and had the teeniest tiniest Thanksgiving feast with just the three of us and lots of Facetimes with our friends and family from afar. This year though, we are vaccinated and ready to talk turkey! I am so excited to celebrate with family again that I have already started testing my menu and making plans for my holiday table, and I did a little test-run at my house thanks to Walmart! read more

With Halloween parties, and Thanksgiving feasts, and Christmas dinners all on the horizon, we are entering one of my favorite seasons – tablescape season! I love to build a beautifully textured and layered design when setting my table for the holidays, and one of my favorite tricks for making a unique tablescape is to use fabric-by-the-yard for a handmade touch. I got a chance to play with some of the new Waverly Inspirations line of fabrics at Walmart, and I was like a kid in a candy shop playing with all the of colors and patterns in the collection! I picked out a few of my favorite Waverly Inspirations fabrics to set a fall-inspired table and share a few of my tricks for using fabric by the yard to create a handmade table design. read more