Some of my favorite bloggers are sharing their summer entertaining essentials for being a savvy hostess this season, up next in the series is my Boston buddy, Erika of Radiant Republic:

While my fiancé and I love visiting with friends in the city, most summer weekends are spent on Cape Cod. Our daytime wardrobes consist of bathing suits and boat shoes I sit down to dinner in a breezy dress and Jack Rogers. Summer entertaining is equally easy – and our favorite venue is on the sand of our favorite beach. Most hot days, our friends boat out to a hard-to-reach beach, anchor for the day, and spend hours playing bocce, seal watching, and floating in the cool Atlantic waters.

One: We love surprising our friends with fudge from the Chatham Candy Manor. They also have the most decadent chocolate covered Oreos!Two: Sparkling Rosé is a beach favorite… and this delicious Veuve Clicquot  version comes decked out in a pretty champagne koozie.

Three: Chanel bocce ball.  Disclaimer: This is not the set that we own (obviously.)

Four: Lilly Pulitzer tumblers are perfect for beach gatherings.

Five: Every Cape Cod-er needs a virtually indestructible LL Bean Boat Tote  for lugging summer accoutrements.

Six: We love these beach chairs by the Cape Cod Beach Chair Company!

What are your summer entertaining must-haves?  Thank you so much for having me today, Kate!  I am a big fan of your new series and can’t wait to see what the other guest bloggers come up with!  xx

Whenever I see pictures of a mint and white bathroom I tear them out for my ‘someday’ inspiration folder. There’s something fresh and clean about these colors in a bathroom — what do you think of this color scheme?

images via House Beautiful

It was crazy gorgeous weather in Boston this weekend, and while I had a long list of things to do, I put off of my tasks and decided to soak in the weather with some drinks and relaxing on the porch. I finally scooped up some peonies at the market and made use of my new gingham plates. Then on Sunday we headed outside the city and did a little research around our wedding venue for rehearsal dinner spots. It was a tough job, testing restaurants on the water, but someone has to do it! What did you do this weekend?

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I’m very excited to kick-off a new series on the blog today where some of my favorite bloggers are going to share their summer entertaining essentials for being a savvy hostess this season. Kicking off the series is my new friend Sarah of Chevrons and Stripes!

I was so excited when Kate invited me to guest post on my summer entertaining style because I absolutely live for the summer social season (phew, that was a lot of s’s)!  I’ve spent every summer since I was born at my parent’s beach house in Bridgehampton, NY and below are a few of our BBQ and bonfire essentials.  Stock up folks, because beach season is upon us!

1| levain cookies, 2| nickel lantern, 3| white pillar candle, 4| slate cheese board, 5| elderflower cordial, 6| mini sparklers, 7| faux bone servers, 8| rope pitcher, 9| table tennis set, 10| opal glass vase, 11| chevron blanket 12| mortar & pestle, 13| shells for decorating the table

I could spend hours looking at all of the invites and stationery on Minted, and I am delighted to find out that they have expanded their offerings to now include a line of art prints. I’m making a little wish list of the prints I want to collect for my apartment — the striped chairs might be my favorite! Which would you choose?

Have you seen this new limited edition Chandon bottle for Summer? I’m making it my mission to find some to pop on the Fourth of July — and of course it would pair so well with a little red, white, and blue number. Peplums, stripes, and a little dash of red is a winning combination for a patriotic celebration, don’t you think?

Top, skirt, sandals, earrings, tote, champagne

I am absolutely horrible at keeping secrets — so the biggest challenge of wedding planning so far has been keeping wedding details under wraps, both on the blog and with friends and family. I just love talking about weddings so it’s been difficult to stop myself from sharing pictures of my wedding dress with my lovely readers! But I do have on tiny detail that I’m allowing a peek at: a gorgeous print from Scouts Honor Co that we had made to put on our guest book table. When I saw a similar sketch on the Scouts Honor Co blog, I knew it was the perfect for the wedding! (And I couldn’t help but share a picture of the packaging, isn’t it adorable?)

Are you counting down for the long weekend like me? Memorial Day is always a signal for me that Summer is officially here — which means days at the beach are just around the corner! Are you hitting the shore this weekend? Which beach look would you choose?

Preppy: tote, sandals, towels

Bohemian: tote, necklace, towel

Glamorous: tote, sunglasses, towel

I’m excited to have one of my closest friends guest posting on the blog today about floral arranging, please welcome Navya from The Little Flower Cottage!

I’m super excited to be posting over here on my dear friend Kate’s fabulous blog today.  When Kate mentioned to me that she was interested in  having me share some tidbits about seasonal flowers I jumped at the chance to share with you a little of what I’ve been working on lately.

Spring is such an amazing season for flowers, there are so many gorgeous blooms to choose from. I know that peonies are a personal favorite of Kate’s, so that’s what we’re going to focus on!  Their season is extremely short but perfectly timed for those lovely Spring Weddings — and of course Mother’s Day!  I made these arrangements & bouquets with both in mind.

These arrangements and bouquets were made with peonies in various colors, greenery from my garden, lilacs and viburnum .  I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be helping Kate create her flowers for her own Wedding next May and you can bet Peonies will be making an appearance!