Nautical 4th of July Mantel Decorations

A few summers ago we rented a beach house in Connecticut and spent a week exploring the New England coast with our family.  I loved all the charming sea side towns, sailboats and patriotic charm we found along the way. Anchors, flags, sailboats, seashells and sand inspired my Nautical 4th of July Mantel Decorations this year.  All of the elements of that unforgettable seaside summer vacation come crashing together to create this patriotic vignette. I recently styled and hosted a … [Read more...]

DIY Patriotic Italian Soda Bar

Summer is in full swing here and we are filling our social calendar with lots of pool parties, backyard BBQ's and outdoor concerts. While the summer is heating up we are cooling down with a fun and refreshing DIY Patriotic Italian Soda Bar!  This red, white and blue drink station is perfect for all your summer celebrations and I'm sharing all the details for this Italian Soda Bar over on the Chinet® brand blog.   Guest young and old will enjoy sipping on their own delicious … [Read more...]

How to Cut Chipboard with the Cricut Knife Blade

Last year when Cricut announced the new Cricut Maker I was giddy with excitement about all of the possibilities this new machine would provide.  I have always loved creating with my Cricut (I've had one version or another for more than 9 years!) but I couldn't wait to start creating projects with the Rotary Blade and the Knife Blade.  While we had to wait a while for the arrival of the Knife Blade, I think it's been well worth the wait!  I have been playing around with my Knife … [Read more...]

DIY Patriotic Serving Tray

I am so excited about this weekend I can hardly stand it.  We have lots of plans for Memorial Day weekend, and I'm looking forward to spending lots of quality time with our friends and family.  But, what I'm most excited about is the unofficial start of summer and my favorite season for entertaining! There will be backyard BBQs, pool parties, lots of porch sitting, and of course plenty of refreshing beverages.  So I  whipped up this sweet and simple DIY Patriotic Serving Tray … [Read more...]

DIY Patriotic Monogrammed Koozies with Cricut Explore Air 2

The season for summer entertaining is almost here, and I can hardly wait!  I host lots of dinner parties, backyard BBQs and holiday themed events all year long, but nothing beats summer entertaining!  Memorial Day is the official kick-off and signal that summer entertaining has arrived, and to celebrate I'm making personalized DIY Patriotic Koozies with my Cricut Explore Air 2. Every year we take turns with our friends hosting a Memorial Day party.  It's not my turn this year, … [Read more...]

4th of July Sweepstakes

Are you ready for the 4th of July?  We have lots of plans and will be celebrating all weekend long with BBQs, Pool Parties and Fireworks.  If you haven't made plans yet, I've rounded up a few of my favorite ideas that are easy to execute and guaranteed to help you turn an ordinary celebration into an extraordinary one!  I've also teamed up with Tuesday Morning for a fun 4th of July Sweepstakes so you can treat yourself and celebrate the 4th, make sure you scroll down for all the details. If … [Read more...]

Patriotic Popcorn Bar for 4th of July

Boom! Pop! Pow! Wow your friends and family with a Patriotic Popcorn Bar for the 4th of July.  This simple serve-your-self popcorn bar is the perfect way to wind down the night and settle in with a treat for the spectacular fireworks show. I've teamed up with Oriental Trading to create this Boom! Pop! Pow! 4th of July Popcorn Party and I show just how simple it is to throw together a festive popcorn bar that is perfect for your holiday entertaining.  Whether you are hosting a backyard BBQ or … [Read more...]

10 Patriotic Signs for 4th of July

This year I decided to decorate our fireplace mantel for the 4th of July and I am in love with all the red, white and blue decor.  Do you decorate your mantel for the 4th of July?  The 4th of July provides the perfect opportunity to showcase your patriotic spirit.  To honor the occasion I've round up 1o Patriotic Signs that will help you salute America with festive red, white and blue decor for your 4th of July mantel. These patriotic signs range from DIY chalkboard art to painted pallets and … [Read more...]

4th of July Patriotic Mantel

Do you decorate for the 4th of July? I am loving all of the red, white and blue patriotic decor I've seen lately and couldn't resist creating a 4th of July Patriotic Mantel.  I don't normally switch out the decorations on my mantel except for Halloween and Christmas, but I am in love with this festive and patriotic mantel I created for Oriental Trading. I have am so thrilled to be partnering with such an amazing brand like Oriental Trading and I've been having lots of fun creating DIY … [Read more...]

Watermelon Flower Vase

Watermelon is a summer staple at our house, but did you know you can do more than just eat this sweet, juicy fruit?  That's right, I'm going to show you how you can use watermelon as a centerpiece for your backyard BBQs and patriotic parties.  This DIY Watermelon Flower Vase is a super easy project that will make a statement at all of your summer parties. I love creating things that can also serve multiple purposes and that is one of the reason why I love this watermelon flower vase. Not only … [Read more...]