Red, white and Blue!

 

 

In case you need some extra inspiration for your Fourth of July celebration on Saturday, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite red, white, and blue entertaining essentials. Just because America’s birthday might look different than years past, it’s still a time to celebrate and make this holiday one to remember!

Set a patriotic table with miniature flags, chekered linens and charming serving pieces; cook a summer inspired meal of grilled and fresh foods; and even bake a sweet cherry pie if the mood strikes! Whether you’re with your immediate family or a small group of friends, you can create a Fourth of July that everyone will love.

We will be celebrating with family and making our traditional dinner of hamburgers and hot dogs, and I bought these classic flag sweaters for the boys which will be so festive and cute!

When Life Gives you Lemons…

 

When life gives you lemons…make lemonade! There is something incredibly charming about a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, and this has been a special treat we’ve been enjoying at our house lately. Simple ingredients come together to create a refreshing drink to be savored and adored! This recipe is from the culinary queen, Ina Garten, and can be made in a matter of minutes. Cheers!

 

Fresh Lemonade 

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (5 to 6 lemons)

1/2 cup superfine sugar, to taste

1 cup crushed ice

4 cups water

 

Combine the lemon juice, water and sugar in a blender until completely incorporated. Add the ice, stir, and pour into a pitcher for serving and enjoy! Pro tip: cut thin lemon slices to garnish each glass – a classic detail for a classic drink!

What Your Summer Table Needs: Melamine

 

Summer brunches, lunches, and dinners have an effortless and relaxed feel (cue alfresco dining!), often with fabulously fresh food and a vibrant tablescape to match. One element that elevates entertaining – even intimate weeknight dinners with your immediate family – are the dishes, especially melamine. Like little works of art, artfully crafted melamine marries design and durability, and has truly become my favorite warm weather details when setting the table.

We have melamine plates, cups, bowls and acrylic cups from Juliska (the above floral napkins are from Carolina Irving and Daughters), and use them literally every day. Words can’t describe how much I love these dishes, and I would love to add to our collection and mix and match. I also adore these new green bamboo plates from Pomegranate Inc., they would be so chic paired with any of their printed napkins.

And so, I rounded up all of my favorite melamine and acrylic entertaining essentials for this summer. Wishing everyone a great week ahead!