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!

Modern Etiquette: Navigating The New Normal of Summer

 

Summer has arrived, and with it the desire for beloved warm weather traditions. While there are memories to be made, marshmallows to be roasted, and waves to be splashed in, this summer will also look a bit different, and so I wanted to share some etiquette tips on how to navigate the new normal.

Like everything in life, etiquette is dynamic and constantly evolving with our world. However, the heart of etiquette will always remain the same: to be kind, respectful, and make others feel comfortable. And so, here are my modern etiquette tips for this summer, and I hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy!

 

RSVP’s, Events and Seeing Friends 

If you’re invited to an event this summer, be it birthday party, backyard bbq or swim party, it’s a personal choice on whether or not you feel comfortable attending. As always, be sure to RSVP ASAP. In the event you are taking a hiatus from seeing friends, be honest with the host and thank them for the invitation, and they will be sure to understand.

 

Weddings

If you were invited to a wedding this summer and choose not to attend yet already RSVP’d yes earlier this year, be sure to let the bride and groom know right away, and of course send a gift. If you were invited to a wedding and it was canceled, still send a gift as well, and consider a hand written note with well wishes to the couple. They will appreciate your thoughtfulness!

 

Greetings 

Hugs and handshakes were once the greeting of choice for so many, however unless it’s your family, it’s best to stick with a friendly smile and a wave for everyone else right now.

 

Masks 

It’s no secret that wearing a mask protects you and others. If you’re out and about and will be in close proximity to people at the grocery store, shopping, having your haircut, etc., I encourage you to wear a mask. It’s the considerate thing to do!  So many brands offer beautiful masks for children and adults, and even donate proceeds to incredible causes in support of COVID relief. I just bought this mask, and love this pack of three, and these adorable prints for kids.

 

Dinning Out 

As restaurants open up, you might consider enjoying a meal out. If so, be sure to check with the restaurant first to confirm if they require you to wear a mask (aside from eating your food), need a reservation, and if there is any other new protocol.

 

Playdates 

Just like parties and events, it is a personal choice as to whether or not you feel comfortable setting up playdates for your children. If you ask a friend to get together and they decline, strive to be understanding if they aren’t ready to be around friends yet. Conversely, if you’re invited and choose to not go, be honest and your friend will hopefully understand. In the event you do get together, try to play outside in the fresh air, keep a bit of distance, have everyone pack their own snacks and drinks, and bring hand sanitizer!

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!