summer bbq

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with the summer nearing the end (today is our first day of school!), we decided to host a bbq with a few other families from our neighborhood.  we are blessed with awesome neighbors!  having something on the calendar is always good motivation for me to clean the house, and this time the backyard, too!  silas was my little workhorse this day.  he asked me to pay him $15 an hour.  we negotiated down to $3.

i went simple and summery with my decor:  a rainbow of bandanas for napkins, white plates, hydrangeas in mason jars, all on top of layered white table cloths.

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we pulled a few pillows from our porch couch to soften up the fireplace since we were going to have a fire once the evening cooled down.

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i set up a little drink station on our potting bench to make serving yourself easy.

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and i’m still kicking myself for not taking any pictures during the gathering!  we had a great night, good food, and lots of fun!

strawberry baby shower

strawberry 

about a month ago, my friend Joy and i hosted a baby shower for a friend of ours who was having her first baby girl after 2 boys.  both joy and i were were the throws of summer, so we wanted to go simple, but still sweet and special.  joy came up with the theme of strawberries (perfect for a baby girl in the summer!) and i ran with it from there.

strawberry themed baby shower

like i said, we kept it simple, using mostly items we had around the house.  i have a small collection of vintage table cloths that i spread out randomly all over the looong table.  notice i didn’t even iron the table cloths?  i’m lazy crazy like that.  i also had this huge strawberry cookie jar that i’ve had for years – perfect!  a handful of joy’s polka dotted glasses were filled with iceberg roses cut from my garden.

strawberry themed baby shower

i had tassels left over from the spring stitch market and joy had some from her daughter’s birthday party earlier that week, so i made a few more and we strung them all over.  i’ll be sharing a tutorial on these simple (and weather resistant) tassels soon!

strawberry themed baby shower

strawberry themed baby shower

joy did easy snacky foods since this was an evening shower.

strawberry themed baby shower

between my collections and joy’s we had some fun red and jadeite pieces to pull it all together!

strawberry themed baby shower

strawberry themed baby shower

strawberry themed baby shower

strawberry themed baby shower

strawberry themed baby shower

i love planning big elaborate parties, but i also love a simple one that comes together smoothly, don’t you?