Memorial Day Selects: Day 3

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Ok, so I have to start by saying…I’m sorry, I failed to post every single day, as promised.  Where I would typically feel defeated for not rising to the challenge (a challenge I set for myself) I am seeing this as an opportunity.  This blogging thing, is not easy, that is a fact, but I’m thrilled to be doing it and I am using my “failure as fuel”.  A dear friend and childhood teammate posted a commencement speech given by Abby Wambach this week, it resonated, so much so that it brought me to tears.  It resonated not only with my 16 year old soccer-playing-self but also with the adult-mother of three girls-me, hustling to live my best life and be my best self.  Every failure, set back, moment where you feel judged is an opportunity to conjure the “wolf” (as Abby put it) in us, to overcome our fears and change the story.  This article written by a reporter for the Chicago Tribute did a beautiful job highlighting the speech’s most powerful points.   Ok, with that out of the way…back to the regularly scheduled program;)

let’s party

Let the games begin!!   We kick off with a pool party this afternoon and the festivities continue throughout the weekend.  Whether you are hosting or party hopping you’ll have some level of party prep responsibility.  This post is dedicated to the indoor and outdoor party decor and hostess gifts that will enhance your party experience.

INDOOR DECOR

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My house is filled with blue and white decor, making it easy to nail a patriotic color scheme by adding red with fresh flowers, flags etc.   Blue and white ginger jars are among my favorite accent items for any space, they can be found in every room of my house.  This, this and this from Aerin for William Sonoma would be perfect used as vases for a patriotic party.  I would use these blue and white gingham napkins from Wayfair year round, with these red and white gingham drink napkins and you have your perfectly patriotic napkin pair.   How cute is this vintage Airstream cookie jar from Pier 1.   Back to Aerin for WS, I would literally buy everything in the collection if given the chance but have been eyeing the blue scalloped edge pieces for a while now.   I love these subtle American Flag plates, too.  Finally, you could use these spatulas yourself or bring them to a party as an adorable hostess gift.

 

OUTDOOR DECOR

 

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If you are planning to host outside these retro drink coolers are perfection, it comes in red, white and blue.   I am thinking they would make an awesome Father’s Day gift, filled with the Mr.’s favorite beverages.  Always game for a photo prop, these are adorable.   Red, white and blue paper straws are a great touch for any patriotic party.  Amazon has an abundant selection of Flags, in all sizes.   This flag bunting from etsy on a yard fence or hanging of a deck would be adorable.   No outdoor party is complete without yard games, these red, white and blue Bocce balls from CB@ fit the bill.    We had a balloon garland for my daughter’s First Holy Communion celebration this month, while they look awesome when finished, be prepared for a least an hour of labor and frustration putting it together, snag this patriotic version on Etsy.   Stock your bar with these “Party in the USA” napkins, cover your tables with this or this and supply guest with these cute star plates and cups.

HOSTESS GIFTS

 

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You could say hostess gifts are my “jam”.  I love finding thoughtful gifts that are selected with the host in mind or specifically for the occasion, it always feels like a fun challenge for me.  This book was written by a family friend of ours from our beach club on Long Island.  I’ve given up on the idea that I might ever be able to make a burger as delicious as his, but his book has given me the opportunity to try (another great Father’s Day gift option).  This candle, diffuser set from the Aerin for WS collection would  make a lovely gift and is on sale right now.   We are suckers for big square ice cubes in our house, they make for such a cool looking cocktail.  I love the idea of pairing this ice cube tray with this chic wine and bottle opener set both from Anthro, perhaps add a bottle of red for the perfect “red, white and blue” hostess gift.   Giving a living plant as a hostess gift can bring beauty to  a person’s home for years, this gorgeous Hydrangea in a scalloped stripe pot from Terrain would make any hostess thrilled.   Finally for the parties that go into the later hours, how fun are these star sparklers for a festive hostess gift.

 

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Weekend Reflections

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When I slow down and really think about it: each and everyday is made up of small moments that, when compiled,  amount to a pretty happy and fulfilling life.  Recently, I’ve needed to force myself to take the time appreciate these moments as I’ve felt life becoming overwhelming and even more so overbearing.  It’s easy to miss these moments, especially for a busy mom.  Mostly, for me, moments of gratification and happiness come from human interaction, they can, however, come from other experiences, those perfectly peaceful 10 minutes of meditation in the morning, the endorphin rush while running on a warm sunny day, an amazing meal, a good hair day,  music,  a beautifully arranged bunch of flowers from my husband, an “almost” perfectly executed party, just to name a few!

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This weekend was a particularly happy one for our family.  My oldest daughter received her First Holy Communion.   The celebration of this sacrament coincidentally landed on Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby.  The convergence of all of these events made for fabulously fun day.   The weather was perfect, all of the elements came together better than I could have imagined.  The planning started months ago, when I found this beautiful dress from Chasing Fireflies, she wore petal pink ballet slipper flats and a flower crown, she was a vision.   I wore this ivory Amanda Uprichard midi dress with a flounce, with gold strappy heels and simple gold jewelry.  My littlettes wore Oscar de la Renta and Janie and Jack.

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Amanda Uprichard Evalina Dress

 

 

My inspo for the party started with a gorgeous girly Cinco de Mayo celebration from It’s a Sparkly Life, it was love at first sight.  The idea of planning a party that revolved around Mexican food, using the vibrant colors associated with this fun ethnic holiday to create a stunning aesthetic was a pretty good formula for my party planning prowess.

I had my incredible baker create a very similar cake to the one pictured here, ours had a beautiful cross instead of the 3D flower on top of this one.  We served mint juleps in copper mugs like these from William Sonoma and margaritas along side food from one of my very favorite restaurants, Bartaco.

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It’s A Sparkly Life

I ordered this fun balloon garland from Etsy along with this white Mexican wedding banner.   We watched the Derby and had horse on a stick races in the back yard with the kiddos.  To finish off the day we roasted S’mores.   This weekend provided me with many of those moments and people that highlight how wonderful life is when you are taking the time to notice.

xo

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