Easter is a much celebrated and beloved holiday for me and my family. From observing Lent, to dyeing eggs, hiding baskets filled with sweet treats and small trinkets, to enjoying spring with a good old fashioned Easter egg hunt. We also love sharing good conversation over a delicious meal. Often this includes festivities such as brunch with friends and dinner with family. This year, we’re hosting a sunrise Easter service at our house and we’ll conclude with a buffet breakfast, so I wanted a table that’s festive and fun for both the adults and young ones.
Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, home to many Irish immigrants, my memory is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a large St. Patty’s Day parade, lots of corned beef and cabbage, and of course, beer. Now as a mom of four and living in a small town in Southern Michigan, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to recreate a festive, family celebration at home. My first thought was how can I make it a little classier? You know — less crazy green and shamrocks. But honestly, who wants that? That would take all the fun out of St. Patty’s day. So instead, I decided to embrace it with all of its green, pots of gold, and kitsch! Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Dinner with Jen Lutz” →
After Christmas clean up and recovery, I enjoy doing a few simple Valentine’s Day preparations to add a little fun to the month of February. For our family, celebrating Valentine’s Day is mostly about letting each other know that we love and care about one another. We love brunch, and celebrating Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to set a lovely table — filled with omelet, ham, and muffins. Because the holiday falls on a weekday, we decided to celebrate on Sunday instead to enjoy a more leisurely meal together.
Christmas has come and gone, and after a hectic first week of the New Year, I’m finally taking down the tree and packing up the ornaments. To be honest, it’s always a little sad to lose the glow of the Christmas tree. January in the Midwest is often cold and gray!
Nonetheless, I’m excited to share a few organizational tools for safely storing your tree, wreaths, and glass ornaments. Continue reading “Jen Lutz’s Christmas Storage Tips” →
When it comes to the holiday season, I love to host friends and family whether it’s for brunch, dinner, or appetizers and cocktails. Now, I won’t lie—before I hit send on my Paperless Post invitations (my favorite way to mail invites), it always feels a bit daunting to add events to an already full December calendar. But I remind myself that gathering friends and family to eat, drink, and be merry is what makes the holiday season memorable! It also forces me to stay on task, clean a bit, and decorate. Continue reading “Entertaining for the Holidays” →