Outdoor Entertaining for the 4th of July

It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July is quickly approaching. As I pulled together ideas for this year’s celebration, I looked for details that would be both festive and unfussy, while also easily blending into my summer décor. Dual purpose is the name of the game!

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Favorite Man in your Life

Life can be pretty busy at the Lutz household — in particular for my husband and father of our four kids. So, for Father’s Day, our favorite ritual is to kick back and relax. We love to grill out, make dad’s favorite dessert — which may be as simple as s’mores over the fire — play games, let him have a little downtime, and watch a movie as a family. Our kids usually make homemade cards accompanied by a gift.

Now, deciding what to give your husband or dad for Father’s Day can be difficult. This year, I compiled gift ideas for all types of dads. Here’s a list of what you can give the favorite guy in our lives: Continue reading “Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Favorite Man in your Life”

Celebrating Easter with Jen Lutz

Celebrating Easter with Jen Lutz
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.

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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner with Jen Lutz


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”

Valentine’s Day Brunch with Jen Lutz

Valentine's Day Brunch 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.

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