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” →
Love is definitely in the air, and we’re all looking forward to celebrating Valentine’s day with our loved ones. Whether you’re having an intimate dinner for two or a hearty brunch with family and friends, a beautiful table setting will help set the mood for your celebration. Here are some table arrangement ideas to help you get started.
Warm and Welcoming
Photo from Between Naps on the Porch
No flowers? No problem. Create a lovely table arrangement with vintage china and candles nested in silver-plated holders. Susan of Between Naps on a Porch used beautifully printed porcelain plates and intricately designed chargers for timeless charm. Eyelet table napkins bring the touch of romance, and dragonfly napkin rings add a bit of whimsy to this classic arrangement.
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” →