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” →
Spring brings back the warmth and colors we missed during the cold holiday months. What better way to welcome sunshine and nature than with a burst of creativity! Start infusing your home with the season’s sights and scents with these simple centerpieces for your table.
A white bowl, trusty masking tape, and freshly picked flowers are essential to create this bright and lovely arrangement from The Sweetest Occasion. Blooms of varying colors and sizes can be used with floral wire and bamboo skewers for support. Floral foam is another practical alternative to hold your flowers in place.
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.
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
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.
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” →