Thursday, August 17, 2017

Back-to-School 2014, 2015, and 2016


I posted our 2017 back-to-school dinner a couple of days ago.
That got me thinking about our previous dinners.
Looks like the last few back-to-school dinners have been outside.

2015 was about being part of the good in the world.
{We usually recap our favorite summer memories and pick a word for the school year.}


In 2014 we also did a recap of our summer memories.
We talked about using all the colors in the crayon box.
Basically making your life as wonderful (colorful/FULL) as you can imagine.


2016 we talked about  being yourself & writing your life story.
Write well.
Edit often.





Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back-to-School Family Dinner Completed


I love our family traditions and how they've grown.


The cafeteria trays I usually use for our back-to-school dinners.


Here are a few pictures as I was setting things up -- lots of blue and yellow.


The theme this year was lemon related (obviously).


We talked about how we will all experience lemons in life.
We can't control what we are given.
We can control how we respond.


Each little item in the buckets represented something about the new year.

We talked about --
being loving and kind
how to work towards goals and dreams 
 {no pearl without some grit}
teamwork and minds working together


Lemon bars and cupcakes topped with lemon curd frosting for dessert.


I also sprinkled lemon drops on the table right before dinner.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy start back to school!

Cafeteria trays -- Sur La Table (many years ago)
Glasses and pitcher -- TJMaxx (a couple years back)
Napkins -- Pier One (last spring)
Lemons and birdcage-- Hobby Lobby (several years ago)
Lemonade sign -- Etsy
Lemonade placements, buckets, and tablecloth -- Target (this year)


Linking to Between Naps on the Porch's 465th Tablescape Thursday.
Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Trolley Carts


I meant to post this back in the spring --
I love keeping my seasonal dishes out on display.

This year I put out the green serving pieces and salad plates on our little gold trolley.


We also have a red cart --
These carts are perfect for displays.
{As far as prices go, I've had my best luck at antique malls and vintage markets.
I also think the older makes tend to be more durable.}


Here is the red cart set up for a group date --
One of the kiddos hosted a Disney Cupcake Wars date in February.


And here is the red cart set up as a summer snow cone station --
with some of our favorite Torani syrups.

Cheers to summer, snow cones, and cute trolley carts!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!


{Serendipity is my blog -- just too lazy to change/make new watermarks today!}

We are celebrating all day today!
We were invited to a family cookout later today,
so we used our morning to fix a fun celebratory breakfast.

This is our breakfast table -- Using Kate Spade's delightful Order's Up dinnerware.


How cute is this little plate?


I love these little plates...


I should have bought more -- the perfect size for a little dessert plate.
They are adorable.

Since two of the small plates {the set comes with 4 different diner themed plates} feature pies,
we had to do something fun with pies, right?


I love to support local businesses --
When I heard Crust Club was making 
red, white, and blue Independence Day Pie Babies,
I ordered them for our breakfast a treat!


I love red, white, blue and aqua...


Our breakfast --
 three egg omelettes 
{with various combinations of spinach, onion, red pepper, tomato, cheese, & bacon}
 waffles, fresh fruit...
and those little pie babies {for fun}.


Happy 4th of July from our porch to yours!

Glassware -- Tuesday Morning a few years back
Dinnerware -- Macy's Kate Spade Order's Up {2017}
Flatware & Placemats -- Bed, Bath, and Beyond a few years back
Uncle Sam Hat & Napkins -- Pier One a few year back

Linking to Between Naps on the Porch.


And  here is one more photo -- just for fun -- of our glamour Magnolia.
She's also dressed up for the fourth in red, white, blue and aqua!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Mickey's Diner Meet Kate Spade Order's Up


I've had the Mickey's Diner plates (bottom plate) for a few years now. 


Very fun to use with the Mickey waffle iron -- for breakfast.


I also used them to announce our 2015 Disney cruise trip.


I recently purchased Kate Spade's 'Order's Up' collection -- 
in red, white, blue & aqua -- 
on sale for a ridiculous price. 
(Thank you Macy's.)

So fun to see how they blend with the Mickey's diner plates!
Looking forward to setting some fun tables with these.





Friday, June 16, 2017

Spring Tables in Red, White, and Blue


With the first 'official' day of summer just 5 days away,
here are a few spring tables from last year.
Enjoy!


From Memorial Day --

 

Flag Day --


Eating outside is always a favorite for us during the spring and early summer.
Looks like last year we enjoyed a lot of 
red, white, and blue!