1. Outdoor Entertaining Inspiration

    Pink Carnation Centerpieces
    Kara’s Party Ideas.com

    Welcome to my first “Friday Fascinations” post where weekly I plan to share a curated collection of photos that I have come across online in my pursuit for inspiration. Whether it’s table settings, parties, or recipes, I hope to keep the mix diverse and pleasing to the eye, while introducing you to some swoon-worthy sites along the way.

    To kick off this new venture I started with a collection of gorgeous outdoor table settings because summer entertaining is an obsession of mine {see a recent post of Summer Party Details here}. What really grabbed my attention in these photos was the stunning use of color, from the floral arrangements to the range of fabrics {in napkins and table cloths!}. So if you are planning to host an outdoor party, these will surely get your wheels turning!

    I hope you enjoy this roundup as much as I do. And of course, thanks to all the incredible bloggers and websites for sharing their work with my readers!

    Palm Beach Style Entertaining
    Oh Joy for Target Tabletop
    Wooden Table Outdoor Tablesetting
    Pink Tabletop details
    Outdoor Tablesetting
    Waiting on Martha Summer Table
    Outdoor Summer Party
    Summer Time Picnic with Yellow Checkered Table cloth
  2. Mod Sleek Home Office {First NYC Apartment}

    While my new apartment is much more spacious than my last {snoop around in my Interiors section}, I still needed to make my bedroom a multi-functional space by incorporating an area for my home office alongside the rest of my bedroom furniture. Since my bedroom is so elegant and classic {images here}, I of course wanted my office area to be a nice compliment while being functional for daily work. My inspiration for this organized and minimalist space resulted from an event I attended for Real Simple Magazine & Staples. While the event was debuting the Staples Space-Saver 10-Sheet Cross Cut Shredder,what really caught my eye…

  3. “Jam with Jamie and Friends” Giveaway

    “Jam with Jamie and Friends” is the go-to musical entertainment company for Rock n’ Roll minis. They provide interactive and upbeat musical fun for Children’s Birthday Parties, Playgroups, and Events. Their performers travel all over New York, South Florida, Southern California, and Nashville. “Jam with Jamie and Friends” is a favorite of Time Out Kids, Daily Candy Kids, Big City Moms, Diva Moms, and they have been nominated as the Best Children’s Entertainment in New York by Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect. They are the recommended children’s music vendor at 16 Handles in New York  and will be performing at this Summer’s “Super Saturday”…

  4. Brown Rice Pilaf with Portobello Mushrooms

    I am always on the hunt for healthy and hearty side dishes that I can whip up alongside one of my weeknight dinners. My husband and I love mushrooms, so when I came across gorgeous fresh Portobello ones at the supermarket, my mind was set to incorporate them. Next, brown rice is filling and minimal work, so added that to the list. And lastly, a random selection of herbs {like scallions and parsley} as well as raisins are something I always have on hand, so I threw them in. Mix them all together, and you have a dish worthy of serving!…

  5. 15 Month Toddler: BBQ Ready

    Summer screams BBQ season. To most entertainers that means focusing all their attention on Summer table decorations and BBQ-friendly Menus, but I have the added task of keeping an eye out for Little Reese and her whereabouts. Since she is 15 months old and seriously ALL OVER the place, I try to make my life as easy as possible by making her outfits adorable but no fuss, ie. a Romper or Dress. Why? Because I can focus on my mixing martinis rather than adjusting her top over her shorts! Today’s pick, the Floral-Print Jersey Romper from Old Navy, is so sweet and girly with it’s flower design and criss-cross…

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