Archive | July, 2018

An Inspired Summer Peach Party

Are you ever inspired by what’s around you or in season?  Well, today’s peach party post (#alliteration) was most definitely inspired by it being peach season.  I love this time of the summer where you walk by the peaches in the grocery store and the smell makes you buy them.

I love a good peach and the best ones I’ve ever had come from not too far from us in Palisade Colorado.  If you ever have a chance to try a Palisade peach, do it!  I’m hoping this post inspires you to throw a peach themed dinner party, and if not at least go eat some peaches.

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I really wanted the peaches to be the star of the table, so this centerpiece is all peaches.  It’s also really easy to recreate.  The orange, yellow, and burgundy colors of the peaches are great so I mixed in some plums to bring out that burgundy color.  Just snip a couple of small branches from a bush or tree to add in some greenery to the centerpiece.

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peach party centerpiece, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorsThis double height fruit centerpiece concept would work for so many occasions too.  Pine cones around Christmas with holly or stalks of pine trees, apples in the fall, or mini pumpkins around Thanksgiving are all ways to use this idea year round.

I wanted to add in some more pink and (surprisingly) didn’t have any pink flowers around my house.  So I just made one with some tissue paper and tucked it into the peach centerpiece.

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Peach Party Place Setting

For the place setting I wanted to bring in some texture so I used my woven chargers.  These things have come in so handy.  I use them all the time.

peach party centerpiece, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorsThe gold flatware is also something I use a lot.  I think it totally dresses up this simple place setting.  And an added pink glass brings out the pink colors in the peaches and plums.

peach party centerpiece, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorspeach party centerpiece, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorsIn place of a name card I added a peach right on top of the plate.  I did embellish the peach some orange washi tape on a skewer.  This would be a great way to add a name card though.  Skewering a piece of paper with your guest’s name written on it would be perfect.

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peach party, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorsEven if you don’t want to eat outside (hello, bugs!) maybe this simple tablescape has given you the encouragement you need to invite someone over and gather around a table for a meal.  And if you include peaches you can’t go wrong this time of year!

 

 

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Fourth of July Inspired Snack Tray

Can you believe it’s July already? This summer is flying by.  But since it’s July, it’s time for 4th of July festivities!  This is the second year that our block is throwing a block party for the holiday.  It should be a great time, and this year the kids are doing a bike parade!  That should be fun to watch!

If you’re planning on taking it easy this year for the 4th, then this snack tray is the perfect way to watch the fireworks!  This festive little set up doesn’t take much work but totally allows you to munch while celebrating our independence.

4th of July snack tray ideas, 4th of July snack buffet, outdoor dining, red white and blue snack trayWhen sitting down to write this post I almost thought this is silly.  This idea is so simple I don’t need to write about it.  But then I realized that’s the whole reason I write this blog, to inspire small ways to celebrate every little thing.  So why not celebrate snack time, or a festive display for food on the 4th of July, or a way to present smores?

So that’s why today’s blog may be short, I had to share it anyway.  I hope it encourages you to take a few extra minutes to make something look nice while celebrating with others.

4th of July snack ideas, 4th of July snack buffet, outdoor dining, red white and blue snacksTo make this snack tray I found whatever I had that was red, white, and blue, and mixed it all together. I bought these little metal tins from the Target dollar spot a few years ago and they work so well for so many things.  They are a perfect size for snacks, but they make fun vases too. The dollar spot is a great place to get some seasonal or holiday decor inexpensively.

Snack Tray Food Ideas

I lined the bottom of the tray with some red gingham placemats from this party.  I made a salty and a sweet side of the tray and included some refreshing lemonade with garnishes.

Fun lemonade garnishes could be:

  • Fruit
  • Cucumbers and mint
  • Frozen flowers or herb ice cubes
  • Striped or festive straws

4th of July snack ideas, 4th of July snack buffet, outdoor dining, red white and blue snacksI just put out what we had on hand, pretzels, popcorn, and roasted nuts.  Other salty snack options could be:

  • Chips
  • Chex Mix
  • Trail Mix
  • Veggie chips

4th of July snack ideas, 4th of July snack buffet, outdoor dining, red white and blue snacksFor the sweet side, I used our ever present s’mores ingredients.  We always have them in our pantry.  Other sweet snack options could be:

  • Puppy Chow
  • Candy
  • Fruit Kebobs
  • Granola

4th of July snack ideas, 4th of July snack buffet, outdoor dining, red white and blue snacksSnack Tray Display Ideas

What I love about doing a display on a tray like this is that it’s so versatile.  This kind of display can work for snacks, but also would be a nice way to display condiments for a burger bar.  Or try it for toppings at an ice cream social.

4th of July snack ideas, 4th of July snack buffet, outdoor dining, red white and blue snacksIt’s also super portable.  Perfect for setting up on a food buffet, but then transporting outside when it’s time to watch the fireworks.  This is also a great way to make sure guests at your party are enjoying all the snacks, because you can just walk them around to each of them.

4th of July snack ideas, 4th of July snack buffet, outdoor dining, red white and blue snacksAnd lastly, putting a mini buffet like this together just goes to show that you don’t need a lot of space to entertain.  You could have your entire food buffet contained in one tray for a small gathering.  So not having the space is no excuse in my mind not to invite people into your home.  I once hosted a gift exchange in my dorm room.  Complete with a hot cocoa bar and dessert, so it can be done in small spaces.

I will say that that gift exchange in college was in my early days of entertaining so it wasn’t anything to write home about, but we created memories!  And I used crushed up candy canes to decorate the cookie platters, so I was trying, hehe.

I hope this encourages you to make a simple celebration more festive by adding in some red, white, and blue.  Just take your snacks out of their normal packaging and put them in a cute little container and you’ll be well on your way.

I hope you have a safe, festive, and fun Independence Day!

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Celebrating everyday!