A friend of mine recently called me for ideas for hosting her in-laws, who will be in town for the holidays for four days. Together, we brainstormed what works when it comes to entertaining out-of-towners (aka it’s fun but low stress for you and not too tiring). We came up with a comprehensive list for […]

Over the weekend, I threw a baby shower for Brooke, our longest-held employee who’s more like family than anything. It’s been years since I’ve attended a baby shower, and much to my excitement, this was the first shower I’ve ever personally thrown!–Couldn’t think of anybody else I’d rather throw my “first” shower for than Brooke. If you’re someone […]

This post is sponsored by Sunbrella. This little slice of backyard heaven has been a long time in the making, but it has actually come together at the perfect time. I had my moments of discouragement — when the backyard was a literal mud pit — and it was hard to believe this day would […]

If there was someone who hosts even more than we do, and probably more effortlessly–it’s Kim and Scott Vargo of Yellow Brick Home: our dear friends with whom we wish we could share a charcuterie board and game night a lot more often! And Kim isn’t a “hostess with the mostess” because she’s doing over-the-top […]

We are huge proponents for inviting people over. Not only does it always keep us on top of the house chores, but it also you to start making memories which makes your house feel more like a home. It doesn’t have to involve a fancy menu or elaborate plans. In fact, our favorite nights involve […]


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