• Everyday Designer: Fourth of July Dreaming

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    This post is brought to you by Lauren, your Everyday Designer, although lately I’ve been feeling more like I should be an Everyday Slacker or maybe an Everyday Napper (is that a thing if you’re not a baby? I think it should be a thing). I think I mentioned last time that we’re between moves with an infant and it’s been utterly exhausting. Long (long long long) story short we’ve been waiting to close on a short sale for months and in the meantime have been living in a finished garage. 

    While I’ve been grateful not to be homeless these past few months, I’m at the end of my rope and ready to get in our house (which is not the short sale—while waiting on the short sale we found an even better house that we love)! The good news is we close in less than two weeks on our first home and I couldn’t be more excited to bring you guys some Everyday Designer tips as we get settled.

    In the meantime, I’m looking forward to a relaxing Fourth and while I wish I could be throwing my own backyard get together at our awesome new house (there’s a sun porch!); This time around I'm looking to the internet for inspiration and dreaming of future outdoor parties. Here are a few of my favorite outdoor dining posts from around the web, that could be easy additions to your Fourth of July party!


    A Tropical Fourth of July Dinner Party from Camille Styles

    I love the usual Fourth of July fare and Americana decorations (there’s just something so comforting about hot dogs on the grill, potato salad, and red, white, and blue plastic plates and cutlery), this tropical dinner party manages to keep the nostalgia while still adding an exciting new twist. Also, how great is the tropical fruit centerpiece? Even as designed challenged as I am, I could easily arrange some fun fruit in a bowl and call it a day. Effortless entertaining!

    Bruschetta Bar from What’s Gabby Cooking

    While I’m a big fan of your traditional bar for obvious reasons, I also love these fun make-your-own bars that have been popping up at everything from kid’s birthday parties to weddings. This bruschetta bar looks delightfully delicious and (bonus!) it makes for a super easy appetizer at your next backyard soiree!

    Fancy Summer Picnic from Style Me Pretty

    If you’re really looking to impress this Fourth of July (and aren’t living in a garage), Style Me Pretty has an entire gallery devoted to throwing a fancy summer picnic. The tiny tarts are adorable and can easily be recreated with some red and blue fruit for a fun and festive celebration.

    Want even more dining-centered inspiration? We have an entire pin board devoted to exactly that. Come follow the seasonal ideas here on the Suite One Studio, Making Mealtimes Beautiful board.

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  • No Fuss Mother's Day Favorites

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    Hi there, it’s Lauren here, your Everyday Designer. I don’t know about you, but April was a bit of beast for us. We made a temporary move while we’re waiting to close on our home. That, combined with working full time and caring for my five month old daughter (another full time job in itself), I am in dire need of some R&R. With Mother’s Day approaching (my first as an honoree!) I’ve been trying to think of how to celebrate the moms in my life without wearing myself out in the process—because we tend to do that as moms, right?! I don’t know about you but I’ve been wearing myself out and this Mother’s Day all I want is a nice, peaceful, no-fuss day with my family. Let’s celebrate the beauty in simplicity, shall we?

    Here are my favorites from around the web for your no-fuss Mother’s Day celebration.

    5 Ingredient Goat Cheese and Egg Souffle Cups from Sweet Phi

    You can’t beat a great soufflé (err..no pun itended). This delish dish has only 5 ingredients. Now that’s my kind of recipe! Whip these up for brunch and you’ll have a fantastically simple main dish. Serve with fruit salad and call it a day.

    4 Ingredient Grapefruit Mimosa from Damn Delicious

    I saw a shirt that says “Brunch because mimosas” and I don’t think truer words have ever been spoken. The only thing simpler than a 4 ingredient mimosa is a 4 ingredient mimosa where 2 of the ingredients are optional garnishes. Insert hair flip emoji.

    5 Minute Rustic Fruit Galette from Gimme Some Oven

    Ah, the galette, or as I like to call them, pies for lazy people. Basically you just put the filling in the center of the pie crust, fold up the edges, bake and you’re done. This 5 minute Rustic Fruit Galette is the PERFECT dessert for your no-fuss Mother’s Day because it’s easy but oh, so beautiful.

    Two Minute Floral Arrangement from A Pair and A Spare

    Round out your delightful brunch table with this easy two minute floral arrangement. So fresh and simple, and when brunch is over you can regroup the bouquet and send it home with your mom.

    DIY Hand-Dotted Tumblers

    This is like a grown-up version of the Mother’s Day craft you used to make at school back in the day. I’m guessing your mom will love whatever you make for her now just like she used to. Present your handiwork with a nice bottle of wine and bonus, you both can cheers to her health and happiness.



    If you’re looking for more great ideas like these come follow us on our Making Mealtimes Beautiful Pinterest Board!

    How are you celebrating Mother’s Day? I’d love to hear your ideas for how to enjoy the day fuss-free!

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