Summer is all about having fun, seeing friends and family, going on adventures and bright, bright colors! Embrace the summer spirit by introducing some fun onto your dinner table with these pompom placemats we’ve created. They add the perfect amount of pizzazz to your summer table, and are great for using when entertaining friends!
What You’ll Need:
3/8” Pom Pom Fringe
Scissors1. Lay your pom pom fringe against one side of your placemat, and cut to fit.
2. Place a line of glue going down the edges of the placemat, and glue down your trim.
3. Repeat on all sides.
This is the perfect time to hold a seasonal summer dinner party, but hosting your own party can cause a lot of stress. Make sure all of your bases are covered with these tips!
Eating by Candlelight – If you want to introduce candles into your party decor, keep them unscented. The focus should be on the delicious food, not the coconut vanilla scent of your pillar candles, as delicious as it is!
Keep Them Short – Centerpieces should be small and short so that guests have the ability to see each other over the table. You can always showcase taller arrangements on separate tables.
All You Can Eat – Buffet-style dinner parties are all the rage. Why? Everyone gets just what they want, and it’s easy to do!
In the Know – Make sure you check to see if your guests have any serious dietary restrictions.
Savory Seasonals – Try to base your menu off what is in season. The ingredients will be at their most flavorful, and the least expensive.
When it comes to summer dining, we prefer the casual, rustic approach. The effortless style pairs so well with carefree energy of the season, and we love the mix of natural, earthy elements and florals for a look that isn’t too feminine but also has just the right dash of “pretty”.
One staple of a rustic dining experience is wooden acccents. A wooden table makes for a great backdrop for bold, beautiful blooms.
This style also features a lot of greenery. Flowers aren’t the only centerpieces. Leaves and branches play an essential role as well!
A rustic-style table is the perfect backdrop for a fresh summer meal!
This week we’re highlighting a color that screams summer to us! One you’ll find in your brightly colored fruit smoothies, the toes of bikini-clad beach-goers, and dappled on the skin of your summer peaches. We’re talking about coral, a color inspired by the vibrant reef!
A bright color like this is perfect for celebrations, making it a go-to for wedding and party planners.
The lace overlay lends a little demure mystery to a bold coral dress! It’s the perfect color for the warm summer months.
This vibrant shade is great for adding personality to your home decor. It looks fantastic when paired with blues and green, just like it does in the ocean!
The nights are bright and light, the weather is warm and the kids are out of school. Summer is one of our favorite seasons because it’s the perfect time of year to get together with friends and family, and enjoy the good weather. So why not throw a summer party to celebrate the season? These photos are all the convincing you need.
Brighten up the summer nights with strings of lights and paper lantern.
Take advantage of the best summer fruits with a berry topiary.
Savor your time by the sea with a sea-glass tablescape.
Cool down with a glass of pink lemonade.
Summer is nothing without s’mores! Make a s’more bar to create customized confections!
We’ve been going nuts over knots the last few days, and we’ve finally decided to do something about it! We wanted a nautical-inspired accessory that could add a little class to any outfit, while also looking casual and simple. We created a knotted necklace using twist cord and tape in red and navy, but you can customize the materials to make this knotted necklace in whatever colors and styles you like!
What You’ll Need:
3/16” Rayon Twist Cord (keep the ends secured with tape to prevent fraying)
1/4” Heavy Apron Tape
1. Using two sets of two cords, create the knot above by following the arrows above.
2. Measure to make sure the necklace is your desired length, and cut off any excess.
3. As you cut, add glue and apron tape to the ends. Cut and glue each end one by one to prevent fraying.
4. Add E6000 to the inside of the end cap, and insert the cord tip into the end cap.
5. Attach jump rings to each end cap, one jump ring for two cords.
6. Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace.
Sometimes the best way to accent a pair of shorts is to add an accessory to the mix! It’s also a great way to keep your favorite pair intact while also adding some interest. The best shorts accessory in our opinion is a funky belt! We used a leather and cotton braid with a pronged buckle to create a gorgeous (and easy) belt. No need to mess with leather hole punchers when working with braided trim! What You’ll Need:
Colored Jean Shorts
2 1/8” Rounded Square Metal Buckle
Needle and Thread
1. Punch the prong of the buckle through the center braided trim about 2 inches deep.
2. Fold over the extra 2 inches, and glue and sew in place.
3. Add some glue to the tip of the other end of the leather so it does not fray. Let dry.
Looking for more inspiration for your next shorts accessory at our 4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts Shop!
Lace shorts have been seen on style blogs and in stores all over the country, and we absolutely adore this trend! The light and airy look of lace with a relaxed pair of denim shorts is the ultimate salute to summer. We chose a ruffled trim to capture the carefree nature of the season, but you can pick any style you like. You can even mix up the color with black lace on red shorts for more of an evening look.
What You’ll Need:
Light Wash Blue Jean Shorts
Frilly Ruffled Lace Fringe
Needle and Thread
1. Turn your shorts inside out, and line up the lace trim where you want it to go.
2. Sew the lace trim around each leg opening.
To find more inspiring materials to work with, check out the 4 Ways shop!
The summer is made for wearing shorts! They can be casual, dressed up, basic denim or crazy colored lace. Here are a few of our favorite styles to wear now that the weather is warm!Add Americana to your wardrobe with these cool shorts!
Dress up bright shorts with an equally bright blazer, and a pair of heeled sandals.
We love these embellished shorts that shimmer in the sun. Just be careful where you sit!
Sometimes you don’t wear shorts to feel cool, but hot! These leather shorts are so chic, and prove that anything can be dressed up to look like an elegant outfit.
Do it big with a fun patterned print like these geometric Moroccan print shorts!
Going to the beach is always an adventure, but sometimes it can also become a treasure hunt when your items go missing in the sand! Stop losing your beach essentials with this cool DIY that makes a simple towel into the perfect accessory for carrying everything you need. What You’ll Need:
1.5” Roman Stripe Ribbon
7/8” Grosgrain Ribbon in Pistachio
1. Lay out your towel, and fold it up to create a big pocket.
2. Place ribbons where you want the pockets to be, and sew closed. Sew a ribbon to the top of the towel without going through both layers.
3. Sew the the ends of the towel in place as well.
4. Take your pistachio ribbon and create two bows. Sew at the top of each spot where the ribbon goes down vertically.