DIY: PomPom Placemats

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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!

Materials for Pom Pom Fringe Placemat What You’ll Need:

Placemats

3/8” Pom Pom Fringe

E6000

ScissorsMeasuring Pompom Trim for Placemat1. Lay your pom pom fringe against one side of your placemat, and cut to fit.

Gluing Fringe onto Placemat2. Place a line of glue going down the edges of the placemat, and glue down your trim.

3. Repeat on all sides.

Finished Pompom Placemat

Dinner Party Hosting Tips

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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! e1957243fba2ed0935f350e6c4b7712f

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.c8bed08de87a1c7cc2b4d761c39110f5 (1)

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. eda8c54d547f92d72e7d75bc34ceffb2

Savory Seasonals – Try to base your menu off what is in season. The ingredients will be at their most flavorful, and the least expensive.

 

 

Rustic Summer Tablescape Inspiration

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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”. 544ce6e62aca81f8c8468c8f1bb90ffb

 

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One staple of a rustic dining experience is wooden acccents. A wooden table makes for a great backdrop for bold, beautiful blooms.

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This style also features a lot of greenery. Flowers aren’t the only centerpieces. Leaves and branches play an essential role as well!

tumblr_mlgrdzDpnC1rrqsx6o1_500A rustic-style table is the perfect backdrop for a fresh summer meal!

Color Story: Coral

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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!

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277aea0b1301ee1741b5842eb024bbc4A bright color like this is perfect for celebrations, making it a go-to for wedding and party planners.

 

 

a30d5fb7374216c77ed6b79fe1d54156The lace overlay lends a little demure mystery to a bold coral dress! It’s the perfect color for the warm summer months.

 

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156634421d2f3000cadfbcb7259c7cace7d9c311a66362c064b1a5832dc06cca 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!

Summer Party Inspiration

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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.

Summer Party Paper LanternsBrighten up the summer nights with strings of  lights and paper lantern.

weddingdetails_2Take advantage of the best summer fruits with a berry topiary.

Sea Glass TablescapeSavor your time by the sea with a sea-glass tablescape.

Watermelon LemonadeCool down with a glass of pink lemonade.

smores-stationSummer is nothing without s’mores! Make a s’more bar to create customized confections!

 

DIY: Nautical Knot Necklace

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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!

Nautical Knot Necklace Materials

What You’ll Need:
3/16” Rayon Twist Cord (keep the ends secured with tape to prevent fraying)
1/4” Heavy Apron Tape
Jump Rings
E6000
End Caps
Lobster Clasp
Scissors

Nautical Knot Necklace Diagram1. Using two sets of two cords, create the knot above by following the arrows above.

Measuring Nautical Knot Necklace2. Measure to make sure the necklace is your desired length, and cut off any excess.

Nautical Knot Necklace Gluing Apron Tape3. As you cut, add glue and apron tape to the ends. Cut and glue each end one by one to prevent fraying.

Nautical Knot Necklace End Caps4. Add E6000 to the inside of the end cap, and insert the cord tip into the end cap.

Adding Jump Rings to Nautical Knot Necklace5. Attach jump rings to each end cap, one jump ring for two cords.

Adding Lobster Clasp to Nautical Knot Necklace6. Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace.

Nautical Knot Necklace

4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Braided Belt

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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!DSC_0287 What You’ll Need:

Colored Jean Shorts
Leather Braid
2 1/8” Rounded Square Metal Buckle
E6000
Needle and Thread

 DSC_03261. Punch the prong of the buckle through the center braided trim about 2 inches deep.

DSC_03272. Fold over the extra 2 inches, and glue and sew in place.

DSC_03333. Add some glue to the tip of the other end of the leather so it does not fray. Let dry.

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 Looking for more inspiration for your next shorts accessory at our 4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts Shop!

4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Ruffled Lace

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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.

DSC_0277What You’ll Need:

Light Wash Blue Jean Shorts
Frilly Ruffled Lace Fringe
Needle and Thread

DSC_02781. Turn your shorts inside out, and line up the lace trim where you want it to go.

DSC_02842. Sew the lace trim around each leg opening.

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To find more inspiring materials to work with, check out the 4 Ways shop!

Shorts for Summer Inspiration

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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!445f9e49167996b59ae5a0159c58dcf7Add Americana to your wardrobe with these cool shorts!

8f9075b82506889d8d5eb21af7b6b721Dress up bright shorts with an equally bright blazer, and a pair of heeled sandals.

9e2fb4d6943f2aa443b9757de3cc36bdWe love these embellished shorts that shimmer in the sun. Just be careful where you sit!

6316069d3a2d1a354b473455ed8369a2Sometimes 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.

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Do it big with a fun patterned print like these geometric Moroccan print shorts!

 

DIY: Preppy Pocket Towel

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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. DSC_0135 What You’ll Need:

Towel
Sewing Machine
1.5” Roman Stripe Ribbon
7/8” Grosgrain Ribbon in Pistachio

DSC_01381. Lay out your towel, and fold it up to create a big pocket.

DSC_01512. 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.

DSC_01473. Sew the the ends of the towel in place as well.

DSC_01624. Take your pistachio ribbon and create two bows. Sew at the top of each spot where the ribbon goes down vertically.

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