Memorial Day Party
  • May 25, 2016
  • Entertaining
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    Can you believe Memorial Day weekend is here? As do most people, I always view Memorial Day as the official kickoff to summer, which of course means a great excuse to throw a party. Knowing we’d be out of town for actual Memorial Day, I got a head start on the celebrations over the weekend. I love how bright the SVEDKA Stars and Stripes is so I knew it had to be the star of the party. The beautiful weather played right into my plans and we were able to spend the evening out on our deck for the first time since we bought our house in January. memorial day party

    To start I focused on setting up the bar. I wanted to keep the signature cocktail light and refreshing so I paired the SVEDKA Stars and Stripes vodka with lime flavored sparkling water, and added in a handful of fruit to each drink. Have you ever had berries soaked in sparkling water? So good! Our bar cart is almost always stocked with SVEDKA vodka because it’s an accessibly priced import and is a great tasting vodka.

    Memorial Day Party

    This “bar cart” is actually an Ikea utility cart that we use in the winter time to store our gloves and scarves in our coat closet. I finally feel like it’s safe to put all the winter gear so up to the deck it went! The cart is on the smaller side, so I kept only the essentials for mixing up a good cocktail on the day party

    To add a little height and color to my bar cart, I used red gift boxes I had been keeping in my closet forever now. (I knew I was keeping them for a reason!). For the star banner, I just cut the stars from red glitter paper and secured them with tape to twine. memorial day party

    Whenever I’m mixing up cocktails for parties I always keep the alcohol separate from the mixer for several reasons. One, if I have a guest who doesn’t want to, or can’t drink, they can still enjoy a mocktail, second if there is any leftover I don’t have to waste the alcohol by throwing it out, and three it gives guests the chance to make their drinks as weak or strong as they would like. I kept the pitcher of sparkling lime water on the table so we could easily refill our drinks throughout the night. memorial day party

    Given that we were dining outside, I kept the tablescape fairly simple with a few red, white and blue decor elements. I used navy placemats and napkins and then added a napkin ring that I DIY’d using a small piece of red, white and blue garland. I attached the garland to white ribbon and then tied the ribbon to the napkin. You’ll also notice that I used this same garland to make “sparkler” swizzle sticks. memorial day party

    Plastic cups are a necessity outside so I picked up these cups for the occasion. They were too perfect! I also filled small candle votives with red glitter and tea lights. It’s a little windy on our deck so it was difficult to keep them lit, but I liked the sparkle they brought to the table. memorial day party

    A nice, unexpected touch to even the most casual dinner party is some sort of favor. For this party I picked up red, white and blue sunglasses to give out. They will be great to use again on the 4th of July! Memorial Day Party

    I’ll be celebrating Memorial Day in a very un-American way in Canada, but you can bet I’ll be putting some of these party ideas to use when I celebrate 4th of July with Brett’s family in Charleston!memorial day party

    Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of SVEDKA Stars and Stripes vodka this weekend for your Memorial Day parties! For more great summer entertaining and cocktail recipes, be sure to check out the SVEDKA Celebrate the Summer website.Memorial Day Party

    Racerback Maxi Dress
  • May 24, 2016
  • Style
  • This weekend was 100% picture perfect. I spent so much time enjoying it I barely sat down all weekend, which is why this post is coming to you a day late. I wore this racerback maxi dress to brunch for Monica’s birthday. It’s been hanging in my closet for a few weeks ago, just waiting for the perfect summer day to make it’s debut and Saturday didn’t disappoint. I love that it can be dressed down with flats and a jean jacket, but can also work for dressier occasions with heels and a clutch.
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    dress / sandals / jacket / purse / sunglasses (similar)

    photos by Joanne Fuener

    Eventful Favorites
  • May 20, 2016
  • Eventful Favorites
  • TGI Friday! I’m especially excited about this weekend because it’s the only weekend in May Brett and I are in Chicago. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the traveling we do, but it makes me appreciate the weekends home so much more. Tonight we’re staying in, making this risotto and hopefully assembling the patio furniture that’s been boxed up in our guest room for a couple weeks now. Tomorrow we’re celebrating Monica’s birthday with brunch at Fremont and Sunday celebrating my dad’s birthday with dinner at my parent’s house. What do you have planned for the weekend?


    Eventful Favorites
    I want to move into this adorable house!
    My kind of party.
    I can’t wait for this show to premier!
    Pretty pj’s for summer.

    This Week on An Eventful Life
    Before and After: Chippendale Chair Makeover
    What You Should Be Eating In Your 30s


    Before and After: Chippendale Chair Makeover
  • May 18, 2016
  • DIY
  • Before we even moved into our new house I knew I wanted chippendale chairs for our living room. I had been seeing them everywhere in so many different colors and I loved the look. Unfortunately I did not love the price tag. I had my eyes on these white and navy Jonathan Adler chairs, but at more than $700 a piece I knew they weren’t in the cards. I searched for any lower cost options, with no luck until I did a quick search on Craigslist and came across a pair of chippendale style chairs that just needed a little TLC.
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    AFTER:chippendale chairs makeover
    As you can see there were an ugly (in my opinion) black and had no seat cushion. Brett and I spent our holiday break cleaning, painting and sealing the chairs so they’d be ready for move in day. We used this chalk paint so we didn’t have to do any sanding beforehand and finished it off with a lacquer so we could get a shiny finish.

    For the seat cushions, we had thin pieces of plywood measured and cut to fit the seat and then bought two-inch thick foam board and covered it with upholstery fabric.

    To finish off this part of the living room with a gold bamboo-style tray table that I found at Hobby Lobby for less than $50. (Steal!) It’s no longer available online, but I did find a similar (though more expensive) option here.
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    all in good taste / celebrate / candle / pitcher (old, similar here) / throw