Inviting Summer Into Your Home: Front Entryway Ideas

Today I’m inviting you into my home via the front entryway!

Front Entray Way

I enjoy restyling my home for the seasons, and your front entryway should be no exception!

Invite summer and your guests into your home with fresh blooms of the season. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers to arrange and come in a variety of colors.

Front Enreyway Sarah Sofia Productions

Style your blooms in a white vase for a fresh and clean look. I scored this white porcelain Royal Haeger pitcher and basin for 25 cents! Yes, that’s right $0.25. Just one of the many items I’m sharing with you during my Summer Series on The Thrill of The Hunt.

Front Entryway Sarah Sofia ProductionsI love how my entryway looks and feels like Provence to me! Call me old fashioned, but I still enjoy greeting guests at the front door when I host parties; inviting them into a welcoming space!

An easy update to your mirror is to do a DIY spray paint job. I used antique gold for this round mirror, which picks up the gold undertones in the accent table.

front entryway sarah sofia productions

Adding a framed photo of your family and artwork finishes the look for the front entryway.  I cherish having a print signed by Max Agostini, a French Impressionist  painter.

Credits

Mirror – DIY Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Picture frame – Michael’s http://www.michaels.com

Accent Table – Hobby Lobby http://www.hobbylobby.com

Basket – HomeGoods http://www.homegoods.com

Royal Haeger Porclein Pitcher and Basin – Yard sale find, Sarah Sofia Productions

Small flower arrangement – Target http://www.target.com

 

July 4th Entertaining Made Easy

July 4th Entertaining Made Easy

I grew up where the July 4th parade was a big deal! We’re talking about tons of floats,  kids and adults a like lining the neighborhood streets for miles.  Now that I have children of my own, I want them to have the same experience as I did!

However, juggling the pool, beach, lake etc. and then entertaining for family and friends can be difficult.  That is why I have chosen 4 easy DIY décor and food items that easily fit into anyone’s budget!

Remember the burlap wreath I made from this post? I have used this wreath for Halloween, Christmas, Spring, and now 4th of July.

DIY Burlap Wreath

I simply added this red, burlap & blue star that was on sale from Pottery Barn, and now I have a patriotic wreath for my front door!

Next up is a quick and easy menu.  I love watermelon and mint together, it’s so refreshing during the hot summer.  Some people add feta, however I decided to add a blueberry to top off my skewer.

 

Watermelon, Mint & Blueberry skewers

You can make this the day before or 5-10 min before your event.

Another easy food item is cherries. You can bring these with you to the park, beach, pool etc. and place them in a decorate container or in a martini glass with blue at the bottom for an added effect.  Cheeries

Lastly, don’t forget about the flowers. If you follow my posts, you know I love hydrangeas.  Not only are hydrangeas beautiful, but they’re simple, elegant and not too feminine  or masculine. Hydrangeas come in different colors and are relatively inexpensive. For your July 4th celebration choose white and blue and bunch them together in a clear or white vase. Remember, hydrangeas require a lot of water, but will last a long time as long as they are submerged in water.

4th of Julyl Entertaining Made Easy

Don’t have a patriotic tray on hand? You can go to Michael’s and buy this one that was on sale or buy a plan wooden tray and paint it yourself. I also enjoy using candles and lanterns as part of the décor, which sets the mood as the day turns to night.

For more 4th of July menu and décor inspiration check out my previous post here.

Wishing you a happy Independence Day with your family and friends!

Vendor Credits

Event Design, Style & Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

White and blue striped tray – Michaels http://www.michaels.com

DIY Burlap Wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

Red and Blue Burlap Star – Pottery Barn http://www.potterybarn.com

White star lantern – Ikea USA http://www.ikea.com

New Year’s Menu Inspiration!

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As hostess and event planner I love any opportunity to cook for others! However, not everyone shares my enthusiasm, and I wanted to share my menu selections for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations.

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Serve shrimp, avocado, and arugula salad to start.  Simply wash fresh or frozen shrimp. Slice avocado.  Put two hand fulls of arugula on salad plates and top with shrimp and avocado. Add salt, pepper and olive oil to taste.

NYE Shrimp, Avocado, and Arugula Salad

For the main course serve marinated and grilled flank steak with sautéed green beans, new potatoes, and focaccia bread with olive oil and rosemary.  Add some honey or brown sugar to your flank steak marinade, which adds a sweet flavor to the tang of the soy sauce.  For dessert serve ready-made Crème Brule in chocolate cups and top with fresh raspberries and pear.  And of course plenty of bubbly to go around!

New Year’s Day Breakfast/Brunch

Baked egg casserole or frittata cups baked in muffin tins are perfect breakfast or brunch items.  Use fresh parsley, basil, bell peppers, and mushrooms and add your favorite meat such as bacon to your eggs.  Serve with fresh fruit and low-calorie blueberry muffins or chocolate croissants. Don’t forget the mimosa!

Baked Egg Caserole

New Year’s Day Supper/Dinner

Start with spinach and artichoke dip with sourdough bread bites, pita chips, or tortilla chips.  Then use the left over flank steak, avocado, and arugula to make sandwiches.  Add Dijon mustard and Munster cheese and let it bake for 5 min.  at 350 degrees.  Prepare a side salad of pears, strawberries and arugula with champagne and pear vinaigrette.  Serve chocolate molten cake topped with mocha ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Trader Joe's Cholocate Molten Cake

Don’t want to make it yourself, no problem! Trader Joe’s has decadent pre made desserts that are New Year’s Day worthy!

 

Cheers to a happy, healthy 2013!

Fall Entertaining

There’s something about Fall when the kids go back to school, the air becomes crisp and football, apple and pumpkin picking are family past times. Using the flavors and the colors of the season it’s easy to decorate your front porch and tablescape with seasonal squash, apples, flowers, eggplant and a little glam with glitter!   Host a fall dinner party, pumpkin carving or decorating party with stickers and glitter, or a Halloween party. Fall entertaining and decor isn’t just for the September and October months, but can be carried over for Thanksgiving entertaining as well.  Be creative in your design by using other vegetables for a punch of color like I did on this tablescape above with artichokes.  You can cut a hole in the top of the artichoke or a small pumpkin and place a votive candle in the middle, which will make your setting perfect for an evening event.  For decorating tips and ideas please check out last years post on Fall Entertaining.

July 4th Entertaining

Independence Day is full of family fun with parades, fireworks, and of course flavorful food!  Seafood is always a good go to such as crab or shrimp boil, lobster rolls, or mango glazed shrimp.  Looking for more 4th of July inspiration?  Check out theses creative and fun ideas below.  

Rocket Dogs Recipe by Family Fun Magazine

Flag centerpieces from It’s A Muegge Life

A Casual & Chic 4th of July Celebration by Celebrations

Watermelon Stars by Cutest Food

Hanging Confetti Firework Poppers by Juneberry Lane

35 Fun 4th of July Recipes by Six Sisters’ Stuff