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entertaining pick: paperless post invitations

Today’s Style at Home Twitter chat was all about summer party planning. One of the questions asked how we send out invitations to a party? Via email, in person or online invite? There was an overwhelming consensus that Paperless Post is the best way to send out a party invitation, and I couldn’t agree more. My fiancé and I were so happy with our engagement party invitation that we sent to our family and friends via Paperless Post, so I thought I’d share it here.

PaperlessPost EngagementParty entertaining pick: paperless post invitations

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summer pizza

Summer is one of the busiest times of year around our house. I am always on the lookout for simple recipes I can throw together last minute. This is a perfect recipe for entertaining, it has a handful of ingredients, and only requires a few minutes on the grill, just make sure you have enough when guests ask for seconds!!!

PIZZA copy 2 summer pizza

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if I could decorate Eugenie Bouchard’s club house

I’m a pretty diehard tennis fan. I use to play in my youth, but have put it on the back burner due to my young trio of kidlets. For good luck I even brought out my tennis handbag. Below I’ve chosen a few preppy inspired items for the home or clubhouse.

 

Serena and Lily towel if I could decorate Eugenie Bouchards club house Serena & Lily Towels Read the rest of this entry »

poppytalk for target: glamorous outdoor entertaining

If you loved the Oh Joy! collection, then you’re definitely going to swoon over Target’s newest collaboration with co-founder of design blog Poppytalk, Jan Halvarson. The Poppytalk for Target party collection is full of bright colours, fun patterns and outdoor decor accessories that might just become part of your summer entertaining essentials.

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With a few items on my wish list, I can’t wait to view the collection in store. Here are a couple of my favourite collection pieces, now available at Target.
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5 easy bridal shower decor ideas

It’s wedding season! Whether you’re a family member, close friend or in the bridal party, planning a beautiful bridal shower might be on your to-do list.

You’ve sent out your invitations, picked out your party menu and carefully studied the Style at Home Ultimate Wedding Guide. What’s left to do? The decorations, of course.

bridal shower easy decoration ideas 5 easy bridal shower decor ideas

If you’re looking for bridal shower decor that won’t blow your budget, check out these pretty and inexpensive ideas.

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easy summer style essentials

Summer officially starts this weekend, so let’s talk about warm weather style.

SummerStyle CasualBackyard easy summer style essentials

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recipe: sugar cookie bridal shower favours

This past weekend I hosted a bridal shower for my best friend and bride-to-be. Planning a bridal shower can sometimes be challenging, but it’s also a lot of fun. With help from the rest of the bridesmaids, we had pretty party decorations, a menu full of tasty recipes and lots of delicious desserts. After dividing the to-do list there was one last thing that needed to be done; bridal shower favours.

SAH blog bridal shower sugar cookies recipe: sugar cookie bridal shower favours
When it comes to gifts for guests, I am a firm believer that baked goods are always a great idea. Almond macarons, cake pops and even double chocolate brownies – all delicious choices. After scouring Pinterest for ideas, I decided to put together favours that were as delicious as they were pretty.

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a flower’s power: how to be fierce with florals

Florals. Where do I begin? For most of my adult life I have been of the conviction that flowers and anything remotely floral belongs in the garden and the garden only. Being an 80s child and somewhat of a tomboy, I often suffered the extreme discomfort of many a floral fashion blunder – theatrical bridesmaid dresses, cutesy Laura Ashley day dresses and flawless floral bedding selected by my well intentioned mother, just to name a few. Truth be told, I have often joked about “florals” being my personal F-word.

Today this predictably pretty and ultra feminine motif has turned frisky and fierce – it’s all about less structure and a more organic, large scale and fluid look. Florals have taken on a new life and blossomed into a form that’s experimental – “flower power” in its true spirit.

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photo by Ruven Afanador

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photo by Ruven Afanador

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decor: dining room before and after

Just like my living area, my dining room also came together over time. With my first apartment featured in this month’s Style at Home I’m sharing some progress shots of how my apartment came to its final look. Here’s my dining room now, read on to see it before!

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new-use tuesdays: bread

You can’t help what you love, and I love bread. Baguette, challa, bagel, lavash, naan – you name it, I’ll devour it. Needless to say, I’ve got a lot of bread in the house (and, since I gravitate mostly toward the white stuff, a soon-to-be-expanding waistline!). Once you see a few other practical applications for the doughy delicacy, you’ll want to load up, too.

bread new use tuesdays: bread

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