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Summer Entertaining

Last month I  did a summer birthday party for our youngest son, Hunter
who turned 22!

The inspiration piece for the party
these fabulous enamel cups from 

I wanted the decor to have a masculine vibe
the black and white color brought it home.

I have been pretty smitten with the whole
Hearth and Home Magnolia collection 
since the dishes came out.

I have been collecting little by little for a few months now.
It's crazy how updating a few daily use pieces makes my heart so happy.
Adding a little more everyday joy!

The family birthday party
was a perfect excuse to add in the black and white textiles 
form the collection.

I left my dining centerpiece made up of
air plants
quartz candles as is.

It added the perfect cool, fresh look I wanted.
and the centerpiece played perfectly with all the place setting textures.

I used the tea towels from the collection for oversized napkins.
I mixed and matched several for added interest.

For appetizers I did a beautiful cheese board.
I have been so inspired by
She does the most beautiful boards I have ever seen!
You can find her  amazing post HERE.

Whenever I entertain I like to bring in fresh garnishes from my garden.
for the bar glasses I simply pulled out a wooden tray
lined it with another of the coordinating tea towels
added lemons and rosemary
 for a fresh finish.

The birthday dinner was Italian inspired.
I hired my darling daughter and accomplished entertainer in her own right

Ellis of the Ell Blog HERE

to make 3 different types of lasagne.

These Chianti bottles were as much added decor as poured table wine.

Another of my party styling go to is using

 an over sized champagne bowl
filled with ice, lemons and rosemary

to present all of the bottled drinks.

The crostini's were another of Ellis's creations.
An easy and visual  passed appetizer.

Because we had a lot of people at Hunter's Birthday dinner
I did two cheese boards.

To accommodate  all of our guests 
I set our big farm table in the backyard as well.
For this table I used the large check tablecloth

I really loved how the two table coordinated 
but were different at the same time.

Fro the backyard
I used the blue rimmed enamel cups.

My centerpieces were sweet and simple
using vintage bottles with a single peony in each.

No birthday dinner would be complete
without a 
Birthday Cake!

This beauty is from our local Von's Pavillions

made magnificent with these amazing tapers!

I first was introduced to these amazing candles by my dear friend
Andrea of The French Basketeer HERE

I bought them at Ace hardware in Laguna Beach of all places.

This completes my 
Summer Birthday Party recap.

I hope I was able to inspire you 
to entertain in your own backyard!

Wishing my 'baby' a great year of 22!

Now it's on to finishing all of the wedding details
for his marriage to his gorgeous fiance' in just two weeks!!

You can see his  beachside proposal HERE
their engagement party HERE

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life


  1. WOW Tamera your table-scapes are the most amazing. A feast for the eyes. Thank you for always sharing beauty. xoxogg

    1. Sorry, above it says the comment is by Unknown... so here I am, Gigi Schilling.

    2. Gigi thank you ever so much for visiting and you kind words darling!! Big hugs to you!! xox

  2. Nicely done. Much love to Hunter ♡

  3. Audra thank you ever so much darling!! xox

  4. Gosh your outfit is spectacular, every single detail. That hat. Those earrings. The bracelets. The scarf on the dress... I love it all, and every piece is SO YOU.

    Your black and white theme for your son's birthday is so chic; I'm very inspired to copy a few things!

    Love to you and your radiance and resiliance.

    1. Lisa thank you ever so much darling for visiting here and your sweet encouraging words! so very much appreciated!! xox

  5. What a super celebration for Hunter as he celebrating his 22nd birthday. So many excitement lies ahead!!! xx

    1. Aww thank you so much my friend!! we are getting so excited about the upcoming wedding and futures! xox

  6. Beyond fabulous (as usual!). May I ask where you bought your flatware from?

    1. The black flatware is also from the wonderful Hearth and Hand Magnolia line at Target! Thank you for asking!