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Backyard Summer Birthday Celebration!

Last weekend we celebrated our
son Hunter turning 24!

His late May birthday
always seems to 
jumpstart our

The weather was perfect for a 
Backyard Dinner Party!

I chose blues and whites as my accent color for 
The Tablescape

I mixed  blue  and whites 
with all kinds of 
Natural Textures.

From woven placemats, wooden chargers, cloth napkins, ceramic plates
iron silverware,  enamel cups and wrapped wicker glasses.

For the centerpiece
 I kept my 

rectangular cement planters

that I grow succulents in
interspersed usually with candles.

To give a 
Party Feel
for the centerpiece
I filled the candleholders with fresh white flower arrangements.

They were simple to do.
I purchased 2 grocery store bouquets
of differing white mums
cut the flowers down to short stems
making individual bouquets for the candle holders.

They were 
simple and efficient
adding the perfect 
Party Flourish!

I was very happy with my


which was actually
 four different tapestries!

We recently added the large umbrella to our 
10 foot Farm Table
which made getting a traditional tablecloth to work 
wasn't going to happen.

My solution was to take one tapestry 
on each side
 simply fold it in half
then uses two more across the ends of the table.

I was so happy with the subtle color 
texture play 
it brought to my tablescape.

For me
 dressing a table is like 
creating a painting
using color, layers and textures.
Really not to different than styling a great outfit!

To bring in even more color play
I simply wrapped our bar stool seats
with light blue bandanas!

I loved the added
the tapestry tassels 
brought to the table!

I find so often solving a styling situation
in a non traditional way
can illicit some beautifully creative solutions
if you stay open to trying new ways!

I finished each place setting with a bottle of our 
favorite sparkling water.

I woke up the morning of the party
with the idea the Topo Chico bottles
would add just the right amount of 
a yellow punch.

You never know when creative ideas 
will strike!

Jeff and I chose a colorful and fresh menu
for the party.

I love doing parties with Jeff
I make everything look gorgeous
Jeff makes everything
taste delicious!

How fun is this
 vintage serving piece.
It pacts a big punch of style
elevating crudites
to a  party level!

I love what Jeff did with the cucumbers and cheese!

Our menu consisted of 
salmon on the barbeque
tofu skewers.

Jeff made individually wrapped vegetables 
to accompany the salmon.

They were as pretty as they were delicious!

For my party outfit
I kept it backyard casual
with an off the shoulder top and white jeans
I kept my hair up and unfussy.

but brought
 a dose of glam with my 
bold sunglasses and shell choker
that is actually a headband 
from my upcoming 
Accessory Collection!

It made my heart so happy 
to have some of my 
very favorite people
at the house!!

Especially this little nugget
who is up and walking these days!

It always just makes my heart melt 
our boy
his baby girl!

And it always reminds me 
of how much
I enjoyed being his Momma!

And I couldn't be happier Hunter 
married the love of his life.
They have been together since they were 14!
Quite the 
Love Story!!

We made this sweet the collage  for their
Rehearsal Dinner
You can see that  fabulous 

Lenny is one lucky little girl
to have these two as parents!

Isn't Lenny the sweetest!

Having grandkids
is everything I heard it would be!

I set up a little pool for Lenny
and  ...

She got to meet for the very first time
Hunter's old
Big Bear
who has been tucked away safely in storage 
for many, many years.

Big Bear was a favorite of Hunter's when he was little.
So much so 
Big Bear
was allowed to accompany the family
on so many road trips!

Big Bear traveled with us to
Mammoth Mountain
The Montage in Laguna Beach
Disneyland's California Grand Adventure
to name just a few of our families destinations.

Which meant when Hunter out grew Big Bear
I couldn't bear to part with her
so I brought her to storage
where she has lived for so many years.

I hadn't even foreseen such a 
heartfelt time 
seeing her now with 
Hunter's daughter!

I am so glad 
I listened to my heart
and kept this sweet bear!

Happy Happy Birthday Hunter!

We are ever so proud of the 
man, husband and father 
you have become in
your 24 Years!

Sweetest Young Family!
Thank you for letting us celebrate you!

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life


  1. love the able ideas so simple but very tasteful thank you for sharing

  2. Replies
    1. Why thank you ever so much dearest Catherine! Hope you and yours are well in Santa Barbara! xox

  3. reading your are such a warmhearted woman

    1. Mumbai how wonderful to see you here darling! I was just thinking of you today! I hope you and yours are doing well! Big hugs! xox

  4. So glad I checked in on IG today (haven't been there in a while). I truly needed to read this wonderful story and see your beautiful family and backyard! Lenny is just adorable in her head wrap! This was very refreshing and made my day.

    1. Thank you ever so much for visiting here darling. During such a heartbreaking time ... I was trying to share some beauty and love. Thank you for your encouraging gift of words darling. My heart thanks you. How are you and your daughter doing? Sending you big hugs! xox

  5. that's so nice Tamera...what was the trigger thinking about me? ...and thank you ...I am very
    well as my family is. Let Corona not prone us but was very hard in Spain and also very long lockdown made life not as usual. Will the world ever be recover again from all that terrible
    things which happened now? Let me know your thoughts please. ...and stay well.

    1. I was reposting ... and came across one of your heartfelt comments ... which reminded me ... of how supportive you have been for years. Thank you so much.

      I am so glad to hear you and your family are well. Yes, we too here in Southern California had a long lock down as well. We were literally just opening up ... and now heartbreaking riots and looting in our area ... has much of our communities locked down again. It is hard to see so much more pain, for so many ... on top of the Corona lockdown. I will continue to look for what I should learn ... and for silver linings.

      Sending you big hugs! And thank you again for your years of support darling! xox

  6. 24..............A WONDERFUL AGE!
    IT has gone by SO FAST........just yesterday we were working at SCP!!!

    1. Can you believe ... SCP was set to open today ... but has been shuttered in fear of riots and looting. How are things in your neck of the world?

      Thank you for visiting here my friend! xox