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Summer Destinations

Wow! Memorial Day is almost here. And you know what that means… a pair of new flip-flops and a fresh tube of self-tanning lotion! And, its also time to make plans for summer vacation. Of course, some of you organized people are way ahead of me and already have reservations at the beach and a new swimsuit. Buying a bathing suit is on my “top 10” list of the most painful things you can’t avoid. You know… right up there with having a root canal, if you get my drift! Anyway, back to where I was going here…

This last Friday night I was invited to speak at the “girls’ night out” dinner planned by the energetic ladies at the NLR Methodist Church. The event was titled “Summer Destinations” and there were 17 hostesses who each decorated a table for 10 in a vacation destination theme. So clever and so much fun to walk around the room looking at the tables and visiting with all these super-creative women! The table where I sat had a Washington D.C. theme in guess what colors? One of my favorite tables had an Irish theme with small collectable cottages and beautiful place settings featuring plates painted with scenes from the Irish countryside. All the tables had party favors, too. The hostess at the Irish table made crocheted dishcloths in green and white yarn and tied them to the chair backs with shamrocks and ribbon. Such a different and cute idea! Here are some cute, colorful dishcloth from Leisure Art's Kitchen Basics in Cotton, aren't they fun? Take a look at some of the fantastic tables!

The local department store (no name-dropping) had a fashion show with lots of sassy resort wear and lots of fabulous accessories. Oh, those shoes and purses!! Good thing I only brought “MILK” in my purse… you know: “Money…ID…Lipstick…Keys” HAHA! No credit cards!

So… Hopefully you are still reading this and want to know where I fit in amid all this excitement? Well somewhere between the sparkly sandals and the travel bingo, I gave a short (but REALLY exciting, trust me!) talk about “stay-cation” entertaining. You know. A party where you take a vacation without leaving the driveway?! I set up some quick and easy “tablescape” ideas (designer talk for centerpieces!) and talked about entertaining the easy way. Best idea: have a buffet and let your guests bring some of the food! One of my tablescapes was a “Vegas Buffet Baby” party.

One of the door prizes (there was a fight over this, really!) I brought was a DVD, available on the LA website called The Creative Party Guide, filled with awesome tips and ideas including (my favorite) how to transform your garage into an elegant party space. Who knew?!

I also gave a quick demo on how to create a quick and easy dessert pedestal. You can see this idea in our latest leaflet from Gooseberry Patch Fresh From the Farm (Coming Soon). There are some fantastic recipes in this book, too!

And don’t forget about having a get-together for all the families in your neighborhood. Have a “Happy Camper” party in the backyard with hiker’s lunches wrapped in a bandana and tied onto a stick, s’mores over the fire pit and paddle ball party favors from Gooseberry Patch Fresh From the Farm (Coming Soon)!

So, have fun this summer. Whether you are near or far, stay safe. Use lots of sun block and visit my blog again for more crafty and fun ideas!

Bon Voyage,

Patti Uhiren, Special Projects Deisgner

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