How are we celebrating these special days?? Out of doors of course!!
Gifts, treats and festive home decor are on our minds these days!!
Graduations, Father’s Day and Memorial Day’s summer kick off all deserve some entertaining fun!! It seems everyone is planning, celebrating…and needing special gifts - whether the graduate is 5, 15 or 30, Dad is 20, 50, or 80!
Marlene shares with us a summer gift guide for dads, grads, and your holiday home
All gifts are shoppable via text-based widgets
We all enjoy eating and enjoying life out of doors, so let’s have some fun creating themes – from “picnic tables” and BBQs at home, at the park or beach with great drinks, healthy menus, for sunny, happy days that can inspire special gifting as well – for every age!
An outfitted picnic basket gift with personalized tag and leather handle “travels” for the new Graduate, Father or newly engaged or married couple! Chic and tailored to enjoy for years!
Summer celebrations and upcoming Memorial Day and 4th of July all deserve playfulness! I always enjoy creating with “art and function” in mind! Multi-purpose gifts that keep on giving into the future ensure enjoyment and practicality! Let’s have some colorful fun creating them!
5 Piece Place Setting at Weston Table | Bordallo Pinheiro Watermelon Salad Bowl, (Neiman Marcus) | Villeroy & Boch Boston Goblet (Bloomingdale's) | Mario Luca Giusti Winston Water Glass (Neiman Marcus) | Tumbler Glass Emerald (Gracious Style) | Cabbage Green Dinnerware (Gracious Style) | Tomato Dinnerware (Gracious Style) | Sweet Basil Plants (Lowes)
Basil is one of my Italian, healthy passions. So green – so fragrant and luscious! It can be used as a centerpiece, in Caprese salad and even garnish my favorite lemonade and vodka spritzer! They are beautiful plants in pots too! Carolyne Roehm’s antique majolica plates and al fresco setting are certainly the ultimate outdoor celebration table, complete with green glass and olive oil! xoxo
Bordallo Pinheiro faience pottery since 1884 is charming in greens, tomato, and watermelon designs for great accessibility for your outdoor settings!
Porcelain Olive Oil plates would be delightful, gifted for the traveler grad, dad or used to create your own backyard “picnic” tableau. The box is so chic; it just needs a beautiful ribbon! The set would be great fun with a cold pasta primavera! Kelly might have a special recipe or 2 to suggest !!
Sunglasses and drinks glasses for summer or year-round use could be great gifts too. Collectible leather books from Graphic Image are beauties, to be treasured on everything from bubbles, wine, whiskey, martinis and "Viva Mezcal" Cocktail Recipes!! All would be memorable gifts and monogramming them is also a very personal touch! Another idea for the budding Chef of any age… Mark Bittman’s How to Grill Everything from pizza to salmon to steak!
One of my outdoor inspired gifts is for a dear friend from Florida. He’s a new dad, recent grad and collects everything crocodile!! A letter opener from designer Elad Yifrach’s whimsical L'Objet collection would make a very personal, quality present and design element for his home office or future desk. It would be a fun, constant reminder of his Floridian roots, collecting passion and his recent accomplishment! It is so gratifying to find the “perfect gift!”