Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

In person return to campus activities are a go for now, and with that comes one of the best parts of the back to campus process- the decorating of the dorm room with decor pieces from the annual Places In The Home dorm room decor ideas show and tell.

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Taking a basic dorm room and putting your personal style stamp on it  creates a home away from home cozy, comfy, and stylish haven to call your own.

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The objective is to introduce the creature comforts you find you relate to in a positive, cozy, and comfortable manner.

Decorate your dorm room, townhouse, condo, or apartment with aesthetically pleasing accents and accessories in tune with your taste and personal style.

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Flashback to 1980 and my dorm room digs.

This flashback to 1980 photo of my dorm room digs is not the best quality, but it gives a general idea of the on-trend decor accents, colors, texture, and patterns of the day.

I forgot how much I loved the dark green ginger jar that was a gift with a purchase of Jungle Gardenia cologne, not to mention the plastic bamboo and rattan lamp in bright yellow.

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Let’s begin this dorm room decor ideas show and tell with accents and accessories in stylish color, texture, pattern and affordable fashion thoughtfully chosen to assist in elevating your dorm room digs to the wow! this is gorgeous level.

Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

Plush, glam and leopard love dorm accessories in shades of pink, gold and winter white trend to be favorites among the back to campus crowd.

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Flamingo Gold & White Table Lamp

Selecting just the right dorm room accents and accessories is meant to be a fun endeavor.

Fabric Wrapped Table Lamp with Dotted Animal Print, Brown and Black

Fabric Wrapped Table Lamp with Dotted Animal Print, Brown and Black

Space saving solutions need not be unattractive.

Porch & Den Lincoln Corner Desk

Porch & Den Lincoln Corner Desk

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Don’t confuse affordable with cheap.

Customer reviews tell the tale, and the majority of them for the Linon Peggy 2 Drawer Writing Desk come in as glowing.

Excellent value!

Beautiful.

Easy to assemble.

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Linon Peggy 2-Drawer Writing Desk, 30″ Tall, White

Let’s be clear- this stacking armless chair is dorm room decorating ideas chic

Stacking Clear Molded Designer Armless Chair

Stacking Clear Molded Designer Armless Chair

Mainstays Plush Velvet Office Chair, Pearl Blush

A soft and stylish rug such as this Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug is a great choice for creating a chic and comfy setting.

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Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug

PAC PINK Area Rug by Kavka Designs

PAC PINK Area Rug by Kavka Designs

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SAFAVIEH Handmade Casablanca Shag Vilma Moroccan Wool Rug – 5′ x 8′ 

Taylor & Olive Parralena Peach Geometric Shag Rug

Taylor & Olive Parralena Peach Geometric Shag Rug

Paris Light Canvas Art Print

Paris Light Canvas Art Print

A one for you, and one for your dorm mate pairing.

Cox 22" Metal/Glass LED Table Lamp, Light Coral (Set of 2) by JONATHAN Y

Cox 22″ Metal/Glass LED Table Lamp, Light Coral (Set of 2) by JONATHAN Y

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table - Project 62™

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table – Project 62™

Comfy and cozy is an essential design and decorating element in this dorm room decorating ideas show and tell.

Mosier Modern Glam Faux Fur Bean Bag - Christopher Knight Home

Mosier Modern Glam Faux Fur Bean Bag – Christopher Knight Home

Mainstays Faux Fur Saucer Chair, Multiple Colors

Mainstays Faux Fur Saucer Chair, Multiple Colors

Silver Orchid Gish Storage Ottoman

Silver Orchid Gish Storage Ottoman

Braided Seagrass Round Basket Natural - Opalhouse

Braided Seagrass Round Basket Natural – Opalhouse

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

Rainha Cushion Tufted Velvet College Headboard

Rainha Cushion Tufted Velvet College Headboard

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Mandala Carved Faux Headboard

Mandala Carved Faux Headboard

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

Chenille Dot 2-Pc. TwinTwin XL Comforter Set

Chenille Dot 2-Pc. Twin XL Comforter Set

Whim by Martha Stewart Collection Novelty Print Twin Sheet Set

Whim by Martha Stewart Novelty Print Twin 2-Pc Sheet Set, 250 Thread Count 

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Home Expressions Tropical Leaf Comforter Set

Nourison Jubilant JUB19 Pink Indoor Area Rug

Nourison Jubilant JUB19 Pink Indoor Area Rug

Vish 1 Drawer End Table with USB Port - miBasics

Vish 1 Drawer End Table with USB Port – miBasics

SAFAVIEH Lighting 28-inch Cream Foo Dog Table Lamp (Set of 2) - 14"x9"x28.5"

SAFAVIEH Lighting 28-inch Cream Foo Dog Table Lamp (Set of 2)

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Calm Woman Portrait Art Print

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Album Frame

Album Frame

Decorative planters make excellent catchalls for everything from makeup brushes to K-cup pods.

Grecian Bust Pot

Grecian Bust Pot

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Style meets function in these super cute desk accessories and supplies.

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Novogratz Dobby Matte Rose Desk Lamp

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Desk Organization-Accessories-Supplies

 Gold "Hands" Bookend Set of 2

Danya B. Antique Gold “Hands” Bookend Set of 2

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Mini Beast Super Duper Loud Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh 3-port Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh 3-port Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

Super chic in a 70s vibe kind of way, the vintage inspired Elise Vanity and Stool Set of caged rattan is a custom made piece for college into postgraduate style days.

Elise Vanity And Stool Set

Elise Vanity and Stool Set

Cosmetique Wastebasket White - Allure Home Creations

Cosmetique Wastebasket White – Allure Home Creations

Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™

Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™

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CozyBlock Large Modern Cosmetic Organizer Portable Storage Drawer

Sonia Kashuk™ Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer - Clear

Sonia Kashuk™ Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer – Clear

Wild Sage™ Sadie Hooded Bath Robe

Wild Sage™ Sadie Hooded Bath Robe

Sweet Cheeks Bath Mat

Sweet Cheeks Bath Mat

Hover Image to Zoom 20.5 in. W Animal Laundry Hamper in White

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Montreux Iron and Leather Butterfly Chair

Montreux Iron and Leather Butterfly Chair

Better Homes & Gardens Pillow Lounge Chair, Brown Faux Leather Upholstery

Better Homes & Gardens Pillow Lounge Chair, Brown Faux Leather Upholstery

Channeled Sling Chair - Vegan Leather

Channeled Sling Chair – Vegan Leather

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Carbon Loft Stamper Cirque Bronze Metal Accent Drum Table

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

DHP Flora Mid Century Daybed

DHP Flora Mid Century Daybed

Betseyville 20 X 20 Betseys Tiger Throw Pillow Raven Black

Betseyville 20 X 20 Betseys Tiger Throw Pillow Raven Black

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Mainstays Parsons Office Living Room Desk, Espresso Finish

Mainstays Parsons Office Living Room Desk, Espresso Finish

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Mesh Office Computer Chair with Lumbar Support & 360° Rolling Casters

Neutral Dot Abstract Canvas Art Print

Neutral Dot Abstract Canvas Art Print

Hand Table Lamp with USB

Hand Table Lamp with USB

Novogratz Globe Electric Haydel Light Blackened Steel Table Lamp

Novogratz Globe Electric Haydel Light Table Lamp

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Joel Mod Ombre Geometric Area Rug

Gavin Modern Geometric Area Rug

Gavin Modern Geometric Area Rug

Mini Table Lamp with Angled Fabric Shade Red - Simple Designs

Mini Table Lamp with Angled Fabric Shade Red – Simple Designs

Hillside Side Table - Project 62

Hillside Side Table – Project 62

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Gymax 2 Drawers Nightstand Side Table Storage Unit Metal Frame Dorm Room

Lamps Per Se 16.5- inch Robot Table Lamp (Set of 2)

Lamps Per Se 16.5- inch Robot Table Lamp (Set of 2)

Texture® Brand Trunk - Bronze

Texture® Brand Trunk – Bronze

mDesign Vertical Dresser Storage Tower with 4 Drawers

mDesign Vertical Dresser Storage Tower with 4 Drawers

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Exto 6Ft. Extension Cord

Featuring dual cast-aluminum tamper-resistant grounded 3-prong sockets, along with white stainless-steel housing and cover that are powder coated for durability and reduced emissions, the Extō Extension Cord includes a 6 foot 16-gauge cotton-covered industrial power cord impervious to oil and water, rated to 1,560 watts.

Non-slip, non-marking polyurethane feet keep the Extō extension cord firmly in place on a desk, table or countertop, while 4 holes on the underside allow mounting to almost any surface.

NCAA LSU Tigers 12 State Map Wood Sign

NCAA LSU Tigers 12″ State Map Wood Sign

Reversible Microfiber Solid Comforter - Room Essentials™

Reversible Microfiber Solid Comforter – Room Essentials™

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set - Room Essentials

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set – Room Essentials

Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw

Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw

Arm & Hammer™ Odor Busterz™ 3-Pack Deodorizing Balls

Arm & Hammer™ Odor Busterz™ 3-Pack Deodorizing Balls

Rise & Shine 28 Bath Rug

Rise & Shine 28″ Bath Rug

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Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker in Oasis

Dash Mini Maker Electric GriddleDash Mini Maker Electric Griddle

Keurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Imperial RedKeurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Imperial Red

YETI DuraCoat Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

YETI DuraCoat Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

Einstein Headphone Stand

Einstein Headphone Stand

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II

Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with EXTRA BASS

Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with EXTRA BASS

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Anecdote Candle Vinyl Records Scented Candle

Wallet, and phone, and stuff.  Oh, my.

Acacia Wood Valet Tray

Acacia Wood Valet Tray

Marshall-3.2 Cubic-Foot Medium-Capacity Bar Fridge

Marshall MF3.2BLK-NA 3.2 Cubic-Foot Medium-Capacity Bar Fridge

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Presto PopLite Hot Air Popcorn Popper

Share the corn, not the germs.

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Dollar store runs result in disposable single serving popcorn bags, inexpensive treats, goodies and dorm room necessities.

The College Cookbook - by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

The College Cookbook – by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

Oster Precise Blend 200 Blender - Black

Oster Precise Blend 200 Blender – Black

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate

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Sunbeam 0.7 cu ft 700 Watt Microwave Oven - Black

Sunbeam 0.7 cu ft 700 Watt Microwave Oven – Black

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

I hope one or more of these selections from this dorm room decor ideas show and tell offers inspiration for your dorm room or apartment furnishing.

Love your style!

Show & Tell

Curling Up With A Good Summer Reading List

Summer is a prime time for curling up with a great book hot off a good summer reading list.

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Reading evokes thought, enlightens the mind, enriches the soul, lifts the heart and takes one to treasured places and descriptive destinations in ways only the reader knows reading can.

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Great for fun in the summer sun, porch sitting, or a cool peaceful spot in the shade, keeping company with a delightful-romantic-funny-mysterious selection from a good for summer reading list fills a few moments with imagination and inspiration while taking the reader on a literary summer vacation.

Such a Quiet Place - by Megan Miranda

Such a Quiet Place – by Megan Miranda

Suspense on a summer day will come your way with Such a Quiet Place, a tale of murder in Hollow’s Edge, a traditionally quiet and private neighborhood that is until the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett.

Neighborhood resident Ruby Fletcher is convicted of the murder, and the fallout causes a ripple effect throughout the entire neighborhood.

With an overturned conviction, Ruby is back in Hollow’s Edge and the home she once shared with Harper Nash.  Now terrified by her former housemate, Harper is torn between fear and a sense of responsibility towards Ruby’s living situation.

Lies begin to surface in Hollow’s Edge about the night of the Truett’s murders.  Harper begins receiving threatening notes which leads her to know she must do everything she can to find the truth before the killer strikes again.

Shocking twists and turns keep the reader in suspense, and reading way past your bedtime.

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It Happened One Summer – by Tessa Bailey

Piper Bellinger is a fashionable pseudo wild child with a loyal pack of  paparazzi constantly on her heels.  Too much champagne mixed with one wild and crazy Beverly Hills rooftop party lands Piper in jail much to her “what did I do?” angst and her stepfather’s chagrin.  Cut off from family and funds, Piper and her sister are sent to Westport, Washington to run their late father’s dive bar.

Enter sea captain Brendan, a tall drink of seawater who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills.  Determination drives her to strive to prove to her stepfather and the surly, sexy local she can, and will, make it.  In doing so, Piper reconnects with her past, begins to feel right at home in Westport, and crosses paths with Brendan in an opposites attract manner that captures her attention and her heart.

Tessa Bailey’s Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com brilliance combines romance and comedy with small beach-town coziness and tantalizing banter that immediately hooks and enchants the reader.

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Goldenrod – by Maggie Smith

Powerful poems that celebrate both the beauty and messiness of life, Goldenrod pulls objects from everyday life-a hallway mirror, a rock found in her son’s pocket, a field of goldenrods at the side of the road to reveal the magic of the moment, the contours of daily life, and the beauty found in it all.

Honeysuckle Summer - (Sweet Magnolias Novel) by Sherryl Woods

Honeysuckle Summer – (Sweet Magnolias Novel) by Sherryl Woods

Courage is a beautiful thing, as Raylene Hammond finds out finding the courage to leave her abusive husband.  Despite being taken in by the Sweet Magnolias for safety and healing, trauma leaves her unable to leave the house.  When a terrible accident nearly occurs, due in part to her condition, Raylene realizes the time has come to seek help.

Support and encouragement from friends give Raylene the courage to set out on a journey to recovery.

Along the way, she meets an understanding  sheriff’s deputy, Carter Rollins, who becomes a supporter of her efforts. He’s even taken to bringing the outside world to her when she doesn’t feel ready to confront it.

A relationship between Raylene and Carter soon begins to bloom, and she must decide if she’s ready to move forward on this part of the journey or if it’s strictly a sweet summer romance.

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Fox and I – by Catherine Raven

Catherine Raven receives her PhD in biology, and soon moves into an isolated cottage in Montana where she teaches remotely as well as leading field classes in Yellowstone National Park.

The only regular visitor Catherine has is a fox with whom she develops a friendship.

Pet owners get it, and can attest to the lessons in personal growth, coming to the realization we are never alone when we are connected to the natural world, and how loss can be transformed into meaning through nature, our surroundings, and relationships with animals.

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Count the Ways – by Joyce Maynard

New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard pens a mesmerizing story of Eleanor and Cam from first meeting at a crafts fair in Vermont in the early 1970s to the joy of parenting three children, bitterness of tragedy, fallout from  infidelity, to truths through redemption.

Lessons in love, holding on and letting go of it fill the pages of Count the Ways is a beautiful, poignant, and deeply compassionate story of home, parenthood, love, and forgiveness.

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Escape the routine of a summer day or evening by taking a break for one  with a great book selection from a good summer reading list.

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Fetching Friday: Summer Wanderlust

Summer wanderlust grabs hold and sparks a strong desire to hit the holiday road in order to satisfy the wanderlust within, discover roads less traveled, and revel in new adventures while finding ourselves along the way.

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 The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves.  We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate.  We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed.  And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”

― Pico Iyer

The San Antonio River Walk

The San Antonio River Walk

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

“When we get to a place where no one knows us, we become most ourselves.”

Pure Michigan

Paris at night

Paris at Night

“I love Paris in the summer, when it sizzles.”

― Cole Porter

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Nantucket Island

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

– Andre Gide

Whispering Pines Motel, Mid-Century Mountain Cabins, Estes Park, Colorado,

Whispering Pines Motel – Estes Park, Colorado

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world.”

—Freya Stark

San Ysidro Ranch view

San Ysidro Ranch

Summer wanderlust travel guides us to destinations known or pondered, sights seen and those soon to behold.

I hope you have a fetching Friday and inspired weekend.

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Show & Tell

Red, White And Blue Accents

Red, white and blue accents inspired by stellar color choices, engaging stripes, and timeless patterns star in this showcase featuring the bold and bright patriotic inspired palette- the original grand pop of color.

Cheng Toile from Dynasty Collection

Cheng Toile from Thibaut Dynasty Collection

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Architectural Digest -Photo by Ryan Kurtz

What better way to create a remarkable space than with unique interior design and decorating giving center stage to red, white and blue accents.

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Hillary W. Taylor Interiors – Brunschwig & Fils

Red, white and blue paint colors in deep, rich, vibrant, and dramatic tones and shades promote a full-on color blast, burst, and boom of visual fireworks.

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There’s nothing kiddie about the look created in these kids’ rooms.

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New England Home Magazine – Photography by Michael Partenio

Exceptionally impressive best describes this antique bed with upholstered headboard and grandly ornate swan footboard.

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Mallory Mathison Design

Pattern at play.

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New England Home Magazine – Photography by Michael Partenio

Bold and beautiful describes the dramatic impact achieved in the 1842 Vermont farmhouse kitchen of Wendy Valliere of Wendy Valliere Interiors.

Red, white and blue beautiful.

red velvet pancakesRed Velvet Pancakes from Eclectic Recipes

Enticing the eye is mixture accomplished by Eclectic Recipes and this red, white and blue stack of red velvet pancakes topped with coconut syrup and fresh blueberries.

Click on the link below the photo for the recipe.

19th Century French Iron Pastry Table

19th Century French Iron Pastry Table- 1stDibs

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Red, white and blue accents bring chic to both the nautical or coastal tablescape.

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Royal complements navy blue, simply white enhances china white.

 

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Benjamin Moore

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Elle Decor

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 Cameron Ruppert Interiors

Befitting a palette choice with a patriotic theme pop of color, red, white and blue accents lend bold drama and traditional form to a space.

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Independence Day Into Night Party Plan Objective

The Places In The Home Independence Day into night party plan objective is all about a cozy at home celebration.

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Slow and easy is the theme accentuated by pops of patio and patriotic color, farm to table delights, and staying cool while celebrating Independence Day.

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Let me share with you what my it’s not rocket science Independence Day into night party plan objective is all about.

Teenager Suzie Slattery Dancing with Boyfriend Ted Sten

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Well of course music and perhaps a twirl around the patio will be involved.

This photo tells illustrates a belief of mine which is fashions and music may change, but gathering together to enjoy summer patio fun is a timeless tradition that never will.

While we’re on the subject of blast from the past fun…

Let’s put on our dancing shoes and boogie down to the cornerstone of the any party playlist.

Macramé is making a comeback, and this macramé swing chair is a comfortable and fashionable flashback to the swingin’ late 60s into the mid 70s and pure patio party fun.

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ZENSTYLE Beige Hanging Cotton Rope Macramé Hammock Chair Swing

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House Beautiful

Setting a cozy party scene is not a complicated process.

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Comfortable seating is a necessity, and options range from modern to vintage chairs, settees, swings, rockers, and sit-upons (remember, Girl Scouts?).

Natural Woven Wicker Antalya Outdoor Chair

Natural Woven Wicker Antalya Outdoor Chair

Just add a red, white, and/or blue decorative pillow to keep with the holiday festivities, a refreshing beverage, and good company and you’ve got yourself a stylish rest and relaxation haven for unwinding on the 4th of July.

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More super cute outdoor throw pillows in colors and patterns 4th of July adjacent afford an all summer long vibe.

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Mainstays Outdoor Pillows

Shop what’s in home for accents and accessories.

Houndstooth Throw - Design Imports

Houndstooth Throw – Design Imports

Throw blankets, for example, in party palette colors, patterns, and textures serve their intended purpose, but also make a handsome tablecloth.

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Mainstays Plaid Throw Blanket

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Isadora Floral Quilted Throw Blue – Levtex Home

Yes, I’m well aware this next party idea is an oldie but a goodie suggestion, and with good reason.

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One Kings Lane

Distinctive candle holders and battery-operated votive candles continue to be the ideal choice of party lighting.

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For the sake of flicker to flame safety, select outdoor LED battery -operated votive or pillar candles, pop in a hanging candle holder or ten, and prepare to be entranced by the affordable, simple, and positively elegant look created.

Another reason I love to use and suggest battery-operated candles is the convenience involved.

Turn the candle(s) on and forget about it until time to call it a night.

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Our star-spangled celebration menu takes a celebratory cue from the best part of the summertime bounty- fresh from the farmers market fruits and vegetables.

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Southern Living – Photo by Beth Dreiling Hontzas

This Berry Splash recipe from Southern Living is summer celebration delicious and family friendly.

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Peaches for eating, peaches for drinking.

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Summer Fruit Daiquiri Recipe

A star-spangled theme is instantly recognizable as the traditional theme of 4th of July celebrations.

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In keeping with tradition, the American flag meets and greets neighbors and friends.

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FOLK

Decorating with items such as fabric and serveware in a broader range of holiday patterns and colors gives you a more than one use option.

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Red Beaded Melamine Dinner Plate

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You can never go wrong with the versatile red plastic party cup.

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Patterns, activities, colors and celebrations generally associated with the summer months give great inspiration.

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Pick a favorite as your 4th of July party ideas theme foundation and go 4th from there.

Dottie Clear Acrylic 17 oz. Drink Glass

Dottie Clear Acrylic 17 oz. Drink Glass

Preparing a charcuterie board paired with party accessories with red, white, and blue fruits, meats, and cheeses is a taste of America winner.

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Cherry tomatoes, blueberries, red grapes, deli meats, white cheeses and nuts- you get the idea.

Totally Bamboo State Shaped Bamboo Cutting Board

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Serving in style.

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Addison 3-shelf Multi-use Cart by Greyson Living

Fabric closeouts are a great source for affordable and stylish patterns to use as tablecloths, table runners, napkins, basket and serving dish liners.

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For those who like to get your money’s worth out of accents and party accessories, the white palm leaf tassel napkin ring from Hobby Lobby fits well with most summer occasions.

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Tassel napkin ring not your thing?

Go with a decorative braided rope ribbon in your choice of color.

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Premium Floral Collection Harper & Violet Hydrangea 15oz 2-Wick Candle, Ivory

Premium Floral Collection Harper & Violet Hydrangea 2-Wick Candle

Blooming blue hydrangeas from the yard of a very generous and giving neighbor star in the centerpiece arrangement along with small American flags.

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Ramekins filled with popcorn and garnished with Nestle Crunch bars (red, white, and blue wrapper inspired) is about as easy as it gets.

Simple.

Affordable.

Appropriate.

Keeping it super summer simple, baby!

Desserts & Recipes

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Williams-Sonoma

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you about a dessert I made for Father’s Day that was a crowd pleaser.

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Two go-to fluff salads, Watergate and Orange Pineapple, fall off the summer salad season rotation because by the time Thanksgiving into Christmas holidays roll past I’ve pretty much had my fill of these two.

Banana pudding or a delicious improved variation of it is summer dessert perfect.

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Banana Pudding Fluff

Ingredients

1  3.4 ounce package instant vanilla pudding

1½ cups milk

1  8 ounce container whipped topping

3  bananas, peeled and sliced

1-2 cups mini marshmallows

20 vanilla wafers, crushed

1  teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Whisk pudding mix, milk, and ground cinnamon in a large bowl.  Let mixture stand a couple of minutes in order to firm up.

Fold in whipped topping.

Add mini marshmallows, crushed vanilla wafers, and sliced bananas.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Ice Cream Cupcakes Recipe

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Lemon Icebox Pie Ice Cream 

Ingredients

3 to 4 lemons

2 cups half-and-half

1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

3/4 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers

Directions

Grate zest from lemons to equal 1 Tbsp. Cut lemons in half; squeeze juice from lemons into a measuring cup to equal 1/2 cup.

Whisk together half-and-half, sweetened condensed milk, and lemon juice. Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.)

Stir in graham cracker crumbs and lemon zest; transfer to an airtight container.  Freeze 2 hours before serving.

-Southern Living via My Recipes

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Royal Norfolk Lemon-Printed Stoneware Salad Plates

I knew I would find the right opportunity to order the Royal Norfolk Lemon-Printed Stoneware salad plates, and the lemon icebox pie ice cream waffle cone sandwiches is it.

Serving this summer approved dessert on these melamine lemon salad plates (first cousin to the appetizer/dessert plate) is keeping with the theme of fresh ways to make a presentation.

After all, we do eat with our eyes first.

America Buffalo Check Table Runner

America Buffalo Check Table Runner

An easy Independence Day into night party plan objective works in concert with summer fun, delicious dishes, and stylish accessories that won’t break the bank.

Outdoor living spaces furnished to the hilt in summer style with creature comforts in mind deliver just that- summer style.

That’s how we snap, crackle and pop a 4th of July party in the USA at Places In The Home.

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Pretty In Pink On The Patio

Looks like we’re a go (officially) for summer fun in the sun fetes,  celebrations, and gatherings sitting pretty in pink on the patio.

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Summer colors radiate a luminous sense and feel of happiness and cheer.

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The Frances Collection – One Kings Lane

Inspiration follows, and this is where the fun begins.

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Cobbler’s Cove Hotel

A pretty in pink on the patio outdoor space visually draws the eye and stunningly communicates come for the style, stay for the view.

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McCann Design Group

Simplicity is the calling card of summer making it a sublime backdrop for mixing and mingling with friends and family in the good old summertime.

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Anthropologie

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Rich.

Deep.

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Business & Pleasure Co. The Premium Cabana

Bright.

Fresh.

Fun.

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Business & Pleasure Co. The Premium Umbrella

Business & Pleasure Co. The Premium Umbrella

Color your world in shades of pink in style and in the shade for summer.

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HGTV – Tria Giovan

Warm summer days into summer evenings spent on the patio rejuvenate mind and body, serving as the optimum sit, sip, dine and dance in the moonlight opportunity to recharge your battery.

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Ballard Designs

Cozy is the desired result of the summer experience, and is fetchingly achieved through tactile and visual details.

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Vandervort 75.4” Long Reclining Single Chaise

Lighting is an essential part of setting the mood and the tone of a space, and when nature flips the switch it’s magic.

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Paper Lanterns

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IKEA

Seems the iconic sign of summer lawn and garden kitschy chic may quite possibly be the pink lawn flamingo.

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Invented in 1957 by American artist and sculptor Don Featherstone, the pink lawn flamingo continues to be synonymous with summer fun.

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Midwest Living

Summer flower gardens grant the extra added bonus of fresh bouquets of color rich summer blooms.

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Midwest Living

Mosquitoes can ruin that patio retreat vibe in no time.

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Extra force against nature is required in the fight against mosquitoes.

We depend on our Thermacell lantern to light the night and kick mosquito butt, but pretty on the patio is not one of its qualities.

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Gardenista – Photo by Justine Hand

I ordered (love curbside pickup!) two of these white flower citronella candles from Walmart at the beginning of pretty in pink on the patio season, and between the two working together our patio days into evening sitting sessions remain mosquito free.

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The Cottage Journal – Photography by Mark Lohman
Styling by Sunday Hendrickson

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Washington Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall

Wicker is a summer classic, and this vintage wicker chair is calling my name.

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Better Homes & Gardens Palm Outdoor Toss Pillow

Pink and green palm anything captures the classic Palm Beach-Bay-Springs look of summer.

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Rose Gingham Dream Indoor/Outdoor Throw Pillow

Currently catching my eye is the color, texture, and pattern trifecta of pink gingham, classic black and white, and a palace urn motif.

C&F Home Colonial Williamsburg 14" x 18" Palace Urns Indoor/Outdoor Decorative Throw Pillow

C&F Home Colonial Williamsburg Palace Urns Indoor/Outdoor Throw Pillow

Summer entertaining and patio decorating go hand in hand with setting a simple yet elegant summer inspired tablescape.

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Southern Lady Magazine

Premium Floral Collection Harper & Violet Garden Roses 15oz 2-Wick Candle White

Premium Floral Collection Harper & Violet Garden Roses 2-Wick Candle

On-trend decoristas have got this hot hostess style fashionista thing down pat.

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Finefetti Sandals by Kate Spade

Pink portable waterproof wireless speakers let the sweet summer music play on the patio.

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Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, Mini Stereo Bass, Pink

I’m not embarrassed to admit I strive to create a big look for little money.

Light Banana Leaves Removable Wallpaper

Light Banana Leaves Removable Wallpaper

An inexpensive pair of outdoor curtains embellished with trim, tassels, and tiebacks is a super chic way to zhuzh up your outdoor space.

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Celebrating the moments of your outdoor living life with a cool refreshing beverage is always a good idea.

Summer Cobbler Cocktail

Southern Living

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Popsicles and champagne come together to make Summer’s Sweetest Sparkling Sipper.

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Rose Lemonade

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Domino

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Simple touches refresh and impress.

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Putting together pretty in pink on the patio place settings is a summer breeze.

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Elaine Griffin Sea Island Garden Party – Photography by Julia Lynn

Acrylic and melamine tablewares give good style at a great price point.

Summer outdoor plates-glassware

Destination Summer Vintage Embossed Highball Glass in Pink
Calder 17 oz. Acrylic Drinking Glass (Set of 4)
Lillian 12 oz. Acrylic Goblet (Set of 4)
 Modern. Southern. Home.™ Set of 4 Lime Melamine Dinner Plates

Pink Round Placemats Celebrate It™, 4ct.

Pink Round Placemats Celebrate It™, 4ct.

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Hobby Lobby

Roasted Beet & Blueberry Salad

Roasted Beet & Blueberry Salad

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Cherry-Limeade Popsicles

Summer has arrived, and with it comes ample opportunities to kick your sandals off and enjoy a sunny afternoon into moonlit evening sitting pretty in pink on the patio.

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A Picnic Basket Full Of Summer Picnic Tips

Summer wastes no time revealing its intended purpose, one of which is to go forth and enjoy the season of warm temps, cool waters and fun in the sun times practicing stylish and safe picnic tips.

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Olli Ella Rattan Picnic Basket

Packing a picnic meal and heading out to a fun in the sun destination is a time-honored tradition; a simple activity most of us have engaged in and enjoyed during the good old summertime.

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Working with a basic get the job done picnic of white paper plates- hamburgers-hot dogs-plastic throw away cups-pass me the bug spray- aluminum webbed lawn chairs passed down from grandma’s summer to yours picnic theme has worked for years because it works.

Melamine Picnic Plates - Set Of 4

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DII Rustic Farmhouse Throw Blanket with Tassels

You know what else works?

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Country Living Magazine – Photo by John Kernick

Stylish and delicious alternatives to the traditional, reinterpreted vintage or in the style of vintage wares, and simple yet elegant accents perfect for creating a posh picnic.

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Blue & White Floral Paper Plates- Set of 8

Play with your food and see what edible centerpiece magic you can create.

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Fresh wildflowers from the field or the famers market flower truck pretty up a picnic table or blanket.

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Fun in the day and stylishly useful to light the night, picnic lighting options such as gingham paper lanterns, solar powered LED landscape path lights, and solar powered LED flameless candle lanterns set a comfy scene.

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Mainstays Column Solar Powered LED Path Light and Landscape Light, Black Plastic (6-Pack)

For $5.00+tax you can light your picnic space up with a 6-pack (not that kind of lit) solar powered LED landscape path lights from Walmart.

Battery Powered Integrated LED Outdoor Floor Lamp

Solar Powered LED Outdoor & Indoor Flickering Flameless Candle Lantern

A red and white checkered print tablecloth drapes the picnic table in an instantly recognizable summer classic.

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Layer the look with summer themed table and serveware in a picnic friendly mix and match of melamine.

Set Of 4 Delft Pottery Melamine Dinner Plates

Set Of 4 Delft Pottery Melamine Dinner Plates

These Riviera Beach Club plates are so summer picnic chic!

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Riviera Beach Club Appetizer Plates 4 Pack

Disposable drives the easy express, and today’s options are super cute.

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Coastal or oceanside beaches provide a picturesque picnic point for sure, but not all that picnic are blessed with this location option.

Folding Rattan Beach Chair

Folding Rattan Beach Chair

Options are always good, and imaginations adapt well to an entertaining challenge.

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Martha Stewart – Photo by Pernille Loof

Have backyard, will picnic is the summer picnic spot of choice offering entertaining options for a casual affair for two or a take it up a notch nosh set for friends and family.

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Indian Creek Recreation Area

Local recreation areas and state parks provide picnic sites and man-made beaches – a summertime fun in the sun requirement.

Picnic Tips 101

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Easy is a picnic must.

Packing your picnic goods from vehicle to table becomes a much easier trek with this inexpensive folding sports wagon.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Folding Sports Wagon with Removable Bed

Academy Sports + Outdoors Folding Sports Wagon with Removable Bed

Great option, too.

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Urban Outfitters

Summer activities should be relaxing, carefree, easy, and safe.

Hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes, a roll or two of paper towels, and a mild mix of dish soap and warm water in a spray bottle will get you where you need to be in the fight against summer picnic cooties.

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For a chilled picnic me up during and after your outdoor soiree, include a chilled package of cucumber and mint facial wipes zipped up in a zippered storage bag in your cold drinks cooler.

Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes - 30 ct

Refrigerate a package of cucumber and mint facial wipes the night before and bring along for a deliciously fragrant and instantly cooling refresher course.

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Speaking of fresh mint, fresh mint ice cubes add a minty fresh kick to picnic beverages.

Place gently rinsed fresh mint leaves into each individual square of the ice cube tray.

Fill each square with water.

Pop ice cube tray into freezer until cubes are frozen solid.

Food Safety

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Martha Stewart-Photo by Kate Mathis

Food safety and temperature regulation is key to picnic safety.

Fill empty, clean 2 liter soda bottles, milk containers, or a trio of water bottles ½ full with water (allow for expansion).

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Place bottles in the freezer the day before your picnic.  Use the frozen bottles to aid in keeping cooler items cold.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Blaine Moats

Food poisoning temperatures range between 40°F and 140°F.

Perishable foods should be kept at or below 40°F.

Hot foods should be kept at or higher than 140°F.

Make sure meats are cooked to a safe internal temperature.

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The Poultry Site

The mix and mingle rule of fun does not apply to picnic food and beverages.

I highly suggest using 2 coolers; one for beverages and the other for perishable food items.

Wait until just before leaving home to pack perishable foods in the cooler.

Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme 5 Day Heavy Duty Cooler with Wheels, Blue

Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme 5 Day Heavy Duty Cooler with Wheels, Blue

Place cooler in a shaded area, and use a refrigerator thermometer to check and verify the temperature inside the cooler remains at or below 40°F.

After each picnic use be sure to wash out your coolers with hot, soapy water.

TRUTEMP Fridge Freezer Thermometer

Throw away food left out for more than two (2) hours.

On a day where the outdoor temperature is 90°F or above, I would exercise extreme caution by throwing away any food that has been out for more than one (1) hour.

‘Tis better picnic safe than picnic sorry.

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My Recipes

simple but elegant

Refrigerator Garden Pickles

Refrigerator Garden Pickles

Ingredients

6 cups sugar

6 cups white vinegar

¼ cup celery seed

¼ cup mustard seed

2 tablespoons canning salt

10 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch pieces

3 medium cucumbers, sliced

3 medium sweet red peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 large onions, halved and sliced

1 bunch green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces

Directions

In a Dutch oven, combine the first 5 ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Meanwhile, place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
Pour hot liquid over vegetables; cool.

Transfer to jars, if desired; cover tightly.  Refrigerate for 6-8 hours before serving.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Makes 7 pints.

-Taste of Home

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herbs

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herbs

Grilled summer vegetables in foil packets make an easy and tasty best of the season side dish.

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Include a fruit and snack board or tray with items that place the emphasis on summer fresh and filling without fear of spoilage or the dreaded sugar high.

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Hey kids, who can name the cities on the cutting board?

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Chunky Seagrass Woven Serving Tray by Threshold

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Honey Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Honey Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

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Cracker Jack Pretzel Treats – Photo by Brian Woodcock

 

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“It just wouldn’t be a picnic without the ants.”

 —Author Unknown

Everspring dish soaps

Mix up a simple 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.

Add a couple of drops of dish soap and you have an excellent solution to an ant situation.

Simply spray the ant invaded area with the mix, wait a few minutes, then resume your picnic activities ant free.

Destination Summer Bamboo Food Tent

Destination Summer Bamboo Food Tent

Food tents and domes keep the fresh in, the flying and crawling visitors out.

Mesh & Wood Food Dome - Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Mesh & Wood Food Dome – Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Fresh watermelon at a market

Cut and cart your watermelon wedges or slice on-site.

Novelty Watermelon Cooler Bag

Novelty Watermelon Cooler Bag

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Avoid cross contamination by never using the same knife used for cutting raw meat, poultry, or seafood to chop or slice fruits and vegetables.

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Aluminum foil makes a great grill or pot scrubber.

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An onion makes a super easy grill cleaner, too!

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Get the grill really hot (be careful!) in order to burn off any food leftover on the grills from previous use.

Stick an onion half on the end of a grilling fork.  A heavy-handed spray of lemon juice or vinegar will assist with its acidity in super cleaning off the grills.

Onions have natural antibacterial properties, and that’s a good thing especially in these times.

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Pour vegetable or olive oil onto a couple of paper towels or clean cloth, place between tongs and wipe down the grill to prevent sticking.

Vegetable or olive oil works best.  Cooking spray burns too easy and will compromise the flavor of the meat.

craft-paper-brownCraft or butcher paper makes a great disposable table cover.

Roll it out.

Roll it up.

Toss it in the trash.

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Knowing what we now know about overexposure to the sun proves we’ve all come a long way, sun babies.

Sunscreen now prevents sun scream later.

If you find yourself overly sun kissed keep calm and moisturize on!

First, refrigerate a bottle of vinegar, preferably apple cider vinegar.

Cold vinegar applied to the burn will ease the pain of the burn.

A 20 minute soak in a cool bath with 1 cup of baking soda added to the water will calm and sooth skin.

Allow your skin to air dry and apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp.

All the Buzz

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Pinterest

Burn a bundle of fresh sage or rosemary over charcoal to help keep mosquitos and other bugs away.

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Citronella candles- the if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it mosquito defeater.

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Pack a picnic basket full of summer picnic tips and celebrate summer down by the lazy river, on the beach, at a local recreation area, or in your own backyard with family and friends.

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Good Ole Signs It’s Summer

Although not official by the calendar, good ole signs it’s summer have arrived in full glory at Places In The Home.

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Louisiana is heating up, fresh fruit and vegetable stands are open for farm to table business, and outdoor living fun in the sun and moonlight activities are on tap.

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Signs it’s summer cover anything and everything garden fresh, easy, fun, cool, colorful, aromatic, sweet, savory, relaxing, leisurely, kick your shoes off and stay awhile comfy.

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In other words, delightfully perfect.

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This is the time of year when I give myself permission to go with the flow.

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Entertaining is super casual in nature, meals focus on fresh seasonal ingredients, music is a must, shoes are optional, and time is nothing more than a word.

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Visits to the farmers market result in an every so often summer breakfast feast treat of fresh farm eggs fried with crisp edges, homemade biscuits, and pear and lemon preserves made from my great-grandmother’s recipe.

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Zinnias capture the essence of summer; a simple yet elegant choice of color your world beauty perfect in gathered bouquet or tabletop arrangement form.

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Roberson Farm – USDA Photo by Preston Keres

Grandmother Willie’s pound cake is delicious any season of the year, but there’s something about a slice (or two) of this cake baked from the “Tennessee side of the family” recipe on a summer day that brings the flavor and the memories to plate and mind.

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Willie’s pound cake paired with fresh Louisiana strawberries is summer on a plate.

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Following antiques and vintage shops on Facebook opens up the treasure hunt world, and gives me the perfect excuse to hit the road in pursuit of antiques and vintage picnic treasures.

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Tattered Tiques

Speaking of day trips, outdoor sales and festivals go with hot fun and cool finds in the summertime.

Summer find spotted at a recent Antique Shoppes at 1100 Barksdale outdoor sale.

Love this beverage dispenser!

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Antique Shoppes At 1100 Barksdale

Antique pieces love taking center stage on the summer porch, patio, deck, terrace, balcony, veranda- you get the point.

Seize the summer of it all with fabulous-vintage-patriotic-seasonal decor accents that bring a unique and inviting spin to summer porchin’ style.

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Cottages & Bungalows Magazine

Spending Sunday afternoon pulling a few things from here and there to put together a summer themed vignette proved super successful.

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I discovered these old photos of my Dad in the good old summertime down Miami way circa 1951.

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet instantly comes to mind.

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Beach scenes and pink umbrellas top the signs it’s summer list.

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Business & Pleasure

Grilled goodies and chilled salads attest to the easy to throw together and easy to enjoy summer salad season.

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Grilled Corn with Pimiento-Cheese Butter Recipe – Photo by Annie Schlechter

Give me a box of pasta shells, a jar of Duke’s mayonnaise, fresh corn and tomatoes, diced bell peppers, green and red onions, and fine black pepper and I’ll give you a no fuss-all flavor summer salad.

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Remember the rule of kiss– keep it summer simple!

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Patio times go with warm days and sipping evenings, and signal the senses the good kind of hurricane season has arrived.

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Hurricane at Pat O’Briens New Orleans

June 1st signals the not so good hurricane season has arrived.

Fingers crossed this season will be uneventful.

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Into every summer day a little rain usually will fall, however, we get used to the summer downpours bookended by humid sunbursts.

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June through August is made for hitting the summer holiday road.

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Visit Gatlinburg

For most of my life the quintessential sign it’s summer has been packing up the Places In The Home gang and heading 700+ miles due east.

Our vacation travel destination GPS is set to family, friends, and the beauty and splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Over the years, I’ve clocked what seems to be thousand of hours sitting outside at twilight in the Smoky Mountain air.

Fireflies provide nature’s light show – a summer spectacle that dazzles the eye and delights the heart.

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It’s 84 degrees today, rainy, and humid beyond belief.

My summer playlist is cranked up, and a glass of cold mint infused sweet iced tea is the drink du jour.

Good ole signs it’s summer.

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