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Summer Parties, Let The Planning Begin!

27 May
A Summer Staple, Blueberry pie with Vanilla ice cream

A Summer Staple, Blueberry pie with Vanilla ice cream

I think we are finally getting some good weather! Finally…where  we can really start planning!

Planning?   Those summer parties where we can get together with family and friends!

How about starting off having small parties,  the first being an intimate party of 12 to 14 people! It’s less stressful and you can do a lot of preparing ahead of time, making it a little easier on yourself!  You’re the host; you are supposed to have a good time!

Your table setting can have a theme and the matching items can be found right from the house!

Like the leftover mason jars from your strawberry preserve project, they can be used as vases for flowers you’ve picked from your garden or even bundles of flowers brought from your local grocery store!  Like two beautiful damask curtain panels  for your tablecloth or even a runner made of brown paper with a scrolled detail added by using an ink stamp!

table garden party

Rosemary Olive Oil on scrolled runner, Mason vases & a divine salad!

Even the  place settings from your own dishes (they can even be mismatched) and silverware from your home, with cloth napkins made from three  old shirts you no longer could fit; but just hated to give away!

Even old fruit glasses filled with farm cherries to add; where your guests feel free to nibble at each and every conversation while enjoying the LA sun!

Letia Mitchell, Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design

Letia Mitchell, Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design

If you can guess, one of my dear friends did just that and I thought I would share!   It was so beautiful and  anyone could do this; it’s not as hard as you think! You can be creative and do different things, making it really special.

So when planing,  first look around in your home before buying anything new!   Put them all together and have your checklist ready, to go around a second time in the house to see if you can add some items!

And  please, please remember….EVERYTHING DOES NOT HAVE TO MATCH!

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Summer Planning, beautiful table set for 12

Checklist

  • Theme
  • Tablecloth
  • Runner
  • One or Two Signature drinks
  • Silverware
  • Dinnerware
  • Napkins
  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Umbrella(s)
  • Flowers
  • Baskets
  • Wine glasses
  • Water glasses
  • Candle holders
  • Celandine cables

Hope this gives you some great  ideas! Start planning to enjoy the  summer! 🙂

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White Sale, Why in January?

17 Jan

In January, stores have a White Sale.  Where you can save on bedding, pillows, basics and more!

Where did this term come from?  It was established in the late 1800’s .

John Wanamaker, a famous Philadelphian who was a genius in his own right!

A business merchant, the best in advertising and department store innovator (Lit Brothers Department Store).   It was he, who started the first all time white sale at his department store back in 1878.   Items which where white, were hard to sell; so the items were sold at a discount!  It was such a success, he decreed every January the White Sale would be held!

Many years “White Sale” was just about selling linen during the month of January.  Now stores use this time period, not only to sell linen; but on various household goods and furniture.   When shopping, do compare prices with different stores to make sure you get the right price.   Don’t rule out on-line shopping either!

Oh!  don’t forget your coupons! Use them!  And yes, I’m the one who leaves the store and turnaround to come right back to buy an item when I have multiple BB&B coupons!  LOL!

Now, if you are saying to yourself ‘ White Sale”?  Just think, you may need to get some new towels <maybe a couple> or get rid of your pillows <not flufffied – not a word, I know>. This would be a perfect time, because they are on sale for the next two weeks!

Letia 😉

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