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Lemonade Stand Love

lemonade stand diy party pink green

Nothing says summer like a cold glass of lemonade, complete with childhood memories of setting up a stand in the neighbourhood. And I’m not sour about it, but I don’t recall the lemonade stands of my childhood looking quite as put together as these.

A lemonade stand may be a quintessential childhood experience, but its charm lends well to all kinds of parties – from weddings and showers (both bridal and baby) to backyard barbecues and kid’s birthday parties. Here are a few that has us thirsting for more.

One Charming Party
Ever the hostesses with the mostest, the girls at One Charming Party have created the ultimate step-by-step guide to setting up a lemonade stand that will have the neighbourhood kids (and adults too!) abuzz. The addition of lime green and turquoise to the colour palette is so fresh we can almost taste it. Don’t miss their free printable signs!

lemonade stand diy one charming party

La Belle Parties
Cookies are one thing, but the amazing lemonade-themed dessert and candy spread take this stand to a sweet new level. The bold and bright modern paper goods are balanced with a squeeze of nostalgia via the mason jar glasses, wide pitchers, wooden crates and gingham tablecloth. See more delicious details at La Belle Parties.

lemonade stand diy party pink green

diy lemonade stand pink green

Beyond the Stand

While a wonderful theme on its own, lemonade stands make a lovely addition to weddings, showers or kid’s birthday parties. Check out the sourcing section below for more ideas on how you can integrate this fresh idea at your next summer gathering.

lemonade stand theme party idea wedding

+ How to Set Up A Lemonade Stand (with FREE Printables) from One Charming Party
+ Hot Pink and Green Lemonade Stand from La Belle Parties
+ Lemonade Stand Themed 1st Birthday Party from The Burrus Family
+ Jinhee & Mark’s Wedding Lemonade Stand on 100 Layer Cake
+ Justin & Mary’s Wedding Lemonade Stand on Style Me Pretty


Stylish Summer Burger BBQ Party

summer burger party tabletop

summer burger party tabletop

Let’s face it, the easiest way to throw a BBQ is to serve burgers. The preparation and the cooking is stress-free. Plus, it is affordable. Everyone loves a good burger. You can be creative with your recipes. Chefs elevated the burgers with new recipes. There are a lot of ways for you to make your burger feels special. My husband and I cook our version of the Parisian burgers.

wheat grass runner

Event planner Marla Brown designed last month a beautiful Burger BBQ Party tablescape for her Party of Month column on the blog of A hydroponic wheat grass runner brings a fresh look and feel to your dining table. The wheat grass delivers form and function. You can easily stick items on the wheat grass to create your centerpieces, to serve appetizers on skewers, hold the condiment containers and for dessert, to display tons of fresh fruit skewers or cake pops.

Repetition is key. To will achieve a refined look by using the same containers for all your conditions. The containers do not have to be expensive to look stylish but keep in mind the easy access to the various condiments before selecting which container will are going to use.

For more tips on how to do your own version, watch a video about the making of this burger BBQ party. Marla shared excellent tips that will make it easy for you.

+ Summer Burger Party Theme from Style Sheet, the blog of
+ Photos by Christine Kufske



Eye Candy: Show-Off Picnic Food

picnic salmon croutes and asparagus

picnic salmon croutes and asparagus

With a long weekend both in Canada and in the USA, I thought that you might enjoy some inspirations for a picnic. Food presentation is everything. Transform a simple picnic into a wonderful affair by paying attention to the containers and the way you serve your meal.

show-off picnic food

It is cuter when the food is divided per portion. Wrap sandwich individually in greaseproof paper. Either pick a cocktail stick or tie it with a string to secure each sandwich.Vintage containers, like these enamel containers, add charms. Bring the crisps in individual bags. You will only have to toss the bags before serving to recoat the crisps with herbs and spices.

I can’t find you an online source for the recipes that were in the July 2011 issue of Olive. I subscribe to Olive magazine via Zinio. It is a British food magazine produced by the BBC.

+ photos: Alistair Hendy for Olive magazine – July 2011 issue


Host An Outdoor Movie Night

outdoor movie night

outdoor movie night

Prairie Hive is a new digital lifestyle magazine following in the designer footsteps of other publications like Rue and Lonny. Though the first issue – which just launched last week – has considerably fewer pages than it’s decor-focused precursors, the pages are readable in one sitting and pop with colorful, creative design and party ideas.

outdoor backyard movie night prairie hive magazine

If you’re looking for a backyard barbecue hosting alternative this summer, don’t miss the outdoor movie night featured on page 22. Mini lights, paper lanterns, pom-pom garland and cozy blankets give this casual party an eclectic, cheerful atmosphere.

outdoor backyard movie night snacks

A well-stocked snack bar is a movie night must. Brightly-colored candy in retro canisters, gourmet sodas and giant bowls of flavored popcorn give this party a youthful vibe. You can read on their blog that they used a PVC coated drop cloth that is almost white and has a smooth slick side to get an inexpensive movie screen.

Check out Prairie Hive for more ideas on how to host a backyard movie night, including movie and music suggestions, plus recipes for rosé sangria and curry and maple bacon flavored popcorn!

+ All photos Prairie Hive Magazine


Easily Set-up a Backyard Camping Party with Suburban Camping Co.

backyard camping night with s'mores

camping for 2

Your kids dream of a backyard camping party for their birthday but camping is not your thing. There is no need to worry if you live in an area served by the husband and wife team behind Suburban Camping Co. Chris and Kelly MacPhee saw a niche in the market and provide a turn-key service for people who wish to live a superb camping party experience in the comfort of their backyard.

backyard camping night with s'mores

They created several camping scenarios from romantic tent for 2 up to the popular kids parties, girls night out or movies under the star event. Their services include the camping equipment, the props, kits for some activities, party favors and the installation. It is perfect for stress-free entertaining. Click here to see their packages.

camping night-out party decor

I think that they had a great concept. I wish Chris and Kelly good luck with their business.

+ Suburban Camping Co.


BBQ Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

bbq gift ideas for Father's day

bbq gift ideas for Father's day

You can’t go wrong with BBQ gears for Father’s Day. And there are so many cool stuff out there that I wish to give you a head start with my BBQ product suggestions.

BBQ Accessories

These are for the dad who has everything and likes gadgets. The first item is a charcoal grill meat and seafood humidifier. You fill the cast-iron boxes with water, beer, wine, juices or other liquid. Steam is released as you cook the meat or seafood. It will add moisture and will infuse food with flavors. As one buyer suggested in his review, oil them after cleaning to keep the cast-iron boxes from rusting.

wireless meat thermometer for bbq

Another gift idea is a wireless grilling thermometer. The one at Williams-Sonoma lets you monitor roasting meats and poultry from up to 150 feet away. It comes with 7 pre-programmed settings that you can custom to your liking.

BBQ at the Beach or the Park

bodum fyrkat picnic bbq

A picnic is an old-time favorite activity for parents with young children. Therefore, why not buy a portable grill for dad? I love the charm of the beach-side grill. Otherwise, small charcoal grill may be more handy since they do not take too much small on the trunk of your car. My favorite is the colorful Fyrkat picnic grill by Bodum. I want it for myself. Bodum makes a good looking Charcoal Chimney Starter.

portable charcoal grills

The Notebook grill can be transported flat. You carry it in a shoulder bag. Therefore, it is wonderful when you are walking to the park. The Smokey Joe by Weber has great review.Visually, it is not too far from the Bodum model, except that it only comes in black. Lastly, if your dad prefers a portable gas grill, I heard good things about the Cuisinart 12,000 BTU tabletop grill or the Weber Q-100 propane gas grill.

+ Charcoal Companion Moistly Grilled Cast Iron Grill Humidifier $19.99 USD on sale at Sur la Table
+ Wireless Remote Grilling Thermometer $59.95 USD at Williams-Sonoma
Beach-Side Grill $149.99 USD at Sur la Table
+ Bodum Fyrkat 13.4-Inch Portable Charcoal Grill, Orange $59 USD at [affiliate link]
Bodum 11359-16 Fyrkat Charcoal Chimney Starter $24.90 USD at [affiliate link]
+ For Canadians: Paramount Notebook Grill $49.99 CAD at Home Depot Canada
+ For Americans: HotSpot Notebook Portable Charcoal Grill $35.96 USD at [affiliate link]
+ Weber 40020 Smokey Joe Gold Charcoal Grill $34.70 USD at [affiliate link]
+ Cuisinart CGG-200 12,000-BTU Tabletop Propane Gas Grill $169.95 USD at [affiliate link]
+ Weber 386002 Q 100 Portable Propane Gas Grill $134 USD at [affiliate link]


Etsy Finds | Vintage Picnic Baskets

picnic basket vintage woven wicker etsy

picnic basket vintage woven wicker etsy

From backpacks and totes, to mini kitchens on wheels – complete with insulated interiors and built-in MP3 players – picnic baskets aren’t what they used to be. Don’t get us wrong: we love modern kitchen conveniences and a comfortable shoulder strap, but sometimes stylish simplicity wins out.

To kick off outdoor eating season, we scoured Etsy for vintage vessels to pack our picnics in.

+ Above, an extra large wicker version with sturdy handles means you can pack enough to nosh all day. ($150 from Something Old Vintage)

picnic baskets vintage woven wicker etsy

+ Think insulation is a modern convenience? This large, dark wicker basket comes with a removable tin ice bin to ensure a chilled afternoon. ($50 from Collecting Carlton)

+ The warm woven wood and classic hinged lid on this classic basket is the of lazy summer days. Bonus: it comes with a second interior basket to organize supplies. ($49 from AM Radio)

picnic basket vintage metal woven print etsy

+ Love the look of wicker, but not as much as clean lines? This kitschy metal “basket” has the best of both styles. ($18.48 from Gingers Girl)

picnic basket vintage metal thermos wood grain etsy

+ A relic of the fab ’50s, this square-shaped picnic tin has a faux wood grain pattern and curved oak handles, with a sunny yellow interior. ($35 from Junk in Da Trunk Girls)

picnic basket vintage metal green etsy

+ My pick of the pack: an emerald green metal beauty that’s seen its share of afternoons in the grass. ($29 from Bird in Hand Vintage Home)


Grilling Trends: Fruit and Dessert Recipes

grilled watermelon au poivre

grilled watermelon au poivre

Have you ever thought about grilling watermelon on your BBQ? I didn’t until I saw this picture of watermelon au poivre. It looks delicious.

banana s'mores

I noticed when I flipped the pages of the latest BBQ cookbook from Weber that they want us to cook almost everything on the grill, including desserts. You can find on Weber’s Website recipes for Stuffed Brioche French Toast, Grilled Banana S’mores and Apple Cake with Cinnamon Sugar.

+ Watermelon au poivre recipe – photo: Johnny Miller for The Wall Street Journal
+ For Americans: Weber’s Way to Grill by Jamie Purviance $14.67 USD [affiliate link]
+ For Canadians: Weber’s Way to Grill by Jamie Purviance $17.24 CAD [affiliate link]


A Provencal Outdoor Table

Provence Melamine Dinnerware

Provence Melamine Dinnerware

When I first laid my eyes on this Provencal style dinnerware, I never imagined that it was made of melamine. The design is more refined than what we are used to when we talk about melamine plates and bowls. I love it! The Provence Melamine Dinnerware Collection includes dining plates, salad bowls and plates plus a serving bowl. Keep it in mind for wedding gifts.

floral boutis tablecloth

You can either opt for placemats or for what a French hostess will put on her outdoor table, a nice tablecloth. For a nautical look, go with the Coral Embroidered Placemats. Or stay true to the Provencal style with the Floral Boutis table linen available in yellow or blue. I prefer the yellow motif.

+ Provence Melamine Dinnerware Collection from $39.95 to $59.95 USD at Williams-Sonoma
+ Coral Embroidered Placemats $49 USD for set of 4
+ Yellow Floral Boutis Tablecloth from $59 to $69 USD
+ Blue Floral Boutis Napkins $28 for set of 4


Summer Entertaining at Costco

summer entertaining gears

summer entertaining gears

I went to Costco yesterday to buy essential household products and baby wipes. While shopping across the aisles, I spotted a few items that would make your summer entertaining more special.

First, the BPA-free acrylic beverage dispenser, that almost look like glass, is ideal for outdoor entertaining, especially if you have a pool. A friend of mine bought it last summer. She used it for our annual summer BBQ. I was impressed by how well it works and how good it looks. Your iced tea or lemonade will not be water down since you keep ice cubes on the bottom compartment. And on top of that, it costs only $19.95 CAD (if I am not mistaken).

My second suggestion is based on practicality and affordability. The Bridge Flower Planters ($49.99 for a 5-pack) are great for condo owners and renters since it is tailored for balcony railings. You can also use them to put flowers on fences.

lady susan serving tray

Third, the lady susan serving tray ($19.89) can be used any time of the year to serve crudités, fresh seasonal fruits or nuts.


Delightful Mondays: Pink and Fig Wedding at Keys Creek Lavender Farm

pink and fig wedding photo shoot at Keys Creek Lavender Farm :: as seen on snippet and ink

pink and fig wedding photo shoot at Keys Creek Lavender Farm :: as seen on snippet and ink

There might be only one blog featured this week on my Delightful Mondays column but it showcased several talented artists. I selected a few details from a faux wedding photo shoot. I selected those images because they could be a good starting point if you are planing a back-to-school or end of summer outdoor party.

The photo shoot was created to illustrate a wedding inspiration board selected by the readers of Snippet and Ink. Get all the details on Snippet and Ink, which, by the way, has released a new blog design.

+ Styling / design: Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings
+ Photography: Bonnie Tsang
+ via Snippet and Ink