Oh man, reentry into the real world is hard after a week off! Anyone else have the most confusing week last week with the midweek holiday? It felt like a week full of Saturdays, and I decided to embrace it and take a break from blogging. It was also 95 degrees every day and we spent the entire week fully submerged in the lake or pool. Which added bonus – I went to do laundry this week and it was only bathing suits and pajamas, reason 452 why summer is the best!
The lake was so busy on the 4th that it was almost like bumper boats out there, but we have such a fun boat parade and fireworks on our lake each year. We can watch the fireworks from our deck and I realize maybe that would be a fun blog post to share? I will try to document next year if that is something you guys would like to see. We already have some big ideas on how to decorate the boat next year too…
We had a small lakeside dinner party at our house last week and I realized I don’t think I’ve ever really shared our outdoor dining area before.
This space is right off of our dining area.
We have had this polywood furniture for a few years now (it came over from the old house) and we love it. It cleans up super well with a magic eraser and is pretty indestructible.
Vera Bradley sent me some of their new dinnerware line to share on instagram and it made for such a pretty table.
I snipped a few flowers from the yard to finish the table. I always like to set the table first before I start cooking because (A) it’s fun! and (B) it’s nice to know that part is done so I can concentrate on the menu.
Speaking of the menu, I haven’t been doing as many recipes lately (I’m hoping to share more coming soon), but I realized I made a few recipes for this party that I have shared on the blog in the past. Although looking back at my old photos is a little painful, they are good recipes so I’ll link them below ;)
We started with this easy Burrata Crostini with Tomato Jam and Pesto appetizer that I shared a few weeks ago.
I made this Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin, well I put the marinade together and the Mr. grilled it. I always like putting him in charge of the protein to take some pressure off me.
We served it along side this easy Melon Prosciutto Salad and a sweet potato salad that I will share soon!
I went easy with dessert and we had s’mores down by the lake (check out our fire pit area here if you missed it), which is always my go to in the summer!
You can see more of my recipes here.
We are hosting a big bbq this weekend, so I’m currently brainstorming recipes that feed a crowd. If you have any good sides or salad recipes leave me some ideas in the comments! Have a great week!
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