summer table setting and Frogmore Stew

Thank you so much for all of you kind hearted words on my recent absence.  It has been so good / therapeutic to step away for a few days and regroup.  

I really do love blogging and the creative outlet it allows me.  
I especially love getting to know and be inspired by so many of you.
Thank you!


We had our annual Frogmore Stew feast over the weekend, and it was a ton of fun!

If you would like to see previous posts on the recipe and shenanigans, you click here and here.

I love having a reference on how I decorated from previous years, and little notes to remember for future parties.

The table decor was slightly tweaked from last year- I like the changes, and how everything improves a little each time.
The decor was pretty low budget, and built off of previous stuff I've used.

Our hydrangeas have all faded from the bright blue of early summer to pale pinks, blues, greens and lavendar hues.  It worked great with the colors I have for the table!

Some simple burlap wrapped vases with turquoise ribbon; sea glass and votives; and burlap placemats.
The green and blue melamine plates were from Target a couple years ago.

This year was especially fun and special, because our friends, Rex and Lois were here on a short visit from Hawaii!


I tried two Pinterest recipes for our get together:
the girls tried Salty Chihauhua's....

Honestly, I give it a B-.  Not my favorite cocktail, but it was simple to put together with so many other things going on in the kitchen.

But- the dessert!
Was. to. die. for!!
My friend Val posted these DElicious cupcakes on her blog a couple months ago, and I pinned it as a future "must try".

Holy cow.
 I could have eaten the whole bowl of frosting too!

Absolutely amazing.  Everyone loved them.  
Thank you, Val!
You are a rockstar!

Even though Frogmore Stew is pretty simple, it still requires a lot of time babysitting the stove top, so I kept the appetizers simple.
I picked up two of our favorites from Trader Joe's- mini crab cakes and caramelized onion pastry puffs:

So yummy.

My friend Tiffany also brought all the ingredients for caprese appetizer- one of our favorites too.
We have a lot of fun in the kitchen together.

When the food was ready, we all stepped out on the deck for dinner.

This year, I added in crab to the stew.

We had cornbread as our only side.
Everything was yummy!

I've been working on giving our porch a mini makeover...

...We enjoyed a few minutes on our front porch at sunset. 
 I will reveal the makeover this week!
You can see some sneak peeks in my Instagram lineup.

We had a fabulous evening, and it was a blast to see Miss Hannah learning how to prep for a party and being so helpful in the moments before.

The kids had a good time, and enjoyed the special dessert for them- taste testing unwrapped candy bars.
We missed the photo op there, but it is a fun tradition.

Love family entertaining!!
Have a great week, see you soon.


  1. Oh my goodness--everything looks so pretty and the food delish! I am craving shrimp now...of course, I am always craving shrimp:) I love your vases with the ribbons and burlap. What a great hostess you are!

  2. Great party- food, decor and friends! Those cuppy cakes look amazing - I'll have to pin that for later use! I'm not a shrimp fan but I could eat a ton of that corn bread!!

  3. We call it LowCountry Boil= yummy and the table it yummy!

  4. Sounds like a perfect night with friends, and yummy food! Your table looked so pretty!

  5. My gosh, everything looks like a magazine! You all look like models and you're having such a perfect time. Looks like a wonderful group of friends!

    Hmmmm, I may try this magic stew!!

  6. Absolutely delightully lovely! I wanted to reach through my screen and grab something to eat too!

  7. Looks like you had such a fabulous time...I wish I was your neighbor. YUMMY CUPCAKES =)

  8. What a lovely evening, the table is beautiful, and the food looks amazing :)

    Hugs, Tanya


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