… make sophisticated friendship bracelets? As a girl, I always felt there was something so special about sharing a friendship bracelet I had made with a close friend. Using this DIY tutorial from Dear Lizzy, friendship bracelets are all grown up in the most stylish way possible. Wrapped in velvet, this is a bracelet that is so easy to make and incredibly pretty too.
… make refreshing summer slushies? If the weather in your area is anything like it is here, you’re hot and constantly craving cool summer treats. When I came across these Lemon Lime Slush Cups on Momtastic, that are cleverly held inside the lemons, I knew it would be my go-to treat for the weekend. Cleaning out the lemon rinds is easy enough for the kids to help with too, so it can be a fun activity everyone can get involved in.
With summer vacation in full swing, many family reunions are being held across the country. I’ve never been much of a fan of the cliche family reunion shirts I’ve seen, but when I came across these options from Kin, I was sold. They’re understated and give a great sense of family history; I think they’d be the perfect addition to a reunion this summer.
I love a little spot of color to brighten up otherwise neutral outfits or decor. With summer here, I tend to go for the brightest color I can find! Yellow is one of my favorite ways to accomplish that cheerful summer spark.
We’re in the height of the summer season, which means it’s prime time for a pool party! Hosting your own has never been easier or more stylish than with these ideas, all put together into an inspiration board I’m ready to dive into.
1. Handmade Paper Lanterns – I have always loved the romantic, whimsical looks of paper lanterns hanging outside for twilight dinners and parties, but have never known how to recreate the look on my own. However, this post from Curbly has 5 fantastic options for making similar paper lanterns on your own, and they’re all adorable! I’m not sure which tutorial to try first…
2. Handmade Southern Wedding – Everything about this wedding seemed heartfelt, laid back, sentimental, and fantastically personal. With so many details from their flowers to the guest book could easily provide inspiration for your own wedding. And that dessert trunk; how cute can it get??
3. Hollywood – Summer movies have always been a family favorite, but they’re generally confined to the couch or the movie theater. However, after seeing this backyard movie party on design*sponge this week, I can’t get thoughts of hosting something like this out of my head. The great snacks and vintage-looking decor make this celebration one of the best I’ve seen this summer.
… make a striped tote bag? The look of a relaxed and well worn tote bag has always been so stylish to me, but I’ve never been able to find one to fit all my needs. Stripes are perfect for the summer months, so this tutorial for making your own tote bag seen on Momtastic is a definite must for a lazy weekend. Pairing it with a cute dress or bathing suit for the beach would look fantastic.
… make your own bouquets? Although this post from 100 Layer Cake is meant for making your own wedding bouquets, I think it provides great inspiration for making bouquets for the home as well. To add a pop of color to the home, these bouquets would be a lovely idea for achieving that.
… have an early summer picnic? This idea, seen on Saveur, looks like a lovely way to begin the sumer months. While this French picnic is stunning and looks delicious, any yummy treats would make a summer picnic a fun excursion.
… treat someone to summer fruit? I’ve never canned much of anything, but with the bounty of summer fruits I’ve been feeling inspired lately to make some homemade jam. When I found these free summer fruit labels over on Creature Comforts, I knew any excuses I had been making for avoiding this had to be left behind; these tags are too cute!
It’s the season for entertaining outside, so I’m always on the hunt for some cool kitchen items that would look great outdoors and indoors. When I found these AddColour Bright – Paul Smith Stelton Jugs on Horne, I was immediately drawn to the bright handles. With the stainless steel and such vivid colors, I think these would turn up the heat this summer.
… make your own drumsticks? It seems like everyone is a sucker for a good old-fashioned drumstick with their magical chocolate filling. Thanks to these instructions found on instructables, drumsticks can actually become a DIY dessert. As the temperatures are apparently soaring everywhere in the country (except for socal it would seem), these would make the perfect treat for a hot day.
… dip dye your ice cream cones? Apparently this weekend will be one full of ice cream, because these DIY dip dyed ice cream cones look like the coolest things ever. Seen on a subtle revelry, I think these would make any plain old ice cream cone look like a professional, stylish dessert. Kids and adults alike would revel in the rainbow of colors on the cones.