This was the view from the front door of our cottage rental. We spent the 4th of July holiday in the quaint town of Kenwood, Sonoma County. Temperatures were in the high 90's every day; this image was taken near dusk when it cooled to about 80 (really!). And yes, we did play bocce ball.
For my son's 5th birthday, he really wanted a Star Wars theme party. Since we were having the party at a gym, I kept it simple with just a few basic items to carry the theme.
If it's true that invitations set the mood, these cards from the invitation boss were the perfect find. And, inserting my son's face for Luke's was the best gift of all. It's a little kitschy but so cute for the young ones.
Finally, the cake. Each year, it's a tradtion for my spouse and kids to select their birthday cakes from Birthday Cakes: Recipes and Memories from Celebrated Bakers. I got this book just before my daughter turned one, with the intention of using it for her birthday every year. The recipes have been an indispensable resource for all kinds of cakes for family and friends.
My son's favorite for the past few years has been Emily Luchetti's Grandmother's chocolate cake topped with Marion Cunningham's buttercream frosting. This year, buttercream was gray, which was fun to make for my crude interpretation of the Millennium Falcon.
Finally, after bouncing on bungee swings and jumping on trampolines, we sent tired kids home with light sabers and storm trooper wrist bands. Boy parties are much easier than girl ones ;)
Enhance dad’s daily ritual with stylish vessels for his coffee or tea. At our house, we know what daddy would like for Father’s Day because he’s dropped big hints! In addition to classic cappuccino cups, he’s been perusing mugs on Laura Zindel’s site quite a bit. Her ceramics feature detailed illustrations of birds, dragonflies, and the like. Laura’s work is truly stunning, who wouldn’t want to have one of her mini masterpieces?
Start Father's Day week with a little Oregon Bacon Bar in his work bag. He might actually take a break for this salty sweet treasure. I would.
The Oscars are on this coming Sunday, February 27, and the fastest (and most stylish) way to invite your girlfriends over for some snacks and bubbly is through cocodot. They have a special selection of online invitations created just for the evening. I like this one, it's so Lights! Camera! Action!