Author: jentertaining

A little one year celebration

and just like that, my first year as a homeowner is in the books. It’s hard to believe it’s actually been a year, but a couple of weekends ago it was my first anniversary with the cottage. I realized it a few weeks back when I was coordinating the summer weekend calendar with friends (you know I have a google doc, right?) It was the perfect opportunity to throw a belated housewarming to invite my friends who have helped make this place my second home. My number one tip for entertaining is to actually enjoy the party you are throwing. Once the first guests arrives, make sure you have a glass of wine in your hand and enjoy. So, here are some pics from the party paired with some of my entertaining tips to help make throwing a party easy and (more importantly) fun for both your guests and for YOU! Setting  the Scene: Use what you have. I don’t have a table and chairs for 25 people (at least not yet) so combining some blankets, cinder …

Summer love

Summer is in full swing and that has meant putting down my hammer and picking up a glass of rosé. That’s right, I’m proud to be a rosé drinking, picnic packing, 80’s music lovin’ kind of girl. While the main house projects are taking a much needed break (mainly for my bank account), I have shifted my focus to the great outdoors to make outside feel right at home. This meant scouring the internet for the perfect affordable picnic table that could be left out and uncovered and shipped for free, planting a few flower pots (which I’m shocked are still alive), adding some lighting that could easily come down each weekend, making one epic trip to the dollar store, and finally buying my very first grill. Here’s the skinny… Dining table: I wanted a picnic table. I looked at dining tables with chairs, and it just felt like too much to clean and move around. This way, I can flip the benches on top of the table to protect the tops while I’m away. I will …

Floored

Sometimes all the planning, pinning, and prepping still isn’t enough when it comes to home renovations. Case and point – say hello to my “tax return floors.” I  HAD planned on exposing the beautiful hardwoods hiding under the vinyl floor in the kitchen and the dining room, BUT as we started to poke around, it became clear that we weren’t going to be able to save the wood. Basically, the plywood that had been installed on top of the hardwood was nailed down – EVERY INCH had a nail, so if we had tried to pull them up, the hardwood would either get pulled up with it, or I would have been left with some holy wood! Instead if ripping everything out, we decide it would be best to install new floors on top of the plywood. My father got it into his head that he just had to remove the vinyl floor first (about half way through, he was regretting that decision) A day later after a good  google/ pinterest search – I had made …