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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 …

an outdoor dining table – the rustic approach

While I slowly being tackling projects inside The Cottage, the outdoors are really one of the special places where I can experiment with different set ups when having guests over. While this past weekend I was excited to have friends over for my first outdoor dinner party, I was not ready to commit to spending $$$ on an outdoor table quite yet. Instead, I opted to spend about $60 and take the more rustic approach. Just add in a blanket and some pillows, and you are ready for a casual table setting on the lawn. Now I just need to get the lawn prepped for next season! What you need: – 2 pieces of birch plywood sizes 2 ft X 4 ft (I like the finish and might stain one side down the road) – 3 concrete blocks (you might want to get a thinner block to give you a couple more inches of height – like these) seats 4-6 people / or you can use just one piece of wood and two blocks if you …

A whole new world

Say hello to the newest addition to the Jentertaining family! I have been dying to spill the beans about the little house I bought upstate, but wanted to have all the contracts signed (my hand still hurts from signing away my life!) before I shared all the details. The long of the short of it is, I am turning 35 this year and wanted to start living the life I wanted to live now and not wait for all the other bits and pieces to get situated (aka finding a guy who actually has his life together – never knew that was going to be so hard to find) Anyways,  I had always envisioned having an apartment in the city and buying a house upstate, so why not do it now and enjoy it? It was a stressful process which included a couple of panic attacks, but my parents, friends, and one fantastic real estate broker helped me keep it together while I wrote the biggest checks of my life. The first night felt kind …