Wouldn’t this miniature book garland be adorable for a book-themed  baby shower? Click on over to the Martha Stewart website for details and instructions.

Queen’s Jubilee Cupcake Toppers and Bunting by Paper Gravy Store.

It’s Jubilee weekend in England, and while that might not mean much to us Americans, it’s a major holiday for our friendly Brits. In celebration, here’s a few last minute party ideas to celebrate 60 years of peaceful reign for the great Queen Elizabeth II.

Basil and Strawberry Pimms. Photography by BBC Good Food.

Keep Calm and Party On Bunting by Ainjewelz.

Fish and Chips by Tyler Florence.

Diamond Jubilee Printable Dolls by Happy Thought.

Bangers and Mash by The Carnivore and The Vegetarian.

Want a unique twist on a Jubilee celebration? Host a Colonists vs. Brits party. Print off cupcake toppers with a US or English theme and have guests choose their favorite. Vote on your favorite spelling: color vs. colour, behavior vs. behaviour. Host a debate about which is more accurate, french fries or chips, or play cricket and baseball!


Photography by Leela Cyd Ross.

Caitlin, the author of Sacramento Street, shared a tour of her home on Apartment Therapy. Full of blue and khaki details, it’s a perfect example of how this morning’s color palette plays out in interior design.


Head on over to Apartment Therapy for more (and bigger images) of this Sacramento apartment.


Blue & Khaki

When Ami from Elizabeth Anne Designs sent over a blue+khaki inspiration board, I couldn’t resist doing a version of this for the blog. Pale blue and khaki is the perfect combination for interiors, fashion, and entertaining. They’re both so soothing and approchable.

Muslin Wrapped Bottles by Elizabeth Messina via Style Me Pretty
Annapolis Sailboat by Gabe Aceves via Green Wedding Shoes
Vintage 1960′s Straw Hat from Wild Honey Pie Vintage
Blue Shirt with Wood Necklace via Pink Wallpaper (source unknown)
Something Blue Feather Headband from Ruche
Calligraphied Cards from Martha Stewart Weddings
Yellow and Khaki Place Setting from HGTV
Blue Mirror with Linen Covered Chair from Dreamy Whites

Spring Poem Cashmere Scarf
Behr Interiors Paints in Blue
Background text from Elle, December 2003.

For more gorgeous blue + khaki inspiration, check out our Pinterest board.


In the words of the Fresh Prince, “the weather is hot and girls are dressing less.” In my words, summer has arrived! My favorite things about summer are beach trips, afternoons at the pool, long days of sun, Vitamin D, and grilling! Oh, the grilling. We’ve spent just about every night out on our patio enjoying the warm weather and having lazy conversations while my husband grills up the simplest of meals like tenderloin with asparagus and chicken with zucchini.

If you’re a fan of grilling like we are, here’s short guide to summer grilling, just in time for all those nights spent on the porch!


  • Pre-heat the grill and have a simple appetizer ready for guests. This way you can wait to start cooking the meat until they arrive.
  • The more tender the meat (like shrimp) the less time you need to marinade. Steak is tougher and will need a longer marinade time.
  • When forming a hamburger patty, press a thumbprint into the middle. This will prevent the dreaded bulge.
  • Bring meat to room temperature (about 20 minutes) before cooking. This will help them cook evenly.
  • Don’t flip the meat constantly! Let it cook until it’s seared (brown grill marks) on one side, then slip to the other.
  • Glaze the meat about five minutes before the meat is finished cooking. This will give it time to caramelize without burning.
  • After removing the meat from the grill, let it sit for a few minutes before cutting. This will allow it to finish cooking and keep the meat tender.
  • Don’t wait for the grill to cool down before cleaning. It’s easier to clean when the leftovers aren’t dried on.

The best part of grilling is that it forces you to keep your combinations simple. One person mans the grill, another whips up sides, salads, or sauces. Keep everything simple and you’ll have a relaxing dinner outside. Here are some of my favorite combinations:

  • Steak + Sauce + Grilled Potatoes
  • Peppercorn Pork Loin + Asparagus
  • Chicken + Fruit Salsa+  Zucchini
  • Shrimp + Potatoes + Corn
  • Fish Tacos + Herb Salsa + Corn
  • Kebabs + Rice
  • Burgers + Fries
  • Hot Dogs + Chips

To see a list of over 40 recipes, perfect for summer cooking, check out our Summer Grilling Board on Pinterest!

Tips taken from the June 2011 issue of Food Network Magazine.