christmas in july

For those of you following along this summer, you know that it has been a rough summer for our family.  Not to be melodramatic, but I’ve been sick for most of it.  Thanks to new meds, I seem to be getting a little bit better every day.

All of the time stuck in bed meant that I was extra excited to getaway in late July to the Smoky Mountains.  My little boy loves to visit the Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, TN and they were having a fun week of Christmas in July festivities.  The easy drive time and relaxing, laid-back atmosphere made it the perfect destination for a few days of fun.  We enjoyed Christmas movies at the pool, milk and cookies with singing Santa, eating out, pizza in our hotel room, outlet shopping and lots and lots of swimming.

Here are a few photos of our fun:

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A little time swimming and shopping (and Christmas cheer) makes all things better!

katherine Greene

one night get-away

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What do you do when you get down?  You get-away—even if it is just a day trip or for one night!

The start of our summer vacation has been full of sick doctor visits and a bit of stress, so it was time for us to hit the road.  Over the weekend, we were in Louisville to celebrate our nephew’s second birthday and we decided to make a mini-trip out of it with an one-night hotel stay.

Sometimes we overthink vacations when we can get so much enjoyment and relaxation from a short trip, even one close to home.  These short mini-vacations can help to hold you over for your next extended trip (ours is in a month!) and its certainly more budget-friendly.

We enjoyed some quality family time in the hotel pool, indulged in room service and crappy hotel television.  We had breakfast at our hotel and did a little relaxed shopping.  It was pure bliss!

What are your favorite mini-getaways?

katherine Greene

father’s day recap

I hope that your family enjoyed a wonderful Father’s Day weekend! Ours was packed with gatherings to celebrate all the dads and granddads (and great-granddads) in our life.  Here’s a few snapshots of our weekend:

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Is there anything cuter than a child’s handmade card?  Gabriel made this sweet one for his Granddad.

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We also got to visit with Gabriel’s Great-Granddad.  So sweet!  This 89 year old and 4 year old are buddies.

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Of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without celebrating Gabriel’s Dad.  I could go on and on about what an amazing father he is to our son!

What did you do this weekend?

katherine Greene

special delivery from the stork

Those who know me well, know that I love to plan a party.  Since I had my son three and a half years ago, I have particularly enjoyed throwing baby showers for sweet little boys.  I’m on a campaign that things for boys can be just as adorable (or more so) than for girls!  (Actually, Diana and I both have two sweet little guys that are simply precious.)

For this baby boy shower, my co-host and I wanted something elegant and quintessentially Lexington.  Here is what we came up with:

 

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I love Jonathan at Gratz Park and the lovely Gratz Park Inn.  If you are in the bluegrass area, I highly recommend them!  The hotel is historic and lovely and Jonathan’s food could not be more delicious (and gluten-friendly)!  Since we were hosting out-of-town guests, we felt that it would be a great taste of Lexington.  We had their Sunday brunch.  I love to entertain at this time of day because both you and your guests have the rest of the afternoon and evening to enjoy!

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When your married name is Stork, your baby shower has to be a stork theme!  The sweet invite with the stork silhouette helped to set the tone for this upscale and sweet event.

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The talented folks of Nature’s Splendor helped us to create an adorable stork centerpiece, which greeted guests as they arrived.  This same look could be an easy DIY project using this method.

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I absolutely believe that a take-awayand place cards are a must!  Knowing where you are sitting will put your guests at ease.

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These cute burlap bags were filled with Crabtree & Evelyn lavender soap.  They smelled divine and added whimsy to the table.

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Jonathan’s truly was a lovely setting, which required very little extra decorating.

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Perhaps my favorite detail was the baby’s family tree, with beautiful calligraphy by Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus.  Since it was a family shower, each guest stamped their thumbprint on the tree, which the mom-to-be was able to take home as framable nursery art.  J’adorable!

It was a lovely afternoon and we hope that the mom-to-be had as much fun that day, as we did planning the party.

What are your favorite shower themes or ideas?

katherine Greene

 

 

 

All images by KGreeneOwens

baby boy showers can be beautiful, too

Since having my son three years ago, I’ve been on a crusade—everything for little boys can be beautiful!

These are some images for a shower that I hosted this past September.  It was every bit as lady-like a soft as a girly gathering, simply opting for pale blue instead of pastel pink.

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My co-hostess, cleared her family room furniture to make room for two rented round tables.  We love using round tables for gatherings, since they encourage conversation and an intimate feel.

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Guests were greeted with a baby Jacob banner that the mom-to-be took home at the end of the gathering.  Colorful blue suckers added to topiaries added a touch of whimsy.

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Regular readers know of my passion for menu cards.  It is also fun for the honoree to have something to remember the little details of the day by (including the food).  This delicious food was prepared by Cutting Board Catering (highly recommend!)  Having a chef cook in your home is a luxury for you and fun for your guests.

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Don’t be afraid to add a touch of elegance to a baby shower, particularly if it is fitting for the mom-to-be!

katherine Greene

free concert at the arboretum

Looking for a fun outing this weekend in the bluegrass ?  Join the Central Kentucky Concert Band for their free Summer Pops Series at the  Arboretum.  For us, this event kicks off our patriotic holiday events!

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Here’s the scoop:

Central Kentucky Concert Band Summer Pops Series

featuring works by Bock, Doss, Handel, King, Saucedo, Sousa and many others

UK Arboretum

Saturday, June 29 at 7:00 PM

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy!  It’s a family friendly atmosphere and a great introduction to this group.

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easter revisited

These are a few of our favorite Easter things:

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  • Create gorgeous Easter eggs with this fun and easy silk-tie dying method.
  • Simple Easter centerpiece for your table
  • Adding white back into your wardrobe for the spring
  • Delicious baked cheese blintzes to add to your Easter buffet
  • Good egg finds from unexpected places
  • Fabulous and sophisticated Easter looks, beyond the “Easter dress”

 

What are your favorite Easter things?