4th of july picnic-8 4th of july picnic-1 4th of july picnic-6 4th of july picnic-2 4th of july picnic-5 4th of july picnic-4 4th of july picnic-7 4th of july picnic-3 4th of july picnic-9This was a special 4th of July for me as it was my first as an American citizen. Sam and I had decided to take a road trip up to Santa Cruz to spend the holiday at his family’s ranch. We wanted to keep our weekend mellow so when we found out our friends Annabelle and Edward decided to drive up the coast to join us, we set up a cute little picnic to enjoy in the afternoon light. You’d be surprised just how quickly and easily the whole thing came together. We pulled all the blankets from BabyBlue and the rest came from whatever we found around the house. Sam picked up sweets from a local bakery while I put together a quick cheese plate, a crudités platter with homemade hummus, and whipped up my famous Watermelon Rosé Sangria. We had the whole thing set up in just a few hours, perfectly timed with our guests’ arrival. It was a really lovely way to spend our afternoon. Annabelle and I spent the entire time chatting and enjoying our Rosé, while the boys played around with pellet guns and drones.

It really doesn’t take much to host a good picnic, party or whatever you have in mind. I really enjoy putting together celebrations for my friends and I love doing it myself. It’s all about working with what you have and being creative. My biggest advice is to not focus too much on all those dreamy Pinterest boards we’ve all created. Most of those pictures you find are shoots produced with a large team and endless resources. Your party doesn’t need to be “Pinterest perfect”.  Adding some fresh florals, a few decorative pieces like candle holders, pretty glassware, vintage plates and decorative trays can really help elevate your set up without too much effort. You can find a lot of these accent pieces at flea markets, as well as antique or thrift stores. In the end as long as you and your guests had fun then you’ve succeeded in throwing a great event.

Wearing:  Jeans – Sandro, top – The Kooples, scarf – Hermès, shoes – LMN, sunglasses – Céline, jewelry – Wanderlust + co

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