The Perfect Summer BBQ: Decor, Food + Games

Via Hostess with the Mostess

Via Hostess with the Mostess

We’re hosting a summer barbecue and you’re all invited! I’m coming to you from Kansas City, so I know a thing or twenty about gooooood BBQ. Grab a cold drink, a few napkins, and let’s check out some of the greatest recipes, outdoor decor, games, and more!

Everyone knows that the key to a good barbecue is the sauce.


Being from KC, I have to say that the very best sauce is from Oklahoma Joe’s (the best BBQ comes from old gas stations!!) The Night of the Living Barbeque Sauce is probably the greatest thing you’ll ever taste. Ever.

Want a bbq sauce you can make yourself? Here are some fantastic recipes that are not to be missed!


Skinny Eats cooked up the taste of my town with no high fructose corn syrup allowed BBQ sauce. You will LOVE it!

Fantastic Eats calls this “the Best Homemade BBQ Sauce Ever” and we are not one to argue this point. Good doesn’t even come close to describing this one!

Prefer a rub to sauce? Check out this delicious Father’s Day rub from Delia Creates. This is on the menu for this weekend! Can you say yum? And guess what? I do a rub on tofu sometimes, too. Don’t tell anyone though, I might get kicked out of the city!

While the protein is usually the star of any good barbecue, these sides are not to be missed!

grilled corn

Grilled Corn with Jalapeno-Lime Aioli and Parmesan Cheese. Oh, my goodness! If you do nothing else in life, make this. Really.


This is my go to side. Invite me over and I’m making BBQ Ranch Quinoa Salad. You can even make this one vegan! And if you want something a little more traditional check out this Creamy Grilled Potato Salad, you won’t be sorry!

I’m also a HUGE fan of grilled desserts. I mean, come on. There is something so delicious about grilling pineapple and peaches on the grill, don’t you think?


My mom made these grilled brown sugar glazed pineapple a few weeks ago and I can’t stop thinking about them! About 10 minutes and 3 ingredients — doesn’t get any better than that!


I have always wanted to try these grilled bananas with chocolate and marshmallows. Doesn’t that sound amazing?! Adding it to my waistline menu this weekend for sure.

I can already feel like maybe I need to move around a little. Too much delicious food! How about some games?

Jarts or lawn darts (the old pointy, “you’ll shoot your eye out kid” kind) have been the go to activity for the adults in my family for years. But if you want to live less dangerously, here are some fantastic diy backyard games for adults and kids alike.

dunk tank

I’m crazy about this diy dunk tank over on The Happy Housewife. She also has some fantastic tutorials for cornhole (or whatever you call it in your neck of the woods) and ring toss in post about backyard games.

lawn dominoes

How about a GIANT game of dominoes? I really, really want to make these this summer. I’m also still loving the water blobs, giant Jenga, and lawn Twister that are popular on Pinterest. How about you?

Soooo, we’ve eaten a lot, played some games, and way before that we probably should have decorated with some gingham and bandanas, huh?

outdoor bbq

This Vintage Memorial Day BBQ hosted by The Art Abyss is nothing short of perfect. How in the world do we get on the next invite list?!


I’m going to start a little more simply with this adorable diy bandana picnic quilt and a few of these tissue paper garlands.These diy burlap BBQ decorations are pretty cute, too!

burlap bbq decorations

Thanks for coming to my virtual barbecue, y’all! I can’t wait to see pics of all the parties you throw — invites would be pretty great, too. You already know what I’m bringing!

P.S. Now you’re all set to throw a surprise Father’s Day BBQ this weekend! He’ll love it!

15 + DIY Wedding Gifts

diy wedding gift roundup

I shared my love of weddings with the recent roundup of beautiful wedding diys with fabric & scraps. If you’re not planning a wedding this season, chances are you’re attending one (or twenty). You’ve got the perfect dress, maybe a babysitter, and now you need the gift!

I am guilty of NEVER shopping from the registry. I love giving something that the happy couple wouldn’t buy for themselves. They’ve plenty of time to swoon over their new blender, but a diy that was created just for them? It doesn’t get any better!

Here’s a roundup of our favorite diy wedding gifts sure to be loved by you and the happy couple!

DIY Hanging Dishtowel by Momtastic
diy dishtowel

Engraved Cutting Board Via ArtDesignWood Etsy
cutting board

Custom Quilt Label by Connie Griner
Quilt label

Chalkboard Key Holder Via Pinterest, no original source
chalkboard key holder

DIY Picnic Basket by Style Me Pretty

Map Wall Art by Breida with a B

His & Hers Pillowcases by A Beautiful Mess
his and hers

Date Night Jar by Southern-in-Law
date night jar

Glass Etched Bakeware by Make it & Love it
glass etching

Terrarium: Give them something to grow Via Pinterest, no original source

Recipe Book by A Vegas Girl at Heart

Couples in History Frame via Shecky’s

Tree Carving Pillow by Cozyblue
tree pillow cover

Distressed Photo Block by View from the Fridge (so many options on this one!)

Monogram Wine Cork Board by I Can Find the Time
Monogram Wine Cork Board 28a

Clearly I think food is the way to sustainable love, huh? Happy crafting!

P.S. Our recent diy Family Crest for Father’s Day would make a great wedding gift, too. Here’s a video to get you started!

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DIY Family Crest for Father’s Day

Have you noticed that most Father’s Day gifts tend to stick to a few themes: ties, golf, and beer…right? And while those are all pretty great things, we decided to change it up this year.

Does he love cheese? Snowboarding? Maybe really does love ties, golf, and beer! You can use the crest creator from Gallo Family Vineyards to create a completely custom “family crest” that is as unique as he is. Check out this video tutorial to make these family crest crafts for Father’s Day or any day!

You’ll have a blast making these! And the best part is that the kids can help!

your family name crest

We even made one for ourselves sharing our love of kittens & yarn!


For more diys for dad, follow our Father’s Day Pinterest board. There might even be a few tie, golf, and beer ideas in the mix!


Beautiful Wedding DIYs using Fabric & Scraps

Via CMHandmade on Etsy

Via CMHandmade on Etsy

Wedding season is upon us! I completely love weddings — the happy couple, the dancing, the cake! What’s not to love!? I especially love all of the DIY trends and personal touches that are becoming the norm. Creating the perfect day has gotten a lot easier with blogs and Pinterest, hasn’t it?

We’re all about making things easier for you, so here’s a round of up beautiful and affordable wedding DIYs using fabric and fabric scraps!

Wedding Quilt Guest Book :: Guests sign a quilt with advice and good wishes instead of a traditional guest book. What a wonderful keepsake! Here are two of our favorite variations!

jenny_darren_664_wedding quilt
Via Beautied Affair

Via Belle Amour

Fabric Rosette Wedding Bouquet :: How incredibly gorgeous are these fabric rosette bridal bouquets? We are in awe. We could see so many uses for this simple, but beautiful, fabric flowers.

Via My Wedding Reception Ideas

DIY Veil :: From classic to modern, many brides are creating their own bridal veils. Here are a few that make us swoon! With fabric, paper, and more.

bird cage veil
Via Wedding Chicks

DIY Fabric Table Numbers :: Create custom table numbers with this simple tutorial!

Via Wedding Chicks

Fabric Streamers for Ceiling or Tenting :: Grab those jelly rolls to create this amazing fabric ceiling for a barn, reception hall, or outdoor wedding.

Via Style Me Pretty

Weave Fabric on Rental Chairs :: Create an expensive look with muslin or thrifted linens woven through party chairs. We also really love the chalkboards! We showed you how to make your own chalkboard paint here.

chalkboards at a wedding
Via The Wedding Chicks

Fabric Napkin Wedding Favors :: We adore these fabric napkin favors for a small wedding!

fabric napkin favors 1
Via 100 Layer Cake

fabric napkin favors
Via Pinterest, No original source found

Fabric Seating Chart There are countless options to create a fabric seating chart that matches your weddings theme and style. Check these out!

Via Rustic Wedding Chic

fabric seating chart_scraps
Via Le Fru Fru

fabric swatch escort card
Via Pinterest, No original source found

Fabric Boutonniere & Bow Ties :: No need to leave the fellas out of the DIY mix!

fabric buttoner
Via One Wed

mens fabric
Via Etsy

bow ties
Via Inspired By This

If you are a bride-to-be or helping one to keep her sanity, we hope you’ll consider some of these lovely fabric DIYs for the big day!

Stay tuned for DIY wedding gifts that the happy couple will adore!

xo, Jennifer

13 Genius Chalkboard Paint Ideas + Tutorial Video

13 genius chalkboard paint uses and video tutorial

I’m still crazy about chalkboard paint! And have really found it to be helpful in organizing and decorating my home. You can use it in the kitchen to keep track of the grocery list and meal plans, in the office to create an easy calendar, for the kids for a quick chore chart…so many options! Here’s a round of our top 20 (pretty ingenious) chalkboard paint uses and a tutorial video to make your own!

1. Organize your fabric, or anything really. We love this for a craft room!

chalkboard fabric organization

2. Organize your drawers! Again useful everywhere, but so genius for the bathroom.

chalkboard paint drawer organization

3. Chalkboard washi tape gift tags

chalkboard washi tape

4. Organize your finances, your office…your life!

chalkboard paint tax boxes

5. Pantry organization for everything in it’s place!

chalkboard shelf organization

6. Chalkboard gift bag and tag — why didn’t I think of this?


7. Summer To-do list (or any list) using an old window

summer list chalkboard

8. Chalkboard knick-knacks! How fun are these for a kids room or on your desk?

chalkboard porcelin

9. Customized locket

chalkboard locket

10. Chalkboard game table

Unknown original source

Unknown original source

11. Keep everyone on task with this chore list

chore chart

12. Potluck and bunko just got a lot more organized (and cute!)


13. This is my kind of wreath!

chalkboard wreath

Inspired? Ready to make your own? Check out this video tutorial to make your own chalkboard paint in any color, really inexpensively.

If I’m not careful my entire house will be a chalkboard! What are your favorite ways to use chalkboard paint?


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