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A School Theme Wedding Celebration

When two people fall in love and get married, it is always time for a celebration, but when those two people happen to be your friends and…um…over the age of 60… then it is really something special. Wouldn’t you agree? 🙂

Terry and Melissa met waaaay back when they were children in school.  They grew up, went their separate ways, and married other spouses.  Along life’s journey, both of their spouses sadly passed away.

At one of our parties a year or so ago, Terry was sitting on our family room sofa looking through an old high school yearbook.  He commented, “I wonder where Melissa is and what she is doing.  Think I’ll look her up.”

Although he lived 2 hours away in Atlanta, he did “look her up.”  He came all the way down from Atlanta for a dinner with her one rainy night. Around 10:30 that evening our doorbell rang.  The rain was coming down in buckets, and he did not want to drive back in such a torrential downpour, so he stayed with us for the night.  He informed us, “Melissa is not ready to date anyone yet.” I thought that was the end of that story….

Boy was I wrong!  Melissa must have had a change of heart because they did start dating…which led to an engagement…and then a simple wedding at our church with just a few family members in attendance.  Melissa’s son happens to be a minister, and he performed the ceremony. Wasn’t that wonderful?! 🙂

Sooo we decided to do a little dinner party with a bunch of friends from our college days in their honor.  And because they had met way back in school, it seemed only fitting to use a school theme for all the decorations.  We started with “After school snacks” in the family room at 4:00.  I tried to think of foods that would remind us of our childhood.

Chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, (thanks Mom for baking them!) cheese straws, (not school oriented…I just wanted some! 🙂 ) apples with Heath brickle dip (recipe here) along with milk and bottled drinks.  There was also Chex party mix with M&M’s, Heath cookies, Oreos, Rice Krispy treats, and M&M cookie bars in the kitchen and dining room.

The foyer had the party favors…cardboard milk cartons which didn’t hold milk. (Sorry I forgot to give you yours Richard!)  I ordered the folded paper kit from Amazon, created the labels from photo paper, and put cellophane bags filled with Milk Duds inside. (Get it? Milk Duds? 🙂 )

Here’s my affiliate link to the milk carton kit:

American Crafts Milk Carton, Pack of 12

I wanted the “party room” to be a surprise for our guests.  So we moved the sofa and end tables out of the playroom and moved the big table down from my husband’s office over the garage.  Viola!  The playroom became a dining room (which is what it was intended to be in the original Southern Living house plan.)

I did a practice table set up before I had all the final rsvp’s.  Place cards were mini composition notebooks that came from Kroger, and I didn’t put names on all of them until the last minute.  The flowers also came from Kroger. 🙂

Decorating was easy since I had soooo many old school supply items. For placemats, I had my daughter and her boyfriend use chalk to make the ones on black foam board like we made in this post.

The penmanship chalkboard is one I have lettered before, but it just fit the theme too perfectly to not do again.

Of course Gabbie sat supervising all the craziness. 🙂

Our menu for the evening was not school related…no green peas or mystery meat! This celebration deserved better than that.  We had grilled steak, baked potatoes, salad, and rolls instead.  I thought a long time about what to serve for dessert.  Finally it hit me…wedding cake!  So I texted my very talented niece who makes such delicious cakes to see if she would like to tackle the project.  She wanted to make it, and wow did she do a great job!  The cake was simply beautiful and tasted sooooo good with vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries. 🙂

I set up the buffet with coffee supplies and a globe for everyone to sign as a token gift for the newlyweds.

My daughter and I plated the salads while my husband grilled the steaks.

We put the salad dressings in Mason jars with tie on labels.

And then it was time to eat!

It was a super fun evening reminiscing with everyone…and the yearbooks were pulled out again. A couple of the guests stayed for the weekend, and we even made a trip or two over to the lake for canoeing and kayaking.  A perfect weekend in my book!

And that brings us to the end of today’s post.  Hope you enjoyed reading about the party.  Next up we’ll take a quick tour around the house to see all the back-to-school decorating that popped up everywhere here. (When there’s a theme, you know I run with it!)  But for now, I have to get ready for more fun!  It’s my birthday and our wedding anniversary today…which is why it was so appropriate that I share a party with you this morning. 🙂 Let the celebrating continue!

Until next time…

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Marcy Ray - August 12, 2017 - 2:18 pm

Marvelous, creative and lovely. I am late in viewing your very special party, and just wanted to say this………….thank you for sharing! Hope your birthday/anniversary was splendid. Always enjoy your blog!

Kay - August 7, 2017 - 9:56 am

So good to see you back in the blog world.Hope you had wonderful birthday and anniversary! Gabbie is beautiful!!!I can’t believe how much she has grown. Looking forward to upcoming decorations and inspiration.

Ruth - August 6, 2017 - 2:26 am

Hope you had a wonderful birthday and anniversary!!! Your “schoolhouse” party gets an A+ from me!

Leigh - August 5, 2017 - 9:10 pm

Happy Birthday and Anniversary! What a joyful occassion and how blessed you all are to live so close to life-long friends. Thank you for sharing such a special occassion!

kathy - August 4, 2017 - 10:45 pm

Happy birthday and happy anniversary! I think I have asked you before what you were thinking doing that. LOL! The party was splendid! I can’t wait to see the next post!

Kayleigh O'Neal - August 4, 2017 - 10:32 pm

I told you many, many years ago that I wanted you to decorate my home and that is still true today. I LOVE everything you do Kelly Gray – it’s just perfect!

Gail - August 4, 2017 - 6:13 pm

I LOVED all your decorating and plans, as always! I was REALLY, REALLY hoping there would be a pic of the bride and groom.

Sandy - August 4, 2017 - 1:07 pm

Happy Birthday and congratulations on your Wedding Anniversay. I was so delighted to see a post today from you. Just like your other readers, I miss you. Excited to see the fruits of all your hard work on your home. Don’t you sometimes wonder how you did the celebrations you planned while taught? I reminisce too. Five years of retirement have been a blessing, but I’m still a teacher at heart. Just ask my seven grandchildren.

Emily - August 4, 2017 - 11:11 am

What a lovely party for such lucky newlyweds! As a retired school teacher, I can relate to the school theme. So cute!!! I was so excited to see a new post from you!

Kristy - August 4, 2017 - 10:53 am

What a surprise to see your post today! Congratulations to your friends….nice to find love the second time around.
We are in full party preparations for next week’s party for my FIL, 80. Your previous parties have been great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

Kim - August 4, 2017 - 8:12 am

You do the *best* parties!!! Your details are amazing. I might just use a few of your ideas for the first day of school breakfast 🙂

Kim - August 4, 2017 - 8:12 am

You do the *best* parties!!! Your details are amazing. I might just use a few of your ideas for the first day of school breakfast 🙂

jae - August 4, 2017 - 2:08 am

What fun decor, just party perfect! Hope you had a wonderful birthday and anniversary day, and how nice to see your post in my mailbox!

Garden, Home and Party - August 3, 2017 - 11:00 pm

What a fun story and such pretty table accessories. Congratulations to your friends.

Design Chic - August 3, 2017 - 10:51 pm

What a wonderful story and perfect way to celebrate a very special couple. Love seeing all of the details in your decorations. . Happy Thursday, Kelly!

Vicki - August 3, 2017 - 10:29 pm

What a wonderful and memorable celebration!
I hope you have been treated wonderfully today for your birthday and anniversary!

Holly Palmgren - August 3, 2017 - 10:09 pm

Happy Birthday and Anniversary Kelly!! I hope you had a wonderful day. I was so excited when I saw an email from you!! I totally understand why you are taking a break from your blog. I hope the weather has cooperated for you for painting and that you are close to the finish line!! Thank you again for your post today. Enjoy the rest of the summer.😀

Lynne - August 3, 2017 - 9:52 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! What a fun party post! It is so evident how much time and thought you put into planning this special celebration. Your entertaining posts are always so detailed, fun, and inspiring. I hope you enjoy your special day!

Judy - August 3, 2017 - 8:39 pm

Kelly, what a good friend you are to create such lasting memories for the lucky couple! As always, everything looked terrific. I absolutely loved the milk carton idea. I’m doing a back to school luncheon for our retired teacher group, and I’m going on Amazon to see if I can order them. The chalkboard was another great idea- I’m going to find my small one and use it. Thanks for your wonderful , inspirational ideas!

Donna - August 3, 2017 - 8:36 pm

Thanks for a wonderful post! So glad to have you back again. What a special party.

Tricia - August 3, 2017 - 8:35 pm

Hope you enjoyed a Happy Birthday and Anniversary, Kelly.

Jeanne Bell - August 3, 2017 - 8:29 pm

Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday….miss you lady hurry back!

Nan, Odessa, DE - August 3, 2017 - 7:43 pm

Oh, happy day!!!!

Doris - August 3, 2017 - 6:57 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Great party–thoughtful ideas for a wonderful celebration!

Gabrielle - August 3, 2017 - 6:29 pm

It all looks lovely Kelly. What fun!

Liz - August 3, 2017 - 6:11 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Loved your post and your school themed party looked wonderful! Undoubtedly the happy couple loved being honored in such a special way!

Sherry M - August 3, 2017 - 5:40 pm

What a treat you created for your lucky friends. I loved the story of how they were able to reconnect and find love and companionship after so many years. Your ideas for the occasion were perfect. I loved it all..from the decorations to the menu. And of course, your supervisor was so photogenic! With all the work that has been going on at your house this summer, you deserved to let your creativity soar. Now, go celebrate your birthday and anniversary, BIG TIME! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Anniversary to both you and your husband! Thanks for sharing!

Lanita Anderson - August 3, 2017 - 5:05 pm

What a creative idea…..loved seeing all of the pictures and hearing about your great ideas! I’m sure the guests had a wonderful time celebrating with the happy couple! Thanks for sharing – looking forward to seeing the rest of your “back to school” decorating and ideas. My youngest son is going to be a senior in high school this year and I am thinking about doing some back to school decorating – I’ve been gathering my thoughts and ideas! I have some time….school here doesn’t start until September 5th!

julia - August 3, 2017 - 4:22 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kelly! I was already thinking that your b’day was soon and was going to say so before I got to the end of your post. Blessings to you…..What a wonderful occasion and party! Very special….Take care. Julia

paula - August 3, 2017 - 4:01 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! From a retired teacher’s viewpoint this party decor is an A+.

Talia - August 3, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! You truly have endless talent! I so wish I did – we are in the process of planning an October wedding for my daughter and I wish I possessed your talent!

Debbie - August 3, 2017 - 3:50 pm

So glad to see your post! Happy birthday and happy anniversary1 I love your creative ideas for the party!

Lynne - August 3, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Happy Birthday and anniversary! You certainly have a way with party decorating! Can’t wait for your return to regular posting and seeing all you have accomplished this summer.

Lynn - August 3, 2017 - 2:27 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Here’s to many, many more.

Dawn - August 3, 2017 - 1:59 pm


Happy birthday and happy anniversary too! What a great day to celebrate! The party looks just delightful. I am sure a great time was had by all. The school theme was just perfect. Thanks for sharing! Take care.

Monica - August 3, 2017 - 1:58 pm

Beautiful post! Your school theme sounds just perfect, and it seems everything you coordinated made the party over the top wonderful!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - August 3, 2017 - 1:27 pm

You are just the sweetest friend in the world! What a romantic story to find love, no matter where you are in life. I love the theme and all your little extras. The details make it complete!

Kathy - August 3, 2017 - 1:08 pm

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! Love the theme of the party. As usual everything is perfect. Can’t wait to see the rest of the house. Missed you this summer but totally understand.

Patricia Smithey - August 3, 2017 - 1:06 pm

Good to hear from you! Wonderful post as always. Happy birthday and anniversary!!!! Hope you both have a great day.

Lori - August 3, 2017 - 1:01 pm

You are an amazingly thoughtful entertainer, Kelly! From a Krispy Kreme birthday to a school-themed wedding celebration and so many other fun celebrations, you sure make the people in your life feel special–and your readers/admirers too! Thanks so much!

Marianne in Mo. - August 3, 2017 - 12:47 pm

What a fabulous party! You are the hostess with the most-est for sure! Hoping you have a wonderful anniversary & birthday today!

Jaybird - August 3, 2017 - 12:40 pm

Kelly you did an AMAAAAZing job….that was sheer genius!!
Loved seeing Gabby as well!
Hope you had an absolutely wonderful birthday and anniversary, and many blessings upon you both for the upcoming year!!

Nancy - August 3, 2017 - 12:39 pm

It was just so nice to see your post pop up this morning. I am soooooooo glad you are back after the summer. I have really missed your posts and inspiring ideas.
As always, I love whatever you share with us. A very Happy Birthday, Kelly, and Happy Anniversary to you also.

Donnamae - August 3, 2017 - 12:28 pm

You give the best parties! Happy Birthday…and Anniversary! What a day! 😉

Sandy - August 3, 2017 - 12:14 pm

Kelly, I know you had to be a fabulous teacher, but I think you missed your calling. You are an extraordinary party planner. I never cease to be amazed at your ideas. Gabbie is adorable and I noticed her color matched the chair.

Louvina - August 3, 2017 - 12:08 pm

What a lovely, lovely dinner party! So much fun! And you gave us a “gift” on this special, special day– your birthday- anniversary! Perfect timing for everyone!! Thank you so much Kelly! It was like a “walk down memory lane” during our growing up years!! Congratulations to your friends with much happiness and blessings on this new chapter in their lives!! Just makes me smile!! Everything was so creative and I’m sure many of the blog readers will be able to borrow ideas to use in these Back to School Days!! 💕🙏🎶🤗❤️😘💯🐾🍎💕

Sue - August 3, 2017 - 12:05 pm

Every detail perfect ! I can’t believe you brought down the table from your husband’s office! Extra credit for you (and your husband too) I look forward to seeing the rest of your decor. AND happy birthday and anniversary! Have a wonderful day doing something fun! 🎂

Frances in England - August 3, 2017 - 12:02 pm

Happy Birthday! and Happy Anniversary! (you really know how to make a day special, LOL) I love the set up for the school party, and am sure it was a big hit. You’re making me want to have a party…

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - August 3, 2017 - 11:44 am

What a fabulous party idea. The decor looks amazing. Also Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!!!!

Our Summer Home Tour, Part 2

Ignore my husband up on the roof there.  He was cleaning off branches that fell from the trees.  Today I want to talk about something different. I want to talk about music.  One of the things our daughter says she loves most about our home is that there is always always music playing around here.

When our 20 year old stereo finally quit working, we had to make a trip to Best Buy and purchase a new one immediately.  It is almost as essential to our family as the kitchen sink. 🙂

And every single morning..without fail…the first thing that pops into my head is a song.
I am not joking.

And it’s not because there is a song playing on the clock radio.  Thankfully that doesn’t even come on anymore since my husband and I are both retired.  (And when we were working, we woke to the news of Morning Edition on NPR every single morning.)

You would think my brain would first think…What do I need to get done today?…or…What do we want for breakfast?…or…Thank you Lord for another day.  (That’s the second thought each morning. 🙂 )

But no, it is always like a radio turns on inside my head each morning when I wake.

Sometimes it is a Disney song…

I can show you the world

Be our guest! Be our guest! Put our service to the test...

I’ve been standing at the edge of the water long as I can remember…

Sometimes it’s a James Taylor song…

In my mind I’m goin’ to Carolina. Can’t you see the sunshine?

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am

Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone

But it’s not limited to just their music, and it is not connected to what I have been listening to on the previous day. I do listen to both Disney and James Taylor Pandora stations along with Keb Mo, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Carole King, classical, and assorted others. (And between November and January it stays on Christmas music. 🙂 )

(Yes, I rearranged the plates in the plate rack for those of you that notice the details around here. 🙂 )

For the last few days I have had an Aaron Copland station playing on Pandora. I also purchased some digital music from Amazon that was perfect for Independence Day.  It had a great mix of marches with my two favorite Copland pieces mixed in. If you are looking for music for the holiday next year, I recommend this one. 🙂

Little Patriotic Box

I tell you all of this because you won’t believe the very first song that popped into my head when I woke up on the 4th of July yesterday. It wasn’t God Bless America, or This Land is Your Land, or even The Star Spangled Banner…songs that I had been listening to over the course of the last 2 days. Nope it was a song I hadn’t heard in years

It was…
American Pie!
You know…the old Don McLean song…
Bye, bye Miss American Pie.  Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry.

Sort of appropriate for the 4th of July in title, but the lyrics are supposedly about the 1950’s, Buddy Holly’s death, the Beatles, rock ‘n roll, and all sorts of other things.  Anyway, I just thought that was funny for it to be the song in my head when I woke up yesterday.  Do you wake with a song in your head, or am I the only crazy person that does that? 🙂

Okay, enough about music.  We better talk a bit about the summer decor here before we finish the tour today! You know red, white, and blue are always so fun to use because the color scheme is such a cheerful one, and flags add an easy and inexpensive touch everywhere. Summer decorating should be easy.

Here is another shot of the table as I had planned it for our celebration….white Pottery Barn caterer’s plates, red salad plates from Home Goods, bubble glasses from Pottery Barn, (from our daughter’s graduation party) napkins that are actually old kitchen towels from Sur la Table, sparklers and Table Topics cards used as place cards on the plates, and striped paper cups holding Hershey’s candies and Tootsie Rolls packaged in red, white, and blue for take home treats.

Here’s a quick shot of only part of the table as it actually turned out.  We added a few extra guests, and I didn’t have enough of the blue gingham napkins/towels so I decided to just use paper polka dot ones from Target instead. And I had to use a different size Table Topics card because I didn’t have enough of the larger ones.  Regardless, it still turned out festive for the occasion. 🙂 (The rest of the food and all the drinks were over on the kitchen counter for buffet style serving.)

I hope your 4th of July was fun and festive too!  Now it’s time for me to get back to work on painting outside while the sun is shining (and hot as fire today. 🙁 ) I’m taking you out the side door so that you can see the last of the red, white, and blue here.

And here is one last look at our house all dressed for the 4th.
The new buntings really dressed her up!
(I plan to buy one more for next year to put on the left end of the porch.)

Until next time…

p.s.  The song in my head when I woke today was Summer Breeze (the old Seals & Crofts song.)

p.p.s. I made the Cream Cheese Pound Cake for our party.  Daughter opened the door while it was baking, and it fell…looked just like a crater. 🙁
(Still tasted good though! 🙂 )

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Choice Furniture Superstore - July 31, 2017 - 6:33 am

It is lovely. I liked your home tour. This is awesome.

Donnie - July 27, 2017 - 8:49 am

Oh, I’ve missed you this summer. So good to hear from you. I love that you wake with a song in your head, what a great way to start the day. Hope the painting is going well and all the family are healthy.

Kim Stout - July 26, 2017 - 7:23 pm

Love this house, getting ready to build, I would love to have this floorplan, thanks

Kendra - July 21, 2017 - 1:02 pm

Just love your kitchen. What a classic and fabulous look. Also, the entire staff loves your blog!

Thanks for sharing!

Linda - July 13, 2017 - 11:03 am

Checked on your bog today on a whim and here you are. What a wonderful surprise! Let me say here I loved the garden tour in July; I love garden tours. Your home is delightful, love the red and have splashes of it in my home. Look forward to checking back more often, know you’re still working on the house, no pressure!

Rosemary - July 11, 2017 - 12:28 pm

Some great songs going around in my head now Kelly …Going to California (love James Taylor and Carole King) American Pie and Summer Breeze (what a perfect song for lazing in the sun!) to name just three! We definitely like similar music 🙂 Your house as usual looks splendid decked in red white and blue.

Lisa - July 10, 2017 - 7:13 am

So what kind of sound system did you go with? I want one for our house, but don’t know what to buy. The smallish stereo quit working and it was a radio, cd player, that you could plug your ipod into. My hubby had rigged the speakers over the hutch in the kitchen so they would be hidden. Thanks for your help:)

Jennifer - July 9, 2017 - 11:35 pm

There is always music playing in our home too! And lucky for us, both of our sons are wonderful musicians so it’s often live. I love your home, Kelly! Thanks for sharing another wonderful post.

Design Chic - July 9, 2017 - 9:02 am

What a happy way to wake up! Your house looks amazing, as always and I love all of the red, white and blue. The buffalo plaid curtains in your kitchen look perfect! Happy Sunday!

Peggy Bostic - July 7, 2017 - 8:19 pm

I noticed! Your home is BEAUTIFUL!!

Cindy - July 7, 2017 - 10:35 am

Kelly! I love it when I see that you have put up a new post and, as always, they are great! We have been spending more time at our NH place and this week’s weather has been great. Our MA home needs exterior work, but finding contractors is difficult and my husband has neither the time or desire to do it. While it may not be fun, for you, your projects are getting done!
Enjoy the summer, Cindy

Jaybird - July 6, 2017 - 2:54 pm

GREAT post!!! I am a professional musician, and yes, I do wake up with a song in my mind most mornings….some of which I can find later in the day and some of which I must have “dreamed” up because Google has never heard of them :^0 I do hymn arrangements pretty regularly in my dreams, and they often work out just right when I get to the piano…bingo!!
Your reds, whites and blues are beautiful…
especially the reds :^)
Funny story:
We hang bunting over our front door for Memorial Day through Labor Day. This year it may be there until Christmas, since Jenny Wren built a nest right in the center dip of the fabric :^)

Kristy - July 6, 2017 - 10:13 am

Lovely as usual. I get so many ideas from your gatherings, that I want to use. My FIL turns 80 next month, and we are planning a party. I’m planning to use some TABLE TOPICs on the tables — maybe up to 40 folks, relatives & friends, from the northern mid-west and south–so I thought those might be a good to have. I might even sprinkle a few of my own in there in reference to my FIL, to entice folks to share memories, stories.

Leigh - July 6, 2017 - 9:38 am

What a wonderful surprise to find your beautiful home all decked out for Independence Day! The red, white and blue can’t help but make you smile. Our den is red, white and blue all the time and I just love it. I can’t think of a better way to start the day than with a song! I often wake up with a song myself. So glad to enjoy a summer “visit”. Your home looks terrific, as always! 🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷

Garden, Home and Party - July 6, 2017 - 8:05 am

I do sometimes wake up with a song in my head—all of the songs you mentioned are on our playlist. Love James Taylor! Your home always makes me smile. It’s so pretty and welcoming and your table and assorted jars are always filled with yummy things! 🙂
Hope your 4th was fun!

Patricia - July 6, 2017 - 5:05 am

I so love your home and style! I’ve seen the upright piano in lots of your posts. Do you play? Or does anyone in your family? If you have mentioned this, I guess I missed it.

Lauren Granzow - July 5, 2017 - 8:27 pm

Yes! We put speakers on the main level of our home and it’s the first thing we turn on in morning and last thing in the evening. We play French Cafe music in the morning. We haven’t a clue what they are singing about but alongside a cup of coffee it’s so peaceful 😄

Nan, Odessa, DE - July 5, 2017 - 7:37 pm

You must have a household sound system.
I don’t put it on because I am all over the house and wouldn’t hear it.
Lucky you can emjoy.
Gabby is pretty surrounded by the red/white check.
Any hints on buying bunting would be appreciatrd, ie what fabric?
Glad to hear from you!

Louvina - July 5, 2017 - 4:34 pm

My day starts with praise and then as I get fully awake tunes start playing in my head. I love all types of music and enjoy music of the season. I always remembered you said you like Christmas music all year long and so do I. I do not like when a tune gets stuck when I am trying to go to sleep!! But often does– I read to get it to stop, place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and it will go away!! Truly enjoyed all your 4th decorations! I keep mine up until Labor Day. Enjoyed having my family here at the lake– my daughter from Orlando brought boxes of sparklers and I got so excited and ran to the dinning room to add them to my tablescape!! I told her that you had them on your table!! She just laughs at me and says I am a Kelly Want a Be!! Yep! That’s about right!! 💕🙏💕

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads - July 5, 2017 - 3:55 pm

Your home looks fabulous in all its patriotic attire! Since you like a variety of music, I was going to suggest Crossroads Radio-a station that we have on our blog. It’s a mix of beach music, oldies, blues, boogie, and anything else we like! (My husband is a retired radio personality who still likes to keep his finger in radio!)

Donnamae - July 5, 2017 - 3:25 pm

I do love those buntings on the front of your home….so festive! 😉

Marty Oravetz - July 5, 2017 - 3:07 pm

Everything is always amazing. Love the tablescape too. The bunting looks fabulous, what a great 4th display.

Pippa Griffin - July 5, 2017 - 2:51 pm

So love everything you did to dress up your home for the wonderful summer holidays! Would you mind sharing where you got the conversation cards for this table display? Also, you mentioned that the bubble glasses were available from amazon – would you mind sharing a direct link for them so that when we order them, you get credit for this? I want to be sure to get the right ones. Um, I think of the glasses shown here as hobble bumps — I was interested in the ones with the little bubbles in the glass itself….. does this make any sense???

Best treat of all – seeing the last two posts from you as you have sorely been missed!!! Thanks for inspiring and adding a song to my day! BTW, I woke up humming Neil Diamond’s “America”! Frankly, a day without music is like a day without sunshine!!!

Hugs from the Rockies, Pippa

Brenda S Moore - July 5, 2017 - 2:46 pm


In all honestly I wake up and begin to think immediately about making my French press coffee. I so enjoy that first sip of the morning. Time to change habits and sing a song.
I may not think it but I certainly feel grateful each morning.

Sandy - July 5, 2017 - 2:44 pm

Love the bunting. So patriotic. American Pie is one song I hear and it stays with me all day. My husband grew up with music always playing in the background. Hence, so our house has music streaming from our Echo Dot, or Bose, or Pandora, or computer filled with tons of music sent by a good friend who was a local dj. The grandchildren have acquired an appreciation of music from other generations.

kathy - July 5, 2017 - 2:41 pm

OMGoodness! This is so me!!! When you taught school did it make you crazy when you had a child in your class who made noises? I always told kids they couldn’t hum because it messed up the songs I always had playing in my head. Yes, I always have music going in my house…. and if not, it is definitely playing in my head! Kelly, everything looks so beautiful and festive. I love the checks and polka dots. Your chalkboard is awesome! We used to have a huge July 4th party. This year our daughter had it because the town’s fireworks are perfect to view from her house. (We are still trying to recover from our son’s wonderful wedding. Life is changing so fast!)I am so glad you are back!!!

N from VA - July 5, 2017 - 2:41 pm

What a wonderful insight into your life! I always know I am overwhelmed or blue when I realize that I haven’t listened to music or sang to songs in awhile.

I also get songs in my head but as an older mother with an 8-year-old lately television show songs seem to stick the most (can you sing Sponge Bob Square Pants, Sponge Bob Square Pants!).

Thanks for the posts. Love seeing them.

cindy hattersley - July 5, 2017 - 2:36 pm

I did a patriotic playlist on my blog and I indeed added the Don McClean song. Love that song. Love the buntings on your porch they look fabulous!

Calypso in the Country - July 5, 2017 - 2:34 pm

Your home looks so beautiful all dressed for the 4th! I always have songs in my head as well. Summer Breeze brings back so many childhood memories…now I think that one will be stuck in my head! Have a great day!

Lynne - July 5, 2017 - 2:09 pm

My song for this morning (July 5) was Happy Birthday! It was mine. Your post was a pleasant and timely gift. They are always so inspirational. Thanks for taking the time out to keep us updated.

Liz - July 5, 2017 - 2:05 pm

Your house looks wonderful and warm, inside and out! Sure am missing your frequent posts, but understand your HUGE painting process is a priority:). Thanks for the July 4 peek!

Cindy - July 5, 2017 - 2:03 pm

Really cute! Great job!!

Bev Tippett - July 5, 2017 - 1:57 pm

Love the bunting on the front of the house.
I used to play music all the time too. Not so much anymore…not sure why.
I make a pound cake similar to yours…hunted for a long time to get it just right. My favorite cake.
Thanks for sharing.

Marianne in Mo. - July 5, 2017 - 1:40 pm

Nope, not a song in my head person. In fact, I don’t listen to music very often, and don’t even like it on in the car. I find I can’t concentrate with it. I do like a good marching band tune or instrumental music. Husband is a fan of the oldies, and while some of it is nice, he seems to like a lot of the ones I DON’T like. My absolute favorite song is “At Last” by Etta James.
You must have had a nice gathering for the 4th. Nice to have extra guests sometimes to invigorate the day! We watched our 6 yr. old grand daughter ride a float in the local parade, then spent the day and evening sitting by the lake on the deck we just finished. Pup was worn out from the scary parade (she was not a fan!) and so were we!

Jo Anne Hayon - July 5, 2017 - 12:44 pm

We must be from the same era!! Love American Pie-i knew every verse by heart! Summer breeze oh my!!!!

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