Summertime Stylin' Spreads

August 10th, 2008 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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MORNING, NOON, OR NIGHT TIME…

Now that we have determined and accepted that we are all different, it’s time to celebrate our unique junker personas with some scrumpdilyicious outdoor eats and treats ideas. Along with a poles apart approach to style I also want to address the many different hats worn by a dumpster diva. Whether you’re longing for the luxury of time with a gal pal, a little one-on-one with your wee one, or grown-up grub with that special someone; remember anytime’s the right time for dining al fresco.

Just one more thing before we get cooking! You may notice that this goes along with the Junker’s Challenge in this newsletter. I love outdoor entertaining so I couldn’t help but join in the fun. Any hoo, I hope these ideas help get your creative juices flowing and result in some handsome handiwork of your own. Now, let the lawn games begin!

Cottage Café Au Lait

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite times of a summer day is early morning. The kids are still snuggled safe in their beds; with any luck, maybe ‘til noon. Ha! I have a teen at home, so in my case this is a certainty. The birds may be chirping, but other than that it’s the calm before the inevitable storm of daily activity. Take this time to enjoy a cup of Joe with your girlfriend and discuss the upcoming flea markets and/or the neighborhood garage sale. What a way to start your day!

Coffee Talk

If cottage is your thing, do it up in a womanly way. Beautiful vintage coffee cups, an old pewter pot, and sugar in hand-me-down crystal salt servers with itty bitty salt shovels that keep us from consuming too much of the sweet stuff.

Cottage Cuties

Every dining experience requires a fresh bouquet and nothing says cottage like cute. Dainty flowers are held in spools of thread all dressed up with bows and baubles. What is holding the water? The white thread spool has a base made from a hollow bottle top and the green spool has a floral water tube glued to the inside. Do you believe in magic?

Classic Country Capers

Okie, dokie, dominokie it’s time to leave the homeland of hush and re-enter the realm of reality. Its noon and the kids are up! Whatcha gonna do when they come for you? My plan of attack has always been to face them head on armed with plenty of provisions. There are two reasons for this. First of all, they’re starving because they missed breakfast and secondly the way to the heart through food theory is not reserved for men only. It’s quite the contrary. Fix up food the way they like it, pack it up, and spend some quality time with your little loved one. Come prepared to listen because from toddlers to teens this will get them talking. Ahh, employing Machiavellian motherly maneuvers, it’s the only way to go!

A Pic-a-Nic Partay

Invite your child to “Lunch with Mom Day”. With a little slight of hand you can turn an old train case in to a bountiful basket of goodies for two. The mirror has been covered with self-adhesive cork, napkins and cutlery are kept where the Aqua Net once was, and the plates are recycled fruit boxes.

Country Charmers

Surprise your young guest with pocket full of posies presented in an old world Edison Record container. Just slip a juice glass on the inside and consider it water tight.

The Rent’s Night Out

Congratulations! You’ve now may it through another hectic yet fun filled day. Whoa there tootie patoots! What about those pu pus on a platter for you and you significant other? By this time the kids are off enjoying themselves so why can’t you do the same? Oh, but you can! Kick back, throw caution to warm summer breeze, and enjoy a glass of wine along with some complimentary cuisine. Who knows, maybe someone will peel those grapes for you. Unlikely, but there’s no harm in asking!

Sophisticated Taste

Dust off that silver tray held in reserve for that once a year turkey and fill’er up for a tasty treat for two. Slip a hand from a glove factory on the tray to announce the festivities, place the grapes on a battery top covered with parchment paper, and complete the ensemble with your wine selection and glasses. Now all you have to do is wait for the delivery guy.

Put a Cork on It

Recycled jars from the pantry and those corks you’ve been saving forever join forces to make a beautiful vintner’s bouquet. Simply glue the corks around the jar and add flowers.


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