Written by: Tami

Our series, Hosting at Home, is a place for us to share the creative touches we add to our space when hosting in our own homes as well as tips from us as event planners for how to pull off a similar look or type of event at home. These events are not fancy and super pre-planned like the ones you are used to seeing us do but rather casual and impromptu. The content of these particular blog posts is meant to inspire each of you (whether inviting a few friends over for a last minute social distanced BBQ or doing something special for those in your “quaran-team”), to pull out dishes you haven’t used in a while, and to find those random accessories that help make your table look unique. Keep it causal! None of this is sponsored … It’s from the heart and straight to you from our very own homes. Enjoy!

Written by: Tami

It’s all so confusing … Don’t you think? Are we supposed to go out? Stay in? Gather … Probably not! Wear a mask? Definitely! Sometimes it’s just easier to pretend the out of the ordinary days don’t exist at all, but I seriously feel like we all need a chance at feeling like our old selves again too! With that said, the Fourth of July is only a couple of days away and I am still figuring out what I am comfortable with for this upcoming holiday, but one thing is for sure … Phil and I won’t let this holiday pass without BBQing and getting some much needed time in the sun! Here’s a look at how we celebrated last year when I hosted just a few friends and their families:

Crazy to think I only had one baby last year and my baby bump had barely begun to show! I love dressing my girls up for a good theme!

I always love to make casual gatherings just a bit fancy and themed napkins are kinda my thing! Metallic gold paper plates were the perfect touch to my red, white, and blue charcuterie display. 

Have a mentioned my husband is a grill master? He whipped up these burgers and hot dogs for our guests …

… Yum!

We did a quick clean up and used the same space to put dessert options out later in the evening.

One of our guests brought all the ingredients to create this flag on the spot. So cute!

What’s the 4th of July without fireworks? Phil, Joie, and I found a cozy spot to watch a great firework show after our guests went home. It really was such a nice day filled with friends and our favorite foods … The little things that make me so happy in life!

Whether hosting a few friends or family this year or keeping it really small and just doing something to commemorate the day, always strive to think outside the box. Doing something different each time and changing it up will break up the routine and help to make your day feel special. Happy 4th from Side by Side Design!

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