Summer Entertaining and Happy 4th!

Jun 25, 2018


Hi Friends!!  It’s summer time and perfect for in prompt to dinner or lunch get togethers!! I wanted to share with you a fun dinner I put together for my sweet Mom’s birthday and the hit of the Segreto BBQ-both with great tips that can translate into your summer events!!


I couldn’t get this  image from Crate and Barrel out of my head. I loved the mix of galvanized metal and basket liners.  I posted last year on my favorite 4th of the July table décor and was able to pick this tableware up after the holiday at a fraction of the price. Although the plates aren’t available today, I did talk about other great alternatives in this post which can still be purchased.

These basket liners come in lots of colors and will work for any theme. Here is a source for the red white and blue! With all the different colors to pull from, I used yellow, my Mom’s favorite color, as the accent!! These flowers came from my shopping favorite-Trader Joes!!!  Remember if you get there at 8:00, you have a great selection!!  I also picked up these potted plants for the table and send her home with them! I am a pack rat-or a collector I like to say. I found these hand carved wood horses years ago and thought they might come in handy for a craft project one day! Buying lots (they were .5 cents a piece), I was happy to finally use them to make napkin rings and insert into the floral arrangement!!

I am kinda a last minute table setter so I always look around the house to see what I can use the day of the event!  My Mom loves  family pictures and my cousin Cathy gives us all these thank you notes made with family pictures for Christmas each year.  Always a crowd pleaser, and so fun to look at, they were perfect for Mom’s big day!  Look how beautiful my Grandmother was at her graduation and how cute Mom was as a baby!!

You can get these printed anywhere-just google photo thank you cards. They were perfect to include on the table and were an awesome way to encourage stories of the past!!

To make it easy I sent hubby John to pick up BBQ. Always look for party packs– they are much less expensive and always feed more than they say!  This was from Goode Company BBQ!  Thinking sliders would fit perfectly in the galvanized dishware, I picked up some little Hawaiian buns when at Trader Joes.

Fits perfectly and so festive!! I love the cups too, which were really for French fries, I used  them as holders for ice tea! This was an easy clean up!!  Most things just were thrown away, but the look was much more special than paper plates!!

Here is my Mom and cousin Cathy!! She still gives the most thoughtful gifts!  My Mom was a ballerina and still dances.  Talented Cathy-a fab artist– painted her a beautiful ballerina for her big Birthday!!

We love to have company events at Segreto-so fun to get the team together away from work.  We always have lots of games-volleyball, soccer, corn host throw contests and more, but this time  my operations manager Isai had a big surprise for us all!! A water balloon fight!  What I didn’t know is how he blew them up so fast!


These are from Walmart!  They sell them at Amazon as well! This three pack( $5.99) will blow up 111 balloons in minutes!! Just connect the hose to the packet and turn on.  Click on the link below to see our balloon fun!

It definitely was the hit of the event and no more hours of filling and tying off.  It’s one of the most amazing things I have ever seen!!  We had Fajitas Pete’s deliver and the food was reasonable and delish!


Something years in the making, Segreto is close to introducing its new paint line!  All the colors are inspired from our favorite finishes. Priced reasonably, now everyone can have that soothing pallet in their own homes. This is half the pallet.

We had all the colors laid out and our team had the opportunity to name the colors!! I need your help as well!  In two weeks I will post all the colors for you to see and help name!!  The authors’ of the chosen names will not only forever be a part of our Segreto family’s new venture, but also will receive a gallon of free paint!!  So gather your friends with some bubbly and have a paint naming party!

Remember when entertaining, just visiting and being with people you care for is life’s greatest gift. I try not to get so overwhelmed with the planning of these events, that I can’t really enjoy them!! Send me some of your simple tablescapes and food ideas!!  We would all love to see!  For more 4th of July inspiration go here and here and here.  Happy 4th to all!!  xo Leslie



  • Teresa
    Posted at 07:02h, 25 June Reply

    What a lovely party!!!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 05:40h, 26 June Reply

      Hi Teresa! Next time you will have to join! Have a great day and I so appreciate you following along! xo

  • Alice Genzlinget
    Posted at 07:39h, 25 June Reply

    BBQ beef sliders or BBQ pork sliders are so simple to make using my Crock Pot. And clean up is a snap with a slow cooker liner. We buy chuck roast at Cosco and wrap and freeze them for these. I put the frozen roast or two, if preparing for a crowd, into the lined Crock Pot topped with season salt and a chopped large onion, early in the morning the day of the party, Cover with the lip, turn on high, and cook eight hours. To serve the BBQ while still warm, I take the falling apart meat out of

    the slow cooker , place in a large bowl, pour my home made BBQ sauce over it, then shred the meat with two sharp knives. The meat will absorb the sauce as you shred it while hot. My BBQ sauce is one that my friends and

    neighbors say that it’s the only one they ever use now. Want the recipe?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 05:40h, 26 June Reply

      Hi Alice!! Thank you so much for this!! I can’t wait to try it! super easy, I could even create this feast! thanks so much for sharing your ideas!! xo

  • Pam sengelmann
    Posted at 13:16h, 25 June Reply

    I love your blog site. I saw these ballon fillers at Walmart and laughed! I want to name a paint! I want to win!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 05:39h, 26 June Reply

      You are always so sweet!! I loved the balloons! I will get some colors up for next week! xo

  • Sharon Brown
    Posted at 16:05h, 26 June Reply

    Great article as usual! I’m excited about your new paint line! Is this something you will let stores like mine sell?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 18:04h, 26 June Reply

      Hi Sharon!! I love your store and you!!… so yes–we are working out all the details of it!! Stay in touch about it!!!

  • Pam
    Posted at 07:53h, 28 June Reply

    I just love your blog & the party ideas. However, I was unable to view your sources. Is there a way I can find out what they were?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:37h, 30 June Reply

      Hi Pam! I am so sorry I tried to contact you directly and it kept bouncing back. I hopefully have corrected the links. try them out and let me know it you have problems with any of them and which ones!! Hope you have a great day!

  • K D
    Posted at 08:08h, 30 June Reply

    Beautiful colors. I believe it should be “palette” when referring to “1. The range of colors used by an artist in making a work of art; 2. A thin wooden or plastic board on which an artist holds and mixes paint.”. The word “pallet” is “a bed or mattress of straw. A small or makeshift bed.”

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:35h, 30 June Reply

      Hi KD Thank you for that!! I need you on staff to edit the blogs! It is not my strength at all!! UGG……….. Again thanks and have a great day!!

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