Friday Five

On the heels of our first birthday, we're looking ahead to all the birthday parties and summer BBQs to come and even thinking about throwing (another) one of our own. What can we say? Invitations instantly throw us into full planning mode . . .

Perhaps a popsicle theme will do?

Or maybe we should go with burgers. Everyone loves burgers.

The perfect hostess not only plans a great party but wears a fun, breezy outfit too. And we wouldn't want to disappoint.

But if time gets the best of us, maybe we'll just invite our pals to meet up here. Rumor has it this is the perfect Sunday plan for kids of all ages.

Happy Weekend to you, whether you're hosting, attending, pot-lucking or ordering pizza delivery in the park!

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