Ah, Summer. You’ve finally arrived and this girl couldn’t be happier. Summer is the time that I work very hard at slowing down. With three kiddos between 6th – 12th grade our typial calendar is crazzzyyyyy. Can I get an amen from all of the busy mama’s out there?

But Summer. Oh Summer how I love you! You bring us lazy days free of homework, fewer sports practices and lots of time to head to our favorite place on Earth – our lake home at Lake of the Ozarks. During this time of respite I keep everything simple. My outfits (sundresses, sandals and ponytails!), meals (anything off the grill please!) and my decorating projects.

Owning a lake home means we host a steady stream of guests all summer long and I love greeting them with a home packed full of Americana Nantucket Inspired Decor. But I keep it easy and on a budget!

This week I whipped up a 5 minute Centerpiece that I created for around $25. Disclaimer – I stumbled upon some serious Homegoods #fabfinds and JoAnn clearance florals at the lake!

Materials:

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Galvanized Tray with Rope Handles / Blue & White Lidded Jar

Small American Flags / Navy & White Buffalo Check Napkins

Hydrangea / White Heather / Green Heather / Greenery

Instructions:

  • Layer a buffalo check napkin in your galvanized tray
  • Place the Lidded Jar in the center (remove the lid for future use)
  • Start with 1 stem of Green Heather in the center
  • Arrange 3 Stems of White Hydrangea around the Green Heather
  • Work in the White Heather
  • Add the last stem of Hydrangea achieving a round bouquet
  • Bend (or cut with wire cutters) all floral stems to desired height
  • Drop into the Lidded Jar
  • Add 1-2 stems of Greenery to fill any holes

And Enjoy that Super Simple Centerpiece allll summer long! (This same recipe will work for fresh florals but I’d add extra fresh greenery)

If you’re a visual learner like I am you’ll find step by step instructions in this weeks Tuesday Tips & Tricks Facebook Tutorial. If you aren’t joining me there yet – please do! I’ll meet you each Tuesday at 8 pm this summer with a cold beverage and a new super simple idea for summer decor.

The Cara Massie Design Facebook page is full of tutorials, tips and tricks!

Stick with me this summer friends. I’ll be rolling out all my best tips and tricks to decorating with a red, white and blue palette that will carry you from Memorial Day through Labor Day (with pieces that will transition through all seasons!)

Now, get out there and soak up all of the relaxation that summer offers!

Cheers!

Cara