All Things Summer & A Kitchen Tour … On Today’s Weekend Meanderings

Today on Weekend Meanderings, from travel to entertaining it’s all things summer. And a peek at five fabulous kitchens.

Happy weekend, friends!

It’s Saturday and I’m joining Kim and Elizabeth for Weekend Meanderings.

Our weekly roundup of inspiration and goings on.

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The garden is coming back to life.

Can you believe we’re half way through May?

Or May-hem as an IG friend put it.

She’s right, May has been a busy month.

Crazy busy.

And fun busy.

I’m exhausted.

And I bet you are too.

So let’s get to it …


Earlier in the week Kim wrangled six rockstar bloggers for a ‘what to pack for …’ post collaboration. I was lucky to be included and shared my thoughts on what to pack and wear in Napa Valley … Sonoma Valley or any California wine country destination. Be sure to follow the links in my post to everyone’s else’s. My travel bucket list just got a little bit longer, and I bet yours will too!


Last weekend Jim and I attended a couples baby shower for my granddaughter by (former) marriage, Deanna, her husband Tom, and soon-to-be big brother Carter. It was a poolside party and we had so much fun. Blog post coming soon, but I know you want to know what I wore … right now! Ok … maybe I want to tell you what I wore right now. The theme of the shower was Baby in Bloom with a dusty rose/peachy pink color scheme.

Baby in Bloom shower balloon arch.

My friend and frequent blog photographer, Monica Vargas, came by to photograph the shower … I can’t wait to share more with you in a separate post.

I wore Misa’s Trina floral maxi dress in various shades of pink and orange. It has a shirt-style top, smocked waist and a pretty shimmer detail. Made of chiffon … it’s floaty, light and super feminine. Perfect for a baby shower, wedding, or any summer event. I’m definitely taking it on our Italian adventure next month.

Misa Trina dress Pin Collage.

Without revealing too much of the baby shower, a couple snaps of my dress.


Graduation signs are dotting lawns all over our neighborhood which means only one thing … the summer party season is about to get underway. Last weekend’s baby shower had me scouring my party supplies for cake stands, platters and a beverage dispenser. I love beverage dispensers for big-group entertaining. Not only do they look pretty but they allow your guests to serve themselves which frees you up to panic over other things.

I put mine to good use at the baby shower last weekend. It came from Pottery Barn many years ago and is no longer available, but they have a really nice selection.

Man handing drink to woman at baby shower.

Donna, Grandma-To-Be

Here are a couple with woven bases are similar to mine.

This one’s got a wow factor!



Speaking of beverage dispensers, Cucumber Lime Mint Presse is the ideal way to fill one up. Refreshing, and alcohol-free, it’s a recipe I turn to again and again for summer parties including last weekend’s baby shower. It’s sort of a large batch spritzer.

Cucumber Mint Lime Presse in a drinks dispenser.


Cucumber Mint Lime Presse in a drinks dispenser.

Cucumber Mint Lime Presse

A delicious and refreshing batch drink that's perfect for summer parties.
5 from 3 votes


  • 1 Sliced cucumber
  • 1 Slice lime
  • 1 bunch Fresh mint with stems removed
  • 2 12 oz cans Limeade frozen concentrate, defrosted
  • 4 750 ml bottles Cucumber Mint Lemonade
  • 2 750 ml bottles Lime flavored sparkling water
  • Ice


  • In a large beverage dispenser, add sliced cucumber, lime and mint sprigs.
  • Pour in remaining ingredients.
  • Top dispenser with ice.

Cucumber Mint Lime Presse Ingredients

Turn it into adult beverage by adding a shot of vodka. Put out a bottle or small, airplane-size bottles and let your (adult) guests do as they will.

Cucumber Mint Lime Presse in a glass with three mini-bottles of Vodka.

Watch my Cucumber Lime Mint Presse video here.

By the way, this is the beverage tub we use to keep wine and other drinks chilled at parties. It’s on sale right now.


Yesterday Kim invited me to join her on the SolMateo Signature Kitchen Tour featuring five gorgeous kitchens in the San Mateo | Hillsborough | Burlingame area. Ooh la la!

Woman standing in front of pretty house at start of kitchen tour.

We arrived at the first house all bright eyed and bushy tailed, iPhones charged and ready to capture the kitchen eye candy. And then … our big blogger dreams were crushed when we were told ABSOLUTELY NO PHOTOGRAPHY! What’s a blogger to do? Go to the tour website, of course, and scrounge whatever photo tidbits are available. Without further ado, here’s a briefer-than-I-would-have-liked glimpse of the lovely homes and kitchens we toured.

Modern Makeover house tour exterior shot.

Modern Makeover

The Modern Makeover … this newly renovated house has a spectacular backyard in addition to its amazing kitchen. But let’s talk about the kitchen … light filled and spacious, I fell in love with the buffet-style serving counter … an entertainers dream.

Beautiful modern kitchen.


Craftsman bungalow shingled exterior.

Craftsman Bungalow

My favorite features in the kitchen of this adorable Craftsman bungalow are the integrated workspace and open cookbook shelves. Double ovens and a prep sink in the island are big pluses too.

Craftsman bungalow newly renovated kitchen.


Exterior of a Dutch colonial home in San Mateo County.

Dutch Colonial

This was the first house we toured and by far my favorite. I think Kim’s too. We could have stayed here all day. It didn’t hurt that there were cupcakes. More on that later. The house, built in 1912, retains many of it’s original features but it’s totally updated for modern function. The kitchen is so charming with windows trimmed in black and sitting directly on the countertops. We wondered if they were the original windows because I’m not sure today’s code would allow that placement … but it’s fabulous and now I want my kitchen window to sit on the counter. The backyard, oh my goodness … shady patios with mature trees, a sparkling pool and outdoor kitchen. The charm of this home cannot be overstated.

Back to the kitchen … look at all those cookbooks!

Renovated kitchen inside 1912 Dutch colonial home.

To assuage our disappointment over the no-photography policy, Sibby’s Cupcakery was on-site serving free mini-cupcakes to tour guests. We immediately availed ourselves of their generous offer. And, no, ten o’clock in the morning is not too early to enjoy cupcakes. Sibby was there herself and just as sweet as her cupcakes.  Take a look at all the goodness … and if you live in the San Mateo area, what are you waiting for?

Sibby's Cupcakery display table at SolMateo kitchen tour.


Exterior of a large, Tudor home in San Mateo county.

Tudor Estate

Built in 1918, this grand Tudor estate has had only two owners. The kitchen was lovely, but it was the gardens that has us swooning. Oh, and the library with original leaded glass doors leading to one of the many brick patios. There is just no substitute for mature trees … and this house had them in abundance with twinkly lights wrapped around the trunks. Note to self, turning twinkle lights on during the day is pure magic.

The edge of the granite countertops must have been 4″ thick. Luxurious. And of course I love the cookbook shelving!

Renovated kitchen inside vast Tudor estate.

I snapped a picture of a (tiny) part of the estate’s back garden. Sorry, not sorry.

Beautiful estate backyard garden.


Renovated ranch style home exterior.

Renovated Rancher

Completely renovated in 2019, this is a beautiful home, but after touring the first two old world, traditional style houses it felt a bit … wah wah wah. Kim and I both live in renovated ranchers and they’re nothing to sneeze at … but the transition from mansion estate to ranch house was a little jarring. That said, this house is light and bright, with a spacious kitchen. The stone on the kitchen island is absolutely stunning.

Speaking of stunning, the backyard features a spectacular loggia area with outdoor kitchen and beautiful pool. A new pool house in currently under construction.

Renovated kitchen in classic ranch house.

Spirited Pots set up shop in the backyard with these wonderful potted succulents.

Display of potted succulents.

And that concludes the tour, I wish we could have taken photos and shared more of these truly wonderful homes. It was such a special treat to tour them and I can’t wait to see what Kim has to share about our fun day.

The kitchen tour is an annual fundraiser for the SolMateo organization whose goal is to raise awareness around mental health issues. You can learn more about their work here.

While there was no photography allowed indoors, we snapped away while walking through the pretty neighborhoods. I’m a sucker for a good garden gate.

What a fun day … thanks, Kim! I’m so glad we live close enough do things like this … wish it was closer though.

Two woman standing in front of garden fence.

And that’s what I have for you this week.

Let’s see what’s inspiring Kim and Elizabeth …



If you missed last weekend’s post, you can catch up here.

You’ll find all my Weekend posts collected here.

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As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • While I understand the reasoning behind so pictures on home tours, it’s always a bummer! Thanks for showing what you could! My real question-where can I find the dress you were wearing on the tour? LOVE!

    • Good morning, Sandy! The dress is by Hunter Bell and I bought it over a year ago from my favorite boutique in Danville, Flaunt. Wish it was still available I’ve worn it repeatedly and get so many compliments. Hope you have an amazing weekend! xo

  • 5 stars
    Juliet, I can see what you are exhausted! So many fun events in one week!The baby shower looks beautiful as does the mom to be. How wonderful that you still have a relationship with your step-daughter and her children.
    Your cucumber lime mint pressed looks refreshing! I have copied the recipe for my next gathering. I too love a good drinks dispenser. There are many at pottery barn and sometimes you even find them at the consignment store.
    Don’t you just love a home tour? All of the kitchens are beautiful! But as you say, the gardens are fabulous! I am sure there were so many wonderful details to add to your own space. I love the twinkle light idea. I might need to do that too. After all twinkle lights aren’t just for christmas.

    Love the photo of you and Kim! How nice to be able to do so many of these things together.

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo Elizabeth

    • Elizabeth … I could make a career of home and garden tours … and of course open houses. And this time of year there are so many! My home tour cup runneth over! Happy weekend! xo

  • Hi Juliet,
    Your backyard looks very nice. I just took a quick look, but I think I spotted Hollyhocks. I love that flower. After all that rain and cold that never stopped it’s nice to see sunshine and flowers again. I will send you some of our sun. It’s going to over 100 degrees today in my deck of the woods.
    The baby shower looked like fun, you and Jim make such a cute couple. The dress is feminine and Jim’s pants to match. What a guy. Love your big smile.
    The kitchens, homes, and gardens were spectacular. Oh and those cupcakes so beautifully decorated. Thank you for taking the photos that you did. Glad you did not raise a ruckus, stomp your feet and start crying when you were told no pictures allowed. It’s good you and Kim behaved yourselves.
    I bet you are pretty wiped out, May being such a busy month for you.
    Have a lovely weekend.

    • Hi Katherine, it was all I could do not to stomp my feet and raise a ruckus!!! You do spot a hollyhock … only one remaining from last year bloomed. But it’s a beauty! It’s over 100 where you are? Yikes! We’re bracing ourselves for the heat of summer … hopefully a ways off. Hope you have a relaxing weekend planned … you need it with those soaring temperatures. xoxo

  • Hi Juliet –Love your dress for the baby shower! Your outfits are always on point! And that picture of you and your hubs is adorable! Love the refreshing sound of the drink recipe, but I don’t know if I have ever seen cucumber mint lemonade for sale. You always make everything look effortless. Thanks for sharing the kitchens! Tours like that are always fun!

  • Gah Juliet that Hunter Bell dress is lovely on you ! Please tell me what size you got ? Im n the hunt for it as I type ! Thank you

    • Jo, my Hunter Bell dress is an XS … it’s pretty long on me. I’m 5’4″ tall (no not tall)! xo

  • I love your dress !! I had to hold myself back from ordering one, because I have been a little too crazy ordering things off the Internet lately!! The Home shoe turtle are beautiful. I, too, would’ve loved that old fashioned Dutch colonial. My home in Danville was a Dutch colonial so I always have a soft spot for them. I screenshot the recipe for the limeade cucumber drink sounds so refreshing.!! You both look cute!

  • 5 stars
    Juliet you are the best step-grandma, auntie and fiend always going the extra mile and for these little celebrations. Your family is so lucky. What a pretty shower. Loved the pink dress on you! I think this drink would be a wonderful for summer gatherings . I am saving it…I must order one of these cute woven dispensers! I feel like I haven’t had people over for summer entertaining – well in a long time.. I need to try harder this year.

    Thank you for joining me on the tour..and the packing collaboration! You made me want a trip to Wine country..
    The tour..Always fun with you..I just wish we had more time, but I came away with a lot of inspiration- and thinking I need to move to San Mateo! SO cute there..
    Hope you’re having a little relaxation this weekend. What a month right?

  • You always look so pretty. Love your style. You and Kim are two of my favorite bloggers. Nice seeing you both together!

  • Ah yes, some of the most disappointing words in the English language…”no photography allowed!” Oh well! Love your dress and the pretty shower pics! Enjoy your week!

  • 5 stars
    Juliet! Love your pink dress and Jim’s pink shorts too! You guys are so fun! I had a serious case of FOMO seeing you and kim at the kitchen tour! Looks like fun! And that beverage cooler like the Serena & Lily Cayman glassware! Love!

  • Juliet

    That shower looks darling, can’t wait to hear more about it! Kitchen fun!! I think that no photography thing is kind of ridiculous…do they want people to come on the tour? Oh well!

  • Hi, I’m Juliet … welcome to Make Mine a Spritzer where we talk about all things home décor, classic style and more! I’m so happy you’re here!

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