Wedding Guest Look, The Drink of Summer, Best Book Ever + More … It’s Weekend Meanderings

Happy weekend, friends!

It’s officially summer, and we’ve got a heatwave to prove it.

It’s Saturday and time to rendezvous-vous with Elizabeth and Kim.

It’s Weekend Meanderings.

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Blue and White Tray and Spritzers

Monica Vargas Photography

The Bay Area is in a celebratory mood.

Our Golden State Warriors won the Championship (again).

Sorry, not sorry.

In other sports news, the Stanley Cup playoffs are STILL going.

It’s bizarre to see hockey played in Florida at any time.

But in late June?!

This may surprise you but I’m a huge hockey fan.

Last weekend I recommended The New Design Rules by Emily Henderson.

I read through it again this week.

It’s an incredible resource for anyone working on decorating or renovating their home.

Books in Family Room

Ok, enough of that, let’s get to it!



Snowberry is ready for summer entertaining. And hosting a cocktail hour is my favorite way to have people over. Not being an effortless entertainer, cocktail hour feels easy, relaxed, and manageable. Mix a signature drink, pour some wine, make simple finger foods, put on a great playlist add a few friends around the fire table and it’s a good time. When it comes to drinks, I’m one of those people who follows guests around discretely placing cocktail napkins under glasses. And I like real napkins. The paper ones are fun, and I love a good saying as much as the next person, but if it’s a small group, or just me and Jim, I get out the cloth napkins. My blue and white set from Serena & Lily is dwindling and they don’t make them anymore. So, I’m in search of new options. I started looking and fell down a rabbit hole. Now I can’t decide what napkins to buy. Here are two of my favorites … these cute lemon napkins and these blue and white ginger jars. Look at these hydrangeas. It’s hard to resist a pretty monogram. Or a dog motif. And these are fun for 4th of July. See what I mean, so many great choices.

In the paper variety, Serena & Lily has a couple of very pretty options.

Coasters can work too, but they need to be made of something absorbent like these woven coasters from Serena & Lily. There’s nothing worse than picking up your glass and finding your coaster still attached. Ok, there are worse things, but you know what I mean.



Want to see another wedding guest dress option? Oh good …

It’s been three weeks since niece Sophie’s (and Chad’s) wedding. Their wedding photos are back and they’re so good. I can’t wait to share them with you along with all the wedding details, and Sophie’s tips and tricks for planning a small and intimate family wedding. Stay tuned.

Wedding set up at winery

Taylor Brooke Photography

Next up, niece Megan and her fiancé Greg. Their big day is about two months away. And I have my outfit planned. The dress code is a semi-formal. And the wedding will be outdoors in a vineyard. It will probably be blazing hot very warm. This is what I’ve got planned.

Wedding Guest Dress Collage

Dress / Sandals / Bag / Earrings / Bracelet / Ring / Nail Polish 1 /  Nail Polish 2

The dress is lightweight and shear. And I think I’ll be fine in the heat.

You guys, Megan’s wedding is our last wedding of the year. I’m going to be so sad when it’s over. I love love love weddings and every day I walk to the mailbox in high hopes of finding a new invitation. Need additional guests at your wedding? Look no further. Have dresses, will travel.



Have you been to see Downton Abbey: A New Era yet? Shockingly, I have not. Maybe this weekend. And that brings me to summer reading. There are so many summer reading lists out there. But allow me to suggest something different. Julian Fellows (Downton Abbey creator) debut novel, Snobs. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. I don’t mean best like in the War and Peace sense, but in the most enjoyable lightweight-guilty-pleasure-fiction category. I’ve been raving about this book to anyone who will listen since it came out in 2004. It drives me insane that so few have heard of it, read it, or show much interest. What really shocks, and offends my delicate sensibilities, is that it has NOT been made into a movie or limited TV series. Hello Netflix? It has everything one wants in a summer read. Rich people in the form of the British aristocracy, an old manor house setting, a courtship between a Marquess’ son and a middle-class girl, a marriage, a shocking affair and, of course, a happy ending.

Snobs Cover


If you haven’t read Snobs, PLEASE do. And then let’s discuss! It should be a movie, right? Here’s my fantasy casting … Siena Miller as Edith Lavery, a young Dan Ackroyd as Charles, Earl Broughton, Holland Taylor as the Marchioness of Uckfield, and a young Simon MacCorkindale as Simon Russel.



Did you know Ina Garten has a new streaming series? It’s called Be My Guest with Ina Garten and there are four episodes so far. (We need more.) She’s hosting a podcast too, of the same name, and there are currently five episodes available. Yay!

In each show Ina invites a guest to her fabulous kitchen and entertaining ‘barn’ in East Hampton to cook, chit chat and make cocktails. From Margaritas to Bourbon Sidecars, Julianna Margulies to Chef Erin French it’s as delightful as it gets. The four episodes can be found OnDemand and streaming (is that the same thing?). It’s so good and worth watching again and again.

Ina has a new cookbook coming out in October. You can pre-order it here.

Go-To Dinners Cover


I have every single Barefoot Contessa cookbook. My favorite Ina recipes are her Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken, Green Beans Gremolata (a Thanksgiving staple) and Chocolate Ganache Cake. What are yours?



Described as ‘a syrupy-sweet nostalgia trip for adults’, a Dirty Shirley is a TikTok sensation and THE drink of summer. I loved Shirley Temples as a kid and felt very sophisticated ordering one when joining the adults for cocktail hour. My nieces loved Shirley Temples too, while Kyle enjoyed a Roy Rogers (check out the Twisted Roy Rogers on TikTok). Last night was cocktail night at Snowberry and I made Dirty Shirley’s. You can find the recipe here. I didn’t hate it. But I didn’t love it either. As the description says, it’s syrupy sweet. If you’re not into super sweet drinks try going light on the Grenadine and substituting Luxardo Maraschino Cherries for the traditional grocery store variety. It might help.

Dirty Shirley Drink Ingredients

Watch my Cocktail Night at Snowberry Dirty Shirley video here.

Have you tried the Dirty Shirley? What do you think?

And on that note, let’s get on with the weekend.

But first, let’s see what Kim and Elizabeth have for us today!



In other news ~

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

Woman on porch with drink

Cheers from Snowberry!


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  • HI Juliet, Such a fun post and I love the wedding guest stuff. I am so ready now I just need an invite! Love the cloth napkins. I have a set and they are ready to retire. All of your picks are beautiful. So much better for the environment also. I think they make a great hostess gifts.
    How did I never hear about Snobs? I will get it today! Let’s do a book chat after. I did see Downton movie. I think it was just okay, but that said I’d go again. I can never get enough of the cast and the sets! Love Ina and I had no idea about this show- or streaming vs on demand..? My favorite Ina recipe is her Mediterranean Orzo. I’m looking forward to finding this and her new book!
    I will check out the links and the house saga especially….Going to try and find 7-up and make the Dirty Shirley for my crew.

  • Thanks!! I need a good book to take on a mini vacation! I just finished a fun one titled: “Lessons in Chemistry”. The author is a friend’s sister.

    • I just finished “Lessons in Chemistry” and really enjoyed it. Our book club meets on Wednesday to discuss it and I’ve already heard that many of the ladies loved it, too. Juliet, I think you will enjoy it!
      I haven’t heard of “Snobs” either but it is going on my list of summer reads.

  • Hi Juliet! I have had Snobs on my list for awhile! I am definitely reading it at some point. I also have 438 other books on my Good Reads list. Hmmm. Not sure how I will make that happen. I add 4-5 books every month, while only reading .5 to 1 book. Do the math.
    Love your wedding outfit. I am wearing something similar to an outside engagement party in July. It will be sweltering.

    • I know, I know … my stack of books piles up and then I reread my favorites. Hard to make a dint I the stack that way. Have a great week! xo

  • Why would someone buy that house simply to demolish it? That red study is to die for!! Cities need to enact some sort of historical preservation restrictions to protect these old beauties. I have read it is also a major issue in Highland Park in Dallas. Sigh… Thank you for the suggestion of Snobs, that sounds like a great summer read!

    • Sandy, I totally agree and it’s maddening. City’s do so little to protect their heritage. Ugh. I think you’ll enjoy Snobs! xo

  • Juliet,
    Love your recs this week! The book and how did I not hear about Ina Garten’s new series?! Also, you have the best wedding looks!

    • Annie … this Ina series is really off the radar, no one seems to know. I thought it was just me. Anyway, it’s good and I’ve watched each episode twice!!! xo

    • Thanks! Starting to be concerned it will be really hot now wedding is outside. The dress is very very shear so I should be fine, but still. Will add a hat.

  • Love that outfit for Megan’s wedding.
    And barefoot has a new show! Love her. I need to see if I can stream on Hulu.

  • My whole comment just got deleted. So let’s do this again. Will have to check out Snobs. Love love love that dress for next niece wedding. And fave Ina recipe
    is her lemon Parmesan chicken topped with arugula salad and her addicting Rosemary cashews. And her new show is so fun.

    Heatwave is making me drowsy… time for a nap.

    Have a great weekend, J

    • Ohhhh …. I think I’ve made that recipe and it’s a good one. I’m going to look it up again. Ina’s an expert at chicken. Hope you survived the weekend heat. It’s cooled off here … into the 80’s. A nice change. Happy week!

  • Snobs I think you have mentioned that before to me!How on earth do you and Kim do so much in a week!!Another wedding???
    We have one next Saturday in St.Helena!!
    I havenot even thought about the outfit!
    Best get on that I suppose!Today is my 36 anniversary !!How did that happen?
    Another 36 and one of us will be DEAD if not both!!!
    I loved Shirley Temples too!

    • Happy anniversary! Loved your photo on Instagram. A St. Helena wedding could be quite warm … you’ll look smashing and every bit the Contessa. As always! Yes, I’m always telling everyone about Snobs. It’s so good. No one listens!!! xo

  • Juliet,
    It looks like summer is in full swing at your house. I love the idea of a having people for cocktails. I love to entertain, so does my husband but…I am the sort of person that entertains as if the person will be eating their last meal and last dessert. I always go overboard and then but the time the even comes. am worn out.

    I’ve not read snobs but I have it on my stack. I will hav etc pull it out if you think it is that good. I laughed out loud when you wrote that you had cast the movie.

    Ina is amazing. I did not know about the streaming show, another thing for me to look up. As for her recipes, I love the chocolate loaf cake! It is so good, a cross between a brownie and a cake in loaf form, decadent and delicious. I also like her chocolate cake, the outrageous brownies which are outrageous and make enough for a small army of people. Are you seeing a theme. I too own all of her books but I cannot think of one savory recipe off the top of my head that I make, I think I can only remember things if they are sweet.

    Your outfit for the wedding is fabulous! I LOVE the dress!!!! I cannot wait to see al of the photos and fun leading up to it.

    Have a wonderful weekend, stay cool and enjoy all of your spritzers.

  • Hey Juliet, I haven’t seen the movie either – on my to do list. Thanks for recommending the book, I’m always looking for a good book to read (or rather listen to as I never get time to sit and read). Can’t wait to see your bathroom reveal.

    • Kim, it’s very very sweet. Truthfully I’m not a huge fan. But if you like sweet drinks this will be a hit! Let me know! xo

  • We are kindred souls, Juliet! I want to buy every dress that you share here! I have a wedding at the end of August and I love the dress you shared today so much! So excited to hear about the Ina Garten streaming show. Her chocolate ganache cake is my go-to for a decadent treat that tastes like it was much harder to make than it is! And thanks for the book recommendation. Sounds like a winner!

    • Molly, you’re the sweetest! Hard to believe this Ina show has flown beneath the radar. No more … I’ve watched each episode twice and ready to start the podcast. xo

  • I read Snobs when it first came out but for the life of me I can’t remember it. I’ll have to revisit it. I loved Gosford Park which he also wrote. My favorite Ina recipes are her Grilled Asian Salmon (I’m always asked for the recipe) and her salmon caviar dip, so elegant and easy.

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