Category Archives: Summer Color

Summer Color Scheme

sweet summer color scheme

Are you planning a summer celebration this year?  If so, here is a bit of color inspiration that I think would make a very chic and memorable event.  This is also a great color scheme for a sunroom or porch…and it’s even a great choice for a baby’s room…for those ladies who are expecting a bundle of joy in the next couple of months!

Design and photo by Kelly Porter

Fourth of July Picnic Idea

By popular demand, our ‘Interstate July 4′ cupcake toppers are available again this year!

These are free printables that you can use to create a fun Fourth of July dessert table like this one:

Our ‘Sweet Street’ dessert table is featured over at for the second year in a row {and some Color Sizzle readers have used this idea for their kids’ birthday parties}!  You can download the printables right HERE!  Enjoy!

Party Idea: Sweet and Citrus

I haven’t posted a party idea in a while…

…so today I’m featuring this gorgeous ice cream soda station created by  This is such a fun ‘warm weather’ idea for outdoor celebrations.  I love the citrus colors, pops of hot pink, and the casual feel of the design.

{Aren’t these straws adorable?}

I was also amused by the colorful paper chain:

I don’t think I’ve made paper chains since I was in elementary school!  But I love the simplicity of them.  Making a paper chain is a little labor intensive, but it’s a cheap and wonderful way to bring color, texture and a little retro vibe to your party.  In this featured design, similar (analogous) colors were used to create a warm color scheme:

And, of course the best party set-ups are all about the details…such as coordinating napkins and colorful candy.

For more juicy details about this party idea, visit

Fourth of July Dessert Table

Be sure to check out our free Fourth of July Party Printables!

I also want to share my Dessert Table.  I think you and your guests {especially the little ones} will love this.

Welcome to Sweet Street {aka Interstate July 4} — a street lined with red, white and blue cupcakes topped with road signs and pinwheels.  My “street” is actually a black tablecloth…and those lines in the road — electrical tape {more on that later}.

On this street, the main attraction is the construction truck that delivers gumballs to the nearby town…

..but occasionally the truck spills it’s contents on the road — to the delight of nearby pedestrians — but this incident always causes a traffic jam.  Once the road is clear, cars get moving again…

…and on the 4th of July, you’ll see some cars decorated with red, white and blue stripes {more electrical tape} to mark the occasion.

…And once again traffic comes to a halt when more roadblocks appear, such as buckets of kettle corn:

Fortunately, sometimes things will appear in the center of the road which allows the cars to keep moving {at a slower speed, of course}.

All in all, it’s been a good day on Sweet Street/Interstate July 4….and I had a blast sharing this idea with you!

To create your own street-inspired Dessert Table for the 4th, here is my shopping list to get you started {Have Fun!}:

Interstate Sign Printables:  Download HERE

Construction Truck & Model Cars:  Toys-R-Us

Gumballs:  Bulk Candy

Tablecloth and Pinwheels:  Wal-Mart

Electrical Tape:  The Home Depot

Cupcakes, Popcorn, Bottled Soda & Carnations:  Your Local Grocery Store

Plastic Popcorn Containers:  The set I have is no longer available, but here is a similar product at

Recipe for Kettle Corn: (note: I like to add cinnamon to mine)

Dessert Table design and photography by Kelly Porter of Porter House Designs

Bathroom With A View

I snapped this photo of my bathroom window to show how outdoor landscaping decisions can affect indoor spaces.

It took a few years, but our Crape Myrtles have grown tall enough to provide us with privacy and an amazing view of big, beautiful  blossoms all summer long.

The sight of seasonal color can do wonders.  Those mornings when I have to drag myself out of bed and into the shower, its really nice to glance out the window and see pretty pink flowers waving in the wind.  It pays to plant with a purpose!

COMING SOON:  An exciting, colorful Giveaway that’s Hotter than July!  Stay tuned!!