June 29th, 2015 |
This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries, Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2015
Happy Monday, Friends! I’m so excited to share some great news with you today. I am partnering with PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur to share some great ideas for summer entertaining. There are so many opportunities to throw a stellar event during the summer, and I love supplying you with as much inspiration as possible. This weekend, I am hosting a Patio Party/BBQ and have created a Pinterest Board for you to follow along as I start planning.
PAMA Liqueur captures the complex, sweet yet tart taste and seductive ruby color of all-
natural pomegranates. PAMA is made with all-natural pomegranate juice, premium vodka and a touch of imported tequila. PAMA is known for its ruby red color and its delicious flavor, making it the perfect compliment to summer parties!
Here’s the fun part: PAMA wants you to get in on the entertaining fun too! They are hosting a contest on their website (click here), where you can create a summer entertaining pinterest board, and the winners will receive the chance to make their summer party come to life, with some help from PAMA. There will be one grand prize winner and four runners up. The prizes include:
- Grand Prize Winner: $500 gift card and PAMA party kit to throw a summer party
- Runners Up: $250 gift card and PAMA party kit to throw a summer party
So set up your Pinterest board, and head over to PAMA’s website to enter! Fun, right?!
Stay tuned for details from my PAMA Patio Party soon on the blog!
PAMA Celebrate Summer Contest. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Starts on 6/22/15 at 12:00:00 p.m. ET and ends on 7/20/15 at 11:59:59 a.m. ET. Open to legal residents of 50 UnitedStates and D.C., who are at least 21 years of age and older. Void where prohibited. For complete Official Rules, visit PAMALiqueur.com/CelebrateSummer. Sponsor:Heaven Hill Brands, 1064 Loretto Rd., Bardstown, KY40004.
June 27th, 2015 |
Ladies, I have something FUN to share with you today! I love adding a nod to true Americana style to just about every summer event. Red, white and blue just screams SUMMER to me, and with the 4th of July quickly approaching – it adds a touch of patriotic prep to my celebrations. A good mimosa is my drink of choice, and I wanted to find a way to incorporate these loves into my weekend brunch. So, instead of serving up a classic mimosa, this weekend, I’m serving up a strawberry bellini, complete with star-shaped ice cubes.
I pureed strawberries in my food processor, and froze them into star ice cube molds. Add them to a glass of champagne or prosecco, along with a few blueberries and you have yourself a delicious and patriotic cocktail!
June 26th, 2015 |
Set a preppy patriotic tablesetting for your 4th of July celebrations by combining a few key patterns: navy stripes, red polka dots and a classic American flag (I found these at Party City)!
June 25th, 2015 |
Sometimes you just need one little accessory to make your holiday style “pop!” These American flag drink umbrellas from Party City are PERFECT for this. Add them to cocktails, to kids fruit punch – everyone loves a little patriotic cheer! And if you are looking for a simple tip to keep your umbrellas sitting pretty, add a blueberry onto the stick so it provides a shelf for your glass!
June 24th, 2015 |
I absolutely LOVE entertaining in July. The weather is finally good here in Chicago, and with 4th of July quickly approaching, I can pull out all of my red, white and blue and entertain in pure Americana style. For a dinner party this weekend, I’m setting the table with a classic red gingham tablecloth, my chinoiserie blue and white plates, cobalt wine glasses, and linen napkins from MADISON with a modern blue striped monogram.
June 19th, 2015 |
Remember that iconic phrase from the classic movie, Dirty Dancing, “I carried a watermelon”?! Make this your go-to motto for summer hostess gifts, buy gifting my oh, so simple monogrammed watermelon to your host! Everyone loves a watermelon; it’s inexpensive, delicious and can typically serve a small army. So it’s the perfect thing to bring when someone invites you over for a summer BBQ or pool party.
To jazz it up, I used a small pumpkin-carving knife to carve out the initial of our hosts’ last name. It’s cute, personalized – and literally took me under 2 minutes to do! Simply draw out the letter(s) you want to carve out, use a small carving knife to edge out the letter, and rock the pieces back and forth until they come loose.
Everyone loves something personalized. Trust me, you are going to wow your friends with this one!
June 15th, 2015 |
Did you know today is National Lobster Day? It’s a fun excuse to share one of our new *favorite* preppy lobster and gingham party invitations and my favorite lobster roll recipe – perfect for summer entertaining!
This past memorial day, we served up lobster rolls picnic-style, packing them in white take out boxes, sealed with our lobster gift sticker. It was so simple to serve, and transport outside. We used red gingham paper liners from Party City on baskets to add a pop of color, and a nod to the gingham check invitation back.
Kelly’s Lobster Rolls
Salt & Pepper
3 live lobsters
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2–3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Mini hot dog buns
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
To cook the lobsters, pour water into a large pot to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil and salt generously. Add the lobsters, cover, and cook until bright red, about 10 minutes. Transfer lobsters to a rimmed baking sheet and let cool.
Crack lobster shells, pick meat from the tail and claws, and cut into small pieces. Mix lobster, celery, lemon juice, chives, and mayonnaise in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spread the flat sides of buns with butter. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes per side; fill with lobster mixture.
June 12th, 2015 |
I’ve always had a sweet spot for gingham check. Shrink it down, tiny and sweet, or blow it up as an exploded buffalo check. It’s classic, yet definitely a trend this summer – and that’s my happy spot (where classics and trends intersect!). For a kick-off to summer dinner party tonight, I styled a table that combines some of my favorite things: peonies, monograms and gingham check. The gorgeous monogrammed napkins are from Madison in Dallas, and the china is all from Kate Spade.
April 28th, 2015 |
Cinco de Mayo is a colorful, festive celebration that typically is more geared towards adults. I have a couple fun ideas for you, from my book Stylish Kids’ Parties, on how to throw your littles a colorful fiesta. These ideas would also work smashingly well for a Fiesta birthday party!
Whether you are hosting a Cinco de Mayo party or a Fiesta birthday party, send your guests a colorful invitation to set the tone for the event! We have two new designs in the shop that would be perfect: the fiesta and the confetti invitations. (see images at the bottom of the post) If you want to get crafty, you can add a glassine envelope of colorful confetti to it!
Dress up your basic party platters or cake stands with colorful pom pom trim from your local craft store. One of my favorite ways to serve up lemonade is in mini mason jars with flower lids and striped straws. Looking to add a playful punch to your party? Fill up a bowl with sprinkles and place your mason jar drinks in them for easy grab-n-go.
Decorate your tablesetting with a fringe centerpiece. Using a wood number (age) or letter (initial), wrap it with a paper fringe garland and stick it into a pot of wheat grass. The full DIY instructions are in my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties, along with a couple free printables.
Send your little guests home with paper cone party favors full of candy. I used pink and orange striped lollipops from Candywarehouse.com. Throw in a couple of tacos and chocolate-covered churros, and you’ve got yourself a fabulous family-friendly Cinco de Mayo party! Here are the two new invitations in the shop that would be PERFECT for a Fiesta party: