June 29th, 2015 | Comments

SUMMER PARTIES with PAMA LIQUEUR | ENTER TO WIN

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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. […]

June 19th, 2015 | Comments (1)

MONOGRAMMED WATERMELON | SUMMER HOSTESS GIFT

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Lifestyle + Entertaining Expert, Kelly Lyden, shares her simple steps for creating summer’s perfect hostess gift: a monogrammed watermelon! […]

June 15th, 2015 | Comments

NATIONAL LOBSTER DAY | LOBSTER ROLL RECIPE

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Lifestyle + Entertaining Expert, Kelly Lyden, shares her recipe for a classic lobster roll, inspired by the WH Hostess Preppy Lobster and Red Gingham Check Party Invitation. […]

July 19th, 2012 |

BBQ with Southern Charm

With BBQ’s being our go-to summer entertainment, it’s fun to spice things up and change your “theme” now and again. Hosting a large group for a special occassion? Put a Southern spin on your event with classic, charming details. Seersucker stripes, a colorful traditional paisley, and some delicious food.

One of my favorite elements to this party […]

July 16th, 2012 |

{Recipe} S’Mores Bars

Did you enjoy all of my ideas for updating everyone’s favorite summer treat, s’mores, this morning?!  If you missed it, catch it here.  As promised, I’m back to share my recipe for chocolate chip s’mores bars…..enjoy!

Ingredients

2 cylinders of pre-made, refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough

4 graham crackers

2 full size Hershey bars, broken into segments

1 cup Marshmallow creme […]

July 16th, 2012 |

Summer S’Mores

S’mores are a beloved treat in my household….especially during the summer!  I came up with a few new ways to incorporate everyone’s favorite summer treat for the summer issue of The Party Dress Magazine, including party-ready ideas for setting up an outdoor S’mores Bar.

S’Mores Bar Tips:

Use marshmallows as part of your decor!  Fill bowls, […]

July 10th, 2012 |

Blueberry Fizz Cocktail

The dog days of summer deserve a fabulous {and refreshing} signature drink.  This blueberry fizz recipe from bhg.com will fit the bill perfectly.  Lovely for a lazy Sunday, but pretty enough to serve at your next party.

Ingredients

2 liter bottle ginger ale, chilled
1 cup blueberries
1 lemon, thinly sliced and seeded
1 lime, thinly sliced and seeded
2 tablespoons crystallized ginger

Directions

Divide one bottle of the ginger ale between two […]

July 6th, 2012 |

Celebrating Tomato Season

One of my FAVORITE parts of summer is the abundance of tomatoes, so it was a no brainer that we had to include a feature in the summer magazine.  We turned to entertaining expert, Jenny Steffins-Hobick, to create inspiration for a “celebrating tomato season” dinner party.  Read on for more details, as told by Jenny….

In the […]

June 22nd, 2012 |

Summer Kabobs

I think kabobs (or skewers as some like to call them) are one of the most creative and versatile options when entertaining during the summer months.  You can create new combinations virtually every time, and over the years, I have come up with a few favorites:

Shrimp, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

Skewer together half moon slices of zucchini, full cherry tomatoes and […]

June 20th, 2012 |

Citrus-Infused Water

One of my favorite elements from my summer picnic spread in The Party Dress Magazine was the citrus-infused water.  Always a fan, and inspired by Kelly’s favorite combo {see her post here}, I set out to package up individual waters for my picnic.  Using old, glass bottles that I saved from iced coffee, I filled them with different […]

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