Strawberry season is here and the "pick your own berries" signs are cropping up everywhere along the roads near my house. If you've never been berry picking before, I strongly encourage you to go. It's a rare treat to play "farmer" for many of us and getting to taste the delicious fruits of your labors while you work, that makes it doubly sweet!
I always think of Memorial Day as the official start of the summer entertaining season. And with the start of anything, a little preparation goes a long way in making your parties smooth and low-stress! So, here are a few party tips and ideas to get you ready for a big blow-out or an impromptu cook-out. Enjoy!
Tip 1::Stock up on frozen drink mixes. From frozen lemonade to strawberry margarita mix these little frozen cans are lifesavers! Whether or not you plan to add alcohol to the mix is totally your call but nothing says summer like a frozen drink and the canned frozen mixes make it so easy! You can even make some really fun custom mixes by adding a few fresh fruits or blending two together. And best of all, because they are frozen you can stock up and always have them on hand.
Tip 2:: One great benefit of Summer parties are that they tend to be more relaxed and casual. So here's an eco & budget friendly tip: Visit your local Goodwill store and score some great deals on party supplies. While paper plates are handy, they are a big no-no environmentally speaking. Did you know that your local Goodwill or Salvation Army store is loaded with countless plates, cups and more reusable items for pennies a piece? Check it out!
Tip 3::Keep it simple! Rely on what's in season to make your meals easy and delicious. One of my favorite summer menus is:
Grilled Chicken with Peach Salsa
Couscous with Feta, Cucumbers and Red Onions
Mixed Greens with Fresh Fruit (I love to add Blueberries!)
Grilled Corn on the Cob
For dessert you can't go wrong with make your own ice cream sundaes!
This meal is easily pulled together in under an hour and having an action station for dessert is a great way to get everyone involved!
I have just returned from a whirlwind three days in New York City and am so excited to share my trip with you all!! Today I want to tell you about my visit to the 2009 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. Words will be difficult to find to explain how amazing and inspiring this house was, so I’m going to let these photos tell you! Read more...
OK, this is way too good to not let you all know about! Weddings Unveiled magazine has partnered with Vera Wang to give one super-lucky blogger a gorgeous dress from the the Vera Wang Maid to Order dress collection. Seriously! Free Vera Wang!! How fabulous is that? Click here to check out her line of chic bridesmaid dresses. I'm sure you'll love them as much as I do. They are so not just for weddings! Read more...