A Bountiful Veggie Tray for Entertaining

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Looking for veggie tray ideas for your next BBQ or dinner party? I love laying out a variety of fresh veggies and dip for guests to enjoy. Especially at a summer BBQ where the menu is typically heavy on grilled meats. A fresh veggie tray is a great way to offer guests a great appetizer to snack on without being to heavy.

Need veggie tray ideas? Make a bountiful farm fresh veggie platter for your next BBQ or backyard party.

When possible, I always head to our local farmers market to pick up some fresh vegetables. I love to mix up what I serve based on what’s in season. And I always look for something unexpected to add into the tray–in this case they were some delicious black figs I discovered.
Need veggie tray ideas? Make a bountiful farm fresh veggie platter for your next BBQ or backyard party.

There are several ways you can go when thinking of veggie tray ideas, but my favorite is creating a long board like this that can go in the center of the table. I find when you put the appetizers off to the side or out of the proximity of where your guests are sitting, they often go untouched. Using a long board almost makes it feel like a colorful (and edible) centerpiece. (more…)

3 Frozen Drinks to Make This Summer

It’s summer! This means there will certainly be several occasion to whip up a batch of frozen alcoholic drinks. I wanted to share a few of my go-to frozen cocktail recipes with you in case you don’t want to dig in the cocktail archives. I’m totally planning on enjoying each of these very soon. Did I tell you all I am taking a 30 day sabbatical from work? I cannot wait for lazy summer days and enjoying these recipes poolside! If you have any good summer book recommendations please drop them in the comments, I have reading on my “must-do” list for sure. I mean, a frozen cocktail and a good book just go together so well, don’t you think?

(Bonus: Each of these are really simple to make and don’t require too many ingredients)

Here are three of my favorites:

3 easy frozen alcoholic drinks to make this summer. Grab the recipes and pick up just a few ingredients. Frozen cocktails for the win!

1. Pineapple + Peach Vodka Slush
Don’t let the layered look fool you, this is easy to make. I love how tropical it tastes without being overly sweet! Grab the recipe.

3 easy frozen alcoholic drinks to make this summer. Grab the recipes and pick up just a few ingredients. Frozen cocktails for the win!

2. Watermelon + Strawberry Lemonade Cooler
Lemonade has “summertime” written all over it. This adult upgrade is always a crowd pleaser. Serve it when you’re entertaining for extra hostess points! Grab the recipe.

3. Lime Coconut Margarita
I know coconut water is all the rage–but I prefer mine in margarita form. ;). This is light, and refreshing and just tropical enough to make you feel like it’s vacation time. Grab the recipe. 

 What do you think? Will you be trying one of these frozen alcoholic drinks this summer? Let me know which one looks best! 

And if you make one, be sure to share a photo with me on Instagram and tag #TScocktails!

Simple Rosé Spritzers for Summer

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Tis’ the season for light, summer refreshments. After a hectic week, I’m always looking forward to a little chill out time on my patio or inviting a few friends over for a laid back dinner. Of course, a summer cocktail always plays a role in my plan. I’m currently obsessed over these simple rosé spritzers. They are so simple to make that it almost feels like cheating. I made these last weekend and I’m officially declaring that they are my new favorite drink to make at home.

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

You guys know I don’t like to create complicated recipes and this one is as simple as it gets. When I say simple, I mean two ingredients–rosé and 7UP®. (Told you so.) Summer cocktails should never be fussy to make in my opinion. The whole idea is to relax and unwind and this rosé spritzer fits the bill. It’s perfect for a chill summer evening or to serve when entertaining guests.

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

Before you make your drink, you’ll want to fill a glass halfway with ice and then add some fresh citrus for a garnish. I like to use a slice of lime and a wedge of pink grapefruit. If it’s really hot out, pop the cut citrus into the freezer for about 10 minutes. This helps keep your cocktail nice and chilled!

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

Next, you’ll want to pour your drink. I fill half the glass with my favorite rosé and then fill the rest of the glass with Diet 7UP (you can use any 7UP of your choice). The 7UP has a great crisp and clean taste which makes it pair perfectly with the rosé.

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

Party skewers are fun to use for garnishes, but totally optional! Remember, keeping it simple in the summer is key.

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

This cocktail is easy create, which means it’s also easy to serve. If you’re just serving one or two people, just pour them in each glass. But, if you’re serving a crowd you can mix up the cocktail in a punch bowl or pitcher and let guests serve themselves. Isn’t that great? If you do mix up a big batch, toss in a few frozen lime slices and grapefruit wedges to keep it cold (don’t use ice as that will melt and dilute your cocktail). Then, have additional slices on the side so guess can add their garnish to their glass.

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

I’m telling you, this cocktail sure feels like summer.

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

These rosé spritzers are simple to make and are the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail. You'll only need two ingredients!

Next time you’re at Target, do what I do–grab a bottle of your favorite rosé and some cans of 7UP to keep on hand. Then, you’ll be all set for any impromptu summer chilling that may occur. Be sure to share your summer sips using #mixitupalittle so I can check it out!

Checkout even more inspiration and simple summer recipes using 7UP, here! And on your next Target run, be sure to use theseCartwheel offers (links below) when picking up your 7UP.

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This post has been sponsored by 7UP. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Print out this free “Sip Sip Rosé” sign. Cheers! 

Print this Sip Sip Rosé sign to go with your rosé spritzer

Want to see more summer cocktails? Here are 3 of my go-to frozen alcoholic drinks.

Grapefruit Cocktail “Love Punch”

I get really excited about delicious drinks that only have a few ingredients and this grapefruit cocktail takes home the prize. I recently featured this cocktail as one of the engagement party ideas I shared but it totally deserves to shine on it’s own here. Plus, so many of you emailed me asking for the recipe, which I want you to have! I called it “Love Punch” because that went so well with the party theme but you can call it whatever you want!

This grapefruit cocktail only has 3 ingredients and is simple to make. Great to make as a punch for guests to serve themselves.

I never would have called myself a grapefruit fan really. I mean I think they are gorgeous and obviously a photogenic citrus, but I didn’t go wild for the taste. But this punch … YUM. I guess everything tastes better with vodka? ;)

This grapefruit cocktail only has 3 ingredients and is simple to make. Great to make as a punch for guests to serve themselves.

I recently was gifted this gorgeous punch bowl from my Mother-In-Law and this was the perfect punch recipe to break it in (PS, isn’t the ladle just so pretty?).

This grapefruit cocktail only has 3 ingredients and is simple to make. Great to make as a punch for guests to serve themselves.

I think a grapefruit cocktail is the perfect choice for any warm-weather gathering. Even if it’s just sitting on the porch with your loved one. (more…)

Simple Engagement Party Ideas (That Look Fancy) With Cricut

My entertaining style is all about creating a beautiful and thoughtful event but all while keeping things as simple as possible. When I was in middle school, I was addicted to two day time TV shows (I used to record them on VHS every day to watch them when I got home. Sad? Maybe. But totally true). They were Martha Stewart and Semi Homemade with Sandra Lee. Martha was all about details and making things perfect and pretty, while Sandra was all about starting with store bought and elevating it a little to make it impressive and “your own.” My style is definitely a combo of these! So, if you’re looking for pretty (but simple) engagement party ideas, this post is for you! The four parts to the perfect engagement party are: Desserts, appetizers, a themed cocktail, and a couple of thoughtful details. Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. Desserts When it comes to creating beautiful desserts for any party, my secret is to start with store bought. Yep, head to the grocery store or local bakery. You can then dress up these pre-packaged good and re-plate them and no one will know the difference. Plus, you’ll save yourself time and stress if baking isn’t your thing. I picked up this chocolate cake and these eclairs from my local grocery store. Then, I simply put them on a serving platter and added some fresh flowers (also from the grocery store). These blooms are not edible so you would just remove them before eating. If you’e worried about it, you can always pick up some edible flowers. Need help with your party? These engagement party ideas are simple that anyone can do them but impressive enough that your party will be super impressive! I made this “congrats” cake topper using my new Cricut Explorer Air Machine which totally dressed up the cake. It only took a few minutes to make this vinyl decal that I added to a piece of crafting wood I had. I loved how it turned out! Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. Don’t the desserts look pretty? And there was no baking required! Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. Appetizers Another engagement party idea I love is to serve one appetizer that guests can eat while holding a cocktail. If you want to serve two to offer variety, go for it. But don’t do more than that. This simple appetizer took me a few minutes to put together but looked gorgeous on a plate. Just skewer: watermelon, basil, feta cheese, and a blackberry. Such a unique flavor combo! IMG_5394 Themed Cocktail Every great party needs a themed cocktail. I created this “love punch” which would be so fun at an engagement party. The grapefruit gave it the perfect peachy-pink color which was so pretty. I think I’m in love with this grapefruit cocktail actually. (Grab the recipe, here.)Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. Isn’t just so perfect? And it tasted delicious! Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. Thoughtful Details Like the cake topper above, I used my Cricut machine to make a couple more thoughtful details for the party. I made these vinyl heart decals for my punch glasses, and also a decal that said “love punch” that I added to a acrylic sign holderPretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. which I placed next to the punch bowl. Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. The glasses might be my favorite element! You can let guests take them home as a party favor. Or, if you want to keep them, remove the decal before washing. They come off very easily and leave no residue on your glass. Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. I also love how the white heart pops from the color of the punch when the glasses are filled. Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them. If you’re looking for engagement party ideas that look great but won’t cost a fortune (or require you to turn into Martha Stewart), these ideas are perfect. Start with store bought, dress things up, and add a few details, and you’re ready to entertain! Be sure to check back next week, I’ll show you how to create these thoughtful details. I’ll show you the step-by-step one how I used my Cricut to make the vinyl decals. You can also browse the Cricut Design Space–there are so many great projects to make! 

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Pretty engagement party ideas that are so simple that anyone can do them.

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