I recently hosted a patriotic patio party, and with July 4th right around the corner, I hope to inspire you to get all red-white-and-blue too! From my party prep to my signature cocktail… I am sharing all my real party details with you!
After I had planned my menu and gathered all my decor, it was time to get to work! I enlisted my wonderful husband to help me clean and get the party area (backyard) in order and to get the grill going. I had the pleasure of testing out a new line of gloves that Playtex just introduced that help make entertaining much more simpler (and obviously I am a huge fan of that)! Their new line of disposable gloves help with everything from grilling burgers and chopping hot peppers to cleaning up dirty dishes– and boy did we put them to the test! We found many uses for the CleanCuisines gloves.
And I even whipped out the Playtex GreatLenths gloves to clean up the party mess (I do admit I did not clean up much until the next morning- my little hostess secret).
This Patriotic Patio Party was so enjoyable not only to plan and prepare but also to attend. Keeping things thoughtful yet simple really is my motto. From the preparations that were made easy with the addition of Playtex’s new gloves, to the budget friendly DIY decor, and even by keeping the menu delicious but not fussy- I wouldn’t have planned anything differently.
SURPRISE GIVEAWAY! – CLOSED Thanks for participating!
Not only did Playtex sponsor this fabulous patio party, they are giving YOU the chance to host your own Patio Party! One Thoughtfully Simple reader will not only WIN the new Playtex Gloves for entertaining, but also a $50 Gift Certificate to the grocery store of your choice! Now you can throw your own party, the thoughtfully simple way!
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If you’re like me, you enjoy a cool and refreshing drink on those hot summer days. I recently hosted a summer patio party and served these fresh watermelon coolers. The result? Rave reviews! Not too sweet, very refreshing, and festive- they were a huge hit!
What You’ll Need
1/2 Watermelon (seedless)
16 ounces lemonade
12 ounces tequila (vodka or rum can be substituted)
What To Do
-Cut watermelon into small chunks. Place in food processor or blender to make watermelon juice. Strain through a mesh strainer to remove pulp
-Mix watermelon juice, lemonade, and alcohol of choice on a pitcher
-Serve over ice
Garnish with blueberries if desired
As I have mentioned once or twice here at Thoughtfully Simple, we love Tiny Prints invitations. Tiny Prints allows you to set the tone of your party, special day, or corporate event by offering high quality, gorgeous, and creative invitations. Do you have an event coming up? Tiny Prints is hosting a Facebook page Open House and to help celebrate, they are giving away $50 gift certificates!
Contest Closed: Congrats to Carol!
Would you like to be one of the lucky winners? Here is how to win:
1. Become a “Fan” of a Tiny Print’s Facebook page by clicking here.
I adore this party theme! What a perfect fit for all ages, toddler to grown woman- I think it is fitting for all. Check out this Little Bohemian Theme from the fabulous Social Couture.
The colors and textures are amazing and the grass and butterfly centerpiece is my favorite part of this theme! You can host a laid back Bohemian Party yourself because the brilliant minds over at Social Couture have everything you need to pull it off!
It’s that time! Another #FBTbash Twitter Party has been planned, so get ready to party! Each month, we will be bringing you new topics, a fabulous guest, and some pretty impressive prizes. This is an open party- so bring all your Twitter Friends and let’s celebrate together!
1/2 cup fresh orange juice, plus 1 teaspoon zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, plus 1 teaspoon zest
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 jicama, cut into matchstick pieces
4 cups watermelon in 2-inch chunks
1/3 cup roughly torn fresh mint leaves
What to do:
Whisk together juices, honey, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Add the jicama, watermelon and mint and toss to coat.