Watermelon Cooler {Sweet}!

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

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$50 Giveaway from Tiny Prints

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.

2. Visit Tiny Prints and then post a link on their “wall” with your favorite invite.

3. Come back here to this post and leave a comment telling me your favorite reason to celebrate. Do you love birthdays? Thanksgiving? A simple summer BBQ? Share with us!

***You must complete all three steps to be entered to win. One winner will be randomly chosen from Thoughtfully Simple to win. Contest ends July 10, 2009.

*You may enter as many times as you like but may only win once. Good luck!

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Little Bohemian Theme from Social Couture

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!

Check out the mix and match Bohemian Party Supplies, or make it simple and order the Bohemian Party pack and get your party on! {Fabulous!}

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July’s Birthday Twitter Party!

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!

July’s Twitter #FBTbash

Who:

You, Me (@hostesstori), Julie from Free Birthday Treats (@JulieFBT) and our great live guest PetSmart (PetSmartTLC)! Be sure to follow us before party time!

What:

Twitter Party to celebrating all things Birthdays. July’s Topic: Pet Birthdays, Pet Treats, Pet Saftey and 4th of July fun of course!

Where:

Where else? On Twitter! Join the party by using hashtag #FBTbash in every tweet! Don’t have a Twitter account? Get one here (it’s simple). You can also learn more about Twitter here.

When:

Wednesday July 1st from 5-7 PST

RSVP:

Let us know you’re coming! Follow @hostesstori & @JulieFBT then copy and tweet the following:

RT Hey @hostesstori @JulieFBT I’ll be there! July #FBTbash Twitter Bday Bash! cli.gs/hnusEe

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Fabulous prizes given away live! Enter now and join the party to see if you’ve won!

(2) Savvy Host’s TableTop-in-a-Box *for 6* value-priced gift sets (retail valie $120 each) – one in Red and one in Terra. Enter Here!

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Also- don’t forget to stop by Free Birthday Treats and see what all the talk is about for yourself! I bet you’re dying to know what you can get FREE for your birthday!

P.S. Be sure to leave your twitter handle in a comment below so others can follow you too!
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Jicama and Watermelon Salad


What you’ll need:

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
Kosher salt
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.

{recipe and photo via foodnetwork.com and Bobby Flay}

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Real Party| Bridal Shower Red with Romance

When my best friend asked me to help her come up with a theme for a bridal shower she was hosting, I was so exicted! After all, a bridal shower is a big deal… a memorable day for the bride to be and a great excuses to focus on romance. The bride’s wedding color was was red and her flowers of choice, roses. We had to come up with a plan that did not result in the party space having any hints of Christmas or Valentines Day. I think we pulled it off! Here are some shots from the party itself and wow, did it look romantic!

To set the tone, these red botanical invites were sent out with all the pertinent details. As guests arrived they followed a path lined by white candles and dusted with red rose petals. A handmade wicker and floral wreath greeted guests at the door with the bride’s initial “M” hanging in the center. Vintage chic red table runners topped white linen cloths and each table had simple yet elegant centerpieces. Red roses and floating candles gave off a very romantic feel.

This intimate bridal shower really complimented the bride’s personality; elegant yet easy going. Good food, good drinks, great company- a perfect way to honor a bride and heck, romance itself. Cheers!

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