Posts Tagged ‘4th of July’

DIY Fourth of July Centerpiece

4th of july party ideasThe 4th of July is almost here and if you’re looking for DIY party ideas, you’ll love this simple red, white, and blue centerpiece!

Fourth of July FlowersI’m a little obsessed with always having fresh flowers around and having fresh blooms for special occasions is a non-negotiable in my book. So when I learned about Blooms By The Box and their wholesale flower delivery I was really eager to try out their services. They promised fresh flowers at affordable prices and boy did they deliver! Their DIY 4th of July Backyard Party Pack arrived and was gorgeous!

My box arrived meticulously packaged (and cool!) full of  White Cushion Mums, Red Fancy Carnations, and the most stunning Dark Blue Delphiniums. I decided to put together a couple centerpieces — one for a little party decor and the other to give as a hostess gift.

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Entertaining Essentials for your Patio

I’ve been gearing up for a little summertime entertaining and once I created my go-to dinner party playlist, it was time to get a few new goodies for the yard. I love using fun pops of color in the summer and combining a few pieces with the natural and white pieces we use year-round. Here are a few things I picked up while treasure hunting at Pier1 Imports.

Summer Entertaining with Pier1

 

These are all must-have pieces in my book! You want guests to be comfortable and you don’t want to worry about broken dishes or stained furniture. No fuss, no worry entertaining is best! Check out their complete outdoor department — lots to choose from.

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Summer wind-down :: Labor Day BBQ


Whether we’re ready or not, summer is winding down. With one more long summer weekend ahead of us, we decided to plan a little Labor Day BBQ and try to soak in the last days of that carefree-vibe. Soon long-gone will be the days of poolside cocktails  and evening yard games and before we know it the chaos of the school year will be here. But for one more weekend, we can relax and enjoy the slower pace.

 Labor Day Party Ideas

 Backyard entertaining is great, because you can keep your decor simple. Tie in a little red, white and blue and you’re set! Place small flags in planters and along walkways for instant decor. White flowers look elegant and you can enjoy them long after your party.

Aside from decor, be sure to provide plenty of refreshing beverages and simple good old-fashioned American BBQ food! We’re grilling up hot dogs because everyone loves them and for us they represent simple summer cookouts.

 Labor Day Recipes

A fun way to serve hot dogs at your BBQ is to offer a variety of toppings (you can call it a hot dog bar!). Star with a base of hot dog buns and Hebrew National All-Beef Franks (which are our favorite). Next, staples like  Hunt’s ketchup, Gulden’s mustard, onions and relish are always expected. But consider mixing things up and offering toppings like avocado, mango and cilantro!

Will you be hosting a BBQ this Labor Day weekend? Tell me, what will you be serving? 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hebrew National via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National.

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Summer Dish: Warm Potato Salad

We may be past the 4th of July, but the summer entertaining season is just heating up! If you’re like me, you like to have that go-to crowd pleasing dish that you can whip up for impromptu BBQs and get togethers. I recently discovered Mario Batali’s Warm Potato Salad while watching The Chew and I’ll admit, I got a little excited. Why? The recipe calls for NO mayo (the main reason I am not typically a potato salad fan) and it includes fried eggs. Fried eggs is one of my favorite foods so I knew I had to give this recipe a try. See Mario whip it up here:……….

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And here is my version:

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WARM POTATO SALAD  based on Mario Batali’s recipe, a few alterations 

Ingredients

2 pound Tiny New Potatoes

2 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar

1 tablespoon Whole Grain Mustard

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil plus 1 tablespoon

Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper

3 eggs

Handful of Chopped Fresh Parsley

-Bring a salted pot of water to a boil. Add  potatoes & cook until just tender. Drain and allow to cool. Once  cool enough to handle, slice them in half. Place them all in a large bowl.

-In a pan add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and fry each egg. Remove from heat when cooked and thinly slice.

-In another bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, mustard,  a pinch of salt and a few grinds of freshly ground pepper, and whisk in the olive oil. Pour over the potatoes, then add the parsley and sliced eggs. Toss everything to coat, and serve warm.

Hostess Tip: You can even make this ahead of time, just warm in the microwave before you serve.

If you’re looking for more ideas to serve up a crowd this summer. This episode is a “burger throw down” and there are several great burger recipes to try (some really unconventional, so mix things up a bit!).

 What will you serve up this summer?

All summer-long, ABC’s The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. From grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics, The Chew is dishing out the most sizzling, mouth-watering meals to satisfy your summer cravings!

Tune In: Fresh Daily. Weekdays 1e|12p|c Stay tuned for more of my favorite clips and recipes I’ll test along with them!

 


Compensation was provided by ABC via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ABC.

 

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4th of July Recipes

There’s still time to make  that shopping list, run to the market and whip up something festive for the 4th! Looking for 4th of July recipes? Here are a few of my favorites this year that I spotted on Pinterest. Which will you make?

4th of July recipes

Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa :: Fruit and Brownie Kebabs :: Red, White, and Blue Sangria

They all look impressive and delicious to me! Looking for more patriotic cocktails? Here are 5 tried and true red, white, and blue cocktails to try.

What are you making for the 4th?

 

 

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DIY 4th of July Decor

Embarrassingly enough, I have been so busy that I hadn’t even thought of details for our intimate Fourth of July barbecue (hence the last minute patriotic dessert ideas). So today, I decided to look around the house for some inspiration and boy did I find it — RIBBON! I have about 50 yards of American flag print ribbon lying around and decided to put it to good use today.

This is a simple 4th of July place setting. I just used to clear glass plates and layered strips of coordinating ribbon inbetween them. Paired with a navy blue linen napkin — simple!

I used strips of ribbon to make these DIY ribbon cupcake toppers. These took maybe 5 minutes and I just used ribbon I had on hand. Check out these DIY instructions for more detail on how-to make these.

I even incorporated the ribbon decor outside since that will be where we are cooking and hanging out. About 6 strips of red, white and blue ribbon make up this decoration. I hung it from a tree and it looks really nice blowing in the wind.

I hope I have inspired you to look around your home and revisit supplies you have on hand when thinking of decorating. Remember, your party can look thoughtful … even if you just do a few simple touches.

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