Posts Tagged ‘entertaining’

Simple Alfresco Entertaining

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After our recent patio transformation, I was eager to invite a few friends over for a simple evening dining alfresco. Our new outdoor dining furniture and garden-inspired accents set the stage perfectly. I love how the space is pretty neutral with a few pops of color. The furniture and decor lets our backyard really shine. This time of year, we’re in full bloom with lots of greens, pinks, and yellows.

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I set the table for four and got ready for a casual early evening (light) dinner. These acrylic glasses were perfect for citrus infused water (and wine later in the evening). I love their light  green color and the fact that I don’t have to worry about breaking them.

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I kept the food light and served salads and cheese and crackers. I love serving salads in these disposable berry baskets. And the gold plated cutlery from Pier 1 Imports added a nice touch of elegance to an otherwise, really casual tablescape.

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For me, dining alfresco is all about embracing the weather and keeping things really simple. Some flowers, food, and friends are really all that is required to host a nice evening. When you have an inviting outdoor space, you’ll be able to entertain in a moment’s notice.

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I served cheese and crackers on these wooden coasters. I spotted them and thought they looked just like mini cheese boards. I loved that I could put one at each place setting (I can re-purpose them later indoors as coasters –bonus!).

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We had a great evening. Simple food, an inviting space, and great company –the perfect recipe for dining alfresco this summer. Will you be entertaining soon? I’d love to hear about your outdoor space.

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Setting the Stage for Summer Entertaining


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The minute the weather warms up and the evenings get longer, I start dreaming up the first summer party of the year. I absolutely love to entertain in our backyard but our space really needed an update. In fact, our old outdoor dining table had all but fallen apart so we had to build our entertaining space back up, from scratch. Working with a blank slate is always exciting to me. A must-have for us was well made outdoor furniture.

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Before we could set the stage for summer entertaining, we had to lay the foundation –and this dining collection was the perfect choice!

Today I’m sharing with you how we took this foundation, added a few of my go-to summer party essentials, and transformed our space to one fit for guests. These pieces will help you create an inviting (and functional) space to gather with family and friends –this summer and beyond.

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Outdoor furniture: Create an inviting space to dine and relax. A nice outdoor dining table can be used regularly by your family and also when entertaining. My tip is to invest in a good quality table and chairs (I am loving these outdoor stacking chairs) to be sure they stand up against the sun and weather. Be sure to grab a couple colorful pillows to add a pop of color!

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Entertaining Inspiration: Casual #girlboss Session

This post is sponsored by Kellogg’s, all thoughts are my own.
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I have a hunch that many people don’t entertain because it simply stresses them out. I’ve shared tips for easy entertaining with you in the past but it really is a passion of mine. My mission is to help you realize that hosting friends and family can bring joy to your life and does not require you to “go all out.” Entertaining should bring you joy –not a case of the hives!

I’m gathering inspiration today for a very casual get-together I plan to have next week. I’m hosting a few girlfriends and we’re going to have a mini business brainstorm session which will definitely include some small bites and drinks. We’re each in the midst of building businesses, pumping out creative projects, and furthering ourselves in our respective careers and having a face-to-face #girlboss type meeting of the minds will surely give us that hustle-boost we each need. Not to mention it’s a great excuse to get together :).

I started with a mood board. I knew I wanted to keep things super simple but still a little special. Cute office supplies, flavorful (but easy) appetizers, and champagne are all on the list.

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Desktop Downloads :: #Hustle Pencils :: Rifle Notebooks :: Simple appetizers :: Mini Champaign Bottles

Gathering inspiration from above, I’ve decided to make two really simple appetizers. I’ve picked up the few ingredients  I’ll need. I plan to create little pairings of sweet and savory on top of Town House Crackers (I grabbed Original, Pita, Pretzel Thins and Flat Bread). I think I’ll pick some fresh mint from the garden and incorporate somehow as well. Stay tuned, because I’ll be sharing pics and the recipes!

AuthorLogoKellogg’s: From presentably munch-able options, to dipping inspiration, to versatile possibilities, we have the variety that will help her stylishly host any type of gathering – from planned to impromptu.

 

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Entertaining Simplified :: Pizza and Beer

Entertaining Simplified :: Pizza and Beer

It’s no secret that I love to entertain … but that I also love to keep things simple. The most memorable part hosting friends or family is the company…not the two hours you spent in the kitchen (am I right?). One of my secrets to stress-free entertaining is to order in for part of the meal. Maybe it’s the main course, or perhaps a store bought dessert –pick one part of your meal and agree not to make it yourself.

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Sip It :: Summertime Sangria

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I don’t know if you’re like me, but summertime somehow stresses me out. In my head it’s full of days lounging on the beach, picnics with the kids and drinks with umbrellas — but reality? It’s still the daily grind but with the added longing to be outside soaking up the sun. In an effort to take a moment to pause and just ENJOY the moment, I invited a few of my closest girls over for a much needed cocktail hour. Sangria and chatting were our only two agenda items. Pure. Summer. Bliss.

Peach and Plum color pallet

I didn’t fuss much over setting up an extravagant table since the whole point was to relax and unwind. I planned to serve only one cocktail (Yellow Tail Sangria) so I drew from the sangria for color inspiration. Peach and plum flowers accompanied by actual fresh peaches and plums added the perfect summer touch to my backyard patio table.

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