Posts Tagged ‘entertaining’

Simple Tips :: Entertaining like a pro

Party planning does not come natural to everybody. Some are very comfortable preparing menus and digging out the linens while others break into a sweat when thinking about entertaining a large crowd. Even if you are not a natural hostess, have no idea how to throw a party — don’t worry. You host an event that will surprise your guests and have them thinking you’re a party pro. Here are four tips to make things simple.

how to throw a party

Rethink your lighting

When you go to a nice restaurant or upscale event, you rarely have bright bulbs beaming down on you. The truth is a setting with dim lighting helps set a relaxing mood for your guests and also makes everyone look great (bonus!). To duplicate that glowing feel, turn off your overhead beams and opt for small lamps throughout your party space. If you do not have any lamps, purchase a few soft-lit bulbs and replace your existing lights for the evening.

Style your food

Even if you are not preparing fancy appetizers and snacks for your guests, taking the time to plate the food will make all the difference. So whether your menu features pizza or burgers, break out your nice set of dishes and serve your meal as if you were presenting your guests with caviar! For snacks like trail mix and chips, use matching white bowls and place them in areas of your party space where people will be sitting, rather than spreading them out on one table.

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Serve it :: A simple cheese plate

cheese1The idea of creating a cheese platter for guests can be a bit overwhelming. Deciding between the many unique cheeses and trying to come up with the correct flavor, texture combinations and serving sizes can get to be difficult. However, don’t throw out the idea of serving a cheese plate to your next guests. What is great about cheese plates is that most of the ingredients have a very long shelf life so you can always keep them on hand and be prepared for unexpected visitors.

Make a Cheese Plate

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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 Entertaining :: Yard Games

I was recently asked by the folks at CustomMade to share some tips on “How to entertain outdoors this summer” and have been thinking a lot about one of my tips — play fun outdoor games! There is just something about an outdoor gathering that gets me in the mood to have a little fun and whip out the yard games. You?

Fun outdoor games :: yard games

One of my favorite games is Murbles (which is similar to Boccie but doesn’t require a court). Plus, the balls come in cute colors like pink, coral, and mint. Yard games are fun, but cute yard games? More fun.

Here are three other fun outdoor games that are perfect for your next picnic or backyard gathering:

Fun outdoor Games

Top: Buoy Bat — Ask my kids, this is my FAVORITE! We play at the park, in the street, but the best place? The beach! It is sooooo much fun.

Middle: Yard Dice — They look so nostalgic, and everyone can play. Perfect for all ages.

Bottom: Croquet — I almost forgot about this game! I used to love to play but haven’t in years. I think it’s time to invest in a nice set. Any tips on where to get one? Please share!

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DIY Party Favors

I love a good party favor. What a better way to end a party than to send your happy guests home with a little something to remind them of your event? Party favors do not have to be extravagant. In fact, I think the best ones are of the homemade and DIY variety. Simple is nice. Don’t you think?

This week I’m sharing simple DIY party favors over on the SCJohnson.com blog. These favors are so easy that even your little ones can  help you make them. Here’s a peek:

diy party favors

Baggies filled with treats = endless party favor possibilities! Head over to my full post here for all the details on how to make these.

Want even more party favor inspiration? Check out what DIY party favors I’m spotting on Pinterest. I can’t wait to make them for upcoming events!

 

 I am a Guest Blogger for SC Johnson and this is a sponsored post. All ideas and opinions are my own.

 

 

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(Single serve) summer salads

Single serve summer salads. Say that twice.

It’s barely spring but the warmer weather just makes me even more anxious for summer to arrive. One thing I love to do in the warmer months is to entertain outdoors (who’s with me?). One thing that is always tricky to dish out at a casual backyard gathering are salads. Rather than having guests pile up the leafy greens on their way through the potluck line, why not have individual serving sizes ready for them to grab and go?

I also really like this idea because it opens up to the possibility of serving salad as an appetizer! Small portions in a simple to grab and eat basket would make salad  a perfect appetizer at your next party.

summer salads

Salads, the new party appetizer? Who’s with me?

What you’ll need:

Cardboard berry baskets (I got mine here).

Wooden forks

Parchment paper or other food-safe craft paper

Your favorite summer salad recipe (you could serve up a pasta salad this way as well)

What summer salad would you serve up? I’ve been pinning some favorites to try on my Pinterest board but would love to hear your favorite recipes! Tell me about it or leave a link below!

 

 

 

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