more about: summer

Labor Day Celebration, Anyone?

Who doesn’t love Labor Day Weekend? The bitter sweetness of a final “summer fling” – time spent relaxing with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, eating good, casual meals on the patio, drinking ice cold beverages. I’m getting excited just thinking about it.

In my household, Labor Day Weekend usual means a big beach picnic dinner with about 10 to 15 close family friends. The key to success? As usual: Keep it Simple. Everyone pitches in and brings something, we don’t fuss over tableware and fancy presentation, and the attire is relaxed casual.

While we haven’t firmed up the menu just yet, I’m getting inspiration by perusing the following helpful and clever online features:

Read More

Margaritas: Tastier from Scratch

In honor of National Tequila Day (yes, it really does exist – and it’s today!), I’ve decided to share my super-secret homemade margarita recipe with you. It’s the most refreshing summer cocktail, perfect for the dog days of summer.

Read More

Celebrating the Fourth: Festive (and Easy) Food and Drink

The Fourth of July is quite possibly my favorite Holiday. There’s nothing like a summer day spent celebrating our freedom as Americans with friends and family. I love getting everyone together for a festive meal and some celebratory cocktails before heading out to watch the fireworks.

Picture 13

Aside from the incredible guide to easy summer drinks, dips, and desserts put together by Real Simple‘s food team, here are the “go-tos” I’ll be turning out this year:

Read More

Fresh Summer Garden Party Finds

Have a special occasion to celebrate with the girls this summer like a wedding shower, bridal luncheon, or milestone birthday? Take advantage of the warmer weather and take the party outdoors with a colorful, backyard garden soirée!

Read More

Spring Green: Gorgeous Cocktails & Garnishes

Spring has sprung, and everyone is talking “green” lately, so I thought it would be fun to feature some pretty cocktail and drink garnish ideas in fresh shades of green. These would be lovely signature drink additions to spring & summer parties, bridal showers, and weddings…

Greendrinks_3

Read More