Summer Entertaining

Today I’m posting an article written by Jenna Lowe, Lifestyle expert for Karen Neuburger. But first I wanted to take a moment to give a big THANK YOU to all my followers and readers out there! I’ve been doing this blog thing for about 6 months now and it is amazing how connected you can feel to your “cyber friends.” Thank You All for reading each day! To you fellow bloggers, you give me a world of inspiration!

Now to our regularly scheduled party post:

Stylish Summer Entertaining

TOUCH: Invitations “Picking the right invitation and themes for the party is very important as it sets a tone and keeps party guests on the same page of what to expect,” Jenna explains. “One of my favorite summer themes is High Tea at High Noon. It’s a great chance to bring girlfriends together to sample light hors d’oeuvres and enjoy one another’s company.”

“A great resource for invitations is http://www.beforeyourparty.com/, a design-your-own invitation website. Hosts and hostesses can personalize everything on the invite from the color scheme to the font, artwork, and layout($100-$300 for 50 invitations). Or, to save on cost, try sending ivitations from a gree online invitation website like http://www.evite.com/.”

SIGHT: Setting the Table “The table setting should be the main focal point to any party and take center stage. Create something whimsical and fun, and don’t make anything too formal. One way to do this is to mix and match tabletop pieces to create different looks. I’m obsessed with KN Luxury Home’s Willow tabletop line ($8-$32, http://www.bonton.com/). The ruffled design is feminine and whimsical and all pieces in the cellection are microwave and dishwasher save. I also love KN’s Rattan Charger($12) new Thicket 20-piece Flatware Set($86), which is adorned with a nature-like design, perfect for summer.”

SMELL: Fresh and Clean “Scent is an essentioal element to parties-more than people think. Instead of opting for traditional flowers that don’t last very long, why not set up beautiful diffusers? They add color and great scents to the party. Try KN 6-pack Trial Reed Diffuser Gift Set ($20 http://www.bonton.com/). The set features 18 reeds with 18 decorative and various scents including Pink Cashmere, Asian Pear, Warm Sugared Vanilla, Tranquil Oasis, Fresh Linen, and Lavender Vanilla.”
SOUND: “Before the party, create a fun mix of songs to keep the energy up at the party. Pick songs that really center around your party’s theme and don’t be afraid to mix genres or eras of music,” Jenna explains. Here are some of Jenna’s favorite picks for the perfect summer playlist:
The Beach Boys “California Girls”
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Dani California”
Lynyrd Skynyrd “Sweet Home Alabama”
Yellowcard “Ocean Avenue”
Sheryl Crow “Soak Up the Sun”
The Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night”
Sublime “Summertime”
The Wallflowers “One Headlight”
The Monkees “Daydream Believer”
TASTE: Flavorful Food “Finger sandwiches are an easy, affordable, and adorable solution for food at parties. Simple recipes include cucumber and ham and cheese sandwiches. Pair them with fruit and veggies platters and my favorite Shrimp Dip (find the recipe below).”
Jenna’s Shrimp Dip Recipe
1 8-oz packages of cream cheese(regular, not light!)
1/4 cup of milk (1% is fine)
2 Tbs. Miracle Whip salad dressing (Not Mayo!)
1 cup of Parmesan cheese
2 tsp. of crushed garlic
2 4-oz cans deveined shrimp
1/4 tsp of paprika
Sprig of parsley
Put cream cheese, milk and Miracle Whip in a mixing bowl. Mix with electric beater on medium until soft, creamy and totally blended. Add the Parmesan cheese and crushed garlic, blend. Drain shrimp keeping a little juice for flavor. Fold Shrimp an djuice into mixture. Taste again and then garnish with paprika and parsley. Chill for 1 hour. Serve with your favorite dipping crackers.
TASTE: Delightful Drinks “What better way to enjoy a warm summer day than with lemonade? Serve it in a beautiful glass lemondade stand and jar ($18, http://www.surlatable.com/) and slice lemonds to give extra color. Refreshing and totally chic-your guests will certainly go back for more! KN Luxury Home Mocha Glassware Coolers, ($26 http://www.bonton.com/).”
TASTE: Delicious Dessert “I love serving macaroons for dessert. Try Paulette’s Macaroons (http://www.paulettemacarons.com/). They ship all over the United States and come in a variety of flavors and colors ($36 for 24 macaroons).”
About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Comments

  1. Chris these are great tips! So true that an invitation sets the tone for the entire event. I also love the scent idea– there are certain scents that bring back the greatest memories for me, like I used an antibacterial hand gel from Bath & body works throughout our honeymoon, now every time I smell "clean cotton" I am transported back to the beaches of St. Thomas — what a great idea to have a scent bring back "happy memories" of your party for guests.

  2. Dollface says:

    These are great tips.. even in everyday life I like for these things to be present!! and that lemonade server is exquisite… (yes I cant spell, haha) xxooo

  3. Natalie says:

    Great stuff Chris!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

  4. Brooke Meyenberg says:

    Chris you are amazing! Holy smokes the ground and insights you’ve covered and shared in six months! Love it all!! :) Cheers to many more!

  5. Visions Events Designs says:

    Good party tips, love your blog. Hope to use some of these for inspirations.

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