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Summer is now in full swing, and with the beautiful weather comes outdoor celebrations. Whether you’re having a casual BBQ or an elaborate pool party, check out our new favorites for entertaining during this warm weather season.
These Twig Skewers not only add a natural outdoorsy element to your BBQ, but they also are made of cast-iron which helps distributes the heat for even cooking. And don’t limit yourself to meats and veggies – try grilling some dessert kabobs with strawberries, peaches, pineapple and bananas with a finishing touch of some mint syrup drizzled over the warm fruit!
Live on the mixology edge when it comes time to whipping up that next batch of cocktails by adding Drinking Balsamic to your favorite mixer! With two flavors — cherry and lemon — simply adding a splash to cocktails or sparkling beverages (like Prosecco or club soda) creates a refreshing and unique burst of flavor.
Though balloons are often thought of as décor for children’s parties, these Chalkboard Balloons are a fun and innovative way to incorporate a personal touch to any gathering. Use them as place cards by tying one at each seat, write your menu on them, or even use them as a welcome out front.
Most of all, remember to relax and to enjoy the beautiful warm weather. Happy Summer all!
Alex had arranged an elaborate scheme with an event planner to transform their entire Manhattan apartment into a romantic candlelit haven while they were out for dinner together that night. Not a detail was spared – dozens of red roses, countless candles, crystal champagne flutes and gifts, chocolate-covered strawberries, and framed photographs of special moments the couple has shared together bedecked their home, creating the most intimate setting. Upon arriving home from dinner, Alex gently opened the door to their apartment, and Lauren immediately saw the rose petals on the entrance floor. Alex guided her through the glowing apartment to the windows where, on bended knee, he proposed.
Romantic elegance & candlelit fantasy. “Utilizing a palette of white and blush tones, we softened The Lighthouse’s modern space by artfully draping sheer curtains and embellishing with candles throughout. Candles adorned the walls and floors, hung from the floral table centerpieces, and were suspended from the ceiling to create a starry effect,” says Lauren. “The Lighthouse magically felt like a floating cloud uniquely nestled in Manhattan against a backdrop of waterfront skyline. “
Lauren: Beef with Crispy Ravioli
Alex: Grilled Baby Lamb Chops
“Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined that we would crowd surf at our black tie wedding,” says Lauren. “Each of us, as well as my father, were lifted overhead by our dancing guests beneath the starry candlelit ceiling. It was truly surreal.”
“Well after they chanted my father’s name to extend the party overtime, our guests continue to rave that our wedding was one of the most fun affairs they’ve attended,” says Lauren. “They were impressed by every detail: from the extraordinary food (in particular, the freshest sushi) to the enchanted décor to the ridiculous music entertainment and meticulous service.”
floral design: Atlas Floral Decorators Inc. | photography: Fred Marcus Studio | entertainment: Hank Lane – Erik Marshall’s Band | wedding dress: Oscar De La Renta | groom’s attire: custom | bridesmaid dresses: Monique Lhuillier | photobooth: photobooth planet
We all know that guacamole is a staple dip at parties — especially at summer gatherings when margaritas are involved! But when it comes time for mix-ins don’t just limit yourself to the basic ingredients. Make your guacamole stand out above the rest with these out-of-the-box ideas!
Start with your favorite guacamole recipe that includes lime, garlic, onion, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro and salt. From there mix and match any of the combinations below to make your own unique avocado-based dip. Serve alongside plantain chips, crudité, tortilla chips, rice crackers, BBQ potato chips, or grilled pineapple slices.
Smoky: smoked paprika, chipotle, smoked salt
Fruity: mango, pineapple, peach, grapefruit
Boozy: splash of tequila, rum, Corona or rye
Seafood-y: lump crabmeat, smoked salmon, wasabi tobiko (flying fish roe)