Thinking about throwing a summer party? Here are a few tips to help you out with this fun summer idea!
Create the invite list! There are many online invitation sites, consider one of these for a unique look to your summer bash: PunchBowl.com, PaperlessPost.com, or Evite.com. If you have a favorite website that you like to use, send me a note, I would love to hear about it!
How much food to get? If you are planning an outdoor barbecue, click here for a food calculator from the Food Network. Think about the types of food you will be serving and if you plan to serve food outdoors. For a general guide to help you plan your party, click here. Food should not be exposed to direct sun. To keep food cool, place ice on the bottom of a deep tray then place another tray on top of that tray, allowing the cold to chill the food and keep the melting ice water away. Be sure to cover your food with a clean cloth or plastic wrap until you are ready to serve.
Do you have a theme for your party? Since we are approaching the end of the summer season, it’s a great time to pick up outdoor items for parties on sale at stores such as Target, Pier 1, and online sites as well. If you are in need of outdoor party ideas, or recipes I encourage you to visit Pinterest for great visuals on recipes or theme ideas.
General serving tips:
- Create napkin and plastic ware bundles that you have at the end of the serving table. This will minimize spills and messes for guests. Use raffia, gift ribbon, or fabric ribbon as an easy option based on your theme.
- Instead of one big bucket for drinks – create small buckets for the various types of drinks you will be serving.
- Serve small items grouped together on trays – it will make clean up quick and easy!
- Use a table cloth that has various colors to mask any spills that may occur.
- Use citronella votives around the party’s perimeter to keep the bugs away.
- Use chalkboard stickers on glass tumblers instead of markers and plastic cups to label drinks.
Yummy appetizer ideas:
- Marinated Bocconcini
- Kid Friendly: Pigs in a Blanket
- Jalapeno-Peach Wonton Poppers
- Shrimp and Chorizo Kabobs
- Spinach Dip
Looking for a refreshing summer cocktail? Try this recipe for a Limoncello Collins, which can be made ahead, this recipe serves 8:
- 16 oz limoncello (lemon-flavored liqueur)
- 12 oz gin
- 8 oz fresh lemon juice
- 24 paper-think lemon slices
- 16 oz chilled club soda
- 8 mint springs
Directions: In a pitcher, combine the limoncello, gin and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. Press 3 thin lemon slices against the inside of each of 8 collins glasses. Add ice to the glasses. Stir the limoncello mixture and pour it into the glasses. Stir 2 ounces of club soda into each drink and garnish with a mint sprig.
The last tip I can offer is to sign up a friend in advance to help you out so that you are not frenzied before or during the party! Have a great party and enjoy the rest of the summer!
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