Summer is Coming!

Summer, and its unofficial opening – Memorial Day – are right around the corner and make great excuses for a fun get together.

Kick off summer right with one of these simple party ideas!

  1. Pool Party
  2. Hello Summer BBQ
  3. End of School/Graduation Party
  4. Garden Party

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Tips For Your Kentucky Derby Party

Whether you’re deeply interested in horse racing, love fancy hats or just can’t pass on a good time you don’t have to make the trip to Churchill Downs for a great Kentucky Derby party. Use these tips to plan your own festivities and enjoy the race from the comfort of your own home.

Set the Scene

Having the proper ambiance for your derby party is important for setting things off right. Whether your patio furniture is old or brand new give it a good cleaning and dusting before the party. 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner features a specialty solution that will clean both frames and fabrics leaving them guest-ready.

 

Don’t forget the extra seating! Having guests over means you’ll need more seating than usual. Add ottomans that can double as end tables or snag a few extra chairs in a complimentary color that you can place in pairs around the party.

Add some pops of color to your party area with an outdoor rug or throw pillows. Use traditional Southern flowers like roses, magnolias, hydrangeas and wisteria for a subtly refined look. Try arranging them in mason jars or painted tin cans for a rustic feel. Galvanized buckets make excellent beverage coolers and will add a nice ‘barn-chic’ touch to the decor.

 

Get the Refreshments Ready

The Kentucky Derby is a Southern tradition and that is reflected in the majority of dishes and cocktails you’ll see throughout the weekend.

First off – it’s not a Kentucky Derby party without a Mint Julep.

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Mint Juleps are a must for any Derby party.

 

These classic cocktails are sweet and cooling, with a pleasant herbal tang from the fresh mint. If you’re looking for something with less sweetness but still traditional try the Whiskey Sour. Both cocktails are bourbon based, making it easy to give guests a choice.

Once you’re done with cocktails it’s time for food! The official Kentucky Derby website has you covered with recipes for main dishes like Cheesy Shrimp Grits, Bourbon Glazed Short Ribs and Lamb Lollipops. Accent your entree with A perfectly paired side dish like Sweet Potato Hash.

Ready for dessert? Food & Wine has you covered with this list of 11 options and recipes. (We’re partial to the Mini Black-Bottom Cheesecakes)

Plan a Few Games

Because the actual race only lasts about 2 minutes it’s not enough to dazzling your guests with a gorgeous patio and delicious vittles may not be enough – you must entertain them as well.

Luckily, the event lends itself to a few easy options. Try setting up a Hat Contest with the best chapeau taking the prize. Also good – having guests pull horse names out of a hat to give them someone to cheer for, or taking ‘bets’ at the door with winner taking bragging rights. Create your own leader board to keep track. Another option – set up a garden game like horse shoes, corn hole or croquet and play on teams. It’s enough activity to keep the energy up but not so much that you can’t sip and cocktail and hold a conversation while you play.

Cinco de Mayo Cocktail: The Watermelon Margarita

The margarita is a drink with a storied history and a million variations. This Cinco de Mayo put a little twist on the old stand-by with this refreshing watermelon version.

Because of the fruit’s natural sweetness this cocktail won’t need much sugar, which means each serving is a mere 105 calories. To finish, add a bit of lime juice for a touch of citrus and rim the glasses with sugar. Garnish your completed cocktails with lime wedges and melon balls for a little extra flair and enjoy!

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Ingredients

2 teaspoons sugar
1 lime wedge
3 1/2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
1/2 cup tequila
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon Triple Sec
Lime wedges or watermelon balls (optional)

 

 

 

 

Preparation:

 

1. Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucer. Rub the rims of 6 glasses with 1 lime wedge; spin rim of each glass in sugar to coat. Set prepared glasses aside.

2. Combine watermelon and next 4 ingredients (through Triple Sec) in a blender; process until smooth. Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. Add 1/2 cup margarita to each glass. Garnish with lime wedges or melon balls, if desired.

 

 

Recipe courtesy of myrecipes.com

Mother’s Day Brunch Cocktails

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching you may be racking your brain to come up with the perfect gift. But rather than something that comes in a box or a bow – why not give the special Moms in your life the experience of a lovely mid-morning meal outdoors?

The Arizona weather is just right this time of year to take in a leisurely brunch on the patio and a signature cocktail is the perfect finishing touch. Here are a few recipes that will get your Mother’s Day Brunch off on the right foot.

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Design Outdoor Rooms to Reflect your Lifestyle

By Marcia Blake

Outdoor living captivates the indoors outside and beautifies your front and backyard with the same enthusiasm you embellish a much loved room in your home. It is all about expressing yourself!

A different way of thinking about the outdoor room is to focus on being inside the outdoors. What would you expect to see inside your family room? A warm fireplace, plush sofa, comfy love seat, rocking club chair, accent end table, custom drapes, decorative throw pillows, cozy throw blankets, some scented candles, a cocktail table, a bowl of fruit, a stereo system, a piece of artwork, and a flat screen television. The options are limitless. You just need to imagine a place that you want to spend most of your time, after that you need to create this image just as you envisioned it to be.

Once you have spent a lot of time and effort creating the ideal outdoor living space you will still need to distinguish it just like you do with your interior spaces. You can tie the room together as you express your taste in style. One finishing touch would be to strategically place a piece of outdoor artwork, a Weatherprint to accentuate the patio, garden or entrance of your outdoor living space. This art can also be the focal point of your room, on a wall or above a fireplace. Open Air Designs uses cutting edge materials like lightweight rust proof aluminum and ultra violet resistant inks that will not fade in the sun, as well as, wind resistant brackets. This is a perfect way to expand your design possibilities.

                                           
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Another example of bringing the inside out is in the use of multiple coordinating fabrics and trims on the drapes that hang from the pavilion or separate the living and dining spaces. Don’t be afraid to use color and texture outside, choose fabrics that make you feel good and reflect the inside décor.  Create custom pillows with the use of trims and coordinating fabrics and sprinkle them around the seating area. Lanterns with candles illuminate these outdoor living spaces along with the chandeliers and fire features. Mix and match materials in these outdoor settings, juxtapose wrought iron with glass, steel with terra cotta, wood against woven components, soft chenille textures and linear lines to get a new twist on an Old World style.

Designing outdoor rooms to reflect your lifestyle has never been easier. Today professional interior designers, landscape architects, garden designers and homeowners are decorating their outdoor living spaces using the latest high quality and design inspired furniture and accessories to dress up these outdoor spaces. The spring and summer weather provides us the luxury of creating an additional living area with all of the comforts, design and style that have previously only been available for our indoor rooms.

                                          
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Shade makers are important features during the blistering hot days of summer. Accent or blend fabrics as you expand your home with a remote controlled Solair awning. It’s easy to add more space to your home, to add a safe sheltered outdoor area for your kids, more room for entertaining or just your own private retreat, it’s all possible-simply by reinventing the space you already have. A beautiful easy care awning will add shade and shelter as you add style with the added benefit of reducing your energy use throughout the year. With the touch of a button, a retractable remote controlled awning powered by a remote controlled Somfyâ motor can be stored out of the way The Solair retractable awning is made with Sunbrellaâ fabric, which can reduce interior home cooling energy consumption and provide sun protection from the sun’s rays for delicate interior furnishings not made of Sunbrella fabric as well as you and your loved ones.

                              
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The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using awnings and umbrellas made with Sunbrella fabric as part of your complete sun protection regimen, along with the regular use of sunscreen. Coordinating Treasure Garden umbrellas with your outdoor furniture is easy especially with the latest selections available on the Sunbrella Kiosk for special orders. Expand your design possibilities as you reveal your sense of style.


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As we create environments to complement our casual lifestyle, enjoying our homes by designing from the outside looking in, we are spending more time entertaining family and friends while utilizing the extended home’s living space. Trends in outdoor furniture closely follow the latest apparel trends utilizing vibrant colors, soft fabrics, high quality, design and function. Some of the latest trends in furniture and accessories add vibrancy, style and comfort to the outside living space. The outdoor living space should be a reflection of the indoor designs. Color, texture, quality and design are moving outside.

No longer are we confined to muted colors and simple design. Now color can create an ambiance of romance, quiet leisure, subdued elegance or vibrant energy. Accessories are moving upscale along with the furniture. The future of outdoor living spaces is bright.

Summertime Outdoor Entertaining

By Marcia Blake

For most everyone Fourth of July weekend is the mid-summer celebration, it usually involves an outdoor barbeque, a great looking table, fabulous summer dishes, cool drinks and your favorite guests to revitalize the warmer time of the year. Whether you wish to transform a backyard barbeque into a stylish, yet relaxed event, or a conventional picnic into an elegant dinner, all you require are some fresh and fabulous eye-catching and entertaining ideas to have a good time.

       

When entertaining outdoors, be sure to choose a theme, color scheme, food, seating and décor that fit the setting. One theme that I like is a classy Garden Party, which can be, achieved alfresco style. Use colors and textures to create interest on the table. A tablecloth and coordinating napkins made with Sunbrellaâ fabric will complement the style that you are trying to achieve. The choices are endless, from textures, prints, solids and jacquards, you can select the perfect fabric.

Use a piece of slate or a terra cotta tile as a trivet or tray.  I recommend utilizing plants from the garden to add decorative accents to the tabletop. Choose some of your favorite flowers and join them in a bird nest, which come in a variety of different sizes in your local craft store to add a unique touch to your summer table.  Or take small containers such as mason jars, fill the bottom with sliced lemons or limes add Daffodils, Gerber Daisies or Tulips, then wrap the center of the jar with a piece of burlap for that natural feel and tie a ribbon around the middle. For a more formal setting use different size glass hurricanes fill them with sand and place a candle in the center.

Have fun with the dishes and glassware either select colors originating from nature and the environment like bamboo plates or punch the tabletop up with a variety of vivid colors and shapes to create an eclectic setting.  To put an elegant twist on this garden party, fill the table with your best china and stemware, then scatter votives around the table to create ambient lighting when the sun sets.

Consider serving marinated London Broil served with horseradish cream sauce, au jus, Island Chicken with Fruit Salsa, Fresh Corn Grilled in the Husk with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Butter for a perfect Garden Party.

                            

Another theme for the ideal summers get together is a chic, yet casual Backyard Barbeque.  Grilling is a quintessential element of summer; add a new spin on the backyard barbeque adventure to make a casual gathering an event to remember.  One of my favorite things to prepare is pizza al fresco.  You can collect all of the ingredients ahead of time, and then your guests can join in the fun assembling the pizza. Encourage them to sprinkle fresh cut herbs as pizza toppings.

                                        

Some terrific centerpieces for this creative gill fare are small terra cotta pots with fresh herbs lined up down the center of your table. Set the table Tuscan Style for an authentic Italian evening, with small bottles of olive oil at each place setting. Start the Backyard Barbeque off with a grilled Bruschetta appetizer, cool down the party with traditional Limóncello cocktail and serve a healthy Italian salad with fresh ingredients to accompany the pizza.

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The grill will be the focal point of this gathering, yet its important not to forget comfortable and inviting seating in addition to your dining table.  Large curved and modular luxuriously cushioned sofas are wonderful for large parties, club chairs around a fire pit create a casual cozy space, and double chaise lounges are unrivaled for a romantic interlude away from the crowd.

One more theme for summertime outdoor entertaining is easy going Beach Picnic in your backyard. To create a beachside bash at your home select beach artifacts such as shells, starfish, white coral and sand for serving and decoration. Adopt a nautical color scheme of navy blue, white, sea blue, crimson and yellow, choose Sunbrellaâ fabric Parade Nautical to make a tablecloth add napkins in solid coordinates.

    

Use clear glass plates and glassware on the tabletop along with flickering candles. The menu could contain grilled shrimp or clam appetizer, blackened salmon and a nice summer salad with market fresh produce. Hang lanterns from trees with battery operated votives to illuminate the party as the sun goes down.  Play some Beach Boys music on your outdoor speakers as your friends mix and mingle with tropical drinks in hand. Sprinkle sand on the patio, and light up a few Tiki torches and you are all set to entertain this summer in style.

          

The key to summertime outdoor entertaining is to plan in advance so that you can enjoy your Garden Party, Backyard Barbeque or Beach Picnic along with your guests. Take time to relax, unwind, in your outdoor furniture before, during and after the party to feel renewed, refreshed and entertained! Enjoy….