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A Guide to Hosting Summer Parties

A Guide to Hosting Summer Parties

Whether it’s intimate dinner with friends or a casual backyard barbecue with the family, hosting summer parties is always fun and exciting. The preparation, however, can be stressful and challenging. Below is a hosting guide and a sample menu to help you plan for your next summer bash.

Use Colorful Tableware

    It’s the perfect season to play around with colors, so start with your tableware. Use brightly colored plates to add an eclectic feel to the table. Don’t worry if they don’t match—mismatched dinnerware makes the affair appear more laidback. Scour flea markets or yard sales for inexpensive but attractive china that you can mix and match.

    Decorate with Seasonal Flowers

      You don’t need a full blown floral centerpiece to make your décor interesting. Just grab two to three empty jars and stick in a few stems or sprigs of seasonal flowers in each one. Wild flowers also work well for a rustic table setting.

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      Incorporate Food into the Décor

        To make things even easier, make food part of your décor and take advantage of seasonal produce to brighten up the table. An appetizer platter or a bowl of mixed berries can even double as your centerpiece.

        Go for Mood Lighting

          Mood lighting is key to setting your party’s atmosphere.  Turn off overhead lights and use lamps or candles. If the party is outside, hang paper lanterns together with string lights over the table or trees for a cozy ambiance. Don’t forget to light up pathways and steps to avoid accidents.

          Set Up a Beverage Station

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            A dedicated drinks station is a great way to encourage people to start conversations with others. If it’s a large party, set up multiple stations so that your guests don’t have to line up for refills.

            Stick to Easy Recipes

              To make your hosting duties as stress-free as possible, create a menu that’s easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time. Leave last-minute grilling a few hours before the party starts and set the table the day before. Here’s a sample menu to get you started.

              Appetizer: Summer Appetizer Plate with Honey

                Remember that your appetizers should be light and not too filling. This sampler platter features a variety of yummy starters drizzled with locally sourced honey. Get the recipe here.

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                Salad: Freekeh Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette

                  Freekeh is green wheat that’s harvested at an early stage, then piled, sundried, and roasted. If you can’t find any in your local farmer’s market, you can use wheat berries as substitute. Try the recipe here.

                  Main course: Neely’s Wet BBQ Ribs

                    This St. Louis-style pork ribs is perfect if you like sticky ribs and don’t mind getting your hands dirty. Go here for the recipe.

                    Dessert: Coconut and Berries Popsicles

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                      Berries are abundant this season and making popsicles out of them is a nice way to cool down after a hearty meal. Check out the recipe here.

                      Drinks: Raspberry Lemonade

                      Raspberry_Lemonade

                        Nothing says summer like an ice-cold glass of homemade lemonade. Turn this into a cocktail by adding a splash of vodka or rum. Grab the recipe from here.

                        Extra Tips

                        • Don’t be shy to ask for help. Delegate tasks like manning the grill or setting the table so you can focus on other things.
                        • If your guests offer to bring something, say yes! Appetizers or dessert can be that one thing off your mind.
                        • Make sure you’re well stocked on drinks and ice to minimize supply runs.
                        • Avoid repeating flavors. If you use strawberries for appetizers, think of something else for dessert.

                        A summer gathering is all about casual entertaining. Keep things simple and don’t worry too much about imperfections. Instead of slaving away at the kitchen all day, relax and enjoy the company of friends and loved ones.

                        Featured photo credit: Table Dressing/Chris Ford via flickr.com

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                        Last Updated on January 25, 2021

                        What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                        What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                        It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

                        If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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                        What should I do today? No ideas?

                        Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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                        Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

                        1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
                        2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
                        3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
                        4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
                        5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
                        6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
                        7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
                        8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
                        9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
                        10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
                        11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
                        12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
                        13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
                        14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
                        15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
                        16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
                        17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
                        18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
                        19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
                        20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
                        21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
                        22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
                        23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
                        24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
                        25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
                        26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
                        27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
                        28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
                        29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
                        30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

                        Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

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