Well the summer is flying by and I’ve been so busy in the month of June that I haven’t had too much time to blog lately. We’ve taken several short trips and had a few important family celebrations which I’ve had to plan as well. The summer is off to a great start and now I have some time to blog again, before our big trip next month. I am, what some folks call, a summer baby (my birthday is in August) and summer has always been my absolute favorite season and time of year. I love that kids are off from school, so I get to thoroughly enjoy my daughter, without having to worry if homework and assignments are done (although there is that blasted summer reading list). Lucky for me, I live in Miami…yes, it gets incredibly hot, but I love to hang out in my pool and go to the beach pretty regularly. As part of my summer routines, I also enjoy having friends and family over and that of course, means yummy, refreshing summer meals.
So, when I was recently contacted by the folks at Paperless Post, inviting me to participate in a link-up about summertime entertaining, I thought it would be right up my alley. Paperless Post, an online invitation website that I have used many times, provides both virtual and printed invitations and other stationary as well. They truly have beautiful invitations, announcements and greeting cards. Take a look at some of their summer themed invitations:
So, I decided to create my inspiration board with all of the items that I think would look amazing and fun for an outdoor pool or beach party. I always feel good food is the ticket to satisfying guests and making an event memorable. Browsing through Pinterest I found some amazingly delicious and easy recipes. And you always need to keep the kids in mind, so they are entertained as well. Here’s what I came up with:
1) Individual Frozen Key Lime Pies | 2) Pottery Barn Mini Lantern String Lights | 3) Beach Buckets with Shovels for Snacks | 4) Bucket of Water Balloons | 5) Ginormous Burger & Brown Bag Chips | 6) Sunscreen & Bug Spray Station | 7) Shrimp & Chorizo Bites | 8) Strawberry Shortcake Skewers | 9) Watermelon Refresher
Do you enjoy summertime entertaining? I’d love to hear your ideas…