Mix and Match Summer Party Ideas

Every time I write about summer – summer food, summer clothes, summer living – I get a little flush of happiness because I just love everything to do with summer so darn much. Wearing shorts and sitting on my screened porch and eating fresh peaches every day is like my own personal heaven.

We all seem to have summer parties that we’re either planning to host or attending and I’ve rounded up a collection of my absolute favorite summer recipes from my archives that you can mix and match whether you’re hosting yourself or bringing food to a friend’s party.

Hope you enjoy, and happy 4th of July to those here in the US!

Summer Party Food

Drinks
fizzy pink greyhounds
30-second mojitos
fresh margaritas

Appetizers
burrata, prosciutto, and canteloupe crostini
watermelon feta bites
roasted grape, robiola, and prosciutto crostini

Main Courses
the best steak marinade
zucchini and red onion flatbread
chinese chicken, noodle, and vegetable salad

Desserts
triple chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches
mini s’mores cups
raspberry blondies

The Inspiration Gallery – A Weekly Link Party

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Scroll down to link up your favorite projects and recipes from this past week – please no duplicates from previous weeks so we can keep the content fresh for everyone. Take some time to check out what everyone else has been up to while you’re here. We hope you find as much inspiration as we do!

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How to Organize Kids’ Art Supplies

Despite the styled pictures I usually post, I am constantly struggling to keep things picked up and tidy around here. Partly because I’m always working on something and with that comes some level of disarray, and partly because I live with two small people who aren’t always very mindful about cleaning up after themselves. The art supplies in particular (which my older daughter especially loves) were starting to take over the kitchen until I took matters into my own hands recently and got them organized.

How to mix organization and pretty!

 

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How to Keep Basil Fresh for Weeks

Fresh basil is one of my favorite flavors to add to foods – it’s one of those herbs that tastes very, very different fresh than dried. But until recently I only really used it in the summer when I could grow it outdoors because it would start to turn brown and moldy after just a day or two when I bought it at the store. This year, however, we’re gearing up to build a Trex deck off the back of our house, where I usually plant herbs, so I’m stuck buying herbs from the grocery store. I finally figured out the secret to preserving fresh basil, though! Read on for the simple steps for how to keep basil fresh for weeks.

Step One – open the container and remove all the basil stems. Pull off any offshoot stems close to the bottom of the main stem.

how to keep basil fresh for weeks

Step Two – use sharp scissors to cut the bottom of the stem at an angle, like you would with cut flowers….

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The Inspiration Gallery – A Weekly Link Party

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by to check out this week’s Inspiration Gallery.

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Scroll down to link up your favorite projects and recipes from this past week – please no duplicates from previous weeks so we can keep the content fresh for everyone. Take some time to check out what everyone else has been up to while you’re here. We hope you find as much inspiration as we do!

Here’s a look at what Lucy, Taryn, Liz and I have been up to this week on our blogs.

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