Drinks and dining al fresco…all summer long!! As we celebrate the joys of summer, how can we not be thinking of the great outdoors?? Our favorite fathers, graduates, bridal couples and birthday babes are all wonderful excuses to entertain al fresco…if you need an excuse at all!
Marlene shows us al fresco dining all Summer long
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June is here…ushering in seaside and backyard fun in the sun!! All we need is a little color and menu theming ~ planning! Is this your special time to have wine tastings - cheese and cocktail parties, BBQ’s, beach brunches or family reunions??
Vietri Drop Blue Decanter (Gracious Style) | VIETRI Drop Glassware Collection (Bloomingdale's) | Vietri Santorini Diamond Cheese Board (Neiman Marcus) | Antonini Olivewood Cheese Knives Set (Williams Sonoma) | Personalized Nickel Champagne Bucket (Williams Sonoma)
Al fresco dining has come from Italian inspiration yet, it has become a universal joy - from cities, to lakesides, beaches from Cape Cod to Maine, France, Thailand and beyond! We all love the breeze, the smells, the sun…the swaying of the trees, the beauty of it all!! Nature ohhhh!
For your summer celebrations, nautical themes are ever charming and, of course, seafood as well: lobsters, stuffed quahogs and crabs! Specialty drinks are festive too with fragrant mint, rosemary, basil, lemons, limes and pineapples garnishing Cape Codders, Mai Tais, and Chi Chis too! They all ensure smiling faces and happy times! Be sure to keep a copy handy of the classic (since 1935) Old Mr. Boston Deluxe Official Bartender's Guide ! All bar accessories make wonderful gifts too!
You might enjoy selecting Blue and White dinnerware, as it is a universal favorite. It is timeless and sooo very classic! Casual or elegant, it could theme your daily table or special celebration. Everyone loves it, from Valentino’s gorgeous Mediterranean- inspired Mottahedeh setting to MacKenzie Child’s country Royal Check picnics. We can create beauty humbly or in grand manner for all to enjoy!
Summer means homemade ice cream too! As a child on summer holidays and birthdays at my Aunt and Uncle’s Ohio farm, the whole family would take turns “salting the wooden bucket” for the prized outcome! Such a happy memory…along with dessert of graham cracker sandwiches, if we were good that day! It’s a joy to see the “vintage” ice cream maker models can still available to be enjoyed along with new technological versions! Now they make Gelato and Yogurt too!
Elite Gourmet Electric Motorized Ice Cream Maker (Macy's) | Cuisinart ICE-70 Cool Creations™ Ice Cream Maker (Macy's) | Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract (Williams Sonoma) | Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract (Williams Sonoma) | India Tree Carousel Sprinkles (Sur La Table)
Who doesn’t love Ice Cream…and all the wonderful colorful “jimmies”, nuts, fruit and toppings that can be mixed in or sprinkled on top? Every country and every age loves!! Ice Cream Birthday Cakes are always a family favorite too –
Until next week… Cheers to June, summertime drinks and dining al fresco ~
Happy Birthday wishes to June babies, Dottie and Peter!