Posts Tagged ‘Summer Entertaining’


Around this time of the year, I start dreaming of being somewhere tropical and wonderful versus somewhere that the lawn needs mowed, the housework needs some attention, and someone needs to go to the grocery store. Again.

So to compensate for the fact that fresh pineapple is about as close to an exotic location as I’m going to get, I like to fill my home with some fun fragrances.

Some of my favorites for summer are:





From candles to lotions, you’ll find me using these during the next few months.

Certain scents, like a delightful lotion that mixes tropical flowers with coconut, get me through my island-less existence. I inhale it deeply, slather too much of it on, and pretend I’m sitting in a chair somewhere close to the beach.

Find the scents that make you smile and add them to your go-to selections for the summer months.

She Who is In Need of a Vacation

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For those of you celebrating Independence Day all weekend, here are a few of my favorite summer entertaining recipes.

ribs doneBarbecue Pork Ribs

The prettier, lighter version of Flank Steak Salad. I tossed on a few crumbles of Feta Cheese and, boy, was that a good decision.

Flank Steak Salad

Top with paprika and parsley then dig in!

Chunky Potato Salad

caprese finishedTomato Caprese Salad

finished-saladSummer Fruit Salad

I skipped a few steps here as the ice cream was melting way too fast in our hot house.  Pour mix into pie pan. Freeze for three hours (or longer)  and garnish with whipped cream, Mandarin oranges and a sprig of mint if you want  to get all fancy-pants. Which I did. And it was yummy.

Orange Dream Pie

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Just a reminder, if you’re looking for summer party tips, decorating ideas, entertaining hints and some summer recipes, you can download by Savvy Summer Entertaining guide – for free!

Download  Summer Entertaining for Free!



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Enjoy and Happy Entertaining!

She Who Needs To Host a Party Soon


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Here are some fun summer entertaining ideas I’ve gleaned from one of my favorite  addictions – Pinterest!

From The Culinary Tribune

From Taste of Home

Rootbeer Float Popsicles from Butter Me Up Brooklyn

Glow in the Dark Bubbles from blog.kriegsman.org

Garden Party Lights made from Cupcake Papers by Itsy Belle. So wickedly clever!

Glow jars From Panka With Love. I adore this idea!

Happy Summer Entertaining!

She Who Needs to Host a Party!

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