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  • Writer's pictureNancy Hoehler

IT'S SUMMER, LET'S PARTY

Tips to host a great outdoor event this season

The weather is warm, the days are long, and everyone is looking for a way to have fun and enjoy the outdoors. If you're thinking about planning an outdoor summer party, here are a few tips from Shimmer on how to make it a smashing success:

  1. Make cooling cocktails in big batches

  2. Curate a simple but bright tablescape

  3. Use the season's freshest ingredients for your menu

I'll dive into these a bit more below - keep reading for more on these summer tips. Or, if you don't know where to start, just head to our website from the link below and let Shimmer do all the heavy-lifting for you!



ROSE SANGRIA RECIPE:


INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 cup vodka

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled (halved if large)

  • 2 cups sliced nectarines

  • 2 (750-ml) bottles dry rosé wine

  • Fresh mint, for garnish


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a saucepan, bring sugar and 1/4 cup water to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved (you should have about 1/3 cup). Transfer to a large bowl or pitcher; let cool completely.

  2. Stir in vodka, strawberries, and nectarines. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days. Add wine and stir. Fill glasses with ice and add a few strawberries and a slice or two of nectarine. Top with sangria, garnish with fresh mint, and serve immediately.


MORE SUMMER TABLESCAPES IDEAS TO INSPIRE YOU:




OUR FAVORITE SIMPLE SALAD RECIPE:


INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 pounds heirloom tomatoes sliced

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved

  • 1/2 cup red onion thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves roughly chopped or torn

  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped


INSTRUCTIONS

  • Whisk the olive oil, vinegar, sea salt, and pepper together in a large mixing bowl.

  • Add the tomatoes, onion, and fresh herbs to the bowl and gently toss until combined.

  • Allow the salad to marinate for at least 15 -20 minutes. Toss the salad again before serving.


 

LET US HELP YOU - use some of these party tips above and gather inspiration for your next event. If you need any help at all, contact us and we're happy to help.

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