10 Summer Entertaining Essentials

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With the weather finally heating up it’s about time that our grills are too. There is nothing I love more in the summer than evenings spent with friends sharing good food, bubbly drinks and lots of stories. This season of life finds me jonesing for an outdoor space (my tiny city apartment doesn’t even have a balcony), but to all you lucky B*tches out there, here are your top ten summer entertaining essentials.

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Blackberry & Mint Champagne

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This past week was my birthday, and not that I need an excuse to drink champagne, but birthdays are always a good reason.

This recipe I found is the perfect spring cocktail to freshen up champagne. The blackberry simple syrups is sweet but tart, while the mint leaves add a refreshing layer to the champagne.

This drink is the perfect compliment to a fresh salad and creamy vanilla birthday cake.

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6 Going on 24

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This past weekend my friends and I threw a birthday party.

I love any good excuse to throw a party and celebrate, but this was particularly special because we were celebrating a Leap Day birthday. Rare right? There’s about a 1 in 1,500 chance that you’re born on leap day so naturally we had to do it up right- a girl only turns 6 once right?

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A Midsummer’s Night

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There’s nothing I love more than being surrounded by good people, exceptional food and sweet white wine. So naturally this summer, a few weeks before I moved out of the little white house and onto a new chapter in my life, I threw a dinner party.

We poured sparkling lemonade and chilled white wine into thrift store mason jars. We ate creamy risotto, balsamic and honey chicken skewers mixed with crisp red peppers and sweet onions. There was prosciutto wrapped asparagus and black bean quinoa salad mixed with earthy cilantro and a tangy vinaigrette. For dessert we filled our bowls with velvety mint ice cream and tart red cherries drizzled in hot fudge that threatened to spill over.

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