One of the best things about blogging? Fellow bloggers! I had no idea how nice and welcoming everyone would be when Party Resources decided to go viral. One of these fabulous folks is Carolyn from THE BUZZ.
I love her blog and her style. She works with her mother, DIANE JAMES, who creates the most stunning silk flower arrangements. Seriously, her flowers are gorgeous and would even trick the bees! Carolyn was kind enough to share her tips for entertaining.
Porch Swing - for recipe CLICK
Carolyn's favorite spot to entertain in the summer is outside on her terrace. One of her favorite dishes for summer gatherings is Ina Garten's Grilled Herb Shrimp. For recipe CLICK
Paired with Farm Stand Corn Salad from Oprah. For recipe CLICK
Both of these dishes can be made in advance so you can sip your Porch Swing and enjoy time with your guests!
COOK SHOP in New York. Chef Mark Meyer supports local farmers, sustainable ingredients and you can taste the love in his food.
Favorite Party Sources:
CULTURAL INTRIGUE has a huge selection of lanterns, candles and party favors.
JAMALI GARDEN has a large assortment of table top decor.
Never let your guests leave empty handed. In the summer send them home with small pots of herbs wrapped with burlap and twine. Or wrap up ornaments around the holidays!
Be creative with flowers! Use flowers as a centerpiece, but also around the plates for a festive table.
Mix and match china, silver and crystal - it's okay to use your everyday china with your wedding crystal.
Joe Nye's book, Flair. For everyone still learning how to throw a great party, this book is fabulous!
Images: Smitten Kitchen, My Recipes