Happy Fourth of July, glamazons!
I’m currently enjoying some quality time with my extended family in northern Minnesota. We make it a point to round up the troops every year for the holiday weekend, and I honestly couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. I love the parades and races in town. I love the street dances and fried bread. I love being on the lake and watching the fireworks. I love eating unhealthy quantities of Top the Tater and Vi’s Pizza (two of my most favorite foods that are not available to me in Georgia.) I love escaping the hot hot hot Georgia weather. But most of all, I love spending time with loved ones, especially with Coco joining us this year! I hope you all are having a fabulous Fourth too and doing the things you love.
Photo by Tiberiu Ana.
St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, and if you don’t have any set plans yet, consider inviting your friends over for a last minute get together. With easy-to-make recipes, cocktails and crafty decorations, all you need are some festive tunes and drinking games (think creating limericks a few cocktails in) to really get the party started.
1. Food: Nothing brings people together like good food, so make sure your guests have something delicious to snack on. For a festively green appetizer, try this pea pesto crostini shared by Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. Equally simple ideas include reuben rolls, hot artichoke spinach dip and corned beef spread. For dessert, the mouthwatering options are endless. I could barely keep from drooling over these chocolate mint sandwiches and chocolate shots.
2. Drink: Of course you’ll have plenty of Guinness and green-colored beer on hand. (Remember, you must use a light beer for the green food coloring to show.) To add a fun twist, try concocting a lime shandy. The recipe requires minimal effort, and your guests will love it. If you’re thirsty for more, The Cocktail Lovers share three other ideas here.
3. Décor: When decorating for a St. Patrick’s Day gathering, paper shamrock cutouts and leprechaun images are abused and overused. There is no surer way to look overly cliché than resorting to “Kiss me I’m Irish” paper dinnerware and pot of gold centerpieces. Naturally, the genius that is Martha Stewart has found a way to make the occasion a classier affair but still equally as festive. You can view her decorating suggestions here. Personally, I love the whimsical green flower arrangements.