Summer is flying by (can you believe the Fourth of July has come and gone?!) and we are already looking ahead to more summer parties, having friends over for dinners and even maybe a game night or two. With that in mind, this month’s Edit is all about entertaining. We have everything you need to throw a great party, be a great hostess or even bring a great hostess gift.
We’ve used Cheeky Home before when we hosted and their new line with French Bull is perfect for a summer barbecue or apartment patio party. It’s the first designer collaboration for the brand and the vibrant colors combined with geometric design makes them plates you won’t want to throw away – but you still can! This makes it ideal for minimizing at-home messes. Plus, Cheeky has already provided more than three million meals to Feeding America since November, so their cups have a very good cause.
If you do want to serve your drinks in glass, Riedel is the way to go, especially since its rose season. Their glasses are phenomenal for champagne and celebratory bubbly but they have also created the new Vinum Extreme Rosé Provence Glass, made specifically for the pretty pink wine.
Rum is a traditional summer drink and Cruzan is our pick for the season. They have lots of great summer flavors in addition to their classic spiced rum, and we love their whole “Don’t Hurry” attitude for a lounging summer afternoon. Here’s one of our favorite cocktails:
1 part Cruzan Pineapple Rum
1 part Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum
1 part Cruzan Coconut Rum
2 parts orange juice
2 parts lemonade
When you’re hosting a party, taking care of yourself often comes last on the to do list. To prep your skin for minimal and fast beauty routines, we love Skyn Iceland for summer. Their Arctic Face Mist is cooling so if you have an event outside, it will help keep your face hydrated, and helps decrease inflammation from the sun to just leave you with a pretty glow perfect for that mid-party photo. Their ANTIDOTE Cooling Lotion is also the perfect thing to put on post-party and just relax.
Though primarily known for their wines, Terlato has expanded their brand to include a collection of specialty foods meant to be served at the table alongside exceptional wines. We love their pasta sauces for family style dinners including their spicy Arrabiata Sauce for a twist on spaghetti or their Vodka Sauce on chilled pasta. Italians are known for their hospitality, and with these sauces, you will be too.
Hosting a party at home can be tough when planning the bar. Managing mixers, beers, hard alcohol etc can lead to lots of bottles and trash. That’s why we are always down for a pre-mixed drink that’s easy to manage. VOCO is a pre-mixed coconut water and vodka drink in a twist-off can that helps keep the drink cool. It’s great to bring to have at home for an easy offering.
The number one rule of party guest etiquette: Never show up empty handed. And while booze or your latest Pinterest recipe are always appreciated, we’re all for going the extra mile and getting something a little more thoughtful (especially for a larger event or more formal dinner party). Our current favorite hostess gift: Fresh Cosmetics. Their body polishes and lip balms give the natural looking glow everyone craves during the summer months, plus each store features an in-house gift wrap station, so you can tie everything up in a pretty package.
For lunch, brunch and other daytime events, it’s always good to have non-alcoholic options for drinks. Lemonade and tea are classic summer options and we love TK Hibiscus tea as your choice. These little bottles are steeped with antioxidants and lots of beneficial plant acids that are very good for you and are shown to help maintain low blood pressure too. Tasty and good for you!
Voga Italia Wine might become our new go-to party drink. Not only are the bottles individually sized (fun!), but they’re easy to open, resealable, and come with a straw, so you don’t have to worry about wine openers or glassware (which means fewer dishes to wash post-part, something any hostess can appreciate).