With summer officially here, the most sensational season for outdoor entertaining is finally heating up now. The 3-part recipe for hosting a memorable summer party is: tasty beverages, scrumptious food, and a beautiful setting. Here are easy entertaining ideas that show you how to make a splash this summer by hosting a fun and fabulous party that doesn’t hours of planning and prep work.
Create Classic Cocktails with BACARDI® Mixers
The days of spending tireless hours in the kitchen preparing for a party are long gone. Why might you ask? Because it’s Partytime, Anytime with BACARDI® Mixers! With these refreshing instant cocktail mixers (made to help you quickly whip up a batch of tasty Margaritas or Daiquiris), it’s easier than ever nowadays to create classic cocktails that your guests will be raving about. Below is one of my favorite Strawberry Colada cocktail recipes (using the BACARDI® Mixers Piña Colada Mix) that is incredibly fast and simple to create (and even tastier to drink!).
Strawberry Colada Cocktail Recipe by BACARDI® Mixers
- 1/3 can of frozen BACARDI® Mixers Piña Colada Mix
- 1/2 cup of strawberries
- 2 ounces of crushed pineapple
- 1/2 cup of BACARDI® Superior Rum
- 5 cups of ice
- Strawberries and pineapple for garnish
- 1. Blend together BACARDI® Mixers Piña Colada Mix, BACARDI® Rum, strawberries and pineapple.
- 2. Add ice and blend for 45 to 60 seconds or until uniform.
- 3. Garnish with strawberries and pineapple.
- 4. Serves five people.
BACARDI® Mixers is a premium line of non-alcoholic, frozen mixers that come pre-made in convenient 10 oz. cans, which can be found in the frozen juice aisle at your local market. BACARDI® Mixers are available in several delicious flavors: BACARDI® Mixers Margarita Mix, BACARDI® Mixers Piña Colada Mix, and BACARDI® Mixers Strawberry Daiquiri Mix, which provide virtually endless options for creating a variety of cocktails. If you’d love more party-planning ideas, visit BACARDI® Mixers’ Instant Party.com to view 100 easy-to-make cocktail recipes (using BACARDI® Mixers).
How To Make A Simple Summer Salad
After you have created a refreshing batch of Strawberry Coladas, use the remaining fresh strawberries as a garnish for your summer salad. First chop up a couple heads of romaine lettuce. Then mix in toasted almonds, sliced cucumbers, and strawberries. Finish with a drizzle of sweet chili sauce (to add a little spice and color to the salad).
Summer Party Planning Tips
A great way to make your party come to life is with festive table ware coordinated with a floral arrangement bursting with color. Place mats, napkins, and plates in a variety of colors and patterns are beautifully off-set by a bouquet of vibrant hued blooms (placed in a vivid colored vase). In season flowers (like Snapdragons, and dramatic Stargazer and Asiatic Lilies) instantly add bold pops of color and visual appeal to your table setting.
If you’re going for a casual party, opt for disposable paper plates and cotton napkins. In addition, plastic beverage glasses are a smart option, since they won’t break (if mistakenly dropped by a guest), and are easy to wash after usage. When the party wraps up for the night, simply toss the used plates in the garbage and put the napkins in the laundry. Unlike silk napkins (which require dry cleaning), cotton napkins are not only easy and inexpensive to clean after the party, they also have a more casual, relaxed look and feel. To dress-up your napkins, put a decorative napkin holder (like the orchid holder shown here) on them.
And that’s it! With these 3 easy steps, you’re on your way to hosting the ultimate summer party that doesn’t take hours of planning and prep work.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by BACARDI® through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about BACARDI® Mixers, all opinions are my own.
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