Summer Entertaining Series in Review

Summer Entertaining Series

 

I’m back from vacation and feel so fortunate to have had 10 AMAZING guest posts for the Summer Entertaining Guest Post Series while I was away. If you haven’t had a chance to read these posts then what are you waiting for!?! Check them out:

Summer Entertaining Series 2013

Thank you SO MUCH to the lovely bloggers that contributed to this guest post series. It was a lot of fun reading and sharing these posts. I’ll be back tomorrow to share some images from our vacation to TX.

I hope you all are having a WONDERFUL 4th of July Weekend!

Summer Entertaining Series: First Birthday Photo Booth Fun from Life By Lindsay

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers’ sharing her tips for a First Birthday Photo Booth. Please welcome Lindsay of Life By Lindsay to A Well Crafted Party!


When I started planning my daughters first birthday, I decided to take the risk that every Pacific Northwest Mom does: plan for a birthday party outside!!! Luckily the weather cooperated that day, and we had a full on BBQ in the back yard!

First Birthday Details

 

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Summer Entertaining Series: Last Minute Sides and Snacks from PDX Food Love

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers  sharing her favorite Summer Recipes. Please welcome Rebekah of PDXfoodlove.com  to A Well Crafted Party!


Last Minute Sides & Snacks Roundup

Hi readers of A Well Crafted Party! My name is Rebekah and I write the food blog PDXfoodlove.com. I love to post about cooking and entertaining at home, and seeing just how much I can do myself instead of purchase ready-made. I like to highlight local produce and sustainable food products, and encourage my readers to vote with their dollars for products that are kind to the environment.

Today I’m taking on a subject that seems easy to think about now, but can cause a panic if you are unprepared: last minute sides and snacks. It’s happened to all of us- we find out another couple is coming to the party, even though they didn’t RSVP – and you need to expand your menu in short order.

Or maybe you totally forgot about your friend’s barbecue… until an hour beforehand.

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Summer Entertaining Series: Summer Bar Cart from Sam Rosen

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers (& friends) sharing her favorite Summer Essentials. Please welcome Sam of Sam Rosen to A Well Crafted Party!


Hi everyone! Thanks to Jenni for having me! I usually blog about fashion and parties so I knew exactly what I would share when Jenni asked me to share with her readers. I am a big fan of the bar cart trend right now! It’s perfect if you don’t have room for a full bar in your house, it’s always party ready! If you’ve looked into buying a bar cart, you probably found a large amount of gorgeous carts that are extremely expensive! I suggest looking into thrift shops. I am lucky beyond words because this was my grandparents bar cart and when my grandma passed my dad made sure this bar cart got back to Oregon {from Florida} for me. I immediately started to fill it. I had most of this stuff already, just waiting for a bar cart. I am obviously a champagne drinker and eventually I’ll get a few more alcohols and bar accessories but until then, this is what I’m working with. I found most of these items thrifting, given to me by family. or at stores like Target/TJ Maxx/West Elm.

Tips for Creating a Summer Bar Cart

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Summer Entertaining Series: His & Her Cocktails from Tiny Little Rocket

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers (and friends!) sharing one of her Summer cocktail recipes. Please welcome Erika from A Tiny Rocket  to A Well Crafted Party!


Hello! it’s me Erika from A Tiny Rocket, which is a blog about my adventures of mommyhood and making things.  I wanted to share with you today one of my favorite summer time cocktails.  I love a light refreshing cocktail in the summer. Since I am a new mommy, my husband and I do a lot of date nights at home which means lots of experimenting with fun new cocktails.  We do a version for me and a slight twist for my husband.  It’s seriously delicious :).
HIs & Hers Longbeach Lemonade Cocktail Recipes

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Summer Entertaining Series: Grilled Bacon Wrapped Pork with Kung Foo Feltus

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers (and friends!) sharing one of her Summer recipes. Please welcome Shannon from Kung Foo Feltus to A Well Crafted Party!


I am so happy to be writing a guest post! Wahoooo for Summertime!! I am know for few things. Bacon is pretty much top of the list and gardening is high up there too. I am combining these two loves to bring you a really awesome recipe for a fresh and mostly healthy meal. I am not going on any Paleo diet anytime soon but I have been told that this can fit into that style of eating as well. Bonus! It is low carb for those into that and low sugar too. Really I feel like you can’t go to wrong with meat and veggies when you want to feel full and satisfied. But, more importantly, this dish can totally feed the masses if need be for relatively low cost. Double Bonus! We grow a massive amount of kale and tomatoes at our house among so many other foods. If you can’t grow your own, the next best thing if you don’t live near me, is hitting up the local farmers markets. Produce there is out of this world flavorful too. Grocery stores are great and all but nothing beats fresh local fruits and veggies if you can get your hands on them.

My sister helped me pick a recipe because I had about 30 ideas and no focus. She reminded me of a few very good points. Not everyone is a plant nerd like me. I grow a bazillion vegetables and like, research them and their origin, how they pollinate, how much of the plant can be eaten and of course how to prepare it. Which leads to her best point; Not everyone knows how to cook some of the veggies they like to eat. Like spaghetti squash. Before I had ever learned to cook it, I had eaten it at various friends houses for meals and even a few times in restaurants. With it looking like it does and turning out how it ends up it’s no wonder this delicious food can be botched ( I learned through trial and error horrible error). So, I give you one of my favorites and all the steps I can think of to help make preparation as simple and no nonsense as I can.

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Summer Entertaining Series: Summer Recipes by Adventures of Brad & Kendra

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers’ sharing her favorite Summer recipes. Please welcome Kendra from Adventures of Brad & Kendra to A Well Crafted Party! 

Hi everybody, I’m Kendra from Adventures of Brad & Kendra. Hopefully Jenni is having an awesome vacation and getting some much needed relaxation. Over on my blog I write about the happenings of my life ranging from recipes, DIY projects, crafts and other adventures life throws our way. My husband and I have been married for almost 7 years and currently reside just outside Seattle. In addition to my blog and my day job of being an Electrical Engineer I run the Etsy shop Simply {Darr}ling where I sell items such as scrabble necklaces, FOE hair ties, scarves, coffee cozies, and baby items.

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Summer Entertaining Series: Summer Wedding Attire with Cup of Ting

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers’ sharing her advice for Summer wedding attire. Please welcome Ting from Cup of  Ting! This is especially relevant to me today as I don my own Wedding attire as I enjoy my sis-in-law’s wedding! 


Hi, I’m TING!  Jenni was sweet enough to invite me to share some sunny fun with you while she’s out getting her vacation on.  I suppose you might want to know a little about me, so here I go…

I play house for a living!  I’m a foodie who loves all things stripes + I still play dress up.  As a dancing queen + healthy lifestyle cheerleader, I read cookbooks in my spare time + am not your typical stay at home mom.  Come play with me sometime in this little blog world of mine called Cup of TING… giving you a sip of my Fashion, Food + Fun!

Now, summer is a coming + do you hear what I hear?  Oh yeah, it’s wedding bells, champagne bottles popping, cheers + laughter all around.  Here’s the age-old dilemma though… what to wear.  My go-to for any summer wedding is the classic Little Black Dress.  Here I’d like to share some options to jazz up YOUR little black dress attire.

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Summer Entertaining Series: Summer Loving from Love Sparkle Pretty

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers’ sharing her favorite things about Summer. Please welcome Kayla from Love Sparkle Pretty!

Hello friends! My name is Kayla and I blog over at Love Sparkle Pretty where I share my crazy beautiful life being a handmade shop owner, wedding/event planner, floral design student, mommy to a fun little boy, wife to a handsome man and daughter of Jesus Christ!

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Summer Entertaining Series: Semi-Homemade Summer Salad from Back-Handsprings Through Bridgetown

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers’ sharing her favorite Summer Essentials. Please welcome Laura from Back-Handsprings Through Bridgetown!

 

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Hello peeps of A Well Crafted Party! My name is Laura, and I blog over at Back-handsprings Through Bridgetown. Jenni is a special kind of individual who can do things from Pinterest successfully, as well as create things that others want to pin. I am not. I suck at crafts and I never DIY (because my stuff will look DIY… in a bad way). That is why I must read blogs like Jenni’s to make myself feel inadequate and envious. But that is like, the point of blogs right?… especially fashion blogs. Haha! No, but seriously, we all need inspiration from people who have different gifting than ourselves.

 

Summer Entertaining Series: Summer Essentials from Cupcakes & Cutlery

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers’ sharing her favorite Summer Essentials. Please welcome Sharon of Cupcakes & Cutlery to A Well Crafted Party!


Hi guys! I’m super excited to be contributing to A Well Crafted Party today! I’m from California so we can pretty much entertain outdoors all year long. My design style doesn’t vary that much by season. I generally gravitate towards a boho vibe and this summer is no different. These are my summer entertaining essentials:

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Summer Entertaining Series: Introduction

Today marks day one of my Summer vacation! If you couldn’t tell from the many Wedding Travel posts leading up to today… I’m traveling to a wedding! My lovely sister-in-law is getting married this upcoming weekend and I will be one of her bridesmaids. My  son will be the ring barrier and my husband (her brother) will be an usher. I’m so excited to get to take part in her big day. But, knowing that I’d be way too busy to consistently post I asked a few of my awesome blogging buddies if they wanted to contribute to a series on Summer Entertaining. The response was overwhelming and the posts are SO MUCH FUN! Can’t wait to share them with you…. but, I’m going to wait til tomorrow!

I just asked the guest bloggers to provide a post having to do with ANYTHING about Summer Entertaining. We have some fun recipes, entertaining essentials, real parties, and more. A big thank you to all of the participating blogs!

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