Summer is a time to relax, have fun and entertain. Have you decided to throw a summer party but are stumped on clever ideas to create a fun event? Try a couple of new summer recipes. And why not get your guests playing a classic game of croquet, in all white of course!
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I just returned from a trip to London where I had great fun touring the sites and eating surprisingly good food (who knew London was such a culinary goldmine?!). One of the sites I visited with a friend while there was the Tower of London. We took the Yeoman Warder tour, drooled over the Crown Jewels, and toured the grounds.
While touring the Tower, I saw mention of how kings and queens used to entertain. Feasts, feasts, and more feasts. Fine china, well-dressed tables, delicacies of all kinds. It sounded so luxurious and decadent and must have been an incredible treat for those guests that were able to attend.
I do not promote the exclusivity and classicism that occurred in the days of those great feasts. I am struck, however, by the general hospitality that was extended. Every detail was carefully planned so that each guest would have a memorable experience. In fact, when these kings and queens used to entertain, their guests — usually the royal court — became an extension of their family.
In many ways, that is what Rex & Regina Events is about. Showing gracious hospitality to one’s guests. It could be a casual BBQ at your home, a special occasion like a wedding or graduation, a corporate event to entertain clients, or a non-profit fundraising event with donors. It doesn’t matter the style or scale of the event, guests should feel cared for and appreciated. From start to finish, their experience should be seamless, cohesive, and comfortable. They should feel like part of your family.
Here’s to gracious hospitality — royal or not!
Whether you are hosting guests for a Valentine’s Day get together or just want to show that special someone you care, this project is for you! These pomegranate filled ice cubes are easy to make and will instantly make any drink you serve that much more special.
You can find a step-by-step process on how to make these ice cubs here, but essentially you just put three pomegranate seeds in a heart shaped ice tray. Freeze and then serve in your drink of choice!
As we’ve gotten older and friends’ families have started to grow, we’ve found that its naturally harder to plan New Year’s Eve events. Last year the idea came to me of hosting a New Year’s Day brunch instead. That way, our friends and their children could all come together to celebrate the new year in a family-friendly way.
We hire baby-sitters and make sure there are fun activities for the children. Friends say that this helps them to more easily connect with people at the party while knowing that their children are safe and having fun. I create a separate buffet with kid-friendly food in addition to a brunch buffet, dessert display, and beverage “station” for all of the adults.
I wanted the party to be “sparkly” and focused on a silver and white color palette. I sewed a silver sequin runner for the buffet table and a sequin topper with a white skirt for the dessert buffet sideboard. Flowers (done by Petal’s Edge) featured whites and greys and some of the vases we wrapped in sparkly ribbon. Drink stirrers were also wrapped with tiny tinsel strands. Subway art above the buffet is from Eighteen 25.
Here are a few photos from the brunch, beautifully captured by the talented photographer Katarina Price. Thanks, Katarina!
There are lots of ways to dress up your dinner table to impress holiday guests. Special china, unique glassware, pretty napkins… Adding a centerpiece, however, always helps to complete the tablescape. Whether it be flowers, fruit, or even pinecones, a holiday centerpiece does not need to be complicated to be impactful. Check out these simple ideas from Martha Stewart for beautiful, do-it-yourself centerpieces.
Fresh cut flowers are a traditional centerpiece for any dinner table. What makes this beautiful centerpiece unique are the cranberries in the vase. The pop of red color is gorgeous against the white flowers and stay in the color scheme of the holidays.
This is another beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table. This time the flowers are red and the candles are white but you can swap out different colors to match. Depending on the length of your table, line up three to four of these centerpieces to brighten up the whole table!
I am always looking for inspiration for beautiful tablescapes. This one, featured in Southern Living and designed by Elizabeth Demos, is absolutely beautiful. I love the punch that the orange napkins provide; the bare, exposed rustic table contrasted with elegant upholstered chairs; and the tiered, multi-level centerpiece. What inspiration for a beautiful Fall tablescape!
Though I do not use them often, there are occasions when I need to set out toothpicks for appetizers or hors d’oeuvres at a party. Then there is always the matter of what guests should do with the used toothpicks. I thought this idea from Real Simple was very clever. Use a lemon (marked with a little sign) for guests to “dispose” of their used toothpicks. If the lemon does not stay upright on its own, you may want to slice off a bit of the bottom.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the thought of entertaining. Most of us put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make sure that everything is perfect which often deters us from entertaining at all. Never let expectations keep you from extending gracious hospitality to those that you care about. Instead, find ways to make entertaining even easier and efficient.
One way to make entertaining easier is to rely on faithful appliances and let them do the work. Here are three appliances that can transform your entertaining from intimidating to quick and easy.
An automatic ice cream maker is a nice way to put a special touch on your gathering with a homemade treat. You can find lots of great recipes for ice cream online, or you can choose to purchase an ice cream starter from a store like Williams-Sonoma. Either way, making your own ice cream is super easy and is always impressive to guests.
Similarly, a bread maker is a great way to offer that homemade touch. Homemade bread is not only delicious, but it is super easy to make. Simply dump the ingredients in the bowl and turn on the machine. You can time the bread so that it comes out at the exact time you plan on serving it. There is nothing better than warm bread and butter!
Lastly, a slow cooker is a tried and true easy entertaining trick. Again, pile in the ingredients and turn on the timer. Done! I am really fond of the recipes that Williams-Sonoma has online, especially their slow-cooker lasagna (great as leftovers, too!) and Thomas Keller’s slow-cooker cassoulet. The latter has a few more steps than a traditional slow cooker recipe, but it is worth it and is one of my favorite recipes of all time. Great for winter.
So next time you entertain, let the appliances do the work for you. Set the timer, and voila!