Summer Cake, from Pinterest #food

Parfaits are pretty
Sorbet is sweet
but when it comes to entertaining, there is nothing better than having a beautiful cake to serve your guests.

I went in search of a yummy summer cake using seasonal fruits on Pinterest, and was overjoyed by this one!

 
First and foremost, the presentation is glorious. I love the slices of peach with their golden flesh, accented by the raspberry tones of the pit.

I also love that this cake uses peaches as the flavor. For summer, I find that so many use strawberries or raspberries, so it's nice to have a new fruit to enjoy in baking!

You can find the recipe here from The Baker Upstairs.
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Summer #BBQ Hostess Essentials

Playing hostess to family and friends this year with a big backyard bar-b-que? Here are a few things to make your hostess duties a cinch, and make you look fabulous this summer!

Summer BBQ Hostess



When I think about playing hostess to a summer bbq, I think about making my guests feel at ease and relaxed. After all, it's summer!

Bring out the blankets to sit on the lawn if you have limited table seating, as well as chic plastic or melamine plates and drinkware.

Line the paths with citronella candles to keep bugs at bay {a huge thing for me...they devour me!} and place lanterns along the porch, deck and anywhere that your guests will be sitting.

Pick up a cute condiment tray like this one from Williams Sonoma. I always cringe when I have to put out the bottles and jars from the fridge and wish they could look a little prettier...so this caddy is perfect!

And what will you wear?? Well a pretty sundress and wedge heels are perfect. It's summery but not too fancy, girly yet laid back.

Above all, have fun! Bring out the washer toss games and bean bags, water sprinklers for the kids, and sparklers for night time!
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Sweet Summer Cocktail, found on Pinterest

Still along the summer entertaining theme, do you have your bar ready for guests and bbq's? I mean more than a cooler of beer...something to really stand out for your guests and make them want to come back?

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I love this idea for a summer bbq! Mimosa's are super popular, and you can make them even more festive for the summer by using sorbet instead of fruit juice.

Orange sherbert
Lime Sorbet
Mango Sorbet

The possibilities are endless and you could even set up a DIY bar! Instead of filling your cooler with ice and beer, fill it with ice and sorbet tubs! Just add champagne {which is always a good idea!}
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Black and White Trendy Wine Carafe DIY on DecoArt

What's black and white, and carries wine? A beautiful wine carafe DIY over on DecoArt that I've created for summer entertaining!


It's the perfect project for those that have glassware that needs an update, and those who want to keep their homes trendy and fresh.

Head on over to DecoArt's beautiful new blog to get the instructions on how to create your own Black and White wine Carafe!

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Announcing TRISCUIT, the official #FlyDIY party sponsor!

You know you love them...the salty crunch of woven grains...so yummy when topped with a variety of cheese, proteins and other delicious goodies.


Well folks, Triscuit has come on board as the official sponsor of FlyDIY!!

What will you find at the party this Friday at the Sheraton Chicago? A lovely spread of Triscuit canapes including these delicious pepper jack corn salsa ones!

And these ones. But you best be staying away from them, because I.Want.Them.All!


Make sure you stop by the Triscuit station before getting crafty!

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Fabulous Finds Friday: Rosemary Oven Roasted Potatoes

One thing that comes along wit the holdiays, is entertaining the masses. Friends...family...children...playdates...mom groups - soon they'll be converging on your home, and you better be ready!

Fear not!! I bring you Fabulous find this month to make holiday entertaining easy!



Rosemary Oven Roasted Potatoes...probably one of the easiest side dishes to make, and one that you can prep in advance, toss in the oven for a while and then serve...

What's even better, is how incredibly impressive, and tasty they are! Play with your seasonings, salts, and oils...or keep it simple with fresh sprigs of rosemary!

Happy entertaining!