Quick and Simple Summer Entertaining Tips
Summer entertaining season is among us. While summer is the ultimate time of year for relaxed get-togethers — sipping rosé poolside or grilling under twinkling café lights — those effortless, often informal last minute gatherings with family and friends actually take some planning and savvy entertaining skills.
Our last-minute entertaining philosophy boils down to three things: Keep it simple, be prepared, and add some personality! Enjoy this simple, quick drink recipe and flower arranging tips to make your next spur-of-the-moment gathering feel effortless.
Simple Grocery Store Bouquet
It’s not often that you will hear us suggesting to buy a grocery store bouquet. However, when you don’t have time to call a professional, here are some tips on how to make your average, grocery store bouquet look like a designer floral arrangement to bring some personality to your home!
One of the challenges to creating a flower arrangement is getting your flowers to stay put where you placed them, especially if your vase or container is not packed full of stems. One of the tricks of the trade is to make a grid using waterproof floral tape or making a curly willow nest inside your container. Both of these techniques help space the flowers evenly and make creating an arrangement much easier.
Add large, heavy flowers first turning the arrangement as you work to ensure even placement on all sides. Fill in with smaller, airier blooms, and leave enough space between the stems so individual flowers have room to shine. Include flowers with various shapes and stem lengths.
Water Temperature Matters:
Warm water helps tightly closed flower heads, such as roses or ranunculus, to open fully. Leave them in water for a day or two before using them, if possible.
Trim and Remove Extra Leaves:
Recut stems just before adding them to the arrangement. Strip off any leaves that fall below the water line.
Height (And Width) Matters:
Make your bouquet about one and a half times taller than its container. Also, make sure the width of the arrangement balances out the height.
Use Large Leaves to Fill-In Gaps:
Save larger leaves and stems with leaves on them to fill in around the flowers. Drape some of the greenery over the container’s rim.
Blueberry Mojito Summer Spritzer
This modified mojito recipe uses a few summer staple items like blueberries, limes and mint — be sure to keep these items stocked for impromptu gatherings (and impromptu flower-arranging)!
– 1 cup fresh blueberries (or frozen)
– 1 lime, cut into wedges
– 20 to 24 fresh mint leaves
– 4 ounces simple syrup
– 4 ounces vodka
– 5 ounces club soda
– Ice cubes
– Blueberries, for garnish
– Mint leaves, for garnish
Add the blueberries, lime wedges and fresh mint leaves to the glass (or pitcher). Muddle with a wooden spoon so the blueberries are broken and the mint and lime release their juices and flavor. If assembling the drink in pitchers, you can cover them at this stage and leave in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
When you’re ready to serve, add the simple syrup and vodka, topping it off with club soda. Give it a quick stir and then pour into glasses filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a handful of fresh blueberries and mint.
For more tips, questions, or entertaining advice, just #AskKeith by emailing him at: [email protected]