With the upcoming 4th of July long holiday weekend, we haven’t decided whether we will making a road trip out of town or staying at home and hosting a backyard party. If we do decide to stay in town, we will host a patriotic-themed celebration with a charming outdoor gathering for a relaxed dinner and serve easy, portable food like a grilled hot dogs. I envision creating a tablescape channeling the deep blue sea and displaying a flower arrangement with red ranunculus, perhaps.
If you’re looking for cooking inspiration, keep reading for a round-up of my fourth of July summer menu idea.
Crank up the grill and make your own DIY hot dog station! Having your guests customize their own hot dog is a great way to get everyone in on the food prep and having a little fun with their food. With all these savory hot dog topping ideas, you can’t go wrong.
For a sweeter flavor, these tropical hot dog toppings are equally satisfying! Place hot dogs in a fun basket or have your guests create their own hot dog toppings with individualized hot dog holders. Organize condiments on a tiered stand or in mason jars atop a bowl of ice.
Take ordinary french fries to the next level! Display these crispy, robust oven-baked garlic parmesan potato fries in mini galvanized bucket pails for each guest to easily grab and place on their plate.
Add a punch of flavor to your cocktail with a simple summer infusion like this refreshing strawberry moscow mule recipe. You can create a large batch for your guests or make one cup at a time and display on a tray for them to self serve.
Finish the night with sparklers and a berry delicious dessert! While I could have chosen a more traditional dessert like a cherry pie, I decided with a heavy-filling entree – a lighter dessert like this raspberry gratin, would be ideal.
Take the fun outside and enjoy this fourth of July! Happy Summer!!
*featured image by Crate and Barrel
I recently featured on my insta story, these vintage light blue glasses that my mother bought for me while antiquing. She knows how much I adore colored glassware and my vintage glassware collection is ever-growing! The best part is my mom only paid $0.50 cents for each one!! Amazing, right?! I was inspired to create an outdoor summer tablescape using these glasses and since I do enjoy using my “nice dishes” on our outdoor dining table, I chose dinnerware that coordinated nicely. So today I wanted to share the details with you…
I decided to layer a simple white square dinner plate (that I wanted to serve as a charger) atop white bone china that has a light blue paisley motif. The dinner plate fit perfectly inside the circular indentation of the square plate. I decided against using my salad plates since it had the same design and I didn’t want to be too “matchy”, so I set them aside (In this instance, I would bring out the pre-plated salad to my guests.) As for the flatware, I added a bit of elegance with my striking gold place setting for that bit of sparkle.
Since my color scheme was blue, I knew the perfect flowers to adorn the center of the table would be blue hydrangeas! I was lucky that the grocery store had an abundance of fresh blue and white hydrangeas to choose from. I housed my cluster of arranged hydrangeas in this clear Serafina Vase that has a beautiful clear & white ombré effect!
Finally, I used my Calvin Klein painted floral dinner napkins in a coordinating blue. I pulled the napkins through my Oleg Cassini crystal napkin rings. To complete the look, I tucked some flower petals inside each napkin ring for a soft and delicate look.
I wanted the look of the table to be light and pretty like the soft clear blue skies and puffy white clouds. By keeping the table essentials monochromatic with the same tone-on-tone and a hint of gold because after all a bit of glamour never hurt anyone…I’m happy of the way it turned out and how airy it looked with the outdoor greenery as the backdrop! Hoping you are feeling inspired to create your own blue-inspired tablescape for summer entertaining!
-Photos + Table Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
How To Use A Metal Tray in 2 Different Ways: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A DIY TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S’MORES
Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a store aisle…ahem, at HomeGoods and find that certain decor piece and automatically think to yourself the many ways you can use it for? That’s what happened when I found this large black & gold metal tray. I’ve said it before – I just LOVE the many uses of a decor item!
Let’s take a look on how I created two (2) DIY ways to use a metal tray that can be used when entertaining indoors or outdoors!
Floating Candle + Flower Petals Centerpiece
The early evening hours of summer months are the perfect times to dress your table with a beautiful and simple floating candle centerpiece. For more visual impact, add flower petals. Dining by the light of candles placed on the table gives a warm and serenity feel, while the setting sun casts a glow on the water filled tray.
The look of this centerpiece is fresh, modern, and creates an enchanting ambiance if used indoors and has outdoor charm as the evening sky darkens to dusk.
DIY Indoor & Outdoor Tabletop Fire Pit for S’mores
Typically, s’mores are enjoyed more in the fall season because lighting up the fire pit can release a lot of heat and unless you experience cooler summer evenings, the use of a fire pit in the summer months are not as frequent. However, s’mores can still be enjoyed (especially if you don’t own a fire pit) by creating a DIY indoor and outdoor tabletop fire pit. Why not host an impromptu outdoor summer party and create a s’mores bar by using your DIY tabletop fire pit that kids and adults alike, will love! Keep reading to see what you will need and how you can put this easy DIY together.
To create this two-step tabletop fire pit, I simply added three, 2.6 ounce cans of Sterno cooking fuel and nestled medium-sized landscaping rocks in between and all around the cans to conceal them. When selecting your metal tray, be sure it is heat resistant.
What You Need:
- Long Low Metal container
- Sterno cans
- Graham Crackers (honey or chocolate flavored) or your favorite flavored Cookie
- Chocolate bars
- Marshmallow sticks
- Optional: Nutella, peanut butter, sliced bananas, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, raisins
- Trays/Bowls to hold your food items
How to Assemble Tabletop Fire Pit:
- Add Sterno cans and place equally apart
- Add a bed of stones/rocks into the metal tray
- Arrange your trays and/or bowls on your table and either create a self-serve buffet style or use mason jars filled with the contents to create individual s’more containers
Now let’s have a party and have some backyard fun!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
Editor’s note: I did do some research to see if using Sterno cans for direct heating is safe and what I found is make sure the can you use is marked “ethanol” and NOT “methanol”. However, I would suggest you do your own research if you have any concerns.
Happy Friday!! What better way to kick off the long holiday weekend than with a delicious cocktail..am I right?! Sometimes the best desserts come in the form of a cocktail and what better way to have the best of both worlds. If you love sweet and creamy cocktails, then I bet you will enjoy my decadent ‘White Chocolate-Raspberry Cream’ drink. An added bonus is the Lindor Dark Chocolate Truffle that I garnished this cocktail with…it’s a great treat to enjoy when you have reached the bottom of your empty glass! For this easy to make cocktail recipe, keep reading below.
A BIG thank you to all the men and women fighting for the security for all of us, to keep us safe. Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend!
- 1 ounce, Vodka
- 2 ounces, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
- 3/4 ounces, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
- 1/4 ounces, White Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Creamer
- Crushed Ice
- Whipped Cream and a Dark Chocolate Truffle, cut the shell in half (I used Lindor brand)
- In a cocktail shaker, add crushed ice and all the ingredients.
- Shake and pour
- Garnish with Whipped Cream and top it with two halves of the chocolate truffle
- Serve and Enjoy!
Recipe + Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
The weather here in Western Pennsylvania can get be pretty sketchy in the month of April. Since it appears that we are finally in the clear for a good stretch of warm spring weather, we finally uncovered all our deck furniture yesterday. We gave the deck railing and wood floor a good cleaning and we are happy to be able to start using our outdoor living space this spring and summer!
Typically, when I host a lunch or dinner party outdoors, I love to use fresh flowers on the table or a potted flowering plant. However, when done right, sometimes it’s ok to use faux plant decor. The benefits are you don’t have to be concerned with your flowers wilting from the hot sun or flying insects wanting to perch on your flowering plant buds, and no need for water…you don’t have the hassle of caring for a live plant. However, I just had to add a touch of fresh blooms from my flowering plant – it added a bright and vibrant pop of color!
Inspired by my new faux boxwood topiaries from Home Goods, I decided to add a lush of green to the already greenery outdoors by pairing the topiaries with my boxwood leaves placemats. To add to this casual outdoor dining tablescape, I used my gray, vintage designed disposable plastic round plates (purchased from Marshalls), silver plastic flatware set, and my clear acrylic wine glasses and tumblers – all of which are perfect and ideal for outdoor entertaining. When all these decor elements and tableware essentials were grouped together, it gave a cozy and welcoming look!
I love how the design of the acrylic glassware looks like real glass!
What drew me to purchase these faux topiaries were the two-tone painted pot. The modern mix of light gray and gold is totally my style!
Our deck sits up high from the ground and we are surrounded by tall mature trees, which makes us feel like our deck is a tree house. I really like how the greenery continues to flow onto the outdoor dining table!
This tablescape was so easy to put together for easy-breezy spring entertaining…effortlessly chic! Happy Spring!!
-Photos + Tablescape by Rose Angel Lopez