Thursday, June 22, 2017

Project Design-Simple Summer Entertaining Tips




Welcome to our latest installment of Project Design!  We planned  a simple dinner at the lake with friends for Steve's birthday that just happened to be on Memorial Weekend. We like to keep entertaining simple at the lake so we made this easy appetizer.  All it takes is three ingredients; a wedge of Brie,  TJ's corn salsa (at Amazon if you don't have one nearby)  and Terrapin Ridge's Hot Pepper Bacon Jam. (also on Amazon click the link)



 We set up dinner on our lower patio because it can get toasty at the lake. 

The view above


Jenna and I decorated the tables with our faithful fence board box filled with flowers in red, white and blue.


We used my white Target plates and my twig chargers.  We layered these great Minted Watercolor Dots Napkins over bright red bandanas, added mini flags, herbs from my garden, and tied them with red raffia found at Michaels. They have the larger flags as well.

We set up one of our round folding tables in front of the fountain; (I have three for this purpose) , covered it with a burlap cover ( you will need 108" to touch ground), and used one of the toppers left over from Colin and Lauren's wedding with more bandana napkins.



This is the garden (in case you are wondering).  The deer, bunnies and birds eat everything in sight



Lime Chipotle Sauce
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 chipotle chile,with 2 tsp sauce from can of chipotles in adobo sauce
  • ½ cup packed cilantro
  • Zest and juice of one lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Combine all in food processor and serve.


After dinner as the sun set,


we enjoyed one of my homemade desserts (just kidding).  I don't bake.  For simplicity and the fact that I hate to bake ,I purchased these from Dollie Cakes in Salinas and added the flags, fruit and mint.

How about a Patriotic Playlist to get you in the spirit of things? The picture on the playlist is the barn on my dad's farm in Indiana.





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29 comments:

  1. I'm knocked out! Just when you have seen enough patriotic themed tablescapes, THIS BEAUTY is created! All the texture and warmth make this so sophisticated yet casual. Brilliant job, Cindy, and those napkins!

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    1. Thanks Michele! I am so glad we have connected through Instagram. Your blog post was gorgeous...I just wanted to linger!!

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    2. Thank you so much Michele I really appreciate that. Patriotic can be tricky!!

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  2. What a beautiful patriotic tablesetting without being kitschy, you did a great job Cindy and your meal sounds absolutely delicious and perfect!! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Kathysue that is such a compliment. I loathe kitschy patriotic decor as well. I think you would enjoy the meal as well. Give it a try sometime...thanks for the sweet comment

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  3. What a fantastic looking party in every way! I so love it when you share posts about your lake house. Since I've been there I feel like I'm transported once again to your beautiful home, which is such an ideal place to entertain. Thanks to you and all the other bloggers for another great series!

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    1. No one can throw a party like you "Martha"! I am always in awe of your entertaining skillS!!

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  4. Thanks for inviting me and your meal looks amazing!
    Best,
    Janet

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    1. Thanks so much Janet...loved your post as well!

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  5. HOLY COW, Cindy...you are so good and everything. Your menu has my mouth watering...so much goodness to pin here. GREAT job!

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    1. I must say everything we tried was good! Try the bloody mary salad with the chimichurri I think it is a good company. Thanks for the sweet comments!

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  6. WE had SKIRT STEAK last night..........now I must try your sauce!
    I bought BANDANA's yesterday!
    Where do you buy the BURLAP in bulk?
    I have to say your table LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!
    XX

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    1. The great thing about the bandanas are they are cheap and they come in a ton of colors!!

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    2. I purchased TWO colors................!!!

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  7. What a great setting for a party. I think it would be fun to have a birthday at the same time enjoy a 3-day weekend! Happy Birthday to your mister.
    xo,
    Karen

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  8. Wow what a beautiful party and the food looks amazing! I am going to Trader Joes to try the salsa! xo Leslie Sinclair

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    1. Leslie that salsa comes in handy for many things. One of my good friends serves it over heirloom tomatoes for a simple salad...

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  9. My Trader Joes is a 45 mile drive. Can't believe I order pantry items from Amazon. I've already put these "in my cart". Looks great and who doesn't love fab with ease? The menu looks delicious and how thoughtful it is to include items on the table that have special meaning. My husband's grandmother was a poet and she wrote a poem about the tablecloth with a hole in it. The Irish linen had been her mother's and she cherished it. My future MIL as a young girl had the role of keeping the sugar bowl on top of the hole and was taught to charmingly ask for the glass/cup to be passed to her for her to spoon sugar in to. I have that cloth and use it unadorned and simply tell the story. So kudos to cloths from children's weddings, the fence box made by your late, dear friend. It's all a poem.

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    1. What a lovely story. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.

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  10. Love the whole thing. It looks creative and inviting and the food!!! I want to make it all. Love your taste in food also. Great combination of delishionessness. Is the recipe for the Brie creation there. Have I missed it? Your quite the Renaissance woman. What a wonderful addition to my life meeting you!

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    1. Sandy all you do is buy the bacon jam & the TJ's corn salsa, and spread it on the brie! Simple...simple!

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  11. What fun decor, and the food looks delicious! Will have to try that Brie appetizer at our next party...

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    1. You will love it Susan the bacon jam is to die for!

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  12. Cindy, this looks beautiful! Who knew that patriotic could look so chic!

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    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth you made my day!

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  13. Cindy,
    You have put together an incredible patriotic spread!!! I love using the bandanas and dressing up the storebought cupcakes!!! I'm back from Italy and ready to create a similar set up for this holiday weekend! Thank you for inviting me to participate and for all the inspiration!!

    xx Elizabeth

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    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth! It sounded like you had a fabulous time in Italy! I am soooo jealous!!

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  14. I am totally blown away! Everything looks so inviting, so festive. You've certainly thought of everything! YUM!!!
    Your pal,
    Brenda

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