Summer Inspired Date Nights

Summer is a great time to change up the date night go-to of dinner and a movie.  If you need a little inspiration try these date night alternatives.

Farmers Market –  Take an afternoon strolling the farmers market hand and hand.  Follow it up with a wine and cheese picnic or hit up a local outdoor patio for a cocktail.

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Palettes & Pinot – Enjoy and evening of creativity and vino at a painting and tasting class.

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Random Date Night – Pick a restaurant, band… place neither of you have been before and just go for it.

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For more fun ideas check out our spring date nights!

 

 

Creating An Outdoor Space Designed for Entertaining

When it comes to gathering with friends during the summer it is all about enjoying the party alfresco style.   I have put together easy ways you can liven up your outdoor space as well as earn a few “wow, your backyard is so amazing” compliments from your guests.

Fire Pit - There are numerous styles of above ground firepits that you can get from your local hardware store that are sure to compliment and brighten your outdoor space.  The best part, you can use it in the winter as well.

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Ready-to-Go Smore’s - What pairs perfectly with an outdoor fire pit?  Smore’s of course.  Put together pre-made smore’s so you can pull them out anytime should unexpected visitors come by.

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Yard Games - Have a few outdoor games on hand for a little friendly spirited competition.  Ring Toss, croquet, bocce and corn hole are great games to play with cocktail in hand.

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Pre-set Serving Tray for Cocktails - Having a pre-set outdoor cocktail station allows you to be ready to entertain at any time.

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Hammock - Long summer days + hammock = Perfection.

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Potted Plants - Potted plants add necessary interest, color and life to your outdoor living space.

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Outdoor Draping - Outdoor draping is a luxurious way to define your space

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Marketing Lights - Adding outdoor lighting allows you to brighten the space and extend the party.

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Now that you have set the space you can get summer entertaining ideas here.

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

Watermelon is one of the defining tastes of summer and this watermelon salad with fresh mint and feta is equally delicious as it is refreshing.

Salad recipe

INGREDIENTS:

* 8 cups cubed seedless or seeded watermelon
* 2/3 cup very thinly sliced red onion
* 1/2 cup finely chopped mint
* 3 Tablespoons lime juice
* 1-1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
* handful or two of arugula, washed (optional)
* 1-1/3 cup crumbled Sheep’s milk feta
* mint leaves for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, onion, and mint. Add the lime juice and olive oil and toss well to coat.

Scatter the arugula on a large platter, if using. Mound the salad on top of the bed of arugula. Sprinkle the feta on top and garnish with mint leaves, if using.

Inspired from Girl Cooks World

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