Summer Entertaining Ideas from Karen Neuburger with Giveaway
With summer weather just around the corner, why not throw a stylish, summer luncheon? Jenna Lowe, Lifestyle Expert for the Karen Neuburger brand has great tips for pulling off a beautiful party in your backyard or home with friends.
Jenna explains, “As a lifestyle designer, I’m always thinking entertaining in a way that will engage the five senses: sights, sounds, taste, touch, and smell. It’s important to keep all of these in mind, especially when throwing a party during the summertime.”
Picking the right invitation and themes for the party is very important as it sets a tone and keeps party guests on the same page of what to expect, Jenna explains. One of my favorite summer themes is High Tea at High Noon. It’s a great chance to bring girlfriends together to sample light hors d’oeuvres enjoy one another’s company.
A great resource for invitations is BeforeYourParty.com, a design-your-own invitation website. Hosts and hostesses can personalize everything on the invite from the color scheme to the font, artwork, and layout ($100-$300 for 50 invitations). Or, to save on cost, try sending invitations from a free online, invitation website like http://www.evite.com/.
Scent is an essential element to parties more than people think. Instead of opting for traditional flowers that don’t last very long., why not set up beautiful diffusers? They add color and great scents to the party. Try KN Karen Neuburger 6-Pack Trial Reed Diffuser Gift Set ($20, http://www.bonton.com/). The set features 18 reeds with 18 decorative and various scents including Pink Cashmere, Asian Pear, Warm Sugared Vanilla, Tranquil Oasis, Fresh Linen and Lavender Vanilla.
Before the party, create a fun mix of songs to keep the energy up at the party. Pick songs that really center around your party’s theme and don’t be afraid to mix genres or eras of music, Jenna explains. Here are some of Jenna’s favorite picks for the perfect summer playlist:
The Beach Boys ”California Girls”
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Dani California Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue
Sheryl Crow Soak Up the Sun
Violent Femmes Blister in the Sun
The Beatles ”A Hard Day’s Night”
The Wallflowers One Headlight
The Monkees Daydream Believer
Jenna’s Shrimp Dip Recipe
2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese (full strength, not light!)
¼ cup of milk (1% is fine)
2 tbs Miracle Whip salad dressing (not mayo!)
1 cup of Parmesan cheese
2 tps of crushed garlic
2 4 oz. cans deveined shrimp
¼ tsp of paprika
Sprig of parsley
Put cream cheese, milk and Miracle Whip in a mixing bowl
Mix with electric beater on medium until soft, creamy and totally blended.
Add the Parmesan cheese and crushed garlic, blend
Drain shrimp keeping a little juice for flavor
Fold shrimp and juice into mixture
Taste again and then garnish with paprika and parsley
Chill for 1 hour
Serve with your favorite dipping crackers
I love serving macaroons for dessert. Try Paulette’s Macaroons (http://www.paulettemacarons.com/). They ship all over the United States and come in a variety of flavors and colors ($36 for 24 macaroons).