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  • Writer's pictureDASHA HERVEY

Summer Livin'

Open the doors and let’s start entertaining.

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We know our guests are the most important part of our outdoor gatherings, so comfortable seating is a must. I love the low-slung Kinney chairs from CB2. Casual yet elegant, ideal for a morning coffee, a no fuss brunch or evening cocktails. They pair perfectly with a garden stool, are transitional, and work with almost any décor.

Go for the Basics:

1. Ambient Lighting – Candles placed in unique vessels are a simple go to solution. Use a variety of sizes that don’t match to take the formality out of the space. Thrift stores supply a treasure trove of options.

2. Foliage – Fresh greenery in low vases interspersed with votive candles provide a natural, non-fussy organic feel. Add in some pinecones and/or seashells for a nod to your environment.

Need more glamour, tuck in fresh flowers. I like white roses, hydrangeas, or gardenias, as they reflect evening light and will complement any table setting. For a lasting Cha-Cha-Cha vibe, go to Etsy for handmade paper flowers and intersperse them on your table setting. Their whimsy design makes people smile and best yet, they come in a kaleidoscope of colors.

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3. Glassware –Toss your plastic in the recycling bin. Good glassware is classy, reusable and can create a conversation piece that lends to the cocktails served. I’m obsessed with these beautifully etched champagne glasses made from recycled glass from The Little Market. (Proceeds empowers underrepresented artisans in Mexico and allows employees to work in a creative venue while sustaining an income). Champagne is hard to resist, but you might

want to impress your guests with this mouthwatering recipe. Enjoy!

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Watermelon Pepper Margarita Mimosa

-1 to 2 cups fresh-pressed watermelon juice

-¾ cup silver tequila

-2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or triple sec

-Juice of 1-2 limes (depending on how juicy they are)

-Peppercorn infused simple syrup to taste one bottle of chilled prosecco or cava

To make simple peppercorn-infused syrup, combine 1 cup of sugar, 1cup of water and 1-2 teaspoons of whole peppercorns in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once the mixture comes to a boil, let the peppercorns steep in the syrup until completely cooled. Strain into a jar.

Combine the fresh-pressed watermelon juice, tequila, triple sec (or Grand Marnier or Cointreau) and lime juice in a pitcher and add simple syrup to taste.

Fill four chilled Champagne flutes halfway with the margarita and top off with the chilled prosecco or cava. To make a non-alcoholic version, replace the tequila, triple sec with San Pellegrino Aranciata and the prosecco with sparkling water.

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