July 4th is right around the corner, and if you’re planning a soiree last minute like I sometimes tend to do, you’re going to need a few good last minute tips. That’s why I sat down with Mark Addison, designer and entertaining expert, to hear his last minute summer entertaining tips.
Mark puts a lot of focus on hosting parties that are easy and breezy – easy for you to host and breezy enough for you to enjoy, which is a rule I really love. Here are a few of his tips:
- Offer frozen drinks. They go hand in hand with summer entertaining, and the best way to keep them easy breezy is with Parrot Bay Frozen Pouches. Just freeze them overnight, and when you’re ready to use them or guests pop over unexpectedly, simply squeeze the package into a glass!
- Don’t spend the whole party in the kitchen. Keeping food easy breezy requires a little extra preparation up front, but keeps you out of the kitchen at the party. Mark’s created a spin on classic picnic sandwiches that he calls “deconstructed sandwiches.” Just make sandwich spreads based on classics like the BLT, chicken club and curry salad. They can be made a few days in advance and can just be served with toast cut out into fun shapes, like stars or American flags for the 4th of July.
- Create festive desserts. For some fun, patriotic sweets, an easy option is rice krispy treats. Just take rice krispies (homemade or pre-made) and cut them into fun, festive shapes like stars or Liberty bells. Then, dip the rice krispy cutout into red, white and blue candy melts and top with red, white and blue colored sprinkles for a festive touch. For a variation on the ever-popular push pops, Mark has created a berry patriotic parfait with one layer of pound cake, whipped cream and blueberries, then another layer of pound cake, whipped cream and raspberries.
Now you’re ready to host your own easy breezy 4th of July party!
About Nicole Denton
With a love of planning just about anything — from her own wedding, to bridal and baby showers, to dinner parties, and more – Nicole is the Plunge Project’s founder and former editor-in-chief. A New Jersey native, Nicole has called Chandler, Arizona home since 2013, where she currently lives with her husband Michael; two pit bulls, Shelby and Link; and cat, Kity Perry. A University of Tennessee graduate, Nicole has a bachelors in communications and a career at a rapidly-growing digital marketing firm.