I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to let summer slip away JUST yet (although here in Texas we can't seem to get rid of it even when we want to). I love summer. Summer means cookouts by the pool, or going to the lake to stand-up paddle board, or maybe getting away on an island for a week or two and basking on the beach. It means skirts, cut-off's, and dresses, sun bleached hair and golden legs. No, I'm not ready to end summer just yet.
If you're like me and you want to ring out every drop of summer sun you can then join me as I list a few ways to really relish in every last moment of it:
Cookout-plan one last big HOORAH in your back yard. Go all out with food and drinks. Target has already started clearancing out there summer dishware. Go stock up for half the price and use it to make your party unforgettable! Awhlie back, we did a blog on some great cookout recipes for the summer. Need inspiration on what to serve? Click on that link to go take a look at some great recipe ideas.
OK, so now you're tired. You just finished up a long weekend of cooking out and partying with friends. How about a way to get that "close to vaca" feel right in your own home. I know, I know, it's not the same as being on a beach with a pina colada in your hand. But hey, it's all we've got to work with and I gurantee that while it may not be the same, you may be surprised just how refreshed you feel. Do these seperately or combine them together for the ultimate experience.
Staycation- Plug in that phone of yours, go to Pandora, and type in Laid Back Beach music. This station has a variety of stuff that will take you from Jamaica to Florida and beyond. Next, make yourself one of these frozen island favorites. Once you've done that, light your favorite Precious Gem luxury soy candle. Everyone knows that candles are a great way to set a mood, and our soy candles are long burning and the scents are amazing. Here's a list of some really great summer scents to set your perfect mood:
(click on each title to see a product description of the soy candle)
Once you've begun to get your perfect tropical aroma flowing throughout your home, prep yourself a nice, relaxing pedicure with this amazing at-home recipe sure to give your feet a deep clean, scrub, and baby's bottom look and feel.
Once you've done all this, simply...relax!
If you have something to cover your eyes, do so to block out the light, lay back, and let the aroma of that soy candle flood over you as you escape--even just for a few minutes. Or, you can curl up with your favorite book (be careful of those freshly painted toesies, though!)
Summer may be long gone, but we know how to take advantage of one last getaway.
A cookout, soy candles, and island drink, music, and a good pedi will do the trick.
I am in the process of buying my first house, and all I keep thinking about is how excited I am to have my first housewarming (or open house) party! We’ve talked about how our luxury soy candles make a perfect housewarming gift, but let’s talk about housewarming from a host’s perspective. If you are in the process of hosting one, you have probably already begun the “to-do” list of things to get done and prepared for the big event. In reading, I came across one part of the planning that we need to check off that list—food. Hopefully these recipes help make the planning go a little smoother so you can really enjoy this party of yours.
We all know that food is one of the biggest headaches in planning a party, because for one, not a whole of people RSVP but actually do end up showing up, and number two, it’s pricey to feed people; especially when you have to make sure you’ve prepared enough for those unaccounted for. Coming across these recipes reminded me how complicated I’ve made things sometimes and that this “old-fashioned” party snack hasn’t gone out of style, and thank heaven for that! What I am referring to is the universal tea sandwich! Small, cute, easy, and best of all—cheap! This is a no-brainer. Below are a few great recipes to choose from.
Mix the butter, lemon zest and dill. Spread on bread and top with cucumber slices. Trim crusts and cut into serving size pieces.
Ham Cornbread Sandwiches
Mix the softened butter, scallions and honey. Spread a small amount on the bottom of each
split corn muffin. Top with ham and red pepper jelly. Replace the top.
How easy do those look? I love it, and I feel a weight coming off already. I can have these prepared in no time and I know they will be light, pleasant, and delicious! I’d also like to share with you a fabulous recipe for a punch that’s perfect for the summer cookout/housewarming party. Check it out below…
Sparkling Pink Punch
1. Stir together lemonade concentrate and cranberry juice cocktail in a large pitcher.
2. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Stir in club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.
Champagne Punch: Substitute 1 (750-milliliter) bottle extra-dry Champagne or sparkling wine and 1/4 cup orange liqueur for club soda; proceed with recipe as directed.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Cointreau for orange liqueur.
Inspired by Diana Coppernoll, Linden, North Carolina, Southern Living
This beautiful punch looks so refreshing and I can’t wait to try it. I hope that these few recipes have given you some great ideas for your upcoming house party. I know I feel a lot less overwhelmed and more empowered to take this on. We should be able to enjoy our own party and these simple and easy recipes are going actually help me be a part while still adding class to this exciting occasion. Oh! And don’t forget to add a Precious Gem luxury soy candle to your list. We all want our house to smell “pretty” (that’s what I like to call it) when guests arrive, and the aroma from our long-lasting, clean-burning candles, will be just the cherry on top of the perfect party. Enjoy!