Cocktail Recipes, Spirits, and Local Bars

Must-Haves for Summer Entertaining

Must-Haves for Summer Entertaining

Get yourself ready for the beach, sun, and fun with these goodies

Thinkstock

Summer fun is about to happen.

Ready or not, summer is hot on your heels, so get prepared to take on the next three months like a champ, with all the right tools in tow.

For some, the season of fun and sun means time spent at the beach, pool, and BBQs. For others, it’s outdoor dining, parties, and events. We're fairly certain an outdoor cocktail soirée, beach bonfire, or holiday pool party will be gracing your calendar at some point in the very near future, and in order to enjoy these events, one must be fully equipped to entertain and attend in fabulous trend-setting fashion. So we present the list — The Daily Meal's must, must, must-have list for summer entertaining.

Think floating pretzels, a portable party, a grill like no other, and tea that will make you feel so luxurious you'll know why it comes from a palais. The great thing about most of these products is that not only to they really pop up on your radar during the summer months, but they're cool in our book all year round. Except for the floatable pretzel, that might work if you have a giant bathtub, in which case we're coming to your house!

These are the outrageous, innovative, and downright fun products that are going to be making your summer a blast, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Don’t believe us? See for yourselves; beware of the need for immediate spending to follow. We warned you. Besides, no one said summer swagger was cheap.


Easy Recipes for Summer Entertaining

I don’t know about you, but I have spent far too little time outside this summer!

But I’m changing that right now.

I LOVE entertaining, but I DON’T love spending a ton of time prepping.

These Easy Recipes for Summer Entertaining!


10 SUMMER PARTY MUST HAVES FOR IMPROMPTU ENTERTAINING

I can’t believe summer is FINALLY here. I have been waiting so long for this moment. With the advent of summer, comes backyard barbeques, beach picnics, and impromptu entertaining. Summer just seems to mandate nothing fancy and elaborate. The same holds true for triathlete get-togethers.

After a long ride or run with friends, no one really wants to fix anything complicated. It’s time to relax, kick back, and spend some quality time with good friends AND talk about the ride or run……To be ready for these spur-of-the-moment parties, we discovered there are certain items you should always have on hand in your home. Then, when you find out how many are coming over, all you have to do is run to the store for food and ice, plug the iPod into the speaker, and the party is good to go…..

10 Summer Party Must Haves For Entertaining

  1. Margarita pitcher, glasses, and mixers – They can be used for any mixed drinks, including sangria.
  2. Bowls for chips and salsa, salad & tongs, and pasta. You can also use baskets covered with napkins for the chips.
  3. Bar mixers, such as club soda, sparkling water, and tonic. Plus, a variety of sodas.
  4. Cocktail napkins, dinner napkins, and placemats. I love the ones from MYdrap that come in a roll, tear off, and come in fun colors. They’re actually 100% cotton, washable, and can be used up to 6 times.
  5. Cheese board and utensils . You can buy these in sets at stores such as Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn. I love the ones that you can write the name of the cheese on with chalk. That way, you can get the kids involved.
  6. A set of outdoor dinnerware (or nice, sturdy paper plates) and silverware (have baskets to put silverware in so everyone can help themselves). It’s much nicer if you have a set of inexpensive metal silverware to use than plastic.
  7. Beverage tub/cooler to hold sodas, beer, water, wine, etc.
  8. Kids’ activity box. There undoubtedly will be kids and they’ll need to be kept occupied. Fill a container with a badminton set, bubble makers, tic tac toss, soccer set, and something to do with water, such as water tag. You get the idea.
  9. Staples that keep, s uch as chips, nuts, crackers, and mixed olives. Include some frozen hors d’oeuvres here, too.
  10. Liquor. Keep white and red wine for sangria, beer, and the basic, well-stocked bar. Especially for summer drinks think vodka, gin, rum, and tequila. (Just make sure to get fresh lemons and limes when you make a grocery run). We also love the new Spiked Seltzer (shout out to local talent Nick Shields & David Holmes) that is 6 percent alcohol, low carb, and gluten free – all with a great taste and perfect for summer indulging.

So, this should make it very easy to have everyone over after a race or just to celebrate the season. You can even ask people to bring their own chairs if needed. No excuses….Happy partying. And, if you want to actually plan a triathlete party, check out our 20 tips.

– THE TRIWIVESCLUB

WHAT ARE SUMMER MUST HAVES YOU KEEP STOCKED FOR IMPROMPTU ENTERTAINING?

Sherry is one of the TriWivesClub and LifeDoneWell co-founders and contributes to multiple blogs. She is a former co-owner of the California Apparel News and had a career in the healthcare industry. Her passions include traveling, real food, the environment, and animal rescue/welfare. She lives a healthy lifestyle and has been a vegetarian since 1987. She and her husband are parents to two rescue pups and reside in Connecticut.


Games, games, games!

Lastly, I really think games are a good way to get all of your guests into the mood to party! It gives them a way to interact without having to come up with a lot of conversation. Games naturally bring people together. Here are my recommendations:

We love cornhole! This GoSport Solid Wood Cornhole Set comes in tailgating size – so it will fit into almost any entertaining space!

This Yard Games Giant 4 Connect is in my basket as I write this – I’ve been holding out – but I think it will round out our outdoor games nicely! Who doesn’t love a good game of 4 Connect?

So there you have it – all of the Summer Entertaining Essentials – your top 10 must-haves! I know that we plan on having a whole lot of fun this summer with outdoor entertaining! How about you? I’d LOVE to hear from you what your outdoor entertaining essentials are for summer!


Summer dinner party recipes

Summer entertaining has never been so easy with our al fresco dinner party dishes. Impress your guests with seasonal salads, light mains and fruity desserts.

Butterflied leg of lamb with lavender, honey & claqueret

In France, claqueret is used as a dip for radishes or bread, but the goat’s cheese, garlic and herbs in this cheese-based sauce also work well with lamb

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter

Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad with honey & pink pepper dressing

Serve this strawberry, tomato and watercress salad as a side, or simply on its own as a light lunch. Pink peppercorns in the dressing give a gentle spice

Pea mousse

Impress dinner guests with this creamy pea mousse, which makes a great dessert that's bang on trend. Decorate with pea shoots and flowers for the wow factor

Roast pistachio-stuffed peaches with orange blossom cream

What dessert says summer better than roasted peaches filled with sweetened pistachios alongside a delicate orange blossom cream? Nectarines also work well

Summer berry cake with rose geranium cream

Bakers rejoice: this summer berry cake layered with rose geranium cream is simply divine. It will make a fabulously floral centrepiece dessert at any party

Smashed cannellini bean tartine

A mix of garlic, chilli, parsley and smashed cannellini beans top these no-cook tartines along with feta and tomatoes. They're quick and easy, and healthy, too

Roast aubergines with yogurt & harissa

Looking for a simple side or starter that delivers on taste? Look no further than roast aubergines with yogurt and harissa. It's vegetarian and gluten free

Home hog roast with chilli pig sauce

Enjoy the contrast between fork-tender meat and crunchy, crispy crackling in this succulent pork roast. Our roasted chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment

Potted crab

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy

Roast new potatoes & radishes

Celebrate summer with this sharing salad of baby potatoes, radishes, toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onions, yogurt dressing and a scattering of chilli flakes

Rib-eye with steak pan potatoes & peas

Indulge in rib-eye steak, which takes just 20 minutes to make. Cooking the potatoes in the steak pan ensures you'll make the most of all the lovely, meaty flavours


10 Summer Must-Haves to Buy Now Before They Sell Out

If you were ever envious of your Barbie&rsquos sweet digs growing up, now&rsquos your chance to live out your dream with a retro pool float with plenty of room for Skipper, Christie and Teresa too.

Enlightened Keto Ice Cream Variety Pack

Made with real cream and zero net carb sweeteners, this is the low-carb dessert you never thought was possible. And right now PW readers get 10% off with code PUREWOW10 as an even sweeter treat.

Lululemon Align Short 8"

Stock up on a pair of bike shorts (or two) that work for both brunch with friends and your Barry&rsquos Bootcamp class.

Birkenstock Madrid Big Buckle Sandal

These slides have all the same support as the OG Birks, just with a more fashionable single strap and an oversize gold buckle.

Our Place Always Pan

This best-selling pan will brighten up your stove top and make summer entertaining all the more enjoyable.

Peace Out Retinol Eye Stick

Say buh-bye to under-eye circles and fine lines with this handy retinol stick. (And the packaging is pretty darn cute, too.)

Supergoop! Glowscreen Body SPF 40

The cult-favorite skincare brand finally released a body SPF to accompany its best-selling face sunscreens. Just in time for summer.

Everlane The Square-Neck One-Piece

That&rsquos right&mdashEverlane makes swimwear now. And we want every single piece.

Buffy Eucalyptus Sheets

These luxe bed sheets are incredibly soft and stay cool to the touch better than cotton, guaranteeing a glorious night&rsquos sleep even in mid-August.

Haus Natural Apéritifs The Sampler Kit

Haus is a line of all-natural apéritifs that are mild enough to sip all evening long but boozy (and balanced) enough that they don&rsquot taste like Juicy Juice.


20 Easy Summer Dinner Recipes

When the weather warms up, it's only natural to want to spend less time in the kitchen. So check out these streamlined summer dinner recipes whether you're eating in the backyard, having a picnic on the lawn, or just gathering around the dining room table. Designed to keep you cool, these quick and easy summer dinner recipes that rely mostly on pantry staples will give you more time to enjoy lazy days and take full advantage of the season and all that summer has to offer. Recipes with short ingredient lists and very little prep ensure that dinner will be ready in 45 minutes or less.


45 Easy Summer Dinner Ideas to Keep Meals Fun and Fresh

Delicious recipes to ensure your summer meals are never boring.

For many people, creating an easy-to-follow routine is a lifesaver in the kitchen. Knowing what meals you're going to make every week takes out the stress and time of planning, executing, and/or finding complicated recipes everyone in your home will love. The problem? Well, sooner or later people are bound to grow tired of eating the same thing over and over again. That's why it's such a good idea to have some summer dinner ideas in your back pocket to keep meals fun, fresh, and interesting. Plus, challenging yourself to cook new things might help you find new foods and meals to add to your usual rotation. No one's saying you have to cook a new, different recipe each night, but even just trying one new meal out every week can be a nice way to shake things up.

Whether you're cooking for vegetarians, picky eaters, or people who like just about everything, the below list contains options for a variety of delicious summer dinners. Looking to take things up a notch? Try pairing the meals with yummy summer drinks, summer desserts, or some fun 4th of July-inspired appetizers. And remember &mdash cooking isn't supposed to be hard, so try to find the recipes that will make the experience feel fun. No one enjoys a meal after a stressful or overwhelming cooking experience, especially during the lazy days of summer. Ready to get started? Here are the best dinners to make on a hot summer day.


25 Must Try Appetizer #Recipes For Entertaining

This year we are hosting Thanksgiving at our home. We usually travel to where most of my older kids live as they share time between families. Last year Thanksgiving was amazing. My daughter Krissy hosted while I helped her plan, along with put together-prepare the menu for our families and guests. It was a large gathering of lovely people. While this years gathering will be much smaller we are starting to plan the menu. We love to have a few select appetizers that have our favorite cheese&rsquos or ingredients in them. Today I have created a round up of some really great cranberry, brie and other appetizer recipes that caught our eye.

The great thing about these recipes as they are great for anytime your entertaining. One of our favorite cheeses is brie and if you haven&rsquot tried to make an appetizer with brie now is the time. There are plenty of appetizer recipes to pick from and so many are really easy to put together. Perfect for eating while sipping wine or a sparkling non alcohol drink while mingling and waiting for your meal.