Hosting A Beautiful Summer Celebration Party

Sometimes you just have a few girlfriends over and summer is such a fun time to celebrate outdoors! With the 4th of July holiday coming shortly we are going to spending much of it poolside and the food and drink will be light and refreshing.

beautiful buffet table with pink coupes

I'm so excited to be partnering with Total Wine & More today and have always had the best experience shopping at their store right in my neighborhood when I'm planning something fun!
With a stellar selection of wine, beer, mixers, cordials and anything that I need to get a party started I don't need to go elsewhere when it comes to cocktails. The staff is well trained and when I explained my theme they knew exactly what I was talking about and helped me to shop quickly for what I had in mind. I'm hoping to head over to one of the weekly wine tastings that Total Wine & More hosts this summer when I have more free time available.

pink limoncello bottles

As I often talk about, when entertaining or creating a tablescape I generally start with a color in mind. For this gathering I knew that I wanted to go with PINK (no surprise:-) When I saw an end cap display with these mini LiDestri PINK Limoncello™ bottles I knew that they would be perfect and I could easily come up with a girly cocktail recipe for my friends.

pink limoncello and tower vodka styled

I also picked up some Tower Vodka and Fever - Tree Ginger Beer to make the perfect summer chilled Moscow Mules. I'll share the recipe with you shortly and if you've never had an icy cold Moscow Mule summer is the perfect time to try one!

fever tree ginger beer moscow mule copper cups

fruit on tiered tray

I set up a buffet style in the dining room since it's so hot outside and the food keeps better in the air conditioning. Since our pool and patio are right outside the door as you can see in this post, we can take our food out there to sip and sit. Fresh fruit and madeleines were on the menu and stacked up on my tiered tray.

beautiful buffet table

I love to set up buffet style casual dining on trays like this because it makes it so easy to move around and just looks more organized. Also on the menu were mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto and French toasts brushed in olive oil and sprinkled with rosemary sea salt. Perfect foods and drinks for a light day of eating and drinking in this heat!
I also picked up some Sugarfina candies at Total Wine and sprinkled them around, just for the pretty factor.

limoges plates and goa gold flatware

I do use my antique French Limoges china regularly and the modern gold and white flatware goes with everything.

cocktail party image

My recipes are adapted from all over the place and made just the way that we like them. I'm sharing two today and both of these pare well with casual tidbits for summer dining both indoors and out.

watermelon limoncello cocktail


  • 1 Oz Limoncello
  • 1 Oz Vodka
  • 1/2 Cup Chilled Club Soda
  • Ice Cubes
  • Watermelon Balls

Place ice cubes in your glass. Pour limoncello, vodka and club soda over the ice to fill. Stir and add watermelon balls for taste and garnish if desired. Yields one serving.

iced moscow mule



  • 1 Oz Vodka
  • 1 Oz Lime Juice (I like lemon juice as a substitute)
  • 1/2 Cup Chilled Ginger Beer
  • Ice Cubes
  • Lime Slice
  • Fresh Mint Sprigs

Chill copper Moscow mule mugs in the freezer. Place ice cubes in your glass. Pour vodka, lime juice and ginger beer over the ice to fill. Stir and add lime slice and mint sprigs for garnish and taste. Yields one serving.

Happy summer everyone!

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