Tuesday, June 23, 2009

july article for tastebud magazine

Citrus Chill
Keep cool this summer with friends and enjoy a citrus inspired get together.
This table starts with a crisp, white linen tablecloth topped with placemats and napkins in bright fruity colors. White hotel style plates keep the table from getting too fussy. At each setting add a unique place card. Start with a lemon or lime, a small cut of gross-grain ribbon, the guest’s name printed or handwritten on heavy cardstock and a small brad to attach these to the piece of fruit. Guests will not have to think about where to sit and this simple project is sure to impress. The centerpiece for this table brings all of the colors together with a vase of flowers in vibrant shades of citrus: lemon yellow gerbera daisies, lime trachillium, orange roses and mini calla lilies. For a fun touch add lime slices in the vase and cuttings from the yard including ferns, bush ivy and hosta leaves.
To complete this party serve a signature drink. One of my favorites in the heat is Summer Beer. Fix a big batch in an old-fashioned glass jar with a spigot and guests can serve themselves. Menu idea: grilled lime marinated shrimp on top of local greens with a citrus vinaigrette. Have fun and chill out!
*Linens available from The Fiddly Fig in Brookside**Jar from Crate and Barrel
summer beer
12 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate
12 oz. water
12 oz. vodka
12 oz. beer (like a miller lite)
mix together and chill
double or triple as needed!

1 comment:

Marci said...

Hi, is the beer very sweet? Can you taste the beer in it? Can it be made a day ahead for a camping trip?

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my name is heather and i have three crazy, creative, funny, winey, smart, loving and sweet children (henry, charlie and lucy). we love exploring around town and playing at home. i love creating whether it is with fresh flowers, fabrics, papers or whatever inspires me on a particular day.