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Easy Entertaining

All this sunshine has me ready to come out of hibernation and start entertaining, so I thought I’d write up a few of my favorite tips for stylish, and easy, entertaining! Check off the list below, grab a glass of wine, and enjoy yourself!

1. Inside or out, citrus and flowers can combine to create a table or counter that feels alive and happy.
Citrus Flowers

2. Repurpose all those wine corks as place card holders! Sand or cut one side so that it sits flat, and cut a slit in the other for the card.
Wine Card

3. Use frozen fruit in water glasses to cool it off, make it pretty, and create flavored water without all the added coloring.
Berry Water

4. Add a party pleasing app that’s quick and looks fantastic!

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Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen

Mini Caprese Bites (courtesy of


  • 1 pt. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 10 to 14 fresh small mozzarella cheese balls, cut into thirds*
  • 32 (4-inch) wooden skewers**
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

1. Thread 1 tomato half, 1 piece of cheese, and another tomato half onto each skewer. Place skewers in a shallow serving dish.
2. Whisk together oil and next 3 ingredients. Drizzle oil mixture over skewers; sprinkle with basil and salt and pepper to taste.
*1 (8-oz.) package fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, may be substituted.
**Wooden picks may be substituted.

Grape tomatoes vary in size from week to week at the grocery store; some pints we found had only 24 while others had more than 40. Good news, you should still have enough mozzarella balls because they are generally sold in 8-oz. containers that have more than enough.


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This entry was posted on March 14, 2014 by in Dining Rooms, Out of the Box and tagged , , .

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