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Outdoor Spring Entertaining

With the weather finally turning to Spring, it’s time to move the party outside.  In the South, elegant entertaining is a way life and outdoor entertaining should be just as luxurious.

Ditch the paper and plastic for a colorful array of assorted table top.  Hillsborough, NC company, VIETRI is the largest importer of handcrafted Italian tableware and home decor products and we all know the Italians are master sat la dolce vita!

Vietri dinnerware

Think Spring produce, like asparagus and carrots, when creating centerpieces for a Spring party.

Create a dedicated area for the bar.  Provide plenty of backyard friendly glasses and napkins.

Williams Sonoma

Be sure to plan for lighting at nightfall with solar lights strung high enough to walk under.

Pottery Barn

Gather in the backyard with family and friends to enjoy a few games of classic lawn bowling.

Williams Sonoma Lawn Bowling Game

Host a gracious picnic out of this English willow basket from Williams-Sonoma.  Filled with fine tableware, linens and serving essentials for food and beverages, it has everything for a grand outdoor dining adventure.

Williams Sonoma Wicker Picnic Basket

The cocktail hour is an entertaining must in the South.  Feature the refreshingly light British Pimm’s Cup at your next outdoor affair.  This drink pairs lemon and ginger with the spicy fruit flavors of a gin-based liqueur called Pimm’s No. 1 cup.

Pimms Cup photo Becky Luigart-Stayner  Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

  • 3/4 cup Pimm’s No. 1
  • 2 cups ginger ale, chilled
  • 1 1/3 cups sparkling water, chilled
  • 4 lemon slices
  • 1 medium cucumber, halved lengthwise and cut into 4 spears

Fill 4 tall (12-ounce) glasses with ice cubes.  Pour 3 tablespoons Pimm’s into each glass. Pour 1/2 cup ginger ale and 1/3 cup sparkling water into each glass; stir to combine. Garnish each serving with 1 lemon slice and 1 cucumber spear. Serve immediately.

Mr. H says: Spring is God’s way of saying, ‘One more time!’-Enjoy!

Welcome Fall!

Fall officially starts today at 11:09PM tonight.  With the temp’s still saying summer-why not get in the spirit with a festive new arrangement for the dining table?

Distinctive Design Autumn mix

Distinctive Design

This beauty certainly feels like fall.  It’s from Distinctive Designs www.distinctivedeseigns.com

Speaking of dining here is what’s on the supper party menu tonight:

Roasted Red Pepper Soup*

Lime Marinated Broiled Salmon

Squash Casserole

Mesclun greens with tomato vinaigrette

Chocolates and fresh Orange slices

*Roasted Red Pepper Soup Recipe

4 cups beef broth

2 12 oz. jars roasted red peppers, chopped
1 onion thinly sliced
3 TBL lemon juice
1 TBL lemon zest

¼ TSP cinnamon

Shake of cayenne pepper
¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped

In a 3- to 4-quart pan combine beef broth, peppers, onion, lemon juice and zest, cinnamon and cayenne and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes partially covered.

Puree soup in a blender and return to pan.  Add cilantro and reheat.

Mr. H says: Eating is an indoor sport-make sure your table is as pleasant as the game-Enjoy!