Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dinner at Eight

I love throwing dinner parties. This weekend I had The Lumberjack's family over for dinner and the six of us crowded into my apartment for pot roast. When hosting a dinner party it's fun to have a theme to inspire the evening. For this weekend's dinner my goal was a refreshing summer vibe. To keep things simple but also bright and cheery, I folded fuchsia linen napkins over classic white porcelain plates. A simple mercury glass vase held a bouquet of purple daisies in the center of the table. Sangria served from a mason jar dispenser added an extra touch of summer whimsy.

Think of throwing dinner parties as an extension of your home decorating style. What a great excuse to have family and friends over to show off your home.

A recipe for Sangria:

1 bottle of Merlot
1/2 cup brandy
2 cups berry lemonade
1 liter ginger ale
1 lemon
2 tangerines
2 tbl spoons sugar

In a large pitcher combine all liquids and add sugar. Slice fruit into quarters and squeeze juice into the mixture. Add fruit and ice to the pitcher. Stir and enjoy!

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