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Summer Entertaining with Great Day Houston

IMG_3853I had a great time this morning sharing tips for Summer Entertaining with Great Day Houston.

One of my favorite things about summer is a more relaxed schedule.  That allows for more time to socialize and catch up with friends and family.  My goal is to enjoy our time together, I don’t want to be running around like a busy hostess.  Here are a few tips to make your summer entertaining fun, fresh and easy.

Veggie Centerpieces  IMG_3804

Real food is vibrant & beautiful!  How about making a fruit tray or veggie platter serve as your centerpiece?  It’s both gorgeous and delicious.  Chop up vibrant veggies (or fruit) and put them in a grouping of pretty jars, bowls or glass vases of all sizes and heights.  Make your dip as part of the grouping.

IMG_3825For decoration only, I love to surround vases with asparagus, long green beans or green pea pods and tie with ribbon or twine then add fresh flowers or candles to the vases.  I also hollow out artichokes to make them into vases.  Also, something as simple as rainbow chard or a blooming purple cabbage can take the place of flowers.

Party Food in a cup

If you want to mix and mingle and snack – here are a few ideas for appetizers in a cup.  You might remember I shared some “snack cup” ideas previously, you can check those out here.  Below are a few more:

7 layer dip


1/2 bunch Green onions

2 Roma tomatoes

1 (16 ounce) can refried beans

1 cup Guacamole

1 (2.25 ounce) can black olives

1 cup Salsa or pico de gallo

1 (1 ounce) package Taco seasoning (homemade version below)

1 bag of Tortilla chips

1 cup Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

1 (8 ounce) container sour cream

8 (9 ounce) plastic tumblers


Mix Taco seasoning with refried beans

Layer: beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese and top with green onions, tomatoes, black olives and a tortilla chip.

Homemade Taco Seasoning


¼ cup Chili Powder

¼ cup Cumin Powder

1 Tbsp Garlic powder

1 Tbsp Onion powder

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Paprika

2 Tbsp salt

1 tsp pepper


Add all ingredients to a jar and shake well. Makes approximately 1 cup.  Store in an airtight jar for up to six months. 3 Tbsp = 1 packet of store bought taco seasoning.

Veggies & Hummus (or Ranch)






Cherry or Grape Tomatoes

Hummus or Ranch

Plastic tumblers (or shot glasses)


Cut your favorite veggies into sticks or place on toothpicks.  Add dip to your cup/glass followed by veggie sticks.

IMG_3832Party Food on a Stick

Because eating off of a stick is just fun.  But, it does not have to be deep fried!  In fact, it could be a salad.  Sound crazy? Give these a try!

Caprese Salad Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle


Fresh Basil leaves

Cherry or grape tomatoes

1 cup Balsamic vinegar

Salt & pepper

Mozzarella cheese, mini



Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil then reduce to medium heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes until it thickens to a light syrup consistency.  Set aside and allow to cool.

Cut tomatoes in half. Place cheese, basil (folding if needed) and tomato on a toothpick. Repeat. Sprinkle all with salt and pepper and drizzle with balsamic reduction.

Greek Salad on a Stick


Chunk feta cheese, cubed

Dried oregano

Olive oil

Kalamata olives

Grape tomatoes, halved

Mini cucumbers, sliced


Toss the feta cubes with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with oregano.

Thread skewers with olives, tomatoes, cucumber slices and feta cubes. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

IMG_3816Frozen Mimosa Pops

Need I say more.  Seriously, you can thank me later. 😉


Orange Juice


Popsicle Molds


In Popsicle molds, pour champagne half way up each mold. Allow the bubbles to subside.

Top each mold with the juice of your choice.

Freeze for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. Serve cold upside down in pretty glasses for added flare and to help with melting.

So there you have it – a few ideas for your summer entertaining.  Tune in next week and I’ll share a sweet surprise for National Cheesecake Day!


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