BBQ Season

Happy Monday everyone!

Last weekend finally felt like summer and I was so excited to host a bbq and enjoy the wonderful weather and a great meal with friends!

Today’s post shares a few entertaining tips and some delicious recipes for your next BBQ

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The Set Up

- Afternoon and early evening barbecues are the best, the temperature is nice, the sun is going down and you have lots of time to prepare before your guests arrive. Make sure to have bug spray on-hand!

- Stay casual, but ensure there is seating for everyone (even if it is a mix and match assortment of chairs, benches and picnic tables).

- Have a build your own bar or table (everyone can customize their plate and will enjoy having an interactive meal).

The Food

Everyone loves basics like burgers (beef or chicken) and hot dogs (cheddar smokies are great too!)

Don’t be afraid to ask everyone to bring something- this saves you cost and prep and sometimes a potluck is even more fun, you get to try new recipes1

A few favourites..

Rosted Dill Potato Wedges

Skewered Greek Meatballs

Greek Tortellini Salad

The Drinks

Always make sure to have non alcoholic options -in the summer heat we want to stay hydrated (and be able to get home!)

Set up a drink station, this is fun for your guests and serves as decor in the backyard (if possible, do this in the shade)

Lemonade Iced Tea- a classic flavor and so refreshing!

The Classic Mojito

14 Fruit Infused Water Recipes

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Happy Entertaining!

 

mother’s day brunch

As promised, today I am sharing my menu for Mother’s Day Brunch this weekend.

coffee bar

 I like to have a coffee station for when guests arrive. A good cup of coffee gets everyone in a great mood and starts the morning off right.

My Favorite Simple Brunch Recipes

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones: recipe here

Brunch Eggs: I ALWAYS use this recipe (they are great on their own, on an english muffin and for a quick  breakfast on the go the next day)

My go-to roll ups: buy a frozen pastry sheet. Let it defrost in the refrigerator the night before. The morning of your event, unroll the dough, fill with ham & swiss (or your favourite combination of ingredients). Roll up & bake in the oven at 400degrees until golden brown.

Cinnamon Pancakes: http://www.sugarlaws.com/cinnamon-pancakes

Want to add a veggie? How about Parmesan Broccoli: courtesy of budget savvy diva

Want to get a little fancy? Black Tea Honey Muffins: I like this recipe

Add some yogourt, granola and a biscotti to a glass. So easy and delicious!

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A wedding planner has to incorporate wedding planning in everything.. planning a bridal brunch?

Here’s some inspiration!

girl brunch bridal shower

bridal brunch

Happy Planning!

entertaining tips: mothers day brunch

Last year I hosted Mother’s Day brunch and it was so much fun! My parents are in the States so having my boyfriend’s family and grandparent’s over was so nice! (I’ve always loved a yummy meal surrounded by friends and family)

When playing host, I like to create a little bit of a color scheme. I have such so much fun picking napkins, flowers and accessories. It makes everyone feel special and entertaining is something I truly enjoy.

Here are a few tips to make “playing host” enjoyable!

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1. Prepare as much as you can the night before. There’s nothing worse then being flustered by having too much to do the morning of your event or while your guests are there. By having a few things done prior to your guest’s arrival- you will have more time to socialize and enjoy!

2. Have a plan. Think about what you want to make and create a list of what you will need – again get these items before the day of the event.

3. Make multiple simple dishes or have one fancy meal, don’t do both! For brunch, I like to have options! Simple options.

4. Have enough seating for everyone. There is nothing worse then having guests standing around or sharing a seat- especially for a seated meal. Create an open space for everyone to gather and socialize but ensure the table(s) is large enough for everyone to be together.

5. Have a little something for your guest (s) of honor to go home with. I had 2 centrepiece last year and had my boyfriend’s mom and grand mother leave with one. They were so excited and it really shows that extra thought.

Bonus tip: if you have the time, get crafty and creative- everyone loves personal touches!

Stay tuned for this year’s Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Happy Planning

my valentine’s day menu

Good morning everyone

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Already!

Whether you plan to go out, or stay in, dress up, or get cozy in your pajamas, it’s really just about making time for yourselves as a couple, as friends or as a family and enjoying each other’s company.

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 There are tons of restaurants with Valentine’s Day menus or you can create your own…

Here’s Mine :)

Cabbage Slaw with Goat Cheese

Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli

Mediterranean Pasta

For dessert? Super easy, super delicious Toffee Brownies

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