I’m throwing a bit of a shindig tomorrow so was tickled pink to collaborate with Anthropologie on a few ideas to make your summer gatherings that bit prettier. If only the sun would shine like it did when Adam captured these images.
Even though I may have pinned a floral ice-cube or two, I’ve only recently embraced the frozen flower cube. As you can imagine all you need to do for this is add a flower or two to the water and then place in the freezer for a few hours.
My top tip here is to use water which has been boiled and cooled down to room temperature which stops the ice going cloudy. If you want your petals to be immersed in the middle of the cube rather than the top then consider filling the tray half full and freeze for an hour. Then add your petals with just a few droplets of water which will secure the flower in place. Then freeze again before topping up with water the next day and freezing again. Fairly long winded but so darn pretty.
For edible cubes you could use herbs, small pieces of fruit, lavender, violas, roses, nasturtiums, echinacea or dandelions to name a few. If you’d prefer not to add directly to your glass then add them into an ice bucket for keeping your drinks cool.
Two of my guests are mamas-to-be so they’ll obviously be after an alcohol-free beverage or two. In our archives we have lots of liquids for expectant ladies so I’ll be getting the soft stuff out and adding a garnish or two to liven up their glasses. A well washed lavender or rosemary sprig is so fragrant in a soft drink.
I adore pressed glass and these delicate Granada Goblets really don’t disappoint. Even serving a cool iced water looks so chic in an elegant glass plus you’ll never lose your drink at a party if you invest in monogram glassware.
It’s no secret I seriously covet a good bar cart and I wouldn’t think it was too OTT to wheel one out on to the patio but it’s probably more realistic to set yourself up a stylish tray in the garden. Add a shaker and a few spirits so guests can get stuck in and whip up their own cocktails – A lazy girl’s way to hosting! Two-ingredient cocktails like The Whiskey Ginger (that’ll be whiskey and ginger beer), Martini (gin and vermouth) Belini (Fruit puree and prosecco) are great for this kind of set up as there’s less ingredients involved.
So folks what are you sipping this summer? A good gin and tonic always floats my boat, and you already know about my love affair with prosecco. As always enjoy responsibly 😉
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