• oxanaanel

Tips on how to throw a perfect summer party.

Updated: Jun 7, 2019

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Everyone loves a great summer party. Delicious food, refreshing drinks, fun outdoor games. But prepping for one can be stressful. I wanted to share some of my crowd favorite foods and drinks, as well as tips and tricks for a well-planned and super fun backyard bash.

Keep everyone quenched with a bevy of refreshing beverages. Blend your own fruit juices or ices, or whip up a pitcher of homemade iced tea and dress it up with fresh slices of fruit and berries. I love to make my guest’s favorite Apple-Mint Iced Tea using Plantation Mint tea from Bigelow.

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Flavorful black tea goes incredibly well with the pungent and refreshing mint aroma and is perfectly counterbalanced by the sweetness of the apples. Super simple to make, all-natural, good-for-you, and oh-so-yummy.


Makes 5 pints (about 12 servings)

6 Bigelow Plantation Mint tea bags

2 sprigs fresh mint

8 cups boiling water

½ cup sugar (or other sweetener of choice, I used coconut sugar)

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 apple sliced


Place tea bags in a large heatproof bowl (or pitcher). Pour boiling water over it, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add sugar and lemon juice and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Let cool at room temperature for 15 minutes. Transfer to a pitcher, and let cool completely before refrigerating. When ready to serve, add a couple of mint leaves, apple slices and ice cubes in each glass. Pour iced tea over and serve!

TIP: Keep insects out of drinks by topping glasses with patterned cupcake liners. Poke a hole through the center for a straw.

Foodwise I love to serve easy appetizers, lots of fresh fruit and salads at my summer parties. One of my favorite summer salads is Kale Caesar salad with roasted chickpeas. It’s super easy to make and incredibly yummy. Just roast canned chickpeas and throw them with chopped kale and caesar dressing.

Even though watermelon is a crowd fave when it comes to summer fruits, it’s probably the messiest one to eat. I add a lollipop stick to the slice so my guests can party mess-free. No more sticky hands!

I love decorating table with fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s an easy way to add a pop of color to the table. I also try to choose sturdy, but lightweight plates. I prefer melamine dishes because they're not breakable. They're perfect for poolside gatherings and backyard parties with kids.

I always offer easy-to-grab utensils. Just wrap cutlery in a napkin — and tie with pretty ribbon. The bunches look polished, and are easy to hold with one hand as guests fill their plates at the buffet.

Who doesn’t love a backyard game? If your yard space allows for it, set up a net for a lively volleyball or badminton match, or bring back oldies-but-goodies like lawn bowling and croquet to get guests onto the green. I also like to decorate my backyard with lanterns and votive candles, and eco-friendly solar lamps, to keep the fun going into the evening.