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Delightful Mondays: More Summer Food for Entertaining

warm beet salad with goat cheese and fresh herbs by the dog's breakfast

With all those great food photography, I had a hard time deciding which recipes to feature this week for my Delightful Mondays. So, I opted to feature three food blogs instead of two.

 rustic mini blueberry pies and lemon bars by sweetcakes bakeshop

First, I could not resist the rustic Blueberry Pie and Lemon Bars by Sweetcakes Bakeshop from San Francisco. Both recipes would be easy to carry in your picnic basket. I spotted those summer treats on Coco+Kelley.

strawberry mojitos and vietnamese style pickles carrots by white on rice couple

From White on Rice Couple, I suggest their Strawberry Mojitos and Vietnamese Style Pickled Carrots.

warm beet salad with goat cheese and fresh herbs by the dog's breakfast

Then, the Warm Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Fresh Herbs by The Dog’s Breakfast.

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Beverage Dispensers for Summer Entertaining

Horchow is a store where I could always find unique, stylish and practical entertaining supplies. Any of these four beverage dispensers would be great for serving spa water, ice teas and homemade lemonade. The warm colors of the ceramic beverage dispensers would mix well with a cottage setting, a beach party or a casual garden party. The 2.75 gallon beverage server is made of ceramic with a glass lid and plastic spigot.

If you are looking for something more classic, I found a clear glass dispenser that could save space on your drink station. The Triple Beverage Server is made of three containers. Therefore, you stack none, one or two containers on top of the bottom container. The top and middle dispensers hold 96 ounces each while the bottom dispenser holds 128 ounces.

beverage servers for outdoor entertaining at horchow and costco

You can display fruits, flowers or sea shells at the bottom of the two-gallon glass Square Beverage Dispenser. A cheaper option that is very practical is the plastic beverage dispenser with a separate container for the ice. A girlfriend bought one earlier this summer at Costco in Montreal. It works well. Naturally, it costs a little less at Costco but I wasn’t able to find it online. I need to go to Costco this week. I would tell you if they still carry it since I want one.

SOURCING:
+ Ceramic Beverage Dispensers $65 USD at Horchow
+ Triple Beverage Server – currently on sale at $99.90 USD
+ Square Beverage Dispenser – currently on sale at $84.90
+ Three-gallon plastic dispenser $35

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Camille’s French Picnic Menu

French Picnic Menu

French Picnic Menu

Camille of Style Notes proposed a delicious, light picnic menu that would be perfect to rest on a park or if you are going on a bike ride. It is very French with a sophisticated cheese platter and tartines (open-faced sandwiches with a fancy spread).

rosemary roasted almonds and open-faced curried chicken sandwich

You can never go wrong with Brie with almonds and honey. I would add rosemary roasted almonds for snacks. I eat a small batch of almonds everyday. I love their taste and heath benefits. Almonds provide a good source of vitamin E (antioxidant), potassium and zinc. Researches have shown that nuts can help lower your “bad” cholesterol level.

You will probably want to follow Camille’s blog. I added her to my Daily Fab Reads.

+ Get the recipes on Style Notes

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Campari Citrus Ice Pops and Sorbet

campari sorbet recipe by Liz Vidyarthi for mowielicious

campari with grapefruit or orange icepops

I was in awe when I saw those grown up pops. I love Campari. And with the hot weather – it will be another 35ºC (94°F) today – everyone is craving for ice pops. I will definitely make my batch of Campari Citrus Ice Pops for a BBQ. You will find on Zested the recipe for Campari ‘n Grapefruit pops and for Campari ‘n Orange Pops.

campari sorbet recipe by Liz Vidyarthi for mowielicious

And then, I saw another recipe by Liz Vidyarthi of Zested. This time, she made a Campari sorbet. She did not stop there, she fashioned them as orange for an ultimate chic look. Divine!

SOURCING:
+ Campari ice pop recipes – photos by Liz Vidyarthi for Zested
+ Campari sorbet recipe – photos by by Liz Vidyarthi for Mowielicious

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More Melamine Dinnerware for Outdoor Dining

ikea fargrik trolsk bowls and plates

ikea fargrik trolsk bowls and plates

I can believed that I bought more melamine dinnerware for outdoor dining. When I saw the Färgrik Trolsk bowls, I could not resist because they pair well with my Crate & Barrel rice bowls. I resist buying the plates but I bought the red Trolsk serving bowl because it can come handy to serve nachos or grilled vegetables.

ikea fargrik trolsk plates and bowls in yellow, white and blue

The yellow, white and blue composition feels cheerful. It is one if their most successful looks.

SOURCING:
+ Färgrik Trolsk bowls $5.99 CAD for 2 assorted bowls
+ Trolsk serving bowl $12.99 CAD

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Five Centerpieces for a Backyard Party

centerpiece ideas for a big family picnic or a backyard party

centerpiece ideas for a big family picnic or a backyard party

These are the style of simple flower arrangements that you can use whether you host of a big family picnic or a party at a countryside venue.

+ The simplicity of the first picture will be great for a family picnic – via Amy & Mark Surprise Wedding
+ No need to splurge on containers. A nice beer bottle even works – via Once Wed
+ Love the hanging floral concept that Amy Moss of Eat, Drink, Chic – There are plenty of good ideas from her backyard wedding
+ You can splurge in one centerpiece and put besides it a grouping of flowers that you buy at the Farmers’ market or that you find in the country fields. This design was used for Barbie + Ken’s Backyard Wedding – via Green Wedding Shoes
+ A cast-iron casserole is transformed into a flower vase for the time of Rachel + Brent’s Outdoor Wedding – via Utterly Engaged

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Three Recipes for a Picnic | Quick Links

healthy gluten-free sandwich with fresh garden vegetables - photo by cannelle et vanille

These recipes will please the eye before pleasing the mouth. Their fresh taste is perfect for a hot summer day while the food presentation is something that you handle for a picnic.

Arugula, Fennel, Grapefruit and Crab salad - photo by all the best

+ Christina Juarez, a friend of All the Best, made this superb Arugula, Fennel, Grapefruit and Crab salad. Photo: All the Best

healthy gluten-free sandwich with fresh garden vegetables - photo by cannelle et vanille

+ Seasonal vegetables nicely created a healthy sandwich when you use home made gluten-free sandwich bread. The bread recipe is from Whole Living. Photo: Cannelle et Vanille

Apricot and Almond Tart recipe by tartelette

+ Finish your meal with an Abricot and Almond tart. Photo: Tartelette

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A Few Summer Entertaining Ideas

gift packets by simply seleta

homemade raspberry basil ice pops by la famiglia

I stopped doing quick links post and instead, I put more links on my Facebook page or share links on Twitter. I will continue to do it but I think that I should highlight some of the top stories on my editorial page (i.e. my blog). Let’s see how it goes before I declare the revival of that column. For now, I wish to share three design ideas that you could use this summer for entertaining.

+ Since the thermometer raises today to a new high, it seems like a good idea to make your own ice pops. Monica of La Famiglia was inspired by the artisanal pops in NY and LA when she decided to make her own Raspberry-Basil Ice Pops. I want some!

gift packets by simply seleta

+ Selena of Simply Selena assembled those gift packets for Teacher Appreciation week. They are awesome. It would be easy to repurpose her concept by changing a few items to convert it either into a way to serve beverage and utensils at a picnic or to become a country picnic favor that your guests could savor on their way back home. The possibilities are endless. Via Party Perfect

make your own martini bar station designed sunday suppers

+ It may be too warm today for having the classic martini but when you see something that good, you need to pass the information along. Sunday Suppers designed a stylish make your own Martini bar station for a rustic Italian event. As always, they shared the best places in New York city to reproduce their signature look. You can apply the same principle to serve a more summery drink like a margarita or a Tom Collins.

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Hay Bales as Seats and Tables

hay bale seats and tables :: western wedding in the californian wine country photographed by verite photography

hay bale seats and tables :: western wedding in the californian wine country photographed by verite photography

I cannot be happier that the outdoor entertaining season has started. It is so much fun to eat outside. Hay bales easily transformed into seats or tables. Make sure to place a few layers of thick fabric, like canvas, on the hay for comfort. Or you can lay out a simple fabric and add cushions on top. Then, you get an easy and affordable furniture solution for a big family picnic in the countryside.

This photo was part of an elegant western theme wedding that happens in sunny California last year. Check out the thoughtful details and the great design ideas of this wedding celebrations on Style Me Pretty.

+ photo: Verite Photography

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I Want to Go on a Picnic with Afternoon Tea

go on a picnic bento boxes by afternoon tea

go on a picnic collection :: picnicware by afternoon tea

You should have seen my happy face  when I entered Afternoon Tea, a Japanese retailer that sells adorable bento boxes and lunch accessories. Their collection includes you need and dream of to bring your lunch or go on a picnic in style. Their products are not only pretty; they are practical. Boxes come in several shaped and sizes.

go on a picnic bento boxes by afternoon tea

I want to buy almost everything! But I will wait until the end of my trip to buy a few items. I just hope that they do not run out of stock in stores of what I want since a few items are already out of stock on their online site.

SOURCING:
+ Go on a Picnic collection by Afternoon Tea 367 yens to 5040 yens

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Glass Beverage Bottles by Lifefactory

carry-on glass beverage bottle by lifefactory

carry-on glass beverage bottle by lifefactory

A glass bottle is ideal for liquid since it is cleaner and will not form an after-taste.  The silicone sleeve of the Lifefactory bottles protects the bottle by reducing the chance of breakage if it falls.

With a choice of 6 colors for the sleeve, each member of the family can easily identify which one is his/her. Plus, the silicone sleeve provides a tighter grip. A bottle holds 22 oz (650 ml). The best thing is that the bottle with the sleeve can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

All components are FDA-approved and are compliant with US, Canadian, and European safety standards. Naturally, I would not suggest them unless they were bisphenol-A (BPA) free, phthalate free, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) free.

Lifefactory’s glass beverage bottle $21.99 USD