Pineapples + Palm Fronds + Pink Flamingos…
What do these have in common? They make perfect accents for a summer party worth talking about!
We sat down with Jessica Zeidler Rojas & Ashley Deoleo from our fab Design Team, to give you a sneak peek into our summer event style. Bonus: we’ve got an inspiration board and photos from a recent summer event, to inspire your next party!
COLOR YOUR WORLD
- Unicorn Swirls – The world has caught Miami-fever, and we’re loving it. Bright pastels and neon colors have really taken off this summer! Tablescapes, food, flowers and design elements have all pulled from the neon fashion trend. Need more evidence? Raise your hand if you’ve fallen victim to the unicorn craze (it’s ok, our hands are up too). Fuchsia and purple add a dose of warmth to your summer style palette, and transition well from day to night.
- Greenery – green hues are known for giving freshness to your design. This makes it easy to incorporate using beautiful plants and floral centerpieces with exposed stems. Add a few tall and gorgeous greens in beautiful planters to accent your next event. Not only will they provide eye-catching perimeter décor, but they serve as great room dividers and additional shade for lounge areas.
- Mood: Sunny – yellow is always a strong summer hue, thanks to the sun! Add a bright pop of color in your linens and flowers using yellow tones. For food, try incorporating dishes that use mango, passionfruit and lemons!
SMELL THE ROSES…AND THE LEMONS
For easy accents to your tables, pick flowers that hold up well to the summer heat! Think proteas, callas, succulents, tropical leaves and orchids – they’ll all hold up perfectly in a gorgeous vase. For a pop, add lemons or mix in pineapples to brighten the look.
Since we’re talking summer – we hope you’ll be spending plenty of time near a pool because it is HOT! As a fun and interactive décor add-on for your next summer event, beach balls and pool inflatables are back and better for this summer’s event style. Flamingos, donuts, lemon slices, unicorns and even pizza have made the cut – they’re a huge hit!
When designing your event theme, be bold for summer! Color blocking is back, and by pairing your bold color selections with a few key neutrals, you’ll be able to create a cohesive theme throughout. Check out our summer party inspiration board and real event photos below!
Want more summer? Try out these Frozen Treats!
Round up some friends, snacks and cocktails because it’s time to party! We’ve got the cocktails you should be sipping poolside this summer!
Craft cocktails are here to stay, and have become a must-have for catering creatives (like us!), restaurants and noteworthy bars around the world. Store-bought mixers are a thing of the past, and as a team that loves a great cocktail, we couldn’t be happier! Fresh ingredients aren’t just for food, and there’s something to be said for mixing them with quality spirits. Not only can you taste the difference, but your overall drink experience is improved by a little extra TLC. (Bonus points for pretty garnishes – your future Instagram story thanks you!)
With sunny weather and pool parties beckoning, we have three great cocktails you should be sipping poolside this summer. Put down the rosé and keep reading!
So Berry Courvoisier:
Summer = strawberry picking season! Try it by blending Cognac, Strawberry liqueur, Triple Sec, and lime juice. Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass, then top with a splash of club soda.
Capture the sun in a glass with this bright cocktail highlighting peaches and mangoes! Try it by blending Gin, Grand Marnier, a squeeze of lime and fresh peach and mango juices. Shake and pour into a rocks glass, then garnish with a peach slice.
The Porch Swing:
It wouldn’t be a summer cocktail roundup without sweet tea! Add a twist to the classic Arnold Palmer by blending Southern Style sweet tea, mint lemonade and your favorite bourbon. Serve over ice in a tall glass, pint glass or mason jar.
The variety of exceptional summer fruits are waiting for your next cocktail creation, and the possibilities are endless. BTW: planning a pool party? You might want to take a look at our outdoor party planning tips to host like a pro!
Start the party right! It’s summertime and we’re all about the beach, the pool and the parties. The weather is finally nice enough to be outside and you can execute all those cute ideas you’ve been saving on Pinterest! To help, we’ve put together eight outdoor party planning tips to make you look like a pro at your next celebration!
Have plenty of water options available. From weddings to casual social gatherings, flavored water stations (personalized water bottles!) on ice for guests to help themselves are always good options to have. Try infusions like Cucumber, Strawberry or Pineapple!
STAY ICE COLD
The right ice makes a difference in your favorite cocktails. Try oversized square ice cubes which melt more slowly, keeping your drink cool and flavorful. Bonus – flavor the ice cubes with fruit infusions! Our catering team is known for our Passionfruit popsicles with mint and basil for our cocktails!
KEEP IT CASUAL
Guests would rather not be hot and sweaty while dressing up for a fun party night. Consider hosting your celebration oceanside or poolside and keeping the dress code casual. Take advantage of your location, have your guests come in Hawaiian shirts or Cuban guayaberas.
START THE PARTY
Consider a greeting drink upon arrival for your guests while they are waiting for the ceremony to start. No one wants to sweat AND be without cocktail, am I right?
A LITTLE LEG IS FINE, JUST NOT TABLE LEGS
When it comes to seating, a linen-less table makes a beautiful accent to summer parties. But there are options for fabric-lovers too! Spandex linens will help keep tables from looking like they’re about to blow away. As the printed linen trend continues to evolve, there are tons of beautiful spandex options available. Spandex just not your thing? Try a floor length heavy linen, such as burlap and canvas, and stray from polycotton and natural linens which tend to be lighter. With plenty of color options, patterns and finishes, you can dress your party tables stylishly!
SMOKE THEM OUT
Nobody likes a party crasher – especially the bug kind. Keep the bugs away without ruining your décor! Use citronella candles or tiki torches to ward off unwanted pests.
As event pros – take our advice and order the tent for a daytime party (we love these!). It will make a world of difference when it cools off your event by 10-15 degrees, money well spent for sun protection and happy guests. If one large tent isn’t the right style for your party, consider beautiful patio umbrellas in bright colors with seating!
Are you open to a bit of industrial style at your party? Misting fans or port-a-cools around your event will make you and your guests much happier campers!
Looking to go to a party instead of hosting your own? Join us for Sangria Summer!
We’re rounding up our favorite frozen summer treats!
It’s officially summer in Miami the sun is out, and the pool parties are calling! The heat and the humidity can be daunting – but there are so many ways to keep yourself cool this summer. Around the AJW office, our favorites come in frozen boozy desserts & cocktails. So, keep reading to see our top three picks for poolside and BBQ frozen summer treats!
The Boozy Ice Cream Sandwich:
Firstly, let’s talk ice cream. (Is it really even summer if you’re not eating ice cream?) Beer Ice Cream is where it’s at, and our culinary team came up with an amazing way to make this summer staple on-the-go friendly. Enter the Cigar City Ice Cream Sandwich – Cigar City Maduro (brown ale) that’s sandwiched between two delicious chocolate espresso cookies. Does it get much better than that?!
The Spiked Lemonade:
Now that we’ve satisfied your inner child with an ice cream sandwich, next up is a refreshing cocktail with a bonus. Our spiked lemonade with a blueberry, lime & mint popsicle hits the spot and is just as refreshing as it sounds. The frozen popsicle not only serves as a cocktail stirrer that but as an added zest in your drink!
The Cereal Monster:
Finally – we’re at one of the most colorful desserts in a glass, milkshakes! Kids shouldn’t have all the fun honestly – these over loaded frozen treats can satisfy any adult sweet tooth. Your favorite childhood cereals have come together to bring you one delicious poolside treat. Photographed here is a little something we call the “The Cereal Monster” – it’s a vanilla milkshake with Lucky Charm Marshmallows, Captain Crunch pieces, and topped with a homemade (re: extra marshmallow) Fruity Pebbles “Rice Krispies” Treat.
PRO TIP: You can use the Fruity Pebble Rice Krispie Treat as a spoon. (You’re welcome in advance.)
What are your favorite frozen summer treats that keep you cool in the heat? Let us know in the comment section below!
Summer has arrived, which means the start of our Sangria Summer program at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Cafe & Shop!
A Joy Wallace hosted a private Press Preview of our Sangria Summer program on the North Terrace of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens for a few of Miami’s top writers, bloggers and foodies to showcase our specialty Cafe offerings this summer. Now, we can’t wait to share the experience with you! Sangria Summer is hosted each Saturday & Sunday from mid-May through September. In addition to our cafe menu, you and your guests can enjoy our signature white & red sangria and selection of Spanish tapas inside our cafe or outside on our terrace under the umbrella shades. It’s a great way to relax after strolling through Miami’s famed gardens, and the perfect refreshment for the summer heat.
Sangria Summer Details (pricing does not include entrance to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens): Check out photos below of our Press Preview, and we look forward to seeing you soon!