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!
Recently, Executive Chef Elgin Woodman of AJW featured a dinner dish in the South Florida Luxury Guide Magazine. The dish, Pan-Seared Snapper with Sweet and Sour Eggplant Escabeche & Patatas Bravas is one of Elgin’s favorites and we are excited to share the recipe with you! Light and flavorful, snapper is an ideal seafood protein for any meal, and is a local Florida fish option. This Pan-Seared Snapper offers a great variety of kick, tang, texture and beautiful colors. Impress your guests for your next dinner party by following the recipe below!
Our On The Rocks Station was created as a beautiful twist on traditional raw bar stations which tend to be set out on simple platters of ice. For this station, our Executive Chef and Creative Director joined forces to design a station which supported both hot and cold elements, centered around a glass and mirror theme. Raw items were presented on glass trays of ice, hot items were presented on hot rocks inside mirror containers, and sauces were presented in candelabras with bling bowls. Menu items included: Raw Bar items such as Stone Crabs, Cocktail Shrimp, Black Garlic Butter Sea Scallop on Half Shell, Cod Brandade with Roasted Tomato Ragù, Smoked Octopus on Caramelized Pineapple, and Salt and Pepper Calamari with Pickled Jalapenos.
Bling not your thing? The great thing about this concept is how simple it is to translate to the design of your unique event! Bright colors, slates and woods are all great alternatives to putting together a stunning and elevated Raw Bar display.
Smoked Octopus on Caramelized Pineapple
Cod Brandade with Roasted Tomato Ragù
Salt and Pepper Calamari with Pickled Jalapenos
Black Garlic Butter Sea Scallop on Half Shell
To go along with the many options offered for this station, there are a few sauces to choose from.
Mignonette Sauce, Yuzu Cocktail Sauce, Avocado Almond Tartar Sauce, Cucumber Mint
Relish and Joe’s Mustard Sauce.