Sunset Supper with Ricotta with Lemon, Basil, and Honey Bruschetta

Ricotta with Lemon, Basil, and Honey Bruschetta

Enjoying an outdoor dinner party is exactly what we did last weekend when our friends came over on a hot summer’s eve. Our good friend, Judy, brought Martha Stewart’s Ricotta with Lemon, Basil, and Honey Bruschetta for an appetizer, and it was so fresh and scrumptious!

The secret is to find really good, sweet and creamy ricotta. I’d say our night was pretty sweet, even though it was very warm out. The one thing about Oregon is that we do not suffer with humidity, which makes entertaining in the outdoors a little easier than some areas. Dry heat is manageable.

Ricotta with Lemon, Basil, and Honey Bruschetta

We sat out under our party lights, everyone contributed a dish, and Paul and I barbecued chicken and steak. The tables were set with daisies and yellow billy balls down the center, on yellow paisley tablecloths. We kept the level of formality in check by mixing in casual MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check plates, black cloth napkins, and dollar store glasses.

Setting an Elegant Table with Yellow Billy Balls and Daisies

Yellow Billy Balls and Daisies

Setting an Elegant Table with Yellow Billy Balls and Daisies is the perfect summer tablescape! Last weekend we hosted an outdoor dinner party and I set a simple, elegant table with yellow billy balls and daisies! To me, yellow is the essence of summer, inspiring me when I set...

3 Kinds of Hospitality with Black and White Cherry Brownies

Black and White Cherry Brownies

If you are a brownie lover and a cherry lover, this Black and White Cherry Brownies recipe will knock your socks off. It’s gooey, rich, and chocolatey, with sweet giant cherries, all mixed together. Your guests may beat down your door the following day to get access to the...

An Element of Surprise with Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho

Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho

Today Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho, a cold soup recipe, is packed with not only fresh vegetables, but fresh fruit and watermelon, and perfect for summer entertaining! I’m happy to share a delicous summertime treat that makes entertaining so easy, especially if you want a quick, healthy appetizer, or you have...

Backyard Novelty Lighting for Outdoor Entertaining

Backyard Novelty Lighting for Outdoor Entertaining

Today I’m sharing the details of our Backyard Novelty Lighting for Outdoor Entertaining. Enchanted evenings depend upon the magic of lighting – which is why we’ve lined our fence line with small novelty lighting. There’s just something intimate about a dinner party under the stars … and lights. And the...