3 Quick Holiday Treats to Make

38With never ending lists this month, I love a good short cut wherever I can find it. Especially in the kitchen! I love these 3 quick and easy ideas for stand out holiday treats – perfect for when friends or family are coming over. The ladies at Camille Styles show 3 ways to dress up a store bought cake. Above is their take by adding holiday cookies – which I think has great impact.

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-11-21-16-pmIf you favor colored lights at your house, how fun and festive would these light garland cookies be?! Especially perfect for a tree trimming party! Details here!

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-11-28-03-pmFinally, how adorable are these strawberry Santas?! Literally, they are just sliced strawberries with vanilla frosting. You could even use little sprinkles for the eyes. EASY and a great way to work some fruit into your kids tummies.

I’m off on some Christmas adventures with my youngest son this weekend, so wishing you joyful times with those you love.

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Summer Entertaining with Bronson van Wyck

one_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_BRONSON WITH TRAYWho better to show us simple, yet stunning summer entertaining tips than celebrity party planner, Bronson van Wyck?! Bronson has dreamed up events for Chanel, Feragamo and The White House, sharing his family’s Southern recipes and impressing party guests around the world.

Summer just begs for outdoor entertaining, so Bronson suggests creating a cozy seating area outside and setting up a self serve bar. He says to invest in large beverage dispensers, as they’re less expensive than a bartender!

Bronson keeps things simple with a select number of drink offerings, but jazzes them up with customized stir sticks and cucumbers sliced vertically, so they can double as drink stirs.one_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_LEMONS LIMES one_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_DRINK DISPENSERSBronson has used his years of mixing exciting libations to create and curate his own line of mixers under the name, Arrowhead Farms. Ginger Margarita, anyone?!one_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_GINGERone_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_BRONSON PICKING FLOWERSone_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_JAR AND STIRSone_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_SEATING AREA one_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_HAND AND LEMONSScreen Shot 2016-08-02 at 11.30.27 PM one_kings_lane_bronson van wyck_FINISHED COCKTAILSo, with summer in it’s final weeks, take advantage of the warm nights and set up a self serve drinks station and invite your friends!

You’ll even enjoy the party, as your guests will mix up their own drinks!

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Summer Entertaining – A Progressive Dinner

IMG_9294This past weekend, we hosted a neighborhood progressive dinner, along with two of our darling neighbors. These have always been one of my favorite types of parties, as it involves a group that you probably see a lot, but may not have time to visit with. And, as a bonus, no one is driving.

If you haven’t been to a progressive dinner, it is one that starts at one home and progresses to others. In our case, there were 3 homes, which allowed us to divide the evening into: appetizers and cocktails, dinner and dessert. As opposed to having to prepare all of the above, each of us focused on one area, which I found incredibly helpful.

To keep the evening unified, we selected a color theme (pink and green) and had the florist create arrangements for all of us. We also created “A Walk in the Woods” cocktail napkins to be used at all the houses, as a nod to our neighborhood name.

After that, each home focused on what they did best. House #1 did an amazing job with bite-sized appetizers that were as beautiful and clever as they were delicious. House #2 (ours) focused on simple dishes served buffet style.House #3 focused on deconstructed desserts which they have become famous for!IMG_9289IMG_9298IMG_9299IMG_9287IMG_9276IMG_9282IMG_9280IMG_9292 IMG_9302If the idea of entertaining on your own puts you into a full blown panic, consider inviting some friends to do a progressive party with you. Part of the work….all of the fun!

It’s officially summer….so entertain the idea of having the neighbors over!

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