1. La Marca Prosecco Popsicles

    Striped Prosecco Popsicles by Fashionable Hostess - a collaboration with LaMarca and Gilt City

    For my latest summer soiree, I had been searching for new and original ways to wow guests, so I partnered with Gilt City and La Marca Prosecco to create a totally cool {pun intended} take on a summer cocktail, a fruity Prosecco popsicle {to be consumed by guests over 21 of course!}. I wanted to keep things simple by sticking to 2 ingredients, La Marca Prosecco and fresh watermelon.

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    To create the popsicle I started by blending half a bottle of La Marca Prosecco and half of a fresh watermelon till liquified. Next I took my popsicle molds and filled a third with the blended mixture and allowed it to set for 30 minutes in the freezer. Then I filled a third with Prosecco, creating a striped look, and froze another 30 minutes. For the last layer I finished off the remaining blended mixture, stuck in wooden popsicle sticks for the handle, and froze for an hour before serving.

    Because popsicles tend to melt so quickly in the summer heat, serving them in a cup seemed like the best way to allow guests eat at their leisure, or better yet, add more Prosecco. So I placed La Marca’s mini Prosecco bottles beside each glass for guests to enjoy! La Marca Prosecco is crisp and refreshing and the La Marca Minis are the perfect package when you’re playing around the pool! For guests that want to skip out on the popsicles, simply pop the cork, add a cute straw and it’s a stylish way to sip.

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    La Marca Prosecco has partnered with coveted shopping site Gilt.com and local experiences website Gilt City to host a series of Elevated Experience events and to curate La Marca-inspired fashion and home sales on Gilt.com. Gilt City offers its members access to exclusive experiences in select U.S. cities, all at insider prices. For a limited time starting Thursday, August 11th, Gilt will launch an online shop with a curated collection of products that capture the spirit of La Marca. This online collection will present items inspired by the elegant, sophisticated and luxurious style of La Marca Prosecco, including products featuring the signature La Marca-blue color. The final La Marca x Gilt City Elevated Experience event, the Soundtrack of Summer Pool Party, will take place Saturday, August 20th in Miami, so stay tuned to GiltCity.com for more details on how you can cool off or soak up the Miami sun with La Marca and Gilt City!

    Thank you to La Marca and Gilt City for sponsoring this post.

    Photography for Yesi of Simply Lively Photography

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  2. Floral Naked Cake

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    I have been eyeing the Naked Cake trend for some time now… they are so pretty and simple, but make a huge statement at any dessert table! So when my grandmother’s birthday came around last week, I took it as the perfect opportunity to hop on board the trend and test one out for myself. {For those of you wondering what a ‘naked cake’ is… it is the latest cake trend where you skip frosting the outside of the cake, but rather focus between layers, and then go over-the-top in decorating the top layer. The top layer can be fruit, flowers, icing, the works; see this cute post with so many inspiring Naked Cake ideas on SMP Living.}.

    I knew right away that I wanted mine to be a floral cake because my grandmother loves peonies, so I headed to a local flower shop here in Miami and found the most gorgeous pink peonies and mixed with a few roses and a small stem of babys breath. The key to utilizing live flowers on a cake is to wrap the stems with floral tape so that you cover the stem completely {in this YouTube video there is a great visual at time 1:30}. I have also seen examples {ie. here} of placing the flower stems on baking paper and covering with frosting to conceal. But if you are worried, you can always buy edible flowers at somewhere like Whole Foods!

    For my cake, I went with a classic vanilla cake and whipped up this home-made delish buttercream frosting. The end product – a show stopping cake for guests! I recommend swapping this for store bought cupcakes and cakes for your next bridal shower, birthday party, or girls night! Hope you enjoy this sweet step by step photo recap of how I put it together!

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    Photography by Yesi of SimplyLivly.com

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  3. DIY Sangria Bar

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    Lately I have been trying to make more creative cocktail stations for my parties so when I hosted a Mom’s Night Out at my house last week I created this sweet Sangria Bar with a yummy selection of toppings for everyone to garnish their drinks. Key elements to this display are a fun drink dispenser {I got this one at West Elm. It’s holds 1.4 gallons, has a nice silver stand, and most importantly, doesn’t leak… many of the cheapie ones do!!}. Then I love my Simon Pearce martini glasses for displaying fruit with an elegant twist. Here I cut up oranges and apples and also displayed raspberries, blueberries and mint leaves. I crafted my own white wine sangria recipe and am sharing it below – it’s so refreshing and really sweet! Cheers to summer nights and refreshing cocktails!!

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    FH White Wine Sangria Recipe:

    • 2 bottles of white wine
    • 4 oz brandy
    • 1 cups apple juice
    • 5 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 oranges peeled and sliced
    • 1 red apple diced
    • 1/4 pineapple chopped
    • handful of blueberries

    Combine ingredients in a large dispenser. Serve and garnish!

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    Photography by Yesi of SimplyLivly.com

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