1. Weekend Todo List

    Fashionable Hostess summer ideas - drink champagne and talk about it

    It’s the weekend, so what’s on your todo list? Hopefully something that’s productive right? This summer, when I am actually home and not traveling I have been making an effort todo something out of the ordinary, change things up a bit! Hopefully something in today’s post will do the same for you! Cheers to the weekend! {Oh, and this amazing canvas clutch is from Parris Chic Boutique!}

    Fashionable Hostess summer ideas - organize your kitchen

    Number 1: Organize your kitchen! I had the pleasure of having The Home Edit organize my kitchen when I first moved into my house, but I have to say that at least once a month I have to stop and re-arrange because somehow everything has gotten mis-placed. While organizing, take the time to think about what actually works for you. Is your oven mitt near the oven? Are your coffee cups near your Keurig? Do you have dishes you never use on the reachable shelves? It’s time to get to work!

    Fashionable Hostess summer ideas - splurge on gorgeous flowers

    Number 2: Surprise a friend with a stunning bouquet of flowers. It will totally make your friend’s day {and if you just so happen to buy yourself a matching one, that wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world!}.

    Fashionable Hostess summer ideas - Make a fab #shelfie

    Number 3: Now that you have fresh blooms, give flower arranging a go {I have some great tips in this post}! I am especially into mini votive arrangements that I love placing throughout the house, on bookshelves, on my closet vanity, on my desk, or in my powder rooms. Make sure to buy a minimum of three different flowers to make the arrangements rich. Oh, and if you are feeling uber adventurous, give a flower crown a go with the help of this post.

    Fashionable Hostess summer ideas - Create a Summer bar cart display

    Number 4: Splurge on pretty glass drinks like pellegrinos and lemonades… just because! Something about the glass makes me feel like I’m treating myself, and can dress up your dinner party drinks in an instant! Sometimes in the summer I like to place extra bottles around the kitchen as a decor accent, or on the bottom tier of a bar cart {like in this post!}.

    Fashionable Hostess summer ideas - Host a fancy brunch

    Number 5: Host a fancy brunch! Get out your china, coupe glasses, and table runners, and serve delicacies like home-made quiche, scones, or cobbler. This perfectly pink picture comes for an FH brunch I hosted for Mother’s Day, but other great ideas are a garden party theme or a tea party theme.

    Fashionable Hostess summer ideas - Make an over the top cocktail

    Number 6: Bring back the punch bowl, alcoholic or non-alcoholic! There are so many yummy fruits available at your local farmers market or grocery right now that you can really have fun with this. Splurge on a fabulous punch bowl, slice up an assortment of fruits, and pick a recipe {like this one I made for Lauren Kelp’s blog!}. Not into the whole punch bowl idea? How about a Sangria Bar or Strawberry Margherita pitcher?!

    Fashionable Hostess summer ideas - enjoy a glass of wine on the porch

    Number 7: It’s been a long week, kick back and enjoy a glass of champagne or wine on the back porch! Hope this weekend is a good one!

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  2. 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.

    Prosecco Popsicles by Fashionable Hostess - a collaboration with LaMarca and Gilt City-1How to make Prosecco Popsicles by Fashionable Hostess - a collaboration with LaMarca and Gilt CitySummer Champagne Desserts by Fashionable Hostess

    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.

    Champagne Popsicles by Fashionable HostessSummer Champagne Popsicle Desserts by Fashionable Hostess

    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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  3. Ginger Jar Wish List

    the best ginger jars - roundup by Fashionable HostessEver since I shared Kelley Nan’s summer tablescape that featured a gorgeous floral centerpiece in an oversized Ginger Jar, I have been on the hunt for Ginger Jars of my own! I scoured the internet and found so many good ones, from Furbish Studio which has great classic Chinese society and landscape ones for $60 {here}, to Williams Sonoma which has a wide assortment in size and colors (some red, some blue, some grey!) from $60-$250 {here}. Then Design Darling has the cutest Ginger Jar themed accessories, from $10 Ginger Jar match boxes {here} to Ginger Jar prints for only $25 {here}! Shop more finds below, I am seriously struggling to narrow down which I should buy… if not mulitple!

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