BBQ Recipe Inspiration

SrirachaLimeChickenChoppedSalad
Siracha Lime Chicken Salad  with Grilled Pineapple by http://lexiscleankitchen.com

Nothing says summer like a cookout! The warm, sunny weather is the perfect excuse to gather your friends and family to host an outdoor summer Barbeque. 

If you’re looking forward to hosting a BBQ this summer, then you might be searching for dishes to prepare! Well, I’ve rounded up a few mouthwatering recipes {with vegetarian options} to help make you the culinary star of any summer cookout! 

Hope you are inspired by these colorful summer-friendly picks!


grilled corn salad
Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro-Honey-Lime Vinaigrette by http://carpeseason.com
Chicken skewers with dip
Paleo-Friendly & Gluten Free Chicken Kabobs by http://www.tartineandapronstrings.com
Vegan and Vegetarian sliders
Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly Black Eyed Peas Sliders by http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com
potato wedges
Spicy Potato Wedges by http://ahouseinthehills.com

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Host a Champagne and Desserts Birthday Party

Jonathan Adler vase, C Wonder Pom Poms, Michael Aram Coral Frame

For my mom’s 55th birthday, she decided to gather her ten closest friends and make a girls trip to NYC. On the agenda: fancy dinners, Broadway shows, and even night clubs, but I wanted to make sure to throw some sort of FH element into the mix. I decided the perfect way todo so would be to host a Pre-Theatre Happy Hour – with a gorgeous champagne and desserts spread at Chateau FH for the ladies to enjoy.

To make it extra special I added some personalized touches. Since Moet & Chandon Rose Champagne was on the menu, I loved the idea of custom straws to enhance my bar area. I found an amazing Etsy shop called Sheppardely that made hand calligraphied ones that could be tailored to say whatever you want, so I ordered two sets. On the first set  I had “Leslie’s 55th” on the one side and her birth date on the other. On the second set I had them write “Party Time” on both sides. Mixed together, they were beyond cute!

On my dessert table, which I displayed front and center on my coffee table, I put together a cupcake tower using the most adorable mini cupcakes by Baked by Melissa accompanied by a glass full of C. Wonder Pom Poms. The pom poms were more for show since there weren’t any cocktails to mix. I then took mini Michael Aram picture frames and used them as buffet labels. In my entryway I filled the frames with labels that read “Leslie’s Birthday Bash,” a perfect photo opp.

The evening was an absolute success! The women had a blast sipping champagne and loved the bite size treats, while the decor couldn’t have been more adorable – it was 100% an FH approved soiree!

Birthday Party DecorationsColorful PeoniesBaked By Melissa Cupcake TreeMini Birthday Party DessertsMacaron Cake Stand DisplayMoet & Chandon Rose Champagne on IceAint No Party Like a Champagne PartyPelegrino and Water DisplayCustom Straws from EtsySistersAmanda Saiontz Gluck and Melissa Saiontz LuseCustom Birthday Striped Straws On my coffee table: Jonathan Adler Charade Tiered Studded Vase with an assortment of Peonies, C. Wonder Pom Pom Drink StirrersMichael Aram coral mini framesand a large cake stand filled with Baked by Melissa Cupcakes. Then at the Bar, was a Champagne Party Foil Art Print alongside a bucket of Moet & Chandon Champagne and a display of  Custom Straws.

Get the look:

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Colorful Cookware

Cookware Essentials for your Wedding Registry
While I am a lover of neutrals – see my grey living room or a recent black and white table, pops of color always put a big smile on my face, especially in the summertime. So, I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite cooking and kitchen essentials that I have come across while shopping this Spring. If you are looking for some updates to your kitchen or if you have a bridal shower to attend, these are really cute finds at fabulous prices!

For more Wedding Registry Essentials, see my full list here.

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