I partnered with Dressbarn to style up a backyard summer party in a couple different looks from their DRESSBAR. I'm a big fan of scouring cookbooks and blogs for the perfect laborious recipe, but that's usually when I have some time set aside and inspiration strikes! I've always had my go to's and I grew up watching my mom throw together gatherings (effortlessly) in an hour; so, in the spirit of entertaining authentically I wanted to share some last minute go to's and truly make it easy to entertain. I planned the menu based on 4-6 guests and wanting it to be easy in the kitchen, but still create a pretty spread. Read More
Recipe Serves 4-6
- 6 poblano chiles, halved and seeds removed
- 4T olive oil
- 36-40 shrimp**, peeled and deveined
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped or pressed
- salt and pepper
- half of a lemon
- 2 cups shredded cheese** - monterrey, oaxaca, or meunster
Brush chiles with olive oil and place on hot grill (or iron skillet on the stove) skin side down. Coat shrimp with remaining olive oil, add garlic, salt and pepper and skewer individually; place on grill. Keep chiles and shrimp on grill for about 10 minutes until just before chiles are charred or blackened and shrimp is grilled and golden brown. Sprinkle the cheese inside the chiles. While the cheese is melting, remove the shrimp and squeeze lemon half over the shrimp and sprinkle with maldon salt right after they come off the grill. Once cheese is melted on chiles, remove chiles and arrange shrimp on top. Serve. Alternatively, you could remove the chiles with the cheese and allow guests to place their own shrimp or other toppings (**see below) of choice.
**My favorite part about this recipe is the variations that it lends itself to. I've made this with salmon, shrimp, crab, or sausage as the meat and have used pretty much any cheese I had on hand. It's a fun recipe that can be made a variety of different ways.
This cocktail is one of those impressive drinks that is easy to make and doesn't require a lot of prep, mixing, or measuring.
- 1/2oz. - 1oz. of Aperol, depending on preference
- 3oz. sparkling wine, white or rose
- splash of club soda or sparkling water
When I'm trying to pull together an easy afternoon gathering I really try to choose recipes that are forgiving and let you adjust to your taste without compromising the integrity of the drink. If you like a stronger, herbal flavor; go heavier on the aperol. If you like more sparkling wine, just splash in the aperol and club soda for flavor. My preferred ratio is heavy on the sparkling wine, 1/2 oz. aperol and a splash of sparkling. You can serve it in a wine glass, a tumbler, double old fashioned or even a coupe. The drink should be served chilled and cold so I would recommend serving with ice. If you went with the coupe route, just make sure your bottles are chilled. Garnish with some sort of fruit. Citrus is typical, but I muddled some cherries beforehand beacuse I liked the contrast of a darker color.
I'm not kidding, I was really excited to match the drink to the dress! This doesn't always get to happen, so I was pretty pretty pumped about such a fun colorful dress matching the Aperol Spritz! Get the Butterfly Fit-and-Flare Dress look!
The second look was a super easy LBD and I love the way it looked seated! I don't always wear comfortable dresses when entertaining, but I'm learning to look for these sort of numbers because they make sense when you're running back and forth, pouring drinks and making food! DRESSBAR has great options for a LBD
Thanks for checking out my version of entertaining easy!