I recently got this great email from My Blog Spark and Betty Crocker.
It’s packed with tons of GREAT summer entertaining ideas and I wanted to pass it along to you before this summer season gets away from us.
To get a jump start on personalizing summer entertaining, we wanted to share some tips from Betty – Betty Crocker that is. Teaming up with DIY guru Erica Domesek from P.S.- I made this, the Betty 10: Red Hot Summer Trends combine Erica´s fantastic DIY ideas with Betty Crocker´s fresh, on-trend recipes for even more summer fun, including:
Cheeky Tiki: Fun, over-the-top Tiki trends are back in a big way, so take the flavors of a Tiki cocktail – the Mai Tai – and turn it into a fruity (and boozy) Mai Tai Tiki Pop
DIY Idea: Don´t throw out those tropical drink umbrellas! Use them to craft a colorful Mai Tai brooch – a fashion must-have that´s perfect for any summer fete!
New Takes On Cupcakes: Dessert lovers everywhere are inventing new and interesting twists on the classic cupcake. These Lemon-Ginger Icebox Cookie Cupcakes are made with cookies, which when stacked between layers of whipped cream and then chilled, become cake-like.
DIY Idea: Create colorful, flower-like centerpieces and bouquets that last all summer simply by using cupcake liners and floral wire to create the illusion of petals.
Easy. Freezy. Fun: Make fun frozen yogurt treats yourself! Frozen ice cream novelties are the ultimate summer treat, and with only four ingredients and a few simple steps Fruity Fro-Yo Fun Bars are easy to make with the kids.
DIY Idea: Save your novelty sticks for a chic sunburst mirror that will brighten up any room. Use a round mirror as a base and glue sticks around the edges. For an ultra luxe look, spray paint the sticks gold.
Thrillin´ Grillin´: Grillmasters everywhere are taking lessons from the "tableside" preparation trend, using the grill to bring excitement and flavor to unexpected dishes, like Grillside Guacamole.
DIY Idea: Get inspired by the iconic checker and diamond patterns created on a grill near you. Use fabric markers and a ruler to create a grill-like motif on plain pieces of cotton fabric, turning them into one-of-a-kind place mats.
Kid Food Grows Up: The foods that we loved best as kids always inspire special memories. Adding a grown-up twist makes them even better than you remember. Try the Beer Snow Cones, made from granita-style beer "snow" and a drizzle of fruity simple syrup.
DIY Idea: Tap into your summer camp days when tie dye was all the rage by gathering your friends and family together for an outdoor party where a DIY day is all about DYE. Reach for rubber gloves, rubber bands, a clothes line with pins and a bevy of colors to create with.
To find more of the Betty 10: Red Hot Summer Trends, like Monster Veggie Burgers, Green Garden Fries, Sriracha Inspired Refrigerator Pickles, Greek Grilled Cheese Tacos, and Mini S´mores Hand pies, visit www.bettycrocker.com/redhot, and for great DIY ideas by Erica Domesek visit www.bettycrocker.com/redhotDIY.