Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cool Tips for Perfect Summer Parties

by Charlene Dupray

-Ice, Ice Baby! Never underestimate how much ice you'll need during a summer party-have plenty on hand, even if the party's indoors.

-Water, Water Everywhere... Make water a featured beverage. Nothing quenches summer thirst like an icy glass of H2O. Freeze fruit juice in ice cube trays to make fruity ice cubes that add a little extra pizazz. Your guests will love your attention to detail.

-Help Guests Keep Their Cool. Slapping mosquitoes while sizzling in the sun can overshadow even the best party. Provide a basket of amenities for guests: sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, hand sanitizer. They'll be grateful for this thoughtful touch!

-Freeze 'Em Out for Dessert! Homemade ice cream sandwiches (use over sized chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream), a make-your-own sundae bar, bon bons, frozen chocolate-covered bananas, and even popsicles are a hit with kids and adults alike. Frozen drinks like mud slides or daiquiris also make great grown-up desserts.

-Go Cold Turkey. Remember food safety. Nestle salads, cold meats, and seafood on beds of ice. Summer heat can quickly turn a dreamy potato salad into a gastronomic nightmare. Keep it casual, keep it simple, and remember to have fun!

Charlene Dupray (The Bon Bon Queen) and French husband Pascal host small groups for gourmet Bon Bon and Crepe-making parties at South n'France.

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