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Drunken Melon Balls Recipe

Saying goodbye to summer is always so hard. But today’s winning party idea is just perfect… Drunken Melon Balls!

Everybody loves fruit cocktail. Especially when it's fruit and a cocktail! So the best way to get your goodbye summer party rolling is with drunken melon balls. Plus, right now is prime time for this boozy fruit bowl because melons are in season and at their sweetest. Once you ball the melons, just soak them in your liquor/juice mixture and serve them refrigerated or partially frozen.

Ingedients to make Drunken Melon Balls | Smarty Had A Party

What you need:

  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon (seedless)
  • honeydew melon
  • tequila
  • pineapple juice
  • vodka
  • peach schnapps
  • melon baller
  • bowl

 

Directions:

  1. Ball melons and place in a bowl.
  2. Pour liquor and juice over balled melons and let soak in the refrigerator (or freezer).
  3. Serve with pickschampagne glasses, and cocktail napkins!

Serve drunken melon balls in a champagne glass with a palm tree swizzle stick! | Smarty Had A Party

Boozy fruit is just one of many creative and refreshing ways to combine cocktails with food during the summer! What other fun ideas have you tried?

 

 

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Awesome Summer Entertaining Trends

Everyone wants their party to be the trendiest event in town, right? Well, we’re helping you be the Haute hostess that you are with our round-up of this summer’s hottest entertaining trends:
 


Flower Power

Floral patterns hit the scene in the Spring, and they’ll be staying through Summer for sure. Set your table with the newest trend with help from our Enchanted tablescape.


Grapefruit cocktails

Summer heat always has us craving some citrus to quench our thirst, and this year’s favorite flavor in the mixology world just happens to be grapefruit. From Pamplemousse liqueur to candied grapefruit rind garnishes, this tart little treat is on the menus of the coolest clubs across the country. Bring the trend to your next party with a simpler approach: our Grapefruit Mint Mimosa Recipe.

Pastel plates with patterned napkins

These are actually two separate trends that we just loved when paired together. Check out the wow factor that happens when we pair our seafoam plastic cake plates with our bold black chevron napkins in the Florence tablescape.

Open bars are in season

Okay, everyone loves an open bar, all the time. Summer is no exception, and it’s the perfect time of year to dress up that bar with fresh produce and bright, seasonal flowers - like we did in our popular Mimosa Bar tutorial. Sharable punches are also trending right now, so stack up some beverage dispensers on your bar and let the party begin!

Infusions aren’t just for vodka anymore

Creative concoctions don’t always have to feature booze. In fact, the current craze involves using fresh fruits and herbs to jazz up...wait for it...water. It’s true. Infused water is great for garden parties, brunches, and events with under-aged guests. Skip the soda and go for something with a splash of style.

 

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Hassellback Potatoes: Italian Style

Hasselback potatoes are one of my favorite party recipes because they  look like you spent all day tending to their cute little selves but they are deceptively simple to prepare.

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Celebrate Labor Day Party Food-Truck Style

It’s hard to believe, but Labor Day is just around the corner. Labor Day is the holiday that brings the long hot days of summer to a close. That means it’s time to start planning your big holiday bash! Say farewell to the season in festive style by throwing a Labor Day party that will be remembered for a long time.

Many people choose to grill out or have a picnic to celebrate with friends and family. But why choose the same old simple barbeque when there are so many other fun party options?

 

Labor Day Party Food-Truck Style  


Having Labor Day Party Food-Truck Style is fun, unexpected, and it will make your ordinary event something unforgettable. And with fantastic Smarty's Labor Day Sale, you will easily ensure your Labor Day Party is a hit!

Do you know what I love about food trucks? The menu is so simple. You have a few options to choose from, and you know it's all going to be delicious. As much as I love the idea of hiring a food truck for a Labor Day, that just isn't in everyone's budget. But you don't actually need a food truck! You can easily create that same environment with your cuisine and your serve-ware. So put together a food truck-like menu with your favorite fare and serve it up food-truck style!

 

Hand-cut fries and signature cocktail

Cocktail hour: Choose a signature cocktail and serve in mini glasses with your hors d'oeuvres. Hand-cut fries and fancy sauce (ketchup, mayo, and garlic powder)...who could refuse? Our mini duo section cups are perfect for serving side-by-side!

 

Keep your place settings minimal. Napkinfork and knife, and menu card. We dipped our utensils in tangerine paint to coordinate with the teal and tangerine theme, and placed a sprig of dill at each setting.

Salads: We pick was the All-American with bacon, cheddar, tomatoes,  cucumbers, and iceberg, and the Cranberry Walnut with feta and field greens.

Food Truck Style Menu Card and Gourmet Sliders! {printables} | Smarty Had A Party

Entrée: How cute are these gourmet sliders?! Talk about mouth-watering. This burger speaks for itself!

Creme Puff Pastries in Verterra trays make the perfect wedding cake alternative! Food-truck style wedding reception | Smarty Had A PartyDessert: Creme puff pastries are a great cake alternative!

Creme Puff Pastries! Perfect alternative to wedding cake for a food truck style reception! | Smarty Had A Party

Add orange slices to your centerpieces for a beautiful pop of color and citrusy scent! You can even use floral stems to cut costs and still have the lush aroma.

Download our printable menu card, yum tags and drink tags here!

 

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Watermelon Mint Lemonade Recipe

Watermelon and Mint – an undeniably successful combination.

 
 
You need to try this out of this world watermelon mint lemonade recipe because this is the most refreshing drink EVER!!! This super satisfying, refreshing cocktail is perfect for parties and cookouts. The combination of fresh watermelon, cucumber, lemon juice, and mint makes for a drink that screams summertime!
 

 

 

What you need:

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lime
  • 5 cups of water
  • fresh mint leaves - to taste
  • granulated sugar or agave - to taste (optional)
  • 2 cups white rum (optional)

 

 

Directions:

  • Cut watermelon into cubes
  • Mix watermelon in blender or food processor until smooth
  • Juice the lemons and lime
  • Combine lemon juice, lime juice, water, sugar/agave, and blended watermelon
  • Stir the mixture
  • Strain mixture into a pitcher for less pulp (optional)
  • Add mint leaves and lemon and lime slices for garnish

 

 

Smarty Party Tip 1: If you would like to add the white rum to the watermelon mint lemonade, instead of adding 5 cups of water, add 2 cups of white rum and 3 cups of water.

Smarty Party Tip 2: If you enjoy bubbly drinks, you can substitute water for seltzer water or 7 Up.  

 

Want a refreshing snack to go with your Watermelon Mint Lemonade? Try making watermelon mint skewers. They are pretty, refreshing, and pair perfectly with the Watermelon Mint Lemonade.

 

 

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