I’m pretty excited to see that the pineapple craze that swept the nation (or Pinterest anyway) last year is still going strong. As we head into summer, I am loving tropical-inspired pineapple motifs and party wares for everything from a casual pool party to kids parties, baby showers and luaus. So today, as is my way, I’ve rounded up what basically amounts to some of the coolest pineapple themed party ideas going.
Daydreaming about planning the first big bash of summer? Need more pineapple in your life? I’ve got you covered! Click through for 10 of the coolest DIY pineapple party ideas!
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A couple of weeks ago, B’s sister and I had been at her twins’ baseball game on a gorgeous early summer evening and as we walked home from the school, we realized we were both absolutely ravenous. Luckily for us both, I had a stash of Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizzas in the freezer so we came home and tossed one in the oven. When the folks at Dr. Oetker tapped me to share a whole bunch of recipes and entertaining ideas with you throughout the year, I was pretty excited, because you all know I’m a massive fan of pizza. But that post-game meal sealed the deal for me. As a bit of a self-proclaimed pizza snob, I’m happy to report that the gourmet toppings and crispy crust of this pizza is going to make it a mainstay in our household from now on. It is seriously delicious!
Today I’m sharing this melon basil white wine spritzer recipe with you! It’s the perfect pairing with Dr. Oetker’s Formaggi & Pomodori frozen pizza. Bake up a pizza, mix up a couple of drinks, add a little side salad with loads of fresh produce, and you have the perfect meal for two on a summer evening. Whether it’s your sister in-law who lives next door (like me) or your friend who happens to pop over and ends up staying for dinner, this is casual summer entertaining at it’s best and easiest. The melon and basil flavors are heavenly with the goat cheese on this pizza, and it’s a super refreshing drink for a hot summer night.
- 2 oz cantaloupe melon puree
- 4 oz sauvignon blanc
- 2 oz lemon lime soda
- 2 fresh basil leaves
Begin by chunking up a fresh melon and blending it until smooth in a blender or food processor. I like to add a couple of tablespoons of water to thin out the puree a bit. Then, combine the melon puree, sauvignon blanc and basil leaves in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake until nice and cold, then strain over a glass full of ice. Top with soda, stir gently and garnish with basil. Serve icy cold and enjoy!
And there you have my new favorite drink for summer! (Yes, I realize I crown a new favorite just about daily. Oops!) For more inspiration, recipes, and entertaining ideas, be sure to follow Dr. Oetker on Facebook!
[Photos + recipe by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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Happy Monday morning, everyone! I hope you had a truly awesome weekend. To kick off the week, I’m purposefully ignoring the fact that it’s barely 50° this morning (on June 1st no less) and instead talking about this super bright and bold color palette. I love black and crisp white paired with really bright, saturated colors so all of this black and turquoise and yellow and raspberry has me feel far sunnier than the weather might otherwise allow. I’m looking forward to a busy work week and then a long weekend in Florida to celebrate my niece’s high school graduation, so it’s going to be busy, busy, busy as usual in my neck of the woods. Here’s wishing you a great week ahead!
[Photo, from top: Melanie Burk for Small Fry | Joanna Henderson + Charlotte Love for Heart Home Magazine | Studio DIY.]
Good morning and happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone has had an awesome week and is looking forward to even better weekend. We are going to Baby Keegan’s baptism tomorrow followed by a little family party, and then planning on a pretty laid back weekend, hopefully one full of loads of sunshine and shenanigans. Before I run off for all of that, I’m sharing some of my favorite summer inspired DIY ideas and a whole bunch of link love to help make your Friday a little brighter. See you here on Monday! xoxo
[Polka dot sun hat | Backgammon | Phone succulent planter | Marbled vase | Marbled necklaces.]
Much like I mentioned when it comes to my iPhone cases, I have not traditionally been one to switch up my iPhone wallpaper design with any great frequency. Until lately, that is, when suddenly I appear to have decided that fun, colorful and happy designs are the only way to go. Major props are owed to the super talented illustrators, designers and artists who are constantly churning out awesome desktop and phone wallpaper downloads! Today I’ve rounded up just a handful of my favorites, all of which I think are perfect for adding a summer vibe to your tech.
[Row 1: A Beautiful Thing | Lemons | Abstract Painting | Row 2: Find Yourself | Flamingos | Hello Sunshine | Row 3: Popsicles | Watercolor | Anchor | Row 4: Strawberries | Stripes | Clouds.]