I celebrated my birthday with a Summer Solstice Party. With lots of prep work and zero cooking except for grilling, this easy summer menu feeds 20 people easily and keeps you enjoying the party, not slaving in the kitchen, while looking like WAY more effort than it is.
If guests ask what they can bring, suggest beer, vodka, a prepared salad or a desert. For dessert, my sister brought these Lemon Bars which were a huge hit. I couldn’t eat them so I made my standard Peach Cobbler, which I’ll post separately soon. Another friend brought some wonderful prepared salads from Whole Foods which added a nice touch to the menu.
If grilling isn’t an option, the meat and fish can be prepared in a hot heavy skillet on the stove.
Grilled Tilapia Tacos | Party Guacamole and Chips | Chicken Apple Sausages
Lavender Infusion Cocktails | Ginger Infusion Cocktails | Cucumber water | Light Beer | Iced Tea |
Update: JAWS-SOME!!! This recipe was featured on Offbeat Home & Life!
August 4th marks the return of Discovery Channel’s popular Shark Week.
I was born the month Jaws hit theaters across the U.S., and it has always been my favorite movie. Throughout my early years, I took great pleasure in drawing sharks, reading marine life books, and obsessively watching National Geographic Shark Specials. My heroes were Ron and Valerie Taylor and Dr. Eugenie Clark. I wished that I didn’t suck so badly at school work, because I wanted to be a marine biologist.
So it’s not really a shock that for my birthday this June, I made myself a gluten-free red velvet Jaws Cake. If you’re entertaining or celebrating in honor of these fascinating underwater creatures this month, here’s how to make one! I’ve also pinned several cute shark party themes and ideas here, which would work well for a Shark Week Party, child’s birthday, or even a wedding, bridal shower, bachelor party, or baby shower. (You can also check out my Shark Watermelon One-Two Punch recipe which was featured on OffBeat Bride in 2011.)
In the spirit of the nice weather approaching, spring cleaning, and of extra cash flow some of you may have during tax season, I’m having a SPRING SALE! Hardcover books are 15% off through March 31, 2013!
Hosting With Style – Beretta Fleur’s Guide to Parties and Homemaking is an 83 page illustrated and photo-illustrated pages of swanky tips on hosting and parties! It also includes recipes for everyone from the carnivore to the gluten-free vegan. (If you’re curious to see some images from the book, they’re viewable on my Facebook Page or on ShotgunPinups.com )
Hardcover Coffee Table Edition- SALE PRICE $39.95 (was $47) plus S & H Click here to preview & buy!
Paperback Edition – $27 plus S&H Click here to preview & buy!
Author: Beretta Fleur Photos: Morris Skupinsky and Shotgun Pinups www.shotgunpinups.com
Full color, features illustrations and photos. 83 pages.
Recently I visited my younger sister Rebekah Scott, author of the humor and survival guide book “Motherhood Is Easy … “ (Clearview Press) and blog Motherhood is Easy.
I have yet to take the Rugrat Plunge, and so for me, dinners are pretty simple. However, many of you have kids clinging to your kneecaps as I type this, so here’s a quick and easy dish that freezes well, pleases many, and is great to pass on if you have a friend who’s sick, newly parenting, or grieving; it’s a good potluck dish, too.
I also shot a video in case you don’t have time to read the recipe. Enjoy!
Wheee, I’ve got a new article and photo in Atomic Bombshells Magazine Issue #4, on sale now! “A Vintage New Year’s”, featuring party tips and logistics, playlists, menus and more! Go on and take a gander, plus enjoy many other holiday honeys from the best in vintage-modern pinup!
Atomic Bombshells Issue #4
Watching a lot of games this fall and need to feed a crowd? Here’s a dish from my best friend Kimpossible ( a featured model in Hosting With Style the book, available here for $27)
Kim used to make these for us when we were single vegan ladies living 5 minutes away from each other, as munchies for our Packers/Cowboys game days. I still ask her to make them when we have double dates at her place with our carnivorous menfolk. Vegan or not, they’re the bomb for your game time noms.
KIMPOSSIBLE’S CHEESE-Y VEGAN NACHOS
This is Halloween,
This is Halloween,
I love Halloween. Love it. Love it like I just ate fistfuls of candy and now I’m doing the sugar dance.
I know I’m in the middle of promoting a Book Release and everything, but let’s not forget the true meaning of October: HALLOWEEN!! I don’t know about you, but this month officially kicks off my Holiday Season. This year, with my book just coming out, writing Holiday articles, and planning a lot of life changes with Husband (a blog for another time!), I am almost inclined to ignore Halloween completely. But I just can’t let that happen. So here’s a recipe for 3-D Skull cake for your Halloween or Day of the Dead Celebration, courtesy of one kick-ass lady: Photographer Hailey of Wicked Hailey Photography (TX).
Skull Cake Supplies – by Wicked Hailey
“The first one I made I made a traditional chocolate cake and dusted with powdered sugar (recipe below). I made a 2nd one today and documented it much more. My husband loves Funfetti or Rainbow Party cake mix from the box (~ EYE ROLL~) so I made this one for him. I hate all store bought icing so I made a Royal Icing (recipe below). This not only glued the parts of the skull together, but also makes a hard shell for the cake. Also, the wine is a necessary supply! Enjoy!” – Wicked Hailey
Just a quick post today on the Hosting With Style book project.
OMG SO EXCITING!
We had a great photo shoot this past weekend with two more lovely models. One more photo shoot to go and it’ll be a wrap!
I also have proofs on the way to me from two book binders to pick out which printer I prefer. As the layout designer and graphic artist, that’s just as exciting for me as the actual content coming together.
Please… don’t make me Parent Under The Influence…
God, what a horrible song. I’m sorry I did that to you and myself.
My Home Tour was recently featured on the ever-lovely and always helpful OffBeatHome.com, and there were positive responses to my party signage and requests for copies.