nautical dinner
orange, navy and gold
Gather up your gal pals and head to the lake to bask in the sunshine and then follow your fun- and sun-filled day with an evening together, reminiscing over a fabulous seaside dinner. Set the table with bright oranges and navy and accent with fun nautical decor, such as anchors and metallic gold...
little italy
summertime parties
Italy is an amazing country steeped in history that provides visitors with breathtaking scenery, unbelievably great food, friendly locals and a strong, rich culture. Bring all of these home to the delight of your friends by hosting an Italian themed party, inspired by the sun-drenched hills...
retro baseball party
hope you have a ball
These vanilla baseball cupcakes were homemade and topped with vanilla icing. Licorice pull 'n' peel candy was cut into tiny pieces and used to create the baseball-like design on top. Make sure to use plain white liners and stick with a flavor that has a light batter so that the cupcakes look...

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This tasty Shrimp Salad Martini recipe comes from Ina Garten's 2001 Barefoot Contessa Parties cookbook and is a perfect side dish for entertaining. Adding shrimp to the menu always makes the occasion feel extra special, but the best part is that it can be made a day ahead of time for a stress-free entertaining experience. Serve it in full-sized martini glasses for individual portions and to give it a spectacular presentation.

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