Summer Entertaining

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One of my favorite things about the warmer weather is summer entertaining. Is it just me, or does life seem to settle down a bit during the summer months? Maybe it’s just that the days are longer, but I feel like Cory and I tend to spend more time with friends and family (and each other!) in the summer, enjoying the sunshine and good company.

We recently had a little party at our house to kick off summer. It was such a nice departure from our usual hectic schedule. Cory and I both stay quite busy, so this was a great way to reconnect with friends and family.

When it comes to summer entertaining, I’m a firm believer that the dishes served should be simple. Instead of spending all day in a hot kitchen, I recommend picking a few unfussy options to serve to your guests. Easy salads, fresh fruit and other quick no-cook dishes make great options and will be more refreshing on a hot day than a warm meal.

When we entertain at our house in the summer, there are a few staples that I always like to serve: a cheese plate, a dessert (usually something with chocolate), and lots of tasty drinks. Cold, juicy watermelon is another must have. I love watermelon!

Lately, my go-tos for a cheese board have been a nice, sharp white cheddar like Adam’s Reserve, Cotswold (Gloucester with chives), pretty much any bleu cheese, and Red Dragon with whole grain mustard. The Cotswold and Red Dragon can be kind of difficult to find around here, so we just went with cheddar, bleu and a smoky gouda.

As for tasty drinks, y’all know I’m a Diet Dr Pepper girl! I love my DDP! I’m not really sure why, but my family has always been a Diet Dr Pepper family. So, for me, Dr Pepper isn’t just delicious; it’s also nostalgic. It reminds me of good times spent with parts of my family that I only get to see a few times a year- we’re spread out between Ohio, Texas and Massachusetts!

Okay, but seriously, I could write a novel about how much I love Diet Dr Pepper…I’m pretty sure it’s 85% of the reason I survived law school. Ha! And while we’re on the subject, the next time you have a summer get-together, try using Dr Pepper in place of whatever other soda you use in mixed drinks. I promise you’ll be back here to thank me!

Dr Pepper and Walmart are running a fun promotion this summer to help you make the most of your summer. This can/bottle holder has a built in ice pack, which is super useful. I seriously wonder why we didn’t get one of these things sooner!

When you buy any Dr Pepper at Walmart this summer between 6/15 and 8/15, you can upload your Walmart receipt here to get the prize featured in my blog here and/or other prizes like:

  • Spend $5, get a unicorn beverage holder inflatable
  • Spend $10, get a Walmart e-Gift Card worth $5
  • Spend $20, get a 6 pack can/bottle holder with ice pack
  • Spend $40, get a Dr Pepper bottle shaped pool float

Once you get your super cool prize, make sure to share it on social media and use the hashtags #Walmart and #PickYourPepper. I’m particularly interested in seeing the unicorn drink holder inflatable! Also, make sure to look for the new Pick Your Pepper Dr Pepper packaging coming to Walmart stores on June 15th. The new Pick Your Pepper packaging was created by millennials, for millennials, so it’s definitely going to have a fun, unique twist on the traditional packaging.

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