Americana {entertaining ideas for summer}

 

This post brought to you by World Market . All opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way! {grin}

Americana

My hubby was in the Air Force, along with his brothers and dad, so Americana party décor gets a lot of use around my house with Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day celebrations. Whether or not our boys will serve remains to be seen, but we want them to have a strong sense of country and the sacrifices that others make for us daily so that we can live free.

 

Long story short, patriotic holidays are not only celebrated, but truly a time of thankfulness and remembrance for our family.

 

Americana

 

This year, I shopped World Market’s Americana collection (Outdoor Entertaining, Outdoor Furniture) for our 4th of July BBQ and then meandered over to their linens section to add a few extra touches! The pewter placemats may be my favorite. I chose them, along with the gray and white paper straws because they reminded me of sparklers. One of my favorites from childhood 4th of July picnics, and a fast growing favorite with my boys. They’ve gone through two boxes in the past week!

 

Americana cupcake stand

 

Americana cupcakes

 

And if you know me, you know I love paper goods to bring a pop to my tables. I found these fun and creative Americana Meri Meri cupcake tins and toppers at World Market, along with this wire dessert stand. It’s the perfect way to bring some height to your table.

 

Americana party

 

An easy way to make a table feel cozy and inviting outdoors, is to hang lanterns. World Market has the lighting kits so you could bring them alive if you’re celebrating at night! I also had to have the little nutcracker. Or, I should say, my son just had to have it! {grin}

 

Americana

 

And, especially when serving guests outdoors, you need service trays. This one pulled in both of my major colors, red and pewter. LOVE it for carrying all the supplies to set up the table and then later to serve dessert.

 

Sangria

 

Did you know that World Market isn’t only about home décor and entertaining supplies? They also have a large food and wine section. I’m excited to say that I made an amazing White Strawberry, Lemon and Apple Sangria with World Market’s Castaneda White Sangria!

 

Sangria

 

Ingredients
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced thicker and halved for garnish
  • 1 apple, sliced long-way (Gala or Fuji, a crisp apple, works best)
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 liter White Sangria Castaneda (available at World Market)
Instructions
  1. Add lemon slices, apples, and strawberries to pitcher.
  2. Pour the sangria over top.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours.
  4. Add a lemon slice to each glass and pour sangria over to serve!

 Sangria

 

Not only am I sharing my 4th of July plans with you this morning, I’m also sharing an amazing World Market’s Great Summer Getaway Sweepstakes! You can win Southwest Airline tickets, hotel room and $500 World Market giftcard! If I won I’d buy a new kitchen table (they have AMAZING choices) and I’d fly the kids to Orlando. We always fly Southwest when we go see Mickey. {grin}

Good luck and happy summer entertaining!

 

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