Entertaining – Yourself and Others too

Summer Solstice

Summer is HERE!


Saturday, June 21st,  marks the official FIRST DAY of SUMMER! It also happens to be the longest day of the year…the Summer Solstice!  Can you THINK of a better reason to party?

It’s the perfect time to break out your swimsuit, slap on some sunscreen, invite over some friends and entertain yourselves to your hearts’ desire.

Take full advantage and get things started  early.

The summer solstice begins at 6:51 a.m. EDT.  Depending on where you live, you’ll enjoy as many as 16  hours of daylight!

Need help getting ready?  We’re dusting off our party plans from last summer and reposting them here – for the fun of it – of course!




For more details from last year’s party, including “how to’s”  and recipes, check out  EY Party 2013

Most of all – HAVE FUN!



The Party’s ON NOW!!!

The EY Summer Solstice Party is in full swing

Tonight’s drink of choice:  Lemonade with Berry Ice Cubes   – Vodka or Tequilla Optional of course!


The table’s are set up inside and out.



Cheesecake stuffed strawberries are almost too pretty to eat…almost!

Everyone’s dressed for the occasion…








Blue Skies

And the weather has cooperated ~ a perfect 72 with sun & clouds – cool and comfortable. 

photo-111Sunset ~ 9:30 pm


And then – a full moon 

Full Moon







The DJ –  one awesome dude – put together a playlist that hit all the right notes.


One awesome dude’s party mix-a-roo

There’s only one way to cap off this amazing evening


 So glad you could join us!  


Summer Solstice Party Recipes

Strawberry Spinach Salad
Ingredients (Salad):
-Baby Spinach
-Bacon (crumbled)
-Vidalia Onion (diced)

Dressing (Strawberry Vinaigrette):
-4 tsp. strawberry jam
-2 T balsamic vinegar
-1/3 C olive oil
-pinch of salt
-pinch of pepper

For Dressing:
1. Combine ingredients into a blender or food processor.
2. Blend well. Pour over strawberry spinach salad with ingredients portioned to your liking.

Barbecue Short Ribs
-4 pounds beef short ribs
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
-2/3 C brown sugar
-1 tsp paprika
-1 clove garlic
-1 T white vinegar
-1/2 tsp dried thyme
-2/3 C ketchup
-1 T yellow mustard
-1 T Worcestershire sauce

-Garlic press
-Medium bowl
-Large baking dish
-Aluminum foil

1. Preheat oven to 300.
2. Arrange short ribs in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir with spatula to combine.
3. Pour the sauce over the ribs and toss well to coat.
4. Cover dish with aluminum foil and roast until cooked through (abut 3 hours). Remove foil for the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Grilled Peaches
-2 large peaches
-1 bottle apple cider
-12 sprigs fresh rosemary, for garnish

-Pastry brush
-Chef’s knife

1. Heat grill to medium high heat.
2. Slice peaches into 12 wedges
3. Brush each side of each peach slice with cider and place them on the hot grill. Sear for 20-30 seconds on each side. The goal is not to cook the peach, but to imprint grill marks and caramelize the cider on the peach surface.
4. Garnish with rosemary sprigs.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

-1 head of cauliflower
-1 T cream cheese
-1/4 C grated parmesan
-1 clove garlic
-1/2 tsp salt
-pinch of pepper
-3 T unsalted butter
-dry chives (for garnish)

-Large pot
-Chef’s knife
-Paper towels
-Food Processor

1. Boil a pot of water over high heat
2. Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces and cook in boiling water for approximately 6 minutes or until well done.
3. Drain cauliflower and dry between layers of paper towels.
4. Puree cauliflower in a food processor (or blender, or with an immersion blender in a bowl).
5. Add cream cheese, parmesan, garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
6. Garnish with chives and butter.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries


-1 lb large strawberries
-8 oz. cream cheese, softened (can use 1/3 less fat)
-3-4 tbsp powdered sugar (4 tbsp for a sweeter filling)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-graham cracker crumbs


1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top and clean out with a paring knife, if necessary (some may already be hollow inside). Prep all strawberries and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or ziploc with the corner snipped off.
3. Fill strawberries with cheesecake mixture. Once strawberries are filled, dip the top in graham cracker crumbs. If not serving immediately, refrigerate until serving.

Summer Solstice

YOU are invited!


Time to finalize the guest list for the party, but who to invite?   There are always a few “must asks” including “BF’s, BFF’s and BFBF’s” to name a few.  But will that really guarantee a great party?  No Way!  The best party throwers know that a few select guests will take their party from Decent to Off The Charts! 

So who are these dream party goers?

Answer: The ones who always come with the right ‘tude!

Those special people that everyone loves to be around. Think Greta and Chuck.  It just happens that these two party goers are a couple, but they were on every guest list long before they met.  Why?  Because they always bring their “A” game.  That invigorating positivity that makes everyone in their company feel good.

In simple terms, they are fun.

But it’s more complicated than that.

They are charming, charismatic, good looking, easy going and always ready to laugh.  They are seemingly always in a good mood.  And they NEVER say anything the least bit offensive!  About ANYBODY! Or ANYTHING!  REALLY!  Notwithstanding, they don’t judge others at the party who do!  They just gracefully wander off to get a drink or say “hello” to someone else.  Subtle – but powerful!

Meanwhile, it seems like they know everybody and if you ask, everybody will tell you that  they are their best friends.  Why? Because they always appear interested in whatever you have to say and they never disagree, not even for the sake of a good old DE-bate! (see note above about gracefully wandering off)…

Of course, such perfection could grow old and tiresome…  Let’s face it, they won’t be the most memorable guests and they’ll never end up on youtube, but if you can get them to your party, they will always make it a great event.  And that takes a lot of the pressure off of you!


Throwin’ Down Again!


There are party goers and party throwers.  There are amazing stars that shine at both… and of course – the duds who’d best just stick to dinner and a movie.

So – what’s the measure of success?  Undoubtedly it’s how much fun was had by all.

When we launched EntertainingYourself.com, we were inspired by Robin – a consummate party thrower.  She loves throwing parties, but even more, Robin loves  planning parties.  Before she has completed one party, she already has 3 or 4 more under construction.  Themes and events stream through her brain at rapid speed and inspiration is found everywhere.  Her success rate is amazing and everyone lines up for an invitation.

Since then, EntertainingYourself.com has attracted a host of other amazing Hosts.  This month, two of our interns Rebecca Ferlotti and Kerry Butler are celebrating the last days of summer by planning a little fete of their own – a Summer Solstice Party – and they’re documenting their plans and preparations along the way, (check out our facebook page).

In essence,  you get to join EY in this celebration of summer that we’re told will include everything from bright colors and festive decorations, to lively music and delicious treats and beverages.  More importantly, you’ll get all the advice you’ll need to throw your own awesome soiree!   Want to join in the fun?  Feel free to share your own ideas and recipes here, on twitter or on our fb page!

Come On – Let’s get this party STARTED!!!


ps – If you think you might be one of the duds – stick with us!  We’ve got all the advice and insights you’ll need to become a Party Legend!


Throwin’ Down

Title: New Year's Eve! Artist: Rosemary B Mudry Painted: 2002, Oil on Canvas

There are party goers and party throwers.  There are amazing stars that shine at both and duds who’d best just stick to dinner and a movie.  What determines success?  How much fun was had by all

Consider Robin, a consummate party thrower. She loves throwing parties, but even more, Robin loves planning parties.  Before she has completed one party, she already has 3 or 4 more under construction.  Themes and events stream through her brain at rapid speed and inspiration is found everywhere.  She has a list of people she relies upon to get the job done and she knows who to call for everything.  Need a cake?  Ask Robin and she’ll provide the top 5 bakeries to contact.  Looking for tables and chairs? She knows who to call and how much it’ll cost (if anything).  Need a prop?  She’ll check her “closet.”

The Party Closet - that is – a common element among party throwers.  This space is dedicated to housing props, gifts, costumes and anything else that screams PAR -TEE!  These items are not frivolous.  Expert party throwers are not pack rats. They are selective about what they keep on hand, knowing exactly what is required for the perfect party and impossible to find on short notice.  Everything in the party closet is used at some point or it gets passed along, and not every closet is the same.  Each depends on the unique interests of the party givers.  For example, there may be gowns, tuxedos, table linens, western gear, wigs, folding chairs, assorted hats, palm trees, cake pans, crystal, paper plates, jewelry, strobe lights…the list is diverse and seemingly infinite. 

Robin shops all year, looking for bargains that may come in handy for a future event.  She’s bought Swarovski crystal and iPods at rock bottom prices knowing that they will make perfect prizes for a raffle or contest.  She’s found curtains, lamps, chairs and a sundry of inflatable’s to suit every conceivable backdrop. 

One time it was an in-door beach party, complete with sand, trees and water (beach attire required, despite the minus zero temperatures outside).  Another time it was a Red-Carpet Oscar party, complete with what else?  A red carpet (lined with Paparazzi) and Oscars (awarded through a traditional envelope opening ceremony) for all the guests!

“Parties take work.”

“They cost a lot of money.”

“It is impossible to make everybody happy.”

“There is always a crisis.”

“Throwing a party is exhausting and thankless.” Really?

Not according to Robin.  Throwing parties is pure delight and she hosts parties to entertain herself!  She enjoys every minute of it, from the first idea to the day after clean-up.  A last minute crisis to others is an opportunity for her to tap into that unending reservoir of ideas, props and resources.  Friends and acquaintances come out of the wood work to help her prepare and clean up with the hope that they will end up on the next guest list or get a referral from her in the future. And she is always ready to step-in to save the day for others – that’s just what party throwers do!

Excuses don’t fly with Robin because it’s not about the venue, any locale can be party ready.  She regularly moves furniture in and out of her bungalow style house to accomodate her theme.  It’s not about the money, finding ways to party on the cheap is part of the thrill.  And it’s certainly not about hiring someone else to do it for her.  That would absolutely defeat the purpose.  According to Robin, there is only one real reason to throw a party – and that’s simply for the fun of it!  Stick to that premise and the rest will fall perfectly into place.