host a friendsgiving dinner | lauren kelpHello, hello you amazing holiday hostess! How are you feeling? The holidays are officially here – Thanksgiving is like, tomorrow, and Christmas is right around the corner. You are tempted to let holiday anxiety sneak in and mess up your killer girl-boss-ness, but you won’t let it. Here’s why – we got you. We are going to help make this holiday season off the freaking chain. Don’t worry about the turkey, the presents, the holiday dynamics. You know why? Because, life is messy and weird and that’s okay. There is beauty in the mess. There is joy in imperfections. And, change starts at the dinner table, so let’s make this season one of big bear hugs instead of worrying about the perfect pot roast – shall we?host a friendsgiving dinner | lauren kelp

Okay, so real talk. Now that everyone is freaking out that Thanksgiving is right around the corner (which means Christmas is basically here in the blink of an eye), your calendar is about to get a whole lot more jam packed. How is that possible, you ask? Well, your friends love you & they want to get together to celebrate. Not to mention all of the work outings, parent/significant others parents commitments, and all the other normal busy stuff that is going on – you are about to  be one busy gal.
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We propose HOSTING YOUR OWN FRIENDSGIVING! I know, I know, it’s not some revolutionary new idea, but it is awesome nonetheless. Gather your friends, work besties, neighbors, and whoever else you want to invite over & have one big low-key, super fun bash.

So, friends, here is our step-by-step, fool proof plan on how to host the most delicious, stress-free Friendsgiving of all time! Interested? I thought so! Keep scrolling…. host a friendsgiving dinner | lauren kelp


As you know by know, we are all about the attainable dinner party. We choose friends over fancy table settings any day of the week, but Thanksgiving is a special time, so we are going to do a bit of both.

If you are like me, and live in a small apartment, there is temptation to not have a lot of people over due to space. Ignore this temptation because it’s silly. We totally rearrange our furniture to fit in as many people as possible. I mean, who cares? It’s just furniture! You won’t hurt it’s feelings.

Figure out the largest room in your house & take it over. Push those sofas back, hide that coffee table in the backyard, or do whatever you need to do to clear it out & move a big table in (yes, folding tables from Ikea or Costco totally count as big tables). Round up some chairs & set the table however fits you.

You like pumpkins, great – do that! Going for more of a moody jewel tone theme – fantastic! I am not going to tell you how to decorate your table because you already know how. My goal is to encourage you to be the catalyst that gets everyone together. How am I doing? Pretty good so far, right?!

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Everyone knows that a rule of thumb for a killer Friendsgiving is to make it a potluck. It’s the best because everyone gets to make their favorite dish, it takes the pressure of the host, and it’s so fun to try everyone’s favorites! That being said, it’s important (you know, as the host) to have a few dishes to get the party started.

We recommend this amazing sauteed green bean recipe & the most ahhhhmazing browned maple butter sweet potato recipe. Pair them with a glass (or two…) of Kendall-Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir & you’ve got the fixings for one heck of a party!

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photography by Constance Higley

This post is sponsored by Kendall-Jackson but all thoughts, opinions, and food obsessions are our own.

A LOVELY GIRLS RETREAT wine tasting, brunching, & gal pals!

Hello, hello my lovely little autumnal goddesses! How is your October shaping up? If you are like me, you’ve got travel on the brain. I am just itching to get the gals together and host a little girls retreat – apple picking, wine tasting, brunching – the works! Luckily our dear friends Claiborne & Lime are feeling the travel bug too and threw the most beautiful girls retreat.

Check out their weekend of fun and get inspired to host your own! Don’t have a local vineyard near you? Who cares! Do a little wine tasting in your backyard. If that gang is together, nothing else really matters 🙂
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“I wanted to escape myself. I wanted to feel overwhelmed and disrupted. I wanted something- an event- to happen to me, to sweep me up and change my life.” –Sue Miller

To us, September represents a fresh start- back to school, seasons changing, and a time for new beginnings. We decided to gather a small group of girlfriends together- all on different creative paths with the intention of escaping… Out of that came an idea- to have a retreat of sorts. A safe haven away from our lives to let go of fear and perfection. A place to brainstorm, inspire, and set goals. We didn’t need to go far, we just needed to get unstuck. So we set off to Los Olivos, in Santa Barbara wine country.

The perfect fall girls weekend via Lauren KelpFirst stop, a local vineyard for brunch. Guys… what better activity to do on a girls weekend then wine tasting?! Bring your own treats or reserve a private picnic spot overlooking the lake – you can’t go wrong! Since fancy is what we do, you know we had to create an amazing experience- complete with chocolate croissants, homemade quiche Lorraine, and a champagne bar. Lucky for you, we passed along the quiche recipe for you here!

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The perfect fall girls weekend via Lauren KelpNext up, wine tasting… Because what gets the creative juices flowing better than MORE alcohol? We sampled the sauvignon blanc, the cuvee le bec, and tasted Grenache grapes which will become a 2017 rose. We took a tour of the winery, and spent the afternoon lounging on the lawn (or passed out- whatever you wanna call it). On the ride home, we sang along (badly) to Beyonce’s Lemonade, and started planning how we would make things, collaborate and create our next adventure!

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Host an outdoor picnic this fall! Fall entertaining tips via Lauren KelpHappy Fall, my fabulous entertainers! Are you ready for cozy sweaters, reading by the fireplaces, and lots of other deliciously autumnal things? I know I am! See ya later humidity, hello scarf weather! Here is the best part about fall – entertaining! Call me crazy, but it’s my favorite time to gather a bunch of friends, drink good wine, eat great food, and hang out all night. Gone are the hectic days of summer and the mania of holiday season hasn’t hit yet, it’s a sweet spot where schedules are free, the weather is great, and the stars align!
Host an outdoor picnic this fall! Fall entertaining tips via Lauren KelpToday we are talking all about why you should host a fall picnic (yes, outside) and what to serve at it! I mean, come on, just look at that spread above – who wouldn’t want to spend the evening with friends noshing on that? Guess what – it’s totally attainable, easier than you think, and won’t take up your whole Saturday prepping. Interested? Of course you are! Well pour yourself a glass of wine, scroll down, and let’s get this party started! Host an outdoor picnic this fall! Fall entertaining tips via Lauren KelpWe are talking all about my love for outdoor entertaining in the fall over here, but it deserves to be re-enforced. Having a bunch of friends over and dining outside with the crisp fall air in the trees, drinking wine, and catching up is just about as magical as the Midwest can get. So, now that we’ve convinced you that a) you need to host a dinner party this weekend and b) it has to be outside, it’s time to talk about the menu!

Here is the best part about a fall picnic – the spread! The small plate spread is totally undervalued and is a total show stopper. Pick a theme (for this we did mediterranean mezze) and if your guests ask what to bring, you can tell them something on theme.

When our guests asked, we had them bring olives, a few cucumbers, a bunch of carrots, or a packet of pitas. We put the olives into a cute little dish, sliced the carrots & cucumbers up (for dipping in the spreads), and voila! A fun spread that your guests helped curate!
Host an outdoor picnic this fall! Fall entertaining tips via Lauren KelpNow, it’s important to pair the menu with the perfect accompanying wine & let me tell you, nothing is more delicious than a cold glass of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon-Blanc on a fall day with a delicious spread. Typically, a Sauvignon-Blanc is thought of as a summer wine, but with the rich flavors of the Mediterranean seasonings, the crispness of the white wines cools everything down a bit and makes for a really delicious pairing.  I love pairing foods with complex flavors or unique spices with K-J’s Sauvignon-Blanc because it doesn’t wash out the spices but almost enhances them.  Warm up those pitas, put out some spreads & accouterments, pour those glasses of wine & hop to it!

Looking for some good spreads to whip up? How about a batch of homemade hummus! Super easy, delicious, and everyone loves a good homemade spread. Five minutes in the kitchen and a small stockpile of hummus later & you’ve got yourself a party!
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  • 2 cups drained well-cooked or canned chickpeas, liquid reserved
  • ½ cup tahini (sesame paste), optional, with some of its oil
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus oil for drizzling
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, or to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin or paprika, or to taste, plus a sprinkling for garnish
  • Juice of 1 lemon, plus more as needed
  • Chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish
  1. Put everything except the parsley in a food processor and begin to process; add the chickpea liquid or water as needed to allow the machine to produce a smooth puree.
  2. Taste and adjust the seasoning (I often find I like to add much more lemon juice). Serve, drizzled with the olive oil and sprinkled with a bit more cumin or paprika and some parsley.

Host an outdoor picnic this fall! Fall entertaining tips via Lauren KelpSo, what are you waiting for?! Let’s get this party started! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.
Host an outdoor picnic this fall! Fall entertaining tips via Lauren Kelp

photography by Constance Higley & recipe by Brendan McCaskey
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HOST A TEQUILA TASTING easy, fun, & informative

HOST A TEQUILA TASTING PARTY via Lauren KelpWell, howdy! It’s been a little quiet over here but it’s only because we’ve been busy working away on the best recipes, taste-testing those 30-second cocktails, and, truthfully, we’ve been rolling around and enjoying the last bits of summer. To keep that summer-vibe alive a little longer, we hosted the most fantastic tequila tasting party.

Truthfully, it happened by accident (as all tequila happenings should) and it turned our night from a fun hang out with friends to a night we all still laugh about! It all started because we were talking about our favorite types of tequila and why we liked them, which (naturally) turned into a “mine is totally better than yours!” convo. So we decided to settle it, once & for all! We Drizly-ed over the top three tequilas (according to the group) and had ourselves a little tasting!

We all decided upon three tequilas to try & staged a little friendly competition. Judged based on flavor, finish, and how cool the bottles label was (hey, that is totally how you decide what to bring home – don’t lie!) and voila! An easy little at-home tequila tasting fest. Here are our three contestants:

1. Espolón – This was my pick for favorite tequila & I have to say, I think I won some people over. It has won a ton of awards, it is affordable, and you really can’t beat the taste. Perfect for palomas, margaritas, or just to sip on a hot Saturday in the summer. Plus, how cool is their label?

2. el Jimador – This tequila is smooth, full bodied (I don’t really know what that means, but it makes sense when you try it), and great for mixing up margaritas. Use this tequila if you are mixing up a cocktail that has strong flavors (like a peach basil margarita or, one of my favorites, the blood orange marg) There isn’t anything crazy about the taste, but it gets the job done & it’s decent for the price.

3. Herradura – Truthfully, I had never tried the Herradura Silver but I have to say, I really enjoyed it! Almost like a mezcal, it’s smokey and has a more complex finish than I am used to. Another good sipping tequila and one that I would use in a super simple mixed drink as to not overpower its flavors.

HOST A TEQUILA TASTING PARTY via Lauren KelpIf you aren’t in to sipping tequila, here is the ultimate frozen margarita recipe. Our old neighbors in Austin, Michelle (who has a hysterical podcast) & David, used to whip these puppies up and it was like catnip. We couldn’t stay away! Grab some lime-ade (the cheaper the better, really) & get to blending!

Recipe type: Cocktail
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Serves: 4-6
The absolute at-home margarita there ever was! Whip them up in a snap or pre-make a batch for a big group. Either way, you'll be happy you did!
  • 2 Frozen Limeades
  • Tequila
  • Ice
  • Limes
  1. Pour limeade into blender. Add 2 cups of ice
  2. Fill 1 empty limeade container with tequila and add to blender
  3. Blend until perfectly slushy and wonderful. Squeeze limes & serve!

HOST A TEQUILA TASTING PARTY via Lauren KelpSo, what do you think, my little party people? Ready to host a fun tequila tasting bash this weekend? I mean, it really couldn’t get any easier!

Have your friends bring their favorite bottle, provide some limes, a little salt, and maybe a score card (if you feel like getting fancy) and hop to it!

Find one you like? Share! We are always on the look-out for new and delicious tequilas, so comment below and share your favorite. Happy tasting!

Photography by Aimée Mazzenga

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Throw a relaxed backyard barbecue party with this delicious grilled peach and prosciutto salad recipe! via Lauren Kelp

Well, howdy friends! Have you been enjoying your summertime? I know we have! Maybe it’s because the summers are so short here in Chicago, or maybe it’s because there is something so quintessentially summertime about eating outdoors, whatever the reason – I have been itching to throw a fun backyard supper club style barbecue!Throw a relaxed backyard barbecue party with this delicious grilled peach and prosciutto salad recipe! via Lauren Kelp

Last week, we rounded up some friends and threw a casual family-style backyard bash and it was exactly what dreams are made of. Great food (I mean, just check out that insane grilled peach and prosciutto salad!), wonderful friends, and a breezy summer evening to sip wine, catch up, and laugh all night.

Throw a relaxed backyard barbecue party with this delicious grilled peach and prosciutto salad recipe! via Lauren Kelp

With the warm weather creeping in, the only way to cool down is to stock up on some wine, invite some friends over, and relax over a barbecue. Ask your guests to bring their own goodies for the grill and provide some sides, or play chef and try out some of those recipes you’ve pinned! There is nothing like trying out new recipes on guests. I do it all the time & weirdly, it always works out!

Throw a relaxed backyard barbecue party with this delicious grilled peach and prosciutto salad recipe! via Lauren Kelp

One recipe that you absolutely (I mean, absolutely) need to pin, bookmark, print out, memorize, or tattoo on your body is this Grilled Peach & Prosciutto salad we are sharing with our pals over on Pop a bottle of Kendall-Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, or two (no judgment, it’s hot outside), fire up the grill, and get to prepping – because this salad is off the freaking chain!

Throw a relaxed backyard barbecue party with this delicious grilled peach and prosciutto salad recipe! via Lauren Kelp

I think my favorite thing about summer entertaining is how relaxed it can be. Firing up the grill, playing with fun flavors (peaches & prosciutto, yes please!), and just being the excuse to get the gang together.

Summer seems to be such a busy time for everyone, so getting the gang together and spending an evening catching up, relaxing, and making memories is what it’s all about in my book.

Throw a relaxed backyard barbecue party with this delicious grilled peach and prosciutto salad recipe! via Lauren Kelp

So, what do you say? Ready to throw a casual backyard bash? Whether you are in your apartment downtown or firing up the grill poolside, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be thoughtful! Tag us in your next backyard bash – we can’t wait to see!
Throw a relaxed backyard barbecue party with this delicious grilled peach and prosciutto salad recipe! via Lauren Kelp

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THROW A PIE PARTY THIS SUMMER because, why not?!

untitled-8Well, howdy friends! How is summer shaping up? Can you believe that it’s (basically) already July?! How is it that we hope and pray and plead for summer & then you blink & it’s over? This year I am determined to up my summer entertaining game & that means getting to throw fun, non-holiday get-togethers, like a PIE PARTY!

It’s a fun excuse to get the gang together, doesn’t require a ton of effort (nor will it break the bank), and it’s perfect for a backyard porch, apartment rooftop or picnic. Are you convinced yet? Well, just in case you need a little more nudging, we are breaking this brilliant pie party madness down into three steps – complete with recipe! It just couldn’t get any easier!

STEP ONE: Find the Perfect Pie Recipe

When hosting a pie party, it’s important to show your guests that you mean business and that pie parties are no joke. Or maybe you just want to whip up something that is stunning and requires medium baking prowess. Either way, the summer galette is where it’s at.

Grab some peaches, strawberries, blueberries, whatever you like & whip up a few of these summer galettes. We’re sharing the recipe over on Kendall-Jackson’s blog because you can’t have a pie party without the perfect wine, but we will get to that later.

Don’t stress about the perfect combo of fruit, or even how much to put in. The best part about these little galettes is that they are totally customizable. Mix and match, play with flavors, go crazy – it’s your pie party.



Potlucks don’t get enough attention & that’s a totally different topic, but I really love a party where everyone is responsible for a dish. Guests feel like they aren’t showing up empty handed (or worse, bring a bad bottle of wine) and everyone gets to share why the dish is their favorite, plus, you get exposed to new and fun things.

Since everyone loves dessert, asking your guests to bring their favorite pie is no sweat! People will totally rise to the occasion and it’s so fun to see what people bring! Grandma’s rhubarb pie recipe, Dad’s famous Key Lime, or maybe even an ice cream pie (I weirdly like those).

Naturally, no one will bring a galette as lovely as yours, but you’ve always been the bar setter.



Now it wouldn’t be a true LK party without a beverage pairing & this one is no exception! Summertime is all about fresh fruits, sweet treats, and chilled white wine, & it’s important to have a few good bottles in your fridge at all times — you know, for occasions like these.

We’ve been jamming on the Kendall-Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc for a while now & there are no signs of stopping. A nice balance to a sweet treat, pick up a few bottles before you host your party and you’ll continue that reign as Hostess with the Most-ess.

untitled-50So, friends – what do you think? Ready to host your own pie bash? What could be better really – friends, fresh pies, and delicious wine – it sounds like the makings for a perfect summer evening in my book!

We would love to hear your favorite pie recipes, so share below or tag us on Instagram!

This post is sponsored by Kendall-Jackson but all thoughts, opinions, and food obsessions are our own.


As you know, we love any excuse to throw a party & we are always looking for fun, new ones! We have been big fans of Oh Happy Day (what party lover isn’t?!) for a long time & now that they launched a new party shop, it’s an endless source of party inspiration. Take these spunky marbled plates & cups for instance – they are so fun! Don’t they just scream ice cream party?!

We had friends over a few weeks ago & we thought it would be a fun surprise to serve up a spunky little dessert & these marbled accents did the trick! Who wouldn’t want their ice cream served in something as happy as these? Scroll down to see what you need to plan your own ice cream party surprise!


– Ice cream

– Ice cream cones

– Sprinkles, chocolate sauce, gummy bears, nuts, berries, and all of your other favorite toppings

Marbled napkins (we got ours in orange!)

Marbled cups (we want all of the colors!)


– Add some fruit, chocolate, or other larger toppings to the bottom of your cup. Scoop your ice cream on top & finish off with sprinkles & an upside down ice cream cone!

– Use your cone as a spoon, mix the sprinkles on top with the goodies at the bottom, or just dive in! No matter how you eat it, it’s always delicious!


Photography by Aimée Mendez


NASHVILLE TABLEMAKERS a pop-up dinner in a flower shop

The act of hosting a dinner party is something very near & dear to our hearts here at Lauren Kelp. Our aim is to inspire, help prepare, navigate, and encourage you to be the community maker amongst your friends. To invite people into your home – new friends or old – whip up something easy yet delicious, and make memories around a table, on a porch, or sitting on a picnic blanket in the backyard.

We believe in the magical powers of dinner parties so much, we travel across the country and host pop-up dinners for people doing cool things in their neighborhoods. They could be graphic designers, photographers, shop owners, designers, bakers, even candlestick makers – it really doesn’t matter as long as they love their community & encourage others with their craft. We call these parties, Tablemakers Dinners & to us, they are the culmination of thoughtful entertaining.

In 2015, we traveled to Phoenix, New York, and Sonoma and in 2016 we kicked off our Tablemakers tour in Nashville, Tennessee. We gathered 40 of the cities creatives & movers + shakers invited them to break bread with us in an old historic home turned flower shop. We ate, drank, made new friends, connected with old & got to know people without all the pretense of a “networking event.” No pressure, no fluff, just good old fashion supper club fun.  

Nashville was a special dinner for us, for many reasons, one of them being the relaxed, family-style vibe of the dinner. Heaping plates of ricotta gnocchi, grilled lamb kubideh, and spring onion & potato gratin filled the table, all expertly prepared by our local Chefs – Dan Forberg & Tony Galzin. As people were passing around dishes and re-filling their neighbors glass of wine, it was so fun to imagine all of us hanging out in someone’s living room.

Truthfully, this family-style setup got me really inspired to host more dinner parties in our apartment & with more people! With make ahead-menus, a few big serving plates, and some great bottles of your favorite Kendall-Jackson wine – you’ve just created plans for the rest of your summer. We were so inspired by how fun this gathering was, we put together a little how-to on how to host an unforgettable family-style dinner party. Interested? Of course you are! Hop on over here to get the skinny & prepare to be inspired!


Well my friends – great wine, good food, and a fun mix of creative people makes for just about the best get-together in my book. Whether you are hosting 4 or 40, remember it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be honest. 



Host & Founder: Lauren Kelp 

Co-Host & Graphics Designer: Ashley Cooper

 Co-Host & Wine: Kendall-Jackson 

Photographer: Josh Ulmer 

Food & Menu: Chef Dan Forberg & Chef Tony Galzin

Dessert: Tea-rriffic!

Furniture & Table Decor: 12th Table 

Venue & Florals: FLWR Shop

Table Runner :Hester & Cook

 Candles: Paddywax Candles 



crafternoon0001Have you ever hosted a Crafternoon party? I used to think they were for chilly days in the wintertime, but I was sorely mistaken. We got some friends together & hosted a little summer Crafternoon get-together & had an absolute blast!

We all brought crafts we were working on (or wanted to start), a few bottles of our favorite wine, and some little snacks to munch on & it was one of the best ways to spend an afternoon I could have ever imagined.

I love them because a) you get to hang out with friends b) you get to work on crafts and c) they almost always turn into a dinner party with spouses, boyfriends, or people who couldn’t make it to the craft portion – it’s so fun! So, as evident in my enthusiasm, we want to spread the summer Crafternoon love & show you some tips, tricks, and a fun DIY to get things started.

STEP ONE: Prep the space

A Crafternoon is a get-together that works best with a big space. Grab a few card tables, clean off the dining room table, or pull out the picnic table in the backyard. Depending on how many friends you have over, each person should have enough space to spread out a little, comfortably.

Now, don’t go crazy, but provide some options. We held ours in our living room where people could sit at the dining room table, on the sofa, around the coffee table, or on the floor – whatever works, you know?

crafternoon0011STEP TWO: Gather the supplies

Next up in our little Crafternoon bash 101 is to gather the supplies! We are big fans of crafting with wine, so we made sure to stock up on a few of our favorite bottles (we’ve been loving Kendall-Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve Merlot for summer-time).

Not to mention – snacks! You can’t get your besties together without a good cheese board. Pick up your favorite cheese, some fresh summer fruit, a baguette, a good bar of chocolate, and maybe a spread or two & you’ve got the fixings for an all afternoon-hang session.

crafternoon0023STEP THREE: Kick things off with an easy DIY

Now comes the fun part! Not everyone is a big “crafter” so to help everyone get their feet wet, we started off with a fun & super easy wine glass DIY. Hop on over to Kendall-Jackson’s blog to see this two step craft that will have you seriously addicted!

Another fun option is to make stamps out of your corks. Mark the non-wine side of your cork with a shape (basic shapes are best), carve the negative space out, dip in some paint & play around. This is fun for wrapping paper, cards, or even on extra cocktail napkins. Adorable & super easy!

crafternoon0016So, what do you think? Ready to gather the gals this weekend & craft your buns off? I mean, it sounds like a pretty great way to spend an afternoon to me – drinkin’, craftin’, probably hangin’ out and doing an impromptu potluck. Count us in!

Have any other fun & easy Crafternoon crafts? Let us know if the comment section – we can’t wait to try them out!crafternoon_1

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MAKE YOUR OWN MARGARITA TABLE always be fiesta ready with this easy DIY

IMG_4512Maybe it’s because we live in Austin & Arizona, but I have found that our house is always fiesta-ready. If we ever find ourselves needing to make margaritas for 20 friends who just happen to drop by unannounced, we are prepared! Think what you will, but as an entertaining blogger, I feel like that is a mark of success 😉

Margaritas are kind of like a cup of coffee, in the sense that everyone likes theirs a little different. Salt, no salt, extra lime, with a spicy kick, the list goes on – it’s all based on preference. That is why we are showing you how to set-up the perfect “make your own” margarita table . This is fantastic for summer get-togethers and is insanely easy to reproduce. Whether your festivities are inside or out on the porch, this little entertaining trick will get you out of the kitchen and keep you mingling like that entertaining maven that you are.

STEP ONE: the set-up

No matter the occasion, it’s important for the bar to be easily accessible but not the center of attention. Depending on where you want your guests to spend their time (outside in the yard, on a shaded porch off the kitchen, etc.) find a little spot that will allow your guests to mix up their perfect marg with ease.

A dining table works perfectly as a DIY margarita table or if you are tight on space, an entryway table or even pushing a few end tables together to create a designated margarita area will do the trick perfectly.

diy marg oneSTEP TWO: the mixings

Margaritas are having a serious moment on the cocktail stage & we couldn’t be more excited. While we aren’t knocking the classic margarita mix angle (hey, Trader Joe’s has a great one!) we are encouraging you to let your hair down and go wild with your mixings!

Grab some fresh grapefruit juice, squeeze up some blood orange juice, or even go super nuts and try out watermelon juice! Need some inspiration? We’ve got ten (10!) of the best margarita recipes that are serious crowd-pleasers, plus (per usual) they are easy to whip up!

IMG_4543STEP THREE: the fixings

Now it’s time for the decoration! Make sure to cut up little lime wedges & have a few salt dishes out, for your pro-salt rim friends. I love adding wedges of grapefruit, jars of honey or agave, and sparkling mineral water to top things off. Maybe throw some hot sauce on the table to really spice things up! Just have fun with it. Found some stir sticks you think are fantastic – add those too!

The best part is decorating a table so your guests feel encouraged to try something new & have fun!

Writing a recipe on a card and having it sit up on the table is another fun tip. Or, for your guests who don’t like to get their hands dirty, I always have a pitcher of pre-made margarita to help ease people into the make your own concept. Above all else, have fun!


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