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Every bride needs these essentials on their wedding day! Create your own Wedding Day Essentials Kit to ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch!

You spend months, maybe even years, planning for the big day! From flowers to invites to guest lists, weddings surely are most largest event most people will ever plan. If you’re anything like my most type A friends, you haven’t missed a thing. But any great event planner will tell you that you want to be prepared for ALL scenarios and your wedding day is no exception. Most brides are booked solid from the minute they wake up on their big day to the last dance that evening, with little time to deal with any fire drills that may arise … big OR small! Therefore, EVERY bride should have a Survival Kit with all the essentials to get them through their big day WITHOUT a hitch!

Every bride needs these essentials on their wedding day! Create your own Wedding Day Essentials Kit to ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch!

The first item (items!!) that go in our survival kit are the Scotch™ Essentials. We never want to think that anything could happen to our wedding dress ON our wedding day, but what if??? What if the seam of your dress starts to snag? A strap on your shoe comes loose? You find a rip in your dress? Oooohhh who’s getting a little nervous just reading this? Well no need to panic! Grab a bridesmaid and your Permanent Hem Bonding Strips to solve any these scenarios: 

Erase deodorant stain in seconds using the White Mark Eraser without adding water! (perfect for your rehearsal dinner dress)

Every bride needs these essentials on their wedding day! Create your own Wedding Day Essentials Kit to ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch!

Grab your cutest toiletry bag (in your wedding colors) and fill it with our list of over 30 essentials for your big day ….

Download your Wedding Day Survival Guide Checklist

Every bride needs these essentials on their wedding day! Create your own Wedding Day Essentials Kit to ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch!

On the day of your wedding ask a bridesmaid to store your survival kit for safe keeping. If your dressing room is easy to get that’s a great place to store as well. Another option that I’ve seen a lot of brides do is to store in the lady’s room. You’d be surprised how many spots in many hotel or banquet hall restrooms are perfect for storing supplies.

Every bride needs these essentials on their wedding day! Create your own Wedding Day Essentials Kit to ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch!

Every bride needs these essentials on their wedding day! Create your own Wedding Day Essentials Kit to ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch!

Target is your one stop shop to find ALL of your wedding day survival kit items (as if any of us were lacking on items to find at Target 🙂 ), including a variety of Scotch™ Essentials, such as their Adjustable Hem Tape, Permanent Hem Bonding Strips, White Mark Eraser and Wardrobe Tape Strips. Find these in the closet section by the sewing machines and kits.

Every bride needs these essentials on their wedding day! Create your own Wedding Day Essentials Kit to ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch!

Every bride needs these essentials on their wedding day! Create your own Wedding Day Essentials Kit to ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch!

Every bride needs these essentials on their wedding day! Create your own Wedding Day Essentials Kit to ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch!

Get some awesome wardrobe tips for your big day at the Scotch Wardrobe Tips Page!

 

 

 

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From invites to clean up, this is your one stop shop to hosting your first block party! It's easier than you think .... we PROMISE! You'll be thanking us!

For many of us, summer is synonymous with sun, barbecues and spending time with family & friends. It’s also the perfect season for a neighborhood block party. What better way to get to know your neighbors better and enjoy the warm weather? As fun as a block party can be, hosting one can seem intimidating. I get it. The planning, the coordinating, the execution…. it’s a LOT!

But you can pull off the perfect block party with a little planning and these helpful tips! Here’s the essentials from invites to clean up:

From invites to clean up, this is your one stop shop to hosting your first block party! It's easier than you think .... we PROMISE! You'll be thanking us!

The Block Party Essentials

Keep it Simple

There’s a time and a place to go overboard when throwing a party and this is NOT it. I’ll admit, my first block party I went beyond overboard. Adorable handmade invitations, decorations galore, and time consuming appetizers. I nearly killed myself to get everything ready (and perfect) and no one even noticed. No really, no one noticed. Mostly because that’s not what block parties are about. They’re about getting neighbors together for a great time. Yes, you can throw some creative touches to your party while still keeping it simple. Read on and I’ll show you how!

Date & Time 

Before selecting a date, I did a search on events going on in our city (popular festivals, concerts, etc.). The less competition, the more folks who will be able to attend. I recommend giving your guests a months notice if possible. Since most people probably assume a block party includes food, I like to schedule mine around dinner time. Remember to keep in mind what time it gets dark in your area. You’ll have to decide whether to bring in extra lighting, if needed.

From invites to clean up, this is your one stop shop to hosting your first block party! It's easier than you think .... we PROMISE! You'll be thanking us!

Location Location Location

Stay away from those busy intersections and opt for a near by cul de sac! No cul de sac? How about a house with a long driveway and decent size front yard.  If you’re hosting alone, it’s probably easiest if your front yard is the front yard, but it definitely doesn’t have to be that way. Another option is to work with your city to get the street blocked off. Many cities have an online request form for neighborhood events.

Potluck!

One of the BEST things about a block party is that you don’t have to do all the cooking (I’m a terrible cook 🙂 ). Spread that wealth around. You’ll want to set the tone of what type of food to bring … hot dogs & burgers definitely scream BLOCK PARTY! Assign households different items like salads, sides, desserts, appetizers, etc. I’ve found that our neighbors appreciated being told WHAT to bring. Each guest should also bring their choice of meat and drinks. Designate a couple people to manage the grill at all times. Check out our Girls Guide to Grilling to brush up on your skills ahead of time!

From invites to clean up, this is your one stop shop to hosting your first block party! It's easier than you think .... we PROMISE! You'll be thanking us!

Invites

As someone who makes all my own Christmas cards, this one was tough for me. But instead of pulling out my scrapbooking supplies, I pulled out my printer. Printed flyers are the way to go. They’re practical, they’re easy and cheap. Here’s my Microsoft Word Doc block party flyer template that you can customize for your block party! Using a rubber band, we attached a flyer to all our neighbors doorknobs. So many of our guests said it was such a fun surprise to come home from work to see the flyer at their door.

Guests RSVP’ed using Sign Up Genius. This is an awesome (and FREE) tool that allows guests to RSVP. My guests were even able to denote which item they’ll be bringing to share. Not everyone RSVP’ed, but this gave a pretty accurate estimate of who to expect.

Stations

Aside from the grill, you’re going to want tables for all the food and drink to go on. I set up food & drink stations, aka separate tables for each type of food or drink item. Not only do I LOVE the idea of an organized block party, it’s easy for guests to set their dishes down in the right spot as they arrive.

From invites to clean up, this is your one stop shop to hosting your first block party! It's easier than you think .... we PROMISE! You'll be thanking us!Decorate 

But decorate wisely. No one goes to block parties for the decorations 🙂 . I opted to make the station signs into decorative banners. Make your own by printing off this Block Party Banner in colorful paper cutting along the lines. Punch two holes at the top and string ribbon through each. Adding a colorful table cloth and bright colored napkins were a perfect punch of color.

From invites to clean up, this is your one stop shop to hosting your first block party! It's easier than you think .... we PROMISE! You'll be thanking us!

Drinks   

No block party is complete without some fabulous drinks! Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi is the perfect wine for sharing. We grabbed several bottles of their Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc for our ‘drinks station’. Making ANY occasion more fun, the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi has been around for over 30 years! It was a huge hit with our guests. Make sure to whip out a wine opener or two and a couple thick markers for guests to label their glasses with. Self service is KEY for a neighborhood block party.

From invites to clean up, this is your one stop shop to hosting your first block party! It's easier than you think .... we PROMISE! You'll be thanking us!

Keep your Woodbridge by Robert Mondovi Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc cool with colorful frozen water balloons! No more ice melting all over your beverages. Plus it’s an easy way to add another pop of color to your display! 

From invites to clean up, this is your one stop shop to hosting your first block party! It's easier than you think .... we PROMISE! You'll be thanking us!

Seating for all!

In addition to your food and drink stations, find a comfortable spot for designated seating. Before the guests arrive, place a couple  chairs and a blanket in the area so guests will know to follow suit. I like to keep the seating far enough from the grill that the smoke won’t blow into that area. Turn on some upbeat music so that guests know the block party has officially begun!

First-Aid Readiness  

There’s bound to be at least one kid (or adult 🙂 ) who gets a cut. You know it’s going to happen. So go ahead and pull out those band-aids now! I keep a little pouch with Band Aids, antiseptic, gauze and water under one of the station tables. This party won’t stop just because a little scrape!

Making Cleanup Easy

Cleanup duty is never the fun job, but you can make it quick and painless! I place garbage & recycling bags next to each food & drink station. This encourage guests to place their trash in the garbage as opposed to the table. Under each station table there’s a box of cleaning wipes and either box or tray to reduce the number of trips in and out of the house.

From invites to clean up, this is your one stop shop to hosting your first block party! It's easier than you think .... we PROMISE! You'll be thanking us!

From invites to clean up, this is your one stop shop to hosting your first block party! It's easier than you think .... we PROMISE! You'll be thanking us!

Want more summer entertaining ideas? Check out Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi’s Simple Entertaining Social Hub for more ideas!

 

 

 

 

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Bring your movie night outdoors! Hosting an outdoor movie night has never been easier. Add a delicious ice cream bar as the perfect movie watching dessert!

Wanting to spend as much time as possible outdoors during the warm summer months, I was tempted to move my movie watching outdoors as well. Problem? As most city dwellers can relate, SPACE is the problem! Those huge inflatable movie screens, large lounge chairs and picnic tables for snacks are not in my outdoor movie watching future.

Yet, relaxing outside on a warm summer night with a bowl of ice cream and a great movie with girlfriends is too perfect of an evening to pass up. Always looking for creative ways to enjoy time with my friends (brunch and even exercising!), I was pretty confident I could find a way to create a perfect outdoor movie night with limited space.

Plus if you buy 2 Häagen-Dazs® products at Walmart, you’ll earn a free movie night from Redbox®.  Simply:

  • BUY | Buy any (2) Häagen-Dazs® products at Walmart
  • TEXT | Text “Redbox” to 35350 for receipt submission instructions
  • ENJOY | Get your code & enjoy your free movie night!

Bring your movie night outdoors! Hosting an outdoor movie night has never been easier. Add a delicious ice cream bar as the perfect movie watching dessert!

Always up for a challenge (and a reason to entertain), I knew if there was a will there was a way. OK, maybe a little dramatic, but with a small space a little planning and thought go a LONG way. The roof deck of our town house is large enough to fit patio furniture and I knew with some creative rearranging, I could comfortably create the perfect outdoor movie night space.

Bring your movie night outdoors! Hosting an outdoor movie night has never been easier. Add a delicious ice cream bar as the perfect movie watching dessert!

When setting up your own outdoor movie night, you’ll need 5 key items:

1 Video Source

AKA, the place your movie is played from. The easiest solution is using a laptop with a built in DVD player. Plus I HATE having to learn new technology, so using my computer is ideal!

2 Sound System

While your computer likely has speakers attached, they MAY not be loud enough for an outdoor movie. I can hear the street noise from my roof deck so I needed a louder solution than my computer speakers. A small portable speaker worked great and easily plugged into my computer. Plus it was loud enough to block out any city noise.

3 Projector

If I had to guess this might be the item that you do NOT currently have. While a projector IS required, there’s lots of affordable options now a days. Many reasonably priced projectors work great for an outdoor movie night. Plus over the years, projectors have gotten a LOT smaller, which is ideal because space is limited on my deck!

Bring your movie night outdoors! Hosting an outdoor movie night has never been easier. Add a delicious ice cream bar as the perfect movie watching dessert!

4 Screen

Skip the huge inflatable projection screens for items you likely already have around your home! First you’ll want to find an outdoor wall of your home to attach the DIY projection screen to. Don’t worry about windows getting in the way. I created a screen using a large white poster board taped with masking tape over our bedroom window (which looks out on to the roof deck). If you do use a wall with a window, just don’t turn on the light inside the room while watching the movie and you’ll be all set. Another great option is using a white bed sheet.

Bring your movie night outdoors! Hosting an outdoor movie night has never been easier. Add a delicious ice cream bar as the perfect movie watching dessert!

5 Movie 

When  you buy 2 Häagen-Dazs® products at Walmart, you’ll get a free movie night from Redbox®. Select your favorite, pop it in your laptop and enjoy … for FREE!

Bring your movie night outdoors! Hosting an outdoor movie night has never been easier. Add a delicious ice cream bar as the perfect movie watching dessert!

Is it movie time yet? 

Almost! Before my girlfriends arrived, I did a ‘seating check‘. Not wanting to have even one bad seat in the house, I made sure that the movie ‘screen’ was view-able by all our roof deck seating. Since our furniture wasn’t set up to be staring in our master bedroom window (aka the movie screen), I had to do a little rearranging.

Next, I grabbed some blankets and outdoor pillows to ensure everyone was comfortable as possible.

Bring your movie night outdoors! Hosting an outdoor movie night has never been easier. Add a delicious ice cream bar as the perfect movie watching dessert!

Last, but definitely not least, ICE CREAM! I used some adorable paper bowls, napkins and spoons at Walmart when shopping for the ice cream. Displaying the dessert on a white serving tray made setup and clean up ridiculously easy. It also used up very little space. Another plus!

Bring your movie night outdoors! Hosting an outdoor movie night has never been easier. Add a delicious ice cream bar as the perfect movie watching dessert!

I can’t think of a better way to spend a warm summer night and I even had room to spare!

What’s your perfect summer activity?

 

 

 

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Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues! Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

One of my favorite things about planning parties is not the extravagant meals (if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you knew that I’d never be cooking a fancy meal 🙂 ), but instead finding fun, easy, yet unexpected touches to add to the event. That’s ONE of the reasons I love this water balloon solution to keeping your beverages cool. Who would expect to see colorful frozen water balloons amongst their beverages? Another perk? No more melted ice in the coolers or in your drinks.

Yet one more reason? These are so incredibly easy to make. Simply fill up regular balloons 1/4 of the way full with water. I’ve heard that actual water balloons are NOT a great option as they’re not as strong so stick with regular balloons.

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

Then toss them in the fridge for at least a couple hours. Don’t worry, NONE of mine broke. I set all the watered balloons next to each other in a section within my freezer. Then when the party was about to get started, I removed from the freezer and placed in a cooler.

This is a perfect way to continue your party color theme OR to simply add a pop of color to a party!

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

Ideal for those hot summer days when all your want is a cool drink!

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

 

 

 

Fun twist to keep your drinks cool with these frozen water balloons! Easy way to add color to ANY occasion. Perfect for summer barbecues!

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This easy to make summertime sangria is a perfect addition to your Memorial Day or 4th of July party with lots of fresh fruit!

This easy to make summertime sangria is a perfect addition to your Memorial Day or 4th of July party with lots of fresh fruit!

White wines are the staple in our house during the summer. Nothing beats a cold drink on the roof deck at the end of a warm day. Being the gal who can’t cook, anytime I’m invited to a friend’s home for dinner, I’m that guest that brings wine.

Hey, no host has ever complained about an extra bottle of wine 🙂 .

Well this 4th of July is NO different. But instead of just bringing yet another bottle of wine, I’m sprucing it up with this fun & easy patriotic Sangria recipe. My favorite part? The star shaped pineapple pieces. Gotta love mixing a little arts & crafts with a recipe. Totally playing to my strengths!

Sangria Ingredients

  • 1 bottle white wine (I like a sweater wine, such as a mMoscato)
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • 2 cups berry flavored sparkling water
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 pound strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pineapple
  • Star shaped cookie cutter or knife

Instructions

Cut the pineapple to thin slices, about 1/2 inch thick (or less). Then use your cookie cutter (or knife) to cut out star shaped pineapple pieces.

Combine all ingredients in to a large pitcher. Stir & chill for at least one hour before serving so that the flavors can meld. If you’re going to be drinking it outside in the warm weather add a couple ice cubes to the pitcher!

This easy to make summertime sangria is a perfect addition to your Memorial Day or 4th of July party with lots of fresh fruit!

This easy to make summertime sangria is a perfect addition to your Memorial Day or 4th of July party with lots of fresh fruit!

This easy to make summertime sangria is a perfect addition to your Memorial Day or 4th of July party with lots of fresh fruit!

This easy to make summertime sangria is a perfect addition to your Memorial Day or 4th of July party with lots of fresh fruit!

This patriotic Sangria recipe is fun, easy to make, and guaranteed to be the hit of your party! No cooking required 🙂

This easy to make summertime sangria is a perfect addition to your Memorial Day or 4th of July party with lots of fresh fruit!

 

 

This easy to make summertime sangria is a perfect addition to your Memorial Day or 4th of July party with lots of fresh fruit!

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This peach & banana popsicle recipe is a perfect summertime treat. Great healthy snack for those warm summer months. Always my treat after a tough workout!

This peach & banana popsicle recipe is a perfect summertime treat. Great healthy snack for those warm summer months. Always my treat after a tough workout!

Summertime is definitely my favorite time of year in Seattle. The rain is finally gone (YAY!), the days are long, and the weather is usually a perfect warm but not too hot temperature. It’s the ideal time of year for being outdoors and definitely inspires a healthy lifestyle (eating right, exercise, taking my Emergen-C).

But then my alarm goes off on a Monday morning and reality sets in 🙂 ….. another busy work week on top of social activities and home projects. It’s a balancing act of getting done what I need to each day while also taking care of myself and keeping healthy.

Always looking for ways to multi-task, I take that mentality to my health & exercise (Is that cheating?).

My top multi-tasking summer outdoor healthy activities:

  • Biking to work. Instead of sitting in rush hour traffic, I get my workout in ON MY WAY to work!
  • At the end of a long week, I definitely need some girlfriend time! Instead of gabbing over cocktails, we power walk and chat!
  • Alternate dog park trips with day hikes to burn off our puppy’s energy! (while the dog park is great exercising little Reagan, I get zero exercise 🙂 )
  • Weekend vacation? Try camping! Even this city girl has gotten on the band wagon!
  • Make your desserts with real ingredients and healthy food choices …..

Which brings me to my favorite popsicle recipe. Not only is it made with real fruit and healthy ingredients, it’s creamy AND healthy! Perfect treat after any outdoor activity!

This peach & banana popsicle recipe is a perfect summertime treat. Great healthy snack for those warm summer months. Always my treat after a tough workout!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 2 packets Tangerine Emergen-C
  • 5 peaches, sliced
  • 2 cups whole milk Greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • Olive oil
  • Popsicle molds

Head on over to your local Walmart to pick up your ingredients! I found my tangerine Emergen-C right over in the vitamin isle. From the variety of flavors, I chose tangerine as it’s a perfect match to the peaches and bananas. Emergen-C is an awesome dietary supplement that is both low in sodium and can fit as part of a healthy everyday diet. LOVE the idea of adding it to this delicious treat!

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line your baking sheet with aluminium foil. Place sliced peaches on the baking sheet, brushing with olive oil. Bake for about 20 minutes, flipping peaches halfway through the baking time. Peaches should be juicy and slightly tanned on the edges, but NOT crisp!

This peach & banana popsicle recipe is a perfect summertime treat. Great healthy snack for those warm summer months. Always my treat after a tough workout!

While peaches are baking, blend banana, yogurt, lemon, vanilla & coconut milk. Then stir in two packets of Tangerine Emergen-C. Mix well. Place mixture in the fridge to keep cool while waiting for peaches. Once the peaches are complete, let them cool for 5 minutes. Then chop to make 1/2 inch size pieces. Take the mixture out of the fridge and fold in the peach pieces gently. Mix all together so that peaches are evenly distributed (they MAY start dropping to the bottom, but don’t worry about that!).

This peach & banana popsicle recipe is a perfect summertime treat. Great healthy snack for those warm summer months. Always my treat after a tough workout!
This peach & banana popsicle recipe is a perfect summertime treat. Great healthy snack for those warm summer months. Always my treat after a tough workout!

Spoon the mixture in to your popsicle molds. Make sure to get those peaches that might have sunk to the bottom of your bowl! Freeze for at least 5 hours before enjoying.

This peach & banana popsicle recipe is a perfect summertime treat. Great healthy snack for those warm summer months. Always my treat after a tough workout!

This peach & banana popsicle recipe is a perfect summertime treat. Great healthy snack for those warm summer months. Always my treat after a tough workout!

This peach & banana popsicle recipe is a perfect summertime treat. Great healthy snack for those warm summer months. Always my treat after a tough workout!

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This peach & banana popsicle recipe is a perfect summertime treat. Great healthy snack for those warm summer months. Always my treat after a tough workout!

 

 

 

This peach & banana popsicle recipe is a perfect summertime treat. Great healthy snack for those warm summer months. Always my treat after a tough workout!

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As perfect complement to your summer barbecue, these grilled apricots are sure to impress your guests. The best part? They're SO easy to make!

As perfect complement to your summer barbecue, these grilled apricots are sure to impress your guests. The best part? They're SO easy to make!

As perfect complement to your summer barbecue, these grilled apricots are sure to impress your guests. The best part? They're SO easy to make!

Summer is definitely my favorite time of year to entertain. There’s just so many ways to host a party: BBQs, outdoor movie nights, pool parties, etc. Plus it’s easier to turn a simple dish into something more special and I LOVE simple.

As much as Joe and I like to host, we have very different definitions of what that means. While Joe will be cooking up a storm all day before guests come over, I’ll be cleaning our baseboards and picking out music. Yet, I always love having at least one dish that really wows our guests. These grilled apricots never fails to impress!

Plus adding this delicious Weight Watchers Whipped Cream Cheese dip, makes it a perfect appetizer. You can find the Weight Watchers cream cheese over at Kroger in the dairy section. Find a store near you: http://cbi.as/3y8fu. The Weight Watchers cream cheese products are all made with real cheese, making a delicious taste for this healthy and fun fruit dip!

grilled apricots

As perfect complement to your summer barbecue, these grilled apricots are sure to impress your guests. The best part? They're SO easy to make!Grilled Apricots Ingredients 

  • 1 cup Weight Watchers Whipped Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Handful of mint leaves, ripped
  • Handful of pinenuts
  • 8-10 apricots
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

As perfect complement to your summer barbecue, these grilled apricots are sure to impress your guests. The best part? They're SO easy to make!Directions

To make the dip, combine the Weight Watchers Whipped Cream Cheese, lemon, honey and greek yogurt in a blender pulsing until evenly mixed (about 60 seconds). Store in the fridge to keep cool until you’re ready to serve with apricots.

As perfect complement to your summer barbecue, these grilled apricots are sure to impress your guests. The best part? They're SO easy to make!

Next preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Cut the apricots in half, removing the pits and brush each on both sides with a little melted butter. Place apricots cut-side down on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes until there’s grill marks. Flip over and grill the other side for 2-3 minutes.

As perfect complement to your summer barbecue, these grilled apricots are sure to impress your guests. The best part? They're SO easy to make!

As perfect complement to your summer barbecue, these grilled apricots are sure to impress your guests. The best part? They're SO easy to make!

Let the apricots cool slightly before placing on a platter. Then add a scoop of the Weight Watchers Whipped Cream Cheese filling on top of each apricot. Sprinkle pine nuts over and top with a couple mint leaves.

As perfect complement to your summer barbecue, these grilled apricots are sure to impress your guests. The best part? They're SO easy to make!

As perfect complement to your summer barbecue, these grilled apricots are sure to impress your guests. The best part? They're SO easy to make!

As perfect complement to your summer barbecue, these grilled apricots are sure to impress your guests. The best part? They're SO easy to make!

Real ingredients, easy AND delicious! Now back to cleaning those baseboards 🙂

As perfect complement to your summer barbecue, these grilled apricots are sure to impress your guests. The best part? They're SO easy to make!

 

 

 

As perfect complement to your summer barbecue, these grilled apricots are sure to impress your guests. The best part? They're SO easy to make!

 

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Surprise your guests with their childhood favorite, milk and cookies, at your next party! Easy, fun & unique cocktail party desert your guests will LOVE!

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

I’ve always had a super sensitive stomach. Acidic foods are really tough (which is terrible, because I could live on pizza and pasta) and the worst is milk. I’ve always just assumed I was mildly lactose intolerant because a bowl rich pasta or glass of milk and cookies always sends me to my bed with a miserable stomachache. Yet, I had no idea why. Little did I know that regular cow milk contains two types of proteins, A1 and A2. Unfortunately, the A1 protein is the cause of a lot of people’s stomach problems when consuming milk. Who knew?

Surprise your guests with their childhood favorite, milk and cookies, at your next party! Easy, fun & unique cocktail party desert your guests will LOVE!

If you are like me and have stomach troubles when drinking milk, then a2 Milk® could be a great solution. Here’s what I’ve learned so far

  • There’s been independent studies that show 1 in 4 Americans have some kind of stomach discomfort after drinking milk. (I guess I’m not alone!) Yet only a slim percentage (5-7%) has been clinically diagnosed with a lactose intolerance.
  • a2 Milk® has approximately 6x the amount of calcium as soy beverages, 8x the protein of almond beverages, 6x the potassium levels of rice beverages so it beats out a lot of the common milk alternatives.
  • The a2 Milk Company™ have started bottling milk that comes from select cows who naturally only produce the A2 protein without the A1.

It’s easy to spot these containers right in the dairy section of your grocery store. Find a2 Milk® for yourself by checking their store locator. Visit their site to find out more about this milk!

What does all this mean?

It means that anyone with a sensitive stomach can once again enjoy pasta, a tall glass of milk, and a milk & cookies dessert …. which brings me to:

Surprise your guests with their childhood favorite, milk and cookies, at your next party! Easy, fun & unique cocktail party desert your guests will LOVE!

Ingredients for Milk and Cookies Party Dessert

Cookies (makes 30)

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 sticks (16 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Milk Shot Glasses

  • a2 Milk®
  • Sprinkles
  • Corn syrup (could use honey or frosting as a substitute)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all cookie ingredients in a large bowl until all ingredients are blended together. Then line a baking sheet with tin foil or grease with cooking spray. Use 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie to roll into balls. I can fit 10 cookie balls on to each baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. (I LOVE soft cookies, so I tend to bake for less time, max of 10 minutes.)
Surprise your guests with their childhood favorite, milk and cookies, at your next party! Easy, fun & unique cocktail party desert your guests will LOVE!
Surprise your guests with their childhood favorite, milk and cookies, at your next party! Easy, fun & unique cocktail party desert your guests will LOVE!

Once the cookies are complete, it’s on to the sprinkled rim milk shot glasses! I was nervous to do this, assuming its one of those things that looks easy on Pinterest, but totally impossible to do at home. I promise you it’s actually easy and DOES work! Using two regular sized cereal bowls, I filled 1/2 inch of sprinkles in one and 1/2 inch corn syrup in the other. The trick to these is to dip the shot glass into the corn syrup QUICKLY, just getting the very top of the glass onto the corn syrup.

My first instinct was to OVER dip. Bad idea. The corn syrup ran down the shot glass and so did the sprinkles. Instead simply dipping the very tops of the shot glass for just a second before dipping in to the sprinkles (for a couple seconds) worked perfect.

Surprise your guests with their childhood favorite, milk and cookies, at your next party! Easy, fun & unique cocktail party desert your guests will LOVE!

Surprise your guests with their childhood favorite, milk and cookies, at your next party! Easy, fun & unique cocktail party desert your guests will LOVE!

Let the shot glasses sit for a couple minutes before pour in the milk when you’re ready to serve. The corn syrup was a great adhesive as the sprinkles actually stayed put for hours (because of this, I was able to prep these ahead of time storing in the fridge). Then when you’re ready to serve, simply pour in the milk. Make sure you pour the milk in the CENTER of the shot glass so that it doesn’t touch the sprinkles.

Surprise your guests with their childhood favorite, milk and cookies, at your next party! Easy, fun & unique cocktail party desert your guests will LOVE!

Now all you need to do is add cookie or two on top or next to the shot glass!

Surprise your guests with their childhood favorite, milk and cookies, at your next party! Easy, fun & unique cocktail party desert your guests will LOVE!

Surprise your guests with their childhood favorite, milk and cookies, at your next party! Easy, fun & unique cocktail party desert your guests will LOVE!

Surprise your guests with their childhood favorite, milk and cookies, at your next party! Easy, fun & unique cocktail party desert your guests will LOVE!

Simple enough for a fun night with the kids, yet unexpected enough for a grown up cocktail party!

Surprise your guests with their childhood favorite, milk and cookies, at your next party! Easy, fun & unique cocktail party desert your guests will LOVE!

 

 

 

Surprise your guests with their childhood favorite, milk and cookies, at your next party! Easy, fun & unique cocktail party desert your guests will LOVE!

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