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How to Pack for a Picnic

As soon as the forecast calls for sunny and warm weather, we’ve got picnic on the brain. Lazing on grassy lawns, alfresco dining (Aren’t picnic foods are the best?), tossing the ol’ frisbee—it’s seriously the best way to spend an afternoon. No stranger to picnics herself, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha has the art of picnicking down pat, and we’re sharing her best tips below!

From Waiting on MarthaFirst when packing a picnic, keep the menu light, seasonal and simple. I opt for food that is easy to transport and can be eaten with minimal utensils, like a cheese platter and my fresh grilled corn salad. And I love bringing melamine platters and trays such as these to serve drinks on because the ground tends to not be the most even of surfaces.

Don’t forget to factor in the the heat; whenever entertaining in the hot summer sun, I always use festive reusable ice cubes to keep drinks cool without watering them down. And what’s a picnic without the necessities: soft, light blankets and a great picnic basket, of course.

Lastly, don’t forget to pack a little entertainment and outdoor games. Paddleball, horseshoe and a classic kite will provide hours of play and are great for both kids and adults alike. Turns out, I’m pretty skilled at the art of paddleball, kite flying not so much. Tell me Loves, are you planning to pack a picnic this summer? Truly, MKR

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29 Popsicle Recipes to Beat the Heat

Fruity, creamy, boozy—the possibilities are endless and oh-so-delicious when it comes to popsicles. If you’re looking for new and tasty ways to beat the heat, these 29 mouthwatering flavor combos will blow your mind. From watermelon mojito to creamy fudgsicles, plus game changers like black forest cake, winesicles and even creme brulee, these frozen treats are perfect on a hot day.

29 Popsicle Recipes to Beat the Heat
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29 Popsicle Recipes to Beat the Heat
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Host the Best Pool Party Ever

With Memorial Day just around the corner, it’s time to start writing down your summer bucket list. In the top spot? Throwing the hottest pool party of the summer—maybe even ever. With a little help, you’ve got this. Once the food and drinks menu is set, all that’s left is making sure everyone has an amazing time, and with the items below, that’s a guarantee.

Pool Party Essentials
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Pool Party Essentials
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The Ultimate SMP Memorial Day Playlist

The grill has been prepped, the appetizers are ready and the sun is shining which can only mean one thing, it’s Memorial Day Weekend. The unofficially kick-off to summer is the perfect time to spend with friends and family, but no BBQ is complete without a killer playlist. If you’re looking for a little music inspiration, look no further than our STYLE ME PRETTY SPOTIFY PLAYLIST - sure to get the party started!

The Ultimate Style Me Pretty Memorial Day Playlist

Comment below with songs you want to hear and we’ll be sure to add as many as we can to the Ultimate Memorial Day playlist. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Spotify for ultimate wedding playlists & more!

Summer Sea Breeze Cocktail

Looking for a go-to summer cocktail that’s delicious and refreshing (and super easy to make)? Look no further than the Sea Breeze. It’s been a fan favorite in our household for years, so much so it was even one of our signature cocktails at our wedding. Best part? If you aren’t a cranberry fan, just take it out and voila! You have a Greyhound. It’s like having two cocktails in one.

Summer Sea Breeze Cocktail
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Serves 1Ingredients
  • 3 oz of Cranberry Juice
  • Splash of Grapefruit Juice
  • 1.5 oz of Vodka
  • Grapefruit Wedge
  1. Pour vodka over ice
  2. Add Cranberry Juice
  3. Top with the splash of Grapefruit
  4. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge or lime

Photography: Erin McGinn | Styling: Abby Capalbo

Abby Capalbo

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