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Rose Lemonade

Rosé or lemonade? We can't get enough of either during the summertime, and thankfully you won't have to choose with this cool concoction from Dessert For Two! It's the best of both worlds: a combination of tart and tangy homemade lemonade with the fruity brightness of wine that'll keep you cool all summer long.   "If the two most refreshing things about summertime got together in a glass, it would be this rosé lemonade," says Christina...

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How to Stock Your Entertaining Arsenal

Here at SMP, we're all about getting pretty, getting organized, and giving you only the best info, so you can be ready for anything. One of those tasks many of us know we should do, but aren't sure where to start? Stocking your entertaining arsenal, so you're always ready for unexpected guests and on-the-fly entertaining! Watch below to find out some of our SMP-approved always-on-hand essentials. Always...

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Summer’s Sweetest Cool Coffee Treats

Oh iced coffee, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... Well, if this post is any indication, there are at least ten new unique ways to enjoy this favorite everyday indulgence that you should definitely be adding to your caffeinated summer treat repertoire. Can you pick a favorite? More summer treats to try:

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Ice Cream Sandwiches You Can’t Say No To

With temperatures in some parts of the country reaching well over 100 degrees, all we want to reach for is something cool and refreshing to help beat the heat. One of our obvious faves? Ice cream sandwiches! They're a compact, only sometimes messy, sweet and easy treat, perfect for (almost) anytime of the day. Click through to see some of our favorite varieties, and then go ahead: treat yo'self! More Cool Summer Treats to Try:

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Weekend Menu: All-American Cocktails + Treats

Whether you're out of town for the 4th of July festivities, or staying home for a little holiday staycation, it is officially time to kick off this Independence Day weekend, and we have the perfect weekend menu to  help you get started. Take a peek below at some of our favorite all-American cocktails, paired with some classic...

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Red, White & Blue Treats for a Sweet 4th of July

Holidays are always an appropriate time for a little indulgence -- especially if the indulgences in question are both holiday-hued and as all-American as the 4th of July- and Americana-themed sweet treats in the slideshow below. Don't believe me? Take a peek and try to resist these desserts' sweet temptations this coming weekend.

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DIY Watercolor Cake

Watercolor decor is one of our favorite trends this season, so much so that we want to apply it to just about anything. Yes - even cake! While we love a simple white frosted cake, we also love taking things up a notch with a gorgeous design like the one below. This approach was...

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Firework Cupcakes for the 4th of July

No matter how old you are, there is something so magical about fireworks lighting up the sky on the 4th of July. So why not try to take a little bit of that magic and sprinkle it on your desserts this year? These firework cupcakes from Real Simple are an oh-so-fun way to bring those fireworks down...

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Sparkler Inspired Decor for the 4th of July

One of the best things about the 4th of July is hosting a party filled with lovely red, white, and blue details. If you're at a loss of what touches to add to this year's get-together, look no further. This list of great sparkler-inspired decor is sure to get your wheels turning with fabulous ideas! Even more 4th of July inspo below!

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9 Totally Outdated Rules of Entertaining Etiquette

Written by Katie Sweeney from MyDomaine ... "When I found the hardback, navy-blue 1945 edition of Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage by Emily Post at a library sale a few years ago, I immediately snatched it up. As a modern hostess who prides herself on following etiquette rules (I always RSVP and never show up to a party empty-handed!), I couldn’t help but wonder how entertaining was in the past." Aside from the obvious differences (invitations weren’t emailed!), there’s a...

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DIY Floral Centerpiece for Your 4th of July

If you're playing hostess this weekend for a 4th of July bash, you've likely got the weekend menu all set, iPod loaded up with our SMP-approved all-American playlist, and are gearing up for all the...

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Sorbet Inspired Tabletop Shoot

I have a thing for tablescapes. I kind of love them with all my being. And this summery, fresh table situation dreamt up and captured by Monica Roy with florals from Amanda Vidmar makes me happy in the best of ways. Especially when you add yummy sorbet into the mix. It's a table inspired by our favorite summer dessert and...

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The Trick to Mess Free Pancakes

When the school year ends, so do the days of running-out-the-door breakfasts. With some more time to enjoy the morning, we love serving up fresh pancakes at the kitchen table. Want to treat your kiddos to this breakfast classic but hate the mess? Our friends at Food & Wine have a genius trick to...

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Glam Kate Spade Inspired Dinner Party

We'll take any excuse to dress to the nines, including a fancy dinner party filled with champagne and your best girlfriends. Inspired by the whimsy and glamour of Kate Spade, Glow Event Design + Nancy Liu Chin Designs and  ...

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The Perfect Party Flow + 12 Tips To Make It Happen

Whether you're a party planning pro, or throwing your first ever bash this summer, chances are you've thought about timing and flow, and wondered where to begin. Lucky for you, we asked one of the sweetest event planners we know -- Ashley Culicchia Cash of The Graceful Host -- for some essential do's, don'ts, and things to remember for keeping your party on track...

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Top 15 Easiest Party DIY’s Ever

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a DIY newbie, there's no denying the thrill that comes from making something fun, functional and beautiful, with your own two hands -- especially when it ends up being super easy! With that in mind, we rounded up our fifteen favorite party DIY's that also happen to be the ten of the easiest. Click through the slideshow for all the how-to's. And be sure to browse through our vault of past ...

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An Al Fresco Breakfast Nook with Pier 1 Imports

We're taking alfresco dining and making it a breakfast affair with the help of our friends at Pier 1 Imports. We love to steal small, leisurely moments outside, especially during the summer and nothing feels more luxurious than eating breakfast outdoors. Nothing. Just imagine sipping coffee in this sweet little nook. It will quickly...

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The Perfect Recipe for Summer Florals

It's almost summer, summertime and with visions of bright florals and outdoor parties dancing through our heads, this inspiration from Petals, Ink. and Natalie Seeboth Photography is all we need to make it a warm-weathered reality. Using seasonal blooms and fruits plus the cutest accessories for a truly homespun feel, have...

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A Party Inspired by All Things Donut

I can't think of a better reason to celebrate than the Day o' Donut. Otherwise known as National Donut Day. The sweetest sweet treat is getting a full blown party courtesy of Paper Heart Patisserie and Milou + Olin and it couldn't be cuter.

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Buttermilk Cake Donuts with Raspberry Glaze + DIY Donut Tips and Tricks

Guess what? It's National Donut Day! I'm sure your favorite morning treat has already graced your instagram and facebook feeds a million times over but we're about to turn it up a notch courtesy of Milou + Olin. Behold the Buttermilk Cake Donut with Raspberry glaze. A treat so worthy of a splurge. Plus, bakers extraordinaire, ...

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