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With Memorial Day coming up, and my itch to begin socializing again, I wanted to share a beautiful patio party chock-full of libations and easy grub. Ain’t no party like a Schuplin party, cause a Schuplin party is stocked!
Forgive me, I’m feeling frisky.
Shall we begin?
Patio Party Decorations:
Just don’t tell your spouse it was my idea. I get in enough trouble as it is.
Creating the place setting:
- Pick out a tablecloth you can’t live without.
- Skip any sort of charger and go with a placemat, in an accent color.
- Find ombre plates because you can’t find plates with solid colors in the exact shade of coral and teal. (I’m anal. So, so anal.)
- Place a colorful napkin on said plate, and top it with silverware. (Plastic makes patio parties a million times easier.)
- Find and/or make the cutest wine tumblers because nobody wants their neighbor’s cooties.
Drink responsibly, ya lushes!
I put a boring, clear cake plate in the center of my table and placed a color coordinated tin/container/whatever you want to call it on top of it. This gave the table a pop of color and raised the food up so it was easier for the guests who like to graze without committing to a chair to reach.
Patio Party Food:
Note: A post featuring the wine glazed cookies will be coming soon! Until then, bring 1/4 cup of your favorite wine and 1 cup of powdered sugar to a boil. Stir the boiling mixture until all of the sugar has dissolved. Finally, allow the sugary goodness to cool before brushing it on your favorite sugar cookie recipe.
Lime Chicken Recipe:
- Start with 1.5 pounds of chicken tenders in something you can marinade the chicken in. (e.g. a bowl or a sealed bag)
- Pour in a 1/2 cup of lime Arborita.
- Give some fresh cilantro a rough chop.
- Add 2 heaping tablespoons of cilantro, 1/2 tsp of pepper, and 1 tsp of salt to the bag.
- Coat the chicken tenders until you are satisfied.
- Place the marinade in the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours.
- Grill the chicken tenders until fully cooked. I cooked my chicken about 10 minutes per side BUT who’s to say your chicken will be the same size? Invest in a meat thermometer and thank me later.
Now get out there and party like it’s 1920! Get it? Prohibition?