I am so thrilled to share with everyone Sarah Vespasian of Prairie Hive as a guest blogger today. Sarah is the founder of the online magazine Prairie Hive and I am so glad I had a opportunity to work with her and her team on a past project for Great Day Green Country. Sarah will be sharing with us Tips for an Easy Outdoor Summer Dinner!
In the Summer Issue of Prairie Hive Magazine (link: http://issuu.com/prairiehive/docs/ph10_final) , we loved the laid back vibe of the family that we worked with, and wanted to continue that into our party photoshoot. Since summer is all about family evenings together, we thought a dinner under the stars would be perfect.
In case you’re still scrambling for some ideas for tomorrow’s festivities, I thought I would share some ideas for putting together a colorful family style dinner, plus a recipe that’s great for your own party, or to take to someone else’s!
* Rather than running out to the party store, take an inventory of what linens, fabric scraps and even throw blankets that you already have. These tables were created with raw edged pieces from the upholstery and craft store, a thin throw blanket (fringe always makes things more fun!), and items pulled from the bookcase (the rope candleholders and milk glass vases).
* Wood slices and bamboo flatware are a great way to add a more casual, natural feel to your party if you are outdoors (and are reuasable!).
* Stock up on white dishes, serving platters and basic glassware (keep an eye out for a good sale!) - you can reuse them for any occasion and they look clean and crisp against any color scheme.
* Amp up a red, white and blue color scheme with bright coral and turquoise for an updated look.
* Serving food family style is easy on both the hostess and the guests - less fussy than a plated dinner, guests can get what they want, and the host can sit back and relax rather than playing waiter for the night! Even better, go potluck and ask guests to bring their own contributions to the meal!
Whether you are serving dinner at home or bringing a dish along, this French Style Potato Salad is a great twist on a summer classic.
French Style Potato Salad:
1.5 pounds white or red potatoes
2 cups fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon
1/4 cup diced red onion
2/3 cup EVOO
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
2-3 Tablespoons champagne vinegar
2 Teaspoons dry white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1. Cut potatoes into quarters or rounds depending on size.
2. Place in large pot with water filled 2 inches above. Heat to boil and cook until almost fork tender. Add green beans to pot and cook for the last 5-6 min. Drain into colander.
3. While still hot, drizzle white wine over warm potatoes so they soak it up. Let cool for 15-20 minutes.
4. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper.
5. When potatoes have cooled, add them to dressing bowl and combine gently. Add red onion and chopped tarragon. Make in advance and serve at room temperature.
For more recipes from our dinner - plus DIYs, a house tour, and more - check out the current issue of Prairie Hive Magazine (link: http://issuu.com/prairiehive/docs/ph10_final) , and visit our blog (link: http://www.prairiehive.com/blog/) !
All Photos from Prairie Hive Magazine, Summer Issue.
Here is a little background on Sarah:
Sarah Vespasian started Prairie Hive as a local answer to all the over-styled, fantasy house tours in most design publications. After working in the design industry for over a decade, she realized that most people want more realistic views of how their neighbors live. Sarah also wanted to show off some of the great design ideas and resources thatOklahoma has to offer!
Prairie Hive (LINK: http://www.prairiehive.com) , an online magazine and blog, takes a peek into real, un-"designed" homes in Oklahoma, along with the people who inhabit them. This team of local designers, photographers, crafters, stylists and writers takes inspiration from everyday families, striving to create entertaining and DIY ideas that are attainable and affordable, and to show you how to get the look for yourself.
A first-time mom, animal lover and accidental foodie (she's married to a chef!), Sarah seeks out inspiration in the everyday, and as a natural networker, is always looking for new people to collaborate with. As the creative director of Prairie Hive, she works with the team as part cheerleader, part task-master and creates the overall vision for each issue.
Sarah blogs at Prairie Hive about design inspiration, her adventures as a new mom, her favorite products, her occasional (mis)adventures in DIY projects for local morning show, “Great Day Green Country,” and most recently, about the new set of projects at her family's recently purchased fixer-upper home.
Follow Sarah on Twitter (LINK: https://twitter.com/prairiehive) Pinterest (LINK: http://pinterest.com/prairiehive/) , and Instagram (LINK:http://instagram.com/prairiehive) for peeks into daily life from the Prairie Hive team!
Thanks Sarah for sharing today!