Texas Events Guru Reveals Its Top Summer Party Secrets – Yes You Can Keep It Cool

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Summer officially arrives on June 21 (regardless of our already sweltering temperatures), so what better time than now to tap into the expertise of one of Texas’ top event planners/caterers. Before heading to Capri for a trip with the girlfriends, Elizabeth Swift Copeland, founder of The Fab Party blown, shared with PaperCity, its recommendations for flawless summer fun.

Of course, for outdoor parties right now, you’ll need to set your table in places like Aspen or Montecito. If the Texas summer temperatures become tolerable again, you’ll also have all the information you need for a memorable dining experience at home. In addition to charging electric fans (as well as portable fans) and having plenty of chilled water available, Copeland, which has orchestrated beautiful celebrations for several decades, has the following recommendations.

Prepare an ice cream bar

Insulated stainless steel beverage bins are essential for indoor or outdoor summer entertaining (Frontgate photo)

“When hosting a summer evening outdoors, pack plenty of ice cream, cold drinks, and cold food,” she says. “Visualizing refrigerated items saves us from high temperatures. I like to use sweatproof stainless steel insulated beverage bins from Front door to hold clean ice, bottles of beer, lemonade, wine and champagne, and even boiled shrimp.

Cold menus rule

Copeland isn’t talking about backyard barbecues, but more sophisticated entertaining. Keep grilling on the party side for fall.

“During the summer, a cold menu is a great way to entertain effortlessly because there’s no last-minute cooking and rushing around,” she says. “Some of our favorite chilled foods are beef tenderloin with a variety of sauces; roasted shrimp; niçoise salad with a selection of proteins including tuna, salmon and chicken; half-cup cups of chilled soup; grilled vegetables; crab salads; lemon potato salad sprinkled with caviar; and sherbet spritzers.

Pretty cool drinks

A colorful, icy drink is just the ticket to summer fun. (Swift + company photo)

“Don’t forget the impact of colored bottle labels,” says Copeland. “We like the Summer in a bottle Rosé by Wölffer Estate, and sometimes uses the empty bottles as flower vases in a pinch. Aperol Spritz are also colorful and popular now, and the main ingredient is prosecco, which won’t cut into your budget.

“Test your drinks a day or two before the party so you have the recipes set and all your ingredients and toppings ready to go.”

Avoid frozen drink machines

“Frozen drinks are a welcome addition to a mild summer night menu,” insists Copeland. of power (needs a dedicated 20 amp circuit), and usually can’t keep up with the heat and demand for frozen drinks at an event.

It’s easy

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Cool drinks, wine bottles as vases and the Fab Fête soufflé make summer fun a breeze. (Photo by Paige Beitler Photography)

“Reduce time spent in the kitchen and serve up an appetizer that’s easy to assemble and delivers an impressive presentation,” says Copeland. “The fabulous party savory soufflés are easy to thaw and cook. Every soufflé flavor is a crowd pleaser. Serve with an assortment of crackers and seasonal fruits such as green apples and red grapes.

“Instead of getting out your precious china, consider using renewable bamboo plates. I like to use the 11 inch round Plating bamboo plates for dinner service – they are a stylish, disposable option and do not need to be loaded in the dishwasher. I pair bamboo plates with silver cutlery.

A big fan of fans

“Electric fans are a must when hosting outdoors in places with drastic and hot temperatures like Texas,” Copeland says. “There are several types of fans to choose from depending on the climate. When it’s particularly humid, I prefer the high-velocity 18-inch fans placed on the floor around the perimeter of the event to move the air. Check the weather from 10 days before your party and adjust your plans accordingly.

“My favorite and most trusted weather app is Wunderground. There are also “misting fans” which are good at bringing down the temperature in large outdoor spaces and are energy efficient, but are most useful when the humidity is low or zero. »

Table set

“If you have nice tables, avoid using tablecloths because fabric tablecloths can be hot and stuffy on your guests’ legs,” Copeland says. “If you have to do linens, choose a lightweight floor cloth. Linen is where you can tie in your party theme, so be bold and thematic. Renting linens online is easy with round-trip shipping from companies like Party Tables, A1 Tablecloth and BBJ La Tavola to name a few.

The fabulous party to care about Zafferano LED table lamps for outdoor events. While they look great and give off a beautiful dimmable light, they won’t be blown out by wind or fans or add heat to the candle on the table top. They come in many colors and last 8-10 hours.

“Flowers are the essential party tool, and there are tons of local summer flower options. Local food markets have decent flowers, and consider a flowering potted plant for centerpieces (maybe offered to your guests at the end of the event).

Make a statement

“Don’t forget the thoughtful little details to keep the party memorable and special,” says Copeland. “Some of my favorite details include colorful glassware, oversized stemware, extra-large serving pieces, staff uniforms with colorful bistro aprons to match the party decor, inventive food and drink menus , the warm hospitality of the host and, of course, a soufflé Fab Fête.”

Music

“Live party music is always trending, but you can find great playlists on my favorite music download service, Spotify,” says Copeland. “Spotify creates playlists based on your listening habits (what you like, share, save, skip) and the listening habits of other people with similar tastes.

“Have easy-listening background music for the start of the party, then switch to upbeat, danceable music for late-night parties.”

Made in the shade

“Make sure your guests are shaded from the sun and consider starting your party at 7 or 7:30 p.m. or after the sun goes down behind your party area,” says Copeland. “If that’s not an option, you can ask a local rental company to set up an outdoor tent. If you need a little extra shade, you can buy umbrellas and market bases from the Academy or the World Market.

“Market umbrellas come in many colors and patterns and will add to the festive atmosphere.”

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