Got the Summer Blues?

Don’t beat ‘em; join ‘em with this fabulous summer party! Step into the world of the Mississippi delta with some Memphis Blues, Dixieland Jazz, and Zydeco music for a rocking Creole style hoe-down.

Longing for the lazy days of summer? A sizzling party like this will help you bring to mind those balmy breezes and hot summer days.

ATMOSPHERE

In the heart of Dixie, the sound of cicadas at night, the heat, the colors, and the music are the essence of life. In the Mississippi delta, people understand that family and friends are the true color of life, and celebrate they do with stimulating parties for all the senses!

This is definitely an outdoor party…the sounds of zydeco, Memphis Blues, and a little Dixieland jazz set the mood. You can almost hear those boots stomping already!

For this celebration, I recommend a color palette of blues, purples, greens, reds, and yellows…in other words, fruity brights, with Mardis Gras colors running throughout. The more colorful the better! More is more on this occasion.

Your guests should arrive to an area decorated with balloons and paper lanterns or into a backyard setting or patio decorated with lights strung everywhere (yes, your holiday lights will do here!) If you have a barn, even better! If not, and for most people it’s a big NOT, a few hay bales are nice touches. Some rustic picnic tables and or benches are also great additions here. I also recommend renting a parquet dance floor, available for delivery.

For some down home charm, your tables should have red-checkered tablecloths, old fashioned colored glass lanterns as centerpieces, of course butter and homemade rolls. Clear glass chargers are fun with white plates on top. Have ice water on each table and tumblers at each place setting. Use beaded napkin rings. Make them yourself with gold, red, purple, and green beads!

Greet your quests upon their arrival with the signature cocktail for this party, the SMIRNOFF® Blueberry Dream cocktail, a refreshing form of lemonade that is sure to wake up the palette for some excellent Creole fare.

As this successful party winds down and you say so long to summer, your guest will bid you Au revoir mes amis, et merci beaucoup in their best French Creole accent!

THE SIGNATURE DRINK

Blueberry Dream

  • 1.5 oz SMIRNOFF® Blueberry Flavored Vodka
  • 3 oz. fresh lemonade

Mix together in an ice filled Collins glass with a rim of course sugar. Garnish with blueberries and lemon wheels.

Another Fabulous Cocktail is the Watermelon and Tonic!

Watermelon Slice Cocktail

  •  1.5 oz SMIRNOFF® Watermelon Flavored Vodka
  • .75 oz lime juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz cranberry juice
  • 5 mint leaves

Muddle the mint and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add the remaining ingredients and shake well with ice. Double strain into a coupa glass. Garnish with unpeeled watermelon wedges.

MENU

Corn Cakes

Broiled Oysters

Spicy Creamy Artichoke Dip

Brown City Jambalaya

THE PLAYLIST

If you are interested in purchasing Lolita® products please visit: www.thelolitastore.com.

Diageo North America, Inc., the maker of SMIRNOFF® Vodka, has given me this product to try for my blog.


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