Creating the right vibe for a great summer party is an art—one that Danielle and Jodie Snyder of accessories line Dannijo have perfected. Because we all know it's a *bit* more than just opening a bottle of vodka and inviting some friends over (#RIPCollege), here are their six easiest ways to class things up/make your party that much more memorable.
"Always have more on hand than you think you'll need so the party doesn't end earlier than expected! Also, try setting up make-your-own-cocktails stations. A fun and easy way to do this is to start with a Cointreau Rickey and have a variety of fresh fruits and herbs available to add—it's a great interactive element for parties, encourages socializing, and takes some of the prep pressure off you!"
Cointreau Rickey Recipe
"It's easy to make with three simple ingredients: Cointreau, a spritz of lime juice and club soda." Then add the fruit/umbrellas/those twisty straws you finally have a reason to break out.
2 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
3-4 oz. Club Soda
Pour Cointreau and fresh lime juice into a glass.
Add ice, top with club soda and stir.
Garnish with a lime and orange zest.
You don't have to go over-the-top with complicated meal—simple, bite-sized food paired with great summer cocktails are all you need. (Besides, no one wants to carry an unwieldy plate around during a party anyway, so stick to smaller, easier stuff!) "During the summer, we love to have a mixture of hor d'oeuvres, cocktail infused popsicles, and fruit-inspired desserts."
"When it comes to seating arrangements, mix it up. For dinner parties we like to help foster conversations by seating each person by someone they know and someone they don't. This way everyone feels comfortable and has the opportunity to connect with interesting new people."
"Use lighting to set the tone of your soirée. We love the look of an event lit by candlelight, so the more candles the better. You can also create interesting candle vignettes with melted wax for high-impact mood." (Pssst...you can also nab lights that just *look* like candles. You know, as a safety precaution.)
"Beautiful flowers add charm to your soiree. Try bringing the outdoors in—from flowers or topiaries on display to freezing ice cubes with flowers to garnish your cocktail."
"In addition to cocktails and food, music is one of the most important elements to ensure guest are having a good time, so make your playlist count." Here's ours: