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I hope you are having a great summer! This month's newsletter includes resources and tips for chic entertaining. I love to plan parties and entertain. Find out some of my favorite online party supply stores, cookbooks for entertaining, and tips for event planning. I have some great suggestions for gatherings outside the home including a pop up party and cookbook club! I also share details about hosting a Feed Supper this fall and a wonderful organization that hosts baby showers for military families. 
This edition also includes my top hot spots in San Juan and highlights from my recent travels plus tips, recipes, and more fun stuff!
Savoring a delicious meal is one way to bring people together, but it can also make some people feel left out. Be sure and read the tips for dealing with food sensitivities and allergies.
I hope you enjoy my latest newsletter! Thanks for reading!

Until next month,
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Coming Up Next Month: Chic Shopping

Behind the Curtain

COOKING
Everyday Detox
Juicing Generation

LISTENING 
Tunes from Carly Rae Jepson
Emotion releases August 19

The Mystery Show Podcast
Each episode focuses on solving a mystery. Get started with my favorite episode "Source Code."

READING 
Thoughtfully
A magazine that encourages readers to live thoughtful right where you are, one step at at time, with what you have. 


Drift
 A magazine for coffee lovers.

WATCHING
TV

Giada in Italy
Food Network 


MOVIES
SouthPaw 
A powerful performance by Jake Gyllenhaal. 

TRAVELING
I had a busy month traveling for work. New York City is one of my favorite layovers. I love the cappuccinos at Antica Bottego Del Vino. If you enjoy baking, read about the fun baking classes at Milk Bar here.

Portland, Oregon is beautiful in the summer months. I visited Bob's Red Mill and picked up a few baking mixes. Find out about tours here. I do not recommend the restaurant, but the retail store is worth a visit.  Lake Oswego is an adorable neighborhood. I enjoyed visiting Kyra's Bake Shop. If you have dietary restrictions, you will love this bakery! I also recommend The Juice Box for cold press juices. I also enjoyed strolling along the tree lined streets and popping in some lovely boutiques including Accessories From the HeartNo trip to Portland is complete without a visit to Salt and Straw for delicious ice cream and  Stumptown for coffee. The cold brew is one of my favorite things!

I visited Punta Cana for the first time. I recommend taking a boat to Saona Island. It is challenging to eat in Punta Cana with dietary restrictions.

I love the beaches in Aruba. My favorite beach is Eagle Beach. 

I had a couple of Boston layovers. I recommend Coco Beet for healthy eats. My favorite menu item is the Quinoa Sliders. My favorite coffee shop is Thinking Cup.
 

I grew up visiting the beaches in Northwest Florida. It was great to finally overnight in Panama City. My favorite local restaurant  is Dee's Hangout. The menu includes gluten-free items. I got up early and visited nearby Rosemary Beach on 30A. Rent a bike here and ride down 30A. I love the boutique shopping. I found a hat at Willow Boutique and a Turkish beach towel at Patcholi's. I stopped for lunch at Cowgirl Kitchen.

I also visited Ft. Lauderdale. My favorite restaurant is Green Bar Kitchen. I recommend everything except the cupcakes. It is near the cruise port terminal.

I had an unscheduled overnight in Chicago.  I recommend the Little Goat cafe for lunch. 

I traveled to DC for work. I love Georgetown! If you go, you must visit Baked and Wired. Grab a coffee and enjoy the best cupcakes in DC. (gluten-free and vegan options)

If you are visiting Orlando or live in the area, I enjoy the menu at The Rusty Spoon. Chef Kathleen Blake's story is very inspiriting. Read more about her here. I also recommend the Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Grand Bohemian Hotel downtown. 

I enjoyed brunch in New Orleans with the family at the Satsuma Cafe. I cooled off with a sno cone from Hansen's. I purchased a few things for my nephew at Swap Children's Resale Boutique.
AUGUST TO DO LIST

READ 
 
Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction by Candice Cameron Bure

DO
World's Fair Expo Milan
The foodie world's fair. 

Feed Supper
A global grassroots dinner party series that happens between 9/16 - 10/16 with the goal of raising 2 million meals to feed people in need both in America and around the world. It's super easy to host a Supper: it's all about coming together with the people you love to celebrate the act of sharing a meal, whether at your home, favorite restaurant, company, church or school. Host sign up opens on August 20th @ Feedprojects.com.


LISTEN
Tunes from Ashley Monroe's The Blade 

This Criminal
A podcast about crime that will ease your Serial withdrawals.

 
SEE 
Twinsters
An amazing true story of love & family! If you are a twin or touched by adoption, go see this movie!


MAKE 
Download the latest issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today for fun projects to do this summer. 

WATCH
Wet Hot American Summer
A Netflix summer series starring Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler.

SHOP
 Summer Sales Tax Holiday
Various States


SURF 
Lara Briden's Healthy Hormone Blog
A Naturopathic Doctor with nearly 20 years experience in women's health. She's also the author of Period Repair Manual.

EAT
Boston Public Market
The new market just opened featuring over 30 vendors.

DOWNLOAD 
Party Planning Checklist

MOVE 
Cize
Shaum-T's new dance based exercise program. 


BUY
Bando's Floral Planner August 2015 - December 2016
Looking for a new planner, I love bando's version that includes such fun built-in stickers and “to-do” items. 

Chef'n Cakewalk Cake Decorating Kit
Find out why it's so great here.

GOOD TO KNOW LINKS


1.   "Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic" is a feature length in-depth documentary on the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and the stories of struggle, tragedy and triumph surrounding this complicated and often misunderstood infection.

2.    I love listening to audiobooks sometimes. If you start a 30-day trial with Audible right now, you can get your first 2 audiobooks free. Here's the best part: you get to keep the 2 audiobooks, even if you cancel the trial. You can sign up here.

3.    Oyster is an app that allows you to read unlimited books on any of your devices for $9.95/mo. kind of like the Netflix of books. Oyster is offering 3 months for only $0.99 using this link

4.    An Articles Club is like a book club except you'll read articles from say The New York Times and chat over coffee or dinner. (I love this idea!)

5.    A Cooking Club is like a book club except you'll get together and cook recipes from a cookbook. 

6.    How to Host a Tea Party at Home

7.    7 Great Ideas to Decorate Your Table for Your Next Outdoor Party


8.    How to host a weekly casual dinner with friends

9.    7 Ways to Throw a Great Summer Party

10.  10 Outdoor Party Hacks for Summer

11.  
Bethanny Frankel's Guide to Summer Entertaining 
 
12.  I always have instant cameras on hand at parties. Find out how to take awesome instant portraits

13.  Tips for navigating food allergies and dietary restrictions for the hostess and guests.

14.   Dinner Party Tips and Recipes

15.  With over 200 volunteer abroad projects, Kaya offers you a unique experience, cultural insight, and real in-country living with local communities.

16.  I love the idea of hosting a Pop Up Party

17.  Find out how to get involved with Operation Shower. A wonderful non-profit that hosts baby showers for military families to ease the stresses of deployment.

18.  
Check out this video and how to guide on how to stock your pantry for entertaining

19.  The new movies on Netflix this month are a treasure trove of forgotten gems!

20.  August Produce Guide

21.  A few thoughts on party exit etiquette.


22.  Party Planning on a Budget

23.  Floral Arrangements That Don't Cost a Penny

24.  DIY Balloon Centerpiece 

25.  The Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

26.  A must-read about how introverts and extroverts can peacefully co-exist. Sometimes "quietness" is often misunderstood. 


27.  Ideas for hosting a Cookie Exchange.

28.  How to start a Soup Club.

29.  Is it proper etiquette to ask for ketchup at the table? Take this short quiz and find out the correct answers to commonly asked dining etiquette questions here. It's fun and informative!

30.  After taking the quiz, brush up on your dinner party etiquette by reading these tips here.

HOSTESS GIFTS

Don't forget to thank the hostess with a small gift. I'm sharing some thoughtful gifts that will be appreciated long after the party. Click here for the complete list.

CHIC LIST
 
Here's a selection of my top resources for party planning and entertaining.
 
1.  Roaming Hunger Food Trucks is an invaluable, freakishly user-friendly food truck tracking and booking tool that services the bulk of major U.S. cities.

2.  Meri Meri is a stylish online shop for party supplies, stationery, invitations, and partyware. 

3.  Thumbtack is an online service essentially functions as a virtual party planner (or a search engine for handymen, tutors, accountants, etc.).

4.  Disposable party supplies are meant to make life easier, but more often than not, finding ones that aren’t hideous is hard. Elliewood’s Themed Party Packs (which can accommodate up to 40 guests) and Parties-in-a-Box aren’t just beautiful, they’re practical, too: every element from cups, to plates, to decorative accessories is accounted for.

5.  Whether it’s a wedding, luncheon, anniversary, or kid’s birthday, Venue Report is a priceless resource if you’re looking to host somewhere other than at home.

6.  P
hoto booths have become regular party staples, but the guys at Smile Booth  figured out a way to elevate the experience by way of bigger, glossier formats, GIF-making capabilities, blacklight booths, and custom backgrounds and props. Headquarters are in NYC, but they can easily accommodate more far-flung locations.

7.   
With warehouses all over the country, Classic Party Rentals is a no-frills—but consistently reliable—rental resource that specializes in the basics: tables, chairs, tents, lighting, and linens. They’ve been at it for 30 years, so their customer-service game is on point.

8.  Paperless Post is an online paper stationery site to design custom cards, invitations and announcements to send online or on paper.


9.  A great site to order party supplies is Oh Happy Day. The Shop offers a large selection of modern and carefully curated goods. 

10.  
Minted features a rich assortment of save-the-dates, menu cards, invites and so much more, all pre-designed by an artist. (They also do fully custom stationery and invites.) Once you’ve picked something you like, you can tweak it to perfection.

11.  The Tom Kat Studio is an online shop filled with party inspiration, printable party designs, and sweet party supplies.


12.  Bird's Party Magazine is an online and printed publication for all things party! Featuring party ideas, event styling, recipes, DIY party crafts, cake design, party inspiration and more fun stuff!

14.  
Thing To Bring makes an event and party planning easier for the organizer. Coordinate WHO is bringing WHAT to your next party, cookout, potluck or volunteer event! 

15.  
Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face.

16.  Stephanie Shives Studio on Etsy for custom creation balloons and party decor.


17.  Prospect Goods on Etsy for cool piñatas.

18.  Pom Love on Etsy for tissue paper, pom poms, party confetti and many other types of decorations for your special event.
 
My Favorite Pandora Stations for Entertaining
 
A festive gathering is nothing without some good tunes! Pandora has dozens of free "Genre Stations" with different music styles to choose from. Here are a few of my favorites! 
  1. Frank Sinatra
  2. Hipster Cocktail Party 
  3. Hotel Costes 
  4. Summer Hits of the 90′s 
  5. Summer Hits of the 2000's 
  6. Classic Soul BBQ
  7. RadioYacht Rock  
  8. Dinner Soul  
  9. Dinner Jazz
  10. Tony Bennett
  11. Michael Buble
  12. Cesara Evora
Flight Chic's Tips 
10 Secrets for Great Conversation

 
1.  Show a Real Interest
Pay attention to the person you are talking with, ask questions and have the other person elaborate when appropriate. Avoid checking your phone.

2.  Use the Magic Words: "Tell Me"
Avoid closed questions that can be answered with a simple "yes" or "no." 

3.  Say the Other Person's Name

Dale Carnegie once said, "A person's name is to that person the sweetest, most important sound in any language. Make sure not to look past the other person's shoulder to see who else you could talk to at the event.

4.  Agree heartily, Disagree Softly
Tolerance and respect for others, especially when they disagree with you, is vital to successful networking and friendships. 

5.  Talk Less; Listen More
Nod, make eye contact and be fully engaged. Don't limit your conversation to one individual.

6.  Don't Interrupt or Change the Subject
Always give the other person time to finish their thought before you respond. 

 
7.  Give Genuine Compliments
Make someone smile and feel special with genuine words of encouragement.

8.  Don't Limit Your Conversation to One Individual
Look around and see who you can engage in conversation.

9. Avoid Eating and Drinking at the Same Time 
You'll look to busy and will not be able to shake someone's hand. 

10. Don't Make Jokes at the Expense of Others

It's not gentlemanly or ladylike. 
BOOK CLUB
 
Here's a list of some of some of my top picks for entertaining.
 
1.  Sunday Suppers: Recipes and Gatherings by Kathleen Mordechai is a collection of intimate gatherings photographed across the country. They are small and more intimate gatherings for 4-6 people. I love that the recipes are beautiful and inspiring but at the same time super attainable and not overly fussy. 

2.  Palm Beach Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember by Annie Falk

3.  Hamptons Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember by Annie Falk

4.  Camille Styles 
Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings and Effortless Style by Camille Styles

5.  Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year by Martina McBride

6.  Taming the Feast: Chef Ben Ford's Field Guide to Adventurous Cooking by Ben Ford 

7.  Gatherings: Bringing People Together With Food is a beautiful cookbook full of helpful tips for real get-togethers by Jan Scott and Julie Van Rosendaal.

8.  The Auntie Em's Cookbook: A Musician's Guide to Breakfast and Brunch by Theresa C. Wahl

9.  The Butler's Guide to Running the Home and Other Graces by Stanley Ager
FOOD
 
1.  The complete guide to getting the most out of your summer vegetables.

2.  50 Fabulous Southern Recipes

3.  81 Party Appetizer Recipes

4.  Learn EXACTLY how to measure basic ingredients, why it is so incredibly important, and the common mistakes to avoid. All my tips, tricks, and how-to's here.

5.  25 Party Food Recipes to Try Now!


6.  19 Food Apps to Download

7.  15 Secrets for a Stress Free Barbecue.


8.  How to Fill and Frost a Cake Like a Pro

9.  4 Secret Tips for the Best Birthday Cake You'll Ever Bake

10. Dip Party 101
San Juan Travel Notes
 
If you look are looking for the perfect weekend getaway, San Juan is an affordable and fun destination. I love visiting San Juan.
The coffee in Puerta Rica is among the best anywhere. My favorite coffee shop is 
Caficultura located in Old San Juan. The darling cafe serves the best coffee in Puerto Rico and delicious breakfast items including espresso pancakes. After breakfast, rent a car and drive to El Yunque Rain Forest. After hiking the rain forest, stop at PiñonesThis is an outdoor area full with roadside eateries selling a variety of frituras (the traditional fried delicacies) and pinchos (skewers of grilled meat). There is a palm-lined boardwalk open for walking and biking that runs through a mangrove forest and along the coastline. It’s just a fantastic spot to get a piña colada and watch a Caribbean sunset. You can rent bikes by the hour at the COPI building near the Boca de Cangrejos bridge. Soleil Beach Club, a rustic beachfront restaurant, and bar offers free shuttle service to the area from most hotels in San Juan. 
On Saturday mornings, don't miss the organic market at the courtyard of the Museo de San Juan. For lunch, I recommend the empanadas at Mate. For dessert, enjoy a homemade popsicle from Senor PalettaMarmalade is a great choice for dinner in Old San Juan. Stock up on provisions including coffee at Super Max. The coffee sold at the duty free shop at the airport is expensive.
 I recommend Punk Burger for casual dining. Their menu includes a fabulous black bean burger. I also love the coffee at Cafe Haciendo San Pedro. If you are staying in Isla Verda, BaJuice is great for healthy options. The veggie pizza at Peace n Loaf is tasty.

DAY TRIPS
Good day trips include El Yunque, the offshore islands of Vieques and Culebra, the surfing town Rincón and the city of Ponce.
 
Old San Juan Trolley
T5 Bus
The fare is only 75 cents from the Isla Verda resort area to Old San Juan.

GLUTEN-FREE NEWS AND RECIPES

1.  20 Gluten-free summer meals.

2.  Flur Favor is a fabulous gluten-free bakery located in Chicago. I liked everything I sampled. The next time you are in Chicago, check it out.
 

3.  Wondering if that product is really Gluten-Free? Here's how to read food labels from GF Foodie.
 
4.  This is pretty funny! 11 faced every gluten-free foodie will recognize

5.  
Gluten-Free Girl is sharing the three most-requested recipes from her upcoming cookbook: American Classics Reinvented. I can't wait until it's released next month. 

You can download the PDF from her website here for her fried chicken, cherry pie, and red velvet cake recipes.
 

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TECH TIPS
1.  Download these Foreign Language Apps for Travel before your next trip.

2.  How to use Apple maps with public transit.

3.  How to zoom in on a mac.

4.  The Ultimate Guide to Your iPhone Camera. Everything You Need to Know!


5.  Download this collection of some noteworthy cheat sheets, infographics, and printables for photographers. From shooting basics to photography marketing tips, every aspect of photography is covered in this round-up. No matter whether you’re an amateur or an experienced professional, you can find some really helpful resources, all presented as easy-to-read checklists, infographics, and printable cheat sheets for your advantage.

8.  How to Forward Text Messages on iPhone.

9.  Spotify recently introduced Discover Weekly. It's a custom playlists made from your listening, personalized with trending tracks, deep cuts and more of the music you love!

10.  Make your photos look great with these photo editing apps for Mac and iOS.
BLOG LOVE 
Follow these bloggers for party ideas, tips, and inspiration. I recommend downloading the Bloglovin' App to follow all of your favorite blogs. 
 
In Case You Missed It:
Newsletter #1 Spring Cleaning / Wardrobe Organization / Productivity Apps 
Newsletter #2 Motivational Books / Spring Break Playlist / Resources for Women 
Newsletter #3 
Summer Travel Resources I iPhone Camera Apps I Summer Reading List
Newsletter #4 Best Book Apps / Jacksonville Travel Guide / Resources for Online Classes 
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