Summer is starting to wind down. With all of the activities you have planned, find time to enjoy an evening picnic with the kiddos before it ends. Even better, invite some friends! Picnics are a great way to gather with friends or neighbors while keeping the party mess outside. Print out a picnic invitation or two, pass them out to your friends, and enjoy an evening outside.

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To get you started on planning a summer picnic, use this free printable invitation as a fun and unique way to invite your friends over for a potluck picnic.

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After making several kinds of gourmet lemonade and collecting fruit and herbs as mix-ins, add a little extra bit of pretty to your Lemonade Bar drink station with these flower lemonade printables.

free printable straw tags for a lemonade station

free printable straw tags for a lemonade station

Directions: Print straw tags onto heavy cardstock, cut out the circles, and slide on to a stripy straw!

free printable drink tags for a lemonade bar

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After posting last year’s limeade bar, I think a pretty Lemonade Station is in order this summer! (Come back tomorrow for the straw lemonade printables.)

lemonade bar drink station

lemonade bar drink station

lemonade bar drink station

The best thing about a lemonade bar is that you can dress it up for a more formal event, like a wedding, or tone it down for birthday parties, baby showers, and backyard barbeques.

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The supply list is very simple. Just gather mason jars or milk bottles (fill a few with snips of fresh herbs and use the rest as drinking glasses), berry baskets filled with summer fruit, striped straws, and pitchers of gourmet lemonade (recipes here). Summer is served!






A lemonade bar drink station is made complete with a buffet of gourmet lemonades–peach lemonade, strawberry lemonade, and rosemary lemonade. Want to make some? (See the lemonade station tomorrow!)

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PEACH LEMONADE: To make peach lemonade combine a batch of prepared lemonade, with the juice of two lemons in a food processor. Mix in two peaches, strain out the flesh, and serve.

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STRAWBERRY LEMONADE: To make strawberry lemonade combine a batch of prepared lemonade, with the juice of two lemons in a food processor. Mix in two cups of strawberries, strain out the flesh and seeds, and serve.

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ROSEMARY LEMONADE: To make rosemary lemonade- First make rosemary simple syrup by combining 1 1/2 cups water with 1 cup sugar in a pot. Cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and add a couple sprigs of rosemary into the syrup. Allow that to sit until the water has cooled (discard rosemary). Add the simple syrup to a batch of lemonade and the juice of two lemons.

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gourmet lemonade for a lemonade station

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I’m sure you’ve been seeing it everywhere this year, it’s the Pantone Color of the Year. The color for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. I was inspired by this lovely shade of purple and wanted to share some ways you could incorporate it into your parties. These ideas would be great for any party where you just wanted to show your people some love.

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Idea One: Orchid Favor I found this tiny orchid at Trader Joe’s and was smitten. Orchids are cool, but miniature orchids? Awesome. This is obviously a great way to bring in this fun shade of purple and all you need is a great container (I’ve sprayed a simple pot with chalkboard paint) and a name tag. Add some moss, cute dishes, and a little pop of purple paper and you have, very simply, added flair to your dinner table! You could go one step further and write a kind note and nestle it right into the moss.

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Idea Two: Love Note Placemat This idea takes no time at all. Grab a white pen and black cardstock and get to writing! Don’t worry about making it perfect, just write things you love about the person in your natural handwriting in rows across the paper. I broke the words up using tiny dots and hearts but do whatever you like. Finish up the corners with a rounded-corner punch and you have a keepsake note doubling as your party decor. I also found a simple initial from the craft store and cut and glued glitter cardstock on the top to mark the seat.

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Idea Three: Conversation Hearts We aren’t talking about the candy here. Instead I’m using simple cardstock in a variety of shades, cut into hearts, wrapped up with bouillon wire, and placed in the center of your plate. Include a couple pens tied with a bit of ribbon and watch the compliments fly. Each guest can write things they love about the other guests at the party!

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As your guests write, they can share what they wrote and toss the heart into the middle of the table. Your plate decorations will soon create a darling centerpiece for the rest of the meal. Afterwards, each guest can take their hearts to keep or you could string them up into a garland. Either way you’ve created a darling centerpiece, played a fun game, AND spread the love.

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Hope you are inspired by this lovely shade of purple too!






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