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Best of the Web: 4th of July

Posted by LindsayR

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Can you believe it’s July already? Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like this summer has just been flying by! Anyone know where June went…?

July means that my summer classes will be starting, but it also means time to celebrate America! If I’ve learned anything from watching the World Cup these past couple of weeks, it’s that Americans love showing off that red, white, and blue pride. And what better way is there to commemorate tomorrow’s holiday than by sporting those colors while serving up an outdoor BBQ followed, of course, by some fireworks? So don your American flag t-shirts and shorts, paint little flags and stars on your face, or dye your hair red, white, and blue– whatever it is you need to do to express your patriotism! I know that I’ll be showing it off through my food. Last week I put together a list of drinks that...

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How To: Throw a 4th of July Picnic

Posted by Elizabeth

Monday, June 30, 2014

Red White & Blue 4th of July Cake Balls

Red, White & Blue Cake Balls from Cake Balls by Dede Wilson

This is my first Fourth of July in Boston, and I’m pretty psyched to watch the fireworks over the Charles River, listen to the Boston Pops play, and eat plenty of scrumptious, patriotic food. If you’re planning on spending your holiday outside, chowing down picnic-style like me, then you’re in luck. I’ve put together a special July 4th Picnic menu, from drinks and appetizers to dessert. Enjoy and have a safe and happy holiday!

For a refreshing and delicious cocktail to start, pack a pitcher of Watermelon Cooler from Organic, Shaken and Stirred. It tastes just as fabulous in plastic cups (and we swear striped straws make everything more fun).

Deviled eggs are scrumptious, filling, and perfect for party picnics– not to mention, an American tradition (if you’re from the South at least!). If you’re hankering for something a bit unconventional, bring along a plate...

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The Ultimate Summer Drink Guide

Posted by LindsayR

Thursday, June 26, 2014

With summer FINALLY in full swing and temperatures hitting the 80s in Boston, all I want to do is laze outside in the sun, enjoying barbeques and sipping on cool cocktails… well, and watch the World Cup and Wimbledon all day, but I digress.

With the Fourth of July just over a week away, it’s a ready-made excuse to have some friends over and do just these things! Even better that the 4th falls on a Friday this year, so you can make the patriotic celebration last all weekend long. To mix things up this holiday (literally), I’ve assembled a roundup of some of our best summer concoctions…

Best Summer Cocktail RecipesFuzzy Navel from Party Drinks!

1. Sangria: I can’t emphasize enough how much I love Sangria, and this simple recipe from Party Drinks! is easy to make and perfect for large crowds (just one batch yields 10 servings!). It’s light and fruity, and is perfect for sipping...

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Award-Winning Summer Care Packages

Posted by Elizabeth

Monday, June 23, 2014

It is a universally acknowledged truth that everybody loves receiving mail. And the sad fact that snail mail is slowly becoming more and more sparse means that the rare unexpected letter or prettily-wrapped package is even more exciting. Could it be the check your grandfather sends to you every year on your birthday? An adorable invitation to your cousin’s Bat Mitzvah? Maybe your favorite superstar finally replied to your endless barrage of fan mail (it could happen!).

But everybody also knows that the best form of mail to receive is that of the care package. Not only does an expertly crafted care package come with goodies that will last you for days, if not weeks, but it also shows that your mother/father/aunt/cousin/best friend put time and thought into creating something special they knew you would love and enjoy.

I’m lucky– my mother is always sending me care packages. Usually they’re a mixture...

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