Sizzling Summer Pinterest Party

by Jenn (eating bender) on July 22, 2013

Summer Pinterest Party

It has been a busy summer, to say the least.

Bobby and I have been away from home every weekend since June 28. Our travels have taken us to Minnesota, Washington D.C., Chicago and Kansas City. More on the latter in my next post – with said travel comes a bit of a delay in regular updates!

Today I want to chat about our trip to Chicago two weekends ago. As has been the case with so many of our weekend jaunts this year, it was extremely quick but jam-packed.

The main goal of the visit for me? A summer-themed Pinterest party, of course. We’ve officially tackled three of the four seasons now (winter and spring posts here and here), but I think this may have been our best fête yet.

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(Picture courtesy of Lauren)

The setting was idyllic for a summer party. Lauren’s dad has a beautiful new home up in the suburbs that he graciously allowed us to “break in” with our cooking experiments.

Don’t worry, we made sure to clean up afterward! On the menu this season:

Sizzling Summer Pinterest Party Menu

Beverage: Pink Moscato Sangria (pinned here)

Appetizer: Grilled Vegetable Gazpacho (pinned here)

Salad: Grilled Peach Salad & Mint Pesto (pinned here)

Main Course: Grilled Margherita Pizza (pinned here)

Side Dish: Smoky Parmesan Corn on the Cob (pinned here)

Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes (pinned here)

The keyword for this season’s menu was “grilled.” We had a great one at our disposal and wanted to take advantage of it as much as possible. ‘Tis the season! Monica and Kelli got to work as our grilling experts, while Lauren and I started in on those delicious cupcakes.

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Note: The majority of the food pictures below are courtesy of Monica’s amazing photography. Thank you for letting me use your gorgeous photos, Monica.

This was my first time making cupcakes, and I can’t think of a better introduction than strawberry shortcake. It’s one of my favorite desserts! Monica provided these colorful liners for the pans.

Cupcake Liners

Baked Cupcakes

We decided to make a batch that followed the exact recipe, as well as a mini version. I was incredibly pleased with how my first iced cupcake turned out. It ended up being a standard that was nearly impossible to follow, but at least we captured this one for the camera!

Iced Cupcake

The bite-sized cupcakes were topped with the cream cheese frosting and a blueberry.

Blueberry Cupcakes

Once we had finished icing them all, Monica garnished the bigger ones with mint leaves and added them to her decorative cupcake tree. It achieved its goal of making them look even more delicious.

Cupcake Tree

Meanwhile, the veggies for the gazpacho were sizzling on the grill.

Veggies - Grilled

Kelli and Monica shucked the corn and blended everything together to get this perfectly chilled soup topped with sliced cucumber and croutons. It had a spicy kick to it – I can’t wait to make it again. We found mint green salsa bowls at the grocery store, which ended up being great serving dishes.

Gazpacho

Next up on the list for me and Lauren was making the sangria. Tough job, I know.

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Monica provided ultra festive plastic glasses and cocktail umbrellas. The sangria itself was smooth and fruity. I loved having the real pieces of raspberry, blueberry and strawberry in there, too.

Pink Moscato Sangria

Several hours after we began, the individual pieces of our meal came together for the full spread. The grilled peach salad turned out amazing, especially with the balls of minty pesto.

Grilled Peach Salad

The grilled corn on the cob was fantastically smoky and spicy with its paprika and Parmesan topping.

Corn

And the grilled pizza melted into yumminess with fresh basil from Monica and Kelli’s garden.

Grilled Margherita Pizza

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It was a labor of love, but as is always the case, oh so worth it for that final, “Cheers!”

Group Picture

Of course, the ultimate test comes in measuring our ability to match the Pinterest pictures.

Strawberry Shortcupcake

I’d say that the above combined with every other picture in this post = Pinterest party success.

Can’t wait to see what the fall will bring for us, ladies! So lucky to have you all in my life.

What summer recipes are you loving this year?

Abrazos,

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erica July 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm

It all looks SO good!! I can’t believe this was your first time making cupcakes!! SO delicious. The peach salad…has my heart! NOM!

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2 Jenn (eating bender) July 29, 2013 at 11:39 pm

I can’t believe it either, but it was worth the wait!! :)

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3 Shannon July 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm

these parties are such a good idea and always fantastic!! glad you finally got around to making cupcakes! that grilled peach salad sound amazing, and i’m with you on the fruit in sangria :)
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4 Jenn (eating bender) July 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Thanks, Shannon!! I’m really glad these were my first cupcakes, too. :)

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5 Megan (Braise The Roof) July 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Wow, you girls made quite the spread – everything looks great! I could go for a glass of that sangria right about now. ;)

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6 Monica July 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Great recap! So happy for another successful Pinterest party!! Once again, well done on the super cute collage.. it looks awesome!

Also, this was your first time making cupcakes? How did this not make its way into the conversation? Or did it and I was too busy shucking corn to hear it about it? :) Either way, I didn’t even notice.. they were made (and frosted) like a pro!

I’m really hungry now.. can’t wait for fall Pinterest party!
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7 Jenn (eating bender) July 29, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Haha! I don’t think it was discussed – but I’m glad that the strawberry shortcakes were my first introduction. :) Can’t wait for fall Pinterest party, either – please tell me it can also involve shucking corn…

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8 Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate July 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm

As did the last ones, this looks like so much fun and I cannot wait to finally do a Pinterest party myself!
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9 Jenn (eating bender) July 29, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Yes!! You definitely need to do one soon! :)

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10 Melissa @TryingtoHeal July 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I am so so jealous of these pinterest parties you ladies have been having! I wish we lived closer so we could do a South Western version! It looks like so much fun! :)
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11 Jenn (eating bender) July 29, 2013 at 11:50 pm

AGREED! Just means you’re going to have to come to AZ so that we can have a Pinterest party…please? :)

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12 Claire SEO July 25, 2013 at 8:43 am

Wow, a Pinterest party! The photos look amazing, I would love to come to a Pinterest party as well. This is so much fun! Kudos to the success of your event!

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13 Jenn (eating bender) July 30, 2013 at 12:04 am

Thanks, Claire!

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14 Brittany July 27, 2013 at 5:52 pm

I’ve been wanting to have a Pinterest party for ages and this makes me want to have one even more. I love the idea of strawberry shortcake cupcakes. I made similar strawberry cupcakes with the strawberry in the middle one time and I think they’re so cute!

Btw, we desperately need to catch up soon. I feel like a bad friend. I hope you’ve been doing well. xoxo
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15 Jenn (eating bender) July 30, 2013 at 12:05 am

Thanks, Britt! YES – we truly need to catch up soon. Don’t even worry one bit – I think you’ve been busy with a few things, you gorgeous newlywed you. :) I’ll email you so we can figure out a time to chat! Miss you! xoxo

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16 Miller P. July 29, 2013 at 11:14 am

Wow, that entire meal looks delicious!! Y’all did a really great job.
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17 Jenn (eating bender) July 30, 2013 at 12:06 am

Thanks, Miller!

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18 Erika July 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Ohhh it all looks soooo good.

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19 Jenn (eating bender) July 30, 2013 at 12:06 am

Thanks, Erika!

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