Summer Style with Grand Marnier | The Style Scribe

With summer right around the corner (and let’s face it – we’ve already had temps rise above 90 degrees in Texas this spring), it’s only appropriate to chat about some festive essentials for any summer cocktail party or fun get-together with friends. There are so many things to think about when planning a summer shin-dig: What drinks and light bites are you serving? What’s on your iPhone playlist? What to wear?? Here’s a run-down of my recommendations for making all of your summer social events a stylish and super fun success – click here to check out the rest of it on LuckyMagazine.com!

Summer Style with Grand Marnier | The Style Scribe

First things first – what are you serving? A personal go-to during summertime is the Grand Marnier margarita. Fresh lime juice and tequila combine with the richness and complexity of Grand Marnier to create a deliciously cool cocktail that any guy or girl will love. In a mixing glass add 3/4 oz of Grand Marnier, 1 ½ oz of premium tequila, ½ oz fresh lime juice, ½ oz simple syrup. Fill the glass with ice, shake well and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass or margarita glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and voilà! The best tasting marg you’ll ever try. Just be sure to use only fresh ingredients for the best tasting Grand Margarita!

Summer Style with Grand Marnier | The Style Scribe

For a sure crowd pleaser with my margaritas I love serving Mi Cocina’s queso and salsa, but I make my own guacamole. Continuing with the theme party (Fiesta) I ordered custom sombrero cookies from Celebrity Bakery – another Dallas favorite.

Summer Style with Grand Marnier | The Style Scribe

Now that you’ve got your menu, the next step is all about presentation. I like to have consistency in my serve-wear, whether it’s all in the same color scheme, pattern or just a great theme. Start with one item, like these cute Anthropologie bowls – the orange + pink color scheme is a great summer combo and the pattern fits in with our Fiesta theme. Adding to the color scheme, I got coordinating striped paper straws at Swoozie’s (not to mention the super cool Dallas glasses below) and a large serving tray from Target. Looks great, don’t you think?

Summer Style with Grand Marnier | The Style Scribe

The week of the party I like to get a good playlist going so that I can already have it playing when friends arrive. I enjoy having a variation of genres in one playlist, but they are all typically the same “mood”. I’m not going to lie to you – both soundtracks from the HBO series, Girls, have had some great examples of what I would play. I love Ellie Goulding, CHVRCHES, The XX, Florence + The Machine, MGMT, etc. The music is upbeat, but not too loud. Obviously cater this to your own personal music tastes, but those are just some suggestions!

Summer Style with Grand Marnier | The Style Scribe

Now onto clothes! When hosting an event, comfort is key for me. Because Texas summers are typically super hot, I almost always choose a cute sundress and a comfortable pair of wedges to don for afternoon or evening events. One recent acquisition that I think is perfect for a summer soiree is this sheath dress by Paul & Joe Sister. The color scheme is soft and the print is playful enough for a day-to-night look. The fabric is light and breathable and looks great with flat or high-heeled sandals.

Summer Style with Grand Marnier | The Style Scribe

Summer Style with Grand Marnier | The Style Scribe

Summer Style with Grand Marnier | The Style Scribe

Now that your party prep is done, sit back and relax with your Grand Marnier margarita in hand and enjoy a nice evening with your friends! Don’t forget to head over to LuckyMagazine.com to check out my summer style feature!

{photography by the talented Kristi & Scot Redman}

*This post was sponsored by Grand Marnier and Lucky Magazine, two brands I know and love, and make The Style Scribe possible!

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