Hot Ideas for a Cool Summer Soiree!

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Summertime is here and the weather is getting hot!  I’m always looking for some cool fun ways to cool guests down while adding a cool element of surprise.  This week we take a look at ways to cool down while heating your party atmosphere up!

Ice It Up!

A simple and easy thing to do is to infuse ice cubes with fruit that match the drinks and cocktails you are making.  You can easily do this with a little bit of preplanning and add an interesting conversation piece.

Get an ice cube tray and fill with water or fruit juice.  In each section drop one piece of fruit.  Think blueberries, raspberries, mint, a slice of strawberry, a bit of watermelon, peach, nectarine or whatever tickles your fancy.  You can even use flowers or veggies like basil, cucumber or even jalapeno for a spicy drink.  Drop the fruit in and stick the tray in the freezer and Voila’!  You have a beautiful drink garnish that spices up your drink and adds an interesting conversation piece.

To create an ice ring for the punchbowl, use the same concept except freeze it in your bundt cake pan.  My grandmother used to do this when I was small, and I still think it makes for a beautiful addition to a punchbowl.  Some ideas are just timeless.

Cool The Soup!

Chilled soups are another way to beat the summer heat.  Try out this recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho by Tyler Florence.  It’s delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 large tomato, pureed
  • 1/2 serrano chile
  • 2 cups cubed fresh watermelon
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

 

Directions

In a blender, puree the tomatoes, chile, and 1/2 of the watermelon. Pour in the red wine vinegar and olive oil and pulse. Add the onion, cucumber and dill and season with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth. Pour into chilled bowls and sprinkle with dill, feta, and remaining watermelon. Serve.

Boozy Popsicles

 

We found these gems on the internet from Celebrations while looking for something else.  I wish I could take credit for such a cool idea, but Coryanne Ettiene is the genius here.   Whether you love beer or a harder alcohol, you can find the recipes for 5 Boozy Popsicle delights here:  Boozy Popsicle Recipes  Fun!!!!

See?  It’s a lot of fun finding different ways to keep your guests cool while throwing a hot summer bash.  For more icy ideas and fun theme ideas, please contact us at Valerie@thevibeagency.com We have ideas for small soirees and large parties alike.

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The V!BE Agency: Sizzling Summer Venues

 

We are discovering so many great venues for events that we just have to share them with you.  Here is yet another venue that will help ice down the hot Miami nights. Take a peek!

Martini Bar is a contemporary experience of nightlife entertainment and gastro – tourism cuisine. This space offers a whole new interactive experience to Miami nightlife.  Priding itself on guest service, every element of guest interaction caters to the senses.  With a warm and intimate décor this space personifies elegance yet allows for a casual, but sophisticated alternative to the South Florida norm.

 The Skinny Cocktail Menu features fresh muddled fruits, in house infused sake and vodka, and introducing bourbon specialty drinks made to leave you shaken, but not stirred. It’s not just all about the drinks though!  The menu, curated by Executive Chef, Marcelino Colon, goes uncategorized with a blend of gourmet American cuisine drafted with influences from Asia, South America and Europe.

 With spaces for groups of 50 – 300, this versatile and beautiful space offers another side of the beautiful Miami nightlife for you and your guests to experience.

 For more information, please contact us at valerie@thevibeagency.com  We would be delighted to show you this along with many other venues to help you find the perfect place for your next social or corporate event.

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**The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

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Looking for a Luxurious Blank Canvas for Your Next Event?

Looking for a luxurious, blank canvas in which to create a spectacular event?  Well, V!BE has the perfect venue just for you.  Our featured gem is centrally located in the famous Art Deco District of Miami’s ultra-chic South Beach.

This 16,350 square foot private residence in South Beach sits on two adjacent lots only two blocks from shopping mecca Lincoln Road. The building was originally designed and constructed in 1933 as a single-family residence by world famous Art Deco architect L. Murray Dixon. It was expanded upon in 1942 when it was converted to a synagogue, and expanded again in 1965 to accommodate the growing congregation of 1,000 members.

In March of 2003, the property was purchased by a private party and underwent an extensive 2-year renovation in which all architectural features of the building were painstakingly preserved while still allowing the installation of completely new electrical, plumbing, air conditioning and life safety systems.  Today, it’s available for private events.  Can’t you just see you and your guests in this beautiful space?

 For more information on this and other venues that we have available for corporate and social events, please drop us a line at valerie@thevibeagency.com or give us a jingle at 305.695.7718.

 *This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

**The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

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Summertime Event Inspirations: Go Green with the Grass Collection!

I love when companies get creative with their products, and when I saw this new grass collection furniture from AFR Event Furnishings, my mind when zippy with ideas and cool ways to create outdoor environments inside, or even create grass sculptured furniture for an outdoor theme party, picnic or BBQ.

We saw this collection in January at The Special Event in Tampa, when it was debuted in the Gala Park for an elegant cocktail hour under the stars.  I loved the idea then, and I love it even more now that summer is arriving.  It’s a cool and versatile collection and can be used to create many different looks from elegant to garden parties to laid back picnic fun.  Need an idea or ten on how to use this furniture line in a great way? We’ve got plenty.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at valerie@thevibeagency.com.

*This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

 

**The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

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Classy Wedding, Sassy Favors? Wine, Yes Please!

It’s that time of year when there is a wedding around every corner.  Let’s talk wedding favors! No matter how big or small your wedding may be, it’s always a good idea to give a small token of appreciation to your guests. The question is, what kind of gift do you give?  There are a ton of great party favors out there to choose from, and it all depends on your style. Would your guests like something sparkly like a diamond shaped paperweight or rhinestone bangles or something edible like bride and groom themed cake pops? The choice is ultimately up to you, but one party favor in particular has caught my attention.

Wine lovers from all over the world have been getting creative with wine stoppers and other wine themed accessories which has made a big splash in the wedding industry. You can make your favors as elegant, funky, or as simple as you like. These little gems (some literally are), can be fully customized with words, designs and shapes, and even hand blown glass. Whether you choose a stopper, wine coasters, an embellished corkscrew or engraved wine glasses, your guests will leave with something special that they can use over and over. Check you out with your stylish practicality!

Imagine a summer wedding on the beach. As guests arrive at the reception, they’re greeted with little seashell wine stoppers neatly tucked in pearl-filled wine glasses. You could even have these little favors neatly displayed on guest seats as they arrive at the ceremony. You don’t necessarily have to wait until the reception!

The possibilities really are endless with these great wedding favors!  So what’s your style?  Need help finding the perfect favor for your wedding?  Contact us at valerie@thevibeagency.com  Together, we can create a beautiful wedding that showcases your love, as well as your unique style.

*This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

 

**The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

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To Heel or Not to Heel… Spring is in the Air!

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You know it’s springtime when the sun is out, the flowers are in full bloom, and you can run around barefoot without getting snow between your toes! But, do you know what else comes with the spring season? Outdoor weddings! Whether you’re on the east coast, west coast, or somewhere in between, outdoor weddings are all the rage during the spring and summer months. The warmer weather really lends itself to turning a traditional wedding into a fun, funky, one of a kind event whether you live by the beach or in the country.

One super cute and cost effective way to create a fresh style on your special day is by wearing embellished flip-flops like those from Francesca’s Fancy Flops. You can get them with flowers, rhinestones, glitter or any other kind of embellishment your heart desires.

Have you ever tried walking down the “aisle” on a beach in heels? It can be a difficult and uncomfortable feat, especially when your shoes fill up with sand. So, why not add a little bit of sparkle to some comfy thongs for you and your bridesmaids and leave the sand on the beach instead of in your shoes! Trust me, your girls will thank you.

But wait a minute, what about the guests at your wedding? Surely, they don’t want sand in their shoes either. Something you might want to do is have a “shoe check” where guests trade in their formal shoes for a pair of embellished flip-flops! Yes, even your male guests can take part with some stylish (yet not so sparkly) flip-flops of their own. Not only will your guests be able to enjoy your special day in comfort, but, they’ll go home with a new pair of kicks of their own. What a way to create some wonderful memories on your wedding day!

Another great thing about these adorable flip-flops is that you can wear them whenever you want. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m a sucker for a good pair of heels, but flip flops can be worn throughout the year and these babies will spruce up any outfit whether it’s your wedding dress or your favorite pair of capris. The opportunities to make a fun little fashion statement are endless!

If you’d like more information on where to find these cute little flip flops, or more ideas on how to create the perfect springtime wedding, send me an e-mail at Valerie@thevibeagency.com.

*This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

**The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

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To Heel or Not to Heel… Spring is in the Air!

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You know it’s springtime when the sun is out, the flowers are in full bloom, and you can run around barefoot without getting snow between your toes! But, do you know what else comes with the spring season? Outdoor weddings! Whether you’re on the east coast, west coast, or somewhere in between, outdoor weddings are all the rage during the spring and summer months. The warmer weather really lends itself to turning a traditional wedding into a fun, funky, one of a kind event whether you live by the beach or in the country.

 

One super cute and cost effective way to create a fresh style on your special day is by wearing embellished flip-flops like those from Francesca’s Fancy Flops. You can get them with flowers, rhinestones, glitter or any other kind of embellishment your heart desires.

 

Have you ever tried walking down the “aisle” on a beach in heels? It can be a difficult and uncomfortable feat, especially when your shoes fill up with sand. So, why not add a little bit of sparkle to some comfy thongs for you and your bridesmaids and leave the sand on the beach instead of in your shoes! Trust me, your girls will thank you.

 

But wait a minute, what about the guests at your wedding? Surely, they don’t want sand in their shoes either. Something you might want to do is have a “shoe check” where guests trade in their formal shoes for a pair of embellished flip-flops! Yes, even your male guests can take part with some stylish (yet not so sparkly) flip-flops of their own. Not only will your guests be able to enjoy your special day in comfort, but, they’ll go home with a new pair of kicks of their own. What a way to create some wonderful memories on your wedding day!

 

Another great thing about these adorable flip-flops is that you can wear them whenever you want. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m a sucker for a good pair of heels, but flip flops can be worn throughout the year and these babies will spruce up any outfit whether it’s your wedding dress or your favorite pair of capris. The opportunities to make a fun little fashion statement are endless!

 

If you’d like more information on where to find these cute little flip flops, or more ideas on how to create the perfect springtime wedding, send me an e-mail at Valerie@thevibeagency.com.

 

*This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

**The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

 

 

 

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