Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Happy August, everyone! Camille Styles here, with this week's summertime party fantasy turned into a real-life fête...
I don't know about you, but the only kind of entertaining I'm into this month is carefree, low-fuss, fun-loving and brimming with chilled drinks. This party takes the cooling effect a step further by showcasing icy popsicles in a rainbow of fruity shades. I created a mood board inspired by watermelon, cantaloupe and a green grassy lawn - summertime essentials, in my book! Invite friends of all ages to embrace their inner kid for a celebration of summer's last taste of freedom...
These popsicle invitations, designed by Ashley Meadors, couldn't be more perfect for announcing such a soiree. Guests will be craving these fruity frozen goodies before they even arrive!
Hang colorful, patterned lanterns overhead to turn any space into an instant party. Luna Bazaar is my go-to source for high-quality lanterns in a huge variety of colors and patterns.

Hit the grocery store to stock up on glass soda bottles in as many colors as you can get your hands on. I always check the aisles at my local Mexican grocery for flavors I could never find at other markets. Or, get fancy and mix up these delish spicy sunrise mocktails (add tequila, if desired!).

Who doesn't love bubbles? Greet guests with their own bottles, and watch as the air fills up with shiny little spheres dancing towards the sky.
In case popsicles aren't quite enough to satiate appetites, casual picnic fare is perfect for this gathering. Serve thick wedges of watermelon with pepper & mint, and toss together platters of this incredible grilled peach & prosciutto salad. The key is to serve dishes that can be served at room temp, no oven required!

*images: {row 1} flowering tree, cannelle et vanille; poppy cake, martha stewart weddings; popsicles, green wedding shoes; macarons, cannelle et vanille {Row 2} dress, snippet & ink; snow cone, gemma comas; tequila watermelon, martha stewart; popsicles in prosecco, green wedding shoes {Row 3} watermelon photo, well wed via snippet & ink; popsicles, green wedding shoes; sodas, sunday suppers; watermelon margaritas, martha stewart. party pictures by our labor of love for design*sponge.