Summer Entertaining Tips from Popsicle. {giveaway} #popsiclemom #partner

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Popsicle. Thoughts are my own. Read Mom Spark’s full disclosure here.

I am excited to announce that I have partnered with Popsicle again this summer as an official Popsicle Mom! For the next few months, I will be sharing new Popsicle product information, party ideas and offering fabulous giveaway prizes.

To get summer off to a great start, I have listed some helpful entertaining tips from Lifestyle Expert, Brooke Peterson, that you can use at your next summer gathering. I hope you enjoy them! (also, make sure you enter to win a prize below)

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Know When to Shop

Food prices are generally lowest around summer holidays, like Father’s Day and Fourth of July. Plan ahead so you can take advantage of timely deals to stock up on party ‘must-haves’ for your backyard gatherings and neighborhood events. Buy plenty of items with long shelf lives like condiments, beverages and paper plates/plastic utensils so you never run out of the essentials.

It’s Okay to Cheat

Don’t spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. Set up a backyard buffet so that guests can help themselves and save time. Creating a hot dog bar for backyard barbeques is a simple and delicious way to feed large crowds. Set out the ‘go-to’ sides like mustard, onions and relish, but get creative with out-of-the-box ideas like pineapple or chili hot sauce so guests can have fun creating their own dinner masterpiece. And for desserts, have a cooler of ready-made treats like Popsicle® pops for a colorful, fun treat that parents and kids are sure to love.

Three’s Company

When choosing a color palette for your backyard gatherings, be mindful of the “rule of three;” meaning, use three main colors so it doesn’t get too busy and cluttered from a décor perspective. My favorite hues to mix-and-match this summer are vibrant shades poppy, emerald, goldenrod and purple.

Game On!

No summer party is complete without family-friendly games, whether it’s teaching kids some of the old favorites like tag, duck-duck-grey duck, or capture the flag; or have a contest for the kids to create a new game of their own and teach party guests.

Bring in some Help

Let Popsicle help you create the perfect summertime party! Visit Facebook.com/Popsicle to download fun and easy tips and cut-out props for hosting summer gatherings. You can also vote for the Popsicle Pop-up Party to stop by your local area beginning June 20.

The New Summer ‘STAND’ard

Inspired by the quintessential, childhood lemonade stand – and one of my signature L.A. party activities – is the DIY food or beverage stand. Having a DIY stand is fun for guests to decide how they prefer elements of their meal; how sweet or sour they want their lemonade, or how spicy they prefer their salsa. It’s different from the typical DIY bar or buffet when you take an already-made item and just add toppings; with this approach, guests can actually be part of making their own meal or beverage. For example, with a lemonade stand you could provide the lemon juice, sugar, ice, and any extras you choose; I like fruit, herbs, seltzer water, and then a wild card … Jalapeños anyone? And for a salsa stand, set out chopped salsa ingredients including tomatoes, onions, pineapple, papaya, limes, and anything else you see fit.

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Popsicle frozen treats are a fabulous way to celebrate summer, too. Learn more about Popsicle products by visiting www.popsicle.com and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter. See how you can win Popsicle products and more below!

Giveaway!

One lucky US reader will win the following:

  • one $25 Target Gift Card to host your own summer party!
  • Popsicle product coupons

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Popsicle. Thoughts are my own. Read Mom Spark’s full disclosure here.

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Amy Bellgardt

AMY BELLGARDT is a wife and mom of two boys, as well as founder and lead blogger at Mom Spark. Amy also manages Mom Spark Media, a social media marketing firm.

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